Justin Upton heads to the DL with an oblique injury.  For those reading, who just got out of a time machine from the 80s, no one has any idea what an oblique is.  And stop wearing Cavariccis.  Upton will probably be out more than the required 15 days, because these oblique injuries that no one has ever heard of are tricky.  With the Baby Backs out of every race outside of The Greatest 3rd Baseman To Ever Grace the Human Race Race, they’re not going to rush Upton.  Does this hurt you to hear?  It’s not my intention.  But just don’t expect anything until September from Upton.  On the bright side, now you have room for Will Venable.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark Reynolds – HR yesterday then he was removed with a sore thumb.  It doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about.  Mini-donkeys get sore thumbs apparently.

Trent Oeltjen – 2-for-6, as he hit his first major league homer yesterday and got two steals for the depleted ‘Backs outfield.  He’s from Australia.  So I guess that makes him a *pinkie to mouth* Outback.  He’s a bit old for a prospect, but he has some mild pop and speed.  Think David Murphy as the best case scenario.  And, to impress your friends, Oeltjen is pronounced like Meltjen but with an O.

Alex Romero – 4-for-7, steal, 3 RBIs and batted 2nd.  He reminds me of Crapolanco.  Not a compliment.  He has a yawnstipating power and speed and a good average.

Lastings Milledge – 2-for-5, and a steal.  He’s worth a flier.  Between him and fellow transgressor, Dukes?  I’d take Dukes.

Billy Butler – Back-to-back games with homers.  Worth a look in 10 team leagues for your corner spot.

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-4, maybe it’s the start of something, but he hasn’t put together a decent month since 2007.  Not a crack, he really hasn’t.

Franklin Gutierrez – 1-for-4, and .260 over the last 7 games.  Think it’s safe to put The Big FraGu back on waivers until next year.

Fausto Carmona – 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 Ks.  Let’s see, he finally pitches well and now has a 6.66 ERA.  Can someone say Fausto-ian bargain?  I wouldn’t pick Carmona in any league, even a Cleveland Indians-Only league.  Damn you, damn you and your 6.66 ERA to hell!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, and has been scorching hot over the last week.  He’ll also be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell to really drive the hitchhiking point home.

John Baker – HR yesterday.  Member when he was all the rage back in May and you understood exactly what I meant when I said punt catchers, then three weeks later you were cursing Baker and wishing you drafted a catcher?  Ah, yes.  Those were the days…

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-5 and 2 steals, batting .344 on the year with 16 homers and 18 steals.  I don’t mention the top players too much unless there’s something wrong.  And that’s not with Hanley… Well, not directly, but, man, the Marlins have really put the brakes on his running game.  He doesn’t have more than 5 steals in any month.  25/25 from your shortstop is great, don’t get me wrong.  But you want more from Hanley, don’t you?

Vladimir Guerrero – Hit his 5th homer yesterday.  It’s a limb, but I think when you drafted Vlad you were counting on more than 10 homers.

J.A. Happ – The Phils say he will stay in the rotation.  Basically, take everything I say about Happ and inverse it.  He’s officially confounded me.  That could mean Jamie Moyer goes to the bullpen.  This makes absolutely no sense to me.  Happ has value coming into a close game in the middle innings.  I believe Moyer has no value being used that way.

Shane Victorino – 0-for-4, The Flying Hawaiian looks like he’s really struggling with his knee.  I’m concerned.

Aaron Cook – 5 IP, 3 ER.  Left the game with a sore toe.  There goes the Rox pickup soccer game midfielder.  Cook’s probably day-to-day.

Elijah Dukes – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and a HR yesterday.  Somewhere Jim Bowden smiles.

Ryan Zimmerman – 4-for-4, and another homer.  Mentioned this the other day, but it bears repeating, because, frankly, it’s pretty amazing to me how streaky Zimmerman is.  Good to file away in the back of the ol’ medulla oblongata for H2H players.

Casey Kotchman – HR yesterday.  Is there anything more satisfying then when you pick up a guy for a short schedule day and then he hits a homer?  It’s like picking up a girl anywhere but a bar. (BTW, the girl can still be drunk for this to be satisfying.)

David Ortiz – 0-for-5, batting .222 on the year.  I have a sneak peek of his Saturday press conference, “I’m batting .222 on the year.  I used to hit 50 homers and bat over .300.   Yet, I had no idea what A-Rod’s cousin was shooting me up with.”  Borrr-ring.

Frank Francisco – Pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Any day now he should return to the closer’s role or the DL.

Brandon Lyon – Got the save because he entered the game in the 8th in a save situation.  No change of the guards here.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-4, HR and a steal yesterday.  I literally wrote his name in the Sell section of this afternoon’s post before this game.  Guess his blurb will go in the director’s cut.

Tommy Hunter – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners.  That’s nice, I wouldn’t pick him up.

Nelson Cruz – Sounds like he’s headed to a DL.  Why, you ask.  Because he can’t throw a ball or swing a bat.  That’ll usually do it.

Rafael Soriano – 3 earned runs, no outs as he blew the save.  Could’ve been worse, could’ve set fire to my house.

Chad Gaudin – What happens when a HodgePadre doesn’t pitch well at home?  He gets traded.  That’ll teach him!  Aaron Poreda may get the vacant rotation spot in San Diego, or Geer or Mujica.  Poreda would have value, the other two would not.

Clayton Richard – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks, 9 baserunners.  Wasn’t a brilliant start, but definitely worth holding onto for home games and he gets a bunch of decent matchups for the last 2 months.

Bobby Parnell – Added to the Mets rotation.  I believe Bobby Parnell is the little black kid from Role Models.  Not positive though.

  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @G:RE: your post:Who would you bench? Any guys you would be cautious about? thanks
    Felix vs. TB
    Beckett @ NYY
    Blanton vs. Phi
    Jiminez vs. ChC
    Jurrjens @ LAD
    Buehrle vs. Cle

    It’s late. Do you think those Phillies will lay down and give Blanton the win?

  2. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Gaudin won 2 of 3 in inter-league, at SEA, at Tex (a one-hitter), with 28 Ks in 21 IP. He’s a lock. (The record is accurate. Just jokin’ about the lock.)

  3. Steve says:

    @Simply Fred: @Grey: It isn’t really part of sport where I’m from, but one of the fascinating things about baseball for me is the way a guy like Gaudin who, no disrespect intended, can go from being somewhere where his starts are (in terms of success on the year for his team) almost meaningless (except for his fantasy owners of course!) to a team where he could conceivably have a huge impact on how the big show plays out at the end of the season.
    Chances are his best moments of the season are behind him, but a little bit of form, the right place and the right time can be (to use a cliche) a winning combination. Jeff Weaver 2006 anyone?

  4. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Who do I keep for next year: Neftali Feliz, Mat Latos, or Chris Tillman. Rank them if possible please.

  5. david says:

    Your Kotchman grab – it’s like when you’re getting ready for a road trip with the guys but in the last minute, Joe bails because he got his girlfriend pregnant, so you have to get another one of your buddies to fill in (for gas money, etc.); so harold, the annoying guy who’s not even really your “friend” joins the group; midway through the trip, the van breaks down in the middle of nowhere and it’s three in the morning and really cold; no one knows anything about mechanics and everyones kinda scared, but wait: harold pops underneath the hood and dwaddles for a bit and what do you know, the van starts back up and your on your way!

  6. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Clayton Richard’s line was a little deceiving. He was absolutely dominant through 5 – only a few hits allowed and a walk. Then he hit a wall. Overall, an 11:1 GB to FB ratio last night.

    I was interested in him on the ChiSox in that bandbox, now with the move to the NL West and PETCO — yeah — I am with you Grey, he has value.

  7. knightown says:

    My Prince + Macdougall for his Lince + Frank Cordero? Would u do Prince for Lince alone?

  8. Frank Rizzo says:

    Dropped Theriot to pick up Asdrubal. Asdrubal’s nice b/c he has 2b/ss eligibility in Yahoo. He may start stealing starts from my pathetic starter S Drew. I’m so sick of Drew. Pissed at myself for not getting Beckham when I had the chance.

  9. Tom says:

    Hanley’s numbers are great, but who wouldve expected Tulo to approach 25-25? He won’t steal 25 bases, but he just might end up with 20 steals and close to 30 HR. Traded Dukes and Downs for him early on before he blew up. Lovin’ it.

  10. Frank Rizzo says:

    Speaking of Drew…….I was just offered Granderson/Tulowitzki for Kemp/Drew. I may be taking it because I’m just that sick of Drew. I love Kemp but think his BA comes down a bit while Granderson’s has got to go up. I take a hit in BA overall but gain in HR’s and SB’s.

    Good trade?

  11. Who would have thought Jeter would end up on of the best values at SS? I just drafted him since everyone else treated him like the plague in the draft (think I got him r9)

  12. Mr. Rickey says:

    Victorino + Cust for Abreu – fair?

    Also, how would you rank the following OFs:

    Dread Pirate, Nyjer Morgan, Parra, Venable

  13. Critter Nagurski says:

    For what it’s worth, Hinch is saying they expect J Up to be back at the earliest possible date. He better be right. Beltran, Bruce and J Up have ruined me – no idea where to turn right now.ughghg

  14. Nathan says:

    So I had 3 closers (Sherrill, Downs, Howell), and am now down to one.

    I also have both J. Upton, and Nelson Cruz (and Bay as well).

    With only 1 DL spot, would you Downs to pick up an extra outfielder in this situation?

  15. Nathan says:

    Drop. Would you *drop* Downs.

  16. @Critter Nagurski:

    Missing a few weeks a year is par for the course for Upton, I mean if someone told you in April he’d miss a few weeks down the road somewhere you’d have taken it…

  17. Denys says:

    there was a point in time when i had both Dukes and Milledge on a team. and both would tease me with these 3 for 4, or 4 for 4 efforts. throw in a home run and maybe an SB.

    but don’t let them fool you. they’ll make you wait out a 2 for 38 week for another game like that. both are crap and deserve to be on the waivers.

    grey might like either/or. but i’m staying the hell away. i learn my lessons early and often.

  18. Dingo says:

    “Fausto-ian bargain” — oh, the pain!

    Dukes over Garrett Jones? Tomato over Tomahto?

  19. BabyBeluga says:

    I’m afraid to toss Beckett out there today against the Yanks. Also considering a pass on Nolasco in Philadelphia – too cautious? 12 teamer mixed – working at lowering ratios, so caution perhaps warranted.

  20. Grey rarely mentions Ethier. I think its that weakass excuse for a ‘stache he’s sportin.

  21. airlifting says:

    say what you will about “hitting with RiSP,” but my anger towards hanley is his ISO has dropped nearly 30 points. he was up to bat with the bases juiced yesterday, 1 out, and hits a weak pop out to shallow right. up with 1st and 2nd and flies out to to the warning track. i just want home runs :(

  22. PhillyYorker says:

    @BabyBeluga: Nolasco is a tough one. He’s a righty against a sea of fantastic lefties. But for some reason, I am going with him today against my Phils. Also, sending out Zambrano at Coors. Living life on the edge.

  23. Jobu's rum says:

    If Cruz hits the DL, who takes over his spot? Jones? Murphy?

  24. Andy says:

    Do I sit Nolasco vs. the Phils tonight?

    With Kinsler out and Ian Stweart not getting any playing time, who do I fill my blackhole at 2B/SS with? Options are Polanco, Barmes, Mcgehee, and either Aybar.

  25. Dingo says:

    @PhillyYorker: I’ll see your Nolasco and Zambrano and raise you a Jimenez and Blanton! We’ll see which side of the edge the ball lands on.

  26. big o says:

    @ Grey et.al. :
    anyone worried about starting billingsley vs the braves today ?

  27. Hardcore Midget says:

    Thoughts on Hiroki Kuroda? His last three starts have been quality starts, with solid K and BB rates. Pitching in LA, with a great offense to bolster him.

    Thinking about dropping Liriano (it’s a keeper league) for him. But not sure if I should pull the trigger.

  28. brad says:

    Tex/Fox for Kinsler/Shields – who wins?

  29. Frank Rizzo says:

    @big o: short answer…….yes

  30. Schatzi says:

    Would you trade Howard/Ethier/Konerko/Howell for A.Rod/I.Suzuki/Harden?

  31. adamh says:

    I am sure many of you are also wondering this. Lets get a mass vote going. Beckett tonight vs. NYY? It is scary but I am doing it.

  32. Was offered Bills for ells + lidge or franklin…..way too steep right?

  33. pavano to twins….

  34. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Steve: When I saw the Gaudin trade go down, I thought: “What could the Yankees have possibly been thinking?” That was the only kernel I saw tantalizing. If a guy can K 28 in 21 IP, that’s something. It COULD happen, but I wouldn’t want to pin my fantasy fortunes on him down the stretch.

  35. Do you like an offer of me sending Ellsbury for either Beckett or Verlander?

    Im up 20SBs on next guy and 35+ on the rest of the pack…


  36. Timsti says:

    All this becket talk.. What about burnett vs the bosox? Also anyone know anything on billingsley? He still scheduled to start?

  37. big o says:

    if you don’t start beckett , you don’t deserve to have him on your team .

  38. GTS says:

    Dukes or Venable for the next three days?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Simply Fred: Blanton pitches for the Phillies, no idea what you mean.

    @Spaceman.Spiff: Feliz, Latos…

    @david: I thought you were going to say Harold has a giant bag of weed. But yeah, good analogy.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Yup

    @knightown: Depends on needs. They’re equal.

    @Frank Rizzo: People hatin’ on Drew the day after he hits a homer.

    @Tom: Nice

    @Elijah: Nice

    @Mr. Rickey: It’s fair. Morgan, Pirate, Venable…

    @Nathan: I’d lose Downs.

    @Dingo: I’d stay with Jones for a few more games.

    @BabyBeluga: I’d start both, but if you’re nursing ratios, you know your situation better than me.

    @Elijah: Hehe

    @Jobu’s rum: Byrd, Jones, Murphy, it’s a Lazy Susan of outfielders.

    @Andy: Stewart was facing lefties, hence the benching. He’ll be back vs. righties. I’d start Nolasco.

    @big o: Nah

    @Hardcore Midget: You should’ve made that switch a month ago.

    @brad: Tex side, unless you can’t fill-in for Fox.

    @Schatzi: Howard side

    @adamh: He’s a top ten pitcher for all of baseball this year. It’s not a great matchup, but you have to start him.

    @matthole: It’s okay. Depends on needs and the team.

    @matthole: Thanks for the heads up!

    @matthole: I’d want a pitcher there.

    @Timsti: I’d start him too.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Venable

  41. big o says:

    the guy with beckett will just be annoyed by your offer .
    maybe , if he could pick up some real ground in the SB category , and you packaged ellsbury with nyjer morgan , maybe he might go with that .
    but , in a vacuum , ellsbury for beckett …. don’t bother .

  42. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: I was trying to make light of “G” asking if he should start Blanton vs. Phils (obviously a late night slip up).

  43. Sucklingduck says:

    Alex Gordon or Mark Teahan the rest of the way? Unfortunately I have to start one of the two for the rest of the season.

    Brett Anderson, Clayton Richard, Kuroda, Brett Cecil? Can you rank them.

  44. Frank Rizzo says:

    S Drew went 3 for 17 in the series with the Pirates….176 BA if you need it. 3 R’s, 1 HR, 3 RBI in 3 games. At least he had a few stats but he has not at all been worthy of his draft spot this year, even when playing.

    I am hatin on him……..I’ve put up with his shizz long enough. Hello Tulo.

  45. GTS says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I drafted J.J. Hardy which is even worse!

  46. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Frank Rizzo: @Grey: One homer does not make for a productive hitter. Drew half of what Beckham has been bringing. Grey, what about that trade that Frank asks about? “I was just offered Granderson/Tulowitzki for Kemp/Drew”

  47. GTS says:

    Check out my razzball replacements: Kendrick, Wigginton, and Venable for my injured Kinsler, Hart, and J-UP.

  48. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: Nevermind. Looks like Rizzo pulled the trigger.

  49. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Grey: Just dropped Liriano for Kuroda, and I suddenly feel like a 50 pound weight has been taken from my shoulders.

    Grey, you make my life worth living once again.

  50. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @brad: i’ll take the healthy side thanks.

  51. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @GTS: Kendrick has been starting mostly against lefties. This week against 3 righties, Kendrick only in one game. 1 single. Also, he only has a .656 OPS on the road (this week). Next week at home, .780 OPS, he might fair better.

  52. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Simply Fred: he answered in the forum that it was fair. it doesn’t sound like a trade grey would be high on but i think i’m going through with it for peace of mind. hope the grass is greener. probably won’t be.

  53. big o says:

    i was pleased to pick-up diaz for the game vs wolf , yesterday .
    but , do i leave him in my line-up vs righties ?
    the braves are going to have to trot him out there .
    but i have options .
    what would you do ?

    one more , please .
    choice between carlos pena or hank blalock , tonight .
    terrible choices , i know .
    have even thought about sitting them both !!
    not sure that going empty , and saving my team from the inevitable 0-4 , is worth all the bother .
    flip a coin for me .

    thanking you , in advance .

  54. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: Oops. Kendrick home this series against Texas. Ignore previous. My bad. (Still facing 2 righties I wouldn’t expect great things?)

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sucklingduck: Gordon, the pitchers as you have them.

    @GTS: Nice… If anyone else read this site and saw your team, they’d immediately say, “Hey, you read Razzball!”

    @Hardcore Midget: Ha!

    @big o: Diaz only vs. lefties is how I play him. Blalock…. Member four months ago when you said Blalock was the one guy you wanted on all of your teams?

  56. @big o: Thanks, I upped the ante by adding DLR….the dude is last in SBs and can easily gain 5pts in a week or two with a SB stud and then presumably continue to climb the board in the cat for the rest of the season…

  57. brad says:

    @ThePoonTycoon:@Grey: Word. I pulled that trade off with minutes to spare before our deadline at noon eastern today.

    My starters this week:

    C-Wieters, 1b-Votto, 2b-Getz, 3b-Prado, SS-O-Cab, OF-BJ, CQ, J-Up, Util-Bourn

    SP, Shields, Vasquez, Wandy, Harang, Cecil

    Next week:

    C-Wieters, 1b-Texeira, 2b-Getz, 3b-Reynolds, SS-O-Cab, OF-BJ, CQ, Bourn, (Util-Prado/G.Jones/Fox (any suggestions?))

    SP- Bedard, Vasquez, Wandy, Harang, Cecil

    I think this team may just have a playoff run in it. If not I definitely improved my keeper situation.

  58. brad says:

    Sorry, scratch Cecil for next week, it’s Matusz

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Cool, nice work. I’d go Jones as of right now, that may change though.

  60. Ceasar says:

    Need some innings and I’m thinking it’s time to part ways with Broxton. Who’s his SP equivalent? Hamels/Wainwright/Lester a good place to start or is that aiming too high?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ceasar: I’d take any of those guys, Wainwright, Lester… In that order.

  62. Am offered either: Beckett, Vazquez, or Verlander and Konerko for Prince Fielder….

    Ideally, I’d like 2 of the 3 SPs for prince, but he says he cant afford to lose that much pitching, wont even budge on me adding shields (shields, prince for konerko, 2 of those 3)

    What are your thoughts on the offer? and if you’d take the deal, which SP would you be more inclined to take?

    All cats are very tight and 1-8 are still in contention…


  63. Ceasar says:

    Okay. Proposed Brox for Wainwright and he accepted. Like, immediately.

    Makes me a little nervous, but I’m going to roll with it. I think my league-mates may value closers more than the average Razzballer.


  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @matthole: If you need pitching, I’d take Verlander, Beckett or Vazquez, in that order.

    @Ceasar: That’s great for you.

  65. @Grey: Do you like that offer tho? verlander and konerko for fielder? He also offered Alexei Ramirez and verlander for werth and mcclouth….

    Happy with any of these offers or just “fair”? trading deadline is Aug 16, so I can hold my pieces for another week or so too…

    Thanks again…

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @matthole: I’d prefer the Verlander for Werth trade for you if you’re getting Verlander.

  67. @matthole: Yes, Id be getting Verlander and alexei for mcclouth and werth…

  68. @Grey: Yes, Id be getting Verlander and alexei for mcclouth and werth…

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @matthole: if you can make the deal without giving up prince i’d do it. i haven’t kept up but what’s the status of alexei’s ankle? either way, i’d lean towards that deal over the prince one.

  70. Thanks for the feedback….

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @matthole: No problem.


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