Miguel Montero is out with a torn meniscus.  I can think of other cuss words that his owners may be thinking right now.  A knee problem seems like a bad thing for a guy who’s supposed to be crouching for 9 innings.  Like a can’t-Catch 22.  Montero was a popular sleeper pick to enter the premium catcher tier of Mauer/Martinez/McCann after a strong 2nd half, but the only thing he’ll have in common is the M factor.  It’s unclear if he’ll be out for at least a month or longer.  Either way, Snyder now has a full time gig.  And that’s about where the good news ends.  Don’t get caught up in the Montero afterglow.  Snyder has a career .233 average in over fourteen hundred at-bats and averages about 15 homers over a full season of ABs.  So, ya know, you can probably do better even if Chris Snyder hit a homer yesterday with 5 RBIs in Arizona’s blowout (last time Arizona scored that much on Pittsburgh was the Super Bowl).  Actually, Snyder’s a surefire top 10 catcher if he gets 100 more games against the Pirates.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Frank Francisco – I go about buying closers like I buy wine.  I pick up a closer.  Swirl it around in my glass, take a quick waft and whiff then I guzzle it.  Two Buck Chuck tastes the same to me as a twenty-year-old Bordeaux.  In fact, I don’t even know if a twenty-year-old Bordeaux is good.  I’m guessing and too lazy to Google it.  I’ll drink a red wine with chicken, a Chardonnay with a Nathan all-beef frank.  Doesn’t matter to me.  Mad Dog 20/20 and ice passes the “cheap and it will get me drunk” test.  So it’s only natural I ended up with a bunch of cheap closers.  Frank-Frank was one of them.  Belch.  Frank2 is out for the near future in favor of Neftali Feliz.  Could Feliz run with the job and end up having it all year?  Yup.  Frank-Frank went womp-womp.  I wouldn’t drop Francisco yet, except in the shallowest of leagues.

Ryan Zimmerman – Hamstring issue and he’s going to miss a few days.  Adam Kennedy will finally get his chance to show that his 4617 career at-bats were a fluke.

Brian Roberts – Expects to miss about a week with a strained abdominal muscle.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is it really feels like this is headed to be a mess of a season for Roberts.  First the back, now the abdominal, next you’re looking at your fantasy team in September and wondering why you ever held onto Roberts.  At the first sign of good news, I’d look to move him.

Mike Gonzalez – You know when you’re trying to do your friends a solid by giving them a ride home when they’re drunk and then they vomit in your car and your car smells like vomit for years later reminding you that it’s always better to be the drunken idiot than the designated driver?  Vomit in this case has been Mike Gonzalez’s pitching for the last week.  The car in this case has been your team ERA.  A few times on site I told you about my concerns with Gonzalez.  Managers don’t like lefties as their closer.  Jim Johnson is a must own and, unfortunately, Gonzalez is a must hold for now.  He’ll be given a few, much needed days off.

Aaron Hill – Out until early this week with a sore hammy, which sounds like Ms. Piggy right before she hi-yah’s.

Travis Snider – Looks like a three outcome player:  ground into DP, strikeout, pop-up.

Kevin Gregg – Picked up two saves this weekend because the Jays had five save chances in the last five games.  Frasor’s still the closer, but this makes it obvious who the Jays would turn to in the event Frasor losses his shizz.  But if the Jays turned to Gregg then the Jays would lose their shizz and then the closer job would be up in the air again.  Anyway, it’s still Frasor.

Roy Halladay – Zero earned runs and 8 Ks vs. an Astros lineup which featured Cory Sullivan as their three hitter.  The Astros would’ve been better off if they auto-drafted.

Brad Lidge – Hit hard in his rehab start.  Ma nishtanah…

Charlie Haeger – 6 IP, 3 ER.  He had 12 Ks, but Haegar’s day wasn’t wrinkle-free.   He throws a knuckler and you can never trust a knuckleballer.  Some days Haeger will throw 12 Ks, other days he’ll give up 7 runs in two innings.

Franklin Gutierrez – 2-for-4 as he bats .444 with 2 steals.  He’s now batting 3rd vs. lefties and 4th vs. righties.  The Big FraGu is headed for top 40 outfielder value this year.  I own him on multiple teams if that makes it less awkward for you.

Josh Willingham – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs yesterday after he was invigorated with his appearance in Friday’s Buy/Sell on the right side, which is the left.

Johan Santana – 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 Ks vs. the Nats.  Okay, the Nats are better on offensive than they’ve been, but in Metco?  Seriously?

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-3, hitting .476 on the year.  I’m guessing that comes down.  But he’s still only 26-years-old.  If this is indeed his coming out party, it would be more shocking than Ricky Martin’s, but not completely shocking.

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper’s return date was pushed when he hurt his back testing his strained oblique.  Chipper’s like a giant injury domino.

Clay Buchholz – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K as he squeaked out the win.  Wasn’t a great start vs. the Royals.  I’d hold onto him for another couple of starts and hope for the best against the Rays next time out.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Left the game with a rib injury.  Reminded me of this time I was at Tony Roma’s… Oh, wait.  Ellsbury’s day-to-day as of post time, but I won’t blink until I get an update (because I’ll be sleeping).

Scott Podsednik – 2-for-4, 2 steals.  Now has 4 steals on the year.  SAGNOF!

Jose Guillen – 2-for-4 with 2 HRs while Billy Butler had one WTF (warning track fly).

Mike Leake – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks, 11 baserunners with 7 BBs.  Dusty, the Übermensch, limited Leake to 106 pitches.  Don’t think Leake can be relied on to not roofie you, but in the right matchups and deep enough leagues, I’d look at him.

Aroldis Chapman – Struck out 9 in four and two-thirds in Triple A.  Aroldis can have a 2009 Tommy Hanson-type impact when he’s called up.  Expect the phone to ring around June.

Chris Perez – 1 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, blown save.  Four walks and a wild pitch.  Hey, Mike Gonzalez, that’s not how you blow a save, this is how you blow a save.

Grady Sizemore – Scratched on Sunday due to back tightness.  See, I usually do that for back itchiness.  Sizemore should be fine this week.

Trevor Hoffman – 1 IP, 3 ER with the blown save.  I’ve had Frank-Frank, a Mike G. disjoint and Hoffman brain freezes on multiple teams.  Rub your Razzhands together and send me the strength.

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 6 ER, 3 Ks.  Can’t someone sneak into Verlander’s hotel room and switch all his calenders to May?

Lastings Milledge – 3-for-5, but not so much about what he did yesterday.  He’s now hitting third in the lineup.  Deep leagues, you could do worse.

Kelly Johnson – HR yesterday, hitting near .400 over the first week of the season.  He’ll be batting in the top half of the order by next week.

Krispie Young – HR yesterday.  TCBY — what’s that stand for, you ask?  It stands for That’s Chris B. Young.  We’re not talking about fro-yo, yo.  Own Krispie, immediately.

Scott Kazmir – Set to return Thursday vs. the Yankees.  Guy can’t even get injured right.  He can’t have a small setback and return right after the Yankees series?

Jake Fox – Unathletic like a Fox got the start at catcher on Sunday.  Four more to go for eligibility in Yahoo leagues.  Probably will happen by mid-May.

Carlos Gonzalez – Left the game with hamstring tightness.  Jim Tracy yanked Fowler off of chatroulette and inserted him into the game.  Fowler might see more action if CarGo is a no go.

Miguel Olivo – 2-for-4 with a homer and a steal yesterday.  This came a day after Iannetta homered.  This looks like a straight timeshare with both guys getting 15+ homers and 300 ABs.  I’m running both guys out there in separate leagues.  It don’t matter, just don’t fight it.

Barry Bonds – Said he was proud of McGwire’s return to baseball.  That’s the Bad Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Chase Headley – 2-for-4 as he bats .440 in the first week.  I’m Drooly McDroolystein for this guy right now, but the real test will come in home games.  The real test comes this week.

Chris Young – Still feels soreness in shoulder and will now go on the DL.  It’s unfortunate there’s only one doctor in the San Diego area tall enough to treat him and he’s busy doing a tonsillectomy on a giraffe at the San Diego Zoo.

  1. DrEasy says:

    OF dilemmas:

    – Are Pierre and Podsednik tomahto-tomato?
    – Is it overreacting to consider dropping Alfonso Soriano for the Big FraGu?

  2. d2bnz says:

    I’m just taking time out to say thanks to Grey / Rudy and my fellow Razzballers for the advice/input that has yielded me first place in my $$ league after week one ……Mike Gonzalez is my only weak pick from draft day as I sit atop a 14 team 5×5 league with 101 points.
    I did ask about tactics with the 12th pick and planned on a David Wright , Grady Sizemore pairing , but as luck would have it Ryan Howard fell to 12 so I paired him with Wright……..oh and Jeff Clement in round 27………so as you can tell I couldn’t be happier with the start , but I do realise this is a marathon ……keep up the wicked writing and obscure references ……..I actually get a few!!

  3. Gareth says:

    Several laugh-out-loud moments today.

    “The Astros would’ve been better off if they auto-drafted.”

    “Hey, Mike Gonzalez, that’s not how you blow a save, this is how you blow a save.”

    “Scratched on Sunday due to back tightness. See, I usually do that for back itchiness.”


  4. Matt B says:

    I need another OF bat for weekly h2h 5×5 (obp instead of avg)
    Add (one): Stubbs, Willingham, Austin Jackson
    Drop: Harang, Morrow
    5×5 AVG league
    Start 2 of 4: Garret Jones (6 games/2LHP), Heyward (6 games/[email protected]), Krispie Young (6 road games), Reimold (7 games)

  5. Swapnil says:

    Oh Great one tell me what I should do..I have Montero , verlander,Hill, Zimmerman, Frank Francisco and mike gonzalez…
    and I picked up chris perez when wood got injured!!
    Should I just quit??????

  6. Swapnil says:

    Ohh waitt I have sizemore toooo

  7. Howard says:

    Morning Grey! Yeah I happen to own four Monteros. He should change his name to Toyota. What can I say, he was great for me last year!
    Luckily two of him were bench players, one was in a two catcher league where the pickings are slim but I managed to get Clement. In the other, I had just traded Russell Martin for an OF and left Montero as my only catcher. Fortunately there is a better CAGNOF in that league. Do you think it’s worth picking up Napoli?

    You think when you have two aces in your hand, you’re going all in. Much thanks to Greinke and Santana!

    How long do I sit on Trevor Hoffman? My era is around the stratosphere by now.

    I’m noticing Borbon being dropped in a few of my leagues. Is he worth a flyer?

  8. knighttown says:

    Drop my backup util in David Ortiz to pick up a 5th (3 RP league) closer in Neftali.

  9. Steve says:

    As if that wasn’t enough shame for Chris Perez (and my RCL team!) he also has perhaps the worst mullet in baseball.

  10. Howard says:

    Grey, I have to pick up a RF: J. Guillen, Sweeney or Ankiel? Pretty sad!

  11. Howard says:

    Grey, Further in my quest for a RF, maybe it would be better to go the trade route. I have a plethora of LF, Manny, Bay, Ibanez and CF Hunter, Davis. Thoughts?

  12. Real Tom says:

    Grey, I’ve been told not to make too many moves in April (especially if I like what I drafted) but after two moves and a few pickups my team looks like this. Where am I weak?

    C Clement
    1B Fielder
    2B Sizemore
    SS Alcides Escobar
    3B Youk
    MI Beckham
    CI Headley
    OF Holliday
    OF Werth
    OF Granderson
    OF Carlos Gonzalez
    OF Jay Bruce
    UT: Elvis Andrus
    UT: Juan Pierre
    B: Nick Johnson

    Hamels, Billingsley, Cain, Slowey, Cueto, Sanchez, Aardsma, Dotel, Perez, Bard, Chapman, Lilly (DL)

    Is my WHIP manageable?

  13. sean says:

    @Real Tom: You’re going to suffer in almost all the ratio categories. And you look to be light on saves. No need to ever have Andrus, Pierre, and Alcides on the same team.

  14. sean says:

    @Grey: do we give all of our ‘Stros a pass this first week? I mean, I have no cause for concern that an overweight, 34-year old Carlos Lee went 3-for-23 this week with 1BB and 7Ks, right?

  15. Tony says:

    grey are we booting snider yet? why do i have the worst feeling the day i drop that guy he’s gonna go on a tear and hit 30+ HR’s this year?


    at least with Bruce i have a LITTLE more faith he’ll come around, although watching him go 0-4 on my bench everyday isn’t really making me feel to good….

  16. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Which 2 have the best Save chance tonight:

    Aardsma vs OAK
    Feliz @ CLE
    Marmol vs MIL

  17. sean says:

    @Tony: Better on your bench than on my starting squad…

  18. Tony says:

    @sean: haha true, which one snider or bruce or both?

  19. Barry says:

    I also don’t like Snyder to replace Montero, but I’m in a very deep league without a lot of options. If not Snyder then who would you pick out of this sad bunch and why?

    John Baker
    Dioneer Navarro
    Miguel Olivio

  20. jj says:

    What’s up with Buchholz?

    I was expecting a breakout. Good thing I didn’t draft him because of the way he looked in spring, but still this is surprising.

  21. Lob Ball says:

    Time to bail on Soto? Not really much out there to replace him. I could just bench him leaving the C spot empty. At least it would help my BA.

  22. Eddy says:

    I’m hoping Buchholz breaks out against the Rays although the game to do it was yesterday. Didn’t he have like a K/9 above 10 for a few minor league seasons? He looked like Carmona out there with that one K! Unfortunately playing against the Rays isn’t the same thing it was a few years back. Sometimes I actually gotta ponder if I want my pitcher to face ’em.

    Looks like I’m going to have to drop Ian Kennedy back in the pool to pick up Jim Johnson.

  23. BKK says:

    Nice headline Grey, very clever.

  24. dingers says:

    yeah mayn, headline is great…you 1 clever MOFO Grey

  25. AdamH says:

    In a yahoo league, my only relievers are M Gonz, Capps, and Thornton. Drop Thornton for J Johnson?

  26. Martin says:

    @grey- could you rank krispie, reimold, hardy, chase h?

  27. Dirty Mo Pena says:

    Sean Rodriguez, your taxi is here. Enjoy your ride to the waiver wire.

  28. Lines says:

    Hilarious round-up. I think I like the Lidge joke best… After all, why should last night be any different?

    I dunno about Mike Gonzalez as a must hold. I dropped him for Latos as fast as I could. My only regret is holding on for “one more game” and missing out on Rauch.

    What do you make of Capps’ start? He looks good so far, but… y’know. Matt Capps. The Nationals. Y’know?

  29. Kazmere says:

    Shallow 10 team roto. Krispie Young, Kelly Johnson, and Willingham on the wire. Would you drop F2 For any if those guys? Have Aardsma, Frasor, Marmol, and Hoffman.

  30. Michael says:

    Used the same Francisco strategy and was burned. What are the chances Frank gets the job back? I just got offered Madson for Frank…do I have to take it b/c of Lidge’s bad minor league start?


  31. BuhnerForPhelps?!?! says:

    I’m so new to fantasy baseball…no idea what I’m doing. 12 team H2H.

    Can anyone critique my team?

    1B/3B-Robot Jones
    UTIL/Bench – Stubbs, Ian Desmond, Daric Barton, Chris Getz


    My pitching is obviously good but my batting leaves a lot to be desired.

    I’m also unfamiliar with tweaking the team…knowing who to start, who to bench, etc. Can anyone give me some tips on day to day strategy? Should I be checking batter/hitter historical matchups? Checking batters vs. LHP/RHP and starting/benching accordingly?

  32. Jobu's Rum says:

    Imagine for a moment that Hoffman actually loses his gig. Who is next in line – Hawkins or Coffey?

  33. Mr. Rickey says:

    Rickie Weeks for Krispie? Rickie for Willingham?

    Also, if Hoffman flames out, who’s next for saves in Mil?

  34. BSA says:

    @jj: Word out of Boston is that everyone is hoping he took a seat on the plane next to Lackey so he could learn how to stop being such a nervous nilly everytime someone gets on base.
    He does have great stuff, it is a head game right now that they need to get through.

    Another couple of weeks it is going to get interesting. DiceK, Bucholz, and Wake for the final two spots in the rotation.

  35. GopherDay says:

    Grey or anyone,

    Thoughts on this trade?

    I give: Halladay, Granderson, and Mariano.

    I get: J. Santana and A-Rod

    I could probably replace Grandy with Morneau (Who is in my CI slot)

  36. BSA says:

    Grey – Two Buck may be fine going swirlin’ around and goin down but the headache will get you like a Frank2 or Verlander’s April starts.

  37. BSA says:

    @GopherDay: I don’t know much but I do look at that and think you are giving away more than you should.
    Someone correct me but, Halladay>JSantana, ARod>Granderson, and why throw in Mariano?

  38. Ian says:

    I need to start 2 from this group this week. Who do you like?:

    Duchscherer @ Sea
    Duchscherer v. BAL
    Liriano v. BOS
    Harden @ CLE
    Harden @ NYY

  39. Jarrad says:

    @Ian: Harden and Douche.

  40. Atherton32 says:

    I got Napoli as my catcher, no backup. Should I panic yet or wait it out? And with your mention about Jake Fox. Is he worth picking up to have as that backup catcher for Napoli. Thanks

  41. Ian says:

    @Jarrad: To be clear, I am picking between two starts total, so which match ups do you like for those two?

  42. charlie batch says:


  43. Jarrad says:

    @GopherDay: I don’t really like that trade for you. You’d be giving up the #1/#1a pitcher in all of baseball, a cat that’s gonna net you 30/20 at the very least, and one of the best closers in baseball for, OK, one of the top 3B’s and the former best pitcher in baseball.

    I can understand not minding parting with a closer, but I think you’d be giving up too much. Who would you have @ 1B & CI after the deal? What would your pitching staff look like?

  44. charlie batch says:

    For everyone: you cant panic yet. 6 games have been played. Give it a few more weeks; its a long season

  45. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Ricky Martin: In other shocking news the earth is round and the sky is blue. Stop acting like everyone did not know buddy

    @Grey: Good post. Really like the Ms. Piggy line. How much leash you giving Chris Davis?

  46. charlie batch says:

    @GopherDay: Personally if I were giving up halladay Id want a pitcher with less questionmarks in return, since youre getting A-Rod, Im thinking CC, Wainwright, Lester. An SP downgrade is afordable in this case but Johan scared the crap out of me this week.

  47. Neil says:

    I know it’s not time to panic, but I have F. Francisco, Mike Gonzalez, Frasor AND Hoffman on my team. I’m not sure which is more amazing – the fact that they got about 12 or 13 save opportunities the first week (and I got 6 saves and 2 vulture wins). Or the fact that they combined for 11.1 IP with 26 hits, 10 walks, 18 ER and some wild pitches.

    Yes, it’s only week 1, but a 5.47 ERA and 1.69 WHIP right off the bat really stings. And since Francisco/Gonzalez already lost their jobs, I need to figure out where to get saves. For week 2, I put Gonzalez/Francisco on the bench and replaced them with Thornton and Gorzelanny (against HOU).

  48. Dingo says:

    Loved the comments about Lidge and Sizemore! Ma nishtana indeed.

    No love for Old Man Oswalt? He got outdueled by Halladay, but he was facing an actual MLB team, and he racked up 8 Ks in 6 innings.

    I’d say the most shocking thing about Francoeur’s start is the fact that he’s got 4 walks to 2 strikeouts so far. If he keeps that up, that would mark an increase in his BB/K ratio of about a gazillion percent.

    Not a great weekend to own Olivo or Frank squared. I picked up Snyder for the playing time and the small sample size seduction, but would I be better off with one of these waiver-wire shmohawks?


    Also, Mat Latos got dropped in my league. Is he worth dropping Ervin Santana, Sheets, or Masterson for?


  49. brad says:

    go with CarGo or KellJo in a weekly lineups league?

  50. ScoutAbout says:

    Grey or anyone–I’d like to pick up Jim Johnson because I only have 2 closers in a 12-team H2H league (weekly lineups). Who is worth dropping to pick him up? J. Sanchez, Gio Gonzalez, K. Blanks, Adam LaRoche, J. Willingham, Austin Jackson?

    We must start 4 SPs and 2 RPs each week, and we have 2 spots for either SP or RP. My other SPs are Verlander, Billingsley, Jered Weaver, Gavin Floyd, Matt Garza, K. Slowey and D. Price. The hitters above would either fill out my OF or I would slot into my UTIL spot. Or should I just hold tight for now?

  51. Buzzcut says:

    What are your thoughts on Jaime Garcia? Masterson?. I need a young arm with high upside.

  52. anon says:

    Start Correia today home -vs- Atlanta?

  53. brad says:

    @Dingo: I’d go Latos over Masterson probly.

  54. Jarrad says:

    @Ian: Aaaaah…woops!

    I would go Harden @ CLE and Duchschererererererer vs. Baltimore. Duchs didn’t look especially sharp the last time he faced SEA, and Liriano vs. BOS is just too risky a proposition, IMO…

  55. brad says:

    @Jarrad: +1 for Jarrad

  56. Freak says:

    Ianetta, Martin or Yadier?

  57. TonyCino says:

    12 team, 10×10, roto, AL/NL, 2 catcher league
    With Montero on the DL, which two of these:
    YMolina, JClement, CSnyder, Pudge

    Outfield is: Kemp, JUpton, Lind, CLee, Quentin. Someone dropped JBruce, would you drop CJackson or CRasmus to pick him up?

    Prado or Alexei for MI?

  58. brad says:

    @Freak: Molina

  59. Eddy says:

    ***This is a comment that I read somewhere else that may be interesting:***

    Regarding Mike Napoli, the Angels are also carrying a 3rd catcher (minor leaguer Bobby Wilson) which can only mean 1 of 2 things. Either Napoli is nursing a small injury which is not serious enough to put him on the DL, but one that would keep him from playing effectively – either offensively or defensively. Or they are getting ready to trade him and they don’t want to risk any injury by playing him.
    No team brings up a minor league catcher to sit on the bench when they already have 2 experienced catchers on the roster. Teams just don’t use up 3 of their 25 roster spaces on catchers.
    If this was Mauer of Martinez every newspaper in the country would be all over this, but since Napoli is just a middle of the road catcher it seems like no one is paying any attention. If it is an injury or upcoming trade, I just don’t understand why the Angels just don’t come out and talk about it – but they are saying nothing.

  60. B.J. says:

    Hey Grey in a vacuum, what side wins this deal?

    Team A gets Justin Verlander and Kendry Morales
    Team B gets Adrian Gonzalez and Chad Billingsley

  61. Frank Rizzo says:

    Crap! Francisco’s out. Perez and J Johnson on the wire, who’s the better guy to get? Also, would it be better to take a setup guy instead like a Thornton or a Bard?

  62. Exile in Dixie says:

    So what’s the likelihood that Dexter Fowler gets 475+ at bats and has .375+ OBP? The slow start and management wishy washiness has me concerned, as does the non-suckiness of Smith and Hawpe – how about you, friends and neighbors? Cut bait in a 12 team mixed league and throw my lot in with Willingham? Skills over PT? More humor? More fish?

  63. stanley says:

    NL Only Points league: Ruiz, Ianetta or Snyder?

  64. Calogero says:

    With what I have invested in him for this year, he better not become Schmohan

  65. jj says:

    interesting. nice find.

    Trade sounds best. But where? Toronto, Milwaukee. Philly would be nice.

  66. dingers says:

    Thoughts anyone…?
    any chance ian stewart and either Damon or Soriano could fetch Sizemore or Bay ??

  67. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Lines: re: Capps — he’s a closer, and he’s getting save opps, so there’s that. But caveat emptor: Here’s Yahoo’s recap of his latest save:

    RHP Matt Capps got his second save Saturday, and his ERA remained 0.00, but he needed some help. He loaded the bases on a single and two walks, but LF Willie Harris’ diving catch provided the final out in Washington’s 4-3 win over the Mets.

  68. Jarrad says:

    @TonyCino: IMO…

    That’s an ugly bunchm, but I’d pick up Yadier. (I might have to do that actually, since Soto is my C right now.)

    I’d hold CoJack and Rasmus, but if you really feel like Bruce is gonna do something, I would drop Jackson. Rasmus is gonna be a beast this year! (Full disclosure: I have Rasmus and am a big Rasmus fan… :P)

    Prado, cuz Alexei ain’t so sexei anymore.

  69. Tony says:

    @charlie batch: i agree charles, if i may call you that, we’ve played ONE WEEK…. slow your roll people, drop a guy bc he’s in a 6 day slump? in APRIL? some guys start slow, some are playing in colder weather and dont do well in colder weather… easyyyy…..

    @dingers: MAYBE Bay if you have a MMD lover, otherwise not in a million years, which soriano? doesn’t matter, i’d need a $100 bill with that deal to hit accept.

    SIDE NOTE: i coach JV baseball, got our first win over the weekend, thank god, losing is horrible, and i figure i dont need to inform my kids when EVERY game is they have schedules they know….. WRONG. They have schedules from online that are wrong, none of them brought their uniforms today, hahaha, now instead of the normal “i’m missing socks, I dont’ have a belt coach” I have 12 kids with nothing! CALL YOUR PARENTS KIDDO’S!

    BASEBALL IS HERE…. love it.

  70. BSA says:

    @Jarrad: What happened to Sexy, huh? Stud to dud with potential. The breaking ball, his Waterloo?

  71. sean says:

    @Tony: Bruce.

  72. Tony says:

    @Jarrad: @BSA: Alexie is a slow starter…. and if Bruce is on the wire i’d go for him, i saw Cojack dropped in my league, so if you’re gonna drop someone maybehim….(thats @tonycino)

    Again its been 6 days, dropping Bruce a guy some were so high on or hell basically anyone on your team unless they’re hurt or were just a POS you snagged late? Be Careful. An April drop might come back to haunt you, most of us drafted guys for a reason right? You believed in them 6 days ago when the season started, now they’re trash?

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Yes and yes.

    @d2bnz: Thanks for the kind words!

    @Gareth: Thanks!

    @Matt B: Willingham for Morrow.

    @Howard: Sure, nope and sure.

    @knighttown: Sure

    @Steve: Hehe

    @Howard: Guillen

    @Real Tom: Yeah, your WHIP might be an issue.

    @sean: What are you going to do with him otherwise?

    @timSTi: Aardmsa and Feliz.

    @Barry: Snyder

    @Lob Ball: I wouldn’t.

    @BKK: @dingers: Rudy did today’s headline.

    @AdamH: Sure

    @Martin: Headley, Young, Reimold…

    @Lines: Thanks! Capps should be fine.

    @Kazmere: Nope

    @Michael: I’d take Madson.

    @BuhnerForPhelps?!?!: Your hitting doesn’t look that bad. It’s too early to do anything major with trades. Who to start and who to bench is a day to day thing as you can see from these comments.

    @Jobu’s Rum: Coffey

    @Mr. Rickey: Willingham, Coffey

    @BSA: Hehe

    @Atherton32: Get someone else.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Another week or so.

    @Dingo: I wouldn’t own Sheets. Own Clement.

    @brad: Johnson

    @ScoutAbout: Lose Blanks.

    @Buzzcut: Go with Garcia.

    @anon: Sure

    @Freak: Martin

    @TonyCino: JClement, lose CoJack for Bruce, Alexei

    @B.J.: B

    @Frank Rizzo: Perez, sure.

    @Exile in Dixie: 400 ABs would be nice.

    @stanley: Snyder

  74. BSA says:

    @Tony: After last year I stayed away from Alexie until later rounds and missed him.

    To keep myself from myself I try and look over the horrible averages of my bats and think baseball is a game of averages. To go from .188 to .290, there must be a week of .400+.

    How pissed would you be to watch that on someone else team or pick him back up a week too late?

  75. eltoo says:

    @Tony: I wish you had listened to Grey yesterday and allowed Delmon to clear waivers…..he wouldn’t have, but my OF wouldnt still look as bad

  76. Tony says:

    @eltoo: HAHA….. i listened to BKK (who is in my other yahoo league lol) and said “ya know what who does care about ww priority, our leagues are so deep and any prospect thats coming up is basically already owned”


    who are you in the league eltoo i forget?

    I feel better with delmon, he pans out thats great, if not i drop and move on…..

    I respect grey, but I dont always listen to him, we can’t all be right all the time! right grey? GO HAPP!

  77. pjtres says:

    grey, do you think willingham is better than reimold? or are they even? i own both & both are on my bench.

    would you do this? drop reimold for coffey?

  78. Dingo says:

    @Grey: Thanks! Drop Reimold to pick up Willingham?

  79. Matt B says:

    5×5 weekly h2h
    Start 1: Garret Jones (6 games/2LHP), Krispie Young (6 games incl @SD), Reimold (7 games)

  80. Tony says:

    @eltoo: snider will be my next drop, i just cant do it yet!

  81. RollieFingersMyAsh says:

    Catcher – Bengie or Napoli or Barajas?

    Drop Francisco for Gardner? Need OF help!

    Catcher ? #2 – Snyder or Clement?

  82. Dingo says:

    @pjtres: whoah, creepy

  83. pjtres says:

    @ dingo…really creepy! haha

  84. steamer says:

    Would you trade Adam Jones & Lindstrom or Gonzalez for Granderson? I’d be getting Granderson.

  85. Nathan says:

    A Jewish man was brought before the Queen of England to be knighted for the mitzvot he had performed for his community. Having performed the ceremony, the Queen asked the man if he had anything he wished to say. Having never been addressed by the queen before, nerves got the better of him and all he could say was the first thing that popped into his head: “Ma nishtana haliala hazeh mikol haleilot”.

    Upon hearing this, the queen turned to her advisors and asked “Why is this knight so different from all the other knights?”

    True story.

  86. GTS says:

    Rank these minor leaguers: Wallace, Stanton, Carter, Montero, Tillman, Starlin…

  87. eltoo says:

    @Tony: i’m the curtains, currently occupying last place. i was up to 7th yesterday until chris perez tied me to the WHIPping post and every other post except for the save post.

    My OF currently consists of Quentin, Rasmus, Reimold, Blanks, LaPorta, & Brantley so I may be all over snider if you drop him

  88. Bob says:

    @Eddy: Bobby Wilson was out of options. I’m assuming they kept him with the big team because they assume either Mathis or Napoli will get injured shortly, or that they would use Napoli at DH some. Clearly, owning Napoli is going to be painful if you look at who’s starting everyday. If you take the 20 HR’s at the end of the year, you’ll be fine. I draft catchers early so I don’t have your problem until one of my catchers gets injured.

  89. Campbell says:

    Lineup question in a weekly H2H points league for UTIL spot where K’s are -1 and BB are +1.

    Jay Bruce, Kouzmanoff, Kelly Johnson?

  90. BKK says:

    @Tony: See!

  91. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-POINTS League.

    I own Napoli…yea, I waited on taking a catcher…and then waited some more.

    I missed out on Snyder, but Olivo is still there. Olivo seems to be the same shizz, just different day as Napoli. Stand pat or make the switch?

  92. Eddy says:

    Luckily I don’t have Montero on any team. It either Soto or Wieters. I’ve just seen several comments everyday regarding concern over Napoli. @sean:
    Ha! That’s priceless!

  93. Tony says:

    @eltoo: HA!

    @BKK: double HA!! HOOO HA!

    Nice call BKK…. now lets hope delmon figures it out and puts together a 25/10 campaign…

  94. Eddy says:

    Luckily I don’t have Napoli on any team. It either Soto or Wieters. I’ve just seen several comments everyday regarding concern over Napoli. @sean:
    Ha! That’s priceless!

  95. BKK says:

    @Grey: It might be Coffey, but I really think Hawkins gets the job if Hoffman is removed. He has pitched well so far and did a pretty good job last year in Hoffman’s absence. But somehow you tend to be right seemingly more often than not. So we shall see, or not.

  96. Eddy says:

    Double post, dumb phone. But i meant to say Napoli not Montero

  97. T-BZA says:

    Thinking Feliz is an upgrade at closer over Wagner. Worth the switch?

  98. Honest Abe says:

    Hey Grey, would you give up CC and Marmol for Verlander and Broxton (k/bb is a category)?

  99. Bob says:

    @Eddy: Nice public service. Owning Napoli is like owning Chipper, but different. Still, how annoying is it to never know if you’re guy is playing?

  100. Euroalien says:

    @Atherton32: For what it’s worth I dropped him over the weekend and picked up Molina.

  101. Bob says:

    @Grey: Please rank Dookshire, Arroyo, Correia and Buchholz? Thanks.

  102. anon says:

    Zimmerman or Chris Davis in a weekly league?

  103. AsdrubalBastardo says:

    Who do you like best for a bench player out of the following:
    -Drew Stubbs
    -Nick Johnson
    -Ian Desmond
    -Casey Kotchrocket

  104. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-POINTS League

    Trust Zimmerman this week, or sit him for Maybin?

  105. Commish Cauda says:

    Hammel @ATL (Lowe)
    Rodrigo Lopez @LA (Bills)

  106. cockyphoenix says:

    so anybody heard anything about tendencies of the new Target Field thingy?

  107. Jarrad says:

    Ellsbury or CoJack for a weekly league?

  108. Ben says:

    Grey, who do you think is more likely to rebound from their poor debut? Latos or Bucholz ? For now I’m hanging onto both but I may only be able to stash one longer term.

  109. Sal says:

    10 team H2H

    Safe to cut bait with Soto for either Clement or Y.Molina? I added Molina but I am waiting for Clement to clear waivers.

    Pick one – Avail cathers are Olivio, Snyder, Clement, Pierzensky, Y.Molina.

  110. AsdrubalBastardo says:

    @cockyphoenix: I heard its pitcher friendly

  111. Johnnie LeMaster says:

    Sore hammy / hi-yah = gold.

    Frightened, jumpy Alex Rios owner here. Missed out on FraGu. Is dropping Rios for Willingham d-u-m dumb?

  112. Jarrad says:

    @Grey: Good looks, Grey…

  113. Bobo says:

    Need some sage advice…

    12 team roto league, standard 5×5 but with OBP replacing AVG

    I grabbed both Andrus and Everth Cabrera in the draft to mix and match at SS. Ian Desmond is available…should I drop Cabrera and grab him?

  114. sifl says:

    Everyone asking about dropping Bruce: yes, you should drop him, just like you dropped Justin Upton last year.

  115. BKK says:

    @Grey: And Coffey isn’t a cuddle boy?

  116. Bosleto says:

    Someone dropped Bruce in my league. Should I drop Rasmus to pick him up?

  117. BKK says:

    I was planning on giving sean-rod one more week. My only other 2B options are Hudson, Lopez, Izturis and Uribe. Make sense?

  118. cockyphoenix says:

    @Grey: @AsdrubalBastardo: bah, I was rather enjoying Blackburn’s 2HRA/start pace thus far

    thanks for the infos

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BKK: It’s all conjecture at this point anyway. Give Sean-Rod one more week.

  120. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    I was prepared to stick it out with Reimold in my main league (we even discussed couple’s therapy)… but now someone has gone and dropped Bruce. Gotta’ make the swap, right?

  121. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Strasburg and Aardsma for Wandy, which side do you guys like?

  122. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    One other, Aardsma, Strasburg, and Napoli for Wieters?

  123. Bob says:

    @Grey: Thanks.

  124. RollieFingersMyAsh says:

    Rank a Catcher – Olivo, Napoli, Bengie, Snyder, Clement

  125. royce! says:

    Kubel got dropped in my 10 team roto. Worth dropping Reimold for?

  126. Mike says:

    Worth dropping Soto for Clement?

  127. Jobu's Rum says:

    @sean: How confident are you? I’ve spent all morning trying to decide b/t Hawkins and Coffey. I like Hawkins, Grey says Coffey, and in the end Hoff may keep the job all season. So .. .desperate … for .. SAVES!

  128. Tom Reale says:

    Brian Roberts to the DL****************************

  129. GTS says:

    Rank these minor leaguers: Tillman, Bumgarner, Carter, Wallace, Castro, Montero…

  130. BSA says:

    I am not a writer by any means but after reading all the comments this week a potential title of future post could be (Catching Closers) and combining catcher thoughts and closer rankings.
    Eh, well back to work and watching the Jacoby situation unfold.
    That Sawx outfield could open up for a lot of playing time for Hermida this week between both Jacoby and Drew ailing.

  131. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Mike: See the same question here, and then Grey’s response here.

  132. Principal Blackman says:

    Is it worth dropping any of Sheets, Rowland-Smith, Pavano for any of Masterson, Kennedy, Jamie Garcia?

  133. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Stanton, Carter, Montero, Tillman, Bumgarner, Starlin…

  134. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Grey, hold on to Damon to see if he turns things around? Krispie is making eyes at me from the free agent pool.

  135. GTS says:

    @Grey: Thank you!

  136. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: Glad we were weary of him. What are your thoughts on Romero vs CWS?
    Which side do you like Ubaldo & Wandy for JJ & Garza?
    Can we also flip all of Tex’s calendars to May???

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Reale: Decent chance for a good game vs. Sox. JJ side… Yeah, seriously.

  138. Real Tom says:

    Hey Grey, what do you think of CarGo for Soriano/Frasor?

  139. Art Vandelay says:

    Is it worth it to wait on Corey Hart in my UTIL spot to see how his situation shakes out? I have been platooning him with Byrd. Or should I just drop both Byrd and Hart for Willingham’s more guaranteed playing time?

  140. Real Tom says:

    Yea, I don’t know why I asked. I nixed that dude’s offer before you could respond. I just needed a closer, but I’ll take the hit on Saves rather than take Soriano.

  141. RollieFingersMyAsh says:

    Willingham or Fowler?

  142. Tony says:

    @Grey: what do you think of corey hart then, rather own him than snider? i’m thinking this is going to be a definite yes……

  143. Nathan says:

    Rajai Davis has more home runs and rbi’s than Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder *combined*.

  144. Tony says:

    @Nathan: thanks for reminding me prince is not hitting for power….

  145. Tony says:

    and hochevar has another pretty solid outting going (jinx)…. 5K’s 1BB…. not too shabby.

  146. Ryan Beariot says:

    Grey, when Montero went down in my Roto League (2 DL spots), I grabbed Clement in his place. Right now on my DL I got Lilly and Lidge. Should I wait and see how long Montero is going to be out before I drop him slash wait until Lilly comes back and sub Montero in his place, or should I drop him and grab someone else? Thanks!

  147. GTS says:

    @Nathan: So does Polanco, hah!

  148. Nathan says:

    @Tony: Yeah, you should think about dropping him to pick up Jason Kubel.

  149. Tony says:

    @Nathan: kubel? huh? i haven’t asked anything about kubel….

    @GTS: polanco and yadier molina almost single handedly crushed me in offense last week, my opp owned both…. ridiculous, and he was crying about tulo/tex not hitting, well it is april…. right?

  150. Nathan says:

    @Tony: Hahaha, I just picked the first random okay hitter I could think of.

  151. Tom Reale says:

    @Tony: jinx is on for the Skank Razor…pick him up and get burned…2 BB’s and a double, no outs, bottom 6….

  152. Hamels vs a Zimless Nats seems like a good start to me!

  153. royce! says:

    Vlad with a steal! Did they move the bases 40 feet closer or something? Is he allowed a head start?

  154. @royce!:

    Maybe he borrowed Borbon’s knees, he wasn’t using em after all.

  155. sean says:

    @Jobu’s Rum: Unless Hoffman retires or gets injured, he’s not losing the job. If it’s an issue of giving him an occasional day off, I think it goes to Hawkins.

  156. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Grey, there have been A TON of posts about Napoli. Is it just too soon to go out and try for a Doumit or a Martin via trade or drop him outright?

  157. Kazmere says:

    Rollins late scratch with calf strain.

  158. Eddy says:

    I LOVE starting out the week having Hamels give up 4 ERs against the Nationals. Christ, these damn Nationals are starting to piss me off. Santana yesterday and Hamels today. WTF

  159. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    What’s got two thumbs and owns Montero, Zimmerman, Hill and Grady S? THIS GUY!

    I’m trying to convince myself that I’m getting all of my injuries out of the way early, but in my experience these things tend to snowball rather than fade away.


  160. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

  161. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    @Elija You god damn jinxy sunnuva bitch.

  162. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Thanks Grey – I already dropped Montero as Beltran is taking up my DL slot. Picked up Russel Martin since it appears his knees have yet to completely explode. Only other viable guy on waivers is Bengie Molina.

  163. @FlyinHawaiianPizza:

    Yeah…I have Hamels on every team, if he dont pitch well my season’s not gonna be too good.

  164. grandysdandy says:


    can you rank reimold, willingham, cojack?

    also, can you rank

    colby lewis, masterson, c. richard?


  165. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    @Elijah: I was filled with rage so I didn’t have the wherewithal to properly reply to you. I’m watching the game and can say that Cole’s BABIP isn’t getting any lower with this game. He’s not getting hit hard, but the bloops are all falling onto turf. I still wouldn’t be too concerned. But like you said, this is a Zimm-less Nats team.

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @grandysdandy: Wiloingham, Reimold…

    Richard at home, Masterson…

  167. Adam says:

    Has there ever been a worse top third of a lineup than what the Nats are rolling out there today? Nyjer Morgan-Willy Taveras-Cristian Guzman…and Hamels isn’t shutting them out. Not great news…

  168. \@FlyinHawaiianPizza:

    If he gets some run support could still be a decent outing, he’s getting some K’s at least.

  169. Eddy says:

    So Hamels bombs it for a bit, and Lester is off to a (not so) wonderful start too. Woe is me. Last time I own left handers

  170. @Eddy:

    Isn’t Kershaw a Southpaw too? haha

  171. Utley to the rescue. If only I had his Fathead.

  172. Adam says:

    Give Cliff Lee/Porcello for Heath Bell/Valverde? I’m usually a big SAGNOF guy, but this is a holds league, so it cuts into the prospecting pretty significantly

  173. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    I saw my ERA jumped to 6 and naturally assumed it was Car-moan-UGH, but YAY…it’s Lester who’s blowing instead. Why wouldn’t it be?!?!

  174. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Trade Rickie Weeks for Kershaw?

  175. @Grey:

    Do you think Houston can go 2 straight games without giving Wandy a single run to work with? I’m feeling yes…

  176. RollieFingersMyAsh says:

    Someone check Borbon for a pulse