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You have ADD and you have no idea how this sentence will end because you’re already reading the comments.  You drafted Hanley and traded him for Bonifacio.  You’re glad Marco Scutaro has 3rd base eligibility so you can drop Chris Davis.  Webb is lucky he was DL’d because you were about to drop him for Kevin Millwood.  You’re trigger finger is itching and only Nyjer Morgan can scratch it.  You’re also potentially losing your league in April.

Don’t drop guys that just happen to have a bad one or two weeks to start the season.  In general, anyone that you drafted in the first ten rounds, should be untouchable in April.  You need to let your Clydesdales carry your beer.  Maybe you bench one that is severely struggling, but don’t fall victim to Attention Deficit Drops.  Sure, Alexei Ramirez is not doing anything for you right now, but you don’t let him go for “Current Hot 2nd Baseman.”

I realize this isn’t as easy as it sounds.  The trouble lies in the fact that a lot of guys burst on the scene in April, never cool off and can carry your fantasy baseball team to a championship.  So you don’t want to sit on your hands (especially if you have gas).  If you took a flier on Asdrubal for your MI spot, lose him for the “Current Hot 2nd Baseman.”  That kind of move shouldn’t hurt you as long as you can go back to Asdrubal if he gets hot (hot Asdrubal — hehe).  Usually Utility, MI, 5th outfielder spots and catcher, if you punted, are the most flexible.  In general, if you think someone will just sit there on waivers if you drop them, then lose them for the player who is on fire.  You can always go back when the hot player cools off.  There’s a fine line between reacting and panicking.  Walk the line, Johnny.

  1. cubbies299 says:
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    Grey. I think I can get this owner to trade me Wainwright for Hill/Kubel. Cha-mother-fucking-ching

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: That seems pretty lopsided in your favor.

  3. sean says:
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    Milledge officially sent to the minors. I guess Bowden really is gone…

  4. sean says:
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    Josh Beckett, SP BOS
    Latest News
    Boston pitcher Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games and fined by Major League Baseball, which determined he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of the Angels’ Bobby Abreu last week. Beckett also was cited for “aggressive actions” after the pitch that led to the benches clearing Sunday, according to Bob Watson, vice president for discipline in the commissioner’s office. If Beckett appeals, any penalties would be delayed until after a hearing.
    (Updated 04/14/2009).
    Analysis
    We have to figure Beckett will appeal, which wouldn’t be heard until the Red Sox head to New York for the first time May 4 and 5. We also figure Beckett has a pretty good case to get the suspension reduced so it won’t affect a turn in the rotation. Even if it isn’t, the Red Sox can have him drop his appeal when an off day would allow Beckett to merely move a day back off his regular turn. Track this news in the coming days and weeks, but it shouldn’t keep you from starting Beckett at all.

  5. arthur says:
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    Cole Hamels for AJ Burnett, straight up. How does it stack up?

  6. Pilkington says:
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    Hey, SOME people actually drafted Marco Scutaro! >:O

  7. Ralph says:
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    Justin Upton was just dropped in my league. I have the 2nd waiver priority. I should use it to pick him up and drop Kendry Morales, correct? I was planning on holding onto my waiver pick for when Strasburg comes up (I know I shouldn’t hold my waiver, but this is a keeper league that has strict keeper rules).

  8. cubbies299 says:
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    nizzice, forshizzice. with an orange slizzice

  9. Team Ram Rod says:
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    Should we be scooping up the Dukes now? I love him but only have Werth or zimmerman to drop. Nothing like a nutcase on your team though.

  10. nick m. says:
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    drop pelfrey for dukes? i’m a little overloaded at OF right now with J. Bruce, Holliday, Granderson, Spilborghs, and Burrell, but I might be able to flip one of these outfielders for something and cut loose a struggling pitcher. only 5 bench spots, so the abundance of OF’s would be a problem if I can’t in fact flip one…

  11. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Good post Grey. I try to follow that pretty closeley except, being in a 10 teamer, I’ll try not to touch guys I’ve drafted in the 12th round or up. I’ve dropped a few guys I got in the 15th, 19th, and 20th rounds already, replacing them with Lind, Bonifacio, and Hudson. My 2b position is not completely stable since I waited until the 14th round to grab Jose Lopez. Since he’s now batting in the 6th/7th spots in the Seattle order and offers nothing major in any category, he’s officially on the bubble.

    I had benched Chris Davis but got sort of lucky last night that Aramis was benched for back stiffness, and I inserted Davis in at 3b. There’s no way I’d drop Davis and anyone who drops him is crazy.

  12. G-RAM says:
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    Hey Grey. I’d love some feedback on this one. I just completed a three for two trade that involved me sending Dye, Saunders, and Burrell to another team for Adam Jones and Beltran. With the newly opened roster spot, I’d like to pick up a starter to replace Saunders. My current rotation is Peavy, Billingsley, and Kershaw with Price on my bench and Esocobar stashed on the DL. As you can see, SOs aren’t going to be much of an issue for me, but I’d like to pick up a starter that will keep the BBs and WHIP down. I’m looking at Maholm or Lohse, but I’m intrigued by the prospect of nabbing someone with a lot of upside, like Tommy Hanson, Homer Bailey, or Edwin Jackson. Advice?

  13. Billy says:
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    I dropped Lind before the season started for Luke Scott…. i forgot about your, lind could be great post..

  14. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I still think trading Holliday before he drops out of 1st round value is a good idea.

  15. Steve says:
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    If you have got hot Asdrubal, you should take an R-Spill.

  16. Doug Ault says:
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    @Billy: I used my coveted 1st waiver wire pick to scoop Lind a few days ago.I was a little shocked when he was cut loose,and it allowed me to move another of’er for a closer.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Thanks for the two heads ups!

    @arthur: I want Hamels.

    @Pilkington: Hehe

    @Ralph: I like Upton’s upside, but he’s struggling a lot. I still like him more than Morales.

    @Team Ram Rod: Oh yeah.

    @nick m.: Get rid of Pelfrey, but filling up on OFs isn’t ideal. Trade them.

    @Frank Rizzo: Agreed on Lopez. He’s bubble material.

    @G-RAM: First off, great trade for you. I’d grab Jackson, but not necessarily start him immediately.

    @Billy: Oh, Billy.

    @Doug Ault: I never thought he was first round value this year… Unless you play in a 25 team league.

    re: Lind — Nice!

  18. Eric says:
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    Should I drop Milton Bradley for either Elijah Dukes or Delmon Young? Please rank the 3 of them.

  19. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: re Holliday:Sporting News had him ranked 5th, with him going 11th on average.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric: Dukes, Young, Bradley, in that order.

    @Doug Ault: They’re still around?

  21. Eric says:
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    I’m looking over Dukes’ stats. Is he similar to Chris B. Young? I see good pop, stolen base potential, and a low batting average.

  22. Doug Ault says:
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    @Gey:Maybe I should expand my fantasy horizons.I’ve been playing Sporting News Draft and Trade for 6 years………..I feel…….yesterdays news ;-)

  23. RT says:
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    Haven’t seen it posted yet, but Lastings Milledge was sent down today.

  24. RT says:
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    check that…. was in the wrong comments thread.

  25. yoshinorimike says:
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    hey how do you guys think Nelson Cruz turns out by the end of this year, in a gut instinct sense; Ludwick/Quentin type territory, or more like Adam LaRoche in the outfield, OR back in AAA by August?

  26. Billy says:
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    I think i need to talk to someone to get over dropping lind before the season started, I cry inside for every HR he hits… Maybe Grey could open a fantasy counseling session…

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric: More or less, should have a better average, little less speed (though maybe the same steals).

    @Doug Ault: Gotta walk first.

    @yoshinorimike: Might be tremendous, but his downside is just as possible. Hopefully 30/10, but could be in the minors by June.

    @Billy: You’re gonna be okay… You’re gonna be okay… Say it with me.

  28. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Billy, not to rub it in but I gotta feel good as a Lind-holder that all three of his homers have had real muscle to them, either straight away center 400-foot plus no-doubters, or this one end of the bat opposite field flick that still made it over the wall.

    wait I guess that was totally rubbing it in~ of course we’ll see how it lasts…

    P.S. I’m new here so if my attempt to direct my comment at Billy doesn’t come out, can someone inform me of the proper way to do it?

  29. yoshinorimike says:
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    @#27 Alright Grey, so gut choice, which is it, even if you feel only 51-49 that way; minors or 30-10?

  30. Team Ram Rod says:
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    Bench strategy ADD question.

    I am in a league that overvalues closers to a degree I have never seen. I just traded Uggla and Brox for Chase so I have one roster spot opening up.

    Is it better to drop my 6th starter Randy Johnson and bench player Zimmerman and pick up Zumaya (stash on DL), Aardsma, (Balfour/Wheeler) and Arredondo.

    I am leaning twds holding Zimmerman and picking up Zumaya + two more. What you all think?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @yoshinorimike: 30/10

    And you can direct a comment at someone by clicking on the arrow next to the person’s timestamp.

  32. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Which 2b off the wire do you like better? Weeks or Aaron Hill? Or even Fontenot. I may be platooning my 2b. One of these 3 guys and Hudson.

  33. Eric says:
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    I think Cruz around 30 HRs with a batting average in the .260s. #3 or #4 outfielder in mixed leagues.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Team Ram Rod: Drop Randy for Aardsma and grab Arredondo. Or grab Zumaya and DL him and then grab Arredondo.

  35. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Grey: thanks Grey. Success!

    I’m also inclined to think that so long as he maintains the signs of plate discipline he displayed last year, he’ll be worth holding onto through a slump or two; his homers have been absolutely crushed this year thus far.

    Then again I just found this which seems to sum up Cruz’s risk/rewards in a far more thorough way than I could manage:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/fantasy/04/09/deconstructing.cruz/index.html

  36. Falcon says:
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    Drop Ellsbury for Lind?

    I dont need the steals, and Ellsbury is stinking up right where he left off.

  37. Eric says:
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    I wouldn’t drop Ellsbury. If you don’t need the steals, trade him.

  38. Probable Party Starter says:
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    I agree with Eric. Somebody will covet Ellbury. You may have to package him to get what you really want though.

  39. Eric says:
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    My league just made the following trade:

    Pujols & Wainwright for Ryan Howard and Papelbon.

    I objected to the trade as I thought it was lopsided. 4 others objected too. The commissioner just approved it. Was it really lopsided?

  40. Falcon says:
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    @Probable Party Starter: Forgot to mention that this particular league is shallow. Adam Jones, Vernon Wells, David Ortiz also available. :P

    I have so much more trouble with shallow leagues than with deep ones. Should I have taken one of those guys instead?

  41. Eric says:
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    Shallow?!?? I’d say. How many players were drafted? 7 batters and 5 pitchers? That’s ridiculously shallow to have players like that available. In that shallow of a league, why don’t you just pick up one of those guys and leave Lind out there on the waiver wire. You really shouldn’t have any unknowns on your roster if it’s that shallow. Hard to justify investing in a sleeper when players like that are free agents.

  42. Falcon says:
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    @Eric: no kidding. 8 teams in the league, and I already feel like I have stocked squad.

    I guess Lind stands out as the one guy tearing it up right now. this post definitely speaks to my quick pull on taking him. Also I dont see much risk if someone grabs Ellsbury and I end up with Adam Jones when Lind’s streak ends.

  43. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop or hold Milledge?

    I have no bench room.

  44. Dingo says:
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    @Eric: I don’t think the trade is that bad, actually. But I’m also not a big fan of voting down trades in general.

  45. Bob says:
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    @Eric: I don’t believe that trade should have been vetoed. I could make an argument for the Pujols side of it, especially if I had extra relief pitching on my roster. I also saw Papelbon pitch against the Angels and he looked like a guy with an arm injury.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, you gotta drop him.

    EDIT: Cuz.

  47. Eric says:
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    @ Falcon: you’re right. There isn’t much risk in that shallow of a league since good replacements are out there. I wouldn’t play in such a league since every team is all all-stars. It becomes a matter of luck as to whose all-stars play better. How many players are on each team?

  48. BigFatHippo says:
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    Thanks, I thought so.

    How many kids with ADD does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  49. Bob says:
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    Speaking of trades, we have a trade pending in one of my leagues consisting of Jon Lester and Howie Kendrick for Ian Kinsler. I think that one is pretty bad, but I’m not sure I’m going to vote for a veto.

  50. Nathaniel_g says:
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    I was offered Alexei plus Nolasco plus Morneau for Pedroia plus C Young plus Pena in a league where Ellsbury is my only other solid source of SBN’s and OBP is a stat instead of BA. Thoughts?

  51. Probable Party Starter says:
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    That’s some nice validation, as Lastings was the first guy I dropped this year. Pour out some $5 AAA beer.

  52. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey : Ouch!

  53. AZ Bobblehead says:
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    @Eric: Does it matter if it’s lopsided? A trade is trade. Those guys worked out an agreement that they liked. As long as there was no collusion (which is hard to prove), it’s none of the other teams’ business. Let the two guys manage their teams the way they want.

    Also, without knowing the rules and settings of the league and needs of each team, it would be difficult for strangers on blog to say if it’s lopsided.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: How many?

    @Nathaniel_g: Which Young? Tally or Krispie?

    @AZ Bobblehead: Some trades are obviously lopsided, assuming normal leagues. And I think unless someone says 8 team or 15 team most assume 10 or 12 team… Not that I have any idea what trade you guys are talking about, because I lost track of the comments.

  55. Eric says:
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    @ AZ Bobblehead:

    We play in a private league. The two making the trade are husband and wife. Pretty easy to guess there was some collusion. She’s also a rookie. My gut feeling is that he was giving her a favorable trade to help her team out thinking that he can fix his team with pickups. He’s addicted to picking up hot hitters. He’s already picked up Emilio Bonifacio, Jordan Schafer, Chris Duncan, and Andruw Jones. He’s finished near the bottom in batting the past 2 years, but he always gets off to a hot start this time of year.

  56. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Hey, lets go ride our bikes……..

  57. Nathaniel_g says:
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    @Grey: Tally. I like him, but I think Nolasco might be worth the upgrade.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Hehe

    @Nathaniel_g: So many pieces moving around, it’s tough to judge without seeing your team, but you are getting the better players, which is always a good sign.

  59. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Would you sit Meche vs. Texas Friday?

    I know you like throwing studs vs. whoever, but I don’t consider him a stud.

  60. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Roll the dice, bro.

  61. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Sorry. I’m a pain in the ass.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I don’t either. I’d sit him in a 12 team league and smaller.

  63. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: He’s pitching so well I hate to, but I agree. Too many lefties in that Texas lineup.

    @Steve: You’re also a stalker, I can’t sneeze without you saying gizzunt gesuni gazundi, some german word.

  64. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Some jackass has Kelly Johnson absolutely stinging the ball in my auction league. Should I offer Prince Fielder for him?

  65. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Guzundheit! You can have Swish for Fielder if you like.

  66. @Grey: Drop Fowler or Bonifacio for a pitcher?

    Case for Fowler: Upton, Dukes and Maybin have all been dropped. I’d like to carry one of them for the breakout — but if someone grabs Fowler I’ll take Maybin or Dukes.

    Case for Bonifacio: Even his extreme upside — oodles of steals — he’s not going to unseat Brandon Phillips or David Wright (or see time in my Util). So I’m just holding him a) out of grudging pride, b) so someone else doesn’t get him and c) dunno. Thought there was a c.

    ?

  67. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: KellyfrickinJohnson, 3 homers in a week, are you kidding me? You can come back to earth anytime now.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Drop Bonifacio — now may lightning strike me down.

    Case against Bonifacio — He’s steals and nothing more. Fowler has more upside.

  69. vinko says:
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    Looks like Davis is heating up a bit!

  70. @BigFatHippo: Damn! I knew there was a c!

    @Grey: I was afraid you’d say that.

    I’m going to look like a jack-ass after trying to peddle his speedy ass to every owner in the league.

    I assume you like Fowler over Maybin and Dukes, as of right now at least?

    How does Milledge getting AAAed effect Dukes playing time?

  71. Grey

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like them both better than Bonifacio, to be honest. Bonifacio’s ceiling is pretty low. If you think you can get something for Bonifacio in a trade, then drop Fowler. In your shallow outfield league, one of them will be there.

    Dukes’s playing time is boosted without Lastings. By a lot.

  72. @Grey: My question is: Drop Fowler for Dukes? As my flyer OF on the bench?

    Also, Felipe Lopez, Super Utility Man, is also in the mix here, in case you think I should chuck him instead of any of the above.

  73. p0rk burn says:
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    For everybody that is only seeing the Vazquez K total in a boxscore and not the actual game: Don’t pick him up on the strength of his 12 (or whatever its up to now) Ks alone – the Marlins are waving the bat at anything near the plate. Uggla whiffed on a ball that bounced a foot in front of the plate and a foot outside.

    Don’t expect this many Ks against a disciplined team. Stupid kids.

  74. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Nyjer Morgan or Dukes? For a bench spot with upside.

  75. Steve says:
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    Playing the lukewarm hand at SS – Yuniesky or The Dribble?

  76. Steve says:
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    @Billy: That should ease the pain a little…

  77. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: You have serious SS issues if it’s between those 2. What, no MI?

  78. Denys says:
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    Grey – does Kelly Johnson’s early power uphold and I hold on to him. Or should I package him with Joe Nathan for an upgrade?

  79. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: It’s in the RCL. Weeks at MI, punted SS right til the end and drafted Lowrie. He’s gone so for now it’s just whatever schmohawk I like the look of.

    Maybe we can work something out?

  80. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Damm skippy, not!

    Think I’ll hold onto Michael Boring Young and Theriot and watch you squirm.

  81. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @yoshinorimike: great article on cruzin,im sticking with him

  82. sean says:
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    @BigFatHippo: you ARE seeing Morgan’s upside right now. Only a precipitous fall from grace to come.

    PS: Speaking of trades: someone in my league just traded Kemp, Fuentes, Inge, and DLee for CC and the Unit. I’m not going to veto cause that’s not how I roll, but I can’t even begin to evaluate this trade…

    PPS: Beltre might be swinging like crap, but he plays a gorgeous 3B

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: i got theriot,bonifacio,pedroia and fontenot

  84. BigFatHippo says:
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    @sean: So you like Dukes going forward? Nyjer’s playing every day, think the same happens with Dukes now that Milledge gone?

    re: Trade, yeah wierd. Kemp for CC would have been enough.

  85. G says:
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    Someone just dropped BJ Upton in a 12 team league and Im high on Ian Stewart but was that a smart move. It was basically between dropping him, Loney or Nady. Will this add/drop work out in the long run?

  86. @G: Someone dropped BJ Upton? In your league? Is this a public Yahoo! league? I hope this person was not you.

    And you are wondering whether or not to drop Ian Stewart for BJ?

    Yes, do that. Drop whoever and pick up BJ Upton if you can.

    Also, think about finding another league.

  87. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @G: you got a little leaguer in your league

  88. p0rk burn says:
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    @G: Is this “someone” you? No, thats not a smart move. I wish I played in leagues where people dropped players like BJ. Last year a jerk-face in one of my leagues dropped Dunn in July. The sad part is he sat there for a few weeks before I finally picked him up . . . just in time for his HR binge.

  89. G says:
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    yeah i was busy dis weekend and aint got time and he dropped him late sunday and i just realized. Lucky i got #1 waiver wire priority so lets hope I get him since I dont know the way yahoo works the waiver wire priority..yall know? if i have #1 does that mean i automatically get him as long as i claim him before waiver process ends?

  90. cubbies299 says:
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    Do you do Hamels/Aaron Hill/Ibanez for Beltran? Methinks no. I’m giving up too much

  91. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: Yup, you now own a 3rd rounder for nuttin. Sweet!

  92. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cubbies299: If you’re strong enough in pitching do it. Beltran’s worth it. Hill=Blah.

  93. cubbies299 says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I have Lowe/Vazquez/Kazmir/Weaver with Price in the minors (besides hamels). I was looking to swing a trade of Hill/Kubel for wainwright. Should I do the trade if I can acquire Wainwright on the side? (aka is my staff good enough? Ignore hill in the previous trade, then, as I’ll find a capable trade replacement there)

  94. G says:
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    yeah too bad i couldnt get in da razzball commenter leagues cuz i was busy da week of dey drafts but yeah i kinda hate playin wit little leaguers on yahoo cuz newbs like the guy just dropped Upton. I mean I kinda like it but at the same time takes out the competition of the league

  95. G says:
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    btw was it smart to drop stewart for him cuz he was like my worst player or wouldd it be better to drop Laney or Nady?

  96. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cubbies299: Who’s your outfield besides Ibanez?

  97. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: Stewart’s not getting enough PT, you’re fine.

  98. cubbies299 says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Kemp/Quentin/Chrisby with reserves of Gardner/FLewis. I don’t need outfield… but i love me some beltran and am scared of Hamels in a huge way. I fear him something powerful. Not enough to move him at 10 cents on the dollar, but still.

  99. cubbies299 says:
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    someone dropped wang. worth a waiver pickup or is he dunzo?

  100. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cubbies299: Doode, you’re getting a Beltran.

    Huge upgrade over Ibanez and Krispy. You may be able to shop Krispy for an equal pitcher if he gets hot. But if you get Wainwright for that shizz, you win.

  101. G says:
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    drop milledge or hold on does anybody have da head up on his return

  102. Steve says:
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    @cubbies299: There’s been a lot of Wang-waiving going on. If you’ve got room, he’s prolly worth a stash.

    @Anyone Watching: How does Scherzer look?

  103. sean says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I thought Dukes was a better looking player than Milledge coming into the season, but I’m not really sold on either of them. Either is better than Morgan over 162 though.

    Morgan’s only walked once in 31 ABs in the leadoff spot. How long can the streak possibly last with no plate discipline? Survey says 31 ABs.

  104. sean says:
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    @Steve: haven’t seen yet. just switched over. carp’s pitch count through the roof already (51 through 2.1)

  105. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: Natty’s more concerned with his defense than his bat. I’d be concerned with both. He just turned 24, they’ll probably play him at different outfield spots in AAA for a big stretch of the season. This is purely speculation on my part, take it for what you will.

  106. cubbies299 says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, i know. I love me some beltran, but dooode… if I don’t get Wainwright, I’m loooking at Kazmir/Lowe/Vazquez/Weaver… it’s 14-team mixed and the waiver wire is shallow as shit. I could get shawn hill perhaps and david purcey and round out the rotation. If I do the trade, my offense is

    C: Ianetta
    1B: Morales/Laroche blehtoon
    2B: Brian Roberts
    SS: Tulo
    3B: Wright
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Quentin
    OF: Beltran
    Util: Hawpe
    Util: Krisby

    BN: Frlewis/Krisby/Kubel/Alex Gordon/Gardner

    SP: Kaz/Vazquez/Lowe/Weaver/Shawn Hill/Purcey
    RP: Mariano/Corpas/Wade/Juan Cruz

    DL: Zumaya/Kelvim

  107. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Not good now, back to back doubles by Pujols and Duncan plates a run. They hit em hard too. Man I hate late games, did I ever mention that?

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: greg just added dukes in our league,figure he`s punting k`s

  109. sean says:
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    @Steve: live arm, saw him hit 96, trouble throwing secondary pitches for strikes, pujols and duncan just teed off on him though and he walked the next guy

    his motion is a lot more controlled than last year

  110. BigFatHippo says:
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    @sean: But Yadi just tee’d off on him. Yadi!!!!!!

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cubbies299: Get Wainwright first, then make the trade. If you don’t get Adam, I’m not sure you can afford to deal Hamels.

  112. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: It’s 4th and 18.

  113. sean says:
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    carp bows out to inj

  114. BigFatHippo says:
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    Fuck, Carp is hurt. fuckfuckfuck

  115. Billy says:
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    @BigFatHippo: FUCK is right. As a Cardinal’s fan this could not be a bigger blow. However, from what I saw, he was only clutching his side, which could mean its some sort of ribcage injury. As long as it’s not that elbow…

  116. p0rk burn says:
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    A ribcage injury isn’t great for a pitcher either, but it may be of shorter duration. If he hurt the connective tissue thats a problem what with the twisting and all. Look up what the connective tissue is called yourself – dammit Jim, I’m a lawyer not a doctor.

  117. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Billy: The rib bones connected to the…………fuck, I’m not saying it. Card fan here too, can’t think of a worse thing to happen this early.

  118. sean says:
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    kazaam! villanueva double ends me with the terrible inning and taking away a save opp from cordero. at least i had votto and phillips who did the damage

  119. Billy says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I just heard it was an oblique thing now…could be the Cardinals Spin Machine hard at work or maybe, just maybe, the truth.

  120. Team Ram Rod says:
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    I hate ESPN talk about Carp

  121. Steve says:
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    Maxie! That’s my boy!

    Surprised they left him in to hit – 80+ pitches after 5…

  122. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Oh.

    He isn’t.

    And they didn’t.

  123. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Carpenter departed prior to the fourth inning of his start on Tuesday night with a strained left rib cage, FSN St. Louis reports.
    Spin:
    The Cardinals’ PR department provided the info to the broadcast booth, explaining that Carpenter suffered the injury while swinging during one of his at-bats. He’ll be evaluated again on Wednesday, but it appears as though the Cards may have avoided disaster here if there’s truly nothing wrong with his shoulder or elbow

    I was about to drop Randy today. Carp is my 5th starter and Randy my 6th.

  124. Luke says:
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    @Steve: Re: Scherz… I never saw him pitch live last year but I was very impressed for his first start today. He’s a little bit wild but, man, that fastball is wicked. He was regularly hitting 95 then he was hitting 98 when he faced Pujols.

  125. Boyle says:
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    I have 3rd Waiver Priority…..

    The following two people were just dropped in my league 14 team Mixed
    Jay Bruce
    Stephen Drew.

    I have a crowed OF w/
    Markakis
    Damon
    Hunter
    Lind
    Braun

    but I’m thinking how much trade power Bruce will have.

    I have Alexi and Furcal at MI.

    Thoughts please?

  126. Colin says:
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    Carpenter will be fine. It was just pull no big whoop.

    I panicked and dropped Villanueva tonight. I think it was the right move. I just watched him give up 3 runs and he looked horrible. He topped out at 88 mph. I could care less if he’s closing while Hoffman is out, I think that homer to Soriano killed his confidence. He’s overrated IMO too. I picked up Heilman instead. Better team, already has 3 holds and 1 win. I have 3 other closers anyway and am last in holds so this should help. That Brewers team looks like walking Zombies right now. No one is hitting, their pitching is a mess. Not too good right now. I guess Macha gets fired first if this keeps up.

  127. Billy says:
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    @Steve: Why is Scherzer your boy? I graduated from high school with the motherfucker!

  128. Steve says:
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    @Billy: Ha! You win hands down.

    I have him on a couple of teams, that’s all!

  129. Billy says:
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    @Steve: Ya Max and I had a cheating ring in AP US History and Latin. No wonder he was Big 12 All Academic in college.

    You ever see his eyes before? Two different colors. Shit is crazy.

  130. Steve says:
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    @Billy: As long as he does the business, I don’t care if he has one eye in the middle of his forehead.

  131. Eric W says:
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    @Steve: George Mitchell might care a little bit if he was sporting a eye there.

    good news for Matsuzka owners does not appear to be a injury reason to be pulled after 1 inning he just sucks.

  132. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Dukes.

    @Denys: Package Johnson with Nathan for Phillips or Kinsler.

    @Boyle: How could those guys get dropped in a 14 team league? That’s crazy. Well, you should get them both, but I’m not sure if you have the guys to drop. If it’s between Lind and Bruce, you should grab Bruce. I don’t see someone to drop for Drew, but you should get him.

  133. p0rk burn says:
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    I just wanted to say I love the swing of emotions from “god dammit, CoJack isn’t playing tonight and he’s in my utility spot” to “hell yeah, 1/1 and a 3 run shot, thanks CoJack!”

  134. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Oh Qualls, you pathetic slob. Glad I don’t own him tonight. At least Drew will get another AB.

    Got in my waiver for Dukes. Hoping my leaguemates aren’t paying attention b/c I’m 7 back in priority.

  135. Dingo says:
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    @p0rk burn: Yeah, that’s much better than the swing of emotions from “hmm, looks like Reynolds isn’t in the lineup tonight… better make sure I sit him” to “Sonofabench!!!”

  136. Steve says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: The least he could have done is give up another so Franklin got a save opp.

  137. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Drew triples……..bitchin

  138. p0rk burn says:
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    @Dingo: While that does burn, the unfortunate events that led to the coining of the phrase are far, far worse my friend. The screen shot is in the forums (which aren’t working right now) but i think it was something like 3 home runs and 9 RBIS left on my bench by two players last year.

    You stupid, stupid, stupid p0rk.

  139. john says:
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    thanks krispie for the stellar ab

  140. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’d like to grab Wolf for my H2H league to replace Wang.

    Drop Motte, Lyon or Wade?

  141. yoshinorimike says:
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    drop Cantu to pick up Zimmerman off waivers?

  142. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Grey: ok then, drop Aaron Hill for Zimmerman? Hill is util, picked him up as insurance in case my 2B/SS slot R. Weeks decided to totally crap the bed (which he seems to not be doing thus far).

  143. Tom says:
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    Dropped Burriss for Bartlett, just because of the difference in lineups (and I dont know if Burriss is that good of a hitter). Am I going to miss out on loads of steals or was that fine?

  144. RT says:
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    @Tom:
    Bochy announced today, that Burriss would hit out of the 2 hole more often. Or better, he said Edgar would hit 8th..

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