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John Danks had a no-hitter through 6 innings yesterday and ended with a line of 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That’s Jo-Da showing us how to harness midi-chlorians.  Top ten in the AL with my WHIP at 1.13 through 112 innings, have I.  Hmmm… Yessss.  A Yoda translator, I do not need because I am Jo-Da.   Danks has made a lot more hitters swing at pitches outside the strike zone this year — 21% in 2009 to over 28%, resulting in hitters making contact with almost 70% of pitches outside the strike zone compared to 57.7% last year.  That increase, naturally, has caused hitters to make a lot less solid contact.  This might be from his changeup, which he is throwing more of this year.  Or it could be The Force.  Either way, Danks is not suddenly an ace, but he is teetering between a fantasy #2 and #3.  You’ll take that, wrap it in a tortilla, load it up with guac and eat it.  Yes, you will.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Brantley – Even though his gig is steals-a-plenty, Brantley hit his first homer as the rest of Cleveland dealt with a bad case of LeBronchitis.  Listen, Cleveland, it hurts real bad right now, but you still have Jake Westbrook.

Roy Oswalt – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks.  After the game, Oswalt took off his jersey and switched it with a fan who was wearing a Dodger jersey.  Oswalt said he saw it in the World Cup and thought it was a fun tradition.  He then winked, nudged and whispered, “Get me out of Houston.”

Lance Berkman – 3-for-4 with 2 homers and now has 5 homers in the last four games.  Watch out, The Ghost of Berkmans Past is haunting Houston.

Dan Wheeler – Picked up the save as Rafael Soriano was noticeably absent for the 2nd game in a row.  You know what I did immediately in every league?  I picked up Dan Wheeler.  The Rays have a bunch of guys who could step up.  Benoit’s been incredible, Balfour’s been decent, but Wheeler got the save yesterday so that was who I grabbed, in a non-perverse way.

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  Not sure what’s more surprising, that Crawford has ten homers or Longoria has only 13.  Yeah, Longoria probably.  Get some donks, Longo!

Wade Davis – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He needed this quality start since he may have been pitching for his life with the whispers of Hellickson getting called up growing louder.  Or maybe those whispers were Michael and the other dead Lost people.  BTW, I’m still annoyed at the ending.  Okay, moving on.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  You know Jeff Foxworthy with his “You know you’re a redneck…” shtick?  Well, along those lines, you know you are a total baseball nerd if you’re fascinated to see how the Padres will balance Latos’ workload with the need to pitch him as they make a run for the pennant.  Hey, Foxworthy’s isn’t funny either.

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Now has an ERA of 3.76 on the year with 100 Ks in 122 IP.  Barring the Yankees and at Arlington, that’s a guy you start every time out.  Cust kayin’.

Jose Reyes – Was reported early yesterday that Reyes was going to see a doctor for his oblique pain, which is a terrible sign… But then, as with most things with the Mets, things were not as they seemed.  Later in the day, it was reported that Reyes did not see a doctor and should be fine for Friday.  Stay tuned for at least five more conflicting reports regarding the Mets.

Matt LaPorta – Out for the third straight day for what was deemed an insignificant head bruise.  Can’t we send him back out there with Cervelli’s Great Gazoo helmet?

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4 with his 23rd homer.  All he does is hit homers!  No, really, that’s all he does.  He hit .179 in June.  Did he drink Dave Kingman’s Vitamin Water?

Adam Lind – Speaking of nothing but homers, Lind hit his 11th homer.  Courtesy of ESPN, Lind has one three hit game this year.  On Opening Day.  Yowsers!  (The “Yowsers!” was my addition, not ESPN.)

Brett Cecil – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He has 93 IP and 67 Ks, not terrific.  His matchups are wonky at times.  His WHIP of 1.16, very pretty.  Hey, take the good, take the bad…yadda yadda yadda….  The Facts of Life.

Rafael Furcal – 3-for-3 with his 6th homer and 14th steal.  Someone’s been staying at the Renaissance Hotel.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 hits, no walks, 12 Ks and now has a 2.96 ERA with 128 Ks in 104 1/3 IP.  Member when his ERA was 4.99 on May 4th and you were buggin’ out and I told you to chill out?  We were younger then, you and I.  Fond memories.

Joe Mauer – 0-for-4, now hitting .297 with 4 homers.  Wow.  And.  Ow.  Where are the Mauer owners?  I never hear any complaints in the comments about him.  I know you’re out there.  Is all forgiven because of his precious Runs?  I am not disappointed at all.  Mauer gets me Runs.  I am glad I drafted him in the first round and converted his bobblehead into my water faucet.  The only water coming out of your Joe Mauer bobblehead is tears and you know it.  C’mon, vent a little, it’s good for the soul.

Scott Baker – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  May not have been the easiest matchup but how many excuses are you going to make for Baker?  You guys had a good run– Actually, no, you had a terrible time together.  I’d part ways if there’s decent options on waivers.

Justin Morneau – After taking a knee to his melon, he sat out yesterday.  He’s day-to-day, or as they say in Jamaica, dayo-to-dayo.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hasn’t given up more than 1 earned run in any game since June 12th.  Yup.

Felix Pie – 1-for-3 with a homer.  That is some tasty Pee-ay.

Gerardo Parra – 4-for-5 with 2 runs.  That line is pretty indicative of Parra.  He hits for average and little else.  He’s like a poor man’s Coghlan.  That’s not a compliment.

Andres Torres – 2-for-6 while hitting his 2nd homer in as many games.  Now has 3 homers and 3 steals in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but you don’t need to wait for that shizz.  He’s right here, guys and three girl readers.  Go at it.

Buster Posey – 2-for-4 with his 6th homer.  In 50 less games, he has better numbers on the year than Wieters.  He’ll probably be passing Mauer in value soon too.  Ouchy.  How’s that avoiding my advice to punt catcher treating you?  Now get me my mead!!!

Andy Pettitte – 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Hey, all of you Pettitte owners, you’re living on borrowed time.  That is all.

Jason Giambi – 4-for-4, but I picked up Brad Eldred in my NL-Only league!  Freakin’ Giambino.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Aw, geez, now he’s just making it difficult for Keith Law to choose his NL Cy Young.  Pardon me, may I see your FIP? That was my Keith Law impersonation.  It needs work.

Shane Victorino – 3-for-4 with his 14th homer.  Uh-oh, he’s gaining on Ryan Howard.

Brad Lidge – 1 IP, 1 ER and his third blown save.  Lidge loves to turn the vacuum from suck to blow.  He is more than capable of losing the closer job, but I don’t think it happens without a few more blown saves or an injury.

Ryan Madson – Was activated from the DL and blew his 3rd save.  Hey, just like old times!  For those out there with short-term memory — hey, who just wrote that?! — Madson wasn’t great before the trip to the DL, so there’s no reason to think he’s going to suddenly take over for Lidge.  I mean, it’s possible if Lidge continues to be crizzap or gets hurt, but it’s not happening right away.

Jayson Werth – Trade rumors are swirling that Werth might be moved.  His value would obviously take a hit, unless, of course, he moves to Coors or The House They Built Adjacent To The House That Ruth Built, but neither team really needs Werth.  These trade rumors may just be because Utley is sick of his tag team partner (<–not entirely safe for work, unless you work in the porn industry).  That news item reminds me when Willie McGee and Otis Nixon were rumored to be swapping paper bags with the eyes cut out.

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  1. Eric says:
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    So how worried are you about Latos’s innings? In a H2H league, would you try to trade away Latos and Colby Lewis to acquire C.C. Sabathia?

  2. aj says:
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    start dlr?

  3. joe from point pleasant says:
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    Grey,

    Going into the season i hated Shields just as much as you did. However, I think there might be a buy – low window for him.

    I viewed him as a 4.10 ERA pitcher with 7 k/9 this year. Although he has upped his k rate, but his era sits near 5.00 now. His babip is over .340, his strand rate is at a career low, and his hr/fb ratio at a career high. He is dealing with some really terrible luck right now, and as a SP on the Rays, I think that he should be able get his record above .500 and shave a half of a run off that 4.83 ERA at the very least. His FIP is right where I thought his ERA would be this year, and his xFIP is ultra low.

    Owners must be fed up with him, and I currently have another owner contemplating giving me him for jason vargas.

    Does he deserve a spot in this weeks buy/sell? I certainly think so.

    Thanks a ton!

  4. Ryan Beariot says:
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    Two different leagues, two different points. First, I was going to grab Wheeler in my AL only league as saves are always nice, no matter how ahead I am, and I’m currently on pace for about 40 less IP than I should have. However, we only start 4 RP (4 SP too, but no spots available…) and I currently own Fuentes, Soria, Rauch, and Thornton. So it looks like no Wheeler for me. Sad.

    On another subject and league, is Jason Bay droppable? Blah blah blah 12 team league, H2H, etc etc

  5. Eric says:
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    also grey, you seem down with the latest celebrity comings and goings and I’m wondering what your thoughts on Justin Bieber are? I’ve never been a fan of his but he sounds especially bad now that his voice has finally changed. I don’t know if you’ve caught some of his live performances but he can’t sing at all. Here’s a recent performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WbBsr17WQg

    Do you think his career is done?

  6. Willie Norwood says:
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    In a shallow keeper league, would you drop Abreu for Markakis? It’s not likely I’ll be keeping either one, but I could see Markakis having a little potential trade value with a big second half. I also have JUpside, Bruce, Span, Hart, Gardner and Delmon. Should I make the drop?

    Thanks.

  7. Chomp Samba says:
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    Did that dude really just ask you about Justin Bieber without a morsel of sarcasm or irony? Please include Tiger Beat in your Sell column today.

  8. hen says:
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    You told me to start Baker :( It’s ok, I forgive you. I benched him anyway. The 27 Jays against a guy that gives up homers like it’s slow pitch softball? Bench. Come on dude, it’s easy!! Hehe only kidding, I thought you might enjoy a comment that doesn’t disingenuously suck your balls just because you said hi. In all honesty I’m winning my league cause of your shizz. Keep it up dude.

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    im about thru waiting on hoffman,dropped him in 1 so far and probably going to in the other right now

  10. xopchipili says:
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    totally lost on what to do with Berkman right now. Is the Puma back? Or does this donkfest scream “sell high!”?

  11. @Grey: Otis Nixon has one tear rolling down his cheek… Rank these starts for tomorrow… Need counting numbers, my ratios are inflated like Panda’s gut.

    Omar Beltre (nice K/9 in his brief MiLB career) vs. the O’s
    Bush vs. the AAAA Pirates
    Ely vs. The Cubbies
    Kennedy (eeech) vs. The Fish

    In my league Weiters and Mauers’ owners just died a little reading your Posey entry.

    Also start two tonight:
    Posey vs. Baby Jesus
    JWill (kills at home) vs. Undertaker’s Bro, Cain
    Smooth vs. Agent of Shields
    Swish vs. Lee

    Leaning towards sitting Smooth. I’d like to get the most out of Buster ’til he’s shipped off to the the last place team on Sunday for Figgy.

    Laters ya’ll. Gotta go set up a shoot for Pawn Stars. While I’m there, maybe I can pawn off Kevin Slowey for a broken watch.

  12. yankees2010 says:
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    Hey Grey. Would you recommend picking up one of Hellickson, Hudson or Bumgarner? I still have Slowey, but I want to jettison him for one of these guys. What do you think?

  13. @Grey: add the kid Hudson to that list. Forgot he should be starting Sunday.

    @thepizzaman: Saw that last night. Ichiro’s so smooth that in their 4 seconds of interaction, he got her pregnant.

  14. yankees2010 says:
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    …and one more thing to follow up on my Delmon Young comment from last night Grey. Gardenhire finally bats him higher than 8th in the order, which is long over due, but he does it the night after he hurts his wrist. He must be trying to prove himself right!

  15. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Justin Beiber??? Did somebody really ask about him?

  16. Quintero says:
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    @Eric: I have a suggestion for you and it’s an old news: He has syphilis. Do whatever you do.

    I can’t believe I just googled “Chase Utley’s Wife”, what a let-down. He should tell Werth to feel free. At least I traded Cain/Cueto/Reyes/Panda for Gonzo/Waino/Bay. Hope I make my fellow razzballers proud.

  17. sean says:
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    @Grey: punting catcher was right on this year. I was able to get Soto in the 16th and then picked up Olivo off of waivers in April. When the best player at a position is likely to go undrafted, why fight it? Punt and race to the waiver wire.

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @sean: agreed

  19. KarlJ. says:
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    Rumors out of NY that Yanks are close to acquiring Cliff Lee.
    Montero and other prospects to Seattle

  20. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    Should I start De La Rosa tonight (Home v SD)?

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @KarlJ.: phillies should have never let him go

  22. mgeoffriau

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    @hen: If you can’t trade Baker and don’t want to drop him for nothing, just start him at home. Check out his home/road splits, there’s no reason to start him on the road.

    @KarlJ.: Wow. That’d be nuts.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Thanks for the NSFW heads up Grey. I won’t be opening. I’m curious why you think that way about Werth though. He’d obviously be in good shape if he went to the Yankees or Rockies, but why would he not be in good shape if he went to another club that’s in the playoff hunt? Red Sox? White Sox? Rays? Angels?

  24. KarlJ. says:
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    It’s in the NY Post so I always take that with a grain of salt. Other rumor is that if Yanks get Lee they will trade Vazquez to Phils for Werth

  25. Gibby says:
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    I need a 3B in a 14 team deep Keeper league. Thinking of moving one of my outfielders. Who should I try to move first to get a quality 3B:

    Gardner/McCutchen/Rasmus/Fowler

  26. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @KarlJ.: Why would the Yankees need Werth? Dont they have a full outfield already with Gardner, Granderson, and Swisher?

  27. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Just saw this at MLB Trade Rumors:
    Yankees, Red Sox, Rays Interested In Werth
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 9 at 8:43am CST]
    The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have told the Phillies that they would have interest in Jayson Werth if he is available, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. We heard yesterday that the Phillies, who would like to add a proven starter, are discussing possible Werth trades with ‘a lot of teams.’

  28. Kazmere says:
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    Good morning, Grey. What’s your take on Soriano/Wheeler? Do you think Soriano is injured? Getting traded?

    Should I drop Putz or Chris Perez for Wheeler?

  29. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @KarlJ.: That would be very impressive if the Yankees could trade for Lee, then turn and flip Javy for Jayson Werth.

  30. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    Man, I’d love Vazquez going back to the NL. Philly isn’t a great park but it can’t be much worse than NYY.

  31. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    What do you guys thinks? Motte, Hensley, or Wheeler for save speculation? I’m a Nunez and Soriano owner so I’m leaning Hensley or Wheeler (own Hensley currently).

  32. billyripkenffcard says:
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    Grey

    Got a chance to land Josh Johnson in a H2H keeper league and wanted to get your thoughts. We can keep players for three years at their drafted positions and Johnson has one year left as a last round pick, so I could keep him for 2011.

    Anyway, here is the deal. I am putting the years left for keeper status as well as the draft position of the players involved:

    I would give up:
    Heyward (8th round – 3 more eligible years)
    Liriano (12th round – 3 more eligible years)
    Reyes (2nd round – 3 more eligible years)

    I would get:
    Josh Johnson (Last round pick – 1 more eligible year)
    Furcal

    Here is my current roster. We start C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, OF, OF, U as well as 5 SP and 2 RP. Keeper status and years left are in ( ).

    Napoli
    Teixiera (1st round, 3 years)
    K. Johnson (last round, 3 years)
    Reyes (2nd round, 3 years)
    Zimmerman (6th round, 2 years)
    Hamilton (18th round, 1 year)
    Cruz (11th round, 3 years)
    Cargo (7th round, 3 years)
    Bruce (9th round, 3 years)
    Heyward (8th round, 3 years)
    Zobrist (last round, 2 years)
    Morales (21st round, 2 years)
    LaRoche

    Jiminez (3rd round, 3 years)
    Latos (22nd round, 3years)
    Gallardo (expiring)
    Liriano (12th round, 3 years)
    Nolasco (4th round, 3 years)
    C. Lewis (21st, 3 years)
    J. Sanchez
    Hunter
    Volquez (last round, 3 years)
    Medlen (last round, 3 years)
    Soriano

    Given the health question marks around Reyes and Heyward for the remainder of THIS year, this would be a great move. But being able to keep Heyward with a 8th rounder for the next three years is inticing as well. On the flip side, I would still be able to keep Johnson next year and would have a great core of Jiminez, Latos, and Johnson to go along with Hamilton and another bat (we are only able to keep 5 players each year).

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

  33. Wilsonian says:
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    Are we starting Ricky “Name Like a Porn Star, Pitch Like a Rock Star” Romero @ home v. Jonny Lester and the Sawx? H2H (W/L/SV/BBs/Ks/ERA/WHIP/Ks per 9.

  34. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey, greetings from Vegas! Had to keep my finger in the Razzball pie. Tried the Felix Pie but not as satisfying. The wifi is slower than Rod Barajas!

  35. BSA says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Red Sox Corporate have been targeting this year and/or off season to get Werth. I am sure they would rather wait until the off season. Then again with the injuries.

  36. Gibby says:
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    Hey Grey, is this team good enough to bring home the title…….

    H2H 14 Team (60 move max and I’ve made 49 already, yikes). Currently sitting at 112-49-21 with a 9.5 game lead…….

    C- McCann/Posey
    1B- Votto
    2B- Pedroia/Neil Walker
    3B- Headley/McGehee
    SS- Pennington
    OF- CarGo
    OF- Gardner
    OF- Braun
    Utility- Boesch
    Bench- Delmon Young/Carlos Quentin

    SP- Latos/Hanson/Morrow/Cahill/Medlen/Hammel
    RP- Meek/Broxton/Wilson (SF)

  37. fyodor says:
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    Grey, hey.

    Would you drop Scott Rolen for Aramis Ramirez?

  38. @grey Madson’s blown save came on a strikeout to Phillips with a nasty pitch that the catcher couldn’t snare. 3K’s in his first inning back off the DL and an unlucky wild pitch. Lidge really got hit hard.

  39. Frank Rizzo says:
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    MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that Lee to NYY is pretty much a done deal. I’m guessing Lee won’t be pitching tonight.

    Interesting Friday.

  40. floridamach1 says:
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    Grey: which if any of these are worth a start today?

    Nolasco @ Ari (Haren)
    Verlander Min (Liriano)
    De la Rosa SD
    Cain @ Was (Strasburg)
    Lilly @ LAD (Bills)

    I only included opposing SP because the Wins cat is very valuable with a start limit. Thanks

  41. Big Nate says:
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    So if Werth gets moved, does Domonic Brown get the call up? Worth a pick-up?

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Here’s the latest……..9:35am: The Lee-Yankees deal is “just about done,” an executive involved in the negotiations tells ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). An official with a team interested in Lee tells Ed Price of AOL FanHouse that the Mariners appear to be negotiating exclusively with the Yankees (Twitter link).

  43. boyle says:
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    Trade Question.

    I would be trading Kinsler, Mark Reynolds, Ty Wiggy for Billy butler, Nelson Cruz and Brett Anderson.

    Which side do you take?

  44. Bichette Happens says:
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    Need to pick 1 of the following:
    Nolasco @ Ari (Haren)
    or
    Felix vs NYY (Vazquez)

  45. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Sizemore worth keeping as a mid-rounder in a 2-keeper league?

  46. Bucky Dent says:
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    Lose Baker for Medlen, Niese, Cahill, or any of the above? Thanks Grey.

  47. Grey — After the way he pitched against Milwaukee, will you start Bumgarner Sunday @ WASH?

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    @Eric: Stick a fork in him! Sell high!

    @BSA: “Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.” Awesome. This drama is almost drawing me back in to watching basketball.

    @thepizzaman: that video is hilarious! She looks like she’s having a seizure.

  49. Grey

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    @Eric: I’d take CC.

    @aj: I’d let him pitch once first.

    @joe from point pleasant: No problem. Vargas at least is in a pitchers’ park. I wouldn’t mess with Shields (though I wouldn’t own Vargas either). If you want, try Vargas for Shields.

    @Ryan Beariot: As always, depends who you’re dropping him for. Probably not though.

    @Eric: I try to shield myself from anything to do with Beiber.

    @Willie Norwood: Have you looked at Markakis’s numbers?

    @Chomp Samba: Not entirely sure.

    @hen: Thanks… But you should’ve started Baker last night and dropped him right after. Not worth owning a guy you can’t start anywhere.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, bit boring waiting on him.

    @xopchipili: I’d just ride him out.

    @3FingersBrown: Kennedy, Ely, Bush… Wait, you’re working with Chumlee? That’s outrageously awesome. Posey, Swish…

    @thepizzaman: Him and Beiber should hang out.

    @yankees2010: Bumgarner

    @Quintero: Ha

    @KarlJ.: Whoa

    @stynyr: I’d wait a start.

    @Frank Rizzo: Cause he hits very well at home. But Fenway would be good too, forgot that one.

    @Gibby: Fowler

    @KarlJ.: Whoa

    @BSA: Ha!

    @Kazmere: I’d lose Putz for him. I think Soriano’s just being rested but he’s always been injury prone so it’s worth the speculation.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Wheeler

    @billyripkenffcard: Not a good trade for you.

    @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t.

    @Howard: Ha!

    @Gibby: Sure

    @fyodor: In a 10 team league, sure.

    @NLFantasyBB: Fair enough, I was going on the box score with that one. Thanks!

    @Frank Rizzo: Wow… Maybe vs. the M’s.

    @floridamach1: I’d start everyone but dlR.

    @Big Nate: Sure

    @boyle: I’d want Kisler’s side, but it’s fair.

    @Bichette Happens: Felix

    @Turd Ferguson: Nope

    @Enrique: Sure

  50. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Keeping up on the Lee to NYY saga…….10:18am: The Mariners have told many interested teams that they’re out of the Lee sweepstakes, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday (via Twitter). It appears that the Yankees will acquire Lee.

  51. BSA says:
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    Morning Grey – I tell you I have been trying to live by the pitch ‘em if you got ‘em and agree with that philosophy.

  52. stynyr says:
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    Thanks, Grey.

  53. BSA says:
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    Just pulled a “Steve”.

  54. Commish Cauda says:
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    Cliff Lee is scheduled to pitch for SEA against NYY tonight. I’m sure a physical and other red tape would prevent it, but wouldn’t it be something is the deal gets one in time for Lee to pitch tonight against the M’s?

  55. Wah says:
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    Pick one of these options:

    1.) Slowey for Arroyo?
    2.) Slowey for R. Wells?
    3.) Or keep Slowey?

  56. Wah says:
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    @Commish
    I read earlier that there’s an agreement in place between NYY and SEA if a deal gets done… that Lee would not pitch against SEA in the series.

  57. BSA says:
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    Youk owners keep tabs on your waiver wire as Youk is still hobbling on that ankle and a series on the Toronto carpet is not going to help. He is not out of the woods.

  58. BSA says:
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    Here is a crazy Red Sox trade rumor – would they go after Iannetta with Tek and Martinez out and Cash not able to hit? Look at their current roster and the original tema they put together has only played 8 games together this season. There is a lot of Pawtucket in Boston right now.

  59. fyodor says:
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    Grey.

    Thanks for your help, and thanks for the laughs.

  60. Wah says:
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    Re: Lee to Yanks

    10:44: Catching prospect Jesus Montero and second base prospect David Adams will head to the Mariners, possibly with another prospect, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who broke the story.

  61. And Gorzelanny against LAD? Is that a good start? He didn’t look great last time, but LA does seem to struggle a little against LHP.

  62. Wham-O says:
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    Would you trade Fielder, Hamels, and Olivo for Braun?

  63. Bucky Dent says:
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    @Commish Cauda There is some talk of a gentleman’s deal being in place, in which the Yankees would refrain from pitching Lee this weekend so as to avoid further demoralizing the entire city of Seattle. Can you imagine the Safeco faithful having to watch Cliff completely shut their team down as a Yankee? Brutal.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Crazy…

    @BSA: It’s a good credo, but tough sometimes to live by.

    @stynyr: No problem.

    @Wah: 1 if you don’t need Ks. If you do, Wells.

    @BSA: Thanks for the heads up!

    @fyodor: No problem.

    @Wah: Damn…

    @Enrique: I’d start him in some leagues.

    @Wham-O: Nope

  65. Bucky Dent says:
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    Grey: lose Baker for Medlen, Niese, Cahill, or any of the above? Thanks.

  66. Frank Rizzo says:
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    In hindsight on Cliff Lee, I’m thinking a few things. 1st of all, great move by Seattle to grab this guy for just a year, and now get top level talent for him. 2nd, what the eff were the Phillies thinking? Why didn’t they keep Lee and lock him up for a few years?

  67. Mr_Punch says:
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    I have Napoli and Posey on my roster, but need to drop one (one catcher league). Who do I drop?

  68. @Frank Rizzo: Halladay-induced tunnel vision. They always saw Lee as the consolation prize.

  69. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    Yeah, road start vs. Jays, not a surprise for Baker–nothing has changed since two days ago when he was a 2nd half candidate. If you’re in a K/BB league, he’s probably not killing you.

  70. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: That is true that the Phills got talent from Seattle in the trade for Lee, but they are a team who has a core of talented players which are ready to win now. Howard’s 30, Utley 31, Werth 31, and Rollins is 31. They aren’t built to win in the future, they’re built to win right now.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I was just saying the M’s gave up talent because you said great move by M’s to grab him for a year. Re: the Phils, I never said they made a smart move not keeping Lee.

  72. bsa says:
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    @Grey: credos worth anything are tough to live by.

  73. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Rank these SAGNOF’s : Torres, Tabata & Borbon.

    10 team 7 keepers.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bsa: No truer words have been spoken.

    @timSTi: Torres, Tabata…

  75. Mike H says:
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    @Grey: With the Adverb going to NY, would you try to pickup Vazquez in anticipation of a trade back to the NL?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike H: Depends what you’re picking him up for.

  77. So advice for this yokel who is owner of Both the Hoff-man and the Master Baker from Minnesota is too cut and run with both?

    If so I am looking for saves or a MR guy who could luck into them…but the pickings are slim…Manny Faces Corpas, Joba, Madsen, Sergio Santos…I mean yuck all over….

  78. Mike H says:
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    @Grey: Would you send any 2 of – Niese, Cecil, Latos, Hammel for Vazquez?

  79. Actually just noticed John Neise and Medlen are available….swapping either Hoffman or baker for them sound like a wise move?

  80. Grey

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    @XnadyMen: I’d own Medlen and Niese over Baker, in that order. Hoffman I’d hold on my bench if you need saves.

    @Mike H: Cecil and Hammel…

  81. Gracias oh Mustachioed One. Enjoy the weekend everybody.

  82. Jerry says:
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    Ex Mauer owner who managed to sell him on his ‘reputation’ as the best catcher. I packaged him up before his struggles in a multi player deal that landed me Josh Johnson. Since this deal I have managed to escalate up the ranks as I needed some big time assistance in my pitching categories.

    I think Mauer has been over-hyped and has not delivered as a top 20 pick in my league. I guess for me you turn lemons into tasty lemonade..

  83. GTS says:
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    Medlen or Hunter? 10 team H2H mixed

  84. bodymore says:
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    Took a flier on Pie but I have no idea what to expect. He showed flashes at the end of last season and obviously has some pedigree. Some combo of 10/15 if things go well?

    Will Stanton be stealing anymore bases or were the early ones just flukes?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @XnadyMen: You too!

    @GTS: Medlen…

    @bodymore: You don’t own Stanton for steals. Any you get are icing. Pie could get 10/15 over the course of 120 games.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jerry: Nice, you did well.

  87. Matt says:
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    “How’s that avoiding my advice to punt catcher treating you?” Oh yeah, how’s selling Posey treating you?

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Matt: Eh, he’s a catcher. I’m doing just fine with Olivo in multiple leagues.

  89. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    A guy told me he’s willing to take on Lind for one of his pitchers. Are any of these pitchers worth it to take? Romero, Marcum, Pelfrey, Richard, Gio Gonzalez, or Garcia

  90. Grey

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    @Cheese: I’d take Garcia for Lind.

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  91. peter says:
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    If The Adverb doesn’t pitch for the M’s tonight, I wonder who they send to the mound? At a glance, I don’t think they have anyone in their bullpen who can go 3+ innings. Felix is next in the rotation, but it would mean pitching on short rest. It would have to be a minor league arm for the spot start, right?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Maybe he’ll pitch the first 4 innings for the M’s and the last 5 innings for the Yanks.

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  93. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    bobby abreu passed away while he was on my roster ,
    and i just know that i’m going to get blamed for this .

    should i send my condolences to the entire country of venezuela ,
    or just his immediate family ?

  94. Quintero says:
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    @sean: You the man.

  95. Isaac says:
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    Somehow traded Mauer and Pelfrey for Oswalt and Braun a couple weeks ago… yeah Brauns been crap but it was still like taking a ton of bricks of my shoulders

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