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Sometimes when a player gets hurt, I feel bad if I told you to buy into them.  I’m like, “Shove your emotions into your cankles, you sissy!”  Alas, my inner Native American watching someone litter in a 70′s commercial comes out.  A tear forms in my eye and rolls into my mustache.  Then I leave it there to remind me of my fallen fantasy baseball comrades.  This mustache holds a lot of tears.  But when a player that I warned you against like Aaron Hill heads off to the DL with tightness in his hamstring, I do a little dance like MC Skat Cat.  You know the kid in high school that wore a helmet all day that you used to make fun of?  Okay, now remember when you were alone in the hallway and that same kid walk passed you and you said hello to him because no one else was around?  Today, that kid is Aaron Hill’s owners.  Save your ridicule until their back is turned.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jimmy Rollins – Having an MRI on his right calf strain.  Mr. Obvious phoned into Razzball HQ yesterday and said, “This is not great news for Rollins owners.  Hope for the best when the test comes back tomorrow.  Remember testing negative is a positive.”  Thanks, Mr. Obvious!

Jayson Werth – Left the game with hip soreness.  After the game, he said he’ll be fine.  He obviously just wanted to scare his fantasy owners.

Placido Polanco – 2-for-4, batting .484 so far.  That’s Polanculous!

Cole Hamels – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 Ks, only one walk.  Okay, I’m a Hamels apologist, but he didn’t really pitch that bad.  Marquis hit a cheap grounder that scored two runs and Hamels’s control looked fine.  As they say in the porn industry, you can’t help it if balls find holes.  Would I have liked a shutout?  Yeah, well, dur.

Brian Roberts – Heads to the DL.  His abdominal muscle injury appears to have hurt his back too.  Like Chipper, he too is currently an injury domino.  This isn’t a great place to be if you own him.  You really should wait for any good news before selling him.  For instance, the day before a player returns there will be a news report something like, “Roberts feels great, set to return.”  He’ll probably return and get hurt again.  But your opponents don’t need to know that.  Take that “feels great” news and turn it into something.

Justin Duchscherer – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Was glad I hung onto him in one league, wish I would’ve held onto him in two leagues.  Damn you, Mike Gonzalez, making me back you up!

Luke Hochevar – 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 Ks.  It’s true, I like to be able to pronounce a guy’s name when I own them.  Nevertheless!  That’s not why I’m ignoring Hochevar… Though I’m not exactly ignoring him when I’m talking about him… Nevertheless II!  He was hit pretty hard yesterday and had some luck to come out the game with a win.

Scott Podsednik – 4-for-5, 5th steal yesterday.  SAGNOF! (Yes, two days in a row, but some people need shizz drill into their heads.)

Jose Guillen – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs, HR yesterday.  Now has three homers in two days.  You pick up players when they’re hot, you drop them when they’re not.  Took Matthew Berry a whole semester at the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston to say that, but the gist remains.  (Oh, and loved loved loved what Merchant Ivory did with “The Gist Remains.”  Much better than “New Delhi On Wry” in my opinion.)

Brandon Inge – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Hitting .345 through the 1st week.  Last year, he hit 7 homers in April with a .319 average.  Rudy dropped Sean-Rod for Inge in one of our leagues.  I didn’t object.

Ryan Raburn – Did nothing yesterday, but he did play 2nd base.  Probably was just a day off for Sizemore, but it’s not like he’s done anything.  Then again, Raburn hasn’t done anything either.  But if Raburn can get 400 ABs, he can hit 20 HRs.

Josh Willingham – Another homer yesterday.  The other white meat!

Julio Borbon – 0-for-4, now batting .040.  I have him in a league and I agree with George Thorogood.  One Borbon, one Scotch, and one beer.

Vladimir Guerrero – Bats over .450 on the year as he stole a base yesterday.  When Vlad has a tell-all autobiography ghostwritten one day, there will be a whole chapter about how he snuck a motorized scooter onto the field to steal a base.

Nelson Cruz – Hit his fifth homer yesterday.  I wish Hamilton was smoking whatever Cruz is.

Kerry Wood – Threw a bullpen session yesterday and the Indians said they might activate Wood without him going to the minors first to rehab.  In related news…

Chris Perez – Came into the game, didn’t record an out and loaded the bases.  You think he’d have the decency to at least try and scuff the balls with his stupid frickin’ mullet!  Jensen Lewis would be the next guy in line for saves.  Member when Lawrence Taylor said his life is in the toilet and no one is flushing?  That’s how my teams have been with closers.  So, for full disclosure, I did not grab Jensen Lewis in any leagues.

Fausto Carmona – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners with 4 walks and 4 Ks.  It may seem like I’m stubbornly refusing to believe in this guy, but that’s really not that good of a line.

Frank Francisco – 1 IP, no baserunners, but his 1-2-3 inning wasn’t pretty.  Balls were hit hard.  Andrus had to make a diving stop.  On the other hand — the 100 MPH hand…

Neftali Feliz – Makes me feliz to watch him throw.  Made short work of the Indians for the save.  Could have the job for a while, but you still can’t drop Frank-Frank.

Andruw Jones – Look at everyone’s surefire Hall of Famer circa 2006 hitting 2 HRs yesterday.  His play is too sporadic to have fantasy value right now outside of AL-Only leagues, but if he gets outfield eligibility then he’ll be someone to look at.

Jason Frasor – Blew the save yesterday.  I’d grab Gregg where you have room, but I do think it’s still safely Frasor’s job.  Of course that could change quickly.

Vernon Wells – Hit his fifth homer yesterday.  You can’t spell Wells without sell…  Or swell, but ignore that.

Wandy Rodriguez – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners.  Obviously wasn’t a good start, but there were only 2 walks.  Yes, that’s me trying to find the positive where there wasn’t much of one.  He gets the Cubs next, a team he dominated last year.  Hopefully he can right the Wandwagon.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4 yesterday.  People are asking me in the comments if they should pick up Bruce because someone in their league dropped him.  The universal answer is yes and set a reminder for May 15th to mock your leaguemates.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 4 ER, 2 Ks.  From what I saw, he was doing a good job getting ahead of the hitters, not as good a job putting them away.  He gets the Pirates next.  If that’s not a cakewalk, we may need to reevaluate.

Scott Rolen – 3-for-5, 2 HRs.  2002 called, it wants its home runs back.

Bengie Molina – 4-for-4, HR and 4 RBIs yesterday.  Was Monday Old Timer’s Day?

Derrek Lee – Lee left the game with an inflamed thumb.   X-rays came back negative.  He’s listed as day-to-day.  In other words, D. Lee is trying to avoid the DL.

Xavier Nady - HR yesterday as he replaced Lee.  Worth grabbing in NL-Only leagues in case Lee can’t return immediately.

Carl Pavano – 6 IP, 1 ER.  Extremely solid control and it looks like his taxi cab years in New York are well in his rear view mirror.  I’d take a chance on him if you need a solid #4 fantasy starter.  Plus, Target Field looks like a pitchers’ park and a great place to get women’s dress slacks.

Reid Brignac – 2-for-4, HR yesterday.  As I said in the comments yesterday, “Sean-Rod and Brignac will share time at 2nd until one can breakout, if one can breakout.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Though Brignac is definitely looking like the one that could breakout.  Right now, neither have much value outside of AL-Only leagues if they’re platooning.

Kevin Correia – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners.  Hodgepadre!

Chase Headley – 2-for-4, batting .448 on the year.  If you’re not owning him at this point, it’s your own fault.

Will Venable – 3-for-5, HR yesterday.  He’s okay in NL-Only leagues or if you can platoon him, but he doesn’t have an every day job.

Jair Jurrjens – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  The positive coming out of this start was Rudy and I came up with a new glossary term.  Smugshot:  the grinning picture posted on a baseball site that drives you nuts when the player’s underperforming.  “Why the f*** are you grinning like that Jurrjens – you just gave up an 8 spot to the Padres!  The real crime isn’t that you’re killing my team, it’s that your damn smugshot rubs it in my face.”

David Ortiz – Big Floppy lashed out at reporters saying he’s not playing with a wrist injury.  “I used to take steroids and no longer do.  I’m a Latin 34, which makes me around 38 years old.  I don’t even know my real age!  Also, do I look like I’m in good shape?  Rhetoríco!  I’m just not a good hitter anymore.  Leave it at that.”  That was me paraphrasing.  But it went sorta like that.

193 Responses

  1. Principal Blackman says:
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    Hamilton’s not hitting home runs, yet, but he might be heating up a bit as 4 of his last 5 hits have gone for extra bases.

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    @Principal Blackman: in fact he has 5 (4xbh) and 4 walks hits in his last 18 plate appearences.

  3. DrEasy says:
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    Smugshot! Fantastic!

  4. Tom Reale says:
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    Smugshot is nice! But how could any of your readers possibly own Jar-Jar after those pre-season reviews?
    Borbon = John Lee Hooker
    Hochevar = sound it out S-K-A-N-K R-A-Z-O-R!

  5. Grimlock says:
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    Big Floppy…nice. I guess I’m neutral on my feelings about dropping Duscherer for Pavano. Carl looks like he’ll be a solid back-end starter on a good offensive team in a good park. The Duke has more upside, but I don’t believe he’ll pitch the whole season. Besides, I’m already a Geo Gonzales owner, and two A’s pitchers is probably too much for my delicate nerves.

  6. Malacoda says:
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    I thought his name was Big Popup….time for an Adrian Gonzalez trade.

    Also, lets start using the name Neverth Cabrera. Or NeverCab, whatever works best for you.

    Regards,

    Haymitch

  7. chris partlow says:
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    do you have any thoughts on bonderman?
    if he pitches every 5th game his future matchups through July look like this:

    @SEA, @LAA, @TEX, vLAA, @CLE, vNYY, vCWS, @LAD, vOAK, @KC, @CWS, v WAS, @ATL, vSEA.

    also i’m surprised you didn’t mention McCoy who played in place of Hill tonite. he stole 40 bases in the minors last year. hit over .300 easily and in the years he wasn’t hitting in the minors was drawing a shit ton of walks.

  8. Tony says:
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    Old Timers day Monday April 12th! HA!

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!

    Now lets all say a little prayer ARROYO gets destroyed today.

  9. Dom says:
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    AL Only League: I was offered BJ Upton for Carlos Pena. I have extra power and need steals, but this leaves me with only LaPorta eligble at 1B. I’m worried about Branyan taking his PT away. Thoughts? The guy offering doesn’t have a 1B at all.

  10. Mike says:
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    Borbon is absolutely killing me. Should I drop him for Podsednik or Venable or should I be more patient and wait it out?

  11. Eddy says:
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    Smugshot is hilarious and I know EXACTLY which picture you guys are talking about.

    And I’m pretty sure Kennedy will answer this question for me today after his start, but I wanted to get your opinion. Pavano is a FA in my league.

    My worst guys are Ian Kennedy, Ervin, and Buchholz. Should I drop anyone for him?

  12. Tony says:
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    @Mike: i think you gotta hold… its only been 7 days of baseball. If you start seeing him getting benched, then maybe, not yet….

  13. The Cino says:
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    12 team, mixed, roto 10×10 keeper league, my SPs are: Halladay, Garza, Nolasco, Floyd, Liriano, Penny, Materson, Latos, GGonzalez, MLeake. Correia and Duchscherer are available, should I pick up either, both and drop which?
    Thanks

  14. Steve-0 says:
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    Grey,
    I have Curtis Granderson, and have been offered Andre Ethier and Neftali Feliz in a league where we score both saves and holds. Do I pull the trigger on this deal as Neftali’s role expands, or do I hold out for a possible 35 HRs 20 SBs from Granderson?

  15. Eddy says:
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    @Steve-0:
    Grandy is too good to give up. Especially with Ethier’s recent injury woes…

  16. ron mexico's papi says:
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    I have Aaron Hill in my keeper league. There weren’t many 2B options in the draft, so I kept Hill. Oops. Thankfully I backed him up with this year’s Aaron Hill, Mr. Kelly Johnson. Go do your best 2009 Aaron Hill impression, Kelly!

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah,in deep leagues i can hold sean rod for a while but i look for it to be a time share so ill be dropping him in the rcl,

  18. cnote says:
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    I currently have Fowler and Ryan Rowland-Smith occupying two roster spots and was hoping to find an upgrade. Here are what I deem to be the best possible free agents- LaPorta, Podsednik, Ian Kennedy, Wakefield, Delmon Young, Scott Rolen, Corey Hart, JD Drew, Milledge…Please pick two!

    I’m leaning toward Kennedy cause of his upside and the super thin SP free agent pool in my league. I’m thinking the other choice is between LaPorta and Podsednik, and I’m leaning toward LaPorta, but any thoughts are much appreciated.

  19. William says:
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    @Grey: Should I drop Mike Gonzalez for Kevin Gregg?

  20. Martin says:
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    @grey- Should i hold onto Fowler, or just pickup the occasional SAGNOF?

  21. Dingo says:
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    Smugshot is brilliant! I can’t say how many times I’ve cursed the grinning face of an “ace” pitcher who can’t find the strike zone to save his life!

  22. BSA says:
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    A giant sigh is heard throughout Sawx nation as a lttle girl turns to her Dad and says, “Big Papi is just not that good anymore, maybe he should sit down.”

    Wait what was that thud? Oh, Big Papi hitting the waiver wire AGAIN.

    Onward to a fantasy baseball philosophy question:
    At the end of the season is it better to have played the averages or ride the hot hand?

  23. cnote says:
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    Steve-0, though Feliz’s upside is intriguing, I think you stick with Granderson.
    William, I’d stay with Gonzalez. Frasor has been shaky, but Gregg just isn’t a good pitcher.

  24. fredaycouples says:
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    Drop Ian Desmond for Fucal?

    Drop Robot Jones for Fowler or some other schmohawk (Stubbs, Headley, meh, etc.).

    I have Soto, Votto, Utley, Desmond, Zimmerman, Bay, Cruz, Abreu, and Victorino right now.

  25. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team, 5 x 5 Keeper (max 8) with 4 Utils and no CI/Mi….. With Snider, Hamilton, Scott Sizemore, Fowler & Damon stinking up my stats (not to mention Alexi Ram & Bay) – is it time to drop someone to pick up Willingham…… Maybe Sizemore (already have Stewart at 2B)?

  26. Grady Got Back says:
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    @Grey: Drop Latos for Pavano?

  27. timSTi says:
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    How long of a leash do we give NeverCab? I’m looking for some SAGNOF help in my 12 team H2H and Chris Getz is available for my MI spot. I could always dump Snider off my bench and stash NeverCab there til he heats up.

  28. Scott says:
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    Drop any of Everth, Maybin, Nick Johnson, Buchholz to pick up Pavano?

  29. PepeSilvia says:
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    Like many, my early season fortunes were torn up with Montero’s meniscus. Wondering what I should do to try and salvage C for now. I picked up Clement but the following guys are on waivers: Napoli, AJ, Barajas, Pudge, Ruiz. Should I drop Clement for any of ‘em?

  30. BSA says:
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    @PepeSilvia: Stick with Clement.

  31. Tony says:
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    @PepeSilvia: stick with clement, no miguel olivio available, he’s streaky as heck but pretty hot right now, and a rocky….always love me a rocky…..

  32. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Scott: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

    There, that should be clear enough. Carl Pavano is still Carl Pavano. Don’t be fooled.

  33. artie says:
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    Over the last two days I added in two separate deals….

    Kemp/Uggla/Andrus for Werth/Pierre/Stewart/J.Guillen (waiver pickup)

    What say you?

  34. James says:
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    @Grey: “Why the f*** are you grinning like that Jurrjens” – Seriously, I almost died laughing.

  35. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @artie: Kemp is an upgrade over Werth. Uggla and Stewart are pretty much the same person, but Stewart has more upside. Andrus won’t run as much as Pierre and won’t hit for quite as good of an average, but he is a SS, giving him more value. J. Guillen will probably go Milton Bradley on someone soon, so that one doesn’t really matter.

    All in all, you got the best player of the bunch (by a good margin) in Kemp, so I’d say you did ok for yourself.

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    The first wave of name drops just happened in my league….

    Drop Clement for Soto?

    Drop CJ Wilson for Jay Bruce?

    Trade Rauch for Krispie?

    Advice please.

    Many thanks.

  37. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Edited to add: Blanks and Headley also available as FAs. And I could use someone to sub in for Borbon while he stinks.

  38. artie says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:
    Still love Bruce above all on that list. Just too talented and too early.

  39. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Are you really ready to jump back on the Bruce train? Will this be the third coming?

  40. MikeE says:
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    So how long should I be patient with Chris Davis? The guy’s been awful so far this year, and I’ve managed to pick up Todd Helton.Should I sit tight for a few more weeks and hope Davis remembers how to hit, or should I cut my losses?

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Grimlock: not that gonzalez isn’t better than either youk or beltre, but what do you do trying to fit gonzo, youk, beltre, and vmart into some combo of 1B/3B/DH a lot of days when vmart doesn’t catch? not that isn’t a bad problem to have, but would gonzo wanna be just a DH? beltre and youk are supposed to be stud defenders so i would assume they’d play the field as much as possible. what about when vmart doesn’t catch, now you are losing those ABs. just seems like they would have trouble getting all their middle of the order bats on the field at once more often than not. as of now, they don’t feel bad about sitting papi a few times a week since he sucks, giving some of his ABs to hermida and some to vmart.

    so yeah, in sum, i just don’t think the red sox are the team to beat for gonzo anymore considering the logjam it’d cause, barring injury to one of the aforementioned players of course.

  42. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: Yes indeedy.

    My only hesitation with Bruce is that he’s very similar to the OFs I already have, e.g. Dunn and Lind. What I need is a Borbon-type, i.e. steals and runs. Rather than actual Borbon, who is daily 0-fer-4s, causing me to wake up every day with a Borbon hangover.

  43. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Aaah, I still remember my last shot of Turkey – throat closed on impact and I could not touch it again.
    Waking up to the Borbon effect is the story of my team this season, hence the philosophy question.

  44. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @fredaycouples: i’ve been toying with the dropping desmond for furcal decision too

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i’d try to drop someone else besides wilso. if he can give you (and me ::crosses fingers::) a few more good starts (he’s got cle tomorrow) then we might be able to swing him in a deal. or he might be ryan dempster and give you solid numbers as a SP. i’d try to find someone else to drop for bruce. but i would try to find a way to pick bruce up.

    i’m still sitting on soto, i wouldn’t drop for clement yet (not like clement is killing it). and i guess rauch for krispie comes down to need and closer situation. if you have extra closers and feel confident they won’t implode then sure, or maybe you could wait a month or 2, let rauch get 20 saves and trade him for more of a sure thing than krispie.

  45. Blue Waffle says:
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    Gotta love the smell of panic and desperation the 2nd week of fantasy…

    Anyways, I have M Rivera and Frasor in a keeper league, what closers besides the $12 salads are worthy of keeper status? Is Street a good buy low?

    Also, I think you should have dynamite scale for closers that could blow their job at any moment.

    Keep on Keeping on

  46. Suck My Wieters says:
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    @Grey and everyone else….

    Would you start Ervin Santana today @NYY???

    Right now I have him riding the pine.

  47. William says:
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    @Grey: Yahoo! is high on alberto callaspo. Do you share their excitement?

    I currently have Ian Desmond and Kelly Johnson at 2B.

  48. Griff says:
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    Is Markakis starting to piss anyone else off, or is it just me?

  49. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d be dropping Clement for Soto… probably should be setting/forgetting.

    My “problem” right now is I have six closers — and no bench slots. What I really need is an open spot so I can grab someone hot to fill in for Borbon.

    C.J. and the ‘Stache is the only droppable guy I have right now. But I agree — it’s kind of dumb to pick him up then drop him before he even throws another game.

  50. Eddy says:
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    @Suck My Wieters:
    I wouldn’t, but Hamels and Lester killed my ERA and WHIP last night so I don’t have much to lose. If you had Wainwright last night though, or someone similar, then you may want to hold off.

    I DO know that even if he does get racked, I’m holding on to him, and Grey has said he’ll give some leniency too since, well, it’s the Yankees.

  51. Back to Minors says:
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    Krispie or Pence?

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: yeah, i mean wilson is worth holding because he’ll get lots of starts v. the A’s and mariners in the AL west. pretty valuable if you have daily lineup changes.

    @Back to Minors: pence

    @Suck My Wieters: i am a believer of ervin being back closer to his 2008 form than 2009 form, but i’m not starting him @nyy.

  53. Tony says:
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    Razzballers:

    am i crazy or are some people panicking like its Dec. 31st, 1999?

    OH MY GOD ITS DAY 8 AND MARKAKIS ISN’T HITTING, OH MY GOD KRISPIE YOUNG IS HOTT, HIM OR PENCE? SHOULD I DROP VERLANDER HE’S BEEN HORRIBLE, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH…. MY TEAM IS GOING TO LOSE! 8 DAYS IN, 144 MORE GAMES IS NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE UP THE HOLE I HAVE DUG FOR MY SELF!!!! aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    calm down people. i will stop now.

  54. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Back to Minors: Do people in your league routinely ask questions like this? If so, where do I sign up to participate in your league?

  55. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:
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    I’ve managed to amass every injured/underperforming player under the sun. Ryan Howard, and Matt Kemp owners…you are on notice as these guys are next in line on my roster to incur serious injury and/or absurd slump.

    Oh, and my only pitchers with a sub 5 ERA are Kevin Slowey and Chad Billingsley.

    Huzzah for sports! Huzzah for fantasy baseball!

  56. Denys says:
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    Wright/Slowey for Figgins/Baker.

    (which side?)

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Denys: do you play in the same league as back to minors? wright/slowey and not even close to the same ballpark.

  58. krum says:
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    I have no idea what to do my team is in tatters, roto league so I’m getting buried. I know it’s too early but GOD DAMN

    SP
    Verlander- bad so far
    Nolsaco- bad so far
    Peavy – atrocious
    Burnett – burnett. good and bad
    buerhle – buerhle
    sheets- bad

    no one has more then 9k

    catcher- montero! yay

    1 of 2 closer- gonzalez …

    of course my offense(OPS not avg league)does consist of utley, tulo, zimmerman, lind, dunn(1b), hawpe, manny, swisher, (beltran dl), etc so it should rebound but i am in last place by 15 pts in a 12 team league. sigh

  59. artie says:
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    @Denys:
    Wright-side…. er Left side… by a huge margin

  60. BKK says:
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    @Tony: Can you tell us how you really feel? Come man, let it out. Can you tell me should I if I should drop Carlos Lee (3/27 with 9K’s) for Jose Guillen (8/28 with 3 HR’s).

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I have Soto and Clement on one team right now waiting for one or the other to sort their shizz out. If I had to dump one, it would be Clement right now.

  61. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:
    Should I drop Verlander for Pavano?

  62. Back to Minors says:
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    let me give all you guys some numbers. Pence avg last 2 years:
    77/25/77/12
    You can’t see Krispie beating those numbers? in a better lineup by FAR…and he’s done it before.
    why is it so lopsided towards Pence?

  63. ichirosan says:
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    Is it time to ditch Napoli for Pierzynski?

  64. Closer Quandary says:
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    Drop Chris Perez for Neftali Feliz?

    If they are thinking of bringing back Kerry Wood early they must not have faith in Perez. Not like you can blame them…….

  65. ichirosan says:
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    @ichirosan: Or any other catcher schmohawk like Yadier Molina, Rod Barajas, Ramón Hernández or Miguel Olivo?

  66. Ben says:
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    @Grey: The real crime is that Jair gets paid the same for that performance as any other. That is the baseball equivalent of a strung out stripper getting the tip of her life for falling off the stage, having a miscarriage, and spilling cocktails onto an angry VIP (all in one concerted, misguided attempt to get both legs around the pole)? Hence the enormous grin.

  67. BSA says:
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    @Tony: So why not take up the philosophy question I posed earlier this morning?

    At the end of the season is it better to have played the averages or ride the hot hand?

    I am not including stable veterans in this conversation….

  68. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: because pence hasn’t shit the bed for the last 2 years. and that’s not even factoring in that in krispie’s “breakout” season (way back in 2007) he still batted sub-.250.

    sure i could see krispie putting up similar numbers to pence, but i think pence is the far safer bet to put up those numbers. furthermore, pence is in his age 27 season and 1 crappy week doesn’t mean he isn’t primed for a good year.

  69. BSA says:
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    @Eddy: In my best Grey text- Nope

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @BSA: because if you keep gambling on the hot hand, you eventually get burned. you grab a guy coming off a hot week just in time to catch the law of averages catch up with him for a 1/25 week. and the guy you dumped for him who is a safer bet to put up solid number then catches fire and goes 12/25 with 4 bombs and 8 RBIs in a week. you dump carlos lee for jose guillen and that’s probably what happens to you.

    if you can perfect grabbing “the hot hand” and perfect dumping “the hot hand” before they get hot and at the perfect moment they start to slump then you need to start your own blog and charge for that shit.

    not to mention, is carlos lee really the most expendable guy on your team? the guy you probably drafted in the 5th-6th round expecting his normal .300-25-100 type numbers and you are ready to dump him after 1 week for jose guillen? you don’t have travis snider buried on your bench that you took as your 25th round flier you could dump? even ian desmond or someone? maybe a 6th closer you could dump instead of hoarding?

  71. BKK says:
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    @Closer Quandary: hurry up before someone else grabs him.

  72. grandysdandy says:
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    is all this carlos lee panicking justified????

  73. Back to Minors says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Young is in his “magical” 27 also. and he followed up the “breakout” season you mentioned with 85/22/85/14 line. Avg doesn’t concern me. we go by OBP, pence career is .336 as opposed to Young .307, both shitty.

  74. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    it’s nice that razzball is picking up in popularity cause grey and rudy and co. do a great job and grey especially always makes me laugh in the morning, but unfortunately i think razzball is starting to pick up the types that send questions into the cbs fantasy guys wondering if it’s time to drop jon lester for gio gonzalez or something

  75. Eddy says:
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    @BSA:
    Lol I know don’t worry. I just wanted to see Tony’s reaction.

  76. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: i trust pence to maintain or exceed his career OBP far more than i do young. why? cause young is a CAREER .236 hitter. he’s gonna have to far exceed his career batting avg to improve his OBP. conversely, pence is a career .286 hitter. once his avg normalizes (and it will), all he needs is a few more walks to have a respectable .350 OBP. in fact, 2008 is the only reason his career OBP isn’t already right at or above .350. young’s BEST single season OBP is .315, or 0.03 points LOWER than pence’s WORST single season OBP.

  77. sean says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I think everyone needs, at this point in the season, to identify 2-3 plays that they can live without. For now, the only droppable players should be your 2-3 expendable guys. Inflexibility leads to missing out on guys like Hill and Zobrist from last year. Hyperflexibility leads to giving up on studs that start slowly.

  78. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: Play the averages. The problem with pop-and-drop (pop in the hot guy, drop him for the next hot guy) is that it tends to lead to overall roster degradation.

    e.g. You start the season with Borbon, your 10th round pick. You drop him for Posednik. You ride him, then drop him for Jose Guillen. Ride him, drop him for Will Venable. Ride him, drop him for Stubbs. Rinse, repeat.

    Assuming you can even manage to hit the crest of each wave, rather than miss it entirely every time (nothing like picking up a guy after two straight donks, only to plug him in for three straight oh-fers), you still wake up in July with a roster full of guys nobody drafted. And nobody wants. That can’t be good.

    Even struggling stars have some trade value as sell-lows. That Guy Who Was Hot for Two Weeks in April doesn’t have any value in June.

    So Tony is right, if overly emphatic. 8 games is a terribly small sample size.

    That said, @Tony: you can forgive people for wanting to jump on this year’s Aaron Hill or Adam Lind, before they’re gone. E.g., on Krispie: He hit .277 last Sept/Oct, with 8 homers. (That’s basically one month, since he had about 20 ABs in Oct.) He’s started hot. It’s not inconceivable that he’s taking a Mini-Donkey-style step forward. If he can manage .265/35/90/25, he’s top-three-round valuable.

    That said, he’s tantalized before, then gone into 0-fer-20 tailspins. Remember last season’s three-homer game? In one stretch last September, Krispie had 6 HRs and 9 RBIs in 7 games. (Sound familiar?) He followed that up with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in his next 14 games. Feast, meet famine.

    You may also remember such lowlights from Krispy ’09 as “Sub-Mendoza May” and “Homerless July.”

    Krispie was picked up and dropped more times than a [BLANK]* in my league last year.

    *Match Game-style fun!

  79. BKK says:
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    @sean: AGREED!!

  80. GTG says:
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    I was just offered Hill, Ethier and Kershaw for Utley… I think I accept even with the downside risk on injured Hill/Ethier and the big question mark hanging over Kershaw’s head.

    I would need to drop Brantley and Bradley to make it work, so I’m not dropping studs in a 3 for 1. And I currently have I.Stewart at UT and can move him into 2B slot.

  81. BSA says:
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    @Eddy: Evil

    @ThePoonTycoon: Just a question – rhetorical and hopefully gets people thinking. I already know how I manage things yet I believe that there are people who believe in one management style and others who do it another and still others who do it with a whiffle ball bat. So…

    Images of Susan Powter come to mind at some of the questions and the necessary responses.

  82. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @sean: hence me saying that surely you have some extra RPs or a flier like snider or s-rod that haven’t looked too good or soemthing. i agree you need to have some flexibility, but you also need to be rational.

  83. Back to Minors says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: sweet!…we can eliminate years when looking at stats? got it. Pence has a .350 career OBP!

  84. Nathan says:
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    @GTG: Really? 2 injurred hitters and an unproven starter who walks a lot of guys for a top 5 stud at a shallow position? Blech. No thanks.

  85. Denys says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @artie: i agree. just going to send this one out, probably won’t get accepted anyway.

  86. Mike says:
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    Frank Francisco and his inflated ERA and WHIP now has more wins on the season than any of my atrocious starting pitchers…

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i really think the issue is dropping a guy like pence for a flier-of-the-week guy. if pence is your most expendable player, then you play is a seriously shallow league or play in a league with no bench spots whatsoever. i have no problem dropping travis snider or s-rod for krispie (i tried in my leagues). that’s the guys you drop for your waiver wire fliers, not guys you have given you proven production and are still only 27.

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: you missed the whole point dumb fuck. seriously, pence’s worst single season obp is 0.03 points better than young’s best single season obp. sure young COULD outproduce pence and COULD have a higher obp than pence and COULD take a giant leap forward, but i’m gonna need to see more than 1 week of stats from both guys to believe it.

    that’s not even getting into the fact you have to have someone more expendable on your roster than pence.

  89. chris says:
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    read the colby lewis projections from the other websites, who do you see having the better year, lewis or cj wilson?

  90. Denys says:
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    what about Phillips/Baker for Wright/Slowey?

  91. GTG says:
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    @Nathan: My “upside” brain is screaming grab Kershaw’s 200+ strikeouts and Ethier’s 90 RBI and maybe Hill will come back and still go 30-100. My “razzball” brain is laughing at my “upside” brain. This could be a huge trade in my favor if things worked.

  92. royce! says:
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    Re: Vlad’s motorized scooter- I totally was thinking of making the same joke yesterday but I couldn’t think of the word “rascal” and I really wanted to use “rascal” instead of “motorized scooter.” I even googled “motorized scooter” but gave up when rascal didn’t come up in the first few hits. I had to split to watch the Padres score 1/4 of their projected total runs this year. Sorry to the Jar Jar (and Jo Jo) owners out there!

  93. sean says:
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    @Back to Minors: Asking for free help and then being a sarcastic prick when you get an answer you don’t want to hear is not good form around here…

  94. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: to be fair, i’ll say let’s disregard young’s worst obp (.295 in 2007) and pence’s worst (.318 in 2008). young still has a career obp of .313, while pence’s is .353.

    basically, you have no statistical data backing you dropping pence for young. you can take a hope and a prayer, but if fantasy baseball championship were won on what a guy could do if he meets his max potential then we might as well hold the draft and award a trophy and not worry about the actual season.

  95. Back to Minors says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: thanks for nickname. I guess i just don’t this the huge expected leap for Pence, not so much more than Young. Other than Grey expects 30hr and 100 rbi from Pence. If he does that…wow i’m wrong.

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @GTG: it’s a tempting offer, but i’m wary of kershaw’s ability to last 5+ innings still. his 1st start didn’t exactly show a step in the right direction. who would you be benching so that you can start ethier? i am not sure hill goes 30-100, probably more like 20-80 which is respectable, but not great.

  97. MindiCohn says:
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    5 x 5 roto,10 team league.

    being offered Kubel for my Figgins.

    My offense:
    McCann
    Votto
    Zobrist
    Furcal
    Stewart
    Braun,B.Upton,Pence
    Util- Konerko and FRagu
    Bench – Bruce,Figgins,Reimold

    Also, should i drop Reimold to try and pick back up up Frank Frank (I dropped him bc he kind of sucks)…

    Thx

  98. Matt B says:
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    @Back to Minors: You have approx. 4000 PA to show that Pence is 30 points above Krispie in the OBP department. Where is Young going to make up that difference in other stats?

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Thanks!

    @Tom Reale: Ha!

    @Grimlock: Yeah, makes sense.

    @Malacoda: Ha!

    @chris partlow: McCoy should be pretty overmatched, but if he starts stealing, then there’s that. Eh on Bonderman.

    @Dom: I’d take Upton.

    @Eddy: I really want to say lose Ervin for him, but Ervin has a bit more upside so hold tight for now.

    @The Cino: Lose Gio and Leake.

    @cnote: Kennedy and Pods.

    @William: Nope

    @Martin: SAGNOF!

    @Dingo: Thanks!

    @BSA: Depends on the league, team and position you’re playing the hot hand with.

    @fredaycouples: You can move to Furcal, but I’d hold on Robot.

    @Euroalien: Lose Sizemore.

    @Grady Got Back: Eh

    @timSTi: Hold for now.

    @Scott: Johnson if he’s not playing for you.

    @James: Thanks!

    @MikeE: Hold for a little bit.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d want Soto, Bruce and Rauch or Young, depend on team need…

    @Blue Waffle: Depends what you’re getting Street for.

    @William: Eh re: Callapso.

    @Suck My Wieters: Nope

    @krum: Verlander had around a 6 ERA last April and you drafted him this year so he must’ve been good the rest of the year.

    @ichirosan: Sure

    @Closer Quandary: I’d prefer Feliz, but I’d hate to drop Perez.

    @Ben: Wow..

    @chris: Wilson

    @GTG: I think you gotta take it.

    @Denys: Wright side.

    @royce!: Hehe

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MindiCohn: I’d want Figgins and Frank-Frank.

  101. Back to Minors says:
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    @sean: thanks for the “blog commenting etiquette”. I know there’s no sarcasm around here.

  102. tony b. says:
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    @Grey:

    Anyone else believe in the post-hype? Should I drop anyone from my team. I’m thinking Hideki Matsui, but man, I really like him to produce this year and not get worn down since he is mainly DH’ing…

    C: Doumit
    1B: Miguel Cabrera
    2B: Ian Stewart
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Ben Zobrist
    OF: Carlos Quentin
    OF: Andrew McCutchen
    OF: Jay Bruce
    UTL: Pablo Sandoval
    UTL: Kevin Youkilis
    BN: Hideki Matsui (4 appearances away from OF eligibility)
    BN: Kyle Blanks
    BN: Yunel Escobar

  103. tony b. says:
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    @Grey: Oops, I’m of course refering to adding Krispie Young…

  104. Denys says:
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    @tony b.: I’d still trade Matsui halfway through, if he’s having a good season. I just don’t see him lasting all the way until Sept, DH be damned.

  105. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey and everyone…

    Matt Cain or Josh Beckett?

  106. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: i guess i just don’t see the reason for expecting young to jump forward like you think. as baron pointed out, he has had weeks like this before, even back last season. pence’s pretty much has established a baseline level of production around .275-25-75-10. krispie is a better pure athlete and could probably outproduce pence if they both maxed out their potential. however, young still hasn’t shown me he’s capable of providing any consistency whatsoever, nor maintain a batting avg north of .250 or an OBP north of .315 over a full season.

  107. sean says:
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    @Back to Minors: FYI, punctuation marks go inside of quotation marks. Improved grammar could only help your smug sense of self assurance…

  108. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @tony b.: I don’t see anyone droppable here fore Krispie except Matsui.

  109. sean says:
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    FWIW, Garcia’s win for the Cards on Saturday was their first win by a lefty starter since Mulder in 2006. Wow.

  110. MindiCohn says:
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    Thanks Grey…next one, would you trade Carpentar for Beckham? My SPs – Sabathia,Haren,Nabisco,Price,Liriano,Cueto and Sheets? Carpentar was a 17th rd keeper this year and 15th next year…

  111. sean says:
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    @tony b.: ditch Yunel

  112. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Some days when the pre-Grey morning comments approach 100 and are full of WHO SHOULD I DROP AAAHHHHH sturm und drang, it feels like Dad just woke up and is coming downstairs to tell the kids to simmer down.

  113. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Back to Minors: One other way to evaluate this decision is: A week or so ago, you drafted Pence… where? 9th round? 10th round? And where was Krispie drafted? 21st round? Maybe? (That’s where he went in my league.)

    And: Does one week worth of stats change those valuations that dramatically?

    I don’t see Krispie so vastly outperforming Pence that it’s worth throwing Pence overboard. And trust me — I hate Pence.

  114. Back to Minors says:
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    @sean: “thanks”.

  115. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Can’t believe you’re defending Hamels when talking about the opposing pitcher getting a hit off him in a clutch situation.

  116. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    No shout out for Blanks!!!???

  117. Back to Minors says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: true and i agree. just thinking if i can swing a trade to get rid of Pence and replace him with Krispie…not much of a drop off (to me anyway). OBP is of LEAST importance to me.

  118. tony b. says:
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    @sean: Don’t wanna ditch Yunel. I like my little middle infield thing I have going with Zobrist eligible at 2B and SS, Stewart at 2B and 3B, and Yunel for SS. I expect 15 HR .300 80RBI from Yunel this year despite the slow start. I like having that little bit of depth with players who can’t really be a detriment to my offense in the long run.

  119. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Back to Minors: well that’s different than saying “pence of krispie”. if you can swing pence for a valuable piece and plug in krispie, then yeah see what kinda deals you could get. but i would have a back up option for krispie, whereas with pence i would feel more comfortable without a backup and knowing about what numbers i could expect from him.

    that said, you are trading pence at the worst time possible. wait till he gets hot then trade him. by then krispie might have cooled off and not seem so appealing either.

  120. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    **pence or krispie

  121. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Back to Minors: Yes, but beware of mentally subbing in what someone might do for what someone else already does.

    Player A: 76/25/77/14
    Player B: 54/14/52/11

    You see where this is going. And if Pence was hitting .420 right now, not .120, we’re not even having this conversation.

  122. @Baron Von VultureWin: Hehe You summed up my feelings precisely. “WAHHHH I have to drop Mark Texiera, he’s terrible!!!” If one of you knuckledheads are in a money league, please send me an invite…

    @RollieFingersMyAsh: WOOT WOOT Blank man commeth!

    @Grey: I may be that sad Hill owner but it’s just a tweaked hammy. He’ll be back and he’ll hit. I didn’t keep him for a 21st rounder expecting 35 HR. 20/90 would do me fine in my 2B slot.

    I save my snark for Jair Jurrjens owners who said, “nahhh his shoulder’s fine,” and paid premium price.

  123. Dingo says:
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    Anyone care to rank the following pitchers in terms of enticingness?

    Mat Latos
    Ian Kennedy
    Justin Masterson
    Jaime Garcia

  124. charlie batch says:
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    amazing headline grey

  125. sean says:
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    @Dingo: Latos is probably the only exciting name of the group, but all of them could prove to be serviceable, or better, fantasy options this year. I’ve got Garcia on a couple of teams. Masterson is underrated.

    Latos, Masterson, Garcia, Kennedy

  126. Mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey Cameron or hart in a 12 team h2h?

  127. wily mo says:
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    @Dingo: i’ll second sean’s ranking of latos masterson garcia kennedy. but it’s basically a tie. i like all four guys. i have several teams right now where i’m holding two of them and watching two on the wire and it’s driving me crazy, wanting all four but not having room, hoping i don’t have the wrong ones… such is pitchers.

  128. I got a feeling Kershaw is gonna get roughed up again today.

  129. Howard says:
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    I’m thinking of punting Jerjens just for the grin alone!
    Some replacement candidates: Niemann, Santana, Duchs, Zito, Marcum, Braden. Or maybe hold and hope he wipes that smirk off?

  130. Eddy says:
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    @sean:
    That’s one of the most mind blowing facts I’ve read in a while

  131. BKK says:
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    @anyone who cares: with my ERA at 5.68 and my WHIP at 1.58, I am going to close my eyes, say a prayer and roll the big E-Santana out against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium.

    Wish me Godspeed.

  132. Jobu's Rum says:
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    @wily mo: I have the same problem. Sitting on Latos but eyeballing Kennedy and Leake. Based on the scientific polling in these comments, it looks like I’ll be riding Latos.

    I’m also intrigued by Brignac. In yahoo, he will have SS/2B eligibilty if the Rays give him the job at 2nd. I love those flexible MI guys.

  133. Howard says:
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    @BKK Oye como va!

  134. Howard says:
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    While we’re on the Pence subject, would you deal Ibanez for Pence?

  135. Eddy says:
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    @BKK:
    Don’t worry, I’m on the same boat. Hamels and Lester gave me an ERA of 6+ and a 1.80+ WHIP yesterday, so not only am I shipping Santana out there, I have Kershaw and Kennedy facing each other too. It’s make or break time baby.

  136. charlie batch says:
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    please put these pitchers in order: gio, leake, duchscherer. I have Gio and other fodder i can drop for both leake and duch if theyre highest rated

  137. Nathan says:
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    @Eddy: Of course, because fantasy seasons are always made or broken in the 2nd week of April :-)

    Good luck!

  138. drew says:
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    someone in my league dropped jay bruce the other day. should i ditch bj upton for him?

  139. Tony says:
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    @Howard: I own pence in one league and Ibanez & pence in my RCL…. i’d deal my ibanez for pence, not my pence for ibanez…. make sense? Raul’s already had a little injury, he’s getting older, a DL stint, or DTD situation is inevitable i think…..

  140. Tony says:
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    @drew: I QUIT

  141. Eddy says:
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    @Nathan:
    Sorry, I neglected to mention it’s a H2H league! Luckily, the opponent had JarJar last night, so I MAY have a chance at still winning ERA and WHIP!

  142. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:
    Ha!

  143. charlie batch says:
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    @drew: never ditch bj upton

  144. @Dingo: I rank Kennedy above Latos in a redraft league. Latos’ innings will be nursed this season and I expect him to be skipped a time or two on weeks when they have a day off. The Pads aren’t going anywhere and have no reason to push the kid.

    Kennedy may be less sexy, but barring injury, he should be good for a full season. Gotta love his MiLB K/BB ratios!

    Garcia’s interesting. If Dave Duncan can harness his talent and Garcia improves his command a bit, he can be a real sleeper.

  145. Tom Reale says:
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    @Tony: I just dropped Tex for Garret Jones…good move?

  146. @Tom Reale:

    Totally, you can even play him in the OF, unlike Tex.

  147. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howard: I like Duchscherer, but you shouldn’t drop Jurrjens. Just sell him low if you have to.

    @BKK: Godspeed

    @Howard: It’s close to a push, but sure since Pence has more upside.

    @charlie batch: Duchscherer, Gio…

  148. @3fingersbrown:

    Im kinda a Homer but, I get the feeling the Dbacks will score a lot of runs this year, looks like a top 5 NL offense so if you want wins, Kennedy should win more than Latos.

  149. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    What are everyone’s thoughts on Carlos Santana? Any idea when he might be called up? What kind of impact does he have when he does?

  150. Tony says:
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    @Tom Reale: great move he’s on pace for what 260 HR’s? play the #’s tom!

    @Yo Soy No Bueno: i need to get to cbus to see him play before he goes up!

  151. AdamPS says:
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    What should I do with Hunter Pence? I feel like he has too much potential to just drop, but I could use some help with steals and Scotty Pods is still floating out in waiver wire land.

  152. Rabbit says:
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    So I punted 3B at our auction draft and ended up with Kouzmanoff as my 3B (got Teix and Fielder at 1B and CI — hey, it’s one strategy). Anyway, Kouz has been serviceable s far but I don’t really trust him–D. Freeze and Rolen are available on our waiver wire; should I sub in one of those two for Kouz?

  153. Tom Reale says:
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    @Tony: you started DLR right?
    @Elijah: Haha….that’s what I was thinking…you’re in my head.

  154. @Elijah: My thinking too. He’ll go deeper into games, providing more opportunities to win behind that nice offense.

  155. Scotty Pods already has a SB today….I want that speed, but there’s no one I’m willing to drop. Stubbs is my last hitter and I want to keep him. Colby Lewis is my last pitcher and I want to see one more start before I decide on him.

    ARRGHGH.

  156. nick m. says:
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    H2H – Podsednik or Pierre?

  157. @Jobu’s Rum: I find Brignac interesting too. I got him in a deep league last night with hopes of him earning a job. Dropped the always injured, but never DLed Luis Casillo for him.

  158. @Nick M: Are you the Nick M in my league? ANIMAL HOUSE? If so take Pod over Pierre. If not take Pierre over Pod.

  159. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    @nick m.: Pierre for me

  160. BKK says:
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    @Tom Reale: @Elijah: @Tony: Stop it, you guys are making my side hurt.

  161. Grey

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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: June call up, more or less what you saw last year from Wieters.

    @AdamPS: You should own Pods for speed, not at the expense of Pence.

    @Rabbit: Stick with Kouz.

  162. Mike says:
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    drop Jonathan Sanchez for Brad Penny/Justin Duchsherer?

  163. jj says:
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    My prediction Kendrick bat .330 over 550 ABs but only scores 50 runs, with Mathis and Wood batting behind him.

    I don’t care what anybody says Scoscia is overrated.

    I think he has stunted the growth of many of their top prospects.

  164. Grey

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    @Mike: I’d want Sanchez.

    @jj: He has, agreed.

  165. B.J. says:
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    One of my league mates must be crazy. He dropped Javy Vazquez last night for Bronson Arroyo. I mean I’m always one to overreact but this is over the line, no?

  166. Sal says:
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    Whats the hype on this Adeinis Hechavarria cat?

    early reports are that Rollins has a type 2 calf strain which usually leads to the 15 day…

  167. Dom says:
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    Thanks Grey. BTW, the number of comments appear to be up over last year, congrats and keep up the good work! Hopefully the daiquiries are rolling in.

    Another question, in a mixed league that only starts one catcher. I have Napoli and Montero, do I drop Montero for Clement? Do I start Clement over Napoli.

  168. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I still think Hill is the real deal, anyway……some guy dropped Bruce in one of my leagues, of:Stewart, Borbon,or Wells, who whould be they guy(if any) to drop in order to snag him?

  169. Tony says:
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    @Tom Reale: rolled him out last week…. benched dirty….. good play by me

  170. William says:
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    @Everyone – What’s the general assessment with Alfonso Soriano so far.

    I made a comment yesterday but nobody replied to it. I was saying how Grey ranked Soriano within the Top 100 for 2010 and wanted to know if he’d rank him lower now.

    I used my #2 waiver priority on him when he was dropped in my league. I dropped Sean Rodriguez, so I still think I came out ahead anyway.

  171. Grey

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    @B.J.: Yeah, that’s crazy.

    @Sal: He’s a Alfonso Soriano type. Power and speed. At least a year away would be my guess.

    @Dom: Thanks! Clement over Napoli.

    @Doug Ault: Lose Wells for him.

    @William: It’s still early. He can still hit 25 homers and steal a few bases. Obviously less than he used to.

    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.*****

  172. Boyle says:
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    Any word on how bad Kinsler’s Injury is?

    I was just offered Ian Kinsler for Jon Rauch.

    I do already have B-Phillips and Ian Stewart at 2b, and CI/MI.

    But I think I have to pull the trigger. I have R. Franklin, O. Dotel, N. Feliz, Madson currently.

    Sounds Like I can make this move? Anyone object????

  173. Grey

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    @Boyle: I’d want Kinsler over Rauch.

    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.*****

  174. William says:
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    I’d want to play in the same league as @Boyle

  175. Boyle says:
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    @William:

    Seriously!!! To make more sense of it….the other guy has Utley and Uggla at 2b…but..Kinsler!!!

    F ya!!!

  176. Dingo says:
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    @sean: @Grey: @wily mo: @3fingersbrown: Thanks! My league counts K/BB, so that makes Kennedy particularly intriguing for me.

  177. Matt says:
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    Ervin Santana today–5.2 IP, 5 ER, 13 base runners, 7 K–KAGNOF?

  178. Bostonbeerman says:
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    Grey,

    Has your parachute opened on Ervin Santana yet. I benched him today waiting to see what he did with the yanks. Ks looked nice, but my league has a k/bb ratio and those walks would kill me.

    Do you like Harang or Pavano to replace him?

    Thanks,
    Bostonbeerman

  179. DanThePoorMetFan says:
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    Im in a 20 team Yahoo Dynasty league and Ryan Raburn was has just dropped to the waivers. I am 16th on the waiver priority list.

    Do I take a chance with a claim or wait and hope he clears waivers and hope I get up early enough to snap if and when he clears waivers?

    Or do I leave him alone?

  180. Grey

    Grey says:
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  181. EEEKK says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any thoughts on Nolasco’s performance yesterday?

  182. Falcon says:
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    I have to vent about this…

    I joined a buddy’s league, and he opened it up to some randoms at the last minute to get 10 managers in there.

    One of those randoms just released all of the below players, and I think he doesnt even understand why its ridiculous:

    Brandon Phillips
    Jayson Werth
    Adam Lind
    Kendry Morales

    He did all of that to clear roster room for Hall of Famers like Kelly Johnson, Carl Pavano, Dallas Braden and Scott Posednik.

    I ended up snagging all of those guys except Werth. I feel like I should be more excited, but I ended up feeling like a part of me just died.

  183. Eddie says:
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    Maicer Izturis was just dropped. How long before the Angels bench Wood and give Izturis regular AB’s at 3B?

  184. Mark says:
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    Is Headly worth dropping Juan Rivera or Travis Hafner to pick up in a league that only allows 25 roster moves per season?

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