Thumb up the jam, thumb it up!  While your feet are stompin’!  Sorry, hard to stop that once I start.  Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day DL with his jammed thumb.  Thumb up the jam, thumb it up!  Youkilis was diagnosed with a tear of the muscle that helps contract the thumb.  It’s a rare injury.  Hey, maybe they can name it after him.  Careful, brah, you’re gonna give yourself The Youk Thumb!  Sounds like Youk won’t be rating movies anytime soon.  If the injury is exacerbated, it could be career threatening.  DL him for now while you wait for more news, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Youk’s not back for a while, if at all this year.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Lowell – Started at 1st base for the Red Sox and hit a homer.  Last August, Lowell put up 14/5/15/.319 numbers, which is pretty much what you could’ve expected from Youuuuuuuk.  There’s no guarantee Lowell has that month again, but if you’re really hurting for a corner man, there ya go.

Ryan Kalish – 2-for-3 and now batting .500 since his call-up.  He showed a little bit of everything in the minors this year — 13 homers/25 steals.  The nice thing is he shouldn’t kill you like most rookies because he has a good eye.  Also, he spoiled Perez Hilton’s favorite descriptor for a pitcher who K’s a lot of batters, e.g., “Stephen Strasburg – he’s K-lish!”

Josh Beckett – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks until he was ejected for going after Tackleberry.   Not sure who Red State Jeter was trying to impress but you don’t yell at Shelley Duncan.  He will high five you in your head.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Hallelujahs!  D’Ellsbury is ditching the D and returning.  He’ll be back today.

Ryan Howard – To the DL with sprained ligaments in his left ankle.  Alas, the big man’s out.  Stupid Phillies infield and their stupid infieluenza epidemic.

John Mayberry – Was recalled to take Howard’s place.  He’s about the only one that can fit into Howard’s spot without it looking too big on him.  Mayberry’s a hacker with power.  I’d look at him in NL-Only leagues, but not in mixed leagues until we see how much playing time he gets.

Peter Bourjos – Was called up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  His name makes him sound like he should be a hockey bruiser, right?  Then again, everything I know about hockey I learned from Sega.  Bourjos stole 50 bases in 2008, 32 in 2009 and 27 this year.  The Angels moved Double I to right field for the first time since 1999 to accommodate Bourjos.  You don’t make that move unless you plan on playing the rookie.  Plus, Scioscia loves these types of players.  He’s the anti-Earl Weaver.  If Scioscia could put Reggie Willits at DH without being committed to an insane asylum, he would.  I’d grab Bourjos for the chance for some sweet, sweet SAGNOF!  He could steal 10-15 bases in the last two months and he has the fizzle for some pop.

Yunesky Maya – The Nats signed their number one raftee this past weekend.  Last year, Maya was the runner-up to Aroldis Chapman in Ks but won the Luis Tiant, the Cuban equivalent to the Cy Young.  Maya, a Latin 28, should need very little time to acclimate himself to U.S. ball, given his experience.  He left Cuba with a 2.51 ERA in six years.  You can think of Cuban ball as Triple-A with less capitalism.  Might see Maya in the majors in the next few weeks, depending on how his starts go.  In NL-Only leagues and keepers, I’d grab Maya now while the rest of your league is sleeping.  In mixed, redraft leagues, I’d wait to see how his minor league starts go.

Juan Francisco – Step right up, ladies, I’m giving out all kinds of rookie nookie today.  Francisco looks like he was called up for bench depth since he didn’t start yesterday even with Votto out.  Francisco is a must-own in NL-Only keeper leagues with a 30 homer bat at 3rd base.  Once again, in mixed leagues, we first need to see how much time he gets.

Michael Wuertz – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks as he pitched in the 7th inning of a tie game.  Luckily (if you own Wuertz), Breslow then came in and gave up the winning run.  I’d still hold Wuertz.  That’s what she said!

Mike Leake – 5 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  You guys can find some way to keep in touch without you owning him.  Exchange emails or friend him on Facebook.

Joel Hanrahan – Got the save as Meek threw in the 7th and 8th inning.  Looks like the Pirates are happy with Meek throwing multiple innings while Hanrahanananan works as the closer.  You can hold Meek if you like, but you look a little desperate.

Andrew McCutchen – The Dread Pirate is having a heckuva couple of weeks.  He left yesterday after getting beaned in the cantaloupe with a pitch by Mike Leake.  Can’t you do anything right, Leake?!  Dread’s neck is sore with a bruise.  I’m guessing he’ll miss at least a game or three.

Neil Walker – 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.  Kinda eerie the 2009 Coghlan vibe I get from Walker.  Decent Runs/Not Much/Decent RBIs/Nice Average/Bleh Speed.  All day, every day.

Thomas Diamond – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 10 Ks in 122 pitches.  Did the Cubs wear their throwback uniforms and Dusty managed this game?  Diamond was once compared to Roger Clemens when he was drafted in the first round overall 6 years ago.  5 years ago, he was compared to Nolan Ryan and voted the best prospect in the Rangers system.  Then, he met Dr. Freeze.  A Tommy John surgery and a few mediocre seasons later, he’s back.  His Ks are for real, but his walks could get ugly at times.  I’d grab him in NL-Only leagues and deeper mixed keepers immediately.  In redraft leagues, it depends on how bad you need the gamble.

Angel Sanchez – 4-for-6, 6 RBIs.  I know Angel Pagan.  I know Angel by Aerosmith.  I do not know Angel Sanchez.  BTW, the Astros scored 18 runs and no one in fantasy benefited.

Rick Porcello – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  I know you ordered raw, but he’s cooked.

B.J. Upton – Hit his 9th homer yesterday and is now batting over .350 in the last week as he led off yesterday.  He’s going to end the year with a 12/45, .250 line and you’re going to look at him in next year’s preseason and you’re gonna forget all about the ulcer he gave you for four months this year.

Jeff Niemann – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  In May, the clock struck midnight on this guy’s ERA.  Where’s the freakin’ pumpkin?!

Brian Duensing – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  This was a tough matchup.  Next start is vs. the Indians.  Don’t mind if I do!

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks in Coors.  Sonavabench!

Andres Torres – 3-for-6 with his 11th homer.  Everyone owns this guy by now, right?  I don’t need to keep pointing him out, do I?

Travis Snider – 2-for-4 with his 7th homer and batting .333 since his return.  Yes, you should pick him up.  Yes, you too.  And you.

Luke Scott – In case you dropped Scott because you were ‘done with him,’ he just hit his second homer in two games.  Luke Scott will tell you when to drop him.

Brian Roberts – 0-for-4 and batting .229 since he returned, with 3 steals.  You’re thinking that’s the thanks you get for holding him for all those months, but in reality he’s teaching you a valuable lesson.  In the preseason, don’t draft guys that are already hurt.

Juan Pierre – As the old joke goes.  A psychic looks at Hitler’s palm and says, “I predict, Fuhrer, that you’re going to die on a holiday.”  Hitler, “What holiday?”  “It doesn’t matter.  The day you die will be a holiday.”  To use that train of thought, Pierre always homers on a holiday.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer.  Oh, it’s on.

Joe Saunders – 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Of course he’s pitching better than Haren.  Why wouldn’t he be?

Mark Reynolds – Three run homer then he was plunked in the helmet.  Mini Donkey’s probably bray-to-bray.

Aaron Heilman – Was unofficially named the closer by Kirk Gibson when he said something like, “I’m not naming a closer, but there’s only one guy in the bullpen who’s even looked half decent and his name sounds like Baron Heilmon.”

Travis Hafner – To the DL with a sore right shoulder.  The Indians doctor said Hafner’s shoulder is especially prone to soreness because he has to carry around that giant head.

Carlos Santana – Officially placed on the DL with a left knee sprain.  It’s spraining men!  I imagine the Indians will move Santana to the 60-day DL for the rest of the season.

David Freese – Ankle surgery forces Freese out for the rest of the season.  That’s why La Russa likes squirrels better than people.  No ankles.

  1. Ryan says:

    I am in a deep 20 team h2h dynasty league. Offensive depth is crucial to compete with the other teams. I feel like my team needs a a bit of a shakeup to prepare my team for the playoff run. I m in 6th place right now and the top 8 teams make the playoffs. Do you think I should accept any of the following trades that were proposed to me?
    Also my team is below if it helps.

    trade #1 I trade morneau howie kendrick and mike leake for evan longoria

    trade #2 i trade morneau howie kendrick mike leake and homer bailey for josh hamilton and jered weaver

    trade #3 i trade morneau jon lester howie kendrick mike leake and j.p. arencibia for carl crawford joe mauer and cc sabathia

    20 Team h2h Dynasty League

    c russel martin
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b howie kendrick
    3b edwin encarnacion
    ss ryan theriot
    if neil walker
    lf jose tabata
    cf colby rasmus
    rf justin upton
    of ryan ludwick
    util chase headley
    bn lastings milledge
    bn j.p arencibia
    dl justin morneau

    sp jon lester
    sp colby lewis
    sp chris carpenter
    sp clayton kershaw
    rp rafael soriano
    rp jose contreras
    rp jason motte
    p scott downs
    p mike leake
    p hisanori takhashi
    bn michael wiertz
    bn jason hammell
    bn brad lincoln
    dl homer bailey

  2. TastelessGarbage says:

    Hallelujah, the Weather Girls stuck in my head for the day. Please rank for rest of season: Snider, Nyjer, Grandy, Hart

  3. barker says:

    Deep 20 team league

    who would u drop with both harden and lowell and ready to come off the dl drop 2 of these

    wade davis volquez brett wallace snider harden lowell or wait it out and maybe try for a trade

  4. Howard says:

    Morning Grey, I’d like to pick up Snider but would have to drop either Brown or Stanton?

  5. ELaw says:

    I was contemplating on starting Sanchez at Coors, but I also have CarGo. So I sonavabenched him :-(

    I just traded Bautista for Wagner. I needed to sure up my saves. Im currently 3rd in SVs and1st in HRs. Will I be regretting this trade? Will Bautista hit another 15+ HRs?

  6. d-rot says:

    Hi Grey-
    What’s this Maya kid’s ceiling? Is he a potential fantasy ace?
    Worth bidding heavily on in a mixed keeper league?
    What do you predict his auction salary to be next year?

  7. Casadilla says:

    @Grey: Gordon or Lowell?

  8. Tony says:

    last night sucked.

    i throw Leake, god awful (i finally dropped him grey)
    i bench sanchez, horrible
    wagner comes in, ugly
    i get DNP’s from howard (dl) and votto (who knows) and hamilton gets a cortisone shot, plays, and goes 0-4.


  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ELaw: no way bautista hits 45 HRs. it’s just not reasonable. if he does, it’s the baseball gods f’ing with us.

    @Ryan: i’d do #1 or #2. #3 is close, but i’m a big lester fan (he’s gotta be a top 5 SP in a dynasty right?), and i’m a big mauer hater when it comes to fantasy.

  10. Mr_Punch says:

    Travis Snider over Brett Wallace? Stanton? Com Brown? I’m in a keeper league, but I’m fighting for first place. Only so many kids I can take a chance on.

  11. Jeff says:

    I was just offered Youkilis for Zimmerman in a 16 team 5×5 keeper league. The guy offering is in 2nd, I’m in 9th and look to be out of the running.

    My potential keepers with draft pick cost (i.e I lose that draft pick to keep them); Zimmerman – 4, Hart – 10, Votto – 10, Andrus – 14, McCutchen – 18, Alvarez – 19, Marmol – 8, Anderson – 10, Sanchez – 15, Cahill – 22.

    We can only keep 3.

    Youkilis is a 12th round keeper.

    Should I do the trade?

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mr_Punch: easily over wallace

  13. papasmurf says:

    Sanchez… sonnavabench indeed. Looked at his previous games, couldn’t see last night’s outing coming. He’s gone backwards as the year has gone on, unfortunately. Maybe this one turns him around… or maybe it’s just par for the course for Mr. Erratic.

    Roberts… what a keeper choice from last year… LOL. Kept Kendry too.

  14. Tony says:

    @Jeff: idk YOUK in the 12th is wayyyy better than Zimm in the 4th. I like getting zimm bc he’s younger and more potential for the future, but Youk’s not done, and it really depends what you can snag with that 4th rounder rather than giving it up. I say hold.

    I see votto, Youk, and mccutchen as your keeps.

  15. Mr_Punch says:

    Thanks Poon!

  16. Wilsonian says:

    Bedard to have his 3rd shoulder surgery in 3 years… Oh, and the sky is blue and water is wet. Just thought you guys should know.

  17. d-rot says:

    Does Maya project to be a fantasy 1-2 starter?
    Should he be a major target in mixed keeper leagues or only if I can get him at a reasonable price?
    Any thoughts on his auction value next year in a mixed league?

  18. Suck My Wieters says:


    Can I officially part ways with Nick Markakis now and pick up Travis Snider?

  19. John C. says:

    for the record, i drafted cliff lee while he was injured in some leagues this past season…

    but generally speaking, you are right about injuries and not drafting those players. I must say they’re often overblown though (like in lee’s case to begin the season)

    oh and of course, i sonuvabenched sanchez too

  20. Wilsonian says:

    16 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5, any position, no draft penalties): Jaso, Dunn, KellyJo, Wright, Alexei, Hamilton, Lind, Hunter, Torres, Beckham, Colvin, DomBrown, Santana – DL. Brown and Colvin are on the bench with Torres and Becks getting most of the PT at UTIL. Would you drop anyone for Snider?

  21. Grey,

    Thoughts on Crawford for the rest of the season? I am ditching my keeper league at the end of the year and I am in third place…and I want to go out winning. I need steals, avg, and era. I can dangle any combo of Quentin, Bruce, Hughes, Verlander, Utley. (perhaps the latter since I don’t care what happens next year and I won’t see him back til September). If you are down on Crawford, who do you like for steals and average.


  22. Ian says:


    In a 10 team h2h league I was storing Jordan Zimmermann on my DL slot. He’s no longer DL eligible and is clogging up a roster spot now. The Nats say he’ll make 4 starts at AAA before they call him up. So best case scenario is that he’s up in September. I also spot started Hellickson this week. I can’t hold onto both for a month. Who should I cut loose? thanks

  23. Wah says:

    Please rank for the rest of the season:

    Brett Anderson
    Ryan Dempster
    Josh Beckett
    Anibal Sanchez
    Jorge De La Rosa

  24. willclarkismyhero says:

    Do you like Johnson or Gordon better than Stewart at 3B?

  25. Jesse says:

    Grey…another trade question – Should I deal Jaime Garcia for Carpenter?
    Garcia is a year 1 keeper at 1 dollar, Carpenter I would be renting out for the rest of this year.

  26. tall chicks says:

    Another Alex Gordon question! He or Rolen? (non-keeper)

  27. William says:

    @Grey – I bought into Domonic Brown, but I’m thinking of dropping him for Travis Snider or Jason Kubel. What do you think?

  28. Dad says:

    Creepy. Since i picked up Heilman a few days ago, I’ve been referring to him as Heil Shitler.

    Then i drink my morning cup with my daily dose of Razzball and there’s Heilman’s name followed shortly thereafter by a Hitler reference. Good stuff Grey.

    Also, drop LaPorta for Snider or Lowell or just hold tight?

  29. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Is Hi-Me becomming droppable for a redraft league?
    Last 7 starts he’s 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP, and that includes a 7.0IP/1ER/6H outing and a 7.0IP/0ER/5H outing, so he’s really looked pretty bad otherwise. Couldn’t get a trade done when his value was high, now it seems like the innings are catching up to him….thoughts?

  30. genghis chone says:

    Pick 2: Evan Meek, Alex Gordon, Travis Snider, Nick Markakis. Thank you!

  31. Panti Jose says:

    Which two would you prefer for the rest of this year between:

    Headley, Boesch, and Stubbs?

    I guess I’m really asking if Heisey’s taking over Stubbs’ job.

  32. genghis chone says:

    @genghis chone:
    Sorry, let me revise that:
    Pick 2: Evan Meek, Alex Gordon, Travis Snider, Nick Markakis, Domonic Brown. Thanks!

  33. Panti Jose says:

    Drop Stubbs or Headley to pick up Boesch? Has Heisey taken Stubbs’ job? (Sorry if this is a duplicate)

  34. Buddo Chezuski says:

    Jonathan Sanchez sonavabenched me too…..he’s so unpredictable!

  35. Matty D says:

    Drop Lind or D Brown for Snider?

  36. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    Just a brief note on the prospects that Grey mentioned (Kalish, Francisco, and Bourjus). I love Kalish and his 20/20 full season potential. A sweet swing with decent all around skills, plus he plays for Boston. I can’t believe I missed his call up a few days ago. Been looking for it and I missed it.

    Secondly, Francisco has some K:BB problems in the minors (69:19 K:BB in 269 AB this year and 511:86 K:BB in his 2066 career AB), but generates a lot of power. Was on several person’s preseason watch list but struggled out of the gate. Not going to help in average, but power like Grey said.

    Lastly, Bourjus is the pure definition of SAGNOF. ’nuff said.

  37. SpiralArchitect says:

    I just received a very intriguing trade offer:

    I give Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nick Markakis and Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I receive Billy Butler, Brian Roberts, Ichiro, and Josh Johnson

    8-team Points keeper league. I do have Utley on the DL, so if Roberts can just be serviceable for 2 or 3 weeks, I should be fine. My current 2B is Asdrubal Cabrera.

    To me the trade comes down to Billy Butler and Josh Johnson for Adrian Gonzalez. Is it worth it?

  38. dingers says:

    grey, Dice-K any better then wells or olsen? thx!

  39. Tom Emanski says:

    I drafted Posey to start the year. Then dropped him when he was sent down. Then I had the chance to pick him or Santana and chose Santana. Grey, you better by lying about the 60 day DL. Oh and I have Howard too. I think I might cry.

  40. AL KOHOLIC says:

    kalish or brown

  41. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey & anyone with an opinion.

    My 12 team h2h league has a maximum of 50 waiver/free agent player adds per season. I’m sitting at 29 moves right now. Right now I have a pretty solid starting roster that I rarely ever change(Napoli/Reynolds/Kinsler/Zobrist/Beltre/Holliday/J.Upton/Kemp/Torres). Considering that, and considering that I’m sitting pretty in first place, is it worth spending the moves now in upgrading some BENCH positions (adding Chris Johnson and Starlin Castro – dropping Jose Lopez and Troy Glaus) or save the moves for the playoffs where I can add pitcher to stream in order to help win K’s and W’s?

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:

    is kalish going to get regular ab,s

  43. Eddy says:

    Who do you prefer at your util-

    D.Brown, Alex Gordon, or Travis Snider?

  44. CoreyII says:

    @Grey/Anyone – if you were paranoid about Brian Wilson being injured and had a roster spot free to handcuff him – who would you pick – Romo or Ray?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ryan: Didn’t you ask me these yesterday?

    @TastelessGarbage: Hart, Snider, Nyjer… Morgan moves up if you need steals.

    @barker: Try to trade.

    @Howard: Morning… Stanton.

    @ELaw: Looks okay for you.

    @Casadilla: Gordon

    @Tony: Yeah, wasn’t a great day.

    @Mr_Punch: Agree with Poon.

    @Jeff: Agree with Tony.

    @papasmurf: Yeah, very frustrating night.

    @Wilsonian: Thanks!

    @Suck My Wieters: Yup

    @John C.: Yeah, I was being general which is lazy.

    @Wilsonian: Colvin?

    @Bostonbeerman: I wouldn’t trade Crawford for steals and average. I’d trade a lesser piece for a Gardner or Morgan type.

    @Ian: Zimmermann

    @Wah: Anderson, Beckett, Dempster…

    @willclarkismyhero: Nah

    @Jesse: Depends if you need him. I probably wouldn’t. Really hard to say with the limited info you gave.

    @tall chicks: Rolen

    @William: Snider, in a non-keeper.

    @Dad: Ha! Drop for Snider.

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: I’d look elsewhere.

    @genghis chone: Snider, Gordon…

    @Panti Jose: Headley, Boesch

    @Buddo Chezuski: Yeah, it hurt.

    @Matty D: Brown in non-keeper.

    @SpiralArchitect: Looks good for you.

    @dingers: Eh

    @Tom Emanski: Did you see the injury?

    @AL KOHOLIC: Brown

    @Howie Met Your Mother: I’d hold for now.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Mike Cameron looks out for the year.

    @Eddy: Gordon

    @CoreyII: Romo

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    ***Guys I need to go to the angriest place on earth — the DMV — for a few hours. Help each other. Thanks!

  47. Jah says:

    Hey Grey! In a H2H points, OPS-heavy.
    Rank ’em for the rest of the year!
    Alex Gordon, Mike Lowell, Logan Morrison, Pedro Alvarez, Matt LaPorta


  48. Tom Emanski says:

    @Grey: Yea I saw the injury. I’m just deluding myself into thinking he’ll be fine. High grade LCL strain sounds bad.

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thats worse than the santana injury,have fun ,hehe

  50. KCC26 says:

    M. Gonzalez or Heilman?

  51. Principal Blackman says:

    @Grey: Please rank these potential keepers for next year

    Cano Howard Reyes Teixera Cruz Utley Sizemore Hart

    Price Nolasco Haren


  52. brad says:

    @Principal Blackman: Tex, Cano, Reyes, Cruz, Utley, Howard, Price, Haren, Nolasco . . .

  53. Gibby says:


    16 team Keeper league: Rank these players in the order I should pick them up: Snider, Kalish, Diamond/Maya/Bruce (he was just dropped). Also, who would you drop to pick any of them up? Here is my team (I’ll drop hitters or pitchers):

    C- Weiters
    1B- Votto
    2B- Beckham
    3B- Longo
    SS- Scutaro
    LF- Gardner
    CF- Rasmus
    RF- Willingham
    OF- Tabata
    Utility- Alvarez
    Utility- Ronot Jones
    Bench- Desmond Jennings (still waiting)/Colvin

    SP- Lester
    SP- Weaver
    SP- Kershaw
    SP- Haren
    RP- Brian Wilson
    RP- Sean Marshall
    RP- Venters
    RP- Hanrahan
    P- Morrow
    P- Marcum
    Bench- Volquez
    DL- Bailey

    I’m thinking of dropping Volquez and ?????

  54. Joe B says:

    @Grey: 12 team standard roto league… Time to drop M Thornton for M Gonzalez? I have a comfortable lead in ERA and WHIP, but need some saves for the stretch run. Is Gonzalez going to get saves soon or is being the closer for the O’s moot altogether? SAGNOF, right?

  55. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Anybody think Jason Bay will be worth anything down the stretch in a H2H league? He was dropped recently and I’m thinking of stashing him for a possible hot streak….?

  56. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    @Joe B
    I was thinking of picking Mike G up myself, but it looks like Buck wants to give Simon the chance to keep the job, so he’s not worth much until he actually is closing for sure. I’m waiting for a Simon blowup to pick him up.

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joe B: yeah id gran gonzalez

  58. peter says:

    @Jah: It’s kinda tough to rank most of those guys, but I’d probably go: Lowell, Gordon, Morrison, LaPorta, Alvarez. Problem, though: there’s a lot of potential there for crappy avg and OBP.

    @KCC26: Grey’s been high on Gonzalez, but w/ Gutierrez going on the DL in Ari, I’d now prefer to have Heilman.

  59. Jeff says:

    Who for the rest of the year – Beckett or Danks (ERA & WHIP most important, then K’s and Win’s).

  60. peter says:

    @Principal Blackman: @brad: I’d put Cano ahead of Tex, and I’m lower on Reyes… but maybe I’m biased because of the burn marks I still have all over my behind.

  61. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Still no Minnesnowda Johnson love, dontcahknow!?

    Dan Johnson, 2 walks raising his OBP to a magical .500!

    Get with it Razzball!

  62. Black Beard says:

    In a 7 keeper H2H league, Hudson and CC for Felix.

    I’m a little concerned about making the playoffs and Hudson and CC being shut down while Felix is allowed to pitch. Thoughts?

  63. peter says:

    @Jeff: Danks is more of a sure thing

  64. sean says:

    Take one in the neck; break a wrist; leadoff with a HR

    Dread Pirate do what he do

  65. peter says:

    @Black Beard: Hudson pitched ~167 innings in 2009 (has 117 in 2010), so I’m not too worried about him getting shut down this year.

    But, with only 7 keepers, you probably wouldn’t be able to hang onto Hudson. Given that, I’d rather have Felix as a keeper than CC.

  66. brad says:

    @peter: Yeah, I don’t really have a problem with Cano over Tex, but Tex’s track record is pretty good.

  67. Frank Rizzo says:

    finally 600

  68. Frank Rizzo says:

    now we can stop hearing about it

  69. royce! says:

    I’m in a 14 team h2h in which trades are very difficult to accomplish (I receive offers like, “so you’re interested in Dunn and Baker? How about them for Votto, Andrus and Colby Lewis?”).

    The stats are 7×7 (OBP and XBH for hitters, K/BB and Holds for pitchers).

    My friend is starting Napoli in his UTIL spot, and needs a closer and a speedy OF. I can spare both, and could use a C (got Doumit). I offered him Gardner and Capps for Napoli and Cain (he has a lot of good SP). He countered with Gardner and Capps for Vazquez and Napoli.

    My first response was that this is terrible value for Gardner, and I don’t like Vazquez, but I’m beginning to think that this will be the last trade I can accomplish before the deadline. Right now I have way too many OF for 4 spots (Markakis, Bruce, Quentin, Gardner, Tabata, Stanton, Brown, and Carlos Lee), and in a league in which very few teams have more than two closers, I have Hanrahan, Storen, Capps and Broxton. Gardner has been crappy for the last month, and Tabata has vastly outperformed him, so if I made this trade, I don’t think my team would suffer.

    Is this sufficient justification for this trade, or should I reject it and tell him to just think about the Cain trade some more?

  70. struggler says:

    yo-lease called up to take cooks spot on sunday. Would you drop volquez or westbrook for him?

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Frank Rizzo: really,im glad,now 2 days of sportcenter showing it,and the favre decision

  72. Grey,

    In a 14 team mixed league, should I drop Chipper for Lowell? Guillen for Bourjos? I am first homers and nearly last in average.


    The Baseball Chick

  73. Frank Rizzo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, now what will they talk about for the next few days? arod all day today plus backpedalling on the stupid favre textgate…..but then what?

  74. Doc says:

    Time to drop youk in all non-keeper leagues? just got hit with a double punch of youk and howard to the dl with utley still there

  75. @Doc – ouch, gonna have to make a tough cut it looks like. I lost utley in my NL-only keeper, had to replace him with Hairston Jr (who is at least putting up better numbers than Manny)

    The Baseball Chick

  76. peter says:

    @The Baseball Chick: Drop Jose (or Carlos) Guillen for Bourjos if you need SB. Batting average is a tough category to catch up on this late in the season.

  77. peter says:

    @Doc: If you can afford to, I’d prefer to wait a couple days to see how/if the prognosis shakes out.

  78. @ Peter – what do you think about Jose Guillen for Kalish? would you hang onto Chipper over Lowell right now? or would you drop Jose Guillen for Lowell?

  79. Big Nate says:

    I need pitching that won’t take a sledgehammer to my ERA and WHIP while maybe providing a few cheap wins. Pick three:

    Duensing, Hammel, Travis Wood, Zambrano, Norris, Medlen, Tommy Hunter and Westbrook

  80. Panti Jose says:

    Boesch, Kalish or Heisey (assuming he gets regular ABs)?

  81. @Big Nate – my 2 cents would be: Medlen, Westbrook, Wood – all 3 should get wins. Wood is a bit risky now that people are getting a book on him, but he keeps getting it done.

    The Baseball Chick

  82. UncleEarnie says:

    Is Uggla for Jared Weaver fair?

  83. Need help trying to remember a ballplayer. Last night some friends and I were discussing switch-hitting. I seemed to recall that within the last 10 or 15 years, there was an established major league switch-hitter, who, in the last year or two of his career, had developed such dramatic splits that he experimented with hitting only from his stronger side, no matter which side the pitcher was throwing from. But I can’t figure out who it was.

    I know that occasionally a player will be advised to give up switch-hitting early in their career, but if I haven’t invented this memory, I think this guy was already a successful, established hitter who was trying to hang on for another year or two.

    Anyone remember this?

  84. Hey everyone.

    My question to Grey was worded poorly. I don’t have Crawford, I am targeting him in a trade. What do you all think of him for the rest of the season. I need avg. and steals help. It is a keeper so I might be able to move Utley for him (given that Utley is useless until at least early September, maybe longer since they will want him healthy for the playoffs). Thoughts?

  85. I should mention it is a keeper league that I am abandoning next year…I would never give up Utley otherwise.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jah: That order looks fine.


    @KCC26: Heilman

    @Principal Blackman: Tex, Cano, Utley, Howard, Reyes, Cruz, Price, Haren, Nolasco…

    @Gibby: Marshall for Bruce, Venters for Snider, unless you need Holds.

    @Joe B: Yup

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Nope

    @Jeff: Danks

    @IowaCubs: Hehe

    @Frank Rizzo: Ha

    @Big Nate: Medlen, Wood, Duensing…

    @Panti Jose: Kalish

    @UncleEarnie: Yup

    @struggler: Westbrook

    @royce!: Looks fine if you need a catcher.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Don’t remember, sorry.

    @Bostonbeerman: I’d take Crawford for Utley.

  87. royce! says:

    @struggler: I’d drop Westbrook for him. You’ll at least get way more Ks.

    @UncleEarnie: I think so, depending on needs.

  88. Black Beard says:

    @Grey: Hey Grey, can I get your opinion on comment #62? Or do you agree with Peter’s point of view and, hence, no answer necessary. Thanks!

  89. Thanks Grey. That was one quick trip to the DMV.

  90. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. I currently own Duensing, but you think Wood over Westbrook? I was thinking Westbrook’s move to the NL, plus Duncan on his side, might push him above Wood, who doesn’t have the track record….

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Nate: Westbrook does have a track record, and it’s not pretty.

  92. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: Ha…Fair enough. I guess I got Wood then…

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: Allan Harper has some good advice

  94. Eric says:

    hey grey,

    My team has been rolling in a 10 team H2H league (30 games ahead of the 2nd place team) but this Youk injury has me panicking. He’s my IF and I’m worried that if he’s gone for the season, it’ll significantly kill my chances of winning.

    I have Adam Laroche as a bench player. Is he a good enough replacement for Youk? How much of a drop off am I looking at? Would you rather have any of the following players over Laroache?

    Luke Scott


  95. royce! says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Would you say that I need a C if I will be starting Doumit otherwise? I’m just trying to figure out if Napoli over Doumit is enough of an upgrade to justify the general lopsidedness of the trade.

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Who?

    @Eric: I’d go with LaRoche.

    @royce!: How are you playing Doumit? Has to be a someone who’s at least playing available.

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: two and a half men,the episode where he went to the dmv,told everyone to call ahead for an appointement

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @anon: Cool, will read later. Thanks for sharing!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ah… Never saw that show.

  99. royce! says:

    @Grey: I have Snyder right now, and Doumit on the DL. I expect Doumit back by the end of the week, and its a league where you only get to change your roster once a week. Doumit is supposed to play C, 1B and OF once he returns, so he could get more AB than he used to.

  100. adam says:

    Manny Parra — Is he a worthy sleeper spot starter (around a k/IP) or would you stay away at all costs?

  101. Piyo-Piyo says:

    Tulo and cruz for johnson strasburg and heyward

    who wins? non keeper standrad 5×5

  102. Wah says:

    Start Anibal Sanchez vs. Phillies? In Florida

    Victorino, Utley, Howard all out.. I’m leaning towards yes.


  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: I’d hold then.

    @adam: Stay away.

    @Piyo-Piyo: Tulo side, but it’s fair.

    @Wah: I’d start him.

  104. 40 Akers says:

    Grey, thanks for taking the time man

    pick 3 in a H2H points league that favors power a bit:

    Mike Stanton
    Adam Lind
    Adam Jones
    Travis Snider

  105. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Who would you drop for Maya

  106. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey Who would you drop for Maya?

    Dayan Viciedo – 3B
    Jacob Turner – P
    Casey Kelly – P
    Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
    Mike Trout – OF

  107. barker says:

    grey i offered someone volquez and wallace for morneau and he accepted in like 2 seconds — got nolasco for d brown from same kid — this any good — still have lowell and harden on dl though when i get morneau i can put him there — but there is a five day wait period between trades should i be tryin for more trades with wade davis lowell harden snider

  108. Happy I benched Marcum today. Pelfry rides the virtual pine too tonight. Could be his last start this year if he doesn’t turn it around.

    Somebody back there said something about picking up Medlen… why? He hasn’t had a good start in a month and he’s on an innings limit going forward. Maybe a spot start tonight against the Mets, but I wouldn’t expect much from him beyond that. I’d rather have Westbrook or stream some other old joe-blow schomhawk.

    On a side note, it’s been three days since I had a cigarette. I understand why ballplayers munch on sunflower seeds incessantly.

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @40 Akers: Stanton

    @Mr2Bits: Kelly

    @barker: Looks fine. Depends what you’re getting for those players.

    @3FingersBrown: Pelfrey’s been done. Congrats on the smoking cessation. You on edge?

  110. Santos says:

    10 team Keeper league

    Would you move Kemp for Ubaldo and Danks?

  111. peter says:

    @3FingersBrown: Congrats on 3 days. The first week or so is the hardest. After that, it goes from having difficult days to difficult moments. Which is MUCH easier to manage.

  112. brad says:

    Buck to DL. Think the Jays will just go with one of the Flying Molina brothers or do they turn to Arencibia?

  113. Tom Emanski says:

    JP Arencibia has been called up. With Santana down, I picked up Torrealba. Wondering if I should pick up JPA instead.

  114. @Grey: Yeah I’ve had Big P on the bench now for the past 6 weeks or so. Watch, he’ll do well tonight…

    I feel awful. Today’s been the worst day by far. I have some experience with other forms of cessation, so I know it could be worse though… Couple of friends bands are playing tonight but I don’t want to leave the apartment, because I know I’ll smoke if I go out (and hang with smokers).

    Hitting the sauce now, just to chill the F out. Brooklyn IPA goes well with the salty sunflower seeds.

    I’m done with the cigs though. $12 a pack is just insane. With the money I save, I’ll buy myself a smart phone, so I can keep up with my teams when I’m working on the road – and still have money left for ganja.

  115. @peter: Thanks! If my pops can quit after chain smoking for 40 years, I think anyone can. It’s about that time. The wife wants little Molina Brothers and I promised I wouldn’t be a smoking dad.

  116. @Tom Emanski: Oooh interesting. I picked up Torrealba too when Smooth went down. I had Santana in two leagues :(

    Arencibia over Torrealba?

    Arencibia over Thole or J. Castro?

  117. brad says:

    @Tom Emanski: thanks tom.

    @3FingersBrown: i’d go with arencibia, if he doesn’t play just drop him for the catcher punt behind door #2

  118. Tom Emanski says:

    @3FingersBrown: Yea I had Santana in both of my leagues too. I got JPA in one, but probably can’t get him in the other due to waivers.

  119. @brad: I’ll take a chance on him over Torrealba in my keeper.

    Non-keeper, I have Castro and Thole (2 C league). Both have pretty similar MiLB numbers. Who would you drop? I would say the Mets have a better lineup, but they’ve been awful lately.

  120. Tom Emanski says:

    P.S. I think I’m in love with CarGo

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Santos: Nope

    @potus: Nice catch. 40, 20, 60…

    @Tom Emanski: Go with Arencibia.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, those prices are insane. I’d think drinking would make it worse.

  122. Eddy says:

    I know a while ago you said to lose Kinsler if i could nab something for him. Still thinking of flipping him for a SP to have a bonafide rotation and make a push for the playoffs. This would leave me with Beckham at 2B. Is 2 and a half weeks worth of Kinsler (assuming he’s back in time) worth more than 4-5 starts from a tier 2-3 pitcher? Or do I make a make or break trade and trade him for a SP?

  123. @Grey: If I were out drinking at a bar, yeah it’d definitely make it worse. Home, I’m cool just hanging out with the A.C, drinking my brew and watching the games. I also live up 6 flights of stairs, so it makes me even less inclined to go down to the store.

    Picked up J.P. on both my Smooth-less squads. Hope to catch lightning in a bottle. Buck went to the DL after getting his thumb torn up (not sure how but it was a bloody mess). Hope they play the kid, he mashed in the minors!

    I flipped a coin between Thole and Castro… Castro goes.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: I’d want the SP if you need it.

    @3FingersBrown: You flipped a coin with Mookie on one side and Mex on the other, didn’t you?

    **We should play guess the Arencibia title for tomorrow. And go!

  125. Eddy says:

    Can’t say I NEED it, especially with Lester, Gallardo, Kershaw, and Weaver on my staff and Wandy, Wells, and Harden to round it out. But I need to move him quick before the Rangers decide they’ll keep him on the DL to ready themselves for the playoffs.

  126. @Grey: Haha! It’s my wishful thinking that won. Hoping Thole can have a Gregg Jeffries rookie run down the stretch.

    Hey I have to bench one tonight: Donkey, Edge, JWill, Pagan and C. Johnson

    Tough choice. Johnson’s blazing and JWill’s picked it up last too games. Also Kennedy gives up a lot of bombs. Edge is 2-16 lifetime against Anibal he’s pitched well last two starts. I’m down 3-1 in SB, so I figure I want Pagan in there.

  127. Chris says:


    Keeper league: Justin Upton for Josh Johnson, which side do you prefer and is it close?

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: I’d bench Willingham.

    @Chris: I’d take Upton. Sorta close, but in a keeper, you want the hitter.

  129. brad says:

    @Chris: I’d go with the young hitter there, and every time in a keeper.

  130. royce! says:

    @Grey: How about, “You should pick up Arencibia”? Just kidding. Am I missing an an obvious joke about his name? The only thing I can think of is ciabatta bread… so I came up with “Arencibia’s Got An Arencibatta.” Which is downright lame. So lame that I shouldn’t press submit. But that’s never stopped me before!

  131. barker says:

    same 20 team league — in second place
    just traded wallace and volquez for morneau

    i offered wade davis and lowell for chris perez
    kid is ridiculous to trade with if he rejects should i ask for hanrahananan

    is that too much?? league is kind to relievers (can fit 7 in lineup at least — have 5 at the moment which is why im scrambling to get rid of guys)

    roster at the moment
    C montero 1b miguel Cabrera 2b kel jo 3b zimmerman ss ramirez lf huff cf dread pirate rf pence util quentin bench snider fe lopez fowler wallace dl lowell

    sp lester price kershaw davis arroyo volquez shields nolasco dl harden
    RP soriano axford storen benoit thorton

    so if this gets accepted with my trade earlier it would be wallace volquez lowell and davis for morneau and perez or hanrahananan

    does that sound alright or should i aim higher like for a donkey corn??
    should i try for a hlds guy such as bard or does that not make sense??

  132. brad says:

    @Grey: Blue Jays say Arenci (ya wouldn’t wanna) bia to John Buck

  133. @Grey: I’ll let you decide… JWill it is. Should have benched Panda but he had good numbers at Coors (and against Ubaldo). Going to have to leave Panda on the bench full time in favor of Johnson in the future I think.

    Hey nice work by Wuertz K’ing the side for the save!

    “The Chase is on for J.P.?” – In reference to J.P. Morgan Chase bank?? Tough one. Not too many places you can go with Arencibia.

  134. Joe B says:

    @Grey: 10 team standard H2H league at 3B, in what order…
    I Stewart, C Figgins, or C McGehee?

  135. barker says:

    12 team 2 C have only napoli with doumit on dl

    torrealba ianetta hernandez or JP arencibia

    would drop assdrubal aybar bumgarner storen hanrahananan gaby sanchez padilla

    gonna have to drop one when doumit comes back

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Ha… Yeah, not so good. There’s no obvious pun.

    @brad: Not so good either.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, it is tough. That’s not bad. Maybe I shouldn’t have played this game in case you guys do better than mine.

    @Joe B: McGehee, Stewart… Unless you need steals.

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: Arencibia… Aybar…

  138. brad says:

    How come I can’t find Aaron Cibia in my player pool?

  139. Reynolds (head) is listed in the D-Backs’ lineup for Wednesday’s game, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Donkeys have hard heads I guess.

  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Spelling his name wrong?

    @Elijah: Yeah, I was thinking that when 3Fingers asked if he should play him. Though I wasn’t sure on Fingers’ donkey.

  141. brad says:

    @Grey: oh, that was a headline suggestion. . .

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Ha… That’s not bad.

  143. barker says:

    i know my other post ( #135 ) is long but what do you think grey ???

    and really aybar i was thinking sanchez but you’re word is the law

  144. Bob says:

    Which side of Hanley, Abreu for Hamels, Wagner, and Rollins would you be on?

  145. @Grey: I was talking King Donkey – Dunn. He’s lickin’ his chops to face Kennedy at Chase tonight…

    I like Brads… Fortunately I can type in J.P. to find him in Yahoo, otherwise I’d have no idea how to spell his last name.

  146. vinko says:

    In a two catcher league would you drop LuCroy or Jaso for Arencibia?

  147. Anonymous says:

    I hate picking at my catcher scab. BUCK! Betting against the Flying Molina Brothers and Arencibia was the add. Also, CarGo with another big day (2 HRs). Loving the fact that I have him in a dynasty. Him and Kemp. And I got CarGo 8 rounds later. Value!

  148. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: What’s the question? If this other person rejects your trade should you ask for Hanrahananan? Sure, if you need saves. Should you ask for more? Of course you should, but if you can’t get it what are you going to do if you need saves?

    @Bob: Hanley side…

    @3FingersBrown: Ah… Yeah, didn’t matter on which donkey anyway.

    @vinko: LuCroy…

    @Anonymous: Nice!

  149. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    With the Phillies acquiring Mike Sweeney, for the time being…

    Sweeney or Casey Blake at CI while Howard is out? 8×8 (BB, SLG, H)

  150. Chris says:


    I own Braun, Wright, Votto, and Upton in a keeper league without costs and I can only keep 3, along with 2 pitchers. I have Felix as one keeper, but no one stands out for the second. I’m leaning towards trading Justin Upton for Josh Johnson and Wagner, making JJ my 2nd pitching keeper, and moving Pagan into the lineup for Upton. I feel like this deal is much better than losing one of these guys for nothing at the end of the year…

  151. Steve says:

    Ugh. Erv-San needs to wake up and remember who he’s facing.

  152. @Grey:

    Whats all the hubbub about this Arencibia fellow? Whats the expectations here? I grabbed Wieters for Buck is there something Im missing?

  153. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cheese: Blech… Sweeney…

    @Chris: I wouldn’t make that trade.

    @Steve: Yup

    @Elijah: He hit 31 homers this year in Triple-A. Have pop, fbb’ers will follow.

  154. @Grey:

    Sooo, should I grabby grab him in lieu of Weiters?

  155. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Nah… Hold your Wieters.

  156. Chris says:


    Which SP would you be willing to trade Justin Upton for in a keeper league? Anyone close to 1 for 1?

  157. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Grey or anyone else:

    Which side do you like in this swap: Liriano for Soto/Buchholz

    The league has a K/BB category.

  158. @Elijah: I’m excited about J.P. because I lost Mr. Smooth and I’m wading through a sea of Torrealbas, Ianettas, and Castros. With the way balls are flying out in Toronto, J.P. can be downright Shane Spencer-like down the stretch!

    God I hate Larry Jones. Not just because he kills the Mets (and named his son Shea), my opponent has him.

  159. Steve says:

    Hey! Why did Medlen get pulled?

  160. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: Lincecum…

    @aconstipatedmonkey: It’s fair if you need a catcher.

    @Steve: Injury… Not sure what yet cause I’m watching the NY broadcast.

  161. Steve says:

    Arrgghhh. Erv-San getting pummelled.

    Make it stop!

  162. @Steve:

    Nono, my HtH opponent has him! Let it go on!

  163. Steve says:


  164. Big Johnson strikes again! Wow this kid is blazing. He’s definitely bumping Panda to the bench.

  165. tall chicks says:

    Branderson sonavabenches me today then I’ll watch him shit my bed at Seattle next time out. JINX DOUBLE JINX!!!!!!!

  166. I am the Liquor says:

    Grey- Pick one for the rest of the year- Oswalt, Haren, Johan. Thanks.

  167. dingbat says:

    I posted this in the forums, but I’d appreciate any additional comments:

    I get: Carl Crawford, Ubaldo Jimenez
    I give: Aubrey Huff, Luke Scott, Matt Capps

    My league counts H, OPS, QS, and K/BB in addition to 5×5. I need speed and QS and can afford to sacrifice saves and RBIs. Do I click accept?

  168. second says:

    couple questions after injuries:

    For 3B: Headley, Gordon, Walker, or Lowell
    For OF: Pick 3 to start, 1 to bench, 3 to drop: Granderson, Gomes, Adam Jones, Snider, Scott, Stubbs, Colvin

  169. second says:

    Chris Johnson is also available for 3B

  170. T-Diddy says:

    Grey, keeper league, all else being equal, Pedro Alvarez or Jay Bruce?

  171. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dingbat: It’s lopsided in your favor.

  172. Dominic says:

    Should I drop Krispie for Torres?

  173. dingbat says:

    @Grey: Thanks! I guess I was weighing recent performance too heavily.

  174. Anonymous says:

    @Dominic: No.

  175. Dominic says:


    well the way i was thinking the past 30 days

    Torres : 30/100 21 30 7 20 3 .300

    Krispie: 26/97 14 26 2 7 8 .268

    Torres has the edge obviously except in the speed…

  176. @Grey: C.J. heard your call to play him. Before the blast he said, “this one’s for Grey!”

    Nice defense by the Mets tonight. This team really makes me appreciate FBB.

    Bad news for Medlen, injury to the UCL in his throwing elbow. Paging Dr. Freeze. I was just wondering where he’d go in next years draft. May have to make that 2012…

  177. tall chicks says:

    This might have been asked already, but Wuertz or Storen?

  178. royce! says:

    Way easier to make a headline about Buck getting injured, like…

    Buck, Buck, Buck! Jays catcher hits the ground. Buck, Buck, Buck… Arencibia gets the crown?

    I don’t know where to go from here.

    Which reminds me, when I was a kid, I thought this BDP song said, “I got a hundred gun two hundred CRIPS, Goin to New York, New York.” Like he was flying a jumbo jet full of gangsters. Or it was a huge carpool. Road trip!

  179. Bruce or Quentin for the rest of the year…

  180. royce! says:

    @Grey: I rinse in B.O.?

    Jeebus, man. This headline stuff is difficult. More reason to appreciate your skills.

  181. @royce!: Great tune but it’s “I got a hundred guns, two hundred clips…” Still that takes a big trunk.

    All I wanna do is Buck Buck Buck… and *Cha-Ching* Call up J.P.

  182. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: I rinse in BO is hilarious. Makes little sense, but it is funny. Well, I wouldn’t say my title’s great (or makes sense). Arencibia is a tough one.

  183. royce! says:

    @3FingersBrown: I know that now, I was just saying what I thought the lyrics were when I was in grade school and just slightly more ignorant.

    And now that I look it up, the internet seems to think that it says, “Pump pump pump! first copper hit the ground.” (I just listened to the song, I think it really does says, “pump.” Weird.) Which is not as cool as I remember. I really gotta get Edutainment on cassette. I’ve got a tape deck in my 89 325i and collect as many good jamz that are from the same era as the car.

  184. Big Nate says:

    Updating that earlier question where you picked Medlen, Duensing and Wood:

    With Medlen now probably headed for Tommy John and Travis Wood getting picked up by someone else before I could grab him, which three would you pick:

    Duensing, Hammel, Zambrano, Norris, Tommy Hunter, Westbrook and Saunders

    Yikes, that list just got a whole lot uglier…

  185. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Boop, boop… That’s the sound of the police! Does no one remember this song?

    @Big Nate: Duensing, Hammel, Westbrook…

  186. vinko says:

    Drop Mad Bum for Slowey @TB or Scherzer v CWS? 13 team(no bench)

  187. Anonymous says:

    @Big Nate: In my inexpert opinion, it’s either Duensing, Hammel, Hunter or Dave Duncan disguised as Westbrook. (He got traded to the Cards? Right?)

  188. barker says:

    20 team league

    mccutchen quentin wade davis lowell for hamilton feliz

    which side do you take

  189. Grey

    Grey says:

    @vinko: Scherzer, both are risky.

    @barker: Hamilton side, it’s fair.

  190. thepizzaman says:

    Anyone else been benching Pablo for the last month or so? God he sucks

  191. Big Nate says:

    @Anonymous: Yes, I currently own Hammel, Duensing and Hunter. I think I’m going to wait until the games start tomorrow to make the transaction so I can get Hunter’s start tomorrow at Seattle and then grab Westbrook.

  192. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Who’s better for a 2nd C in a 2C 16 team league…

    Hernandez or Bengie Molina? 8×8 (BB, SLG, H)

  193. Grey

    Grey says:

    @thepizzaman: Didn’t want him in the preseason, don’t own him anywhere.

    @Cheese: Molina

  194. @royce!: My bad, I’m drunk. I like your version better! It reminds me of when Coolio had all those people in his trunk in “Fantastic Voyage.”

    @thepizzaman: I’m with you. Chris Johnson’s my new every day 3B, at least until he stops hitting.

    @Grey: Hell yeah… I think about it every time I hear a siren. I love the officer, officer, over-seer part.

    Oh by the way… double donkey punch! BAM-POW!

  195. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: I was just listening to KRS. He’s so much better when I don’t think about how I ran into him at a Wendy’s and his mom was buying a value meal for him. True story.

  196. DrEasy says:

    Drunk Jays Fans have been calling him Aaron Cibia for a while now. Copyright alert!

  197. @Grey: Wow! I would imagine that was a looooong time ago. He does claim to have been homeless at one point.

    Another old school rap reference… I just texted my opponent:
    Too too too much donkey!

  198. Big Big Big Big Big Big Big Big DONKEY!!!!

  199. Big Nate says:

    By the way, Alfredo Simon made it interesting again tonight giving up one run on 3 hits before recording the save. It would have been two runs if Toriiiiii Hunter hadn’t been thrown out at 3rd trying to steal with one out…

    Mike Gonzalez reclaiming the role may come sooner rather than later…

  200. chrisbenson says:

    grey…can you rank these guys?

    arron cibia, carlos ruiz, yadier molina, bengie mol

  201. TastelessGarbage says:

    Gak….for rest of season, Rollins or Castro?

  202. I just don’t understand bunting early in games, especially against lousy pitchers. 4th inning Ichiro on 2nd, noone out in a 4-2 game. Figgins facing Scott Feldman. Figgins has been swinging the bat well… so he bunts. Eventually Ichiro scored on a FraGu double, but I don’t get not playing for a big inning early on.

    Yesterday FraGu sac bunted with the bases juiced! FTW!?

    I’m all for bunting when the situation calls for it – Against a tough pitcher late in a scoreless game or something like that. Mets did the same earlier today, with Pagan bunting in the 3rd with Reyes on 2nd and nobody out. Takes you right out of a big inning…

  203. Steve says:

    @Grey: If you’re right on pace for starts, how many starting pitchers are you rocking at this time of the year in a 12-team roto league?

    BTW, just had a cortisone shot. Don’t feel like I could just run out and play baseball like Josh did.

  204. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: 4 to 5… You had a cortisone shot for what?

  205. Steve says:

    @Grey: Had a sore sholder most of the year. Damaged my rotator cuff playing cricket and… wait for it… wait for it… gardening!

  206. Anonymous says:

    @3FingersBrown: On the same note, I’m pretty sure Daric Barton leads the league in Sac Bunts and he bats in either the 3 or 4 hole. Fangraphs did a piece about it awhile ago…

  207. @Grey: Bum Rush The Show!
    7 years ago??? OUCH! As Blastmaster once said, “pick up that money ho!”

    @Steve: Dang, extreme gardening!

    Mini-Donkey took himself out of the game, still feeling the effects of his beaning last night. Donkey shouts, “there can only be one!”

  208. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Need to learn how to work a hoe better. Did the cortisone shot help?

    @3FingersBrown: Ha!

  209. Steve says:

    @Grey: You might want to read that first sentence again (emoticon).

    Was actually pulling vines out of trees. I think so. Wasn’t real sore the whole time, and only got it today, so bit early to tell.

    David Robertson’s numbers in the last month are sick. Does he pitch enough to make a contribution?

  210. Steve says:

    @Steve: Was just relieved the jab didn’t hurt like hell!

  211. Steve says:

    @Steve: Certainly not as much as the sonavabenching I’ve had from Ethier, Stanton and Alvarez today!

    Hopefully Ethier is getting it going again. He’s been awful for a little while now.

  212. @Anonymous: Doesn’t surprise me with that awful lineup. If you’re having your 2 or 3 hitter bunting, he shouldn’t be in the 2 or 3 hole in my opinion – or the manager should be fired *cough cough* Jerry Manuel

    @Steve: Feel better man. Robertson if you play with holds. I’m not big on MR otherwise.

  213. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Nice for Ks and Holds. Was excellent last year, finally seems to be the same pitcher. I’ve benched Gaby Sanchez twice this year. First time, 2 homers, a bazillion RBIs and tonight for a 4-for-4 night. He hates me. Yeah, feel better.

  214. Steve says:

    @Grey: @3FingersBrown: Thanks! It’s been nagging more than anything so will be good to get it sorted.

    @Grey: Kuo over Robertson?

    And what an outing from Padilla. A Homeschooling and no mistake.

  215. Steve says:

    And a clean inning from Heilman. A day to remember!

  216. Steve says:

    @Steve: And last one – give Dan Hudson a spin v SD on Friday? It’s H2H…

  217. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Kuo… I just grabbed Hudson for Friday.

  218. royce! says:

    @Grey: Yeah, of course, that song’s great. KRS One had a way with words. That way was mostly staccato. Boop boop! Pump pump! etc

  219. barker says:

    to grey and anybody could use some help here
    20 team roto

    napoli is catcher
    drop hairston aviles fowler fister for arencibia

  220. royce! says:

    @barker: I’d lose Hairston, whether its Scott or Jerry. Both are going to see less ABs- Ludwick will cut back on Scott’s, and in the next week or so, Eckstein will basically replace Jerry.

  221. royce! says:

    Whatever the Razzball headline ends up being tomorrow, there is no chance that it will be more lame than the current headline on “Monumental 600th draws A-pplause for A-Rod.” Oh, I see what you did there! “Applause” starts with an “A”!

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