Brandon Morrow lost the no-hitter but pitched as well as any pitcher this year.  9 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 2 Walks and 17 Ks.  Though not everyone was impressed.  When reached for comment after the game, Adam Lind said, “If you gave me 27 outs, I could strike out 17 times.”  Did Morrow go near-no-no vs. the Rays on sheer will or does he have this pedigree?  Is he Edwin Jackson no-no or is he Garza no-no? I’d put him in the 2nd phat camp.  The only thing holding Morrow back from ace territory is the walks.  At 26, there’s time to fix that.  Potatoes to chips, he’s only 26 years old and he LEADS (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) the major leagues for starters in K-rate.  You think I’m gonna be excited about drafting him next year?  Rhetorical!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Vernon Wells – Day-to-day with a dislocated toe.  I’ve dislocated my car keys before and sometimes I’ll dislocate one sock from a pair, but to dislocate a toe is pretty scary.

J.P. Arencibia – 4-for-5 with 2 homers in his first game.  Maybe we can fix Mr. Arencibia up with Momma Molina and get ourselves some more Arencibias.

Jonathan Sanchez – 4 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I like when he’s Filthy Sanchez; I want to strangle someone when he’s Sloppy Sanchez.

Omar Infante – 1-for-4 with a home run.  His fantasy value is infantesimal, but he does lead the majors in average the last 30 days.

Takashi Saito – Got the save because Billy Wagner worked the last three days.  In that way Wagner’s like my car, it’s good for about three days then I have to go to my mechanic.

Kevin Slowey – His sore elbow is causing his next start to get pushed back a few days.  Figures it happens just when he started pitching well.  Why don’t you just take my pea puree while you’re at it?

Matt LaPorta – 3-for-4 and his second homer in 3 games.  We’ve had a few false starts from LaPorta this year where it looked like he was about to get hot.  Might finally be there now.  And that’s me lukewarmly recommending LaPorta!

Chris Carter – Was called up yesterday.  With Daric Barton nursing shoulder spasms, Carter will see the bulk of the time at 1st base.  Carter was #9 on the top 50 prospects for fantasy baseball.  Hit 27 homers with a .262 average in Triple-A this year while driving in 89 RBIs.  He can be Ryan Howard in a year or two.  If Morrow didn’t pitch the game of the season, Carter would’ve been your lead for today’s roundup.  He’s a must grab in keepers and AL-Only leagues, though I imagine he’s gone already.  In mixed leagues, I’d grab him if I needed help at my corner infidel spot.  I expect he’ll give you what Stanton’s been giving you minus the steals (power, low average), but there’s upside for more.

Andrew Bailey – Will need at least another week.  Oh, and Wuertz got another save yesterday.

Angel Pagan – 2-for-4 with two steals to bring his total to 26.  Nice that at least someone is stealing on the Mets.  Reyes, my sarcasm is directed towards you.  If you’re not Jose Reyes you can skip ahead, this is for him.  Not sure what’s going on, but you look so tentative on the base paths.  You wait until the 4th or 5th pitch of ABs to steal and, by point, the hitter is either striking out or fouling the ball off.  Run on the first pitch!  Now let’s do our 17 step handshake.

Raul Ibanez – 1-for-4 and a 15 game hitting streak with 4 homers.  I-BON-yes.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  For the person who is going to ask, no, I still don’t like Porcello.  I promise December Grey will reevaluate.

Jack Wilson – Fractured his right hand in a slip in the bathroom as he put the oofa in loofah.

Trevor Hoffman – Took longer than I thought it would, but the Brewers are finally saying Hoffman and Axford will share closing duties.  If you’re an Axford owner, hope it doesn’t take Hoffman as many opportunities for his 600th as it took A-Rod.

Jeremy HellicksonWade Davis and Jeff Niemann are both experiencing shoulder tightness and Hellickson is being held out of his Triple-A start on Tuesday in case the Rays need him.  I’d grab Hellickson now because I doubt both pitchers will be pushed with shoulder issues.

Carlos Gonzalez – 4-for-5, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs with his 25th homer and 18th steal.  CarGo’s the King of the Slam & Legs.  I think he’s officially moving into overrated territory for 2011.

Pedro Alvarez – On Saturday, he hit his third homer in the last five games.  He now has 10 homers in 167 ABs.  Since the royal we are on the topic of 2011, I think I know who I’m ending up with next year when I punt 3rd base.

Alfredo Simon – Got the save as he gave up two runs.  Buck Showalter, if this is the stamp you’re putting on the O’s, it’s making you look Sally Draper crazy.

Felix Pie – 1-for-4 with a homer.  This week he also has 2 steals while hitting near-.350.  Could be a source of light power and light speed.  He’s like a poor man’s Big FraGu.

Jason Vargas – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and has a 3.12 ERA on the year.  His K:BB and K-rate is far from inspiring but he gets the Indians next time out.  Seems like a decent H2H gamble (no relation to Rudy).

Chone Figgins – 2-for-3 with his 3rd steal this week.  Holy douchetards, Figgy is finally hitting (over .450 in the last week).

Everth Cabrera – 3-for-4, when I saw he had three hits, I immediately thought to myself, has he done that yet this year?  He had.  On the 2nd day of the season.  Ah fanabla…

Jerry Hairston Jr. – 3-for-4, 4 Runs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Jerry Hairston Sr. who?!  Huh?!  I don’t picture Jr. going on some kind of homer barrage, but he’s shortstop eligible, so there’s that.

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  The Padres haven’t let him throw more than a 100 pitches in a month.  Cust kayin’.

Chris Coghlan – Done for the year with surgery to repair the injury that he sustained while smashing a cream pie in Wes Helms’ face.  Coghlan vowed that next time he will just squeeze his lapel flower and squirt Helms with water.

Leo NunezEdwin Rodriguez, the Marlins manager, said that if Nunez doesn’t cut out blowing saves, he’s turning to a closer by committee. When Edwin said it, he made the Full House ‘cut it out’ hand motion.  I grabbed Clay Hensley.  Afterwards, I thought to myself, did I really just pick up Clay Hensley?

Gordon Beckham – Out with a sore groin.  Ozzie said, “I don’t think it’s that bad.  I don’t know if he was diving for the ball, or it was just a tight groin. We’ll go by ears how he feels.”  I think Ozzie’s confusing seashells with groins.

Angel Sanchez – Hitting .500 over the last week.  When I was looking at hitters to pickup for today’s short schedule, I looked at Angel Sanchez for a long time, but I got William Shatner finger and I….just…couldn’t….pick…him…up.

  1. M says:

    A Gordon or Alvarez?

  2. Just another guy says:

    Hey Grey, who you liking better the rest of 2010, Alvarez or Gordon?

  3. Eric says:

    Hello grey,

    Thoughts on Ervin Santana? He’s looked like a jerk the past few starts. Do you think it’s time to cut bait with him and pick up Jordan Zimmermann for the playoffs?

  4. darkdragon88 says:

    Grey, are you worried about Morrow’s history of injuries for next season?

  5. Giant JJ says:

    Does Tommy Hunter and Edison Volquez equal F-Her? I was offered those 2 for my 1. 20 teams. Thanks

  6. Earl Battey says:

    Did I already miss the time when I was supposed to give up on Kung Fu Panda? I keep waiting for him to give me either a respectable average or some counting stats, but I think they’re not coming unless he starts counting calories. Anyhow, Headley, Gaby, Gordon, LaPorta and now Carter are all available at CI. Should I drop Panda for one of them?

    If so, I’ll try to forget which round I drafted him in. Ugh.

  7. Earl Battey says:

    One more. . .

    Would you rather have Padilla, Myers or Morrow for the rest of the year? Seems like Padilla might be the safest bet to be kind to my ratios while having a decent shot at wins. If Morrow has any more starts against the Rays, though. . .

  8. Anonymous says:

    @anyone Ernesto Frieri RP from the Friars has 16 Ks and 5 Holds through 8.2 IP with no ER and 0.58 WHIP. Is there something in the making here?
    Also, just after I’m told Bruce is a total scrub, he goes and has a good game. *confused*

  9. ViagraFalls says:

    I think I am done getting bitchslapped in my abusive relationship with Clayton Richard. He was fine at the beginning of the season, but now I fear when he comes up for his start day. Bench him and possibly miss out on a win or more likely start him and get burned badly like this past weekend.

    It’s hard enough owning DLR and Jonathan Sanchez and figuring out whether their good side is going to pitch. So, is it the right move in your opinion to drop Richard at this point? Watching someone like Morrow and what he just did, even though it was a one time thing, makes me want to look elsewhere. Morrow is available, is he worth picking up?

  10. Jeff says:

    5 x5 roto league. I can start 6 (or 7 if I play Morrow at RP). Who do I go with?

    Danks – 1 St – vs Min
    Jimenez – 2 St – @NYM, vs Mil
    Lester – 2 st – @NYY, @Tex
    Nolasco – 1 st – @ Was
    Pavano – 1 st – vs Oak
    Sabathia – 1 st – @ KC
    Gio – 1 st – @ Min
    Kazmir – 1 st – vs Tor
    J. Sanchez – 1 st vs SD
    Morrow – 1 st @ Ana

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:

    h2h weekly lineups:

    lester @nyy, @tex
    myers v. pit

    my opponent is looking at 8 starts, i’m looking at only 6 with lester or 5 with myers.

    ordinarily i say always start your studs, but lester has been kinda ordinary lately and this is the worst pair of matchups a pitcher can have in baseball imo. and since i’m already battling an uphill battle in counting stats this week, do i just start myers and hope for the ratios?

  12. Big Mike says:

    Beckham’s groin = rank the following available MI: Hairston, Infante, S.drew, Hardy, S.Rodriguez, Fel.Lopez, O.Hudson, Pennnigton, Keppinger. 5X5 H2H, but we use OBP, not avg.

  13. sal says:

    Top chef dominates – Alex is the man.

  14. mike says:

    Chris Carter or Ike Davis? Davis has shown he can produce (poorly for his position, but he’s new…), but Carter has all that upside.

    Or… I could platoon those two and drop one of Kalish, Bourjos, or Stubbs.

  15. quimmy says:


    Was offered his Wright for my Zimmerman. Who puts up better numbers from here on out and who would u want?

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @quimmy: i’d keep wright. just a better all-around contributor. outpacing zimm in RBIs, and easily in SBs.

  17. Mann of Sandd says:

    I am the resident Porcello apologist of this site, and I gave up hope after the last start against the ChiSox. Boy needs to go to the minors and refine his stuff….maybe in 2013….

  18. quimmy says:

    @poon: i would be getting wright. im leaning towards accepting but i must admit i am worried this Mets slump will swallow the whole team and wright will under perform.

  19. mike says:

    12 team standard 5 x 5 keeper…

    Which of the following pitchers are worthy of a long-term contract (base salary of $5, $3 more for every year beyond the first, starting immediately. $262 cap.)

    Liriano, Romero, Myers, Padilla, Cecil, Cahill, Kuroda, De La Rosa, Travis Wood, Dickey, Kennedy, Leake, Volstad, Jansen, Dan Hudson, Michael Pineda, Tehehan, Lilly,

    I’ve got Liriano and Romero rostered already – my only decision is how long to extend their contracts. I can pick up any of the others at virtually any time.

  20. joe from pt pleasant says:

    buy or sell matt latos as a keeper in a 12 team 5 keeper league. seems like the pad’s are keeping his innings in check and he can avoid a breakdown next year.

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @quimmy: eh, if you make the deal at least you knew going into it you picked up the superior fantasy player. if he goes on a 1.5 month long slump to end the season, then so be it, but that’s unlikely. stop sticking your toes in the water and dive in already.

  22. Black Beard says:

    Weekly league, I’m stumped on this one. Who do I start this week: M. Young or A-Ram?

    Young only has 5 games (NYY and BOS, all in Texas) and A-Ram is away all week at SF and STL? Neither seems ideal, but that’s what I have 3B.

    Although, I could start Figgins at third and start Kelly Johnson at MI. But Johnson is away all week as well (and his home/road splits are out of control tilted in the home direction).

    Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!

  23. Black Beard says:

    @Giant JJ: I wouldn’t.

  24. ScoutAbout says:

    @ Grey and anyone else who wants to chime in: Pedro Alvarez or Alex Gordon for the rest of the season? Also, JJ Hardy, Uribe, Sean Rodriguez or Neil Walker at MI?

  25. NoEmoJoe says:

    Beltran was just dropped in my league. Would you grab him for any of the following: Ibanez, Stanton, Big Z, Hanrahahahan?

    PS – when the F is J Hey gonna hit another HR??

  26. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick two…Berkman, Kubel, Adam Laroche, Luke Scott, Willingham

  27. Eric says:

    Grey/anyone else — Is it still worth holding onto Glaus in a 20-team league? Seems like I haven’t had him in my starting lineup for a couple of weeks. Think he turns it around soon?

    Also (in the same league) do you think LeBlanc (vs. PIT) or Masterson (vs. BAL) is worth a spot start?

  28. Buddo Chezuski says:

    hahaha love the pea puree reference, grey

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eric: as someone who rode glaus in may, i’ve long since dropped him. seriously, like 90% of his counting stats came in may alone.

  30. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: You sitting Liriano this week as he deals with “dead arm”?

    Pitches @ CWS Thursday (Floyd), BTW.

    Mike D.

  31. cain fan says:

    Grey I have Phillips, Hill, Aramis, Young, Stewart, Prado for 2B and 3B (no MI/CI). Clearly I do not need 6 guys for those 2 positions but I have a hard time letting them go. Who, if any, can I drop to pickup some spot starts? Thanks!

  32. mr baseball says:


    Jack Wilson fractured the fifth metacarpal in his right hand while falling in his bathroom on Sunday.

    The real story – Jack Wilson invited his brother Josh Wilson over for a few Strawberry Daiquiris and Josh went to the bathroom and pee all over the floor (he missed the bowl) then Jack went in next and slipped on his Pee and hurt himself – I think this action was Premeditated so Josh could get his starting job

  33. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Loved the Top Chef reference (I think)…
    Question for this short schedule day:
    Who of these guys would you pick up for just today?
    LaRoche, Chipper, Torres, PacMan, SeanRod, Alexei
    Don’t need any specific stat, so best overall box score at the end of the day would work.

  34. Grey, Poon, Anyone: My deep roto league’s waiver wire rules mean I can’t grab Minor until tomorrow. Is he worth a waiver claim regardless of how he pitches tonight? My waiver priority isn’t high, and so I might have a better chance if he doesn’t pitch particularly well.

    To grab Minor I’d have to drop Westbrook or Duensing. Is he a clear upgrade here?

  35. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, what are your thoughts on Niese going forward in a 12-team league? He gets the Rockies in Metco next start. He’s basically my 6th or 7th SP right now. Would you drop him to get off-day Felix Pie into the lineup just for today?

  36. chris says:


    your one article said you were going to have Chacin in your Buy/Sell but he wasnt. I am guessing he’s a buy for you. He was offered to me in a deal in a dynasty keeper league, what is the ceiling for Chacin?

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Enrique: you’d definitely be grabbing much more upside, but in the short term, not sure that he’d be an upgrade. westbrook has jumped his Ks with the cards, and duensing has pitched too well to just drop for an unknown. i don’t think any of the guys will be more than occasional spot start the rest of the year anyway, so not a huge deal.

  38. Hebrew says:

    @Jeff: danks, ubaldo, lester, morrow, sabathia, pavano, nolasco

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Just another guy: Alvarez…

    @Eric: Nope

    @darkdragon88: Definitely… But it’s not like you’re drafting him in the top 50.

    @Giant JJ: I’d want F-Her.

    @Earl Battey: I’d go with Gordon. Padilla’s the safest, Morrow has the most upside…

    @Anonymous: Didn’t he just give up a run yesterday?

    @ViagraFalls: I’d go with Morrow, really not much safer than Richard at home.

    @Jeff: Sit Gio, Kazmir and Nolasco…

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, go with Myers.

    @Big Mike: Infante…

    @sal: I’m pulling for Chef. He’s a beast in the kitchen. Or so he says every episode.

    @mike: Carter…

    @quimmy: Agree with Poon.

    @Mann of Sandd: Yup

    @mike: Feels like a forums question.

    @joe from pt pleasant: I wouldn’t make Latos a top five pick, but I have no idea your other keeper possibilities.

    @Black Beard: Young

    @ScoutAbout: Alvarez… Walker…

    @NoEmoJoe: Z…

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Berkman, LaRoche…

    @Eric: LeBlanc…

    @Buddo Chezuski: Hehe

    @Mike D.: Benching him in some leagues.

    @cain fan: Drop Stewart and Aramis.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Thanks (I think). LaRoche…Though I don’t know everyone’s matchups.

    @Enrique: He’s better than Duensing if he stays in the rotation. Better than both long term.

    @Van Hammersly: I’d lose Niese.

    @chris: I said in the comments of the last two of my posts why he wasn’t in the Buy/Sell. Ceiling’s number 2 fantasy starter.

  40. Commish Cauda says:

    Deep 16-team, H2H-POINTS Keeper League

    I lost Hunter to suspension. Can’t really drop anyone. I can move Gomes from U to OF to open up my U. Here are my replacement options:

    Jay Bruce
    3vsSTL, (including Carp, Garcia, Wainright)
    3vsFLA, (including JJohnson)

    Alcidies Escobar
    4vsARI, (no one scary)
    [email protected], (including Ubaldo)

    Just when you write him off, Bruce shows signs of life yesterday. He’s suckered my in before, and he’s going against some tough arms this week.

    All signs point to starting Escobar…but Bruce still has some power over me. Who do I start?


  41. Commish Cauda says:

    Oh, and Chris Carter (@SEA, @MIN) is now also an option.

  42. rafi says:


    Just wanted to get your opinion on some AL-Only weekly lineup shizz.

    Michael Saunders vs Julio Borbon for the 4th OF spot. I’m thinking Saunders at this point even if Daniel Murphy’s homers have him dizzy. Washington’s got jukebox control and he’s not playing 1 Borbon. I think Daniel Murphy’s homers have Borbon dizzy too.

    Then I need to pick 2 out of Chris Carter, Dan Johnson, Dayan Viciedo and the loser of the above contest (Saunders/Borbon). I’m thinking Carter and Johnson. But am I just being swayed by their presidential last names?

    Viciedo is batting .300 and slugging .500… will he get a chance for more regular playing time this year or will he remain a guy who sometimes play vs lefties until he’s sent back to the minors?

  43. Commish Cauda says:

    @Grey: I’d have to drop someone to make room to bring up Carter.

    I think I know the answer to this after you listed Bruce in Friday’s Buy/Sell…but I’ll ask anyway.

    Lose Bruce, Alcides or Fowler?

    Bruce cannot be kept. Fowler has nice keeper options…Alcides not so much (and I also own Desmond, so I don’t need another SS).

  44. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Anonymous: Frieri supposed to be shipped when Adams comes off the DL (within the week?).

  45. Eddy says:

    Despite your overrated warning on CarGo, 13th round keeper next year sounds absolutely amazing.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @rafi: Ha… Yeah, Saunders… Carter, Johnson makes sense, bench Reagan….

    @Commish Cauda: I’d lose Bruce if he can’t be kept.

    @Eddy: I’m obviously talking overrated if you need to redraft him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  47. Commish Cauda says:


    Who to go with at RP?

    Colby Lewis vsBOS (Dice-K)
    J. Soria [email protected], 4vsNYY

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commish Cauda: Do you need a closer? I’d lean towards going with Lewis, but that’s just in a vacuum.

  49. Commish Cauda says:

    @Grey: It’s H2H-POINTS…so it’s all about who can earn more during the week, (W=10, S=5, L=-5, K=1, INN=1, ER=-1, BB=-.3, HA=-.1)

    We start two RPs, and Lewis is RP-eligible. I usually start Soria and Wagner, except when I can move Lewis into RP to get an extra start or two starts from one of my bench SPs.

    Considering KC’s schedule, I’m leaning toward starting Lewis too.

  50. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Carter over Lowell as a Yooouuuuukkk replacement at first til Pena comes back?

    Longo @ 3rd
    Robot Jones @ CI

  51. timSTi says:

    @Grey: At the very least he should see everyday at bats right? Lowell is killing me with his platooning with VMart and now Delgado is lurking in the minors waiting to come up as well.

  52. Commish Cauda says:

    @timSTi: I was wondering the same thing, (Carter getting everyday ABs). They didn’t call him up to sit, right?

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Yup

    @Commish Cauda: He’ll start for at least this week. Worth trying for lightning in a bottle.

  54. Black Beard says:

    I’m seriously considering streaming Kyle Kendrick in place of one of my RPs to match the total starts of my opponent in a weekly league. However, I am terrified that he might completely implode. What do you guys think of this decision?

    As an aside, my opponent is very weak at RP and I’d likely be able to beat him using only one RP.

  55. herschel says:


    Who to start this week?

    Sanchez vs sd
    Baker @ chw
    Cueto vs stl
    Wandy vs atl
    Volquez vs fla


  56. herschel says:

    @Grey: only have room for one of them, any preferences??

  57. Big Nate says:

    In support of your CarGo comment, Matthew Berry said on his podcast last week that CarGo will be the #1 overall outfielder next year ahead of both Braun and Kemp….

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Cueto

    @Big Nate: That’s ridiculous and would make him wildly overrated.

  59. sean says:

    @Big Nate: @Grey: Scary that anyone is actually listening to a Berry podcast except to make funny soundbites.

    PS: Owning Kemp this year has made me want to slit my wrists. When did he turn into Bossman Junior Junior? I thought nabbing him in the second round was a good compliment to Miggy, but I think he needs to make like Chris Brown in a hurry and get back to productivity.

  60. Commish Cauda says:

    I’m sorry, Grey…I can’t bring myself to drop Bruce. I’m going to drop Alcides since I don’t need two SS.

    As a result, though, I can now only address one of my two problems this week: Beckham’s injury or Bruce’s tough schedule.

    So for just this week, which of the following options would you go with?

    (A) Start Gordon Beckham at 2B and drop Alcides to make room for and start Chris Carter
    (B) Start Jay Bruce, bench Beckham, keep Carter in the minors, and drop Alcides for Adam Kennedy*

    *or some other 2B free agent like Macier Izturis, Blake DeWitt, Ronny Cedeno, Brendan Ryan, Alexi Casilla (inj)

  61. Mike D. says:


    Weekly Lineup/Game productivity question – Sit Torii (only 4 games due to suspension) and start Jose Lopez (6 games)? Or stick with Torii?

    I could also bench Marco Scutaro (7 games) of the three…

    Thanks Grey
    Mike D.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike D.: Go with Lopez.

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  63. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: I about choked when that came out of Berry’s mouth. And of course Nate Ravitz agreed. I used to listen to him often but the information quickly got too basic. I mean c’mon – Yes, Angel Pagan should be owned you assclown. Who are these people? And no Berry, I don’t a shit if you wrote Crocodile Dundee and once stood 15 feet from Anne Hathaway…

  64. stupid question, who’s the Big FraGu?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Nate: Ha

    @Frank Kim: Franklin Gutierrez

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  66. papasmurf says:

    That Sanchez… dirty as hell. The two guys I sat him, he threw gems. The rest of the time, I might prefer the real dirty sanchez over starting him.

    On second thought, no way. I rather start J Sanchez.

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