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BABIP is Batting Average on Balls In Play.  And they sometimes lie, even if Shakira sang, BABIPs Don’t Lie.  BABIP is a quick way to know how much luck a hitter is having.  There’s more to it, but for the purposes of this, a high BABIP for a hitter and it means the hitter could hit a bloop single just over the pitcher’s head with the infield drawn in.  Below .200 and the hitter could hit a line drive into the Grand Canyon and it would get caught by Alice on the back of a mule.  Then there’s HR/FB%, which is a quick way to know if a hitter is hitting more home runs than what makes sense for that player’s amount of fly balls.  Then there’s LD%, which is the percentage of hits that are line drives.  Line drives are usually a sign of solid contact aka a player is hitting the ball hard.  Finally, K% or the percentage a hitter Ks.  So why all the fancy acronyms?  Is it just gas for your inevitable brain fart?  Nah, we’re going to see if there’s any hitters out there that are being sucky because they’re unlucky or unsucky because they’re lucky.  Anyway, here’s some hitters that have been lucky or unlucky so far for fantasy baseball:

Aramis Ramirez – His K% is poor (24.6%), but it could be because his luck has been so bad (.179 BABIP).  I’m not a huge fan of Aramis, but I think he will get better.

Carlos Quentin – His K% isn’t terrible, his LD% is fine, his HR/FB% is low and his BABIP is way off his career average.  Quentin should start to produce, if he avoids injury, though that if has its own zip code.

Carlos Lee – Sticking with the Latino Chuck theme, Lee’s LD% isn’t great and his K% is up.  Neither is a great sign and he has been swinging at more pitches outside of the strike zone.  Even with his HR/FB down, I don’t think we’re going to see a huge bounce back.  You might be looking at the beginning of the end.

Ty Wigginton – Not sure this even needs to be said, but Wiggy HR/FB% is out of control and his LD% is poor.  At some point, the bottom will fall out hard.

Kyle Blanks – Leads the majors in K%.  His average of .180 may not come up that far.

Cameron Maybin – Another guy with a nasty K-rate.  It may take another trip to the minors to right Cam-May.

Austin Jackson – I know you people think I’m crazy to tell you Jackson can’t continue what he’s doing, but he really can’t.  He’s 18th in the major leagues in K% and he has a .500 BABIP.  He’s a .275 hitter, not a .360 one.

Mark Teixeira – LD% is fine, walks are fine, Ks are okay, BABIP is low and his SUPKAKES% is okay.  Tex will be better and there’s no such thing as SUPKAKES.

  1. William says:

    @Grey – Jason Bay or Carlos Lee?

  2. William says:

    @Grey – Decided to keep Kevin Slowey and WandyWagon and dropped Andruw “Pain in the neck” Jones for Johnny Cueto.

    Wandy’s start yesterday – is the WandyWagon closer to getting back on track or is derailment inevitable?

  3. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Boesch or Blanks?

  4. mauledbypandas says:

    I don’t want to jinx anything here, specially not for my Rangers, but the way C.J. Wilson throws, I really fear for his long term arm health with this bump in innings. I hope I am wrong.

  5. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @Grey: Colby Lewis or Cueto?

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Who is Brennan Boesch and do I need to care about him?

    You will be getting this question a lot ’cause he just donked. I went the extra mile (YOU’RE WELCOME), searched his name on the site and answered my own questions: “Replacement for Guillen” and “No.”

    The first-place team in my league just bounced Carlos Quentin for Boesch. That’s not first-place thinking!

    I may have to add Quentin to my OF of Broken Toys.

    Also: Alice on a mule. That is choice. If that was a coffee, it would be Taster’s Choice. If it was something to do with cards maybe, it would be Dealer’s Choice. If it was a line from Black Sheep’s “You Can Get With This”… well, you know.

  7. Kazmere says:


  8. Dan says:


    Which do you like better for the Util spot?
    Smoak, Brennan Boesch, J Bruce, Adam Jones, Pence, or Freese?


  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dan: Bruce

  10. Tom Emanski says:

    Michael Saunders isn’t this good, right? Or could he actually finish with 13/13?

  11. Mr. Rickey says:

    Is Bowker worth a flier in a deep NL only league – would have to drop Hinske

  12. Cain Fan says:

    Grey I was checking out Aramis yesterday and noticed something interesting. His % contact in the strike zone is 80% (his career number is ~88%). I just hope his timing is off and its not b.c hes old (like he said). That number has to come up right?

  13. dsimon says:

    So what is the proper way to handle leaving your Razzball open, submitting a comment, and then after the refresh seeing that there’s a new thread going on a different page?

    Also, does anyone prefer cheese puffs over normal cheetos? I can’t stand the puffs but the cheetos get me every time.

  14. wakeNbake says:

    Would you drop Beckham for Aviles, J.D. Drew, Smoak, Boesch, Jose Lopez or Frenchy? Or just keep Beckham on the bench.

  15. Kent Bottenfield says:

    Thank you Brandon League for dumping on Felix’s W

  16. Tom Emanski says:

    @Grey: 13/13 in a 450 player league is tasty stuff.

    I was going to drop him to bring Cruz back off the DL but now I’m deciding between Gwynn (need the steals), Hermida, Chapman, and Correia. Which one would you drop?

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @wakeNbake: smoak

  18. mc serch says:

    @Grey: Quick hit…my Nunez/Stewart for his Youk…good deal for me, no?

  19. wakeNbake says:

    k thanks guys

  20. @Grey:

    That was as close as it comes but Simon got us another scoreless Save.

  21. Tom Emanski says:

    @dsimon: I always double post in that case. Sue me. Oh and it’s Doritos, despite the Jay Leno affilliation

    Shouldn’t Borbon also be on this list? His BABIP is way below his usual and he’s starting to hit. I think I’m gonna drop Lee for Borbon actually.

  22. dsimon says:

    I guess DP (double post) it is.

    @Grey, re: David Simon: To quote Mr. Gump: “WE ARE OF NO RELATIONS”

    @Baron: As for season 5, I tend to agree. I thought they did a solid job wrapping up the previous storylines and tying everything together, but the whole Baltimore Sun thing just seemed like the other dsimon trying to get back at someone for previous wrongs.

    Also Grey, I saw your response on the message board. Thanks. I’m going to pursue that. I also heard from another owner who actually gave me a pretty solid summary of his needs and thoughts on my team. I might actually be able to do something around Oswalt for Car-Go which I would like. Also, this owner wants to upgrade at 2B (from Matt Downs, who I’ve never heard of) to my Brian Roberts. I know you’ve talked about this being a lost year for B-Rob, do you still feel that way? I have Kelly Johnson keeping his seat warm, but man, I don’t really expect much from Roberts when he’s healthy and I feel like if I could turn Roberts into something useful that’d be a good move for me.

    All told, with a current staff of Felix, Greinke, CC, Verlander, Oswalt, Gio, Fister, Colby and the likes of Harang, Ely, and Olsen on the FA list (though they’re certainly the cream of the crop), would I be best served by trying to trade Oswalt for CarGo and F-Her for Reynolds?

  23. wakeNbake says:

    Ricky Romero or Clay Buchholz the rest of the way?

  24. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Tom Emanski: Not sure how deep your league is, but unless Borbon gets back to the lead-off spot, I can’t see that he has much value. He’s not running much either.

    I think Borbon has to heat up AND Andrus has to go in the tank for the Rangers to switch him back. Otherwise, he’s Rajai Davis with 8 fewer steals.

  25. Tom Emanski says:

    Oh man! I just traded Freese for Reyes in one of my leagues! This is great, right? …right, Jose? Just a day after I traded Freese for Pierre in my other league. So I’m Freeseless and if he has a Brauny rookie year I could regret this, but I doubt it. He was excess in both leagues anyway. My other SS was Bartlett and he’s just not cutting it and neither is Alcides.

  26. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Prince, Matt Thornton and Mcgehee for Cano and Nolasco. Which side?

  27. Tom Emanski says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It’s an 18 team Yahoo H2H 5×5 plus OPS, but you’re right about his value being low unless he goes back up. But he’s an option of Beckham, Quentin, Lee, Alcides, Bartlett don’t pick it up. Somehow I’m still doing well despite those turds.

  28. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Whats your take on Panda right now? Anything going on besides him just sucking ass?

  29. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: F-Her got Greinke’d. Greinke, on the other hand…

    Who would’ve thunk that Halladay and Greinke would be my problem children in the WHIP column? I’m down by a full run in ERA and .5 in WHIP (H2H). That’s pretty much out of reach with only Garcia and Nolasco left to go, right?.

    I’m thinking it’s time to cut Beckham from my bench and stream his roster slot this weekend to aim for Ks (down by 11) and maybe Ws (tied). Any objections?

    I’m also thinking Masterson gets the nod for that role tomorrow. Ridiculous K rate, as good a shot as any for a W, as he’s going against dem O’s. Any objections to that? Other decent options include:

    Harden @ Tor
    Buchholz @ Det
    Scherzer vs. Bos
    Cecil vs. Tex
    Blanton @ Mil

  30. Cmon Vlad, you traitorous bum, gimme some run support.

  31. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Tom Emanski: 18-team league, I think he’s worth a flyer.

    I’m also half-talking to myself, given I dropped him two weeks back.

  32. uncdrew says:

    I heard the dude in the cube next to me say “Sup cakes” just the other day. I looked over and caught him in a disturbingly intimate conversation with two gourmet baked goods.

    Menage a Frosting.

  33. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @uncdrew: Technically, I believe that’s a “Meringue à trois”.

  34. uncdrew says:


  35. Getting crazy in Texas.

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i’d probably do unspeakable acts of gratification for the way cj wilson has pitched for 2 of my fantasy teams this season.

  37. @ThePoonTycoon:

    Tell me about it. Now I just need my guy Smoak to pick up the go-ahead RBI here.

  38. @ThePoonTycoon:

    Basically my Staff is being carried by a sleeper (Phil Hughes) a flier (Ian Kennedy) and a free agent (Wilson). My top 2 pitchers have been really shaky (Hamels, Kershaw). It’s working I guess.

  39. steamer says:

    Jones (0-4), Lee (0-3), Rasmus (0-3)…another great day at the office!!

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Elijah: you and me both

    @Elijah: yeah i posted yesterday how i drafted haren, beckett, kershaw, and slowey expecting them to form a solid 4some at the top of my rotation, but the 4 guys i’ve cobbled together behind them (kennedy, wilson, lewis, and garcia) have far outperformed the ‘top 4’.

  41. chrisbenson says:

    i know its early, but if i can only keep 3 (thereby making the other players tradeable)…which 3 would you keep (i want to know so i can move the others for some needs, but would hate to move someone i would regret more than others)…thanks.


  42. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 man shallow 6×6 league

    With pitchers like Baker, Contreras, Peavy, Strasburg, and Buchholz available, is Brett Anderson really worth holding onto on my DL/Bench? Can he come back from this kind of elbow injury?

  43. Kinsler shoulda been safe at home, grr. What a blown inning that was.

  44. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @chrisbenson: is there a length you can keep the guys? value? in a vacuum i’d say move holliday first (oldest guy, also at this point we’ve seen his ceiling), then see what happens with the other 4 for a few more months.

  45. chrisbenson says:

    nope no value, keep forever if you want.

  46. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Oh, Sizemore.

    I can only defend you for so long, you dumb lump.

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @chrisbenson: yeah, ditch holliday for pieces if you get a good offer. and then wait on the other 4 to see what happens there.

  48. dsimon says:

    Is Yahoo on crack or is A Gonz playing 3rd right now?

  49. Dad says:

    @dsimon: Crack

  50. Dad says:

    @dsimon: Crack

  51. Dad says:

    @Dad: Ha. I tried to tell my mom the other day that you don’t have to double-click on internet links and buttons. And there i go….

  52. dsimon says:

    Ah thank you. The high has apparently worn off.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mc serch: Yup

    @Elijah: Simon!

    @Tom Emanski: Could be on the list. This is by no means exhaustive.

    @dsimon: Ha… Yeah, re: Roberts. Yeah, trade those pitchers.

    @wakeNbake: Buchholz

    @Tom Emanski: Nice

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Depends on needs. I’d take Prince.

    @Mr2Bits: Same as it ever was with Panda. As I said all preseason, he doesn’t have much power.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Cut Beckham, grab Buchholz.

    @uncdrew: Ha!

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha!

    @steamer: Ha

    @chrisbenson: First three.

    @Buge Hoobs: Nope, Contreras for saves, Strasburg from hype.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha

    @dsimon: Crack like Bubbles. Great creation!

  54. mc serch says:

    @Grey: done, thanks.

  55. keith says:

    sheets kennedy or medlen?

  56. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @keith: kennedy

  57. Wilsonian says:

    1-1 ball game, bottom of the 9th. You have runners on 1st and 3rd…your runner on 1st being your everyday first baseman. 1 out. Can someone please tell my why Ron Washington pinch ran for Smoak on 1st when his run doesn’t matter or count for shizz (that being, if the runner on 3rd scored, you win)? And no, blow is not the correct answer, although it would be a very good guess. Just seems to me like a terrible managerial move, and now Garko is in to play 1st when they didn’t score.

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: they put in garko to play 1B in extra innings the other night too, i guess they like his D better or something? who knows.

  59. Eddy says:

    I really HATE when Filthy faces off against Latos. It’s ridiculous.

    Cat’s out of the bag Grey — San Francisco is Latos Intolerant

  60. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: thanks TPT. That’s about as good a reason as any. Not that I have Smoak on any team that would cause me to be a little pissy when he got benched…oh wait, I do. I was kind of hoping he wasn’t hurt either. But it still didn’t make a whole helluva lot of sense when his run didn’t matter.

  61. @Eddy:

    I’m liking it, I got both going at once in my HtH. Cleaning up for Slowey.

  62. Eddy says:

    Ugh, I hate having pitchers face each other off. You got cojones my friend.

  63. @Wilsonian:

    If there’s less than 2 outs, you still wanna avoid a double play in that situation.

  64. @Eddy:

    Me too, but it was kinda a situation where Latos seemed like the best streamer and my week was already down the tubes (well maybe not now). Its even more annoying in that league with Losses counting, someones bound to eat the L even if both do great.

  65. charlie batch says:

    how are Beckhams LDR, K%, BABIP, compared to his norms

  66. Wilsonian says:

    @Elijah: ah, the one route I didn’t look at. I’m guessing Gentry has some speed? As he’s the guy that pinch ran. Thank you, sir.

  67. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eddy: games happen every day where 2 solid starters both pitch well, one gets a W and the other a ND. if both guys matchup well with the other HITTERS then role with it. otherwise you end up getting burned trying to decide which guy matches up better.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Giants might just be pitching intolerant.

    @charlie batch: Nothing that screams he’s going to be much better.

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @charlie batch: LD% down, BABIP down, GB% up, K% up, BB% up

  70. Eddy says:

    Yea I understand. It’s just that on the 20th of last month I’m sure you remember these two faced off and Filthy got the loss, but gave up ONE hit. Something about Latos and SF that gets him rolling. Anyone but him and I would’ve been fine. Oh well, maybe next time.
    Oh wow, I’d imagine with Loses counting it’d be even more riskier to run a couple of guys facing each other KNOWING there’s a high chance of you getting dealt a loss.
    So much for those “GIANTS ARE GOING TO THE WS!” posts I would see on Yahoo’s message boards after their 3-0 start.

  71. \@Eddy:

    It just comes down to situations in HtH where I figure I got a 10% chance of winning pitching if I go with the high risk move but 0% chance if I sit on my hands. Unlike roto, theres no longterm penalty if it blows up in my face so roll with the 10%. Its like hitting on 15 in blackjack when you see the dealer has a king showing, the odds are with you and if you lose well there always the next hand.

  72. Steve says:

    I can’t read all the comments this post. I’m only on Season 3 and I’m scared of spoilers.

    I will say, though, that in my H2h league I spot-started Latos, on the road, without asking Grey and am so far pleased with the results.

  73. @Steve:

    Me too! We can succeed without asking Grey every time, amazing!

  74. Steve says:

    @Elijah: He is helping me get clean after I tried some Coke yesterday.

  75. kwak says:

    Ya’ll digging Saunders more than Fred Lewis’s hot bat right now?

    I need an OF to provide SOME friggin production while Q gets his shit straight.

    I like Saunders, but I worry about Milton coming back and taking at bats.


  76. Big Nate says:

    I still have that offer on the table to acquire Zimmerman for Aramis and Kershaw. Do I take it at this point or still too much?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @kwak: I’d stick with Lewis.

    @Big Nate: Take Zimmerman.

  78. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Big Nate: get zimm

  79. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    Duch versus LAA or LeBlanc v. LAD? LeBlanc was my replacement for Duch but now I can’t decide if I should just keep him on the DL so I can have LeBlanc’s start.

  80. ThePoonTycoon says:

    last weekend i drove through the town of straburg, va going camping about 1:30 west of DC. i hope they officially slightly alter the town name in june when strasburg gets the call.

  81. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    Also would you rather have LeBlanc, Latos, or Duch? Lato has been looking good his last two starts.

  82. @Eddy:

    There ya go, the 1-0 game I needed. Bingo, back in the hunt!

  83. Kent Bottenfield says:

    Grey, you picked Cueto over C. Lewis, how about Cueto or Latos?

  84. @Grey:

    Think I should keep Latos over Slowey at this point? He’s looking pretty solid.

  85. cws05nuts says:

    @dsimon: Simon and Burns both have a huge grudge against the Sun. Well documented in fact. I thought their critique was rather well done on the demise of journalism in favor of sensationalism/columnism (<-not a word!) and the results that the loss of a checker and balancer such as the once prestigious Sun/Trib had vs. local and municipal corrupt machines.

  86. Senor Spielbergo says:

    rest of the year rank ’em:

    Latos, Romero, Lilly, Floyd, Cueto, Colby Lew

  87. Steve says:

    @Elijah: Me too!

    However, Rowand making the last out dropped my AVE to .168 for the week. Blech. I have Ethier at .400 and Snider at .300 and no one else over .180! Yet I lead donks 4-1 and RBI 18-5…

    Grey – Latos or Gio going forward? This is my H2H where they’d be back end guys.

  88. Yankees2010 says:

    Picked up Pence off waivers so now I need SS after dropping Tejada (don’t ask – I drafted Alcides but dropped him because he sucked). Who would you suggest dropping out of these guys to make room:

    Rasmus, Cueto, Dotel, Wood, Cecil, Slowey (all on bench except for the bum Slowey).

    BTW, it’s a 12 Team H2H with OPS and Holds.

    Thanks much!

  89. dsimon says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I think, sir, you need to learn to read good and do other stuff good too.

    The town is spelled Strasburg.

  90. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @dsimon: ha whoops, typo, but yeah

  91. barker says:

    Peavy for carlos pena in a vacuum

    im giving up peavy

  92. Sos says:

    First, fantastic post. I really like stuff like this as I’m not one with the time to dive through the numbers too much. Second, guy in my league has Hill and KJ for one spot and offered either for my Correia/Capps? So Hill, KJ, or neither for Correia/Capps? Also, Krispie/Wagner for his Lind a good OF upgrade?

  93. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: After The Pierre Affair, I swore no transactions today.

    But Mat Latos? Last 2 starts: 17IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 15K? And he gets SF again in his next start, and SEA after that?

    Yes, please. I’ll take two.

    See ya, Putz!

  94. Commish Cauda says:


    Trade Torii Hunter for Alexei Ramirez and Delmon Young?

  95. keith says:

    thoughts on trade?

    soto, manny, rodney
    vmart, willingham, street

    was thinking about asking for hawpe over willingham?

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @keith: manny/soto side easy

  97. LMack says:

    Any reason not to do this trade?
    I give: Denard Span, Jose Valverde
    I get: Grady Sizemore

    I have Bell, Marmol, Wagner and Lindstrom

  98. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    @Grey: What about Mcgehee/prince for cano/nolasco and konerko or Robot jones?

  99. mrbaseball says:

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  100. Griff says:

    Let’s throw in another Spanish Chuck. Do you like Quentin or Pena for the rest of the year? (I’d be putting one or the other in my UTIL)

  101. mrbaseball says:

    if you had to pick one of these pitcher to drop for a hitter that won’t be named – which one of these pitchers would you drop

    Ian Kennedy Gio González Ricky Romero Brad Penny

  102. Martin says:

    @grey- would u trade capps, headley, and baker for lester?

  103. Steve says:

    Uggla not in the lineup to face Johan. If like me, you’re 1-12 today, it’s probably stopped things from getting even worse.

  104. Steamer says:

    Would you trade any of Adam Jones, Quentin, Rasmus, or Bartlett for Aramis?

  105. Erock says:

    Trotted out F-Her, Filthy, and CJ today. Ended up with zero Ws and one L. What. The. Shit.

  106. Sos says:

    @Grey: How about Krispie/Capps for Bay? or Krispie/Capps for Bruce? Trying to capitalize on a hot start/extra closer for an upgrade. Thanks Grey

  107. Dingo says:

    I was seriously starting to consider dropping Frank Frank for the next hot MR with potential saves in his future, but then he went and struck out four dudes in 1 1/3rd inning. 20 pitches, 17 strikes, four of them whiffs. Sure it’s the A’s, but it’s got to be a good sign that he pounded the strike zone, right?

  108. El Burro says:

    Rallb$ll community:

    14 team mixed, h2h, non-keeper league.
    Please pick 1 fabulous SP from this list that will act as my 6th arm.
    6 x 6 (holds and total bases):

    Aaron Harang
    Chris Young
    Brandon Morrow
    Justin Masterson
    Bronson Arroyo
    Felipe Paulino
    Bud Norris

    Appreciate the opinions and thoughts in advance.

  109. El Burro says:

    Razball community:

    14 team mixed, h2h, non-keeper league.
    Please pick 1 fabulous SP from this list that will act as my 6th arm.
    6 x 6 (holds and total bases):

    Aaron Harang
    Chris Young
    Brandon Morrow
    Justin Masterson
    Bronson Arroyo
    Felipe Paulino
    Bud Norris

    Appreciate the opinions and thoughts in advance.

  110. El Burro says:

    sorry for double post, cpu is acting up….

  111. mauledbypandas says:

    @Dingo: it’s a good sign, but each time Feliz goes out there in the closer role and performs Frank Frank looks more like the 8th inning guy. Not to say it will always be like that, specially given how Feliz tends to recover very slowly after throwing 20+ pitches, but I wouldn’t count of Frank Frank getting too many saves unless something drastic changes

  112. Joe Cooper says:


    Since you have the Buy/Sell coming up tomorrow, is there anyway you could put a spin on it and say who you should sell the guys for or who you could buy at what price. Maybe a peaks for valleys section or vice versa?

    For instance, Kelly Johnson seems like he’s peaked out and could fall back to earth a bit. Is he worth swapping for someone who’s bottomed out but could bounce back a bit (A. Hill, B. Roberts, etc.)?

  113. Dingo says:

    @mauledbypandas: Yeah, I’m not trying to anticipate any role change yet, just taking it one step at a time:

    Step 1 – stop demolishing my ERA, WHIP, and K/BB
    Step 2 – provide fantasy value
    Step 3 – become closer once again

    At this point, anything beyond step 1 is something for me to get excited about.

  114. ThePensive says:

    @El Burro: I’d go with Harang or Masterson, depending on the risk/upside of the rest of your staff (if it’s risky, go Harang for balance/stability, if it safe, Masterson for the upside).

  115. ThePensive says:

    All you math people out there:

    In a dynasty league,
    J-Up + Haren = M-Cab + ?

    where ? is what sort of offensive player?

  116. Maitland says:

    Which side of this do folks like better…trading Hanley to get Teixiera and Elvis Andrus?

  117. Tom Emanski says:

    @Dingo: Yea it’s great to see. According to NerdF/x, his velocity was slightly higher than what it has been so far and back up to where it was last year. Good thing Feliz is sucking recently too, for me at least.

  118. mauledbypandas says:

    @Maitland: depending on who you have at 1B, I like it.

  119. Tom Emanski says:

    @ThePensive: M-Cab + a slightly lesser pitcher than Haren, so…J. Johnson? It’s very close and depends on need.

  120. Tom Emanski says:

    @Maitland: Get Tex-Mex. Sorry, that was racist.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Erock: Yeah, very frustrating.

    @Sos: I’d take Bruce.

    @El Burro: Masterson

    @Joe Cooper: It’s already written. I wouldn’t trade for Brian Roberts in any league.

    @ThePensive: No idea what you need… Zimmerman? Holliday?

  122. El Burro says:


    The rest of my SP staff looks like this:

    ____ – fill in blank (placeholder right now is, Morrow)

    Still the same thoughts?

  123. El Burro says:


    Thanks, if Im gonna spot start this arm do you think Masterson has better upside than Morrow right now? Apart from the destruction he did to me on Monday vs. RedSox. Like you, Im partial to high K/rate guys, but usually in the NL — Beggars cant be choosers since my pickins’ are slim.

    Aaron Harang
    Chris Young
    Brandon Morrow
    Justin Masterson
    Bronson Arroyo
    Felipe Paulino
    Bud Norris

    The rest of my SP staff looks like this:

    Does that change anything?

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @El Burro: My 2nd choice would’ve been Harang, so, yeah, Masterson. Plus Masterson gets the O’s. That’s a start.

  125. Tulo is back in the lineup today.

  126. 24 IP, 8 Baserunners, 18 K, 1 W, 1 L, 1 ND. I’ll take it!

  127. Eddy says:


    Who to sit tomorrow?

    Werth @Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.95 ERA)
    Adam Jones @Masterson (0-3, 5.23 ERA)
    Holliday @ Harang (2-4, 6.02 ERA)
    Bruce @ Jaime (3-2, 1.18 ERA)
    Rajai Davis @Saunders (1-5, 6.19 ERA)
    Quentin @ Gil Meche (0-4, 8.24 ERA)

  128. Joe B says:

    Who would you rather have as a DL stash… De la Rosa or Bedard?

  129. GastelessTarbage says:

    Hillman gone….maybe Yost gives Killa a chance?

  130. Joe B says:

    Latos or Leake???

  131. ThePensive says:

    @El Burro: Yeah, go Masterson. You have Oswalt and Hudson for vet stability type stuff…I might even be selling one of those (preferably Hudson).

  132. and1mcgee says:

    Crawford Franklin for King Felix Jeter? I want him to add on Leake or Alfredo Simon…

    Kerry Wood or Alfredo Simon? Wood is a free agent. thanks!

  133. El Burro says:


    Yeah, my league (14 teams) is very deep (30 players per squad) and solid owners all around — we start 12 pitchers every week (4 SP, 2RP and 6 Flex pitchers), so good SP is a rare commodity and the wire is thin, at best. So, not looking to “sell” unless I get a better arm in return. In fact, I think Hudson could be this year’s Chris Carpenter – his stuff is still legit; despite a somewhat shaky start last time out. I like the ERA, WHIP potential there. I dont chase wins much, so Im pretty content with 3 wins, 2.64 ERA, 1.24 WHIP out of my 4th or 5th arm (the WHIP should probably get better). I do like to sell high, but not sure what I could expect to get in return…

    Ill run with Masterson…again. I owned him the first 4 weeks of season and dropped him for Morrow! Morrow is a little too wild for my liking, pretty sure hed walk me if I got an AB against him; and I cant hit an 80 mph fastball, let alone one in the mid 90’s.

  134. William says:

    @Grey – I need to vent.

    Prince Fielder, David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Jason Bay. those were the first 4 batters I selected and my keeper was Matt Kemp. My middle bargain pick was Carlos Quentin. I have 1 homer this week.

    If you were me, what would you do? Which players other than Bay would you try to trade? My league mates have a prejudice against Bay the way they do against Alfonso Soriano… to my benefit.

    I keep praying to the H2H gods that I somehow stay in the playoff hunt despite my top players batting like Rey Ordonez. F’n Fielder Pronking me.

  135. Tom Emanski says:

    OK, slow game night and I’m bored.

    Here’s my all Hot Girl Names Team (active hotties)

    C – Taylor Teagarden
    1B – Gaby Sanchez
    2B – Kelly Johnson
    SS – Cody Ransom (Augie Ojeda is the Ugly Girl counterpart)
    3B – Casey Blake
    CF – Austin Jackson
    RF – Alexis Rios
    LF – Kosuke Fokudome
    DH – Pat Burrell (watch out though, Pat could surprise you)
    P – Jaime Garcia

  136. and1mcgee says:

    am i stupid if i need a 3B and I trade Quentin for M Young?

  137. Mitch says:

    Am I seeing things or is CarGo batting leadoff again?

    WTF is your problem Jim Tracy?

  138. @El Burro:

    I got Hudson too and I think you are being overly optimistic. Still, some pitchers do strand a lot of guys and Hudson seems to be one that can keep it up. His home stadium is a big help.

  139. NukeLaDouche says:

    @and1mcgee: Not at all.

  140. @William:

    I got a bad feeling Bays gonna end up something like .275 with 22 HR and 85 RBI. He’s a HR hitter in a park you can’t hit HR’s in.

  141. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: F-Her side. Wood…

    @Tom Emanski: That’s hilarious!

    @William: Fielder will come around, you just have stay patient. You’re not going to get anything for Bay. Or maybe that’s me just being paranoid about bay myself. Maybe try and buy a guy people don’t trust like say Krispie and Konerko. But you’re going to do more damage than good selling low.

    @and1mcgee: It’s okay.

    @Mitch: He’s a moron.

  142. and1mcgee says:

    grey, crawford/bruce/franklin for zimmerman/werth? or is king felix/jeter better than zimmerman/werth? thanks.

  143. William says:

    @Grey – always the voice of reason.

    Here’s another preference question: In my H2H league I currently don’t have a streamer position… which I tend to like, but I’m not sure who I can drop.

    Who is more worthy of a spot in a 12 team league? Ervin Santana or Wandy Rodriguez? I’m leaning towards Ervin since Wandy can only be useful in home starts and he might not be healthy all year. I really screwed up drafting him in the 8th round of my draft.

  144. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Hmm… ESPN’s stat tracking seems to be broken. It’s telling me I got a stolen base from Hanley Ramirez today.

  145. NukeLaDouche says:

    Chacin ruined Wilson’s day for me!? And to think, today I didn’t even have to use my AK. It had really been a good day. :(

  146. Eddy says:

    @Tom Emanski:
    That’s some hilarious stuff. Although if I had to make a change it’d be in the pitchers spot.

    Dana Eveland is all over that!!

  147. @Grey: Just offered a chump dump of AJax, Gregg and Buerhle for Dempster and Gardner. The guy owns Lidge, so I’m hoping to catch him at a moment of temporary insanity.

    I know you’re not a fan of Gardy but I think he’s elevated his game above the other SAGNOF sons. Dude has an 11% walk rate and hitting in that lineup, he’s scoring tons of runs.

    Wow how about 22 for 132 so far this week with a .225 OBP. This is a team that includes Pujols, Jete and Panda mind you.

    As old Joe Schultz would say to his Seattle Pilots, “great game guys, now lets go pound some f’n Buds.”

  148. manfromearth says:

    Grey, I’d really like to pick up Russell Branyan in my RCL. I’m waiting on Prince Fielder to come around at 1b and have Andy LaRoche at 1b/3b. My outfielders are Crawford, Bay, Morgan, McCutchen, Bautista, Cruz. Billy Butler is my Utility guy. The rest of my team (these guys, I can’t drop, unfortunately in some cases, for Branyab) is Doumit, Weeks, Sandoval, Uribe, Prado. I think Morgan, Bay, LaRoche or Bautista are my best choices to drop….would you make the move and which one. Thanks for the awesome site!

  149. and1mcgee says:

    what is up with Carlos Pena’s BABIP? i wonder what it is

  150. Bostonbeerman says:

    Pavano, Harden, Leake in that order? We count BB/K

    also for some crazy reason Lilly is available in my league. Drop any one of them for Lilly?

  151. pat says:

    Team A:
    Pedroia, Wright, Gio Gonzalez

    Team B:
    Hanley, Polanco, Kendrick

  152. @and1mcgee:

    His LD% rate is down and his GB% is up from his career norms. Thats gonna depress BABIP for anyone but a speedster who can get infield hits. (Not Pena)

  153. and1mcgee says:

    @pat: Team A. As good as Hanley is, Pedroia has been a g and Wright has brought it. Kendrick makes me want to pull my own teeth out.

  154. Buge Hoobs says:

    @tom emanski:
    What about relief? Kerry Wood or Houston Street?

  155. DrEasy says:

    This is how the first 4 rounds of my draft went, what did I do wrong?

    1. (3) Álex Rodríguez 3B -> sucks
    2. (22) Matt Holliday OF -> can’t hit when Pujols is on base
    3. (27) Kevin Youkilis 1B,3B -> decent pick, but traded him for Adrian Gonzalez last week
    4. (46) Curtis Granderson OF -> hurt

  156. 1) Shoulda taken Utley like I did.
    2) He’s a 2nd half guy, dont worry about it
    3) Seems to have worked out.
    4) Yeah, hes hurt.

    So, really, nothing much wrong. It’s not like Arod wont get better.

  157. TonyCino says:

    10×10 roto 12 team, roster 23 + 6 bench + 6 DL. My SP staff is:
    Duchshearer DL
    (Bedard DL).

    I was offered Colby Lewis for Prado, Prado is a bench player for me. Should I?

  158. DrEasy says:

    @Elijah: Yeah, I agree I should gave taken Utley there. I gambled on a big bounce-back season for ARod assuming he’d be fully healthy. Don’t know what’s wrong with him.

    Anyway, just felt like venting. Thanks for listening! :)

  159. Tom Emanski says:

    @Eddy: @Buge Hoobs: Gotta go with Street over Wood for obvious reasons.

    Other pitching options include Jo-Jo Reyes, Jamey Wright, Jesse Chavez, Casey Janssen, Hayden Penn, and Dana Eveland

  160. mauledbypandas says:

    anybody watching this Colorado game, wow.. why are they playing in that rain

  161. Buge Hoobs says:

    Grey, 10 man 5×5 no trade league
    My staff of hurlers include:
    the Adverb

    With Valverde and FCordero in Relief, do you think I need Clippard or Contreras (or Slowey or Wandy for that matter) when the injury bug has just knocked me down to Bartlett for my Util. spot?

    I’m in last place with HR’s.
    Avail hitters include Swish (worth the risk with the bicep?), willingham, Huff, Snider, LaRoche

    Any of the pitchers dropped, with the exception of Clippard, are sure to get picked up immediately and gone forever.

    Who do I cut?

  162. Kazmere says:

    Can someone tell me what’s wrong with J-Upside? 6RBI, 14Ks in his last 12 games. bleh

  163. Buge Hoobs says:

    Sorry, and who’s my new Util.?

  164. Howie says:

    @Grey: I need saves…I have Cain and Haren as tradebait and considering offering one for either Broxton or Capps.

    How would you rank my SPs- Cain and Haren; and how would you rank the closers listed (for saves only)?

    4×4 traditional league…


  165. Steve says:

    So Baker owners – are you sitting or starting tomorrow?

  166. @Kazmere:

    He’s a streak hitter by nature.

  167. sean says:

    Anyone watching this COL/WAS game? This Mark Jackson commercial was hilarious!

    PS: how bad can the weather get before they just call this thing??

  168. herschel says:

    @Kazmere: as a kemp owner, id be happy with those numbers.

  169. mauledbypandas says:

    @herschel: i’ll take all the runs Kemp is getting, even while slumping

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: Don’t give Crawford and Bruce.

    @William: Lose Ervin to stream.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha

    @3FingersBrown: I like Gardner.

    @manfromearth: No problem… Bautista

    @Bostonbeerman: That order seems fine, Lilly over Leake normally, but I’m not sure Lilly’s fully healthy.

    @Buge Hoobs: Wood

    @TonyCino: Take Lewis.

    @Buge Hoobs: Not sure of your question. You have Clippard? I’d grab Snider for power. Can lose Clippard if you have him.

    @Howie: Cain for Broxton is fair.

    @Steve: I wouldn’t start him vs. the Yankees.

    @sean: Ha!

  171. benson says:

    Got a tough call to make when Duchscherer comes off the DL . . . drop Todd Helton or Russell Branyan?

  172. Steve says:

    @Grey: I have to fill my LF and Util spots with two of Snider, Lind, CQ and Branyan. For now I’ve gone with Snider at LF and Branyan at Util.

    Seem about right? It’s 14-team H2H, (LF CF, RF, 1 x Util)

  173. @sean:

    It started getting crazy, just call the damn thing, you can’t play in a mudbog.

  174. Eddy says:

    I decided to get on a time machine and look at Razzball’s early posts. These were the first two comments ever, on the top 10 1B of 2007.

    # 1 Anonymous Says:
    November 18th, 2007 at 4:44 pm
    How the Crap is Carlos Pena not on this list you just lost all credibility

    # 2 Who We Are Says:
    November 18th, 2007 at 5:46 pm
    If I were to tell you he’s listed at #2, would that gain any credibility?

    Hmm I wonder if Anonymous hides among us…

    It was pretty weird seeing you respond to people in full sentences and sometimes even -gasp- a paragraph!

    And boy did you guys bash on Karabell ha!

    Random question: is Who We Are still here but on a different alias?

  175. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Ha! First. Comment. Ever. Who We Are was Rudy and I, but it was on Blogspot so it didn’t allow Rudy and I to have separate handles… I think, it was a while ago.

  176. Eddy says:

    Ahhh that makes sense. It was fun going back and reading all of that and witnessing the evolution of what is the funniest sports blog on the ‘tubez!

    Congrats on having such a successful site!

  177. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Thanks, man. I appreciate it.

  178. Rogerthat says:

    Trade question!

    I’m in a keeper league. I’ve been offered Heyward and Slowey for Lincecum. I’d have Heyward for $9 next year if I accepted. Thoughts?

  179. Swapnil says:

    Hey grey..
    both carlos lee and adam lind have been dropped in my 12 team yahoo mixed league.. extra categories BB and OBP…only players I could drop are pence ,carlos pena,alfonso soriano and chipper jones..I have 2 util spots so wont be a problem picking both lind and lee…
    what should I do??? thanksss…

  180. Ruah says:

    – Carlos Lee droppable with wire options like Snider, Quentin and Bruce available?

    – Better CI/Util option? Branyan or Beltre? Need to drop one

    – As with Carlos Lee, do these guys come around: D Lee, A Hill, Lind?

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