Dustin Ackley was recalled (don’t ask why it’s recalled and not called up, baseball’s arcane at times).  Here’s what I said when he was about to get the call a little under a month ago, “Guess what ya’ll we’re gonna talk about the Mariners!  Snooze.  But we’re talking about the top Mariners prospect!  Yawn.  But it’s Dustin Ackley and he hit 5 homers and stole 2 bases in Triple-A last year over 237 plate appearances!  Burp.  So far this year, he’s been better with power and speed — 9 homers and 6 steals through 64 games (updated!).”  And that’s me quoting and updating me!  Because his home park ends in -co — Petco, Safeco, Metco — his power may take a bit of a hit.  His speed isn’t gazelle-like. (Gazellian?)  But, at middle infidel, you take the flyer to see what he can do.  It’s a MILF (Middle Infielder I’d Like to take a Flyer on).  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Albert Pujols – One start away from gaining 3rd base eligibility.  Before the game, La Russa said, “I know I Mr. Bungled the closer situation for a few weeks earlier this year, so here’s a bone for fantasy owners.”  In other La Russa news, Razzball has an exclusive!  We’ve obtained a never before seen picture of Smurfette giving birth to Tony La Russa.

Allen Craig – Could miss up to 6 weeks while he’s mourning his small fracture in his kneecap n’ crunch.

Travis Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 2 Ks.  It’s always frustrating when a pitcher you want to believe in does well as far as earned runs go, but walks too many guys to get excited about.

Scott Rolen – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, now has 6 RBIs in the last 4 games.  Is there a more useless stat?  I’m surprised the saber-community hasn’t become more diligent about finding a better stat… Though maybe they have, I’m not at the forefront of the saber-movement.  “Hey, why is it an Inverted W?  Why not just call it an M?”  That’s me opening for Rob Neyer in concert.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I wouldn’t pick him up with your team.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I loved Jhoulys in the preseason — So Fresh, So Chacin, ha!  I crack myself up sometimes.  I have two regrets, wish I would’ve pushed him even harder on youse and I wish I owned him in every league.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4 with his 5th steal in 5 games.  If you’re not giddy to grab him, we’ll never see eye to eye.  Go read Fantasy (insert a synonym for smart) dot com.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Now you can’t blame me if you don’t own him.  Here’s what I said in the preseason, “Let’s count the ways we love Ricky Romero, shall we?  7 ways!  Okay, maybe I should count them out loud.  1) Will only be 26 years old.  2) Will be entering his third big league season, a time when pitchers tend to hit their stride.  3) His K-rate was 7 and half and can get better. 4) He cut his walks last year.  5) Golden rings.  6) Pitches in the AL East… Hmm… That’s not a positive.  7)  There was really only 4 reasons that I stretched out to 7.  2011 Projections:  13-6/3.65/1.30/180”  And that’s me quoting me!

Frank Francisco – Got the save yesterday, but Rauch was unavailable after pitching 2 innings on Tuesday.  I think Rauch or Francisco could get the next save.  Hello, wishy, meet my friend washy.

Adam Lind – 2-for-3 with his 13th home run.  Now has homers in back-to-back games and is hitting .337 on the year.  Glad to see Lind’s 2009 wasn’t hanging out with and getting influenced by Aaron Hill’s 2009.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-4, home run.  I’m not a huge fan of Yunel’s because of his lack of speed but he’s hitting .292 with 8 homers.  He’s kinda doing what you paid in your draft for Martin Prado to do.

Chad Billingsley – 4 IP, 7 ER, 13 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Only thing he could do worse is if he changed his name to Chazz.  (BTW, we need a writer for Razzball who goes by the name Chazz.  I don’t care about your writing style or references.  In your profile pic, I want to see an Izod shirt, a sweater wrapped around your shoulders and a tennis racket.  That’s all I care about.  And maybe some anecdotes that involve your mumsy and pawpaw.)  No one wants Bills on their team if they own him, and I understand it.  Would I drop him?  Well, it’s not like he’s that good when he’s good, right?  Actually, his post-All-Star Break ERA last year was 3.00 and he had a 2.79 in July.  His June ERA last year was 6.11.  It’s June Gloom, ya’ll.  Also, his xFIP is decent and his K-rate is nice.  I wouldn’t go out and trade for him, but I would pick him up off waivers in some leagues and bench him if I had room.  I wouldn’t drop him in most leagues either, I’d just bench him.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – Was activated from the DL.  Nishioka, or Japanese Hazelnut as Rudy likes to call him because his last name slightly resembles the name for hazelnut gelato, should be grabbed in most mixed leagues.  Really, what else you got at MI?  Yeah, thought so.

Nick Markakis – 1-for-2 with a run.  For him, big game.  All kidding aside, what happened to this young brother?  Someone spray Windex on his bat or something.

Mike Morse – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 home runs.  The Morse God of Fantasy!

Danny Espinosa – 2-for-4 with his 11th home run to go along with his 6 steals.  I realize his average looks like Metamucil vomit, but I still find it hard to believe he isn’t owned everywhere.

Livan Hernandez – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He’s a Latin 36 and pushing 250 lbs of pure blubber.  He probably can’t run a quarter mile.  His fastball is slower than some pitches you’d see from Jim Kaat at the Minnesota Twins Fantasy Camp.  Yet, his ERA is 3.77.  For me, this alone is reason enough to love baseball.

Gaby Sanchez – Hit his 12th home run, and is batting .310.  I’ll admit to underestimating his power.  Between dropping Anibal in one league after his first bad start and Gaby, the Florida Sanchii have confused me.

Ryan Madson – Won his third game, has 15 saves and ERA is 2.10.  One of our teams is doing great.  On that team, we have Madson, Venters and Storen as our relievers.  Three total draft flyers.  Really goes to the sentiment of SAGNOF.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-5 and is cooling off in a big way.  Keep in mind I told you to sell him two weeks ago.  I will mention that again in two weeks if he stays cold.  I will not mention it if he starts hitting again.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-4 with a home run and two steals.  While Jeter rents Friday Nights Lights with Minka so he can praise her acting, Nunez is manning short.  Speaking of short, he won’t have value for long, but he can be a decent stopgap at MI.  He has mostly speed, but, as he showed, there’s a bit of power.

Mark Teixeira – 3-for-5 with 2 home runs.  One for each oddly placed I in his name.  He now has 21 homers on the year.  Imagine if Te(i)x actually gets hot in the 2nd half.

Alcides Escobar – 3-for-3 with his third game in a row with a steal.  He also has multiple hit games in five straight and has raised his batting average almost 30 points this month.  You say potato, I say hot schmotato.

Jeff Baker – Homered yesterday.  With the Purple Evolutionist out, we added Baker to a bunch of deeper league teams.  The Cubs are batting him third (vs. lefties).  Though he might not play vs. righties.

Josh Beckett – One hit shutout of the Rays with 6 Ks.  Only hit was an infield single.  Yeah, Beckett’s having a nice season.  I said he was a great buy…last year when he was worse than dog balls, but I was time traveling and I thought it was 2011.  Oh, well.  Can’t win them all.  Maybe I should do steroids, is that legal for fantasy baseball bloggers?

Andrew Miller – Will be promoted by the Sawx to start against the Padres next Monday.  Terry Francona said, “Obviously, [Miller] is a huge part of our organization, and it’s going to stay that way.  He’s not going anywhere.”  Huge?  Sure, Francona.  And Marco Scutaro is really the lynchpin to your title hopes and you built the team squarely around the talents of Bobby Jenks.  Honestly, does my opinion of Miller matter for this matchup vs. the Padres?  I don’t think so.  If you really want to know, he’s been underachieving for years.  He’s been good this year in Pawtucket, but he’s been good in the minor leagues before.  I could see taking the flyer and then reevaluating after the Padres start, which is probably what the Sawx will be doing too.

Justin Morneau – To the DL.  The only way he’s hitting an upper decker this year is if he craps in the toilet tank.

  1. chata says:

    the kendrick start against florida was a gimme win .
    win = W

  2. Marqo says:

    2 Questions… Everybody can comment!

    Mat Latos or Max Scherzer down the stretch?
    Probably also as Keeper for next year…

    Andrew Bailey or Fernando Salas this year?
    It’s just about the SVs…

  3. Garvey's Illegitimate Child says:

    back from the bar and the Morneau cracks just keep on coming, keep it up Mr. Mustachio…………. for my two cents i give you Latos and Bailey, one will Play in Petco in the year three gold and the other was on a commercial for a video game so he must be good. Note to self, Kendry was in those commercials. Bailey got game and the A’s don’t blow teams out. They squeek by.

  4. Buge Hoobs says:

    This Andrew Miller chap intrigues me. Pick him up over Ed. Jax or a BN MaGehee?

  5. Rickie Weeks Lover says:

    Now whose the schmohawk grey? No mention of weeks yet again.

  6. Biggidy says:

    Kelly Johnson or Nishioka?

  7. Gandhi says:

    Espinosa or Ackley?

  8. Giant JJ says:

    Bill Hall sounds excited that the Giants hitting coach altered Hall’s swing. It could just be hyperbole from Hall but I’m willing to trade Fuentes for Hall in the hopes that I found lightning in a bottle. 20 teams.

  9. Brew Crew says:

    Hey Grey…….how about that Gee whiz fellow?

    Out of this group of pitchers, who would you drop? Is Gee or Tim Hudson a viable pick up?

    CC Slabathia
    Dan Hudson

  10. frank rizzo says:

    I’m starting to send out feelers for A-Rod since Pujols is one start away from being a 3B. Which team would you go after? The one with Teixeira or the one with Votto? Votto is more complete but he also has 9 HR’s to Teix’s 21.

  11. Wilsonian says:

    Have Turner playing 3rd for me. Would you drop him and make a claim on McGeeeeheeee who’s on waivers until tomorrow?

  12. A Guy says:

    Liriano and Logan Morrison for Ogondo and Cahill. Who wins?

  13. Benson says:

    Good stuff. Setting my lineup for next week (5×5 Roto), I can only play two of the following three MI: Ackley, Nishioka, Daniel Murphy. Who would you sit?


  14. Brew Crew says:

    Hi Grey…..

    I need to drop a pitcher now that Holliday is coming of DL….who should get the cut?? Is Tim Hudson or Gee better than anyone of them?

    CC Slab
    Dan Hudson

  15. Brew Crew says:

    LOL…..why is it posted twice…..funny.

  16. Dirt says:

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka or Anthony Rizzo?

  17. Holden C says:

    Ackley boy is a crum bum.

  18. RL says:

    Chris Carpenter is still worth a spot in 12-team mixed leagues, right? He just got cut and I was thinking about using my waiver on him in case he gets it together.

  19. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Is Garza for Zobrist a fair deal? Have Phillips at 2B so Zobrist is expendable.

  20. Jim says:

    I am one of the few fans of Latos still standing, but I think Schwerzer is your guy. They both have great upside but Latos’ shoulder is still a potential snag and his offensive support is a joke, plus Scherzer gets the DH and has a more traditional three letter first name.

    Pretty much the same reason I like Salas more too — Bailey is a ticking time-bomb.

    If you OWN all those players and are wondering who to start, I’d go Scherzer and Bailey because with Bailey it’s just about the injury, cause he is better (more proven at least) than Salas as a closer.

    I still love you Mat, but sorry.

  21. Chazz says:

    Jim here again — changing my name (required).

    My mumsy named me Jim but my tennis cronies call me Chazz, so there we have it.

    Next time I’ll work a sweater and my pawpaw into a comment. Wait, there it was!

  22. Ffej says:

    5×5 12 team keeper 3 OF spots, no CI or MI spots…I send Hellickson (18th) and Rasmus (16th) for Lawrie (15th). The bracketed numbers is the round the player can be kept next year. I’ll likely be keeping Braun, Bruce, Howard, Dom Brown, Youk, F-Her, Beckett, Gio, Anibal. Should I make the deal?

  23. Ffej says:

    5×5 12 team keeper 3 OF spots, no CI or MI spots…I send Hellickson (18th) and Rasmus (16th) for Lawrie (15th). The bracketed numbers is the round the player can be kept next year. I’ll likely be keeping Braun, Bruce, Howard, Dom Brown, Youk, F-Her, Beckett, Gio, Anibal. Should I make the deal?

    Sorry for the re-post…I forgot to mention that I’ll be keeping Moustakos

  24. mc serch says:

    Grey or anyone else with an opinion on this…. Finally moved back into first place last night in money league (12 team mixed)….could use HRS and runs….got Grady languishing on my bench, plug him in maybe 1-2x per week to get an 0-4….have shopped him and heard crickets in response….query: should I hold or drop him for Delmon, Sparkakis, T. Snider, Tabata, Dom Brown or Chazz Blackmon? I may need to move one of my current outfielders (J.Upside, Pence, Dread Pirate and Vladdy) for pitching in the 2nd half….I’m thinking either hold or grab Snider and hope for lightning in a bottle? Gracias.

  25. Will says:

    Are you starting Scherzer today? Marcum and Gallardo this weekend? If Milwaukee wasn’t in Boston I wouldn’t even question this

  26. Benny says:

    Should I still plan on keeping Adsrubal over Stephen Drew in a dynasty league? Or sell Carbera for what I can get right away if you think the bottom is gonna fall out?

  27. Black Beard says:

    Please choose a side (10 team, 6×5 [+OPS]):




  28. birdis78 says:

    Who do you want the rest of the season?

    H2H: W, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS

    Billingsley, Cueto, Wandy, or Norris….

  29. joe from point pleasant says:

    Neil Walker vs Dustin Ackely?


    Trade Neil Walker for help elsewhere, add Ackley, and start him the rest of the way..

  30. STRAWberry says:


  31. OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey: apropos of nothing, what do you figure Dee Gordon weighs? About a buck fitty? He looks like a cross between Willie McGee and a (young) Benjamin Button. Damn he’s fast though.

  32. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    drop Colby for Rubby?

  33. Martin says:

    @grey- hey which side do you prefer weeks, greinke, rasmus or Haren, Chacin, and Pence? Thanks.

  34. birdis78 says:

    Rank these bats the rest of the season:

    H2H: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    Rasmus, Hosmer, Choo, Dunn

  35. Presently in middle infield hell. Struggling with Uggla, I’ve compiled far too many MIs that one could ever dream for. Have Andrus (fullfilling expectations, but occasionally gets a day off), Desmond (only sub for when Elvis leaves the lineup, great for steals early in season – now leg issue), Hill (last season’s late run was enticing and of course, often sonovabenched on that rare productive day), M. Young (love him as a MI, but lately have had to use him @ the corner), and the aforementioned Uggla (to own him is to know what he’s put us through). So, even with my cornering the market on sucky MIs, Espinosa (despite the Metamucil vomit AVG), is available. Should I wean myself off this MI addiction and run with just the best three, playing Young at 2b/ss and just absorb Andrus’s occasional days off? Play Young at UTIL and choose the next best 3? Any advice and applicable player selections would be greatly appreciated!

  36. ABell says:

    gotta start one: Gio vs KC or Marcum @Bos?

  37. Jim says:

    Travis Snider is about to get recalled in a few weeks. Worth a stash in a 12 team very competitive mixed league?

  38. frank rizzo says:

    I’ve got a very solid pitching staff in my H2H Yahoo League. Hamels, Hanson, D Hudson, Chacin, Scherzer, Liriano, Kuroda, Gio, and Norris (Beachy is on the DL).

    Some doosh dropped Scott Baker and I could swap out one of my guys for Baker. The 2 I’m considering are Gio and Norris since either can destroy my WHIP with each start. Yes Gio and Norris are big K guys but I don’t typically have a problem with K’s. It’s ERA and WHIP that I can potentially get beat on week to week. Baker’s WHIP is nice and he’s been almost a K Per inning guy this year.

    Who would you drop for Baker, Grey? And do you know who Rudy would drop for Baker, since I know Rudy is high on Baker?

  39. Nick says:

    @Grey: Should I start Scherzer tomorrow afternoon at home? He left 5 ER against Cleveland last game but that was in Cleveland..Yikes! I have Gio at home vs. KC and Vogelsong in Arizona as well.

  40. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Alcides Escobar has been white hot, and his batted ball profile suggests his BABIP should be about 40 points higher than it is. Considering I have Morneau rotting on my bench (ended up dropping Anderson for Blackmon over Uehara a few days ago), and Bartlett is my SS and Kelly Johnson my MI, I’m considering dumping Morneau for Escobar and sitting KJ when he’s not playing in Arizona. Escobar is stealing bases now, and if his BABIP regresses to what it should, he’d obviously be on base more frequently.

    I’m not crazy, am I? Please tell me I am.

  41. Will says:

    best keeper for next 3 years? mccutchen, j. upton, kemp, or bruce???

  42. MattW says:

    @Grey: @Wilsonian:

    Which side:

    Stephen Drew and Jordan Zimmerman


    JJ Hardy and Jhoulys Chacin

  43. Doog says:


    Dynasty points league; my pitching is rough right now. I’m offering Pedroia and Nolasco for Greinke and Lester. Am I delusional, or is that in the right ballpark?

  44. IamYoFather says:

    Desperate for a CI — Miranda, Nunez, L Scott, Rolen, Loney, Wiggy?

  45. Kablooie says:

    With Holliday coming, should I drop Moose, Lowrie, or (sigh) Rios?


  46. Joe says:

    My league starts 4 SPs and we count the regular five pitching stats. Currently I have Kuroda, Cueto, Dempster, Liriano, Anibal Sanchez with Beachy and Gosh’s brother Johnson on the DL. I really like my pitchers so I’m going to trade one with the intent of picking up Bumgarner as a replacement. Who would you try to trade and is Bumgarner worth the pickup or is he just hot as of late?

  47. Al-D says:

    Drop Travis Wood in 17 team league?

  48. Benson says:

    Play Ackley, Nishioka, or sit them in that order?

    Thank you, sir.

  49. Random Collmenter says:

    Lincecum/Heyward or Scherzer/Holliday? What about Anibal/Holliday? Thanks.

  50. Pums says:

    So Hanley came off the real DL, but I’ve got Hardy at SS right now. Am I nuts for keeping Hanley on the fake DL for a bit? The only players I would consider dropping are Hardy, A. Gordon, Gardner, and maybe Dunn. I’d hate to drop Hardy and give someone a useful SS. What do you think?

  51. chazzbeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    so… how do i apply for the job? totally chazz!

  52. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Starting Garza vs. MIL today?

  53. Rodger-Dodger says:

    After careful deliberation… I’ll be benching Garza today vs. the Brew. They’re just too hot and Garza has been up and down. I guess I’m playing a bit too risk averse these days, but I’ve been able to avoid a LOT of blow-up games that way this season. Anyone else with me? Anybody think I’m a bonehead? No, YOU’RE a bonehead, you jerk! Ha ha.

  54. Ackley over Hardy at MI? Leaning Hardy, though his AVG/OBP might suck super hard.

    And I need to lose one of LoMo, Hosmer or Alex Gordon with Holliday coming back. I could always cut Rasmus or BJ Upton, those two are gettin’ frustrating.

  55. K76154 says:

    For 2B, Nishioka, Espinosa or Gordon Beckham going forward? I am now having 3 in SB, and behind the 4 guy by 11 SB, largely due to my Crawford and McCutchen are not running at the rate I hoped. However, even some improvements can be expected going forward, it seems like they will still underachieve in SB this season. So, finding third SB guy in my lineup becomes necessary. My players in other spots are too good to bench, so I can only consider 2B.

  56. theguarantee says:

    @Wilsonian – Really? I don’t own Gio but if I did, he’d be starting with ease for me. Vegas pegs the A’s -147, o/u in the game of 7.5. Facing young lefty sticks and Outman held them to 1 run last night. Not trying to talk you into it, but I’d be starting him with confidence.

  57. Fletch says:

    Nice WHIP Scherzer …and great 30 pitch first inning you POS!

  58. Fletch says:

    Overrated POS I should say…

  59. ThePoonTycoon says:

    currently have espinoza at 2B.

    i was offered teixeira and howie kendrick for pooholes.

    i’m better off with the pooholes/espinoza combo than the teixeira/kendrick combo right?

  60. lost says:

    pick two colby lewis, bumgarner, cueto thank you

  61. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Guthrie leaves game with apparent back problems.

  62. Whatup Grey! I’m in a competitive 3 year auction keeper league (can have 2 prospects on your roster at a time). I’m near the top and thinking of stashing Trout as trade bait :) or as a long term keeper…what are your thoughts on him this year and long term?
    Danks alot!

  63. Joel says:

    Andrew Miller is still averaging 5+ walks per 9. Wouldn’t touch him in any league.

  64. DHill Dragons says:

    Stupid Scherzer was cruising along after the rough first inning and just when it looked like he would get through 6 innings – he left with 2 outs after a walk, hit batter, and another walk to the bottom of the lineup.

    He could still win it thanks to the offense, but the quality start is gone.

  65. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Pedro Feliz or Daniel Hudson?

  66. K!cks says:

    Drop any of Abreu, Rizzo, or Mouse for Alfanso Soriano?

  67. Brandon says:

    CI going forward:

    Rolen or Trumbo?

    Player going forward:

    Joyce or Trumbo?

  68. Bob says:

    @ Grey: Grady or Cuddyer? Also what are your thoughts on Pagan? Thanks!

  69. Marqo says:

    For the remainder of the season I’d go with
    Pagan > Grady > Cuddyer

    Pagan is a underrated 5-Tooler who started slow but he’ll put up better numbers soon!

  70. WDE05 says:

    What are your thoughts on Angel Pagan? Would you drop Rajai Davis for him? I hate to give up on Davis, but he’s been ice cold. Also, would you go with Pagan over Blackmon?

  71. DHill Dragons says:

    Grey, I’d like to add Ackley.

    Who is most droppable? Matt LaPorta or Chris Coghlan in a head to head points league. I’ve got adequate bench options at both 1B & OF.

  72. WDE05 says:

    Damn, its good to see Holliday back in my lineup. Solo jack in his first AB back is a great way to get started.

  73. jamesmetsfan says:

    Hey Grey,

    Dayan Viciedo, worth stashing in 12 team mixed leagues?


  74. ruah says:

    C Pena or glass Chipper at CI?

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