Top twenty catchers, 1st basemen and 2nd basemen are in the books.  Third basemen will be here shortly.  Today, it’s the top 20 Shortstops for 2009 Fantasy Baseball’s time to shine.  Hmm… Actually, most of these won’t shine.  They’re dull with a chance of boring.  As I said in the beginning of the year, the shortstops are even shallower than the 2nd basemen.  This held true.  A good two weeks in the major leagues and you too can make the top twenty list for shortstops!  Okay, enough of the hubbub on the tomfoolery.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2009 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Hanley Ramirez – I was hoping for a 35/35 season from Hanley, so I was a bit disappointed by a 24/27 season.  Obviously, not nearly as disappointed as I was in Jose Reyes.  (First bitter Jose Reyes mention.)  Preseason Rank #1, 2009 Projections:  125/37/80/.295/35, Final Numbers:  101/24/106/.342/27

2. Derek Jeter – As many of you know, I interviewed Matthew Berry in March.  He called shenanigans.  Why I bring this up now?  Because here’s why he got mad.  His words from, “So, I was just surprised by some of what he said. Especially the part about me defending Jeter! I’ve had Jeter on every fantasy “hate” list I can remember… That was a low blow, saying I liked Jeter.”  Turned out, Jeter went on to be the 3rd ranked hitter in all of the AL according to the ESPN Player Rater.  Cust kayin’.  Preseason Rank #8, 2009 Projections:  110/12/70/.305/12, Final Numbers:  107/18/66/.334/30

3. Troy Tulowitzki – I predicted a comeback in the preseason when I said, “Let’s put Tulo’s 2008 season into a strait jacket and then submerge it into Houdini’s Milk Can.”  Then I predicted a comeback from his poor early season struggles.  Without a poor April and May, he’d be the top ranked shortstop.  Yeah, he was that good in 2009.  I wish I believed in all of the steals he racked up this year, but his total is about three times the most he’s ever recorded in any season of professional ball.  Still, he’s good, and can get a bit better on the power side.  Preseason Rank #7, 2009 Projections:  65/20/85/.285/5, Final Numbers:  101/32/92/.297/20

4. Jason Bartlett – I didn’t believe the high average in May and I still don’t (he hit around .230 in September).  I’m pretty sure when February Grey gets around to going through guys that will disappoint in 2010, Bartlett’s name will be there.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  90/14/66/.320/30

5. Ben Zobrist – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post.  Final Numbers:  91/27/91/.297/17

6. Michael Young – In the preseason, he looked like he was headed for the Chariot of Empty Averages.  Turned out he still had some pop in his bat.  (Not pop meaning soda for those reading in Minnesota.)  Preseason Rank #10, 2009 Projections:  100/10/85/.310/10, Final Numbers:  76/22/68/.322/8

7. Jimmy Rollins – I predicted his steals would come down and they may fall a bit more next year, too.  What should stop falling is his average.  He had some bad luck this year.  Might need one on those waving porcelain cats that are in sushi restaurants.  Preseason Rank #3, 2009 Projections:  115/16/75/.280/40, Final Numbers:  100/21/77/.250/31

8. Miguel Tejada – Wait a second, forget Jose Reyes, where is Stephen Drew?  Tejada did pretty much what I thought he would, except for a higher average.  Expect Jim Bunning to ask Congress to withdraw Tejada’s high average because of an unrealistic BABIP.  Preseason Rank #11, 2009 Projections:  90/15/75/.285/7, Final Numbers:  83/14/86/.313/5

9. Asdrubal Cabrera – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post.  Preseason Rank #19, Final Numbers:  81/6/68/.308/17

10. Yunel Escobar – Why can’t Yunel just steal 10 bases? Adam Dunn can steal 10 bases.  Ryan Howard stole 8 bases.  Shoot, McCann nearly stole as many as Yunel in 2009.  At least do it for your fantasy baseball owners.  (Isn’t it weird how some players sound better when you call them by their first name and some better by their last name?  I would never call McCann by Brian or Yunel by Escobar.  BTW II, doesn’t Yunel by Escobar sound like a douchebag clothing designer?  Ed Hardy? Pfft!  I’m wearing Yunel by Escobar.)  Preseason Rank #14, 2009 Projections:  90/13/65/.300/3, Final Numbers:  89/14/76/.299/5

11. Marco Scutaro – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post. Final Numbers:  100/12/60/.282/14

12. Orlando Cabrera – O-Cab < Taxi Cab Confessions < Cash Cab.  Yes, this top 20 is so shallow that one good month would get you on the list.  Preseason Rank #12, 2009 Projections:  90/7/65/.280/20, Final Numbers:  83/9/77/.284/13

13. Ryan Theriot – In May, I traded Theriot and Adam Dunn for Joe Reyes.  Have I mentioned how much I hate Reyes?  I’d take 20+ steals from my futility infielder over Yunel’s brand of yawnstipating stats.  Preseason Rank #16, 2009 Projections:  90/2/40/.295/25, Final Numbers:  81/7/54/.284/21

14. Erick Aybar – Really scary how unreliable some of the guys in this top 20 were for extended periods of time.  This is why I play fast and furious with my MIs.  Aybar’s hot?  Play him!  Yunel on a streak?  Play him!  Beckham?  What the hey!  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  70/5/58/.312/14

15. Alexei Ramirez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post. Preseason Rank #4, Final Numbers:  71/15/68/.277/14

16. Elvis Andrus – 30+ steals, nice.  Do I hear 40+?  Maybe next year I do.  Preseason Rank #21, 2009 Projections: 55/3/35/.250/20, Final Numbers:  72/6/40/.267/33

17. Maicer Izturis – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post.  Final Numbers:  74/8/65/.300/13

18. Clint Barmes – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post.  Preseason Rank #20, 2009 Projections:  75/12/55/.270/12, Final Numbers:  69/23/76/.245/12

19. Rafael Furcal – He actually came pretty close to the numbers I predicted for him if he only played one month.  Wow, what happened to this schmohawk?  Mark Reynolds stole a dozen bases more than Furcal.  To quote DeNiro in Goodfellas, what’s the world coming to?  Preseason Rank #9, 2009 Projections:  95/15/65/.285/35 or 25/6/40/.390/7, Final Numbers:  92/9/47/.269/12

20. Gordon Beckham – If he had a full season of Runs and RBIs, he would’ve been a top ten shortstop.  Note to Grey:  Write a lot about him leading up to 2010.  Follow up note, you already did.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  58/14/63/.270/7

  1. 101 M.P.H. says:

    If I’d known that Matthew Berry harbored such negative feelings toward Derek Jeter, I might have bumped “El Capitan” up a few notches on my draft list…

  2. Tony says:

    @101 M.P.H.: haha tru, berry is a num nuts sometimes….

    Value wise I’d want TULO next year, take him in the 3rd round? Stellar production, thats if he repeats or improves…. gotta love a young rocky, that line up is really developing, i just hope cargo didn’t attract too much attention!

  3. Tony says:


  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @101 M.P.H.: Hehe

    @Tony: 3rd to 4th round sounds about right. I think CarGo might’ve got some people to notice him, but they were bounced pretty quickly so people will forget.

  5. peter says:

    One of the painful things about Furcal is that he finished relatively strong (21/2/9/.250/6). In one league, I, of course, held onto him way too long; I finally drop him and then he gets hot a couple weeks later. (<— accidental papasmurf impression)

  6. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    ***20-team Dynasty H2H-Points League***

    I need a solid 3B and I have plenty of arms. I won this league this year (thanks again Grey) and my roster is full of 2010 contracts, so it’s back-to-back or bust for this squad.

    Do I trade Carlos Carrasco (2012) and Mat Gamel (2011) FOR Ryan Zimmerman (2011)?

    Besides Gamel, my only 3B is Chipper Jones (2010), who cannot be trusted.

  7. peter says:

    @peter: Edit: he hit .350 in the final month.

    Edit II: he finished strong, nothing relative about it.

  8. peter says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I didn’t realize until now that Gamel struck out 54 times in 146 plate appearances this year. Huh.

    Given how you’re playing for 2010, I say go for Zimmerman. He’s much more reliable for next year than Gamel, Carrasco or Chipper.

  9. Tony says:

    @Grey: I’d say early to mid 3rd. With the SS pool so shallow. A potential 30/20 SS can’t be passed on and he’s just coming into his prime.

    Cargo did get hot in the playoffs there, but the ousting should quiet most “fantasy baseballers”


  10. Antrim Warriors says:

    looking forward to seeing much love for mini donkey in the 3B rankings…loved that guy in 2009.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: His slow starts to the season still worries me a bit.

    @Antrim Warriors: He already got love in the 1st basemen rankings.

  12. big o says:

    in light of your recent admission ,
    (re: your love/hate relationship with mathematical symbols) ,
    i am asking for clarification on line item # 12 .

    cash cab is clearly the top pick , here .
    are we in agreement ?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Cash Cab is the top pick, no idea if my <> are right.

  14. big o says:

    good thing you decided against becoming an accountant .
    over there , i hear , one man’s debit is another man’s credit !
    sheesh .
    pick a side , already !!

  15. airlifting says:

    hard to argue for dissapointment in 24/27 when you got over 50 points in average over the course of an entire season. that’s an absolute life-saver if you had carlos pena on your roster.

  16. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    *20-team Dynasty H2H-Points League*

    He turned down my offer of Carrasco/Gamel FOR Ryan Zimmerman, but countered with:

    Yovani Gallardo (2012) & Gamel (2011) FOR Zimmerman (2011)

    I was counting on Gallardo for my staff next year, but I do have a lot of depth at the position. We start six SP’s, and I have:

    Johan Santana (2010)
    Roy Halladay (2012)
    Justin Verlander (2010)
    Yovani Gallardo (2012)
    Phil Hughes (2012)
    Rick Porcello (2013)
    Carlos Carrasco (2012)
    John Smoltz (2010)

    Like I wrote above…I’m built for a 2010 run. Do I accept his counter? If I did, I would still try to get a little more out of him, but the real question is whether I give up Gallardo?



  17. big o says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike):
    offer him johan santana , straight-up , for zimmerman ,
    before word gets out on him .
    maybe even throw in smoltz and see if you can get a bit more ,
    like zimmerman and a minor ace … (think kershaw or j.johnson) .

  18. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @big o: Thanks big o, but he’s rebuilding, so a 2010 Santana is almost worthless to him, and any young, up-and-coming ace is like gold to him.

    I made my bed with Santana two years ago when I drafted him. I have to hope he doesn’t break down.

  19. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @Grey: thanks Grey

  20. Mr Baseball says:

    Would Stephen Drew be number 21 then ?

  21. big o says:

    tell me , am i conflicted or afflicted .
    maybe ‘cuz it snowed here today , or just end-of the-season blues ,
    but it seems i have 2 logical choices :
    1st rd … 2nd base , 2nd rd … ss
    or ,
    punt … punt these positions .
    am certainly not going to let stolen bases play such a major role this time around .

    speaking of which , would you consider doing a separate post/opinion on stolen bases ?
    it seems they are everywhere these days .
    is it the catchers fault ?
    is pitching so thin , that juveniles are being rushed to the majors before they are taught the basics ??
    what gives ???

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I could see doing a separate post on steals. In an ideal world, I’d take Utley in the 1st round then punt all MIs until 10th round or later. There’s value late at MI and very early. Little in the middle.

  23. Mark says:

    So no big deal or anything, but I’ve got a cousin’s wedding coming up this weekend. I was going to go with my basic suit that I pull out for all the stops, but all the groomsmen have to wear Yunel by Escobar sport coats. Don’t get me started about the backlash my cousin has gotten for this…

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mark: Don’t forget to spray on your Eau de Bartlett.

  25. Steve says:

    @Mark: @Grey: But don’t get too hammered at the Ay-Bar.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Or cornered by a single lady who’s a Latin 35.

  27. Steve says:

    @Grey: Let’s not be too hasty…

  28. big o says:

    i don’t know it you saw this , but ,
    the A ‘s are half-way to releasing jack cust (rumor is) .

    it would be a shame if i couldn’t export “cust kayin'” to other sites , anymore .

    do you have a back-up plan ?
    how about something with this HU fella ?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: True, Penelope Cruz might be a Latin 35, we’re not excluding her just yet.

    @big o: You’re really pushing Hu, huh? I’m not too worried, Cust will land somewhere.

  30. big o says:

    yep .
    HU .
    can’t say his name without smiling .

    simple things amuse simple minds .
    HAH .

    scent of a woman !!
    (3rd base) .

  31. big o says:

    and am definately drafting him on all teams ,
    now that rios and i have parted ways , and ,
    hank blalock won’t return my calls .

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I’d take Blalock over Hu, but it’s hard to put a value on a guy who makes you smile because of his name.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Are you playing fantasy football?

  34. Steve says:

    @Grey: You know it. RCL Virgins League. Bart’s Starrs, that’s me.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Virgins, indeed. Do you know football at all?

  36. Steve says:

    @Grey: A bit. I actually really like the game but probably know more about the 67 Packers than most of these modern fellows.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Do you have a favorite (modern) team?

  38. Steve says:

    @Grey: Not so much. Packers at a push.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’m a Dolphins man. Haven’t watched a game since Marino retired. Mark Duper still playing? He was awesome!

  40. big o says:

    czonka has a fishing and hunting show , now .

    are you gonna stick around for the phils/dodgers game ??

  41. big o says:

    i’m telling ya
    there’s sumpin’ special about this year’s dodgers .
    hell , normally the vendors don’t show up for work until the 3rd inning .

  42. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Marino? Isn’t he the guy who never won a Super Bowl, while my boy Elway won 2???????

  43. Steve says:

    @big o: If it is on here I will keep an eye on it.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I’ve been saying that for months. They’ve been winning games they shouldn’t have all year.

    @BigFatHippo: Speaking of which, have the Dolphins got a running back yet?

  45. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: They’ve got 2 of em, Ronnie Brown and Rickey Williams, as long as Rickey’s got his vaporizer on the sideline they’re pretty good……

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Williams should move to LA. It’ll be legal here in under three years. I read recently that an ounce of weed gets you a $250 fine. It’s Amsterdam up in this joint, pun noted.

  47. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Hehe, I remember the days, good times, good times……….

    Got a buddy in San Diego who was home recently and he said the same thing, lives on a boat in a harbor and gets the munchies a lot.

    Nice pun!

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: San Diego + boat = Sounds like a Navy man to me.

  49. Greg says:

    Enjoyed the SS rundown, Grey. I originally drafted Drew, but fortunately I was able to pick up Bartlett. At the end of the season, due to roster size and such, I dropped Drew and just ran with Bartlett. It worked fine for me this year, but it’s a keeper league and I’ll be curious to see how Bartlett does relative to Drew next season. (Somebody else already scooped up Drew.)

  50. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Nope, former boat broker who now sells asphalt. Haven’t you heard, there won’t be any uncovered ground in Cali in 10 years? Hell, you guys will probably slip right out into the sea………

  51. BigFatHippo says:

    James is a Lonely boy, that’s why he only hits solo shots……

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: Yeah, I think I’d probably prefer Drew to Bartlett, but only relative to where they’ll be drafted.

    @BigFatHippo: Man is too dumb to survive L.A. — Escape from LA

  53. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Maybe the tide will take him.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Have you been to San Diego? Totally different scene. I think some people even read down there.

  55. Steve says:

    @Grey: Don’t forget to wish Hippo a happy birthday.

  56. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Not yet, but it looks beautiful, no wonder they find time to read, just sit outside and enjoy the place.

    How far is it from you?

  57. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Now you’re just another Kiwi making me feel old.

  58. Steve says:

    So Clayton Kershaw walks into a bar.

    And the barman says, “What’s with the long face?”

    I kill me.

  59. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Thanks! I’m 39 BTW………

  60. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: hehe

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hehe

    @BigFatHippo: Betcha never thought you’d see 39 when you were 21. San Diego’s about 2-plus hours from me. It’s beautiful for seniors like yourself, but it’s a bit whitebread for me. Not a whole lot of flavor, which is weird since Tijuana is drunken carpool away.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Looks like he collagens his lips.

  63. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Never thought I’d see 46 either (I lied, it’s what we drunk ladies do when feelin melancholy) :)

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: You’re literally getting older by the minute. In a few you’re going to be 87 and saying you went to high school with Big O.

  65. BigFatHippo says:


    Is that a bottom lip or did a bus park on your face??????

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Raul Ibanez hits it back up the middle as Kershaw gets his lip out of the way.

  67. He’s looking great, fat lip or no.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Mushmouth’s good for 6+ innings.

  69. Steve says:

    @Grey: With those chops he’s got going, getting one back up the middle is no small achievement.

  70. @Elijah:

    Looks like I jinxed him.

  71. Better get that pen going Joe.

  72. Yep.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Wow, you really did. You should travel around with Carlos Ruiz. Couldn’t hurt.

  74. BigFatHippo says:

    @Elijah: Or he’ll be leavin with a fat lip……………….

  75. BigFatHippo says:

    Kershaw better quit
    throwin that shit…….

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I will say this ump is not being generous.

  77. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Ha

  78. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Some guys are just big game pitchers, Cole Hamels may be one of them. Remember Dave Stewart? Now that was a big game pitcher.

  79. I would bring in the lefty here but that’s just me. You don’t screw around in the playoffs.

  80. Told ya.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I’ll never forget Stewart, badass, karate-loving maniac who sounded like a girl.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: It’s a tough spot, but Kershaw was definitely rattled and could’ve obviously used relief.

  83. That’s game. Is my pizza ready yet?

  84. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Yup, and pitched like Bob Gibson in the playoffs.

  85. BigFatHippo says:

    @Elijah: I seem to remember a hiccup against Mickey Hatcher of all people, was that Stewart?

    Forgive me, I’ve slept since then…….a lot.

  86. @BigFatHippo:

    Hatcher indeed. 2 starts in ’88, no wins. That Oakland team was amazingly stacked. Much like the Braves dynasty, they definitely underacheived in terms of winning Championships. Talent level of them vs LA wasn’t even close.

  87. big o says:


    balboa park … isn’t that where the minnow sailed from ??

    served a few drinks to the shipper (hale) when i was a bartender at murietta hot springs …. over past lake elsinore .

  88. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Where’s big o?

    he’s been ridiculed on here
    by you

    one would think he’d chime in
    in fractured sentences

    like christopher walken

  89. big o says:

    edit *
    shipper = skipper

  90. BigFatHippo says:

    @big o: There you are……..

    Thanks, big o

  91. @Grey:

    If they’d brought in Sherrill, and he gets Howard out, its a 1 run game now.

  92. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Guess we are going to get Kershaw cheap next year.

  93. 1 run lead even.

  94. big o says:

    short nap … after loney almost picked that kid with a coke , off the stairs .

    then ….. the wife came home … so , it was flippin’ back and forth to her survivor … (thanks a pant-load , tivo) .
    was fontunate (?) to pick it up @ 3-1 to see utley’s walk and howard’s line-drive to seal the win ……..why are they throwing this guy ^^
    fastballs ???

  95. BigFatHippo says:


    This is true playoff baseball, I’m lovin it. Nothin like the playoffs even when my team bowed out early, RIP Cardinals.

    btw, doesn’t look like we’ll sign Pujols to a long term anytime soon, Albert, it was great to know ya!

  96. @BigFatHippo:

    You and your Cards. I’m ready to bust out the violin on ya!

  97. BigFatHippo says:

    @big o: You need a Man Cave in the worst way.

    Buy a Condo!

  98. big o says:

    ridiculed by Grey ?
    hu , does he think he is ??
    i know better !
    he is not hu
    “and we are all together”

  99. big o says:

    un-lax hip .
    stan was the man .
    now it’s pujols’ turn .
    the signing is just gonna cost you a bit more .

  100. I think Pujols’ next deal will be worth more than the Rams.

  101. big o says:

    does anyone else wish that kemp was batting in both the 8th and the clean-up spots ?

  102. BigFatHippo says:

    @big o:

    i have no idea what you’re talking about

    other times
    i’m just confused

    drinking budweiser

    it’s not just a beer, it’s a lager
    an american style lager
    many people believe this style is among the hardest to brew
    because it must balance the flavor and sweetness of the malt
    with the spice and aroma of the hops

    that is why we describe budweiser’s taste
    as the perfect balance
    of both flavor
    and refreshment

    so to recap

    budweiser is a lager

    and it’s perfect!

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    Someone just emailed me that they think Loney should wear a size 30 shoe so he can always have his foot on the bag.

  104. BigFatHippo says:

    @Elijah: Maybe Rush Limbaugh can afford Pujols?

  105. Its shoegate.

  106. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Loney’s got clown feet!

  107. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Budweiser is perfection?

    You need to get out more.

  108. big o says:

    maybe you should be drinking that new wheat beer .

    i left the door open for you (and others)
    to “chime” in ….
    but apparently archaic references
    sometimes go unnoticed by the elderly .
    or maybe walruses can only think like walruses .

    “koo – koo – ker- chew” .

  109. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Yes, yes I do……..

    But I’m so old, Kiwi.

  110. Steve says:

    @big o: Gotta remember – he’s a Hippo, not a walrus.

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Need an equipment man for Loney’s feet and Kershaw’s lips.

  112. Steve says:

    @Grey: They’ve got one, but he’s gone down with foot and mouth disease.

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You win, very nice.

  114. Steve says:

    @Grey: Lunchtime drinking helps.

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Lopes stole 47 bags at the age of 40, there’s still hope for you.

  116. Steve says:

    @Grey: You need to start going easy on the over-40s, fella.

  117. big o says:

    did i mention , now that wolf got no further than 1st base ,
    we’re now flippin’ back (and hopefully forth) to
    Grey’s anatomy ?

    i know that i’ve heard (ear) that name before ,
    but what really stinks (nose) is
    if the dodgers choke (throat)
    and don’t cover ,
    i’m gonna be sick .

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Geezers need excitement, no? Speaking of which, I was never able to get into The Streets newest. Love the Wilco album though, thanks again.

    @big o: Grey’s Anantomy, bleh. I thought you set your woman up with her own TV.

  119. big o says:

    kudos to kuo .

    but i hate rooting for clowny .

  120. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah – we’re people too.

    Just seen the replay of Manny’s dinger (missed it first time round). Quite a piece of hitting.

  121. big o says:

    that new at&t … record 4 channels at once is a hoax .
    each hi-def recording counts as 2 .
    which brings us back to com-cast .

  122. big o says:

    nice shot , andre !!
    where’s your mom ??

  123. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: That’s elder discrimination.

    I’m tellin AARP and we’ll sue all you blogging people for every dime.

    Settle out of court if you want, just give me my Pina Colada’s back and we’re even………………..

  124. big o says:

    does manuel have any idea
    on how to use a bull-pen ?
    chan ho hu ??

  125. Whats with Philly and the ex-starter scrapheapers.

  126. Hi Sherrill. Where were you in the 5th?

  127. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: And so am I……………..Hippo out!

  128. Ugh, so much for that.

  129. big o says:

    major suck
    raul .

  130. Steve says:

    Late inning Philly relievers in. You can’t say the game’s over yet…

  131. big o says:

    i’ve got to get a new set-up .
    8-6 , after another andre hit .

    elijah’s assessment is spot-on … it ain’t over , yet

  132. big o says:

    pierre would have beaten that out .
    or , at least , hustled .

  133. big o says:

    edit *
    steve’s original call

  134. @big o:

    New set up or borrow the wife’s pants? heh

  135. Brad Lidge coming in; Phillies fans get your heart medication outta the cupboard.

  136. big o says:

    i have friends that are hand-whipped .
    not the life for me .

  137. Well, Dodgers got a must win vs Pedro. Down 2-0 going back east and looking at Cliff Lee 2x, that’s all but over.

  138. DrEasy says:

    Wilco has a new album?

  139. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: I like everything about Kershaw for next year except: his P/IP. This year 17.5. Over 19 for his game tonight. People lament Torre not leaving him in longer, but with the high pitches per inning, he can’t. Your thoughts? Will Kershaw get that under control? Because, continuing 17.5 won’t cut it. (For reference, Lincecum at 15.3 and Greinke at 15.2.)

  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Yeah, I like it better than Ghost, not as much as YHF.

    @Simply Fred: Yeah, I’m aware of the problems with him. That’s why all season I’d crack about how he only goes 6 innings. He’s still very young and I worry about the innings/pitches he’s thrown this year. I still like him though. He’s not an ace… yet. But he has the stuff to be. Can’t teach stuff.

  141. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Thank you. Am not regarding him as an ace…yet. Will stick with him.

  142. NF says:

    Drew was so terrible this year. When Juan Uribe is a no doubt starter over you in H2H playoffs, you’ve officially hit rock bottom.

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