Jordan Walden is replacing Fernando Rodney as the closer for the Angels.  The Angels decided to drop a guy with two first names for a guy with two last names.  Makes sense – you start a game with a guy with two first names, you close a game with a guy with two last names.  (No bullpen backup plan for you, Jeff Francis!)  (Oh, and don’t forget Charles (Jeff) Nelson Reilly in middle relief.)  Walden should be owned in every league that counts things like saves.  Seems like a Neftali-type situation.  Walden has to lose the job back to Rodney.  Fernando can’t win it back by just being good (as remote as that even seems).  By June, Walden can be a Donkeycorn and never look back.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kendrys Morales – Took BP.  Where?  To court for the oil spill?  *rereading news report*  Oh!  Batting practice.  That’s a good sign.  If someone lost patience with Kendrys, I’d buy him for sixty cents on the dollar.  No more though, he could be a setback away from missing another month.

Hank Conger – Homered in his first start of the season.  Here’s what Stephen said about Conger, “He has above average bat speed and contact.  His plate-discipline is stellar but his defense is still marginal at best.  I don’t see the Angels giving him much of a chance catching.”  And that’s me quoting Stephen!  Conger’s in a tough spot for playing time; Scioscia loves Mathis like a fat kid loves cake.

Sean Rodriguez – 1-for-3 with his first homer.  This comes after Maddon announced Felipe Lopez would see time at 3rd while Longoria’s out.  Sean-Rod pissed off the baseball gods in another life because he just can’t get guaranteed playing time no matter where he is.  Oh, and on a real baseball note, the Rays don’t look good.  That is all.

Madison Bumgarner – 3 IP, 3 ER vs. the Padres.  When the only hitter you need to pitch around is Nick Hundley, you kinda should beat the team… Or at least get out of the fourth inning.

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Before the game, Tony Gwynn announced the arrival of a brand new Hodgepadre.  Then Tony ate a hot fudge sundae while watching a videotape of his old at-bats.  Pretty unsexy name, but the Harangutan is worth starting at home in every league until he no longer is.

Mike Leake – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Before you run out and pick him up, this was against the team Ed Wade’s Toupee put together that is currently 0-4.

Mike Stanton – Pinch hit yesterday, but is supposedly not starting until Friday with his hamstring strain.  The real sad emoticon in this whole thing is he had leg issues in the spring so hopefully this won’t be an ongoing issue the whole year.

Gaby Sanchez – 2-for-5, hitting .444 on the year.  I wouldn’t defrost Ted Williams head just yet, but he’s hitting well.

Anibal Sanchez – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  It’s not Dirty Sanchez, it’s not Filthy Sanchez, it’s Unsanitary Sanchez.

Ryan Zimmerman – 1-for-2 with his first homer and he’s hitting .364.  Member when you wouldn’t draft him because he wasn’t playing in Spring Training?  Oh, you.

Mike Morse – 1-for-4 with 3 Ks, now hitting .154.  I’d say he’s not hitting righties, but he’s not hitting lefties either.

Brandon McCarthy – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the 1927 Blue Jays.  What I’m thinking with McCarthy is Beane, as played by Brad Pitt, hasn’t had much luck in the last few years, so McCarthy is gonna pan out.  I think that’s confirmation bias, but I don’t feel like going to Wikipedia to look it up.  Either way, that’s a marginal ‘keep your eye on him, but don’t pick him up yet.’  (Sorry, you now have to read the rest of this with one eye.)

Conor Jackson – 2-for-4 as he hit 3rd.  He’s like totally recovered from Valley Fever, as if.  BTW, he’s a backup outfielder as of right now.  Yes, a team is very good when they have a backup outfielder batting third.  /sarcasm

Brian Fuentes – Out with a blister.  The A’s manager hopes Fuentes can go Wednesday.  Fantasy managers that own Fuentes aren’t sure what to hope for.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-5 with his first homer (in possibly 4 years, or maybe it just feels that way).  After he hit the home run, fireworks went off… In my heart.  He’s batting third and hitting; ask questions later, just pick him up.

Alcides Escobar – 1-for-5.  Whoopie-doo, I know.  But he stole his 2nd base.  Last year, it took him until May 29th to steal his 2nd base.  Oh, it’s on.

Yovani Gallardo – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Rudy picked him to win the Cy Young.  In the preseason, I ranked him 10th overall for all starters.  If you’re reading this, you probably own him.  Yay us!

Carlos Gomez – Benched for Nyjer.  And that’s how quickly a major league manager can realize a player sucks at baseball.   Oh, well.

James McDonald –  4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I gotta be honest, my heart wasn’t fully into this guy as a potential late round bargain.  Pirates pitchers are arghuably the worst in baseball from 1 through 5.  In most competitive leagues, I’d hold McDonald for another start, but start making other plans.

Kyle McClellan – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m eating whatever Dave Duncan is cooking.

Cole Hamels – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Drop him!  I keed.  He had a 5.28 ERA last April and still ended the year with a 3.06.  As they say in Vegas about the shoe, you gotta deal with it.

Chris Young – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Was so cute the way the giraffes at the Bronx Zoo all gathered around the TV to watch this start.  I liked Young when he pitched for the Padres, and Metco isn’t that bad, but his fastball has been trending down for four years and he works up in the zone.  9 baserunners in 5 and a third like yesterday isn’t great.  You can pick him up, I wouldn’t.  I.e., You do what you do and I’ll do what I do and we’ll be fine.

Josh Tomlin – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I believe Josh Tomlin was a child actor on an 80’s sitcom.  I wouldn’t pick him up, Willis.

Josh Beckett – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Sticking with the newly established Josh theme, I don’t love Beckett to bounce back from last year.

Barry Enright – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Uncle Barry was babysitting the baby bears and they went wild.  BTW, Barry Enright vs. Andrew Cashner sounds like a match-up in the Greater Westchester County Dental Tennis league.

Andrew Cashner – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Pitched beautifully until he left the game with tightness in his shoulder.  Accidentists happen.

Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer of the year.  It’s about time!  Oh, wait, it’s less than a week into the season.  Eh, you probably dropped him already.

Jhoulys Chacin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Another pitcher I told everyone and their pedophile uncle to draft.  Hope you had the peanuts to start him in Coors.

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-3 with his first homer and he’s hitting .444 on the year.  I saw someone ask the other day in the comments if they should drop him.  Didn’t you just draft him?

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not bad vs. Texas.  But, hey, listen, he’s a rookie, it’s not going to be all peaches and cream in the champagne room every start out.

Willie Bloomquist – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a steal.  Justice has been served!

Juan Miranda – 1-for-3.  Kirk Gibson announced Miranda would get the majority of the starts to see what they have in him.  Finally, a manager that makes a smart decision.  Miranda’s worth a flyer in leagues 14+ to see if he can not only stick but make good on some of his promise.

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, I wish Justin and B.J. had a brother named Wes.  Wesssssupppppton!

Mark Teixeira – His fourth homer.  He attributed his newfound early season success to not sleeping since last October.  This message was sponsored by Red Bull.

Alexi Ogando – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  A… O… A’ight!  He left with a blister.  Probably because he was throwing heat.  He won’t be in the rotation for long, but you have my permission to grab him while he is.

Aaron Hill – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs.  I think I heard mumblings in the forums or the comments or somewhere that Aaron Hill is already a bust.  Um, they’ve only played four games and he’s hitting cleanup for the 1927 Blue Jays.  Chillax.

Jose Bautista – Out because of a personal matter.  I’m guessing he’s in Russia killing people for Ben.

The Angels decided to drop a guy with two first names for a guy with two last names.
  1. Joel says:

    Grey: Would you drop Farnsworth or Fuentes for Ogando?

  2. Hi Grey: Now that Nyjer seems to have a starting job, more or less where does he rank among OFs? What are a couple of names with similar value?

    And if I wanted to buy low on Cole am I offering too much if I offer, say, Sherzer? Or if he pitches well tonight and I offer Volquez, that’s positive for me, no?

    Many thanks.

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY ha,grabbed walden 2 days ago hoping for this,trying to trade 2 of these guys,valverde,rodriquez and street,im assuming valverde is the best of these,do you concur

  4. Eric says:

    Grey: My 14-team league counts both holds and saves equally and I find myself heavy on the saves guys (in fact, when there’s a full slate I need to bench one RP because I don’t have space). For holds I have Gregerson and my closers are Valaverde, F-Rod, Contreras, Putz, and now Walden (I had Walden for holds). I’m thinking I should probably trade away two closers and pick up someone for holds. Which are the RPs you think I should shop around (combination of the best market value and lowest real value)?

  5. barker says:

    20 team keeper ( keep 6 ) league trade question

    i give gallardo or verlander i get wright — which pitcher would u prefer to give up?
    my current staff of SP verlander gallardo t hudson pavano penny beachy pineda britton

    his staff of SP chacin morrow DL richard matusz DL zito

    can i afford to lose one of my aces ??

    i don’t think it is too little to give up because he has beltre and moustakas ( royals fan so he may keep him ) already and not much SP — my current 3B is cuddyer who would become my util/ supersub so its an obvious upgrade at that spot for me and i don’t really want to keep two or three SPs anyway…

  6. Steve says:

    There I was, feeling a bit stressed in my H2H league, so I tried some Yo-Ga.

    Felt better immediately.

  7. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: do you think Jose Lopez is going to do much this year? My MI position is horrible and he’ll be eligible by next week for the spot.

  8. Atherton32 says:

    Is Bloomquist worth a flier in a 14 team league with only 22 transactions a year? Did I mention my current 3rd baseman is Valencia since Longoria is on the DL.

  9. Dave says:

    H2H Daily league… Should I drop Pedro A. or Tabata for Alex Gordon??

  10. Wilson's Beard says:

    @Grey: Is Dave Duncan’s newest protege worth an add in a 14 teamer, or is he still a spot starter? Your boyfriend Beachy is still a FA. Pick him up instead?

  11. A.J. says:

    Finally, the Gordon haS COME BACK…to being rosterable. I’m excited about Alex – His swinging smoothly at pitches. Just what he worked on. Looking like a mini-Josh-Hamilton out there. Pick him up! If he gets krazy hot – trade him to a sucker. If hes a solid 4/5 hr a month guy. Boy you got your fantasy game changer!

  12. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Pineda or Drabek?

  13. theevilempire says:

    With Longo down for the count, I have some craptastic options at 3B. Currently using Cuddyer in 1B/3B slot and Encarnacion at 3B. Looking for another option at the 1B/3B slot.

    Polanco, Freese, Rolen, Smoak, Izturis are available.

    Should I drop any of these folks for one of the above?

    Cuddyer, Span, Boesch, Bloomquist, Manny, V.Wells

  14. kangaroo hops says:

    dropping Rodney (picked up Walden) for a flier on either J. Francis or J. Hammel. Not too deep a bench, so I gotta grab a upside starter while the gettin’s good. Premature to drop Rodney for Hammel/Francis? Which one?

  15. Jordan73 says:

    I’m mostly upset because Hamels didn’t even have the decency to take me out to a nice dinner beforehand.

  16. Danks Nugs says:

    Peaches and cream in the champagne room? That’s too much pseudo-sexual hip-hop for one post!! lol

  17. Trick dad says:

    Grey- 12 team keeper league – would you drop markakis, span or kila for gordon at Util? Or hold off?

  18. Cain Fan says:

    Any news on Phillips? I heard he was pulled after an awkward slide. I didn’t actually see it, any Cinci fans care to comment? Thanks!

  19. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:

    Sweet Lost reference!

  20. Ozzie says:

    I do not understand the love for Yovani, He is Dan Haren 2.0. A first half pitcher. Until he puts together a full season, any Cy Young talk is uncalled for and he should be on the SELL list comes ASB.

    Please correct me if I am missing something, or point out why people have so much love for him, but a top 10 pitcher with the #’s he has put up is a reach.

    I hope I am wrong, because I have him on a team, but I am def going to be shopping him to improve other aspects of my team.

    Also, where are his K’s?

  21. Jack the Ripper says:

    I’ve got McDonald…Would you drop him for Harang, Harrison or Leake? Thanks

  22. Wilsonian says:

    Just dropped Prince’s worthless ass. I think I’d rather have the Symbol playing first for me.

    I keed…I keed. But seriously, someone remind him to hit homeruns. Willie Bloomquist has more bombs (and is more fantasy relevant at this point).

    In other, unrelated Brewers issues, would now be a good time to buy low on the Ax man?

  23. Jermo says:

    Drop Beltran for Alex Gordon?

  24. Pepe Silvia says:

    holding the fort while Holliday’s on the mend, who’s the best option out of:


    I think I already owe you a daiquiri for compelling me to acquire YoGa. nice work.

  25. mets fan says:

    grey drop mcdonald for vazquez?

  26. Mark says:

    RE: “Guessing he’s in Russia klling people for Ben”

    Lost jokes are so two years ago, when there were people who actually thought the ending might somehow be good, or make something that resembled….what’s that stuff again? Oh right, sense.

    JK, I laughed at that and my initial reaction was to post something like “your’e on fire today Grey!” but then decided I couldn’t pass an opportunity to Razz the great Razzer.

    I nabbed Walden in a bunch of leagues, mostly a few nights ago. I almost picked up Downs and Takahashi in one league where I really needed another closer, but Pshocia saved me the trouble. I was also on the Gordon bandwagon already, but I added him in just about all my other leagues last night too, though I was on the fence about dropping Dexter Fowler for him in one or two (I had lots of speed in one so it wasn’t so tough, but the other I have Zimmerman and Alvarez already so I’m having second thoughts, but the trade value prospects of a quality 3B persuaded me).

  27. Mr2Bits says:

    Yunel Escobar or Ian Desmond as a temp filler for Drew?

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:

    desmond seems like the long term choice but hasnt hit a lick yet,while yunel is fairly hot,but if des heats up he will post numbers across the board,

  29. xopchipili says:

    Thoughts on Belt? Is he not ready, or just off to a rough start? I haven’t had a chance to actually see him play.

  30. Michael Bourne says:

    Gallardo: Where are all your strike outs I was promised? Do I already have 70K this week? Yes (Thank you Kershaw). Do I have 19 more than my opponent and 18 more than any other team? Yes (See last parenthesis statement). Do I still have 7 more starts left this week and will already clear 100k? Yes (there is no C). But you are taking the slowest path to 200k in one season… 1.8k/9 is only like 1000 IP. Not bad for one year.

  31. Frank Rizzo says:

    I’m in a shallow 10 team league. I own Zobrist but for some stupid reason Kendrick is still on the wire. I went to the Rays/Angels game last night and Grey’s damn right…..the Rays don’t look good. No life, dead bats, etc. I don’t want to jump off my drafted team too fast but wonder if Kendrick was the pick all along. Zobrist or Howie the rest of the year?

  32. BeachyKeen says:

    Drop Javier Vazquez (my 6th starter) for Beachy?

  33. ThePoonTycoon says:

    for those wondering about yovani’s Ks, i think they come around. maybe not 200+, but at least in the 180 range. seems like maybe he’s pitching contact a little more and trying to go deep in games instead of trying to K everyone. what did he throw last night? 111 pitches? i remember when yovani would throw 111 pitches in 5 2/3, get you 7 Ks, but also walk 4 guys and give you a decent era but a bit of a whipping.

  34. Alcesto says:

    Yo Grey, do you trot Volquez out there today? He got shelled in his last start but he gets the ‘Stros at home and they stink. What do you think?

  35. AdamH says:

    Who do you start in weekly leagues for the time being: Rauch or Gregg?

    Also, any need to keep Rodney around (have Walden, Nunez, Gregg, Rauch and Chapman)?

  36. bshow says:

    I was slow to the trigger and lost out on grabbing Walden yesterday. Now, I still have Rodney…there are some other RP out there…should I drop Rodney for any of these guys? If so, which one should I get 1st (I am thinking Burnett in Wash), but need advice.
    Burnett (Wash), Rauch (Tor), Uehara (Balt), Peralta (TB), Lopez (Hou).
    Thanks in advance!
    ALso – is there any chance Rodney gets the closer roll back?

  37. Black Beard says:

    Dunn gets emergency appendectomy.

  38. Dave says:


    with Dunn out for a week, who should I pick up?

    Garrett Jones

  39. 2qbn says:

    Two ADD induced douche’s dropped Wandy Rod and Vazquez. I’m contemplating picking one of them up. My drop options are Anibal, Niese or Pineda (though I kind of want to keep him). Thoughts players?

  40. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: Why’s Bautista killing someone in Russia? Missed that flick…

    Donkey needs his appendix out too!? I think he and Holliday must be working out way harder than those guys who just suffer intercoastal-obliquatta’s, so much so that they appendix’s (or is that appendixi?) burst!

    I have so much sadness that I kept Hamels over Yo-Ga right night. Tell me Hamels will be alright. Oh, you did. Thanks.

    Where’s the LoMo love? Hit his second HR of the year yesterday after hitting only in 287 PA in 2010. Kids’ got Marlin blood in his veins I tell ya!

  41. papasmurf says:

    Iannetta is my 2nd best hitter so far; good news and bad news…

    I dropped Chris Young for Harang. Mid-80’s fastball… he’s gonna get crushed when he’s missing command.

  42. Timmox says:

    I just dropped Kurt Suzuki for Ianetta in a 6×6 with OPS. My logic was that Ianetta homers and walks enough to have a good OPS despite the BA. Plus, I hate Suzuki. Reasonable decision or a case of ADD?

  43. Alvarez4President says:


    Pineda or Travis Wood?

    Also, I have not dropped Colvin yet, but he was on my Sonavabench! when he went deep.

  44. Rodger Dodger says:

    Travis Hafner.
    It looks like he might be back to his old business, 4 game hitting streak, 1 HR, .375 Anyone care to pontificate on his abilities this year? Grey, it’s early, but based on what we’re seeing would you consider stashing him in a mixed league 12 team, standard roto?

  45. bshow says:

    one more question…should I drop Erick Aybar (LAA) for Gordon (KC)?

  46. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    Re: Fuentes and the rest of the A’s pen…won’t you come home ‘drew Bailey…Andrew Bailey won’t you please come hoooooooome.

    Re: Aaron Hill…the Blue Jays radio play by play guy, who is just swell by the way, says that John Farrell says that Aaron Hill is going to steal a whole lotta bases this year. That’d be neat.

    Re: SROD…Joe Maddon is fanatically addicted to the notion that he can’t hit right handed pitching. He feels the same way about Matt Joyce only in reverse hand. Apparently there is no talking Joe out of this. Rays do stink. Except I heard Bossman Junior spent all season with Rod Carew. That was probably smart.

    Re: Ogando, he should have Ubaldo whizz on his hands.

  47. xopchipili says:

    Who knew Donkeys had appendixes? (appendices?)

  48. Pooch says:


    Just missed Walden the other day, looks like everyone in my league reads this site.

    Who are the next closers to lose their jobs and the best guys to own in those situations?

    Thanks in advance.

  49. Wilsonian says:

    No, I’m not dropping Napoli – he’s being Ron Popeil-ed – however, I’m getting a little annoyed already with Ron Washington thinking he’s a friggin’ Scosciapath because Nap is sitting AGAIN today. Does he think they’ve already filled their April homerun quota, or what? That is all I have to say about that.

  50. Eddy says:

    Grey, if you had to drop either McGee or Farnsworth for Peralta, who would you drop?

  51. Eddie says:

    Dunn’s appendix just got rung up.

  52. Suck My Wieters says:


    Who do you value more for this season only. Dexter Fowler or Logan Morrison? My brain is telling me Morrison but my heart is saying Fowler.

  53. Jake says:


    Total Bases + RBIs:

    Kendrick or Gordon for Utility spot?

  54. mc serch says:

    Morning Grey —
    Quick question….drop Rodney for A. Gordon or Uncle Miltie, or perhaps Bard? I’m not carrying an extra hitter at this point (Vladdy’s in my U spot) and already rostering Nunez, Burnett, Rauch and Saito. If I make this move I can also snatch Downs off the DL as a continued play on the Scosciapath’s unsettled bullpen sitch.

  55. bshow says:

    Morning all! I am in a points league (with 2 DL spots – using 1 right now w/ Johan Santana)…anyways, being that it’s a points only league, having a guy on DL hurts a lot. Is it worth it to try to trade for Longoria (who might be out for another 3-4 weeks?
    I am thinking of offering Joe Mauer for Longoria? (again this is points league)…should I do this ?


  56. Wilsonian says:

    And down goes Cashner…to the 15 Day DL with a “mild” strain in the back of his rotator cuff.

  57. KayCee says:

    May want to take the flier (or is it flyer) on Gordon. Drop Raburn (no 2b elig), Encarnacion, or D.Lee on him? No backup 1B if Lee.

  58. and1mcgee says:

    totally dropped Tyler Colvin the day before he played and hit a jack. :P I hate u grey!

  59. ThePoonTycoon says:

    since it’s highly highly unlikely pooholes leaves stl imo, i’m assuming the cubs will throw the house at fielder this year, right?

  60. Salty Balty says:

    Finally convinced my fellow owner/manager to ditch Lackey, picked up Harang instead (deep league too, was surprised to see harang on waivers). Please tell me this was a decent move, if it doesn’t work out I’ll never hear the end of it. Lackey looked like absolute dog poo in Texas, though a lot of starters are going to look like poo in Arlington.

    Also, I have an abundance of OF, including Manny, I’m generally pretty patient, but he, and the Rays, look terrible. Should I give him some more time or try and sell him while his name still carries some value?


  61. herschel says:

    @Grey: 12 team, 5 x 5 roto, who do you like most of these WW gems for season upside? chris young (mets), zach britton, chris tillman, alexi ogando, mike minor, aaron harang, brett cecil or chris narveson? i know ill probably be dropping whoever i pick up next week.


  62. shibboleth says:

    Walden books. I just got it!

  63. Alcesto says:

    @Grey: You’re sure about starting Volquez today? I listened to your advice yesterday and started Chacin and that clown only got me 4 k’s!

  64. Panti Jose says:

    Lyon or Walden?

  65. 2qbn says:

    Grey, you are a machine. A reply to several posts within about 45 minutes. Unreal work, man.

  66. KayCee says:

    Thanks Grey… love the blog. Almost pulled that trigger last night- I dislike the thought of Raburn losing PT. I didn’t mention 6×6: avg, hr, r, rbi, sb, ops

    Change anything?

  67. GTS says:

    Start Stauffer @ PETCO? I don’t know if I fully trust him yet (10 team H2H mixed).

  68. carlos marmLOL says:


    One more elite player down and we’ll need a Razzball term for it.

  69. Brian says:

    Hey Grey – quick one: Lind or Francisco for the year? Thanks!

  70. aj says:

    who would you drop to pick up alex gordon?
    Logan Morrison,
    Ben Francisco

  71. Jared says:

    Hey Grey,
    Glad you keep rollin out the updates. Trade question here in a standard 12 Team H2H, would you give Nellie Cruz and the G-Man for Hanley? I would still have an OF of Bruce, Rasmus, Tabata, and Felix would anchor the staff. Thanks!

  72. aj says:

    i can also drop raburn

  73. Wilsonian says:

    Could someone please explain to me why in the hell Juan Miranda is only listed as DH in ESPN leagues?? For one, dude only plays 1B and is in the friggin’ NATIONAL LEAGUE!!! I hate ESPN. Morons.

  74. Man Ram and Sean Rod sitting this afternoon; effectively RamRodding those of us who own both. FU Maddon and your nerdy Family Feud glasses.

  75. Steve Mc says:

    Auto drafted a roto league and my team sucks. Are any of these guys worth holding onto or would u drop them for the hot hand? I am in the basement for all hitting categories

    D Lee
    Carlos Lee

  76. Lisfranc says:

    Start Minor vs. MIL in 12 team roto?

  77. jongenes says:

    @Grey: I like how all offseason ESPN had Miggy at #7 on their rankings and now after a handful of games they bump him up to #2. Why can’t they just read your blog?

  78. Wilsonian says:

    Who’s the better pickup for to fill in for Kendrick, who’s filling in for Dunn:

    Frenchy or Boesch? Went the French route due him stealing some bags, for some unknown reason.

  79. henW says:

    if Downs was actived from DL in the near future, would he get back the CL from Walden as soon as possible ?? or should I drop Downs to pick up Francisco ~ thanks a lot for your response ^^

  80. Wake Up says:

    What is the deal with appendectomies and obliques this year? Just pour some pickle juice on it you cunts(sorry ladies, but Curb is on).

  81. Salty Balty says:

    Dropped Lackey for Harang, good move? and;

    Sell Manny now while I can get something for him? He looks awful, half hour late on fastballs and Longoria w/ a bum oblique – which can linger. I’m deep in the OF.

  82. ThePoonTycoon says:

    nevermind, it’s the scosciapath, answered my own question

  83. Eddy says:

    Ubaldo to DL.

    Expected back on the 17th.

  84. DonCoburleone says:

    When you say you’d get Kendrys for 60 cents on the dollar would Carlos Lee and Denard Span be about right? I just offered that in one of my leagues…

  85. Jared says:

    O my fault, G-Man is Gallardo.

  86. trick dad says:

    hey grey – are you concerned about longoria’s injury lingering?

  87. Joel says:

    Grey: a Jeter owner in my league is freaking out. I have Castro. If I trade him castro for jeter I can definitely expand the trade to get a significant advantage in the rest of the deal. For the rest of the season, would you rather have Jeter or Castro in a 5×5 h2h league? if castro, is it close?

  88. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: Ah. I’m one of the 6 people in America who may have never seen “Lost.”

    Another start like last night and McDonald will be flippin’ burgers!

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:

    anyone else thinking clippard gets a shot at closer in wash,i have a feeling as with weurtz

  90. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-Points League (Ks = -1)

    Which side?

    Roy Halladay & Mark Reynolds
    Evan Longoria & Dan Haren

  91. GTS says:

    I’m not selling stock yet on McDonald. Pirates aren’t as bad as everyone thinks – plus I think it might be first start of the season jitters. I’m holding him a little bit longer in my 10-team H2H league.

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,kila or milton bradley

  93. Raj says:

    Latos is scheduled to pitch Monday against the Reds. Just throwing that out there.

  94. Howard says:

    I asked for a win, all I got was a lump of Cole! If it weren’t for Yo and Jo my ratios would’ve been on the moon!

  95. Good You says:

    @Grey: in a keeper league H2H 7×7, guy put heyward on the block, wants ace in return, says hes treating heyward as low 20s ranking, which is legit, im thinking i offer halladay and either prado or weeks for his heyward and either jared weaver or verlander, and may include his 9th round (1st after keepers) for my 11th (3rd), decent deal?

  96. Good You says:

    btw his 2nd base is a combo of izturis and figgins so he needs the upgrade there…

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:

    lidge out till allstar break now

  98. Alejandro says:

    @ Grey

    I’ve got the opportunity to get A-rod or Longoria in trades.

    Would you still prefer Longoria even with him on the DL?

    Thanks ahead of time!

  99. Tony says:

    hellicson with 8 ks’ in 3.2 innings? serious clark?

  100. Joey says:


    16 team league – categories that reward extra base hits and walks

    Would you want Juan Miranda over Freese?

  101. Joey says:

    @Eddy – I’d take Gordon over Belt

  102. GTS says:

    Would you drop McDonald for Kyle McClellan?

  103. Frank says:

    @Grey: In my H2H league I drafted Raburn cause he had 2b eligibility and I drafted Sean-Rod as his backup. Am I going to be held hostage all year by their managers who refuse to give these guys everyday at bats?

  104. Eddy says:

    Raburn not starting…again.

  105. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Drop A. Hill, Pena, or Reynolds for Gordon? I’m thinking no.

  106. Long Bawls says:

    Raburn/Lewis for J Zimmerman/Hill? Thanks, all!

  107. Pooch says:

    Looks like Leyland is playing Boesch against all righties. I feel like as long as Magglio is healthy, Raburn is not ownable as a OF with no 2b eligibility.

    Time to cut bait on Raburn and get Morrison or Fowler? No bench spots because of injuries, don’t think I can afford a 3 start/week player.

  108. Viagra Falls says:

    Would you offer Morneau, Capps, Jaime Garcia (or C.J. Wilson, would you keep Wilson or Garcia?) and possibly Freeman or Andres Torres for A-Gon, or is that too much for him?

  109. motorcitykitty says:

    @Grey and Razzballers, guy in my 16 team H2H points league is 1 pitcher shy of a full staff (thanks to Ubaldo), so I’m swooping in like a vulture to rid myself of unnecessary parts for a commodity he has in Nelson Cruz. My dilema is I have Lackey, Beckett, AND Burnett. I know, I know. Which one of these guys should I be trying to get rid of the MOST? Whoever it is will be packaged with a replacement OF and a bench pitcher.

  110. Kazmere says:

    Dropping Rodney, could use another SP. Current staff is Kershaw, Weaver, JJohnson, AJBurnett.

    Which one should I pick up?
    Derek Lowe, Guthrie, Matt Harrison, Harang?

  111. GTS says:

    Raburn or Sean Rodriguez???

  112. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    Hey Grey/Poon/etal –

    Please pick 2 of these middle infielders:

    Reid Brignac
    Sean Rodriguez
    Danny Espinosa
    JJ Hardy
    Cliff Pennington
    Orlando Cabrera
    Jack Wilson
    Mark Ellis


  113. I love/hate when a simple throw away like “arghuably” makes me giggle way longer than it should. Nice LOST reference, too.

    So I already had Greinke in my DL slot with Cueto and Peavy on my bench… and now Ubaldo? C’mon man!

    I’m not looking for advice… I know it’s only a week into the season and I need to just relax. However, venting on this little comment thing is part of my relaxation technique. That, and “serenity now.” Deal with it.

  114. Wilsonian says:

    Would like some advice on some pitchers from anyone. Can you pick 2 out of these options:


    OR pick one of the pitchers and one of these bats:


    My gut says Kennedy and Beachy, but Gordo’s hot ass start has me leaning to possibly add him (after putting Longo on the DL).

  115. motorcitykitty says:

    @Grey….Is it too early to be concerned about Phil Hughes lack of velocity? How do you feel about the guy? He was drafted as my #3 P, just wondering if you are of the belief that the speed will come around….

  116. Tom Emanski says:

    Bautista’s out for the birth of his daughter. So it turns out Bautista *did* hit a home run during the All-Star break.

  117. ltf says:

    Mcdonald is hurt and he looked good for someone that’s going to take a few starts to get back to where the Pirates want him. I’d say he’s going to need another start or two until we know where his starting point is for the 2011 season. Charlie Morton looks like he’s going to have a nice 2011.

    I’m game for any trade to take advantage of my depth at 1B and OF(1B slot, UT slot, 3 OF slots)

    Prince Fielder
    Ryan Howard
    Ryan Braun
    Matt Kemp
    Jason Heyward
    Andrew McCutchen
    Jay Bruce
    Hunter Pence

    I’m thinking of trading Ryan Howard and Jason Heyward, I’m just not sure in what direction to take it or at the very least how I assess all the depth I have in OF.

  118. Wilsonian says:

    Damn, I can’t buy a bucket with my damn closers…even Soria looking shaky. Got two quick outs, then goes walk, single, single and gives up a run. Now Konerko is up.

  119. Wilsonian says:

    And Bills made it all the way through 3 whole innings giving up 5 earned. Wow, my ERA looks great today with him and Soria – 9 earned in 4 innings.

  120. HangingChad says:

    I hate Billingsley!!!! Every year I fall into his trap

  121. The Good The Vlad The Utley says:


  122. ltf says:

    Royals bullpen is looking outstanding so far this year(20 IP, 1.35 ERA, 6 scoreless innings last night leading to Melky’s game winning hit[/John Sterling]), Aaron Crow is going to be a sick MR this year, and Tim Collins looks to be up there as well.

  123. crews says:

    Why I hate closers: In two head-to-head points leagues, I have Soria in one and Thornton in the other…blow save = -5 points.

  124. Lines says:

    The sad thing is that Soria and Thornton are supposed to be my good closers…

  125. Rob says:

    I have Raburn as MI in one league. Am thinking about adding Sanchez or Callaspo and benching Raburn for a while (would consider dropping but a fairly deep league).

    I have 6 sort-of to real closers (Thornton, Storen, Lyon, Fuentes, Contreras, Walden). Should I drop 1 (Fuentes maybe) for a MI?

  126. Viagra Falls says:

    Finally got a counter-proposal from the guy who has A-Gon, amongst others, on the trade block. He has rejected two potential trade offers from me so far and refused to offer a counter or email me back with what/who he wants. His roster is stacked so it’s been impossible to find a weakness where he would obviously look to address. But he just now sent his proposal:

    Mauer and Oswalt for A-Gon.

    I want A-Gon a lot. There’s no question how valuable he is, but doesn’t this sound like a bit much to give up? Do you think A-Gon is worth it? I could use his production, but…

  127. chata says:

    with jeffress at 99 mph and thornton at 97 , it must seem like the wind is blowing in , at kauffman .

  128. Wilson's Beard says:

    Espinosa or Nishioka?

  129. GTS says:

    Start Marcum vs ATL tomorrow in 10-team H2H mixed?

  130. GTS says:

    So much for Stauffer at PETCO… should have benched him.

  131. Wilsonian says:

    Stauffer pitching like he’s in Coors, not PETCO…

  132. Roger Lodge says:

    10 Ks in 5.2 IP for Hellboy… sa-weet! How does that song go? If getting roofied is wrong, I don’t want to be right… or something like that.

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:

    lincecum this is what i need

  134. Viagra Falls says:

    I picked up Freddie Freeman at the start hoping to catch fire off all the early offseason buzz. And I know it’s early, but do you think he is worth holding on to or is he worth dropping to pick up someone producing right now like Posada, LoMo, Willingham, Byrd, F. Sanchez, Loney, Hannahan…?

    You think Freeman is going to bust out this season and is a keeper, or do you think he is going to struggle more often than not?

    And you would really give up Mauer and Oswalt for A-Gon? Thx Grey.

  135. Steve says:

    Volquez is a f*ckwit – and so am I for drafting him.

  136. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Volquez blowing up again. I’m done with that turd.

  137. GTS says:

    Raburn had the flu – I’m hoping that explains him on the bench.

  138. GopherDay says:

    Read an article about how the Astros weren’t drawing any walks so far this season. One inning of Volquez solved that problem…

  139. Alcesto says:

    @Grey: thanks for the advice, I hope you started Volquez in all your leagues.

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:

    hope volquez can hit,he might be the next rick ankiel,who was at 1 time a top pitching prospect till a blow up

  141. Eddy says:

    Volquez is the world’s ultimate teaser.

    He walks 4 guys, gives up 4 runs, but has struck out everyone for every single out.

    WTF am I supposed to do with that, Edinson?

  142. Steve says:

    Pelfrey and Dice-K doing some heavy lifting for me in fantasy Razzball.

    Not to mention Aviles’ 0-7.

    Love your work, fellas.

  143. Steve says:

    And now Volquez bunts into an inning-ending double-play.

    Awesome. He’ll probably hurt his shoulder taking his helmet off.

  144. anarchy burger says:

    grey—i finally dumped latos. i got hamels for him. the only catch is latos has a round of 10 on him for next year. i have a bunch of keepers anyway so i don’t really care about the keepability. i was trying to get 60 cents on the dollar for him but i think i lucked out. you guys like this for me???

  145. Eddy says:

    Wait a second— 1-2-3 Inning for Volquez!?!?

  146. Steve says:

    Volquez rolling now.

  147. Eddy says:

    Verlander took some of that Teix magic with him. He is looking fantastic.

    Anyone see how silly he made B.Roberts look?

  148. Tony says:

    here come the reds….

  149. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Desmond must have ate his wheaties before todays game 0-13 and 3-3 first 2 ABs!! too bad i benched him :0:0

  150. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thats my reds

  151. WDE05 says:

    Don’t look now, but Minor is imploding for the braves in the bottom of the 1st in Milwaukee. Walked the 1st 3 batters (only 1 strike thrown) then gave up a 2RBI single to Fielder. Still hasn’t recorded an out. Needless to say, it looks like the braves made the right call when they decided to give Beachy the 5th spot.

  152. I needed to get the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks out of my NL-only 5×5 roto $260 keeper league. Too many whiners and wow, teams colluding, which explains why one team has all the best minor league players and his best friend has all the best major league players. But now I need a league. If anyone has any openings, please contact me, I’m jonesing already. Prefer keeper leagues with similar formats and yes, I know it’s late, but maybe there is a league where someone needs to drop or end up in divorce court.

    [email protected] – thanks.

    Mike Canter

  153. WDE05 says:

    Minor got a DP and got out of the inning. Somehow only 2 runs scored in the inning. He threw 11 straight balls at one point. That was pretty impressive.

  154. Jon says:

    Just received the following trade offer:

    I get Youkilis
    I give Liriano and Shields.

    This seems like a no brainer but my pitching staff without Liriano is kinda weak for a 12 team league: Hamels, Chacin, Edwin Jackson, Beachy and De La Rosa. I already have Fielder so Youk would be in one of my two utility spots. I could flip Youk to the guy with Kendry though.

  155. Steve says:

    Man, you’re in a bit of a spot when you have to walk A-Gonz to pitch to Yooouuuuuuk.

  156. Steve says:

    Thank you Edinson, that will be all.

  157. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: 12 team H2H dynasty points league. Recv’d trade offer of Bumgarner & Chapman for my Alex Gordon. Seems like a no-brainer, but would appreciate your thoughts. Gordon is my starting Utility (I’ve got Snider & D. Young on the bench), but I’m stacked at SP so Bumgarner will only see action on 2 start weeks and Chapman has no value in this format. Thanks!

  158. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Ogando, McCarthy or FrankFrank off the WW going forward? Minor looking good – too bad he’s only got one more (for now). Thanks!

  159. Eddy says:

    If Volquez can nail down the 1st inning of his starts, he can really be something.

    1st inning ERA: 31.50

    Rest of game (8 IP) ERA: 2.25

  160. nyydj2 says:

    Got to love the guy on the mound for Houston now, where did he come from? F. Abad is his name in the box. Could have worked that into a team name somewhere, lol. Hell, I’ve been saying F-ing A Bad since the Volcanoquez started erupting again.

  161. nyydj2 says:

    Someone in Brewtown today must of told the Prince of All Air to stick his frickin bat out over the plate once in a while.

  162. royce! says:

    I was happy to discover that Padma is now familiar with the term “motorboating”.

    Also it’s nice that one good day early on in the year can raise my team by over 20 points. Unfortunately, I was at 50 points, so there’s still some work to do.

  163. JoeC says:

    Damn, I haven’t seen so much whining since Sideways.

  164. BPro says:

    Glad I didnt go All ADD and drop Desmond yet.. he brought his avg up to .222 with his 4-5 2 RBI game!

  165. Jimmy Nuts says:

    I would like Crawford. What about Granderson, Chacin and Belt as an offer?

  166. Swagger Jackers says:

    Not looking good for Yunel. Possible concussion.

  167. mrobs says:

    conshellation win for volquez

  168. donnie baseball says:

    Which side? Uggla, Bautista, and Matusz or Hill, Reynolds, and Papelbon.

  169. WDE05 says:

    Someone in my league waived Granderson. I’m pretty low on the waiver list so I doubt I’ll be able to get him. I already put in a claim for him and to drop Belt. I’m considering canceling and changing it to drop Morse instead. Claim is for tomorrow so I gotta make a decision in the next couple of hours. Thoughts?

  170. WDE05 says:

    *they waived Garnder, not Granderson.

  171. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Start E. Jackson at the slumping Rays tomorrow?

  172. bogbert says:

    Start Liriano @ NYY?

  173. Ralphy says:

    Trying to land Crawford,

    what do you think of Liriano/Rasmus in exchange?

  174. Whiskey Diet says:


    14 Team, H2h, 1 UTIL, 3 OF

    Current outfield: McCutchen, Krispie, Pence

    Add Bourjos or Morgan and lose Wilton Lopez, Sale, or David Hernandez?


  175. BKK says:

    Drop Manny for Coghlan or…eh?

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