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Is it call-ups?  Or callups?  Can I get a ruling on this– Wait, someone’s at the door.  August 31st, is that you? Uh… No.  August 30th? Nope.  August 32nd? No, you nitwit!  It’s September 1st!  Yes, it’s time we looked at September call ups (callups? call-ups?).  These are potential September call-ups that will, should, could and potentially make or not make a difference in fantasy baseball.  Today, we’ll look at the hitters, then we’ll look at pitchers in another post.  So tip out some of your malt liquor for the pitchers who aren’t here and take a drag on that Newport, cause Razzball’s alive with pleasure with September call-ups, the hitters.  Anyway, here’s some potential September call ups to keep your eye on for fantasy baseball:

Mike Moustakas – Has a cool name, doesn’t he?  Like he has a legendary gyro recipe and a picture of Ernie Anastos above his bed.  Moustakas should slide right into the Royals lineup (and hurt Betemit’s time) since the Royals need to see how Moustakas does.  Though the peasant Royals are Mr. Bungles, so you never know.  In the minors, he has 28 homers and a .374 OBP.  Favorable leagues, but still.  Keep effing that chicken, Moustakas.

Jesus Montero – It’s cool and all that the Yankee hype machine is fully behind Montero, but he’s 21.  The Yankees are handing catching duties over to him?  A guy with DH skills behind the plate?  Why has Cervelli been catching?  Is Montero going to DH on a team with 4 DHs?  Unless you’re in a league with Rudy Giuliani and you can trade him Montero for Pujols, I’d contain my enthusiasm until I see Montero get a starting job.

Dustin Ackley – If you read regular baseball sites, they drool over Ackley.  I think that’s because he profiles as a much better real baseball player than a fantasy one.  The top reaches of his upside is Dusty P.  But that’s peak, Pammy A on Baywatch, prime upside.  Right now, you’re looking at Ian Desmond with a better average.  It’s good at MI and he should get playing time in September.  Expectations in check, friend.

Desmond Jennings – I feel like I’ve been anxiously anticipating Jennings’ arrival since last winter.  Still not sure where he’s playing, but doode has speed to burn.  Ron Washington, “Someone say speed?”  Oh, Ron.

Freddie Freeman – Has 17 homers and a .370 OBP in the minors this year.  Should be owned already in deep keepers and NL-Only leagues.  The trade for Lee hurts Freddie Freeman’s value in redraft leagues for this year.  Stupid Lee.

Yonder Alonso – Nice bat, but Votto’s is even nicer at first base.  Alonso might platoon in the outfield vs. some righties, but the Reds are playing for a playoff spot, so he’ll need to do something to stay relevant.

Zack Cozart – Zack Amadeus Cozart started playing baseball at the age of 9, he’s now 25 and still in the minors.  Those damn prodigies, candle in the wind and all that jazz.  Has good pop, but he’s also on the Reds and might not see enough PT.

Lars Anderson – His bat seems to take a while each time he gets promoted.  So far in Triple-A, 8 homers and .258 in 357 ABs.  All right, L.A., see you next year.

Brandon Belt – In the minors this year, 19 homers and a .361 average with 20 steals.  Yeah, that’s good.  A little birdie by the name of Stephen said he’s going to be going over him tomorrow so I don’t want to step on any toes, partially because I don’t want to scuff my Doc Martens.  In short, Belt should be grabbed in deep keepers, but, without some serious injuries, he has no place to play this year.

Todd Frazier – The Reds are stacked with alternates.  Frazier could be a super-utility man like Ben Zobrist, but he’s not going to see much time in September either.  Hmm… Guess I could’ve pared down this list.  But Frazier’s from Point (Not So) Pleasant, New Jersey.  Gotta represent.

Wilson Ramos – I could see grabbing him in NL-Only keeper or dynasty leagues so you have a very cheap option next year, but I gotta tell you, I’m pretty whatever on Ramos as of right now.

Jordan Danks – Why didn’t the White Sox draft Jonas Danks too?  Jordan’s not going to help much this year without some injuries and a hot streak.

Mark Trumbo – Not even sure why he’s still in the minors.  Doesn’t Scioscia realize if he promotes Trumbo then he has yet another reason to bench Napoli?

Scott Cousins – Has 20/20 potential over a full season and the Marlins have never been shy about promoting prospects.  I’d keep an eye on Cousins.

Brandon Allen – I’ve already tooted this guy’s horn a bunch of times.  Eiwww… Not like that, random italicized voice.  Mmm-hmm. My concern is if LaRoche isn’t traded then him and Allen may both see time which would hurt both of their values.

Greg Halman – Has 149 Ks in 97 games in the PCL with 29 homers.  Too bad he’s not on the Blue Kays or Diamondhacks.

Jared Goedert – Not sure why the Indians aren’t playing him already.  Goedert has 25 homers this year in the minors and the Indians are playing Jayson Nix.  Oh-kay.

Michael Taylor – I don’t understand this whole ‘Hey, he’s a top prospect, but we’re never promoting him.’  Is this so the A’s can trade him again before the shine wears off?  Beane, “Yeah, he’s going to be great in the majors, but you’ll never know until you trade us a non-athletic 1st baseman for him.”

  1. dave says:
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    What it do Grey –

    AL Only league and I need to make up ground in RBI, HR and/or SB’s.

    I like Jennings… but who else would you target in my situation? Position doesn’t really play a big role as I have a couple guys with good eligibility to shuffle around.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dave: Wamp-wamp… I’d grab Moustakas.

  3. dave says:
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    Ill keep an eye out – he’s not available yet in Yahoo! leagues.

    Thanks man.

  4. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    Nice roundup Grey. Now I don’t have to do as much work in the next couple of days.

  5. Principal Blackman says:
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    the term “call up” is spaced as a verb, with the preposition (up) operating as an adverb: “It is almost time for teams to call up their prospects.”

    the hyphenated term “call-up” is used as a noun:
    “His performance earned him a call-up to the bigs.”

  6. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Principal Blackman: Thanks for the grammar lesson. I’ve struggled with that for a while.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dave: Cool…

    @Principal Blackman: Look at you earning your Principal username. I kinda figured that was the case, but thanks for clarifying.

  8. sean says:
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    @Grey: The Moose is legit. Not sure he has the defensive chops of an everyday 3B though…

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Even if he fields like Gamel, they should play him.

  10. john wehner says:
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    freddie freeman sounds like the american male version of gaby sanchez

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john wehner: Ha! Sounds a bit like a Chippendale name to me. Okay, ladies, let’s hear it for Freddie Freeman!

  12. barker says:
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    possible spot starts tomorrow for 20 team roto league currently in 2nd place by a pretty wide margin

    Sanabia @ mets esmil rogers vs atl marquis vs cubs talbot vs oak

    would be dropping morse and / or chacin — dont want to drop him but could get him back in time for his next start
    worth it for any of these guys or not at all — was thinkin’ sanabia or rogers for morse

    nice call-up roundup can’t wait for the pitching edition

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @barker: Sanabia for Morse, but it’s not safe at all.

  14. @Grey: so does John Wehner (no offense JW; actually a compliment).

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: What, Grey Albright isn’t sexy enough for you?

  16. I had the same problem with follow-up versus follow up (it’s the same concept as call-up). Eventually I learned to just stop try write good.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ChrisV82: Ha… Yeah, similar to pickup vs. pick up.

  18. tHe sHiT says:
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    @zombie: John Wehner was the name of my Physics teacher in high school.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: What kind of school did you go to, man?!

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    For holds, how would you rank Madson, Venters and Mike Adams? Looking to replace a hurting Thornton. Leaning Madson because of the sick K rate and Philly’s improved play, but he’s burned me before…

  21. ViagraFalls says:
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    Do you throw Sanchez out there against the Reds, Joey Votto and all? It scares me a little. Also, play dlR?

  22. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Wut do u mean?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: Was joking because someone said he was a stripper.

  24. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He’s a versatile fella. He also owns the only dedicated live music and dance venue in Destin, Florida.

    http://www.thevillagedoor.com

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Karaoke there on Wednesdays are a real blast.

  26. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Don’t forget to show your military pass.

    On a related subject, have you read The Forever War by Dexter Filkins? Started it last night (and it seems pretty compelling), but I’ve only got it til next Monday so just wondering if I should put in the hard yards to get through it…

  27. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Sorry, your Millitary pass.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s my favorite book I read this year. Definitely give it a go.

  29. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well how ’bout dat (my wife actually grabbed it for me from her book club).

    I’ll get right on it.

  30. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Ah, i see.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, kinda random since it’s a bit old and I had just read it. Some minor details are dated, but still works on a lot of levels.

  32. Anthony says:
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    Moustakas lack of ability to draw a walk sort of makes me temper my expectations of him. The BB’s in AA are misleading as a great many of those were IBB’s.

    I think big league players might exploit him chasing every pitch. Vladimir Guerrero players just don’t happen very often.

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Another real good one in a similar vein is “My War Gone By – I Miss It So” by Anthony Loyd. He’s a British army guy who became a journalist and spent a lot of time in Bosnia.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anthony: It’s a fair observation, but still would like to see him play.

    @Steve: I’ll have to check it out.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    I love when I pick up a guy and he immediately catches a slight case of vagitis…on that note, Desmond out again…

  36. royce! says:
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    Also, I don’t pretend to understand waivers, but LAA put Napoli on waivers, and unless they’re all scosciapaths, I don’t see how he’ll pass through without being claimed. I know that teams basically put everyone on waivers, and then pull many back if they’re claimed, but why would they pull back a player they clearly don’t have faith in?

    Anyhow, I was hoping that this meant that Napoli could end up on a contending team, or at least a team that respects his bat.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Weird, that’s not the book I’m talking about.

    @Wilsonian: Ha

    @royce!: Damn to dream that he ends up somewhere he actually plays.

  38. Steve says:
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    C’mon Hamels – it’s the Astros.

  39. Steve says:
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    @royce!: @Grey: Sigh. I think I’m to blame for the recent non-performance of certain Royals. Ever since I picked up Betancourt and Betemit (The Killer B’s!) they’ve scarcely done a thing.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I was wondering what happened with Betemit…. Actually thought you dropped him already.

  41. Steve says:
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    @Grey: That was me trying a reverse on him.

    I dumped The Dribble instead.

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey: General thoughts on Sinder? Not doing much right now…

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Unless it’s a keeper, I’d lose him if there’s better options. No time to waste at this point.

  44. Jake in Columbus says:
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    Fun Fact:
    Wilson Betemit As PH for DH in 2010; 2 AB, 2 H, 2 2B.

    He’s had 3 starts at 1B and 1 at LF too.
    It’s not like Gordon or Kila Kowalski are tearing it up, either.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jake in Columbus: Yeah, but I think the general consensus on Betemit (whether right or not) is that he’s a bench/utility guy.

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Can a guy get a little run support for Hamels?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: I know, God forbid I were to get a Win.

  48. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: dude has pitched his ass off lately and has little to show for it. Plus, I’ve got him and JJ in line for some tough luck losses tonight which makes matters worse.

  49. Steve says:
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    @Wilsonian: Rollins getting caught stealing? Not helping.

  50. royce! says:
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    @Steve: I dropped Betemit after oening him for less than 24 hours, so don’t blame me!

  51. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Nah – it’s on me. But I’m probably droppnig him now, so get ready for him to get hot again soon.

  52. Carl Spackler says:
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    Would you drop any of these OF’s for Crisp? Kubel, Torres, Gardner? My remaining OFs are Either, and JUP

  53. royce! says:
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    The walks weren’t encouraging, but Bud Norris pitched better than I had expected @ PHI, and he’s been great over the last month (3.37 xFIP, 9.37 K/9, 2.48 BB/9). Do you like him over Homer Bailey in a league that counts 5×5 + K/BB? Is he going to lead a daily roundup entitled “Buddy Buddy Buddy All Up In Your Face”?

  54. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Nah, man! Keep him! I’ve been enjoying watching him flounder on another owner’s team.

  55. Brian says:
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    Evan Meek is going to get the save chance in Pittsburgh. 4-2.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yeah, yet Hughes has 8 more wins. Ugh.

    @Carl Spackler: Nope

    @royce!: Ha! I like NOrris a lot. Would go with him over Bailey there, sure.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Brian: Thanks for the heads up!

  58. struggler says:
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    Any reason Hanrahan was used in the 7th and 8th? Meek with the save opp?

  59. fitz says:
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    damn it monkey man why can’t you pitch a clean inning?!

  60. struggler says:
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    Good. I hope he blows it.

  61. Bob says:
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    @struggler: I need to vent about the Hanrahan thing too. WTF!!

  62. Rob says:
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    I’m in a tight battle for the last playoff slot, and I’m this close to dropping Dan Haren and streaming his spot. What do you think?

  63. Bob says:
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    Marmol gets the save. 20.25 ERA, 3.0 WHIP. That is one nasty dump for a little save.

  64. Steve says:
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    Bit late now, Rollins.

  65. Bob says:
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    @Steve: I’ve got Rollins in another league. I’ll take whatever I can get.

  66. Bob says:
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    @Steve: Was just about to push the button for Wilton when Rollins hit it. Decided to pass on that SAGNOF.

  67. Bob says:
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    At least Hanrahan got the win.

  68. tall chicks says:
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    Which would feel worse? Sonavabenching Sanchez for the 2nd straight week, or starting him and watching him crap all over my stats? I’m thinking the latter so I’m just gonna bench him.

  69. struggler says:
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    So all 3 of my closers pitching in non-save situations and I got EY on my bench. I might really have to hate drop Figgy for Norris. Even when he doesn’t play he curses my team.

  70. GopherDay says:
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    Kill me now…Gosh I can’t even buy a win right now. Hamels hasn’t gotten a win in like 10 years, Santana keeps throwing 2 run complete game losses, and Wainwright didn’t give me a win. Even Kershaw didn’t get…well you get the picture. Win Gods, why do you spite me so?

  71. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I just now got back home, had to rant about my pitchers not getting wins.

    Now, what kind of fantasy production do you think we should expect from Taylor once he gets called up? Or is this a question for Stephen tomorrow?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Michael Taylor? He’s a 20/20 guy over a full season. So a few homers and a few steals, barring a crazy hot or cold streak. In a small sample size of one month, you never know.

  73. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Gotcha, gotcha…I traded Bautista for him around home run #27 in my dynasty league…Little did I know….Hopefully Bautista will hit like 13 homers next year, Michael Taylor will pull a Carlos Gonzalez and I won’t hate myself.

  74. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    CarGo bangs up his knee, misses a couple games, then picks right back up where he left off. This guy is ridiculous! Sure am glad I listened to Grey and drafted him in all my leagues. Thanks Grey! *cheesy Folgers commercial grin*

  75. royce! says:
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    According to urban dictionary, the third definition for “keep fucking that chicken” is “It’s what you say to a meteorologist after they announce the forecast.” If only this were true…

  76. royce! says:
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    But you probably already knew that…

  77. Steve says:
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    Erv-San – why do you do this to me?

  78. Steve says:
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    I don’t have these guys on the same team, but today the Phillies have failed to get me a win for Hamels, Lidge AND Madson.

    Sheesh.

  79. Black Beard says:
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    Dear Matt Kemp,

    Please make me look smart the rest of the season.

    Sincerely,
    Beard

  80. Black Beard says:
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    Raburn or AssCab at MI?

    Drop any of the following for Coco: D.Young, Rios, Quentin, or Choo?

    Thanks!

  81. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Time to drop Desmond? Missing two games with a thumb injury is a concern. AsCab is the alternative.

  82. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Actually, I could grab Tabata or AsCab, since I already have EYJ.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Black Beard: Different things… Raburn… Nope on the OFs, unless you need steals. Then Choo.

    @TastelessGarbage: Go with Tabata.

  84. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey! In support of your efforts and this fine website, I will continue my campaign to spread the good word. I’ll be sporting a mullet, wife-beater, and cut-off jeans, while cruising through trailer parks in my ’75 gold Trans-Am (T-Tops off – of course) and using my Mr. Microphone to proclaim your glory over my stock car radio speakers. In addition, I’ll simultaneously be handing out slices of Wonder Bread to all the dirty shoeless kids and giving packs of generic smokes to the big mamas dressed in mumus! Power to the people I say!

  85. fitz says:
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    Drop Haren for Hudson? H2H league so if Hudson gets shut down he’s useless.

  86. Steve says:
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    That’s quite a day Big Daddy Howard is having.

  87. big o says:
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    oswalt …hah

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: Then no.

    @Steve: Not the day Sanchez had. Mother–

  89. Steve says:
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    Filthy?

    Don’t own him anywhere, so whatevs (emoticon)

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    @Steve: Oswalt in to play left…makes the play on the first batter…

  91. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Fair to bench Howard for Hunter or Huff until the big guy has a few decent games? He doesn’t look like he could hit a cantaloupe. That ankle can’t be all the way better.

  92. big o says:
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    wandy at the plate .

    selig’s gonna have to call this game a tie .

  93. fitz says:
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    I’d love to see Roy O have to make a throw from LF

  94. Lines says:
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    U-balls vs. K-Shaw, Friday night, live… and in person. In the immortal words of Kool-Aid Man, “Oh Yeah.”

  95. big o says:
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    ibanez is now 1st base eligible in espn leagues
    where 63% of the owners quit playing 2 months ago .

  96. Tom Emanski says:
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    I just got Sonavabenched and then Dontgetmestarted by Sanchez over the last two weeks

  97. Steve says:
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    @big o: He will if guys keep getting ejected.

  98. Black Beard says:
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    Holy shite. I hope no one was starting Mike Leake this week:

    6H, 6ER, 1BB, 1K…0.1IP.

    That’s spicy.

  99. Black Beard says:
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    @Black Beard: Nevermind, in all fairness I am actually playing someone who is starting Mike Leake.

  100. mr baseball says:
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    Ramón Hernández or Geovany Soto – Soto comes off DL and Hernandez been playing well

  101. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    In a bit of a dilemma.

    I could go with Ian Kennedy @SDG who has 15 Ks in 10 IP and a 2.70 ERA in two starts against them this year (both in April, the one where it was @SDG he surrendered 0 ER)

    or

    Jordan Zimmerman vs STL (@WAS) who had a 0.53 ERA in four AAA starts this season.

  102. Fresh says:
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    Calls-up. There is an article in the September 2010 issue of Reader’s Digest(p.146) that is pertinent to this discussion. Plurals of compound nouns are formed by adding an s to the thing there’s more than one of. Great restroom, i.e. thinking room, reading material.

  103. Dude says:
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    Things are gonna happen for me! I just picked up Goedert! Thanks for the tip!

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