Kendry Morales could miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg during the celebration of his walk-off grand slam.  Too bad the Wide World of Sports isn’t still on.  They could’ve covered the agony and the ecstasy all in one full swoop.  This injury reminds me of the time Justin Duchscherer heard The Hokey Pokey and in celebration put his right hip out.  And didn’t put his right hip back in for six to eight months later.  In place of Kendry, the Angels could call up Mark Trumbo.  In AL-Only leagues, he’s worth grabbing for his power potential.  In 47 games, he has 11 homers, but it’s also in the PCL, so there’s your grain of salt.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Howie Kendrick – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and two home runs.  Second home run was a game winner but there was no need for pylons around yesterday’s pile-on.  The celebration was kept in check by Scioscia.  He said under no circumstances is anyone supposed to injury another teammate in a celebration unless that player is Mike Napoli.

Mike Napoli – Hey, I was just talking about you!  He played first base yesterday.  Could see Scioscia going with this arrangement because I always felt he looked down on Napoli’s defense like an impossible to please probation officer.

Grady Sizemore – Having knee surgery so now he’s eligible for your POS slot.  I’d cut him in leagues just because it might make it feel slightly better, but if you’re like a battered housewife (which is delicious with ranch dressing) who likes the abuse, then DL Sizemore, you might get a couple of weeks of him in September.  Maybe then he can defecate in your priceless, game-worn Ivan DeJesus hat.

Joey Votto – Misses his fifth game with neck stiffness.  This is a hunch, but I think Votto just needs a hug.

Josh Beckett – Won’t return on the first day he’s able because, well, he’s not able.  His mechanics are still off.  On a non-humorous observation tip, it doesn’t seem right that teams can just say someone’s injured when they’re clearly on the DL simply because they’re sucking.  Shouldn’t there be a league doctor who has to okay DL stints?

Jacoby Ellsbury – Was D’Ellsburied once again.  Was told to rest and drink lots of fluids.  Actually, I have no idea what he was told but I feel like doctors always say the same shizz.

Ryan Zimmerman – Hit 2 homers yesterday to bring his season total to 10.  T-minus 8 days until he becomes Washington’s 2nd favorite player.

Buster Posey – 6-for-8 since his call up.  Capable of a .300 average and 10+ homers.  He’s playing 1st base so that makes him more desirable than some other catchers because he’ll get more counting stats.  Plus, he has potential for a breakout.  When in doubt, go for upside.  I’d grab him (in the non-perverse way) in all leagues.

Max Scherzer – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 14 Ks.  Well, that’s one way to return.  Scherzer had a mechanics issue earlier in the year causing him to lose M’s on his PH’s.  A few weeks in the minors later and he looks cured.  He gets the peasant Royals next so he has a good chance of having another nice outing.  I don’t think he tears up the majors like he just did in the minors.  He suffers a bit from Kershawitis with short outings and deep counts.

Carlos Guillen – 1-for-5 with a homer.  Best case scenario is a 10/10 guy at 2nd base.  It’s a’ight.

Dontrelle Willis – Was designated for assignment.  His assignment is to “stop sucking.”  Whether he chooses to accept it is a whole another issue.

Justin Masterson – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Yankees.  Figures the one game where he pitches semi-decent is against a team where no one would start him.  Nice, Justin Masterson:  The Passive Aggressive Fantasy Starter.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Now has a 2.89 ERA on the year.  Up until this start there were some easy matchups and a bunch of walks.  He goes to Metco next, which should be favorable but then he goes to Citizens Flank, where he could get assaulted by Philly hitters or fans.

Will Ohman – The child safety seal is off now that he gave up his first two runs of the year with back to back homers to Jose Bautista and Alex Gonzalez.  BTW, Jose Bautista leads the major leagues in homers.  Him and his stupid Hitler stache under his lip.

Ricky Romero – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  The Blue Jays somehow lost Roy Halladay and got better.  Insert confused emoticon.

Derek Holland – Left the game with shoulder soreness.  I’d lose him in all but the deepest leagues.  And since we’re on Texas and their myriad of injuries…

Nelson Cruz – Headed to the DL.  So much upside out there in Arlington but can’t avoid injuries.  They have the eternal flame-outs.

Jake Peavy – Got the Win!  Gave up 5 runs in 5 and 1/3 innings.  Got hit hard!

Alex Rios – Another game, another homer and steal.  He was in Friday’s Buy/Sell as a Sell.  I stand by that.  I am standing too.  And wearing no pants.  Do you bet on the career year where he far exceeds expectations or do you trade him for someone who is a safer bet like, say, Adrian Gonzalez?

Matt Thornton – Got the save on Friday then Ozzie removed him from a save situation on Sunday.  Cause, really, what’s a closer shituation without some confusion?  Oh, want further wagon circling on your closerousel?  Jenks says he’s healthy enough to return.  Though who’s listening?

Jayson Nix – Hit a grand slam yesterday.  Nothing to see here unless you’ve got some inside dope that the Nix brothers got the same ’strength trainer’ as the Giles brothers used to employ.

James Shields – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  There’s a warm feeling I can’t describe in the pit of my stomach.  Wait… I know what it is.  Schadenfreude and it feels so good!

Albert Pujols – 3 homers yesterday.  Guess he’s not done, though the only one who was manufacturing that crap was ESPN as they tried to sell pageviews.

Geovany Soto – Hit a homer just as his fantasy owners began to drop him.  Obviously, Soto and Masterson got together to come up with ways to make their fantasy owners cry.

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-4 and 2 homers.  Now has one more homer than Prince Fielder.  And 17 extra open holes on his belt.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5 as he made the June 1st milestone of .255.  Do I hear .275 for July 1st?  .280?  Be even better if he stole 15 bases this month.

Angel Pagan – Batting around .350 with 4 steals and 1 homer in the last week.  I actually picked him up in one league.  It’ll probably be a short layover on his way to the waiver wire, but there ya go.

Jeff Francoeur – 4-for-5, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs and a steal as he also heats– Actually, the entire Mets team is hot for the first time since The Curse of the Shirtless Bernazard.

Chad Qualls – 1 IP, 2 ER for his 4th blown save.  This was the 2nd straight 2 earned run outing for Qualls.  At some point, he should be replaced as closer, and that point was probably about a month ago.

Roy Halladay – Threw a perfect game on Saturday.  After the game, Vice President Joe Biden called to congratulate him.  Afterwards, Halladay put Moyer on the phone so he could talk to his old high school friend.

  1. Eric says:

    For this season, would you rather have Soto, Posey or Santana? Thx again for producing the most kick ass fantasy baseball blog evar!

  2. Kendry's Cart Off Grand Slam says:

    @ Grey: Can you rank these keepers for me?

    1. Hanley Ramirez
    Joey Votto
    Ian Kinsler
    Jason Heyward
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Billy Butler
    Matt Wieters
    Tommy Hanson
    Clayton Kershaw
    Stephen Strasburg
    Aroldis Chapman
    Buster Posey

    I know its long but any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Justin Beaver says:

    More Catcher questions!

    10 team mixed keeper league. I’ve got Wieters, which trade scenario looks best?

    A) Wieters/Price for Mauer/Ortiz
    B) Wieters/Garza for Mauer/Ortiz
    C) Wieters/Josh Johnson for Mauer/Ortiz
    D) Keep Wieters, stand put.

  4. Steve says:

    It ill becomes you, Grey, to take so much pleasure from another’s misfortune.

    (Snigger) Suck it, Shields (Snigger).

    Oh – and Eric Karabell prefers Swish or Gardner to Grandy. But you have to be a Hindsighter to find out why. I guess I’ll never know.

  5. nick m. says:

    With Fowler being sent down, how does Seth Smith stack up against the likes of Hart, Span, Gomes, J. Guillen, Byrd?

  6. sean says:

    @Grey: Joey Votto took a dump in my weekly lineup Cheerios last week. Yesterday, this gem is in the Cincy Enquirer:

    “Not being able to play, Votto said, hasn’t been as frustrating as it could have been because the club has been playing so well and because his replacement, Miguel Cairo, had 11 hits in 23 at-bats while Votto has been out.

    ‘We’re winning and the guys are hitting really well,’ Votto said. ‘Miguel’s been playing great. There’s really nothing to be upset about. I’d really be upset if we were losing, 4-3 or 2-1 and I’m not there. To have all these big wins, I’m having a great time, to be honest with you.'”

    What the shizz is wrong with this non-competitive Canuck?

  7. MattW says:


    Callaspo or Furcal?

  8. Donnie Baseball says:

    Agree about Qualls, but who else do they have? Heilman?

  9. TheEvilEmpire says:

    We starting Fister vs. Twins today?

  10. DavidSouter says:

    Hoffman, Axford or Putz? It’s a holds league, but holds are cheap so I’d prefer the guy who is going to get saves.

  11. KVC

    cleaver596 says:

    I now have Mike Gonzalez, beltran and Morales on the DL. We have 2 DL spots, but only 4 bench spots left. Should I drop Morales, or hold onto him since doctors say “could return this season” Also, is Leblanc used up his usefulness for now? Two bad starts in a row, are we ready to move on?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cleaver596: Lose Morales. LeBlanc has a 2.40 ERA at home, that’s only place he should be started at this point.

  13. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    Anyone read Karabell’s article about Dan Haren? I’m curious why he’s so down on Haren — the article intro didn’t seem to say anything other than, “Haren’s been bad in the 2nd half, now he’ll be REALLY bad.”

    Of course, I’m a little biased since I just bought low on Haren (swapped Quentin and Slowey for him).

  14. uncdrew says:

    Anyone know if Ethier is back today?

  15. BryanK says:

    Should I cut Gordon Beckham for Corey Hart or Luke Scott? I have McGehee in at 2nd and Bruce in RF, Justin Upton in Util, and Choo in LF. I think the glut of RFs makes me shy away from Hart, but he’s really been turning it on lately.

    Alternative question, is Beckham worth holding? I am in a keeper league and his draft position is meaningless.


  16. BryanK says:

    Addendum: I have Votto at 1b who has been sitting, so Scott can jump in at 1b for me if that makes a difference (I think it might).

  17. @Mark Geoffriau: Good god man. I have been gunning for Haren and I couldn’t even give those two (Quentin and Slowey) away.

  18. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    @uncdrew: His Yahoo player page says he’ll be activated by the Dodgers today and in tonight’s lineup.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, I’m kind of embarrassed it got accepted.

  19. Child Please says:

    In a 5×5 8-keeper league, who do you like better, Choo or McGehee???

  20. malacoda says:

    I think everybody working at ESPN Fantasy Baseball, Jose Lopez, Garrett Jones, Queen Felix, Adrian Gonzalez, and Pablo Sandoval could use a good cock punch.

    Also BP, if it had one to punch.

    Great post, lots of funny today!

  21. Grey — With Rollins coming back (hopefully for good this time) I’ve got an extra MI in my 20-team league, where help in that area is in demand. SO I can try to trade one of the guys I have there.

    Out of Jose Lopez, Mike Aviles, and Maicer Izturis, who do you think has the best combination of (1) potential trade value and (2) not hurting my team too much to not have him. Remember, it’s a deep league: MI waiver replacements are the likes of Hairston Jr., and Blake DeWitt.

    I know that Lopez is already starting to warm up, and Aviles has hit for good average since starting, and Izturis may soon bat lead off in a thinner-than-ever Angles infield. All of ’em seem to have something going for them.

  22. Jordan73 says:

    Who to pick up for Morales? Narrowed my choices to Loney and Huff (exciting, I know!), or should I grab Posey and wait until he gains 1B eligibilty?


  23. Clyde Prompto says:

    @malacoda: It’s funny you should mention that, I was just fired from my bartending job for serving someone a glass of Cock Punch.

  24. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you pick up Wieters over Napoli in a two-catcher league where the other is V-mart?

  25. @Mark Geoffriau: Well don’t be. Haren might just continue to suck, so there’s still risk involved.

    It’s easy to look at Haren as the same guy he’s always been… if you haven’t owned him the last 2 months. With each shelling he takes, I make another trade offer to his angry owner.

  26. Mr2Bits says:

    Is it time to cut ties with Peavy? I have benched him the last two games and was the best decision ever. Should I try and trade him in hopes that someone is living off his past or just drop him for some bum on the WW?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr2Bits: As I mentioned last week, just drop him and hope someone else picks him up and gets rocked by him.

  28. Mr2Bits says:

    For got to add that I’m in a league that uses QS so he hasnt really been of much help lately.

  29. Mr2Bits says:

    Carlos Silva a decent replacement in a QS league?

    ERA : 3.12
    WHIP :1.10
    QS : 7

  30. Mr2Bits says:

    other options are Sean Marshall, Livan Hernandez, Bonderman and Guthrie

  31. sal says:

    @Grey: gio 2 start or cueto 1 start?

  32. ujc says:


    Would you start Mad Max over Latos or Zito this week?

  33. mr baseball says:

    Jimenez vs Linsecum on Memorial Day

  34. Dingo says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Great job snagging Haren for Quentin & Slowey. I have a standing offer out where I’d give Bautista & Span for Haren, but now I’m having second thoughts. I’m wrong to believe in the Bautista Kool-Aid, right? I mean, he’s been on my roster for two weeks, and he’s already given me as many HRs as Ian Stewart.

    Separate question — I’ve got a free roster spot now that Gorzelanny is being sent to the bullpen. I need help in all offensive categories except for SBs. Who’s the better pickup – Gomes, Jose Lopez, or Smoak?

    Thanks, and Happy… er… Memorable Memorial Day to everyone!

  35. Eddy says:

    How much more valuable is Wieters over Posey? I’m obviously not planning on dropping Wieters, but would I be losing out on a lot if I traded Wieters to someone who has any Molina brother? Or am I just over playing Posey’s 6 for 8?

  36. royce! says:

    This post is studded with jems (truly outrageous!) but Masterson the PAFS has to be the blingiest. My thought when I saw he pitched well was “well at least no one in my leagues is stupid enough to pitch him against NY.”

    Although it’s true, passive aggressive might not really capture how dickish Masterson pitching well against the Yankees might end up. We’ll have to see: A. how many hapless owners pick him up for his next start based on Sunday’s performance; and B. How much damage his next start does to their teams. Masterson seems to be setting such people up for significant pain.

  37. martin says:

    @grey- i got offered strasburg and price for youk and fragu. Should I do it?

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr2Bits: Eh… Bonderman then…

    @sal: Cueto…

    @ujc: Over Latos…

    @mr baseball: Happy Holiday!

    @Eddy: Trade Wieters if you can get something, sure.

    @royce!: Thanks! Yeah, think it’ll turn out he’s a real bastard.

    @martin: I’d want more for Strasburg and Price, unless that’s the side you’re getting.

  39. Bichette Happens says:

    @Grey: Happy Memorial Day!

    Brett Anderson @ Boston (Wakefield)
    Dempster @ Houston (Oswalt)

  40. martin says:

    @grey- ya thats the side i am getting. Only problem is that I would have to many pitcher. (Beckett, Ely, Wandy, Sanchez, Baker, Cueto, kennedy, Wilson, DLR) Should I still do the trade? Maybe I should then drop Wilson or Kennedy (whos schedule gets really really hard over the next month, like its kinda insane)? Thanks for the advice, this trade could benefit my team a lot

  41. martin says:

    @grey- also I could try asking for JJ instead of either price or strasburg and hopefully he would accept?

  42. martin says:

    @grey- and my team does use k/bb for pitchers. Sorry for all the questions and stuff, but i might be able to pull off a huge trade today

  43. Jordan73 says:

    Anybody starting Hanson today against the Phillies?

  44. mr baseball says:

    Hey everyone can play here !

    Kendry MoralesDL (LAA – 1B)

    What are you using your 2nd DL spot for ?

    this is me speaking on league message board in keeper league – the owner of Morales has an open DL spot but instead of using this spot just drops Morales to free agent market

    some freak drops Kendry Morales which is his best player (SAD) instead of using his 2nd DL spot in a keeper league

    I can’t figure this out – can someone help me out here – why someone would make a move like this

  45. Bermuda Triangles says:

    Rank em for this week (5×5 HTH): Boesch, Carlos Lee, Ibanez, Alfonso Soriano

    Also, Baker @OAK – no brainer start this week?


  46. mr baseball says:

    @mr baseball: Happy Holiday! – Jimenez vs Linsecum on Memorial Day

    double perfect game here –

    Dos Equis the most interesting man in the world – once pitched against himself and threw a double perfect game

  47. Snot Boogie says:

    Justin Upton or King Felix in a 6×5 plus OPS?

  48. Mike D. says:


    Pick 1:

    -James Shields @ TEX
    -Brett Anderson @ BOS
    -Gavin Floyd vs. TEX

    (Predicted Grey reply: “None? Um, [insert Grey’s educated choice of these crappy matchups]”)

    Seriously, thanks man.
    Mike D.

  49. Tom Emanski says:

    Should I keep Boesch or drop him for Seth Smith? Smith is batting 2nd now but only plays against righties.

  50. Bermuda Triangles says:

    Actually, rank these one game starters:

    Yovani @FLA, Baker @OAK, Sanchez @PIT


  51. greg says:

    grey- ubaldo for fielder? i got ublado. 12 team h2h keeper league. 8 players for 3 years max. gonna maybe pick up sanchez and just try to run out 2 start pitchers every week and try to have a good offense. my only doubt is that fielder isnt going to be that much better than pena/cuddyer to give up jimeniz. on the other hand jimeniz has got to cool off and his pitch count is really high this year. thoughts?

    Y Molina

    E Santana
    3 Closers

  52. Mike D. says:


    Ah – Checked Anderson’s numbers vs. BOS – great. I’m going with him.

    Regarding the other two – Would you start either over a boring middle reliever (no innings limit)?

    Mike D.

  53. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    16-team, H2H-POINTS League

    Is Latos an automatic start now? @PHI against perfecto-boy is a daunting task…

    Pick TWO:

    Latos @PHI(Halladay)
    Colby Lewis @CHW(Garcia)
    Lilly @PIT(Karstens)
    Hammel @SF(Zito)
    J. Chacin @ARI(Kennedy)

    If you like more than two, I can always sit Soria and/or Wagner and put Lewis and/or Chacin at RP. All starters…no closers…pretty risky considering the match-ups.


  54. timSTi says:

    @Grey: A) I need to drop one of the following to pick up a Cruz replacement: Snider, DeLaRosa, CJ Wilson, or Simon who has SP eligibility in my 5SP 3RP league.

    B) Borbon or Morgan for SAGNOF purposes. Both just hit waiver wire. Have 6th priority.

  55. royce! says:

    Been offered Peavy and Posey for Liriano and Smoak in a 14 team weekly moves h2h in which I am starting Doumit as C. I like Liriano more than Peavy, but haven’t started Smoak at all yet, and think that if Posey gets starts at 1B and C, he could be vastly more valuable than Doumit in the C slot.

    Pull the trigger, or flee and live to fight another day?

  56. Jim says:

    Grey who comes out better in this deal (normal scoring+total bases):

    Team A trades:
    Aaron Hill
    Michael Bourn
    Andy Petite

    Team B trades:
    Ian Stewart
    Josh Willingham
    Tim Hudson (win by default for getting rid of him?)

    Thanks for your time!

  57. and1mcgee says:

    i thought you said Santana > Posey, Grey? you got on flip flops for Memorial Day?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bichette Happens: Same to you, Dempster…

    @martin: You can’t trade one of those SPs? Maybe trade Beckett right before he returns. If you have to drop one, lose Wilson.

    @martin: JJ over Strasburg.

    @mr baseball: Pretty wacky.

    @Bermuda Triangles: Start Baker. Soriano, Boesch, Ibanez…

    @mr baseball: Yup

    @Snot Boogie: Depends on need…

    @Mike D.: Go with Floyd over a MR.

    @Tom Emanski: Hold tight.

    @Bermuda Triangles: Yovani, Sanchez…

    @greg: Don’t think your pitching staff can take that hit.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Lilly and Lewis…

    @timSTi: Wilson… Morgan….

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: I’d want Liriano.

    @and1mcgee: Maybe before I knew he was playing 1st.

  60. AJ says:

    Would you start or sit Jaime Garcia today?

  61. Donnie Baseball says:

    Ervin looks great today, consistantly hitting 95-96 mph.

    I think his arm is finally as strong as 2 years ago.

    I’d reccomend trying to get him now, before it’s too late.

  62. peter says:

    You’re right, Grey: Cervelli really does look like the Great Gazoo. Yeah, it’s the helmet. But the way he crouches while he’s at bat seals the deal.

  63. Lines says:

    Drop Doumit for Posey? Doumit’s just a placeholder for Posada, anyhow. Thanks, Grey! Have a great holiday.

  64. Donnie Baseball says:

    ha, not bad.

  65. Tom Emanski says:

    Uh, Roy Oswalt just got taken out. This better not be an injury.

  66. Dingo says:

    I’ll try asking again — who’s a better pickup: Jose Lopez, Justin Smoak, or Jonny Gomes?

    Also – anybody see what Oswalt did to get ejected?

  67. Tom Emanski says:

    Phew, just an ejection.

  68. peter says:

    @Tom Emanski: Yup – he was arguing balls/strikes. It was a quick ejection, and Oswalt is left with a crappy line: 2.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K.

  69. peter says:

    @peter: Edit: 3 BB. He left the game in the middle of an at bat (3-2 count), and inherited the subsequent BB.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lines: You too… Sure, try him.

    @Tom Emanski: Great, an ejection before he had a chance to fix his ratios.

    @Dingo: Lopez

  71. Tom Emanski says:

    LOL, Chacin hit a HR after taking over. Now that’s how you relieve an ejected starter.

  72. Eddy says:

    In a 12 team roto where I’m middle of the pack in runs and RBI, which is the best pick up to fill in for Nelson Cruz?

    Kosuke Fukodome
    Austin Kearns
    Cameron Maybin
    David DeJesus
    Mike Sweeney
    Andres Torres
    Carlos Guillen

  73. danimal35 says:

    Justin Upton came into the season ranked well ahead of Jay Bruce but their numbers are very similar so far and Upton is underperforming for his draft status…everybody expected Justin to make some leap from his 26/20 season to elite status except you, Grey, who remained optimistically cautious and predicted 27/20…we should have all known that his BA would catch up to his SO rate…so, currently he is on pace for 21/24 but with a much better May than April…do you expect more of the same from Justin or is this a good buy time? is Bruce fair? maybe Bruce plus another unproven piece (Stanton/Carlos Santana)?

    If you could break out your psychic powers for me that would be cool…really I just want to trade for Justin and have both brothers and rename my team “The Upton Girls” so when I lose every batting category I can giggle at my team name and blame it on genetics and not my poor fantasy managing skills!

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @danimal35: It’s a good buy time. He’s young and can get extremely hot. Nice team name. Giggle, sir.

  75. FYI Jeter left the game with tightness in his ham-bone. Cap’ was hit in the thigh with a pitch, played for a few innings and then lifted for a PR after his 7th inning single. Looks DTD.

  76. Tom Emanski says:

    Damn you Verlander. I regret ever drafting you.

  77. I’m getting worried about my mancrush on Cano. I’ve never felt this way before.

  78. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Starting Jaime Garcia at home vs Cincy?

  79. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: Good call. Is he their full time 1B now?

  80. Howard says:

    Ohlendorf is my top point getter, Oswalt goes 2 and Napoli steals a base! It’s a mad mad mad world!

  81. and1mcgee says:

    Grey, for your memorial day bbq, I invite you to have a hot dog in the ‘italiano’ style, coined as such in Chile. Named for the colors of the Italian flag, you grill the bun to taste… THEN, ketchup, mayo, and mashed up avocado (you can put salt/lemon juice in the avo if you wish, as I do… don’t forget the pinch of salt in it!). yum, yum, yum. Nothing says I do not support fascism or Mussolini like a good ol’ italiano-style, Chilean, Ballpark (Keep it American!) Frank! (frank, i.e. frankfurter, i.e. Frankfurt, Germany.) It’s a global dog, Grey, and it’s delicious.

    One more off the wall question, Grey (i wish you would have a hall of shame of dumb ?’s you’ve had to answer): Bryce Harper. If you could roster him now in a keeper, would you? Thanks!

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Ha

    @and1mcgee: Sounds wonderful..I’m drunk on mudslides right now. I wouldn’t.

  83. WBC says:

    I’m ready to dump Bay for a bag of balls, but obviously don’t want to dump Bay for a bag of balls. What’s a fair return for him at this point?

  84. mr baseball says:

    @WBS – for a bag of balls – how many balls in a bag – you must get at least a dozen

  85. john says:

    @WBC: Yea, I’m pissed he’s not hitting bombs (yet..hopefully) but he is still producing and stealing some bags and the Mets lineup has started hitting some recently so personally, I’m hanging on to him.

  86. tourinct says:

    Hanging in 2nd 15 games back in a 9 team 5×5 roto. My outfield/UT of Lind, Holiday, Choo , Suzuki, Smoak & Adam Jones (won’t even talk about Derrik Lee) has left me way behind on R, HR, RBI & Avg. I’m thinking of swapping out Smoak & Jones for Pence and Carlos Pena. Any thoughts?

  87. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Wut pitcher would u give up 4 Abreu: Garza, Bills, Liriano, Jaime Garcia, Brett Anderson?

  88. royce! says:

    Ibanez was just dropped in my 14-team h2h. His owner is starting Ramon Hernandez as his IF, so I figure there either must be something terribly wrong with Ibanez that I don’t know about or his owner is a mad genius. Am I missing something? Should I drop Wandy for Ibanez? If so, what’s a good FAAB bid? I think $6 is the most that’s been spent in the league for a waiver claim, and that was for Felipe Lopez.

    Thanks, and I hope the mudslide induced brain freeze is worth it!

  89. mr baseball says:

    Kendry MoralesDL (LAA – 1B)

    What are you using your 2nd DL spot for ?

    and here is the answer I got from the player who dropped Morales in keeper league

    in case someone gets hurt on short term

  90. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Tom Emanski: You were saying what about Verlander?

  91. Infamy707 says:

    Own JOsh Willingham or Corey Hart over Quentin or Jay Bruce?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @WBC: Maybe a #2 fantasy starter or a 3rd tier corner man… Say Butler.

    @tourinct: I’d swap them.

    @tHe ShiT: Garcia…

    @royce!: I’d grab Ibanez for $3.

    @mr baseball: Not the brightest bulb.

    @Infamy707: Hart over Quentin.

  93. Steve says:

    To all Morgan owners – you’re welcome.

    I got sick of him after a week of complete nothingness and dropped him. I’m sure he must have flipped me the bird as he stole one of his two bases or as he crossed home plate for one of his four runs.

  94. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Limp-Off HR is nice. I was thinking you’d try to get both the perfect game AND the injury into the blog title… maybe something like, “Perfect Routine, Couldn’t Stick The Landing.” Anyway, here’s what else I have to write today:

    10-Team, 5×5, H2H. I currently have Ibanez in my UTIL slot and Grady in my DL slot. Someone just bailed on Ellsbury, and I’d like to get him in my DL slot over Grady, but it requires the fantasy double-switch. I also feel like I may need my #3 waiver priority to grab Ells. So two-parter…

    1.) Does the double-switch of Ibanez/Grady for Weeks/Ellsbury make sense?

    2.) Is it worth burning the waiver priority?

  95. danimal35 says:

    Start Nolasco vs Brewers tomorrow?

  96. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Thanks, Grey.

    To BSA (if I remember correctly), regarding the 250K Pepsi Project, doesn’t look like it worked out… sucks. Hopefully you got something positive out of it (exposure, experience, etc.).

  97. GTS says:

    Soto or Napoli?

  98. Donnie Baseball says:

    not sure if one thing had anything to do with the other, but how about Holland going down with a bad shoulder in his first start since coming in for an inning of releif.

    I hate when they bring starters in “for some work” in relief, nothing good ever comes out of it. Couldn’t he just throw an extra bullpen.

  99. mr baseball says:

    37 mr baseball Says:

    Jimenez vs Linsecum on Memorial Day

    I now ask you who is the best pitcher in baseball

  100. Steve says:

    I hope Ubaldo has a rubbaldo arm…

  101. john says:

    @Steve: Nolan Ryan shed’s a tear of joy every time he hears Ubaldo’s name…so I’m guessing he does.

  102. mr baseball says:

    Andrew Cashner the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect, needed to make only one pitch to enjoy a successful major league debut.

    so how good is he grey

  103. MarkM says:

    Ubaldo is so disgusting. Just sayin

  104. Steve says:

    Why do games in Toronto start at 7 minutes past the hour instead of 5 or 10?

  105. Mets fan says:

    Grey what would you say the chances are that Stanton gets called up to morow?

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mets fan: Don’t think it happens tomorrow.

  107. wily mo says:

    @Howard: napoli stealing a base isn’t really that weird. it’s his third of the year. he got 7 back in 08. he’s sneaky fast. i’ve always liked that about him. at least he didn’t break anything doing it.

    not to, i mean, take you too seriously

  108. Noggle says:

    @Grey: would you or ANYONE drop raul ibanez? seriously, what a POS….

  109. Phil says:

    Hey Grey (or anyone else),
    Alex Gordon is Killing it in AAA…. and I dont just mean eh whatever…
    in about 100AB hes .371 8HR 23RBI 3SB 22/24 bb/k OPS of 1.209

    a) was the demotion and position change what he needed to get him to realize his potential? (i think he can be a bargain with 3b elig)
    b) Is he worth stashing in deep leagues?
    c) when do you think we’ll see him next?

  110. wily mo says:

    in other news, i like rajai davis again. didn’t for a while.

  111. DrEasy says:

    a) no (yes)
    b) yes: the guy just needs to stay healthy
    c) impossible to predict, it’s KC after all.

  112. Noggle says:

    @Phil: he’s available in my deep league, anyone else have any other news? the yahoo note says “the royals really aren’t in a hurry to bring him back”

    thats me paraphrasing, but thats basically the jist

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Noggle: Such a good lineup and ballpark I’d have a hard time dropping him in any leagues deeper than 12 team.

    @Phil: Could get promoted in the next couple of weeks, but he’s failed so many times in the majors I’d remain conservative with him.

  114. mr baseball says:


    Adam Lind went deep – The alien anal probes must have worked

  115. Tom Emanski says:

    @Cheese: Still don’t like him. I drafted him to be my ace and he’s only had 2 good starts.

  116. Steve says:

    @Grey: My Price + Wilson for Wright trade that went through yesterday has just been described as “the worst trade in the history of this league” on our league message board.

  117. struggler says:

    Morrow no-hitter thru five vs. TB. Weirdest part is that he only has 1 BB with 0 Ks?

    I’d pick him up but he’s got NYY for his next start. He worth more than Seth Smith, E-Jax or Gavin?

  118. pubscout says:

    Grey – Until Nellie comes back, do we like Krispie, Boesch, Pagan, Frenchy, ATorres or JD Drew?

  119. BSA says:

    @Steve: You dropped him after a week and I dropped after months of realizing he wasn’t doing diddly. I thought, hey what did Steve read last night after I dropped him?!

  120. BSA says:

    @Steve: Whatever – Price has been solid, even though I just left Wilson his K numbers are good. Tell ’em to go in the corner to cry about it. Trades take two and they could have fought it.

  121. Phil says:

    is it me or do the royals squander their prospects… Kila Ka’ailhue has a 500 On base right now in triple A… but instead of seeing what he could do in the majors last year they got Mike Jacobs…

    This year he got a total of 4abs….

  122. Bill says:

    Keeper league – 72 total players kept each off season. Am I insane to keep holding on to Quentin and BJ Upton or should I punt? I can’t trade them.

    Desperate for saves, and middling with Ks, ERA and WHIP. Ride Gregerson and Axford or take a flyer on Lidge and Hoffman?

  123. MattW says:

    @Grey: Is it me, or is Bills having the most insane game right now….besides KJ’s double, 3 hits – 3 homers, six Ks. Is he just wild, I’m watching it on Gamecast?

    I seriously thought he was on the mend, now I get the sense he’s just rotten

  124. Joe B says:

    Is there anybody out there? Need one of these SS for the week… which one will suck the least in your opinion(s)?

    Y Escobar
    M Scutaro
    R Brignac

  125. BSA says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: It still can work out as I believe I get the month of June to make the move. Check in, heck not only Maximus, but everyone – please check in tomorrow as you check your rosters.
    As to the experience so far – the phone has been ringing more and the email box has had a bunch of random emails of people hearing about what we are doing and wanting to either help or use what we have right now. Personally, this has taught me a lot more about networking, helping others, and creating exposure.
    Last month I stood outside a carnival handing out vote cards. Where can I go this month?

    Last thing I learned – I could never run for office.
    Grey and everyone – do you mind following and voting for one more month?

  126. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joe B: id give escobar a shot

  127. Steve says:

    @BSA: @Grey:

    I’m not having a go at Steve L, i too would have accepted it but it makes a mockery of the league. One team improves because someone else is prepared to take big punts. My team is struggling – maybe i should trade away my best pitcher for a guy who’s on a hot streak hitting?
    We’ve blocked far ‘fairer’ trades in the past.
    The function is there to protect not only the teams making the trade but the rest of the league as well.
    If this trade goes through then i just can’t justify spending the time and energy trying to make my team improve and compete when the league if not fair for all playing.


  128. MattW says:

    Does anyone have any news on DLR?

    Yahoo has no updates of any kind.

  129. BSA says:

    @Steve: I got your crying towel right here.

  130. Steve says:

    @BSA: Here’s what I said. My post preceded the above:

    Can’t argue that there’s not a disparity in the draft positions of the players involved.

    Agree that Wright is a first-rounder in our format this year. A first-rounder that is scuffling like hell. I’m hoping, obviously, that he bounces back and doesn’t repeat last year’s lameness.

    Price is a huge talent off to a great start on a great team – one that could win more games than anyone else in baseball. Will he keep it up? Who knows? Will Wright turn it around? Maybe, maybe not.

    And Wilson is a closer. He gets Saves. And will probably get 30-40 this year. It’s not my problem if everyone ignores that kind of reliable production until the 11th round.

    Steve D obviously feels those two guys can add a lot of value to his team. The trade was offered to me and I accepted it.

    And anyone else in the league would have done the same.

  131. Steve says:

    @Steve: There’s no doubt I got the better end of the trade, but isn’t that what everyone is trying to do when trading?

  132. Howard says:

    I thought that starting Takahashi at Petco would be a safe bet. Looks more like the dog’s breakfast!

  133. Steve says:

    @Howard: You and me both.

  134. Donnie Baseball says:

    Blalock or Dl. Young?

  135. Donnie Baseball says:


    I don’t see what the problem is. With the way Wright is hitting, that’s a fair trade.

  136. Donnie Baseball says:

    Thanks Grey. 20 teamer. These guys are gold.

  137. nick m. says:

    i would like to start streaming some pitchers this week, but i have to drop some weight that i keep waiting on… – drop quentin, c. young, or berkman? (i have braun, cruz, zobrist, pence as my other OF’s)?

  138. Howard says:

    Wow! KJo two errors! Dodgers tie it up!

  139. Steve says:

    @Donnie Baseball: Exactly! I drafted a pretty good team to start with in this league (14-team, H2H) and I’m in second, and I’ve just got a could-be top guy for a good price. I’d be annoyed too ;-)@

    Grey: What’s up with Takahashi? Ineffectively wild?

  140. Donnie Baseball says:

    Strange game for Bills. Great Whip, eh ERA. Bizarro Bills. Still a good game with the K’s.

    Expected more out of Liriano though against the M’s. 8 hits in 4 in.

  141. MarkM says:

    @Anyone that can help me out here – Are there two Steves from the same league arguing about the same trade on here? Can’t you guys take it to your league’s board? Veto is to stop collusion, not to reject a trade that you might not like. Whether or not you think it’s fair if two active managers are both trying to improve their team there’s nothing you should do to stop it. Maybe next time you’ll be a little more active trading and you’ll be the one getting the perceived “lopsided deal”

    Sorry but people that bitch about trades irritate the Polanco out of me.

  142. Steve says:

    @MarkM: I’m the Steve that traded away Price and Wilson to get Wright, coincidentally from another Steve.

    I’m happy (obviously) with how it turned out. Another guy in my league, not so much.

    I just included a couple of snippets from the league message board for BSA’s entertainment.

  143. MarkM says:

    @Steve: I gotta tell you, you confused the hell out of me.

  144. Steve says:

    @MarkM: Ha – yeah, sorry. Should have explained. On reflection it may have appeared I was whining because I’d ripped myself off in a trade.

  145. MarkM says:

    @Steve: I’m all hyped up on people bitching about trades after my Ortiz+Posey for Carl Crawford trade caused some stirs in my league yesterday. It almost was vetoed even though the guy getting Ortiz and Posey desperately needed HR and RBI and I needed steals, which he had a surplus of.

    Granted, I still feel like I got the better end but so did the other guy. That’s the definition of a fair trade when it’s need-based.

  146. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    So the Dodgers game ended on a balk…

  147. Donnie Baseball says:


    Neither trade should be vetoed, but the ortiz/Posey for Crawford is ALOT worse than the Price/Wilson for Wright.

  148. Howard says:

    What a bizarre ending in LALALAND!

  149. MarkM says:

    @Cheese: Par for the course. I’d hate to be a DBacks fan

  150. MarkM says:

    @Donnie Baseball: The league uses OPS, so it’s not as bad as it seems. This is assuming that Ortiz has put last year behind him.

  151. Steve says:

    Started Bills, Oswalt, Verlander and Takahashi today.

    Had to be good for at least one win, right?


  152. Donnie Baseball says:

    I’m getting that “sell” feeling on Liriano.

    Or am i just over-thinking things and should just enjoy the K’s.

  153. MarkM says:

    @Donnie Baseball: I’m in a points league where the only negative pitching stats are BB and L. Let me tell you, as much as I hate the scoring I love owning Liriano in it.

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nick m.: Berkman…

    @Steve: Got the ineffective part right.

  155. Ugly day to have Correia and Takahashi going. Fortunately the Pads are up a TD so I should at least get a win. So glad my opponent had Arroyo going.

    Hey you shallow leaguers, see what you’re missing?

    Gigantor coming in for the save in Seattle…

  156. Steve says:

    @Grey: Start Hudson v Phils tomorrow? Have him on my (controversial!) H2H team, along with Hamels…

  157. yankees2010 says:

    @Grey: Well, after a terrible week in my 12 Team H2H League where I lost 10-0-2 and fell out of first place, I was ready to start afresh this week with Garza, Oswalt and my newly acquired ace Takahashi taking the hill. You know the details. Of course, we are in a weekly league, so I have to watch as Takahashi tries one more time to push my ERA to double digits with as few K’s as possible. The Baseball gods have indeed showered (of the golden variety) on my week!

  158. yankees2010 says:

    @Grey: I would also be interested in your response to Steve for I too have Hudson, but I benched him this week due to his match ups and inserted Slowey back in. I think I know how this move is going to go.

  159. john says:

    @Grey: So, right now your thoughts are Posey > Napoli > Soto? Is there really that big of an advantage in dropping Soto for one of those two cuz I’m still playing by the “leave the scab alone” rules?

  160. @Grey: My ratios look like David Wells after a bender. Dump Takahashi for two from Scott Baker @Sea and @Oak? Those bums don’t hit homers, so Baker should be golden for 2 W’s and 2 QS, right?

    Florida’s up next for Tak and they hit lefties well. Especially if they leave everything in the middle of the plate, like Tak did tonight.

  161. yankees2010 says:

    @ Grey: It was no night for the “ashi’s” in Petco. One suckashi’d more than the other.

  162. yankees2010 says:

    @Steve: By the way Steve, I looked back and saw your starting staff today of Bills, Oswalt, Verlander and Takahashi and I feel half your pain. Man that hurts.

  163. Steve says:

    @yankees2010: Yeah, got some bad win karma going today.

  164. john says:

    @Grey: So, right now your thoughts are Posey > Napoli > Soto?…Is there really that big of an advantage in dropping Soto for one of those two cuz I’m still playing by the “leave the scab alone” rules?

  165. @Grey: That was Blackburn, not Baker BTW. Aside from Franky, those Minnesota pitchers are all one guy to me, like Voltron.

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Napoli, Posey… Probably won’t matter, but there ya go.

  167. john says:

    @Grey: Ok, thanks. I’ll just continue to leave the scab alone unless Posey or Napoli go on massive tears.

  168. ASAOK says:

    Napoli or Russell Martin?

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