Roy Oswalt pulled something in his back and is presumably headed to the DL.  The bad news here is he was supposedly a 2nd half pitcher in some people’s minds, though my mind wasn’t yet made up.  It’s a guy’s prerogative to change his mind, or just not make it up at all.  As someone who has struggled with lower back pain for most of his adult life… Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m fit as a fiddle.  I once dwarf bowled a 170.  (Of course, he helped by kicking over that 7-10 split.)  Wait, what was I saying?  Oh, yeah!  Oswalt.  Yeah, he’s off to see a back specialist, the Astros are calling up Bud Norris, hopefully related to Chuck.  Bud Norris might sound familiar to some of youse.  Why?  Cause I just said his name in the previous sentence.  Hello, Mr. Short-Term Memory.  He also may sound familiar to you because he was in last week’s Scouting the Unknown.  For those too lazy to click-through, his walk rate isn’t pretty.  I’d grab him in NL-Only leagues and take a flier on him in 12 team and deeper mixed leagues if you really need the help, but he may cause migraines.  Best case scenario is he foolz (the kids love the Z) some hitters for about a month worth of starts and racks up the strikeouts while barely making it out of the 5th inning because of a high pitch count, see also Clay/ton Buchh/shaw.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

LaTroy Hawkins – His MRI came back negative on his back so he’s heading to the DL with shingles.  Whaaat?!?  Don’t you need to check off a few things before going from an MRI to shingles?  It’s not a bulging disk… Okay, let’s check for shingles.

Randy Johnson – Torn rotator cuff.  Just be glad I didn’t go with the title, Torn Johnson.

Clay Buchholz – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners and tied me to the WHIPping post.  The home plate ump looked like he wouldn’t call a strike.  Put Fieldin Culbreth behind home; he’ll call a strike.  Just be glad Buchholz got out of the 5th.  Against the A’s no less.  Not a great sign.  Go after a hitter.  Pitch to contact.  Trust your stuff.  Listen to Eck, would ya?

Scott Kazmir – 7 IP, 1 ER.  Sonavabench!  I fully expect him to go out and get rocked in his next game when I start him.  Kazmir, why do you hate me?

Fred Lewis – Took a real long time, but you know who’s finally hot?  Fred Lewis.  Maybe he finally figured out why I called him a sleeper in February.

Eugenio Velez – Hit a homer yesterday.  In other news, water’s dry.

CC Sabathia/Chad Billingsley – Belch.

Tommy Everidge – Was called up to replace Barton.  His minor league numbers look promising, but he’s not available anywhere until ESPN, Y! or CBS put him into their systems.  Though he’s not really worth a pickup yet, except in AL-Only leagues.

George Sherrill – People really seem to want him and it makes sense for the Orioles to trade him away if they can get anything.  As said elsewhere by me, you don’t need a closer to finish last.  The catch, and there’s always one, Baez and Johnson haven’t looked good at all recently.  It may come down to *cover your children’s eyes if they’re reading this* a committee.  I know!  Terrible.

Matt Wieters – 4-for-5, but what about Gregg Zaun?!

Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 Ks, 8 baserunners.  Perfectly acceptable game for a HodgePadre in an away game.  Unfortunately, I refuse to start him anywhere but home…

Heath Bell – Another guy that seems like he might be on the move.  And another situation that isn’t crystal clear.  Mujica’s held the 8th for the majority of the season, but he’s faltered recently.  Gregerson’s been fine, but he’s Luke Gregerson.  Mike Adams has been terrific too.  But he’s not even Luke Gregerson.  I’d hold Mujica or Gregerson, in that order.

Everth Cabrera – 3-for-4, 2 steals.  I loved EverCab when he first came up, then he did nothing for two weeks.  So I dropped him and then he did this to me (6 steals in the last week).  Yesterday in the comments, this was said by frequent commenter, Tom, “Hey remember that time you got back from church camp and destroyed all of your rebellious, edgy EverCab albums?  And remember that time 3 weeks later when you stopped dating that girl from camp, and you were really pissed that you threw them out?  Today is that day.”

Rafael Soriano – Has now given up runs in two of his last three games.  If you take nothing else away from today’s roundup, Soriano goes through stretches where he’s terrible.  You’ve been warned.

Leo Nunez – Gave up a run, Lindstrom’s due back in a week.  You’ve been warned.  Again.

Nyjer Morgan – Since I already pointed out my goof on EverCab, I’ll cop to this one too.  I bungled Nyjer.  He’s been a very decent SAGNOF source.  I even tried to trade for him in one league.  I think I was ignored.  Hey, don’t take my Garrett Jones.  It’s fine by me (please stay hot Jones, please).

Elvis Andrus – HR and steal yesterday.  No lie, in one league I literally dropped him two days ago.  Momma said there would be days like these…

Clete Thomas – I picked him up and he went 0-for-4.  I grabbed him because he’s batting third for the Tigers.  Why’s he batting third?  I don’t know.  Buy Leyland a pack of Marlboro Reds and maybe he’ll tell you.

Jhonny Peralta – This year he’s carrying the Silent H Torch for him and Khalil, and has three straight games with a homer as he bats over .400 in the last 7 games.

Scott Downs – 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  People were yelling fire in the comments yesterday that Frasor’s due to take over, they might be right.  Downs has given up runs in four of his last five games.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Downs hit the Disgraceful List.

Chien-Ming Wang – Visited Dr. Freeze and was put on ice for the season.  Imagine Dr. Andrews misunderstood, “Something’s wrong with Wang,” as something was wrong with his wang.  Ah, the yucks a bad Farrelly brothers movie could have with that.

Brad Lidge – 1 IP, 2 ER, Save.  He’s really got the save down pat where he gives up 2 runs.  It’ll be funny in the playoffs when he loses a key game and McCarver’s like, “He’s usually so reliable.”  Joe Buck *interminable pause* then, “We’ll be back here tomorrow for game five.”

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners.  Now has two straight so-so starts by his 1st half of starts’ standards.  Honestly, I was pretty happy with this so-so start.  He gets the Mets in Metco next, so hopefully he can be decently so-so again.

Adam Dunn – Hit a homer out of Miller Park.  Then had his blue ox run the bases.

Mark Buehrle – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Back to life… Back to reality… and Johnny Vander Meer’s family is once again free to make plans.

Josh Fields – Being dropped from the roster for Mark Kotsay.  Fields wants a trade from the White Sox.  Maybe if you robbed a homer to seal a perfect game, you wouldn’t be getting dropped.  Think about that!

Mark Kotsay – Traded to the White Sox for Brian Anderson.  What’s the point of this trade?  Did Kenny Williams get a look at Kotsay’s wife?  This is the most irrelevant trade since Jose Lima was traded to the Kia Tigers for a bottle of kimchi.

  1. Inertiatic says:

    Tommy “time” everidge. What kind of gd nickname is time? It should be truck, cause he’s got to weigh about a tree fiddy. He and cc once had an eating contest at in-n-out, true story.

  2. Christopher says:

    I expected to see Fuentes’ name in there somewhere and a mention that he’s pitching with a torn flactoid which explains why he’s suddenly allergic to outs and addicted to runs.

  3. ABell says:

    Drop barmes for peralta?

  4. Beau says:

    I’m trying to get rid of sherill while i can move him for any closer. Im in first but can make up the most ground in saves, who do you guys think i can expect to get for him? Is lindstrom aiming too low?

  5. Racehorse says:

    Daisy Fuentes had another bad hair day …

  6. steamer says:

    So glad I dropped Kazmir the other day. But you’re right he’ll probably get rocked next time out.

    How do you rank these SP: Blanton, Pineiro, Buchholz, Feldman
    Gotta drop one.

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Beau: i’d maybe shoot for downs? no guarantee lindstrom returns to closing is there? kerry wood? aim for some of the guys with bad ratios, but still guaranteed save opportunities.

    i’d just imagine any semi-knowledgeable owner isn’t gonna part with anything but a marginal closer for sherrill.

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Racehorse: yeah i got him and downs killing me

  9. bobbo says:

    CC Sabathia/Chad Billingsley – Sonofastart

  10. Frank Rizzo says:

    Peralta is a FA. I have Drew as my SS with Theriot as a backup. Theriot got me through the beginning of the year without Drew and has been nice for SB’s and BA for sure, but now with Drew leading off I’m wondering if Peralta is a better ying to Drew’s yang offering me more RBI’s and HR’s than Theriot.

    Peralta over Theriot for the rest of the year?

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    Billingsley tanked after an awesome first 5 innings…..damnit. Kazmir has some kind of voodoo shizz over the Spankees. His record against them is silly.

  12. @Frank Rizzo: C-Bills is killing me right now. Also: all my speculative save adds are pooping the bed repeatedly. Johnson. Nunez. I dropped Phil Hughes for this!?!?

    Picked up Peralta for the day when Garrett Jones comes back to earth. (Thank you, Alexei Ramirez multi-position eligibility!) Peralta gets hot. Hopefully he can stay hot.

    @bobbo: Nice!

  13. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: i’d want peralta over therior

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i turned my garrett jones into an edwin encarnacion. here’s to hoping edwin’s .900+ ops since his DL stint extends over the rest of the season.

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Beau: also, maybe you could move sherrill for a hitter or some SP depth, then scoop up some prospective closers and wait for one of them to be handed the job.

  15. Hardcore Midget says:

    Need to pick up a 2B in case Kinsler misses a few days with his hamstring.
    Choices- Adam Kennedy, Maicier Izturis, Luis Castillo, Polanco, Mark Ellis. Blech.

  16. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Like the Miggy/Holliday side better.

    But if you need 3B, the Longoria side is solid as well.

  17. david says:

    a) I’m not so concerned about future saves.
    b) I’m going for the safer bet — ie, someone who won’t implode
    c) ratios, baby
    d) vulture wins are good things

    So who’s the better pick up: Feliciano, Chan Ho, or Mike Adams?

  18. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Here’s a tip…when you name your team after a guy, don’t drop him and then change your team name. It pisses him off, causing him to steal bases willy-nilly.

    [Formerly “Foreverth Young”, now “MASH Unit”]

  19. stumanji says:

    Kazmir: What the eff, dude? Now I’m tempted to pick you up for your third stint on my squad. No…I’m not gonna do it. You’re dead to me.

    Washburn: Your K/BB ratio (1/3 yesterday) isn’t anything to write home about, but I’ll take 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER any time out from my 5th starter.

    Seattle bullpen: You blew The ‘Burn’s win for me! Luckily I have Aardsma who picked up the vulture win anyway.

    CC: Earn your paycheck, please.

    Choo was just dropped in my league. Lose Bedard or Volquez for him?

    Anybody know the extent of Oswalt’s injury? I could prob get him for Alexei.

  20. Tom says:

    How about Garret Jones for Bradley? He might actually get hot, like he did in SD two years ago when they were in a division race.

    He may also get into a knife fight with Zambrano. I’m hoping for the hotstreak.

  21. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Potential Shady Trade Questions. Team in near last( completely out of race) trades Albert Pujols for Sizemore, Nelson Cruz, Jarrod Washburn, Jair Jurgens to the team in third place. Last place teams drops Danks, Duke, Luke Scott and Jorge De La Rosa.

    Given Sizemore’s elbow and Cruz’s broken finger, I find this trade a bit shady. He basically traded his bench, and he just picked up Helton off waivers. Thanks for any input.

  22. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    motivated by you “Now or Never” article , i proposed the following trade :
    my crawford / frasor / wolf for his braun .

    background : tenous 1+1/2 point lead in 12 team roto .
    1st in Runs (+3) , Saves (+8) and SBs (+43)
    7th in HRs (-20 from 2nd) and 7th in RBI (-43 from 2nd)

    2 offers/rejects later , we settled on :
    my crawford / frasor / wolf / jose lopez / nyger
    for his braun / kawakami / latos / hermida / & TULO

    i really wanted your blessing on this , but it was 6am (your time) and i wanted to accept quickly .

    i will probably drop hermida and kawakami immediately , and use latos as a spot starter .
    though i have held frasor for 6 weeks , i think i can live without him .

    your thoughts ??

    as always , thanking you , in advance .
    p.s. one of my rejects included his sizemore and alex gordon for my adam jones .

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: is it a keeper league? cruz’s finger doesn’t appear to be an issue. sizemore is a bit of a risk, but washburn and jurrjens have been solid consistent guys, if unsexy due to mediocre K rates. even in a 1 year league it’s not so egregious that i’d raise a stink over it. i might post some message board shit talk about it, but that’s all. how does one have pooholes and still be in last place?

    @stumanji: i’d lose volquez for choo asap. at least bedard has pitched well when healthy, and you know he’ll try to come back since he’s in a contact year. the reds are gonna be extremely cautious with volquez given his age/future and the fact that they aren’t playing for this year.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @big o: i was gonna say that you probably need more than just braun to help catch #2 in HRs and RBIs, but bruan + tulo could get you in the ballgame. i’d make sure you had a sagnof guy on your bench to make sure you don’t slip up in steals giving up both nyjer and crawford.

  25. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: non-keeper, I just tend to raise red flags when teams completely out of it make trades like this.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: yeah but it’s not unreasonable. personally i’d want a healthy stud + more for pooholes, but cruz is on pace for a 35-25 season, and washburn/jurrjens have continued to pitch well all season. you can’t prevent the bottom dwellers from trading, you can only ask that they don’t give away players.

    maybe these were the “bench” guys for the other team (damn deep team if they are), but now he’s traded away his depth. an ill-timed injury could send him into using nick swisher as his #3 OF for the rest of the season or praying liriano can give him a decent start.

  27. Frank Rizzo says:

    @stumanji: How is it possible that Choo was dropped in any league? He’s ranked 52nd overall in Yahoo. I’d pick him up somehow if I were you. He’s got to be better than at least one of your OF’s.

    Kazmir should not be on the WW either. He was on Grey’s 2nd half pitchers post for a reason. His 2nd half history is pretty solid.

  28. Ja ckie says:

    Weird stat of the day:

    Player A:

    242 AB, 42 Runs, 19 HRs, 57 RBI, 7 SB, .252 AVG

    Player B:

    270 AB, 51 Runs, 17 HRs, 48 RBI, 7 SB, .230 AVG

    Player A is Ian Stewart. Player B is ARod

    Cust saying.

  29. Jo says:

    I just nabbed Pujols for A-Ram and Votto… ya digg??? I have Miggy/Reynolds for 1b/3b so pujols will be my util player :)

  30. Jo says:

    @stumanji: I agree with frank, get Kazmir… even if you don’t start him till he proves his worth a few more time. He has too much talent/potential to be on the WW. If he comes around I could see him as a top 10 pitcher for the rest of the season

  31. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Ja ckie: flip the players, Player A is Arod and Player B is Stewart. Still interesting though…..

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Ja ckie: ian stewart is a guy i’ll want on all my teams next year

  33. Dingo says:

    Grey – I misread your first paragraph and thought that the Astros were calling up a back specialist named Bud Norris. A back specialist with a bad walk rate? Does that mean all of his patients end up paralyzed?

    Also, who else besides Jhonny P has three donks in a row? Little Donkey Reynolds, that’s who! Somehow, the galloping donkey has managed to become the 4th-best hitter in fantasy baseball, according to Yahoo’s rankings.

  34. Adam says:

    Give up Johan and CQ for Braun and Nolasco?

  35. stumanji says:

    @Frank Rizzo: My OFs are Ichiro, Carlos Lee, Dye, and Ibanez. Choo would rotate in my 2nd Util spot with Aaron Hill, Alexei (or Drew, depending who I have at SS), and Inge (does not apply if Montero starts to cool off and I put Inge back at C).

  36. Jackie says:

    Yup, player A is ARod and player B is Stewart

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Inertiatic: Yeah, he was a big boy from what I saw. Kinda looked like a white Sandoval. Or an Albino Kung Fu Panda.

    @ABell: Sure

    @Racehorse: Ha!

    @steamer: Drop Buchholz

    @bobbo: Hehe

    @Frank Rizzo: Take Peralta

    @Hardcore Midget: Kennedy

    @david: Adams

    @mgeoffriau: So you were the one who pissed him off.

    @stumanji: Lose Bedard. Oswalt injury didn’t sound good, more will be known today.

    @Tom: I’d take Bradley there.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: It’s just okay, but I find it always fishy when a team out of it trades with a top team.

    @big o: Go for it.

    @Ja ckie: That is interesting.

    @Jo: Sure, that’s fine.

    @Dingo: Ha! Mini-donkey is on every team of mine. Unfortunately, he’s the only one hitting on a few of them. But that’s for another day.

    @Adam: I’d take Braun’s side.

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @stumanji: i would

  39. bobbo says:

    If I can trade Beltran for Justin Upton in a perpetual roto keeper league (choose 5 offensive keepers each year) do you pull the trigger? (Stats are standard 5×5 with OBP and Holds as additional cats) Current potential keepers for me: Mauer, Berkman, Rollins, Wright, Beltran, Manny, BJ Upton, A Jones, Ibanez

  40. Dingo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Ian Stewart’s 2009 is looking a lot like Mark Reynolds’ 2008.

  41. Sos says:

    What’s the outlook on David price from here on out? Was offered him for Ortiz. Will Price get shut down early or could he pitch around a 4 w/ good K’s? Price or Harden for Ortiz?

  42. zk says:

    Where’s the Heath Bell rumor mill being stirred at? It’d be a pretty sharp punch to the jingles if he gets moved, but I haven’t seen anything from a reliable source.

  43. Charlie says:

    Need to drop one of Reimold or Garrett Jones for the rest of the way. What do you think?

  44. stumanji says:

    I’m torn whether to drop Bedard or Volquez. Bedard has been solid when healthy, but he just got hurt, whereas Volquez seems to be on the way back. How serious is Bedard’s shoulder injury? Yahoo isn’t giving any info about it…

  45. RIP Harry says:

    Phils traded for Cliff Lee

  46. bobbo says:

    @Dingo: Ian Stewart 2009 = Dan Uggla 2007? Please god get that AVG up!

  47. Frank Rizzo says:

    @RIP Harry: where do you see that? don’t play with my emotions. Lee owner, of course.

    there’s a lotta crap going down right now with minor league guys getting pulled from starts.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: I’d take Upton

    @Sos: That seems like doable numbers. I’d take him over Ortiz.

    @Charlie: Jones

    @stumanji: re: Bedard — It’s a shoulder injury on an injury-prone pitcher. Volquez is a week away from returning. Seems pretty clear cut to me.

    @RIP Harry: Thanks for the heads up!

  49. bobbo says:

    @RIP Harry: Source?

  50. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @RIP Harry: Source? I’m still only seeing “Nearing a deal…” type of reports.

  51. RIP Harry says:

    @RIP Harry: Possibly premature, I’ll confirm when I see a better source

  52. RIP Harry says:

    @Frank Rizzo: @mgeoffriau:
    Yeah my bad, got a little excited there, the one source who said its done isnt reliable enough

  53. Dad says:

    @Grey: I was just offered CC/Ludwick for my Kemp/Scherzer. It’s a 6×6 with OPS & QS

  54. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Man, Lee moving to the NL with that run support would make my day. I shipped Javier Vazquez off in a deal and got Lee in return….this move would really push that trade in my favor.

  55. Dingo says:

    @bobbo: Good news: Stewart’s BABIP is .250, far below his career average of .305. Bad news, his LD% is 13.1%, meaning that his low BABIP is due to not making good contact, rather than bad luck. His average is still likely to go up, but it might take a little while.

  56. Curly Day says:

    Was just offered Pedoria and Volstad for my Danks and Kershaw. Lacking in Runs, SB’s and Ave, which Pedoria should help with. Doing terrible in whip and losing it in era with bills. Should i accept? Is tempting. Should I ask for JA Happ instead of volstead? or counter with max scherz instead of danks or kershaw?

  57. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    I have two DL spots in a keeper league, with Peavy, Unit, and Lilly injured.

    Time to drop Randy Johnson, right?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: I’d go with the CC side if you really need a starter, not crazy about it though.

    @Curly Day: I’d take Pedroia there if you can afford to lose two pitchers. Ask for Happ if you can.

    @Shmorgie S. Board: Drop Johnson.

  59. Lava says:

    Ouch. Between two teams last night, I had Nunez, Fuentes, Papelbon, Billingsley, and Bailey.

    Suffice it to say, it wasn’t a banner night for my pitching stats.

  60. GTS says:

    Start Brett Anderson @BOS today? He did well last time against Boston so I’m leaning toward yes (in H2H league).

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: I wouldn’t in a roto league, but if you can handle a poor start in a H2H, go for it.

  62. steamer says:

    Start Feldman & Pineiro?

  63. Art Vandelay says:

    Starting Harang tonight? I’m afraid of a serious WHIPing, as per usual.

  64. Tom says:

    Jeff Clement to Pirates looks likely, according to MLBTR. Does that mean Doumit goes to first? Or Clement and Milledge will be hanging out in AAA together.

  65. Tom says:

    Official according to MLBTR: Wilson to Seattle, Clement to Pirates in 7 player deal.

  66. Tom says:

    Snell, too.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @steamer: I wouldn’t own Feldman… If I did, I wouldn’t start him at home ever. I’d start Pineiro.

    @Art Vandelay: I would.

    @Tom: Doumit or Clement would probably split time, with one going to first. I don’t think Clement would be up immediately though…

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: Thanks for the heads up!

  69. john says:

    @Grey: how do you feel about Rodrigo Lopez @SF?

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,do you see clement getting the catching job to keep injury prone doumit at 1st?

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: already answered ,thank you

  72. Bob says:

    At SS, to try to replace the production Jose Reyes, I’m currently going with Bonafacio. Are any of the following an upgrade?

    E. Cabrera, O. Cabrera, Andrus, Aybar or Beckham?

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: It’s okay, but I wouldn’t touch him.

    @Bob: They’re all better. I’d go Everth, Beckham, Cabrera, depending on needs.

  74. Bob says:

    @Grey: The need is for speed, so I’m assuming Everth.

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    hey uh guys, let’s not forget clement isn’t exactly a model of health. in fact, correct me if i’m worng, but i think i remember talk earlier this year that clement’s knees were possibly gonna move him permanently out of the catcher spot. obviously that hasn’t happened yet, but it’s at least something to consider.

  76. DW says:

    Between Marmol and Aardsma, which of them will have the better ERA/WHIP over the rest of the season? (or will it be a wash) I have enough saves so Aardsma’s advantage there doesn’t come into play.

  77. GTS says:

    Which of these pitchers are advisable starts in H2H: Gaudin vs MIL @ PETCO, Correia vs MIL @ PETCO, Cecil @ OAK?

  78. Rnunnerley says:

    Hey Grey, what do you think of McLouth/Gregg for Oswalt/Volstad? I can always scrounge for saves

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DW: Aardsma

    @GTS: Gaudin, Correia, Cecil, all of them, in that order.

    @Rnunnerley: I’d want the McLouth side.

  80. bobbo says:

    Mariners acquire Wilson and Ian Snell for Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock. Not a bad haul for the Pirates imo.

  81. brett says:

    Grey, i have Joba @ TB and Anderson @ Boston tonight in an H2H league. I shouldn’t have a problem winning K’s either way, so i’m playing for W, ERA, WHIP. Is it worth start either of them?


  82. whigs says:

    would you start kuroda tomorrow? not a roto league

  83. bobbo says:

    @Grey: You rolling with any of the following today (main concern is ERA/WHIP help): Latos @ CIN, Wells v. HOU, Liriano v. CWS (gulp)

  84. mike says:

    UGGLA is making me sick lately. is he dropable?

    Available are Beckham, Escobar, Peralta, Stewart…are any worth a shot over uggly from here on out?

    love the site

  85. Rush says:

    Kazmir is back! Without a doubt the best he’s looked all year. The key with him is his slider and it had great movement yesterday. Against righties that pitch is close to unhittable, when thrown for strikes. Arod-Tex looked pathetic at the plate. If he has the slider, hitters can’t sit on his fastball which has killed him this year. I’m sold, In Kazmir I Trust.

  86. D says:

    Is there any possibility Aroldis Chapman could be playing in 2010?

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:

    stewart = uggla with more upside

    beckham will give you more avg/steals, less power

    escobar will give you a solid avg and not much else

    peralta gives you decent power, but no speed and avg can be iffy

    personally i’d go stewart or beckham because i still don’t know their ceilings and they are already producing at uggla’s level. maybe beckham this year, stewart long term.

  88. stumanji says:

    @Rush: Don’t come crying to me when Kazmir goes 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K next time out.

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mike: Sounds like a pretty shallow league (10 team or smaller). If so, I could see going to Stewart. But they’re kinda 6 of one, half dozen of the other.

    @Rush: Be nice to see it in a few starts back to back…

    @D: Possible. I hope so.

  90. black love says:

    phillies got lee, how does this effect his value?

  91. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Sometimes you have to laugh at some of this so-called “trade analysis”. From Rotoworld:

    “Lee’s ERA and WHIP could take a slight hit in the move to hitting-friendly Philadelphia, but any losses in those categories would be offset by an increase in win potential for the left-hander, who is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA on the season.”

    So we’re worried that his ERA and WHIP will rise because of Philly’s park, but ignoring the fact that he gets to face NL lineups? I’ll take that trade-off any day, look what it did for CC.

  92. Rush says:

    Good point megeoffriau, too much is made of ballparks. Lee has established himself for 2 years now, he’s a stud. The Phillies did real well on this trade didn’t have to include Drabek, and/or Happ. Makes you wonder if the Blue Jays lessen their demand.

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:

    so francisco included, think this gives laporta 2 months to show his stuff?

  94. bobbo says:

    @Rush: Before you get all “Kazmir is back because he looked good against the Yankees” check these stats:

    Kazmir ’07-’09 v. NYY:
    5-1, 53 IP, 2.17 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.36 K/9

    Kazmir ’07-’09 v. everyone else:
    25-22, 386 IP, 4.24 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 9.58 K/9

    Somehow he always seems to step it up against NYY… so I’d still be skeptical.

  95. Cliff Lee to Phillies.

  96. PhillyYorker says:

    Can a Phillies fan dream? None of these players were in the proposed Halladay deal. I would love to see this, Hamels, Halladay, Lee, Blanton, Happ/Moyer/Martinez/Lopez. It is doubtful the Phils can resign Howard, so we trade him next year after our third consecutive WS victory and replenish our minors. Like I said, we can dream.

    Anderson v. Sawx tonite??? Can he do it again? any thoughts?

  97. Lol, they won’t trade for both.

  98. stumanji says:

    @Rush: We also didn’t have to give up Brown or Taylor. The BJs were asking for Happ, Drabek, and Brown + more. Knapp has a lot of potential but he’s only 18 and is still very far away. I wasn’t sold on Carrasco being more than a 3rd or 4th starter. Donald is blocked by Rollins. I think Marson will be very good, but you gotta give something up, right?

  99. ThePoonTycoon says:

    yeah phils made out good on this deal i’d say

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: He should be up already, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

    @PhillyYorker: I wouldn’t in a 12 team roto league or shallower.

  101. Mr Baseball says:

    Ian Snell is now in american league – that can’t halp his value

  102. Mr Baseball says:

    any value is better than triple A value

  103. mike says:

    @Mr Baseball: did Snell have value before? lol

  104. Mr Baseball says:

    Thought I could have gotten more production out of Marcus Thames

  105. Mr Baseball says:

    111 mike Says: – more value that Homer Bailey

  106. Rush says:

    If you watched the game you’d see that his stuff was vintage Kazmir. Keep in mind this guy is only 25, and already has two great seasons under his belt. Like all sports, once you get to that elite level everyone’s talented, it all comes down to confidence. The fact that he’s done well against the Yankees in the past is irrelevant. This was a big game for Kazmir and the fact that he shut them out on 6/5/07 at Yankee stadium really had no bearing on how he’d do last night. I really liked the way he stepped up and competed. There’s no stat line for confidence, and that’s all this guy needs. I saw the fire last night, and as a frustrated owner I’m looking for any optimism I can get.

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:

    cubbies look to be clicking,,as is soriano

  108. Mr Baseball says:

    vintage Kazmir

    Oh, pitcher of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
    Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
    My shangri-la beneath the summer moon, I will return again
    Sure as the dust that floats high and true, when movin through kazmir

    Oh, father of the four pitches, fill my sails, across the sea of years
    With no provision but an open face, along the straits of the DL fear

  109. Dingo says:

    @Mr Baseball: Apparently he’s got enough value for someone in my league to drop Tillman for him.

  110. Rush says:

    Just picked up Laporta, does he become an everyday player?

  111. Mr Baseball says:

    Tea for Tillman dropped for Snell – you never know thought – looks bad now but it might turn out to be the right move – Snell’s ERA and Whip will look forward to facing the DH

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rush: Maybe, but that hasn’t worked out so well so far in his MLB career.

  113. Mr Baseball says:

    Indians are going nowhere, they might as well go no where with Laporta

  114. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Mr Baseball: indians got a stud prospect catcher in the trade also,see if victor doesnt get traded,but i agree,play LaPorta and see if he can adapt

  115. Mr Baseball says:

    # 122 AL KOHOLIC Says:

    I heard that the Philles threw in Jeff Clement Jr

  116. Starting Liriano versus Chicago tonight? Career #s against the White Sox are bad; very bad. And if he once again perfoms like less than an average pitcher, are 10 Team League owners justified in sending this phenom to the waiver wire to undoubtedly become someone else’s problem? Final straw, or be patient as he ruins another H2H week?

  117. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Mr Baseball: i dont know the catchers name but the cubbs anouncers said he was a stud,

  118. Mr Baseball says:

    Mets General Manager Omar Minaya turn to make a big deal – maybe he should get Fausto Carmona

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @zombie: I wouldn’t start him. In fact, I don’t think he’s even pitching tonight. Forearm swelling. I’d drop him.

  120. Mr Baseball says:

    what I was saying I hope he doesn’t turn into the next Jeff Clement

    Lou Marson – slow – lacks homerun power – good ave hitter –

  121. Vulture says:

    Kuo worth a pickup or too risky? Thinking vulture wins and with Sp/Rp eligibility I can put him in my sp slot.

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vulture: Sure, that could work.

  123. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Mr Baseball: maure type,could gain power ??spread it around and he will be getting picked up everywhere

  124. Corey says:

    Howard, Peralta, Harang for Hanley Ramirez. Too Much for Hanley?

  125. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @royce!: santana looks good ,thanks for the info.





  127. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: Bit too much. Howard and one guy should be plenty.

  128. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Bud Norris in the Houston-Chicago game. Speaking of which, where the hell have Randy Wells’ strikeouts gone?

  129. anon says:

    I know we were talking about Uggla and Ian Stewart earlier.. but how would we rank Stewart, Uggla, Assdroobal, and Jose Lopez? Currently have Uggla and wondering if I should make a switch.

  130. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @mgeoffriau: And true to form, Norris K’s Hill looking and then walks Randy Wells on 4 straight.

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @anon: Stewart, Uggla, Lopez… Not a huge fan of switching those two unless it’s a shallow league (10 team or shallower).

    @mgeoffriau: See that.

    EDIT: Word.

  132. GTS says:

    … when he’s not hitting home runs he’s stealing bases. Robot Jones for MVP.

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @GTS: ha,,im luvin it

  134. BigFan says:

    Util slot tonight: Beckham vs. RA Dickey or ? @MIN or Granderson vs Feldman @TX? Both tempting.

  135. bobbo says:

    @GTS: Robot Jones is simply trying to play hard enough for the Pirates to realize he’s outgrown their talent level so they trade him for high-A prospects. It’s inevitable…

  136. vinko says:

    Andrus or E. Cabrera in a 14 team?

  137. bobbo says:

    @BigFan: Granderson over Beckham every day of the week for me…

  138. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Fox in for Soriano……injury? Or just overconfident with a 9-0 lead?

  139. bobbo says:

    @mgeoffriau: The Cubs actually probably see that as a defensive upgrade!

  140. BigFan says:

    @bobbo: Kinda where I was leaning, but not giving me much this week… I’ll stick w/ G. Thanks.

  141. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @mgeoffriau: well when you are spoted a 6-0 lead in the 2nd inning, you just throw to contact. i’m fine taking 8 shutout innings, 1.00 whip, and a presumed win in exchange for some Ks. i’m not expecting him to help much in Ks, but given the way my staff has played out this year i’m not really in the running for Ks most weeks (h2h). in fact i have tried and still may trade gallardo for an SP with less BBs/WHIP in exchange for Ks.

  142. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Not a bad debut for Bud Norris — 3 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 ER, and 4 K’s. Took him 53 pitches to get those 3 innings, so at that pace he’s probably a 6 inning pitcher.

  143. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mgeoffriau: defensive replacement haha

  144. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mgeoffriau: jaba esc

  145. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    I offer Hamels, Wainwright, Wandy and I receive Josh Johnson and Javier Vazquez.

    I am way over innings and looking to get more quality IP. ERA and Whip can def get me some points

  146. GTS says:

    Trust Lannon this week?

  147. GTS says:

    @GTS: Lannan not Lannon.

  148. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Grey: I tried, and got shot way down. The guy needs innings. Tried for Halladay and he wanted even more than this. Grienke owner won’t budge. I have Johan

  149. GTS says:

    Drop Capps for Frasor or wait?

  150. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Wait

  151. Steve says:

    Joba @ Tampa – risky but gotta be done?

    It’s H2H.

  152. Jo says:

    Should I drop Bedard for Duchscherer?

  153. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jo: Go for it.

  154. GTS says:

    Harang blows why did I start him!

  155. i just got Harang’d

  156. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Adrian Gonzalez heating up going deep again,need him to get hot

  157. GTS says:

    He blew a quality start after getting only 1 out? I just dropped him.

  158. rnunnerley says:

    Mclouth/bell for oswalt/garza if I don’t need the extra bat?

  159. Grey

    Grey says:

    @rnunnerley: Oswalt is hurting, don’t trade for him.

  160. Sucklingduck says:

    Man i missed the boat for trading Haren. Would you trade him for B. Phillips or just hold?

  161. Pops says:

    @Grey: Thinking about dealing Adam Lind for some pitching help. I have a buyer, and we have moved on to discussing spare parts. Is Nolan Reimold an adequate replacement for the remainder of the year for my last outfield slot?

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sucklingduck: I’d take Phillips if you need a 2nd baseman.

    @Pops: Yeah, Reimold is fine.

  163. Mr Baseball says:

    Oh, Im bein followed by a ballshadow, ballshadow, ballshadow
    Leapin and hoppin all over the outfield – ball shadow ball shadow

    Tea for Tillman

  164. Mr Baseball says:

    What are we to expect from Howie Kendrick?

    a five RBI game

    Matt Cainn – all I read is that he is pitching over his head – he allows too many baserunners – soon or later it will catch up to him – I say so what – maybe there is a reason they don’t score – it is call Nasty Stuff

  165. Rnunnerley says:

    Which is better?

    I GIVE Hart and GET Kazmir


    I GIVE McLouth/Bell and GET GALLARDO


  166. Mr Baseball says:

    C. Quentin homered – I got one my 40 that I am due as a proud C. Quentin owner

  167. Mr Baseball says:

    The saga of two five tool players

    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington “strongly suggested” that outfielder Lastings Milledge will join the Pirates on Friday

    Nationals released outfielder Corey Patterson.

  168. DrEasy says:

    @Mr Baseball: Nice, some Cat Stevens as the soundtrack for the night.

  169. Mr Baseball says:

    Yankees acquired RHP Jason Hirsh from the Rockies

    HOUSTON ASTROS rating of prospects in organization

    Jason Hirsh, RHP, Grade A-

    Troy Patton, LHP, Grade B+

    Hunter Pence, OF, B+

    Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP, B+

    Fernando Nieve, RHP, B

    Brian Bogusevic, LHP, B

    Eli Iorg, OF, B

    Ben Zobrist, SS, B-

    Felipe Paulino del Guidice, RHP, C+

    Matt Albers, RHP, C+

    Justin Towles, C, C+

    Juan Gutierrez, RHP, C+

    Koby Clemens, 3B, C+

    Chance Douglass, RHP, C+

    Josh Flores, OF, C+

    Brooks Conrad, 2B, C+

    Luke Scott, OF, C

  170. Mr Baseball says:

    Rudy Gamble Alter Ego Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer

  171. Mr Baseball says:

    Omar Minaya – someone in my baseball league says he won’t be making a trades for the Mets by the deadline this year because the mexican free agent market is kinda thin

  172. BigFatHippo says:

    Kershaw with a fantastic outing………

    Against my team.

    It’s bittersweet
    more sweet than bitter, bitter than sweet
    it’s a bittersweet….

  173. Prince says:

    @Grey: I’m currently second-to-last in Runs, and if I could make a *pinky-to-mouth* run at this category I’d go a long way to locking up a league victory. Any thoughts on the best replacement for Berkman with runs in mind (10-team)? — Prado, Cantu, EE, Stewart, Feliz, Butler, Counsell.


  174. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Prince: Prado’s in the best spot for Runs, but he’s been slumping. Could try Butler instead. Runs are hard to chase.

  175. Prince says:

    @Grey: Thanks. I had Prado in there, but the slump led to my question. I’ll give Butler a shot. It’s only until Berkman returns, but my 3rd base position is fluid as well (Peralta) so if any of these guys is producing runs I may slot him in there.

  176. jamiesonmj says:

    with steals of no concern – Manny or Soriano, ROS?

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