The only thing more strained than Raul Ibanez’s patience for skeptics is his left groin as the Phillies placed him on the 15 day DL.  You don’t own Ibanez for his wheels so this isn’t as troubling as Jose Reyes with a bad hammy or Willy Taveras with an allergy to getting on base.  Stick him on the DL and hopefully he comes back in 15 days with an unstrained groin.  As for his Philly replacement John Mayberry Jr, think Rickie Sexson.  Lots of power but huge holes in his swing.  He might jack a few HRs before the league figures him out but we’d only recommend him for NL-only leagues and the power-desperate in deep mixed leagues.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 0 ER.  With only two Ks vs. the Reds, it’s not as encouraging as it could be.  But I don’t believe we’re going to see the real Tommy Hanson this year anyway.  Not to say he won’t be good, just keep expectations in check.

Nate McLouth – HR yesterday and 4 RBIs.  Hopefully this big game can endear him to Braves fans enough so he gets his own racist chant.  I vote for swigging motions with Chumbawamba playing.

Jason Frasor – On today’s episode of As The Bullpen Turns, Frasor got the win in the 8th, Ryan started the ninth and Accardo finished it for the save.  After the game, Cito Gaston said, “Fantasy baseball players should consider themselves lucky I didn’t bring in Dirk Hayhurst to face one batter in the 9th.”  So what to make of the B.J. Frasordo closerousel… I’d pick up Frasor, Ryan then Accardo, in that order.  Frasor came into a pressure situation in the 8th.  There wouldn’t have been a save if not for him.  So there was no reason to save him for the ninth.  Ryan came in to start the ninth, but was a bit shaky.  Accardo was a fresh arm and got the save.

Jayson Werth – Hit his 10th homer on Tuesday, on Wednesday his 11th and yesterday he hit his… 12th!  C’mon, these are gimmes.

Adam Lind – Hit his 2nd homer of the Philly series as the flat-footed DH played outfield to get his bat in the lineup.  I wonder if anyone asked for his autograph in Philly by yelling, “Hey, Burrell!”

Ryan Madson – Gave up the winning run in the ninth.  In about a week, we’ll be able to do a find/replace with Lidge’s name.

Nick Blackburn – 9 IP, 1 ER.  I will see you, Mr. Blackburn, in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.

Joe Mauer – Went 3-for-4 playing shortstop and wearing a Brendan Harris jersey.

Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners and 2 Ks.  Strong start since he was struggling away from home.

Alexei Ramirez – Back-to-back games with a home run.  4 of 7 homers now in interleague.  Alexei likey when no one knows to throw him breaking pitches.

Derrek Lee – Hit his 8th homer yesterday.  Now batting around .335 for May/June combined.  Still nary a steal on the season.  You done drafted Lyle Overbay!

Geovany Soto – HR and steal yesterday (4th and 1st respectively).  Even if he gets to 15 homers this year, he’s still worth shopping around to see if he can bring in a better piece at a different position.

Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday.  Hasn’t shown much since his call-up and he’s not even playing regularly, but that could change as Rox start to get traded.

Craig Stammen – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  Of course he blanked the Yanks.  In 9 games in Triple-A, he had a 7.33 ERA. Zoinks!

Ricky Nolasco – Probably sonavabenches across the board for Nolasco as he threw a one-hitter against the Sawx yesterday.  Before you start spraying the silly string that Nolasco’s back, it was a rain-shortened five inning game.

Ronnie Paulino – For those out there that change catchers like they should change their underwear, Paulino’s hot with 3 homers in two games.

Chris Davis – Hit his 13th homer yesterday as he went 1-for-4.  It’s bad when a 1-for-4 raises your average.  He now has 97 Ks on season.  Dave Kingman just shuddered.

Jose Valverde – Picked up the save.  Hawkins is now safe to drop.  Not during a trust exercise though, that wouldn’t be nice.

Luke Hochevar – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Hope he didn’t get you with the ol’ throw-a-great-game-then-a-terrible-game trick.

Krispie Young – 4-for-4, with a steal.  Unfortunately, he left the game with a leg injury.  I would’ve thought he sold his soul for more than one 4 hit game.  God knows Zobrist did.

Chad Qualls1 IP, 2 ER.  Final score, ARI 12, KC 5.  Kazaam!

Mark Reynolds12 runs and 16 hits for the Diamondbacks.  Reynolds went 0-for-6.  Ticker Tease!

Brandon Morrow – 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks.  Last game he only went 3 innings.  Time before that he went 2 and a third innings.  Hello, five starts from now when he throws a complete game.

Franklin Gutierrez – 2 HRs for The Big FraGu!  Though still not worth anything outside of AL-Only leagues.

Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-4, with a homer.  Someone didn’t get the memo about pitching around him.

Chris Young – After saying he would go to the DL, then saying he wouldn’t, it now looks like Young will hit the DL.  He takes as long to go to the DL as he does going home on a pitch.

Magglio Ordonez – Benched indefinitely by Leyland.  Are his teammates calling him Rey?  Maybe he caught BHD (Bobby Higginson Disease)…

Mel Hall – Received 45 years of prison time for out-perving former Yankee teammate, Luis Polonia.  Our hope is that ESPN doesn’t greenlight the early 90s sequel to The Bronx Is Burning.

  1. shydog says:

    stat oddity for the day-I had Blackburn,Gregg,Bell,and Frasor pitch Thursday. 4 Ws and 4 Ks. Blackburn’s on my sell list.any chance of a peek ahead to where he lands on your list?

  2. Chomp says:

    Seems like BJ Upton is finally waking up. And nothing’s better than waking up to a BJ.

  3. and1mcgee says:

    i’m about ready to put Chris Davis in front of a firing squad….

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    I confess, Ho Che Var got me. In two leagues. Never again, I say, never again!

    Dave Kingman – Donkey-Kong! The ultimate HAGNOF (Homers, Ain’t got no face). As one wag stated: “Kingman pushed the envelope of unidimensionality, exposing a yawning chasm between a single major strength, and completely hopeless weakness in every other aspect of his game.” But he sure could hit moon-shots, in the pre-‘roid days.

    Wonder what Yankee family day was like with Hall and Polonia?

    Bobby Higgenson disease – Ha! But Higgie declined due to lack of ‘roids, and Maggs to the results of detox. BTW, what exactly does one do with Ordonez? To highly rated to cut, no trade value, benched for an indefinate period of time. Help!

    Is Morrow worth a pickup if available? By August, he should have enough innings to earn a win.

    Do you know how badly Krispie is hurt?

    Thanks, Grey. Morning routine – make coffee, feed cats, check my teams, visit Razzball. Check!

  5. Jon says:

    Mags is also being benched because if he starts 126 games or gets 600 something plate apperances the Tigers have to pick up his $18M option for next year. They may be looking to add payroll this year, but doubt they are wanting to keep Mags if he doesn’t have any power.

  6. steamer says:

    As a Jays fan, I’m sure Cito will use Frasor. He intended to bring him back out in the 9th, but didn’t realize Frasor was due up 1st the next inning. He was forced to pinch hit for him, which is why Ryan came out to start the 9th. Good ole Cito, up to his usual mistakes.

  7. DT says:

    so you don’t think Nolasco is back? Great game @ Tor, great game @ Bos? Seriously, what sort of going forward rank would you place on him?

  8. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Solid write up per usual. Should Soto be a Free Agent in a 10 team mixed league?


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  9. big o says:

    edit * chris davis
    and substitute mel hall *
    what a piece of shit !!

  10. Eric C. says:

    @Chomp: Yes! He’s gone from riding my bench to starting everyday now.


    I have an informal agreement for Shin Soo-Choo + one of the following pitchers: Slowey, Lester, Wandy Rod, Danks, Baker. Which pitcher should I choose? (I guess Lester should be the obvious choice). I’ll be trading away Victorino/Bedard. He also has Lily and Cain, although I feel like he’s less inclined to trade either.

  11. sean says:

    Better play for the second half: Joseph Votto with balance or Aubrey O’Day Huff?

  12. Corey says:

    @DT: Last nights game wasn’t that great. It was just five innings, although it is good compared to anything else we’d expect from Nolasco.

  13. Corey says:

    @ Sean: Aubrey Huff, He’s Huff the 2nd Half Magic Dragon

    @Eric C: Stay away from Bedard. Keep Lester. Trade Wandy.

  14. Scott says:

    @Eric C.: I would take Lester. 1.71 ERA 26/4 K/BB in 21 June IP. Grey has him as an injury risk for ’09 though and may say Slowey or Danks, but hey, you’re giving up Bedard, so take a risk.

  15. Scott says:

    @Corey: He’s giving away Bedard in that trade.

  16. wb1960 says:

    Great stuff as usual. My morn routine. Get up, turn on computer,turn on coffee pot,read email,get coffee then sit and read razzball. Every morn this way(except sadly nothing new on Sat/Sun)(On the 7th day Grey/Rudy rested)

  17. Corey says:

    @Scott:I read that wrong. Thanks for pointing that out. Well, Trade for Lester or Slowey, give away Bedard as soon as you can and have nothing to do with Wandy!

  18. Teef says:

    Which Side – Michael Young, Nolasco, Inge for Bedard Hoffman

  19. Scott says:

    @Teef: Young side. Bedard’s shoulder is hurt.

  20. The Giant Brain says:

    @Paulie Allnuts – I hope you are concerned for Krispie’s injury because he’s a close, personal friend and not somebody on your fantasy team.

  21. Teef says:

    When the hell is Russel Martin going to be droppable – He is down to .238. So far since 6/3 he has 5 hits….5!!!! Of those 5 hits, none have been extra base hits. He has 0 RBI and 1 run scored which came last night. Do I even need to mention that he has also yet to homer? What a waste of a 5th-6th round pick…it’s inexplicable what he’s done thus far

  22. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Toss Contreras at Cincy today? I purposely got ahead of my innings pace since I had some injury risks (Peavy, Bedard)…traded Bedard and we know what happened to Peavy. Now I’m down to a mere +17 on my innings pace and could use the start.

    I’m thinking he could be good today, if his stuff is as sharp as they say, against a team that hasn’t seen him.

  23. Suck My Wieters says:

    For those iphone fans, I just read the MLB app is going to be streaming games live now. It recently added Audio but now well be getting video as well!

  24. mc serch says:

    @Suck My Wieters: Nice! Now if it only had a feature that would track designated players (instead of having to check the boxscore of every effin’ game played) that would be sweet.

  25. timSTi says:

    @Suck My Wieters: Damn me for being an anit-conformist and buying the Blackberry Storm!!!!

  26. Suck My Wieters says:

    @mc serch: Its called Y! sports professional. It actually has all your fantasy teams and if you have stat tracker it works with that.

    I just jailbreak my phone and get all this stuff for free.

  27. Fade says:

    You can keep your silly string in the can, but I’m not. How is 5 innings of 1-hit ball just ok? You make it sound like he pitched 5, gave up 6 hits and 3ER.

    His total line was 5 IP, 1H, 1ER, 5Ks, 0BB. Who cares if it was rain-shortened? This performance by anyone else would have receive praise, not cautious pessimism.

  28. @Eric C.: Lester/Choo

    There is still an UPROAR in my league over me (1st place) dealing my Holliday/papi for JOHAN SANTANA?

    4 Vetoes have already been cast takes 6 to shoot it down. Some are saying i’m not losing anything? OK. I didn’t know during a trade a team must be “hurt” in order to help another area? They’re just pissed. My bad i’m stacked because i read razzball, do my homework, and I’m awesome.

    so Frasor is the closer, got him, check, what about Hawkins now? Drop? IDK. I think i might hold for a little bit, what was wrong with valverdenuts anyways? Any chance he goes back down again soon? Man Hawk was doing alright for me too! LOL

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:

    MADSON AND PENA havent been anything special filling in for lidge and qualls and i dropped nolasco for them 1 in each league,but hey even the best make mistakes,Tigers 3 over par

  30. Bob says:

    I’m still waiting for Reyes to come off the DL. Been going with Yunel Escobar. Somebody just dropped J.J. Hardy, so Escobar or Hardy?

  31. Teef says:

    My trade update/situation.

    So my team is
    C. Russell Martin
    1b. Miguel Cabrera
    2b. Alexi Ramirez
    SS. Ryan Theriot
    3b. Alex Rodriguez
    OF. BJ Upton
    OF. Shane Victorino
    OF. Mark DeRosa
    Util. Lance Berkman

    Dl. Carlos Quentin, Josh Hamilton

    Pitching is:

    1.Roy Halladay 2. Jake Peavy 3.Yovani Gallardo 4. Erik Bedard 6. Adam Wainright 7. Tommy Hanson
    1. Heath Bell 2.Kevin Gregg 3. Houston Street 4. Trevor Hoffman 5. Andrew Bailey

    So With Bedard Peavy and Halladay on the DL – I only have 3 starters

    I’ve been talking with this one dude in my league – He propsed Bedard and Hoffman for his Inge, Nolasco, Young…I like Young to replace theriot so I got him to agree to Young for Hoffman straight up.

    I told him I had some deals out to try and get a better catcher and if they fell through I’d do the Bedard/ Nolasco and Inge

    My questions are

    1) Would you do the 2nd part of the trade assuming I can’t get a better catcher?
    NOTE: I know everyone is freaking over Bedards shoulder but I can’t imagine anything short of getting his arm cut off causing him to not pitch and get his next contract…even if he damages it he’ll just get his surgery next year on the dollar of his next employer
    2. If I should trade Bedard, is that really the best I can do? Should I be sticking it out with Martin and trying to get more for Bedard (he’s willing to do Nolasco and Porcello, who I’m not crazy about)
    3. Do you like the Young for Hoffman Straight up

  32. @Bob: i think hardy is beginning one of his HOT STREAKS, if you can plug him in do it….

  33. Bob says:

    I know we’re waiting for a ruling on Bedard from the Angels team doctor, but in the meantime, should I drop Erik to pick up Tommy Hanson before somebody else does? No room on the DL because of Jose Reyes (see previous post). Thanks.

  34. royce! says:

    @Suck My Wieters: I actually watched part of the Cardinals game yesterday evening on my iphone in a dentist’s chair. I was skeptical at first but the app kept up. Only problem is that the app, even w/o the video, really drains the battery. But otherwise it’s my BFFF.

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Bob: id want hardy

  36. Suck My Wieters says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I just need to wait till the new jailbreak is out and ill be watching it as well. Ill utilize this a lot from work since we cant use the slingbox.

  37. is brett cecil coming back? he’s being picked up by quite a few people in yahoo premium leagues….?

  38. timSTi says:


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  39. royce! says:

    @Fade: I think there is still reason to cautiously praise Nolasco’s start in Boston. As you note, he had no base runners. His problem so far this year has been to get flustered when someone has reached base (which, based on his over .400 BABIP until these last couple starts, was often). He would then make mistake pitches, and people would score (thus his LOB% being under 50 before the last couple starts, and his over 25% LD rate). So this last start didn’t really reveal much more than he can pitch great when no one is on. I would say the starts before that indicated more improvement because he had baserunners and stranded them at a normal rate (75%).

    I definitely agree that all of his starts since he got back combined show that he should not be benched. And I am bummed that I benched him, but would have been much more bummed if I didn’t and he was crap, b/c that would have meant I was an idiot for even rostering him.

    Not bummed that I pitched Blackburn though!

  40. royce! says:

    @Tony Y: Yes, pitching Saturday as I recall.

  41. Mr Baseball says:

    last spot to fill in deep league- its sad but these are my best options – Joel Zumaya or Jeremy Accardo – league has both saves and holds

  42. Scott says:

    @Teef: I don’t remember anything in Bedard’s shitstory (history) that would suggest he can pitch effectively through pain, or is willing to try. He’s only 30, what if he’s thinking I get my shoulder cleared up this year, sign a one-year deal, then cash in when the economy is better? Who knows? I definitely like your side on the Young/Hoffman deal. I don’t really like Inge over Martin, but I am biased and would favor getting rid of Bedard.

    My question is, if you drafted Cabrera, Upton, and A Rod in the first three rounds, when did you get CQ, Berkman, Hamilton, Martin, Halladay, and Peavy? Nice work!

  43. Thunder Dan says:

    I rolled the dice and started Nolasco at Fenway and the fantasy gods rewarded me for taking the risk. Should I double up and start Kawakami there today or quit while I’m ahead? I’m playing with house money at this point, and they say fortune favors the bold…

    @Bob: I wouldn’t drop Bedard yet, especially not for Taylor, I mean Tommy Hanson.

  44. Scott says:

    @Tony Y: That’s crap, I hate vetoes.

  45. @Scott: yeah i’m annoyed, i mean i kinda understand they’re looking at my staff in this DEEP 12 Team H2H league and its stacking them and they’re looking at my offense and its not hurting me one bit, but isn’t that the point of dealing? Making your team better? I posted my piece, the other guy posted his reasoning, but they’re still trying/attempting to veto because they say I’m not giving up enough or its throwing off the balance of the league! HA! My bad i have surplus at pitching and hitting!

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Tony Y: yes he is coming this weekend but,he hasnt pitched well on the farm even though he did while being called up ,so i wouldnt be to concerned

  47. Nick says:

    @Grey: Drop Peavy and pickup Floyd, Millwood, Wolf or Richmond?

  48. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @The Giant Brain: Unfortantely., I am about as compassionate regarding Krispie as Charles Comiskey was regarding Eddie Ciccotte’s promised bonus in 1919. I am a laissez faire capitalist regarding fantasy players, except in regards to my personal fav’s, which include Jobacum, Bruce, Sparkakis, Mariano Rivera, Pedro ( yeah, I’ll give him a whirl when he returns), and in the past, Lastings Milledge, my special Bowden Fluffer. They get more leeway then most. But the rest of them are indentured servants.

  49. Teef says:

    @ Scott – Most of my team is buy lows – I drafted Miggy, Arod, Holliday, Peavy in the first 4 picks…CQ grabbed in the 6th but Berkman, Hamilton, BJ were all buy lows (the last one i love cuz I traded Magglio straight up for him in his “hot streak”

    Regarding Bedard: Even with his shoulder – if he comes off the DL makes a good start or two, I should be able to get much more than Nolasco for him – Just something in the idea of trading him for Nolasco bugs me..his numbers are too solid thus far.

  50. Fade says:

    @ royce!: I’m not saying that Nolasco is now a risk-less pitcher. My point is that Grey said not to celebrate because the game was rain shortened. The fact that the game was only 5 innings really has no impact on the performance. If it was a 9 inning game, and he pitched 5 inning of 1 hit ball, would he still downplay Nolasco’s start? Also, I wouldn’t say that Nolasco’s big problem was with men on base. His problem in the first place was putting them on base to begin with. I think by not allowing a walk and only one hit is just as much a positive step as would be otherwise.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Nick: floyd has been real hot,

  52. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony Y: Hardy has 15 of next 21 at home: .172/.240/.323 (AVG/OBP/SLG) at home. Haven’t checked the individual team matchups, but that’s enough for me to question if this is really to point when Hardy “starts to heat up”.

  53. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Thunder Dan: I wouldn’t throw the dice on Kamakaz

    [email protected]AL KOHOLIC: I was all set to pick up Hardy with the 4th waive pick, but he chose to begin his hot streak right after he was dropped by our Commish, and Danmcor obviously had a higher waiver pick. Hardy will hit 10 dingers in a month, and then hit .140 for the next month. I will have to wait for the next cycle to aquire him.

  54. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Consider yourself lucky. Next cycle starting soon.

  55. royce! says:

    @Fade: I agree. Nolasco would have a lot less problems if he allowed less runners.

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: i to had a waiver in for him,i missed on lopez and stupidly dropped inge a while back,hernandez at catcher has stunk,waing for the 2nd half zobrist

  57. @Simply Fred: yeah and he was facing “cleveland” while “heating up” LOL

    i was at the one game when he went 2-3. B-Tard!

  58. Kyle Blanks called up…worth a flier?

  59. @matthole: he’s already picked up in my league by the “rookie lover”

  60. anon says:

    I am thinking of picking up Ian Snell in a 14-teamer. How terrible of an idea is this? Would I be better off just going with a MR. B? I could get O’Day, Masset, or Tony Pena. Per AL KAHOLIC’s advice I just traded Bell/Howell for Gallardo and now have an extra roster spot. Also, I grabbed BJ Ryan who ended up being the wrong guy so I could drop him and get 2 of Snelly, O’Day, Masset, or Pena if I wanted.


  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @shydog: That is weird.

    @Chomp: Ha!

    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @Paulie Allnuts: HAGNOF — Ha! Enjoyed family days too. I’d cut Mags in 12 team or shallower and don’t know on Krispie.

    @Jon: True, and a lack of performance.

    @DT: Nolasco’s still risky.

    @timSTi: No, Soto shouldn’t be a FA.

    @wb1960: Thanks! But actually I’m writing on Sunday so you have something to read on Monday. So 6th day I rested.

    @The Giant Brain: Ha!

    @mgeoffriau: Sure, but it’s risky.

    @Teef: I’d take this side Inge, Nolasco, Young of the Bedard trade.

    @Nick: Wolf

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @anon: Go with Pena

  63. Is soria back full go? I see he’s back back, but hasn’t gotten a save, just no opportunity or?

  64. Scott says:

    @Tony Y: You are surprised that the Royals haven’t had a save opportunity for Soria since 6/3? He’s back as the closer.

  65. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Do you want Soto over Sandoval then? My weakest offensive category is AVG so I’m liking Sandoval.

  66. @Scott: contrary to rumor the royals aren’t thatttttt bad haha….

    that whole division sucks, including my tribe….

  67. Nick says:

    @Grey: Ahh shit, Peavy is undroppable! What the hell!

  68. @Nick: they’ll change that or they should… especially if he’s donezo

  69. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Nick: if they officially call it a done year for him,i think espn/yahoo can remove him from cant drop list

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @timSTi: sandoval,but like gret said,soto should be owned if possible

  71. Lava says:

    Of course I benched Werth this week do to his weak performance last week, and Cody Ross’s surging. That is a blowup in my face, if I’ve ever seen one.

  72. timSTi says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I drafted Soto and felt his pain for a month. We have a fairly deep bench so maybe I’ll just stash him there and if he gets hot pawn him off. Also, I sent you two emails about the Midseason League.


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  73. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Tony Y: OK, here are the matchups.
    Facing MIN, SF, NYN, STL, LAD at home last year Hardy avg’d: .317/.368/.639 (AVG/OBP/SLG). So, appears “heat up” could well be in order. When you guys say “it’s about time he starts heating up”, it would be nice if you would share the “why” behind it (so my dumb-ass isn’t continually exposing itself).

  74. Corey says:

    @IowaCubs: HA! Priceless!

  75. Nick says:

    @Grey: For next weeks lineup would u replace Slowey (vs. Mil or Stl), Wainwright (vs. Mets or Twins) or Danks (vs. Dodgers or Cubs) with Hoffman? My other closers starting are Franklin & Jenks and my opponent has K-rod & Wood in for nxt week. I don’t want to start Hoffman but rather him than one of the other starters if you have a hunch one of them might get lit up!

  76. Rob says:

    I have Chris Davis on the bench. I had to use him yesterday because Branyan was not playing. Should I hold Davis as a reserve?

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Simply Fred: seriously im going more on his track record and the fact that he is hitting the ball well of late,just not falling in,without doing the math or research i think he finishes up .250+ ,20+ good rbi`s for ss,wich means 275 and 15+ hrs from here on,i personally could use that in 2 leagues,

  78. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: In Yahoo, a Commish can remove the can’t cut stipulation – it is one of the options. However, the way it would be done is for the Commish to open the option, drop the player, and then close up so other can’t cut players aren’t allowed to be dropped. ( As a Commish in a Yahoo league where I own Peavy, the temptation is there to do just that! But I have promised to myself not to do so until it is certain that he will be out for the year. However, what could happen is that he may be projected to come back after the fantasy playoffs but before the end of the season. That would be a bummer.

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Corey: @IowaCubs:thats nutts on there cubbie,actually made me laugh

  80. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: i agree,i have him in the RCL,but either way id probably drop him soon if possible,not like he`s going to help the happless pads batting brian(i wont retire)giles 3rd(.194)

  81. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Simply Fred: I don’t know if matchups in general are important with a player who is streaky as Hardy. I think that Hardy would go 0-5 against Ponson in a slump, and 4-5 against, say CC Sabathia when going well.

  82. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Even if he winds up relatively healthy, which is questionable at best, the Pod aren’t going to compete for anything, and would have no reason to risk pitching Peavy, either if they wish to keep him for next year, or trade him (although his value is substantially lower then it was several weeks ago.) . So I believe, like you do, that he will not offer any owner anything of value for the remainder of the year. But I will hold on to him until Grey or Rudy or Yahoo gives the word.

  83. Nick says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: I’d say Grey gave the word to drop him. At least that is what he has reccommended I do!

  84. Nick says:

    @Grey: For next weeks lineup would u replace Slowey (vs. Mil or Stl), Wainwright (vs. Mets or Twins) or Danks (vs. Dodgers or Cubs) with Hoffman? My other closers starting are Franklin & Jenks and my opponent has K-rod & Wood in for nxt week. I don’t want to start Hoffman but rather him than one of the other starters if you have a hunch one of them might get lit up!

    sorry to repost this but I forgot to mention I might pickup Wolf if I can get the commish to remove the no cut list. So if I pickup Wolf we forget about Hoffman…so who do you put Wolf in for if any of them? Slowey, Danks, Wainwright?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: I’d start the starters. I wouldn’t start Wolf over any of those three.

  86. Corey says:

    Kyle Blanks’ nickname should be ” The Pillsbury Fro Boy”

  87. BigFatHippo says:

    @IowaCubs: Haha

    Fletch, six-two, six-nine with the afro……………..

  88. @IowaCubs: Nice. My doppleganger is a big boy – 6’6″ 270 lbs. Should be fun watching him field in the OF. If Gwynn Jr is in CF and Blanks in a corner, it’ll look like an evolution chain with Tony Gwynn Sr. and Nate Colbert in the middle…

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yahoo`s rumors reports ibanez not really confident 15 days will do the trick,gotta be to soon to tell id think

  90. Stephen says:

    “According to Baseball America, the Padres have promoted top hitting prospect Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Portland.
    Blanks, 22, was hitting .283/.393/.485 with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI for Portland. The 6’6″, 285 lb. slugger can play left field or first base. San Diego isn’t calling him up to sit on the bench, so there’s a strong chance he’ll gather some amount fantasy value. A corresponding move should be announced shortly.” –From Rotoworld….

    I don’t think Blanks is going to be stellar this year. Playing the outfield will be atrocious for the Padres defense and will be like watching a catcher run the bases.

  91. big o says:

    work your magic on the chicago weather today .
    the match-up lee vs harden deserves to run it’s full course .
    the cubbies are pretty screwed up right now , but harden should show the tribe’s cy young how it’s really supposed to be done .

  92. royce! says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Ha! That evolution chain comment was awesome!

  93. @big o: Harden is a bum. Gimme Cliff anyday.

  94. big o says:

    @Rudy Gamble:
    enjoyed your response to the round-table question .
    you did leave out ==> ” and somebody poisoned your dog” .
    cust kayin’

    @Tony Y:
    tell me that you’re going to be around to enjoy this game with me today .

  95. Scotty says:

    Someone recently dropped John Lackey. Any doubt to dropping Tommy Boy Hanson to pick him up?

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: how many games need to be played for elgibility per position,,also do you officially recomend dropping peavy?

  97. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Scotty: I want Lackey.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Depends on the site for eligibility. In 12 teams or shallower, if you need the room, I’d drop him.

  98. big o says:

    re : magglio
    team is trying to keep him from starting 126 games (contract) ??

  99. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: espn,rcl,games played?

  100. timSTi says:


    Midseason Razzball Commenter League 2 still has openings. Sunday 8pm EST draft. Email me to join

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  101. Scotty says:

    10 games to acquire positional eligibility at ESPN.

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: His offense obviously is not pressing the issue.

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Scotty: thanks,,,we need 2 more for sunday night draft,,come on lets fill it and draft,,most of us surely can draft better now than we did to start the year

  104. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks guys for responding. I was a property appraiser by profession (tax man), so numbers are the core of my analysis. I don’t have the “feel” for when a player gets hot, etc. That’s one of the reasons this site is so valuable. Nevertheless, it’s tough for me to set aside the numbers for opinion (even when it is spot on). I had considered making a move for Reynolds this week but didn’t like his matchups this week (thought he would under-perform) and could still make the move later. Everyone was touting how hot “the minny-donkey” is. In 3 games this week he has 1 single, 1 HR, 2 runs, and 2 rbi–considerably under-performing from recent “hot”. In any case, KNOW that I consider your knowledge and just gut instincts as worthy of LISTENING TO. Thank you!

  105. royce! says:

    Just wanted everyone to know that the Pirates reached an agreement with their second round draft choice, BROOKS POUNDERS. Only because that is an amazing name.

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Simply Fred: we also welcome all numbers you can offer,the more info the better,thanks

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Wow, great name.

    @timSTi: Put a notice in the newest post.

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  108. Teef says:

    Tommy Hanson Erik Bedard for Cole Hamels


    Erik Bedard for Nolasco and Inge/Porcello

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