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The week leading up to the All Star break is always fun times for me — it’s when I can take my paid vacation to beautiful Bayonne, NJ.  My all-inclusive cab ride includes a firsthand view of a few muggings, a stop for gas, and a flavored shaved ice from Primo, the traveling shaved ice guy.  In all seriousness, this is a good time to look at your roster and actually commit to it or start pondering the fantasy football drafts.  So happy 4th of July to all and I hope the fantasy gods bless you with bountiful stashes of herbs and RBI’s.  (Please note that pitchers and match-ups may change)

Everett Teaford (@Tor vs Romero, @Det vs Fister) Sounds like a guy I would want selling Butterscotch Krimpets, not throwing two games in one week.  I have seriously reconsidered how much I like those Krimpets now that I have written about them.

Joe Kelly (Col vs Francis, Mia vs Sanchez) Used to call me Joe Kelly, now they call me Batman.  Funny because that high school was less than a mile from where I grew up.  If you get the reference, you get a gold star.

Marco Estrada (Mia vs Zambrano, @Hou vs Rodriguez) Poncherello with 12 punch outs — what’s better than that? I tell you what — a new spin off starring Adrian Zmed.

Jordan Lyles (@Pit vs McDonald, Mil vs Greinke) I still like him, and his last 3 starts have made me feel a little better. His probable match-ups make me hate that we need letters to make up words.

Clayton Richard (@Ari vs Cahill, Cin vs Bailey) Even at one start I will take the Petco special.   Only 5 ER’s over the last 4 starts makes it like a gel cap — easy-to-swallow-rostering.

Nick Blackburn (@Det vs Fister, @Tex vs Darvish) I know I am supposed to write something positive here, but common sense and my fear of commitment will not allow me to comment further.

Freddy Garcia (@TB vs Moore, @Bos vs Matsuzaka) I have written to the hills about this cat for the last umpteen years. Freddy do what Freddy does.  These highlander expressions are brought to you by Scotts….feed it.

Brett Cecil (KC vs Mendoza, CHW vs Sale) I missed the glasses; I am not going to lie.  The glasses for me are my “rose bud”.  Too bad the ineffective periph numbers are a blight to fantasy.

Homer Bailey (@LAD vs Billingsley, @SD vs Richard) Some say that Homer was blind.  His up-and-down starts make me feel like I am blind by just looking the other way.

Zach McCallister (LAA vs Haren, TB vs Shields) Remember that time that they left him all alone in his house and he thwarted those stupid criminals?  Yea, well think of that with baseball and you have a whole cheese plate of yumminess.

  1. Franconas Towell says:
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    @grey

    Jason Heyward for Pedroia? I get Heyward. OF consists of AJones, De Aza, Reddick, Rasmus, Cespedes

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Franconas Towell, Pedroia has been underwhelming for where he had to be drafted. 2nd base is still really deep with guys giving good value. You done well.

  2. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Rios is available. Should I drop Austin Jackson or Kubel.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, I’d hold

  3. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Per Rotowire
    Grandal will be recalled from Triple-A Tucson after Nick Hundley was sent to the minors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
    Spin:
    It looks like the Padres have finally decided to make a change at catcher, and Grandal should take over the starting catcher job. Grandal will join the Padres on Saturday.
    [Breaking News]
    Fri, Jun 29

    Hehe, He was still available in that huge league!

  4. Dirtyd says:
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    Do I drop Frank Francisco for Jared Burton? Dl taken by Longoria.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dirtyd, Frank will be getting the closer role back, unless they trade for a Street.

  5. I got offered Jordan Zimmerman and Melky Cabera for Mike Trout and Ryan Vogelsong. That trade seems so even to me that I think It isn’t worth my time

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nathan, I’d want trout.

  6. Plouffe's Aloof says:
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    Love the site and comedic hilarity. I have Plouffe as my SS, drop him for Scutaro, Kozart or Alexi? I have Bona coming off the DL soon so it’ll be a temporary move regardless. Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Plouffe’s Aloof, Stay with Plouffe. He at least provides power at a position that you wouldn’t expect it from.

  7. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Smokey, You from Patterson? No wonder why they call you smokey…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Yea me and the silk city.

  8. joe says:
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    h/h points league…would you trade (get) Reddick & Shields for Hamels….don’t need Reddick have Pardo,DeAza,Harper,Gordon Jennings…or should I sub Reddick for another OFer

  9. Mike KY says:
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    I’m in a 5×5 auction keeper league that uses On base percentage. We play 5 OF’s…

    I’m being offered
    Hunter Pence $30 and Brandon Belt $1
    for
    Starlin Castro $11.

    Castro’s OBA is terrible. Will it get much better in later years and should I do this trade? I would slide Aybar into my SS slot and cut Ichiro.

  10. joe says:
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    that trade is giving Reddick and Shields and getting Hamels..

  11. Commish Cauda says:
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    Joe Clark…Stand By Me

    Love the Jersey references.

    I was born in Paterson a long time ago. Lived in North Haledon and then Wyckoff. Where you from, Smokey?

  12. RevClyburn says:
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    Wow, didn’t know you were from P-Town Smokey, grew up in Paterson myself, Eastside as well as Kennedy. And don’t believe the hype, Eastside wasn’t half as bad as they portrayed it in the movies.

    Anyway, need help with pitchers, here’s who I have: C.J., Matt Harrison, T. Hudson, Perez, Vogelsong, Romero, Masterson, Bauer, and McCarthy. Thinking of picking up Dubront, Cashner and or Morales. Thoughts on making that move, good bad? cats are K’S, WINS, LOSES, SAVES, ERA. H2H points

    • Smokey

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      @RevClyburn, Yup. Yea it wasn’t that bad. From the gusy you listed I think yor OK just have to ride out the occasional bad start here and there. Don’t know what Perez that is. But all three of those options ahve great match-ups coming up.

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