Here’s what I said in January, “I’m just going to point out one negative. In 650 ABs, he walked 33 times and struck out 109 times. He’s got speed; he’s in a great hitting park. He will not hit .288 again. At the first sign of struggle, he starts swinging for the fences and he goes into a deep funk. Hitters who don’t take walks fall into slumps. Do yourself a favor and let someone else draft Phillips. Projections: 80/19/75/.240/25 and is benched in July because his slump is “all in his head.”” And that is me quoting me. Through yesterday’s game Brandon Phillips is at 10/2/6/.250/3 with 20 Ks and 6 walks through 88 at-bats. Also, his BABIP is above the league average, so he actually is doing better than he should. As Rich Dad would say, Brandon Phillips is a liability, not an asset. Will he become completely unusable? I think he could. That’s not to say he will. It’s a bad sign when there’s chance. Don’t trade him for a Sportflics Canseco rookie card and a can of cola, but I would entertain offers. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Carlos Gomez – He homered yesterday, but I don’t think that’s an indication of great things on the horizon. As I said two weeks ago, a guy who tries to bunt with two strikes to get on base is not really someone you want to invest too heavily in. Picture this: Guy buys a Ferrari, but can’t afford gas.

Francisco Liriano – I told you to trade him two weeks ago. He has no value now.

Johnny Cueto – I began writing a strongly-worded letter to Dusty Baker when he let Cueto bat in the fifth inning, but Cueto surprised me and made short work of the Astros in the sixth and seventh inning. I feel like Cueto’s my little brother and I have to defend him, but he really only made a few mistakes in this entire game and half of them were to Berkman, who is on fire right now.

Corey Patterson – Was good to see him get the start against a righty (it’s bad that it’s not a given). Then Dusty pulled him for Freel when he was about to face a different righty. Oh, Dusty, you do have your way, huh? Corey made a baserunning mistake prior to getting yanked; he’s now probably further in the doghouse. He better give Jayson Nix a call for some moral support.

Brian “The Brain” McCann – He was the only top catcher I liked coming into this season for his value versus ADP. Hasn’t disappointed thus far, not to mention his slide into third for his triple was like a Triple Lindy gone bad.

Dustin McGowan – Seven walks. Sixteen on the season. Like when a girl calls you after a first date and says, “I had a really good time tonight.” Too much, too soon.

Jayson Werth – Four home runs and a .300 average. When The Flying Hawaiian returns, Jenkins isn’t going to play a whole lot.

Donnie Murphy – 2 home runs yesterday. Still nothing to see here.

Cliff Lee – For those wondering where this is coming from, he did finish fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2005 when he won 18 games and posted a sub-4.00 ERA. Though the strikeouts to this point are high. If you can move him for Wainwright or Maine, I would.

Miguel Olivo – I thought the lack of Miguel Cabrera post-home run hugs and booty slaps might affect Olivo adversely, but he’s hit three home runs in ten games.

Rafael Betancourt – In case you forgot because he hadn’t recorded a save yet, he is the closer.

Melky Cabrera – 4 home runs and counting.

Adam Melhouse – Injured his right hand. Whoopie-dee-doo, right? If he goes down, Salty comes back. Come again? You need a catcher, right? JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA might get the call-up. (I kinda hope he doesn’t cause his name is a nightmare to spell.)

Mike Napoli – 5 home runs and counting. Does it really matter if he’s not starting every game?

Chad Billingsley – I’m going to try a little experiment. Before the game starts, I’m writing this *****GUESS ALERT: Billingsley’s going to strikeout a lot because the D-Backs are swing-happy, he’ll walk a few cause that’s what he do, and he’ll still lose.***** Okay, I’m back. Wow, I did pretty well. And so did Chad, 12 Ks and only two walks. Very nice, but he still gave up five runs. I have no idea how he pulled that off because I had to watch Survivor. SPOILER ALERT: I can’t believe Jason, James and Erik didn’t try something. They made me embarrassed to be a man (as if it’s not embarrassing enough watching Survivor). James needs to stop talking about Eve and the stupid apple and start playing the game. And when did they develop Natalie’s character? Um, never. She was completely out of left field. You need to plant the seeds that someone is an -ocker short of a rocker. Okay, Survivor rant over. Sorry.

Nomar Garciaparra – He’s batting third. The Dodgers’ offense called and they said they wanted Mike Piazza back. They’d even take ’07 Piazza. (BTW, You know that twitchy shizz Nomar does before he gets into the box? You think he does that before he gets into Mia’s box? If Mia were to let him.

  1. Steve says:

    Hey Grey – as I’ve mentioned previously , I drafted Andruw Jones, but have hardly used him so he hasn’t done me too much damage. But Andre Ethier is available in my league. This is probably a stupid question, but I’m better off with him as a bench player, aren’t I?

    Also – what do you make of Cantu? I’ve grabbed him as a sub while Howard gets his shit together, but his 1B/3B eligibility has me thinking he might be worth hanging on to…

    And in the same versatility vein, any thoughts on Felipe Lopez (2B/SS/LF)?

  2. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Sportflicks!! So much action!

    LMAO… You get a penalty kick in the croch for that Mia comment.

  3. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    I have Andrew Miller in my NL Only league. I’ve been benching him all season, but he has two starts in week 5 against Lowe and Maddux (rosters set Mondays). Based on his last start, would I be stupid to go against the Lowe/Maddux gauntlet, even though the Pads and the Dodgers offenses have struggled this year, and the fish are on fire lately?

    Also, what is your opinion on starting your pitchers against eachother. I happen to own Maddux and Lowe as well.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: re: Ethier over Jones, fo sho. But isn’t there anyone better than him too? Let’s hear the top hitters on your waiver wire please.

    re: You can pick up Cantu if you want, I would not play him over Howard.

    re: Felipe, a buy or sell article is coming in two hours.

    @IowaCubs: I wouldn’t be starting Miller right now even in a NL-Only league. No matter the opponents. I’m hoping it’s a keeper or really deep or I have to question why Miller’s even on your team.

    re: starters against each other — Verlander vs. CM Wang — starting both — Lowe vs. Maddux – starting both — Ubaldo vs. Kyle Kendrick — probably starting neither — so depends on matchup but I’ll start two good pitchers who are facing each other, sure.

  5. 2&Fro says:

    Cliff Lee was this kind of strike out pitcher in the minors and his first couple stints in the majors. He hasn’t yet pitched against a good offense but I think he can post 2005 numbers with more Ks. Am I crazy?

  6. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Yep… This one is my killer NL Only keeper league that I’m in with a bunch of sportswriters, plus scrubby me (for some reason). Miller’s benched, but damn if I almost started him this week. Eh…

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @2&Fro: I don’t think you’re crazy, just a crazy Tribe fan.

    You’re right about his minor league K numbers, but he’s 29 this year. I think we can find numbers to support both of our cases, so it’s a bit of a guessing game.

    @IowaCubs: I have Looper and Shawn Hill in my NL-Only league so I know about digging for gold where there isn’t always any there. I think Andrew Miller could be a great pitcher one day. I don’t think that day is next week. A usable pitcher for NL-Only? Also not this week. I mean, he’s been dusted by the Nats (twice!) already this season.

  8. Lou says:

    God, I love Napoli. I actually targeted him on draft day.

  9. Steve says:

    @Grey: Didn’t explain myself very well. Only starting Cantu over Howard today when Howard is off. Cantu would be a bench guy if I kept him. Same for Felipe. I take it you like?
    Reason I like these guys is that my current bench are all OFs plus Kelly Johnson (we have separate OF positions in my league) so I’d like to add some infield filler.
    Other hitters besides Ethier I could grab instead of Andruw include:
    Luke Scott
    Again, a lot of OFs there, but I can live with that if they’re going to help my team.

  10. Steve says:

    I should also mention that AVE and OBP are areas where I have struggled in the early going, although I am undefeated.

    Thought I should mention that too ;-)

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Gotcha — I like Melky, Werth (for now), Ethier, Diaz then Felipe — in that order. So if need something other than OF, then Felipe. But I wouldn’t care about having too much OF, just want the best players.

    I would start Cantu since Howard is not playing today. But I wouldn’t start him after that over Howard, no matter the slump.

  12. Steve says:

    Should be able to fit Melky and Felipe in. And let’s face it, they’d need to be pretty bad before they were worse than Andruw.

    Thanks, Grey.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    Word en Espanol.

  14. Phillips– see his splits against rigthties to know why he isn’t a true 30-30 threat

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    Well, he did hit 15 homers against both sides last year, but I see your point. BTW, this was the news on him today “Phillips, who is mired in a slump, was held out of the lineup on Friday by manager Dusty Baker in order to clear his mind, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.” I didn’t think it’d come until July, but there ya go.

  16. Chris says:

    You’re a douchebag, Brandon Phillips is the shit and Corey Patterson should never be allowed to wear a baseball glove or hold a baseball bat. You’re as retarded as Dusty Baker is for starting Corey Patterson.

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