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Someone’s getting comped at the Tampa Airport Hooters!  Matt Garza threw the Rays first no-hitter yesterday.  He hypnotized the Tigers with the Garza Strip on his chin.  With all due respect to Ernie Harwell, the EH on the Tigers uniform could easily refer to the lineup without Ordonez and Guillen.  If there’s one guy you want to face with a no-hitter on the line, it’s Don Kelly…  And Gerald Laird… And Ramon Santiago.   Garza always had nasty stuff but – even this year – you never know what you’re going to get with him.  He gave up 7 ER in 1 1/3 @ FLA.  He gave up 7 ERs in 6 IP against Baltimore.  His WHIP was 1.32 going into the game and he hasn’t had to face the Yanks yet.  So we love us some Garza, but this no-hitter doesn’t change his value.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dan Haren – Left the game after a comebacker meant for Joe Saunders hit his right forearm.  The Angels are saying it’s a contusion and he’ll be reexamined today.  It sounds like he’ll miss one start, at the worst.  Or wurst, if you’re German.

Jason Hammel – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  With a 3.18 home ERA in Coors and a near-6 ERA on the road, Hammel continues to be your fantasy team cup check.  Do you have the cojones to start him only at home when everything you’ve ever been taught tells you to avoid Coors?

Zack Greinke – 4 IP, 8 ER vs. the Twins was a start only Velma Dinkley (Greinkes!) could love.  Is he trying to make Brian Bannister look better?  I wonder if Greinke would pitch better if his team was in the heat of a pennant race instead of a race for the top draft pick.

Corey Hart – Hasn’t played since jamming his wrist on Friday night.  He might want to consider returning to only jamming on 80′s pop rock.

Rickie Weeks – 1-for-4 with his 21st homer.  In the last ten games, he has 6 homers in only 11 hits.  Well, someone had to step in for Hart.

Randy Wolf – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Reds as everyone, except Jonny Gomes (3 hits) forgot they were facing Randy Wolf.  Maybe he confused them by wearing a sheep costume.  Just proof that if you can give up 10 less earned runs from your previous start, you’ve got a great chance at a win.

Bronson Arroyo – 8 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He wasn’t out pitched, guys and three girls.  He was out hustled!  That’s not true, he was out pitched.  But it was still a solid start for a guy with good historical 2nd half numbers.

Jimmy Rollins – Has a left foot contusion but the x-rays were negative, which is oddly a positive.  You figure that one out, call me!  He might miss a day or three to recover.  Oh, Jimmy, age isn’t being kind to you, is it?  Lucky you’re not Latin or you’d be 45 years old.

Brad Lidge – Is there a more exciting closer in the game than Brad Lidge?  You know how hard it is to give up 5 baserunners in an inning and still get a save?  That’s more baserunners than the kid in Rookie of the Year gave up after he lost his fastball.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Began his minor league assignment and should return in about a week or so.  Get him back in your lineups!  …In about a week or so.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  He said he just imagined Tony Pena was pitching and boom!  Ortiz hit 4 homers in July with a .253 average.  In June, 6 homers and a .238 average.  Are you in love with the production or the name value?

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Looks like he shook off the rust that plagued his last start.  BTW, I always find it weird how I don’t know the top five rankings for stats anymore.  For instance, Buchholz is ranked 2nd in the AL in ERA.  I feel like I used to know these things when I read an actual paper.

Adam Lind – 3-for-4 with his 14th homer.  Aaron Hill went 2-for-4 with his 14th homer.  Wait, I know this one!  The 2009 Blue Jays, right?  Great impression!  But why is 2009 Ben Zobrist on their team?  Oh, wait, that’s Jose Bautista.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-3 with his 3rd homer in two days.  About flippin’ time.

Luke Scott – He took the momentum of appearing in Friday’s Buy/Sell and ran with it.  Now has 5 homers in the last week.  You know what to do.

Geovany Soto – Left the game after fouling a ball off his left foot.  Nobody likes to see that.  Except Piniella.  It’s Koyie Hill time!  Soto should be back by Wednesday.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-4 with a steal.  How did your short schedule pickup do yesterday?

Mike Stanton – 2-for-4 with his 8th homer.  I don’t know why I have this feeling, but I bet Bill James’ 2011 projections for Stanton are going to be Unabomber-crazy.  I’m guessing he puts him down for 36 homers and 12 steals.

Joe Mauer – The Twins went all Rebel Yell on the Royals, putting up 19 runs as the bench cried, “We want Mauer, Mauer, Mauer.”  Mauer’s 5-for-5, HR, 3 Runs, 7 RBI is a pretty good line.  Ten more of those games and his fantasy owners might not be dancing with themselves in last place.

Jim Thome – 0-for-3 as the Twins scored booku runs.  Ticker tease!

Danny Valencia – 4-for-4, 4 Runs, 4 RBIs, his first homer and a walk.  In 2009, Valencia hit only 7 homers in Triple-A in 282 plate appearances while walking 8 times.  So a home run is rare, a walk is even rarer (or raw, I guess).  Oddly enough, he has 8 walks vs. 10 Ks so far in 85 ABs for the Twins.  I’m guessing major league pitchers don’t know to not throw him a strike.  He’s 10 for his last 14 and crazy hot right now.  It won’t be a long term pickup, but I could see grabbing him in AL-Only and deep mixed leagues.

John Danks – Got his 11th win with an 8 IP, 7 baserunner, 2 K game that’s impressive until you see that it’s against the Mariners.  They only have one starter other than Ichiro with a batting average above .250 and it’s Jack Wilson (.256).  Where are you, Richie Zisk?

Matt Wieters – A 2 HR day!  The last time he flashed that much power was the entire month of June combined.  Someone is getting jealous at all of the Buster Posey love.  Vegas still has Ring Around The Buster Poseys as a 3-1 favorite for 2011 young catcher punned fantasy team names over Oscar Mayer Wieters, Oye Como Santana, You Don’t Bring Me Tyler Flowers or Jesus Montero Superstar.

  1. Earl Battey says:
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    Yesterday I put all 99 of my FAB dollars (out of 100) on Dan Haren in a 12 team AL-only h2h league. The claim won’t go through until tomorrow. I’m wondering if I should let it ride, reduce the bid (maybe other owners will be spooked by the injury?), or cancel it entirely and hope that someone else of consequence heads to the AL at the deadline. Hopefully I’ll get some news out of Anaheim today. Your thoughts?

  2. Aaron says:
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    @Earl Battey:
    Seems reasonable.
    Werth to Tampa Bay and Dunn to ChiSox are the only major rumors for players moving to the AL.
    Derrick Lee, Jorge Cantu, and Adam LaRoche may also change leagues.

  3. barker says:
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    got choo and latos on the dl in a 12 team league

    drop fuentes zito robot jones beckham

    other P lincecum garza liriano kershaw volquez
    other RP soriano lindstrom axford dotel

  4. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    I still have Scott riding the DL from his stint there and have missed out on his homer-crazy week.

    No more!

    I need to drop someone to bring Scott off the DL. Who should I drop? Yes I have 2 catchers. Thought I could trade one but people are perfectly happy carrying Yadier Molina and the like. *shrug*

    Boesch
    BJ Upton
    Gomes
    Colvin
    Pence
    Pagan
    Olivo
    Montero

    Also have the following starters slated for today. Must start for all of them, right?

    Romero vs. Baltimore
    De La Rosa vs. Pirates
    Volquez @ Milwaukee

  5. schlitz says:
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    Sonofanohitbench!!

  6. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Pick 2 of the following for the rest of the year to fill the 2B and 2B/SS slots.

    S-Rod, Flopez, AlCallaspo, Brignac

  7. big o says:
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    “… meant for joe saunders …”
    funny line !

  8. Jangles says:
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    I would like to nominate the Listerine ad on this site as the most annoying one on the internet. Not to mention the pop up sound nearly got me fired. Don’t they know fantasy geeks don’t brush their teeth, let alone rinse?

    Besides that, another great column!

  9. Jangles says:
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    Dear Lord now there are Summers Eve ads on both sides of the column!!! Is it April Fools day? Am I trapped in some alternate reality where chicks playb fantasy sports and men watch reality shows about wedding dress shopping?

  10. Felix and A-Ram for Prince Fielder and Youk? Which side do you like?

  11. Jordan73 says:
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    @TheEvilEmpire: IMO, I’d drop Boesch. Since the ASB, he’s been struggling mightily, and with the Tigers’ injuries, I think it’ll make it worse on him.

  12. Mr2Bits says:
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    Glad to see that Span decides to get the shits the two days the Twins plate 29 runs. Couple that with Dickey pulling his ass and costing me QS, the baseball Gods are after me for sure.

  13. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @ Grey: Am I over-managing if I bench Jose Reyes today against Adam Wainwright in favor of Alexei Ramirez against Ryan Rowland-Smith? This just seems crazy and smart all at the same time.

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i’d take the prince/youk side pretty easily there, unless you are desperately in need of pitching

  15. re Buchholz: Funny and so true. I have no idea who’s tops in what anymore. Nor do I know the RL standings like I used to when I read the paper.

    Anyone I trade is cursed by injury as soon as I move them: Wood and Kinsler last season (duh, of course they’re time bombs). Weiters and Hart this year. Watch out Posey owners!

    @ron mexico’s papi: Both crazy and smart as a fox! I would play Reyes if I had him, but fortunately I don’t have to make that decision. I’ll be making sweet sweet step-sister love tonight with Waino and his nightmarish hook. I think Beltran has PTSD from that curve.

    On a side note, it’s good to see Abdullah The Butcher still using foreign objects:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/sports/26wrestler.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

  16. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Wow….the Rays whipped up on the Detroit Mudhens last night. Color me unimpressed. Sherzer was matching Garza and even looking better b/c of the K’s but barely missed a few in that 5th inning. Then fat Laird gets a catcher interference call on Crawford. Crawford’s probably one of the many batters who walk up, erase the back line of the batters box, then place that back foot about 6 inches behind the legal area. Whatever. Bitter Tiger fan here. Sherzer backed himself into a corner against Joyce. At least ESPN didn’t have Joe Morgan on so we didn’t have to hear him tell us that Joyce was “Sitting dead red” on a fastball in that at bat 20 times. Eff!

  17. Sos says:
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    What say you rest of the year? Victorino or Pods?

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: “Crawford’s one of the many batters (including many tigers, in last night’s game too!) who walk up, erase the back line of the batters box, then place that back foot about 6 inches behind the legal area.”

    corrected that for you

  19. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Frank Rizzo:

    Be unimpressed all you wan’t but you still got no-hit and your still a major league squad that has been putting up runs lately. Sure Garza has been up and down but his track record shows he was due for one of these at some point.

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    guillen says jenks is still his closer,no surprise here,he is nuts

  21. @ThePoonTycoon: I’d be getting Prince/Youk. And we like this better than just Prince for Felix straight up, yes? No one scared of a second-half Youk swoon?

  22. Justin says:
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    which side in a keeper where QS and L count along with the normal cats.
    16 teams, h2h

    A: Lester, Niese
    B: Verlander/Beckett

    which side do you like?

  23. Wah says:
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    I’m interested in everyone’s opinion of the following for the rest of the year:

    Markakis
    Byrd
    Bruce
    Manny Ramirez
    Lind

    I’m looking for a rank from 1-5 based on how much value they’ll have through the rest of the season.

    Thanks!

  24. Despite it being a non-keeper year, in two separate deals would you consider grabbing both Wieters for Montero and Bruce for Spartacus? Or is it a why bother…Catcher – leave it alone & Outfielder – go with the underperforming guy with the better nickname.

    & @3FingersBrown: Thanks for the AtB update. Never forget him eating the interviewer’s tie.

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: youk hasn’t swooned the last 2 years. i specifically checked that cause i was thinking about making an offer for youk in a league and people on here were talking about a 2nd half swoon.

    2009:
    1st half: 74 games, .298 avg, 16 HR, 53 RBI, .419 OBP
    2nd half: 62 games, .314 avg, 11 HR, 41 RBI, .406 OBP

    2008:
    1st half: 88 games, .314 avg, 15 HR, 63 RBI, .381 OBP
    2nd half: 57 games, .310 avg, 14 HR, 52 RBI, .403 OBP

    so yeah, i wouldn’t worry about youk in the 2nd half. i mean in 2007 he had a poor 2nd half, but it’s not exactly a trend.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: lind, byrd, bruce, manny, markakis

    lind is showing signs of life and has a lot of power upside.

    bruce is seriously slumping and hasn’t hit a HR in forever, just after i traded for him expecting a big breakout 2nd half. oh well maybe that means i can get him cheap next year.

    manny would probably rank 2nd if he wasn’t currently DL’ed and expected out another 2 weeks or so.

    markakis is empty avg these days with that O’s lineup.

  27. mr baseball says:
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    The reigning NL Rookie of the Year’s injury was revealed in an MRI Monday. He was hurt while delivering a pie in the face to teammate Wes Helms – Coghlan tears meniscus doing pie to face –

    WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST PIE TO HIT SOMEONE IN THE FACE WITH?

    Banana cream pie -
    Peach cobbler -
    Lemon meringue pie -
    Scalding hot pie -
    Rhubarb pie -
    Apple pie -
    Pizza pie -
    Poontang pie -
    Shoo fly pie -
    Cow pie -
    Poopberry Pie -
    Cement Pie -
    Pumpkin Pie -
    Shepherd’s Pie -

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mr baseball: how do athletes who are supposedly in better shape than 99% of americans manage to injure themselves doing the most mundane shit?

    seems like every year there are 5-10 injuries to athletes for throwing a pie at their teammate or playing guitar hero or some other random everyday activity that 99% of americans who aren’t in shape can do without hurting themselves, yet guys supposedly in the best shape go out for the season doing it?

  29. papasmurf says:
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    That’s a lot of up and coming good hitting catchers!

    As manly a name as “Buster Posey” is, it is a great contrast to “Tyler Flowers.” Or after hitting a homer, you can bust a pose, then tie her some flowers.

  30. anon says:
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    I’m trying to do as Grey suggested and trade some areas of strength for areas of need.. I’m looking to dump Phillips and his runs (heh) for a pitcher. I’m going to offer him for all the big guns, but are people at all worried about Ubaldo? Dude has been getting rolled lately. Phillips for Ubaldo a fair trade?

  31. mr baseball says:
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    I figured out why Jose Bautista is having such a good year – he is abusing flaxseed oil

  32. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m interested in everyone’s thoughts here. While Carlos Santana seems to be paying more attention to his guitar than his bat, I’m wondering if you guys and three girls think I should drop him while he’s chilly and pickup either Suzuki or Weiters? Grey said “no” on Weiters last night, but I didn’t ask about Suzuki.

    This is in an 8 Team H2H Keeper, but only a few of us are psychotic fantasy guys and continuously pickup/drop people. So I’m not too worried about anyone picking him up. Plus, in an 8 team Keeper (where we keep 5, there’s no way in hell I was keeping him anyway).

  33. Eddie says:
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    Don’t judge. Alex Gordon or Chris Davis as a deep league bench option?

  34. Wilsonian says:
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    Also, my cousin, CJ, or Maximus Scherzer for the rest of the year?

  35. How do you come up w/ these titles? You’re gifted. :-)

    Anyway, I have five slots and four guys to play. A bit worried about all these aces today. Whom would you sit?

    Below are the batters, the pitchers they are facing and the BVP OPS.

    Gaby Sanchez, Fla 1B @SF 10:15 PM (Cain) 0/3 .000
    Hunter Pence, Hou OF ChC 8:05 PM (Lilly) 5/26 .462
    Jose Tabata, Pit OF @Col 8:40 PM (De La Rosa)
    Alex Gordon, KC 3B Min 8:10 PM (Pavano) 3/15 .850
    Drew Stubbs, Cin OF @Mil 8:10 PM (Gallardo)

    I am leaning towards sitting Stubbs because he’s struggling and Gallardo scares me the most of the five. But maybe I’ll sit Gaby since Stubbs gives me SB potential.

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @anon: i’d think that’s fair. i don’t think ubaldo is losing velocity, it’s just standard normalization of his numbers. guys who go off for streaks like he did in april/may are bound to have a poor month or 2 and balance out for a good season on the whole. that’s how baseball works, guys get hot and get cold, but at the end of the year, guys are often very close to where you expected them to be. ubaldo will probably end up with 20-22 Ws, 200 Ks, and an era around 3.00.

  37. Anonymous says:
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    @anyone.

    I own both Miguel Montero and Mr. Oscar Mayer Wieters in a dynasty league, but really would rather not own two catchers (unless you’re talking two catchers with upside). Who would you rather have for this year and then years beyond?

  38. Jah says:
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    I took a chance last night in my H2H points league, and it worked out. I racked up four Wins’s last night with Morrow, Nolasco, Liriano and Vasquez. I can only pick four more starts for the rest of the week out of the following:

    Josh Johnson @ SF tonight
    Josh Johnson @ SD sunday
    Liriano V. SEA saturday
    Ubaldo Jimenez V PIT thursday
    Nolasco @ SD saturday
    Mat Latos V FLA friday
    De La Rosa V PIT tonight
    Del La Rosa V CHC sunday
    Brandon Morrow V CLE sunday
    Vasquez @ TB saturday

    The staff is amazing, but that’s what she said.

    There’s always the risk of rain delays pushing the Sunday starts to next week.

    Wins increase a player’s total point output by about 40%, but Innings and K’s are otherwise the strong (consistent) correlating statistics for points. I know its not wise to chase W’s, but what four starts would you go with?

  39. NoEmoJoe says:
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    Zimmerman for Chipper and Billingsley?

  40. Gibby says:
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    Grey:

    Two deals for you to evaluate “Oh Mustacheo’d One”:

    Deal #1 (14 team non-keeper, currently in 1st place by 5 games)

    I give Carlos Quentin, I get BJ Upton (In the OF I already have Delmon young, CarGo, Boesch, and Gardner). I am currently trailing the SB category by 11.

    Deal #2 (14 team Keeper, currently in 12th place and looking towards next season)

    I give Matt Garza, I get Dan Haren: My current rotation is Filthy Sanchez, Volquez, Lester, Weaver, Bumgarner, Marcum, and Hammel. I know Garza went all no-no on us last night and Haren was drilled with a liner, but forgetting that, which SP do you prefer?

    Thanks brother and just so you know, I consider you to be the “Mustacheo’d Magic 8 Ball” on trades, so if you say it, I do it. No pressure………

  41. Eddie says:
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    @Anonymous: Wieters. He’s still going to be a star.

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @NoEmoJoe: i want zimm there,

  43. Eddie says:
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    @NoEmoJoe: Agree with AL KOHOLIC.

  44. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: That’s why I said many batters I believe. You a Rays fan Poon? I like the Rays a lot. The Tigers are my team but I love the team in TB, minus Bossman Junior who’s an underachiever. I was just reporting what I saw in last night’s game….I’m not really that bitter. Now if it were the Twins or the White Sox, I’d be bitter as hell.

  45. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: random story that I like to tell people because it makes me feel semi-famous and close to a baseball team. The Rays’ hitting coach, Derek Shelton, was the ring bearer at my parents’ wedding. His dad, Ron (not the director – but another random story, they actually played in the minors together), is one of my Dad’s childhood best friends. My Pops actually went to Derek’s wedding a year or so ago. Unfortunately the only player there was Jason Michaels and the ex-Indians manager, Eric Wedge.

  46. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Mr2Bits: Touchy. Garza does have the stuff for it, was due, and last night was the perfect storm for him. Horrible road team comes limping into the Trop with a lineup consisting of 5 rookies, a has been/never was catcher, Mendoza challenged Rayburn, and Miggy. Garza had it served up to him on a plate. Couldn’t ask for much more.

  47. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Wilsonian: Nice. We go to TB Florida every spring break. The Trop is great to visit because you can get tickets for next to nothing. We get the same tickets there every year…..great seats, front row, along the 1st base line close to the Rays’ dugout. The tickets from local transplants from Boston who only go when the Red Sox are in town. The area really does not support the team based on the high quality of product put onto the field. Probably because 90% of the people in Florida are transplants and like other teams.

    Most the players have been great to my 7 year old son. He’s gotten signatures from Longoria, Crawford, Price, Garza, Shields, Zobrist, etc…..but not BJ. BJ’s a prick that I’ve never seen sign. I wouldn’t be surprised if TB moves BJ someday. He’s a cancer imo.

  48. pubscout says:
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    bautista for jered weaver?

  49. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: that’s what I’ve heard about the players, including the part about BJ. Another side story about Dale Murphy. When I was a kid, I went to a Braves/Cardinals game in STL. I got his autograph and I’ll always remember while I was still standing there he said he had time for one more and found the littlest kid left in the group trying to get his autograph and signed it for him. That’s what it’s supposed to be like. I was probably about 10 or so at the time and I’ve never forgotten that. Since that day I’ve had the utmost respect for that man. I’m glad that at least those other guys gave your son some autographs. Getting autographs at games was one of my favorite things when I was a kid. I’ve got a pretty decent collection that I amassed before I got too old and it became creepy.

    I would love to get down to TB at some point in time to see a game. I was pretty shocked when I noticed that no one goes to those games. If I lived down there I’d at least hit a good 20 games or so. The talent on that team is ridiculous. I’m used to going to games in Busch or Wrigley where you have to fight someone for tickets or pay at least double face value. I can’t imagine going to a game and buying tickets on the day of the game and getting great seats.

  50. Grey

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    @Earl Battey: I’d wait on injury update news.

    @barker: Zito, Jones…

    @TheEvilEmpire: I’d let Volquez throw one game on the bench unless that’s a H2H league where it doesn’t matter if he sucks. Drop one of your catchers. Doesn’t matter which.

    @schlitz: Ouch

    @TheEvilEmpire: Lopez and Brignac…

    @big o: Hehe

    @Jangles: Sorry about that, I don’t have those ads. And there shouldn’t be any auto-audio. I’ll ask the people that supply the ads what the eff.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Prince…

    @Mr2Bits: Ha!

    @ron mexico’s papi: I wonder why you have one on your bench ever. I’d go with Alexei over Reyes there, if that was my only option.

    @3FingersBrown: Wow, thanks for the link. He seems very workman-like. The blood and gauging are another day at the office.

    @Sos: Victorino

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha, yup.

    @Justin: A

    @Wah: I’d flip flop Poon’s Byrd and Bruce.

    @zombie: I’d do both. I had forgot that about AtB — Ha!

    @mr baseball: Poopberry – Ha!

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, makes no sense.

    @papasmurf: Sure is…

    @anon: I’d take Ubaldo.

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @Wilsonian: Stop picking your catcher scab. Unless Wieters hits another one, then you can pick.

    @Eddie: Davis

    @Wilsonian: Scherzer

    @Frank Kim: Stubbs…

    @Jah: The top four.

    @NoEmoJoe: I’d want Zimmerman.

    @Gibby: I’d do Deal #1, I’d wait on two until we hear what kind of time Haren will miss. If only one game or less, then I’d do it.

    @pubscout: I’d take Weaver.

  51. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: i’ve been to the trop, my best friend lived there for about 2 years, its kind of a weird stadium, the lighting, indoors, etc, and basically while talking with my buddy he said people dont go because everyone down there is a transplant, same with the marlins, everyone in FLA is from somewhere else it seems, alot of damn yankee fans live down there….. it was wild watching the RAYS in the playoffs a couple yrs back and no one in the seats, so weird, i’ve never seen people AVOID the bandwagon…… The RAYS have a great young core, even if Crawford goes, they’re set for a while….

  52. Tony says:
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    ASSDRUBAL or Brignac grey?

  53. @Grey: Thanks Grey. Would you start Volquez against Gallardo or Niese against Wainwright? I could use the K’s but obviously worried about possible ERA/WHIP blowups.

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: yeah, that’s kind of what I figured about any team in FLA. No one is actually FROM FLA. I would still go to just check out the product on the field. If I was that close to a team like that, I’d hit it up all the time. I might not go to as many Marlins games just because I’m not a huge fan of sitting happy ass in the 100 degree Miami weather. Maybe once they get the retractable roof stadium. I agree with you about even if Crawford goes. They got Longo for free basically.

    @Grey: point duly noted. The scab is staying put. Would you drop Becks in a 16 Team H2H Keeper for Logan Morrison? Becks is riding my pine, and I already have Dom Brown on the bench as well. But Morrison will have 1B/OF eligibility once he plays a few games in place of the Curly Coghlan.

  55. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: not a rays fan. grew up without a local team. watched a lot of braves and cubs on tv (wgn and tbs) so always cheered for them. more of just a baseball fan though, and the rays are a fun team to watch, and they are fun to cheer for trying to knock off the 2 biggest teams in baseball within their own division.

  56. @Grey: Seriously right? I had some Japanese FMW tapes where he gave interviews while calmly sat getting stitches. I can’t believe he’s still at it all these years. I would totally buy one of his forks.

    @Wilsonian: It’s a shame but yeah pretty much everyone on the FLA coasts are from NY – half my family lives down there. It’s god’s waiting room. When the Mets play the Fish, it sounds like a home game. Same for Rays vs. Yanks.

  57. bravo says:
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    I’ve these pitchers with games, today:

    Pavano @ KC
    Hamels vs Ari
    Lilly @ Hou
    Verlander @ TB

    Who should I start? I was planning on the first three…and on the fence with Verlander.

  58. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @bravo: Why wouldn’t you start all of them?

  59. Spartacus says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thoughts on Adam Lind’s power outage compared to 2009? Bet on a bounce back 2011? I might be able to get him in my mixed keeper league and wanted to know if he is worth a keeper slot. You get 9 slots per team and its an 11 team league.

    Thanks,

    Spartacus.

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: out of this roster, who would you drop: Santana, Dunn, Kelly Jo, Wright, Alexei, Hamilton, Hunter, Lind, Torres, Boesch, Beckham, Brown, Lester, Bills, Haren, Cain, Latos, E.Santana, Annabelle, Axford, Capps, Mike G., J.Zimm – DL?

  61. CalCheats says:
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    My buddy got a trade offer and he asked for my opinion on it. I figured I would just go to the master and see what he says.

    My friends gets:
    Posey
    Granderson
    Delmon Young
    Volquez

    My friend gives:
    Braun
    Haren
    Wieters

    Should he do it?

  62. @Grey: Didn’t expect you to say that. Okay I’ll start both. :-)

  63. Jacko says:
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    Hey Grey, first time commenter here.

    In need of advice. I’m in a dynasty league, keep full rosters forever, no salaries. I’m looking to improve my pitching. Right now I have three offers.

    I can trade Matt Kemp for either Haren, Verlander, or Latos.

    Help?

  64. No question Rollins is showing age!! Complete disappointment this year.

    Questionable decisions with Hammel pitching. He strikes out Rollins with runners on 2nd/3rd for the 2nd out. Then he faces Polanco who bats .315+…. gives up a hit to score a run and is pulled before facing Old Man Ibanez and his .255 BA. Of course Flores gave up Hammel’s run. Not a great outing but definitely short-changed on the 1$.

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: i’d lose anibal

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spartacus: Might be worth it. I still like Lind, think he’ll probably be a sleeper next year. I need to crunch numbers in the offseason for that though. So no promises.

    @Wilsonian: What Poon said.

    @CalCheats: I don’t like it for him.

    @Jacko: Nice to see you, Jacko. I’d hold Kemp.

    @NLFantasyBB: Gotcha re: Hammel.

  67. Hi Grey — I’m assuming that in a 20-team roto league Weaver (vs. BOS), Hamels (vs. ARI), and Volquez (@MIL) are all starts, right? Or does Volquez’s bad performance last time out make it best to bench him?

    I’m way behind on innings, but the only counting stat I need in pitching is the W.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Enrique: I’d start them all in a 20 team league.

  69. @Grey: Hahaha… He’s a ham & egger like Bronson Arroyo

  70. Who would you guys rather give a spot start too? Buerhle against the M’s or Padilla Flotilla @ the Padres? Or should I just stop giving spot starts to borderline dudes?

  71. herschel says:
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    @Grey: after no hitter, owner im trying to trade with renegged on garza offer. my bruce/lindstrom for uggla (currently have kelly johnson at 2b)?

  72. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: It is a keeper league. I kept Ramirez 2 years ago and he is under my control through next season. Last year I drafted Jeter and kept him for a year, so he currently occupies my MI slot. This year, I had the 3rd overall pick and to my joyous surprise Jose Reyes was there for the taking, so I took him and plan to keep him for 4 more years. So, to recap, I have Jose Reyes, Alexei Ramirez and Derek Jeter and only 2 spots for them. I clearly could play 1 of them at Utility but I need a run producer in that slot and none of the 3 fit that bill.

    As an aside, because this is a keeper league, the teams that are in contention in a year tend to amass some pretty phenomenal lineups. My current lineup is:

    C: Joe Mauer (kept through 2013)
    1B: Mark Teixeira (kept through 2010…acquired 6 weeks ago)
    2B: Aaron Hill (kept through 2011)
    SS: Jose Reyes (will be kept through 2014)
    3B: Kevin Youkilis (kept through 2010)
    CI: Adam Dunn (kept through 2010…acquired in an offseason trade)
    MI: Derek Jeter (kept through 2010)
    OF: Matt Holliday (kept through 2010…acquired in 4 weeks ago)
    OF: Alex Rios (kept through 2011)
    OF: Carlos Quentin (kept through 2012)
    OF: Mike Stanton (likely to be kept through 2013)
    Util: Aubrey Huff
    Bench: Jose Tabata (could be kept)
    Bench: Alexei Ramirez (kept through 2011)
    Bench: Yadier Molina
    DL: Chase Utley (kept through 2010…acquired 6 weeks ago)

    SP: Adam Wainwright (kept through 2012)
    SP: Clayton Kershaw (kept through 2010)
    RP: Rafael Soriano
    RP: Carlos Marmol (will likely be kept through either 2011 or 2012)
    P: Yovani Gallardo (kept through 2010…acquired 6 weeks ago)
    P: Cole Hamels (will likely be kept through either 2011 or 2012)
    P: Bobby Jenks
    P: Francisco Cordero
    P: Kevin Gregg
    Bench: Gavin Floyd (could be kept)
    Bench: Chris Carpenter (could be kept)

  73. @XNadyMen: I’d go Padilla based on K potential. They’ve both been pitching well lately though.

    Of course now that I’ve said that, he’ll probably get shelled. Padilla’s burned me too many times to count.

  74. Christian Lauffer says:
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    @Grey: What are your short-term expectations (this year) and long-term expectations (his ceiling) for Logan Morrison?

    Thanks in advance.

  75. @3FingersBrown: Thanks amigo…I got his last start against the Mets right in pitching him, so he is probably due to burn me too…I only feel confident pitching him at home.

  76. Art Vandelay says:
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    Grey – why are you so high on Jay Bruce in your top 100? Your projections are much more bullish than Zips’ relatively pessimistic outlook. I got offered Bruce for CJ Wilson and Leo Nunez. I think I will take it, but I fear a yawnstipating 2 months of Bruce ownership. Give me a reason to get excited!

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Art Vandelay: He’s talented and hasn’t gotten hot yet. Assuming he does, he has the upside for a 10 homer month. It’s a speculative rather than a guarantee.

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  78. Fugate says:
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    Grey – Just a little nitpick here. Do you know what a cliche it is to say or write something along the lines “this doesn’t really change anything about pitcher X even though he just threw a no-hitter”? You’re better than that, man.

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