Ryan Dempster hits the DL with a broken toe.  No word on how he hurt it, but Cubs fans are blaming Milton Bradley, Milton Bradley’s blaming an Italian Beef sandwich he ate in March but the Italian Beef sandwich refuses to play The Blame Game.  Way to take the high road, Italian Beef sandwich!  Dempster was at 5-5/4.09/1.37/89 through 105 2/3 innings.  Now he’s out until late-July at the earliest.  If you have a DL spot, go for it.  With a non-arm injury, I wouldn’t be too concerned about Dempster coming back and doing pretty much what he’s been doing so far, which is, well, I just told you.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark DeRosa – Went to the DL.  It’s a move they were calling “precautionary” and they’re “very optimistic.”  They expected him back right after the “All-Star break.”  DeRosa wanted to play but the “doctors” “said” “he” “shouldn’t.”  Hopefully, his “wrist” will be “fine.”  Then it turned out there was a reason they put everything in quotes as it was all lies and he could be out for a month with a torn tendon sheath.

Tony Pena – Traded to the White Sox.  The Sox now have four setup men.  Guess if they ever have two doubleheaders in one day, they’re set.

Ronald Belisario – Headed for an MRI.  Geez, usually Torre can overwork his relievers for at least one season.  Luis Vizcaino, Scott Proctor and Ron Villone never needed no stinkin’ MRI.

Jose Reyes – Received a cortisone shot.  Supposedly this will push his return back at least another couple of weeks.  Though when Upton received a cortisone shot before the playoffs, it was a boost.  Guess different body parts react differently to cortisone shots.  Glad I didn’t get a cortisone shot in my fingers so I could write the best post ever.

Carlos Beltran – Was seen sharing the same news story as Jose Reyes.  He’s also in no rush to return.  Guess he doesn’t own himself in multiple leagues like me.  If I find out Beltran owns me in a fantasy baseball bloggers league, I’m going on the 60-day DL.

Freddy Sanchez – Has missed five straight games with a back strain.  Since this is all about me, let me say this really leaves me with very few options in a deep league where I own Freddy.  Get well soon, Dirty Sanchez!

Brandon Phillips – 2 HRs.  After his 2nd homer, he pointed into the catcher’s mitt and called the 2nd strikeout for Jay Bruce.

Marc Rzepczynski – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks, 4 walks.  Solid strikeout numbers in the minors, but a bit wild.  He averaged over 10 K/9, but over 4 BB/9.  And, like your Mom’s cooking, he’s under-seasoned.  He’s worth a flier in AL-Only leagues, but I’d avoid him in mixed leagues for now.  Oh, and so you can impress your friends, pronounce his last name the same as Kzepczynski, but with an R.

Vladimir Guerrero – For some reason, the Angels had Ron Kovic in the outfield.  That didn’t go well.  He limped off the field in the 8th inning from discomfort in his knee.  If you own him, hope the Angels say it’s only day-to-day, which would be only a 15-day DL trip.

Juan Rivera – 2 HRs, up to 16 HRs.  Rivera’s a solid option when healthy and hitting.  He’s currently doing both.  He’s also 31-years-old and has never hit more than 23 HRs in a season because he never stays healthy.  Can he this year?  Maybe.  Maybe he’s this year’s Ludwick.  But even if he stays healthy, he has no speed and goes ice cold for extended stretches, like last year when he hit 6 homers and batted .248 in August and September combined.

Erik Bedard – 4 IP, 2 ER, 8 Ks.  On a pitch count, you can’t ask for much better of a start.  Looks solid going forward, if he stays healthy.  The same was once said of Rickie Weeks.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu hit another homer yesterday.  Get’m while they’re hot.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 Ks.  I wish I owned a guy that would strikeout 11 in 6 innings.  Owned in the non-biblical way.

Pat Burrell – Hit his 4th homer yesterday.  Has 20ish more to get.

Jason Bay – HR and 2 steals yesterday.  He’s at 20/8 with 71 RBIs.  If he gets to 35/15 with 130 RBIs, he’s going in the 2nd round next year.  Crazy, right?  Want crazier?  Just wait until Shaughnessy runs with that story in September.  You thought Jim Rice in the Hall was crazy; Bay could win the MVP.

Scott Hairston – HR yesterday.  Since Kris Davis went off to the minors, we lost our Reynolds vs. Davis K race, so I have a new one.  Hairston vs. Holliday, the HR race.  Hairston’s up by 3.  Yes, if you traded Holliday for, say, Rollins and picked up Hairston off waivers, you’d be doing better right now.  This is you.  This is you owning Holliday and doing a double take.

Alfredo Aceves – Will start for Wang on Thursday.  So, he goes, what?  60 pitches?  Worth grabbing in H2H leagues and AL-Only, but I’m not bothering with him in mixed leagues.

Scott Baker – 3 IP, 5 ER.  The troubling aspect (or positive, depending on your POV) is he didn’t give up any homers.  Usually if he’s hit hard, it’s because of HRs.  Think you can just chalk it up to a tough lineup and him having a bad day.

Barry Zito – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 hits vs. the Marlins sans Hanley or Sansley, for those portmanteau lovers out there.

Blake DeWitt – HR yesterday as his Mom, Joyce DeWitt was arrested for a DUI.  If only Joba had such fortitude…

David Wright – 0-for-3, batting .050 in July.  C’mon, Alex Cora can only do so much.

Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks.  Eh, it was an okay start.  He gets the Giants next, so I’m holding tight for that start.

Luke Scott – HR yesterday and 7 RBIs.  He was almost benched in one league of ours.  Luckily, Glass Chipper didn’t play.

Garrett Jones – 2-for-3, 2 steals. He’s not a pure steal guy, but he does have 15-steal speed.  So it’s a great sign that he’s using that speed, unlike Rasmus, another rookie with 15-steal speed who only has one steal on the year.  As mentioned a few days ago, I own Jones.

Grady Sizemore – 2 HRs.  I said Sell him!  Oh, wait.  No, I’m not backing off on that.  If he has the slightest setback, the Indians will shut him down faster than you can say Rzepczynski.

Paul Konerko – 3 HRs.  Seems like he’s doing for the White Sox what Branyan’s doing for the other side of the plate in Seattle.  Has anyone seen them in the same place at the same time?  Things that make you say hmm…

Bartolo Colon – Yesterday news said, White Sox GM unsure of Colon’s location.  Hey, Kenny, it’s in the large intestine.

  1. Morning, what are your thoughts on these SPs (that are on my waivers) for the second half: Hudson, Marcum, Parra, Lohse, and even Billy Wagner.

    I have Alex Gordon as my DL and have no need for him…


  2. Schlitzy says:


    What happened?

    “Sunday after the game, I was coming out of the dugout and I was stepping over the top of the railing and I caught my left foot on the rail as I was coming over,” Dempster said. “It spun me around and slammed me into the ground. When I did it, I thought I ripped my nail back on my foot. Unfortunately, the result wasn’t funny.”

  3. “the Indians will shut him down faster than you can say Rzepczynski.”

    I can’t say Rzepczynski. Does that mean the Indians won’t shut him down?

  4. Bee tee dubs – there was hilarity in this post. Good work.

  5. Racehorse says:

    Sgt Hulka’s big toe > Ryan Dempster’s big toe

  6. MJB says:

    Better to own in a keeper: Markakis, Bruce, or Choo?

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @matthole: i have in a waiver wire pickup for marcum this week now that i finally have a DL opening. i don’t have high hopes, but why not stash him if you have the DL spot? i like his potential the best out of all the guys you listed.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:

    Grey, you drunk when you typed this?…….not that there’s anything wrong with that, but who’s Kris Davis? Who’s Davis Wright?

  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MJB: markakis > bruce > choo imo

    markakis is slumping now, but i’d bet he ends up with .300ish avg, 25 HRs, and 100 RBIs. and he has room to improve. bruce’s potential is higher, but his Ks might hold him back (though i do think his avg will go way up in the 2nd half when his BABIP improves). choo is a nice player, but his ceiling is much lower. in fact, i’d say he’s performing about as well as he ever will right now.

  10. MJB says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Great, Thanks! Its a 5×5 keeper and I’m forced into moving Berkman or Reynolds and I’d like to acquire a young OF with a high ceiling.

  11. Matt Sorrento says:

    Is Carlos Lee plus Zobrist too much to give for CC Sabathia? Carlos Lee has been El Caballo Muerte for the last month or so.

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Matt Sorrento: probably given that lee was generally drafted right around the same spot at cc, and while neither has been “bed” per se, neither has really lived up to expectations. i’d try to do lee straight up, or toss in someone that’s less valuable than zobrist to make it happen. or zobrist + a lesser player too.

  13. Matt Sorrento says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I was thinking the same thing. I tried Ludwick + Zobrist first. Now, I’ll try Lee straight up. Then maybe Lee plus Hardy.

  14. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    On June 10, I wanted to pick up a hot OF and had a choice between Reimold and Rivera. Being rookie-lovesick, I took Reimold. The Wily Old Man in my league took Rivera a few hours later.

    Since then, Rivera’s hit 10 HRs with 26 RBIs. Reimold: 2 HRs, 8 RBIs.

    This Wily Old Man is notorious for seeing gold where others only see scrap metal. He also picked up Branyan early (21 HRs) and he has, over the years, benefited from hot streaks from unlikely lads like Randy Winn.

    The infuriating thing about Rivera is this SAME DAMN THING happened in 2006, when the Baron eyed Rivera from afar, then the Wily Old Man took Rivera from a-near and reaped a 15HR, 45RBI IN TWO MONTHS hot streak.

    BUT as Grey points out, Rivera can also disappear for months at a time. And he’s prone to cold streaks. And, at least until Vlad broke down, he was always fighting 8 different guys for playing time in the Angels OF.

    Moral of the story: DAMN YOU WILY OLD MAN. Also, I need to break up with the rookies. Also, Boring Stupid Utility Players can sometimes go on two-month hot streaks that will win you championships. Also, RANDY WINN I AM WATCHING YOU VERY CLOSELY.

    p.s. In contradiction to everything above last night I jettisoned Reimold for Rasmus. Come on, rookie, love me up!

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: fwiw i think rasmus has a pretty awesome 2nd half. i see him being a markakis-type. i was trying to trade for rasmus in my keeper league for the better part of june only to finally give up, and over the last few games he’s been doing what i was expecting to see him do the 2nd half.

  16. Matt Sorrento says:

    Is Joba droppable now? That WHIP is insane.

  17. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:

    Jorge of the Rose or Correia for the second half? George killed last year post-AS Break, and I’m still not sure I totally buy Correia going forward…


  18. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Normally I subscribe to the theory that says you keep even a struggling top-pick in your lineup, because you don’t know when he’ll have a big game….

    ….but if I’ve got 3 OF spots and a UTIL spot, and my options are Manny, Reimold, Bruce, Soriano, and Cody Ross…..I’ve got to bench Soriano, don’t I? Bruce has been nearly as bad, but at least he still hits the occasional homer.

  19. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @mgeoffriau: …and immediately after posting that, I realized Soriano went 2/4 yesterday and Bruce turned in his customary 0fer.

    Decisions, decisions.

  20. Schatzi says:

    Would you accept Bruce,A.Jones,Ludwick for D.Lee? Rank the ones you would.

    I’m running out of names :(

  21. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I hope so… I’ve been eyeing him on and off all year but was surprised to see how hot he’s been… hitting in front of Pujols, he should score (if not steal).

    With Holliday stone-cold and Bruce being Bruce, I need an OF to get hot.

    That said, I like it when I’m tied for 2nd and my team is full of buy-low guys.

  22. DT says:

    OK, so this should ahve been posted on July 7th, but after Everth Cabrera steals two bags, remember that Grey said “when Everth steals 3 bags in a game, it is probably too late to pick him up”, and that is me quoting Grey, or almost quoting him.

  23. Schatzi says:

    Bruce, Adam Jones (BAL)or Ludwick (Just making it clearer)

  24. Teef says:

    I can only start 1 of the 2. Halladay against Tampa Bay or Hamels against Pitt

  25. Falcon says:

    In a shallow league, I am having trouble with WHIP & K’s. Kershaw and Danks are on the wire.

    Should I consider dropping Lilly, Wandy, or Edwin Jackson for either of those guys?

  26. nmdunkel says:

    “If I find out Beltran owns me in a fantasy baseball bloggers league, I’m going on the 60-day DL.”

    Oh hell yeah man, that’s exactly how I feel (except it would be a smarmy fantasy managers league).

    These Mets are killing me. I wish Reyes would get shut down so I could just freaking drop him already and Wright is just wrong right now.(<–so lame I left it in)

    ….and thanks for bringing my attention to Garrett Jones, Grey.

  27. big o says:

    with halladay being offered , here’s how it goes :
    halladay traded for manny , straight-up .
    manny’s u.s. citizenship is revoked , and he’s issued a green card .
    border officials discover that the shizz he has been chewing is a ganja derivative , laced with hgh .
    his green card is revoked .
    selig intervenes , stating “there is no test for hgh” .
    manny’s green card re-instated .
    manny allowed to play , but , with 2 conditions ….
    he must cut his hair AND fix his damn pants .

  28. Andy says:

    Spot start Gaudin tonight?

  29. Greg says:

    start Cook vs ATL?

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Falcon: wandy hasnt been great for a bit check out danks last 7 starts,either way in a league this shallow playing matchups might be the best case,kershaw in the n.l helps also

  31. Andy says:

    And is Cantu a good trade target for selling Juan Rivera high? I have Morales covering my CI spot right now.

  32. cws05nuts says:

    I think the International Space Station just turned in a Bartolo sighting.

  33. royce! says:

    @Andy: I would not. He has and ERA of 8.76 in three appearances against them this year.

    @Greg: I would and am.

  34. Greg says:

    What are my best keepers at this point? I’m in an auction keeper league with 7 keepers max. I want to be able to make some trades very soon to improve the 7 keepers.

    Howard, Ryan 1B PHI 25
    Fielder, Prince 1B MIL 22
    Hart, Corey C. RF MIL 18
    Kinsler, Ian 2B TEX 16
    Shields, James SP TB 15
    Nathan, Joe RP MIN 14
    Holliday, Matt LF OAK 13
    Hardy, J.J. SS MIL 12
    Upton, Justin RF ARI 11
    Andrus, Elvis SS TEX 10
    Rivera, Juan L. LF ANA 10
    McGehee, Casey 3B MIL 10
    Podsednik, Scott CF CHW 10
    Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA 10
    Cook, Aaron SP COL 10
    Werth, Jayson RF PHI 9
    Capps, Matt RP PIT 9
    Slowey, Kevin SP MIN 8
    Longoria, Evan 3B TB 7
    Bedard, Erik SP SEA 7
    Lincecum, Tim SP SF 7
    Verlander, Justin SP DET 6
    Wieters, Matt C BAL 4
    Cordero, Francisco RP CIN 4
    Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL 4
    Baker, Scott SP MIN 3
    Theriot, Ryan SS CHC 1

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    howard,feilder,kinsler,upton,werth,longoria and lincecum,with weiters verlander and dont tell grey but nolasco next,but with 80 games left this year why are you looking now?

  36. caw caw eagle claw says:

    inge or sandoval moving forward?
    its pretty close?

  37. sean says:

    @grey: post coming out soon about who to target for second half comebacks versus who should have the proverbial fork stuck in them? potential subjects: wright, quentin, beltran, rios, bj upton

    ps: WINS is the WORST category in fantasy, worse than BA. my staff with billingsley, josh johnson, shields, wainwright, washburn, randy wells and smoltz plus schmo of the week is LAST in a ten-team league.

  38. Greg says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks! I wasn’t thinking about werth… but if I can trade 2 of these potential keepers for another keeper and can upgrade my 7 without hurting my chances this year then I will be better off for next year.

  39. stumanji says:

    Adrian Gonzo + Wieters for Longoria.


  40. Greg says:

    Which side: Howard ($25), Verlander ($6), J-UP ($11) or Youk ($6), Manny ($29), Rollins ($25)?

  41. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @stumanji: I’d take Longoria.

    @nmdunkel: My fearless end-of-season prediction for Wright’s HRs: 24.

    Don’t panic! That’s 19 HRs in his bat, waiting to come out into the world.

  42. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Grey – You needn’t be troubled by Baker’s outing. Carlos Gomez robbed A-Rod of a grand salami, with a terrific catch. So actually, he remains consistent. As you say, depending on your P.O.V.

    @Freak: @Freak:
    Rzepczynski can only be stopped by tricking him to saying his own name backwards which will return him to the 5th dimension and keep him on the DL for a minimum of 90 days.

    @ThePoonTycoon: @Baron Von Vulturewins: I made the same move with Reimold over Rivera in three leagues. Would the wily old man drop Reimold and pick up Rasmus?

    Also – one DL slot – who will offer more help in a vacuum – Delgado or Dempster?

    Third question – in a very shallow league, Ortiz or Konerko?

    Second question –

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Schatzi: i’d do adam jones in a heartbeat. bruce…maybe if you are willing to gamble on the 2nd half avg rising. ludwick, probably not right now.

  44. peter says:

    @Greg: I like the Howard/Verlander/Upton side. I think it’s better value, but if you don’t need pitching, then, hey…

  45. peter says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: re: Gomez saving Baker… funny but true!

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Greg: i’d want the howard/verlander/upton side. age and cost are both on your side, and i’d argue talent from this point forward too. manny and rollins aren’t getting younger, and youk is like 29 too.

  47. Greg says:

    @peter: who’s side if I replace J-UP with Holliday? and I don’t need pitching…

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i hear you on the buy-low guys. i am in 3rd place in a h2h league with guys like bj upton, rollins, hamilton, arod, d lowe, and liriano littering my lineup.

    i’ve shopped arod around some, but wasn’t getting many bites (it is a 5 man keeper league, so trying to find someone playing for next year). i’m hoping his recent mini-streak will continue for a few weeks and maybe i can pull something off. i almost had a guy ready to pull the trigger on his howard/zimmerman/inge (he doesn’t need him at C) for my arod/pena. if arod can give me a solid july i might be able to pull it off by the trading deadline.

  49. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Greg: it’s a keeper league. you’ll regret letting verlander and upton go that cheap.

  50. peter says:

    @Greg: I can’t say my answer is unbiased (I own Holliday in a league and, even with tempered expectations this year, I’m feeling pretty friggin’ disgruntled); but if you don’t need pitching then I’d switch sides to Youk/Manny/Rollins; even if you’re not getting a “steal”, those are high quality bats. Although, to be fair, I guess I should ask how much Holliday costs…

  51. stumanji says:

    ok, similar scenario:

    A. Gonzo + Zobrist + Wieters for Longoria + Josh Johnson


  52. peter says:

    @Greg: @ThePoonTycoon: re: Verlander and Upton, TPT makes an excellent point, if it’s a keeper. See! Holliday’s yawnstipating production hurts my eyes like I’m cutting onions.

  53. Probable Party Starter says:

    Man, I don’t know about Baker. The Twins announcers could not ignore that he was finishing high (ie. not following through) and could not miss bats. Granted the Yanks are a very good hitting club, but I’d be very selective about Baker’s next start. And we share a surname, so I have to root for the kid.

  54. peter says:

    @stumanji: Longoria/Johnson if you need pitching. But if it’s a keeper and you’re looking forward, then the other side; but don’t count on Zobrist hitting as many HR next year (he never had this kind of power in the minors).

  55. Johnny says:

    Would you still sell Sizemore in a keeper league (4 players), if your other options were Miguel Cabrera, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Matt Kemp, and Jose Reyes? Tried giving up a little more and getting Braun, but that didn’t work.

  56. peter says:

    *******FLASH: Mark DeRosa has a torn tendon sheath******

    Great call, Grey. Great trade, Cards.

  57. MikeE says:

    So should I drop David Price? I can replace him with Joel Pineiro… I know I lose out on K’s, but Price looks lost.

  58. stumanji says:

    @peter: I do need pitching and it’s not a keeper. I have Alexei at SS and Inge at C, so Zobrist & Wieters are not huge hits to the lineup. It’s a very shallow 10 team league so I’m actually very close to dropping Wieters outright anyway.

  59. peter says:

    @MikeE: I wouldn’t just drop Price. See if you can trade him; there has to be someone in the league who would give you something. Something’s better than nothing. And you can get Pineiro for nothing.

  60. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @stumanji: in that case, easily longoria/johnson. even in a keeper league i’d go longoria/johnson.

  61. peter says:

    @stumanji: In that case I’d take the Longoria/Johnson side. Longoria’s avg has dropped 40 pts in the last month, but it’s not going to stay down there. Maybe see if you can finagle a closer out of the other owner, too. Because, why not? Point out how much power he/she’s getting w/ Zobrist and Gonzo and that Wieters is hitting .375 in July.

  62. Neil says:

    I have a general question about keeper leagues:

    I am the commissioner of a 12 team league. Prior to the season, I said it would be a keeper league and everyone would be able to hold four of their 2009 players for the 2010 season. Thus, it would be smart to “keep” a player if you think he’s worth drafting in the first four rounds.

    My problem is that while my team has at least five guys worthy of keeping (Sizemore, Bay, Ellsbury, Fielder, Utley) and other guys on the fence (30-20 Grandy, 30-20 Werth), most of the bad teams in the league have three or fewer guys worth keeping.

    How am I supposed to keep this league fair if the worst teams in the league also have the worst keepers for 2010? Should I cut the keepers to one or two? Or scrap all keepers so everyone is on a fresh page in 2010?

    Thank you!

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @matthole: I’d own Hudson or Marcum if I had DL room.

    @Freak: Thanks!

    @MJB: Markakis

    @Frank Rizzo: Hmm… Maybe a few.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha, nice comment.

    @Matt Sorrento: I wouldn’t drop him.

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: De la Rosa is riskier, but bigger upside. Depends what you need.

    @mgeoffriau: I don’t bench top guys, btu I also wouldn’t own Ross to sit on my bench.

    @Schatzi: A.Jones or Ludwick…

    @Teef: Halladay, but you should start two.

    @Falcon: Nope

    @big o: Ha!

    @Andy: Cantu’s fair.

    @sean: Yup

    @Johnny: Sure, depends what you’re getting though.

    @peter: Yup

    @Neil: You play with the rules you put in place before the season started.

  64. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Neil: in our keeper league 1 guy had braun,longoria,howard,kinsler,mccann and elsbury,we all thought he had the offensive stats covered but he is in the middle of the pack,keep the rules you set

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @nmdunkel: thanks,ill check it out,looks good

  66. peter says:

    @Neil: I’m with everyone else – you have to keep the rules you set. however, do you allow teams to trade players for next year’s draft picks? That might help.

  67. stumanji says:

    @peter: I already have Nathan, Rivera, Aardsma, and Qualls. I traded Fuentes a little while back and just dropped Frasor. I’m pretty set on closers. I’m trying to get Garza as the third piece. If he says no, I’ll try for a DLed Slowey. Other than that, he doesn’t have any lesser players that would be worth a roster spot on my team, so I’d prob just do the 3 for 2 and pick up a McGehee-type hot bat.

  68. cws05nuts says:

    @nmdunkel: Thanks! Looks like another good outlet to kill the work clock.

  69. Stephen says:

    @stumanji: Interesting tidbit: David Price has thrown only one quality start and that was against the Marlins on June 28th. His only other really redeeming start was against Minnesota on May 30th when he went 5 2/3 struck out 11, walked two, and only gave up one run. This is one rookie who doesn’t have it all together yet. His strikeout to walk ratio is sick nasty at 4:3.

    His BABIP is at .294, BB/9 is over 7, though his K/9 is over 9 and a FIP of 5.70. It might be time to jump this bandwagon.

  70. peter says:

    Ok, all, rank the OFs for the next month or so:

    S. Hairston
    H. Matsui

    I know Grey/Lehman rated Burrell & Byrd “Buy”, but I’m curious about how these guys stack up against each other. I see a bunch of Push-ing going on, but maybe you see different.

  71. Stephen says:

    @nmdunkel: I love that site. It has helped tremendously on a few of the players that I have written about already. It’s a stellar site.

  72. peter says:

    @stumanji: Yeah, the absence of 3rd player isn’t a deal break, of course. Just a why-not-see-if-you-can-get-something-else-of-value.

  73. Stephen says:

    @peter: Burrell/ Hairston, Byrd, Matsui, Sheffield

  74. Pops says:

    Is Hank Blalock a suitable replacement for DeRosa?

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Neil: allow for offseason trading. that’s what we do. i’ve traded extra keepers for draft picks. packaged 2+ lower keepers for 1 high end keeper. plus the “keepers” you drop will be sitting there at the start of the draft the following season for those teams at the bottom to scoop up if you don’t trade them.

    that’s how we are with a 5 man 12 team h2h keeper league, and the league is pretty balanced this season. nothing fancy like a complicated formula for what draft pick you have to forfeit or you can name a 5 year, 4 year, 3 year, 2 year, and 1 year keeper or anythign like that, just straight up, carry 5 guys over to next season and a tradiational snaked draft in reverse order from the previous year’s standings.

  76. Andy says:

    @Grey: Last question for the day!

    I’m thinking it might be wise to sell Haren high before the regression comes and his entire bullpen leaves. So does this make sense?…

    I sell:
    Haren + Juan Rivera + Mike Gonzalez

    I receive:
    Hamels + Berkman + Jenks


  77. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: for real, at the end of last season my 5 keepers were aroid, hamilton, braun, rollins, and bj upton (traded alexie and holliday for bj + a 2 round draft pick improvement). only braun has been near his expected levels for the full year thus far.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nmdunkel: Cool, will check it out.

    @Pops: Yup.

    @Andy: I’d take the Hamels side.

  79. peter says:

    @Stephen: Hmmm, I like the way you think. Thanks!

  80. jp says:

    Drop Randy Wolf (or Jair Jurjens) for Scott Kazmir (who’s on waivers)?

  81. anon says:

    Start Kuroda today at Metco?

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jp: Drop Wolf for Kaz.

    @anon: I would.

  83. sean says:

    my washburn to get his lowe?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I’d do that.

  85. Space Cadet says:

    Vlad or Ludwick for the rest of the year?

  86. Hardcore Midget says:

    Hanley is out of the lineup again today.

    Better SS fill in for the day- Gordon Beckham (vs Aaron Laffey) or Felipe Lopez (vs Chad Gaudin)?

  87. ASAOK says:

    Would you rather have Halladay or Haren the rest of the way?

  88. DrEasy says:

    Some last minute tinkering: anyone starting Kawakami at Wrigley today?

  89. DrEasy says:

    @Grey: Ugh, saw this too late! Couldn’t take Kawakami out of my lineup in time, hope he does well. I have a feeling he will, he is well-rested.

  90. peter says:

    12 team h2h, just picked Brad Penny off the wire. Someone’s offering me Zach Duke for him. Am I wrong to say no? Duke’s ERA in the last month is 4.62 and Penny’s is 2.15. That Duke has given up 8 HR in that time scares me, plus he’s pitching for Pitt.

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: You’ll probably be okay.

    @peter: I’d hold tight.

  92. timSTi says:

    This just in. Soto sent for an MRI on an oblique injury during practice today.

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Thanks for the heads up!

  94. Stephen says:

    FYI, Marc Rzepczynski (pronounced Zep-Chin-Ski) thank you Fangraphs.

  95. AL KOHOLIC says:

    the early season wandy is showing up so far

  96. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I tried dealing for Wright a week ago with no success.Is he still a wise investment?

  97. Ken Plane says:

    Jurrjens for Brian Roberts seem fair?

  98. Corey says:

    Better keeper long term, Lackey or Bartlett?

  99. Doc says:

    According to Twitterland — The Toronto Blue Jays have given B.J. Ryan his unconditional release.

  100. Stephen says:

    @Corey: Bartlett is turning 30 years old, and Lackey will be 31 this year. I honestly think its a push, but Lackey has more of an injury concern as two years in a row he started the season injured. Bartlett is having a career year helped by a .399 BABIP and an ISO that is double his career average (.201 this year, and .101 career). Here is Bartlett’s career line .286/.345/.387 – I am going to say Bartlett isn’t worth a keep.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doc: Wow, he’s fallen far.

  102. Stephen says:

    @Grey: and hard

  103. Doug Ault says:

    @Doc: I didn’t see mention of his release anywhere.I don’t see the logic,he’ll get his money anyway,and who knows if he finally pulls it together next spring

  104. Doc says:

    Downs activated with Ryan’s dismissal.

  105. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I was the one going after Wright

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: Oh, my bad. Depends what you can get him for then. Though I’m officially worried about him.

  107. Doc says:

    @Doug Ault: It was from Blue Jays’ beat writer Jordan Bastian.

  108. Doc says:

    Ryan is owed 10 million next year!! Crazy

  109. Doug Ault says:

    @Doc: He’ll look pretty silly if he’s wrong about it,and he’s not exactly the dean of baseball writers in Toronto,I’d never even heard of him.

  110. Doug Ault says:

    You nailed it.I still don’t see the logic.Send him down for the rest of the season to reinvent himself towards spring.Even for moral purposes,the players loved BJ,they hung his uni in the dugout last season as a tribute.

  111. Doc says:

    Will Carrol says, “Just spoke with PawSox. Yes, they’ve been given strong indication that Reyes is headed to Pawtucket. Mets refused comment.”

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doc: Wow, that would be huge.

  113. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    I need to drop someone to make room for Bedard coming off the DL. 16-team, H2H-5X5 League

    Which bench player goes? Melky Cabrera or Chris Young (ARI)?

  114. Steve says:

    @Doc: You mean he’s on the run?

  115. peter says:

    @Doc: @Grey: From Rotoworld:

    Jose Reyes is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, New York. (Source: Boston Globe)

  116. Corey says:

    Off topic question: Does anyone know of any interesting MLB players on twitter. There’s basketball’s shaq and football’s Ochocinco, but who’s there for baseball?

  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Melky

    @peter: Think it’s just a rumor right now.

    @Corey: Chien-Ming Wang. You can check out that ad on the sidebar for AthleteTweets. (If that ad shows up for you, refresh a few times, it should come up.)

  118. Doc says:

    @Corey: All I know is that professional athletes on twitter are BORING and they usually make you dislike them.

  119. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Who is a better DL stashee for this season, Shaun Marcum or Tim Hudson???

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: Flip a coin? I’d take Hudson.

  121. Frank Rizzo says:

    For any of you wondering I’m here to remind you…….yes Steve Drew is still a useless piece of sh!t

    Where’s an angry emoticon when you need one?

  122. Matt says:

    Please rank these pitchers going forward: Wandy, Fransucko, Lackey.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Matt: Wandy, Lackey…

  124. Ham says:

    Wonder why Riccardi didn’t try to include BJ Ryan in a Halladay package to get rid of his salary for next year at least.

  125. Doug Ault says:

    @Ham: Thank God he didn’t.

    The Halladay trade could make or break the franchise

  126. brad says:

    I am awful at 3b in my 14 team h2h points league. Currently relying on Prado with Chris Davis still on my roster.

    Would you take one of these schmohawk FAs over Prado?




  127. royce! says:

    @Andy: Jeez, sorry Andy! I hope you disregarded my advice re: Gaudin… mea culpa.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Kouz over Prado.

  129. Corey says:

    Anyone have updated thoughts on Jake Peavy? Worth trading away a mediocre closer to get him and stash him on my DL?

  130. Steve says:

    The vagaries of multiple teams – Over three leagues, my hitters are a combined 2-27.

    On the other hand I have Wandy, Gaudin and Scherzer going across those teams.

  131. timSTi says:

    Scherzer had a nice start today. 9 K’s 2 ER 1.00 WHIP. Too bad he didn’t have run support!

  132. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: He’s not coming back until September at the earliest.

    @Steve: Hey, I had those pitchers too. Weird!

  133. Steve says:

    @Grey: Is Fowler becoming ownable again?

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He’s hitting .167 over his last 7 games. Not following.

  135. Doc says:

    Looks like the Reyes hub bub could be just a rumor.

  136. Martin says:

    @grey- i have holliday and my SS are asdrubal and furcal. Should i offer somebody holliday and asdrubal for rollins and hairston?

  137. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ignore me. Wasn’t looking at the big picture – got a bit seduced by his nice day today. I’m hurting for steals iun the RCL so I’m clutching at anything.

  138. Doc says:

    from fanball — Updating a previous report, the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says earlier reports of injured shortstop Jose Reyes beginning a rehab assignment this Thursday are untrue.

  139. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Sure.

    @Steve: If you’re hurting for steals, go for it.

  140. Ham says:

    @Doc: Some Pawtucket guy got his Reyes’ mixed up. It was actually the untalented Argenis Reyes.

  141. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Is Mike Gonzalez worth owning at this point??? I knew I should of grabbed Rafael Soriano when I had a hunch of him taking over the closer gig… and don’t try to console me and say it’s a match-up thing because I know the truth.

  142. Steve says:

    OK – I’m a little unhappy with what’s just transpired in Arizona. Great outing for both guys, obviously, but no win for either of ’em?

    Come on!

    Memo to the Commissioner for Fate in Fantasy Baseball – Wins are hard. I get that now – it doesn”t need to be demonstrated to me on a daily basis anymore.

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: It’s a matchup thing. Unfortunately, he’s the weak side of the matchup thing.

    @Steve: What, your league doesn’t count No Decisions?

  144. Steve says:

    @Grey: Wish it did. With the Wolfman alone I’d have the league wrapped up by now.

  145. Stephen says:

    @Grey: Would you start Homer Bailey tonight at Phillie? I want to think he can pitch like he did at St. Louis.

  146. Dumbmutt says:

    Qualls watch out! Remember Broxton? The bottom of SD lineup is Fierce! Fierce! I said Fierce! twice now it doesn’t look like it’s spelled right!

  147. Martin says:

    @grey- how much could i get in return for holliday and furcal?

  148. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Stephen: I own him, I’m not starting him.

    @Dumbmutt: I feel ya, the other day “pierces” looked wrong too.

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I have no idea what you need. A 2nd tier OF? Ibanez? Maybe 1st tier? Berkman? 2nd tier Starter? F-Her?

  150. Dumbmutt says:

    Bah wished they kept Downs on the DL till after All Star break. Do I drop Rolen now and plug A Ram and activate Downs? I don’t want to miss a Save. Rolen’s awesome production average of 2HR 11RBI a month is nice and all…

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dumbmutt: Yup, drop Rolen, plug in A-Ram, activate Downs.

  152. Steve says:

    @Grey: Parra right now? Fowler for the rest of the year?

  153. cubbies299 says:

    14 team mixed: Roto league. Wondering if you see any weaknesses I could address.

    C: Iannetta
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Bri Rob (Zobrist shifts around the middle infield slots too)
    SS: Tulo
    3B: Wright
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Victorino
    OF: Bruce
    Uti: Zobrist
    Uti: J Rivera

    BN: Morales, Matsui, Krispie, Burrell
    DL: Quentin

    SP: Verlander, Vazquez, Bedard, Weaver, Kazmir, Beckett, Cook
    CL: Mariano, Wilson, Meyer?
    SU (holds league): Belisario, Zumaya

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Eh, on Parra. He’s doing a lot of nothing. I cut him in one league where I owned him.

    @cubbies299: Zo! You’re hitting looks pretty solid. Hmm… Actually, your pitching looks good too for a 14 team league. How are you doing in this league? Are you near the top?

  155. Dim says:

    Haren + Johan or Lincecum + Felix?

  156. schlitz says:

    Looking to trade for next year in my NL Only 280 cap. Better keeper- rasmus at 10 or fowler at 2.

  157. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dim: I’d want the F-Her side.

    @schlitz: Fowler

  158. Doc says:


  159. Ham says:

    @Doc: Haha that outing has a DL stint out of nowhere feel to it, doesn’t it?

  160. Steve says:

    Where is Sherrill?

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: What do you mean?

  162. Steve says:

    @Grey: All my livescoring is way behind. It’s still showing Bass on the mound.

    Did Sherrill get the save?

  163. Steve says:

    @Steve: Yes, Steve, he did.

  164. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: and steve said to himself,,self,yes he did,and steve replied to self,thank you steve,your welcome self

  165. BigFatHippo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Steve: All work and no play makes Hippo a dull boy, man I miss fantasy baseball…………

    My guys seem to do OK without me though!

  166. The Dude says:

    I’m sitting on an offer right now in my H2H league:

    I give Holliday
    I get Aramis

    I’m lacking in the 3B department shuffling Gamel, Stewart and old man Lowell on the DL. Shipping Holliday would force me to play Hart daily…

    My hesitation is two-fold:

    A. Will Aramis maintain his health
    B. If Holliday gets the trade stick does his value skyrocket? (obviously this depends on where he gets traded)


  167. RIP Harry says:

    WHich side Pujols for Fielder and Hill? Keeper league

  168. Doc says:

    Why does Kuroda throw a gem at the Cell and then can’t do shizz? Answer me that??!!!!!

  169. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @RIP Harry: Pujols Pujols, always Pujols in a keeper league.

  170. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: In 2008, Hanley Ramirez had the second highest VORP in baseball. Puhols was 20 points ahead of him. There is Puhols, and then there is the rest of the league.

    Homer Bailey doing a nice job for five innings. Let’s see if he can keep it up, or if Dusty lets him go too long.

  171. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Maybe I spoke to soon. Werth just hit a long shot off of Homer.

  172. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:

    What’s everyone’s take on this offer:

    H. Ramirez + Rodney for CBills + Wainwright + Pence

    For hitting, I’m still holding onto Reyes, but losing hope.. & will still have Kemp, Sparkakis & Hawpe to fill the 3 OF slots. For pitching, I’m 60 inning ahead of my pace to max out innings & lead the league in both K’s & Wins. My staff would still have Gallardo, Lackey, Baker, Slowey, Gonzalez, Qualls, Gregg & Madsen. There’s usually decent spot starters off waivers since it’s an 11 team league.

    Also, any news on Hanley’s injury? I’d like not to have the leagues two best SS’s both on the DL

  173. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Hanley hopes to be back to play “2 out of three games” in the next series, but the manager says that might be optimistic. He has been day to day for 4 days. I’m starting to get a bit worried. I like the CBIlls side, but if you are trading for Hanley, I would wait a bit to see how he is doing.

  174. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Konerko or Big Papi the rest of the way? In Yahoo, Big Papi has 1st base eligibility.

  175. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Doc: What’s worse, he has blown up against the hitless blunders, the Mets, at Metco Park.

  176. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Why oh why did I ever trade for Bruce???????????

    Best case scenario, he gets sent to Quad A so I can drop him when Ibanez comes back.

    Worst case? He stays in my lineup, I drop Pierre who gets traded to the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (new expansion team, Bud just invented them, what, you haven’t heard?….) bats .500, steals 140 bags in the second half and is immediately inducted into the Fake Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Keep in mind, that’s worst case scenario…….

    Hey, it could happen! Anything could happen in Hollywood, didn’t they just deify a freak? Never mind, carry on……………..

  177. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks. My gut has been telling me not to pull the trigger but I know I’ve got to sell off some pitching for hitting so I was trying to convince myself it would be a good move. I’ve been filling in for Reyes w/ a poo poo platter of Ass Dribble/Felipe Lopez/Andrus w/o too much success so I’m getting a bit of an itchy trigger finger

  178. Joe B says:

    Will the real Wandy please stand up… ahhhh there he is. Now the Fransisco treat needs to get his shizz together and keep it going after the All-Star break… Question on a trade proposal to yours truly…

    I get Miguel Cabrera and Jayson Werth

    He gets Mark Teixeira and Josh Hamilton


  179. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Why don’t you try for a 2nd tire SS; try C-Bills for Rollins, who is getting hot, and probably should have a nice second half. Or try Wainright for Young or Jeter. Either option would be a big improvement over the Schmohawk triumverate.

    @BigFatHippo: I drafted for Bruce in three leagues, so I have an excuse. If I traded for him I would feel worse. He is the ultimate ticker tease. I keep saying “sweet upside”, but all I get is o-fers for three days, and then 1-4 with a homer and nobody on base.

  180. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Hey, I gotta blame somebody for that. You’re a convenient target.

    I’m just a humble, part time fantasy baseballer these days. If I make a bad decision, somebody’s taking the fall for my stupidity…………….

    Might as well be you.


    Don’t listen to Grey, he’s stoopid. Kidding……….. Did I mention I won the league last year wire to wire because of him? Chips on the table, all in……………

  181. john says:

    darn you mini-donkey with your mini ticker-tease, when there are more than 2 runs on the board I expect to see that you hit a donk! Start living up to my expectations!

  182. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: its early,,lets get hammered,dont let grey kid you,,he is

  183. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: dude im smoking one of the last BLACK DRAGONS now,,last chance if you want one

  184. john says:

    Blanton vs Pit or Feldman @Sea?…My assumption would be Blanton considering his recent pitching but Feldman is decent and has the benefit of not pitching in Citizen’s..

  185. AL KOHOLIC says:

    you west coast guys crash wat to early

  186. AL KOHOLIC says:


  187. AL KOHOLIC says:

    does everyone one in california go to bed at 10 ??????

  188. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Blanton

    @AL KOHOLIC: Sorry, was away from the computer. Enjoy the Dragon.

  189. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: oh the dragon,how i remember,,oh you mean the cicar,,kidding,ill fight a shark but dont get a needle near me..im going to make a song,,called i got drunk alone,i think it`ll go over

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