Yesterday, Bob Feller told a story about how he once threw 117 MPH while urinating.  He went on to talk about Triscuits and where he left his teeth.  When he came back around to baseball, he said no one’s throwing a 1.15 ERA, even that guy with no hair.  Once again, the old Feller has forgotten more than you could ever know.  To paraphrase EPMD, last night Ubaldo Jimenez had his ERA tooken.  He gave up 6 earned runs in 5 and two-thirds innings.  It’s no crime to be hit by the Red Sox in Coors and you had to expect the ERA was going to come up at some point.  All things considered, he K’d 7 and walked no one vs. a club that knows the strike zone.  Was his best strikeout to walk ratio game in a while.  He’s still a terrific pitcher, he might just be a 3.00 ERA one instead of a 1-something one.  You’ll take that medicine and like it.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ian Stewart – 2-for-4 and a homer off Papelbon.  Ride, Mini Mini Donkey, ride.

Jarrett Hoffpauir – 1-for-3 as Cito Gaston announced that Hoffpauir will be the every day 3rd baseman.  Hip-hip-Hoffpauir!  Though once Snider returns Hoffpauir will probably be squeezed for time.  I went over my Hoffpauir fantasy the other day.  Speaking of Snider, what happened to that young brother?  He’s pulling a Kotchman, for sure.  Was supposed to be ready in less than the original 15 days on the DL, now looking like we might not see him again until after the All-Star break.  A hurt wrist that is lingering this long is not a good sign, says Mr. Obvious.

Tommy Manzella – Fractured his index finger and will be out for 6 weeks.  Has anyone ever seen Manzella and Adam Everett in the same place?  A-ha!

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Kid Cueto strikes again against a weak team in a pitcher’s park.  Cueto looks like he should be a 3.75 ERA pitcher over the course of the season.  To get those numbers though, you have to start him every time out, which is a bit nail biting.

Edinson Volquez – 5 IP, 1 ER in a rehab start.  Could be back before the All-Star break.  For those in the back of the room, that’s not that long.  Don’t you love how Edinson was suspended for 50 days and recovered from Tommy John surgery quicker than Erik Bedard, who was throwing in April and originally slated to return in May?  In related news, Bedard’s supposed to return soon too.  We shall see.

Jose Reyes – 3-for-4, steal, homer and 3 Runs.  Member back in March when someone said my Reyes pick was the worst pick of the Friends & Family draft?  I don’t want to make too much of it, but it is pretty illustrative of how preseason news is always blown out of proportion.  (Though the same guy thought Beltran was the best pick of the draft.  Hmm…)

R.A. Dickey – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  As soon as you pick up Dickey, your fantasy situation will get sticky.

Angel Pagan – Left the game with what appeared to be an oblique issue.  Knowing the Mets, this will mean a 180-day DL stint.

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-3 with 2 homers as he bats over .400 in the last week.  Don’t thaw out Ted Williams’ head just yet, but Quentin’s finally come alive.

Cliff Lee – 9 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  The Adverb has 76 Ks and 4 BBs.  Now read that again emphasizing different words.  Still impressive, right?

Tyler Colvin – Hit his 2nd homer in the last five games.  Probably will continue to hit for some power, but his average may drop with more playing time.  Think 20 homers and a .275 average on the year.

Randy Wells – 6 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Against the M’s in Safeco?  Forget it, we’re done.  Don’t ask me if you should start Wells anywhere.  You shouldn’t.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s on pace for 200+ strikeouts.  Cust kayin’.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks as he faced his toughest competition yet, the Royals.  Be interesting once he takes on a real major league offense.  For those zealots who like to keep score:  DeJesus 1, Big Baby Jesus 0.

Ryan Ludwick – Missed yesterday’s game with leg cramps.  Doesn’t Midol make something for that?

Sean Rodriguez – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Unfortunately, it looks like he’s back to playing intermittently, unless this homer can shake loose some more playing time.

John Ely – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  It’s nice, but I wouldn’t start him outside of Dodgers Stadium vs. good matchups until I see more consistency.

Ricky Nolasco – 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  You know how Nolasco needs at least one minor league assignment to get straightened out every year?  I have an idea, whoever’s fixing his mechanics in Triple-A, let them manage the Marlins.

Gaby Sanchez – 3-for-5 with his 8th homer, hitting around .400 for the last week and over .350 in June.  I wouldn’t recommend him for anything but Runs and average, but sometimes you need that sorta thing.

Chase Headley – 1-for-3 with a homer.  The one league where I was stuck with Headley (Don’t confuse that with sticking with Headley.  It’s a 20 team league, I’m stuck with him.), I’ve resigned myself to only expecting production on the road, where he’s batting .291.

Brian Bannister – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He pitched well because at no point in this game did Dr. Brian Bannister turn into the Incredible Hulk of Crap.

Dontrelle Willis – 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners — 7 of which were walks.  I really have no allegiances when it comes to baseball players.  Probably what makes me half-decent at this fantasy shizz, but the story of Dontrelle’s complete collapse is kinda sad.  Unless his previous success was ‘roid related, then I’m no longer sad, but I don’t think it was (who knows though, right?  I know!  I mean, I don’t know if I know, you know?).  I think this is some Ankiel, Knoblauch yips thing.  I wish I were Miguel Olivo so I could give Dontrelle a big hug.

Aaron Heilman – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Meanwhile, Sam Demel continues to dominate in middle relief.  I don’t think the Diamondbacks go to Demel, but they could.  At this point, if they brought in Byung-Hyun Kim, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-5 with a homer and steal.  Ten more games in a row exactly like this and we’ll be cool.

Manny Parra – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I enjoy the Parra, I do.  It’s no secret.  He will kill your WHIP and he’s prone to 2 IP, 6 ER-type games, but he’s chock full ‘o strikeout potential.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-4 and a steal as he got his second start in a row.  Definitely worth a look in NL-Only leagues.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2 homers, 4 RBIs as he thanked owners for Choo-Choo-choosing him.

Kerry Wood – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Really should be replaced by Chris Perez, but I think the Indians are trying to prove Wood’s worth on the trade market.  Problem is each time he pitches he’s worthless.

Daniel Nava – 2-for-3 as he still bats .382 on the year.  In a few leagues, I grabbed him for the chance on some extended upside.  The other day I went over what to expect from him.  Search the site, it’ll burn calories.

J.D. DrewRed Sox announced Drew won’t be back on Thursday, after announcing two days ago he wouldn’t be back on Wednesday.  You think they have one guy in charge of making J.D. Drew injury announcements?  Me, “Hey, you’re standing next to me at a bar, what do you do?”  Him, “I make J.D. Drew injury announcements.”  Me, “Of course you do, they need a guy for that!”

Josh Beckett – Threw 55 pitches on Wednesday, slated to return mid-July.  If he returns and you’re hoping for better than a 4.00 ERA pitcher, you’re hoping for too much.  I mean, he’s only a career 3.90 ERA guy to begin with.  Oekávání.  And that’s me putting expectations in Czech.

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Nice Simpson’s reference. “You can actually see the exact moment Ralph’s heart breaks.”

    What better way for Yaphet Cueto to get his season back on track than a start against Oakland? I tried watching that game today until I realized who Oakland’s three and four hitters are. Conor Jackson and Kurt Suzuki? Are you friggin’ kidding me?

  2. Terrence Mann says:

    Forgot to mention, the one thing that stuck out at me about Strasburg’s start was the fact that he made Billy Butler (a pretty competent contact hitter) look like Kyle Blanks.

    On Butler’s second at-bat he got down in the count 0-2, stepped out of the box, and a look came over his face like Shaq at the free throw line. He knew he was screwed.

  3. and1mcgee says:

    Jimmy Rollins – hit a walk-off homer. But that takes a backseat to even bigger news: He didn’t re-tear his calf today. Is it like getting hit by lightening? So, tomorrow he’s twice as likely to tear it??? hmm… Maybe I’m NOT smarter than a 5th grader…

  4. Steve says:

    Can’t start Hammel at home to the Sawx, right? Even in H2H.

    Don’t forget to set the alarm for New Zealand v Paraguay!

  5. Bring Back Pluto says:

    LOL, Grey, but I think you need a spell-Czech; you left out a character:


    and that’s me putting your expectations into Czech.

  6. Bring Back Pluto says:

    lol, aha, now I see the problem. never mind.

  7. LMack says:

    Great watching Nava rack up 3 RBI against Ubaldo last night.
    I own Ubaldo in multiple leagues, but as a Sawx fans and a baseball fan, gotta root for the “kid”

  8. Ezra Brooks says:

    Quentin’s just sitting there on the waiver wire…anyone i can drop for him?

    c.young/j.willingham/a.lind/ scott baker/ mcgehee/ coghlan are my options

  9. Real Tom says:

    Glad your expectations are in Czech.

  10. Child Please says:

    Would you start Graza vs SD in a 10-team 5×5 roto league? We have a game start limit of 180, I am at 67

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Child Please: if you don’t start garza against a team like SD you might as well waive him. even if he has been bad the last few starts.

  12. Jangles says:

    Drop Posey for Santana? Trade Greinke for McCutcheon? I think I can do better with the second….

    Crazy Thursday….

  13. ime15 says:

    Funny write up! A guy in my league is looking to move Smoak for a SP? Would you move any of J. Garcia, Scherzer, or E. Santana for him? I’ve got Stewart & Ramirez currently in that spot. I’ve also got lots of OF in JUp, C. Lee, Grandy, Gardner, Borbon, Quentin so I could try to move Lee + Stewart for a SP from another team. Anyone to target?

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jangles: sure on posey/santana. probably won’t be much difference come sept but why not grab the hotter of the 2 this week.

    as for the other, grienke has fallen a bit and dread pirate has shot up. i wouldn’t bitch about that deal in any of my leagues. if you want SBs with all around production, not gonna find much better than dread pirate.

  15. William says:

    My OF right now is – Kemp, Bay, Granderson, Robot Jones with Adrian Beltre in my UTIL spot…

    is Carlos Quentin worth rolling the dice with above any of those?

  16. ron mexico's papi says:

    I heart Jose B Reyes. It is true. That said, his one AB where he did not get a hit was a fielder choice with the bases loaded. He had a huge night, but it could have been huge-er.

  17. Big Nate says:

    @Grey – I own Nolasco in two leagues – both with no bench. PLEASE send him to the minors!

    Word is that Webb returns after the ASB. Is he worth a pick-up to stash on the DL? What are your expectations upon his return?

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i’d want quentin for sure over bay and maybe over granderson. i’ve come around on robot. he’s walking and has kept his avg very respectable, and is producing runs.

  19. Jangles says:


    Thanks Poon! What say you, Grey?

    I countered with Pagan and Hudson for McCutch, since I want to keep the K’s. And Pagan 1) might lose at bats and 2) will probably cool off. And it’s only a matter of time until Hudson strains something

  20. steamer says:

    Suddenly I am getting all kinds of offers for Reyes. Everyone thought I was reaching too much for him when I drafted him in the 4th round. With that sad state of SSs in fantasy, his value is pretty high right now.

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Big Nate: i wouldn’t rely on webb as a savior, but maybe he comes back and pulls a carpenter and pitches like he was never injured. who knows. worth stashing for sure if you got the room.

  22. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: I love guys who have a middle initial “B”. I can’t help but read it as the verb “be”, like World B. Free, even when it doesn’t make as much sense. I don’t really know what “reyes” is, or why Jose would want to be it, but that’s his decision.

  23. Donnie Baseball says:

    76 and 4 for the Adverb, that’s incredible.

    And Grey, you’re going to have to give in and recognize Pineiro. The dude is dealing right now. And some K’s too.

    Great stuff as always.

  24. big o says:

    pitchers have periods of ineffectiveness , sometimes including “dead-arm” .
    you don’t waive the guy .
    you manage your team , and sit him , until his issues are resolved .

    @ Grey :
    can you explain why liriano was pulled after 77 pitches , last night ?
    (3 ER’s … 7 K’s)
    thanking you , in advance .

  25. @Grey: Mornin’ Grey. Swish & Rausch for Johan? Guy wanted Jete straight up, but I can’t spare the Cap’n (FeLo + ECab at my SS/MI = fail)

    Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose… That’s me practicing my Jose cheers for when I go to Metco on Saturday… Funny how quickly some ‘perts forgot how good he is. I was trying to snag him via trade all spring, but his owner was too shrewd to part with him.

    – Randy Wells gets bombed again. Somewhere an FG writer’s head explodes.

    – I’ve always had a soft spot for the Parrana too. I have a feeling he’ll be on my team (again) soon. This is becoming an annual rite of summer. He’s got a world of talent and lefties take longer to develop…yadda yadda

    – DeJesus don’t care about Shomar Shabbus!

    Czech please!

  26. @Grey: @Anyone else: I’ve a mind to offer JWill & Rausch for Johan too. What say you?

    Standard 5x + OBP & QS

  27. @ThePoonTycoon: Call me bitter, since I dumped Q a few weeks ago, but I’ll take Baby Grand or Bay over Quentin. Track record says both should out produce him. Bay’s gotta heat up (hey did anyone notice he’s been stealing?) and Grandy’s been hurt but looks healthy now.

  28. Howard says:

    Alexei, Bartlett, or Alex Gonzalez going forward?

  29. BayFilmsSuck says:

    3Fingers…you actually think Bay has historically out produced Quentin in the 2nd half?


    I take it you didn’t own Bay last year. Or the year before.

  30. Lob Ball says:

    can I pile on with the Quentin talk? I dropped him for that mega-potential-HR-superstar Stanton. Hmmmm. As of 2 seconds ago no one has picked up the Q. Should I do the big flip-flop and drop Mr. Potential and re-sign Quentin?

  31. Eddie says:

    @Grey: Randy Wells wasn’t quite as bad yesterday as the box score would have you believe. In that hellish fourth inning, he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, all of them singles, two of them of the infield variety. Only Ichiro’s was hit hard. Not that I disagree with your assessment on Wells. In fact I think the Cubs should follow your advice: Don’t start him anywhere, against any opponent.

  32. @Steve: I’m gonna get nuts and throw him out there in H2H. In another league where I’m projecting well above the innings limit, I’ll sit him. That’s just my .02. I also sat Cueto yesterday, so what do I know?

    He’s going on 26+ scoreless innings in a row and has beaten the Brews and Jays in that time. Call me impressed.

  33. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Rasmus or Bruce rest of season in an 8×8 league? (BB, SLG, H)

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @big o: well i’m not a team doctor that intimately knows garza arm situation, but against a team like SD you start your guys. maybe not in a weekly lineup league, but in a daily lineup league where you are playing matchups, you start a guy against SD. maybe he gets knocked around, but it’s no0t like he’s facing a high end lineup. but you never know when he reels off a month of good starts again. if you miss on tonight’s good start, then you are preventing yourself from letting garza undo some of the damage he’s done to your stats the last month.

    i’m always more pissed about missing a good start against a weak team than having a guy get knocked around a little bit in what should have been a good matchup.

  35. steamer says:

    Someone in my league just put Smoak on the block for a SP. Would you give up J. Garcia, E. Santana, or Scherzer for him? I currently have Stewart & A. Ramirez filling that spot on my roster. I have a glut of OFs in JUp, Grandy, C. Lee, Gardner, Stanton, Borbon, Quentin so I could package Lee + Stewart for another SP. Anyone to target?

  36. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey; @Poon; @Anyone: I’ve asked a couple questions about a deal like this, but here’s my lineup, again:

    V-Mart, Glaus, Utley, Longo, Andrus, Kemp, Cargo, Cruz, Rasmus, B-Up, Krispie, Wright

    Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Verlander, Weaver, Floyd, C.Lewis, Aardsma, Capps, K-Rod, Axford, Mike G. – DL, DLR – DL

    I offered up Verlander/Cargo for A-Gon/Hamels, which he liked but said it wasn’t enough. Then I said Cruz instead of Cargo and he said we were getting closer, but Cruz was a vagina (which isn’t a lie), so he wasn’t sure. Grey said that was a fair trade, and I would probably do that, but I’m not sure this guy would. What do you think of doing Verlander/Cargo for A-Gon? Or should I make it someone lesser than Verlander if I’m going to try the 2 for 1 deal? Or should I nip it in the bud if he didn’t like the Verlander/Cruz offer?

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @big o: if a rough patch for garza has so disillusioned you to the point where you don’t start him when you have just over 3 full months to get in 113 starts against SD, then maybe it’s time you reevaluate your perception of garza. maybe he’s no better than felipe paulino or someone else who is viewed as waivable. but if you still think garza is a betterthan he’s been his last few starts you have to start him cause you never know which game is the game he gets back on track.

  38. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: side question: looking at that lineup, is there anyone you’d drop for Quentin, assuming he keeps up this current power surge?

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: i would offer lewis/cargo for adgonz. play up that lewis has been better than verlander thus far but you are just worried about his lack of track record as the reason you are more willing to part with lewis over verlander. (if you simply play up lewis compared to verlander the other guy is gonna wonder why you just don’t keep lewis then).

    you could also play around with rasmus/bj/krispie and see if those guys tickle his fancy a little more than cargo. never know who the other owner likes and doesn’t like. there are some guys i just refuse to own for reasons i can’t even really explain, and other guys i covet i can’t really explain.

    the cruz offer is fair, but cruz has crossed into that territory where if you have him you don’t trade him because it’ll be at a decreased value due to the injuries, and if you don’t have him you don’t trade for him unless it’s a steal because you can’t give up a guy whose productive and injury free for a guy that’s already got 2 DL stints under his belt in 2010.

  40. Dingo says:

    Wandy’s been horrible lately, but a home matchup against SF looks too good to pass up. Is this a Cueto vs. Oakland situation, or is Wandy just too risky?

  41. xopchipili says:

    if you were to speculate on a recently-called-up 3B, would you pick Johnson or Hoffpauir?

  42. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I like that idea, and had actually thought about it, too. The guy is a good friend from my college fraternity, so I was actually texting him ideas last night. I offered Weaver instead of Verlander after he said Verlander/CarGo wasn’t enough, on that premise that Weaver has been much better than Verlander, but he still said he liked Verlander better. I also offered Rasmus instead of CarGo (he’s a Cardinals fan) but he said he liked CarGo better (I kinda view those two guys as the same/similar player).

    Assuming he doesn’t like the Lewis/CarGo offer, which I will pitch like you said, would Weaver/CarGo or Verlander/CarGo be too much to pay for A-Gonz?

  43. NoEmoJoe says:

    Piniero with another good outing. Him or Morrow?

  44. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: well he already text me back saying he didn’t want Lewis. He asked me to send him my roster (he works for the State of Illinois and he can check his email, but Yahoo! Fantasy is blocked on his work comp). I’m sure I’ll be asking you more questions later when he comes up with something.

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: probably not too much. though i don’t know how much difference you can expect between adgonz and glaus (assuming glaus remains healthy). of course if this is the 8 team league it’s kinda hard to deal simply because everyone has a quality guy at every position. so you almost have to overpay for a guy you really want i’d imagine.

  46. @Steve: Scratch that Steve. I think I’m going to sit Hammel in H2H too. I took a closer look at my match up and the rest of the weeks starts… Out started this week 13 to 8 starts, I’m essentially punting QS and K to win ERA and WHIP. W’s are currently tied and I’m down a little in the ratios, but have only thrown one start and a few relief appearances so far.

    I have Waino going tonight and I like the rest of my starts for the week. Sitting Hammel will leave me with 6 starts. He’s down to 6 as well if he starts everyone. He’s got terrible match ups remaining though, and I feeling it might be too risky to my ratios to throw Hammel. I know I just said how much I like him, but the Sox are hitting. On the other hand he’s facing Dice-K, which could mean a Hammel W… Tough decision.

    Let me see what he does with Wandy and Morrow today. As of now my opponent is sitting them. If so, I’ll do the same with Hammel

  47. hoju says:

    Pick three, with an order of preference. Thanks.

    Gio G
    Anibal Dirty Sanchez

  48. TonyCino says:

    12 team 10×10 roto daily league, currently 4th place, my team:
    C YMolina
    C MMontero
    1B Howard
    2B Phillips
    SS Hanley
    3B Wright
    MI Prado
    CI Votto
    OF Kemp
    OF Holliday
    OF JUpton
    OF CRasmus
    OF BBoesch
    UT Bruce

    B Sandoval
    B MStanton
    B CQuentin
    B Alexei
    B BMorrow
    B JHammel

    SP Halladay
    SP CLewis
    SP Liriano
    SP Garza
    SP Medlen
    SP Cahill
    SP Nolasco
    RP JPutz
    RP LNunez

    DL: Volquez, Bedard, Penny, MGonzalez

    I think I need more pitching. I offered Sandoval and Pudge for CLee which was rejected, the counter offer is he wants Wright for Lee. I think it’s too much but if he added Mariano should I? I am 12th in saves. He may try to sub in RFranklin instead, should I still? Thanks

  49. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @and1mcgee: FYI, Rollins is sitting tonight.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

    @and1mcgee: Ha

    @Steve: I wouldn’t.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Yup

    @LMack: Yeah

    @Ezra Brooks: Coghlan…

    @Real Tom: Hehe

    @ime15: I wouldn’t trade for Smoak, unless it’s a keeper. Then Ervin.

    @William: Eh

    @ron mexico’s papi: Yeah

    @Big Nate: No, not much.

    @Jangles: What Poon said.

    @steamer: Yeah, he’s the 2nd best SS right now. Not a whole lot of good SSs though.

    @Donnie Baseball: Thanks!

    @big o: He didn’t have his best stuff? No reason health-wise that I see.

    @3FingersBrown: Shomar Shabbus – ha! I’d take Johan giving up Willingham first, but I’d give Swisher too.

    @Howard: Alexei… Or Bartlett for steals.

    @Eddie: Yeah, sounds like every start of his. Lots of excuses for why he was unlucky.

    @Cheese: Bruce

    @Wilsonian: Why are you trying to get Hamels with that staff you have? Just get A-Gon for Verlander or one of your SPs.

    @Dingo: Gotta start him there.

    @xopchipili: Hoffpauir

    @NoEmoJoe: Morrow

    @hoju: Medlen, Cueto, Gio…

    @TonyCino: I wouldn’t. I’d trade five of your bench bats for a decent SP.

    @GrandSlamSingle: Thanks for the heads up!

  51. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Tennis match still going on Grey. lol

    68-68 in tie break….now over 10 hour match

  52. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Rasmus/Howard/Slowey/K Johnson for Wright/Romero/Zobrist

  53. Fletch says:

    @Fletch: It’s over Grey! Isner won the tie break 70-68.

  54. JackInTheBox says:

    I think I asked this before but I can’t find it in any recent comments:

    Rasmus or Hart for the rest of the year and why? (12 team H2H)

    I’m trying to get rid of an OF for some pitching.

  55. royce! says:

    I agree about the sadness of Dontrelle’s situation. I doubt it was ‘roid related, though. I would think a significant drop in velocity would occur when someone goes off them. His problem is clearly his command. I watched part of his start of fantasycast last night and was mesmerized. There was absolutely no predicting where the dots representing the ball (mostly blue, a few red) would end up. It was like a whack a mole game, but with billions of moles.

    Maybe he’s drinking too many energy drinks, a la McCann?

  56. @Grey: I’m actually rating JWill a bit higher then Swish right now. Swish has an abnormally high (for him) BABIP and his 10.7% BB rate is actually near his career low (10.5%). I’m figuring he’s going to hit a skid at some point and that AVG is going to fall. Will also throws in a few steals, which has been a much needed surprise for me. He will produce more runs though, so it’s really close.

    The steals might be the deal maker. The other guys team is super slow (worse than mine even). If he doesn’t accept the Swish deal, I’ll throw Will at him + Rausch.

  57. “He will produce more runs” – meaning Swisher, since he’s 2nd in that Yank lineup.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Fletch: Ha, about time.

    @Cheese: I’d take the Wright side. It’s fair, depends on needs.

    @JackInTheBox: Hart

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Mann of Sandd: I’ll read it when I’m done with the season. I still have 3 or four episodes sitting on my Tivo.

  59. Eddie says:

    @Eddie: I’m a self admitted Cubs homer. Bitter as hell though.

  60. Eddie says:

    @Grey: That last comment was meant for you.

  61. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Do you think Hart has finally put it together or just that he’ll be better than Rasmus?

  62. Commish Cauda says:

    late to the party today…great work, as usual. Love the Simpson’s reference (Ralph Wiggum/Valetine’s Day episode)

  63. Commish Cauda says:

    Alfredo Simon or Chris Perez?

  64. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Grey: RE: Rasmus/Howard/Slowey/K Johnson for Wright/Romero/Zobrist (you said you’d take Wright, its fair, and depends on needs)

    So here’s my roster: 16 team H2H 8×8

    C Soto, Hernandez
    1B A Gonz
    2B K Johnson
    3B Peralta
    SS Barmes
    CI Howard
    MI Alcides
    LF Lind
    CF Rasmus
    RF Quentin
    OF Boesch
    OF Bruce
    UTIL Stanton

    SP Verlander
    SP Medlen
    SP Slowey
    SP E Santana
    SP Kennedy

    Still a good trade?

  65. NukeLaDouche says:

    @Grey: Morning Grey. What type of day do you anticipate from Gallardo against the Twins today. I’m trying to decide whether or not to start him. Thanks!

  66. Tom Emanski says:

    Holy f*** do Nolasco and Garza suck. My goodness. The first two pitchers I drafted.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commish Cauda: Thanks! Simon…

    @Cheese: You’re giving a bit too much. No reason why Rasmus needs to be in the trade.

    @NukeLaDouche: I wouldn’t ever bench Gallardo.

  68. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Grey: Ok cool. What about subbing in Lind for Rasmus? It would look like… Lind/Howard/Slowey/K Johnson for Wright/Romero/Zobrist

    He’s asking for another hitter and I wouldn’t know who to include… How about taking out Rasmus and putting in:

    Lind (as mentioned above)

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cheese: Why are you giving up so many people? What is this trade doing for you? Getting Wright to replace Peralta? Then offer Howard and Slowey. Or Howard and one other small piece. Howard and Wright are essential equal, you shouldn’t have to give up so much.

  70. timSTi says:

    @Grey: 10 team 7 keepers 5×5 roto.

    Jimmy Rollins


    David Price

    With a big need for pitching and it being a keeper league, is that fair? Aviles or Castro would replace Rollins.

  71. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Grey: I see your point. I felt I was giving up too much in just Wright for Howard (he proposed that first). I felt I needed something else so I was going after Zobrist. Should I just accept Wright for Howard?

  72. and1mcgee says:

    Everyone is going nuts for Quentin… who could stop hitting like, now. Take it easy, guys! Trade him high and move on to someone who doesn’t go down on the doldrums for months on end!

  73. I am the Liquor says:

    Grey- without any need in mind which side of each trade you prefer?

    BJUp+Price for JUp
    Adverb+Morneau for Braun


  74. big o says:

    crawford’s throwing shoulder is of some concern

  75. timSTi says:

    @Grey: F-Her and J-Ver for Rollins were both denied. Price that big a step down from them in a keeper league that has no time limit on how long you can keep guys? He’s gonna throw in Alcides w/ Price for Rollins. I’m in 4th place in a 5×5 10 team with only 3 points combined in ERA + WHIP.

  76. tHe ShiT says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Rey=King in spanish. Pretty fitting for him in terms of fantasy SS i would say.

  77. 7th Place says:

    Three questions for 10-team H2H league:

    1) Offered McGehee and either Peavy or Zito for James Shields. Should I take it? I would likely be dropping Smoak Monster. How do you think McGehee will perform going forward?

    2) Current catcher is Santana. Montero, Wieters, and Posey are all on the wire. Should I stick with what I’ve got or pick up one off the wire?

    3) Traded Verlander for Reyes early in the season. I too was laughed at for my dealings with Reyes. Is it too early to print out their respective stat sheets and use them as wallpaper for my fellow owners to see?

  78. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Cheese: i would just do howad/wright then worry about trying to get zobrist or someone else you want later when maybe you can slip in a good deal without having 1st/2nd round players clouding one’s judgments.

    @and1mcgee: eh most people are just wondering if he’s worth picking up off waivers, don’t really consider that going nuts. i’d still take him over bay. but that’s just me.

  79. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @7th Place: i could easily see smoak outperforming mcgehee from here on out. even if he doesn’t i expect him to not trail mcgehee by too much going forward. so unless you have a glaring hole at 2B/3B then i would view mcgehee/smoak pretty much a wash.

  80. Pun says:

    10 team AL only 6×6 (obp instead of avg and slug, holds for the extra cats)

    Daniel Nava or Matt Joyce?

    I think it’s the red soxs fan in me making this harder then it should be

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Gotcha, go for it then.

    @7th Place: I’d want McGehee. 2. Yes. 3. Ha!

    @Pun: Nava

  82. Black Beard says:

    Drop Corpas or Qualls for Chris Perez?

  83. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Or Lyon?

  84. Mark says:

    Ubaldo definitely showed some human aspects in his game though. Giving up two hits to John Lackey, a home run to Darnell McDonald, and two doubles to Daniel Nava.

  85. 7th Place says:

    Thanks Grey and Tycoon.

  86. Ryan says:

    I didn’t watch the game, but do you think Ubaldo getting hit up had anything to do with the bouts of dizziness he was having the day before?

  87. Matt says:

    @Grey: Can you elaborate on Volquez and your expectations on him going forward? Maybe even slot him between two active pitchers rank-wise?

    Thanks as always

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Black Beard: Lyon…

    @Mark: Yup

    @7th Place: No problem.

    @Fletch: Not like he’s going to be cheap now.


  89. xopchipili says:

    been offered Halladay for Wright in my 9 team 6×6 (OPS and K/9) league. I could use the help in ERA and WHIP but Wright has really been carrying me offensively and I’d be stuck plugging his position with something like Freese, Kouzmanoff or Wigginton. Also its a 1250 inning cap, and there’s a lot of decent P talent on the waiver wire (which makes playing the spot-starter game fun and productive but also makes real premium P’s like Halladay even more valuable). Really conflicted on this one…

  90. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Ad Laroche or Gaby to replace slumping Gomes?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:


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