Tim Hudson is on track to make a rehab start.  If all goes well, and that if is ginormous, then he can return to the Braves for their failed chase for the Wild Card.  Recovering from Tommy John is usually the same no matter what, shorty.  Pitchers usually return to three-quarters of their former selves or they can become seven-fifths of their former selves, which is to say they can be better.  Though they’re not usually better when they are first reactivated.  They usually return slightly less than three-quarters.  If you’re half as confused by those fractions as I am writing them, let me break it down to you, nice and simple like Minnie Pearl.  Tim Hudson’s worth stashing on your DL for matchups, but the upside is merely usable in 12 team leagues.  Don’t expect miracles.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Baker – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  He shows you some solid starts, then he shits your house.

Michael Cuddyer – 4-for-5, 2 HRs and 19 homers on the year.  The quietest 19 homers anyone has in the majors.  Oh, wait.  Jason Kubel also has 19 homers.  Meanwhile, some schmohawk who’s batting .219 for the Sox is ESPN’s lead story.

Carl Pavano – 7 IP, 0 ER in his debut for the Twins on Saturday.  Still not a huge fan of 4th or 5th fantasy starters from the AL, but Pavano should be slightly better on the Twins.  I wouldn’t pick him up in most leagues, but there might be a situation where it makes sense.

Brian Matusz – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners as he roofied you. Remember that when you read about Derek Holland’s great start in about three minutes.

Marco Scutaro – HR yesterday as he went 4-for-5. Has 10 homers and 8 steals and a .300 average.  Somewhere Polanco says, “Hey, that’s my season!”

Trent Oeltjen – 3-for-4 and a HR yesterday.  Sometimes it takes a few weeks for pitchers to get the scouting reports on guys.  Worth grabbing The Outback while pitchers try to figure him out.  Keep in mind he looks like he’s sitting vs. lefties.

Yusmeiro Petit/Joel Pineiro – 4 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners and 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks and the Win.  Guess there’s only room for one -eiro.

Mark Reynolds – HR yesterday.  For those that don’t own the Mini-Donkey.  He now has 8 homers in the last 10 games.  He’s real and he’s spectacular.

Aaron Cook – Will miss his next start because of turf toe, which would’ve been avoided if God gave us all Nerf toes.

Carlos Gonzalez – 7 for his last 15 as he started every game this weekend for the Rox.  I doubt they start him vs. lefties, but in deep leagues he’s worth a flier.

Tim Stauffer – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  Solid start, just Johan outpitched him.  I just had a crazy idea, imagine Johan pitched his home games in a stadium as spacious as Petco… Oh, wait.

Eugenio Velez – 2-for-4, after hitting homers in back-to-back games on Friday on Saturday.  No idea how he hit those homers, I’m assuming 120 MPH winds were blowing out and they let Velez hit from 2nd base.  Either way, he’s batting .400 over the last seven games.  He’s really just steals, but while he’s hot he’s worth a flier.

David Weathers – Heads to the Brewers.  Now the Brewers have Tackleberry (Weathers), Guttenberg (Braun) and Hooks (Fielder).

Felipe Lopez – 1-for-3, batting .303 on the season with 6 homers and 6 steals.  Marco Scutaro just looked at those numbers and yawned.  Steal a base, Lopez!  Hit a homer!  Do something!

Russell Branyan – HR yesterday as I sat him because he was facing a lefty.  Sonavabench!

Matt Diaz – HR yesterday vs. a lefty and batting .350 on the year vs. lefties.  If you have the room, Diaz do what he do vs. lefties.

Derek Holland – Complete game shutout, 8 Ks.  Go back and look at Matusz’s line if you’ve forgotten.

Garrett Jones – 1-for-4, you have three games in Coors to hit a homer then we’re done-zo.

Jed Lowrie – Headed to the DL.  In other news, Julio Lugo’s batting .345 for the Cards.

Alexei Ramirez – HR yesterday.  Let’s put it this way, I’m not dropping Alexei (though I might in mid-September when anything goes), but Alexei has a long way to go before he falls into that category of guys I won’t draft on any team next year.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER.  Honestly, even when I said everyone should draft him in February, I had no idea the Wandwagon could roll like this.

Scott Kazmir – What a fucker.

Rajai Davis – 2 steals yesterday.  If you need steals, SAGNOF!

Bobby Crosby – 2 HRs yesterday.  Elias Sports Bureau said these two homers by Bobby Crosby were the most by any player that you thought was no longer in the league.  Actually, they did not say that.  But overheard this week at the Elias Sports Bureau offices, “For the first time since last year, Ralph in Human Resources tried to fool Parking Enforcement with a homemade handicapped sign.”

  1. Grey

    Grey says:

    *****Guys, I apologize, but I’ve been puking since this morning. Please help each other. I’ll be back ASAP.*********

  2. Lines says:

    Hey Grey, hope you feel better, dude.

    Everyone else, feel free to weigh in on the following:

    McLouth for Choo?
    Hamels for Latos?
    I want to be Mark Reynolds when I grow up. I know that’s not a question, it’s just how I feel this week.

  3. john says:

    @Grey: Firstly, feel better. Now you know your limit is 3 Apple-tini’s, not 4.

    Secondly, a Seinfeld reference in this roundup, and a Police Academy reference?…I think I need to go change my underwear.

  4. Isaac says:

    Got a huge matchup this week that potentially will put me in the playoffs and just can’t decide…

    Who would you start at 3rd this week?
    its a 12 team mixed PTS league (No Roto)

    Coghlan FLA 7 home games
    Peralta CLE 6 games (3home / 3away)
    Cantu FLA 7 home games
    Huff BAL 6 home games

    I like the Kid (Coghlan) but can he really keep it up for one more week?

  5. Isaac says:

    I Like Hamels and McClouth

    Im kickin myself for not pickin up Reynolds when I had the chance :-/

  6. ETMcgee says:

    @Lines: i like choo. i have hamels and understand your desire to deal him, but latos could just as easily blow up in your face.

    @Grey: liriano = kazmir = what you said.

  7. ecw says:

    I’m a lifelong Brewers fan and I still almost found myself rooting for the Wandwagon the other night.

    Why does he have to be in the same league as Haren and the Giants Brothers? Who doesn’t want a Wandy Cy Young!?

  8. Lol Kazmir. Its some comfort that he’s ruined a bunch of other peoples staffs like he did mine the first couple months.

  9. and1mcgee says:

    Grey, stop puking, I have a real ? for you!!!!!!!!!! Reynolds > Jesus Christ? I need to give my soul to someone, just not sure who and Shea Hillenbrand already retired, so……….

  10. There’s 2 kinds of fantasy baseball owners this year: Those who own Reynolds, and those who wish they did.

  11. and1mcgee says:

    Bo doesn’t know Mark Reynolds.

  12. TheGreatVeto says:

    @Lines: Choo and Hamels

  13. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Grey, get well soon. That is both a compassionate and selfish emotion, all wrapped into one.
    Watch it, Garrett – Grey has an itchy trigger finger…And when he dumps you, thousands of Razzers follow suit.

    @Elijah: No, theres a sadder type – one who owned Reynolds, and traded him. That would be me.

    @Lines: McClouth/Hamels

    @Isaac: Peralta/Huff…Silent J has actually had a strong month. Huff is beginning to come on. Cantu has been terrible.

  14. TheGreatVeto says:

    @Isaac: Huff just got placed on waivers, so whoever you choose, make sure its not him. I’d go with Coghlan myself. As David Lee Roth would say, he’s “ON FIIIIYAHHHH!!!”

  15. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @TheGreatVeto: Can’t find any information regarding Huff being placed on waivers. Are you sure you aren’t referring to Melvin Mora?

  16. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Just found verification on Yahoo concerning Huff.

  17. Steve says:

    In a late-breaking story, Elias are also reporting that this is the first time ever that more than five comments have been posted in reply to a Razzball daily round-up before 10pm New Zealand time.

    On a Monday.

    Get well soon, Grey.

  18. emporers monkey says:

    Some turd in my league picked up Reynolds becaue he was playing a double-header, that was the day he had 5 steals and 2 HR. Of course he kept him after that and Reynolds has carried him to first. Im pretty sure Im going to murder said turd before the season is over.

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:

    in both my leagues the 1st place team has mark reynolds. coincidence? i think not. right in crunchtime for a playoff push and the last 2 scoring periods i’ve run into adrian gonzalez’s first decent week in 2 months and of course the middle of mini-donkey’s assault.

    was last week the week josh hamilton finally got going? let’s hope so.

  20. Hardcore Midget says:

    Anyone else rolling the dice with JDLR tonight against the Cubbies?
    He’s been pretty solid on the road recently, aside from his hiccup in Philly last week.

    Do I gamble and throw him out there, with the off-chance that he completely wrecks my pitching stats on the first day of the week?

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    oh and nice 80s underground rock reference in the title grey

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: i am, but i’m in a position where i have to take some gambles.

  23. Feel better….

    Was offered Johan and Trevor Hoffman for Ellsbury and Garza, thoughts?

    Dont need steals, but do you think johan is worth that price?


  24. Nate M says:

    Feel better Grey!

    Gio going tonight, get him in if you can. Last few starts have been dominating. Did I mention it was against the BoSox and the Yanks…

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    if you don’t need SBs then that deal is a no-brainer. hoffman isn’t a shabby RP either.

  26. mrbaseball says:

    Tim Hudson – there is only 4 weeks left in this fantasy baseball season plus the playoffs – too much too little too late for Hudson this year – I would not take a chance with him in a fantasy playoff series this year for me – Vladimir Ivanoff says he could do more harm then good

  27. mrbaseball says:

    Wandy Rodriguez – few more gems like his last game – looks like Grey you will be outbid next year for his services

  28. mrbaseball says:

    Mike Hampton is being called “day-to-day” after an MRI revealed a lateral meniscus tear in the left-hander’s knee.

    lets hope its month to month

  29. @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks, no brainer for johan’s side i take it?

    Id like pitching and am hesitant bc im giving up garza, mets suck, and i’m unsure if the disparity between the two is ellsbury….every cat is very close, runs and sbs especially too and we are neck and neck too at the top….deadline the 16th too…

    You’d go for it anyway?

  30. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    ***16-team, H2H-Points League***

    I need a OF replacement this week for Cruz:

    Will Veneable
    David Murphy
    Angel Pagan
    Carlos Gonzalez

  31. neck and neck at the top of the standings….I have a 25+ SB lead over 2nd place in the cat..

  32. stumanji says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: There’s an even sadder type: Those who drafted Reynolds, and dropped him.

  33. How about drafting dwright over pujols, expecting mini-donk #s…

  34. steamer says:

    Any Bedard owners out there that have dropped him? I don’t know why I’m still holding on. I can pick up J. Sanchez to replace him. Anyone starting Sanchez tonight?

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    drafting hammells and peavy thinking i was set at sp

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @matthole: if you got that much lead i think you have to go for it. the mets may suck, but they aren’t gonna go 0 for august/sept. plenty of SPs get plenty of Ws for really crappy teams, while good SPs barely reach double digit Ws for good teams.

    you are really trading away a speed guy and a solid #3 SP for a top 5 SP and a top 10 RP. i’d do it. what’s you situation on saves? any chance hoffman could help you gain a spot or 2 there?

  37. @ThePoonTycoon: i can gain half a point, but can prob manage fine with just franklin and lidge….

  38. Robert says:

    @Grey: THe Kaz remark made me split my sides. He cost me my era category. He will take full credit if I don’t make the playoffs.

  39. airlifting says:

    danks was dropped in a 14t league…kind of a no-brainer to pick him up, right?

  40. bobbo says:

    So how hard should I be trying to trade for mini-donkey in a keeper league (keep 5 offense)? The guy who owns him doesn’t seem to think he’ll be able to keep this up next year… is he more valuable than say Rollins or Mauer?

  41. Critter Nagurski says:

    Until either Beltran or Upton gets back I need an OF

    Dukes, Cuddyer or Milledge in an OPS league?

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @bobbo: i would want him over rollins and mauer. i doubt you see another year like this. he’s not gonna bat .280 every year, but he should be a 30+ HR guy for the next half decade or more. i wouldn’t count on 30 SBs every year either, he has the speed, but it just depends on if he wants to run.

  43. Dingo says:

    Ah, if only I’d discovered Razzball back in February when you were recommending the Wandwagon. Instead I stupidly jumped aboard the Kawakami Yugo, which promptly broke down.

  44. Martin says:

    victor martinez or jayson werth if I have a solid OF and use ianetta as my catcher?

  45. bobbo says:

    @Martin: I’d want V-Mart… easier to replace Werth’s stats at the OF slot than V-Mart’s at C. Iannetta is sitting on waivers in all of my leagues.

  46. Mr. Rickey says:

    Anyone think using Oswalt this week is too risky? How about Jonathan Sanchez?

  47. Beau says:

    Add me to the Reynolds owners who traded him, and are glad they did! Got huge value out of him, had him for 2/3 of the season, then swapped him and about-to-be-dropped Garret Jones to a hr/rbi hungry hippo owner for Braun/Kershaw/Chipper :)

  48. BSA says:


    Hippo and I just made a trade in the RCL –
    Hippo’s Halladay/Utley for my Reynolds/Sexy Alexei

  49. Frogurt says:

    AsCab or Furcal rest of season?

  50. Beau says:

    By the way, can “hungry hippo owner” be a new term for an owner who allows himself to get F’ed in a trade in order to focus more than he should on a specific stat category. Of course this is with the understanding that sometimes this is OK, just not too much or you’ll get too fat, miss out on the good watering holes, be the last one to the newest and hippest grass and fruit stands, never get to mate with any of the cutest she-hippos, and trade someone pujols and prince for willy taveras and juan pierre.

    And yes, I googled what hippoes eat.

  51. BSA says:

    @Beau: I think we should check in with “Hippo” on this….

  52. royce! says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I say Venable. All the Padres games are on the road and 5 are against lefties, both of which favor him. Also, you never know when the Rockies will sit CarGo. Or at least I don’t know. I could have sworn I read that Smith was going to get the starts and then he didn’t.

  53. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @royce!: I knew what you meant the first time…thanks

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BSA: i think hippo is in similar situation as i am,im not going to win with what i have so ive also made a few big offers hoping for it to work

  55. Joel says:

    I know it’s the wrong album, but couldn’t you work in a “Can’t Hardly Wait” for the Tim Hudson summary?

  56. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    I’d like to quote Grey from March 09, 2009, in his “3rd Basemen to Target”:

    “Mark Reynolds – Capable of 30 HRs and 10 steals. I will call you bizarro, low average, swing-happy David Wright.”

    I remember being intrigued at the time by the whole “Mark Reynolds-is-the-discount-Chris Davis” meme. I figured if I missed out on Davis I might take a flyer on Reynolds late. Then I landed the 5th pick in the draft, took Wright, and figured that saved me from worrying about drafting Reynolds.

    In hindsight, the advocacy for Reynolds on this site has been one of the most impressive pieces of fantasy prognostication I’ve ever come across. These kind of insights–i.e. pointing out hidden treasures and overlooked value–are about a million times more useful than the junk from other experts, which too often consists of touting the same rookies and hyping the same stars.

    No joke here, just respect.

  57. ASAOK says:

    @TheGreatVeto: Why does the fact that Huff cleared waivers make him a bad pick up? (I have him on my team, so please explain!)

  58. ASAOK says:

    I mean placed on waivers

  59. ETMcgee says:

    @ASAOK: no, it just means that he can still be traded (which is probably a good thing). it could be a problem for you if you are in an AL only league, but otherwise it means that you unfortunately still have huff (i feel your pain).

  60. arussell1983 says:

    Billy butler or velez as a util fill in this week?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Ha!

    @ETMcgee: Hehe

    @ecw: Wandy for Cy Young! I like that!

    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @Elijah: Hehe

    @Steve: Hehe

    @emporers monkey: Ha!

    @Hardcore Midget: I wouldn’t.

    @matthole: I’d take Johan there, if you can afford to lose the steals.

    @mrbaseball: I think I’m going to be outbid already on Wandy.

    @steamer: Lose Bedard.

    @Robert: Hehe

    @airlifting: Sure

    @bobbo: I’d take him over Mauer.

    @Critter Nagurski: Cuddyer

    @Dingo: Sorry you went with door number 2.

    @Mr. Rickey: I’d start Oswalt. (Though it is risky.)

    @Frogurt: AsCab

    @Beau: Ha! We do have something along the lines with Jokey Smurf’d.

    @Joel: Hehe

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks for the kind words, Baron!

    @arussell1983: Velez for steals, Butler for everything else.

    ******Thanks for the kind words from everyone. I appreciate it.***

  62. Anthony G says:

    what kind of low-end starter would you give up for JJ Hardy? Just a ball park.

  63. GTS says:

    Got tired of Kendrick and Wigginton – picked up Coghlan and Polanco for as my two hot schmohawk pickups for the week. I’m barely clinging to 2nd place.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Anthony G: No one? I’d offer a 5th to 6th starter, think Manny Parra.

  65. GTS says:

    Bench Correia @ MIL this week?

  66. Joel says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: To be fair, Tim Dierkes had Mark Reynolds projected to do pretty well this year (something like the ~5th rated 3rd baseman).

  67. GTS says:

    Pick up Clayton Richard or keep Correia?

  68. Jeff says:

    I’m in 5th place, 4th is ITM. This is a 16 team 5×5 roto league, with 3 keepers MAX. My top keepers are McCutchen in the 21st round, McLouth in the 16th, Votto in the 13th, A. Jones in the 9th, R. zimmerman in the 7th.

    I can gain 3-4 points in steals if I trade for N. Morgan and depending on who I trade maybe gain in Avg as well.

    I was thinking of offering up either McCutchen or McLouth. Is this too much for renter for the rest of the year? If not, which should I trade?

  69. BSA says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: We are both in that situation. As the competition is pretty tough and I am only in my second year of roto I have lower goals. Sad but true.

  70. Nick says:

    **Happ is staying in the rotation despite Pedro coming off the DL**

    Don’t know how new of news this is but I just picked him up so here’s to hoping he continues these hot starts!

  71. Hey guys,
    I’m atop my H2H keeper league right now and trying to solidify my team heading into this last week prior to the trade deadline. I’m keen on dealing McLouth or Hawpe for a starter that will be helpful the last month (particularly the last 2 weeks) of the season during our H2H playoffs.

    So, I’m wondering: 1) is Kershaw a good SP to target or do you think the Dodgers will limit his innings in September?; 2) would you prefer Jurrjens to Kershaw?; and 3) would you rather lose McLouth or Hawpe? I’d like to deal Hawpe, but feel McLouth could bring back slightly more return right now.

  72. Ken Plane says:

    Weekly league start two out of Pence, Cruz, Cantu and Coghlan. Thanks

  73. arussell1983 says:

    Lineup questions this week

    Butler over quentin/aramis/cruz?

    Danks or edwin?

  74. Lava says:

    @Ken Plane: I didn’t start Cruz in my weekly league, but that was before the news that he might start Tuesday.

    Still, I consider him a gamble to play the whole week, and he’ll probably start out slow before getting on another hot streak.

  75. Dumbmutt says:

    In H2H weekly who would you start. Bay or Berkman.

    I have Bay in Berkman I say THUR but I dont really want another week long empty UTIL spot. Have Ortiz and Alexei on bench but not sure I want to put them in right now.

  76. Dumbmutt says:

    In H2H weekly who would you start. Bay or Berkman.

    I have Bay in right now. Berkman I probably THUR but I don’t really want another week long empty UTIL spot. (Had Bay in last week) Have Ortiz and Alexei on bench but not sure I want to put them in right now.

  77. Dumbmutt says:

    Triple Post! Someone in 3rd traded the last place team. 3rd gave Juan Rivera & Jason Bartlett for Manny & Chone. Yeah and it passed because people don’t log in often. And the guy in 3rd said it was fair heh You can’t do that stuff though.

  78. Nick says:

    What you guys think of this trade, Holliday for Markakis…pending in my league.

  79. herschel says:

    5 x 5 weekly roto league, billingsley @ sf (lincecum) or arroyo vs washington (balester).

    thank you.

  80. GTS says:

    The ever imploding Capps or Jim R. Johnson or maybe Feliz so I don’t get hurt in ERA/WHIP.

  81. Lava says:

    @GTS: Definitely Billingsley if he is going to start. I had to make a decision last night before any good news, though, and didn’t start him. I’d hold out as long as you can to see if he’s healthy.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: I’d hold Corriea, but I wouldn’t start him away from Petco.

    @Jeff: Morgan isn’t that much better than McCutchen. I’m not crazy about Morgan for McLouth. There’s got to be some other way to get Morgan.

    @Nick: Yeah, saw that re: Happ.

    @VanHammersly: I’d prefer Jurrjens, I think Hawpe should get him.

    @Ken Plane: Pence/Cruz

    @arussell1983: Butler over Aramis. Danks

    @Dumbmutt: Bay

    That trade is horrible.

    @Nick: That trade seems fine.

    @herschel: Billingsley

    @GTS: Johnson

  83. Mic... says:

    What a fucker indeed…

  84. Last 16 games Branyon is 7 for 42, 2 homers and 12 RBI, counting yesterday’s grand slam. 6 of those games he missed with a bad back. Look at his batting average chart; if he was a stock, would you invest in him? Couldn’t even platoon the guy any more.

  85. Dr Josh says:

    @Grey: Help!

    Can I start Rios this week? If something significant happens with the waivers situation could he be off a few days?

    My other option is Bourn.

    1st week in my HTH playoffs… Help me, Grey, you’re my only hope!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  86. mrbaseball says:

    B.J. Upton was dropped to ninth in the lineup Sunday and he is upset

    how about us fantasy owners we are the one’s that should be upset

    its now august – reality check – he is a bust

  87. mrbaseball says:

    wow I didn’t even pay attention he has 35 stolen bases (upton)

    Then again Nyjer Morgan has 36 stolen bases and has the same value as upton

  88. Robert says:

    @Grey: Do you think MacDougal continues picking up saves for the Nats or are they due for a reality check? MacDougal is a FA in my 10 teamer.

  89. ASAOK says:

    Anybody starting Sanchez vs LA tonight?

  90. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: Check out this Sportsline headline,” Don’t Laffey.” I mean whatever critical thought I’ve had about any of your headlines, I take it back. That’s the worst ever.

  91. GTS says:

    Trevor Bell of ANA worth a look? His AA/AAA numbers look pretty good.

  92. GTS says:

    @Rick Dempsey: … and he lists Rick Porcello as a must start???

  93. Charlie says:

    Holland had a no hitter into the sixth, and it was against one of the better offensive teams in the league, a true Hootenanny. Sorry Ma, but if he can put together a solid start against the Sox, I’d say it’s about time to Let It Be and get rid of his roofie status. He could be a quality playoff option this year and really help down the stretch, I don’t think he’ll leave you Unsatisfied.

    Charlie’s Got a Boner

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Mets might sit beltran now for the year,atleast its been suggested,my 3 trades in the midway league,i got beltran bruce and wright,and with beltran and reyes out wrights value decreased also,not to mention he thinks he`s a leadoff hitter with a little pop

  95. T-BZA says:

    Any thoughts on Adrian Gonzalez ‘Rest of Season’? Think the 10 projected ZIPS homers are attainable with 50 + to play?


  96. Mr. I'm-a Waivering says:


    What do you think the odds are of ace Cuban pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman signing with a team and thus being added to a league’s player pool in the next month or two?

  97. SAGNOF says:

    I needs Steazls

    Anyone know a good site to figure out which teams catcher allows the most steals? I only seem to find defensive rankings but that could be guys that are good at blocking the plate or some shizz… And I dont care about that. I need a list of backstops that throz like girlz.

  98. Robert says:

    Question for anyone: Greinke owner is looking to move him for a power hitter. Not sure I can sacrifice any power, but is Greinke still reliable for everything except wins?

  99. Joel says:

    Kinsler and Berkman coming back. I have lots of pitchers:

    Vazquez, Pinero, Rodriguez, Qualls, Nunez, Gregg, Jim Johnson, Lindstrom, Mike Gonzalez, Edwin, Beckett, Joba.

    I picked up Willingham to cover my UTIL spot, but I have zero hitters on my bench right now.

    Who do I drop when Kinsler and Berkman come back? I’m thinking Mike Gonzalez (losing the speculation) and Willingham. Does that sound right?

  100. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Robert: this late in the year a sp wont change your numbers very much,i wouldnt trade a big bat for him now

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: have a little hair of the dog,the 1st couple arent to good but after that youll be fine,just messing with you,hope you feel better

  102. Steve says:

    It’s not time to drop Felipe for Mark Ellis, is it?

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: ellis is hot,i just added him in 1 league,by the way,nice offer and i about did it but kemp is red hot and dye is like davis lately

  104. Vince says:

    Hey guys, I want your opinion on that trade :

    Team A gets Willingham and Francoeur

    Team B gets Wandy

    Is it as bad as I think? To put you in context, it’s a H2H league and Team A has no chance to make the playoffs. He already has 5 OFers : Bay, Markakis and McLouth in his starting lineup with McCuthen — who he is dropping for the trade — and Podsednik on his bench. So the two guys he’s getting would be on his bench most nights. Guys like Cuddyer, FraGu, G. Parra are on waivers too so it’s not like Willingham and Francoeur are better than what is available on the wire. His pitching staff is his weakness since Wandy is his only good SP behind Santana. So the trade doesn’t help him with his offense and weakens him a lot with his SP staff.

    As for Team B, he’s a friend of Team A. He’s in a tight battle for the 2nd place (and a Bye for the first round of the playoffs). Willingham and Francoeur are his 5th and 6th OFers and are riding his bench. So he gives nothing and gets a great SP in return…

    I’ve never vetoed a trade in this league, and it’s by far the worst trade that happened in it. Would you guys veto that trade?

  105. Steve says:

    @Vince: It’s got a whiff of collusion about it…

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah kinda smells a bit fishy

  107. JR says:

    Rios to Pale Hose.

    Hello, Travis Snider!!!

  108. JR says:


  109. paulzone says:

    justin upton has treated me well this year. 2-3 weeks on the dl now. i might just have to drop him to add dudes to help me in categories i need. i wont need his 3 weeks when he comes back…right move?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dr Josh: I’d start Bourn for steals, Rios for everything else. He won’t miss more than a day.

    @Robert: He’ll get saves.

    @ASAOK: Eh, it’s risky for Sanchez.

    @Rick Dempsey: Thanks, I think.

    @GTS: I wouldn’t start Bell.

    @Charlie: Ha!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the heads up!

    @T-BZA: I think he gets to 40.

    @Mr. I’m-a Waivering: I think he’ll sign over the winter.

    @SAGNOF: ESPN has the amount of guys catchers throw out — percentages, etc.

    @Robert: re: Greinke – Yup.

    @Joel: That sounds right.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Funny you mention hair of the dog. Hot dogs are what got me.

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:

    rios traded to white sox,per espn

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @paulzone: Probably depends who you’re getting, but sure.

  113. paulzone says:

    who the fuck is mike adams? brings me to which rp should i add for holds…coffey, seay, lowe or adams?


  114. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Vince: That trade is a load of shit. MUST VETO or you are a shmohawk.

  115. Steve says:

    @Grey: Time for Felipe to go? Ellis, Ryan Roberts are out there…

  116. paulzone says:

    @Grey: there’s your answer…pick up adams and drop upton…

  117. GTS says:

    Start Blanton @ ATL?

  118. From here on out, who do you like more in a H2H: Joba or Jurrjens?

  119. mrbaseball says:

    The 37-year-old Martinez went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in three rehab starts in the minors. He looks ready?

  120. mrbaseball says:

    PHI: P. Martínez (0-0, 0.00)
    CHC: J. Samardzija (1-1, 6.29)

    this wednesday

  121. Vince says:

    @Steve: @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for your replies. Would you veto the trade?

    @Rick Dempsey: That’s what I’m thinking :D But I’ve never been a fan of vetoing trades so I was looking for a few opinions… In that particular context, the trade looks really bad though IMO…

  122. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Vince: try grey`s other option,dog them in the post area,call them out on it and see if one backs down

  123. Steve says:

    Man – Votto’s been great over the season, but he’s been brutal lately.

  124. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just have. Wish I’d done it before the start of play.

  125. Dexter says:

    Not that he’s owned anywhere anymore but Krispie Young sent to AAA

  126. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: i added him this morning,3 rbi wont hurt my scrubbs

  127. Robert says:

    @Grey: Does going to the White Sox hurt Rios? Will he platoon for the remainder of the year?

  128. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: or 1 less than manny has had past 16 games

  129. mrbaseball says:

    M. Rzepczynski vs S. Mitre – looks like a classic pitchers dual here

  130. mrbaseball says:

    ripley’s believe it or not – I still own J Cueto in one league and since I own I will pitch him

  131. @Grey:

    Flippy or O Cabrera for my 2b/ss slot?

  132. royce! says:

    @Robert: Ugh, good point… Seems with Podsednik playing well and the other 2 being Dye and Quentin (and Thome batting well) there’s really nowhere for Rios to play…maybe he could pinch run? Pitch while they’re waiting for Peavy?

  133. john says:

    @Robert: @royce!: Please, don’t let him be a platooner…I need my Rios fix 7 days a week and don’t want to have to pick up a ww-OF

  134. Robert says:

    @Grey: Sorry to keep bugging when you are under the weather, but you are the genius. If I can sell the owner offering Greinke around that Rios will put up some better numbers with his new team, that would be a pretty good trade, correct? He made Greinke available 2 days ago and no takers yet. I still need another reliable starter and I could grab Snider to replace Rios. Thanks

  135. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Vince: These posts in Razzball:
    July 28, 2009 :”Josh Willingham – Two grand slams yesterday and 4 homers in the last 7 games. When they’re hot, and this even goes for Nationals players, they’re worth owning everywhere.  BTW, with 8 RBIs yesterday, guess how many RBIs Willingham has on the season?  39.  He recorded a fourth of his RBI total in one game… In almost August.  That’s incredible, and not the good kind of incredible.”
    “Jeff Francoeur – 3 homers and batting .429 in the last seven games.  I fully expect him to fall on his face again, but maybe Frenchy’s not toast.” per Grey.

    Maybe your suspect reads Razzball?

  136. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: BTW: those were recommended BUYS.

  137. john says:

    @john: Though then again, it might actually benefit my team if I did have to bench Rios with

  138. Ceasar says:

    Contending for the top spot in a 14-team 3-player keeper league and the trade deadline’s fast approaching.

    I need quality innings to lock it down and he’s looking to upgrade one of his keepers.

    He’s eyeballing one of Reynolds/Votto/Holliday/Pedroia. I’ve also got Pujols so Q(1) is: which two of those would you keep for ’10?

    Since we only keep 3, assume I don’t give a D about positional scarcity or categorical balance. Just the top talent stays off the trading block.

    His quality innings come in the form of Gallardo/Vazquez/Lowe/Shields. So Q(2) is: which two of those would you target?

    The bar is pretty low in terms of “mutually beneficial” in these “keeper-upgrade” trades. So assume I’m aiming high.

    As always, thanks for your time.

  139. @Grey:

    Actually, I can play DeRosa in the MI slot if need be, so O Cab or D Span?

  140. @Ceasar:

    I’m biased but I would keep Reynolds if at all possible.

  141. mrbaseball says:

    J. Cueto had his best pitching performance of the season tonight and I know all of you when you see the box score and agree with me and then you will be flooding this web sight and then be asking Grey who should I drop for Cueto

  142. mrbaseball says:

    I think johnny Cueto will one day have some value when they make a QS one pitch

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ceasar: Q1: Reynolds/Votto Q2: Gallardo/Vazquez

    @Elijah: I’d go with Span.

  144. Mini Donkey already wreaking havoc on the basepads.

  145. Frogurt says:

    argh. Someone picked up AsCab before I had a chance. Would you take the other cab– O-Cab– over Furcal?

  146. Ceasar says:

    Complete the circle for me.

    What’s the superior 1-for-1 combo for the rest of the way:
    (Holliday or Pedroia) for (Gallardo or Vazquez)?

    Replacement FA OFs include: Venable, Reimold, Byrd, CarGo

    Replacement FA 2Bs include: Ellis, Coghlan, Schumaker, Ryan Roberts

  147. Jacob says:

    @Grey: 12, 1 year league. I need steals, AsCab or Raj Davis? both are on the FA list, and I’d be dropping probably Reyes because word has it he’s not coming back. (Other option is The Dread Pirate)

  148. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ellis 5-5 4 rbi

  149. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Why didn’t I just pick him up?

  150. Margaritaville says:

    Need steals. Give Manny & Furcal, get Crawford?

  151. black love says:

    what yall think???
    i got offered alexi rameriz and gavin floyd for youkillis?
    i dont really know how much to expect from ramirez for the rest of the year but floyd has been pitching well, including tonight.
    i just traded away nelson cruz though, and i dont think beltran, who i have, is coming back this year, bummer.

  152. Jacob says:

    oh yeah i also could consider throwing J ups because he’s injured. but I’m hesitant to do that for an Asdrubal or Davis

  153. @Grey: How do you think quentin gets affected by the rios acquisition? Worth getting him for franklin? Or not worth it bc of inj risk/rios?


  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frogurt: Sure

    @Ceasar: Pedroia for Vazquez, grab Ellis.

    @Jacob: Davis

    @Margaritaville: It’s okay if you need steals, but I’d go for a lesser steals guy like Davis.

    @black love: It’s fair, I’d keep Youk though.

    @matthole: I don’t think Quentin’s value will go up with Rios. If anything, they’ll all lose a day a week playing time. Nothing terrible, but nothing to make him more valuable.

  155. Jacob says:

    @Grey: Thanks but who should I drop for him? McCutchen, Upton, Reyes, or Bedard?

  156. @Grey: Thanks, so I take that you’d pass on acquiring Quentin in exchange for Ryan Franklin?

  157. Steve says:

    Need an Aramis replacement for a few days in the ol’ H2H. Options:


    Would be dropping that no-good Felipe to pick one of ’em up.

  158. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    morales or berk for the rest of the year? Close?

  159. Steve says:

    Why is Qualls even in the game?

  160. DrEasy says:

    @Steve: He’s there to further damage my WHIP, isn’t that obvious?

  161. Damn you Qualls.

  162. john says:

    My opponent this week has Vlad and Tulo…simply not fair

  163. big o says:

    jhouly starts tomorrow .

  164. Prince says:

    @Grey: Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well, but glad it’s passed. Question about good MRs: any names spring to mind? I think you’ve done this before in comments in the past, so forgive me for the repeat. Thanks…

  165. big o says:

    long-range keeper …. mat latos or bud norris ?
    thanking you , in advance .

  166. I’m about 1/8″ away from dropping ARAMIS and Beltran….

    My team has been fairly good without them, sad if I sub in any two other picks in their slots my team is MONEY.

    Thoughts on booting them?

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