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Around 7 AM on Sunday morning, my smoke detector started beeping every few minutes.  Hungover, I rolled out of bed.  I figured the battery was low, so I removed it and went back to sleep.  An hour later, it started beeping again.  So I removed the smoke detector from the wall and it stopped beeping.  Then at 3 AM Monday night, it started beeping again.  I pulled out my ladder and, like I was defusing a bomb but not caring if it blew up, I indiscriminately cut all the wires from the smoke detector and went back to sleep.  About 5 hours later, it started beeping again.  I pulled a hammer from my tool box and began smashing the smoke detector.  Then I went into my office and did the same to that smoke detector just to make sure.  Then I removed the one from my bedroom and did the same.  No more beeping…. Until Tuesday at 2 AM.  So I took all three smashed smoke detectors and threw them in the dumpster.  When I returned from the dumpster, more beeping.  It was like I was in England during the German raids of WWII.  The tell-tale heart was beat, beat, beating.  The next morning, I called a electrician to come by.  He said he couldn’t make it until Thursday, so I wore headphones all day Wednesday to block out the beeping.  Finally, on Thursday, the electrician showed up at my house and installed new smoke detectors.  In broken English, he told me everything was now fine.  I could remove my headphones.  Just then, there was more beeping.  Ah-ha!  See?!  I’m not crazy!  So the electrician followed the beeping sound and found the culprit.  In a desk drawer, there was a malfunctioning alarm clock.  I don’t tell you this story so you question all advice I give you, but this smoke detector dance reminded me of picking up free agents in fantasy baseball.  Alex Gordon hits.  You pick him up.  He stops hitting.  You drop him.  He starts hitting again.  You pick him up again.  He stops hitting.  You smash him with a hammer, throw him in the dumpster and promise yourself you’ll never pick him up again.  Then he hits again and you grab him.  I don’t have a lot of faith that Gordon will continue his production all year, but you absolutely have to pick him up just to see if he’s the real deal or just a malfunctioning alarm clock.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Brandon Belt – I almost didn’t put Belt in this week’s Buy because I figured everyone already owns him.  Then I saw he was only owned in 21% of ESPN leagues.  Quick lesson that I learned freshman year at the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston.  When choosing between random boring vet that could give you 25 homers (Juan Rivera) and upside, you always take a flyer on upside.

Mark Trumbo – See 1/8th of an inch above.

Juan Miranda – I have less faith in Miranda than the two above him, but he’s also guaranteed better playing time than those two.  If Ross returns and Belt isn’t hitting, he could lose his job.  When Kendry(s) returns, Trumbo could lose his job.  Whereas, the Diamondbacks said they want to see Miranda at first and backing him up is Russell Branyan.  With all due respect to Mrs. Branyan and son, Billy, and the whole Branyan family tree, Russell is not someone the Diamondbacks should turn to for any extended period of time.

Jordan WaldenI’m not you’re babe, Fernando… Even Fernando Rodney will admit that he was only the closer because he was scary looking.  He’s got Closer Face.  3 sentences, 2 Lady Gaga references.  I will now donate my testicles to science.  Could Walden be Neftali Feliz for 2011?  Could be, young Razzball reader.

Sean Burnett – While save vultures have trouble reproducing because they’re usually overweight guys who would prefer to listen to sports news than what the girl they’re dating is talking about.  “How do I look in this dress?”  “Very skinny, Sean Burnett.”   “Did you just call me, Sean Burnett?”  “No.”  Save vultures should be picking on Burnett’s carcass.

Brandon League – He’s getting the saves now.  What, you’re above grabbing a few saves while Aardsma’s out?  Well, ain’t you the meow’s cat.

David Aardsma – He should be back in two weeks.  Do your leagues not have DL spots?

Chris Narveson – I just wrote my Narveson fantasy.  If you read it backwards, it says, “Satan is a pygmy.”

Edwin Jackson – Just went over him this morning.  Scroll down.  Not with your eyes.  With your mouse.

Charlie Morton – Has now appeared in two straight Buy/Sells.  Still has a long way to go to break the record six straight weeks that I spent touting Luke Scott last year.

Aaron Harang – I was just thinking how Petco was where Dusty Baker threw Harang’s career off track three years ago during an indefensible relief outing.  Dusty, “Harang, I need four innings from you three days after your last start.  Muahahahahaha… Wait, did I just laugh maniacally out loud?  My bad.”  Harang should have the PA system at Petco play Redemption Song when he takes the mound.

Kyle Drabek – Slightly bonkers to me that Drabek is owned in 70% more ESPN leagues than Brandon Beachy.  I like Drabek, but I kinda don’t want any AL East pitchers, in general.

Brandon Beachy – Give me the password to your fantasy team and I’ll pick him up for you.

Chris Iannetta – Iannetta tweeted the other day, “In my fantasy league, even I own Kurt Suzuki.  #what’swrongwiththeworld?”

Russell Martin – Owned in only 37.5% of ESPN leagues, but I guess 40% of ESPN leagues are abandoned already, so that’s about right.

Alfonso Soriano – He hits in April then his knees get grammie.

Logan Morrison – I have a feeling this year Morrison is going to be one of those players that is very valuable in NL-Only leagues but floats on the top of waiver wires in mixed leagues.

Ben Francisco – More for those in deep mixed leagues because his ceiling is like the 7 1/2 floor in the Mertin Flemmer Building.

SELL

Michael Morse – Hey, you tried to go with the latest/greatest/superlative outfield flyer, but he looks lost.

Michael Cuddyer – Sticking with the newly established Michael theme, Cuddyer is owned in 98% of ESPN leagues, but Morrison is owned in 31%.  Okie-dokie.

Kurt Suzuki – He’s such garbage that garbage is filing a copyright infringement case against him.

Brian Roberts - Smoke a Newport, because Roberts is alive with pleasure!  He’s rejuvenated, he’s hitting for power, he’s stealing bases, he’s… Oh, c’mon, it’s not going to last.  He has a history of knee, hip and back problems.  That sounds like someone who will be sliding hard into 2nd on steal attempts and staying healthy?  Yeah, I don’t think so either.  I wouldn’t sell Roberts for a copy of Ring Magazine with Abdullah the Butcher on the cover, but I would explore options.

From Around The Web

  1. Gavin says:
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    Who do you like better at catcher for the year? Miguel Montero or Russell Martin?

  2. Chunk says:
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    Drop Melky (and replace with Robot Jones) to add Wilson Valdez (to stand in for slumping Figgins at MI?)

  3. john says:
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    Should I drop Norris to take a flyer on esmil rogers or should I give Norris some more time?

  4. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Funny story. I like it! You’re a funny guy “Grey”

    “Swagger Jackers”

  5. Casey Blake's Beard says:
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    Thanks for the previous replies, Grey. One more: Aviles or Sean-Rod?

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    getz leading off,escobar 9th

  7. Howard says:
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    @Grey I have to admit I committed a cardinal sin in dropping Trumbo at UT for Berkman but I needed the OF eligibility. The irony being that the same eligibility will probably be his downfall. What’s that beeping noise?

  8. dja says:
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    would you trade cordero for pence in a h2h? other clsoers are burnett, hanrahan, league and lyon. outfielders are bjupton, granderson, vwells, soriano, mccutchen

  9. JRT says:
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    Anyone starting Anderson today @ Minny? How ’bout Kennedy at home?

    Leaning towards no and yes myself.

  10. Ralph says:
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    Grey BJ Upton has burned me in the past. That being said, he’s looked much better so far this year. Does he keep it up?

    Would you trade him and Walden for Liriano?

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @JRT: minny is not a hr hitting park anymore,if your not starting him there then why own him?unless you just want him to get a few starts under his belt 1st

  12. papasmurf says:
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    Do you like Trumbo more than Moreland? (ignoring Moreland’s PT status as I can sit him when TEX faces a lefty)

  13. Dom says:
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    With Pujols off to such a bad start I was just able to trade him for Billy Butler AND Willie Bloomquist, I got a steal right?

    Sincerely,
    I. B. Stupid

    Seriously the seasons only 7 days old, why is everyone panicking?

  14. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Charlie or Homer off the WW? Youk walked! Thanks!

  15. JRT says:
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    AL – you are right, early going I am very cautious – I feel like our 1400 inning cap is low. I have only ever played in start limit leagues. Is 1400 low?

  16. Wake Up says:
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    Gordon is the new car that just ran out of gas. Just wreck it, you insured the thing.
    Now I’d like to take this opp. to brag a little.

    # 32 Wake Up Says:
    March 31st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    “AL ROY:Walden(As we all know Rodney is dreadful. Walden takes over at closer and runs with it. ala Feliz.)”

  17. papasmurf says:
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    Dom, I would have traded for Overbay. Better name and less moobs.

  18. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    At what point should I drop Raburn at 2B and pickup Kelly Johnson or Gordan Beckham?

    As always, thanks.

  19. elwood blues says:
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    Grey.. Chris Narveson vs. Esmil Rogers??
    For my 6th starter NL Only 4×4.
    You’ve said good things about both the past few days.

  20. Love the Poe reference…
    Who do you like better by the end of the year Posada or Wieters?
    Also, I see Markakis as a great candidate to recoup some of the lost hype that ‘perts were heaping on him over the last three years. Do you see Tricky Nicky as a legit #3 OF in a standard mixed league by year’s end? Thanks for your time Grey.

  21. Wake Up says:
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    @Dom: I would’ve done it for Bloomquist straight up(that dude is red-hot), but if he was willing to throw in the double d’s too. You are the maestro!

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @JRT: 1400 is yahoo,s norm i believe,if its yahoo,go to your team page,scroll to the very bottom and it will have a games played innings pitched chart,im at plus 6 innings now,another stategy that i dont use is to max out on innings asap and trade your good pitchers ,example,trade your lincecum and yourstoren and say your fielder for albert or something

  23. Eddy says:
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    Phil Hughes is getting straight up mollywhopped.

  24. JRT says:
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    AL – I have been monitoring – I just feel in ESPN leagues I would always be able to stream pitchers in the second half and it is disconserting that I am right on target. I also feel like it diminishes great MRs because they are “free” innings.

  25. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team mixed H2H-Points League

    Rank-em…

    Esmil Rogers, Charlie Morton and Matt Harrison

    Thanks.

    MJC

  26. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: No love for Jose Lopez as the MI flavor of the week? Now for my real question. 12 team mixed roto – need to set my weekly lineup and am not sure which starting 5 SPs to go with (i.e. Hamels scares me). Pick 5 of the following:

    -Hamels vs.FLA
    -E. Jackson vs.OAK
    -Marcum @PIT & @WAS
    -Romero @SEA
    -Wood @SD
    -DeLaRosa @NYM
    -Niese vs.COL & @ATL
    -Volquez vs.PIT & @SD

    Thanks!

  27. AB says:
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    Grey, how to you rank Trumbo against Ike Davis, Smoak, or Cuddyer?

  28. Another quck question…
    I have a hard time (getting)–oops– evaluating Wood. What pitchers would you see as comparable in terms of fantasy value?

  29. Boomer19 says:
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    Miranda or Smoak? Who will have better numbers at the end of the year?

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Dr. Stats: until he flops like 2 games in a row,i rank him pretty high,and im loving me some beachy,

  31. marcopolo says:
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    In a dynasty league, would you trade 2013 Howard ($35), 2013 Gavin Floyd ($12), and Kila (2014 $10) for Dunn (2012 $20), Hellickson ($5)? I lerrrrrve Hellickson, but I don’t want to be giving up too much.

  32. lo says:
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    Hey Grey,

    which would you take Narveson, Harang, or Leake?

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hughes and lackey suck beaners

  34. Wake Up says:
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    @Eddy: Yep. It’s pretty bad when you are getting out-pitched by Colon.

  35. Steve says:
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    I wouldn’t underestimate the value of that Ring magazine.

  36. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Boomer19:

    Smoak

  37. Durb says:
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    Crawford and Youk are killing me. But whats killing me more is that Francona can’t keep a consistent lineup. He’s needs to give the “set it and forget it” theory a try.

  38. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Which side do you like better in an OBP, SLG league?

    Morneau and Neil Walker
    or
    Youk and Sean Rod

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    What kind of pitcher is Walker worth? A #3 starter?

  40. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,if i were to trade uggla and street for walker,what type of sp could i expect in return,and do you like this idea,

  41. Durb says:
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    Harang, Drabek, Narveson or Javier Vazquez?

  42. RichC says:
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    “…When choosing between random boring vet that could give you 25 homers (Juan Rivera) and upside, you always take a flyer on upside….”

    Does random boring vet = Konerko?

    Grey, I think you mixed up the line for Ibanez with Francisco, 70/20/85/.270/3.

    He may reach 25hr’s as well, while I think that Ibanez may not reach 20hr’s this year. BenFran hit at least 3 balls this week during their homestand that would have been dingers if the the weather would have been more like East Coast April-like and less Green Bay frozen tundra-like. He is making solid contact and now is splitting time with Ibanez in the 5 hole in order to split the lefties. Lots of opportunities.

  43. AdamH says:
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    This question could put everyone to sleep…

    Pick up Jose Lopez for 2B in my CBS H2H league? Currently have Raburn there. If so, drop Raburn, J McGee, or W Lopez?

    Zzzzzzzzz

  44. Exactly says:
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    Grey, I feel like after reading those Gaga references that this will be a “great” romance. Edwin Jackson blessed my team yesterday (thanks!) and I’m all in on Volquez (why not!)…and if I get anything out of espinosa, raburn, and pena this year, then I’m going places…quick question: do you think Hanrahan (pitt) keeps it up or should I sell high?

  45. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: Touche…Ed Wade’s touche…

  46. Giant JJ says:
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    Are you touting Charlie Morton for a 20 teamer? Your posts that mention him seem ambiguous. I assume that’s because you feel ambiguous about him.

  47. @Adam—I didn’t think anyone actually played CBS fantasy.

  48. Hi Grey — How would you rank Smoak, Belt, Trumbo, and Miranda?

  49. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Did they always do the shift to AGonz? I thought he was a big go the other way guy. He’s lost about 2 or 3 hits already this year because of it.

  50. Jason says:
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    Just got offered Pagan, Scherzer, Hellickson for Kemp and Thornton in a 14 team 6×6 H2H league (OPS/QS). I have Kemp, BJ, Bautista, Man-Ram, Morse as OFs and a glutton of suck pitching: Ubaldo, Hanson, Lilly, Kuroda, Kennedy and a bunch of streams. What say you guys?

  51. AdamH says:
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    @Dr. Stats: Yaaaaaa, its got some pros and a lot of cons. Leagues been going on for quite awhile, so not really my choice. I’ve gotten used to it.

  52. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey — Do you think Wilson is back for good in the closers’ role? He didn’t look too good in his first game back. I’ve been holding onto Romo has a handcuff but I wonder if I can safely drop him in a 20-team roto league. I could use the roster spot but don’t want to miss a chance at some cheap saves in a league where they’re a premium.

  53. Nonstoptalk says:
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    Grey…

    Would you drop Manny for Belt or am I panicking too soon? As sad as it makes me Manny seems to be falling into that Juan Rivera category. Thanks in advance.

  54. Dusker says:
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    12-team 5×5 roto, 1250 IP cap

    These guys are on my team for sure:
    Liriano, Oswalt, Billingsley
    Marmol, Valverde, Hanrahan, FFrancisco (on DL, have Rauch atm), Bard

    And I have room on my roster for three of the following:
    Jhoulys, Volquez, Drabek, Cueto, Harang

    Harang’s FB velo increase has me interested…drop Drabek and Cueto? Volquez?

  55. penpen says:
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    @Jason: As a Scherzer owner, I’m worried about him. His velocity is down like it was last year when he was terrible, and he’s mentioned having problems with his delivery. On the positive side he was able to fix it eventually last year, but I think if he continues to struggle you could snatch him at a much cheaper speculative price in a month or so.

  56. Eddy says:
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    Is Lackey in line for the win?

  57. Wes Mantooth says:
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    McCutchen/Anibal Sanchez or Pence/Jonathan Sanchez?

  58. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Eddy: Sure, but I’d bet on the Yanks scoring some more.

  59. Rob says:
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    Beachy or Stauffer?

  60. Eddy says:
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    ***MANNY RAMIREZ HAS RETIRED****

  61. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Manny retires

  62. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    beachy says i

  63. Carl says:
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    @Eddy:

    Just coming to post that. Well at least I dont have to worry about dropping him anymore.

  64. VinWins

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    @Eddy: Faster, and more exuberant than me!

  65. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Eddy:

    Thats because he just got popped for drugs and decided to quit. What a fucking loser.

  66. Wake Up says:
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    That is SO Manny being Manny!

  67. Eddy says:
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    @Nonstoptalk:

    The answer to your question should now be clear.

  68. Commish Cauda says:
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    RE: Manny

    Pick up Matt Joyce? Or speculate on Desmond Jennings?

  69. Pooch says:
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    @Eddy: Just reported on the NESN broadcast that he retired after being informed by MLB about an issue regarding there drug/substance policy. Roids to try and make a comeback? So sad for such a great hitter, former fantasy allstar.

  70. Eddy says:
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    @VinWins:

    I’m quick on the draw!
    @Mr2Bits:

    Probably taking another steroid made for women and decided to save himself the embarrassment.
    @Commish Cauda:

    Let the Jennings speculation begin!

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MattW: Morneau

    @Wilsonian: Yeah

    @AL KOHOLIC: A number two… Sure.

    @Durb: Drabek, Vazquez, Narveson…

    @RichC: Not after his season last year. Could be after this season.

    @AdamH: Sure, Wilton Lopez…

    @Exactly: I like him.

    @Wake Up: Ha

    @Giant JJ: 15 teams…

    @Enrique: Belt, Smoak…

    @Donnie Baseball: It’s new.

    @Jason: Kemp side.

    @Eric: Yup

    @Dusker: Drabek

    @Eddy: Why do own him?

    @Wes Mantooth: McCutchen…

    @Rob: Beachy…

    @Eddy: Wow

    @Commish Cauda: Jennings

  72. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    I don’t.

    My opponent (luckily) does, and it raised his ERA quite a good amount, but I’m up one win. I have Kennedy on the bench and I don’t know if I should start him if Lackey gets the W.

  73. Eddy says:
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    ***Manny tested positive for a substance***

    Would have faced 100-game suspension.

    This really is pathetic.

  74. Long Bawls says:
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    @Eddy: He’s devoting himslef full-time to his family; specifically, the twins he’s carrying.

  75. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Rolen or Jennings to fill Manny’s spot

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Ah

    @Long Bawls: Ha

    @MattW: Jennings for the weekend if he’s a bench player, otherwise Rolen.

  77. Long Bawls says:
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    Manny, that is.

  78. Denys says:
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    looks like Manny got caught with steroids and retired… interesting.

  79. Eddy says:
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    Since Jennings is going to become a hot topic because of his speed, I wanted to point out that I wish KC would play Dyson everyday.

    Dude had a 9.8 speed score in 2010 with 9 steals in 18 games.

  80. ujoh says:
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    Thinking about dropping McDonald….here are my choices….

    Morton, Narveson, Harang, Richard, Matusz (no DL spot available cause of Longo), Lowe, Correia, Rogers.

    Also have Norris and Niese on the back end of my staff, but I assume they’re better than that lot.

  81. so who benefits from this in tampa long-term. their lineup is really confusing right now. joyce? sean-rod? jennings? sam fuld? casey kotchman?

    earlier today jonah keri tweeted that the way things are going the orioles might win the east after all. it’s funny cause it’s not true but it’s more true than it should be.

  82. MindiCohn says:
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    I’m sure this will be a very hot topic / common question and i want to be a follower…Should I drop Brandon Lyon for Desmond Jennings? My RP-s Marmol,Kimbrel and Nathan…

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    albert another double play,

  84. Ian says:
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    I would find it highly unlikely that the Rays, being the cheap asses that they are, would start the arby clock early on Jennings. Especially since they are 0-6 with pretty low expectations.

  85. p0rk burn says:
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    Chalk me up as another “God Da(*! Manny” fan club. Desmond Jennings was dropped yesterday so he clears waivers on Sunday. Looking at the other LF players, I have Luke Scott, Coghlan, Colvin, Venable, Brantley, Milton Bradley, Willie Harris to choose from.

    Put in the claim on Desmond and grab one of these guys in the meantime? Argh, Manny, you POS!

  86. BigBabyJesus says:
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    Wouldja drop Wieters for Ianetta?

    How about Beltran for P. Alvarez?

  87. alex says:
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    I own Walden and Kimbrel in a deep keeper league. loving them being compared to Marmol and Feliz!!

    Also what do you see Sale doing in the future is he gonna be a starter or do you think they make him the closer soon?

  88. Tony says:
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    drop mcclouth or maybin for Jennings?

  89. Rodger Dodger says:
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    @Al Koholic: Getz is probably starting today because it’s opening day in Detroit… and he’s from Michigan. He’s batting well and he’s got some speed, why not give him a shot up front?!

  90. Eng says:
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    I hate that retiring cheat Manny. What foul news from a foul player.

  91. p0rk burn says:
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    @p0rk burn: Scratch that – ignore the previous p0rk burn! As if you did anything otherwise.

    I have Francisco, Tabata, Stanton, and Granderson with Kubel as a back up (we play LF, CF, RF, and OF). I’m going to just drop Manny and put in the #5 waiver on Desmond for upside.

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Rodger Dodger: yeah,i like him,hope he keeps the hitting and running up

  93. penpen says:
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    Scherzstorm Watch: averaging about 91 on his fastball today, some hitting only 88, 89.

  94. Tom Emanski says:
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    Picked up Jennings. Didn’t even think about it. Hopefully he actually comes up.

  95. would you drop Manny or Cargo Lite for Sam Fuld? I just have this weird feeling he is going to un-retire in a week or so….maybe not…The only other time i owned Manny, he got a 50 game suspension….what a douche nozzle.

  96. J Mac says:
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    In the SS or 2B department who would be good value to get for Brian Roberts?

  97. Alcesto says:
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    Hey Grey, one strategy question and one pickup question.

    At this point in the season, if I have 2 pitchers go out and deal a couple of nice games that put me ahead of the innings limit pace (1450), and I have two more guys set to pitch today, but both guys took their lumps last time out (Wandy and Lilly) but have nice matchups today. Do you run those guys out there or do you let them work out the kinks on the bench?

    Now the pickup question, I’ve got Raburn and Bourjos as the only bats on my bench, do I drop one to pick up Belt? What about Harang?

  98. Eddy says:
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    Stupid Lackey and his conshellation win.

  99. Eng says:
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    Grey, should I add Ibanez or Boesch to replace Manny? Anyone else? I may add Kerry wood if Marmol blows another. Yes, I realize this is a list of terrible names. Cheers.

  100. charlie batch says:
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    In a dog fight for ERA and WHIP this week. Risk starting Ian Kennedy tonight @home vs CIN?

  101. Hamster says:
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    Should I drop Bumgarner for E. Jackson? Bumgarner’s not off to a great start but its still early. I’m in a pretty shallow mixed league.

  102. J Mac says:
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    Also, I want to pick up Beachy but don’t know who to drop who are the worst two value-wise… Buchholz, Hughes, Zimmerman, Brett Anderson, Volquez, and Gonzalez. Also RP Soria, Axford, Storen.

  103. Jason says:
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    Trade was improved to Snider/K. Johnson/Pagan/Hellickson/Scherzer for Raburn/I. Kennedy/Kemp/Kimbrel. Still thinking a no. Does it help more so that it’s a keep 10 players (no penalty) league?

  104. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you like either/or both of Beachy and Drabek over Nolasco, Cueto (when healthy), Pineda, Shields, or Myers?

  105. Eng says:
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    @J Mac: Volquez is worst by a country mile.

  106. Eng says:
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    Hmm, or Sean Rodriguez….

  107. Eng says:
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    Desmond Jennings? (sorry, this is my last message)

  108. Jrock says:
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    Greyski!
    Dumb question in 3… 2… 1…
    Took flyers on Morse and ManRam in all leagues and I’m in a little bit of trouble. Only Legit closer I have is Papelbon, what kind of OF do you think I could get for him straight up?!

  109. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @J Mac: or hughes,but grab beachy

  110. Long Bawls says:
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    Hay, razzbales! What do you think of Kuroda/Rasmus/Morrow/Pagan for Kimbrel/F-Her/Marcum? Too fair? Too complicated?

  111. charlie batch says:
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    @charlie batch: Searched, question answered alrdy. My bad.

  112. Long Bawls says:
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    @Jrock: There is almost always some guy who overvalues Papelbon. Find that guy! He will probably be eating baked beans and defending Mark Wahlberg’s ouevre.

  113. Pops says:
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    @ Grey:
    Lots of Desmond Jennings questions…. would you burn your number one waiver claim on him?

  114. Tele says:
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    @Grey:

    Kila or Trumbo?

  115. Toddzilla says:
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    For Matt holiday is krispie and beachy enough. Or would I have to make it krispie and Lilly/ e Jacksonville

  116. Richard Pryor says:
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    B. Belt sucks. He should be on your sell list.

  117. barker says:
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    someone ADD dropped buchholz in a shallow league of mine with deep rosters my worst P is volquez — make the waiver claim or what??

  118. ichirosan says:
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    Managed to pick up Jennings for Manny in my RCL before anyone else noticed. Now, since I don’t actually think he will play, who else should I pick up?

    Boesch, Willingham, Matsui, Trumbo or Miranda?

  119. Eddy says:
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    I think I’ll have to repeat my Sam Fuld question from yesterday.

    *Now* is he worth looking into, or not yet?

  120. WDE05 says:
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    Grey & Co…what do you guys think about Gordon Beckham? Guy in my league wants to trade him for an 1b or OF. I have Kelly Johnson at 2nd, but he’s sucking pretty bad thus far and I have no backup now that Nishi’s gone. The guys I have that I’d be willing to part with that the Beckham owner might consider (he wants someone proven so Belt is out) would be Rajai Davis or Ike Davis. Ike’s #s were much better than Beckham’s last year though so I’m hesitant to make that trade. Thoughts?

  121. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team, 5 x 5 roto, roster replacement for manny (already own jennings)? trumbo, francisco, colvin, iannetta, miranda or stash moustakas?

    thanks.

  122. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eng: Ibanez

    @charlie batch: Eh

    @Hamster: Eh

    @J Mac: Storen…

    @Jason: I’d want Kemp.

    @Wilsonian: Beachy over Shields…

    @Eng: I have no idea what these comments are referring to.

    @Jrock: #2

    @Long Bawls: F-Her side.

    @Pops: Depends what the Rays do in the next few days.

    @penpen: Interesting….

    @Tele: Kila

    @Toddzilla: Have to ask Holliday’s owner.

    @barker: Sure

    @ichirosan: Miranda

    @Eddy: If he plays every day…

    @WDE05: Kelly Johnson isn’t sucking, he just hasn’t hit well this week. Those trades are fair.

  123. Long Bawls says:
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    @WDE05: If you can get him for Davis, I’d do it. Beckham has upside that it looks like he’s growing into. With Rajai, you know what you’re getting: in the neighborhood of 40 steals, and not much else. Plus Podsednik is probably coming back soon, and he and Rajai are basically the same guy; you could probably pick him up off waivers, plus Davis’ playing time may go down. Also, Kelly J may cease sucking at some point (I went to high school with a girl named Kelly Jay, but never mind), at least enough to have trade value.

  124. Long Bawls says:
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    Thanks, Grey!

  125. Tele says:
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    @Grey:
    Thanks. Also, would you pitch Beachy against the Phillies tomorrow?

  126. ABell says:
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    beachy or travis wood?

  127. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thanks. also, bud norris was dropped in my league. not sure if that qualifies for ADD, but with an open roster spot, is he worth grabbing for the K-potential?

  128. WDE05 says:
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    @Grey & Long bawls…

    Thanks for the advice. I’ll see if he’ll take either of the Davis’s. I’m really not that down on Kelly J and I fully expect him to start hitting soon. Just a little pissed because I have him, Mauer, and Holliday on my roster which really killed my offense this week.

  129. Giant JJ says:
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    I offered my stauffer and Fuentes for his smoak? Ok? 20 teams 5×5

  130. Long Bawls says:
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    Anyone else thinking Helton might be undervalued? Not valuable, mind you. He looked like toast after ’08 but his ’09 was basically the same as Butler’s. No, really. Obviously careers going in different directions, but decline is sometimes stochastic, and in deep non-keeper leagues it seems to me the 500-place differential in ADP is a disparity worth looking into.

  131. donnie baseball says:
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    What’s Rudy going to think about E. Jackson with his risky pitchers with him throwing over 40% sliders. An insane amount.

  132. VinWins

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    Matt Holliday engaged in a full workout Friday morning, and hopes to return to game action Sunday.

  133. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***Wilson’s not right. I’d grab Romo where you can***

  134. Billy G says:
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    Grey,

    Tabata or Francisco in H2H league w/ OBP instead of AVG to replace Manny? Thx

  135. Long Bawls says:
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    Ha! @Grey: Ha! Yeah, there goes my “clever” plan. With him, back problems are like cockroaches/potato chips–never just one/eaten.

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: i already did,were you watching it?

  137. VinWins

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    @Grey: I just dropped Romo where I could!

  138. Trevor

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    Grey,

    Drop tillman for Harang? 12 team H2H standard yahoo

  139. Eng says:
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    Add Romo, Downs or Motte and in what order? (Franklin just blew save) Surely Romo will only be part time, I want a long termer.

  140. Eng says:
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    Thanks for quick response, Grey, but Romo is gone I just checked. What about Motte or Downs? Apologies for the double question, the Manny news threw me for a loop today.

  141. Jrock says:
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    What’s your view on Hughes…? Too soon to tell? Sell now?

  142. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: There must be some kind of “cover of Maddon curse” going on over at MLB TV. Longoria and Wilson. I picked up Romo everywhere this morning. Wilson probably headed back to DL right?

  143. nyphilsphan says:
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    Hey Grey, love the site and (as you like to point out) the ESPN league ownership percentages are wacky. But I can personally attest that my middle school students love them the free fantasy baseball leagues. As much as we think we have ADHD, we are nothing compared to the average upper-middle-class 12 year-old. So that is one more piece of information to explain the crazy numbers, and while I’ve had my complaints about CBS, there’s something about pay-to-play that keeps our ownership % accurate. For example:

    Belt is owned in 72% of CBS leagues.

    Drabek is at 88% vs. Beachy @ 67%
    Russel Martin is 78% owned.

    Loving me my Edwin Jackson pickup. Only wish I had drafted him over Minor so’s he be a late round keeper. Peace.

  144. ABell says:
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    SONUVABENCH! Brett Gardner

  145. BSA says:
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    Just catching up to this week’s buy/sell and am shocked to see you writing about three catchers.
    I still love the scab image whenever I get ticked at the catching position – then again this is the third year with Iannetta
    But Brian it is 8:30 at night and you are just getting to the Buy/Sell, doesn’t matter Steve is in my league.

  146. Scott says:
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    Start or sit D. Hudson tomorrow vs. CIN? (12 team roto)

  147. BSA says:
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    add Al Koholic to that mix as I review the afternoons pick-ups in our league.
    The man is in first and already made 21 aquisitions, “Jane stop this crazy thing”, says the jealous team in the cellar.

  148. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: yeah told you,broke my ankle,im couch bound and strapped to the computer

  149. donnie baseball says:
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    Damn it Grey, you had to say something about BRob. To the hospital with stomach issues.

  150. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: razzball is going to end up being the drug to get you through – just don’t burn up that add/drop button too early – I hear it breaks sometimes.

  151. MANNY BEING WOMANNY AGAIN

  152. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: i have simple fred in 1 league and he burns it up too

  153. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    heard anything good about brian wilson,like he,ll be out a while,hehe

  154. vinko says:
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    Hanley left the game with an apparent leg injury.

  155. BSA says:
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    Geez last year there were A LOT of big name, early rounders going on the DL.

  156. MrHappyTime says:
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    Alex Avila, Danny Espinosa, or Wilson Valdez @ my 2B/SS spot, who should I go with for the long haul?

  157. paulzone says:
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    who’s the best choice to replace ramirez:

    gordon, bloomquist, boesch, belt, francisco, willingham, morrison

    i need all categories at this point!

    Thanks.

  158. M.D. says:
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    @Grey:
    deep 12 team AL only league. Who do you drop for Casey Kotchman out of these 3: Casper wells, Felix Pie, Mike Cameron. (I’m thinking Cameron).

  159. Eddy says:
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    With Stephen Drew returning, is Bloomquist rendered useless?

  160. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    what gives,a lot of strikout pitchers not striking people out,nolasco and wandy 8 inn 2 k,s each,hanson,scherzer etc

  161. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: he plays everywhere,especially in yahoo format(O.F. ONLY ESPN)SO HE SHOULD STILL GET AB,s. atleast while being productive

  162. bogbert says:
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    Loved the post today.
    Would Sizemore be a “random boring vet that could give you 25 homers” (though he wouldn’t even give me 25 homers) to drop for Gordon, Belt, or Trumbo?

  163. Eddy says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    I’m hoping that’s the case. He’s proven useful in my RCL where my team is just falling apart.

  164. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    And would you look at that: a hit and a run already.

  165. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: he has 6 games at ss,it takes 10 to gain elgibility,i just grabbed him in my yahoo league

  166. Eddy says:
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    And just saw the Pirates’ boxscore.

    Alert the masses: Pedro Alvarez has drawn 2 walks and has an OBP of 1.000 in the game.

  167. Eddy says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Yeah, definitely a useful commodity. Though I think his trek to gain SS eligibility will be long and drawn out now, much like Vladdy’s OF eligibility quest last year. I see Drew’s off days as Bloomquist’s starting days at SS from now on.

  168. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @Grey:

    Boesch or Ibanez to replace Manny?

  169. Eddy says:
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    For those that were debating the TB saves situation, it’s worth noting that Peralta pitched the 7th inning in a 4-5 game.

    I think Farnsworth gets the call when they win. Whenever that is.

  170. stynyr says:
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    Should I drop Raburn and grab Kelly Johnson even if it means losing my #1 waiver priority? I mean, is he worth it?

  171. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Maddon starting to get like scociopathe, thinking he’s smarter than he actually is.

    SRod is the only guy hitting going 2 for 3 with a triple and 2 rbi’s. But he pinch hits for him with Casey F’ning Kotchman. I mean I get the splits he has, but come on. Ride the hot hand. What do you have to lose.

    How can he ever prove he can hit righties if you let him try. He has an over 1000 ops on a team that scored like 5 runs the whole season, and you can’t find room for him. You had D. Johnson batting cleanup today.

  172. Long Bawls says:
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    Ah, dammit. I really want Marmol to implode so I can rebound with Kerry (that shoulda been the Dems’ motto back in ’04.) Oh well. Something to be said for talent.

  173. Emporers Monkey says:
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    When did Matt Thornton trade striking guys out for sucking guys cocks? Fuck him!!

  174. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    WTF Thornton

  175. Eddy says:
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    And Farnsworth is the final bachelor!

  176. Eddy says:
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    Wow, those Thornton runs were ALL unearned?!

    Thornton owners everywhere caught a MASSIVE break. Though we did take a WHIPping

  177. Wilsonian says:
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    Zobrist is friggin killing me. Is it too early to drop him, or is an ADD drop justified at this point for someone like Beckham, Figgins or Espinosa?

  178. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Damn, Hafner really looks like he’s back to his old self.

  179. Donnie Baseball says:
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    to add on the Hafner thing, all the hours I spent in draft prep and he’s my most productive hitter so far.

    A guy I absolutlely wanted no part of, but he was my last rsv pick in a 20 teamer. And only him, D. Johnson, and J. Wilson were starting players left. And I was actually pissed when I left that I didn’t pick Johnson.

    Shows you how much luck is involved, he’s doing better Ad. Gonzalez who I spent $40 on.

  180. Phil Hughes has been dropped by 5852 teams in Yahoo! leagues

  181. Wilson's Beard says:
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    @Grey: Saves predictions for Farnsworth, Romo, Sale? Over/under: 20, 10, 10?

  182. elterrible says:
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    @DonnieBaseball we’re 7 games in. I’m as ADD as the next guy but luck doesn’t have all that much to do with it by game 162

  183. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    @Eddy:

    That’s weird. CBS shows them as earned while Yahoo! doesn’t.

  184. elterrible says:
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    FYI looks like Hanley’s injury is just a bruise. He’s a pretty pretty princess.

  185. Eddy says:
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    Now that Ian Kennedy has pitched through the 8th, and I’m pretty sure I can’t jinx him while he’s on the bench, I just want to say that I’m glad I had the cojones to start him today.

    Crucial “W” in one of my H2H leagues.

  186. Wilsonian says:
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    Mr. Kennedy looking very very sharp. Glad I went against my better instincts and started him.

  187. Eddy says:
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    @GrandSlamSingle:

    I tuned in quickly to the game and heard the Sox announcers say that they were unearned. Now, I didn’t see him actually blowing the save. I tuned in when Farnsworth started pitching.

    Any razzballers care to confirm?

  188. elterrible says:
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    @Eddy I saw two errors in the inning so that sounds right. Not sure if that makes the run Johnson scored on the HR unearned though.

  189. Wilsonian says:
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    If there were errors that would have amounted to outs that ended the inning, then all runs that occurred after that are unearned.

    And Jesus, CarGo is 0-7 tonight. Well played buddy.

  190. Long Bawls says:
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    @Eddy: Unearned but ugly. I own the wrong Chicago reliever.

  191. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Wandy or Beachy?

  192. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @All – CWS/TB game. 1st run scored on a throwing error by Alexei. Batter should not have received credit for a hit. Pierre then drops a pop fly before the Johnson HR. All runs should be unearned. May take soe time to sort out because the Alexei play was an error all the way. Thornton did not have good stuff tonight – all fastballs. Grey, could be time for a “Sale” on RP’s.

  193. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    @Eddy:
    Looks like CBS screwed up initially because now Thornton has no runs charged to him.

  194. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @All – CBS now has it scored correctly. Tabata walk off for the Buccos!

  195. Mike says:
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    what six pitchers would you start

    Kevin correia
    Jorge Del la Rosa
    joel hanrahan
    Kyle McClellan
    J.J putz
    Ervin Santana
    John axford
    Wandy rodriguez
    Max scherzer
    Jose valverde

  196. Steve says:
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    @Grey: This whole Manny thing is a bit inconvenient.

    In the ol’ H2H currently rocking Gordon in the LF slot (what I drafted Manny for), but Ibanez is available.

    So Gordon or Ibanez? Only have room for one.

  197. the bat rastard says:
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    Hey Grey do they have pell grants or some kinda student loans for that College? I see where you get your BS degree..cust kiddin…lol.
    Just wanna drop you a line and say how much I enjoy you guys, but now Im really worried that you are using SIMPLY FRED as a reference since he is in my league..lol. I thought I was a moverr but Simply Fred goes through players faster than a $2 ho on a saturday night.

    Keep up the good work.

  198. M.D. says:
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    @Grey:
    What do you guys think? Drop David Hernandez (who is pitching lights out right now, but so is Putz) for Jason Motte (who is pitching horrible right now, but Franklin blew another save last night)? This is a 12 tm NL only league.

  199. VinWins

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    Huston Street pitched 3 innings last night – but only 27 pitches.

  200. Rico says:
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    OF help needed. For 2 spots I have Fowler, Kubel, and Bourjos. Availables are: Fragu, Morrison, Raburn, GJones, Willingham, and Boesch. I’m leaning towards wanting Fragu and Willingham

  201. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Kubel or Ben Francisco?

  202. Rob says:
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    One more question. For HodgePadres – Harang or Stauffer.

  203. Sos says:
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    Which side? Wright/Dumpster or Mcgehee/Scherzer?

  204. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sos: Wright, not close.

  205. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Sit D. Hudson against the Reds.

  206. chata says:
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    anyone have a good source for specific batter vs pitcher historical data ?

    am looking for something better than yahoo’s “rios has a well hit average
    of .375 vs lower tier lefties” .

    rather , what i’m looking for is …. “4 for nine vs randy wolf “, etc.

    your help is much appreciated .

  207. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @chata: yahoo ,go to the player,then to batter vs pitcher,you can do year by year or career

  208. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    That was meant to be a question, not a statement. Stupid punctuation!?. Sit D. Hud?

  209. Jake says:
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    @Grey

    I am in a 16-team keeper league, but in order to keep a player next year, you have to draft him and keep him on your bench the entire year without ever playing him. Right now, I have Desmond Jennings, Chris Heisey, Tyler Colvin, and Jose Tabata available to be keepers, but I need a 4th outfielder.

    What order would you keep these players (and therefore not use them at all this year)? Which ones do you think provide the greatest difference in value between this year and next year? For reference sake, my current outfield is pretty solid: Justin Upton, Drew Stubbs, and Aubrey Huff.

    Thanks!

  210. chata says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    thanks AL .

    i guess , after all these years , it’s time to look a little more to the right .

  211. Tony says:
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    I just traded King Felix + McGehee for Wright and Carpenter (keeper league). I like it although I need to pick up some SP now.

  212. Votto-voom says:
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    K. Ka’aihue OR Trumbo?

  213. Tom Emanski says:
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    I still can’t believe Logan Morrison is owned in only 33% of ESPN leagues. Only four players had more runs than he did during the time he played last season. He also already has 2 HRs to equal his output for all of last year. He’s a huge OBP guy. He has the prospect pedigree. What is the confusion here? Grey shouldn’t have to tell people to pick him up.

  214. nyphilsphan says:
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    Tom E’s comment goes back to my post, that bemoaning the ESPN league ownership percentages is an exercise in futility. Morrison is owned in 79% of CBS leagues. Pia probably shouldn’t have been voted out already in AI, either, but it’s a silly show so why get worked up over it? If you still watch because you like to look at J-Lo, I’m not gonna fault you for that. If you happen to play in an active ESPN league, good on ya. But it’s clear that as a whole the ownership numbers are just goofy.

  215. chata says:
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    pedroia …. bat is coming alive , at home .

    also , phillies don’t seem to be missing utley much … so far .

  216. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nyphilsphan: True, but you can tell from comments here that he isn’t owned in as many leagues as he should be.

    @chata: Yup and yup.

  217. nyphilsphan says:
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    @Grey: you’re right. p.s. Howard with his 10th RBI.

  218. nyphilsphan says:
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    Something about Crawford’s neck tat doesn’t go with the Red Sox unis. I’m no longer bullish that I “stole” him in my 2nd round H2H points league.

  219. brettj72 says:
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    Is there a term for when a pitcher has a quality start and then gives up a run in the 7th and no longer has a quality start? I have Beachy in a league that counts QS and he would have had one today if they just didn’t send him out there in the 7th. Curses!

  220. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    so , does clowny make the hall of fame , now that he’s made
    an inglorious exit from baseball ?

    and , if we’re starting a pool , i’m guessing that the banned substance ,
    this time around , was pot .

  221. Steve says:
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    Mini Donkey!

    Never been able to type that before.

  222. mauledbypandas says:
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    mini donkey finally goes deep… against my Rangers. It’s like the inverse fucking your stepsister.

  223. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brettj72: No, but there should be. How about manager indifference?

    @chata: Nope, not a chance.

    @Steve: Nice!

  224. Tom Emanski says:
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    I ate my Wieties and it did me no good.

  225. Donnie Baseball says:
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    with Kila looking overmatched, when do you think Hosmer gets called up?

  226. Hennessey says:
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    Hey Grey,

    For a 12 team H2H league that counts strikeouts and walks as hitting categories, I’m considering offering this “sell high, buy low” trade:

    My Howard/Edwin J. for his Youk/Hamels.

    Already have Fielder as my UTIL so I could move him to the 1B slot, keep Wright at 3B, and have Youk take over the UTIL spot. All the while Hamels will probably be better than Jackson by year’s end, and Howard strikes out and walks less than Youk.

    Should I throw it out there or stay idle?

  227. Hennessey says:
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    @Hennessey: strokes out more* and walks less

  228. Hennessey says:
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    @Hennessey: Need to add a delete button to this comment section. strikes out… =/

  229. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hitting for average too!

    And Boesch continues to be more useful to the Tigers than Raburn…

  230. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Reversed his ass.

    Sonavabenched of course.

  231. chata says:
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    damn .
    sale getting the save opp.

  232. Wilsonian says:
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    Back on the Zobrist or Beckham question…

    I’ll be picking up Beckham, however, who would you rather have for the rest of the year:

    Beckham or Walker?

    Categories: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

  233. Wilsonian says:
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    Someone needs to teach the Mexican’t how to be the Mexicutioner again. He got the save today, but it definitely wasn’t Zestfully clean.

  234. Steve says:
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    Stanton back, Hanley out.

  235. Steve says:
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    Espinosa!

    Nice of you to join us!

  236. Steve says:
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    Think I’m going to wish I had Adam Jones on a couple more teams.

  237. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @Steve:
    Nah he looks like the same player, still no plate discipline. Does look like he’s going to steal alot more though.

    Narveson looking real good, Grey I think you’ll be giving up on Morton pretty soon. He just isn’t very good.

  238. vinko says:
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    @Steve: At least you’re rostering Beltran in our Razz league… ooofffa!

  239. wilsoniam says:
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    im starting to really think esmil rogers could really bust out…grey, what do you think his final lines will look like this year?
    thanks

  240. Dexter says:
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    Can you rank W. Davis, Stauffer, J. Mcdonald, Harang, S. Baker?
    My team’s era has taken a hit in 14 team 5×5 roto and i’m looking to move some dead weight.

  241. royce! says:
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    Great time to but low on Choo! Oh wait, I won him in all my leagues… wah waaahhh.

  242. royce! says:
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    *own

  243. Donnie Baseball says:
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    So Narveson is this year’s J. Bautista. Great last month of season that people really didn’t buy into, now going to have a great year.

    200+ K’s this year= Bautista’s 50 hrs.

  244. Gambler says:
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    Narvewall now has 13 baserunners and 14 K’s in 13 IP so far. Do you drop Beachy, Lilly, or Wood to get him?

  245. Joba the Heat says:
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    @Gray: I’m thinking about trading Beltre and Posey for Longoria. I’m in a keeper league. Would hate to lose Posey, but I agree with you that Beltre’s 2010 is never going to happen again. Plus I just picked up Russell Martin who I think might return to his 2007-8 form (yes, I’m a Yankee fan. Still have some leftover hatred for Beltre for ever donning a Sox uniform).

    You think this is a good trade? I’m in a 10-team head-to-head league btw.

  246. Esquire! says:
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    Heyward and SRod or Pedroia and Adam Jones?

  247. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Got a new rod and reel in preparation for the coming fishing season so I guess that makes me Fish fan x2 with Nunez for one of my closers.

    Loveing LoMo in the 3 hole. His OBP skills make him better suited down in the order me thinks.

  248. BKK says:
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    Latest Narveson comparison, I had a waiver in for Peavy to drop shields and stash on my DL, but I lost claim, so would you drop Shields for Narveson.

    I’m leaning yes, plays in the NL, plays in a pitchers park – Shields worst division in MLB, hitters park and a slumping team.

    Did I just answer my own question?

  249. VinWins

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    Another Kendrick HR tonight. And Tabata slam and legs for 2nd straight game. I own Tabata on many teams, all thanks to Grey. I’m sure I would have been ignoring him this season.

  250. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Narveson or Britton for the year? A. Gordon or L. Morrison?

    Also, you like Blanton as a two-starter next week?

  251. Wilsonian says:
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    So do I drop Cecil for Narveson or Rogers? Or neither?

    I’m digging Tabata right now, too.

  252. Fletch says:
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    Rank in order for the year: A. Cabrera, Castro and Desmond

  253. Joel says:
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    Grey: 6×6 h2h league withthe 6th category OPS. Am I taking Russel Martin or Chris Iannetta? I can only take one of them. Thanks!

  254. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: or do I drop League, my 5th closer?

  255. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Drop Dempster for Narveson?

  256. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: I have Aaron Hill at 2B and Ryan Zimmerman at 3B. I have also picked up enough closers of the WW that I am now holding 4 of them (Broxton, Thornton/Sale, Rauch/Francisco, Sean Burnett).
    Another guy in my league has Kinsler at 2B, Aramis Ramirez at 3B (no MI/CI slot in the league). He also has Neil Walker on his bench.
    Should I offer him one of my closers for Walker as backup for Hill, or would you stay put? If the former, what closer would you offer him?
    12 team mixed, standard 5×5 roto.

  257. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Last one…after their starts so far, would you drop Kennedy for Masterson?

  258. marcopolo says:
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    Would you trade $13 Broxton and $15 Kuo for $1 Wood and $3 Kennedy in a dynasty league? I’m worried as hell about Broxton’s lost velocity (I know it’s a few games, but it’s def 5-6 mph slower than last year). It’s a holds league, just FYI. I think the trade is at least .80 on the dollar.

  259. Wilson's Beard says:
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    @Grey: Drop Vazquez for any of these guys? Masterson, Britton, Ogando, McDonald, Holland, Guthrie, Baker… Who are the top 3 pitchers in this group?

  260. Viagra Falls says:
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    I know it’s only the first week of baseball and I am not panicking, but I have to make some changes to get more production out of my line up. BA and runs are killing me, especially with the painfully slow start of guys injured last season (Mauer, Morneau…). LoMo is one of the first I want to pick up, but I will have to drop/trade guys for the roster spots. So, who is worth dropping and which of the following do you think are the best to grab?

    My roster now: Mauer/Morneau/Uggla/Beltre/Furcal(ugh…Furcal)/Heyward/Swisher/Huff/Andres Torres/Gardner/McGehee/Freeman(on potential for breakout year)

    Beltre has been the most productive and consistent hitter, with Mauer/Morneau obviously using the start of the season as training camp (or are still injured more than they let on). Russell Martin, LoMo, Grandy, Ike Davis, Yunel Escobar, Hip Hip Jorge… Right now Freeman, with all the promise, isn’t helping an already anemic lineup much. Should he be the first to go until he proves it consistently?

  261. Viagra Falls says:
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    @Grey: Also, Freddy Sanchez is available on the wire, too.

  262. Steve says:
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    @Grey: A supplementary on the LF situation on my H2H team. You went Gordon over Ibanez.

    How about Gordon v Ben Francisco? (We count OBP as well as AVE, BTW)

  263. Kazmere says:
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    With Ryan Franklin’s 3rd blown save last night, and Motte being pretty bad himself, what do you think about the Miguel Batista being next in line for saves? Batista’s stats thus far are better than Motte’s. Motte or Batista the better add?

  264. Kazmere says:
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    (addendum to above) Batista or Boggs, or just stick with Motte? I would be dropping Kuo for Batista or Boggs.

  265. elwood blues says:
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    We’re doing our 1st pickups this week, and I need a 5th OF to replace Blanks (it looks like he’ll be back in a month – about to start a rehab in San Antonio).. NL Only 4×4, and with our roster rules you can’t drop a player unless he goes on the DL, gets sent to the minors, or in this case, Blanks comes off the DL.. so now that that’s out of the way.. here are my options, how would you rank them.
    -Denorfia (Venable is not hitting, but neither has Denorifia)
    -WHarris (I like him over the next few weeks, but Bay is on the way)
    -Schierholtz (torres is hurt, but Ross is close to coming back)
    -Hinske (could he take over for Freeman?)
    -Gibbons (coming off the DL this week, maybe)
    -Mayberry
    -SHairston

  266. Eddy says:
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    Woke up here on the East coast to find that Haren gave me a win in a couple of leagues. Nice!
    @Grey:

    Pretty much similar to Kazmere’s question above: who’s the best bet for saves in STL? Some sites say stick with Motte, others say Batista and Miller?

  267. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Also:

    In a 14-team H2H league someone dropped Narveson last night. I have the first waiver priority. Burn it? These are my SP.

    Dan Haren
    Daniel Hudson
    Yovani Gallardo
    Kyle McClellan
    Javier Vazquez
    Shaun Marcum
    Edwin Jackson
    Esmil Rogers

    Would hate to miss out on the Ricky Romero/Shaun Marcum of 2011.

  268. Eddy says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman out with abdominal strain.

    What the hell is going on with all the intercostals and obliques and abdomens this year?!

  269. Fletch says:
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    Drop Wood for Narveson?

  270. Eddy says:
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    @Fletch:

    I don’t know about dropping wood.

    I GOT wood for Narveson.

    BA-DUM-CHHHHHH

    Sorry. I had to.

  271. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    What the verdict on Utleys return nowadays?

  272. Eng says:
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    Non-keeper league, would you trade Des Jennings for Ryan Franklin? Thanks as usual, can’t beat Razzball for interesting reading while sat on the throne.

  273. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wilsoniam: I just went over him two days ago.

    @Dexter: Stauffer (at home), Harang (at home)…

    @royce!: Ha

    @Gambler: Nope

    @Joba the Heat: It’s fair.

    @Esquire!: Pedroia

    @BKK: Sure

    @VinWins: Cool

    @Fletch: Narveson, Gordon…

    @Wilsonian: Narveson

    @Fletch: Desmond, Castro…

    @McBainus: Sure

    @McBainus: Sure

    @McBainus: No

    @marcopolo: Sure

    @Wilson’s Beard: Ogando, Britton, Vazquez…

    @Viagra Falls: Sure

    @Steve: Gordon

    @Kazmere: Hold

    @elwood blues: Harris, Giddons, Denorfia…

    @Eddy: Motte

    @Eddy: Narveson over Rogers

    @Fletch: Nope

    @tggq21: There’s no verdict.

    @Eng: Nope

  274. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the headsup with Narveson. (Hanson shaky so far…don’t say I didn’t warn you)

  275. Joel says:
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    grey:

    right now have 2 part time catchers in 6×6 h2h league, Napoli and Arencebia. would either Russell Martin or Iannetta be an upgrade over this pair? if so, which would you prefer?

  276. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,your thoughts still about the same for ubaldo this year?a number 1 sp

  277. pia smokin says:
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    grey,heard anything on the wilson front,would like to grab britton but would have to drop romo

  278. Tom Emanski says:
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    I have to pick 3 from Vazquez, Carrasco, Niese, and Narveson.

  279. Wilsonian says:
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    Need to make some pitching changes in my RCL league. Who do I move and for whom out of these guys?

    I have:

    Vazquez, Cecil, Neise

    FAs:

    Rogers, Harrison, Masterson, Britton

    Thanks!

  280. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Grey: Grey, same answer if it’s for a QS and K/9 league, and adding Garland to the mix?

  281. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: I already have Tulo…would you dump Castro for Narveson or Bumgarner? Which one?

    I probably shouldn’t pull the trigger and dump Pence for Morrison, Gordon or Pierre yet, correct? I got the itchy trigger and realize the best move is no move most of the time.

  282. Eddy says:
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    Looks like Erick Aybar is the next victim of the Strained Oblique Monster.

  283. Fletch says:
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    Damn, Chacin getting drilled by the Bucks!

  284. Mike says:
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    Is Litsch against Seattle or Ogando against the Tigers worth a stream tomorrow?

  285. Eddy says:
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    @Fletch:

    Only 1 ER though. Wigginton error screwed him over.

  286. Fletch says:
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    @Eddy: Ah, didn’t catch that part…that makes me feel a little bit better. Thanks.

  287. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    If I offer the owner of A-Rod my Dunn and Pedro Alvarez, what round value should he send over my way to make it fair?

    Keeper league, and Pedro would be 9th round value next year. Both Dunn and Arod in the 3rd.

  288. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    Forgot the specs.

    12-team, H2H 5×5 OBP in place of AVG.

  289. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Someone offered me Liriano, Gallardo and J. Soria for Braun and Broxton? Would you take it? What about with a lesser closer?
    12-team standard roto

  290. Fletch says:
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    Do you think Beckham can be a top five 2b as soon as this year or are we still 2-3 years away from that?

  291. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    Thoughts on the ChiSox closer situation?

  292. Fletch says:
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    @Shmorgie S. Board: From Roto today: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen intends to start using a closer by committee. He’s reversing course from comments made Saturday when he defended Matt Thornton. Thornton is still likely to see the majority of save chances, but it appears Guillen will use multiple other options. “I’ve got three or four guys who can close,” Guillen said. “I got [Jesse] Crain, [Chris] Sale, [Sergio] Santos and Thornton that can close the end of the game. Don’t be surprised if you see one of those guys. We’ll do that because someone needs the rest or we like the matchup better. There’s a lot of things going through our minds about who’s going to be pitching the ninth.” Guillen added: “I didn’t use Thornton yesterday because we used him too much the night before — he got too many pitches. If Thornton was ready yesterday, I would have put him in. That’s the way it should be. Meanwhile, don’t be surprised when you see Santos on the mound in closing situations.”

  293. chata says:
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    @Fletch:

    you can’t drop castro , when other teams are running guys like
    jeter , and worse , out there .

    no trade league ?

  294. VinWins

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    Weaver 7 Ks thru 3 innings

  295. Effenhooer says:
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    Who do you take: Volquez or Beachy?
    Also, which catcher: Weiters or Montero?

  296. strugz says:
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    can ya pick 2 out of beachy, vazquez, bedard, rogers, masterson? h2h with qs rather than wins. thanks!

  297. VinWins

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    Weaver 11 Ks thru 5 innings. Jays 1 hit of the infield variety.

  298. VinWins

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    Rajai Davis left game with leg or ankle problem.

  299. Steve says:
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    Kemp running like a wild man. That 6 SBs since Opening Day, I believe.

  300. chata says:
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    rodney back in , for the save opp .

  301. anarchy burger says:
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    why did rodney get the save??????????? i just outbid everyone in my leagues walden seepstakes and this guy gets the save today?? i have no luck.

  302. Black Beard says:
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    @anarchy burger: Heard Walden wasn’t available because he threw 25 pitches yesterday…

  303. Black Beard says:
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    Tabata or Gardner for next week? Seems like it should be a no brainer given how Tabata has played, but Gardner’s schedule looks easier. Any thoughts?

  304. anarchy burger says:
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    thanks for the update bb. i hope rodney didn’t just win the closers job back.

  305. anarchy burger says:
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    tabata h@Black Beard: tabata has been really good so far. i like him. so what you should do is put in gardner. always do the opposite of what i say.

  306. McBainus says:
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    @Black Beard: TABATA!!!! Sorry for the caps, he is just my man crush right now. Gotta ride the hot hand, don’t overthink.
    Then again, what anarchy burger said in #328 is also valid.

  307. cruisinkc says:
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    Narveson or Holland….better pick up?

  308. Jrock says:
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    Greyski!
    Standard 5×5 12team mixer
    I was offered the following 2 deals… Which do you like more?
    A.) Rasmus and The Flyin Hawaiian for Youkilis?
    B.) Dread Pirate and Raburn for Youkilis?
    I need OF considering one retired and Michael Morse has a vajay jay.

  309. Trevor

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    Do you think trading away Utley for Edwin Jackson would be appealing for anyone? or is it ridiculous at this point.. I got Utley in like the 10th round because everyone obviously forgot about him… and now I want something in return since I have B. Phillips tearin it up!

  310. Trevor

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    PS. Grey, your lookin like a genius right now with Tabata!! also with Napoli even though he rides the pine 4 days a week. He’s still Sicknasty

  311. anarchy burger says:
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    @Jrock: i like option b. pitts offense looks pretty good.

  312. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team, 5 x 5 roto with weekly changes, who do you like better for this week at util? m. young (3 @ det, 3 @ nyy) or m. byrd (3 @ hou, 3 @ col).

    thanks.

  313. herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, scherzer vs tex or kuroda vs stl?

    thanks again.

  314. KF says:
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    @Grey: Start Volquez @SD vs. Latos?

  315. Steve says:
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    @KF: Have to start him in Petco – doesn’t matter who’s on the hill for the Padres.

  316. Mike D. says:
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    @Grey: I can only start one this week – 4×4 roto (no WHIP; just W, ERA, K, SV):

    Colby Lewis @ NYY
    Carlos Zambrano @HOU
    Justin Masterson vs. BAL

    I normally like Lewis, but with balls flying out of “The Stadium That Didn’t Need To Be Built” again this year, I’m leaning Big Z…

    Thanks

  317. Kazmere says:
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    What’s going on with the Scosciapath? Rodney gets the save tonight over Walden. Jepsen sent down to Triple-A, Downs gets called up from the DL.

    Downs worth an add for vulture saves? Do you think Rodney got his job back?

  318. Fletch says:
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    Maybe Sabathia gets a win by the All-Star break.

  319. Steve says:
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    Jesus. Youk getting every chance to play his way back in to form.

    Pity he’s not taking it.

  320. aj says:
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    what 2 do you drop? 5×5 roto 14 teams.
    Travis Hafner, Logan Morrison, Ben Francisco, Alex Gordon, Ryan Raburn

  321. chata says:
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    @Steve:

    baseball karma’s pay-back for that broke-back batting stance .

  322. Steve says:
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    @Grey: In the ol’ H2H, any reason to get rid of George the Catcher/DH in favour of Arencibia or Iannetta?

  323. Steve says:
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    @chata: He just walked and scored, so I’ll cut him a (very) little slack.

  324. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: I need one…Chacin at home vs. Garza, Narveson @ Pitt or D. Hudson vs. Cain?

  325. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Grey,

    Please pick my last 3 starters. 14 Team, H2H

    Narveson
    Stauffer
    Niese
    Pineda
    Morton
    Rogers

    Drop Wilton or D-Hernandez and keep 4-5 of them?

    Thanks

  326. thanks for all the help…

    I got a question which no one seems to be asking (sorry if I missed it)….what’s the story w/ Luke Scott? He back from his groin injury or not? Do you feel confident starting him this week in a weekly league?

  327. GTS says:
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    Sean Burnett or Matt Thornton?

  328. Chris says:
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    Is Tabata for Oswalt fair value?

  329. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Ha

    @Mike: Ogando

    @Eddy: 1st or 2nd… It’s not a slam dunk trade for you.

    @McBainus: Nope

    @Fletch: This year…

    @Effenhooer: Volquez, Wieters…

    @strugz: First two…

    @Black Beard: Tabata

    @cruisinkc: Narveson

    @Jrock: B, it’s fair.

    @tggq21: Kinda ridiculous.

    @herschel: Young

    @KF: Yup

    @Mike D.: Zambrano

    @Kazmere: No on Downs.

    @aj: Raburn, Hafner

    @Steve: Iannetta

    @Fletch: Hudson

    @Whiskey Diet: Drop Wilton… Narveson, Stauffer, Morton, Pineda…

    @FuzzyD: I wouldn’t own him.

    @GTS: Burnett right now…

    @Chris: Sure

  330. herschel says:
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    @Grey: for next week, 12 team 5 x 5 roto, scherzer vs tex or kuroda vs stl?

    thanks again.

  331. A2K says:
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    What side?
    J. Upton , Billingsley
    Kemp , Walden

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