Victor Martinez left the game after fouling the ball off his foot.  Wanna know our trade luck?  We just traded Jason Bay, Cervelli and Mike Gonzalez for V-Mart, Boesch and Desmond.  Is this karma for punting catchers in so many leagues over the years?  I hate you, fantasy baseball Gods.  You smite my team while I give you love.  I.  Give.  You.  Love!  Oh, bee tee dubya, V-Mart’s day-to-day.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Cameron – Returning on Tuesday.  Didn’t I already talk about this schomhawk?  Oh, yeah, I did.  (The “I did” link we lead you to the answer.  If you ignore the answer, skip 7 pages ahead and slay the dragon.)

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  If you would’ve popped your head out of a DeLorean in the preseason and told me at the end of May Adrian Beltre would be hitting .335, I would’ve told you he’s headed for fantasy MVP honors.  Crazy how far his power has disappeared.

David Ortiz – Hit his eighth homer this month.  I think the average will level off around .260, but the power seems to be back.  He should be owned everywhere while he’s hitting.

Carlos Zambrano – Completed a simulated game.  Hey, this weekend I threw a simulated 150 in Wii bowling.  Eat it, Big Z, and the 15 foot baguette you rode in on!

Alfredo Simon – Headed to the DL with a bad hammy.  Doesn’t Alfredo know that with ham it’s carbonara?  A messy O’s bullpen just got messier.  I grabbed Cla Meredith and Will Ohman, in that order.  I grabbed both in some leagues where I had room.  That means every run the O’s give up after the 7th inning will be all mine.  Emphasis on “will.”

Wade Davis – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 0 Ks.  I told you to sell him in this Buy/Sell.  Not because a lack of stuff.  He’s just in a terrible division for matchups and he doesn’t go deep enough into games to get decisions.  It’s kinda hard to sell a guy who’s only teetering on number four fantasy starter value, but he might push another trade you have over the top if you have a believer, or a Wadvocate, if you will.  Obviously in keepers, you ignore the previous few sentences and continue to eat your breakfast.

Gordon Beckham – 2-for-4.  You ever have a guy who you want to get sent down just so you can drop him?  That’s how I’ve felt with Beckham in a 20 team league for about three weeks.  Well, Beckham’s the spiting type.  He’s now batting .500 over his last three games.  It’s not incredible, but it’s something.

Bobby Jenks – Pitched a clean inning to avoid the Kazaam.  On a side note, he covered first on one play and it looked like he just ran a marathon.  He’s got Jenk in the trenk.

Andruw Jones – 1-for-4, now batting .239 and hasn’t hit a homer since May 5th.  He sold his soul for a good April?

Justin Masterson – 4 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 0 Ks.  I’m just going to assume he pissed off the Fangraphs Database and that’s why his xFIP and FIP are so out of line with his ERA.

Austin Kearns – Hitting third for the Indians tonight.  Fitting since that team is going through a mother of growing pains.

Aaron Harang – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  At 100 pitches, Harang was at 2 earned runs, then Dusty sent him out there for a third of an inning and two more runs.  On the bright side, Dusty didn’t make him don a blonde wig and close out the game.

Roy Oswalt – Rumors swirl (clockwise or counterclockwise?) that the Nationals are interested in him.  You know it’s a sad day in Houston when their franchise is so lost that they seem much more like the flash-sideways team than Washington.  Must be because Desmond brought the Nats together.

Steve Phillips – The ex-Mets GM and ESPN talker blurted out that, if he was the Nats GM, he’d trade Strasburg for Oswalt.  Surprising because you’d think Strasburg hangs around with younger, hotter girls than Oswalt.

Brett Cecil – 7 1/3 IP, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  He usual strikes out more than he did in this game, but his season WHIP is 1.15 and ERA is 4.10.  If you take away one start where he was pounded vs. the Rangers, he has an ERA of 2.53.  He’s owned in only 5.9% of ESPN leagues.  Zoinks!

Rafael Furcal – Oh-for-cal is returning today.  If this is the guy you’ve been waiting for to ignite your team, you might need to reevaluate.

John Axford – He notched a save the other day, but it was because Villanueva was tired.  I know what you’re thinking, why not have some *pinkie to mouth* Coffey?  Yeah, oddly enough he was tired too.  So the Brew Crew went with Axrod.  Say that fast twelve hundred times!    I don’t think Axrod’s worth owning right now outside of NL-Only leagues.  The Brewers want Hoffman, Villanueva, Coffey and Axrod, in that order.  Mostly, they just want Hoffman.

Miguel Cabrera – Missing the Tigers series for the birth of his kid.  Crazy that Miguel Olivo wasn’t showing at all.

Steven Pearce – Was walking on crutches after the game.  No, it’s not a new dance craze, he was hurt in the game.  This should free up time for Clement again.  Though he wasn’t doing anything with his playing time before but wasting it.

Andy LaRoche – Might end up on the DL.  LaOuch for him, LaShouldn’tbeonyourteam for you.  Could these injuries open up the gates for one of the Pirates prospects?  Not a rhetorical.  Seriously, could it?  Wouldn’t that be exciting?  My favorite fantasy baseball palate cleanser is rookie announce-mints.

  1. joe from point pleasant says:


    Great stuff today! I was legit laughing out loud at the Harang and Oswalt posts. Soo good. Keep up the good work!

  2. DrEasy says:

    Drop Simon to pick up Hoffman?

  3. DrEasy says:

    As a Jays follower, the “First comes the Jays, then comes the Ks” line made me laugh out loud!

    Speaking of the Jays, worth noting that Frasor’s velocity was down again to 92. He’s not effective in that range. But Downs was filthy, and now with Purcey (another LHP) called up, maybe he (i.e Downs) should be the handcuff for Gregg, not Frasor. Cust kayin’.

    And Edwin Encarnacion did NOT hit a HR, but that’s because I just picked him up.

  4. Terrence Mann says:

    What the hell is wrong with Dusty Baker? One of his best starters goes on the DL and then he does that to Harang? WTF?

    Not only did Harang get left in too long, did you see them make him take home and his refusal to slide? That had to be the best highlight from yesterday. It’s as if Harang was giving a big F U to Dusty and the coaches for making him take home. He looked like Yadier Molina out there running the bases.

  5. Adam says:

    12 team roto keeper (keep top 6); 3 OF, no CI/MI, only 1 Util…I’m loaded at SP and need an OF/Util (team is good in HR and SB but pathetic in R/RBI/AVG, how the hell does that happen? FU Carlos Pena)…

    My OF/Util: Werth, PacMan and RoboJones (Grandy DL); Carlos Pena/Adam LaRoche
    My SP: Verlander, Lester, Carp, Nolasco, Hughes, Dempster

    My brother is in my league and shares my obsession with trading…his SP sucks and he has Lind, Vlad, Maggs, and Teixeira that I could target…

    Carp for Vlad too much? He’s one start short of OF eligibility, and TEX plays in NL parks in June…maybe try to get him to sell low on Teixeira with Verlander/Lester/Carp and Pena? See any other potential matchups here? Other guys I could try to target on teams with bad pitching include Crawford, CQ, Adrian, Victorino, Ludwick, Prince, Miggy, Kemp, Braun…

  6. @Adam: Carp is way too much for Vlad. Try to get Teix from him.

  7. Steve says:

    Rumours swirl counterclockwise in the Northern hemisphere, clockwise down here.

    Best option for Thursday (14-team H2H):

    Ely @ Cubs (Lilly) or LeBlanc v Cards (TBC)?

  8. Aaron says:

    I picked up both Ohman and Meredith. Yeah I am pretty worried. I dropped Laroche the younger and Uehara to pick them up. Yeah its a deep league.

  9. thepizzaman says:

    Grey—Loved the Steve Phillips blurb. I thought I was going to drive my car off a cliff after hearing him trying to convince Mike Francesa that Oswalt for Strasburg is a good deal.

  10. akia says:

    ben sheets or joe blanton ???

  11. Tony says:

    @DrEasy: ya i picked up double E last night, so he wont hit one tonight either…. and i also picked up napoli sunday night to insert him on monday (this was after i waited and waited and ALMOST picked him up on fri and sat), so naturally he goes 0-2 last nite. I love how that works.

  12. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Almost my whole staff is starting today. Any thoughts on start/bench?

    Lester @ Rays
    Kershaw @ Cubs
    Romero @ Angels
    Kennedy @ Rockies
    Fister vs. Tigers

  13. Danks Nugs says:

    A Make Your Own Adventure book centered around Mike Cameron would be the worst Make Your Own Adventure book in history…

  14. Donnie Baseball says:

    Was watching that interview with Phillips, I thought did he just F’ning say that.

    That dude is an idiot, I have no idea how he was ever a GM of a MLB team.

    He always says stuff like that.

  15. Jangles says:

    Gray thanks again for more laughs and good advice this AM.

    Question: with Penny hurt, how would you rank these guys on waivers? Francis, Floyd, Buehrle, Cecil, or Anibel? I got Anibel, but nobody else seesm to share my love for him.

    Also-do you re-rank players at some point in the season? I obviously need some help ranking these SPs, among other postions. Thanks again!

  16. Jangles says:

    err add Jhoulys and Fausto to that list. Love the fact that last names aren’t required for these guys!

  17. Schlitzy says:

    @Donnie Baseball: I heard him say that during his interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN here in NYC. The funny thing is that Franseca doesn’t know shit about baseball outside of the Mets and Yanks and even HE was telling Phillips that he was nuts.

  18. Guancous says:

    No mention of Axerod’s glorious mustache? I hope he brings the handlebar back.

  19. p0rk burn says:

    Cecil > Clayton Richard, corrigida?

  20. This season is wearing me out. Granderson, Sizemore, Ethier, Rollins, and now V-Mart for a few days. Looks like I’ll end up dropping Smoak if V-Mart can’t come back in a day or two…

  21. @Grey: Good stuff this morning. I was thinking the same thing about Beckham this weekend. Jeez, now I just have to play him…

    Wow, Meredith and Ohman. You’ve got a stronger stomach than I my friend. I could only take Cla. Couldn’t bring myself to grab the other bum too.

    @Schlitzy: Saw that too and squirted coffee out of my nose in disbelief. I prayed that Francesa would call Phillips on that. Phillips makes Minaya look like Frank Cashen.

  22. Oh, speaking of getting dinged up…I know NYY hit Baker around a bit last time in NY, but since his BB/K numbers were nice in that game and tonight’s in MIN, I’m not being stupid for starting him, am I? Anyone else rolling the dice with Baker tonight?

  23. Cole says:

    The Brewer pitcher is John Axford, not Axrod. And if anyone watches the Brewers, you’ll recognize him by the huge mustache.

  24. Danks Nugs says:

    Axrod. Someone with such a name might have a hard name gettin’ the girls…

  25. Danks Nugs says:

    hard TIME*


  26. tony b. says:

    Random Thoughts…

    I’m starting Romero tonight but I could see 6 inn. and 4 earned with 6-7 K’s.

    Not starting Kennedy @ Coors, but if he gives up 3 ER or less he might be the Marcum of the N.L.

    I just traded Sandoval for Choo. I had a logjam of Longoria, Youk, and Sandoval and an outfield of McCutchen, Quentin, Bruce, Krispie. I think Choo gives me some consistency and pours on the stats across the board.

    Matt Underwood (Cleveland) is the worst play-by-play guy in baseball. Tune into SportsTime Ohio to hear him. His partner Rick Manning seems to get annoyed with him by the 3rd inning of every game and I can understand why.

    Wondering how Ken Macha still has a job and wondering how pissed off Willie Randolph is that he hasn’t been named interim manager yet.

    Is Ike Davis really that different from Justin Smoak?

    Starlin Castro’s offensive impact thus far reminds me of when Pence burst onto the scene in 2007 and raked nearly all summer long. Not so much in the power department but the fact that he is hitting and getting on base somehow nearly every game.

    Rumor out of Phoenix is that the DBacks are reaching out to former closer Matt Mantei to come out of retirement and take over their closer role. (just kidding)

    Does Ryan Doumit wear eyeliner, seriously, look at him closely next time.

    Kerry Wood is 7-10 days away from another injury, book it.

    Corey Hart can go 30-17 this year if he keeps his “eye on the tiger” like Chrissy Moltisanti preaches

  27. Jeff says:

    What about Mata as closer in Balt? He was held out of a save situation last night at AAA.

  28. Howie says:

    Trade offer brewing…

    CarGo/Hanson/B. Wagner for


    Keeper roto league– Hanson can be retained one more year for $4 and Chapman two more for $2 & $4 (years two and three).

    I need steals and saves at this point in the season…

  29. knighttown says:

    Trying to make a run at Ryan Braun based around a pitcher. I’ve got Dan Haren and David Price. Are they about equal value for the rest of the way?

    Haren + Robot + Dotel for Braun?

  30. knighttown says:

    Alternative to the above, would Haren be too much to give up for Choo?

  31. HalLeeday34 says:

    I hopefully have Granderson coming off the DL this weekend. Do I drop Smoak, Ibanez or Big Papi. Have Miggy at 1b so these guys are Of/Util players. I’m waiting on Beltran here too so I have some decisions to make and need to start looking for 2-1 trades.

  32. e k says:

    @ everyone

    in my 12 team head to head league just got offered cain for uggla…i also have kinsler so i dont really have a problem moving uggla i just dont usually like moving position guys for pitchers, but wondering if cains worth it…the guy also has j.johnson, grienke and price so i might ask for one of those guys instead

    any thoughts?

  33. Jackie says:

    I can only hold one, who do I drop: Jose Lopez or Nyjer Morgan.

    In a vacuum that is. Who do you think plays better from here on out?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @joe from point pleasant: Thanks!

    @DrEasy: Sure

    @DrEasy: Thanks for the info!

    @Terrence Mann: I’ll have to look for the non-slide, didn’t see it.

    @Adam: Agree with Brian.

    @Steve: True… LeBlanc at home, but would start both.

    @Aaron: Yup

    @thepizzaman: Trade The Franchise for Oswalt? Yeah, makes sense.

    @akia: Neither? Blanton

    @TheEvilEmpire: I’d sit Kennedy.

    @Danks Nugs: Ha!

    @Donnie Baseball: Yup

    @Jangles: Rerank at ASB. Cecil, Floyd…

    @Guancous: I’m a little bit jealous.

    @p0rk burn: Sure…But could switch on matchups.

    @3FingersBrown: Take a Zantac and grab them.

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’d sit him.

    @Cole: Thanks for pointing out the misspelling.

    @Danks Nugs: Ha

    @tony b.: Smoak’s upside is much bigger, just depends when he’ll show it.

    @Jeff: Could be an option, probably not the first one.

    @Howie: I’d take the CarGo side.

    @knighttown: I’d take Braun there.

    @knighttown: Haren for Choo is a bit much.

    @HalLeeday34: Smoak

    @e k: I’d ask for Johnson, but I’d take Cain as a fall back if you need SPs.

    @Jackie: Depends what you need. Drop Morgan if you don’t need steals, drop Lopez if you have a 2nd baseman or 3rd baseman.

  35. mikey boy324 says:

    grey what should i do with simon i have gonzalez on the dl i dont have room for simon should i put simon on the dl and drop gonzalez or drop simon and keep gonzalez?

  36. @Mark Geoffriau: I’m going to sit him, but I have him in an innings-limited league.

  37. Wilsonian says:

    What’s the take on Kennedy starting tonight @ COL? Is he a must-start guy at this point, even in an 8 Team H2H? Moo chose grassy asses…

  38. GopherDay says:

    In my 12 team ROTO league, I’m staying away from that BAL bull pen…I just dropped Simon for Arthur Rhodes to get me some hlds.

    In a holds league, this isn’t a bad bullpen.

    Chris Perez
    Mike Adams
    Arthur Rhodes
    Drew Storen
    Matt Lindstrom
    Brian Fuentes
    Jose Contreras (SP)

    I’ve got 3 guys who could potentially take over closing duties this year. (Perez, Adams, and Storen). Plus the way our league is set up, I’ll be able to keep all those guys next year for a second to last round value. Pretty good in my book!!

  39. TonyCino says:

    12 team 10×10 roto, keeper league:
    Wandy and GavinF have both cleared waivers and are sitting as FAs should I pick either up?
    My SPs: Halladay, Garza, JGarcia, Nolasco, Liriano, CLewis, Ely and Medlen.
    I have Penny, Olsen and Bedard on the DL

    I would drop Boesch or should I drop a starter?

  40. GopherDay says:

    @thepizzaman: @Grey: Coming from a Houston fan….I think the Nats should do it too!!! I wouldn’t mind one bit!! And while we’re at it, we should trade Carlos Lee for Heyward!!! Maybe Lance Berkman for Smoak….

  41. Howie says:

    @Grey: Who is the better pitcher from here on out? Haren or Gallardo? — especially in the WHIP and ERA departments.


  42. Mr.MojoRisin says:

    Steve Phillips also suggested some other excellent trades for Oswalt. Including Jered Weaver for Oswalt and Ike Davis/Jenrry Mejia for Oswalt.
    Maybe someone will hire him and he can trade Mo Vaughn for Oswalt!
    How does someone so clearly incompetent keep getting jobs? Wasn’t he just banished from mouse-land for sexual harassment and infidelity? He must give excellent BJs to keep getting jobs like these!

  43. Tony says:

    @Howie: who is the actual better pitcher: HAREN, he’s just pitched like its the second half in the 1st half….

    @knighttown: if its H2H i’d take CHOO for haren…. i own haren in my h2h league and i would accept. Haren has been very annoying to own this year, up and down…. if his ERA is over 4.00 in the first half whats his year end line going to be? roto he’s still pretty solid because of his low BB and high K’s.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    *****Hey, Kerry P. won the $100 gift certificate for voting. Comment with your email so we can get you the $100 gift certificate.

  45. Andy says:

    Nice reference to Lost. “Desmond brought the Nats together.” Wait that was a reference to Lost right?

    Speaking of another Desmond. Despite their tremendous success, the D Rays are lacking a real leadoff man. Jennings is struggling a bit in the minors but last year was phenomenal. Bartlett has regressed back to a sub .700 ops. Desmond Jennings seems like the man to take over right field with Zobrist moving to second. Breignac becomes a pinch hitter and Rodriguez obviously demoted. When do you think this scenario happens if ever this season?

  46. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Start Peavy @ Cleveland today? He’s been the bane of my rotation the entire season, and I never manage to play him on the right day.

  47. Tony says:

    @grey: spot start anibal sanchez vs. ATL?

  48. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    In a vacuum without knowing anything about my team, is EverCab a better SS than Aybar?

  49. Carlos Z has slurpees says:

    whoa, joanna kerns joke. nice work. there will eventually be a ballplayer named tracy gold, at which point writing this blog will be like shooting fish in a barrel.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Andy: I don’t think it’s happening any time soon. Might get called up in September, but only plays if the Rays are out of it or have clinched.

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: You shouldn’t own him if you’re not starting him against the Indians.

    @Tony: In H2H, sure.

    @IowaCubs: Yup

  51. DonCoburleone says:

    For what it’s worth Clement scorched a line drive that was caught in RF almost on the warning track in his 1st AB then ripped a line drive single in his 2nd at bat. I think its the start of something BIG!!!

  52. Kazmere says:

    Posada (post-DL) > Napoli?

  53. Tony says:

    @Grey: why not roto? i’m still new to this roto gig, picking your brain….? Anibal vs. ATL seems like a great matchup and he’s pitched well as of late andhe’s k’d roughly 7 and 8 guys in those starts?

  54. DonCoburleone says:

    Oh and Grey where is another update on the Razzball audience leagues? The Cocaine Rangers need to see how they are doing against everyone else since I’m killing my league!

  55. Howard says:

    Holliday for Kung Fu Panda and Papeldouche, which side?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: I’d take Napoli.

    @Tony: Depends on the rest of your staff, but I don’t fully trust him. Could work out perfectly fine for you. I say in H2H because after a week those stats are gone if he implodes.

    @DonCoburleone: I try to update every other Friday.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Depends on need, I’d take Holliday.

  58. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @Grey: I sent an email to BSA this morning.

    Glad to see that you’re ok.

  59. Professor Chaos says:

    Owning Ubaldo on two teams is making me antsy. He’s obviously not finishing the year with a sub-1 ERA. Do I shoot for the moon now? I don’t think an owner would trade Lincecum straight up. What’s his value at right now?

  60. GTS says:

    If Tillman gets the call Sunday is he worth owning in 10-team H2H mixed league?

  61. XNadyMen says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: I am benching Baker tonight…don’t think he is worth the risk against the Yanks.

  62. Professor Chaos says:

    P.S. I need to stop reading Razzball before I go to sleep. I had a dream that I met Grey and he turned out to be Ramathorn from Super Troopers. Must be the ‘stache.

  63. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @knighttown: as a braun owner, you’d have to include a much better bat with haren for me to even think about that.

  64. Tony says:

    @Professor Chaos: ya you could deal him, he wont have a sub 1 era but no way anyone deals lince straight up why would they? a proven ACE for a guy who’s probably an ace, acting like an ace, but doesn’t have his ace credentials yet…. i think going for an elite stick would be smarter?

    @Grey: i got ya. Its in my RCL league, i’m rolling the dice, my staff has been pretty solid so far(i think a 12 in ERA and 12 in WHIP), i can afford a hit if it happens and i feel pretty good about anibal vs. ATL. go woodys!

  65. JP says:

    @Grey: I was just offered Greinke for my Billingsley/R. Wells in my H2H pts league…I know he might not get the Ws but I’m quite excited about it doing the trade, what do you think Grey?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JP: Sounds good for you.

  67. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: in all fairness, haren has been pretty unlucky this year. his xFIP is 3.19, his HR/FB rate and BABIP are also way higher than normal, so his numbers should come down. of course, his 2nd half woes have largely been more due to bad luck than poor pitching according to the peripherals.

  68. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Felipe Lopez or Mike Sweeney in an IF slot?

  69. Billy says:

    Is it time to sell high on J Garcia? With a possible innings limit? i got this offer…

    Garcia for Choo


  70. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Would you drop Simon for Villanueva now haha. Its ok i have Lidge on the DL so if he ever returns to form i wont need either of them.

  71. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Didn’t see the announcement til late last night.

  72. GopherDay says:

    @Billy: I’d take that in a heartbeat. Pitchers will show up on waivers again, but a player like Choo won’t. Take it!

  73. NukeLaDouche says:

    Thoughts on starting Chacin against the Dbacks and Romero against the Angels tonight? I’m leaning towards starting Romero and benching Chacin. 12 team roto.

  74. Jangles says:

    thanks for all the help Grey, the daquiris are on me tonight (the first round anyway)


  75. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    I’m trying to decide between Garrett Jones and Encarnacion for my CI spot in a 12 team 5×5 roto league. Who should I hold on to? If I can pick up Chase Headley, does that change things?

  76. DonCoburleone says:

    Grey I can get Matt Holliday for Josh Hamilton and Kevin Gregg, should I do it? Its a 12 team H 2 H league…

  77. joe from point pleasant says:

    @ Grey:

    Man, I am getting offers out the waazoo lately. So today I was offered Jason Bay for Chad Billing$ley with me getting Bay. Here is my team so you have a better idea of what I am working with.

    12 Team Head to Head *Points* League – 15 start max per week

    C-Cervelli 1B-Votto 2B-Utley 3B-Freese SS-Starlin
    OF-Braun OF-Ellsbury OF-Krispie UTIL-Vlad Bench-Ortiz

    SP-Greinke, F-Her, Oswalt, C-Bill$, Cueto, CJ Wilson, Leake, Wells, Slowey, Richard, Harang

    RP-Bailey, Street, Corpas

    I feel like I am pretty deep at SP and I can afford to lose a pitcher but I really like Billingsley this year. I also like Bay alot and i think hes ready to bust out. What do you think I should do?

  78. Curly Day says:

    Grey, love the Desmond reference – the Nats SS continually has made me think of Lost.

    Regarding Steve Phillips, he has not even been challenged that Oswalt is a top 5 pitcher.. when was that?

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curly Day: Rudy actually wrote the Phillips blurb, I don’t watch ESPN. Phillips is a moron though, that I know.

  80. Curse of the Goat says:

    @Grey: What are your thoughts on the long-term prospects of Max Scherzer? I just picked him up off FA in a 14-team keeper league and I’m hoping for good things.

  81. Panti Jose says:

    My Pelfrey and Richard for his Beckett and Ely?

    For what it’s worth, no bench and must start guys at home and on the road. That Phillips remark should be enough to get him fired again.

  82. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    would you bench Jose Lopez for Ian Desmond or Felipe Lopez or just leave Jose out there to suck?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curse of the Goat: I wouldn’t hope for it any time in the near future. At best he’s a #3 fantasy starter, but he needs to right the ship in a big way.

  84. GTS says:

    Pick up Richard over any of these guys Ely, Latos, Kennedy?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Nope

  86. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    or Mike Aviles on that craphead over Felipe?

  87. GTS says:

    @Grey: How about Cecil over any of those same guys?

  88. Howie Met Your Mother says:


  89. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i am getting hammered with emails inquiring about david wright. when i explain i’d need 1st round value to let him go i get scoffed at.

    i mean he was a top 5 player going into 2009. his power outage scared everyone. the power appears back. the avg (due to Ks) is a bit out of whack, but it’s been fluctuating between around .260 and .290 all year, and he’s a hot month away from having his avg back near .300.

    this is a 12 team roto league, so wright’s well-rounded stats are even more attractive.

    hell, i told a guy the minimum i’d consider would be cano + hamels or filthy sanchez, and even then i don’t know that i’d do it. he wants me to take hamels or burnett + borderline waiver wire fodder, and says i’m being ridiculous in valuing wright where i do.

    i don’t know but 1 guy in this league so i’ve held off on being a real ass, but this shit is really starting to annoy me.

  90. Kazmere says:

    Hot Papi and his .385 (10-26) BA vs Shields, or slumping Tex and his .600 (6-10) BA vs Baker?

  91. cashmoney says:

    Start Boesch or Bruce?

  92. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kazmere: teixeira. another 2 HR game could come at anytime.

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: meant another 3 hr game, whoops

  94. Kazmere says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Exactly why I had him in there! Thanks for the confirmation. I was getting major $&@ for sitting Papi, but there’s a reason I acquired Tex this wkend!

  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Aviles if you need average.

    @GTS: You look kinda set with upside SPs for right now. Could change as of next week and depending on matchups.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Nice rant.

    @Kazmere: Tex

    @cashmoney: Bruce


  96. royce! says:

    A guy in my h2h needs R and SB, and I have Gardner. Whom of the following should I target if I want to net a SP: Gallardo, Weaver, Hamels? Or just stand pat?

  97. Jenkies says:

    Lindstrom or Jenks?

  98. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @royce!: i’d take any of the 3. offer him gardner and tell him to pick which of the 3 he would give up.

  99. artie says:

    Don’t panic Poon.

    I was just offered peanuts for Pujols. Said jackass gave me these stats comparing 2009 to 2010 (April and May):

    16HR vs 8HR
    42RBI vs 29 RBI

    He said I was valuing Pujols too high.

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