And all the pitchers in the top 10, please allow Stephen Strasburg to bump thee.  Let’s see what we can say about Strasburg that hasn’t been said before.  Mikhail Gorbachev’s port wine birthmark on his head is actually Strasburg mid-windup.  I don’t think that had been said before.  Stephen’s cheering section, The House of Strasburg, better get out its Austrian officer uniforms because Herr Strasburg is goose stepping back into town.  I think in most redraft leagues you’d be able to find a dozen waiver wire pitchers that can do what Strasburg can do for this year.  What’s he gonna get?  4 starts at most?  Brandon McCarthy could be as valuable as him in 4 starts.  I’m just tempering you like Margaret from Boardwalk Empire.  I wouldn’t expect more than 20 innings of a 3.00 ERA.  Don’t go dropping anyone too valuable to roll with the Strasburger.  In keeper leagues, drop your priceless Faberge egg and grab him.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Casey Kotchman – Which of these statements is false:  1) He’s hitting .337. 2) He had mononucleosis for two years because the Angels Rally Monkey used his toothbrush.  3) He considered legally changing his first name to I’mplaying1stbasey.

Mike Carp – Just went over my Mike Carp fantasy.  I wrote it while wearing giant gold sunglasses like Pitbull.

J.D. Martinez – He went from a lukewarm buy to a must have in less than a week.  He could revert back to a lukewarm buy by (stutterer!) next week.

Brandon McCarthy – Has a 3.31 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 74:16 K:BB rate.  McCarthy’s taking on every team this year like they’re the Reds.  Hopefully he keeps it up tonight vs. the Rangers and doesn’t leave his initials on the mound.

Dontrelle Willis – For a long time his career looked as promising as the person who told Jordan a Hitler mustache was the way to go.  His ERA looks the best its looked in years, but better still is he’s keeping his BBs in check better than Ralphie.

Jake Peavy – He’s looked good the last four times out.  If you had him for those starts, take a lap around your computer, cheering yourself.  You deserve it.

Rafael Furcal – Nothing says fresh blood infused into your fantasy team’s veins like an oldie-timer.

Eric Young Jr. – I ran into Eric Young Sr. and Eric Young Jr. Jr. at a Carl’s Jr. the other day and they agreed that the only thing that’s stopping Eric Young Jr. from stealing 60 bases a year is playing time.  Then they began to argue over the real star of the duo, Junior Senior.

Jose Altuve – Has hit in ten of his last twelve games while batting .330 since his call up and is owned in 1.5% of ESPN leagues.  Jed Lowrie, who has one good week every year or so, is owned in 13.4% of ESPN leagues.  Then again ESPN dedicates five hour programming blocks to the Sawx so I guess it makes sense.

Johnny Giavotella – Could have some speed, power and abbreviate his last name as GTL.  I’ll cop to picking up Giavotella in one league.  Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em or file a restraining order…

Yuniesky Betancourt – Hitting over .400 in the last week with a homer and a steal.  Not a long term add but hot schmotatoes rarely are.

Jose Constanza – His name translates to Joe With Poem so here’s one in his honor.  Constanza is playing over Jason Heyward/Leaving a hole in my outfield the size of a fjord/Now I’m blahtooning Eric Young and Peter Bourjos/What rhymes with that? Orange juice?

Jesus Montero – Will be called up shortly and hit 2 to 4 homers while collecting 9 to 13 RBIs; I can hardly wait!

Rafael Betancourt – He can be found in the definition of Cuddle Boy, but that shouldn’t stop you from handcuffing Huston Street who once pulled a hamstring from around a candied ham and strained his elbow.

Vinnie Pestano – If Chris Perez blows one more game in horrific fashion, Pestano will be the closer.  If Perez blows two more games in less than horrific fashion, Pestano will take over.  If Perez just shows up at the game wearing a mismatched outfit, he should be fine.


Vernon Wells – If you think Vernon Wells has another month and a half of productivity in his bat, then the Blue Jays GM Alex Snuffaluffagus has a bridge in Kansas to sell you.

Derrek Lee – Has a team ever traded for someone then put him on waivers within a few weeks?  I don’t know, but Derrek Lee or Ryan Ludwick might be the first ones.  Pirates spokesman, “Listen, we were never really in the running and now we’re really not in the running… Anyone wanna take these schmohawks off our hands?  How about Ryan Doumit?  How about Dyan Roumit?  How about a catcher to be named later?”  Sure, Lee is wily with grit, but put grit and wily into Google and you get “Did you mean John McCain?” and he can’t play baseball.

Carlos Lee – Sticking with the old Lee theme, if you have Chuck Lee, stop fighting the power and shut him down.

Jason Heyward – I wouldn’t drop him in keeper leagues or leagues 12 team or deeper.  In those leagues, I’d walk into traffic wearing a burlap sack muttering about how Heyward betrayed you.  But in shallow redraft leagues, it’s time to move on.  What’s the best he can give you in a month-plus?  6 homers?  Rick Ankiel called and said he’d give you that, but not to call him back and his number is unlisted.

  1. Jah says:

    Start Latos @ CIN (Arroyo) today, or
    start Kurodo V. HOU (Lyles) Sunday


  2. papafrog says:

    Grey, I grew up with Joe Rubbo, the fat kid from American Virgin. That movie is a classic!

  3. papafrog says:

    Oops, I meant LAST American Virgin, of course.

  4. Wilsonian says:

    Cecil, Willis, Harden? W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ks/9

  5. Brew Crew says:

    1) Can you rank Harden, Danks, McCarthy ROS?? (12 Team ROTO)
    2) Nunez or Betancourt (SS Fill In for Hanley)

  6. Epicured says:

    What do you think about dropping Heyward for Cameron Maybin in a standard 12 team league?

  7. TheNewGuy says:

    Better fill in for Reyes at MI: Giovatella, or Altuve.

  8. crock says:

    Furcal or Betancourt to replace Hanley?
    Also with an outfield of: Rf JD Martinez, CF BJ, LF Crawford and utl of Gardner and Stubb is trading Stubbs for Victor Martinez smart? I currently have Yadier catching and could replace Stubbs with Guzman or LoMo.

  9. Kevin says:

    Jay Bruce or Mike Stanton for 2012 (and beyond) keeper league? Hr, XBH, RBI, OPS, Ks against

  10. neogonzo mourning says:

    Junior was definitely the talent – he could sing like MJ and play guitar like a MFer… but I loved Senior’s whole “Rapping Danish Big Gay Al” persona much more than I ever suspected I would!

  11. tourinct says:

    With Choo coming off the DL, drop JD Martinez, Boesch, Goldschmidt or the Donkey?

  12. Hardcore Midget says:

    Starting Norris @LAD tonight? Guy has been pretty sucky lately.

  13. That Guy... says:

    Grey, I’m in a keeper league that keeps 5 players. I have Miggy, Cano, Lincecum, Beltre, Gallardo and Lawrie. Would you keep Heyward over any of these 6 for next year?


  14. jacks says:

    grey, you ranked my starters for next week on the last post but left off Ubaldo and Bedard. Does that mean you wouldn’t touch either? Ubaldo did well at CHW earlier this year and has handled DET twice … but you think too risky? I’m 50/50, which means I would sit, but I need me some wins, but I really don’t need a further savaging of my ratios. thx as always!

  15. Joel says:

    Grey: made the lawrie and choo for Youk deal.. Thanks! One last question: I can trade either Freddie Freeman or Helton for Drew Storen. In 6×6 h2h, who should I KEEP for my UT position, Helton or Freeman for the ROS?

  16. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:10 team 8×8 h2h(K/9)….Harrison or Stauffer?

  17. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    also,10 team 8×8 h2h….keeper for nxt yr,Elvis or Drew?

  18. Trace says:

    Uh oh…D Train is coming back to the station! If you asked at the beginning of the year I would have never thought I’d see him as a ‘buy’.

  19. jacks says:

    hey grey you had em:Marcum, Stauffer, Wandy, Hanson, Ervin….
    where would Ubaldo and Bedard fit in the ranks? thx

  20. LT says:

    Pick two of these match ups for next week in H2H

    Colon @KC
    Dempster @HOU
    CJ Wilson @LAA


  21. zzzzzz says:

    Drop Pena for Carp?

  22. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    Drop Soto for Jesus Montero?

  23. crock says:

    One more. Which RF for ros: Ludwick, JD martinez or Vlad?

  24. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: The A Christmas Story reference had me absolutely rolling. Fantastic stuff. Made me look forward to the yearly 24 hour marathon on TBS.

  25. Ben the M says:

    In a 20 team 5×5 keeper league would

    Reyes (DL)+ David Hernandez (I am in first place)
    Kimbrel + Brian Wilson (no chance at the playoffs)

    make sense as I am making a run for the Championship?

    I already made one “Go For it” move Longoria for Price and Greinke (I had picked up Lawrie with my top waiver priority).

  26. TheNewGuy says:

    Know you said hold on my last deal. Now got an offer looking like:
    Sabathia ($20) and Prado ($12) for Ackley ($0) and Ogando ($0).

    Would you do that one? There’s clearly a massive difference between pitchers and that’s what im trying to improve, and I feel Prado and Ackley will be similar from now on out. Ackley’s a good keeper but im still not sure about Ogando even at $0.

  27. Marqo says:

    Derrek Lee a Sell?
    I’d put him in the Buy-Category!

    He has always been hot in August, September, he’s hitting Clean-Up right after McCutchen, Walker, Tabata, so what’s the matter?

  28. Jason says:

    Grey – at this point in time, is Bautista an automatic 1st rounder next year? I have an offer of Bautista and Beachy for Kershaw in a keeper league. It would put me in a bad SP position but to acquire Bautista….

  29. pipa says:


  30. Heyward sitting. Again. Word to yo’ Buy/Sell.
    + when Montero does get the call might you recommend dropping Ibanez or Rios? Thanks Grey. Happy weekend.

  31. pipa says:

    Would you give up Hosmer for McCarthy?

  32. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:10 team 8×8 h2h,could you rank these guys for UTL spot?


  33. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 5×5
    Would now be the time to drop JZimmerman for some temp MI help with Betancourt or do I drop one of Aybar/Bartlett?

  34. pipa says:

    J Zimm for Stas you wouldn’t do? You suggest I hold onto JZ for his last two starts??

  35. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    Please rank for rest of season in H2H…

    Cecil, Leake, Esmil, Hochevar

    Soto, Salty, Montero

    Thanks in advance.

  36. Nick says:

    @Grey: is Aybar droppable in 12 team roto league? I can grab Betancourt, Furcal or Bartlett. Also could hold Aybar and dump McDonald or Cecil on a crowded, at = IP pitching staff…p.s. willis, McCarthy & Peavy are available, like any over mcds or cecil?

  37. eric says:

    Traded Stras and Trout for Wright and Oswalt. 20 team keeper, but can only keep players for 4 years max. Thoughts?

  38. Jungle Mike says:

    Thinking about dropping Dustin Ackley for Jason Kipnis…. 10 team, ROTO, Uggla/Castro are my other two MI. Jesus Guzman is my Utitility… Need OPS, SBS, RBIS, and HRS…. thoughts?

  39. KayCee says:

    Power: Goldschmidt or Blanks?

    Or put in a claim for Choo and a little bit of everything? would need to clear 3 players. I could use the runs and rbi too…

  40. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Which one is worth having, of these three?

    David Hernandez
    Rex Brothers
    Vinnie Pestano

  41. Josh says:

    hahaha the Dodgers traded for Dotel last year then traded him on waivers. can definitely see the Pirates doing the same.

  42. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Anybody that wants to give an opinion:

    Should I start Stubbs vs. Latos or Krispie vs. Gee tonight? I realize I’m most likely just deciding on who I want to go 0-4 for my team, but any input would be appreciated.

  43. Tony says:

    dropped heyward for Trout earlier today, good riddens heyward you POS, what a waste of a 4th round pick, why didnt i take pence? god did i stray from the plan this year!!!

    i hate 2011

  44. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Wells gets a nice ovation when he comes to bat in Toronto for the first time since the trade – and then hits the 1st pitch for a home run.

  45. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Magic is dealing tonight, 12 pitches through 2 IP.

  46. Steve says:

    Bah. Sonavabenched! Kotch isn’t supposed to do that against CC.

  47. RiffRaff says:

    How would you rank these OF for ROS:
    BJ Upton, Jennings, Ethier, Choo

    Also, how high do you think Jennings gets drafted next year?

  48. Brew Crew says:

    Whos a better bench bat/UTIL for ROS (Non-Keeper)
    Goldschmidt or Moose??

  49. Trumbo not in the line up tonight & the flippin’ Scosciopath is sounding like young Trumbo may have taken Napoli’s place on the shizzlist; wanting to get the immortal Branyan some ABs. Heard an interview while the Angel’s when in Yankeeland last week; & when asked in regard to Trumbo’s positive rookie campaign, he hardly gave a ringing endorsement. Prefering to laud Kendry as the shoes that the kid had to fill. I just kind of took note that the 1B that I was strongly considering targeting next season might just be Scosiasapatoged like our late round jewel Texas catcher. Cust kayin’.

  50. Bazzrall says:

    Trade Braun and Espinosa for Teixiera and Kinsler in a keeper?

  51. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I wouldn’t, OF is weaker than 1B in the elite range, especially if you’re in a 5 OF league.

  52. Nick says:

    @Grey: Someone dropped H Street in a 12 team roto league. would you grab him if you needed some saves and can sacrifice Cecil as my IP=+1 with 7 other starters besides Cecil, all better.

  53. Nick says:

    I know hes dl’d thinking toward end of season could be useful

  54. Wilsonian says:

    Ain’t nothin’ but a Gangsta Hardy…

    Man that was bad, but some of you may love some old school Tupac.

  55. Steve says:

    Stupid Tribe. How many chances did they want to take the lead?

  56. DHill Dragons says:

    JJ Hardy is on friggin’ fire!!! 2 more Home Runs tonight. I see that they’ve moved him to the 2 hole the last few games, but with the way he’s been driving the ball, he has an argument to be in the 3 spot.

  57. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Well, I’d been waiting until The Law Man earned 3B eligibility to grab Altuve (right now I have him, Kipnis, Jesus, and The Drubal all fighting for 2B, MI and UTIL playing time). But if you’re making him a “Buy,” I better act before he’s no longer available. Thanks…

    What’s up with Jim Tracy going out of his way on Monday to reassure me EYJ is his man… and then benches him for the next two days?

  58. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    * the next three days

  59. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 5 x 5 — Time to bail on Wieters? Available C’s include: Salty, Ianetta, martin, AJ

  60. Steve says:

    Kotch or Morneau?

  61. SpecialFNK says:

    12 team, yahoo, roto, 5×5. non keeper, but we play with mostly the same people each season.
    I have 111.5 points and I’m in 1st place by 16 points. I have at least a 10 in every category.
    my pitching- Kershaw, Hamels, Haren, Billingsley, Wandy, Luebke. I also had Kuroda and Karstens until just recently, as well as Hellickson and Pineda earlier in the season(plus others). I’m +35 in IP and want to trade some pitching.
    I let the league know Billingsley, Wandy, Luebe are available and since I don’t really need help anywhere I don’t need to win a trade, but that I’m looking for players with multiple position eligibility.
    offer came in.. Ryan Raburn for Wandy. should I go ahead and accept? or counter with 1 of Billingsly/Luebke? or look for someone other than Raburn?

    with such a big lead I shouldn’t lose right? and I don’t want seem like a hardass trying to get as much as possible with the lead/points I have and possibly upset owners going into next season so they don’t want to trade with me anymore in the future.

  62. frog says:

    esmil rogers @ st. louis
    dontrelle vs. san diego??

  63. Blunted says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on starting Oswalt tomorrow vs. WAS at home?

  64. Giant JJ says:

    Is this fair, valverde and ichiro for c.c. And vlad. 20 teams.

  65. EK says:

    Maybin or Willingham for ROS?

  66. chata says:

    non-keeper league .
    pestano or adams ?

    thanks .

  67. Wilsonian says:

    Ibanez was just dropped in my 16 Team H2H league. Should I drop Bourjos for him?

  68. Wilsonian says:

    F***…Heyward not in the lineup again.

  69. ruah says:

    Drop Kendrick for Betancourt at MI slot for the stretch run?

  70. yankees2011 says:

    I still need a SS (been riding Nunez but I plan on dropping him this weekend). I keep getting offered Hardy. What SP of mine would he be worth – Kennedy, Scherzer, D. Hudson, Billingsley?

    Also been offered King Felix for my Strasburg from the last place team. It is a Keeper League and I was planning on keeping the Hapsburg Prince next season. I am in 8th Place and the top 6 make the Playoffs. What do you think?

    As always, thanks much Grey.

  71. yankees2011 says:

    One more question Grey – Hughes or Cecil ROS?


  72. herschel says:

    @Grey: weekly roto league. need runs and sbs.

    jennings, 5 games (2 @ bos, 3 vs sea)
    maybin, 7 games (3 vs nym, 4 vs fla)

    leaning towards maybin. thoughts?

  73. royce! says:

    Rumor has it Belt is being promoted again. Will he get enough ABs to be rosterable in a 14 team h2h?

  74. Howard says:

    Scherzer with the lead now. Hoping for the conshellation prize!

  75. royce! says:

    I don’t know why I ever listen to sports talk radio. This morning, on something like “baseball nation,” the listeners were asked to answer the following: which player that has not played all season has the highest salary? The only responses were Manny and Strasburg. One of the hosts responded to the Manny guess with, “well, but he did play in the preseason.” I’m driving down the 5 screaming, “and the regular season, you f***ing idiots!” And Strasburg?!!! How on earth would a guy who has played less than one season in the majors get paid so much?

    Of course, these are the same idiots who constantly argue that the Padres should have “built around” Adrian, and should bring in the fences because it’s “unfair” to hitters.

    Might’ve been a little testy because I was returning home from a bad round of golf, though. Usually I’d be all, “Strasburg? Aren’t you adorable!”

  76. Eddy says:

    LoMo sent down to AAA

  77. herschel says:

    @Grey: need wins (i know tough to predict), but which 3 of the following do you like for next week?

    beachy vs ari
    cecil @ oak
    scherzer vs cle
    cain @ atl
    hudson @ atl


  78. knighttown says:

    Potatoes to chips, I was surprised to see Reynolds is second among all 3rd basemen in HR this year.

    My Reynolds and You-lease for his F-Her.

  79. Wilsonian says:

    Just pulled off a swap of Hamilton/Heyward for Tulo. Probably too much to offer, but I’m happy with it. Although now I’m short on outfielders and have too many shortstops (Andrus, Tulo, Hardy). I do have room to play them all, however, so it’s not really that big of a deal. Ok, finally to the question(s)…

    Should I deal one of Andrus or Hardy for an outfielder or should I just pick one of these guys out of the WW/FA pool:

    Venable, CoJack, Constanza, Ibanez (waivers), Moreland, Constanza, Martinez?

    Ethier is available. Guy says he wants a pitcher for him. Would you deal Lewis, Kuroda, Gio for him?

  80. Wilsonian says:

    Would you deal Andrus for Gardner straight up in my scenario above?

  81. Fletch says:

    @Grey: please rank Stauffer, Nova & Niemann for ROS…

  82. Fletch says:

    add Kuroda and Cecil in that batch of pitchers I just listed…thanks!

  83. chata says:

    zambrano’s exit from the cubs must come as distressing news to
    ozzie guillen , who now becomes the most hated venezuelan in chicago .
    hands down .

  84. herschel says:

    @Grey: weekly roto league. need runs and sbs.

    jennings, 5 games (2 @ bos, 3 vs sea)
    maybin, 7 games (3 vs nym, 4 vs fla)

    leaning towards maybin. thoughts?

  85. Steve says:

    What to do with LoMo now? Any point in holding him?

  86. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:Im considering trading Pineda for Uggla to help me win my 10 team 8×8 h2h keeper league.I have some pretty solid keepers for next yr,and Pineda wont help me much longer this yr.A few questions….

    first,do you consider Pineda an elite,no.1 type SP going forward?

    and second,do you rank him much higher than Latos?




  87. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey ive got shields at the yanks and haren at toronto,im not really thrilled about either one and im slightly up on innings,whats your thoughts on these 2?

  88. Wilsonian says:

    D.Hernandez, Sale, or Rauch?

  89. jokerman says:

    Grey for President!

    Who do you like best for RBI’s ROS: Blanks, Martinez, Carp?

    Would you drop Espinosa for Altuve?

  90. Wake Up says:

    Same ? as Al…start Big Game James today?

    Also I just cut Billingsley for Cecil…crazy? Crazy like a fox? Or crazy like Megan Fox?

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:

    hanson to dl

  92. Eddy says:

    I’m sure you’ll all be aware soon, but the NYY v. TB game as well as the WAS v. PHI game was PPD.

    In a H2H league where I’m back three runs, the fact that my opponent’s entire infield is gone was a nice good morning for me.

  93. Howard says:

    PPD for the day or for a few hours?

  94. friar says:

    With Reyes out, I need a fill-in at MI. Who would you recommend for this week (and potentially beyond, in the shocking, highly unlikely scenario that Reyes might be out longer than the Mets claim)? My options are: Hardy, Peralta, Kipnis, Bonifacio, Ackley, and Alexei Ramirez. Thanks!

  95. Howard says:

    @Grey In the possibility that I might have to replace Guzman at SS: Scutaro, AGonz or Bloomquist?

  96. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    In my 16 team H2H league (no bench spots) and we have 4 RP slots, I currently own 3 holds guys and 1 guy for saves (Axford). Holds is a category, and Rafael Betancourt is out there. Should I drop one of Romo, Uehara or KRod for Betancourt?

  97. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    All new baseball stadiums should be required to have a roof. Seriously.

    Rickie Weeks was dropped in my roto league. I kind of have to burn my waiver claim on him, don’t I? I’d get around a month from him, assuming he comes back at the end of the month. Would be an upgrade over Kelly Johnson or Furcal for sure, and most likely Lawrie, too.

    Bourjos walked into third on a routine ball hit to the gap. Love watching that guy play. I probably own him a year early, but whatev

  98. Howard says:

    @Grey Thanks! Just got my lineup changes in time. Even CBS!

  99. jack says:

    Stauffer, 8 HR past two games. Is he hitting the wall after doubling the number of innings pitched last year? His velocity was way way down yesterday (averaged 88-89 when he is usually 91-92). Still think he is a safe bet at home this week vs FL?

  100. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Lol, premature extrabasulation by Bourjos on a basehit right at Thames for a double.

  101. Wilsonian says:

    For a utility spot: Dunn, Bourjos, Moreland?

  102. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    General vent time, I have never seen a team allow as many infield singles as the 2011 Cubs.

  103. debar says:

    good god, reynolds was a h2h points killer this week 1-24 w/ 0 BB & 11 K (so far). can i drop this poopbag for encarnacion? can’t afford any more negative points turds, need to win to get in the playoffs. other options on the waiver are: lawrie, callaspo, nunez.

  104. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:12 team 5×5 h2h….Scherzer or Wandy?

  105. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Hanrahan blows second save of the season.

  106. Steve says:

    Want to see what a collapsing team looks like? Herewith my hitting in the RCL by day in the month of August:


    Oh – and .161 so far today.

  107. Ceasar says:

    Weaver for R. Zimmerman in a keeper league?

    I’m too far out for either guy to do me any good this season, thinking about long-term prospects.

  108. blaster says:

    for next year would you rather have brandon beachy (round 21 keeper) or madison bumgarner (round 20 keeper)?

  109. royce! says:

    I have a feeling that the Lomo demotion is going to detrimentally affect twitter’s potential for unintentional comedy. Don’t give in to the pressure, Lawrie! #yabuddy!

  110. Joel says:

    Grey: drop ludwick for Carp. right?

  111. Wilsonian says:

    Lind or Pena?

  112. Wilsonian says:

    Any reason why Hernandez got the save today instead of Putz?

  113. royce! says:

    @wilsonian: Putz pitched 3 successive games, so I would think they just wanted to give him a break.

  114. Steve says:

    It’s just been snowing in Auckland. Unprecedented in my lifetime.

  115. ruah says:

    Best Util guy: Ankiel, J Rivera, Betemit or Casper Wells

  116. ruah says:

    Or Blanks, sorry

  117. chata says:

    any h2h-ers up against bruce this week faced a one man wrecking crew .

  118. Steve says:

    Today is as cold as it gets here – about 7 or 8 degrees Celsius. Was just a flurry really – nothing settled on the ground or anything.

  119. friar says:

    How would you rank the following three guys for this week only?

    Willingham: 3 vs BAL (Hunter, TBD, Simon), 4 @ TOR (Romero, Cecil, Alvarez, Mills)
    Maybin: 3 vs NYM (Dickey, Niese, Gee), 4 vs FLA (Vazquez, Volstad, Hensley, Sanchez)
    Morse: 3 vs CIN (Leake, Cueto, Arroyo), 3 vs PHI (Oswalt, Halladay, Lee)

  120. ruah says:

    It snows in Australia a bit up at Smiggins and Threadbo, but nothing elsewhere. Decent amount, but there arent really any hills to speak of. Kocziusko(sp) is no Everest

  121. Steve says:

    Is the fun over for Niemann? Any point in holding him to start against the Red Sox?

  122. Bazzrall says:

    Drop Brantley for Carp?

  123. Eng says:

    Brandon Belt worth adding? Thinking of dropping Bourgeois who is too often benched. Or would you add Abreu? Thanks hope your weekend was fun.

  124. BlinkULDHC says:

    Seriously…. Jason Heyward should have been sold months ago. I still don’t get his fantasy appeal.

    I think people need to separate real-life baseball potential from fantasy baseball potential.

    And of course, Heyward will probably be chronically overdrafted next year as well. Yes, he is very young, has size/tools, and shows great plate discipline… but I don’t think he has the potential to be an elite fantasy baseball player. High marks in plate discipline, baseball IQ, fielding etc. don’t matter, yet these are the things that hype Heyward up.

    IMHO, realistically he’s a guy who peaks at something like .290-95-25-90-12 — solid but certainly not elite…. which is why I think owners are wasting a spot waiting for Heyward to turn around. It’s one thing if it’s a guy like J. Upton, who has legit 5 category potential, or even Jay Bruce, who can give you elite #s in at least 2 categories — but I don’t think Heyward has the potential to really stand out in any category other than BBs.

  125. BlinkULDHC says:

    Btw, can anyone correctly guess who Player A and/or Player B are? (based on their 2011 stats)

    Player A:

    .312, 73 runs, 15 HRs, 70 RBI, 16 SBs

    Player B:

    .317, 77 runs, 19 HRs, 72 RBI, 6 SBs

    Great Success! if you guessed A = Melky Cabrera and B = Votto.

    It seems like people think that Cabrera’s year is a solid but unspectacular “meh”, and Votto is having a good year that’s perhaps just short of 2010. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m not sure Votto owners would say that his season is disastrous or even a disappointment; but if you told them that he’d have the same (or even slightly worse) numbers as Melky, they’d probably choke.

    I still see Cabrera available in some pretty active leagues. I’d be careful drafting Cabrera next year, but it’s hard to deny that he’s performed like a near-elite OF this year.

  126. ruah says:

    Is Mark Reynolds a drop for someone like Belt or B Allen at CI? His HRs are nice, but he gives nothing else outside of the occasional blast.

  127. BlinkULDHC says:


    I think you’re kind of underrating HRs and overrating Belt and Allen here.

    I mean, what’s the best case scenario for Belt or Allen? In my opinion, if owned either of them, I’d be hoping for M. Reynolds-like stats out of them. Maybe they’d outhit Reynolds by 30-40 points, but do they do much else/better?

    Also, because HRs are at such a premium nowadays, I think you ought to hang on to Reynolds. Heck, Votto’s got 19 HRs, Adrian Gonzalez and Longoria 18 HRs, Youkilis 17 HRs, Dunn 11 HRs (!). You can really gain on or separate from the league with Reynolds’ 32-36 HRs.

  128. BlinkULDHC says:


    Also, Brandon Allen has a lifetime .268/.355/.489 split in the minors, with a 4.8% HR/AB ratio.

    Reynolds is at .237/.331/.480 at the MLB level, with a 6.2% HR/AB ratio.

    Reynolds’ MLB production is better than Allen’s minor league production, w/ respect to fantasy baseball; basically, what can we reasonably hope/expect out of Allen that would make it worth it to drop Reynolds?

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