Scott Olsen went 7 1/3 innings, giving up 1 ER and registering 8 Ks, while taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning.  Olsen, “Hello, Corner, I think I’m going to turn you.”  Corner, “Go for it.”  Looks like Olsen has been able to use his changeup more effectively this year and rely less on the fastball.  Olsen, “Fastball, you’re my woobie, I think I need to move on.”  Fastball, “But where were they going without ever knowing the way?”  Olsen, “Sorry, think I dialed the wrong Fastball.”  I get worried about putting faith in Nationals pitchers not named, That Kid In Triple-A, but I could see taking a flier on Olsen in 12 team mixed leagues and deeper.  At one time, Olsen wasn’t just some random Nats pitcher, he was a top Marlin prospect.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Lance Berkman – Fat Elvis says he’d leave the building if the Astros wanted him to.  He’d agree to leave the Astros?  That’s just crazy.  Cray-zee.

Wandy Rodriguez – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  And the Wandwagon is back off the tracks.  Hopefully, it’s not back spasms.  He had three okay starts prior to this, so you gotta wait it out.  Well, you don’t have to, but that’s my suggestion.

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-4 as he hit his 10th homer.  Nothing says I love you like a Johnson going deep.  Hmm… Could’ve reworded that.

Dan Haren – 9 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I just thought of the perfect trade.  You trade Haren in July for Teixeira.  Am I right?  Or am I right-right?

Kila Ka’aihue – 1-for-1 with an RBI.  I know, you’re thinking he got 5 ABs and shot four BBs.  No, he pinch hit.  Here’s an idea, put Guillen in the outfield and sit the .118 batting, Dishonorable Willie Bloomquist, not that I’m judging.

Vladimir Guerrero – 2 HRs, 4 RBIs. I’m enjoying owning Vlad this season.  That is all.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, and his third homer.  Ignore the .196 average.  He has 8 walks and 9 Ks.  The Smoak will rise.

Julio Borbon – 0-for-4 as the Rangers scored 13.  Ticker tease!  Wait, actually, ticker season.

Randy Wells – 2 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K.  After the game, the Fangraphs Database had this to say, “That’s payback for having a FIP higher than your ERA last year.  Muahahahaha…”  What an evil database.

Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-3, homer and a steal.  He won’t kill you on average, but he’s also not going to wow your socks off with his power or speed.  Decent roster filler for NL-Only leagues, but that’s about it as of right now.

Edgar Renteria – Headed to the 15-day DL.  Member the first week of the season when you wanted to add this schmohawk?  Ah, yeah, those were the days.

John Ely – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Solid command and groundball stuff, though nothing really overpowering.  I’d look at him in NL-Only leagues for now.

Mike Napoli – Hit his first homer of the year.  After the game, Scioscia said, “Mathis would’ve hit two.”

Roy Halladay – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 Ks and now has a 1.45 ERA and a 6-1 record.  But can he give birth to kittens?  Well?  Didn’t think so.

Raul Ibanez – Hit a homer and now has hits in 7 of 8 games.  Sure, he’s only had one hit in most of those games, but the glass half full here, c’mon.

Cameron Maybin – Sat yesterday and may not be long for everyday at-bats.  On high alert:  Mike Stanton.

Dana Eveland – 7 IP, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Dana has 16 Ks and 17 walks on the year.  Ignore him (her?).

Gordon Beckham – 0-for-4 as he looks more like Gordon Shumway.

Alfredo Simon – Third save without allowing an earned run.  ‘fredo can handle things!  He’s smart!

Ty Wigginton – 2-for-4, and his 10th homer.  Can we get Adam Jones to use Wigginton’s bat?

Koji Uehara – He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  How will I ever do without my Koji Uehara news?! Was that sarcastic, random italicized voice?  Yup.

Michael Saunders – In the wake of Milton Bradley’s case of the Mondays, Saunders was recalled.  He’s a poor man’s Big FraGu.  Some power, some speed, some AL-Only league fodder.

Eric Byrnes – Decided to hang up his dignity and join a recreational softball league.  I figured if anyone were to retire to a sport with beer in the dugout it would’ve been Miguel Cabrera.

  1. and1mcgee says:

    Groundhog Day reference = good.
    Gordon Beckham = playing like David Beckham would play baseball… with his torn Achilles… or soccer, for that matter.

  2. and1mcgee says:

    can I drop Gordon Beckham yet? Dude’s playing like he’s Jeff Mathis (can do no wrong… yet does all wrong)

    Or, like my younger sister who has a DUI, meanwhile, she’s heralded as the crown jewel of the family. Her DUI > my college degree…. :[ *tear*

  3. Im feeling smart for benching Wandy yesterday.

  4. and1mcgee says:

    @Andre Ethier’s Mom: He hit a walk off GRAND SLAM. WOW! Grey wrote this and went to bed b4 that, Mommy…

  5. and1mcgee says:

    @Elijah: I played Wandy. Why did you bench him vs. that team? Go play the lottery now, Prophet.

  6. Terrence Mann says:

    Ricky Romero is a Russian nesting doll and inside is the Blue Jays staff AND Scott Olsen!

    Talk about a frustrating group of pitchers. I don’t know if these guys will throw a no-hitter into the eighth or get shelled and get pulled in the second. If I could pick and choose when they were gonna be on, they’d be the best fingercuffs in history. But seeing my utter lack of being able to predict such things, I can’t feasibly own any of them. Two questions.

    1) How does Olsen NOT play for Toronto?


    2) Is there such thing as a Canadian nesting doll?

  7. Kent Bottenfield says:

    So when’s Mathis due back anyway? Traded away Doumit, Hill, Stewart (sorry man, this league counts poop like fielding % and other what nots and Stewart’s value isn’t that good), Chacin.. for Napoli, Kinsler, Figgins, Cecil.

    Disclaimer: Napoli was added for Mauers backup and Cecil was added for Edwin Jackson….it was all a charade meanwhile knowing I was dropping Mauer’s backup and Crapson for Napoli and Cecil. Not to say Cecil is golden, but at this point I’d take myself (yes, Kent Bottenfield in 2010) over Edwin Crapson.

    But enough about me, is Napoli a long-term solution or should I be prepared to deal with that bastard Mathis soon?

  8. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: sorry, i looked at the wrong month’s schedule. I thought it was vs. Atlanta, not Arizona… my badddddddddddd…

  9. @and1mcgee:

    Because I didnt trust his health, Arizona has a strong offense, and I was running Haren and didnt want to go against myself.

  10. and1mcgee says:

    @Elijah: I hope wandy can pull his head out of his ass and pitch like it’s 2009

  11. and1mcgee says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: don’t bank on Mathis. If Nap starts to hit, which he will, then Mathis won’t play like before when he gets back…

  12. DrEasy says:

    Well, I went for a Smoak and dropped J-Lo based on your recommendations. J-Lo was sitting on my bench as a back-up to Kelly Johnson anyway. I figure he’ll still be on waivers if I need him.

  13. joe from point pleasant says:


    I also own beckham and I am dying to drop him for some roster space, but every time i think about it i realize that if i liked him a month ago, i should like him today, and that the terrible month hes had is in the past. he may turn it on for the rest of the season starting tomorrow. Think Tulo last year, who was actually benched for a while. Beckham started out terrible in 2009, so maybe there is some hope. I’ll hold him for another 2-3 weeks or so, and if he hasn’t done anything, then i will drop him. Thank God for David Freese who is saving my butt at 3b in the meanwhile.

  14. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @and1mcgee: Thank you, sir. That’s all the reissurance I need to expect Napoli to start whompin shit outta parks like Laurence Taylor whopms 16 year old prostitutes.

  15. rk says:

    what do you think on derek holland vs gavin floyd for the rest of the year? close enough where if i can get a fred lewis type with holland i should take it?

  16. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: Now only if I could spell reassurance right. Or whomps for that matter. Shit, I don’t know if I even spelled Laurence right.

  17. and1mcgee says:

    @joe from point pleasant: we’re in the same position. I got Freese, who is hot (irony at its best). Lopez is colder than a wet mini chihuahua, eating a popsicle, lying on a bed made out of Hitler’s heart.

  18. Jroro says:

    Lincecum and Garrett Jones for Pujols. Do I pull the trigger? I am the Lincecum owner.

  19. and1mcgee says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: I say we take LT to the governor’s office door in Arizona after we hit his head until he forgets English and write “immigrant” on his forehead… and take his ID.

  20. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: by position of owning both Beckham and Lopez, I mean the fetal.

  21. @DrEasy:

    I’ve been playing Smoak and living with the .200 average and still satisfied with his 3 homers in a couple weeks. If he keeps up the power, he’s sure to hit for better AVG an be a great CI type.

  22. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @and1mcgee: If that means Napoli is gonna donk homers and has nothing to do with Arizona’s new immigration law (is that possibly what you mean??) then, uh, yeah!

  23. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @and1mcgee: And by the way, though this blog has no business with politics, I happen to agree with the 79% (and not the Los Suns–sorry Nash) who think the immigration law is a good thing. Hey naysayers, read the bill, and you should like it too.

  24. DJSatane says:

    any of you actually think stanton maybe called up in place of maybin or because of maybin struggles?

  25. @DJSatane:

    Grey seems to. He might get called up either way.

  26. joe from point pleasant says:

    @ anybody who cares:

    I am keeping a REAL close eye on Travis Snider.
    He is 11 for his last 25 (.440) with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 1 sb, and only 3 K’s. On the year, his average is up to .213 and rising quickly, with 4 hrs. And the most impressive part, is that he has 13 bb’s to only 20 k’s. He seems like he is finally figuring it out at the plate, and I expect him to only get better and better.

    Since I play in a keeper league, I definitely do not want to miss out on this guy if he goes off.

    Let me know what you guys think about him…

  27. joe from point pleasant says:

    Ichiro Suzuki for Nick Swisher & Randy Wells in a 12 team H2H points league… I would be getting Ichiro. There are no categories so it doesnt matter if I have power or speed as long as I get my points.

    Im almost definitely going to accept, just making sure though. Pull the trigger?

  28. Jroro says:

    Should I trade Lincecum and Garrett Jones for Pujols?

  29. Tony says:

    Drop Franklin Morales?

    Drop Delmon Young?

    Drop Jose Lopez?

    Tired of these guys. Only one i can see keeping is LOPEZ.

    GREY, would you accept Slowey for BAY in a H2H league?

  30. Hi Grey — Love the Godfather reference. Third day in a row you made me shake my head and laugh out loud.

    A few questions for my very deep 20-team league (sorry about asking so many at once … this is like studying theology: every answer makes me ask three more questions).

    –Do you think Medlen is worth starting at Philly with Blanton on the mound? Or is it the kind of thing where you grab him ahead of time to beat the rush if he performs well? Looks like his next start is a lot easier, at home against Arizona and Cesar Valdez.

    –Do you think Wandy is a buy-low candidate close to the same range as Kershaw and Beckett? Or is he in the Scott Baker tier? Or worse?

    –Is it worth making low-ball offers on Kazmir or Vasquez? Or is it time to stick a fork in ’em?

    –Right now, 2B and 3B for me are manned by some combination of Wigginton, Jose Lopez, Eric Young, Brandon Wood, and Freese. Young and Wigginton are part of my trade efforts to land Beckett, Kershaw, or Baker, but is it worth making an offer for Aramis? I know you aren’t a huge fan of his, but if I got him for, say, Wiggy or Lopez, that would be good, no? Or maybe Freese? Is Freese a sell-high now or do you think he’s a keeper?

    I know I packed a lot into one Q … thanks for all the advice!

  31. Paul says:

    So what’s wrong with Koji? 1st time facing a batter:

    2009-108 PA
    .202/.224/.337, w with 2 HR allowed and a K:BB of 27:3 or 9:1

    You can now add 3 more PA, 0 H, O BB, 1 K.

    If you’re in a league with holds, he’s perfect, as he slots in at SP.

  32. Real Tom says:

    I’m having pitching problems, and my big bats haven’t erupted at all yet. I’m trying to fix it through small upgrades rather than give up a big bat for a big pitcher. I don’t need steals as much, (have Pierre, Andrus, Alcides and others) so does CarGo/Billingsley for Lind/Kershaw make sense?

    I also have Cain, Hamels, Sanchez, Slowey, and Lilly. I really wish I had a nice high FIP pitcher to trade instead of all the underperforming highly drafted dudes. They have no value.

  33. Steve says:

    Grey – should I take the Gio for a spin against the Rays?

    Rays have been pretty hot of late…

  34. Sos says:

    Capps/Correia too much for Kelly Johnson?

  35. Bodymore says:

    Frank Frank back to struggling and Feliz back to nailing down saves. Still holding on to frank?

    Time to scoop up Stanton in a keeper OPS league? Hate to let him sit there too long and lose out on a potential impact call up but it could mean a whole month of an unproductive roster spot.

  36. Bodymore says:

    Vlads 2HR performance makes missing his grand slam the other day sting a little less. Just need to remember to let this dood do his 1-15 thing before he goes on a mini tear.

  37. Schlitzy says:

    In a 14 team league with a shallow bench (2 spots) would you drop Rajai or McLouth for Stanton? I am currently platooning them in my last OF spot. I have enough speed elsewhere and I’m first in SB despite Rajai spending half the time on my bench.

  38. ‘Fredo reference = pure razzgasm.

    After every save, Weiters should walk to the mound, grab Simon by the cheeks, kiss him twice and say, “I know it was you, Fredo.”

  39. Howard says:

    @Grey Need to put a face to some steals. Thinking of targeting Ellsbury. My OF is: Ethier (that’ll make his mom happy!), Quentin, Krispie (get’em while he’s hot!), Lee, Lind, Manny. What a bunch of Slowhawks! Thanks!

  40. This Brennan Boesch character still raking pretty leaves after the call up. Should mixed leaguers take notice?

  41. Tony says:

    @Bodymore: i saw frankx2 gave up the run last night in the 8th and was in line for the loss so i got ticked and dropped him, snagged medlan, and i really dont care, i’ve still got Soria (who took that loss, awesome), Bell, Wagner, and dotel…. not hurting… plus its H2H…..

    its kinda like if you own him and he’s your ONLY closer keep him, if you can afford to lose him, it might help you in the end if he’s gonna give up 1-3 runs every other time out.

  42. ScoutAbout says:

    @DJSatane: This . . . oh please, oh please, oh please, please, please, please!

  43. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Tony: If you own Frank Frank and he’s your only closer, then you don’t own a closer.

  44. Tony says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: HAHA that is true…. just seeing him enter in the 8th means he’s not the closer, and he gives up a run, he’s just lucky he got bailed out….

  45. Bodymore says:

    @Tony Yeah I don’t really need him. Id pickup Medlen and Stanton but then I’d be out of transactions for the week and I hate being handcuffed if there’s any news..

  46. Ari says:

    Have Kurt Suzuki on the DL and picked up Soto. Suzuki could return early next week and I’m gonna have to make a move. Who should I trade/drop?

  47. Clyde Prompto says:

    @joe from point pleasant: I have Snider in an AL-Only league and he really has been hot lately. His typical game has gone from 0-4 w/3 K’s, to 0-2 w/2-K’s and 2 BB, and now he’s not K’ing much at all. He’s starting to recognize pitches, I think he’s going to be more than solid from here on out.

    @Arthur O: Brennan has a mangina! Sorry, I just love Step Brothers. Brennan had good power numbers in the minors, and he’s been batting in the 5 spot recently. Having said that, I think he’s an AL-Only guy at this point.

  48. GrandSlamSingle says:

    Even though he was sterling, is Olsen’s road now paved in gold? Seriously though, the Fastball reference gave me a good chuckle, thanks.

  49. ViagraFalls says:

    With Pettitte having the inflamed throwing elbow in a 37-38 year old body, and with him likely having to miss a few starts, is it worth me taking the hit in loss of production for a little while to get him back or should I drop him for someone like Lewis from Texas?

  50. Timequake says:

    Time to drop Adam Jones?

  51. Tony says:

    @Timequake: id just bench him, he has been disappointing tho

  52. William says:

    @Grey – Do you still like Adam Jones over Jason Bay the rest of the year? I might try to see if the Jones owner will bite on Bay…

    Also, what do you think of Frank Francisco? Is he still worth holding on to?

  53. Gallardo at Arizona seems like a must-start: 2-0 in 2 starts 0.00 ERA 10 K in 12 IP . . . as a ROOKIE, and he’s on a 3-game winning streak where he’s only allowed a single earned run in 18 IP with 25 K.

    BUT, Diamondbacks at home can rake their own leaves as they’re 1st in SLG and OPS (.521 .885).

    Start with confidence or trepidation?

  54. @Arthur O: Roll with your stud. Heck, I’m throwing Phil Hughes @BOS tonight.

  55. ThePoonTycoon says:

    with david wright’s power return, where should he be valued?

    i took him in the 2nd round, and i’ve been hammered with offers and guys scoffing when i tell them that he’s gonna cost them at least mid-1st round value. i mean last year he was a universal 1st round pick, and the only reason he dropped this year was his power concerns. with 7 HRs thus far, he’s answered the power questions and returned to his pre-2009 form. he’s not old and it’s not a fluke. .300+-100+-25+-100+-30+ is very reasonable realistic prediction of his output imo.

    i told a guy it would take at least halladay + cano and he said halladay for wright straight up would be lopsided in my favor!?!

  56. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @and1mcgee: dude in my league put beckham on the block, so obviously i send out the feeler email. he’s looking for SPs, so i offered him e santana. dude came back wanting lester. i told him that with backham’s lack of track record and struggles, now is not the time you are gonna trade him at full value. i couldn’t believe that shiz.

  57. Andy says:

    How about Broxton blowing 2 of his only 3 save chances so far! Wtf?!

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: RE: napoli…i’ve held him all year in 2 leagues. in week 2 or 3 i was gonna drop him and someone higher on the waiver wire kept grabbing the Cs i was interested in and it got down to i’d rather have an empty roster spot than a .200 avg. that said, napoli is batting around .400 the last 7 or 8 games, finally hit a bomb, and has about a month before mathis is ready. he should get to 350-400 ABs which is what you’d have expected before the season, his production should be there. and with mathis having a hand injury, it could linger making him a worse hitting and affecting his catching…

  59. William says:

    @ThePoonTycoon – it depends on needs right? In a straight up fantasy points format, it’d probably be Halladay over Wright… but in ROTO, it’s always based on needs.

    Another way to look at it is this –
    In weekly ROTO, pitchers never single handedly take over a week. Hitters can.

    I can’t tell you how many teams I’ve faced where one hitter made a huge difference in the outcome. Wright looks like he can be that type of player since his power is back and he’s still stealing bases.

    Then again, if your SPs are struggling, Halladay is guaranteed to give you videogame type numbers.

  60. Tony, good question on Morales. I am thinking the same thing. I have been riding this clunker for all he was worth…at least we got some saves out of him and not too much damage. I am trying to decide between Uehara and Corpas, both are available in my league…looks like Grey will be talking about Koji this afternoon.

  61. steamer says:

    What side you want of A. Jones/Bills for Bay/R. Soriano? I’m really getting fustrated with Jones & Bills, and I could just pick up Morrow to replace him. He’s got more Ks & kills my WHIP just as much.

  62. TJ says:

    Beckham is killing me in my h2h keeper league. Would it be wise to drop my 5th OF Kyle Blanks (only start 3 and he has also been terrible) to pick up someone like Alberto Callaspo to plug in at 2b for a few weeks? These 0fors are killing me.

  63. @Andy: Eh, small sample sizes and whatnot. He’ll be fine.

  64. steamer says:

    What kind of numbers do you guys project for Stanton when he gets the call?

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: eh, not to get political, but “reasonable suspicion” basically means cops have a free reign and can make up whatever they want to justify their actions. that’s what people fear, this gray area where cops are gonna start hounding everyone with brown skin because they have brown skin. plus what creates a “reasonable suspicion” that one could be in the country illegally? the color of their skin? the language they speak? sure it’s intended to catch a truck full of mexicans crossing the border if they get pulled over for speeding, however, there is nothing in the law from a cop saying “hey, that dude was speaking spanish and looks ‘illegal’ so i have a reasonable suspicion to ask for his paper.” and adding in that “racial profiling” can’t be used…shit, that just means a cop will say “i thought i saw the outline of a gun in his waistband…oops i was wrong. oh well, might as well hassle him about his papers now.”

    obviously shit needs to get done, but this isn’t the right answer.

    /end political rambling, back to fantasy baseball.

  66. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bodymore: i’m surprised stanton isn’t already grabbed in a keeper league. but yeah, frank^2 has gone back to struggling, and i think is the 4th straight perfect save conversion for feliz. the job is feliz with a handful of vulture saves from frank^2…but predicting when and where those saves come is gonna be the hard part.

    i am considering dropping frank^2 right now, and he’ll probably be the guy dropped when rollins and cruz come off the DL.

  67. It's In The Other Bag says:

    My IStewart, Rauch, and Fukudome for his AROD?

    I already have Bell, Marmol, and Simon for saves.
    I have Wright and Reyes and would use AROD in 2B/SS slot. Would need to pickup a 2B. I just picked up Fukudome on Sunday, already have Ethier, Pence, Reimold, Robot, Andruw, Venable, Hart for OF eligibility.

  68. ViagraFalls says:

    And aside from my question about dropping the aging, injured Pettitte for Colby Lewis, what the hell should I do about the disaster that is Clayton Kershaw. He has all the talent in the world, but he is destroying my pitching averages.

    My gut tells me to wait and little longer and ride him out through a couple more starts, but interested to hear what people think. Aside from being able to pick up Lewis to possibly replace Pettitte who may go on the DL, there isn’t much available in FA in my league. All the good ones are taken. And as far as trades go…the guys I know are not giving up their pitching talent without making a run at one of my supreme holds that I will not give up like Cano and Halladay.

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Arthur O: you drafted him to be one of your studs. don’t bench your studs unless they really hit the skids. even @nyy.

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ViagraFalls: kershaw was walking folks (as should be expected) but was pitching fine otherwise prior to blowing up the other night. it happens. his era was just over 3.00 before his last start. ditch him now and you don’t reap the benefits of him lowering that era the rest of the season. he may not get below 3.00 again, but he’ll be between 3.00 and 3.50 at least by the end of the year.

  71. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: re: political rant: couldn’t have said it better myself. No seriously, I’m not that eloquent with my words…my half-Italian anger usually gets in the way.

    Side note: do I need my papers if I travel to AZ?

    Side note side note: 16 team H2H, 5 Player Keeper – Snider and Stanton have some serious alligator’s blood and are still hanging around. Can I drop any of the following for either one of them: Prado, Kubel, Ikey?

    Much obliged, gentlemen. Carry on.

  72. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    I need to drop someone because Manny is coming off the DL tomorrow. It’s either Byrd or Headley or possibly Duchsherer since the A’s are just sitting him and thus screwing me by not putting him on the DL. I know Byrd is no household name but he is putting up numbers and his hitting anywhere from 2-5 in the lineup. I like Headley but his counting stats are limited due to his lineup and park although I do like the steals. Long story short would you drop Headley or Byrd?

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @William: my staff is struggling, but i also have haren, beckett, kershaw, and slowey. haren didn’t get off to an amazing start, got knocked around once or twice, beckett is finally starting to come around, kershaw cannon-balled my ratios the other day, and i still expect slowey to be fine as a SP4/SP5 guy. so i don’t NEED halladay, despite how rough my pitching numbers are. i expect they’ll improve fairly dramatically over the next month or so.

    and trading wright leaves me bumping stewart from 2B to 3B and weeks from util to 2B and pacman from bench to UTIL…so it significantly hurts my lineup imo and puts be in a bad spot when (if?!?!) weeks gets hurt or stewart goes colder than he already is or pacman never gets going.

  74. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: later prado. and if you don’t need kubel, later kubel. like someone said, snider is starting to “get it”. i owned him in multiple leagues and ended up dropping him when i needed the spot, but been following him, and i just picked him back up early this week in all leagues.

  75. KarlJ. says:

    Niemann was on the xFIP list yesterday but looked real good last night (yes I know it was Seattle).
    He’s actually been real solid in all his starts this year including impressive games against Boston and Toronto.
    Any chance he can crack the top 40-50 starters for 2010?

  76. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    Need advice on who is the better add for this year?

    Jhoulys Chacin, Wade LeBlanc, Scott Olsen or Edwin Jackson

    Who’s preferable for next 2-3 years?


  77. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: haha wow poon i get the same thing from other guys…. i drafted wright, i was a firm believer he’d bounce back, last year wasn’t that horrible, he did everything but hit for power….

    I think people way overvalue halladay and Lince, ya they’re great, but i play H2H, they can dominate a week for you with my leagues 32 inning min, but then again they have their OFF GAME one week they screw you in an entire aspect of the game. Also in my league say you’ve got all your innings and throwing an SP on SAT doesn’t make any sense, all you can do is hurt your stats, you end up benching them! which is even more stupid….

    i defly would not deal my wright for halladay or lince straight up.

  78. GTS says:

    I just read that Starlin Castro was called up and will play SS. Theriot will move to 2B. I have Castro on my roster as a cheap $1 auction player for next year if he pans out. I don’t have room for both – do I drop Theriot and take a chance?

  79. Commish Cauda says:

    @TJ: I have the same dilemma in my 16-team, H2H-POINTS league. But you can’t drop Beckham, so you have no choice but to dump Blanks. I wish Callaspo was a free agent in my league…I think I’d do that in a heartbeat.

  80. Big Nate says:

    I’d strongly suggest that the political discourse be dropped quickly.

    I don’t want to see us unwittingly do any irreparable harm to this fantasy baseball sanctuary.

  81. Commish Cauda says:

    @Timequake: maybe if you’re in a 8-team league. Bench him. Trade him for .80 on the dollar if you have to, but don’t drop him.

  82. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: so you would drop both of those guys for Stanton and Snider? I have KJohnson at 2B (he stole the everyday job from Prado) and my OF has Hamilton (who looks like 2008 Hamilton right now), Torii and Headley in it. I’m thinking it’s probably a decent move to follow your advice. Much appreciated…you’re kind of becoming Grey, Jr.

  83. Commish Cauda says:

    @GTS: drop your worst back-end arm…don’t drop Theriot

  84. So is the most likely scenario with the Cubbies that Castro plays most days at SS, Theriot moves to 2B, and Fontenot loses a lot of at-bats?

    Seems that that makes Castro an option when available, Theriot picks up some value vis a vis position flexibility, and Fontenot’s limited value takes a bit hit. Right?

  85. Is Starlin Castro even mildly interesting in a 12 team mixed league? Looking at his minor league numbers, I’m guessing he projects to something like a .260-.270 hitter with not much power and slightly better than average speed (22 SB’s in 350ish AB last year).

  86. Commish Cauda says:

    @Enrique: I think you hit it on the head

  87. mrbaseball says:

    Adam Jones – last year april and may made his season – 11 homeruns and 36 rbis’s and was hitting 344 through those two months

    then his numbers started to slide – he did miss september but the way things were looking maybe it was for the best

    what should I expect from him the rest of the year grey

  88. Tony says:

    @mrbaseball: how did i not end up with adam jones on either of my teams? I mean i took pence in both leagues, bay with pence in the one league….. adam jones would only make sense to complete the circle of crap!

  89. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Sizemore for liriano, which side would you want?

  90. Frank Rizzo says:

    Someone in my 10 Team league outright dropped Wandy after last night. Is he worthy of my #1 waiver?

  91. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @struggler: ugh, i have a roster spot open and had in a prospective waiver on castro already, but it won’t go through till sunday. i’m sitting 11/12 on the waiver list right now. i could really use a SS fill in for rollins…maybe he’ll go 0-for-8 over the weekend and owners will kinda forget about him.

  92. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: drop prado for snider. might wait on kubel though. kubel isn’t spectacular, but headley could look a lot less sexy in a few weeks. and kubel kinda balances out the upside/potential hedge on a guy like snider.

  93. Commish Cauda says:

    I can’t suffer Beckham in my line-up anymore. I need to bench him and find a replacement 2B. That means dropping someone to make room. Who goes…Blanks or Maybin?

  94. Commish Cauda says:

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Grady or Scott? I guess it doesn’t matter….Liriano

  95. Eddie says:

    I wouldn’t add Castro, guys. Word is the Cubs are putting him in the bullpen and making Larry Rothschild the starting SS.

  96. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: would you stand pat on Stanton for now? Or stockpile him now in hopes that Maybin continues the downward spiral and Stanton leap frogs into the Bigs from AA, a la Castro?

  97. anon says:


    was just offered Sizemore for Dempster. Which side wins there?

  98. Broadstreetbrawler says:



  99. mrbaseball says:

    Castro – I heard he is fast – so is Drew Stubbs who is hitting .174
    so is Juan Pierre who is hitting .227 – so is Chone Figgins who is hitting .204 – so is Julio Borbón who is hitting .184

    speed kills – I hate 1 tool players

  100. anon says:


    dude, I just talked to you on the phone about offer hahaha.. Anyone else have an opinion on Dempster or Sizemore?

  101. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Commish Cauda: maybin. has the dude walked in 3 weeks? he started out taking walks which was promising despite his awful K rate. now he’s not walking, and that’s the troubling part.

    @Wilsonian: where i’ve had room i’ve added stanton. hopefully he gets the call before i need the roster spots as guys come off the DL.

  102. @ThePoonTycoon: How deep of a league are you in? I had the same problem in a 20-team league and I picked up Aviles and also considered Omar Infante (playing while YEscobar is out), Hairston Jr. and Carroll (both seeing increased PT because of injuries) and Brignac, who should get some good ABs with several RHP coming up for Tampa. Those are some deep-league stopgaps until you find out if you’ve got Castro, or in the event you don’t get him.

  103. mrbaseball says:

    CASTRO OR MAYBIN – in 20 team destiny league

  104. Dad says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: I don’t think so, and i’m a Cub fan who wishes that it was.

    I think the real value of this move is for Theriot (who’ll have SS/2B eligibility soon) and the Cubs pitching since there will be a defensive upgrade at SS & 2B.

    I’m in a 16-team league and I’m probably not going to make a move for him since I can’t justify dropping Smoak, N Johnson (yet) or Theriot for him.

  105. and1mcgee says:

    @Jroro: absolutely.

  106. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Enrique: yeah, i plugged evercab in for rollins, then evercab got hurt, didn’t have room on my DL for him so dropped him for the pennington kid in oak who hasn’t done anything since i picked him up. it’s also h2h with weekly lineups, so i am stuck until monday anyway.

  107. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Enrique: yeah, i like brignac ALOT but in a weekly league hard to go with him in weekly lineups. maybe i’ll look ahead for next week’s tb matchups and go with him instead.

  108. mrbaseball says:

    @Eddie Says:

    I wouldn’t add Castro, guys. Word is the Cubs are putting him in the bullpen and making Larry Rothschild the starting SS.

    I just can’t see the Cubs bringing up Castro just to use him as a pinch runner

  109. and1mcgee says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: dudes be crazy. Beckham for Lester?????? this guy must’ve had too many mimosas this morning…

  110. William says:

    @ThePoonTycoon – Like I said, i’ve seen hitters take over H2H Weekly games whereas a pitcher can’t. That kind of impact can’t be treated lightly.

    I’m really happy with Wright because in my league, where I can keep 2 players, Wright was a first round pick for me. I reached a little bit but I knew I couldn’t get him with my next pick.

  111. Fletch says:

    Would you trade King Felix and Slowey OR Baker for Garza and AJ Burnett? Would you rather have Burnett over Hamels?

  112. and1mcgee says:

    @Big Nate: sorry Big Nate, but this site involves topical humor.

  113. Castro call up is officially official.

    Chad Tracy sent to the minors. Sorry everyone that owned him.

  114. Matty D says:

    H2H 40 IP Min

    Drop Billingsley for Matusz/Strasburg?

    Johan, Hamels, Peavy, Garza, Price, Billingsley…

  115. and1mcgee says:

    @anon: Dempster > Sizemore

  116. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Matty D: drop is a bit much. any chance you can just bench him and drop someone else?

  117. @Freak: Expect Castro to be in the yahoo! player pool by June.

  118. GTS says:

    Olivo or Ruiz?

  119. mrbaseball says:

    @Freak Says:
    Chad Tracy sent to the minors. Sorry everyone that owned him.

    unless you owned him – then nobody owned him

  120. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Freak: “Chad Tracy sent to the minors. Sorry everyone that owned him.”

    You could have said the same thing before he got sent to the minors.

    @Freak: Gold star.

    @mrbaseball: No opinion, though I do wish I played in something called a “destiny league.” Then maybe I could better justify all the time I spend on it.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Andre Ethier’s Mom: I kow how much you love to brag about your son, didn’t want to steal your thunder.

    @and1mcgee: Ha! I wouldn’t drop him yet.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

    @Kent Bottenfield: Mathis isn’t due back for at least 6 weeks.

    @rk: Sure

    @Jroro: Sure, if you need Pujols.

    @Tony: Yeah, I’d accept that trade.

    @Enrique: Don’t start Medlen, just grab him. Unless it’s an H2H league. Don’t buy low on Javy and Kazmir. Wandy could be injured, don’t go near him. Freese is fine for average and moderate power. I’d take Aramis for Wigginton.

    @Real Tom: Sure, that works.

    @Steve: I wouldn’t.

    @Sos: No, it’s fine.

    @Bodymore: I’d own Stanton in that league. I’m not dropping Frank but people’s needs and teams are different.

    @Schlitzy: Lose Rajai then.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha!

    @Howard: I wouldn’t go near Ellsbury.

    @Arthur O: I don’t think he stays up.

    @Ari: Trade whoever you can get more for.

    @GrandSlamSingle: No problem.

    @ViagraFalls: Go with Lewis.

    @William: I’d hold Frank. Jones and Bay are tomato-tomahto, no reason to trade one for the other.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Depends on need. You should get a top pitcher for him, or a top hitter at a different position.

    @steamer: Jones side. Stanton’s a power guy, depends when he’s called up.

    @TJ: Sure

    @It’s In The Other Bag: I’d want A-Rod.

    @TheBravesWearPrado: Byrd

    @KarlJ.: Bleh

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: LeBlanc…

    @struggler: Thanks for the heads up! Is he in Yahoo?

    @GTS: Sure

    @Enrique: Yup

    @mrbaseball: Hopefully, what he was doing the beginning of last year.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Grady

    @Frank Rizzo: Sure

    @Commish Cauda: Blanks or Maybin, depends on need.

    @Eddie: Ha

    @anon: Grady

    @mrbaseball: Castro

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Fletch: F-Her side. Hamels…

    @GTS: Olivo

  122. Van Hammersly says:

    Better 5th OFer: Maybin or Judge Reimold?

  123. mrbaseball says:

    It was the 4th innings last night as the
    washington senators were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates

    L. Milledge doubled to deep left, A. McCutchen and R. Doumit scored, R. Church to third, L. Milledge out at third

    This is what really happened – Milledge goes into homerun trout and never picks up his head – the Senators shoot off fireworks as they do when one of the home players hit a home run – the only problem the ball hit off the outfield fence and was in play

  124. mrbaseball says:

    @Grey Blanks or Maybin, depends on need.
    there doesn’t seem to be much need for either player as far s I am concern

  125. Frank Rizzo says:

    I could use 2b over OF right now since my only 2b is Zobrist but I’ve got Holliday/Victorino/Choo/Lind in our start 4 OF league….plus Quentin on the bench. Would a straight up trade of Holliday for Kinsler be a good move? Kinsler’s injury history scares me a bit but I could survive moving Holliday.

  126. Howard says:

    Would you deal Holliday for papelbon, Michael young, and either pence or krispie young? I could use a closer and am currently playing beltre at 3rd.

  127. Al your PALL says:

    I have Albert Pujouls and AROD on my team- I have been offered these 2 trades- whould I take 1 and which would be the better deal in the long run- Keeper legue.
    1st offer- Pujouls and AROD for Ryan Howard/Even Longoria and Matt Capps- (I really liek this one)
    2nd offer- Albert and AROD for Votto/Iggla/David Freese- Heath Bell and Brian Wilson (I like this one alot too but only because of the nmumbers in volved and the 2 closers)

    I am torn – what should I do- take 1 or reject them both?

  128. I have Albert Pujouls and AROD on my team- I have been offered these 2 trades- should I take 1 and which would be the better deal in the long run- Keeper legue.
    1st offer- Pujouls and AROD for Ryan Howard/Evan Longoria and Matt Capps- (I really like this one)
    2nd offer- Albert and AROD for Votto/Iggla/David Freese- Heath Bell and Brian Wilson (I like this one alot too but only because of the numbers in volved and the 2 closers)

    I am torn – what should I do- take 1 or reject them both?

  129. Tom Reale says:

    Sterling Olsen…ah the memories. Arm wrestling competitions…Laura always doing all those silly things…Big sis went blind, then she wasn’t, then she was again…Maybe Beckham just needs to sit down and have a talk with Charles.

  130. Tom Reale says:

    @Al your PALL: I would trade Arod straight up for a spellchecker…I keed…I keed…

  131. @ThePoonTycoon: Didn’t know it was a weekly league. I’ve never played in a league like that, but I can imagine it makes it a lot tougher. The god news is you may have only two or three more rosters to set until you can put Rolling back in!

  132. Tony says:

    @Al your PALL: neither…. great its a keeper league, having Longo would be awesome, but AROD and PUJOLS aren’t worth either of those deals…. the 1st one is the closest, but i wouldnt trade two top 5 type players for that….

  133. dave says:

    After last night, I’m thinking about dropping Randy Wells for Olsen. Am I crazy? If so, are you crazy?

  134. Donnie Baseball says:

    Would you try to trade Ad. Jones for Granderson?

  135. Will says:

    Thoughts on starting Beckett tonight vs. the Yankees? He’s coming off a good start and it’s no longer April, but I’m pretty worried about this one.

  136. Killing Machine says:

    Grey or anybody else..

    I already have miggy,

    and my 5 OF spots are: Holliday, Rios, Span, FraGu, Markakis, A Jones.

    I have K johnson, and A. Hill for second base

    I was offered

    His: Cano, Konerko, Reyes for my Teix, A. Hill, A Jones. A Escobar

    Should I do this ?

  137. Professor Chaos says:

    @Grey: Kudos on that Fastball line, just burst out laughing in the middle of my office. Keep up the good work!

    Ok, baseball question. With an outfield of Pence, Quentin, and Sizemore, do I sit tight or start looking for an overhaul?

  138. Donnie Baseball says:

    What about Ad. Jones for Beltran?

    As you can tell, I can’t take him anymore. But I have to make it at least somewhat appealing for someone to take him. And I have the bench in a 20 teamer, where I have an everyday player to ride out the 2 weeks either of these guys is on the dl.

  139. Bodymore says:

    @Grey I got Stanton but dropped Cody Ross and am hanging onto Franc…for now.

    I just read this about Stanton though: “I’d like to see him get out of some of his current funks and get back on track before moving him to Triple-A,” said the scout. “He’s still getting himself out on some bad pitches, and that’s not something you see from prospects that are ready. I’d give him another month here and let him work on his breaking-ball recognition for another month or so before moving him up to Triple-A.”

    We’ll see. Its only 5 keepers, but with stantons ceiling its worth a hold for now…

    If Furcal comes back and continues to produce, what do I do with my 2b/SS/MI logjam: Currenlty I have Ian Stewart, Tejada, and Kelly Johnson, all of whom are producing… Furcal’s runs, OPS and SB were real useful though in the first few weeks.

  140. Bodymore says:

    Just saw this popup on Yahoo —

    “1B Justin Morneau thinks if baseball fans don’t want to get tasered by police, they shouldn’t rush the field during games. “If it deters people from running out on the field, then that’s it,” the 2006 AL MVP said. “Obviously jail time hasn’t stopped everyone from doing it.” ”


    OK, but to be fair, we get to tase you every time you whine about your back again. If it deters you from taking time off, that’s it.

  141. Ciao Grey — Do you still think Brandon Wood could be headed for a breakout? He’s got tons of potential, I know, but I’ve hardly played him in a very deep league where I’ve got three other 3B-eligible guys (Wigginton, Lopez, and Freese). I’ve got roster space taken up by upside guys like Young and Chacin, and I’ve got two guys on the DL (Rollins and Roberts) with no DL list.

    I could really use the roster space (I just lost out on Medlen, for example, because I wouldn’t have a place to put him until tomorrow). But I also don’t want to drop Wood and see him turn into WestCoastWigginton while he’s on someone else’s roster. He clearly has no trade value at this point.

    What do you think? Give him another week? Or cut bait?


  142. Tony says:

    @Bodymore: i’m all for the tasering! i think they should have a few “snipers” perched on stands for each game with those bean bag guns…. You run on the field like a dunce you get shot with a bag like a dunce, they should make it rain on these idiots….

    you pay to see a game, not to delay it and run on the field….


  143. Tony says:

    @Enrique: i cut him, i think he’s just gonna flash here and there…

  144. Tony says:

    @Tony: then they should get put into a dunk tank for the rest of the game or locked inside a cell where the TV has Oprah reruns on…. that would teach people.

  145. Bodymore says:

    @Tony How about Gallows in CF? or a lion pen? I bet less people complain about the speed of the game.

  146. and1mcgee says:

    @Bodymore: Who cares what a baseball player thinks about anything other than hitting or throwing a ball? ESPN and the media think we care what they have to say. We don’t. If I wanted dramatic plots, I’d watch Days of Our Lives. Play ba$eball and stfu.

  147. Killing Machine says:

    Ugh..I am having trouble with all this slumping

  148. GTS says:

    I have Kinsler/Phillips as my 2B/MI and too many bench hitters. Kelly Johnson for Jonathan O. Sanchez sound okay?

  149. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Al your PALL: Aaagh! Reject them both!

    These two trades are:

    Lesser player, lesser player and Matt Capps


    Lesser player, way lesser player, something called “Iggla” (Uggla?) and two closers.

    1) Find button that says this: REJECT
    2) Press

  150. papasmurf says:

    lol at the sciocia comment. That’s exactly what he would say.

    Who do you think ends up with mo’ dingers, K Johnson or Wiggy?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Sounds good.

    @papasmurf: Wiggy, but Johnson also gets steals.

  152. Tom Emanski says:

    Not even one comment about Saunders so far but Castro is all over the place. I guess that means I shouldn’t expect much from Saunders? Someone in my league scooped Castro so I settled for Saunders to fill my Prospect Porn spot.

    Grey, projections?

  153. Jackie says:

    Please rank in order for the rest of the season:

    Snyder, Kearns, Miledge, Stanton.

  154. Tom Emanski says:

    @Jackie: Guessing you mean Snider?

    Snider, Stanton, Milledge, Kearns

  155. NukeLaDouche says:

    @grey Aaron hill just hit waivers. Any reason to pick him up and maybe leave him on the bench to see if he comes around? I currently have Polanco at 2nd.

  156. @Grey:

    Jeez, someone already picked up Mike Stanton and dropped Maybin. Maybe he’ll get bored after a few weeks and drop him right before callup.

  157. Lob Ball says:

    I see a ceratin someone added Salt-my-caca to his team in the Yahoo friends & family league. I’m scratching my head a little but should I drop Jaso for Salt- – in my 2 catcher league?

  158. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you trade Krispie for the Dread Pirate? I’m leading in rbi but last in steals.

  159. Bodymore says:

    @Grey That’s what I was thinking, I’m just not sure which one to try and trade and what to target. Thoughts?

  160. willclarkismyhero says:

    Wandy and Billingsley were both dropped in my league. Who do I want to spend my waiver claim on, or should I let them percolate through waivers and then pick them up?

  161. and1mcgee says:

    @Tom Emanski: Not very many do AL-only leagues. We mostly do mixed leagues.

  162. Tony says:

    @Howard: id want mccutchen, god only knows if krispie will end the year with good #’s

  163. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Trying to plan ahead, thinking about who to replace Beckham with if he can’t turn things around (I’m giving him about 2 more weeks). Luckily everywhere I have him I’ve got the flexibility to replace him with any player, so I’m not stuck in the infield.

    1.) Any news on Rajai getting moved back up in the order? He’s been getting on base and stealing, but still stuck in the 9-hole.

    2.) Snider and Rajai seem like bizarro twins to me (one for SB and AVG, one for HR and RBI). Meaning, I can pick whichever fits my team’s needs if/when I drop Beckham. Or do you see one as clearly a better pickup?

  164. Bodymore says:

    Hmm, saw GTS proposed trade. It turns out that the owner of Sanchez is looking for MI and wants to trade ptiching. Should I offer up stewart or kel jo? Also has Wainwright, Santana and Sabathia but they are probably out of my reach.

  165. Jackie says:


    So the other day I went to a Giants pre-game party at the ballpark before the Phillies game and ran into Will Clark. He was there hosting the party, chatting it up and signing baseballs. I then walked up to him and asked him to sign my hunting bow. You should have seen his face! He did not know if I was serious or not and finally we both got a big chuckle out of it. He was fired up I knew he was an avid hunter.

  166. knighttown says:

    I’m starting to get some interest from the Hanley owner in a league where there hasn’t been one trade yet. He’s talked about Morneau + something and mentions specifically Haren/Votto/Marmol.

    Morneau’s got great numbers but he was a 4th round pick heading into the season. If there was a redraft, would he go Top 20?

    I’ve got 4 closers and can only use 3, so how much would you add to Morneau and Alexei?

    Morneau + Marmol + Alexei for Hanley (+I’d play LaRoche at CI and Clipperd off waivers)

    +Nolasco for Hanley/LaRoche/Clipperd



    +Pelfry and Lindstrom

  167. Donnie Baseball says:

    cool story, my second favorit player of all time behind the great, should be in the HOF Mattingly.

  168. and1mcgee says:

    @Jackie: you bring your hunting bow to the ballpark? wtf?????????

  169. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: Saunders was in the top 300 with projections. Shave some numbers off but you get an idea.

    @Jackie: Snider? Or Snyder? Snider, Milledge, Stanton, Kearns, Snyder…

    @NukeLaDouche: Grab him.

    @Lob Ball: Do you see my current catcher? Jeff “I no longer have a job” Clement.

    @Howard: Sure

    @Bodymore: Too many comments, not sure what I should have thoughts on there.

    @willclarkismyhero: Bills

    @Awesomus Maximus: Different needs on Snider and Rajai.

    @Bodymore: Offer up whichever one gets you the deal.

    ***Guys if you want a Buy/Sell in 20 minutes, you’re gonna have to help yourselves until 11AM. Sorry, backed up right now. Not in the constipated way.

  170. Jackie says:


    That was the joke! I did not actually bring a hunting bow to the ballpark, but said that to Will to see what he would say. I always remember him wearing camo in those ESPN hunting shows from the 80s/90s.

  171. Hi Grey — In a vacuum, who do you think will be worth more at the end of the year, between Aramis or Gavin Floyd? Do you think it’s close?

  172. Jackie says:

    Sorry, Travis Snider.

  173. Donnie Baseball says:

    Anybody else with any thoughts about Ad. Jones for Granderson?

    I’m just a little worried, cause Granderson stats are pretty much comparable to Jones’ right now. Not good.

    I can handle the month without stats, but if the numbers are going to be similar, what’s the point.

    Man, I didn’t realize how Granderson really cooled off, after a hot start.

  174. Tony says:

    @knighttown: top 20 NO WAY. I’d deal Morneua/marmol in a second and Morneua/Haren even would be more realistic and something i’d do….. morneua is NOT a top 20 player and wont be drafted as one next year.

    now i’m just seeing your ideas, morneua/alexie/marmol would be a great deal to bag hanley….

  175. and1mcgee says:

    @Enrique: in a vacuum? I think these guys have more value on the baseball field.

  176. knighttown says:

    Just how much has Liriano’s value shot up this year? Using Grey’s tiers has he jumped into the Wandy/Price tier, past that into the Hamels/Lee/Nolasco tier or all the way up to the Haren tier?

  177. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @knighttown: Morneau + Marmol + Alexei seems fair. Alexei is just a throw-in since you’d have Hanley, and 4th-rounder plus closer seems fair for first-rounder.

    Morneau’s a former MVP in the best RBI situation in baseball (i.e. behind Mauer). He is what he is if he stays healthy: .275/30-35/100-120 e.g. a very reliable 2nd-to-4th rounder year to year.

    Morneau/Nolasco is also a fair deal, though I wouldn’t up the offer from that.

    @Howard: I’m a Krispie Konvert, but McCutcheon McCutcheon McCutcheon. I don’t even know if I’m spelling his name right and I still like him better.

    @Elijah: Stanton ’10 = Bruce ’08. Causing many an owner-boner, but not likely to live up to the hype. I love how this morning Yahoo! was touting his 500-foot homer… as if the distance of home runs hit in Double A are some indication of MLB readiness.

  178. Kazmere says:

    Weekend question. I know I should play all these guys, but need to slow down on my innings. Grey, which 1 or 2 are the LEAST attractive options?

    Lester NYY
    Hamels ATL
    Oswalt SD
    Peavy TOR

  179. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Enrique: Hard to compare, depends on needs. Is this a trade? I’d want Aramis. Can’t believe anyone would trade for Floyd right now.

    @knighttown: I think he’s Haren tier. A-minus ace. Price may be joining him soon. I wouldn’t trade him straight up for Nolasco or Hamels. Lee and Haren, yes.

    @Donnie Baseball: I wouldn’t rush to get Granderson while he’s out for a month…. I think Grandy ends up more valuable at year’s end than Jones, but I can’t ever suggest trading for an injured player. It’s like asking for what’s behind Door #3 when there might be only two doors.

  180. and1mcgee says:

    ok guys, big help needed! 6×6 (ops, holds)
    my roster:

    c – soto
    1b – pujols
    2b – kelly johnson
    3b – freese/beckham/j. lopez
    ss – alex gonzalez
    of – crawford
    of – lind
    of – quentin
    util – votto
    util – bruce
    bn – cruz (dl)
    dl – granderson
    dl – rollins

    ervin santana
    anderson (dl)
    rp’s: Rodney, Franklin, Lidge

    the offer I just got is Upton/Dotel/Pennington (drop after trade) for Kelly Johnson/Alex Gonzalez/Franklin

    I think I could get Andrus after, or Aviles for my SS.

    thanks so much, guys!

  181. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Kazmere: Personally I’d sit Peavy and Hamels.

  182. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: it’s Justin Upton ;)

  183. @and1mcgee: Good point.

    On a baseball field, then, what are your thoughts? I have Wigginton and have a chance to trade him for Floyd or Aramis.

  184. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @and1mcgee: Is it Justin Upton? If so, yes, accept this trade right now.

    Even if it’s BJ Upton, it’s still a win for you, though you don’t need Beej and Crawford on the same team. You are not the Rays.

  185. Also, anyone starting Latos @ HOU? I know the rule is to start him only at home, but the Astros aren’t that fearful are they?

  186. @Grey: Hey this Kila cat looks like a Three True Outcomes god on the making! Think the Royals will find him enough PA’s to make him fantasy relevant in 12 team mixed?

    He’s put up some nice MiLB numbers. That 18.4%/19.3% BB/K he posted in AAA last season gets me feeling a little gooey inside. Dude must be an absolute gimp in the field if the Royals have taken this long to give him a shot to play somewhere.

  187. GTS says:

    @and1mcgee: If you can get Andrus I’d take J. Upton and bench Quentin for now. But who will be your 2B?

  188. and1mcgee says:

    @GTS: I have Gordon Beckham and Jose Lopez. Maybe one of them can pull their head out of their ass.

  189. GTS says:

    @and1mcgee: Your OF is pretty decent already and you would take a step down at 2B. Is this a keeper league?

  190. Grey

    Grey says:


  191. Jonathan Sanchez at the new Shea stadium . . . Blanco is 2/2 with 2 hrs and D-Wright hits him well, but other than that, Sanchez should be able to mow ’em . . . but then again, he could take the whole pack for a walk . . .

    What’s the call on Sanchez at Mets tonight?

    I’m leaning towards starting with tempered expectations.

  192. Donnie Baseball says:

    I’d trade Wiggy for either of them.

    Rather have Aramis.

  193. and1mcgee says:

    @GTS: I am the Commish. and I have not said if it is a keeper league or not. on Yahoo!, you establish that when you draft next season and then assign players to teams…. if it is, it will only keep like 3 players. I think I’d make it 2 position players and a SP. not sure…

    i guess assume it’s not keeper.

  194. @Arthur O: Gotta start him. This Mets lineup is not good enough for their even to be a question. Of course anything can happen with Sanchez, but you gotta dance with the girl that you brought to the party.

  195. GTS says:

    @and1mcgee: I’d want Justin Upton if it’s a keeper league. You can always work out the other positions as the season goes on.

  196. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Donnie Baseball: HoF balloting rules state, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

    I’ve read seemingly compelling arguments against Mattingly’s inclusion from people who only factor in “contributions” (he was a major contributor for 4 seasons, not so much outside of that), but never one that factored in the other five areas. More to the point… if Don Mattingly doesn’t pass muster based on all six areas of evaluation, I don’t know of many players that do.

  197. Bodymore says:

    Whoops, was rambling a bit I guess. Sorry for the flood

  198. willclarkismyhero says:

    @Jackie: Outstanding! I know a guy who went on a hunting trip with him once and said he’s pretty much the greatest guy ever. Next time, bring your bow. I bet you won’t have to wait in line for a beer.

  199. papasmurf says:

    Note on Napoli, so I looked at the HR highlight on It was a flyball that got caught in the jetstream to right center. Napoli didn’t even think he hit it well.

    So I wouldn’t blame Scioscia if he didn’t score a point for Napoli on the homerun for realz.

  200. Anonymous says:

    What to do with Chris Perez now that Wood is back? Hold him hoping Wood will be Wood and get injured? Or, drop him for one of: Zumaya, Rhodes, Takahashi, Masset, Uehara, Downs or Hensley. League counts holds, so they’ve all got value. Current RPs are Simon, Rivera, Soria, K-Rod and Bard.

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