Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter on Saturday, said the guy who doesn’t write a roundup on Sunday which makes Monday’s lead-in a little dated.  BTW, I hear The Godfather is a good movie, you should check it out!  And invest in Microsoft!  Verlander seems to get little respect as a number one starter, but if I owned him, you’d have to pry him from my cold, dead, well-manicured fingers.  Gives you 200 Ks, a mid-3 ERA and a killer smile.  Smiles are totally underrated.  You can’t put a price on those…Unless you’re a dentist.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Austin Jackson – 7 for his last 13.  I’m not a fan in the big picture, but the small picture says if he’s going to start hitting, there’s no reason to turn your nose up at him unless the smell of a hot hitter repulses you.

Yovani Gallardo – In 8 innings, threw a one-hitter on Saturday.  To misquote Positive K, Gallardo’s a headache, now he’s an aspirin.  Hopefully, he’s turned a corner this time and not just a U-turn back to crap.

Jason Bourgeois – To the DL.  That was a fun SAGNOF ride, right?  Haven’t been that excited about a SAGNOF’er since Alex Sanchez stole 52 bases in 2003 with nothing but a cheap pair of Keds and steroids.

Frank Francisco – John Farrell, who is supposedly the Blue Jays manager, said Francisco is the primary closer.  If you mix a primary closer with a primary set-up man, it makes the color blue.

Jose Bautista – Returned and hit a homer.  At season’s end, Bautista will meet in front of a congressional committee for making me look bad.

Vicente Padilla – 1 IP, 1 ER as he secured his 2nd save but he’s already showing signs of the rough waters that once sank Padilla’s flotilla.  I’d continue to hold Kuo and Jansen, in the non-sexual way.

Andre Ethier – Finally went hitless on Saturday, but returned with a 2-for-4, home run day on Sunday.  Alyssa Milano gave him a hand for three straight minutes.

Johnny Cueto – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Sonavabench!

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, now has a 2.11 ERA.  Yeah, not sure why he shouldn’t be owned in all leagues for right now.

Roger Bernadina – He’s back!  Ooh, hold on, someone’s knocking on my door.  “Hey, it’s Excitement For Bernadina here.  I just moved into the building and wanted to say I appreciate you still using an exclamation mark when saying Bernadina’s back.  Us Excitement For Bernadina’s have to stick together.  By the way, did you see a package from Omaha Steaks by my door?  It’s missing.”  Riggleman, who’s not related to Jigga man, says Bernadina will play every day.  All Bernadina needs to do is hit and he’ll block Ankiel upon his return.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Their Ks are not the same, but Anibal reminds me of Buehrle.  You get nothing, you get a near perfect game.  You don’t get nothing, you get nowhere near a perfect game, triple negatives be damned.

Hanley RamirezEdwin Rodriguez, who’s currently posing as the Marlins manager, had a terrific quote that should be inspiring to Marlin players and fans alike.  He said, “(Hanley) will stay there in the third hole until we get another option.  There are not too many options.”  It’s not easy to insult your entire team while offering no hope.  He’s the Knute Rockne of baseball managers.  One day his Cooperstown plaque will read, “When Edwin Rodriguez faced adversity, he threw up his hands and offered no solutions.  Instead, he passive-aggressively blamed others.  It’s actually a little weird that he’s in Cooperstown with a losing record over a two-year span of coaching.”

Gaby Sanchez – 4-for-4 with his 5th homer as he bats .328.  Too bad he’s apparently not capable of the three hole.

Nelson Cruz – To the DL.  Hey, at least he got his first DL stint out of the way.  Now he only has three more stints to go.

Chris Davis – Will see more playing time with Nelson Cruz on the DL.  Bill James has to have his inseam taken out.

Julio Borbon – 4 steals in his last six games.  Could be a quick fill-in for those that lost Bourgeois, which also led to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Erik Bedard – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Looks like vintage Bedard, which means he’ll be injured any day now, but he should still be owned while we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop (and injure him).

Sam Fuld – 1-for-5, now batting .248.  I actually meant to include him in Friday’s Sell, but shizz got away from me.  Potatoes to chips, Fuld looks done-zo.

Mark Reynolds – 0-for-2, hitting .187.  Brian Roberts hitting .221; Markakis hitting .227; Lee .233; Vlad .267; Scott .253; Jones .250, Wieters .232.  The O’s are staying true to their name.

Carl Crawford – Since I told you to buy him, he’s hitting around .400.  Cust kayin’.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and the hangover cure slam & legs.

Pedro Alvarez – Won’t need a trip to the DL…But will need 15 days on your bench while he recovers.  Just when you thought Alvarez couldn’t make you hate him anymore, he goes and gets hurt but not put on the DL.  Stop eating red velvet cupcakes and play baseball, you douchetard!

James McDonald – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Now has only 2 earned runs in his last 18 innings, 16 Ks to 7 BBs while lowering his ERA from 10.13 to 5.65.  Looking like that preseason sleeper that we thought he’d be.  And by we, I mean me and the rest of my graduating class from the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston.

Kendrys Morales – Going to Colorado for a 2nd opinion on his ankle.  Gotta love how major league teams conduct business.  He’s being paid three million this year, yet it took months of him being unable to run to seek a 2nd opinion.  What’s he got, Medicare?

Chris Narveson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I’ve gone hot and cold on Chris Narveson, which sounds like the Christian name for The Noid and is beginning to act like it.  Just hard to get confident about a guy who gets hit by the Astros and pitches fine vs. decent teams.

Lance Berkman – 1 for his last 11.  Better get back in the DeLorean.

Kyle McClellan – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Same shizz as Narveson, except his K:BB is 22:15 in 43 2/3 IP.  At any point, Dave Duncan’s abracadabra could leave an abracadaver.

Fernando Salas – The Cards “closer,” Salas, relieved the Cards “closer,” Eduardo Sanchez.

Tyson Ross – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Team ERA of 2.69 and that’s with their crizzappy closer.  Get on board with all the Oakland A’ces, they’re your American League hodgepadres.

Derek Jeter – 4-for-6, 2 homers and a steal.  Some may view this as Jeter is finally coming alive.  I thought that too until I stroked my mustache a few times.  This is Jeter’s owners opportunity to finally sell him for value.  This is one game.  Even if Cap’n Jeets comes alive for a week or two, he’s still not going to return to the player he once was.  Mustache, “You’re welcome.”

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-4, three runs, two RBIs, one home run, zero idea what A-Rod sees in girls with manly faces.

Chris Young – Headed to the DL with shoulder tightness.  I didn’t even know giraffes had shoulders.

  1. Carl says:

    Borbon has 4 steals in the past 6 games, not 5.

    I’ll go back to my corner now

  2. virinder says:

    Pick one for the season, please:


  3. matt says:

    chris davis or freddie freeman?

  4. G’morning Grey!

    In my 20-team roto league I need a fifth starter thanks to Liriano’s unusual ability to be neither startable, tradable, nor droppable. How would you rank the following options? And are any far and away better or worse than the others? I mean, are they all roughly in the same tier to use the terminology from you pre-season rankings?

    Charlie Morton
    Tyson Ross
    Brandon McCarthy
    Mark Buehrle
    Kevin Slowey (assuming Blackburn gets flogged tonight against the Red Sox and Slowey gets his place in the rotation)

    Many thanks!

  5. UGH says:

    Did you give up on the Razzball league? I thought we were going to get pts updates at the end of April.

  6. Scott says:

    Hanley/Morrison or Andrus/Bruce?

  7. Steve says:

    Verlander was Supreme on Saturday, so good that there were very few Temptations for the Blue Jays hitters. It’s little Wonder they love him in Detroit and that the Tigers are no Easybeats.

    He was then Darin’ enough to celebrate the feat with a couple of boat trips on the lake and the Commodores came along for the ride.

    The weather in Detroit being what it is, you can sometimes get Four Seasons in one day and unfortunately there was a storm and they broke down. It was pretty Smokey in the engine room and miracle of Miracles, no one was hurt. Just as well DeBarge was there to tow them home.

    (Not drunk or stoned).

  8. Casey Blake's Beard says:

    Anyone else feel like there should have been looting in L.A. after yesterday’s loss? I mean, looting when they win but not registering any vocal complaint at the way they lost? Backwards land.

    H2H. Just set my weekly lineup, so this is for 7 days from now… and beyoooonnnnnd!

    Drop Narveson for Bedard, McDonald, Tyson Ross, the latter of which (like Narveson) also has RP to along with his SP?

    Drop Posada for Olivo, Paulino, Snyder, Doumit or set it and forget it?

    Drop Vlad or Reynolds for Sparkakis, A Jackson, Dom Brown, Borbon, Bernadina? Need AVG/OBP help (homers are okay, good on SB).

    Thanks in advance.

  9. SpecialFNK says:

    Jason Bourgeois started at 2B on Saturday. when he gets back maybe he can take over more at 2B for Bill Hall. that would give him even more value. he came up through the minors at 2B.
    feels weird owning both Bourgeois and Bourjos. would be a weird OF in baseball that included those 2 along with Bourn.

  10. Ozzie says:

    Probably same question like everyone else:

    Rank Em’



  11. Child Please says:

    12-team H2H 5×5 4-keeper league

    I lost Cruz, who would you pick up as a replacement? Ibanez, Raburn, Mclouth, Borbon, or Bernadina…I need some help with AVG if anything

  12. matgra says:

    I was offered Crawford for McCutchen, take it?

  13. Ffej says:

    Do I sell Jeter if no one thinks he can reach 95/10/60/.0275/8?

  14. Curt says:

    I was offered Youkilis for Howard…………Should I pull the trigger on this trade??????????

  15. dirt says:

    You said sell high on ogando while he’s still appealing…do you like me trading ogando and tabata for Lester???

  16. K!cks says:

    Drop Huff for
    a) Gordon Beckham
    b) Johnny Damon
    c) Melky Cabrera
    d) Ryan Roberts
    e) Brennan Boesch
    f) Coco Crisp
    g) Stay put you idiot!!

  17. Hi Grey and anyone else who’d like to weigh in — Would you trade Liriano + Padilla for either Kuroda or Tim Hudson? This is in a 20-team roto league, and I should be OK on SVs with Putz and Melancon (and Broxton on the DL).

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    so i have aaron hill off the DL.
    who do i drop:
    aviles (also 3B eligibility)

  19. Dirt says:

    Thanks Alkoholic.. I appreciate opinions from all..

  20. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: With S-Rod not playing enough, I need a Panda replacement at 3rd. Standard 5 + OBP, which schmo do you hate the least?


  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    another league, i start reynolds at 3B. someone dropped beckham. for the rest of the season, reynolds or beckham?

    leaning sticking with reynolds for power upside + the appearance of worse luck thus far and better BB rates.

  22. Billy says:

    is this deal a no brainer?

    I trade Masterson, Martin and Moreland for Ellisbury, AVila and Delmon young

  23. Billy says:

    14 team h2h league

  24. Carl Spackler says:

    Liriano or Garza the rest of the way?

  25. IgnatiusJReilly says:

    Grey and/or anyone else….10 team h2h keeper league:for my UTL spot,who would you go with,Bourjos or Smoak?

    Im starting to get the feeling that Smoak sorta’ blows his loads every time he faces the Rangers,and playing in that giant ballpark,while hitting in that sad,anemic lineup is like playing w/ a couple of anvils tied around his neck,but Bourjos’ SB upside is the one offensive stat I DONT need.So what do you think?

  26. Ryan says:

    What are the chances that Contreras retakes the closer’s spot once he comes off of the DL? I have both him and Madson, but I’d like to make room for the Cruz Missile on my DL.

  27. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Pickup any of Dempster, Lilly, Myers, Floyd, Peavy or Baker to drop Volquez or Melancon (too many closers currently)?

  28. Lob Ball says:

    Austin Jackson or Luke Scott? Thanks

  29. mets fan says:

    grey borbon or bernadina?

  30. Wake Up says:

    Granderson: most HR’s off of lefty pitching this year. Makes sense.

  31. frank rizzo says:

    I would only need Alyssa’s hand for about 30 seconds. 3 minutes is a lifetime.

    2 seperate leagues, one with Liriano and one with Gallardo, both did their damage on my benches this week. I’m starting Gallardo next time out but Liriano I may wait a week.

    Verlander is a horse. A freak. He was clocking at 100 mph in the ninth. Arencibia was pretty lucky to hang in there for that 11 pitch walk, taking away a perfect game.

  32. papasmurf says:

    Hey where’s the Dumpster and Bedard mentions at? I needs my crappy pitchers to get some pops yo. I just had my chance to celebrate the one time this year that both will pitch well on the same day.

    My starting rotation after the draft: Oswalt, Latos, Dempster, Volquez, Bedard… ugguhlee. Then I’ve run through Harrison, Narveson, Leake and all their 2 IP 7 ER beauts.

    As for Chris Young… I had him twice on my roster… he didn’t pitch once…

  33. Thanks for attempting to express our growing hatred for Alvarez. The latest is that he’s been able to take batting practice and field some grounders. Which really helped my damn stats this weekend from an empty 3B slot. Unfortunately as is also reported, “running remains an issue”. Tough reading shizz like that. I always thought that I could at least DH for the Yankees, but hitting has remained an issue for me. Douchetard indeed.

  34. Eddy says:

    Borbon or Bourjos in an OBP league?

  35. Curt says:

    A new offer, Youkalis, C.Pena, Morrow and Bumgarner for Howard, Weiters, Weaver and Carmona……..Any thoughts?????

  36. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Which two out of Carmona, D. Hudson, Cueto and Dempster?

  37. big league choo says:

    Which side wins?

    Morneau/Gordon/Liriano vs Bautista/Norris

  38. LeRoy says:

    What about pineda for stubbs? 12 team H2H league.

    Also, which 1 should I go with for the U spot this week: morneau, a jax, or tabata?

  39. Joey_Belle says:

    Is Valencia allowed to have a slam and legs? That doesn’t sound Kosher to me. Maybe a Turkey bacon and legs for Danny

  40. Matt Damon says:

    Going forward, who’s going to have the best WHIP/ERA?

    One of:

    Bedard (until he gets hurt again), Ogando (bound to have a correction soon), or Tomlin (who also seems to be pitching over his head)? NOTE: ERA and WHIP are very tight in this league.

  41. Van Hammersly says:

    Hola Grey: in a 12-team H2H keeper, I’ve been trotting out Tabata and Raburn lately in CF and feeling pretty blahstapated. Waiver wire includes Borbon, Bourjos, Crisp, and Byrd. Would you drop either Tabata/Raburn for one of the available guys? There is a roster moves cap so I’d be looking at adding the best long-term solution rather than the hot hand. Thanks!

  42. EK says:

    Which Pittsburgh SP going forward.. Correia, Morton or McDonald?

  43. Timequake says:

    Who do you like at catcher the rest of the way, Napoli or Montero? Thanks.

  44. TravestyJones says:

    Trade Liriano for Kuroda or Chacin?

  45. KeeblerMN says:

    Lost Bourgeouis (can we shorten that and just call him The Borg or would Star Trek folks not like that?)(Maybe Jason of Borg?):
    Pick up Ibanez, Bernadina or Borbon (cramps?)?
    Also, Ben Fransisco went 0-14 this past week would you drop him for any of those guys?

  46. OaktownSteve says:

    A’s are the Hodgepadres? How bout Odds n A’s? A’sortments? MisceA’sneouseses?

    Mrs. Oaktown Steve’s running joke is asking me what’s the score of the A’s game and I say zero zero every time. They pitch every bit as good as they not hit.

    You know you’re a dungeons and baseball geek when you look at Verlander’s Saturday line and go “only four strikeouts???”

  47. TravestyJones says:

    @KeeblerMN Drop BenFran for anyone.

  48. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    @grey My league has no bench spots — you have to drop someone to pick someone up. I currently have bartolo colon, would you drop him for 2 start travis wood?

  49. charlie batch says:

    Hey grey, quick question:

    Can you rank these pitchers – mcdonald, edwin jackson, tyson ross, drabek, duensing, aneury rodriguez.

    thank you!!

  50. Wiley says:

    Is it time to give up on Reynolds? I have the option of adding in Chipper, and have Sandoval on the DL. Any hope of seeing some power and productivity come back?

  51. Eddie says:

    Is there anything to take away from Teheran getting the spot start over Minor?

  52. Donnie says:

    hey, i was offered kershaw and mccann for my pence and weeks. i have posada at c right now, and hill/cuddyer on my bench at 2b. which side would you want? (it’s a 12 team h2h league)

  53. K76154 says:

    I don’t believe in Masterson. I think he is a sell high candidate rather than a buy in target. His problem has always been lack of weapons against lefties, and so far in this season, lefties are batting 0.314 against him. His opponents this season are all poor hitting teams or ok teams in slump, so he hasn’t been challenged. If he run into a team with many good lefties, I do expect him to bomb. Yes he does cut this walk rate this season, but his K rate has also went down a little bit. That should help him to lower his FIP from last year’s high 3 to mid 3, but not any lower than that, so don’t expect anything big.

  54. Charles says:

    Reynolds is a popular name today: do I swap him for Figgins, Peralta, Headley, Infante, Encarnacion, Betemit, or Callaspo?

  55. Project Badass says:

    12-team 5×5 H2H keeper league, daily lineups, 10 GS per week

    Grey, What are your top 4 starts out of these 6?

    Brett Anderson @ TEX
    Wood @ HOU
    Wood vs STL
    Nova vs KC
    E. Jackson @ OAK
    Tyson Ross vs CHW

  56. Mr2Bits says:

    Fucking Jeter screwed me this weekend in 3 categories. Hate that STD infested prick

  57. Long Bawls says:

    So Bourgeois gets DLed by the Astros and Gentry gets called up by the Rangers. It kinda makes you wonder what Texas has in mind for the proletariat.

  58. Mark says:

    Hey Grey, mind ranking the following: Matt LaPorta, Jerry Sands, Nate McLouth

  59. Stophe says:

    Hey Razzers – it’s Civil War time on my team – I own all four of Morrow, Scherzer, Greinke and Latos, and they’re all pitching against each other today. Do I start them all and hope for low-scoring games? How to handle? Thanks.

  60. Jamaican Me Happy says:

    can you fine folks rank these three: Coco Crisp, Denard Span, Coghlan.

  61. rvde says:

    K Johnson or B Roberts? Ugh.

  62. Santos says:

    Keeper league. Rank these three:

    Belt, Trumbo, P. Alvarez

  63. Steve Stevenson says:

    More saves rest of season: Salas or Uehara?

  64. William says:

    @Grey – Travis Hafner, Torii Hunter, Nate McLouth, or Carlos Lee

  65. wire says:

    M.Young has eligibility at 2B – I have A.Hill and Espinoza… He wants a pitcher for him.

    Here is my staff… Which should I offer with me getting edge and where is the fair point in a deal? Can I really give up a starter?
    WE start 10 pitchers – 6 SP 4 any type
    *I am thinking he will want any of my first 4 (no way I deal Kershaw or probably Gallardo) but I dont think he will buy Gorz or Mosely on the high… Thoughts?

  66. Kwadjo says:

    No mention of Julio Teheran’s debut. What’s the prognosis? Can we expect anything more than a spot start or two followed by September call-up?

  67. Wilsonian says:

    Was just offered Tulo/Oswalt for my Wright/Verlander. Obviously not going to do it. I do have Longoria, as well, so Wright is expendable. Do I counter Tulo/Cliffly (or F-Her) for Wright and one of these guys: Hamels or Billingsly? I don’t think I really want to deal Verlander. Cliffly or F-Her, to me at least, is not an upgrade.

  68. Scott Z says:

    Too bad the new gear ‘On Sam Fuld!’ has shifted to is reverse. That makes him ‘No Mas Dluf!’ Das sad, no?

  69. FANTHEAD says:

    Grey is FUN-tastic as usual.

    My SPs are sucky and I have depth at 2nd: Neil Walker and Uggla.

    But are those sound enough reasons to trade Walker in a keeper’s league for Jorge De La Rosa (or Annibal Sanchez)?

    Or will I be kicking myself (& others) for years when Walker develops into a consistent all star?

    Those are both real questions.


  70. Benny says:

    Is it time to drop Lilly? Take Cueto, Stauffer, or Baker over him?

  71. teufleshuffle22 says:

    Ultimate sorta kinda sell high/buy low?

    My Berkman for his Hanram.

    I’m leaning towards yes, despite my belief that Puma finishes with very good numbers.

  72. ThePoonTycoon says:

    rest of the year: masterson, mccarthy, baker, britton. who do you drop? gotta be britton with the blah K rate, K/BB rate, likely innings limit, and the AL east right?

  73. The Spaceman says:

    Greetings Grey,

    So over the weekend, I caught the EFB (Your coined ‘Excitement For Bernadina. Is it a movement? Or ailment? Either way…) and am debating on whom to ditch for him. If you’d be so kind; top 2 of the following: Bernadina, Bourjos, Maybin, B. Wood, Valencia, Hosmer.

    Good day to you sir,

    -The Spaceman

    (PS. Another Milano reference? Have you been watching too much ‘Charmed’ as of late? Ha!)

  74. EK says:

    Please rank the following for a 12 team H2H:
    E. Jackson

  75. Commish Cauda says:

    H2H-Points league, (-1 pt. for strikeouts)

    Kelly Johnson or Scott Sizemore this week?

    Carlos Pena or Justin Morneau this week?

    League or Salas this week?

  76. Pooch says:

    You still starting Anderson tomorrow @Texas considering what happened to him last time vs. Rangers in Oakland?

  77. Derrick says:

    Which side would you rather have?

    Grady Sizemore and Jose Valverde for Andrew McCutchen?

  78. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: I’ll go with your pick, Valencia. My team has been struggling for power (uh Albert, Donkey, any time you guys want to start hitting…) so maybe he’ll give me a little boost.

    In another league, I’m also going to hop back on the Berna-Band Wagon and Roger Roger in exchange for the Legend of Sam Fuld (stick a fork in him).

    I’ve got Peavy in H2H. My opponent’s got 12 scheduled starts this week against my 11. You starting him against the Halos on Wednesday?

  79. teufleshuffle22 says:

    Thanks, Grey.

  80. Wizo says:

    Crawford-Napoli or Heyward-Oswalt-Posada


  81. Hans says:

    @Derrick McCutchen

  82. OaktownSteve says:

    @Pooch: I was at that Texas game sitting right behind home plate and Mister Anderson was getting squeezed like Florida oranges. He had a half a dozen pitches on the outside corner to right handers that were not called and you you could see him getting pissed. He had to bring it in a couple of inches and he gave up a couple of BOMBS. Nelly Cruz’ was particularly majestic. He just kind of fell apart, command wasn’t there, didn’t have his best stuff anyway. I kind of chalked it up to had a bad day.

  83. Alvaro says:

    I’m trying to target Matt Garza

    Is Neil Walker to much to pay for him?

    Danny Espinosa or Ryan Roberts would replace Walker on my team


  84. mets fan says:

    grey if bernadina starts full time the rest of the way what would you project his stats at?

  85. herschel says:

    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto (could use help in avg and sbs), need to start two of the following:

    tabata (4 vs la, 3 @ mil)
    l. scott (3 vs sea, 3 @ tb)
    a. hill (1 vs det, 2 vs bos, 3 @ min)
    bernadina (3 @ atl, 3 vs fla)


  86. herschel says:

    @Grey: also, which sps do you like? need to start 3 of the following:

    beachy vs was
    dlr vs sd
    d. hudson @ sf
    b. anderson @ tex
    kuroda @ pit
    madbum @ chc

    thanks, again!

  87. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Thank you for the rankings, sir. And Milano references in 56 Round Ups! Why 56 and not daily? Regardless, it’s all quite impressive ;)

    Have a good one Grey,

    -The Spaceman

  88. Chris says:

    Better plays this week for a weekly league: Ortiz or Hosmer? Tabata or Pierre? Think Ortiz will face at most one lefty…

  89. Chris says:

    Also, Kershaw vs ARI or Hamels @ ATL? Can only start one.

  90. rvde says:

    a.k.a. “Grey” —

    Help please, so I can blame you when it goes wrong!

    Just got offered Teixeira for Halladay.

    I do need a bit of batting help, but (of course) Halladay anchors my pitching staff.

    Do you think Billingsley, Romero, Chacin, Liriano and the schmohawk behind door number 3 is enough to warrant this blockbuster move?

  91. Thank you for writing what needed to be written… regarding A-Rod’s conquests. I’ll offer the theory that he plays Fantasy Dating, the way we play Fantasy Baseball… we don’t bother to actually look at who we’re picking up, we just make a decision based on what we’ve read about them. And you can’t pick find a magazine that tells you anything other than how stunning these women are.

    Honestly, I’d take the girl who works the counter at my local pizzeria over any of them… and I’m a balding, married freelance writer who lives in the Catskills! The options have got to be better for a professional athlete in NYC. Dood needs to turn to his captain… run with Jeet for a few weeks and see how it’s really done.

  92. OaktownSteve says:

    @Pooch: thanks, man. If it further helps, he had 4 walks in that game and has had 1 or 0 in every other start. Has given up 2 ER or fewer in every other start.

    Yeah, I was all, like “C’mon blue! What are you looking at? Ring that shit up!”

  93. Jay says:

    Got proposed Uggla and Mccann for Brandon Phillips, Napoli and Masterson. Would ordinarily turn this one down but afraid Phillips hasn’t been running. 12 team mixed so Masterson is somewhat replaceable. Thoughts?

  94. projectbadass says:

    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) 4-keeper league

    How do u rank these OF: raburn, david murphy, bernadina, austin jackson

  95. DHill Dragons says:

    Please choose the current owned or waiver option from each set:

    Loney or Trumbo

    Betemit or Valencia

    Bud Norris or Dempster/Cueto/Bumgarner

  96. TravestyJones says:

    Uggla is making me so sad. Come on man!

  97. ChiSox says:

    Points league…pick two…thanks

    Beachy (Washington-Zimmerman)
    D. Hudson (@ SanFran-Cain)
    Hellickson (Baltimore-Guthrie)
    Cueto (STL-McClellan)

  98. OaktownSteve says:

    @chata: nah, I was just goofing around enhancing the general baseball atmosphere of the joint. I’ve done a fair amount of umpiring. Thankless job to say the least. I actually give them full credit and forgive their tresspasses as I would have my trespasses forgiven. Say no to replay and laser strike zones. Or so say I.

  99. bean says:

    quick rank if you dont mind grey:
    Norris, Volquez, mcdonald, bedard
    and closer saves rest of year:
    santos, fuentes, league, frank frank, walden, kuo

  100. CGSO says:

    maybe Ed-Rod (future razzball HOFer?) can trade for Maggs, he’s been a great 3 hole hitter for detroit this year (is it obvious Im a Miggy owner?)

    gracias por todo, tus blog es de puta madre!

  101. Chris says:

    @Grey: Comment#134

    Well, I play in a pts league that only allows you to start 4 SPs from week to week…a lot of times I’d prefer to just go with a stud with 1 start vs a schmo with 2 starts, but this week I think I have some really good lesser options with 2 starts.

    Would prefer Hamels’ 1 start @ ATL vs….

    Greinke vs SD, vs PIT
    Chacin vs NYM, vs SD
    Pineda @ BAL, @ CLE

    I personally want to throw all 3 of those guys out there…good pitchers with multiple good matchups each. Which left me with the Kershaw vs ARI and Hamels @ ATL dilemma….

  102. Chris says:

    Would you* prefer….

  103. OaktownSteve says:

    @VinWins: yeah, this one inspires a lot of debate, obviously. I think baseball as a business has to stay up with the times. I think most fans prefer replay and probably some kind of strike zone tech. Hard to argue with the logic of using technology to get calls right. And yet, I just don’t like it. I like baseball and it doesn’t need to do a thing for me to like it any more than I already do.

  104. Donny Kerabatsos' Ghost says:

    His Marcum/G. Sanchez or my Lind/Kuroda (or Lind/DLR)

    I hate trading for pitching so I would normally keep the better hitter, but I’m considering it since I’m first in HR/RBI and dead last in ERA/Whip/K’s (thanks to Gallardo). Should I stick with my norm of believing all pitchers are untrustworthy scum, or is Marcum a sure bet? (yahoo 1250 innings cap)

  105. Fletch says:

    @Grey: It seems I have an affection for NL West starters this year as I have one pitcher from each team. After Kershaw, please rank these pitchers for the year: Stauffer, Bumgarner, Chacin, D. Hudson…

  106. Starlin Castroated says:

    Another team just put Pedroia and Weeks on the block asking for OF in return. Which one do you want for the rest of the season?

    Who wins: Ethier for Weeks/Pedroia?

  107. Grey
    Pena is starting to make your pre-season expectations seem reasonable once again. I’ve traded dirt for him on a few teams. Do you still see him finishing with 28+ bombs?

  108. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I’m deciding between CC and Beachy for my final spot this week. I’m actually leaning towards Beachy at home against Wash as oppose to CC against the Red Sox…is that crazy?

    I don’t like the way CC has pitched his last several games and my other starters this week are solid and get 2 starts.

  109. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    Any opinions on this deal?

    Pujols/Liriano for Miguel Cabrera/Greinke

  110. someone just dropped alexei ramirez….do you prefer him over drew and furcal?

    I have J Upton and C Young on roster as well, thinking it may be good to reallocate and drop Drew for Furcal or Ramirez? Whatch you think?

    Also Gardner and Rios are available, which one do you see being stronger from here on out…..thanks for lending your crystal ball. I am low man on average btw.

    Thanks GREY!

  111. pipa says:

    Does Al Gordon for Baker, Kuroda, or Zambrano sound fair to you?? Who would be your choice?

  112. C.O.C. says:

    @Grey….I know this is like picking the skinniest fat chick to leave the bar with, but injuries have reduced me to this choice for this week. Need to fill two pitching spots: Lackey @TOR (Ugh),Duensing-TOR, McClellan @CIN (bad feeling), Colon-BOS, White-SEA. Also, Tyson Ross is a FA, but the only two guys I would drop for him now are White (favorable matchup) and Narveson, who is active because of his matchup-PIT. 16 team H2H pts league…

  113. Sugar Tits says:

    Who do you guys like better rest of the way? 5×5 H2H non-keeper

    Shields or Chacin?

    McCutchen or Ellsbury?

    Kinsler or Weeks?


  114. Tony tone says:

    I was just offered Span/C quint/Cliffy for Mauer/Choo/ d hudson in a keeper, this is an awful trade right? What would be a good counter if I just want cliff?

  115. charlie batch says:

    another quick question regarding pitchers:

    could you please rank the following: edwin jackson, buchholz, volquez.

    Thank you!

  116. mets fan says:

    grey what about bernadina makes you so high on him i havnt seen him play much and based on your advice i picked him up this morning?

  117. Ceasar says:

    Aaron Hill back from DL, gotta lose one — Helton or Raburn?

  118. trick dad says:

    @all – yahoo just posted an article about domonic brown’s success in AAA. if you were planning on grabbing him and haven’t done so, he might get picked up soon.

  119. Jeter's On Roids says:

    “Lance Berkman – 1 for his last 11” Sure, except that one hit was a home run, and he has 5 RBIs, 2 runs, and 6 walks in that 1 for 11 “slump”.

    You should write for Fox News. They’d love your Truthiness.

  120. William says:

    @Grey: Homer Baily or Colby Lewis?

  121. Santos says:

    Keeper League, which side would you want?

    Cargo / Dempster


    Verlander / Rasmus

    or is it a bit of a wash?

  122. Up in this Mug says:

    Drop Alcides Escobar for Aybar or Furcal?

  123. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    what do you think about this power move: start 6SP against a team playing 4SP/2CL; i need an edge on W and QS since i only have 1 active closer and will likely lose SV and G even if i do start nunez. i just need someone to tell me if its a terrible idea if it is, in fact, a terrible idea.

    and as for the potential sixth SP: do you trust gallardo v. PIT or gio v. TEX?

  124. Donnie Baseball says:

    give Walden for D. Young?

  125. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey Grey,

    Do you think Dempster has it turned around? He is sitting on waivers in one of my leagues. I could drop Hosmer or Pena for him. I could use another SP. Grab him?

  126. Tom Thumb says:

    Grey et al,

    What side do you prefer in Zobrist/Romero for Kinsler/Liriano?

  127. bogbert says:

    Need more HR/AVG/RBI, and was counting on Tabata for steals. Lose Morneau and/or Tabata for Bernadina / Hosmer? (i.e., which two of these four). Thanks.

  128. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    3rd Base has been a killer, I hope Cleveland brings up their young stud up soon. With Zimmerman out forever and AROD looking like he is on his last legs, I sure could use someone better than Mike Aviles at 3rd. I can’t believe how great Polanco is playing and Wright has 37 strikeouts and only batting .246 but 8 steals and 5 homers he is hanging in there. Bautista looks like a top 5 pick next year.

  129. JWL says:

    Got offered Peavy and G. Floyd for Brandon Beachy. Do I take the deal?

  130. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    it’s a new three day period. i was normal for a few days in there. thanks for the tip. (i reserve the right to still hate gallardo, though.)

  131. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, Would you drop Reynolds for Mcgehee? 5×5 H2H

  132. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Also, Would you drop any of my SP for Dempster?
    Gio Gonz??

  133. Pooch says:


    I’ve been going sagnof all year. Been holding Rauch with Frank Frank the past couple weeks just in case. Finally time to drop Rauch, even if only for an extra OF sagnof bat off the bench?


  134. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, Sorry been away for a couple days and I’m getting all of my Questions out of the way…. Phillips or Utley for the rest of the season when Utley returns?? Looking for trade bait for one of the two

  135. Dominic says:

    Miguel Olivo, Jorge Posada or Yadier Molina…

  136. Jimmy says:

    Grey, Ive been offered Hanley for Reyes straight up. Am I being silly to question it? Contract year and a fast start for Reyes, but can he stay healthy? Will Hanley go back to producing the way he always does?

  137. pipa says:

    So you chose Kuroda for Gordon. How about b/t Kuroda and Dempster? I am looking to move Gordon for some SP.

  138. yankees2011 says:

    Hello Again Grey! I am in need of some pop in our 12 Team H2H Yahoo League and have an overabundance of SPs (talent yet to be determined) – Hamels, Billingsley, Scherzer, Kennedy, D. Hudson, Beachy, E. Jackson, McClellan, Volquez and lastly Bailey (kinda reads like a Razzball Who’s Who! except maybe Bailey).

    What would be a fair trade for a Choo or even a Quentin? That owner is somewhat short on pitching but has some offense.

    Thanks much Grey!

  139. yankees2011 says:

    One more thing (to anyone who will listen) – I was reading through some of the earlier posts and I have decided that I would like to be in a league where one can trade Ogando and Tabata and get Lester (see Post #15). What the f?

  140. Steve says:

    Adam Lind not in the Jays lineup. Makes me sad as a Lind owner, but kinda happy as a Scherzer owner.

    But not in a Gaye way.

  141. Pat says:

    Is it okay to drop Broxton (RCL 12 team). Reports are that he’ll be out at least 6 weeks (won’t throw for 3 weeks). I have Axford, Santos, Chapman, and Lidge on DL (only DL spot so Broxton would take up lineup spot). In other words, how many saves do you think I might be dropping with Broxton, 20, 10, 0 zero?



  142. chata says:

    end of an era ?

    “We felt Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present. Therefore, the move was made,” Zduriencik said in a conference call with reporters.

  143. Wilsonian says:

    Anyone got an update on Lind? He’s out again tonight.

  144. Steve says:

    Is it just me or does the guy in Texas (his name is Dallas, natch) who had the face transplant look like Johnny Drama?

  145. JohnnyFive says:

    Kelly Johnson, Dominic Brown or Delmon Young for a bench spot in 10 team mixed. Teams needs everything except speed at this point. Thanks, as always!

  146. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    DL stint may be on the way for Lind: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind was left out of Monday’s lineup in a game against the Tigers because of ongoing back spasms, but he may be out longer than originally thought. The National Post reports that manager John Farrell will consider putting the slugger on the disabled list if he does not improve in a “day or two.” The skipper said he not only wants him healthy, but he wants him playing soon. “He is symptom-free when it comes to any kind of neurological [problem], but the spasms are strong,” Farrell said. Lind has missed the better part of three games now with the issue.

  147. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    # 261 William Says:
    May 7th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    @Grey: Mark Reynolds or Casey McGehee?

    @William: McGehee

  148. Dad says:

    @Grey: Bigger 2011 fantasy impact: Dom Brown or D Jennings? (not sure who to stash in a deep, 7×7 16-teamer with OPS, GIDP)

  149. Rob says:

    Drop Hellickson for Tomlin?

  150. Wake Up says:

    Is Berkman and A Gordon for Cliffly a fair offer?

  151. Steve says:

    Morneau is draining my will to live.

  152. chata says:

    corey patterson plays center-field daintily

  153. Rob says:

    WW time

    Value for the rest of year:

    Madson on WW. I own Bourgeois and Joyce. I am weak on steals (just picked up Bourgeoois before he hit DL) and strong on saves (competing for first with 2 others). Drop any of the two fpr Madson?

  154. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Start Edwin Jackson vs. the Angels/Ervin Santana tonight?

  155. AL KOHOLIC says:

    murrow yanked in the 3rd,?whats up with that

  156. pipa says:

    Should I drop Espinosa for D Brown??

  157. Steve says:

    Bonifacio or Robot for today? Of course I chose Bonifacio.

  158. Steve says:

    Travis Wood!

  159. Voidoid says:

    Thinking of trying to trade Grady Sizemore for Alex Rios (have pop need steals). Is this a good idea?

  160. Wilsonian says:

    Can Mr. Billingsly get a bit of run support, er what?

  161. rvde says:

    Stream C. Lewis or J. Hammel tomorrow?

  162. Wilsonian says:

    Wright/Wieters for V-Mart/Uggla…who wins? I’m assuming Wright, but people keep trying to get Wright from me because I’ve got Longo too.

  163. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I have the #1 waiver spot…should I use it on G. Sanchez or save it. The only guys I could drop would be Dunn, Stauffer or Bumgarner

  164. Fletch says:

    or I could drop Stanton as well.

  165. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Kuo is looking Atrocious

  166. Donnie Baseball says:

    I think a sonavabench is the worst feeling in all of fantasy baseball.
    I’d prefer one of my starters to go 3 innings 10 ER than have a guy on my bench pitch a great game.
    It absolutley kills me.

    Benched Wood this week, now I’m stuck wanting to pitch good, but not this good.

  167. Wilsonian says:

    Alvarez with a sick play to end the game. Now if his bat would come around…

  168. Black love says:

    Use my waiver spot to drop tabata or smoak for gaby?

  169. Steve says:

    Of course Willingham, you do it THIS week.

  170. Fletch says:

    Chacin = 6 walks in 6 innings…nice

  171. chata says:

    beckham showing signs of life .

  172. Steve says:

    Unexpected bonus here for Valverde owners.

  173. chata says:

    anyone else been playing chris davis since his re-call ?
    where’s the power stroke ?

  174. Wilsonian says:

    Iannetta with a laser bomb that got maybe 10 feet off the ground. I’m starting to like that guy. Would you take him over Wieters? I probably wouldn’t, but it’s getting close.

  175. paulzone says:

    loshe, ogando, cueto, lilly, dempster, peavy…i can own 4 of these guys going forward…who gets the boot? lohse and ?.


  176. Donnie Baseball says:

    How about Walden for Bourn?

  177. Steve says:

    OK – Can we pull E-Jax from the game now please? Santos can go three, right?

  178. AL KOHOLIC says:

    vernon wells leaves game with groin injury,shouldnt hrt anyone to bad

  179. knighttown says:

    I can’t tell the difference between Chacin and DeLaRosa. Same team and same numbers. Which do I offer first in a package for Choo?

  180. OregonianRedbird says:

    I’d be interested in hearing an explanation of the formula for the league competitive index formula. Specifically, why does the last term seem to reward bad pitching (ER+H+BB/2)? Is this term actually subtracted, or are IP supposed to be incorporated somehow?

  181. Cole says:

    hey grey, where would i find the latest on how you guys are doing in the LABR league?

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