CC Sabathia left his start with biceps tightness.  Or is it bicep?  Hmm…  Either way, it’s not great to hear about an arm issue with your fantasy ace.  Right now they’re saying no tests are even necessary.  Give me two hundred CCs of a White Russian and I’m asking this, you pay one hundred trillion dollars for a player and then you don’t send him for tests when he hurts his bicep(s)?  Are they joking?  Seriously, is this Candid Camera?  I thought I saw my Adam Lambert poster’s eyes move.  Is there a camera behind there?  Send me a signal, throw me a line.  Hopefully, tests aren’t necessary because it’s so obviously not a problem.  They don’t need to administer tests for how Sabathia feels about his new home park, The Jetstream.  To the left, to the left… Now, up, baby, up… He has a 3.99 ERA at home and 3.35 away.  His 6 K/9 is more troubling.  That would be the lowest mark of his career.  Even last year in April when he was struggling, he was K’ing more than one batter per inning.  Hopefully in the 2nd half of the year he can rearrange the girth and makes things right.  (Fun with anagrams!)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Daisuke Matsuzaka – Disgraceful List just got one more as the Sawx made room for Smoltz.  Neither funny nor that insightful, but you’d think there would be some kind of rule by the MLB that teams can’t just DL someone because they’re ineffective.

Ryan Howard – In and out of the hospital with a fever.  Phillies doctors said he’d be fine, he just ate a quart of ice cream too fast and his body temperature was trying to overcompensate.

Carlos Beltran – Going for an MRI on Monday for his knee even though he complained days ago and played on Sunday.  Um, okay.  Supposedly he only has pain when he decelerates abruptly.  Here’s an idea, slide!

Endy Chavez – Out for the season so Transylvania’s favorite son, Wladimir Balentien, should get the starts.  Now the Mariners just need all of their major league and minor league catchers to hurt themselves so they have to play Jeff Clement.

Casey McGehee – HR yesterday.  Has 10 homer power, but right now he’s scorching hot, batting over .400 for the last week.  He’s worth a flier over the schmohawk behind door number 3.  For what it’s worth, last week I dropped Kennedy for McGehee in one league.

Chris Coghlan – 3-for-4, 3 Runs.  According to ESPN, Coghlan’s only owned in 3.1% of leagues.  Actually, I kinda understand that.  In June, he has 1 homer and 3 steals.  Excuse me while I burp.

Don Kelly – 2-for-4 and batting .417 since his callup.  He’s a minor league journeyman who has some light speed.  Not speed of light.  Totally different thing.

Aaron Harang – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks.  It’s like 2008 never happened.  But, you know what?  I remember it.

David Ortiz – HR yesterday.  Note from the author (me).  This was sent in by a longtime reader, Tarasco’s Secret Stash, “Ortiz’s swing this year has been interesting to watch evolve lately, and it’s finally clicking. Dave Magadan first tried the Drew back-shoulder tap as his first timing correction, but that didn’t really seem to get him out of his funk. Papi was rocking that timing mechanism for a couple weeks in May, until they started trying his current approach, which is much quieter and more vertical. He’s setting his hands smoothly now, Hideki Matsui style, instead of waggling the bat or cocking his wrists, and he’s instead leaving the hands up higher and the wrists more loaded. That’s letting him dip slightly to load his weight back while keeping the wrists much more steady, and it’s keeping his swing plane on the ball better. His hip rotation is still strong, which is the best sign for him going forward. He’s able to turn through balls as well as years past, and he seems to have rediscovered his bat path over the last couple weeks. He’s drilling the ball to left center at Fenway of late.”

Dallas Braden – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks.  Solid fill-in for this week without Peavy.  I’m sticking for now and going with him in Oakland vs. the Rox in his next start.  If I were feeling particularly lucky, I’d roll the dice with Cahill (vs. SF, COL) or Garrett Olson (vs. Padres, LAD) this week.  I’m not feeling lucky, but some of youse may be.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks.  The Wandwagon rolls again.

Ricky Romero – 7 IP, 2 ER.  Nice start vs. the Nats.  I’d take a flier on him for a fifth to sixth fantasy starter.

Lyle Overbay – Hit his 9th homer yesterday with 5 RBIs.  You’re showing Derrek Lee and the dealer’s showing Lyle Overbay.  That’s a push.

Khalil Greene – Two games, two homers.  Now that he has his emotional baggage safely stored in his overhead compartment, he’s mollywopping the ball.  Worth a flier for cheap power at your MI spot.

Gil Meche – 3 1/3 IP, 9 ER.  It was the Cards, man.  The Cards.  Pitch around Pujols (who had 6 RBIs in this game).  Pitch. Around. Him.  Come on!

Michael Cuddyer – HR yesterday.  Hitting .444 over his last week with 2 homers, which is also known as Joe Mauer every week.

Geovany Soto – HR yesterday.  Clearly he’s found his power stroke with 3 homers this month, but he’s still batting .238 in June and only has 6 RBIs all month.

Randy Wells – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Got the Win after 6 starts when he could’ve easily been victorious.  I’m still not endorsing him past matchups and his next matchup’s kinda eh.

Kevin Millwood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks.  Finally listened to Nolan Ryan as he emphasized the importance of the K.

Chris Davis – Over the weekend, Davis became the fastest man ever to 100 Ks.  Maybe Nolan Ryan should be careful about to who he’s emphasizing the importance of the K.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-3.  His average has been on the rise all monthowitzki.

Matt Holliday – 0-for-4, batting .269 on the year with 8 homers.  Where’s that blogger/guy/doode who in the preseason said Holliday just needed to get familiar with Oakland then it would all start clicking?  Is he familiar yet?

Jeremy Accardo – Left yesterday’s game after tweaking something on his right side.  Eddie Vedder says, “Jeremy’s broken…”

  1. Grey

    Grey says:

    Oops. Sorry about having the comments off. My bad.

  2. ABell says:

    did anybody see that kemp dropped fly ball that they scored a double for hunter in last nights LA-LA game? that cost me a win in my head to head league. Doesn’t mlb review the crooked home team scorers? that was not a double, that was an error. I’m still pissed off, cuz it cost broxton two earned runs and moved me to 6-5 instead of 7-4.

  3. Doug Ault says:

    I wonder if “I tweaked something” will ever work its way into the call in sick vernacular?

  4. Greg says:

    I picked up and started Correira yesterday because he’s been on a roll and I was way ahead in ERA and WHIP and behind in K. I ended up winning K’s by 2 so he really worked out well for me. He’s been pitching well his last handful of starts and his K/BB ratios look decent. Can we trust him now that he’s on a roll? (I may be biased since he’s a fellow alum but he seems like a decent start right now).

  5. Lines says:

    @ABell – yeah, me too. Didn’t cost me the win, just a few tenths of a point of ERA (still very upsetting).

    @Grey – Would you rather have Stephen Drew or Tulowitzki until the Return Of Reyes?

    And it’s biceps, with an s, ’cause there are two of them.

    Also, ha! I’d be willing to bet that Ryan Howard occasionally eats quarts of ice cream by accident.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ABell: Ouch, that’s crazy that cost you your win. I didn’t see it, but was surprised to see Broxton gave up two runs. Your explanation makes more sense.

    @Doug Ault: Ha!

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: I’d trust him 12 team or deeper in Petco.

    @Lines: Tulo, but he only injury one, so isn’t that bicep.

  8. Brade says:

    Kinda hard to pitch around Pujols when the game was tied and the bases loaded. But your heart is in the right place…

  9. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Was scrolling through my league’s FA list this morning as I do periodically…and I noticed that Hafner’s year slash stats are pretty studly. I think the odds of him returning to his previous levels are about as good as Liriano returning to his 2006 dominance (which is to say, not likely), but is he worth a roster spot in a 12 team league? Better or worse than Thome?

  10. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Oh, forgot to ask — drop Contreras for J Zimmerman? I bought into the “Contreras’ stuff is as sharp as its ever been…” but now I’m thinking Zimmerman may be a better bet. Thanks Grey!

  11. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Overbay or Konerko at CI in a 12team?

  12. Pops says:

    @ABell: Not an easy play for the score keeper. Or a center fielder for that matter.

  13. Eric H. says:

    Should I trade Pedroia & Beckett to get A-Rod?

  14. Eric C. says:

    @Grey or anybody: Trade Adam Jones/Ellsbury/ for Hunter/Tulu?

    My current SS is Hardy, who’s been a blackhole of nothing. Asdrubal Cab is also on waivers so I could try riding him when he gets back off the DL. I have Bourne riding the bench to replace any SB that might be lost with Ellsbury.

    Also…any faith in Kazmir as a gamble?

  15. Dingo says:

    I was traveling over the weekend and completely forgot to check my roster before I left. Like an idiot, I started Lowe for his start against the Sox and left Jered Weaver on my bench. On second thought, that actually turned out pretty well. If only I’d forgotten to start Gil Meche on Sunday…

    Also, can I just say that I am no longer proud that I called Matt Cain a “sell-high” on April 30th? He’s still a sell-high candidate, but he’s definitely been pitching much better over the past month and a half. His fundamental stats called for a strong ERA regression at the end of April, but he thwarted me by regressing his fundamental stats back towards his career norms. That’s not how regression is supposed to work, Matt!

  16. Pops says:

    @Eric H.: Keep Pedroia and Beckett. I would try offering one or the other, not both.

  17. Eric C. says:

    @mgeoffriau: I personally like Zimmerman more than Contres

  18. Pops says:

    @Eric C.: What is the status on the Hunter injury? I would take Hunter and Tulo, especially if you need a shortstop. I own Kazmir, and I am hoping for a boost when he returns from the DL. His minor league starts have been promising. He will be making another one tonight in Durham.

  19. Mr. Rickey says:

    Have to sit one this week – Beckett, Wandy, E-Jax, Harang, Carpenter, Scherzer. I’m thinking Harang (@Cle) or Wandy (Det) – thoughts?

  20. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Eric C.: Eh, no response needed on Hafner now….leaguemate just grabbed him. No big deal, was going to be a tough choice to drop someone for him anyway.

    Thanks for the confirmation on Zimmerman…he’s been unlucky somewhat and the K’s look great. The Nats offense isn’t as bad as people make out, either.

  21. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Trying to decide between Porcello vs CHC against Harden, or Harden @ DET against Porcello.

    Cubbies offense has been a bit better recently but is still scuffling. Harden got shelled his last time out.

    I am leaning towards Harden.

  22. Eric C. says:

    @Mr. Rickey: Hmm..I know Wandy pitches better at home. Harang will be on the road against a good Indians offense, but Indians bullpen is likely to implode. If you need a win (versus ERA/WHIP), I think its a toss-up IMO.

    @Pops: Hunter is healthy I think?

  23. Sam Ho says:

    Grey I am not happy. You advised me to fling Beckett for Holliday in May and I did and now this guy who is really stupid in my league is laughing his ass off at me as Beckett eats everyone for lunch. No Daiquiri! No Daiquiri!

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brade: And I have a big heart.

    @mgeoffriau: Better than Thome. Barely.

    @mgeoffriau: Go with Zimmermann.

    @timSTi: Konerko

    @Eric H.: That’s a lot.

    @Dingo: Everyone called him a sell high. No harm in that. That’s what his stats say.

    @Mr. Rickey: I’d sit Harang there. Very close though.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Harden

    @Sam Ho: Can’t remember the circumstances, but that trade is still fair.

  25. Freak says:

    Who should I drop so I can bring Sizemore off the DL? McCutchen, Rivera, Theriot, Zobrist or Bruce.

    Keeper league, first in HRs, 6th in steals, 6th in AVG.

  26. Xar says:

    @Grey: Start the Dread Pirate or Krispie? It’s a weekly head-to-head roto league. Both have had a couple of good weeks, but Krispie’s been hurt and is returning Tuesday or Wednesday. He’s been dragging me down all season so I would hate to lose more of his value, but McCutcheon has been pretty solid. Thoughts? I could also slot in Mat Gamel, but I haven’t been terribly impressed with his limited at bats so far.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Xar: I’d start The Dread Pirate because of injury concerns.

  28. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Last week I asked about starting Soria vs. JP Howell in an AL Only 5×5, and followed your suggestion of Soria. So, as a follow-up – With glaring evidence of KC’s general ineptitude and Howell’s recent use by Maddon, is it Howell over Soria this week? Thanks…

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike D.: Honestly, you shouldn’t be playing one or the other. You should be trading one. But you can start Howell if you like, there’s no guarantee that Soria won’t get more saves this week though.

  30. Jackie says:

    Martin or Ianetta for catcher the rest of the way?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jackie: Tomato-tomahto. I’d take Iannetta and trade Martin.

  32. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I know. Problem is, can’t get fair value for either right now. A team punting saves has Mo on the block and everyone’s chasing him.

  33. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Quiet today, so I’ll ask another – you trusting Smoltz in his 1st start back @ WAS?

    I’m debating activating him in place of Slowey, who scares me a bit with his “sore side”… sounds like an oblique, no? Plus, Slowey’s at STL, a pretty good offense.

    Or I could start both Soria and Howell…

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike D.: I’d start Smoltz there.

  35. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey: You shouldn’t befuddle me like that before I had my coffee. Thought for a sec that i had to buy another daquiri before i could read your daily run-down. Or that the Feds had closed down shop alleged involvement with the SDS years ago. Or that you sold out to go to ESPN, and was going to perform marriages and throw out the first pitch in MLB, a la Berry.

    I have a feeling that the Mets may do with Beltran as they did with Reyes – keep playing him until his injury exacerbates to the point that he will be AWOL for a month or more. And yeah, the same thought regarding CC – if you are taken out in the 1st inning, there is usually something wrong. La de da, La de da. All I can think of is that the Yankee organization is fractured, and I’m not sure who actually is making decisions these days.

    Do you trust the wisdom of Secret Stash concerning Big Floppy?

    Thanks, again, but don’t confuse me any more! (appropriate emoticom.)

    @ABell: Cost me a point for ERA as well. Kemp probably should have caught it, but I can see how they would call it a double. Broxton just wasn’t very sharp last night.

  36. EricB says:

    Need a little help choosing who to start for this week. I can start 7 of these 10:

    Billingsley at CHW (Richard)
    Hanson (2 starts) vs NYY (Wang) and vs BOS (Penny)
    Harden at DET (Porcello)
    Kershaw vs SEA (Hernandez)
    Kuroda (2 starts) at CHW (Danks) and vs SEA (Olson)
    Scherzer (2 starts) vs TEX (Harrison) and vs ANA (Palmer)
    Shields vs FLA (Johnson)
    Slowey at STL (Wellemeyer)
    Smoltz at WAS (Zimmermann)
    Zimmerman vs BOS (Smoltz)

    Any advice?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, that was my bad. I posted and accidentally shut off comments when I went to sleep. I don’t know if the Secret Stash is right, but it could be. Seemed like a well-thought out explanation.

    @EricB: Sit Hanson, Zimmermann and Harden.

  38. EricB says:

    @Grey: Thanks. set it accordingly.

  39. Mr. Rickey says:

    Start Ryan Howard in a weekly league? – I have this fear that he will be dizzy by Wed night.

  40. bobbo says:

    @Brade: Pujols with bases loaded this year: 3 for 4 with 3 HR’s. Just walk him and surrender the run, you’ll be better off.

  41. Sam says:

    cbs says Sizemore will return Tuesday. Should I start him this week?

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sam: Not sure who it’s at the expense of, but I would unless you had a great replacement.

  43. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Going forward, how would you rank these SP in my weekly 10 team H2H league? I’d hate to cut ties with Liriano, but if he doesn’t continue to show improvement this week with his two starts, I’m afraid of what I might have to do… why can’t he just kick ass again???

    J Vazquez
    F Liriano
    T Hanson
    W Rodriguez
    S Baker
    J Danks
    C Kershaw

  44. Mr. Rickey says:

    Alexi Ramirez or Bartlett this week?

  45. Sam says:

    Thanks. One more question. I have Smoltz returning this week. Is he worth a start at the expense of any of:
    Wandy vs. DET
    Pettitte @ ATL
    Jair vs. BOS
    R. Johnson @ OAK?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: Vazquez, Wandy, Kershaw, Danks, Baker, Hanson…

    @Mr. Rickey: Alexei

    @Sam: I’d sit Smoltz, but there’s some real marginal starts there. I almost said to sit Pettitte, but the Braves are lefty heavy. Same with RJ.

  47. does this make sense…Cain and Ethier for Manny….currently in first by a pizoint…..

    A Gonzalez
    Han Ram
    A Rod
    Sub–Ian Stewart


    E. Jackson

    IR Doumit

    BTW-2nd in pitching and 5th in hitting 5X5 roto—Thanks!

  48. DrEasy says:

    rearrange: g i r t h -> make it r i g h t! very nice

  49. penpen says:

    Drop Cantu for Overbay at Corner infielder?

    They have nearly identical stats, and Overbay doesn’t have Cantu’s nagging eye crap/dizziness going on.

  50. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Mr. Rickey: Nah, Ry Ho isn’t dizzy. We could spread Grey’s ice-cream explanation around the internet – it could become part of baseball’s mythological arcana. Howard ate two gallons of ice cream, became sick with a 104 degree fever, was hospitalized overnight, released in time to pinch hit a 3 run moonshot,(which would have been even more dramatic if Madson didn’t blow the save.), ate another gallon of ice cream, and wound up back in the hospital. Kinda like the Babe’s 18 hot dog bellyache saga.

  51. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Dig, the Wandwagon doesn’t roll, it KAISERS.

  52. Teef says:

    @Grey – Who would you start over Mazzaro then?

    Liriano @ Mil
    Penny @Was
    Pineiro @ NYM
    Moyer @ TB
    Livan vs STL
    Snell vs Clev
    Tallet vs Cin
    Suppan vs Min
    Lannan vs Bos
    Andrew Miller vs Bal
    Michah @ Tor
    Russ Ortiz @ KC (vs grienke)
    Gaudin @ Sea

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