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Not that there’s anything wrong about being from NJ.  Both Rudy and I are proud to be from NJ, though not in NJ.  NJ ex-pats are great.  We spread our love of high-haired women and capicola around the country.  As for Jay Bruce, he’s sucking on the ol’ suckhole.  You can say that again, but please don’t just say it again cause that’s lame; I really don’t like when people do that. Okay, random italicized voice.  Though I have cut back to three cups of coffee a day, so that’s helped with my patience. Can I continue?  Yup. We’re all on the same page that it’s only two weeks into the season, right?  If Bruce had 12 homers in April and went into a two week slump, you’d care?  Well, probably a little, but c’mon.  It’s insane the amount of people in comments and our fantasy baseball forums ready to jump ship on Bruce.  There’s no projection changes on him.  He’s a hair away from what you’re going to get from Nelson Cruz.  If you can trade a sucker owner seventy cents on the dollar for Bruce, you do that all day and twice on Muesday.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


David Murphy – Probably the number one hitter pick-up this week.  How’s dem apples?  Delicious!  Murphy is worth a grab in all leagues while Hamilton tries to find someone to blame for his fragile body and awkward headfirst slide.  Isn’t the first step accepting personal responsibility for your own shortcomings?

Sam Fuld – The other shoe is gonna drop any day now and Fuld will go back to hunting wabbits and being unownable.

Johnny Damon – I know, exciting!  Next I’m gonna tell you to eat your vegetables and wear aqua socks in the locker room to avoid Athlete’s foot.  The entire Rays offense started the season a week and a half late, Damon included.  He’s far from a huge upside play, but he should be owned in more than 20% of leagues.

Daniel Murphy – Middle infidel options this week are boring with a dash of yawnstipating.  The Mets seemed to figure out Emaus is sick as in unhealthy, not sick as in sick.

Maicer Izturis – Hey, hey, how ya doing?  Maicer, what goes on, Maicer?  Tomorrow, it’s Saturday, Saturday, it’s a Saturday.  And it’s time for some bleh stats from Maicer.

Jamey Carroll – Um… Let’s see what positive I can say.  He has a hot girl name?  Yeah, I got nothing.  He’s playing.  That’s it.

Jed Lowrie – People seem to love good ol’ Jed.  Well, move to Beverly Hills!  He’s a pretty light hitting MI.  Not much more than Polanco even with everyday ABs.  He is hitting and playing right now though.

Jon Herrera – Won’t continue to be as valuable as he’s been this week, but he does have speed.  SAGNOF!

David Freese – Lost Zimmerman?  Turn your FML into YML (Yay My Life)!  For a limited time only, Freese will adequately fill in with the outside chance of staying productive for the whole year.

Wilson Betemit – He’s an Own While Hitting, which needs a snappier name and it might find its way into the glossary.

Brian Fuentes – How is he owned in less than 40% of ESPN leagues?  Did Andrew Bailey sign up for 60% of ESPN leagues?

Sean Burnett – Riggleman, who is not related to the Jigga man, says Storen will share chances, but Burnett is actually, ya know, getting saves.

Kyle Farnsworth – For those sitting in the back of the room, chewing on gum and passing notes, Farnsworth is the Rays closer.

Matt Thornton/Chris Sale/Sergio Santos – Mergio Thornsale is getting saves for the Pale Hose and they’re runny.

Chris Narveson – Was in last week’s Buy/Sell, is in this week’s, will he wear the Three Wolf Moon shirt and go for the Pat Riley-patented three-peat next week?

Zach Britton – You got your tickets for Wootstock, you eat Jujubes like they’re your acne medicine and Britton has been on your team since he was a junior in high school.  Fair enough.  For those non-mavericks reading along, you can add him, just watch out for certain match-ups.

Wilson Ramos – There was a pop group in Venezuela who translated all of Wilson Phillips’ music into Spanish.  Their name was Wilson Ramos.  A singer in Wilson Ramos was the daughter of the lead singer from the Mamis Y Papis.  That is all completely true.  The Nats have a lot of nothing with “At One Time My Nickname Pudge Was Literal Because of Steroids” Rodriguez.  Ramos has a 12-homer bat.  NL-Only or two catcher leagues take notice.


Vernon Wells – In my rankings, I said, “I wouldn’t draft Wells with your team.  Ain’t worth the headache.”  Take an aspirin and lose Wells.

Austin Jackson – I call this Sell column, “I told you I didn’t like these guys three months ago, except for Alvarez.”  Jackson doesn’t have the crazy speed like some SAGNOF’ers, isn’t a good average guy despite last year and has little power.  I.e., bleh, blech, belch.

Chone Figgins – I hate to dump him outright, so I’m not suggesting that.  See if you can sell him to anyone for anything.  Well, anything but Jamey Carroll.

Pedro Alvarez – I’m concerned, friends.  He might hit .220 this year.  I’m not telling you to drop him, but I’d see if I could sell him to someone who thinks they’re buying low.  BTW, The other day I fielded a Pedro Alvarez question in person.  So I met a girl who plays fantasy baseball.  Of course, I thought this was terrific.  Then I went out on a date with her and it felt like I was dating Random Razzball Commenter.  “Do you like sushi?”  “Um, yeah, yeah…So when I DL Hamilton, would you pick up David Murphy?”  “Sure, wanna order edamame?”  “That’s fine…”  She looks at her cellphone, “Hey, Ben Francisco’s available too.  And what do I do with Pedro Alvarez?”  I want to thank all of you for ruining what should have been a great date.

  1. MD says:

    hey Grey,

    I’m about to bail ship on my “ronny cedeno sleeper” thought strategy… would you drop Cedeno for Ivan Dejesus JR. in a 12 team nl only 5×5 auction keeper? I can probably get Dejesus for $1. If furcal retires, might be a good keep. I have cedeno for $7.

  2. p0rk burn says:

    That’s funny, I ask my wife those same questions. I was just about to thank you for ruining my marriage.

  3. Grey, I appreciate your honesty. You really did hype up Alvarez from January on…Your objectivity and frankness is refreshing.

    I’ve been targeting Liriano, Bruce, Youk and Jimmenez in trades. Thoughts? Any players you would go after aggressively right now in trades?

    As always, thanks man!!

  4. freak says:

    I’d go out on a date and ask you fantasy questions anytime, Grey.

  5. I-man says:

    Thanks Grey, these posts make friday afternoon in the office so much more bearable. Here’s hoping you were properly reciprocated for spending a date sharing fantasy tips (and presumably paying for a pricey meal and some lychee martinis).

  6. Donnie Baseball says:

    how’d she look? Sounds like a dream girl.

  7. MackeySasser says:

    Sushi on a first date, isn’t that like drafting a pitcher in the first round?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @MD: Sure, switch it up.

    @p0rk burn: Ha!

    @Dr. Stats: Yeah, and I own him all over the place and he’s killing me. I like those last three in trades. I wouldn’t go super aggressive after Liriano right now. I’d pay 40 cents on the dollar for him.

    @freak: Ha!

  9. GTS says:

    Contreras or Burnett?

  10. Grey: Do you like your capicola with cheese and crakers, or as the star on a nice Italian style sandwich?

  11. Eric says:

    Any idea who’s going to be the Blue Jays closer going forward? Francisco has been awful in the minors. Dumped him for Rauch. Will I be able to keep Rauch or have to switch back to Francisco in a week or two?

  12. El Famous Burrito says:


    You didn’t stick around long enough for me to pull off my wig and reveal what makes El Burrito so Famous!

  13. Charles says:

    12-team, 5×5, h2h, 3 OF league. Thornton and Gardner have been dropped. I was planning to drop Madson for Thornton, but should I also drop Fuld for Gardner? Seems like a no brainer…

    Also, my rotation is Gallardo/Billingsley/Anderson/Chacin/Zimmermann/Zambrano/Beachy. I think it’s a little weak. Would you trade R Howard for Lester and Lind (I also have Prince)?

    Muchas gracias.

  14. Jangles says:

    Bruce a hair away from Cruz? That’s wacky talk!

    I will say I appreciate that your descriptions of most of your buy guys make them sound more like sells to me. That said, do you prefer Carroll over Theriot?

    also-thanks for the De La Soul. Between that and the Jim Carroll line from this morning you obviously have good taste in music

  15. Martin says:

    @grey- if I can swap my pence for bruce should i do it? or is it just potato-potato?

  16. Bootsie Baby says:

    Sam Fuld is the 2011 version of Bo Hart.

  17. Jeff says:

    Injuries to Zimmerman, Furcal, and Hamilton have forced me to start Callapso, Brignac, and Bourjos. Besides the injured guys my bench now has Jaso, Venable, Belt, and a couple cheap Minor leaguers.

    My pitching bench is pretty thin as well, just Capps and Lackey.

    We only get 8 FA picks total for the year (and I only have 3 right now) so we have to careful how we use them.

    Would you use any of the FA picks to add from the following FA’s? If so who to drop?

    C – Avila
    2B – OHud, OCab (SS also)
    OF – Bloomquist, Frenchy, Gomes, Willingham, Francisco
    SP – Ogando, Harrison, Naveson, Masterson

  18. Charles says:

    McCutchen is batting leadoff today. Time to steal some bases.

  19. Tony says:

    @Martin: have you read the rankings…. pence is a shoe in for 25/15…. whats bruce a shoe in for? who knows.

  20. lodiNJ says:

    Grey: Who of the following would you give up for Bruce right now: Tabata, Ben Francisco, Krispie Young, Rasmus. Assume the other guy wants the best of the group.

  21. JMT says:

    Grey- Drop Santana for Wieters (12 team h2h)? Leaning to yes- would mean using top waiver spot.

  22. mauledbypandas says:

    personally I am giving Alvarez a little more time, but he is starting to feel like Ian Stewart from last year. He is supposed to be a slow starter, so maybe its just that. let’s hope

  23. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Love the buy sell but there is no way in hell Matt Thornton/Chris Sale can be in the buy especially Thornton. I don’t see him figuring his shiz out until he moves into a setup role. Yea he’s got gas but he is a fastball only pitcher that can’t control it right now. Batters know exactly what’s coming if it doesn’t hit them.

  24. Just opted for Professor Farnsworth over Serge Sant. Hate to do it, because the Professor is a madman, but I need me some saves more than I need holds.

    Who’s got a better chance of QSing this evening in a spot start, Masterson vs. Baldimore Murdaland, or Harangutan in Houston?

  25. Bucky Dent says:

    5 x 5 OBP league – David Murphy or Ben-Fran? Thanks.

  26. Buddo Chezuski says:

    NJ Ex-Pats, nice. I haven’t made it that far…only to NY, NY

  27. royce! says:

    I hope she at least paid for your daiquiri.

  28. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-Points League, (strikeouts=-1pts., SB=3pts.)

    The team with Hamilton also has Bruce. What do you think of me offering David Murphy for Bruce?

  29. Cole says:

    So is Robot Jones not even in a blahtoon? He sat vs. a lefty and a righty the last two games. The P-rats scored a total of 1 run in the two games. I don’t see anywhere that he is hurt.

  30. genghis chone says:

    Who, if anyone, would you drop for David Murphy? Angel Pagan, Travis Snider, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson or Jordan Zimmermann. Pagan and Snider have been stinking it up and I have no hitters to put in their slots. H2H points league, seven starts per week, so steals are not that important and I probably have too many SPs (also have Hanson, Cain, Hellickson, Dempster, Cueto, Daniel Hudson, Travis Wood). Danke!

  31. monkeypox says:

    Hi Grey,

    David Murphy or Alex Gordon. Who do you like more?

  32. Pooch says:

    @Grey: Sorry Grey, what i wrote was confusing.

    Here’s my rotation: Kershaw, hamels, anderson, d. hudson, kennedy, chacin, DLR

    Closers: Soria, thornton, sale, rauch/frankfrank

    Trade possibilities are Bourn for:

    1. J. Sanchez
    2. Kimbrel+Pineda
    3. Kimbrel+Drabeck

    Which one is best with my current pitchers: 1,2, or 3?

    Also,would love Jokey Smurf’d or Cust kayin’ shirts.

  33. poop says:

    i was offered – kinsler pence and kuroda for d wright and phillips


  34. Rico says:

    Herrera or Theriot for 2B? If you answer Herrera, for SS would you keep Theriot and dump Tejada?

    Which 2 of Herrera, Theriot, and Tejada? I want to dump Tejada on old age principle alone. Interestingly, none of them strike out often at all.

  35. Tony B. says:

    @Grey: Concerning a term for owning someone while they’re hitting?

    How about “paying the bills on time” ?

    Wilson Betemit’s paying the bills on time right now, but at first sign he defaults, jump ship.

  36. william says:

    @Grey – I’m strongly considering dropping Carlos Beltran for either Dexter Fowler or Logan Morrison. My other OFs are Jay Bruce, Matt Kemp, and Ben Zobrist.

    What do you think?

  37. How about: “Betting on the Muse” as a term for owning/starting an uproven rookie with high upside. (Stolen from a Charles Bukowski poem title)

  38. trick dad says:

    should i trade papelbon for liriano straight up? have excess closers

  39. KarlJ. says:

    @Grey: I was able to snag Russell Martin of waivers in my 10 team 5X5 roto league. My OF is underwhelming. Would it be smart to dangle Buster Posey for Bruce or should I aim higher? I know you always say it doesn’t make sense to carry 2 catchers unless it’s a 2 catcher league.

  40. Francis says:

    Gardner or Tabata (stdrd 5 cats + OPS)?

  41. Steve says:

    Is Alvarez still a hold in a keeper? Would be $11 to keep him next year.

  42. nick m. says:

    Which side do you like in H2H?
    Halladay, Quentin, Hunter, Soria.
    For Jonathan Sanchez, Ethier, Bruce, Markakis, Nunez

  43. Perdew says:

    new term for OWH

    hot hitties

  44. p0rk burn says:

    Espinosa or Herrera? Alvarez is my utility man so I can basically fill in whoever, but I don’t really have a spare player to ditch unless I drop Capps (we are a holds league and he is my only pseudo-MR). I like Espinosa and have Kinsler at 2nd, so a good 2b backup is a good thing, but think it might be better to ride the hot bat carousel (that could have worked for your Dickey blurb . . . also, gross) until he comes around (or gets dropped).

  45. T.K. says:

    Think a Vernon Wells for Pedro Alvarez swap might be palatable in a 12 team OBP league? I’d move Berkman to the OF.

  46. Francis says:

    @nick m.: If you need the extra OF hitting and can afford to give up Halladay, I would say the latter group. The difference in the relievers for H2H is minimal IMO and Quentin is a big injury risk and Hunter’s aging.

  47. Codyjorge says:

    OWHDIS = Own While Hitting, Drop If Shitting.

    If only there was a way to make that acronym prettier.

  48. Eng says:

    Grey, would you add Melancon, Isringhausen or Batista? Thanks in advance for your opinion and for the date laughs!

  49. Jake in Columbus says:

    @Grey: At least she didn’t ask you if she should drop Napoli…

  50. MarkM says:

    Grey, please tell me that the Alvarez date story is true. If so, all I can say is “heavy weighs the crown,” good sir.

  51. Smell The Golve says:


    I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back.

    I think you and Rudy are the writting partners Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, childhood friends from NJ, both Jewish, creators of Harold and Kumar and most recently linked to the new American Pie movie.

    That’s my guess on your true identity.

  52. Codyjorge says:


    Hot Hitato?

  53. rvde says:

    Adam Jones, Travis “Stash-Lite” Snyder or Jonny Gomes?

  54. rvde says:

    Adam Jones, Travis “Stash-Lite” Snider or Jonny Gomes?

  55. Steve B says:

    should i do a trade where i give up Brian Roberts and Carlos Beltran for Jay Bruce and Kelly Johnson (who i will most likely drop after a week to pick up Danny Espinosa)

  56. MrHappyTime says:

    Alright Grey,

    Pedro Alvarez or Betemit? Also, who do you think I should grab out of Pineda and Drabek? Thanks as always, and keep up the good work!!

  57. Joe F says:

    I’ve got salty and he is killing me, chris snyder just returned from injury from the pirates, he seems to have 15 hr power and crap avg better option than salty?

  58. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:


    OWHDIS Nixon? He was more of a SAGNOF guy, but a career 77 OPS + hitter is hard to stomach even for a 50 SB OF.

  59. Mark says:

    Need a Mauer replacement, Arencibia, Ramos, Ruiz, or Thole? Roster is pretty balanced so I’m leaning towards one of the first two, but the latter two seem like better skillset replacements. It’s an H2H league so assuming Mauer doesn’t miss too much time lack of downside seems at least close to as important as upside.

  60. YourMomsBoyfriend says:


    I’m thinking Ramos as Riggleman has stated multiple times that Ramos will be getting “the majority” of the time behind the plate.

  61. brett says:

    @Alpine McGregor: Ha! Thanks for the link. That was fantastic.

  62. Codyjorge says:


    Yeah, more of a SAGNOF. But I like it. Amos Otis was too good, right?

  63. Ray says:

    on Alvarez-this is par for the course with him. He has started out slow at every level. This year is no different.

  64. drpepper says:

    Colon worth a flier now that Hughes has been sent down?

  65. Shawn says:

    Hi Grey!

    In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, can you do a post on him and how his stats would compare to current sluggers. If this were 1950 or so, what round would you draft him in?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @I-man: Actually Pinapple Sake-tinis. Really manly shizz!

    @Donnie Baseball: Pretty, a little young.

    @MackeySasser: Nah, it’s like starting a Hodgepadre. Know at least you’re going to get a good meal.

    @GTS: Contreras

    @Dr. Stats: On a hoagie.

    @Eric: Rauch could keep the job. Frank would get a shot though, would be my guess.

    @El Famous Burrito: Ha!

    @Charles: Grab Gardner. Your pitching is a little weak but I wouldn’t take Lester there.

    @Jangles: Theriot

    @Martin: I’d hold.

    @Bootsie Baby: Ha

    @Jeff: You need to hold.

    @lodiNJ: 2nd and 3rd names.

    @JMT: Eh

    @mauledbypandas: Yeah, let’s hope.

    @Mr2Bits: Saves are saves and someone has to get them.

    @Alpine McGregor: Harang

    @Bucky Dent: Murphy

    @Buddo Chezuski: Nice!

    @royce!: Sake-tini.

    @Commish Cauda: Go for it.

    @Cole: He’s sucking.

    @genghis chone: Floyd

    @monkeypox: Gordon

    @Pooch: 1… Cool.

    @poop: Wright

    @Rico: Herrera, Theriot

    @Tony B.: Not pithy enough.

    @william: Morrison

    @Alpine McGregor: Damn, Rudy and I wanted to do a post like that, but never got around to it. They did a better job layout wise than we would’ve.

    @Dr. Stats: Nice reference, but eh.

    @trick dad: It’s fair.

    @KarlJ.: It’s fair.

    @Francis: Tabata

    @Steve: Yup

    @nick m.: Halladay

    @Perdew: Funny, but nah.

    @p0rk burn: Espinosa

    @T.K.: Try it.

    @Codyjorge: Yeah, not pithy.

    @rvde: Jones

    @Steve B: Would be good for you.

    @MrHappyTime: Alvarez…Pineda…

    @Joe F: Try the switch.

    @Mark: Arencibia

    @drpepper: Eh

    @Shawn: Ha!

  67. Dan says:

    What’s going on with Liriano? I have Jordan Zimm/Britton on waivers, make the move?

  68. cactuscooler says:

    Pick two to start utility

    Morneau, lind, david murphy

  69. Jackie says:

    In the battle for the old geezer slot on my team, who do you like between Jason Bay & Vernon Wells?

  70. drpepper says:

    Own While Hitting = Crazy Girlfriend.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dan: Nope

    @cactuscooler: Murphy and Morneau…

    @Jackie: Bay

    @drpepper: That’s funny cause I get it, but I’m afraid some people my think of hitting in the Ike Turner way.

  72. Dan Quayle says:

    Lots of trash/treasures on the waiver wire in my 14-team league. Would you pick up C Pena or I Stewart for UTL spot or keep A Jones there?

  73. Smell The Golve says:

    Damn, guess I was wrong on the Hayden & Jon identities. Back to the drawing board.

    Alex Gordon and Carlos Santana are getting days off tonight for those who need to make roster moves before 7PM ET.

    Grey, would you prefer David Murphy, Cameron Maybin or Ian Stewart for Utility spot while Zimmerman is out (had Michael Young there but had to move him to 3B for obvious reasons).

    Mini-Donkey has just pissed me off now and he’s getting benched so leaning towards Murphy.

  74. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Has anyone heard anything on B. Phillips injury? Also, any chance Berkman is this year’s Vlad? I’m really hoping so.

  75. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: New term brainstorm ideas for hot player:
    1) Wet Stream (like a wet…well…you get it)
    2) Waiver flavor of the week
    3) Hot Flash
    4) 12-pack player (like a girl you wouldn’t take home until after a 12 pack)
    5) Bench-Bound (self explanatory)

  76. Eng says:

    I don’t dump quality players after two weeks, but I can shed crappy Jose Lopez for a backup closer or some other turd, right? Also, do you like Espinosa more out of interest? Thanks.

  77. rvde says:

    How about Adam Jones or A#1 pickup of the week, David Murphy?

  78. Howard says:

    Just wanted to say if anyone was having trouble ordering T-Shirts from Canada, the shipping parameters have been expanded.

  79. royce! says:

    @Grey: Does that include gin? Seems like it could be good…if you were grabbing drinks before catching a midnight showing of Sex and the City 2! Aye oh!

  80. Smell The Golve says:


    From Not the best site for news but here is what they said:

    News: The Kansas City Star reports that OF Alex Gordon will have Friday off when the Royals host the Mariners. Manager Ned Yost admitted that Gordon doesn’t need a day off (he’s hitting .345 on the year) but he wants to get Mitch Maier some at-bats.

  81. stumanji says:

    Are the Twins better off sending the San Diego Chicken to the plate than Michael Cuddyer? I think this guy died in the offseason and Minny is just trying to pull a Weekend at Bernie’s with him.

  82. paulzone72 says:

    who do you like most of these catchers: avila, ruiz, soto, ramos?
    i own soto right now, btw.

    also for holds out of guerrier, downs, romo, santos


  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dan Quayle: Hold Jones.

    @Smell The Golve: Murphy

    @Nuke LaDouche: Could be on Berkman. Phillips should be back in a day or two.

    @SwaggerJackers: These don’t jump out at me, but I’ll have Rudy take a look.

    @Eng: Yes, on Espinosa.

    @rvde: Jones

    @Howard: Thanks for the notification!

    @royce!: Ha! No gin, just sake and pineapple juice. No umbrella, surprisingly.

    @stumanji: That’s hilarious.

  84. So you’d buy Liriano for 40 cents on the dollar, but how much would you sell him for?


  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jonesy: I’d take Rasmus.

  86. GMen says:

    Alvarez is a notoriously slow starter. IMHO he’s going to be fine.

  87. Jeff says:

    Who do you like better – Jerry Sands ($5) or Yonder Alonzo ($1) – in a keeper league?

  88. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Thanks Grey!

  89. Paul says:

    I remember you praising Alvarez so much in the preseason. Yet, I don’t see the value. His projected BA is just unacceptable. I’m glad that I didn’t listen to you. Ha!

  90. artie says:

    So, Senor McCutcheon to lead off.. A whole 10 games is a massive sample size Mr Hurdle. Sheesh.

  91. freak says:

    Why does every single manager that Mike Napoli has had hate him?

  92. vinko says:

    Hughes to the DL with a case of the dead arm. Colon to fill the void…

  93. JoeC says:

    Viagra Bat – The term used when an otherwise mediocre hitter suddenly finds his… stroke!

    EX: Ty Wigginton plays defense like he’s out there on ice skates, but he’s sportin’ a Viagra Bat right now, so pick him up!

    EX: Sam Fuld was givin’ you the lumber with his Viagra Bat, but his prescription’s seemingly run out. Drop him in all formats.

  94. JoeC says:

    Why would they take Tabata out of the leadoff spot when he’s doing so well? I understand they want to get McCutchen going, but what if you screw up Tabata in the process?

    Geez, is managing so hard?

  95. Swagger Jackers says:

    @Grey: Fair enough, how about these:

    Scab Grab
    Sizzle Fizzle

    I must make it into the Annals of Razzball History!

  96. Mauered says:

    Thinking of trying to buy low on choo or bruce….I have pence, j.upton, tabata, swisher in my of (start 3 OF). ESPN projection in our league (for whatever that is worth esp. at this point) was one point difference b/w upton and choo and about 40 b/w pence and choo. Should I offer pence for choo or just stay put?

    On a different note for Bruce…would you give up Tabata or Swisher for him?

  97. KarlJ. says:

    I guess since you have Pence ranked higher than Bruce and you think Bruce for Posey is fair then if someone has offered me Pence straight up for Posey I should hit accept before he changes his mind?

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GMen: Hope so.

    @Jeff: Sands

    @Nuke LaDouche: No problem.

    @vinko: The Disgraceful List, yeah.

    @JoeC: Not crazy about it.

    @JoeC: Yeah, for some of them it is, I guess.

  99. Wilsonian says:

    Someone dropped Thornton. I have Axford, Lyon, Burnett, Sale. Do I drop Sale and claim Thornton? Or do I drop a non-producing Torres, or someone like Boesch or Betemit?

  100. KarlJ. says:

    Thanks Grey!
    @anyone that knows cars: We are coming out of a car lease and we are now looking to lease a VW Tiguan or an Infiniti EX35. Infiniti might be a little bit pricey for me but I am sensing this is the car my wife wants to go with. Anyone want to make my decision easier?

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:

    FYI brandon wanted to play,dusty wouldnt let him,its not very bad

  102. JoeC says:

    How about a “Burn After Reading hitter”? Cause the advice to pick him up is probably already out-of-date… er yeah… or somethin’ like that.

    But really, I just wanted to get a mention in for one of my favorite Coen Brothers’ movie.

    Was I the only one who shed a tear when Brad Pitt’s character was offed? That has to have been some of Pitt’s best acting.

  103. Eddie says:

    @All you wise commentators:

    Who shall I start at Util tonight? Mark Trumbo @ the White Sox (Humber), or Ian Stewart at home vs. the Cubs (Garza). I like both matchups.

  104. Swagger Jackers says:

    @Grey: I was kind of liking Scab Grab but you and Rudy run the show so I’ll try again next time.

  105. dingbat says:

    I’ve just been offered Mat Latos for my Craig Kimbrel. I’ve currently got five closers (Broxton, Kimbrel, Valverde, Contreras, and Burnett), and my rotation is Liriano, Weaver, Kuroda, Marcum, DLR, and BumGarner. That’s a no-brainer, right?

    League counts K/BB and QS

  106. GTS says:

    Phillies going for 3 complete games in a row…

  107. Donnie Baseball says:

    What the hell happened to A. Hill? He’s brutal.

    I know you say it’s still early for him, but it’s now a whole year and early being terrible for him.

  108. chata says:


    buy her a pair of nice running sneakers

  109. WDE05 says:

    Grey, it appears a second appearance on the buys list for young under the radar pitchers is the kiss of of death. Beachy has sucked in his past two starts and now Narveson is getting shelled in DC. Gave up 3 in the 2nd and fortunately just got out of another big jam in the 3rd with a double play.

  110. Tony says:

    Bruce for Adam jones?

    is there a winner or is this a coin flip?

  111. Wilsonian says:

    Britton sucking donkey balls, too…

  112. Tony says:

    and…. Avila or wilson ramos at C?

  113. Tom Emanski says:

    Logan Morrison hit his 4th HR. Last year it was CarGo in the 12th round, this year it’s LocoMotion.

  114. nyydj2 says:

    Did the Red Sox plead for mercy or something so they took away a 3 run HR by Lind? Yahoo showed it, my ESPN teams recorded it and now it’s just about gone everywhere, lol. Yahoo still shows he hit a HR but he’s 0 for 1 with no R or RBI. Anyone watching this game, was it real or was it the fantasy Gods just teasing me?

  115. Eddie says:

    @Tony: If the Bruce in your question is “Jay Bruce”, then yeah – I’d want Bruce.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mauered: I like Choo to rebound. I’d give up Swisher for Bruce or Choo.

    @Wilsonian: I’d hold.

    @KarlJ.: I don’t know anything about cars, sorry.

    @JoeC: Great movie, the term is okay, think we can do better.

    @Eddie: I would’ve said Stewart.

    @Swagger Jackers: It’s okay, I’ll run it by Rudy, he can overrule me.

    @dingbat: I’d take Latos.

    @Donnie Baseball: Hopefully he comes around.

    @WDE05: Damn

  117. Donnie Baseball says:

    Easily Bruce.

  118. Eddie says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Stewart is riding the pine again tonight, which made things academic.

  119. Steve says:


  120. mookiewilson says:

    @nyydj2: Lind’s shot was bizzarre. Called a homer but overtured. It landed on top of the fence clearly inside the vertical yellow line painted on the fence but outside the foul poll. You’d think they would have painted the line on to match the poll…..

  121. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Youk was just waiting until he had 3B eligibility in the RCLs to get going.

  122. WDE05 says:

    The Narv-dog appears to have settled in after getting out of trouble in the 2nd. He’s worked a couple of 1-2-3 innings in a row now. Through 5, he’s given up 5 hits, 3bbs, 3ERs and has 5ks. Team trails 3-2.

  123. Donnie Baseball says:

    I think Bedard might be a great buy low right now. He looks like he’s working some kinks out right now, I’m sure most owners have given up on him.

    His stuff looks better than ever, even in this 1st inn. where he gave up a run and had the bases loaded the whole inning. He hit 93 a couple of times and his curve looked great.

  124. WDE05 says:

    Pitch at home only Harang is looking sharp in Houston. Just struck out the side in the bottom of the 2nd and has 4ks through 2 in a 0-0 game.

  125. Eddie says:

    Does Carl Crawford realize that Spring Training ended weeks ago?

  126. nyydj2 says:

    @mookiewilson: Thanks Mookie for the Lind non HR update, that is about the luck I am having on a team with Hambone and Longo.

  127. WDE05 says:

    @Donnie Baseball:

    I dumped him last week. Its hard to be patient on a guy who is working out the kinks who is playing for a team so bad that he’ll be lucky to win 5 games if ever manages to start pitching the way he’s capable. Also, as grey has pointed out, he’ll likely be injured again before he gets it all together.

  128. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Stat shown during Jays game: Last year Snider thru 12 games was hitting .143.

    This year .154.

  129. Eddy says:


    Lind, Hill, Pedro Alvarez and Ellsbury are draining me in OBP (and just about everything else).

    Would you advice trying to buy low by selling Lind somehow and follow up with getting a good 2B with Ellsbury?

  130. Eddy says:



  131. Eddy says:


    Completely forgot to mention who I was trying to buy low on. It’s Andrew McCutchen.

    I want McCutch so I can get rid of Ellsbury and get a 2B.

  132. Grey

    Grey says:

    @WDE05: Nice

    @WDE05: Houston’s not exactly a powerhouse.

    @VinWins: Interesting about Snider.

    @Eddy: I’d take McCutchen there.

  133. Steve says:

    Stupid Phillies bullpen.

  134. Eddy says:


    Couldn’t serenade the McCutch owner.

    And I’m curious, what side do you prefer here:

    Pujols (cannot be kept in 2012)
    A-Rod (can be kept in 3rd round)


    Miguel Cabrera (cannot be kept)
    CarGo (Kept for 10th round in 2012)

  135. Eddy says:


    I currently have Wright, but I can’t keep him next year either.

  136. Eddy says:

    Roy Oswalt with a lower-back strain.

  137. Steve says:

    Dread Pirate? Dread-ful.

  138. I like Jose Tabata:)

    Grey — you’re a stud. I like to think I know a thing or two about fantasy baseball, but I love this website (Thanks!). You’re right on some things, you’re wrong on some things, but, in the end, this is the best site there is and it’s b/c you’re right much more often than you’re wrong (especially, IMO, compared to the other “experts”).

    I’m kicking myself for keeping Andrus over Haren though (12 team, 5×5) b/c I really did almost do it. There’s still time…

    Anyone else notice that the Andrus average has severely dipped after he hit his HR?

  139. Eddie says:

    Anybody watching Jays-Red Sox? I’m wondering if Hill is finally squaring up some balls today, or if it’s just the BABIP gods doing their thang. Either way it’s nice to get some production from him once every other week.

  140. Eddy says:


    Not only that, but he already eclipsed his 2010 mark of SB and is halfway to his 2009 mark (6)!

    I’m hoping my patience with him in a couple of leagues pay off.

    And I’d like to echo your question: anyone see his ABs?

  141. Rabbit says:

    So do I drop Saltalamacchia for Ramos? Two catcher league, my first catcher is Santana ($1 keeper). Red Sox seem snake bitten this year; I could see Salty doin’ a whole lot of nothing.

  142. Eddie says:

    @Eddy: Still waiting on Carl Crawford though. Not that I’m entertaining any thoughts of benching him, but this is getting frustrating.

  143. Eddy says:


    I feel your pain. Though I don’t have Crawford anywhere, I do have Ellsbury in a couple of leagues. How in the world are two of the premier contact hitters in the game hitting under .150?

  144. Eddy says:

    And a sidenote: I love how the Marlins are looking so far. Loria actually managed to do something decent and put together a great bullpen which showed today against the Phils.

    I can’t wait until Hanley and Stanton start hitting. It should be fun then.

  145. Steve says:

    Ugh. Hudson.

  146. Eddy says:


    I’d like to amend the trade.

    Cargo (10th for 2012)
    Cole Hamels (4th round)
    Pedro Alvarez (7th round)


    Alex Rodriguez (3rd)
    Cliff Lee (2nd)

    Not all players will be kept. I just show the round value primarily for A-Rod and CarGo, who got pretty good values.

  147. Eddy says:


    The A-Rod side gives up a 9th round pick as well.

  148. Tony tone says:

    Was trading Granderson for Tommy Hanson in my keeper league technically a form of theft? Actual question: a fellow owner is rather impatient and dropped Beachy and Liriano, is it worth dropping Narveson and/or BumArmner for them? And is it worth trying to go after his now openly shopped Franklin or Crawfish? Much appreciated, this site is quite excellent so thank you for it and your tireless question fieldings.

  149. Deeeeeeez Nuts says:

    I haven’t seen much about Masterson around here – do you like like him?

  150. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Eddie: @Eddy: Hill hit a couple pretty good. Wouldn’t say he’s got it turned around yet though.

    I think on his 2nd SB he got such a poor jump that Salty didn’t notice him running. A good quick throw would have had him easily.

  151. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: How ’bout Silver Streaker?

    It’s the Silver Slugger award for streaky hitters. Plus Silver Streak is a classic comedy!

  152. Hanson is a stud. He’ll be fine.

    Aaron Hill has a bunch of RBI and SB… it could be worse.

  153. Tony tone says:

    Sorry for the double post, but also would it be a good move to offer Cruz for Crawdaddy?

  154. Wilsonian says:

    Apparently Bruce heard you…finally went yard.

    And Hudson just went ahead and shat upon my ERA a little more. I mean, why not? Already had Kennedy, Bills and Kuroda.

  155. Eddie says:

    @VinWins: Hat tip.

  156. Codyjorge says:

    @Bill Lumbergh:

    one step further… a Gene Wilder?

  157. Me, myself and I were wondering, “What would Plug 1 or Plug 2 do if they’d been holding Joel Peralta in the hopes that he’d get some saves, but eyeballing Antonio Bastardo and his delicious K/9 or Matt Lindstrom in the hopes that Street gets injured (both free agents)?”

  158. B.J. says:

    Hey Grey not sure if it’s been brought to your attention but the site crashes every time I come on on my iPad or iPhone. Figured I’d give you the heads up if someone hasn’t told you yet.

  159. Dominic says:

    What do you think is the better long term option… Angel Sanchez, Herrera, Adam Jones or O Hudson

  160. B.J. says:

    Just reread my last post and it makes no sense. Of course someone wouldn’t have told you the site crashes on my iPad or iPhone because I’m the one using it. Anyways what I meant was, has anyone else mentioned the same thing happening to them?

  161. Dominic says:

    @Grey: same answer for short term?

  162. the grate one says:

    grey, can you rank these SP in a 12 team mixed? thanks!

    c. morton, beachy, b. mccarthy, anibal sanchez

    thank you!!!

  163. @B.J.: “the site crashes every time I come on on my iPad or iPhone”

    If fantasy baseball gets you that excited, you need to learn to aim that thing away from your iDevices.

  164. Eddy says:


    There are times where it fails to load on my iPhone, but I chalk it up to site volume. But 95% of the time it opens. Maybe a shoddy WiFI network?

  165. strugz says:

    Bedards gotta be a drop at this point eh?

  166. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Big Puma goes deep for the 5th time. Drop Pena for him? Thanks!

  167. chata says:

    farnsworth … 1 batter save

  168. So I was thinking, isn’t Josh Hamilton all about the Lord and stuff? Shouldn’t he be taking all of these injuries as a sign that God wants him on a path that doesn’t include baseball? How come pro athletes always wait until their abilities and faculties have deteriorated to announce that the Lord has a new plan for them? Really, at that point, it’s more a matter of nature having a new plan for them. — The Gospel of Awesomus

  169. stynyr says:

    Hey Grey,

    Should I drop Stauffer for Lowe or Jordan Zimmermann?


  170. elwood blues says:

    Injuries are killing my OF. WHo’s the better pickup to get me thru the next couple of weeks..
    Laynce Nix or Scott Hairston.. NL 4×4 .. I know not very exciting options.. Stephen Pearce may be a 3rd option, but who knows how much he’ll play.

  171. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Jhoulys CGSO! Thanks for the tip!

  172. Howard says:

    @Grey Freeman or Belt for my UT spot?

  173. strugz says:

    Best chance of a QS tomorrow:
    A. Hammel vs. CHC
    B. McDonald vs. CIN
    C. Niemann vs. Mauerless MIN
    D. None of the Above

  174. Eddy says:

    Lance Berkman with ANOTHER solo shot on the night.

    His line for my H2H league is 9 runs, 6 HR, 12 RBI, .526 AVG, 2.024 OPS

    Troy who?!

  175. Rabbit says:

    Holy moly, Lance Berkman just hit his sixth HR, another multi-HR game. Did he steal Albert’s mojo or something? Maybe it’s like Freaky Friday, and Lance is Jamie Lee Curtis waking up in Lindsey Lohan’s body. Sure it’s good for a while, but you know he’ll end up broke and in rehab.

  176. AL KOHOLIC says:

    serriously berkman,6 hr,s in what 4 games since i dropped him

  177. Eff why eye… the issue with the site not playing well on iPad/iPhone is related to whatever Flash object (an ad, I would guess) is trying to contact the following addresses:

    That may help, or it may just make you more confused. That is all.

  178. Eddy says:


    Deep league, who do you choose?

    Morton or Colon?

  179. Rabbit says:

    And does Conshellation Prize work for Saves too? Soria tonight has a 9.00 ERA, 3.00 Whip, but gets the save. Between Hudson tonight, and Kuroda, DeLaRosa, Beachy, Street, and Hanrahan last night, my ERA and Whip are floundering in a sea of confusion and total despair. But knock on wood, I still have my health.

  180. royce! says:

    @B.J.: @Grey: I have been having the same problem recently when trying to view the site on my iphone. I have found that stopping it from loading completely helps. That is, it loads the post and comments before the ads, so I’m thinking it’s the ads that can cause your browser to crash.

  181. Trick dad says:

    Not too HAPPy with that spot start.

    Fyi my iphone hasnt had any problems with the site.

  182. pubscout says:

    buchholz has been so much poo. is he droppable yet? i’ve wanted to drop him since i froze like bobby deniro in awakenings and ended up timing out in the tenth round.

  183. Deeeeeeez Nuts says:

    The site has been crashing on my iphone as well – usually when I’m trying to read the comments. Which is a damn shame because I really enjoy reading it every morning on the can. You da man Grey!

  184. elwood blues says:

    @Grey: Ok a found a 4th option.. what about Flores over Hairston.. Flores has only hit once though all week and I worry he won’t get the at bats.

  185. Tony tone says:

    How about trading Choo/Prince f

  186. Dominic says:

    any word on B. Phillips’ groin… you think he’s gonna play tomorrow or is he just gonna keep pullin on it on the bench

  187. Tony tone says:

    How about trading my Choo/Prince fOr Craw/Adrian Gonzalez? Or if he wont do that adding Carp to my side and Franklen to his?

  188. elwood blues says:

    @elwood blues: If only the Nats would bring up Bernadina

  189. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Start Volquez vs. Pit?

  190. AL KOHOLIC says:

    dominic-brandon wanted to play tonight,says he is ok,dusty made him restmid think he will play tomorrow

  191. AL KOHOLIC says:

    special thanks to mr. chacins great game and an about time for jay bruce,breaking out party i really hope

  192. elwood blues says:

    Berkman didn’t hit this many homeruns when I had him LAST YEAR

  193. preptime says:

    Welcome to the season Pujols.

  194. GTS says:

    McCarthy or Beachy?

  195. Steve says:

    Fuck you Fuentes. My McCarthy, my opponent’s Miggy.

  196. Shane says:

    Pick a side:

    Morneau and Chapman or Bruce and Nathan?

  197. Steve says:

    THAT’s how Fuentes is owned in less than 40% of leagues.

  198. A Hill O' Beans says:

    Salty or Chris Snyder?

    For what its worth I’ve never had any problems with this site on my iPad.

  199. A Hill O' Beans says:

    Oddly enough as soon as I submitted that comment it crashed, go figure!

  200. “# 195 Dominic Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    any word on B. Phillips’ groin…”


  201. Ryan says:

    Hey Grey should I drop Bedard and pick up Correia or Morton? If so which one?


  202. Nate says:

    Alvarez will be fine (says the Pirates fan…)

    He’s started slow every year at every level before lighting it up. After April, I expect the same. If it’s mid-May and he’s still sucking, then it’s time to panic.

  203. AL KOHOLIC says:

    fuentes,now thats a blowup,ouch

  204. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Upgrading 2B will solidify my team. My target trading partners can use a good SP and OF/DH. I can propose Beckham, Rios or Bruce & Buchholz for Kinsler/J. Garcia, Pedroia/B. Norris or Uggla/D. Holland. Hold or give one a try? Thanks!

  205. Wilsonian says:

    McCarthy over Narveson? Not impressed with Narv’s outing tonight.

  206. pubscout says:

    Dread Pirate with the Golden Sombrero…ouch.

  207. Howard says:

    I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Brian Fuentes….Wait, he just gave up 5 earned runs and walked three people. Brain freeze! Make it stop!

  208. Tony tone says:

    Son of Cecil, Cruz, and Carpenter for Tulo, Crawfish, and Ryan Franklyn (or some other PTBNL). I’m on side of Cruz

  209. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Hughes for Beachy? I simply dont believe in Hughes being able to get himself right this year. I think his problems could be more serious than the Yanks are ready to disclose. Beachy on the other hand, is to have in our league as an impatient owner dropped him after two bad starts. I believe Beachy just served up a few bad pitches and will bounce back in week 3. What do you think?


  210. Michael Bourne says:

    Hughes is on the Disgraceful List. SELL

  211. Heavy Hitters says:

    Grey, thanks for all your hard work man! Anywho, Wandy was dropped in my H2H league. Should I pick him up and drop Narveson, Wood, or Zimm?

  212. Votto-voom says:

    Doesn’t crash every time, but something does seem to be amiss with iPad and razz ball.

    Hate to make you revisit, but with the change in playing time this week, do we still like Killa over Trumbo? Or more importantly, do you?

  213. Urban Achievers says:

    You can talk about your feelings with us, Grey

  214. Eddy says:


    Need a spot start today, Grey. Ks and WHIP matter, ERA doesn’t.

    Seaon O’ Sullivan v. SEA
    Nelson Figueroa v. SD
    Jason Marquis v. MIL
    Mike Leake v. PIT

  215. schlitzy says:

    I don’t think there is any other site on the interwebs where the comments/answers are just as good as the post itself.

  216. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, thinking Alvarez is just a slow start. The last three years he’s had slow starts.he will turn it around

  217. Carl Spackler says:

    Hey Grey,

    Pick 2 Rayburn, Belt, Damon, Coghlan, Boesch. I am needing some utl players

  218. Grey,

    Can I trust Napoli (Ron Washington) getting some playing time and putting up some points next week, or should I pick up a more serviceable catcher, like Ruiz?

  219. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Gotcha

    @Trick dad: Cool

    @pubscout: Ha! Depends what you’re dropping him for, but probably not.

    @Deeeeeeez Nuts: Okay, looking into it.

    @elwood blues: Eh

    @Tony tone: Sounds fine.

    @tHe sHiT: I am.

    @GTS: Beachy

    @Shane: Bruce

    @A Hill O’ Beans: Snyder

    @Ryan: Morton

    @Nate: Gotcha

    @AnotherFalstaff: They’re all upgrades.

    @Wilsonian: Narveson

    @Howard: Ha!

    @Tony tone: I’d want Tulo.

    @Chinaski: Sure

    @Heavy Hitters: Narveson… No problem.

    @Votto-voom: Nope

    @Eddy: Leake

    @schlitzy: Agreed

    @tggq21: Hope so.

    @Carl Spackler: Belt, Boesch

    @Son of Charlie Hustle: I’d play Napoli.

  220. Mitch Moreland says:

    Grey, or anyone who has an opinion,
    I’m considering trading for myself in a league where I could use some power. What’s your take on Moreland? (now talking about myself in the third person). Viable 1B starter at any point this year in a 12 team 5 X 5?

  221. Donnie Baseball says:

    What do you think about Colon, looks really good. Still not throwing as hard as he used to though.

  222. Bryan says:

    10-team, ESPN total season points mixed league…Add/Drop Question…should I look to add Beachy, Rauch, Sale or Sergio Santos, or Sam Fuld? Guys I can drop are Carlos Pena, Hiroki Kuroda, Jordan Zimmerman. Are any of the available worth getting? ANd who should I drop?


  223. the grate one says:

    grey…how come the love for morton? he K’s pretty much no one, had some wildness in his first 2 starts, and usually those guys get no (or at least reduced) love from you…

    i was reading through the comments and you have recommended him over guys with better K’s…

    not questioning you, just trying to understand b/c youre usually spot on.

  224. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey grey, I see up above you chose Boesch over Raburn. Are you liking Boesch better than Raburn now?

  225. mrbaseball says:

    Fernando Rodney has not been scored upon in his last 5 relief appearances – sounds like bragging to me

  226. mrbaseball says:

    The Red Sox’s are giving Carl Crawford a game off today – that means this is his 13th game off this season

  227. mrbaseball says:

    SELL – Vernon Wells – Its tough to see my best player on my team
    I took over a team in a keeper league and the manager that invited me forgot to tell me that Vernon Wells was my best player

  228. Eng says:

    Melancon or Motte? And JoseLopez or Espinosa? Thanks!

  229. the grate one says:

    i understand that.

    it just goes against your general MO, thats all.
    usually the advice is go after high k performers, and downgrade the pavano’s, the garland’s, (and guys that COULD give you decent ERA’s but limited K’s).

    was just asking for insight why he (seems) like an exception. thanks.

  230. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @Eng: Motte, Espinosa…

    @the grate one: Oops, I misread your question, my bad. He’s on a solid roll right now and has decent stuff, that could K more people. He’s not above guys like Zimmermann or Wood.

  231. mrbaseball says:

    Should we take Charlie Morton recent success with a grain of salt

    (Morton Salt)

  232. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Herrera or Theriot? Theriot is actually playing pretty decent right now, but its hard to ignore the upstart Herrerra. Grass is always greener I suppose. Thanks Grey!

  233. Wilsonian says:

    McCarthy-ism or Britton?

  234. aj says:

    Who do you like at ss?
    Paul Janish
    Wilson Valdez,
    Marco Scutaro,
    Reid Brignac,
    Yuniesky Betancourt,
    Jamey Carroll

  235. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, someone dropped carlos santana in my league.. should i pick him up and drop alex avila as my bench catcher ( i know…why the hello do i have a bench catcher) to replace napoli when he’s not in the lineup

  236. aj says:

    Sorry one more…Belt or Raburn at utl

  237. the grate one says:

    thanks – you da man!

  238. charlie batch says:

    Wasted my last pickup of the week on Encarnacion, whos now on bereavement leave. Sonvapickup!

  239. charlie batch says:

    sup with wandy’s slow start? is he a known slow-starter?

  240. Whiskey Diet says:

    Trade about to happen in my league:

    David Price and Russell Martin for Jose Bautista

    Which side is better (seems obvious) and is this fair at all?

  241. Wilsonian says:

    I’m a firm believer in Napoli and the Ron Popeil method, but seriously, dude has played in 1 (ONE) game this week!! That’s ridiculous. I love his production when he’s in, but if he’s only seeing action 1 or 2 games a week, he’s definitely not helpful. I’m basically leaving myself one man short every day.

    Sorry, had to vent. I would drop him if anyone else on waivers was producing (this is a small league and Soto and Wieters are available).

  242. vinko says:

    did anyone suggest a t-shirt with Chump Dump?! either way, looking forward to the ever expanding line of apparel in the shirt shop.

    who would you rather be rolling with – Lowrie, Brignac, or Valdez? (14 team)

  243. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: hmmm, really? Simply because Wieters is playing most days?

    Also, Andrus is killing me, too. I have TONS of steals in Tabata, Kemp, Krispie, CarGo, the occasional one from Wright and Bruce. Would you dump him for Drew?

  244. abNormal says:

    In a somewhat deep league with K/9 I was hoping to get at least something outta A. Chapman when I drafted him — with his recent arm troubles I see T. Snider just hanging on the Wire should I try and claim him — noticed he’s been active on the bases recently and today with 2 more– and that he’s rocking a .188 BAbip, or still a chance Chapman gets a decent amt of K’s this year or any Saves?

  245. Hennessey says:

    Thoughts on Carlos Pena?

    Kinda wanna drop him for David Murphy.

  246. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wilsonian-cant trade him for something,maybe pair him up with a low tier closer and upgrade

  247. Martin says:

    @grey- I have aaron hill and travis snider on my fantasy team. Since they have both been in a slump I benched them yesterday and today. What is crazy is how often they are stealing bases. They both have been running at a crazy amount considering their history. What do you make of this?

  248. AL KOHOLIC says:

    hill with another sb,great for me but whats up with 5 already

  249. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: you think try to pair up Andrus with Lyon or Contreras (those are my bottom feeders) for a closer upgrade and snag Drew?

  250. charlie batch says:

    I didnt draft you for speed, Aaron Hill.

  251. chata says:

    mcdonald … torched

  252. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Martin: Not Grey, but I can tell you the Jays’ philosophy this year is “pressure the defense” with speed.

    Plus the Red Sox do not defense the steal well. A couple of those today were made without a steal.

  253. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @VinWins: *Without a throw.*

  254. mookiewilson says:

    Anybody see what happened to F-Her? Only 5 innings?

  255. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wilsonian,yeah,contreras on a strong philly team is a good trade chip,him and andrus for walden,valveredy type,and yes with your team speed i like drew in your lineup a lot more than andrus

  256. AL KOHOLIC says:

    votto is a monster,and i think beckett is back

  257. vinko says:

    Arod left the game with a lower back and an oblique injury…

  258. Killer Joe says:

    Grey. would you drop Adam Jones, Ike Davis, Carlos Pena, or Franklin/Thornton/Fuentes/Burnett for Mike Stanton?

  259. Black Beard says:

    For the foreseeable future: Narveson, Harang, Masterson, or Ogando? Coke, Pavano, E. Rodgers still available as well. Thanks!

  260. Martin says:

    @grey- Also who do you prefer between narveson and holland? Narveson had a rough outing against the Nats and whenever you walk the pitcher with the bases loaded as Narveson did, you are never having a great start. Holland on the other hand has looked sharp for all 3 of his starts. Who do you prefer? Keep in mind that I would probably start holland next week vs. KC but I would bench Narveson for his next 2 starts against the Phillies and the Reds.

  261. AL KOHOLIC says:

    vinko,did it look bad??
    killer-id own stanton for any of them
    black beard-ogando

  262. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, one more waiver question.. and i can’t believe this one… Elvis andrus was dropped in my league… would you pick him up and drop desmond.. they are both struggling at this point.. thanks man

  263. bogbert says:

    Walden, Farnsworth, or Contreras for my 4th RP spot?

  264. vinko says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: didn’t see the play have been watching the reds. Fwiw, announcers didn’t think it was too bad. Cold and rainy there so maybe it’s just a safety concern.

  265. JeffJ says:

    Lowrie’s a “pretty light-hitting MI”?

    I look at him as a sneaky stealth-slugger at MI… kid’s got fast wrists and a big bat.

    Am I missing something?

  266. AL KOHOLIC says:

    vinko=thanks,sounds like precautionary
    bogbert-im loving some walden there

  267. lowrie’s not a light-hitting MI. i’m not completely sure how much HR power he has yet. but he hit 9 of them in a couple of months last year, and if you watch him, is a frozen rope machine. and – i think people lump him in with pedroia because they’re both MI on the red sox who hit a lot of doubles, but he’s not short. six foot. you can’t really judge him by his numbers the past couple seasons, he was never right physically from like 2007 until late last year.

    in this post-steroid MI world, i think he’s pushing the top 5 shortstops once he gets full-time AB. i mean, who’s the competition? tulo, hanley. reyes. starlin, at this rate. … alexei… i think lowrie can outhit alexei.

  268. Carl says:

    Hill with 4 SB’s on the day.

  269. Carl says:

    Disregard that last post. I got giddy

  270. AL KOHOLIC says:

    no hill only has 1 today from what i see
    willy mo-i keep watching that senerrio closely,i agree and would love to own him if theyd give him full time abs

  271. Whiskey Diet says:

    @Hennessey: Do it unless you’re really short on power. He’s a solid left handed bat and should be in the one of best lineups in the AL until the ASB. Smart hitter, Pena not so much.

  272. AL KOHOLIC says:

    fox with a hr and a triple,kinda stupid not to atleast get him a few ab,s after the awesome spring

  273. chata says:

    josh hamilton did me a smiley culture with that ill-advised slide .

  274. Grey

    Grey says:

    @vinko: Not yet…. Brignac…

    @Wilsonian: Nope

    @abNormal: Depends what the doctors say.

    @Hennessey: Can in certain leagues, still think he gets 30 homers. He goes on homer binges.

    @Martin: They’re helping out their fantasy owners any way they know how.

    @tggq21: I would.

    @bogbert: Farnsworth

    @JeffJ: He’s never hit more than 9 homers at any level of professional baseball and has hardly any speed. What am I missing?

    @chata: Ha

  275. Richard Pryor says:

    Brian Fuentes – How is he owned in less than 40% of ESPN leagues? Did Andrew Bailey sign up for 60% of ESPN leagues?

    Maybe people see the 0-2, 5.62 ERA and not even a 2:1 K/BB. I, personally, pass.

  276. @Grey: re: lowrie. sure, but the 9 homers were last year, in the majors, in less than 200 PA. his minor league record has a lot of split lines that make his numbers hard to see. he actually had 13 total homers in 2007, split across AA/AAA. 61 total XBH that year in less than 600 PA. ever since then he’s been on one of those “wrist injury / mono / can this guy ever stay healthy / who is jed lowrie really” kind of odysseys.

    but i live in boston and watch him all the time, and i’m telling you, he’s healthy now and he rakes. like i said above, i’m still not sure exactly what his baseline HR power will be. the 35-HR pace last year was clearly at least kinda fluky. today’s HR was a green monster job. (but he -does- play in fenway.) mostly he seems satisfied to hit gappers all day long. but he battles every PA and squares balls up. those guys always have a chance to surprise you.

  277. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Richard Pryor: He had a 2.70 ERA when I wrote that. And he has 5 saves. Not a guy that would be on waivers in any of my leagues.

  278. Trick dad says:

    Beachy, j francis or morton rest of season?

  279. Ned Shakeshaft says:

    Came up with “Casual Sexson” for the player you pick up when he’s hitting, but it somehow feels icky.

    Thought about Migrant-something which led me to a term for something altogether different — Migrant LABRer: a roto ‘pert who shows up from time to time on different sites, a la Nate Ravitz.

    Best I can do is “Big Slick” — hold’em poker term for Ace-King. You keep it when it hits, drop it when it doesn’t. And sometimes, for better or worse, you’re all-in with it.

  280. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ha,i like the casual sexson,i remember grabbing him and kingman back in the day about like i do branyon today at times

  281. Tony says:

    Im 6-23 in my RCL league today, 5 HR’s though thanks to Alex Gonzalez, Gomes and Chippa…. but only 6 RBI’s total? LOL

    so weird.

  282. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grabbed freddie for his double header to fill in for rolen,just had a feeling and there he goes yard for me

  283. Westly says:

    Hey grey i was one of the Hamilton believers and now i’m payin the price, im in a 16 team dynasty 5×5 h2h cats with a 300 dollar cap and i just picked up David Murphey, but was offered Alex Gordan for Adam Lind and Jason Bay was just released. Would you pull the trigger for gordan or stay put with murphy and maybe pick up bay?

    C- Wieters, Hundley
    1st- Morneau, Lind, Moreland
    2nd – Beckham, Roberts
    3rd – M. Reynolds, B. Morel
    SS – Andrus, Y. Escobar
    OF – Heyward
    OF – McCutchen
    OF- Hamilton, Murphy, S. Smith, D.Jennings
    SP – B. Anderson
    SP- C.Kershaw
    SP – Garza
    SP – K.Drabek ( wainwright was here…damn…)
    RP- Hellickson
    RP – Street
    RP – Marmol
    RP- B.Wilson

    Needless to say i’m suckin ballz in BA this year with these guys….

  284. charlie batch says:

    hill/billingsley or oswalt?

  285. charlie batch says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: good foresight, i did the same

  286. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: just wanting to pick your brain, but why would you like Wieters over Napoli? Simply because of ABs?

    Also, if you like Farnsworth over Contreras, should I drop Contreras for him?

    Also, what about Al Koholic’s idea of trying to deal Andrus and Conteras for a better closer to snag Drew, even though you said not to drop Andrus for Drew?

  287. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Another save for Kimbrel. FOX tells me he has faced 108 batters in the majors, and has struck out 50.

  288. Tony says:

    @vinwins: kimbrel is nasty

    @westly: I think i’d gamble on Gordon putting it together this year for LIND. Why not?

  289. AL KOHOLIC says:

    nathan with a blown save,a certain delight seeing closers blow up when you dont own them anywhere

  290. Ned Shakeshaft says:

    @ AL KOHOLIC: Geez, if you were streaming Dave Kingman you’ve been at this waaay too long…

    Yeah, Branyan is another. So’s Shane Spencer, Kevin Maas, Chris Shelton …incorporating one of their names (or someone like them) might be the key here.

    If you pick up a short-term bat you’re really not thrilled about he could be a “Bran-yawn.”

  291. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I, too, enjoy it…especially when Capps is an FA for me. Although he blew one the other night (luckily the same night as Nathan).

    @Tony: I’m starting to think the same thing about Gordon. I have Lind and Gordon is out there in FA land (small league) so I’m looking at doing the drop.

  292. AL KOHOLIC says:

    NED SHAKESHIFT ,ive been doin this before we had computers,kept score with the boxscores,it was a pain but we loved it

  293. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Trick dad: There’s no rest of the season with these guys… Beachy….

    @Ned Shakeshaft: It’s not bad, I’ll run it by Rudy.

    @Westly: I’d take Gordon.

    @charlie batch: It’s fair. Oswalt…

    @Wilsonian: Wieters and Napoli are in the same tier. It’s the same diff, you’re in an 8 team league, you can switch catchers and go back if you like. No, don’t drop Contreras, they’re the same thing too. Yeah, try to upgrade.

  294. rafi says:


    In AL-Only a guy today proposed a catcher (Jaso – or Napoli if I throw in more in return), Justn Smoak and one of Danks/Jackson/Anderson for my Gonzalez, Pedroia or Longoria.

    Current catchers: Brayan Pena and Varitek
    Current SP: Verlander, Cecil, Carrasco, Hochevar

    Clearly I could benefit from depth in those areas but would you deal one of those elite bats and which one? Aside from those 3 guys my offense includes Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young and then falls off kinda hard.

    Also, am I nuts if I like Jackson best of the SP’s he’s dangling?

  295. Steve says:

    C’mon Heyward – gotta stop wasting those good situations.

  296. rafi says:

    Just for more info on this roster… offense falls off kinda hard = 2 SAGNOF (rajai, bourjos), 1 S-Rod, Conor Jackson, some scrubby MI – Casilla and Ryan. Temp Intern Mark “Dalton” Trumbo. Chisenhall and Ackley stashed.

    And for pitching after my top-heavy 4 man staff, I have Thornton, Walden and a bunch of LIMA mid-reliever types (Aceves, Villanueva, Bard, Sipp). Standard 5×5 league.

  297. Eddy says:


    12-team, H2H OBP in place of AVG, keeper league.

    Which side do you prefer?

    Napoli (10th) , Belt (23rd), Ellsbury (5th)


    Stubbs (20th round) and Montero (15th)

  298. B.J. says:

    Grey what is your take on Grady Sizemore? Think he’s a bounce back candidate or avoid like the plague?

  299. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks for the advice. I think I’ll wait to see what Napoli does tomorrow against the CC Music Factory. I sent out a few offers of Andrus/Contreras for an upgrade in closer, but haven’t heard anything. What kind of closer should I shoot for? Is Hanrahan too low?

  300. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    I need a spot starter for pitching on Sunday.. 5×5, H2h…

    Need K’s and a Win… ERA and Whip.. not that necessary.

    B. Duensing @ Tampa
    J. Marquis vs. Mil (1st game)
    L. Hernandez vs. Mil (2nd game of Double Header)
    Joe Blanton vs FLA
    Brad Penny vs. OAK
    B. Bergesen @ Cleveland
    B. Enright vs. SanFran
    Karstens @ Cin
    Volstad @ Philly


  301. @Grey: The errors don’t occur on every page load, and actually I just found another one… same deal, a Flash object trying to connect, but this time to this address:

    Don’t sweat it. ESPN has a huge bug on their site right now, as well… it’s telling me Ian Stewart got a hit. As if…

  302. Grey

    Grey says:

    @rafi: Bad trade for you, whichever big bat you go with.

    @Eddy: Stubbs

    @B.J.: I don’t own him, but would if he were free. I don’t have much faith in him.

    @Wilsonian: Way too low. Start at Marmol and work down.

    @tggq21: Penny

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha! Okay, thanks for the info.

  303. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wow castro,i wasnt a believer,but im starting to

  304. Steve says:

    Great. Braden handing it over to that ‘bullpen’.

  305. rafi says:

    Yeah I was considering because he made it sound like Napoli at first. This deal with Jaso is crazy… Not a sig upgrade at all. Must stay sane and protect the assets despite current cellar-dwelling.

  306. Whiskey Diet says:

    14 Team, H2H

    Bautista / Werth


    Prado / Price / R. Martin / M. Harrison

    Is this veto worthy as Commish of the league? Unbelievable lopsided in my opinion. Your thoughts Grey?

  307. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,overall you still like beachy over britton?

  308. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I have a 2nd date with the fantasy baseball girl tonight, I swear if she starts bitching about Fuentes, I’m gonna call her Steve. Emoticon.

    @Whiskey Diet: Werth side, not close… I wouldn’t veto it though. I’d mock the other owner.

  309. AL KOHOLIC says:

    call her steve,ha,i dont chuckle often while reading,but i am now,oh and pena swinging a bit better,roped a single to center,2 hits tonight,baby steps

  310. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Evening Grey! Utley was just dropped in my league. I haven’t been keeping up with him in the news, but is he worth stashing on my bench for awhile? I can eventually move him to my DL once Longo is healthy. I’d be dropping one of my streaming pitchers, currently Britton and Pineda, for him.

  311. AL KOHOLIC says:

    what about kuroda, or britton

  312. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. I’m going much higher, was just curious.

    Speaking of Castro… many people forget he was a top 5 prospect as short as 1 year ago. Also, if I could weasel him and a closer like Axford for Andrus and Contreras, would that work?

  313. nick m. says:

    Better DL stash – Hughes, Matusz, or Johan Santana?

  314. paulzone72 says:

    masterson or lilly?

  315. paulzone72 says:

    on second thought: jurrjens, masterson or lily?

  316. Steve says:

    @Grey: Well, if she’s really like me, she’s extremely good-looking, very intelligent and unbelievably charming – so count yourself lucky.
    I streamed Braden today, hence my anxiety. Groundless, as it turned out.
    What went wrong with Kershaw tonight?

  317. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Volquez vs. Pirates is a start right?

  318. wilsonian's beard says:


  319. paulzone72 says:

    Last night, I was giving Aaron Harang a second look. I read that he made a mechanical change that added 3 mph to his fasball. Does that, coupled with Petco/NL West, makes his 3-0 start a foreshadow of things to come? Or do you think just a hot start? Buy?

  320. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: again, speaking of Castro…I decided to offer Andrus for Castro straight-up. Unfortunately, my 62 year old Pops is the owner of Castro. He’s TOUGH to deal with as he HAS to win the ever loving hell out of the trade. He countered me with Castro/Delmon for Andrus/Krispie. I fart in my Dad’s general direction. I’m wondering if there is anything here that I could/should counter with, or if I should kill the negotiations?

    My team: C – Napoli, 1B – Prince, 2B – Beckham, 3B – Wright, SS – Andrus, OF – CarGo, OF – Kemp, OF – Krispie, UTIL – Tabata, UTIL – Berkman, BN – Bruce, BN – Gordon, DL – Longo; SP – Lincecum, SP -Verlander, SP – Hamels, RP – Soria, RP – K-Rod, P – Lyon, P – Contreras, P – Farnsworth, BN – Bills, BN – Gio, BN- D. Hudson, DL – Strasburg

    His team: C – V-mart, 1B – Tex, 2B – Uggla, 3B – Panda, SS – Jeter, OF – Choo, OF – Heyward, OF – Delmon, UTIL – Castro, UTIL – Konerko, BN – Quentin, BN – Walker; SP – Latos, SP – CC, SP – CJ Wilson, RP – Axford, RP – Rauch, P – Burnett, P – B. Wilson, P – Weaver, BN – Harrison, BN – Sanchez, BN – Danks, Bailey – DL

  321. trick dad says:

    All are FA’s- pick up frank frank, nathan or capps?

  322. Eddy says:

    Heyward hitting 2nd today!

    (though probably because McClouth is out of the lineup)

  323. Howard says:

    @Grey Lowrie or Sanchez for SS? Tomato/Tomahto?

  324. Wilsonian says:

    Capps now the closer in MIN!!


  325. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Posada or Iannetta? McCarthy or Lohse? Gomes or L. Morrison?

  326. mrbaseball says:

    Hey Grey – There’s a little black spot on the mound today

    I own The KING OF PAIN – Félix Hernández

  327. Wilson's Beard says:

    @Grey: How long do you see Capps holding down the job in Min? How would you rank these closers: Burnett, Capps, Contreras, Farnsworth?

  328. Wilson's Beard says:

    @Grey: And would you trade Burnett for Storen?

  329. Gambler says:

    Grey, any thoughts on Vlad’s slow start? He’s batting .259, only has 1 HR and has an OPS of .593. Should I try to trade him or is it too early to be worried?

    Could you please rank these guys for the rest of the year (5 std. stats + OPS): Vlad, Bobby Abreu, Neil Walker, and Johnny Gomes..

  330. last year everyone on the jays was hitting homers. this year they’re all stealing bases. you have to love canada.

    watching bautista against the sox this weekend, and hearing some of his quotes, i feel like he’s still adapting his tactics. i think now he’s trying to shift gears to be less of a pure pull bastard and trade some homers for singles. between that and the new canadian speed game, i’m suddenly sort of expecting him to hit around .290 with ~30 homers and 18 steals. basically the david wright stat line. just to confuse everybody even more.

    who really knows though. it’s early.

  331. nyydj2 says:

    Justin Morneau (flu) now out of the lineup today for the Minnesota Mono’s.

  332. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Volquez is killing me. What is it with him and the first inning???

  333. nyydj2 says:

    and of course there is another first inning eruption from the Volcanoquez today.

  334. Wake Up says:

    Crawford is def. not on “Fire” he looks like he is “Dancing in the Dark” out there. We all know he was “Born to Run” but he looks “Blinded by the Light.” He’s from “My Hometown” so I want to root for him but he’s just not giving me a “Reason to Believe.” Beantown took a “Roll of the Dice” locking up this speed-only guy for so long. I guess that’s “The Price you Pay” to land free agents nowadays. I heard on sports “Radio, Nowhere” would be better for his doubles than the Green Monster, all I’ve seen is ground outs to second base.

  335. nyydj2 says:

    Thank God Pedro Alvarez was there for him to record an out that inning.

  336. Wake Up says:

    Forgive me for celebrating but I have both McCutch and Tabata in the RCL!

  337. nyydj2 says:

    @Wake Up: Maybe he should just play in day games Because The Night contests have not been too kind to his batting average. There seems to be a Darkness At The Edge of Town that has him seeing The Ghost of Tom Yawkey and a Spirit In The Night could be The Price You Pay for a Cadillac Ranch.

  338. nyydj2 says:

    Sizemore homers in his first at bat of the decade.

  339. charlie batch says:

    Tabata slam & legs, Volquez five billion ERA. Is there a glossary term for when one of your players makes the other look terrible?

  340. no muff to tuff says:

    NYYDJ2,i held him since the draft hoping for 265-20-15,keeping him healthy is the key,he,s still not that old and a couple a years of maturity could help

  341. ellsbury and snider in the OF on my main team. snider has one homer and five steals. ellsbury just hit his third homer, but only has two steals.

    still looks right when you add ’em together

  342. nyydj2 says:

    @no muff to tuff: definitely a great start, has a double now too!

  343. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Lose Britton for him.

    @Wilsonian: Try it.

    @nick m.: Johan

    @paulzone72: Lilly

    @Steve: Ha!

    @Nuke LaDouche: Sorry, late night.

    @paulzone72: Yeah, no reason why he can’t succeed.

    @Wilsonian: That’s not a good trade for you. Could try Quentin from him instead of Young, it’s no slam dunk though. But guess you don’t want to take your Dad to the cleaners.

    @trick dad: Capps

    @Howard: Lowrie

    @Wilsonian: Not surprising.

    @Fletch: Posada, McCarthy, Morrison

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @Wilson’s Beard: Capps first.

    @Gambler: He’s old. Walker, Abreu, Vlad….

    @Wilson’s Beard: No

    @wily mo: Yup

    @nyydj2: Ha!

    @charlie batch: Yup

  344. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: yeah, I don’t think it’s really worth it for me. Even with Quentin instead of Delmon.

  345. Nuke LaDouche says:

    No sweat Grey. I hope that means the date went well.

  346. paulzone72 says:

    Somebody has to let Thomas Edison “Light Me Up in the First Inning” Volquez know that batting practice is over when the game starts. Jeez!

  347. paulzone72 says:

    @Grey: you just won’t let me drop Lilly, will you? Haha.

    So far I have tried Chacin, Ogando, Masterson, Drabek, et al…should I even ask who you like more out of Harang and Lilly?


  348. re: volquez: i remember when the red sox used to have ramon martinez throw a fake first inning in the bullpen before his starts.

    it didn’t work. i think their mistake might have been having him throw one inning’s worth of pitches, which would imply that he was getting outs. maybe the plan would have had a better shot of working if they had him issue four phantom walks and a phantom double before getting his first phantom groundout

  349. nyydj2 says:

    Hope everyone is sitting down for this….Napoli is going to be in the starting lineup tonight AND tomorrow night.

  350. also – in the interest of full disclosure – both of lowrie’s hits today have been complete garbage. the first one was a foul popup that the wind blew fair. it should have been a double, in the sense that lowrie gave up on it and stopped running, but it also should have been an out, in the sense that rivera also gave up on it and stopped running. and this one just now was a total error on an infield dribbler.

    in general lowrie does look a lot better from the right side, against lefties. so his numbers might degrade some with full-time play.

    i still think he’s pretty good.

  351. ltf says:

    Should I trade Ryan Braun for Ubaldo Jimenez, Heath Bell, and Jacoby Ellsbury?

    My outfield would be Kemp, Heyward, McCutchen, Pence, and Ellsbury.

  352. Tony says:

    @grey: is volquez droppable? i could go for capps or narveson when they clear waivers tomorrow?

    almost thinking of dropping voltron and someone else and getting both the guys mentioned above…..?

  353. abNormal says:

    About how many ABs and what kind of line can we expect from Hank Conger for the year? Does he have any more upside than Arencibia?

  354. nyydj2 says:

    @ltf: A stud starter, a stud closer and a stud base stealer seems like a pretty nice offer but your outfield seems to have a real nice blend of speed already. You would really have to have a need for the starter and closer upgrade to make this worthwhile, I think, just my thoughts.

  355. nyydj2 says:

    @wily mo: official scorer must have heard ya willy mo, cuz he took away the second one.

  356. ltf says:

    @nyydj2: Thanks, i really like Ryan Braun. I don’t want to trade him but I mgiht for this.

  357. Wilson's Beard says:

    Snider or Gomes?

  358. Martin says:

    @grey- I was offered gallardo and heyward for my justin upton, chacin, and daniel hudson? Should i do it or is it just pretty much equal value?

  359. strugz says:

    Stupid question but why are people dropping Posada?

  360. Steve says:

    @Grey: Not panicking yet, but have to at least consider options other than Volquez, right?

    Would you lose him for any of:



  361. Chris says:


    I’m fairly light on RP, % of free agent budget to spend on Capps?

  362. ltf says:

    I tried to counter with Heyward for Ubaldo and Heath Bell. He has Josh Hamilton on DL.

    Any love for Narv-dog? Cut him for Zach Britton?

  363. Steve says:

    Stupid Brad Penny. Needed Cahill to get a beating.

  364. ltf says:

    Callaspo or Freese for 3B?

  365. Steve says:

    And you Brewers need to get your shit together too. I need a Loe Hold.

  366. no muff to tuff says:

    grey,are we starting ogando

  367. no muff to tuff says:

    when did cahill become the stud k guy,value pick i missed there thinking low k,s

  368. Grey

    Grey says:

    @strugz: I asked the same question earlier this week.

    @Steve: Morton

    @Chris: Out of what?

    @ltf: I’d go with Britton.

    @ltf: Freese

    @no muff to tuff: I wouldn’t. Could surprise them though.

  369. Chris says:


    Roughly $450 remaining out of $500 to try and pick up Capps, bid thoughts?

  370. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY-are you starting ogando tonight?

  371. AL KOHOLIC says:

    sorry for the dbl post,i changed it i thought,

  372. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I picked a great day to sit Bills in our league.

    Was scared of the top half of that Cards order though.

  373. Steve says:

    @Grey: Would you stash the Volq if you had room? I’d hate to have him figure things out on someone else’s team.

    Or does he look as though he’ll never figure it out?

  374. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’m not dropping him anywhere. He just needs to figure out the first inning. With that said, I’d understand if you moved on.

  375. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks – that’s useful to know.

    BTW – Rihanna might have to climb over me if she wants to get to Kemp tonight.

  376. AL KOHOLIC says:

    STEVE ive got a great day in all 3 leagues,i have ogando in 2 of them ,and C.C. in the other,i benched them in all 3 leagues,plenty of time left for starts,and getting greedy could burn me,as we speak castro with another hit

  377. Wake Up says:

    Franklin announcement coming soon…

  378. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY,ANYONE when i go to the reply sign under someones post,it disapears,move the curser and it reappears,ive tried clicking it anyways but nothing?now im cursing my curser,any thoughts or anyone else with this trouble

  379. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Working for me. Put your cursor on it and click.

  380. Steve says:

    @Grey: @AL KOHOLIC: Me too.

    Lay off the drink.

  381. preptime says:


    Would you drop Thornton for Capps?

  382. Steve says:

    Twitterland suggesting Boggs is first in line for saves in St Lou. Just grabbed Motte in the RCL…

  383. Dempster Diving says:

    I’m looking to dump Ryan Dempster (Cubs might struggle to win, he goes up against most other teams #1’s, has virtually no upside). I also have Liriano, Lilly, Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, J. Zimmermann, M. Pineda (I’m hoping Liriano and Lilly turn things around quickly). Does this seem like a smart move or should I hold tight with Dumpster.

    The most intriguing waiver guys to me are: Narveson, Holland, Masterson, Matt Harrison, Britton, Bumgarner

    Which of these upside guys is the most attractive moving forward (I’m leaning toward Narveson or Holland)?

    Also from a bench bat perspective, which of these guys is most attractive as a waiver pickup? Boesch, Gomes, Hundley, Callaspo

  384. Steve says:

    @Grey: Dunno. Cards beat writer for the Fox site reckons TLR will just say he put Franklin in a tough spot and carry on as they are.

  385. Steve says:

    Ugh. Loe – this is not what I picked you up for.

  386. vinko says:

    @Steve: Loe on the ropes.

  387. Steve says:

    @vinko: You know it. I wanted the Hold, but a Win works for me too, if he can get out with minimal damage.

  388. Steve says:

    @Steve: Not happening.

    And sonavabenched again by Espinosa in the RCL.

    Nice outcome.

  389. Wilsonian says:

    If Franklin loses his gig, is his replacement a pickup over Farnsworth, Burnett, and/or Contreras?

  390. Steve says:

    @Grey: Gomes is hot enough to start against a righty (Correia), no?

  391. nyydj2 says:

    For anyone who is even remotely thinking about Justin Duscherer when he comes off the DL in a few weeks:

    Interview in the latest issue of Mens Journal:

    “My problem is I’m a soft guy in a profession of hard guys. I’d prefer to play tennis. If I pitch a shutout, it doesn’t make me happy, I think of guys I struck out, how they’re going home depressed, to their families.”

    What would Nolan Ryan say?

  392. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nyydj2: That’s awesome!

  393. Steve says:

    @Grey: The Volq was pushed back a day because of a stiff neck. Wonder if they might use it as an excuse to put him on the Disgraceful List?

  394. AL KOHOLIC says:

    steve,im slow i know,but who is loe

  395. Mike says:

    Drop Vernon Wells for Gomes?

  396. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Hah! That’s a good one.

    He just carried on the theme in my H2H league – I also had Gallardo, Volquez and Francis go today as well as Loe. In 18.2 innings, my ERA was 9.16 and my WHIP 1.66.

    That takes some doing.

    I’m 7-3 up though ;-)

  397. herschel says:

    @Grey: 12 team, 5 x 5 roto with weekly changes, who do you like next week for util?

    gomes (1 vs pit, 3 vs ari, 3 @ stl)


    m. young (3 vs ana, 3 vs kc)

  398. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Ike Davis or Freese at CIF?

  399. Steve says:

    @Steve: Make that 6-3.

    No need for that, Beltre.

  400. Wilsonian says:

    Do you think today was the Espinosa coming out party? Would you take him over Beckham? What about over Frenchy or Snider? Thanks man.

  401. AL KOHOLIC says:

    steve,did you notice i grabbed both gomes and espinosa and played them in our keeper,ive got a lot of catching up to do,but its a great start,and im liking benching both pitchers in this yankee texas game to

  402. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: To be honest, you add and drop so many guys, that they’re all a blur to me ;-)

  403. Eng says:

    Would you trade Sizemore for Capps?

  404. AL KOHOLIC says:

    steve im in that league paulie got uo with fred,he doubles my moves,almost

  405. AL KOHOLIC says:

    he has 78 moves to my 30,im tied for 5th im moves in that league

  406. Wilsonian says:

    Berkman or Homes, for the time being?

  407. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Also, lose Gregg or Lyons for Capps?

  408. Eddy says:


    I’ve seen you tell several razzers to continue holding onto Belt. I currently have him in an OBP keeper (though he’s not a keeper in my eyes) and he’s been my Napoli– he rides the bench 6 out of 7 days.

    What’s your reasoning?

  409. nyydj2 says:

    @Eddy: Brandon Belt? He has appeared in every game this year and started all but 2 of them. His performance has been pretty lousy but he ain’t no Napoli as far as playing time. Not yet anyways.

  410. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: that should be Berkman or Gomes, for the time being? Damn autocorrect…

  411. Eddy says:


    Sorry, my post wasn’t clear enough. He has been MY Napoli. As in, I bench him 6 days of the week, much like Napoli’s weeks are.

    He’s been pretty bad. His BB% is great, but it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll be sent down once Ross returns.

    I just wanted to know why Grey has been advising keeping him this long.

  412. nyydj2 says:

    Aah, gotcha now Eddy, and completely understand, have had him on several teams, got quickly frustrated, (would not react as harshly if he were a vet) and dumped him.

    He may get a bit longer rope than you might think though. They did already start his clock and the OF defense has been pretty horrible, Burrell looked like he was on a treadmill chasing down a “triple” the other night and he’s only batting .190 so he could be the odd man out when Ross comes back.

  413. Steve says:

    @nyydj2: Pat does get the ladies, though.

  414. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    Is it the norm for Marky Mark Reynolds to have slow starts? Obviously he’s gonna have a low BA all year but 1 HR so far?

  415. Wilsonian says:

    Got offered Castro/Quentin for Andrus/Krispie.

    My OF would be CarGo, Kemp, Bruce, Quentin, Tabata, Gordon, Berkman. I hate losing Krispie, but gotta do it, right?

    Our league counts the usual 5 categories plus hits and OBPS, if it matters.

  416. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Brandon morrows final rehab start tonight,4 inn.-3 hits-3 bb-2 runs 5 k,s,not great,ill probably sit him the 1st go around

  417. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: honestly that a matter of likes and dislikes,fair trade,castro higher ave,andrus 40+steals.quentin and krispy about the same player minus 20 sb,s for quentin,castro could develop some pop,but i doubt more than 10-12 this year

  418. Joel says:


    need a pitcher off the wire first thing:

    should I go Holland or Narveson? Thanks!

  419. Joel says:

    also, gonna grab a hitter for my IF position, since Napoli only plays 10% of the time anymore: should I go Berkman, Betimit or orlando Cabrera for this week comin up? Double thnaks!

  420. AL KOHOLIC says:

    serriously its early but castro could be a 320+hitter,200+hits,andrus=160 -170 hits

  421. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I tried shopping Andrus and Contreras for a better closer and got no bites. This deal came up. I really don’t like losing Krispie, but with my OF and my speed guys, it seems like a fair deal. I’m not sure if I should do it, though. I’m a Cubs fan, too.

  422. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I have Ogando and Walden as my 2 RP. Would you drop either one for Contreras, Capps or Farnsworth…which one?

  423. bogbert says:

    1) If I activate Sizemore, who to drop? Pena, Alvarez, Markakis, Adam Jones
    2) Montero or Wieters?

  424. AL KOHOLIC says:

    he,s really asking for to much,the 65- 75 sb,s your giving up are a crazy amount,castro will cool off and andrus will heat up,wait him out a while and youll probably get a more fair offer

  425. AL KOHOLIC says:

    message 446 is for (WILSONIAN)
    GREY-iim thinking that uehara gets the closers gig in balt soon,and that nathan wins it back from capps sometime in minn.What kind off finall numbers do you predict for capps and uehara

  426. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Time to give up on Bumgarner? I could grab Morton but that is about the level of player available. I’m figuring it makes sense to stay put but between him, Kennedy, and Volquez my ratios are absolute trash.

  427. Bravo says:

    Sup Grey,

    Do you have a general strategy for starting/benching pitchers in a standard 5×5 roto league? Only start the top tiered pitchers vs everyone, but play matchups or home games for the middle or lower tiered pitchers? I sat Billingsley today and missed out on a great line because I was scared to start him vs the Cards.

  428. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m really starting to agree with you. I think it’s too early to jump ship just yet. I had an awful week all around (took a 10-4) beat down, and I’m probably overreacting.

  429. JeffJ says:

    @wily mo: May be time for you and I to start an unofficial Razzball Lowrie Fanclub. Another HR, 3/3, 4 RBI, and it’s only the 5th inning.

    I guess Scutaro brings a lot to the table, too, though.

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