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Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for assaulting his father-in-law.  That’s going to make for awkward holidays.  Or maybe they’ll skip Christmas and celebrate Boxing Day.  Fred Wilpon needs to put some rubber bands in his beard and get K-Rod and Tony “Shirtless” Bernazard into the squared circle.  During the fight, Johan was seen comforting K-Rod’s wife.  Johan, “She was looking for the changeup, and I went with the heater.”  K-Rod will probably miss a few games while he responds to attorney emails.  Oddly enough, K-Rod isn’t the easiest guy to handcuff.  His backups in no particular order:  Bobby Parnell, who I believe is the little black kid from Role Models, isn’t very good, Manny Acosta isn’t much better, Elmer Dessens is the guy who sells fresh corn on the side of the road when you’re driving through a rural town and Pedro Feliciano is related to Pedro Feliz, I think.  Frankly, I’d avoid the whole Mets mess.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Miguel Montero – Was a part of a back-to-back-to-back-to-back homer job with Adam LaRoche, Mini Donkey and Stephen Drew as they did work on Bush.  Hey, Googlers of back-to-back + Bush.  Betcha this isn’t the kind of fantasy site you were looking for, was it?  And for those that found us by Googling Donkey + Bush –> I’m kinda skeeved.

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I picked him up when he was traded into the NL with the expectation that I’d only own him for one start, but I haven’t seen one red flag yet.

Pat Burrell – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in ten games as he bats .357 this month.  It’s Pat the Bat and he’s swinging, ladies.

Andres Torres – 2-for-3 with two steals and has 4 steals in the last week.  He stops hitting homers; he starts stealing bases.  What’s not to love?

Cliff Lee – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks.  The Adverb now has 137 Ks and 9 BBs on the year.  Incredible Lee.

Brandon Lyon – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Why is God punishing me?  Was it the cat I kicked in college?  I was on shrooms and Mr. Wigglenose said, “Freakin’ furball,” but I thought I heard, “I’m a free kickball.”  After the cat landed, we laughed about the confusion.  Mr. Wigglenose forgave me, why want you?!  Why?!

Matt Lindstrom – Will be out for a few days with a sore back, which could turn into a longer absence.  Well, maybe Lyon’s not so bad.  Oh my God, I have a sickness for vulture saves.

Mike Stanton – 5-for-5, 2 Runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Next year, you’re not going to be able to get anywhere near Stanton for a reasonable price so enjoy him now while you can.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-4 with 3 Runs.  Hitting .283 and zero homers in his first two weeks in the majors.  It’s okay; there’s time.  Power will come and, unlike Stanton, the average will be fine.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-5 with 2 homers.  Now has 9 homers and 12 steals on the year.  He’s going to end the year around 12 homers and 15 steals and suck me right back in again next year.

Ryan Raburn – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer this week.  Ryan Raburn is soooo valuable– Wait, that’s Gene Raburn.  Raburn’s playing every day, has pop and he should have 2nd base eligibility in your league.  If he doesn’t, fire your commissioner.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Wandwagon (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks) as it was Throwback To 2009 Day at The Juice Box.  Hanson hasn’t had a terrible game since June, so it might be a little late for this, but hopefully Hanson drops a few turds the rest of the way so he’s undervalued in 2011 drafts.  Could Hanson be better than Lincecum in 2011?  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Jerry Hairston Jr. – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer in the last four games.  These guys don’t stay hot forever, but he’s hot right now.  Hairston was also my pickup for today’s short schedule.

Chris Denorfia – 2-for-3 with a steal.  Now batting .455 over the last week.  Another guy that could go cold any day now, but is hot right now.

Jhoulys Chacin – Potential to start on August 20th, depending on how well Esmil Rogers looks in his next start.  Esmil Rogers said, “Holy chicken mole, this is a lot of pressure.”

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-2 with a homer in his 2nd straight game.  Please stay hot and avoid injury.  That is all.

Brad Bergesen – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Indians.  He strikes out less than 4 batters per 9 innings and he’s on a terrible team in a bad division.  In the offseason, Bergesen was hurt while filming a commercial.  See, he’s not good at pitching, in every sense of the word.

Brian Roberts – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  May be a surprising contributor for your H2H playoffs.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Right now, his line is 17-6/1.99/0.97/158.  Spectacular, even if Larry King and I both want to call him, Adam Wainwright III.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-5 with a grand slam.  He’s more or less taken a dump since I put him in my Sell column about two months, but Colby’s a Survivor.  I’m going to be pushing hard to own Colby next year, but will have to see where he’s going to be drafted.  Right now, I’d say he’ll be drafted as a 3rd outfielder, but with a hot finish or a crazy Spring Training he could get drafted as a 2nd outfielder and become a bit too expensive.  Though a 30/15 year in 2011 doesn’t seem too far of a stretch.

Chris Carter – 0 for his first 9 in the bigs.  It’s tempting to say screw it and drop him, but I’d give him a week in redraft leagues.

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I thought he was hitting a wall, but now I think he might’ve just been showing a blip on the radar.  Definitely worth owning again.

Jered Weaver – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks to extend his major league lead in Ks to 182 (in only 163 IP).  All of this while resembling the female gym teacher in your high school.

Clay Buchholz – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, a 2.49 ERA and a Cainian ERA to xFIP difference.

Bill Hall – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs with 2 homers.  Guess how many homers he has on the year.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *taps finger, scratches head, swigs from a bottle of Night Train*  15 homers!  What?  Is that only insane to me?

Mike Lowell – 3-for-4, a day after hitting a homer.  He’s in a good position to succeed for about a month if his body holds up.

Ross Gload – To the DL with a right groin strain.  Until Howard returns, the area around 1st base will be Sweeney *pinkie to mouth* sod.

Chad Billingsley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Roy Oswalt who went 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as I got the dreaded double sonavabench!

Matt Kemp – Didn’t start again in one of the easiest parks to hit in.  Does Torre think he’s Steve Kemp?  Did Kemp make fun of Torre for picking his nose?  Does Torre keep playing Gibbons as an homage to Jane Goodall?

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    In response to K-Rod’s arrest, the Mets made an official statement:

    Jose Reyes has an undisclosed injury and is listed as day to day.

  2. JG_isms says:

    I’d actually give the Wilpons money if he’d make that fight happen.

  3. This is kind of a speculative question, I know. But in my 20-team redraft roto league I’m more or less on pace for innings, I lead the league in Ks (thanks to Weaver, Hamels, and Latos) but am in need of ratio help and wins.

    My 5th and 6th starters are Westbrook and Duensing and Chaucin is on waivers. Is it worth grabbing him now on speculation he’ll get the call soon? Is he a clear upgrade if Ks aren’t that much of a factor?

  4. joecoz says:

    Head 2 Head league, crappy SS options–stick with Scutaro or go with Hairston for the rest of the year. Or cut John Jay and hold onto both until Hairston is not useful anymore?

  5. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:

    K-Rod’s wife was disappointed in Johan’s Heater.
    But was pleasantly surprised by his Backdoor Slider.

  6. stynyr says:

    Picked up Hellickson and was trying to swap him for a closer. My current closers are: Marmol, Aardsma, and Gregg (dropped Simon to get Hellickson). Got plenty of SPs and have dominated W’s, K’s; been middle of the road on ERA and WHIP and have been close to .500 in Saves. Figured I’d try to bulk that a little bit going into the playoffs. Been offered Axford for Hellickson.

    Yae or nae?

  7. Black Beard says:

    D. Hudson has a 100% LOB percentage and a .176 BABIP in 22.2 innings in August.

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @stynyr: i would put out an open invitation to the league and say the best closer offer gets hellickson. if it’s axford, then so be it i guess.

  9. 101 MPH says:

    How….. How????

    How I could have started Adam Wainwright, Wandy Rodriguez, Jared Weaver and Chad Billingsley last night, and emerge from it with only one win? A combined total of 4 earned runs over 28 innings pitched!!!


    On a side note, Bill Hall has three fewer home runs than Alex Rodriguez in 171 fewer at bats. And Hall’s OPS is .804 to A-Fraud’s .809. I only raise this comparison because I spent $49 on Alex Rodriguez at auction this year, and, to put it bluntly, I want to kick him in the balls.

    And if you’ll allow me to solicit some advice, an owner in my league (a keeper) offered me Ted Lilly ($6) and Aaron Hill ($8) for Robinson Cano ($22). I’m currently within a couple bucks of the salary cap, and I’m also on pace to max out in innings pitched. Is there any merit to this trade?

  10. Jack says:

    @Grey sonovabench Oswalt?? Why would you ever bench Oswalt I think he’s earned the start him no matter where he plays, hasn’t he?

  11. Child Please says:

    10-team roto league (5×5)
    With Victorino coming back tomorrow, who would you drop Granderson, Pagan, or Kubel???

  12. dingus says:

    Can you rank the following for the rest of the season:

    Jonathan Sanchez, Gio Gonzalez, Brett Myers, CJ Wilson, Travis Wood.


  13. NoEmoJoe says:

    Stanton – Sonavabench!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. genghis chone says:

    Pick 2: Aaron Hill, Brian Roberts, Pat Burrell, Mike Lowell, Gordon Beckham

  15. mr baseball says:

    Curtis Granderson – if you look at this years numbers and the amount of AB’s he had – yes his numbers are down but its really not that bad and if he finishes up strong it might not be a lost season

    Intersting note on Granderson – 10 for 10 in stolen bases – he should be running a little more

    Interesting note #2 – The Yankees have just hired the ghost of John Gochnaur to work with Curtis Granderson Hitting

  16. keith says:

    Shields or Wandy?

  17. @NoEmoJoe: That blows. A recent rash…of injuries forced me to start him and to quote McDonald’s: Ba-da-bap-BA-BA!

    Small tiny question, don’t want to mess with eh first place squad going forward, but would you consider dropping Jamie Garcia for Daniel Hudson going forward?

    The other option I guess would be…well holding him as I made it this far with Jerry’s Brother.

  18. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Brandon Lyon – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER. Why is God punishing me?

    You said the same thing when you owned Todd Jones

  19. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Ross Gload – To the DL with a right groin strain.

    Mr Baseball Must Add Ross Gload

    this would be the best time to pick him up since he is on the DL and can’t hurt your team stats

  20. mr baseball says:

    @Grey Matt Kemp – Didn’t start again in one of the easiest parks to hit in.

    Its must be his defense !

  21. KG says:

    10-team H2H AL-only league
    Who should I drop Matsui, Kalish or Joyce?

  22. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey/anyone else

    I think I have put together a team built to win it all in my first year in a 12 team H2H league that has been around for like 8 years. I attribute this mostly to reading Grey & Razzball nation’s advice. The first round of the playoffs are coming up on September 6th but our trade deadline is on Sunday and I’m looking to make one last move to put me on top. The guy most willing to trade is in the final playoff spot and has 3 considerable assets: Mauer, Adam Dunn and Mat Latos (whom I traded him to). Here is my team:

    C: Napoli
    1B: Mark Reynolds (traded D.Lee & Lackey in the pre-season for him)
    2B: Zobrist (traded Verlander & Nyjer for him and Filthy Sanchez)
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Beltre
    OF: Holliday
    OF: Kemp
    OF: J. Upton (traded Heyward & Jenks for him early in the season)
    Bench: Suzuki (only kept around because Napoli’s constant benching)
    Bench: Chris Johnson
    DL: Ian Kinsler (traded Bucholtz for him straight up)
    SP: King Felix
    SP: Lester
    SP: Lincecum (traded Latos & Leake for him)
    SP: Floyd
    SP: Lilly
    SP: Filthy Sanchez
    SP: Hellickson
    SP: Hammel
    RP: Broxton
    RP: N.Feliz
    RP: Storen

    I guess what worries me most are Napoli and Reynolds because their average is so horrible, and singles, doubles, triples are all extra categories. Should I stay with my current team, or try to make a move for Mauer and Dunn? Any ideas? (Sorry this is so long!)

  23. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    *UTIL: Andres Torres

  24. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey; @Poon: wondering about some changes to my team, shocking, I know. I was actually looking at a few of the guys you had listed, but I don’t think I have room for many, if any, of them. Current roster:

    C – Wieters
    1B – Prince
    2B – Weeks
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Castro
    OF – Holliday
    OF – CarGo
    OF – Krispie
    UTIL – LaRoche
    UTIL – Pence
    BN – Wright
    BN – Kemp
    DL – Utley

    SP – JJ
    SP – Floyd
    SP – Kershaw
    RP – K-Rod
    RP – Feliz
    P – Capps
    P – Soria
    P – Verlander
    BN – Hamels
    BN – Lewis
    BN – Scherzer

    Do you see any changes that could be made for the following: Montero, Quentin, Stanton, Hall, Hudson, Niese, and any way to add a closer like Hanrahan or Mike G. in case K-Rod sits his happy ass in the county jail?

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: fyi, for Cs, napoli’s avg isn’t that bad when you consider the power boost he has over 90% of his C competition. in a h2h league i especially wouldn’t worry, because he can get crazy hot for a week or 2 and give you a .400-5-12 line. not many Cs can do that.

    as for reynolds, yeah, not crazy about him. i’d see about pulling dunn, maybe reynolds + another lesser need for him? sell high on hellickson + reynolds? without knowing his needs it’s hard to say. if he want’s pitching to be the center of the deal, i’d do floyd + johnson or something. or maybe you can convince him not to look at andrus’ numbers the last month?

  26. Commish Cauda says:

    Pick one H2H:

    Jason Hammel @NYM (Johan)
    Colby Lewis vsBOS (Lester)

  27. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    Soto’s owner is looking to dump some saves, and I’ve got the bizarre fortune of owning 3 worth catchers…V-Mart, Wieters, and Arencibia.

    This is a keeper league, but I wouldn’t be keeping any of these 3 C’s. Which would you trade? I can’t decide between V-Mart and Wieters — I feel like V-Mart puts up better numbers, but is the greater injury risk.

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: whichever he’d pay the most for imo

  29. Mzyptlk says:

    Mornin Grey, I have Padilla and Minor going head to head Sunday. How would you play that?

  30. brad says:

    just got offered johan for arencibia in a keep 6 league. take it and run right?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @JG_isms: Hehe

    @Enrique: Sure

    @joecoz: He’s not a rest of the year player.

    @The Ghost of Doc Ellis: Hehe

    @stynyr: Agree with Poon.

    @101 MPH: Nice rants. Trade’s kinda eh.

    @Jack: Wasn’t fully my call and we’re 60 IP over.

    @Child Please: Grandy

    @dingus: That order looks fine, depends on matchups.

    @NoEmoJoe: Ouch

    @genghis chone: What others said.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @keith: Wandy

    @KG: Matsui

    @Howie Met Your Mother: You’ve pulled off some great trades. Agree with Poon said to a degree. I probably wouldn’t mess with that team other than waiver moves during the playoffs.

    @Wilsonian: Don’t see how any of those players fit on your team.

    @Commish Cauda: Lewis

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’d trade them all if it got me what I needed. V-Mart and Wieters is fine.

    @Mzyptlk: Morning… Play both of them.

    @brad: Yup

  32. joecoz says:

    Thanks Grey–1 follow up-Liriano today or Shields tomorrow?

  33. CL says:

    sit on Chris Carter or Logan Morrison? Year 3 of Dynasty League…

  34. mr baseball says:

    K-Rod appeared in court today with Carlos Zambrano as his character witness

  35. bodymore says:


    Keep 5 ops league
    Agon for cruz/konerko

    Have a shot at sneaking in playoffs but can’t give up keepers trying if it isn’t a real good trade.

  36. Calogero says:

    Tricky question – 12 team 6×6 H2H league where we can keep 10 guys each year. Buchholz is a borderline keeper option for me at the back end of the 10, and I was just offered McCann straight up for him.

    McCann is more valuable, but I already have Carlos Santana stashed away for next year and it’s a 1 C league. I realize that Buchholz is probably a little over his head and I’d like to sell high, but I’m afraid I’d keep McCann and then not be able to deal him next year for a good value since no one ever really trades for catchers.

    Stick with Buchholz and hope he stays around the same productivity next year or possibly ups the K-rate OR take McCann and try to trade him for someone better than Buchholz next year?

  37. knighttown says:

    Looking for the following things:


    -Bruce, Crisp or Ludwick (2)
    -Berkman, Pedro Alvarez or Stanton (1)
    -Arencibia or Ruiz
    -Walker or Desmond

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @joecoz: Liriano, but he’s not very safe.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @bodymore: That trade’s fair, could work out well for you.

    @CL: Carter

    @Calogero: I’d hold.

    @knighttown: Crisp, Ludwick…Berkman, Alvarez…Arencibia…Walker…

  39. struggler says:

    So our leagues trade deadline is looming. My team is pretty solid but I’m always on the hunt for some good buy low candidates going into the playoffs. Any suggestions?

    I could use a starter with good ratios that I could flip Hellickson for…

  40. cain fan says:

    @struggler: might be a little late but lilly should do well. cueto also has been solid but again his value may be too high. others have mentioned baker and shields as bounce back buy-low guys.

  41. Bartaksu says:

    For a nice after dinner beverage, put the Night Train in the freezer for about 60 minutes… yummo $3 “wine”

  42. bodymore says:

    @Grey True, I kind of like cruz as a keeper besides the glass nature. Only thing is I already thought id keep stanton and quentin…should I be wary of unbalancing keepers? I have morneau but who knows w/ him at this point?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @struggler: Agree with Cain.

    @bodymore: Cruz’s health is an issue, that would be the only thing I’d worry about.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bartaksu: You’re speaking my language.

  45. AnotherFalstaff says:

    Grey – CQ/Cain for my JUp/Lilly? I still have CarGo, Kemp & Crawford in my OF and Stanton is on the WW. Thanks!

  46. Grey,

    NL-only league, just lost K-Rod…predictions for how long? I can make a trannie (and I’m not even a doctor) on Sunday. Should I grab Parnell or Igarashi or Acosta? someone actually owns Felatio…

    or just ride it out..



  47. @AnotherFalstaff

    Please invite me to your league next season, I’m tired of being challenged.



  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AnotherFalstaff: That’s not a good trade.

    @The Baseball Chick: K-Rod will probably miss a few days until he apologizes. It’s a total mess, but I grabbed Parnell and Hisanori where I could.

  49. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Thoughts on a streamable pitcher for this weekend:
    Fausto (SEA)
    Shields (BAL)
    Westbrook (CHC)
    Bumgarner (SD)
    I’m thinking Shields, but maybe only so I can revenge drop him immediately after the game is over.

  50. AnotherFalstaff says:

    The Baseball Chick – I know. My 12 team H2H drafted heavy on SP’s early, leaving all those guys to me. Thanks Grey for all of your help so far this season. I’ll hold.

  51. The sale of the Rangers to a group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg was approved Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by major league baseball owners.
    The Greenberg and Ryan group won with a bid of $590 million.

    I think this is clearly a rising AL power for the forseeable future…

  52. NukeLaDouche says:

    Start Kershaw at Philly tonight? What about Floyd at the Twins? I’m leaning towards starting both.

  53. brad says:

    hamels over garza right? by much?

  54. brad says:

    @Elijah: if cuban had won the auction.

  55. @brad:

    Meh, Ryan knows what hes doing and it gives them continuity. Cuban has money but is a meddling (if best-intentioned) amateur as an owner.

  56. brad says:

    @Elijah: cuban’s plan was to have ryan and greenberg run the franchise

  57. @brad:

    I’m just as happy not to have to see him around myself, he’s annoying.

  58. @Grey:

    Im not 100% sold on Lee being in NY next year, tho if its only about the money its probably gonna end up that way. Their Farm system looks good and a lot of their pitcherss are young and on the upturn.

  59. brad says:

    @Elijah: true. steinbrenner wasn’t the most charming guy either.

  60. @brad:

    He was annoying too as far as I’m concerned.

  61. big o says:

    cueto draws 7 days

  62. Wilsonian says:

    Can you rank these SPs for the remainder of the year:

    Johan, Oswalt, T. Hudson, Buccholz, Verlander, Lewis, Scherzer, Floyd

    Also, in response to my question from earlier, you said I didn’t have room on my roster for any of those guys. Do you have Pence ahead of Quentin and Stanton for the rest of the year, then?

    Thanks as always, man…

  63. brad says:

    @Grey: re: hamels over garza – like arencibia much? (i’m also holding wieters)

  64. big o says:

    baker and larussa had to leave the game , immediately .

    adults are held to higher standards .

  65. brad says:

    @Elijah: i’m not disputing that, but if you’re talking about consistent contention the discussion starts and ends with the yankees.

  66. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Grey: In my keeper league I have both Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton who are keeper eligible. We get to keep 1 guy for 4 years and 1 guy for 3 years. Which of those 2 would you keep 4 years and which would you keep 3 years?

  67. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @NukeLaDouche: @Grey: Clearly, I am struggling with the pitching thing. Kershaw lost his last two, giving up 8 earned. In day games he is 4-0 with 1.60 ERA; at night 6-7, 3.80 ERA (this a night game). Phillies 37-20 home, Dodgers 23-31 roadies. What do you see that you like (’cause it didn’t land on my radar)?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Verlander, Johan, Oswalt, Hudson, Buchholz, Floyd, Lewis…Quentin’s ahead of Pence…

    @brad: I don’t understand your question.

    @big o: Ha

    @ron mexico’s papi: Stanton for 4 years.

  69. Ripken FF Card says:

    Keeper question:

    We can keep players for three years at the spot where they were taken in the draft. After that, they go back in the pool and are up for grabs.

    Currently, I have Jason Heyward who was selected in the 9th round. I have a chance to package him with another player to get Michael Stanton who is a last round pick. Both of these guys clocks start this season, so both could be kept for the next three years.

    Is it a smart play to basically swap Heyward for Stanton knowing that I get much more value with Stanton as a last round keeper? Or do you think Heyward will be that much better than Stanton? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  70. brad says:

    @Grey: sorry let me be more clear,

    garza + arencibia for hamels? (i’m holding wieters)

  71. dsimon says:

    Grey- what are your thoughts on ricky romero and his value in keeper leagues? he’s appeared to make a heck of a leap this year, but is it sustainable going forward into 2011 and beyond?

  72. @Grey: Is there a way to contact you directly? I wanted to ask you more about your website and work. Would you mind you emailing me in the address I supplied in this form.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ripken FF Card: I’d prefer Stanton in the last round.

    @brad: Seems unnecessary.

    @dsimon: His year is sustainable.

  74. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Grey, your favorite catcher was recently dropped in my league…thinking of picking him up, even though he may not play everyday, so:
    Kurt Suzuki or Napoli for Ron Popeil duty?

  75. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Why you like Kershaw @ PHI?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Napoli

    @simply fred: Cause he has more than a K/IP and he’s a top pitcher. I try not to sit top pitchers. Of course, if you’re over your IP or GS limit, I could see benching him, it’s not like it’s a terrific start.

  77. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: That being said, would you do a deal of Wright/Scherzer or Wright/Lewis for

    A. Donkey/Johan;
    B. Donkey/Oswalt;
    C. A-Gonz/Johan;
    D. A-Gonz/Oswalt; or
    E. Donkey or A-Gonz/Hudson?

  78. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Thanks for being patient with me and the explanation. Every day, still trying to learn!

  79. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: the BIG one…the original…

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: I’ve never seen anyone want to get rid of a top 3 3rd baseman as bad as you. Wright/Lewis or Scherzer for any of those is fine.

  81. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: ha, I know, it’s quite the obsession. I have Longoria, that’s the only reason why I would think about it, plus he’s also the only one with any value that I’m OK with giving up that could acquire me something to help me win now. And, strangely enough, he’s a borderline keeper for me on that team. Thanks for your help, and luckily for you, my trade deadline is Sunday, so after then I won’t be able to deal him until the off season.

  82. Art Vandelay says:

    Time to drop Bay?

  83. Tony says:

    @Grey: My Verlander for his Dempster/Granderson?

    Dempster and Verlander are almost IDENTICAL, innings, K’s, ratios, the whole 9, whatdya think?

    I’m cruising in all the pitching stats as it is…. worth taking on dempster and hoping for Grandy to turn it around?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: I’d try for someone better than Grandy unless you can platoon him.

  85. hoju says:

    Does anyone know when Howard is expected back? He’s been put on the trading block in my league and he’s looking to plug a hitter for the stretch run in hopes to make the playoffs. Here’s my lineup:

    C Montero
    1B Scott
    2B Infante
    3B A-Rod
    SS Hanley
    OF Braun
    OF Werth
    OF BJUp
    Util Torres
    BN Gardner
    DL Prado

    It’s got a lot of name value, but they’ve been generally underperforming lately (although Scott and Torres are nice new additions). I’m in 5th right now (top 6 make playoffs) and I don’t want one of the upper teams to get him. Should I make an offer? If so, who?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @hoju: He’s about a week or so away. Trade any of your outfielders for him, starting at the bottom and working up.

  87. hoju says:

    @Grey: I ended up offering Braun straight up, and now I’m sweating. We’ll see what he says. Getting offers from the entire league.

  88. Ciao Grey: would you trade Lowell + Westbrook for Kendrick, Beckham, or Kelly Johnson? If more than one of those options seems acceptable, which is the best deal?

    This is in a 20team non-keeper roto league.

  89. Pops says:

    Does ’10 Matt Kemp first round bust become ’11 second / third round bargain?

  90. Grey

    Grey says:

    @hoju: I’d assume he’ll go for it. You could offer someone lesser first?

    @Enrique: I’d take Johnson if you need an MI.

    @Pops: I think so, yeah.

  91. hoju says:

    @Grey: I started with Torres, then Werth. He’s looking for a one-to-one and those weren’t enough (understandable). I don’t need Braun’s speed so I think I’m ok as long as Howard comes back next week. And hopefully Scott and Torres keep it up for another month.

  92. tall chicks says:

    Thinking of dropping Span (UTIL spot) for: Tabata, Denorfia, Crisp, Alvarez, or Rajai. All things being equal, would you drop Span for any one of these guys? If so, please rank if ya don’t mind.

  93. Steve says:

    Braun back in the lineup obviously.

    Not that you’d kow it.

  94. Steve says:

    @Steve: Know it.

  95. @Steve:

    What don’t I know?

  96. Ellis says:

    Mike Minor or Bumgarner for the rest of the season?

  97. Steve says:

    @Elijah: Apart from the drain on your stats, you wouldn’t know he’s there.

    I’m whining.

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @hoju: Cool

    @tall chicks: Rajai, Crisp, Tabata… For steals… Alvarez for power.

    @Ellis: Bumgarner… I think Minor is better, but not sure how long he’ll stick in the rotation.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: BTW, I heard what you said about me and the SI. Hehe…

  100. Steve says:

    @Grey: Don’t know about you, but Cain’s start today is making me even more annoyed about sitting Roy and Bills in the ol’ keeper yesterday.

  101. Steve says:

    @Steve: And in case you’re wondering, the point earned in the Games Started category is NO consolation.

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Sorry, Steve, I don’t have Cain anywhere. I kinda wish with his season numbers, but alas…

  103. big o says:

    bases loaded and the brewers are warming up hoffman .

  104. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hopefully the Giants will come back and turn my frown upside down. At least he’s striking some guys out today.

  105. big o says:

    weeks starts nice double play
    on a short hop
    and saves them the embarassment

  106. big o says:

    now , it is I
    embarrassment (sp) .

  107. Steve says:

    Oh boy. The ladies of San Fran better watch out tonight.

  108. Howard says:

    @Grey Who is Darwin Barney called up by the Cubs? Is this some kind of theory of evolution? I didn’t see him on the radar at all but in a keeper league…

    “The 24-year-old Barney leads all of Triple-A with 142 hits this season. He is batting .297 with 24 doubles and 71 runs scored in 113 games at Iowa.”

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Where’s he playing?

  110. motorcitykitty says:

    Hello Grey/Razzballers…..16 team H2H, trying to get production out of the spot now occupied by Willingham OF….a) Willingham had a career first half, will he rebound from his current slump, and b) I have Alex Gordon on my bench, and Pat Burrell is heating up and is available. Who should I start? Does Burrell even play enough to warrant a pick-up?

  111. @Grey:

    He’s a SS, but seems to be slated to play some 2b in Chicago.

  112. @Grey:

    Looks like a middling speed/low power/good avg/exc glove prospect: not a fantasy guy.

  113. Jake in Columbus says:

    Grey, sent offer to sell Roberts/Mini Mini Donkey/Hanrahan (or other SAGNOF)) for Pedroia/Kubel. Figured could use the AVG & LF/RF RBI option with every day AB, plus have 2B out the wazoo. Lineup below. You agree with that shizz? Might be able to swing Roberts/SAGNOF for Aaron Hill or perhaps K Johnson instead. Shot down so far on Roberts for decent SP.

    Standard weekly 12-team H2H mixed w/2 extra P, 1 extra DL.

    C Posey
    1B Miggy
    2B Figgy
    3B C Johnson (was Youk :/)
    SS Alexei
    LF Gardner
    CF Krispie
    RF Kemp
    DH Adrian G

    BN Rollins
    BN Roberts
    BN Mini Mini Donkey

    SP Johan
    SP Hamels
    SP Oswalt
    SP Lilly
    RP Gregg
    RP Lindstrom
    RP Hanrahan
    P Garza
    P Colby
    BN Beckett
    BN Storen

    DL Tall C Young
    DL M Adams (toast with next transaction)

  114. Howard says:

    @Elijah thanks for the heads up!

  115. Steve says:

    Um, this Giant ‘pen better get its shizz together.

  116. Domonic Brown is likely to be demoted in the next few days.
    Brown is a promising young outfielder, but he’s not getting regular at-bats in the big leagues and that could stint his production. “We look at Domonic, he’s better off playing,” Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. “We like him. I like him. He’s going to play in the big leagues for a long time. He’s not a finished product yet. That’s OK.

  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Yeah, makes sense. Here’s to next year’s Domonic…

  118. @Grey:

    Dbacks are gonna try and push LaRoche thru waivers, word is Giants or White Sox the probable destinations if they can get him thru without a claim.

  119. @Grey:

    In related news, your boy Brandon Allen coming up sooner rather than later to prep to be the starter next season.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: I hope so. Long live anyone that’s six-eight, 450 lbs. and that can hit homers.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Uh-oh for you.

  122. Steve says:

    Oh man. I own Castro but I wold have taken an out there.

  123. @Grey:

    Im glad they gave him another year in the Minors tho, he was real raw last year.

    .271/.414/.552 With 21 HR’s in 389 PA works for me, even if its Reno.


  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hard out there for a win…

    @Elijah: Yeah, hard to imagine someone of his size not hitting at least 30 homers.

  125. stynyr says:


    Francisco Cordero for Hellickson


    Axford for Hellickson


    They both stink.

  126. dj says:

    ian stewart/braun vs. cano/quentin

    which side would you rather have?

  127. dj says:

    also… pick up burrell and drop wuertz/lindstrom/simon/brandon lyon?

    if so, which one to drop?

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @stynyr: Axford

    @dj: Cano side. If you’re fine on saves, drop Simon.

  129. ViagraFalls says:

    Start Kershaw today at the Phillies?

  130. Steve says:

    @Grey: Not if you own Wilson (emoticon)

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ViagraFalls: Gotta ask a little earlier than that.

    @Steve: Look at you covering your bases.

  132. Wilsonian says:

    Drop Dom Brown for Pat the Bat, Colvin, Denorfia, Murphy?

  133. Steve says:

    @Grey: Had to choose between Ethier, CQ and Old Man Ibanez for two spots.

    Ibanez facing a tough lefty so he took a seat. Watch him go off.

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Probably…

  135. Steve says:

    Effing Podsednik. Of course I’m against him this week.

  136. vinko says:

    With “chipped” jones untimely departure, does Freddie Freemen get a shot? Heard he had some experience at third base.

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wow, a guy can’t even single when he’s on your opponent’s H2H team? You’re tough.

    @vinko: Word out of Atlanta is Freeman’s timetable doesn’t change.

  138. Steve says:

    @Grey: He’s hitting .583 this week!

    I will not have it!

  139. JackInTheBox says:

    For a spot start tomorrow:

    George of the Rose vs Mil
    Clayton Richard vs SF

  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He does what he can to impress his lady friend.

    @JackInTheBox: dlR… It’s not a very safe start though, but you can’t start hodgepadres outside of Petco.

  141. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Woops, I thought Richard was at home. Perhaps I’ll just pick someone up for Saturday instead.

  142. Steve says:

    @Grey: He’s married. He can stop trying now.

    I’m also up against Jeanmar Gomez. W(ho)TF is he?

  143. Bostonbeerman says:


    I have 2 DL spots and Kinsler and Utley are clogging them up. Now I have Soto on the DL. I am in 3rd and trying to scrape up points and could use the extra roster spot. Should I drop one? Looks like Soto and Kinsler could be gone for the regular season. I have Carlos Ruiz.

    As always thanks for sharing the wisdom.

  144. @Bostonbeerman:

    Id drop Kinsler, Utley should be back in a couple weeks.

  145. gza says:

    Hey Grey, any of the following worth dropping for Hellickson in a non keeper, 12 team?


  146. Wilsonian says:

    Thank God…a Matt Kemp sighting…

  147. Steve says:

    @Grey: You like Erv-San over The Bum for the rest of the season?

  148. Steve says:

    Twice the stupid damn White Sox have had the bases loaded. Twice. And twice they’ve done nothing.

    I hate them almost as much as I hate Jason Kubel.

  149. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: my main question is: when did Ozzie turn into Dusty Baker? Why the hell was Floyd still out there at 125 pitches? I’m with ya, Steve…

  150. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: Yes, that is the more relevant question.

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, I do.

    @Steve: I told ya Kubel was a 2nd half player.

  152. Steve says:

    @Grey: Careful, I’ll start in on you next (emoticon).

  153. Steve says:

    Where My Kuo – the reliever Torre wishes he could call on right now.

  154. pubscout says:

    through a series of trades, side A gets lester, verlander, jeter and side b gets utley, ublado, quentin and nunez. which side do we dig?

  155. emceeperiod says:

    Yo! What do you know about Victorino on the DL still getting that bag? Put him in the lineup this weekend? Tomorrow?

  156. Tony says:

    wow dodgers, and broxton, WOW…… 9-2 lead and lose 10-9 HAHA

  157. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hehe

    @pubscout: B

    @emceeperiod: Should play tomorrow.

    @Tony: Hey, someone of else lost that Kershaw win. I have the worst win karma ever.

  158. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh man – that’s gotta sting.

    And I take no pleaseure form the fact that my opponent is a Broxton owner.

    Some more Ozzie brilliance going on. First leave Floyd out there to throw 300 pitches, then bring your closer in when you’re 5 runs down…

  159. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, then Jenks leaves with an injury.

  160. Steve says:

    @Grey: Really? Look bad?

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Same back issue he’s had. Bad enough that he left mid-inning without someone warming up first.

  162. Steve says:

    @Grey: Grab Thornton where available?

  163. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’d go Putz first, but could be either.

  164. Wilsonian says:

    First and foremost, thank you Dodgers ‘pen…cost me a win. Second, Ozzie, you’re a friggin’ moron. Take Floyd out BEFORE he throws 125 pitches…he’s not Mark Prior, his arm can’t handle that kind of beating…oh wait… At least he could’ve kept it close so I could’ve got the save from Capps. How am I losing this week in saves to a guy with two closers when I have four? Guess it doesn’t help when one of them beats the shizz outta his wifey’s dad.

    Oh, and Grey, it really sucks to be you over the next couple of days. None of my David Wright deals went through today. About to send out a Wright for the Freak offer… Ha!

  165. emceeperiod says:

    Whoa…what’s this David Wright talk I missed? Is he a sell high player right now or…?

  166. emceeperiod says:

    or a sell low player :-) ?

  167. emceeperiod says:

    Also, would you drop Clayton Richard or Colby Lewis or Travis Wood or none of them or any of the three to pick up Mike Minor? Thanks.

  168. Grey

    Grey says:

    @emceeperiod: Wilsonian’s been trying to sell him for a week straight. I’d lose Wood for him.

  169. Terrence Mann says:

    I’ve gotten quality starts this week out of Wandy, Hughes, Ubaldo, and Kershaw.

    After the debacle against Philly tonight I have zero wins from said quality starts.

    What an absolute reverse-course from last week when Cordero blew a save and gave me the holds category.

    End rant.

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: I just grabbed Thomas Diamond for a hope and a prayer tomorrow because my H2H team this week is such a mess.

    EDIT: Word.

  171. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: and it is crucial that it be known that I have Longoria, as well. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be a sellin’. I’m just shopping him for big guns that I think can help me win this year. My team is stacked with 5 keepers that I’m definitely ok with hanging onto instead of Wright.

  172. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: I’m THIS CLOSE to picking up Bullington for his start against the Yankees Sunday!

  173. big o says:

    former mayor marion barry has proposed the construction of a life-size bust
    (pun unintended) of new washington nationals player , kevin mench .

    current mayor , and out-spoken critic of the project , adrian fenty ,
    said …” washington , dc , our nation’s capitol , has an historic legacy .
    millions of people come to our fair city to visit the our landmarks , our monuments . AMERICA’S monuments .
    I’m not going to idly sit by and watch it turn into miniature-ville . Not on my watch ….” .

  174. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Gotcha

    @Terrence Mann: He’s not Orel Hershier.

    @big o: There’s not enough material to sculpt his giant melon head.

  175. @Grey:

    No one’s Orel Hershier.

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