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Josh Beckett game yesterday was a thing of beauty if you’re into that New Agey art where people smear bodily functions on canvas.  3 IP, 8 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I’m not sure what the most disturbing part of this outing was.  The lack of Ks?  How second nature these terrible starts have become for Beckett?  Or the amount of wood the Jays were getting after seeing Beckett’s pitches? (Pun avoidable, but what the hey?)  I’m not here to crap your house, but in five starts Beckett’s only looked like himself in one of them.  Now that I’ve got you near tears, here’s a big rainbow of Marshmallow Fluff, my emotional friend.  Beckett’s April ERA last year was 7.22, then May was 2.38 followed by a 1.51 in June.  Beckett’s men left on base has been unlucky so far and his K-rate is absurdly low for him.  Unless he heads off to the Disgraceful List, he should turn things around.  I’m not buying at full value, but if you can sneak Red State Jeter away from nervous owners for thirty cents on the dollar, I’d consider it.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jorge de la Rosa – Was sent for an MRI for a bone bruise on his middle finger.  Hopefully, that’s not the same finger he’ll be giving his owners.  Jhoulys Chacin (which is pronounced like Phoulys but with a J) might get the call if dlR has to miss a start.  Here’s what Stephen said in the Rockies Minor League Review, “Chacin induces ground balls at mind boggling rates. His career ground ball rate (59.2) are similar to Tim Hudson (58.6%), teammate Aaron Cook (57.5%) and Chien-Ming Wang (60.1%). He possesses a mid-90’s fastball with tons of heavy sinking action, a stellar change-up and a so-so curve.  Oh, and I hate Grey’s stupid face!”  Hey, how’d he sneak that past me?  For what it’s Wuertz, I grabbed Chacin in my NL-Only league.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-3, homer, steal and his first walk as he continues to leadoff.  He’s completely miscast in the role.  He’s like George Clooney on Facts of Life.  Let CarGo hit third!

Jason Hammel – 3 IP, 5 ER as he was pulled from the game with a strained right groin.  Hehe… He has two groins.

Chad Qualls – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save as he lowered his ERA to 2.11… Oh, wait, that’s his WHIP.  His ERA is 9.00.

Ian Kinsler – As reported by the Arlington talk radio show, Talker, Texas Ranger, Kinsler will be batting 5th.  More RBIs, less Runs… Oh, just read this.

Nelson Cruz – Left the game with a flare-up of his hamstring injury.  Nelson Cruz is the king of nagging injuries.  To quote Big Head Todd & The Monsters, “It’s bittersweet… More sweet than bitter… Bitter than sweet.  Sweet and bitter.  Bitter and sweet.   Sweet… Bitter…  Bittersweet.”

Neftali Feliz – Has now given up 4 runs in the last 3 appearances, while Frank-Frank has only given up one run since April 11th.  Cust kayin’.

Mike Stanton – Coghlan should better.  His BABIP and line drive rate say he’s been unlucky.  Cody Ross just isn’t very good.  The only one that likes Cody is Kathie Lee.  Either way, Mike Stanton has 9 homers in 17 minor league games and is breathing down their necks.  He’s 7 for his last 8 with 5 homers.  If you thought the rush to grab Smoak was quick, crack your knuckles on your grabby little hands cause Stanton’s going to go just as fast.  Stanton mollywhops with his pony sticks.  Believe that.

Josh Johnson – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks.  After the game, his porn star brother, Gosh Johnson, sprayed the entire team with champagne.  At least, everyone hopes it was champagne.

Octavio Dotel – 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Kazaam!  I think the Pirates find themselves with a tuxedo and too few times to use it.  I’ll explain.  It’s like when you convince yourself that it’s a good idea to buy a tuxedo for one occasion then you try to shoehorn it into every occasion.  “Listen, dear, if I’m going to bother entering an All You Can Eat Chimichanga Contest, I may as well be dressed well in case there’s press there.”  Dotel is the tuxedo.  Though he’s looked like a tuxedo shirt lately.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-3, as he hit his 6th homer.  Don’t ya hate it when you target someone in every league, don’t get him by the luck of the draft and then he still does well?  I do.  I miss you, Colby.  Write soon!

Jason Heyward – 0-for-3 as he bats .234.  Now has 24 strikeouts in 64 ABs.  He’s going to be a great one, but he might be a year or two away from that.  Remember, it took Justin Upton almost 500 major league at-bats over the course of two seasons before he exploded last year.

Mat Latos – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Rule #1:  The hodgepadre should never go near water.  Rule #2:  The hodgepadre should not be exposed to direct light.  Rule #3:  The most important rule.  No matter how much they cry, no matter how much they beg, never, never start them on the road.

Brandon Wood – 3-for-4, and now has hits in three straight games.  Pay attention, it could be the start of something.

Brandon Inge – 2 homers yesterday.  Don’t you love when you pick up a player for only one short schedule day?  Yeah, I did that with Inge.  It’s like I called his shots.  Put me on the phone with Make-A-Wish.  I’m brightening sick kids’ days!  Hopefully, they don’t change the scoring to a triple with an error.

Phil Coke – Has a 1.64 ERA, 3 wins, 3 Holds and the best last name according to Ron Washington.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I could sit here, and I am indeed sitting — in a prison cell in Singapore — and I could tell you he was outdueled by Ray Davies or whatever his name is, but I’m staying optimistic.  Even when F-Her isn’t electric, he’s more than respectable.  That’s what I like to see.  Now, please let me out of this cell, I promise not to chew gum in public again.

Chone Figgins – 0-for-4, now batting .179.  Haven’t owned Figgy anywhere in about four years, but I figured I’d give him a shot this year since he was getting 2nd base eligibility.  Yeah, that’s working out well.

Carlos Silva – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  As frequent commenter, royce!, said, “This Carlos Silva shizz has got to stop.  It’s like the universe is on a crusade to discredit all pitching peripherals.  Seriously, the Fangraphs database is gonna commit virtual seppuku.”

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-5, as he hit his first homer.  Now has more homers than steal attempts.  Any time, doode.

Rickie Weeks – 1-for-5 with 1 Run and 1 RBI as the Brewers scored 17.  Ticker tease!

Roy Halladay – 7 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners.  He didn’t look that NLightened last night.

Eli Whiteside – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Who needs Buster when we’ve got bubelah?

Jonathan Sanchez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he beat Halladay.  Gotta love Sanchez even when he’s a butter WHIP.

  1. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    Who ya like for the rest of the year: Duchscherer or Marcum?

  2. Levo says:
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    Any predictions on when stanton gets the call.

    Worth dropping Smoak or Ike in a 15 team redraft league?

  3. joe from point pleasant says:
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    Currently starting JJ Hardy in my 12 team H2H points league… Available FA SS’s include Alexei, Alcides, and The Riot. Do i stay put with Hardy and wait for his 4 homers in a week outburst or should i take advantage of one of these FA’s. Alexei was just dropped tonight…

    BTW i really look forward to your articles every night, u do a great job! thanks!

  4. opop says:
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    how about Grady sizemore’s future ? Could he bounce back?? thank you

  5. Steve says:
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    Maybe the Pirates should have got themselves a sharp plain black suit, a traditional white shirt and a not-too-narrow black tie.

    Much more versatile.

  6. ken says:
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    is it worthy using liriano to trade for beckett back ??? ty for your response : )

  7. joe from point pleasant says:
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    also was just wondering if you think that tyler colvin is worth a pickup in the near future after his unbelievable spring and hot start to the regular season despite spot starts. he has a 1.137 OPS through 36 abs, and is starting against lefties now… we all know that, in time, soriano will get hurt and fukudome will suck. he reminds me alot of a young grady sizemore. just dont want to miss the boat on this guy if he is the real deal. what’s your take on him? thanks again!

  8. Ryan Beariot says:
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    I need to vent…the first year we’re doing an auction league, and so far, jimmy rollins is on the DL, chris davis at 3b is now chris davis in the minors (and chase headly lamarr at 3rd), prince fielder is hitting like ryan howard will at the end of his new contract, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips are barely above the mendoza line, and everyone of these players has more HR than jason bay.

    the two COL pitchers i got are both mentioned above as heading to the dl or pulling a groin, and i’ve also got their good friends ryan madson, chad qualls, and jon lester.

    no wonder i’m in 4th to last place. anyone else got a horror story this bad?

  9. Bodymore says:
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    Why o Why did I think Latos was worth a risk last night…
    Nice line by Haren though, to leave me with an odd mix.

    I feel the same about Colby. oh wells.

  10. Tony says:
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    @Ryan Beariot: at least you’re in 8th place lol. I own half those players u mentioned as well. Its still early especially for all the BRAND NAMES.

    I throw Haren and Sanchez last night in a H2H league thinking “god can i pull some good games off vs COL @ COL and vs. PHILLY and HALLADAY” Well the answer was yes….. then i scroll down another 1/2″ and see Dotel gave up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning!!! more than those two combined for in 12 innings!

    And really is this dotels fault? Seriously why the eff are the pirates bringing him into these situations? down what 13 last night? down like 15 the other day? IDIOTS. He’s a closer not a janitor with a mop.

  11. steamer says:
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    It was good night to be a Josh Johnson owner. Unfortunately going against Gallardo, Weaver & Sanchez = not a good start to the week.

    Is Stanton ownable in a 12 team non-keeper league?

  12. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    @Ryan Beariot:

    My infield: Teixeira, Wright, Reyes. Ian Stewart is the only bright spot.

    My outfield: Pence, Reimold, Blanks. Ethier is the only bright spot.

    My catcher, Montero, has been down. I’ve tried a number of different catchers to no success. Currently using Olivo.

    My bench: Robot, JJ Hardy, Borbon, Cory Hart, Venable. Picked up Andruw Jones last week. So a guy I picked up 7-10 days ago has been outperforming everyone I drafted.

    The only thing that’s keeping me competitive is my pitching staff, well except for the pitcher I drafted first: Lester. Otherwise Nolasco, Kershaw, Correia, Romero, Slowey, Fister, Bell, CarMa, Madson, and Rauch have been helping me win the latter half of our 5×5 scoring categories.

    And no one in the league wants to trade except to attempt to buy low from my on Teixeira.

    So yeah…things not going so well so far.

  13. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Anyone / Everyone: Is there a decent source for daily starting line-ups? How often do managers announce things like, say, Eric Young Jr. getting a start tonight?

  14. steamer says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: If you have twitter follow @MLBDailyLineups

  15. Wiley says:
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    I had Latos, Halladay, Nefalti, and Hideki Okajima last night in a H2H league no less. That era/whip is a thing of beauty.

    @Grey: They’ve been sitting Ibanez lately for Francisco. How long is Ibanez worth holding onto?

  16. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @steamer: THANKS!

  17. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @steamer: Yep, went to bed just after Johnson closed out the game, knowing I had just received Halladay in a trade on Sunday and feeling like I was finally going to get off to a kick ass start in my main H2H league. Not so much… oh, did I mention I have Dotel on that team, as well?

  18. PepeSilvia says:
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    @steamer: seconded, thanks for this tip.

  19. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: ugh, Dotel, don’t even get me started. I went to bed with my ERA for the scoring period being somewhere in the 2.70 range, and woke up to it being above 3.20 thanks solely to that clown. my league counts saves and holds, and I think I’m finally done with these BS closers. just gonna grab a bunch of Arthur Rhodes types and start punting saves, it ain’t worth it to my rate stats.

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Ryan Beariot: yeah last place by leaps and bounds here:

    c – naploi
    1b – prince
    2b – cano
    ss – furcal (had alexei, benched him and dropped desmond)
    3b – mmd
    of – lind
    of – bruce
    of – pence
    util – adrian gonzalez
    sp – lester
    sp – slowey
    sp – ervin santana
    sp – marcum
    sp – dlr
    rp – marmol
    rp – dotel

    bench hitters: rasmus, alexei, willingham, blanks, maybin
    bench pitchers: cueto, jaime garcia, kennedy

    obviously there’s been some mixing and matching among my OFs and SPs depending on matchups (weekly lineups, 12 team roto league).

    it was my first auction draft, and my SPs are really really weak. yesterday traded adgonz for wainwright straight up. i’m hoping rasmus is the real deal and either blanks or bruce comes around to fill my stats i’m losing with adgonz, but i had to do it for a SP. even if he was on the dangerous pitcher list. i’m already in last place, can’t get worse.

  21. Wah says:
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    I trade away:
    Adrian Gonzalez and James Shields

    I receive 2 of the following:
    Beckett, Haren, Hamels?

    I’m trying to keep Shields and substitute Chris Young (SDP) or Mat Latos.. not sure if he’ll go for it.

    #1.) Rank Beckett, Haren, and Hamels in the order you like.
    #2.) Based on this info., and not knowing how the rest of my roster shapes out… Should I do A. Gonz and Shields for 2 of those SP’s?

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: you know, if it’s h2h and 1 guy is gonna blow your ratios, you might as well hope all your guys get it out of their system in the same week and get back to normal. nothing worse than 1 or 2 guys getting lit up for a start or appearance each week and blowing your era/whip. yes, i am looking at you javier vazquez.

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: haren, beckett……………………………………………………………………hamels

    and if you have a solid 1B option behind gonzo and need pitching, then yeah. it’s hard to say whether you should do it in a vacuum because having a viable 1B option besides gonzo and the need of your staff for a couple of baseball’s better SPs over the last few years means everything.

  24. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @PepeSilvia: at least other SP’s can correct a blow up by Dotel, kinda…. last night i still managed a low 4 ERA because of haren and dirty…. a couple more solid SP starts and it will all balance out, its just annoying one guy does more damage in 1/3 of an inning than 2 SP’s did in 12 innings.

  25. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey, got a trade offer:
    I give Vmart/Zito for Texeira/Vasquez
    My catcher waiver options would be Pudge/Snyder/Ruiz/Salty and I have Montero on the DL.

  26. Wah says:
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    Thanks Poon. So, let’s throw Gallardo in to the mix then… where does Gallardo fit in with Haren and Beckett?

    It’s a H2H with 6 keepers.

    I currently have Wainwright and Santana, but can flip one of them for Votto.. and there’s been talk of flipping the other (Santana or Wainwright) for Lester and Brett Anderson.

    Right now, I have Youk and Smoak with 1B eligibility (assuming I don’t get Voto)… and have Headley and Ian Stewart that can slide in to 3B.

    My pitching staff isn’t very deep after Wainwright and Santana… Shields, Latos, Slowey.

  27. Tony says:
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    @Howard: i think you take that instantly, its basically vmart/zito for TEX, but that right there is worth it…

  28. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: So Stanton is mashing and more importantly, taking pitches and walking and actually showing a bit of plate discipline. Do you think they will call him up once the super 2 deadline passes or is he still more likely a September callup? I just dropped Joba Chamberlain in my keeper league to pick up Stanton (who for some unknown reason was available). Good move/bad move?

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: gallardo goes behind beckett, but in front of hamels. but i think gallardo has the potential to be ahead of beckett and maybe haren sooner than one would think. he’s definitely got the most untapped upside of all the guys.

    and i would totally try to turn around and flip wainwright or santana for lester/anderson. i don’t think flipping for votto is much upgrade over youk/stew. at least not enough to give up a potential ace for.

    i’d roll with a staff of haren, beckett (or gallardo), wainwright/santana, lester, anderson, slowey, and shields for awhile until someone is desperate and then pillage them.

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: take it now. like tony said, even if vazquez never turns it around, i am not trusting zito to maintain cy young form all season.

  31. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Grey. I drafted both J Sanchez and Kershaw because like yourself, I’m a whore for K’s. I think I might have to deal one of them though, because the two of them combined are going to ghostride my WHIP right into last place. Which of them do you think has the better year from here on out?

  32. Martin says:
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    @grey- do you prefer mike stanton over guys like maybin or cueto?

  33. mrbaseball says:
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    Smoak is the new The Greek God of Walks”

    BB in first 4 games. Last player to do so was Evan Longoria.

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: kershaw has more talent and upside. but he also brings a lot more trade value to the table. no idea which ends up better for 2010, but my money would be on kershaw from a talent perspective. that said, i think their numbers could be very similar, so if i was trading one, i’d see if there is a kershaw whore in the league that would pay a top 15 SP price for kershaw. i know there is a guy like that in my primary league. he thinks kershaw is the second coming and then whines all over the message board when kershaw issues 5 BBs in 5 IP again.

  35. Wah says:
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    Thanks again Poon.

    So he really wants Shields with Adrian Gonzalez.

    So it would look like:
    Shields and A. Gonz for Beckett and Haren.

    Should I do it?

  36. Cygar says:
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    Was offered Beckett for Peavy straight up. Who straightens themselves out more?

  37. Wah says:
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    @Cygar

    IMO, Beckett

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: like i said, depends a lot on whether you have a quality bat that you can plug in at 1B.

    @Cygar: accept asap. beckett has done it in the AL and the AL east before. peavy hasn’t proven he can do it out of the NL yet.

  39. Wah says:
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    Last time picking your brain Poon :o)

    Given it’s a keeper league… do I try for Gallardo over Beckett given Gallardo’s potential and the fact Beckett pitches in the AL East (although he has a proven track record)? Or just stick with Beckett and Haren?

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: i’d probably stick with beckett (he’s not old by any means), but if the guy got cold feet and wanted to exchange gallardo for beckett, maybe you could tone down your offer a bit and still get haren and gallardo. if not, i’d still possibly do it depending on your 1B situation.

  41. Bodymore says:
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    Is Qualls steady enough now that its no longer worth rostering Juan Gut? Its tempting to drop him and stash Stanton for now…

  42. mrbaseball says:
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    Am I dreaming – I am now getting offers for C. McGehee

  43. Okay, so my OF crunch just got worse. Couldn’t help myself and dropped Sean-Rod to grab Jason Kubel off waivers. So…now with 4 spots (3 OF + UTIL), I’ve got Grandy, Sizemore, Victorino, Quentin, Ethier, and Kubel. An embarrassment of riches. Or maybe just an embarrassment.

    Anyway, I’m dying for a MI…anyone got any good targets? I offered Hamels for Zobrist, and that was shot down.

  44. Slumpbustin says:
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    8 man keeper, 14 teams, H2H, 5×5. I give up Kelly Johnson and Phil Hughes I get David Price. Thoughts???

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wah: also, if slowey cuts his BBs and strings together a few quality starts, you might be able to trade him for kendry morales or someone along those lines if you aren’t happy with the youk/mmd combo at 1B/3B. or pair slowey with youk/stew for a higher end 3B or 1B or something. i think the trade definitely would put your staff at the top of the league (especially if you pulled the lester/anderson trade), but you don’t wanna stretch your hitting too thin.

    i mean, i traded gonzo for wainwright straight up in a auction 12 team roto league where i got pinched out of a lot of SPs i liked (very weak staff) and i got gonzo cheap and already had prince. so gonzo + shields for haren and beckett/gallardo on the surface appears solid value.

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mrbaseball: i drafted chipper to be my 3B, grabbed mcgahee off waivers in week 1 when i saw he was batting behind braun and fielder and knowing i’d need some 3B depth sooner or later with glass chipper. glass chipper got dinged up in week 1, and since then mcgahee has wally pipp’d 3B from glass chipper. i’m 100% on board with mcgahee.

  47. Martin says:
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    DLR on the DL according to the Denver Post. Chachin will fill in for him.

    @grey- is it still now worth holding on to daisuke on the DL as well?

  48. mrbaseball says:
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    Jake Arrieta, arguably the O’s top minor league pitching prospect, is blowing away International League hitters (0.36 ERA, 0.92 WHIP in 25 IP). Had Brad Bergeson not executed a recall-saving performance on Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk (7 IP, 2 ER), Arieta might have been in line for a weekend call-up when the team next needs a No. 5 starter.

  49. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Can someone help me with a trade proposal?

    Last place team needs pitching bad and help in other areas.

    I was thinking of asking for ARod and Brandon Phillips and offering up David Wright, a choice of JJ Hardy/Robot Jones, and a choice of Lester/Nolasco/or Kershaw.

    Think he would bite on this? He already has Pedroia at 2B, could replace ARod with Wright, gets either HArdy or Jones to plug in 2B/SS or 1B/3B slot, and gets a top 20 pitcher.

  50. Neil says:
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    Are there any kind CLE fans out ther who can provide me with a scouting report on Sizemore? I can tell from Fangraphs that he is chasing balls outside of the zone, making poor contact and getting the fewest number of fastballs in his career.

    However, he is doing a good job hitting line drives – 20%

    Is he just slumping or is he a totally different (and crappy player)? Personally, I’m betting he is hurt. I don’t want to bench Sizemore (Theriot riased his AVG more than 100 points last week – we’re still early enough that one big week can put a player on track to hit their projections), but I got burned by Sizemore last year and he is killing everyone in 5 categories this year – not just AVG. I’ll ride him out if it is a slump, but if he looks as bad as his stats, I may have to consider a trade or the bench.

    Thank you!

  51. Neil says:
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    @TheEvilEmpire: I think it’s a fair trade. I don’t know if he will take it – you’re selling Wright at a low, but it’s a fair offer.

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @TheEvilEmpire: if i were him i’d seriously consider it. i might start by offering him kershaw and see if he bites. kershaw’s inability to go deeper than the 5th inning and bis bomb he always drops on your whip even while giving you some Ks and low era makes him expendable, even though he has such a high upside.

  53. Looking for an outfielder to replace Cruz while he is DTD….hopefully a temporary pick up. Do you like Nyjer Morgan or Austin Jackson. Morgan has been pretty hot lately, but Jackson is off to a better than expected start.

    Thanks.

  54. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Speaking of CarGo, I just got him and Aaron Hill in a trade last night for Figgins and Oswalt. I could afford to lose the pitching but needed a power boost and got one I think at 2b. If CarGo would move to 3rd in the order I’d be ecstatic. Is there something I’m missing here or was is a solid trade for me?

  55. p0rk burn says:
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    Q: When do we call McGehee legitimate and start dealing the players he was supposed to be a backup for? I picked him up to fill in the edges while some early season injuries clear up, but now its a shame to leave him on the bench.
    A: I’m getting a signal here, the answer is “keep the other guys and deal McGehee.” I don’t know why I even try anymore.

    Q: And what do I do with Corey Hart? Dude is killing me. Doesn’t get enough playing time to keep around, when he does he plays too well to just drop.
    A: Trade him to someone willing to put up with the platoon. Look for a middling starting pitcher or a starring middle reliever.

    At least thats what I would tell me if I could feel smug and confident that I had the right answers without concern since the problems weren’t mine.

  56. Andy says:
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    @Neil: I’m with Neil. Wtf is up with Sizemore?

  57. mrbaseball says:
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    someone in my fantasy league vilolated one of your rules grey and is very upset

    “Now Mat Latos is a pile of crap.

    I noticed his pathetic HR/FB rate and still started him yesterday for some reason. Big mistake…”

    The Hodgepadre rule

  58. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Deep NL only Roto:

    Have: Willie Harris, Justin Maxwell, G. Parra

    Could pick up: Ryan Church, Garrett Anderson, Brett Carroll

    Any moves worth making ?

  59. quimmy says:
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    Rumor has it Rockies are sending Chris Iannetta down to Triple A. What does this do to Olivo’s fantasy value? Is he a top 5 option at the position?

  60. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    @p0rk burn:

    Drop Hart for Marlon Byrd or Andruw Jones.

  61. quimmy says:
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    @grey: wicked nice gremlin reference (magwai really)

  62. mrbaseball says:
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    Fractured Fairy Tales

    Once again its time to tell my favorite fantasy baseball story

    At the haft way point of the season – I was 25 games out of 1st place in last place in a 5X5 12 team league – I really liked my team and made no moves and stuck with them – and not only finished first in the league but won the playoffs too

    the other 100 teams I also liked finish in last place

  63. William says:
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    @Grey – With the eventual call up of Buster Posey and Carlos Santana, where do you rank them compared to the likes of a middle tier catcher like Geovany Soto, Jorge Posada, and Russel Martin?

  64. AubreyHuffingGlue says:
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    I have a shot at Frank Frank, Chris Perez, and Madson on waivers tonight. Should I take any of them over Dotel? Who do you like best? 12 team 5×5 league with weekly rosters.

  65. Rico says:
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    2nd parter of the Olivo question: Is he now a better option than Napoli/Snider? Me thinks yes.

  66. MattW says:
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    @Martin: @Grey: With DLR on the DL, who is best off the wire?

    Duchscherer, Pelfrey, W. Davis, Fister, Ervin, Colby Lewis

    Thanks as always.

  67. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel about it. The only problem is that in my league I AM the Kershaw whore.

  68. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @MattW: duchscherer or ervin

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: ha, well it’s time to realize that yeah one day he might be the best SP in baseball, however, he obviously still hasn’t fixed his BB/pitch count issues, and it’s unlikely there will be a drastic change during the season.

  70. struggler says:
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    @Grey I got some trades rolling around in my OBP/QS league:

    I get Halladay for Abreu/Dempster (Smoak/Kubel would replace Abreu)
    and
    I get Javy for Ludwick

    What do you say?

  71. Cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    Start Kelly Johnson vs Jimenez or Ian Stewart?

    and should either one of those guys start at utility over Bruce and Carlos Lee?

  72. Bob says:
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    In a deep league, Nick Johnson or David Ortiz?

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @struggler: take the holliday trade asap. and if you don’t need ludwick, and can afford to sit javy on the bench until he hopefully gets his head straight, then that’s not a bad deal either.

    @Cashmoney: stewart. and i wouldn’t start johnson over either of those guys in the util spot. i’d be shopping johnson like crazy right now. advertise him as the 2010 aaron hill and see what happens.

  74. Cashmoney says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: thanks…I was thinking the same thing, but if Johnson is 2010 Aaron Hill, I might wanna shop Stewart

  75. Cashmoney says:
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    @Cashmoney: 2009 Aaron Hill

  76. MattW says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: What kind of value do you think Johnson could fetch, phrased differently, what caliber player would you look for?

  77. @Mark Geoffriau: Just fixed my own problem by trading Hamels for B Phillips. Woot. I think.

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: I’d consider holding Dotel for now…he’ll occasionally blow up but he’s still the safest bet for saves.

    @MattW: Ervin, Lewis, Wade Davis, the field.

    @struggler: Would hate losing Abreu in an OBP league…I might do it to get Halladay though.

  78. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @struggler: whoops obviously i meant halladay

  79. Falcon says:
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    Grey,

    Do you expect Alcides to get to the top of the Brewers lineup in 2010? Or does that depend on Weeks…

    KB

  80. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Cashmoney: johnson isn’t the 2010 aaron hill though. just shop hype him like he is.

    @MattW: a solid closer that will have plenty of save opportunities, maybe a solid if unspectacular SP4 type (shields maybe if someone is bored with him??), maybe even find someone who is tired of pence or something and doesn’t realize he’s hitting over .300 since berkman’s been back? target a team with a gaping hole at 2B (and i don’t mean someone starting an underachieving player like brandon phillips right now) but maybe someone who has howie kendrick or the 2010 version of aaron hill or something.

  81. struggler says:
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    Thanks! I’m thinking Abreu might be too much to lose.

    Here are my projections:
    Abreu: .375 OBP 15 HR 100 R 100 RBI 25 SB
    Dempster: 3.8 ERA 1.35 WHIP 167 K 20 QS
    Halladay: 3 ERA 1.15 WHIP 190 K 25 QS

  82. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    For CI, Smoak or Wood?

  83. 2 part question:

    Please rank these outfielders (currently last in Runs, middle in RBI’s and AVG):

    Jay Bruce
    Curtis Granderson
    BJ Upton
    Shane Victorino
    Adam Jones

    and which one of above and below can I package to get J Johnson (P FL)

    Hamels
    S Baker
    Billingsley
    De La Rosa
    E Santana
    CJ Wilson

    Thanks in advance! kR

  84. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @kR Express: upton, granderson, victorino, bruce, pacman

    i’d see if you could pair hamels with victorino (whose value is only gonna drop when rollins returns). bruce and pacman are off to such poor starts their trade value isn’t very high, at least not when pairing a slow starting hitter with a underachieving pitcher for a pitcher coming off a cg 12 K gem.

  85. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: ya i think KJ is solid but anything more than 20 HR’s would really suprise me even knowing where he is now…. Ya never know tho. Not every guy is a top prospect or progresses the same. I’m just glad i kept missing 2B and i remembered grey saying something about him being the only person taking Kelly Johnson in drafts…. so i snagged him in the 25th round. I feel even better about actually drafting him than just waiver wire snaggin him! HA!

    @Andy: @Neil: Big CLE fan but sadly i haven’t watched enough games this year. Coaching HS baseball, not enough time. I’d say sizemore is just slumping but he’s not much better than a .270 hitter, might just need to give him some time. Its still ONLY april…. He’ll heat up when the weather does….

    I’d deal him but not for peanuts, get something for him….

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: Duchscherer

    @Levo: Next couple of weeks and no don’t drop prospects that are currently in the majors.

    @joe from point pleasant: Thanks! Hold tight unless you need speed and RBIs, then go with Alcides. Or if you need Runs and speed, go with Theriot.

    @opop: Hopefully

    @Steve: Ha

    @ken: I’d want Liriano.

    @joe from point pleasant: I don’t see the Sizemore comparison. He doesn’t really have speed.

    @Steve: Damn… Thanks for the update!

    @steamer: Not yet

    @Wiley: He was just rested.

    @ron mexico’s papi: Good move. Stanton comes up some time in June is my guess. Or before.

    @Clyde Prompto: Kershaw

    @Martin: Not yet

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Bodymore: Did you read the above about Qualls? His WHIP is 2.11. You can drop Gut if you like.

    @Mark Geoffriau: How deep is this league that you need to trade for an MI?

    @Slumpbustin: Eh

    @Martin: I never would’ve owned Dice-K.

    @mrbaseball: Thanks for the heads up!

    @TheEvilEmpire: I have no idea what other people will take, but I’d take A-Rod and Phillips there. Offer it.

    @Bostonbeerman: Morgan

    @Frank Rizzo: Nice trade.

    @p0rk burn: re: Hart — Look elsewhere.

    @Mr. Rickey: Eh

    @quimmy: Wouldn’t say top 5. But he’s good for 20 homers.

    @quimmy: thanks!

    @William: Last

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: Nope

    @Rico: Sure

    @struggler: Both trades are in your favor.

    @Bob: Johnson

    @Falcon: Sorta on Weeks, but he could be the #2 man.

    @Cheese: Smoak

    @Brian: Thanks for the heads up!

  87. William says:
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    @Grey – After my trade in which I acquired Slowey for David Aardsma, I dropped Johnny Cueto for Jaime Garcia

    Frank Squared will come off waivers tomorrow and will be a free agent (if no team claims him). Should I drop Garcia for Frank Francisco?

    My closers after the trade is processed will be Heath Bell and Franklin Morales.

  88. mrbaseball says:
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    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants officials have discussed the idea of bringing Buster Posey to the big leagues before June.

    when Posey gets the call in a non keeper league which one of these catchers would you drop for Posey

    Jorge Posada
    Geovany Soto
    Miguel Montero
    Ryan Doumit
    Yadier Molina
    Iván Rodríguez
    Donny Lucy :)

  89. GTS says:
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    Start Harden vs CWS (Jake Peavy) tomorrow?

  90. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mrbaseball: i have no idea why everyone is so ready to drop soto. dude’s hitting like it’s 2008 right now.

  91. Lava says:
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    How are the Cubs for a spot start? With DLR on the DL, I’m thinking of adding Livan Hernandez today, but I’m sure it’s not a great idea. It’s an 18 team mixed league…

  92. ASAOK says:
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    Doubt I’ll even get it, but would you offer Scherzer or Oswalt for Beckett or Verlander? I think the owner is frustrated with his SP.

  93. William says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon – 2009 put a deep hurt in a lot of Soto believers

  94. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @William: ya i own him, set it and forget it, he’s hitting right now, every time i check lately he’s 2-4 and hits a HR every other day? maybe i’ve only checked twice but he’ll be alright… i owned soto 2008, skipped him 2009, took him again this year, i heart soto….

  95. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @William: maybe so but it’s 2010. 2009 just meant you could get soto on the cheap and enjoy top 5 C production for the season. no need to be antsy to drop him when he’s batting .350 with more BBs than Ks.

  96. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Just read on Rotowire that Iannetta is indeed being sent down to the minors. What’s Olivo’s value now? Better than Soto?

  97. William says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon – I think what hurts Soto’s perception is the fact that Koyie Hill is playing quite a bit as well. Soto batting 7/8 does no favors either.

  98. Howard says:
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    I’m sick of Sexy Alexei, would you drop him for Aybar and then try to get him back when he warms up?

  99. @Grey: RE: Trading for MI/League depth:

    12 team, 2B, SS, and MI spots. Best FA options were Erick Aybar, S Sizemore, etc. Guys like Wiggs, McGahee, and so on were snapped up long ago. I had some great SP depth though so I feel pretty good about trading Hamels for Brandon Phillips.

  100. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @William: scabs bro. scabs. if you C isn’t completely awful and is doing serviceable enough, leave it alone.

  101. Mr. Rickey says:
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    In trade negotiations in a NL keeper league, invited to pick one as part of deal: Coghlan or Carlos Lee?

  102. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: lee

  103. airlifting says:
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    zambrano, niemann, or pelfrey? pick two.

  104. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, I’ll probably cast them both out there and see what I can get. Also, how does one become a PoonTycoon? I consider myself a Poontrepaneur, but I’m young so there’s plenty of time to climb the ladder.

  105. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: At closer look between Soto and Olivo, I think Soto’s the hold here for me. He’s been amazing with more BB’s than K’s. This could very well be 2008 again, and more. Olivo could fade by the end of May.

  106. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: not to mention olivo is 32/33 years old and a career .244 hitter. so a correction is coming soon. soto is young enough that 2008 might be the real soto. i mean, he was injured last year so that’s a possible reason for his poor season.

    @Clyde Prompto: practice makes perfect

  107. Timequake says:
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    Rasmus or Quentin?

  108. KarlJ. says:
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    Traded Tim Hudson for Rasmus before last night’s game and picked up Duscherer. Feeling pretty good about those moves. Thanks all that reassured me that it was a no brainer yesterday.

    Now if I only hadn’t drafted Beckett and Lackey …( especially since I am a Yankees fan)

  109. mrbaseball says:
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    Iannetta is indeed being sent down – he could be recalled in 2 weeks and Olivo could go on a 3 – 17 slump – nothing is written in stone here

    Iannetta ML Baseball career is far from over – be very carefull who you drop here

    also Olivio is turning 32 this July

  110. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @Grey: Gracias. While I’m here, how likely do you think it is that TOR send Snider to the minors at some point? I have him in a deep AL-Only league w/limited roster moves and he’s really killing me.

  111. The Dude says:
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    @Grey: My Oswalt for his J. Vazquez and H. Pence?

    I’d likely drop Maybin.

  112. mrbaseball says:
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    Olivo will be a great defensive pickup for all fantasy baseball leagues

  113. Philabuster says:
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    Somebody offered me Ublado Jimenez for my Phil Hughes and Carlos Santana.

    12 team, 2 catcher, partial keeper league.
    Napoli is my other catcher.
    Rotation currently has Haren, Marcum, Kuroda, and Spot Starter X.

    I’m stupid not to jump on this, right? Is there an injury report I’m not seeing?

  114. Wah says:
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    Haren, Beckett, Wainwright, Lester, Anderson… would you trade any of them for Verlander? How about Billingsley?

  115. jj says:
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    Thanks for throwing salt in the wound Grey. I’ve played Inge all season and finally took him out monday for Overbay.

    Some selection I have, huh.

  116. Commish Cauda says:
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    @airlifting: Pelfry & Niemann

  117. Adam says:
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    Been offered Beckett for my Cliff Lee.

    Should I take it? Not exactly thrilled with Cliff in SEA and not really a sure thing health wise.

  118. brad says:
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    @mrbaseball: Unless your league is like Michel Foucault deep it’s really not worth hanging onto a catcher who’s being sent to the minors.

  119. Wah says:
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    12 Teams, H2H, Daily lineups.

    One guy missed the draft and had to go auto-draft.. which went pitching heavy and the guy has no offense. His pitching is:
    Lincecum, Verlander, Lester, Beckett, Billingsley. He also owns Jay Bruce.

    I was looking to target Verlander, Lester, Becket, Billingsley, and Bruce in some combination. Any suggestions?

    Here’s my team:
    C: M. Napoli
    1B: A. Gonzalez
    2B: O. Hudson
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: A. Beltre
    MI: D. Jeter
    OF: J. Bay
    OF: C. Lee
    OF: N. Markakis
    UT: J. Votto
    Bench: G. Beckham, A. Rios, and Y. Molina

    SP: B. Anderson
    SP: M. Garza
    SP: F. Liriano
    RP: B. Wagner
    RP: M. Capps
    P: R. Franklin
    P. H. Kuroda
    Bench: J. Shields, C. Buccholz

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: Markakis and Shields for Verlander and Bruce. Or Bay and Shields for Verlander and Bruce.

  121. tHe ShiT says:
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    Morning Grey/all:

    Thoughts on Aramis?
    And since his owner is tired of Lester, would a Zimmerman for Aramis/Lester be a decent trade?

  122. PureBwa says:
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    @Grey: Just traded Hoffman and Ianetta (who’s getting sent down) for Olivo, Qualls, and Jaime Garcia. Whatta ya think? My ERA/WHIP have killed me, hoping Garcia will give me a little boost while he’s pitching well.

  123. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: Beckett tried to lay an egg but all that came out was a Sartre.

  124. Tom Reale says:
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    @tHe ShiT: google “schmohawk aramis razzball”

  125. Lava says:
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    What would you do if you own Iannetta in an 18 team league, where Varitek, Kendell, Ruiz, Clement, and Hundley are the best waiver choices? Do you hold on Iannetta, drop him for one of those guys, or hold Iannetta, and drop someone else (say, Snider) and roster two catchers?

  126. and1mcgee says:
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    @Grey: I am in a 10-team, catcher only leagues. The only thing we count is how many runners are caught stealing. Should I start Jose Molina vs. Tampa anytime he plays them??? thanks.

    (ouch, my cheek is starting to hurt from my tongue being in it…)

  127. Crafty35a says:
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    Jake Fox got his fourth start at catcher yesterday — one more for Y! eligibility. Does anyone know if he’s scheduled to start again today? I think I’m ready to dump Pierzynski for him. The A’s can’t play Fox this sporadically for long, right? Right??

  128. Bodymore says:
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    @Grey true about his whip but hes nailed a couple down and they have a weak bullpen overall…its worth the hold for now though, I think ultimately I do agree with you.

    I’m waiting for De La Rosa to hit the DL but in the meantime I dumped Masterson, who can chill like the RastaMasta he is on the wire, and stashed Stanton for now. I might end up dropping him and picking him back up before his call up.

    Once DLR hits the DL, think I should grab Chacin, look @ other sport starts this week, or pickup Ryan zimmerman depth (Wood or Laroche are starting to look interesting?)

  129. majortommy says:
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    Grey-Not sure if you answered this question yet, I skimmed the comments and didn’t notice, is yesterday a promising sign that FrankFrank could regain the closer role sooner rather than later? Pick him up if available?

  130. Nathan says:
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    Hamels/Rajai for Verlander ?

    The team trading Rajai also has Wright, Reyes, Werth, Hedley, and McCutchen for steals (and 0-steal-type guys in other slots).

  131. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Nathan: i’d say that’s a solid SB base. at least enough of a core SB total that i wouldn’t undersell verlander for a struggling hamels who was already coming off a bad year + a sagnof.

  132. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: If you had to guess when Carlos Santana will get the call, what say ye? Lou Marson and Mike Redmond are TERRIBLE. Would you agree Santana is probably a top-10 fantasy catcher from day 1?

  133. CoreyII says:
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    who do you like better for my OF? Krispie Young or Headley?

  134. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Which side of this trade would you take in a 6×6 H2H (OBP, SLUG, OBPA)

    I give my K. Johnson and H. Bell for his J. Beckett and A. Callaspo

    I have Lidge coming off the DL

    Thanks!

  135. sean says:
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    @mrbaseball: No need to start the arbitration clock on Posey if Eli Whiteside keeps going mazel tov!

  136. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Tom Reale:

    Thanks for the info on Aramis. Just went back and cancelled the offer.

    So @ Grey/all:

    Who do i go after if i give up Zimmerman? Will need a 3b and currently need an OF. Would Lester/Bruce 4 Zimm b ok? Or maybe Lester/Rollins 4 Zimm? He’s high on Zimm n low on Lester…

  137. Sal says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on Jose Bautista catching fire and going on a mini tear?

  138. and1mcgee says:
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    @tHe ShiT: Lester/Rollins is too much, I think. Lester/Bruce might work.

  139. CoreyII says:
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    @and1mcgee: I agree – if they will accept either one of those deals I would jump to make the trade.

  140. agarthered says:
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    Having a tough time tonight deciding who to start out of these hot players,

    Rasmus vs Lowe

    or

    Konerko vs CJ wilson

  141. majortommy says:
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    @and1mcgee: @tHe ShiT: I concur with mcgee, Lester/Bruce would work for me.

  142. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ and1mcgee/CoreyII:
    Maybe if i include Jaime Garcia w/ Zimm, can Lester/Rollins wk?

  143. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @agarthered: rasmus kills righties. and cj wilson is just plane pitching better than lowe right now.

  144. CoreyII says:
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    @agarthered: I vote Rasmus – Lowe is terrible

  145. Nathan says:
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    @Tom Emanski: That is fricking hilarious.

  146. agarthered says:
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    I had Rasmus in, so thanks for the reassurance.

  147. hideousmutants says:
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    I’ve got Headley at 3B and was thinking this might not be a bad time to see what I can get for him (he’s currently the #2 ranked 3B in our league). Since his rank is a bit inflated by a .350 average and one 3-steal game, any opinions on whether it’s time to sell high on him?

  148. CoreyII says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. What about Headley vs FraGu?

  149. tHe ShiT says:
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    Just offered Zimmerman for Lester/Bruce…
    lets see if he bites

  150. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: The Jays have definitely picked up something on Beckett’s delivery that’s tipping his pitches. He couldn’t mixup his changeup with his fastball very well which is what makes him effective.

    Proly shouldn’t start Beckett vs. the Jays period, I mean even Aaron Hill was rocking him yesterday.

  151. and1mcgee says:
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    @hideousmutants: If you can EVER get higher value for a player based on a recent hot streak, you do it. For example, if someone offers you a top 50 player for Headley and it addresses one of your needs, then jump on it.

  152. MattW says:
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    @Grey: If the other guy changed the proposal to Beckett and Callaspo for K. Johnson and Marmol (instead of Bell) does that materially change anything.

    Just not sure on how much you thought the Beckett side won out.

  153. hideousmutants says:
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    @and1mcgee: what do you think about Headley for Sandoval?

  154. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey/all:
    What would a Headley line look like at the end of the yr? Is he worth trading for or just a hot start that will fade?

  155. royce! says:
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    Hey, look at me everyone! I’m a published writer!

    Glad you enjoyed my Silva rant. I’m hoping for more thorough regression on his next start. The laws of probabilities must not be broken with impunity!

    Now for a Q: Is Vazquez droppable in a 10 team roto? I grabbed him relatively late (high 100s).

  156. DavidSouter says:
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    Matt Kemp and Scott Kazmir for Hanley Ramirez, who says no?

  157. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: i think a .280-20-80 line is pretty reasonable. definitely usable at 3B/CI, but i don’t think he’s gonna be winning your league for you.

  158. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: toss in maybe 15 or so SBs

  159. hideousmutants says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @hideousmutants:
    I should clarify the Headley/Sandoval question–wondering where people rank them at end of year so I can get a sense of what I need to add to a headley offer to get sandoval.

  160. FetaBallz says:
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    @Grey: Who do you trust the least going forward of these SP?
    M Buerhle
    J Niemann
    CJ Wilson

  161. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @hideousmutants: i wouldn’t add too much to the deal. i am not as big on pablo as a lot of people are though. maybe a SP4 type? a another hot starter at a position of need for the pablo owner?

  162. sean says:
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    @tHe ShiT: If he gets 500 ABs, I think a fair projection is 75/20/80/.280. He might lose the pleasure of AGonz’s protection though…

  163. tHe ShiT says:
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    Just proposed Fielder for Tex. Seems pretty lateral, but I got a feeling Prince will end up burning me if i keep him the way he did in 2008. Hopefully the Tex owner will b tired of his slow start…

    Any thoughts anyone???

  164. tHe ShiT says:
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    Plus i like Tex and his lineup more than Fielder and his…

  165. Adam says:
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    Seems there’s another Adam making the rounds on the site, I might need to get creative with my alter-ego…

    Anyway, I want to set and forget a catcher scab, just want to make sure I pick the right one…how would you rank these schmohawk C’s? Olivo, Suzuki, Bengie, Napoli, Pray for Santana/Posey?

  166. Casmon says:
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    Lindstrom or Dotel the rest of the way? H2H

  167. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: i don’t see how .276-34-102 is “burning” you. sure it was a bit lower than you’d hope for but i could see teixeira putting up similar numbers in a less than optimal year (like 2006),

  168. john butte says:
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    Grey, I need help! All teams are in the toilet. Should I drop torii hunter and pick up rasmus? Alternately, I have 5 closers, should I drop one of wagner, rauch, or gregg and grab rasmus?

  169. Kazmere says:
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    11 team mixed roto, 5×5… drop Quentin for Rasmus, or hold and trade for better when Q heats up? Could use help
    with runs/SB.

  170. drew says:
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    drop masterson for fister?

  171. MattW says:
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    @DavidSouter: Giving too much. I’d take the Kemp side.

  172. hideousmutants says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: feel the same way about Sandoval. I’m thinking that the marginal improvement of Headley to Sandoval isn’t worth it and unless I can package Headley plus, say, a top 10 starter to get a top 5 3B, I shouldn’t bother. Plus, for all Headley’s numbers so far, there are still homers to come.

  173. john butte says:
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    Thanks grey. Can’t help but panic when I’m 10th out of 10 teams in H2H.

    My team:

    C: Soto
    1: Fielder
    2: Phillips
    3: Wright
    SS: Tulowitzki
    O: Holliday
    O: Hunter
    O: C. Gonzalez
    U: Votto
    U: Uggla

    SPs: J. Johnson, Beckett, Cain, Baker, Lilly, Sanchez, Marcum, Scherzer
    RPs: B. Wilson, Fuentes, Wagner, Rauch, Gregg

    Looks good on paper, but gross underperformance thus far.

  174. Tom Reale says:
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    What is your take on Beckham right now?

    Also what side do you like? CC and Pena vs Hughes and Morneau? thanks.

  175. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…how do you feel about Josh Willingham’s potential to keep his breakout season going? I know he’s not exactly young anymore, but his 18:9 BB/K ratio is a good sign of things to come, right?

  176. The Dangerous Summer says:
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    @Grey: Jaime Garcia or Duchy?

  177. Nathan says:
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    **** Rockies website reporting that Ianetta is to be sent down to AAA. Olivo now has full time starting gig.

    Sorry if this has already been posted.

  178. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Contemplating a trade. Which side of Alex Rios for Joakim Soria would you want? Rios side needs OF and Soria side’s closers are Nunez, Valverde, Bailey and Jim Johnson and he has a very full OF.

  179. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ All:

    Damn i need 2 vent…

    My leaguemates don’t like trading because they are all a bunch of haters. In the recently finished basketball season there was i think 3 trades ALL year! I think they fear someone making their team better. Thus, it makes it really difficult for ME to make my team better. My pitchers are doing great but my hitting is dead last. The managers with crappy pitching are unreasonable and those that do trade only do so if its a lopside in their favor… Damn these managers suck…

  180. Slam says:
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    any thoughts on beckham’s slow start? haven’t seen him on buy/sell. Still like him more than asdrubal?

  181. William says:
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    @Everyone/@Grey – Last season there was a weekly article that listed SPs to buy/sell depending on their ERA/FIP splits.

    That article helped me find guys like Nolasco and Ubaldo Jiminez last year. I have been unable to find that article this year. Anyone have any idea what I’m talking about?

  182. @tHe ShiT: I hear you. Most of the owners in my home league don’t like to trade with me, since they think I know something they don’t – which is probably true. It’s a keeper, so the only time big trades go off is at the deadline, when the buyers and sellers are clearly defined by the standings.

  183. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: maybe they like their team. maybe they don’t hold certain guys in as high of regard as you do. there is a guy in my league that you sound like. he is wanting to move sizemore and bitching that no one will take him for his asking price. guess what? sizemore hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2008, so hell no i’m not paying 2nd or 3rd round value to see if he becomes fantasy relevant 2010.

  184. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon:

    It’s funny u mention that, most of my leaguemates value players more based on their careers instead of a per year basis. I used to do that, but have learned to play in the current year while mildly considering career stats.

    And the teams that I’m pitching pitching to are in the bottom third of the standings with obvious holes in their teams. I’ve been targeting buy low guys for the likes of Liriano, B Anderson, Nelson Cruz and no one is even remotely intrigued. So bottom line, I don’t think anyone likes their team when it’s in last place. I don’t really like my team right now and I’m in 8th/16…

  185. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey/all:

    Anyone starting Liriano 2nite? Given his home/road splits I’m a little wary of this matchup…

  186. hideousmutants says:
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    I’m starting Liriano tonight. He’s only had one road game so far this year so it’s hard to tell if there’s really a split this year. And he’s got a 15 inning scoreless streak going. Hard to sit him after her last two, esp in a pitchers park. FYI, it’s really cold here (in SE Michigan) tonight. It’ll be in the high 30s by mid-game. Don’t know how he does in the cold but I’ll take my chances.

  187. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: i’m in last place in a league and keep getting low ball offers for lester and prince and adam jones and pence amongst others. it’s far too early to give up on these guys for a player that you perceive is current streaking, while your guys is currently slumping. obviously YOU think these guys are rebounding if you are trying to buy them at a discount, so maybe they think these guys have a few hot streaks in them too and will end up with at least their career norm numbers. maybe cruz’s hammy has people concerned. maybe they are worried about anderson’s workload catching up to him at some point. maybe they aren’t buying liriano’s return to greatness just yet.

  188. herschel says:
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    @Grey: would you drop either cueto or latos (or both) to pick up any of j. garcia, cecil, fister, norris or g. gonzalez?

    much obliged.

  189. Lava says:
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    Anderson is going on the DL, according to Susan Slusser’s twitter.

  190. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Lava:
    U referring to Brett Anderson?

  191. mrbaseball says:
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    Jon Lester and Stephen Strasburg for Miguel Cabrera in keeper league

    this will be my offer – he is looking for pitching – I am offering too little here or its OK

  192. Lava says:
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    @tHe ShiT:

    Yes. Brett Anderson to the DL.

  193. herschel says:
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    If it hasnt already been reported here, Nelson Cruz to the DL.

  194. tHe ShiT says:
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    Damn just saw it on CBS, Nelson Cruz to the DL. Thanks for the heads up herschel…

  195. mrbaseball says:
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    Rangers placed OF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

  196. mrbaseball says:
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    come on this is big news herscehl about Cruz if you own him

  197. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    shit, cruz is in the lineup for 2 weekly lineups already

  198. herschel says:
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    @mrbaseball: i do own him. sorry for the lack of exclamation points.

  199. @herschel: Not listed on Yahoo yet. This blows. I’m heavily invested in Nelson.

  200. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    RE: brett anderson

    isn’t forearm strain one of the precursors to tommy john surgery?

  201. herschel says:
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    From CBS:

    According to the team’s official website, Nelson R. Cruz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday due to a strained hamstring. Craig Gentry was called up to take his roster spot. David Murphy is expected to see an increase in plate appearances in his upset.

    Cruz will be out until at least mid-May, barring any setbacks. He re-aggravated an injury he dealt with last week and will get ample time to recover before getting back on the diamond. Stash him in all leagues that have reserve space because, when healthy, Cruz remains a high-end slugger worthy of use in any Fantasy league. Murphy is worth a pickup in AL-only leagues as a possible stopgap measure. Gentry should be left off Fantasy rosters.

  202. @Grey: With Cruz shelved who would you grab off of waivers: Hart or DeJesus?

  203. anon says:
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    All I’ve got is Bill Dickey/Josh Smoker. Altho Smoker I don’t think is in the majors yet.

    I feel like Danks/Coke are begging to be matched up with an appropriate catcher name.. Others that seem like they’d be good are Chorye Spoone a minor league P with Baltimore, Tobi Stoner of the Mets, and Rocky Cherry a FA pitcher, altho all those guys might not be well known enough for this exercise, I’m just trying to throw some names out!

  204. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @3FingersBrown: i’m trying to decide between seth smith and dexter fowler right now.

  205. William says:
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    @Grey – so it was this website that created that article? I totally forgot! I’ve been looking through fangraphs and hardball times… hahaha… good thing i asked!

  206. Lava says:
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    Re: Liriano, Slowey did badly on Sunday so there’s a good chance either Liriano or Baker will do well according to the law of Romulus and Remus.

    If we can just figure out the order in which the bad/good starts happen, we could know exactly when to use our Twins pitchers.

  207. @ThePoonTycoon: I actually drafted Fowler and then cut him. He’s playing better of late, but he needs to show me more. I don’t have the roster flexibility to mess with platoon guys either.

  208. anon says:
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    @anon:

    oops wrong thread

  209. tHe ShiT says:
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    Just great I have both Anderson and Cruz in my money league…

  210. @Grey: Word. I know it’s early, but I’m excited that Hart’s got a 7/9 BB/K split. Maybe he’ll actually live up to his abilities one of these years.

    Only thing that bugs me with Hart is playing time issues. Dejesus is like Micro-FraGu, but at least I know he’s going to play.

  211. @Grey: 15 team – Kearns or Schierholtz to replace Nelson?

  212. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Based solely on expectations for 2010, would you rather have Posey or Carlos Santana?

  213. Mitch says:
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    Hey Grey, is it worth keeping a roster spot for a “back-up” catcher since Posada seems to get rest so often? (I think Girardi said he would not be doing day after night games this season)

    It was Miguel Montero but after he got hurt I ditched the idea. Right now I have Soto.

  214. @Grey: You’re right. sunglasses at night’s got so much more upside than dave of jesus.

    Gary, Keith and Ron were just talking about seeing The Ramones @ CBGB back in the day. Gary (of all people) claimed that’s where he lost most of his hearing.

  215. Lava says:
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    @Grey: I’ll figure it out! There has to be a theorem that can explain it!

    My theory: The first two Twins pitchers (out of Baker, Slowey, Liriano) to pitch will do poorly, while the third will thrive!

    Wait, no, Slowey was the last one to pitch last week. And then what if they have two starts? Hmm, too many factorials!

    Time to quit my job and devote myself to proving this rule!

  216. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey, I have to replace DeLaRosa and Anderson. My options are Garcia, Shields, Floyd, Niemann, Gio, Colby Lewis, Ervin, Petitte and maybe even Zambrano. What do you think? Thanks!

  217. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: shields isn’t a guy i exactly targeted or would be ecstatic to have on my roster, but i can’t believe the number of leagues people are in where he’s on waivers or someone is questioning dropping him. guys seriously, he’s not bad. he’s not gonna be great, but every team can use a guy on the back end that won’t kill you.

  218. Howard says:
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    Gone Bayby Gone!

  219. Bay’s off the schnide. HR numero uno

  220. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howard: Shields and Garcia. Could be Ervin and Ervin or Garcia too. Lots of choices there. Go with matchups.

  221. Howard says:
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    Thanks Grey! I usually don’t like shallow leagues (10) but gotta love the smorgasbord of pitchers on waivers!

    @PoonTycoon Thanks!

  222. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Pick up Evan Meek as Dotel’s handcuff?

  223. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: God no.

  224. Wow some MF grabbed Schierholtz about 5 minutes ago. Had to go with Kearns. NFBC style, so it’s tough to even find a guy who plays regularly.

    I have a feeling Kearns won’t be around too long.

  225. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Ha! That’s the funniest two word response I’ve read in the ~2 months I’ve been here.

  226. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Is Smoak good enough that I shouldn’t drop him for pitching help? There’s no CI position in this league and I already have Votto and Pena holding down 1B/Util…I was hoping he’d start off red hot and his value would skyrocket, but I have a bunch of trade-hating ninnyboys in my league so he’d have to be a monster to draw interest

  227. Steve says:
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    @Eddy: @Grey: Not many saves in Pittsburgh.

    The Meek shall inherit the dearth?

    I’m here all week.

  228. Yankees2010 says:
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    Grey,
    I too thought I had outsmarted my fellow leaguers with drafting Chone as a 2B. What a tool I look like. I also have Ibanez started and Colby languishing on the bench. A tool yet again. The Alcides HR was nice last night, but it was off my Dotel. I can’t win. Stick with Alcides?

    Thanks Grey and great job as usual.

  229. Panti Jose says:
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    2 questions: Does Cahill take Anderson’s spot in the rotation with him hitting the DL? Is he worth picking up in a deep league, more valuable than a guy like Arrieta?

  230. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Pavano, Kennedy, Pineiro and Buchholz headline a weak class of SP available, but this is a holds league so I might have to reluctantly grab some clown MR instead…protesting the worthlessness of holds by ignoring the category isn’t getting me very far

  231. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey:

    Which side of this trade do u like?
    Prince/Rajai/Bills 4 Grandy/B Phillips/Verlander?

  232. GopherDay says:
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    Hmmm…with Ianetta expected to hit AAA, I’m really hoping Fox gets one more start at catcher so I can slot him in.

    14 team dynasty league…No interesting guys on waivers, with some catcher hogs with deep benches…And a Minor league roster, so any young guys are gone. Hopefully Posey comes up next year so I can have him start.

  233. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Adam:

    Id take Buchholz. Got a feeling hell break out this yr…

  234. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Buy low on Dotel?

  235. Adam says:
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    @Grey: @tHe ShiT: Thanks, grabbed the Buchhy Beaver…too late to get him in my lineup tonight, but if he bombs I’ll probably lose him for a MR

  236. drew says:
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    casey mcGehee, quentin, or rasmus the rest or the way?

  237. GopherDay says:
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    @drew: I’d go Q-Dawg!

  238. Dumbmutt says:
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    Do you think Iannetta get traded?

  239. Wilsonian says:
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    @Anybody: this could be just a rhetorical question but, sit Lowe v. STL/Carpenter @ STL tonight? (I have both in one 16-teamer)

  240. GopherDay says:
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    @Dumbmutt: I wouldn’t think they would be sending him to AAA so they could trade him…But who knows!?

    I feel good about trading Dotel for Krispie and a first round college draft pick in my 14 team dynasty!

  241. Panti Jose says:
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    John Ely, Jhoulys Chacin = piles of excrement or risky but potentially worthwhile pickups. I need to make something out of nothing here!

  242. GopherDay says:
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    @Wilsonian: I have Lowe in a deep 14 teamer dynasty league….He’s meeting the bench!

  243. Panti Jose says:
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    And is John Maine completely washed up already in his late 20s? I haven’t seen him pitch this year, but he’s available…

  244. Wilsonian says:
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    @GopherDay: Thanks! I really just needed someone to agree with me. Plus I really don’t like the @STL biznass, and having Carp on the other end as well. Just seemed like a no-win situation for me. Wish I woulda thought that way yesterday prior to the great Hodgpadre debacle of 4/26/10 (played Latos and JJ – same 16 team league).

  245. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: nothing wrong with starting 2 SPs against each other if both matchups are start worthy. otherwise you end up starting the wrong guy and benching the one that gets the W. that said, i would bench lowe because he sucks not because he’s facing the cards with carp on the mound.

  246. mrbaseball says:
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    Jorge De La Rosa has been dropped by 4071 teams in Yahoo! leagues

    I am not one of them – how fast us fantasy players turn on our players we drafted

  247. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Eh, I’m not reading it, and I’m not buying Meek until the Pirates say Meek is the closer.

    @Dumbmutt: Nope

    @Panti Jose: Potentially worthwhile under the right circumstances. re: Maine – Eh.

    @mrbaseball: Hehe

  248. mrbaseball says:
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    Jon Lester and Stephen Strasburg for Miguel Cabrera in keeper league

    this will be my offer – he is looking for pitching – I am offering too little here or its OK – my pitching will survive without Lester

    hey grey you said the trade offer was fair – would you make this trade if you were me – I never ever got the better in any trade in my fantasy history

  249. Lava says:
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    @Panti Jose: Grey’s answer aside, he probably will get the call.

    I’d take a look at him after one start. If he strikes batters out, he could be worth a pickup. I think Grey’s biggest knock on him (only remembering) was that he didn’t K a lot of batters, but he did have a good K/9 in the minors, and still has potential.

  250. Grey

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    @mrbaseball: I’d take Miggy if you need him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Strasburg could get you a big piece in a trade by himself once he’s called up in a few weeks.

  251. More Hawpes Please says:
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    12 team mixed h2h keeper league…who would be getting the better of this deal j.upton and j.lester for c.bucholz, j.guillen and a.mccutchen?

  252. mrbaseball says:
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    article I just read

    Posada adventures – by tim brown
    pitchers that Posada caught

    Best fastball

    “Kyle Farnsworth(notes) or Scott Proctor(notes). Proctor would throw 98, 99, 100. Farnsworth is 100-plus. That’s based on straight velocity.”

    Best curveball

    “Hideki Irabu had a very good curveball. Just a straight up and down, swing-and-miss curveball. John Wetteland had a very good curveball. He threw it for a strike, too, in any count, any situation. But, he really didn’t use it much. He didn’t want to throw it. He wanted to throw fastball-slider. I would say Irabu. El Duque [Orlando Hernandez] had a very good curveball.”

    Best slider

    “I would say Joba Chamberlain. Straight down, great velocity. Roger Clemens had a very good slider, too. I think Joba’s is better.”

    Best changeup

    “Probably Jimmy Key. CC Sabathia’s got a very good changeup. It’s about arm speed and location.”

    Best cutter

    “Mariano.”

    Best junk pitch

    “Clemens’ splitter. I’ve only caught Wade Boggs’ knuckleball. Andy Pettitte had a knuckleball when he started in the minor leagues. Nasty, too. That was his two-strike pitch in the minor leagues. Splitty, I would say Clemens. Screwball, Dale Polley, little lefty, had a screwball. Also, that guy we had for a while. Tall, older guy that came from the minor leagues, he had a screwball. It started with a P. Threw a screwball. Older looking. Looked like that guy in ‘Major League,’ with the belly? [Dave Pavlas]”

    Funniest guy when he went to the mound

    “Jon Lieber. He was hilarious. He was out there, just weird. I’d come out to the mound and if he had given up a home run, he’d say, ‘That was your fault.’ He was pretty good.”

  253. mrbaseball says:
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    Its either keeping Miggy or Strasburg next year

  254. Panti Jose says:
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    @Lava: Thanks Lava–are you talking about Ely or Chacin? Chacin I’ve followed a bit and his K’s have been pretty good. Ely I know nothing about other than his stats off of milb.

  255. Lava says:
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    @Panti Jose: I was talking about Cahill, specifically in deep leagues, as I’ll be watching his start to see whether he might be useful or not as well.

    I picked up Chacin with DLR’s injury. Actually, come to think of it, they’re both groundball pitchers. I’m not sure what Chacin’s K rates were in the minors, but Cahill’s suggested more upside than he showed last year.

  256. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Jose Guillen and Slowy for Adam Jones…I’d be getting Jones. Fairly decent options pitching options available on FA…

  257. Panti Jose says:
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    @Lava: I’ll be watching Cahill closely as well, as last year didn’t show us his true potential–high walk/hit rates, low K rate. I agree that he could be worth a look. Long-term the A’s are hoping he and Anderson are their 1-2 punch. Still looking for anything on Ely as he starts tomorrow in Metco and could find himself with a rotation spot in LA if he does well–not a bad place to be.

  258. pwire says:
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    oswalt for Masterson and Kennedy? Thoughts

  259. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @pwire: Depends if you need depth. Trade doesn’t really work outside of very deep leagues though.

  260. pwire says:
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    this is my current team grey,

    14 Team Mixed Roto- Currently in 10th, and not happy.

    What do you think?
    C= I.Rodriguez
    1B= Pujols
    2B=Roberts (DL) E.Young
    SS=H.Ramirez
    3B=C.Blake
    OF=Hunter
    OF=A. Jones
    OF=Damon
    Ut=Guerrero

    SP=Lincecum
    SP-Sabathia
    SP=Oswalt
    SP=Anderson (just hit DL)
    SP=Correia
    RP-Dotel
    RP-Rauch
    P-Pavano
    P- Garland

    Bench- Kubel, Milledge, Narveson, Maybin, S.Rodriguez, Roland Smith

  261. royce! says:
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    Vlad’s starting in the OF tonight. Very welcome news if he can get enough starts to gain eligibility. Despite his strong start, I’m getting sick of having to bench other players to accommodate him.

  262. Steve says:
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    Ah Grey – wish I could have got to a computer in time to go for Moyer instead of Gorz as you advised yesterday.

    I let a certain Cubs homer – who is well known to us both – talk me into Gorz.

  263. royce! says:
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    @all y’all-

    Start Edwin Jackson at Coors?

  264. Grey

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    @pwire: You don’t need that above trade. Too bad you didn’t move Anderson before the DL, cause you really didn’t need all of those SPs. Trade Lincecum or CC for a big bat. Your offense is weak and your pitching is too strong.

    @royce!: Until he pulls up lame from running after a ball.

  265. Grey

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    @Steve: Eh, Moyer’s not that great either. Though at least he’s pitching in a pitcher’s park tonight.

    @royce!: Nope

  266. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – kind of a case of crap and crapper.

    The latter, incidentally, is where my ERA/WHIP is in my H2H league after Latos’ and Dotel’s masterclass yesterday.

    So I’m in stream mode. Norris and Gorz – come on down!

  267. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Oh…good point. Hopefully his mummy legs are properly preserved.

  268. pwire says:
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    thanks grey, any suggestions of in trading either lincecum or sabathia, meaning which sticks do you think I could get?

  269. Sham-Wow! says:
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    I am thinking of trading Sandoval. I have beckham and beltre to fill in but I want to trade Beltre for Headley. What do you think?

  270. Grey

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    @pwire: Maybe Zimmerman and a decent OF. Hoping to buy low on Zimm.

  271. Steve says:
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    Sonavabenched by Sheets in my Razzball league!

    Damn weekly lineups! (shakes fist at sky)

  272. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Sonavabensheets!

    There’s not a term for this, as far as I know, but I knew my h2h competitor had Sheets, but he was wise enough to bench him. So…sorta sonavabench?

  273. Brian says:
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    Brad Lidge went 2 perfect innings for the Reading Phillies with 4 K’s. He was outdueled by Strasburg who went 5 perfect innings with 6 K’s for the win. What a matchup for the first game of an Eastern League doubleheader.

  274. royce! says:
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    Is there a name for a variation of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in which the thing object observed acts really annoying when observed? It seems to happen when open the stattracker to follow my teams online.

    I guess it could be the “get your ass back to work” principle.

  275. Grey

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    @Brian: Thanks for the heads up!

  276. Steve says:
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    Car-Go batting fifth today. EYJ leading off, Fowler 2nd.

  277. Bobby Nice says:
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    I was at a country club for a business meeting today and on the menu for lunch were 3 x $12 salads. I immediately thought of Mariano Rivera.

  278. Grey

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    @Steve: Nice, that’s a step in the right direction.

  279. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Two-run double!

  280. Grey

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    @Steve: Nice, I can’t take my eyes off Liriano right now.

  281. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Throwing well? How did Verlander look?

  282. Grey

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    @Steve: Verlander looked like he thought it was May.

  283. Steve says:
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    @Grey: That’s what I like to hear.

  284. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Sham-Wow!: Why are you thinking of trading Sandoval? He’s started off the year at a better clip than last year and his peripherals look pretty good.

  285. Bobby Nice says:
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    In a vaccuum, who’s better the rest of the season and stays healthier longer? Kinsler or Rollins?

  286. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Looks like our prayers to move Cargo out of the leadoff spot have been answered. In the 5 hole today and he responds with a two rbi double and a run.

  287. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for advising me to sit E.Jax v. COL.

  288. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey:
    U think Kubel turns it around already? Or did he shoot his wad last season?

  289. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Two more RBIs and triple for CarGo!

  290. Lava says:
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    I love you for advising me to pick up Clement today.

    <3

    Still angry that the A's gave up CarGon for Holliday. Michael Taylor better be, well, better!

  291. Bobo Brazil says:
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    I received the following offer:

    I give up:
    Johan or Wainwright

    And receive:
    Jon Lester
    Brett Anderson

    Would you do that? If so, which one… Johan or Wainwright?

  292. Bobo Brazil says:
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    Looks like Anderson is out 4 to 6 weeks too! Hmmm… probably leaning towards no at this point, eh?

  293. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Ben really soiled the Sheets tonight. I had to change the bedspread tonight. I couldn’t take it anymore.

  294. Tele says:
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    Thanks for talking me out of dropping Soto earlier, Grey. He’s on an absolute tear. Imagine some of that ’08 power and this plate discipline… excuse me, I need to change my pants.

  295. cws05nuts says:
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    Nothing like having CarGo and Edwin on the same team tonight. WHat is Edwin’s deal?

  296. paulzone says:
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    cruz, ouch. zimmerman, ouch. i have the all-hammy team.

    i have beltran already in my dl slot. what’s his story? should i drop beltran, dl cruz and pick up a replacement, like:

    pence, ludwick, byrd or bruce?

  297. mrbaseball says:
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    Strasburg leads AA Harrisburg past Reading 1-0

    Strasburg, the Washington Nationals’ No. 1 pick last summer, threw just 64 pitches as his parent club continues to closely monitor his workload. He improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.52. Strasburg has struck out 23 and walked just three through 17.1 innings this year.

  298. mc serch says:
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    @Eddy: i read it…dotel has been awful and its not like hes got a great track record as a closer anyway…meeks now on my watch list…one or two more blown saves for dotel and i’ll scoop up meeks as a handcuff

  299. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    Whoa, Garland with 10 Ks in 6 innings. Who knew?

  300. mrbaseball says:
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    E. Jackson 10 earn runs tonight

  301. brad says:
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    SAGNOF alert: Jim Johnson just pitched a scoreless inning for the O’s with a 2 run lead. The 8th inning that is, stay tuned for the 9th.

  302. mrbaseball says:
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    E. Young got his first start of the year and hit leadoff against E Jackson who gave up 10 earn runs

  303. mrbaseball says:
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    does anyone know what happen to C. Granderson 35 homeruns I figured on

  304. Awesomus Maximus

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    @brad: Yeah, looks like Simon is coming in to close.

  305. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @mrbaseball: Only 6 home games so far… how many of them against RHP?

  306. Mitch says:
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    Hey I have a major glut at OF with some pretty big bangers. I got Kemp, Braun, Werth, Lind, and Carlos Gonzalez. The first three are no-brainers and I give Lind my everyday “utility” spot. Has CarGo officially eclipsed Lind?

    Or possibly sell Kemp/Braun VERY high for a #1 starter?

    starters: Johan, Jimenez, Josh Johnson, Gallardo, Kershaw, Romero

    Don’t know if I can get much better there lol

  307. royce! says:
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    Is anyone watching the SD/FLA game? I know FLA is down in the 9th, but I think there were more people at my 6 year old niece’s softball game last Saturday. And I know for sure that the people at the softball game were making more noise.

  308. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mitch: Hold tight.

  309. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Mitch: Pitching looks fine… what does your IF look like?

  310. Mitch says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus:
    1B – Sandoval, Kendry Morales
    2B – Phillips
    SS – Tulowitzki
    3B – Zimmerman, Sandoval
    C – Posada

  311. sal says:
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    That bastard Francisco is warming up for the save. Here’s to blowing it!!!!!

  312. Bodymore says:
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    @Grey: Looked at spot starters, not many nice options…Tempted by Leblanc pitching @ Petco, but Chacin is still an option.

    You hanging on to Bud Norris for his second start?

  313. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: would you drop beltran and gardner for pence and bruce? leaving ludwick out. i would put cruz on the dl.

    c-soto
    1b-votto
    2b-utley
    ss-furcal
    3b-longoria
    lf-quentin
    cf-wells
    rf-cruz(dl)
    util-gardner
    bench-zimmerman
    dl-beltran

  314. Awesomus Maximus

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    Greinke with 119 pitches worth of 7 scoreless innings. What are the odds that he ends up with a W?

  315. Lava says:
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    Ian Stewart, ticker tease!

    …so far! Join the hit parade MMD!

  316. Bodymore says:
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    Simon is in for the save, Johnson did the 9th. Not sure if they are going by committee or what right now

  317. Bodymore says:
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    Simon is NASTY though.

  318. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Simon is throwing hard and has a lot of movement but doesn’t seem to have much control. Yankees hitting him right now.

  319. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Need a read on Max Ramirez. Worth acquiring in a deep league? Any hope of staying up for awhile? Thanks.

  320. brad says:
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    @TheBravesWearPrado: throwing error should have kept the inning scoreless. . . not a pretty save, but he got one.

  321. BigFatHippo says:
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    This just in………..

    Apr 27

    Strasburg threw five no-hit innings against Double-A Reading Tuesday. He struck out six and walked none, but a batter advanced to first on a passed third strike.

    Recommendation: This was his second straight start against Reading, both of which have been five-inning, six-K affairs. He has a 23:3 K:BB through 17.1 innings with Double-A Harrisburg. A promotion to Triple-A should be coming soon as the Nats prep his locker in Washington.
    (Rotowire.com

    Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy……………..

  322. BigFatHippo says:
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    As I prep his shrine in the House of Hippos!!!!!

  323. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Rupe with a K… then a walk, 2 hits and a run as Seattle cuts the lead to 2-1. You still giving those odds… I may take ‘em?

  324. Mitch says:
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    “- J. Lopez doubled to pitcher, C. Figgins scored, F. Gutierrez to third”

    doubled to pitcher? WTF?

    Sorry Greinke owners.

  325. Martin says:
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    j.lopez or tim hudson? no specific needs.

  326. Bodymore says:
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    @Grey From my nick guess where I am from, and how many league mates were watching, so we’ll see but with him not on my roster. He’s wild… but Trembley just said he knew Simon was closing it before the game.

    Grabbing Leblanc. Start Norris for his 2nd start?

  327. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @Grey: Grey. Is Dotel a victim of being puttin in at inopp times.

    I am wondering, because I am in a dilemna. H 2 H my other 3 closers: Jose Val, Wilson, Aards. I want to pick up Clay Buch. I guess I am asking how worthwhile is it to continue to old octavio.

    P.S. My condolensces for Iannetta. I am pretty sure I only spelled two words correctly in that sentence.

  328. Bodymore says:
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    @Mitch Sucks, but the positive is a potential save from Aaaardsmaaaaa for me.

  329. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    Would have been three days in a row for Feliz. I don’t think he’s accustomed to throwing two days in a row quite yet.

    (Obviously I’m a Feliz owner)

  330. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @Grey: Also so you can pat yourself on the back:

    Anderson is out 6-8 weeks. How can you read the future? How is my trial going to go tomorrow. Please tell me.

  331. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Mitch: /raises hand

    First Rupe gives up a run, then Tejeda, now Chen. Nice to see the KC bullpen honoring “Take a Dump on Greinke’s Start Day” at Kauffman Stadium.

  332. Grey

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    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Looks to be a backup for now. I’ll cover him more tomorrow.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Hehe

    @Martin: Hudson

    @Bodymore: No idea who Norris is going against, but probably not.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Crazy Buchholz is still out there. Nothing’s changed for Dotel.

    If you make eyes at the small Hispanic woman in the front row, you can hang the jury.

  333. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @Grey: I already have been. Great advice. I normally like to go to court on with no pants. That really blows the jurors minds.

  334. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    20-team, H2H-POINTS League. Saves are worth twice as much as Holds.

    I want to bid on Simon tonight. Drop Brandon League or Taito? I also own Wagner, so I’m thinking I should hang onto Saito for insurance. You agree?

  335. Wilsonian says:
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    Is it time to cut ties with Hoffman? Another brutally pathetic outing…

  336. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    EDIT: Saito, not Taito

  337. Tele says:
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    Looking to acquire BJ Upton. Josh Hamilton/Y Escobar about right or too little?

  338. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Tele: Good for you if you can get it. But if owned Upton, I wouldn’t trade him for Hamilton/Escobar unless I was real hard up for a SS

  339. sal says:
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    @Grey: you say frank frank I say fail fail… ok I’ll stop.

    Thoughts on Livan Hernandez? Nice two start pick up next week.

  340. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    Why did Billy Wagner pitch the eight inning tonight? Are they bringing him back out in the ninth?

  341. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Damn… I thought you owned Taito. I was about to thank you for Space Invaders.

  342. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: No, I didn’t distribute the most popular arcade video game in history, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night…

  343. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: brain failure. nevermind.

  344. Tele says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Thanks, that’s the idea. He has Renteria/Tejada at the moment. I’ll give it a go.

  345. Steve says:
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    Anyone know why Kelly Johnson was taken out of the game?

  346. Van Hammersly says:
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    I feel lucky grabbing Wolf today off of free agency and getting a nicely decent start out of him tonight. Feels just like ’09 again–no win to show for it. And I’m 99% sure he’s getting Petco next start, so I’m holding.

  347. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Steve: I’m assuming they pulled LaRoche, Reynolds, and Kelly Johnson because the D-Backs were getting the ever living shit kicked out of them.

  348. Steve says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: Ha! I was hoping that was the case.

  349. William says:
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    @Grey – Frank Frank picked up the save tonight… should I use my #8 waiver priority on him and drop Jaime Garcia?

  350. Wilsonian says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: been watching the game…you hit the nail on the head…and actually those were Mark Grace’s exact words, verbatim.

  351. Awesomus Maximus

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    As if my Wright for Halladay trade didn’t sting enough after yesterday, Wright has to go 4/6 with 2 runs, 4 RBI and a SB in the double-header today. Probably wouldn’t bother me so much if my H2H opponent this week wasn’t the guy I traded with. Ouch…

  352. William says:
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    @Grey – You think Frank Frank will be transitioned back to the closers role sooner rather than later?

  353. pwire says:
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    what about CC for Reynolds?

  354. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @William: I go over him in this post and he just got the save.

  355. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @pwire: It’s fair.

  356. Steve says:
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    Apart from Villanueva’s SP eligibility, is there anything between him and Coke if I’m looking for a Holds guy?

    Or is it truly the toss of a coin?

  357. Grey

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    @Steve: Coke is it.

  358. Pops letting me down in SF tonight. Maybe the Phils can score him some runs. May be a streaming kind of week…

  359. Brian says:
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    Drop Rodney for Simon? Seems like Fuentes has the job nailed down in Anaheim, but Simon’s save wasn’t exactly spectacular.

  360. Look at Kearns with the jack tonight!

  361. Justinian IV says:
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    Is it worth cutting bait on Sheets for the likes of Kennedy, Cueto, Latos, Feldman, Pineiro, or Gio, or is that a wash?

  362. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Ouch indeed. The other part of the trade was Kershaw for Kinsler. Since agreeing to the trade, it’s been announced that Kinsler will be hitting 5th, virtually killing the reason I traded for him (I’m light on Runs). I swear, if Kershaw pitches a gem on Thursday it could spell the end of a 25 year friendship I have with my opponent/trade partner.

  363. Brian says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: The Rangers announced in the offseason that Kinsler would hit 5th. But he should still score plenty of runs anyway in that lineup/park. Plus it is hard for me to believe he won’t be hitting leadoff at some point this season.

  364. BKK says:
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    Span/Youkilis for Kemp?

  365. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Kemp

  366. tHe ShiT says:
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    2 more singles for Brandon Wood… could he finally waking up???

  367. tHe ShiT says:
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    my bad typo, finally be* waking up???

  368. ThePensive says:
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    Span or Quentin?

  369. penpen says:
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    Any other Sizemore owners in need of a hug? We should start a support group.

  370. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey:
    Quick, im in LA, and I know my rival owners will c the Brandon Wood hilites later. Pick him up 2 replace Zimmerman??? Or wait 2 c more?

  371. ThePensive says:
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    @penpen: I traded Rasmus earlier this year in one league b/c I figured he’d never start in CF, b/c I got Sizemore holding it down. Whoops.

    It’s ok, because I got Bruce, among others (it was a larger trade), but still. For god’s sake, Grady, pull it together.

  372. Eddy says:
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    So I just realized no lefty has gotten a hit off Filthy Sanchez this year. Pretty sweet.

  373. Eddy says:
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    Just read this little tidbit:

    Manager Jim Trembley said Tuesday that he has no closer and is going to go with whoever can get outs with the hope that somebody would seize the job, the Baltimore Sun reports. Johnson has been getting most of the opportunities in Mike Gonzalez’s absence.

    Johnson has compiled a 7.04 ERA and blown two saves since taking over the primary closing duties, leaving Baltimore hoping that someone – anyone – will step up and claim the role. The problem is that Johnson still seems like the best late-inning option, with Koji Uehara still injured and Kam Mickolio recently demoted. If not Johnson, then Cla Meredith or perhaps the recently recalled Alfredo Simon will get an opportunity.
    (Rotowire.com)

  374. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    I think I could flip Ellsbury for Sizemore right now. Which side do you like?

  375. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Should Markakis’ lack of production considering he has a .357 BABIP be a concern? If this is him getting “lucky” I wouldn’t want to see his numbers “come back down to earth”

  376. zz says:
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    Thoughts on ditching Figgins for Young Jr where Ks are a negative. Figgy is killing me.

  377. Brian says:
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    @zz: I’d hang on to Figgins. He won’t strike out this much going forward. Way more valuable at 2B than 3B though.

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