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In the clubhouse after last night’s game, the Nats watched as ESPN reported Strasburg wasn’t pitching until Friday so there was nothing to talk about.  Nothing to say about Adam Dunn.  Nothing to say about that Zimmerman guy.  Josh Will-something… They couldn’t even remember his name.  The team stopped watching the highlights, upset they were nothing but Anthony Edwards to Strasburg’s Clooney.  Knowing something had to be done, Dunn left the clubhouse as he always had – by reaching up, removing the ceiling and climbing out.  Then he jumped on the back of a blue ox and circled the globe until time rewound to before the game.  Dunn then went out and hit his 18th, 19th and 20th homers while rocking a .280 average on the year.  Now after the game, ESPN reported Dunn hit 3 homers, specifying it came just two days prior to Strasburg’s next start.  Dunn shrugged, it was a start as he ripped the blue ox’s leg off and had dinner.  Hee-haw!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ian Desmond – 1-for-2 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  Now has 6 homers and 6 steals on the year.  Ever heard of the slow boat to China?  Yeah, Desmond’s on the slow boat to 12/12.

Todd Helton – Placed on the DL with a sore back.  He needs his Bond girl, Miss Aja Chair.

Brad Eldred – 3-for-4, 3 Runs.  Was called up in the wake of Helton’s old age.  Eldred has monster power and a poor average.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d grab him for the chance at lightning in a bottle.  I’d say grab him in mixed leagues too, but he may not see all the playing time over Giambi.  Depends how quickly Giambi’s defense and fragility (<–hey, it’s Italian!) expose themselves.

Dexter Fowler – A three-run homer as he showed that Fowler power.

Chris Iannetta – 3 games, 3 homers.  As if it needs to be said, but this is not good for Miguel Olivo.

Matt Garza – Picked up the save.  Soriano had pitched four days in a row so Maddon opted for Garza on his throw day.  Or maybe Maddon owns Hellickson in a keeper and wants to see Garza get hurt.  Hard to say.

David Price – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Hopefully he doesn’t need to close out Sunday’s game.

Marc Rzepczynski – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks in The RZE’s return from a fractured finger.  Shame on a finga!  The consonant monger had a great K-rate in the minors and is worth a flier in AL-Only leagues.

Delmon Young – Hit his 10th homer yesterday while suffering a sprained wrist.  Delmon said his wrist should be F-I-N-E, fine.  He spelled it out gangsta-style.

Orlando Hudson – 3-for-4 with a homer.  I yawned while I typed his name.

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his third homer in two games.  Think it’s safe to get him back in the lineup now.

Josh Johnson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Now leads the majors with a 1.70 ERA.  C’mon, Marlins, trade him for some prospects, you know you wanna.

Mike Stanton – 2nd game in a row with a homer.  Definitely can mollywhop with the best of them, but he can be a drain on average for this year.

Dan Uggla – 3-for-3 as he hits .285 on the year.  Bet you’re glad you avoided him in March with his terrible average.

Casey Kotchman – 2 homers yesterday as he emphatically answered the question, “Is Casey Kotchman retired, playing 1st for the M’s or in the minors?”

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K as the Fister/Johnson battery made Mariner fans wince.

Chad Qualls – I see your confidence Kirk Gibson and I raise you an inning thrown and three runs given up.

Edwin Jackson – 5 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Hey, at least he didn’t need 149 pitches.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Whoever the pitching coach was in Triple-A who fixed Scherzer, he might think about applying for a job in the big leagues.

Buster Posey – 4-for-4, 6 RBIs and two homers.  Let’s hope he doesn’t work out with Wieters in the offseason.

Andres Torres – 2-for-5 with his 5th homer.  He also has 17 steals.  Incredibly, Torres is headed for a 10/30 year.  That is all… But that should be enough.

Carlos Lee – For the 2nd straight day, Lee and his “I’m too old for this shizz” brother in arms, Berkman homered.

Jayson Nix – Now with his 5th homer in 5 games.  Maybe Nix hired Marcus Giles as his strength and conditioning coach.

Matt Holliday – 4-for-5, 4 Runs, 2 RBIs and 2 more homers in Coors.  Hey, I know that one… 2007 Matt Holliday, right?  Cool impersonation!

Jake Peavy – To the DL and off to see Dr. Freeze, but this doesn’t affect anyone who reads Razzball because I told you to avoid Peavy this year.  What?  You didn’t listen?  Aw, that’s a sad story.  Here’s a tissue.  Taking over for Peavy, will be D-Hud.  To see my Daniel Hudson fantasy, click that thingamabobber.

Carlos Quentin – Could be out until Friday with a sore knee.  His knee obviously doesn’t own him in fantasy.

Aaron Hill – Was out with a stomach virus.  Interestingly enough, his owners haven’t been able to stomach him all year.

Martin Prado – 2 homers yesterday, now has 10 homers on the year with a .336 average and 61 Runs.  Yeah, he’s going to be overrated next year.

Matt Diaz – Hit a homer.  Sure, it was off Gimme Moyer, but, more importantly, what is Gimme?  *taps finger, cracks neck, yawns*  He’s a lefty!  Diaz eats lefties for breakfast.

Shane Victorino – Hit his 13th homer yesterday to keep pace with Ryan Howard, who hit his 16th.  Now if Howard had 17 steals to match Victorino, they’d be close in fantasy value.

Bronson Arroyo – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  In 303 1/3 innings over the last three years, he has a 3.06 ERA in the 2nd half.  Okay, that’s the last time I’m mentioning it (until he pitches well again).

Jonathan Niese – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I could make the case that Niese is having a better season than Pelfrey.  If I were to make that case, I’d talk about K-rate and xFIP.  That’s if I were to make that case.

Sean Gallagher – Pirates received Gallagher for cash.  The unconfirmed cash figure was seventeen dollars, but the Pirates had a Has-Been Prospect coupon.  If you’re going to pick up Gallagher, you better put on a raincoat because he can get messy when he takes a mallet to your team’s ERA/WHIP.

87 Responses

  1. fitz says:
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    ARAM!

    No update about JJ being Godly?

  2. fitz says:
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    My fault. Hooked on phonics apparently did not work for me.

  3. Steve says:
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    Ah Arroyo. The high leg kick, the guitar playing, even the mullet – it’s all forgiven.

  4. Grey, Re: Scherzer and Toledo. I actually spoke to Jeff Jones, the Toledo pitching coach, for around 15 minutes winter before last, which means it was before he “fixed” Scherzer or tried to repeat the results with Porcello and Gallarraga.

    But I asked if he aspired to a big-league job. For what it’s worth, he said was much more effective in Toledo because he could concentrate on mechanics in a low-stress context and without the priority of winning games. He said he’d have to change tactics in Detroit and it wasn’t clear whether he’d be as effective. No surprises there, I guess, but it was interesting to me at the time.

    My fantasy baseball question of the morning: Do you think there’s a good chance that Desmond Jennings (assuming he’s called up soon) will be like the 2010 version of last year’s Borbon? I think Borbon got the call around a year ago. Any feel for how likely it is Jennings gets called up?

  5. Jordan73 says:
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    In my H2H league, I’m hurting on my Win-Loss record, another leaguemate needs Ks. Thinking of offering my Hamels or Hanson for his Buchholz (Ok with waiting out the DL stint). Keep holding my breath that they’ll both turn it on in the second half, or bet on Buchholz continuing his dominance?

  6. Grey or anyone else, a final question for today: In my 20-team non-keeper roto league (where pitching is at a premium), I have a couple of decent fifth starters (Bumgarner, Gorzelanny) and I was thinking of trying to move one for someone who can help with steals — my weakest hitting category — but do so without killing my average. Any suggestions on a couple of names I could target?

  7. Killing Machine says:
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    Aaron Hill and Denard Span for crispie young, or maybe werth?

  8. alex says:
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    need to add a SP in a 20 team league. Not anyone worth adding right now but should i pick up a guy who’s currently on the DL that can contribute soon? a couple options are Jordan Zimmerman, Scott Olsen, Josh Outman (not sure when he’ll be back), and John Maine.

    Obviously not looking for a ace or anything just someone to eat a few innings and give me a win here and there.

  9. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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    Dearest Grey,
    As I was reading today’s post I felt like someone had laced my morning coffee with LSD. Ah, the Good Old Days!
    Easily one of your best/ most surreal efforts. Well Dunn!
    I acquired Arroyo earlier this year for Jared Weaver and, at first was pretty doubtful, but he’s since been re-dubbed, “Bacon” Arroyo. He’s awfully streaky but boy does he taste good when he sizzles! Plus, I don’t have to think about that horrific “Dreamweaver” song whenever he starts. Just thinking about thinking about it hurts!
    mmmmm…bacon….

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Enrique: the rays seem to be interested in moving upton, and if upton gets shipped out, i have to imagine jennings will at least get a chance to prove himself. he could be good for a decent avg and a bunch of SBs.

  11. William says:
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    A little Mike Gonzalez insider news – if you have a spare DL spot AND vulturing for saves, pick this guy up. His velocity is back. My buddy is the play by play guy for the Aberdeen Ironbirds and told me that he touched 94 a few times and stayed above 90 with a solid curve in his one inning of work the other day. A far cry from the low 90s/88 MPH fastball he was sporting last week in Aberdeen.

  12. mc serch says:
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    Great stuff today, Grey…really great stuff! 13 bombs for Shane-O and we’re not even at the break yet….amazing.

  13. spikeowen says:
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    Grey-why can’t you admit that you were wrong on Prado?

  14. @Enrique: Wow — actual reporting. Be careful, Rudy and Grey — you’ve got a mini ESPN on your hands.

    @William: And more reporting! So… does anyone have an inside scoop on LeBron? Nice work fellows.

    Both Carlos Lee and Berkman are available in my league. Is it worth dropping Stanton for one of them, and if so, which one?

    I have a suspicion one/both of Lee/Berkman will be very useful in the second half.

  15. Chupacabra says:
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    Start or sit Ervin Santana today against the pale hose?

  16. papasmurf says:
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    For the $17, I hear the Bucs also got a watermelon with Gallagher.

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: all i know is that if lebron goes to miami it’ll be the lamest thing ever. the heat could win the next 10 titles and his legacy would never recover from the fact that he had to leave his home team to join another superstar’s team in order to achieve “greatness” and couple to that signing of a 3rd superstar who might only be a top 10-15 NBA player/talent instead of a top 5 player/talent like d wade.

  18. bobbo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Is A-Rod, Tex, or Sabathia’s “greatness” diminished because they had to join Jeter’s team to get a ring?

  19. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    At CI, Peralta or Betemit rest of season?

    16 team league H2H 8×8 (BB, SLG, H)

  20. Wah says:
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    Time to drop Slowey?

  21. Wah says:
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    Grey/Enrique-

    AJ Sager is actually the pitching coach in Toledo. Jones has been out for probably 2 years now? Jeff Jones is actually up with the Tigers as their bullpen coach.

    Sager’s a good guy and coach. He’s worked with one of my former player’s as well.

    He’s from Columbus… University of Toledo Alumni.. played for the Padres, Rockies, and Tigers.

    He’s done some good things with the staff in Toledo since he took over.

  22. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:
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    I wonder about Josh Johnson for the second half. I was combing over his stats from last year as well as career. Do we have a Dan Haren on our hands?

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @bobbo: to even suggest that a single or even 3 baseball players have the same affect on a baseball game/series/season outcome as a single or 3 basketball players have on a basketball game/series/season outcome is totally ludicrous.

    aroid and tex get 4-5 ABs per game apiece? out of 40 or so ABs per game for the team? cc pitches 7 or so innings in 20% of the games? even counting fielding, how many balls balls does aroid and tex field per game (and with tex i’m not talking simple catch a throw at first type fielding)?

    now consider how many possessions a basketball player touches the ball on. a few years ago when lebron scored 25 straight points to finish off the playoff game against the pistons, there is no equivalent to that in baseball. a guy can’t hit in all 9 lineup spots in one game. maybe you could argue a SP throws a CG shutout, but even then if the days don’t line up for him to pitch that game, then he doesn’t get the chance. and even if the team lines it up so that CC pitches game 7, he’s relying on other pitchers to get him through the game leading up to game 7 so he can even have the chance to pitch the CG shutout.

    so yeah, basketball and a single player’s influence is far more than baseball, football, hockey, soccer, or almost any other team sport.

  24. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    @Killing Machine: I’m guessing you’re about to release Aaron Hill and your trading partner probably will too.

  25. How much faith do you guys put into day-night splits?

    I’m asking in regard to Brian Bannister, who at first glance seems like nothing special: his ERA is 5.44 and he has less than two Ks for each BB and only 58 Ks in 96 innings.

    But during the day, his ERA is 2.37 and his WHIP is 1.16 (they’re 7.45/1.72 at night). Last year, his ERA/WHIP was 2.98/1.05 during the day and 5.22/1.46 at night. He’s the first MLB pitcher to “out duel” Stephen Strasburg when he pitched six shutout innings against the Nats — in a day game, of course. In the day start before that, he went 7.1 innings with 2 ER against Detroit. And so on.

    He also has an ERA under 4 at home, compared to around 7 on the road, and five of his seven wins have come at home.

    The reason I mention all this is because he faces a resurgent White Sox teams at home and in a day game on Saturday. It’s a team that usually beats him up, even before they started playing well. Last time he faced them (at night, though it was at home) he gave up 4 ER in 4 innings, and his career ERA against them is 7.97 with a 1.69 WHIP and a .313 BAA. The Sox’ likely starting OF (Pierre, Rios, Quentin) are a combined .411 (14-for-34) against him in their careers. Could be ugly.

    I haven’t paid enough attention to day/night splits to know if they’re worth paying attention to. To a certain point, they could be a coincidence or the product of a small sample size. But if there’s something to them, Bannister could be a really sneaky streamer Saturday and for future day games. What do you guys think?

    (Yes, I’m a lot less productive at work during baseball season)

  26. @Wah: Whoops! Shows how much I kept up with him after that chance conversation. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll need to stop telling that story.

  27. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS League

    Who to start later this week?

    Phil Hughes @SEA (Cliff Lee)
    or
    Jason Hammel vsSD (Wade LeBlanc)

  28. bobbo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I would tend to agree with you on that, except for maybe hockey. Individuals can undoubtedly take over a game there.

    When it all comes down to it though, LeBron is damned if he does damned if he doesn’t. Where he *doesn’t* go will be just as important as where he *does* go. And it will be scrutinized for years. Answer me this, does his brand take a bigger hit if he stays in Cleveland for another 6 years and doesn’t win, or if he goes to Miami and “sells out” but still gets a ring or two?

  29. Gibby says:
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    Hey Grey, if this was your team in a 14 team deep-mixed league, which 10 would you keep? Come on bro, answer and I’ll buy you Dos Daquiris!

    Hitters:
    Weiters/Votto/Aviles/Andrus/Gardner/McCutchen/Rasmus/Fowler
    Willingham/LaPorta/Betemit/Tulo/Callaspo/Desmond Jennings

    Pitchers:
    Filthy Sanchez/Lester/Weaver (Jered not the emotional trainwreck Jeff)
    Ely/Bumgarner/Volquez/Daniel Hudson/Marcum/Garza/Gorzelanny/
    Andrew Bailey/Brian Wilson/Billy Wagner

  30. Bob says:
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    Which side of Kelly Johnson/Carlos Quentin for Aramis Ramirez/Marlon Byrd would you prefer to be on?

  31. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Bob: Johnson/Quentin…slightly more risk, but a lot more upside

  32. Wah says:
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    Is Wainwright an injury concern in the 2nd half? For some reason, I’m always worrying about this dude.

  33. Eddy says:
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    @Enrique:
    Wow, very nice find with the Bannister comment. I’ll definitely keep that in mind from now on.

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @bobbo: if he stays in cleveland and doesn’t win, then people will respect him more and like that he tried to win for for cleveland and their shitty sports history. if he goes to miami, he, bosh, and d wade are gonna be 3 of the most hated sports figures imo. i’m not a nba guy by any means, but i tend to kinda like d wade and lebron, but this would instantly turn me against them. i can’t imagine anyone that isn’t a heat fan (do they even have real fans??) would like these guys.

  35. Munsu says:
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    In a keeper league, would you make a Bruce/Latos trade to take advantage of the good moment of Latos? I have concerns abouth the health of Latos and I could use a good bat like Bruce.

  36. brad says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Why not take a little less money in order to have a better chance at winning? I’m not really a fan of King Crab (James), but if he does go to Miami I think it will raise my opinion of him.

    As long as Phil Jackson doesn’t decide to go coach there next year and take more credit for being the best coach ever. God, I hate Phil Jackson.

  37. @Enrique: If I had to, I’d say it’s just an aberration of the small sample size. Of course, there could be something there…perhaps his mental or physical preparation is different when he’s pitching earlier in the day (less time to get nervous, or he feels less tired, or whatever), but it seems pretty unlikely. It would be interesting for someone to do a regressions analysis on day/night splits and see if there are pitchers that had a statistically significant split for their whole career (and to what degree that overall career split was predictive of a particular season split).

  38. pjtres says:
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    who cares about lebron?

    the guy is the biggest (or top 5) tools in sports today.
    hes an ego maniac.
    i hope NO ONE tunes in to watch his special tonight. maybe he will get the message that the universe doesnt revolve around him.

  39. Gibby says:
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    @brad:

    Right there with you man. I envision a scenario where Lebron heads to Miami and they promptly hire Phil Jackson who wins 3 more titles proclaiming himself the greatest coach of all time. Stating that he could have won any one of the titles without MJ, Shaq, Kobe, Wade, Bosh, or Lebron.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: It worked. Eventually.

    @Steve: Hehe

    @Enrique: Jeff Jones is the pedophile from Ferris Bueller, go back and get me something I can use! Joking. That is interesting. Where is Jennings going to play?

    @Jordan73: I’d move Hanson for Buchholz.

    @Enrique: Pierre? Pods?

    @Killing Machine: I’d take Werth or Krispie.

    @alex: Try Zimmermann.

    @The Ghost of Doc Ellis: Ha… Thanks!

    @William: Thanks for the heads up!

    @mc serch: Thanks!

    @spikeowen: It’s like admitting I have maple syrup coursing through my veins, I don’t think it’s accurate.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d hold Stanton.

    @Chupacabra: Start him…

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @Cheese: Betemit… Though not for the rest of the season, but that should go without saying.

    @Wah: As always, depends who you’re dropping him for.

    @Wah: Ah, interesting.

    @Oregon Nut Cups: Not sure what you’re seeing, in 2008 he pitched well and last year he didn’t. Not really a trend.

    @Enrique: It’s solid research and he might be fine, but that doesn’t mean I’d start Bannister anywhere.

    @Commish Cauda: Both? Hughes…

    @Gibby: Votto, Andrus, McCutchen, Rasmus, Tulo, Lester, Weaver, Volquez, Gardner, Wieters… There’s some debate with Volquez and Wieters.

    @Bob: Agree with Commish.

    @Wah: No more so than any other pitcher at this point.

  41. Grey

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    @Munsu: It’s fair if you need Bruce…

  42. On a completely different note, I’ve been wondering about the statistical importance of leaving a roster spot open for several days. For example….

    I’ve been rotating waiver catchers since V-Mart went out (Russell Martin being the most recent). I just completed a deal to get Wieters, but it doesn’t go through until Sunday. When I saw the news about Hudson pitching on Sunday, I wanted to grab him, but when I looked at my roster, the only player I wanted to drop was Martin. This means for 3 days, I’m playing no catcher at all.

    Now, my estimation was that 3 days of playing with no catcher was worth the chance to get Hudson. For one thing, the talent level of the catcher I’d be playing is pretty low, so there’s every chance that I’d get an 0/12 out of the next 3 days, and 0/0 is actually better. But I do lose out on the chance for some runs, RBI, and the random HR or SB.

    I feel pretty good about 3 days. But what if it was 1 week? 2 weeks? At what point is it worth dropping the more valuable player just to have someone, anyone, filling the open roster spot? How do you measure the difference in value?

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brad: well by going to miami he’s admitting that he can’t be the man on a nba championship team because d wade already has the ring to prove he can. just seems like a giant pussy move to me. did michael join up with bird or magic to win a title? or did he get pissed, build his own dynasty and eventually beat everyone’s ass.

    lebron has been hyped since he was 16 years old, he owes it to himself and the sports world not ride the coattails of another superstar to a title instead of being the man to lead a team to a title.

    i just think it’s lame that i would have watched this guy for years waiting for him to be great and then he decides to be scottie pippen instead of michael jordan at the ripe old age of 25.

  44. thepizzaman says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: couldn’t agree more with your rant

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Depends on who you’re filling in there and how well the rest of your team is doing. I have LuCroy on one team and he’s barely the starter. Team is doing fine outside of him though, so it hasn’t hurt too bad. I’d prefer anything than nothing though in most instances.

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    So my Weaver/Aardsma offer for Lester got shot down. Which is slightly unfortunate, but not THAT unfortunate. I was wondering what your take on dealing Utley for a stud pitcher like Lester? I have him in an 8 Team H2H Keeper (but I probably wouldn’t be keeping Utley anyway), and I’ve toyed with the idea, but I haven’t come to any definitive solution. Do you think it would have to be a pitcher of Lester’s quality, or should I still try to get some more out of Utley? Like I said, still not totally sold on selling him…

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: i would totally trade utley for lester. even in a keeper, lester is younger and looks to be a top 10 SP for the next 4-5 years. utley probably has another high end year or 2 in him, but without roids baseball is a young man’s game and guys are hitting the downside of their career much much earlier than they were 7 years ago.

  48. Shack says:
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    Do you think Hart’s second half is going to slump because of the derby?

  49. TheRealTaz says:
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    I’ve been offered a trade in a keeper league:

    I get A. Chapman, he gets Volquez.

    Whaddaya say, Grey?

  50. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    @Enrique: Don’t really have an answer for you, but it looks like Bannister has had that day/night split for his career. For fun, check out Cole Hamels’s day/night career splits:

    Day – 4.66 ERA/1.408 WHIP
    Night – 3.31 ERA/1.104 WHIP

  51. brad says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: You’re probably assuming the correct level of narcissism. Which is probably why he won’t go to Miami.

    I mean why would a player want to enjoy being on a good team?

    Did you see Jordan’s HOF acceptance speech, he came across, after all this time, as kind of an asshole. . . . Obviously still consumed by hyper-competitiveness. If LeBron is like that, and maybe you have to be to be the best, he won’t sign with Miami.

    If he isn’t a giant dick, he’ll consider it. Of course, maybe that does make him a “giant pussy.”

    So far, all signs point to giant dick. I mean there is this hour long me-fest on ESPN tonight.

  52. GTS says:
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    Drop Coghlan for Fowler?

  53. Grey

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    @GTS: Sure if you need steals.

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I made an offer for Lester w/Utley and Richard. We’ll see, though. I know this guy loves Lester, which I don’t blame him. But I’m giving it a shot. I don’t absolutely need Lester, but I sure wouldn’t be too pissed if he ended up on my roster. Anyone else come to mind that I could target w/Utley? I have JJ, Ubaldo, Verlander, Weaver and Romero already as my good, young arms.

  55. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Still seeking that elusive 12th owner for a unique but easy to understand $40 dynasty league (salary, roto-style, deep rosters) that starts in 2011. Our entry draft starts this month (after finding the 12th man). The best owners are signed up and paid and ready for a long-term league.

    Any interest out there, let me know. Thanks.

  56. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: maybe haren? or cc? or liriano? a lot of it depends on the opponent and whether they are playing for next year and think they might be getting a 1st round type hitter for a SP.

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brad: jordan was a dick when he played. kobe is a dick. larry bird was a dick. most of the great basketball players are dicks, because a lot of the game involves being a guy that’ll just take the ball and drive to the basket even if there is an open shooter in the corner.

  58. @Eddy: @Mark Geoffriau: @GrandSlamSingle: What about the idea that a certain pitchers’ throwing style looks different in natural light? Or that the pitcher’s energy level peaks during the day? Seems like if it plays out over the course of several seasons there could be something to it (the split seems to be widening for Bannister over time). Grey’s right, though, I’m still not going to start him against Chicago. But it might be something to keep in mind for starts against more marginal teams.

    GrandSlamSingle: thanks for pointing out Hamel’s splits. I actually have him on my roster, as opposed to Brannister, who I’d have to stream. I’ll keep those splits in mind when he’s facing a tough team.

    Anyone else know about any very extreme day/night or home/away splits for pitchers?

  59. Gibby says:
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    Grey:

    Yes or no to these 2 keeper deals:

    I give Panda, I get Clayton Kershaw

    I give McCutchen, I get Clayton Kershaw

  60. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Gibby: send panda. and hurry.

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: That’s part of the reason why I targeted Lester. The guy is in 6th and 28 games out of 1st, but he’s a tad bit delusional and still thinks he could make a run…which I suppose he could, but it’s a long shot. He also has Price, which I’ve debated on testing the waters on. He said he would possibly deal him.

    I’m not a HUGE fan of Liriano and don’t quite trust him just yet.

    I like CC, and have debated on doing that, but I doubt it would work. For one, my Dad has CC and is in 4th (5 games out), plus he’s a HUGE Yankees fan, so he likes having them on his roster. I do happen to know that he likes Utley, however (made me a Cain/Scherzer/Bay for Utley/Capps offer earlier in the week). He also has Kershaw.

    The guy with Haren, also has King Felix, and is in 1st (I’m in 2nd 1 game out). He’s the only other Razzball reader (that I know of) and he already said he wouldn’t trade with me because he doesn’t want to think he helped me out in any way. Plus he’s made it widely known that he has an obscure man-crush on Haren.

  62. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – Zim/Hamels too much for Longoria? Thanks!

  63. Kazmere says:
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    @Enrique: Scott Baker has a great home split so far this season. You know, at the stadium Mauer has yet to hit a HR in..

  64. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Thanks. Just sent you the league charter and a salaries document. Let me know if you have questions or, naturally, if you’re interested.

  65. Donnie Baseball says:
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    So if Werth is traded, does it mean it’s D. Brown time?

    Is he werth a pick-up?

  66. yanks4life says:
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    Could you rate these players please: Andres Torres, Nyger Morgan, Juan Pierre,Correy Patterson, Fowler, and Pagan.

  67. brad says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I guess, I just don’t know why you would like a guy less if he isn’t a dick. Steve Nash seems pretty awesome. Bill Russell seemed like a nice guy. Hakeem didn’t seem as self-involved.

    I’m just saying that choosing Miami would be a pleasant surprise to me because LeBron seems like too much of a narcissist to choose to play on a team where he might not be “the man.” I for one, wouldn’t see it as a giant pussy move as you termed it. To me it would be refreshing.

  68. kwak says:
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    Start Cecil vs Min tonight at home?

  69. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: I’m always interested in taking other people’s money…

  70. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Did you see any of Medlen’s outing last night? It was his worst start in a while.

  71. barker says:
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    lost peavy in a deep 20 teamer (30 man rosters) got him cheap in the draft Pick 140 was trying to trade him hard all season to no avail

    rest of staff cliff lee verlander livan cecil d hudson volquez dl webb
    relievers SPvillanueva SPchacin soriano benoit storen axford wood feliciano

    possible replacements are slim pickings: takahashi wakefield bush z duke
    zimmerman bailey hawksworth duensing berken

    ogando on texas — cannot fit him in at the moment which is why i have berken and duensing up there as MR with SP elig. but should i pick him up — i did where i had space in other leagues — his numbers are pretty sick so far — have u seen him pitch havent had the chance yet

    who would u go for i think zimm has the best upside but he only threw 2 innings in his rehab assignment and who knows how long it will take for him to build arm strength

  72. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Love it. I think everyone involved feels the same way. Should be a great league as a result.

  73. @Enrique: Re: Jeff Jones: Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing that. (he was also great in “Dead Wood”)

    I think a Jennings call up is contingent on an Upton deal. With his lack of hustle and his blowing up on “the franchise” last week, I have a feeling B.J.’s time in Tampa is short, so I’m watching that situation closely. I like the Jennings/Borbon comparison btw.

  74. kwak says:
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    Ya’ll keep bringing up Zimmerman. Is his return impending? I loved that guy last year. Worth a DL stash?

  75. yanks4life says:
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    Any Ranger fans here know what’s going on with Borbon? Last year he stole 19 in 46 games while only getting caught 4 times. HOwever, this year only 8 SB to 6 CS. Is he getting bad jumps, being told to not run, slight injured?

  76. Grey

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    @yanks4life: Slightly different things, straight steals Pierre. Fowler, steals and upside. Pagan, runs and average and some steals and some pop. In a vacuum, Pierre, Fowler…

    @kwak: Think you have to if you own him.

    @Rick Dempsey: It was also in a bandbox.

    @barker: I wouldn’t own any of them… Zimmermann…

  77. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brad: lebron hasn’t been hyped since he was 16 to go be scottie pippen. he’s supposed to be trying to be jordan. he’s selling his legacy/legend/career short if he signs with another superstar’s team in order to chase a ring, when he has plenty of time to get a ring being the man for a good team. he could win 4 or 5 rings with d wade and bosh, but there would always be the caveat that he had to go to d wade’s team so that d wade would be the man in crunch time.

    nash hasn’t won a title. hakeem probably wouldn’t have won a title without jordan retiring for 2 years to try to play baseball.

    as a sports fan, it’s pretty rare i wanna see a guy NOT live up to his hype. same reason i didn’t get a few people on here hoping strasburg didn’t pan out. do you not enjoy greatness?

  78. barker says:
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    thanks grey and just to make sure before i make the drop u think peavys done for this yr, right

  79. hen says:
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    Would you start Baker @ the Blue Jays tonight?

  80. Papa Smurf says:
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    How would you rank: Padilla, Hudson, Gorzellany & Freddy Garcia. Thanks.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @barker: Yup

    @hen: Think you have to.

    @Papa Smurf: Daniel? Tim? Padilla, Gorze, Daniel Hudson…

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

  82. ViagraFalls says:
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    @Grey: With dlR coming back tomorrow off the DL, I do own him and am left with a problem as to what to do with him. His K rate, if healthy, is obviously great, but he would have to needless to say prove he is mostly back to people before they start him. In his absence, I had replaced him with the DL space given me with Pelfrey then C. Richard… my other pitchers are Halladay, Kershaw, J. Sanchez, Marmol and Valverde…but now if I want to keep dlR am going to have to drop either a pitcher or an offensive player. Neither sounds enticing.

    I don’t want to miss out if it looks like dlR (aside from getting roughed up his last start in AAA) if he comes back throwing fire, but I know the moment I drop someone like Richard or Sanchez that they are obviously gone as soon as they clear waivers. Is he worth keeping, dropping another piece for?

    V-Mart (on the bench), C. Pena, Cano, McGehee, Tulo (on the DL)/Furcal (as replacement), McGehee, Holliday, T. Hunter, Grandy, Hart, Heyward (on the bench) and G. Sanchez fill out my offense right now until guys like V-Mart and hopefully Heyward come back well enough and soon. What should I do with dlR?

    Thanks, Grey

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