August 2008

Post Show Blog For 8/7/08

If you haven’t seen the show yet you will see I wore a Manny Dodgers shirt sent to me by West Coast Producer Ben Platt who bought it at Dodger Stadium. I’ve been waiting 8 years to wear something Manny and probably longer then that since I can’t wear other team gear from the AL. Long Live Manuel Aristides Ramirez!!!!


Adam Jones and The Tribe Bullpen

I said today that I wanted to see what I could find on Jones because I may have missed something. This is from Will Carroll’s UTK today


 The Orioles have placed Jones on the DL with a broken foot, perhaps ending his season. It wasn’t everything the O’s had hoped for when he was made the centerpiece of the trade involving Erik Bedard, but it certainly showed promise. Jones fouled a ball off of his foot, and had been in a walking boot since the weekend before the swelling went down enough to get good images. In the meantime, he’d tried to convince manager Dave Trembley that he could be available for pinch hitting. That’s admirable toughness, sure, but it’s also not very smart. Jones could be back in time to make an appearance before the end of the season, but it’s quite likely that, given the Orioles record, we’ve seen the last of Jones for 2008.

If you don’t have a DL slot and it’s a non keeper cut him……Siano




About a minute ago it took a minute for the Tribe pen to blow a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Mujica got the opp and gave up a bomb to Gabe Gross and then Kobayashi came in and gave up a walk off 3 run missile to Pena. This has nothing to do with the Rays being real this is about witnessing one of the biggest disasters ever to take place in the bullpen of a team who a year ago was a game away from the World Series. The Tigers and Braves and Cards at least had to deal with injuries, the Indians are just incompetent and it kills me because this is a solid organization who could do better then this……..Siano

Post Show Blog For 8/6/08

Had a rough one yesterday fantasy wise.


Morrow getting sent down, Gomes down (don’t you love deep non mixed leagues?), Crede back which sucks for Fields and Adam Jones on DL. Tack on losing 5.5 points in AL Tout when I was sniffing first place.


That’s my pain, let’s hear yours.



Three Big Roster Moves Just Went Down




            CHICAGO – Prior to tonight’s game vs. Detroit, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Russell from Class AAA Charlotte and returned third baseman Joe Crede from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte. 


To make room on the 25-man roster for Russell, the White Sox optioned left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard to Charlotte on Monday.


            Russell, 25, is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA (12 ER/37.1 IP), 28 strikeouts and 28 hits allowed in 25 relief outings with the Knights this season.  The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder also has appeared in nine games over two stints with the White Sox in 2008 (May 1-5 and June 13-July 20), going 3-0 with a 5.59 ERA (6 ER/9.2 IP).


            Richard, 24, went 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA (15 ER/13.0 IP) in three starts with the Sox after his contract was purchased from Charlotte on July 21.


            Crede, 30, has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 25 (retroactive to July 22) with back lumbar inflammation.  He was sent to Charlotte on his rehab assignment on August 1 and went 0-3 in his only game.




MARINERS OPTION BRANDON MORROW, RECALL JARED WELLS Morrow will go to AAA to begin conversion to starting pitcher role.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to AAA Tacoma. To take his spot on the Major League, 25-man roster, the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Jared Wells from Tacoma.

Wells will be in uniform (#40) and available for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins.

“We have long viewed Brandon as a starter,” Pelekoudas said. “He pitched his way onto the team in 2007, giving us an opportunity to acclimate him to the Majors in a relief role and, at the start of this season, we thought his greatest value to the team in 2008 was in the bullpen.

“However, as our season progressed and it became obvious we were not going to reach the goals we had entering this year, we began internal discussions on the best time to convert Brandon back to a starting role. We believe that giving him time to stretch out in Tacoma and then, hopefully, make some starts for the big league club before spending the 2008 off-season preparing to come to camp as a starting pitcher for 2009 is the best route for his development.”

Morrow, 24, made 40 appearances in relief for Seattle this season after being recalled from AA West Tennessee on April 17. He compiled a 1-2 mark with 10 saves and a 1.47 ERA, striking out 47 in 36.2 innings pitched. Morrow is currently third in the American League in ERA among relievers. He did not allow a run in 35 of 40 appearances this season, and converted 10 of 12 save opportunities. Morrow was the Mariners first selection (#5 overall) in the 2006 June draft.

Wells, 26, was recalled from Tacoma on July 10 but did not appear in a game for the Mariners before being optioned back to Tacoma on July 11. Wells has 18 combined saves in AAA, tops in the P.C.L. He was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for RHP Cha Seung Baek on May 28 of this season. Wells was 0-3, 6.83 with 9 saves in 25 relief appearances with the Rainiers since joining the club after the trade. Wells made his Major League debut with the Padres this year, appearing in two games and not recording a decision. Wells had nine saves with AAA Portland, allowing 19 hits in 20.0 innings pitched while compiling a 1-1 mark.









FLUSHING, N.Y., August 5, 2008 The New York Mets today placed lefthanded pitcher Billy Wagner on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 3rd, with a strained left forearm and recalled righthanded pitcher Ruddy Lugo from New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Lugo, 28, will wear #49 and will be available for tonight’s game vs. San Diego. The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 40.


Lugo was 7-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts with the Zephyrs this year. In 122.0 innings, he’s allowed 122 hits, 73 runs, 69 earned, with 44 walks and 95 strikeouts.


Ruddy was claimed off waivers from the Oakland A’s on January 30, 2008. Lugo went 6-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 38 combined games with Oakland and Tampa Bay in 2007. In 48.1 innings, he yielded 48 hits, 29 runs, earned, with 37 walks and 34 strikeouts. He was sixth among American League relievers in victories and worked 2.0 or more innings nine times.


He was 2-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 64 games with Tampa Bay in 2006. In 85.0 innings, he surrendered 75 hits, 39 runs, 36 earned, with 37 walks and 48 strikeouts.


Lugo graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn in 1999. He struck out 12 batters and scored the winning run at Shea Stadium on June 15, 1999 to help Xaverian to the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship over Iona Prep. He is also the younger brother of Boston’s Julio Lugo.

Unreads for 8/5

Hey Guys!
Trade deadline is coming up August 10th.  10 team 5×5 (non-keeper) head to head.  I have an offer in which I get Harang and Billingsley, and give up Sherrill, Carmona, and Francisco Liriano. I’m looking at punting the saves category from here on out so I’m looking to dump Sherrill. I want to know which pitching combination you think has the upside for the rest of the season?
 Mike in Los Alamos 

Hey Mike,

As much as I love Billingsley, who’s quickly developing into the clear cut ace of the Dodgers’ staff, I don’t do this deal.  Replacing Carmona with Billingsley is definitely an upgrade thanks to Billingsley’s superior strikeout rate.  But it’s not enough of an upgrade to warrant the loss of Sherrill and Liriano.  If you’ve held onto Liriano this long, why deal him now?  It may take awhile for Liriano to return to pre-injury form, but he’s still the kind of guy who can make a huge impact, holding a tremendous amount of upside with very little risk, as you obviously didn’t draft him with huge expectations in mind.  As for Sherrill, I hate the idea of punting saves, especially in a head to head league where the stats reset each week.  Wouldn’t you want to have as many closers as possible to help you win this category on a regular basis?  I understand that Sherrill’s 4.27 ERA isn’t pretty, but saves are saves!  Harang is way too much of an injury/inconsistency risk to rely on down the stretch.  In short, Carmona/Liriano wins out over Billingsley/Harang.  And that’s ignoring the fact that you’re losing Sherrill and getting nothing back in return.

Zach Steinhorn

I’m in a 12-team, mixed, 5×5, H2H league.  It’s a non-keeper with 21 man rosters.  9 hitters, 7 pitchers and 5 bench spots.

My pitching is stacked. (Zambrano, Kazmir, Lowe, Billingsley, Greinke, Jurrjens, Guthrie, Maholm). I usually win all 5 pitching categories every week. My only weakness is HRs. I’m in 2nd place and I’m going to make the playoffs.

I wasn’t planning on touching my roster but I just got a trade offer and I’d like your opinion. He wants Zambrano and he’s offered me McLouth.  He has a surplus of OF. (Victorino, Crawford, Matt Kemp and Manny) If I make this deal, I move Berkman to 1B. I move Mike Jacobs to UTIL.  Chris Davis becomes a MON-THUR guy.  I cut James Loney. And I would add Tim Wakefield from the free agent list.

So the trade boils down to this for me:
I add McLouth and Wakefield.
I subtract Zambrano and Loney.

What do you guys think?

Josh in Toronto

Hey Josh,

I think you should hold onto Zambrano and enjoy your pitching depth. Nate McLouth, while experiencing a home run surge this season with 22 long balls, isn’t the ideal player to boost your team’s home runs. And since you’re in second place and have confirmed your spot in the playoffs, why would you move arguably your best starting pitcher?

McLouth had 13 homers by the time May ended, so his overall power numbers are definitely the beneficiary of an early season power upswing. He did go deep seven times in July, but he’s not powerful enough to compromise Zambrano’s spot on your roster. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the nine homers James Loney hit last September. Sure, Loney isn’t any more of a power threat than McLouth, but he is still a very good hitter who has value in 12-team mixed formats. Aren’t you at least somewhat curious to see if he can replicate his late-season power from last year? I’d keep Zambrano and Loney.

Kyle Stack

Fav 5 Songs to Get You in the Mood


5)  “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye

4)  “International Statement” – NFL Primetime song

3)  “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

2)  Doin’ It – LL Cool J

1)  “Lets Get It On” – Marvin Gaye


5. “Battery” – Metallica

4. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra

3. “Blitzkrieg Bop” – Ramones

2. “Up the Beach/Ocean Size” – Jane’s Addiction

1. “Behind the Sun” – Red Hot Chili Peppers



5. “Her Gently” – Tenacious D

4. “Something” by Beatles, Elvis or W. Nelson

3. “Here Without You” – Three Doors Down

2. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – Paul McCartney

1. “Youth Gone Wild” – Skid Row




Suspensions are in (Was Originally Post Show Blog for 8-5-08 which i overwrote like an Idiot -siano)




Discipline has been issued to two players and the managers of both Clubs as the result of on-field incidents in Sunday’s game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Royals catcher Miguel Olivo has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for charging the mound, which incited the bench-clearing incident during the bottom of the fifth inning, and for throwing a punch during the incident.

Royals pitcher Zack Greinke has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at a batter during the top of the seventh inning after warnings had been issued to both Clubs following the bench-clearing incident.

Royals manager Trey Hillman has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for the intentional actions of Greinke after warnings had been issued earlier in the game.

The suspensions of both Olivo and Greinke had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Royals host the Boston Red Sox. Both Olivo and Greinke have elected to appeal. Thus, their suspensions will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. Hillman will serve his suspension tonight.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during the incident, which included making contact with Umpire Tim Timmons, and for his comments following the game. Guillen will begin to serve his suspension tonight, when the White Sox host the Detroit Tigers.

Unread for 8/4

Hey guys wish I still had you for an hour but I think you guys are doing a great job of filtering the show’s clutter/useless chatter. Hope my question isn’t clutter/useless chatter. So here goes.

5×5 mixed 10 team with obp instead of avg. We use net wins (+2 for a win -1 for a loss).
I trade Zambrano for K-Rod. I’m last in saves- I only had Percival and Wood (and possibly Wainwright)

My staff Is now; Verlander, Volquez, Carmona, Greinke, Danks, Garza, (possibly Wainwright) and David Price (side note- any news on his callup?).
Jeff in Cleveland.

Hey Jeff,

What better way to address saves than to acquire a guy who’s on pace to shatter the single-season saves record!  Playing for a new contract, K-Rod’s performance this year is a major reason why the Angels currently hold the best record in all of baseball.  And though I don’t think he’ll continue saving games at this ridiculous rate, giving up Zambrano for Rodriguez is certainly a deal worth making.  Zambrano (12-4  2.76 ERA  1.21 WHIP) is without question a fantasy ace, but you’ve got enough pitching here to get by, even in a 10 team league.  Combine your starting pitching depth with the injury histories of Wood and Percival (both of whom have spent time on the DL in 2008), this trade is one you should accept with confidence.
As for Price, he’s obviously on the fast track to the majors, and it’s not a bad idea to stash him.  But if you really need the roster spot, I think he’s expendable in a 10 teamer, unless of course this is a keeper league.  I’d be surprised if Price gets called up before September.  And even when he does, it’s very possible he’ll serve in middle relief, a role that will severely limit his immediate fantasy value.

Zach Steinhorn 


Post-show blog for 8/4

Hey all, post your questions and comments and thoughts and suggestions here and we’ll reply throughout the day. Also, tomorrow’s Fave Five is “songs to get you in the mood” so let’s hear your suggestions… it can be the mood for anything, too. Adp1_francisco_liriano_si.jpgult behavior, eating, dancing, watching football, punching clowns or making love on the moon, anything goes!

(Dan, thanks again for the swag, we are loving it!)

Meanwhile, what did everyone think of Liriano yesterday? Not a bad way to come back, vs. the Indians and Royals, huh? Siano is crying tears of joy…

Finally, check out the 411 fans page on, we are all signed up so maybe we can make that a fun part of the community too.

Have a great day everyone!




Updated Feud Standings (through Week 18)