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Virginia is renaming a city for Stephen Strasburg.  An old Yankee reliever is renaming himself Myke Stanton so he shows up again in Google.  It’s a brand new day, Sting.  You stink POO-holes, however you spell your name.  Hanley, don’t wanna run out a pop-up?  Have a good life!  Change came, nephew.  The mollywhopping, pony stick carrying, Mike Stanton is in town.  No homers though.  Sad trombone.  3-for-5 and a rope to right in his fourth at-bat.  He looked fast down the line and absolutely gigantic.  Like Frank Thomas big.  Maybe it was the 3-D glasses I was wearing.  Rudy and I were speaking about Stanton.  We agreed.  He could hit 15-20 homers and .280.  Or he could hit .220.  It’s rookie nookie, you gotta decide if it’s worth the blisters.  Now for Big Baby Jesus, Stephen Strasburg.  He had his last tune up tonight against minor league hitters… Oh, wait, that was the Pirates.  My bad.   Strasburg was introduced, “Last name:  Ever.  First name:  Greatest.”  For a nifty trick, in the 2nd inning he threw a 98 MPH fastball and also caught it.  He looked flat-out dominating at times.  Towards the end of the game, he really started heating up — maybe he put his arm in the microwave for 15 seconds on both sides — and he looked unhittable.  He did after all strikeout 14 hitters.  And he homered three times.  Once off himself.  At other times, he looked like a rookie making mistakes.  I mean, he did give up a homer to Delwyn “I Don’t Even Know How To Spell My First Name” Young.  I think there’s going to be a bunch of 6 inning, 2-3 earned run, 8-10 K games and some wins.  Fantastic, for sure.  He could win the Rookie of the Year over Heyward.  But you didn’t just back into owning 1999 Pedro.  Not yet at least.  Maybe next year.  Yesterday, one of our three girl readers got Sabathia, Dunn and Ervin for Strasburg.  That’s tremendous value for Big Baby Jesus.  I’d explore how hyped he is in your league too.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cameron Maybin – Will sit in favor of Stanton.  That’s so Maybin!  Oh, wait.  No, it’s not.  In NL-Only keeper leagues, I would hold onto Maybin.  Elsewhere… Well, if you worried your team can’t continue without Maybin, you have bigger fish to fry.  Marlin pun!  Kinda!

Ian Stewart – Went for X-rays on his sore right leg.  No word if they found any cork.

Jeff Francis – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  I still wouldn’t trust him in mixed leagues, but you do what you gotta do.

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 7 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Not sure if this was F-Her, but it was definitely F-something.

Vladimir Guerrero – Hit his 13th homer as he bats .330 with 49 RBIs.  He can absolutely continue this, but he needs to stay healthy.  Sure, that “but” is the size of Ralphie May’s pants.

Kevin Slowey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Well, la-di-da!  Where the heck you been, Slowey?  The Ks aren’t pretty but he has a 3.46 ERA on the year.  More impressively, he hasn’t given up a homer in three starts with two of the starts coming in the Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome.

Zack Greinke – 5 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I pray he’s not near any sharp objects tonight.  Or Eugenio Velez.  That guy’s rail thin.

Kris Medlen – 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Pitched better than his line as he gave up two solo homers that hit the foul pole.  Left the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.  Stupid Medlen shoulder!  Since it was his non-throwing shoulder, he could make his next start.

Kelly Johnson – 3-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Hey, is it April again already?

Mark Reynolds – Mini Donkey hit his 14th homer as he bats .217 on the year with 3 steals.  This was the problem that I addressed with Reynolds in the preseason.  The homers will be there, but the steals and average were fluky last year.

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Throw out two starts vs. the Rockies and he has a 2.59 ERA.  How’s dem apples?  Delicious!

Jack Cust – Hit his 2nd homer since I said last week that he was getting hot and going to hit homers.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Kurt Suzuki – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his fourth homer in the last 7 games.  I understand he’s not a sexy name.  I don’t like him either, but if he’s hitting just own him.  Thank you.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Rule #1 for hodgepadres is don’t start them outside of Petco.  Rule #2 is sometimes you can start them in Metco.  Rule #3 is Rule #2 kinda negates Rule #1.  Rule #4 is Rule #3 should shut up.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4 with a homer.  Nothing else to really say about this, just felt like writing it since it’s few and far between when I get to say something positive about Reyes.  Get hot again, Jose.  Get hot!

Mike Pelfrey – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, now has a 2.23 ERA on the year as he continues to keep the bats off the Pelfrey.

Jeff Niemann – 9 IP, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the 1927 Blue Jays.  The regression will come for Niemann.  I’ll bet the right side of my mustache on it.

Carlos Pena – I put the over/under for homers in June at 8.  He hit 2 more yesterday.  He needs only 5 more.  Maybe it’s time to take the over.

Daniel Bard – Getting his 2nd save yesterday was Bard.  Or was it the Earl of Oxford!  Papelbon’s on bereavement leave.  Grab Bard everywhere for saves.

Sam LeCure – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hi, I’m Sam LeCure.  You might remember me from such minor league stats as a 7.9 K/9, a 3.1 BB/9, a 3.67 ERA over 6 minor league seasons and the fast food training film, “Doughnut:  Take the Ugh Out.”

Matt Cain – 9 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Cain has a 2.11 ERA.  You can say that again with four exclamation marks.

Juan Uribe – Hit his 9th homer.  I’m not a big fan, but he does get crazy hot at times and can go on a tear for a few weeks.

Pat Burrell – 2-for-4, batting .417 since he was called up by the Giants.  Has also started 3 of the last 4 days.  Your league needs to be deep for Burrell to matter right now, but he’s someone to keep an eye on.  The Giants will play anyone if they give them offense.

Ted Lilly – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks in 90 pitches.  He actually threw 95 pitches but he had a coupon for 5 pitches off.

Carlos Guillen – 3-for-4, and his 3rd homer of the year.  Might be getting hot, but his upside is very limited.

Raul Ibanez – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Finally.  Hopefully whatever was eating Raul was left in the little boy’s room as he moves forward.  I don’t think he just suddenly got old.  Not to mention that park and that lineup…  That’s why I’ve tried to remain patient.

Mark Teixeira – 3-for-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  See reasons for sticking with Ibanez then subtract 8 years off of his age.

Adam Jones – Hit his 7th homer yesterday.  When I saw he hit a homer in the box score, I thought at first Andruw Jones had been traded to the O’s.  Yeah, not a great sign.  But Adam has 2 homers in his last 7 games now.

Ryan Howard – Hit his 10th home run to keep pace with Victorino, who also has 10 homers.  Zoinks!  Or as the beer drinking baby would say *burp*

Brad Lidge – Saved his third game.  Was a nail biter, but he’s the closer until his next injury.  You can lose Contreras for now.

Matt Thornton – 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Ouch… Wait, what?  Oh.  Ouch!

Gavin Floyd – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Earning trust back, still wouldn’t start him in his next start… Unless it was an interleague game, which it is.  If you have him, you gotta run him out there vs. the Cubs in Wrigley, where he has a 1.29 ERA over the last three years.

Armando Galarraga – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  After the game, he was handed the keys to a brand new Kia Sportage.  Hey, it was a 5 inning, no decision.  What do you want?

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    Albert Pujols – First 3 K game since Sept… and 11th of his CAREER.

  2. Ryan says:
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    Until there’s a LeCure Day. Cue Cancer survivor throwing out the first pitch.

  3. penpen says:
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    I see the PABST is only gaining in strength and consonants as the season carries on.

  4. preptime says:
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    I own Niemann and I wanted him to get lit up, so I could drop him without feeling conflicted, and then he had this start tonight. Now I am going to get suckered into more starts where he starts down the regression path.

  5. Dukesy says:
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    Dropped Ibanez for Stanton yesterday …. Ibanez goes 4/5 :-( …. who do you see compiling the better stats for the second half ?

  6. Dukesy says:
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    Dropped Ibanez for Stanton yesterday …. Ibanez goes 4/5 :-( …. who do you see compiling the better stats between the two for the second half of the season ?

  7. MattW says:
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    @Grey, @Everyone:

    Please rank the following going forward (H2H 6×6 OBP SLG)

    Span
    Ibanez
    Furcal
    Jose Lopez

    That wasn’t a Dispatch reference, was it?

  8. JRT says:
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    So last night my staff is cruising along – Clayton Richard, YoGa, Colby Lewis – 21 IP, 2 ER. Then, Thornton, Carlos Villanueava, and Marmol decide to take a dump on me.

    Also, I hate stupid Jose Reyes.

  9. Bodymore says:
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    How bout Grandy, posting a beautiful line last night his owners have been waiting for?

    Just as I trade Adam he goes deep again, but it remains to be seen if he can go on a tear, they do say the ball flies out of Camden Yards once it heats up so we’ll see…

    I just finished a rewatch of the entire Sopranos, saw the final episode again last night. Amazing, I can’t believe something that good was on TV. What a mind fuck! I wonder if the lights just went out for the Pirates last night too.

  10. 101 MPH says:
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    If you’ll allow me to put an ‘English as a Second Language’ spin on this….. SONOFBENCH SHIT!!!

    I sat Clayton Richard last night (as per HodgePadre rule#1). To add insult to injury, I sat Carlos Pena last night (and for the last month, now that I think about it….).

    Is it time to start entertaining the possibility that Clayton Richard is good enough to start consistently on the road? Is it time to start entertaining the possibility that Carlos Pena might raise his batting average to the Mendoza line within the next month or so?

    On a Mendoza related note, I own Mark Teixeira (in fact, I traded for him around the beginning of May). Every time I see that grinning douche-bag’s picture on Yahoo sports, I have this all-consuming urge to kick him in the balls.

    And a on a parting note:

    Sam LeCure: Seeing his name (and I freely admit I had no idea who he was before now) caused me to recall that fine automobile, the Renault 5 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Renault5-Le_Car.jpg), which was branded in North America as ‘Le Car’. According to Wikipedia.org:

    “The North American Renault 5 debuted in 1976 as the Le Car. American Motors (AMC) marketed it through its 1,300 dealers where it competed in the United States against such front-wheel-drive subcompacts as the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Rabbit. It was described as a ‘French Rabbit’ that ‘is low on style, but high on personality and practicality’.”

    Phrased in a slightly different manner: “You’ll never get laid in Le Car, but by God you’ll get to the grocery store and back!!”

  11. Timequake says:
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    Rank ‘em (please): Napoli, Wieters, or Young Mr. Posey

  12. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    I’ll take full credit for Slowey’s resurgence (as well as any Quentin HR’s) since I traded them a week ago. I’ll probably be to blame when Haren goes down with a torn rotator cuff next week, since that’s who I trade Slowey and Quention for, bitches (<—not ending my sentence in a preposition).

  13. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    By the way, if, like me, you giggle uncontrollably at tired, played-out internet memes, don’t miss this opportunity to rename your team (or post in your smack talk):

    I CAN HAZ STRAZBURGER?

  14. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Supposedly Tabata is being called up today. 25 sbs already in AAA.

    Also TradeRumors reported that Yankees have been scouting Berkman.

    That would be great if he goes there. For my fantasy team, not for real baseball.

  15. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: “Also TradeRumors reported that Yankees have been scouting Berkman.”

    Steinbrenner lives!

  16. floridamach1 says:
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    @Grey: Would you start Kershaw tonight up against Wainwright?

  17. Matt says:
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    Chris B. Young has five SB in past four games and as reported by CBS Sportsline the Arizona Republic reported that Young reported that he’ll be stealing more going forward. Maybe nobody cares cause he’s owned everyplace, but I’m happy to report he’s helping get the taste of ellsberries out of my mouth.

  18. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    @floridamach1: Why wouldn’t you?

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @floridamach1: never quite understood benching SPs against another good SP. someone is gonna win. and even if your guy doesn’t, 7IP, 1ER, 9Ks is still a useful line in my book. never chase (or avoid) Ws. let your studs pitch and let the Ws fall where they may.

  20. floridamach1 says:
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    Yeah, I hear you with regards to the pitching matchup. I am afraid of the sleeping Giant StL offense.

  21. floridamach1 says:
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    I also have a start limit in my roto league so every start hopefully gets a win

  22. malacoda says:
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    Eating Raul….lulz.

  23. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Back to my post from last night about possibly dropping Adam Jones…

    I dont need average and I surely will not be keeping Adam after this season. We get to keep 5 players. As of right now my keepers are:

    Howard
    Cano
    Braun
    Heyward
    BJ Upton

    I dont really need average with hitters surrounding those keepers, such as Michael Young, James Loney, Brad Hawpe, Cristian Guzman, Pence and Wieters.

    Whats the smart play for me here? No one will give me squat for Jones. My gut tells me drop Jones, while my brain says don’t do it.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Suck My Wieters: entirely depends on what you can get off the wire. if it’s just roster depth and the guy you are picking up is a low-ceiling type guy and you don’t need him to play due to injuries, i’d hang onto jones. but if stanton or something is sitting there on the wire, i’d probably take my chances and grab him, just because if he blows up his value is gonna sky rocket. at this point, i doubt jones does anything more than get his avg around .260-.270 with 18-20 HRs and 15 SBs, low Rs and RBIs.

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @floridamach1: eh maybe but kershaw is too good to worry about sitting because of a good offense. even with a start/inning limit.

  26. Suck My Wieters says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Chris Coghlan is who I’m targeting

  27. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Agreed. I’d rather start Kershaw against STL/Wainwright than some schmohawk against the Pirates.

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Suck My Wieters: maybe, if you want an avg boost. i am not a big fan of the coghlan types though, so i’ll be give you a depressed view on him. should be a solid avg, decent Rs, , not much power, maybe 15 SBs.

    just nothing there to get me excited honestly, but even optimistically, i don’t think jones is gonna significantly outproduce him this year.

  29. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    Want to throw a name out there for you guys in deeper/NL leagues:

    Andres Torres.

    Grey mentioned him on May 19th, and summed it up as a source of cheap steals until he regresses to form and stops hitting. Shortly after that, I read an in-depth article on Torres discussing his change in hitting approach over the last year or so, and how he finally started playing to his strengths. He’s walking more and K’ing less than he has before and none of his hitting numbers stand out as unsustainable (BABIP seems high at .350ish, but he had a .350ish BABIP last year as well).

    Basically, he’s beginning to look like a guy that took a while to develop his mental game. He could end up being a poor man’s NL Denard Span. Here’s the article discussing his change in hitting approach:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/andres-torres-where-did-he-come-from/

    Also, an interesting article from his hitting “tutor”:

    http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/Baseball/Hitting/RethinkingHitting/Essays/MyExperienceWithAndresTorres.html

  30. hoju says:
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    I truly miss the days when the Royals would lose a Greinke start because of his bullpen.

  31. Dingo says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Nice grammar jujitsu there, but I believe the proper wording would be:

    “Of whom the bitches shall take note of the trading, forthwith.”

    or something like that.

  32. Dingo says:
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    If it’s Aged Cuban dropping time, who do I pick up to take Contreras’ spot in a league that counts K/BB and QS: Slowey or Kuroda?

  33. @Grey: Jose Tabata getting the call from Indy. I like his BB/K rate and I need speed badly. Would you drop any of the following for Tabata (keeper league, OBP counts). I have a lot of power already.

    F. Lopez, Quentin, Hill (can’t get rid of either for a bag o’ balls), Cahill, Correia, Hammel

    I still have Cruz and Simon on the DL. If Correia sucks again, I’m dropping him. Hammel would probably be next on the list.

  34. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Who has more value going forward? Denard Span or Juan Pierre? I’m holding Pierre on my bench in a Yahoo league purely for SB’s if needed. But Span could also offer SB’s along with more. Someone dropped Span and I’m wondering if he’s the better choice of the 2. In Yahoo Span has eligibility in all 3 OF positions and in our league we need to start a LF/CF/RF. Thanks.

  35. bodymore says:
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    I need steals, rajai is day to day with a hammie, and ill need a backup for Vlad next week. Drop rajai for Tabatha? Or lose ohman for the of depth.
    Thanks

  36. Kyle says:
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    Question for anyone here: I have been dominating Pitching, but am weak with my hitters.

    Therefore, I traded away Strasburg and Jose Bautista for Dan Uggla and Mike Pelfrey, wat u think?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Huh. Didn’t realize that.

    @Ryan: Ha!

    @penpen: Ha… And oops.

    @preptime: Playing the smallest violin for you.

    @Dukesy: I’d want Ibanez over Stanton, but I’d just let him go now.

    @MattW: Flip the last two and that order is fine. Dispatch?

    @JRT: Ouch

    @Bodymore: You watched the entire run of episodes? How long did that take you?

    @101 MPH: That’s hilarious. Nice comment. Tex is giving you the smugshot, fwiw.

    @Timequake: That order is fine.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Way to stay true for grammar purposes. I’ll have to remember that one.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha!

    @Donnie Baseball: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Matt: Ha! Thanks for the heads up!

    @malacoda: Hehe

    @Mark Geoffriau: Thanks for the heads up!

    @hoju: Ha!

    @Dingo: Ha

    @Dingo: Slowey

    @3FingersBrown: Flopez. Guess you can wait on Correia.

    @Frank Rizzo: Pierre

    @bodymore: Ohman

  38. @Mark Geoffriau: Nice links. He’s dope but I dropped him for the Pagan Angel when he became available: slightly more speed, better power, better lineup.

    @Grey@all: Thinking of packaging Swish and Jaime for Verlander. That would open up a roster spot for Tabata.

    Love SAGNOF guys who won’t kill OBP but I can’t justify dropping any of my guys for Tabata right now.

    On a side note. I like Lopez even more now that he has 3B eligibility.

  39. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is Tommy Hunter a good stream gamble this week? At home which isn’t good but against Seattle.

  40. majortommy says:
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    Grey a razz league question(the loser one not the RCL) Drop Coghlan for Tabata? Coghlan has been a little too hot for my taste of late. Also I was very displeased to see Clement demoted.

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    I can only stash 1 on my DL, I’m dropping the other.

    A-Ram or Brett Anderson?

    Doing well in both hitting and pitching across the board, but I feel like I might be a little light on power over the long haul…

  42. pwnightmare says:
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    Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome…

    I’m speechless (as you can see by the ellipses, but not typeless).

  43. BSA says:
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    @majortommy: Now you there will be people here who have no clue what you’re talking about and they will go grab without thinking or reading your comment.

    Now I am not working for last place, err first of the worst, and I am going to take Tabata for a run. Doesn’t he look like a player to come up and make some noise batting in the one spot?

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    @grey: hmm…started in early winter, getting snowed in for 2 weeks helped. I liked it that much more the second time through.

    Did you mean drop ohman for tabata or hold on? Sorry to have to have to clarify.
    Thanks

  45. majortommy says:
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    @BSA: Steals don’t count, even with him on base the Pirates will not knock him in and he is not a homer threat. Perfect recipe for the Razz.
    To your point, I could see him being valuable in regular leagues. He steals bases like a state worker steals overtime(you know who you are) and could hit in the .280′s or higher

  46. Christopher says:
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    Confession of a would-be matchups player:

    Saw KSuzuki was going up against Jered “K” Weaver and Olivo going up against Brian Moehler (FYI, ”moehler” is German for ‘sucky Astro pitcher’).

    Made the switch ‘cuz, well, I could.

    Cried in my coffee this morning when I read Grey’s round-up:
    “Kurt Suzuki – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his fourth homer in the last 7 games.” (that’s me quoting Grey).

    [sigh]…at least I played Grandy!!!!

  47. BSA says:
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    @majortommy: See that is why I didn’t sign up for the Razzball league as I’d be screwing up what counts where. Then I’d figure it out in June and well….’nuff said.

  48. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Hilarious intro Grey, and possibly best title I’ve read so far!

  49. NoEmoJoe says:
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    Corey Hart or Kung Fu Panda?

  50. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: With news of Tabata being called up, drop Gomes, Wigginton, Snider, Wells, or DLR for him?

    10 team 7 keepers. I do need some speed. He’d be in a Util spot.

  51. majortommy says:
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    @BSA: That’s what I thought. Figured I would try it and learn(I remember my first year of regular fantasy, wasn’t ti August til I figured out how the waiver worked). Well I am hooked. Could be because I am near the top of my league(You may have regained the top spot this week Sultan of Suck but I will prevail).

  52. Shack says:
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    @Grey: Who are some of your favorite artists?

  53. pubscout says:
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    Barajas, Jaso or Hundley the rest of the way?

  54. majortommy says:
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    @Christopher: That is text book “Son of a bench”

  55. @Grey: The Tabata Era begins! First pitch tonight should be thrown out by Omar Moreno.

    At least I didn’t have to wait for another Correian BBQ on friday.

    Taking a swing at Verlander. The guy I offered Swish to has Tejeda playing CI, and terrible OBP, so maybe he’ll bite.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bodymore: Yeah, Simon’s due back, but I guess if you don’t need steals and need saves, hold.

    @majortommy: Ha!

    @Christopher: Ha

    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @NoEmoJoe: Panda

    @timSTi: Wigginton

    @Shack: This feels like the question you ask someone when they’re singing, “Who sings this?” Then you say, “So you should stop.”

    @pubscout: Jaso

  57. Arrieta makes his debut tomorrow against the Yanks… Because that’s a great lineup for a young pitcher to gain confidence against in his first big league start.

    It’s as thought they watched Strasburg last night and said, “That worked out great! Lets do the opposite.” He doesn’t even have Shutdown Sauce to back him up, so at best he’ll get to see a great start blown by the bullpen.

    Sad, silly team there in Charm City.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: That’s hilarious. I may have to use that in the roundup tomorrow.

  59. Byron says:
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    @Grey- Im stacked at the outfield spot and could afford to get rid of Andre Ethier. I have been offered Ian Kinsler straight up for him and I really need another infielder. I know Kinsler has been terrible this year and Ethier was on fire before his injury. Should I ask for more?

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    @grey: figured, ohman has only hurt me so far so that wasn’t hard.ill need saves if street comes back healthy but ill worry bout that then. Lets see what tabata can do.

    Thinking bout watching the wire again but I might check out Simon’s new show in Louisiana. Is it anygood?

  61. Steve Mc says:
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    Trade Stanton and Cordero for Sandoval?

  62. majortommy says:
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    Grey, starting to get a little worried about Utley. No power, no average and no speed in the last month. His second half last year sucked as well. Is this a trend or an anomaly? Seems to me like he needs a slump buster. Maybe he should treat himself to a little professional gift(or two). For those who have not read the 2008 top 20 second basemen could you post the link.

  63. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for saying that. I so badly wanted to get rid of Wiggy but couldn’t pull the trigger.

    Question #2

    Have Castro as my fill in for J-Roll but he’s stinking. In a 10 team 7 keeper should I hold tight or pick up one of the following:

    Brignac, Keppinger, Alex Gonz, Aybar, Izturis..

    Question #3

    Rank these guys for the rest of the season:

    Slowey, Lilly, Lewis, Wells, DeLaRosa, Ian Kennedy

    DLR is on my DL but I have Snider, Rollins, Cruz, & Simon too so I need the DL room if that factors in to the rankings.

  64. Completely unrelated to fantasy baseball, real baseball, or anything we normally talk about, but it’s too important not to share:

    Taco Bell is now selling “margaritas”.

    Non-alcoholic, but in the traditional lime, strawberry, and mango flavors. I grabbed some Taco Bell on the way home from softball last night (in preparation for the basketball game), ordered a margarita on a whim, went home, and topped the cup off with as much Burnett’s plastic bottle vodka as I could fit. Not bad.

  65. majortommy says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Margaritas without booze is like porn without penetration.

  66. Stephen says:
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    Behren’s said, “Tabata is expected to be an everyday outfielder in Pittsburgh, with Garrett Jones(notes) primarily playing first base. Jeff Clement(notes) and his .189 average have been optioned to Triple-A yet again.”

    Pretty sure my Tabata Scouting the Unknown article said, “With Jeff Clement and Steve Pearce currently struggling to man first base, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Garrett Jones shift to first with Tabata being called up to play right field. Need some more speed in your outfield? Didn’t drafted The Dread Pirate? Grab his twin brother, Jose Tabata.

  67. Howard says:
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    @Grey Do you think Greinke has been Greinke’d one too many times and has thrown in the towel or is this shizz just an aberation? Buy low?

  68. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey: & @ThePoonTycoon:

    Got offered Kinsler straight up for Bucholtz in a 12 team H2H league with a minium of 40 innings pitched per week (W/L/S/ERA/Ks/WHIP are catergories). Here is my staff:

    F-Her, Lester, Verlander, Bucholtz, Leake, Latos, Garland, Tillman, Penny (DL), Broxton, N. Feliz, Simon

    Currently starting Jose Lopez at 2B. Yay or Nay?

  69. GopherDay says:
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    @Stephen: In the league I am currently in first place in, I have only 3 points in steals in a 12 team league. So I dropped Carlos iamgoingtosuckallyear Quentin for him.

    @Stephen: How many steals do you think he will get?

  70. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: Disregard….Just read your other post!

  71. Eddy says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau:
    If we’re on the topic of random foods fast food chains have started selling, I saw BK was selling ribs. Now, I’m a Longhorn’s kinda guy, but I’m sure BK will sprinkle whatever addictive poison they already put in their food and make ‘em actually taste good.

    Now as for tacos with margaritas? Well Omar Infante has actually been usable in a 16 teamer, so ANYTHING is possible.

  72. Jeff says:
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    Looking ugly at 2B for me. F. Lopez is my current starter. Should I pick up any of the following and drop Lopez; Sean Rodriguez, Imfante, Keppinger, Ellis?

  73. Jeff says:
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    Also, OCab or Tejada at SS?

  74. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t word that well. Half of Strasburg’s K’s result in some lowly Pirate stumbling onto home plate because the movement on his pitches was so filthy.

  75. poot says:
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    Goddoumit!

    I just dropped Wieters for him. (Non-keeper, obv.)

  76. GopherDay says:
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    Grey, in a dynasty league, would you trade Lincy for YoGa and Kennedy? Lincy has been very ify lately and YoGa looks better than him, plus I get another serviceable pitcher in Kennedy.

  77. ELVIS says:
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    @Grey: leake or ely and branyon or boesch

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ELVIS: Ely…Boesch…

  79. NoEmoJoe says:
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    Boesch or Hawpe?

  80. Mike says:
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    Drop Freese for Aramis?

  81. Buschfan51 says:
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    Awesome Troy McClure/Sam LeCure reference today. It was my favorite since the Gordon Shumway/ALF reference a couple weeks ago. Keep up the good work!

  82. Wah says:
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    Sandoval or Youk?

    12 team, H2H, Keeper league.

  83. Byrd says:
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    I was just offered Ricky Romero for Michael Cuddyer. Should I pull the string? I’m alright on offense for the most part and my pitching is not too shabby, but adding Romero could have some benefits. Thoughts?

  84. Dingo says:
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    @Jeff: Is Freddy Sanchez not available? He’s on a nice little tear.

  85. Byrd says:
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    Oh and forgot to mention, another person apparently thinks David Wright is about to blowup because he’s offering me David Price for my David Wright. Got any suggestions?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: Youk

    @Byrd: I’d want Romero.

    @Byrd: I’d want Wright, trade’s not close.

  87. Byrd says:
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    @ Grey:

    That’s what I was thinking, when it comes to Romero. I think I’ll accept that trade. As far as the whole David Wright thing, I just can’t pull that string. Yeah Price may pitch well enough, but I have a feeling Wright is going to be alright. Thanks.

  88. Mike says:
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    Do you start Latos in Metco against Johan tonight?

  89. Wilsonian says:
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    A guy in my 8 Team H2H League has an army of 1B eligible guys…Posey, Pena, Youk, Dunn, AGonz, Morneau, and Prado. I’ve inquired about dealing for Pena and his sub-Mendoza BA (I could really use some pop, and I think he may explode, per your Buy/Sell). But I can’t overpay for him, obviously. The guy told me he would deal Pena for an MI or SP. I don’t really have an MI available (only have Utley and Andrus, no backups), but I do have some SPs that are dealable. Who (if any) do you think would be a decent offer out of these guys for Pena (for shits, I’m listing my whole pitching staff):

    Doc
    Ubaldo
    JJ
    Verlander
    Shields
    Weaver
    Ervin
    Aardsma
    K-Rod
    Crapps
    Axford
    DLR-DL

  90. Byrd says:
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    @ Grey

    Well, I had Pena on my bench yesterday, just like MANY Pena owners. Of course we all were sick when he mashed 2 HR’s. You think this might FINALLY wake him up? I’m wondering because I’ve had 2 people interested in grabbing him from me, over the past few weeks, but I don’t want to trade him, especially while I feel like he’s going to come alive any day. With him hitting those 2 HR’s, I might be able to sell on him, especially if he has a half decent night tonight.

  91. and1mcgee says:
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    offered braun for granderson and romero… do i take it?? romero’s been a champ, grey!

  92. Terrence Mann says:
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    @and1mcgee:

    You have take Braun there, IMO. Sell high!

  93. Grey

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    @Mike: Sure…

    @Wilsonian: Capps, Axford, Aardsma… Any one of them. Even Axford and Capps or Axford and Aardsma. Maybe Ervin…

    @Byrd: Yeah, I do think he’ll be better.

    @and1mcgee: I’d want Braun.

  94. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: if he wanted a starter and not a closer, would you say Ervin and then (maybe) Shields?

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Oh, you mean Ervin or Shields? Yeah, your staff can afford it.

    EDIT: Dot

  96. Byrd says:
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    Would ANYONE here trade Bobby Abreu away for Jon Lester? That’s a pending trade that was just made in my league between 2 of the top teams.

  97. Grey

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    @Byrd: I’d want Lester by a lot.

  98. Byrd says:
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    @ Grey:

    Really? Don’t get me wrong, Lester is sweet. Although, do you think Abreu has fallen off to a degree, where he’s not too productive anymore?

  99. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: yessir, that’s what I was meaning. There’s no way I would deal both of those guys for a .190 average.

    Another question: since he has AGonz as well, and I would much rather have him over Pena, I asked about him too, and he said it would take a lot to get him. Been thinking of offering either Ervin or Shields and Rasmus or Cargo. Would either offer be fair for AGonz? That looks a little thin to me, but I’m not sure. He could use some OF help (Has J-Up, Ludwick and Dunn in the OF – I know it’s not terrible, but in an 8 Team league, it needs a little help).

    Thanks dood…

  100. john says:
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    @Byrd: Yea, definitely would want Lester…not even close

  101. Grey

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    @Byrd: Abreu’s fair. Sounds like a good trade then if we disagreed.

    @Wilsonian: Ervin or Shields and Rasmus or CarGo, in that order, is fair for A-Gon.

  102. royce! says:
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    I’m thinking my law school contracts knowledge might have me more pissed off about this than I maybe should be, but what do you guys think of this move: My current Yahoo h2h opponent posted in the little “smack talk” box “strasburg and posey for broxton and stanton.” I liked the deal (actually, I wasn’t sure, but Grey talked me into it), so I sent him the trade for his approval. I just received an email that he sent to the entire league saying, “Strasburg is up for sale to the highest bidder, I’ve already got one solid offer.”

    Now, despite my having to go through the process of “offering” the trade through yahoo, I would say that his post in the smack talk box was the offer, and my sending the “offer” through yahoo was the acceptance. Am I right?

    I consider what he did to be a dick move. Maybe I’m thinking about it incorrectly. I want to cancel my trade offer just to make a point, and maybe if he receives nothing better, make him a worse offer later on.

  103. and1mcgee says:
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    @royce!: do it. you wordy bastard!! lol

  104. Grey

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    @royce!: I’d just cancel it. Screw him. Reminds me of a guy a few weeks ago who said I should trade a closer because I’d never win the league with all the closers I had. So I traded a closer to his closest competition.

  105. Terrence Mann says:
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    @royce!:

    It’s a total dick move but if you’re a lawyer you probably have it coming.

  106. john says:
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    @Grey: Haha, well played Grey

  107. Christopher says:
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    @royce!: Did he make that offer before the debut? I’m assuming he did and is now kicking himself ofr not waiting, all the while knowing that the right thing to do is accept your offer. If the fantasy baseball gods had any heart (and I’m fairly certain they do not), SS will severely strain a groin while putting on his water-walking shoes.

  108. john says:
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    @royce!: Yea, I just had a similar thing happen to me. I was hanging out with a friend from my league and he says he loves Garza and would give me Reynolds or Zimmerman for him. So I go home offer the Garza for Zimmerman trade and two weeks later he hasn’t responded. So I just canceled the trade.

  109. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @royce!: a deal ain’t done till it’s been signed or accepted. not like you relied on the deal to the detriment of your team.

    Question: if i am dealing wagner, which guy should i demand in return?

    butler
    bruce
    zobrist
    werth
    shields

    these are the guys i think i could reasonable ask for without getting immediately shot down.

    other guy is in 1st place and is looking for a high end closer. i got axford to plug in for wagner. sagnof!

  110. and1mcgee says:
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    Grey, Romero or Marcum the rest of the year?

  111. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Gotta start 3:
    Robot v. Lannan
    PacMan v. CC
    Seth Smith v. Paulino
    Boesch v. Freddy Garcia

    Can u help plz sir?

  112. Terrence Mann says:
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    @royce!:

    That was a joke, btw.

    I feel bad for suggesting you hold on to Guillen a few weeks ago. He’s had the schedule but hasn’t hit squat.

  113. royce! says:
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    @Terrence Mann: Ha! You’re right!

    Oh yeah, no worries about Guillen. I dropped him like he was hot because he was cold.

  114. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Utley or Cano?

  115. @grey Pagan almost went yard in the Met game also… missed by the same inches that Reyes made his by and Medlen gave his up by! LOL…

    Would be nice if Kuroda and my other pitcher (Johan) would get some wins! C’mon if Silva and Livan can do it…

  116. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @NLFantasyBB: Damn, that would’ve been nice for Pagan. Thanks for the heads up!

  117. Tony says:
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    @Grey:

    Carlos Gonzalez/Mike Leake for Lincecum?

    10×10 H2H, is the Lincecum side a landslide winner? ThAnkS!

  118. Wilsonian says:
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    .@royce!: @ThePoonTycoon: the offer had been accepted. Royce accepted the offer (which was posted in the smack talk) by sending the official offer through Yahoo!. Because his reliance on the deal, technically, did not cause him any damages, he would not be able to sue. You don’t need to have reliance to form a contract, only offer and acceptance. And if my professor told me correctly, although it has been a few years, there was an offer, and there was acceptance, therefore, a contract (be it a worthless one) has been formed. I would say what should probably be done is a cunt punch, because I’m assuming he has no balls.

    And now I’m beginning to notice how many lawyers are actually on this site. And even though I am one, it kind of frightens me.

  119. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Lincecum, yeah.

  120. royce! says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I really don’t see it that way, and that I suppose is where my law school training comes into play. I don’t want to spend too much time arguing about it, but if this hypothetical was raised in a law school exam, my sending the trade through Yahoo would likely be deemed an acceptance. (I say “likely” because one could probably make an argument, similar to what you are saying, that within the specific context of fantasy baseball culture, the only thing that constitutes an offer is when someone sends an offer through the respective website’s system. I don’t think this is the case, though; people deal with each other through normal email all the time, at least in my leagues). Another way of saying this is that simple, handshake deals still happen in this world, without anyone signing anything.

    Additionally, assuming the above analysis is accurate, whether I relied on the deal to the detriment of my team would not alter whether there was a contract.

    @Christopher: It was after the debut, so no more relevant info came about, as far as I know.

  121. Donnie Baseball says:
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    This guy Tabata reminds me alot of B. Abreu. A somewhat chubby guy with a little pop, good on base skills and can steal bases even though it doesn’t look like he should.

  122. royce! says:
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    @Wilsonian: Sure I could sue! And I would demand specific performance, because nothing is more unique than Strasburg.

    Why would you be bothered by there being lawyers on this site?

  123. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Thx Grey. Hope i dont get sonovabenched by Robot the way i did by PacMan yesterday…

  124. royce! says:
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    @royce!: After further thought, I agree. It scares me too.

  125. Wilsonian says:
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    @royce!: I do trust Poon’s advice on most deals through the fantasy world, but as I posted above, for a contract to be formed, there has to be only two things: an offer, and an acceptance. I’m thinking I may “borrow” this scenario, write a fact pattern and sell it to my local law school, or maybe even to Bar/Bri for practice for the Bar exam. Then I’ll donate the money to Grey’s daiquiri fund.

  126. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: After making a few swaps curteousy of your rankings here’s how my pitching staff looks in a 10 teamer. I didn’t pull the trigger on swapping Lewis for Kennedy. Slightly apprehensive after Lewis’ last start. His record should be a lot better, just hasn’t gotten great run support.

    Kershaw, Nolasco, Slowey, Sanchez, Lilly, Baker, Vazquez & Lewis.

    I’m last in ERA & WHIP. Middle of the pack in W’s and 2nd in K’s. Do I need to make a move or should this staff level out my ERA & WHIP to at least help me contend.

    I have 41 hitting points and only 23 pitching points in a 5×5.

  127. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @royce!: see, that’s how i perceive it. anything outside the official offering tool on the league’s website is merely negotiation. to me there is no real offer until it’s been sent through the website, and no acceptance until the other party clicks accept.

    anything besides an official offer through the site is merely a gentlemen’s agreement in my book.

    that’s why i am always weary when someone on here says they already have an agreement for a subsequent trade to a first trade that hasn’t even been finalized yet. imo you can back out at any point until you click accept, and those kinda situations are setting you up to take it on the chin when the 3rd team decides they don’t wanna make the deal afterall.

    of course you can always argue.

    my law school keeper fantasy baseball and football leagues have spawned many a lengthy email/message board arguments over the years over the technicalities of fantasy sports.

  128. Wilsonian says:
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    @royce!: it doesn’t bother me, per se, just worries me a bit. For one: how much spare time do we “have”? And two: this might be why it’s so damn hard to make a trade in the fantasy realms these days.

    And I guess I had forgot about specific performance – Stras is pretty unique, and I suppose there wouldn’t be money damages (unless you became a huge fan of his, thinking he would now be on your team, so you purchased jerseys, hats, tickets, plane tickets, etc., which is where the detrimental reliance part would come into play). But I don’t deal with contracts too much anymore, being that I now chase ambulances, the last time I’ve really even seen one that didn’t pertain to an insurance dec sheet was in the Bar Exam.

  129. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: i think the moral of the story is that if you are making a trade (or any contract) you better just get them to sign it. cause if they don’t sign it (or click accept) then you are throwing yourself at the mercy of the courts and it comes down to which side of grey area the judge prefers.

  130. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: yeah, i work for the patent office here. planned my law school graduation just in time for the economic downturn, so i kinda missed out on the $150K salaries writing patents until i get a few more years experience, but now i make around half that and read razzball on my govt computer and reject patents.

  131. Wilsonian says:
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    And for those of you waiting for Vlad’s OF eligibility…just read on Nelson Cruz’s Yahoo! blurb that he’ll most likely sit out a few games when he comes back because they’ll be in NL parks and the Chuck Norris’ want to get Vlad some PT in the outfield.

  132. Sean Field says:
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    Grey, I followed your advice and sold high on Strauss.My proposed trade was Straus for Lester, approximately 3 weeks ago. After Straus 12th strikeout, I went to cancel the trade and the owner had already accepted and is now pending…Did I get enough bang for my buck? Whos a better pitcher from now untill the end of the year, Lester or Straus?

    12 team league, non keeper

  133. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Ha! I hit graduation just before the economic downturn as well. Actually I am looking for a new job in the near future (for some odd reason, business in the Civil world is actually worse off than it first appeared – insurance companies tend to be even more apt to screw people and hold out til the very last minute to settle), and in my small area, we are a dime a dozen, and that dime doesn’t make it too far in this world.

    I definitely agree that you need them to sign it, I mean, in all actuality, there isn’t much you could do regarding someone saying they would do this deal before the official Yahoo! offer, and then back out. I, however, do a lot of dealing via text/email and if I told someone I would do a specific deal, and then they offered it up, I wouldn’t post some BS on the site about how I was taking offers for the highest bid for so-and-so and that I now have one offer. I would take the offer that was discussed (that is unless, of course, some serious injury arose before the offer could be made or accepted – on Yahoo!, that is). But that’s because I at least attempt to be a man of my word, and most of my leagues include long term friends from grade school through law school, so I’m not going to screw them in a deal that I had originally agreed to.

  134. royce! says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Sorry for sounding pedantic earlier, I don’t think I knew you were a lawyer as well. I totally agree that the issue is whether in the context of fbb, a true offer is only one made through the website’s channels, so whether this was an offer or an offer to deal is up for debate.

    Therefore, when another manager in our league, who is also a lawyer, told me that he was going to give Strasburg’s owner a tongue lashing after work (they’re bff, I guess, and talk on the phone during their commute), I told him not to because I could see how Strasburg’s owner (not a lawyer, a doctor (I’m more scared that Drs are busy thinking about fbb)) would think that there was no contract.

    Law school keeper leagues sounds hilarious. You should get CLE for that.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, I can see you concern about the amount of free time I, and possibly other lawyers, spend thinking about fbb. I argue criminal appeals in Southern California. I’m appointed by the state to indigent defendants, so I work at home and make my own hours, and, because I have only been at it for 2+ years, I have not yet gotten up to 40 hours a week. I am getting close, though, so I should probably get back to work now.

  135. Wileyqed says:
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    Rank the following OF going forward? Robot Jones, FraGu, Hart, Ludwick, Gnomes.

  136. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Grey, in a 12-team H2H with standard 5×5 + IP, HLDs, and Losses as pitching categories, I have been sitting on Derek Holland and Scott Olsen for a while (not in DL slots) because nothing really interesting has come along.

    Should I ditch either one of them for Jason Hammel?

    It is a limited move league (50 moves/year), so while I don’t have DL slots to hold those two dinged-up guys, i can’t really use their slots for streaming, either.

  137. Wilsonian says:
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    @royce!: I’m in a law school keeper league, maybe I should look into some CLE credit for that – great idea!

    I do agree that I would be way more worried about doctors with fantasy baseball on the brain, instead of maybe, I don’t know, saving the lives of their patients. I’m not actually worried about the amount of time we waste on this crap, it was more rhetorical. I think it’s the sign of the times for us in southern Illinois. Things are running a bit slow lately. And the funny thing is, when I mentioned I was looking into another job, one of the ones I will be applying for shortly is an appellate prosecutor’s position in the 5th District of Illinois Court of Appeals.

    Oh yeah, and probably should get back to work at some point in the near future…

  138. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Maybe the better way is to have “struck out looking,” “struck out swinging” and now, “struck out stumbling.”

    Okay, I’m done trying to rectify my joke…..

  139. TonyCino says:
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    12 team 10×10 roto daily league
    I could use some speed (currently 4th) and avg (11th) as well, Tabata and Borbon are both available to pick up. I think Tabata gets the nod only because it seems he’ll play every day. Strong feelings either way?

  140. KarlJ. says:
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    @Wilsonian:
    Ha-@Wilsonian:

    Ha- But wouldn’t there have to be some ” consideration” to be considered a valid contract?

  141. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Polanco or Jose Lopez at 2nd here on out?

  142. Tony says:
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    raul ibanez or michael young?

    is raul gonna break outta this funk and go YAY YO with his new “approach at the plate?”

    i’ve got kouz occupying my CI spot right now and i’ve got rollins/ellsbury waiting on the DL, and SNIDER…. good lord.

  143. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Grey: Sorry Grey, I just saw than an owner just dropped Chacin. So, Hammel or Chacin?

  144. Wilsonian says:
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    @KarlJ.: that’s the easy part. There’s definitely some consideration there in that deal that was proposed. It was so long ago, but I think it was Stras on one side and Stanton on the other. Consideration only has to be something of value (and it only has to be of value to the parties involved), and it doesn’t have to be money. I would say that both Stras and Stanton would have value to each side of the deal, respectively. I guess that would have to be included in the definition of a contract, but that wasn’t the issue in that deal. It was more: “was there an offer?” or “was there an acceptance of an offer?”

  145. Wilsonian says:
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    FYI:

    Fla @ Phi – PPD for tonight

  146. royce! says:
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    @Grey: @Wilsonian: @ThePoonTycoon: The other owner apologized, asserting that he didn’t think of the earlier communication on his part as an “offer.” I have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because I know he’s smart, and if he really did think that we had a deal, he wouldn’t have sent me the email he sent to everyone else saying that he’s open to offers for Strasburg and already has a solid one.

  147. Grey

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    @royce!: Tell him too late and sell your whole team for Corey Patterson.

  148. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: no problem. It just postpones my Doc/JJ matchup to another night. I hate that damn matchup, second time in two weeks. Can’t they go on opposite nights, please?

  149. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-TEAM H2H-POINTS LEAGUE

    I really need a 1B. I’m tired of streaming the likes of Wiggy, Overbay, Branyan, etc.

    I own both A-Rod and Zimmerman. Zimmerman is currently in my CI/MI spot.

    Trade A-Rod & Colby Lewis FOR Teixeira & Dan Haren

    Tex at 1B, Zimmerman at 3B, and now I would stream CI/MI instead of 1B, which is a little easier.

    You likey or no?

  150. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Grey,
    What up wit Papelbon? Any word on how long he’ll be out? You said to grab Bard everywhere, even in a weekly league? I’d hate to drop a bench for someone that won’t be playing by the time I can start him.

  151. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @royce!: You sure that isn’t Brian Roberts?

  152. Eddy says:
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    Does anyone else like to play around and send (literally) thir entire team for a single player in a trade, cancel, and see if the other manager reacts when he sees the email?

    What? That’s just me?

    Oh.

  153. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: This is very true, and I know it didn’t. It was a best case scenario (just wish JJ didn’t get the loss). But I know I was lucky the first time, and I’m not really one to push my luck – the Fantasy Gods tend to not like that. So I would just prefer if JJ got Kendrick and Doc got Volstad, but of course I would love another perfect game and a 1-0 victory for one of them.

  154. royce! says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: Could be, could be… or any other Oriole, for that matter.

  155. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Ha! No, I like to send my one player for someone else’s team then wait for the “Are you serious?” And I’m like, What? My guy’s the best guy in the deal.

    @Wilsonian: Yup… Padres and Mets are rained out too.

  156. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, but how’s Pat the Bat’s strikeout rate in the Bay Area bars?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  157. @Grey: Thanks. I wish Arrieta the best, but I fear the worst. Perhaps he’ll drink some Wieters blood before the game and power-up.

    @Stephen: Hey don’t rain on my parade!

    Kidding. Tabata is not Jennings, but maybe he’s just learning how to steal. There are a lot of fast guys around, but stealing bases is a skill set in it’s own right. I don’t know much about him aside from a few minor league games I’ve seen this year. As the old boys say, “he looks good in a uniform!”

    And that’s what I look for in fantasy baseball.

  158. Other Dean says:
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    Tabata leading off tonight…taking a flier in my keeper

  159. Seequinn says:
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    Please note, tonight’s PHI/FLA game is back on. Mike Stanton knocked the thunderheads back out to sea.

  160. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks for the head’s up. Although that sucks for me, again…

  161. penpen says:
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    Zimmerman for Josh Johnson?

  162. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: I’ve got Travis Snider in a DL spot and got offered Carlos Lee and Manny Ramirez for him. Should I do it?

  163. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    That’s hilarious, even better when they actually get appalled and get all high class on you.

  164. Eddy says:
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    @Seequinn:
    Are you sure? Marlins.com still reads it as PPD. I don’t think they’d call it if there was a chance that it’d clear up like you say it has…

  165. Martin says:
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    @grey-Would you start price vs. TOR, Sanchez @ CIN and kennedy vs. ATL today?

  166. DrEasy says:
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    WWGD? I need steals badly and Tabata looks very appealing, yet I have no room on my roster. Pierre sits on my bench, and I play him occasionally when Papi or another masher has a bad match-up. I’m afraid Tabata would also end up sitting on my bench, but he could be a good trade bait to use to address areas of weakness (MI).

    I also have too many starters and brain freezes. Nolasco is my worst starter, and Hoffman is not even a brain-freeze right now, although I suspect he will close again soon.

    So who to drop for Tabata?

    - One of my temporarily hot mashers (Papi, Glaus)
    - Nolasco (I can hear everyone go: “Noooooooo!”)
    - Hoffman
    - Pierre? Would Tabata post better numbers?

    - or just stay put?

    I’m thinking of either dropping Hoffman for him or to just stay put.

    WWGD?

  167. Martin says:
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    @grey- would you drop smoak for tabata?

  168. Seequinn says:
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    People don’t take me seriously in real life…didn’t think they would here either. The rain delay comment was just a joke about Stanton’s hype. Game is still postponed. Now after my Reynolds-esque day at the comedy plate, I will retire to the clubhouse.

  169. Doug Ault says:
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    Any word on the Baltimore game being PPD?

    I have Sabathia for one more day before a trade goes through,I would hate to get screwed out of his start against the O’s

  170. Grey

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    @Seequinn: You’re 0-for-2, but 1-for-3 over your career is HOF numbers.

    @Doug Ault: Not sure.

  171. Steve says:
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    Ugh – thanks to these rainouts, and in the interests of having a lineup that’s as fully populated as possible, I have Lind in my Util spot against David Price…

  172. Grey

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    @Steve: Not sure who you’re jinxing there, but thanks!

  173. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s probably Price, I suppose, but I’d be very surprised if it’s to the profit of Lind. He’s 1-17 for his career against Price.

    He must be due, then!

  174. Grey

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    @Steve: Did you just run a reverse jinx on both of them? Oh, man.

  175. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for seeing my upside, Grey! Back to the cages….

    Actually, serious question about roster management: do you play good hitters who aren’t starting (in real life), but are listed as “available”, or do you save/sub that game? Working that one out with Magglio right now. (Stanton would have been his backup)

  176. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Maybe it’s best if that game is rained out too.

    Truth be told, I traded Price away last week (for a heating-up Wright), so I hope he gets shelled.

    Which means he won’t.

    Or will.

  177. Grey

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    @Seequinn: Sub that game if they’re not starting.

  178. Doug Ault says:
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    @Steve: I actually sat Adrian Gonzalaz about 3 nights ago against a guy he had like 2 hits in 20 ab’s against,yup,he went 4/6

  179. Grey

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    @Steve: Did you just double reverse your reverse jinx? Man, that’s confusing.

  180. Steve says:
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    @Doug Ault: Yeah – I benched Ibanez in one league yesterday because of his numbers against whoever was starting.

    Fortunately I have Tex, Reyes, Grandy, Zimm and KJ on that team so I can’t complain TOO much.

  181. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I know. I don’t know whether to use it for good or evil and it’s killing me.

  182. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. We were debating this the other day, and I’m curious on your guess, what fantasy baseball season is the first without Albert Pujols in the top 5 players on a draft board? I had 2014. Others had sooner. His owner had 2066.

  183. royce! says:
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    My brother-in-law asked me if he should accept Clay Buchholz for Josh Willingham in a 14 team h2h in which he needs pitching. Because the league counts OBP and XBH along w/ 5×5 stats, Willingham has been very valuable for him (he currently has a .427 OBP). I said he should take Buchholz despite this, because Willingham is injury prone, and his OBP is like 60 points higher than any previous season.

    What’s your take? I’m pretty sure you told me to not trade Colby Lewis for Willingham a while back. Still that down on Willingham?

  184. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Fair bit depends on what happens in this first inning, I’d say…

  185. Grey

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    @Seequinn: Oh, sorry… You said top 5 not number one. Um, 2015 sounds about right, but if he has an injury it could happen sooner.

  186. Steve says:
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    @Seequinn: @Grey: I took him 11th in 2003 – does that count?

  187. Steve says:
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    @Grey: 7.30pm in Cincy and Pat the Bat is at first base already.

    He’s good.

  188. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And he scores at 7.32.

  189. Grey

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    @Steve: Pat doesn’t need to go to 2nd or 3rd. He just scores.

  190. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Probably didn’t even need to buy a drink.

  191. Eddy says:
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    Nice early night surprise from Posey!

  192. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Was a moon shot too.

  193. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Ugh, I gotta wait until Yahoo posts the update for the video playback. I saw Filthy gave up a run, he looking ok so far?

  194. This gave me a laugh

    From Rotoworld
    “Blue Jays activated RHP Jesse Litsch from the 60-day disabled list.

    Litsch has been out all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has not looked good in a handful of rehab starts and should be avoided in fantasy leagues no matter the role he’s assigned..”

    Just like Grienke, as soon as I make a trade offer, Marcum starts coming back to Earth. I think people don’t want to trade with me, simply because they don’t want to admit I’m right.

    Oh and I’m an asshole about it.

  195. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: He looks so nasty. Pretty unhittable.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, that is funny.

  196. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Good to know. I’m going against the 1st place team this week so I need him to be FILTHY.

  197. Grey

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    @Eddy: I almost jinxed it myself.

  198. ELVIS says:
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    tabata 2-3 sb and a run

  199. royce! says:
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    Just received an offer of one of my Krispie or Hart for Jered Weaver. My current outfield is crowded, so I need to part with someone, preferably for a SP. I have Holliday, Hart, J. Upton, Jason Bay, Granderson, Krispie, and Vlad (who should soon have OF elig).

    Which of Hart or Krispie would you send?

  200. Cheese

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    For my number 2 catcher, Shoppach or Hernandez?

  201. Bodymore says:
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    Bucholz might be pitching to contact too much, but grey already pointed out the xFIP difference. He’s got swing and miss stuff though, so he should still be okay. I’ll take the QS if he can hold it to 3…

    Adam Jones with a 2 out RBI single vs CC… with 2 strikes , pretty nice for him, I’d say that’s a good sign. He stole a base already too. Grey you had a good point that he’s done it before, I think there’s a certain amount of pessimism that’s been drilled into me, personally, by Peter Angelos. I might as well enjoy his production before my trade is processed.

  202. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He’s back on first!

    Relentless.

  203. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bodymore: It’s something, for sure.

    @Steve: He’s getting digits for Votto’s sister.

    @struggler: Thanks for the heads up!

  204. Eddy says:
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    @Bodymore:

    On the same boat with Jones. Finally traded him away last night, and he then decides to start playing well. It’s all good though, just consider it his goodbye gift for making us go through all the torture he put us through these first 2 months.

  205. thepizzaman says:
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    3 ER already vs Cleveland, come on now Buchholz.

  206. Seequinn says:
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    I just clicked on the Nationals starting pitching depth chart. With Strasburg’s haloed name now in the one spot, is there a more top heavy rotation in the league? For some reason when I looked at it, I flashed back to that scene in Billy Madison when he plays dodgeball with all the kindergartners.

  207. Grey

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    @Seequinn: Ha… Yeah, was like Greinke last year.

  208. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: 1-3, baby! Here I come, Cooperstown!

    Is there anything more fun than watching a good fantasy team’s pitcher get slowly destroyed after an ill-advised start to begin with? I’m wondering if Shaun Marcum’s owner stopped responding to my texts because he smashed his phone….

  209. Grey

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    @Seequinn: Yeah, I almost prefer someone else’s pitcher gets rocked than mine pitching well. Glad to see someone started Brad Lincoln.

  210. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    @struggler: Now Lastoria of the blog Indians Prospect Insider is strongly hinting that Santana will be up on June 15th – http://twitter.com/tlastoria

  211. Steve says:
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    Blue Jays pitchers want as many homers against their names as the hitters.

  212. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Yes, nothing like some healthy Fantasy Schadenfreude

  213. @Cheese: @ELVIS: Noice! Too bad my pickup takes effect tomorrow.

    @struggler: That blows but it’s not coming from the front office, so I take it with a grain of salt, hoping the Indians see the dollars made last night and come to their senses:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ys-cnbcstrasburg060810

    In the few games I’ve watched Santana play, he doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad a catcher as they’re making him out to be. How many bases are stolen off of the catcher anyway? That’s a BS stat when taken out of context. I’m not saying he doesn’t need work and what the hell do I know anyway, but I did spend a few years watching Mike Piazza behind the plate.

    Santana’s roster spot is killing me in my keeper league, but I’ve stuck with him this long, I have to “stay the course” as a former president might say.

  214. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    16-TEAM, H2H-POINTS LEAGUE

    Thanks for the advice earlier, but he didn’t go for A-Rod/Colby FOR Haren/Tex.

    How about A-Rod FOR Tex and Howie Kendrick? Freddy Sanchez is my current 2B.

    Tex at 1B
    Zimmerman moves to 3B
    Kendrick at 2B
    stream CI/MI with Wiggy, Freddy or the flavor of the week

  215. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on S-Rod? Was his spring too over-hyped or is he capable of being the real deal? Im asking cuz he has hit 2 doubles 2day and is on a nice hitting streak…

  216. Tom Emanski says:
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    Gordon Beckham DOUBLED!!

  217. Tom Emanski says:
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    @tHe ShiT: Yea I picked him up in one league. I believe in him and I know the Rays love the guy.

  218. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Tom Emanski: What kind of player production can u compare him 2?

  219. Wow. I just had a stroke of genius. I thought of my fantasy team name for next year (I’d change this year’s name, but I’m quite committed to Marmol Aid).

    Al Kaline Battery.

    And if I can find/photoshop it, my team image will be Al Kaline punching someone.

  220. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I really need some power on my team. I have Miggy, Wright, Choo, Lind, and Bautista for power. I know Bautista won’t last. I offered a guy my F-Hernandez & Hawpe for his Braun. He came back with Braun & Takahashi for my F-Hernandez & Choo. This is a lousy deal for me, correct? I have Johnson, Price, Pettitte, Cecil, Leake, Scherzer along with F-Hernandez.

  221. john says:
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    Sonava-I-Just-Dropped-Soto-At-The-Start-Of-This-Week!!!!

  222. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    My outfielders are Granderson, Upton, Bruce, Hart, Quentin, Stanton (we start 3 OF + 1 util spot, so I have to bench 2 of them on most nights)

    My SP staff is Lincecum, Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, Weaver, Nolasco, Kennedy, Cueto

    Grey, what do you think of this deal :

    I give Granderson and Kennedy
    I get Cliff Lee and Haren OR Cain

    Deal or no deal?

  223. Tom Emanski says:
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    @tHe ShiT: He’s a well-rounded athlete. Plus power for his position. Decent speed. He’s well-tested in the minors and was supposed to break out this year but wasn’t getting the steady time he needed until recently. He could have the type of 2nd half that Elijah Dukes had in 08.

  224. Vince says:
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    @Vince: Got another question… Would you rather have Holliday or Hamilton for the rest of the season? (same league settings as above)

  225. penpen says:
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    Man, sooooo glad I stayed committed to the Popeil method with Soto.

  226. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Vince: I think the trade is in your favor, but I’d don’t think you need to trade for the pitching.

  227. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Vince: Holliday

  228. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Holland experienced pain during throwing session. Being shut down. Frickin Washington bringing him in for an inning of relief.

    Volquez starting rehab assignment.

    Grey, worth flip-flopping the 2 in a deep league?

  229. john says:
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    Someone please convince me dropping Soto for Napoli was the right move especially given what Pinella said earlier this week…

  230. Eddy says:
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    @Vince:
    You definitely do not need the pitching. And Holliday all the way. Perhaps Kennedy and Stanton for Haren if you still really want the pitching.

  231. Eddy says:
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    @john:
    It’s not a bad move. Personally, I would have opted to trade Soto before droppnig him, but to each his own. If it’s any consolation, since Napoli is playing some 1B, his bat will be in the lineup more often, and the ZiPS updated projection has him hitting 6 more HRs than Soto (22 to 16). Now, if the Konerko to LAA rumors turn out to be true, then you may be in trouble…

  232. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Would u take S-Rod over Seth Smith or Boesch?

  233. john says:
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    @Eddy: I didn’t see me getting anything in return for Soto..and the main reason I dropped him was because of Pinella’s freaking “we need defense since we have no offense” statement and saying he’d be starting Koylie more often. I was already sick of Soto getting 4 days off a week

  234. Adam says:
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    RoboJones or Smoak for my CI spot the rest of the way?

  235. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @tHe ShiT: If I knew S-Rod would play everyday, probably. But he doesn’t, and Boesch does, so he gets my vote. Smith and S-Rod are about equal, so it comes down to need (INF or OF), between the two of them.

  236. Adam says:
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    @Adam: Make that RoboJones/Smoak/Freese

  237. Bodymore says:
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    @Eddy I hear ya, I just hope Smoak is on fire. Jones just had a nice at bat vs. Joba but was robbed of a double…

  238. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I would use S-Rod at OF, maybe spell Kel-Jo sumtimes. I like Boesch slightly more also.

  239. Eddy says:
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    @john:
    Contrary to popular belief, there’s always SOMETHING you could get (unless your league mates are impossibly stingy). Hell, maybe even a Mike Leake or some cheap RP! But regardless, Napoli is the hotter catcher right now, so it’ll work out for you.

  240. Steve says:
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    WTF is Kennedy up to? Apart from destroting my ratios, that is.

  241. Vince says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): @Eddy: Thanks for your input guys!

    I know I could get Hamilton or Holliday straight up for my Weaver from another guy. So if I do both trades I’d get Holliday (OR Hamilton), Cliff Lee and Haren (OR Cain) and I’d give Granderson, Weaver and Kennedy…

    Does it look better for me that way?

  242. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Vince: yes, I like the whole package much better overall for you

  243. john says:
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    @Eddy: My leaguemates are indeed stingy..but yea, I just needed to talk myself down.

  244. Awesomus Maximus

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    Holy Christ did I just have a raging case of Ticker Shock when I saw the BoSox were down 11-0 (Buchholz owner, here)!

    Two things about Strasburg… first, I think Big Baby Jesus is officially my new favorite nick’ of the year. It doesn’t even rely on his performance (either way)… it’s just a perfect fit.

    Second, regardless of whether you think he dominates in every start or is just good for the rest of 2010, common sense says you have to trade him in H2H leagues sooner rather than later. The guy is on an innings limit, so he is most likely not going to be there when you need him most… fantasy playoff time. Roto, maybe you hang on if you’re a firm believer, but in H2H, if you can move him for a #1 SP on a team that’ll most likely be competing for a playoff spot (meaning, that SP will be making starts at the end of the season), you’ve got to make that move.

  245. just saw this in my twitter feed -

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    fantastNICK
    @ajcbraves I just heard on D-Back broadcast that Chipper stopped to watch Reynolds take BP and told Mark Grace “that kid has donkey pop.”
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  246. Eddy says:
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    @Vince:
    Yes, put in that light it does look good. The key is getting Holliday to replace Grandy.

  247. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Vince: Haren…more upside

  248. @Tom Emanski: I hope that’s Dukes sans that answering machine message.

    Not a bad comparison, but Dukes displayed a more advanced batters eye.

    @Awesomus Maximus: That’s awesome. When he’s old, we’ll call him Ol’ Dirty Jesus.

  249. Grey

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    @Seequinn: Exactly.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha!

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): You’re just doing them straight up then. Not like Kendrick’s doing anything. It’s okay.

    @tHe ShiT: Yeah, I liked him in the preseason. He can be for real.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha!

    @Robert: Not great, no.

    @Vince: You don’t need those SPs with your staff.

    @Vince: Holliday

    @Donnie Baseball: Sure

    @Adam: Jones

    @Steve: Huh? What happened?

    @Awesomus Maximus: Well said.

    @wily mo: Ha… Then he hurt himself.

  250. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Yea, Buchholz actually had a QS

  251. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: What about Figgins instead of Kendrick?

  252. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Loaded the bases, but got out of it.

    My whining was premature.

    Plenty of time for some more, though…

  253. Vince says:
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    @Grey: If you take a look at my post here with both trades I can make (the one for Lee and Haren and the one for Holliday), do you like it better globally?

  254. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: So S-Rod obviously need full time at bats 2 b gd. Do u think he gets em 4rm here on out? Im thinking Bartlett has 2 stay out 4 a while so S-Rod can build up confidence and a nice streak. Then hopefully theyll keep Brignac at ss n S-Rod at 2b. Wishful thinking or maybe a good possiblity, i hope…

  255. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @wily mo: Would’ve liked to have seen some of that donkey pop right there.

  256. ThePensive says:
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    Headley/Floyd vs. Krispie/Francis in a 6×6 (OPS and Holds) Roto dynasty? Long term and this year. Thanks!

  257. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    16-TEAM, H2H-POINTS LEAGUE

    I was just offered this crazy deal…or is it?

    Dunn, Kinsler, Greinke & Beckett
    FOR
    A-Rod & Lincecum

    I own A-Rod and Lincecum. Dunn and Kinsler solve my 1B and 2B problems, (Highlighted above). I lose my stud arm, but if one out of Greinke and Beckett rebounds, it’s almost a wash. If both do, I walk to the title…

    My other SP’s besides Lincecum (Start 5):
    Nolasco, Latos, Lilly, Colby Lewis, Zito, Hammel, Chacin

    What do you think?

  258. Another nice start for Paulino tonight.

    I’ve never watched him pitch, but he seems to be throwing hot fire. I’d pick him up in 12 team h2h, but I don’t love that he’s lined up to face Texas twice later this month, followed by the Brews.

  259. @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Bleeeech… Who knows what you’ll get out of Beck going forward. Kinsler will be back on the DL, because that’s how he rolls. Dunn does what he does and Grienke’s been Grienked. What makes you think Grienke and/or Beckett will magically turn into the ’09 edition?

    Don’t get blinded by what they did, look at what they’re doing. That’s some zen fantasy baseball shizz.

  260. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    Yea, the pitching side of the offer is pretty risky. What if I took it out all together in a counter-offer?

    Give up A-Rod FOR Dunn & Kinsler?

    Or is A-Rod FOR Tex & Figgins better?

  261. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    changing gears…

    H2H moving forward…Mike Aviles or Freddy Sanchez?

  262. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: thanks

    @Grey: thanks

  263. Steve says:
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    Rusty Ryal’s tattoos aren’t fooling anyone.

    Can’t a guy get some run support?

  264. Tom Emanski says:
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    @3FingersBrown: For some reason, I remembered Dukes having all 13 of those HRs in the 2nd half, but it was over a whole injury plagued season. But yea, he had a much better eye. S-Rod doesn’t draw walks.

  265. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    Grey or anyone else:

    I’ve got 2 questions for 2 different leagues:

    1) 16 team H2H 6×6 (OPS, K/BB) Kuroda just got dropped in my league, who should i drop to pick him up: Cecil, Gio, Seth Smith, or Damon (I really hate to lose any of them, but my squad is that stacked currently)

    2) 12 team NL-Only: Just got offered Nyjer Morgan for my Tabata, should i pull the trigger, my gut says yes, but it’s been wrong before. It’s really apples for apples and i have a 12 in R and 8 in SB currently, but it seems like a good upgrade.

  266. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Paulino has been the man for me in my NL Only league as a preseason waiver wire pickup. One of the reasons my team is in first currently.

  267. Steve says:
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    Effing DBacks.

    I hate them.

  268. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: GO 2 any of the games when the Yanks r in town in a couple wks?

  269. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: I meant going*

  270. Tom Emanski says:
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    Just dropped Smoak for Tabata despite Smoak heating up again. We’ll see.

  271. @Grey: @any other prospect maven: Matt Carson’s starting in center for Oakland. From his MiLB numbers, he looks like a little-bit-of-everything sort of guy with good OBP. Think he’s useful in a 15 team, 5 OF, OBP format? Like him over Scott Hairston?

  272. @all: BTW did you guys see Carson run smack into the wall, Butch Huskey style, going after Rivera’s homer? Funny shit.

  273. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Really hate them.

    May as well punt wins.

  274. chrisbenson12 says:
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    grey: sean rod, yunel, or delmon young?

    also, what do you think of jesse litsch?? activated off the DL for his start on sunday.

  275. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You like Chacin at home to the Astros tomorrow? It’s H2H…

  276. Tony says:
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    @Grey: and anyone else’s opinion is appreciated. Some RCL wheeling and dealing:

    My Ibanez for Michael Young (i accepted)

    Here’s the big one: My Rollins and Ellsbury for His Alexie Ramirez and Werth.

    Now initially i’m getting raped, but i’m sick of rollins and ellsbury, both have done nothing for me, if they both come back and play all year i’m screwed in this deal, but i think rollins re-injures and Ells i’ve heard thru a boston fan/area source is represented by Boras and his contract is up next yr and he’s almost looking to shut ells down so he can get healthy and command bigger money (or something like that, i’m drinking)……

    anyways, alexie is always a second half ish guy and werth should break outta this funk when the rest of the phillies break outta their funk…..

    THOUGHTS?

  277. Joe B says:
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    This trade fair?

    B McCann and D Span
    for
    C Crawford

    I have M Montero (coming back soon) and C Santana (called up soon?)
    He has K Suzuki at C

    If he wants A McCutchen instead of D Span is it a deal breaker?
    I don’t think I can part with two Micks in one trade… have to keep the Irish mojo going.

  278. Tony says:
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    @Joe B: mccutchen instead of span is way too much, its fair, i dont know with suzuki he’s gonna want Mccann?

  279. Grey

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    @Steve: I don’t think I’ve gotten a win in like two weeks. I’m getting beat in a H2H by one vulture win from the other guy’s MR.

    @3FingersBrown: Hairston…Nah, missed the running into the wall. Will look for the video.

    @chrisbenson12: Young… Forget Litsch.

    @Steve: Sure

    @Tony: Eh, I’d do Rollins and a smaller piece for Werth, but Ellsbury while it looks like he’s in for a long season, you’re selling really low. I could see doing it and it working out for you, but it’s risky. Take the risk and Werth if you like. It could work out.

    @Joe B: Don’t give McCutchen. It’s all right the way it is.

  280. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m now stone, cold, motherless last in the RCL in Wins. I was tied with Hippo, but he got a win from Heilman FFS.

    This after the DBacks hadn’t done jack-s*** for Kennedy.

  281. Tony says:
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    @Grey: ya i know…. i just cant stand to look at rollins and ellsbury on my team with DL beside their names any longer. I’ll take a chance on werth breaking back out soon and alexie being the second half type guy that he is…. ells is a who knows and jimmy wont be back til after the 18th of june? maybe longer? i’m done with them, i’ve been sitting from 3rd-5th without them, hopefully now i can move up…..

    nobody was biting on rollins or ells in any other type of deals i was shooting, so this will do!

  282. Lines says:
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    Is Jay Bruce pretty fair return for Aaron Hill? I got Hill off waivers in the first place, so it’s pretty much found money. I needed outfield help, not a backup 2B who forgot that his job is pretty much just to hit baseballs.

    I know I don’t need 2 catchers, but I’m having a really hard time with the idea of letting Posey go to another owner. He just won’t stop hitting! ZiPS doesn’t project a huge difference in his production the rest of the way and Posada’s. Do you see it differently?

    I’d like to get a stud outfielder (at least a #2) in exchange for Bautista & Posey/Posada, but I feel like that package is worth more. If the deal looked like this:

    (my) Bautista + Posey/Posada
    for
    (his)BJ Upton/Curtis Granderson + [Player X]

    Let’s assume Player X is a good-but-not-great SP (Billingsley, Oswalt, Beckett, etc.). Is that reasonable? Should I aim higher? Lower?

    Should I go check if my basement is flooding? Yes, I should. Back in a minute.

  283. Grey

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    @Steve: I know, it’s very frustrating.

    @Tony: It’s the kind of move that could propel you. I do like Werth even if he’s struggling a bit right now.

    @Lines: Bruce is fair. I think Posada can beat him if he stays healthy. That’s reasonable/good for you if it’s Bills or Oswalt.

  284. Lines says:
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    Thanks!

  285. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: 12 team H2H dynasty league that starts 2 catchers. I’ve got Snyder and Pierzynski as starters, plus now Montero is coming off the DL. Think Montero and Snyder are looking at a time share or will AZ move one of them soon? I’m thinking of dropping Pierzynski and going with Snyder and Montero for a while. Thoughts? Thanks!

  286. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bill Lumbergh: Time share at first. Don’t play them both at the same time.

  287. ViagraFalls says:
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    I have Jonathan Sanchez on my pitching staff, and aside from his his historically high K’s, he’s not doing well this season. And we all know that a lot of it has to do with very little run support. So, I am thinking of dropping him for another pitcher with a better supporting cast and so on. What’s your advice/thoughts on the following available pitchers?:

    Ervin Santana
    Jeff Niemann
    Chad Billingsley
    Jon Garland

    Statistically so far, Niemann looks to be the best choice and is pitching for the, if not erratic, best team in baseball. But what do you think? Should I drop Sanchez for one of them? Thx, Grey.

  288. ViagraFalls says:
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    Grey, my pitching staff right now is Halladay, David Price, Kershaw, J. Sanchez, Pelfrey, Valverde and Marmol. I just picked up Pelfrey quickly from the options open to me in FA, not seeing the guys listed above. I am not quite sold on Pelfrey, even though he has pitched well as of late, mostly because of the Mets’ inability to do it well on the road. I picked him up after I dropped Colby Lewis because, in spite of Lewis winning the other night, he has become increasingly erratic again and I don’t trust him into summer.

    If I were to pick up say Niemann or one of the other guys on the list for Sanchez (or maybe you think I should hold on to him), do you see an advantage in perhaps dropping two of my pitchers for some of those guys? Thx again for any advice, Grey. Thx to anyone.

  289. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ViagraFalls: Id drop Filthy 4 Bills or Ervin. Garland will regress and Niemann is sumwut of a wild card 2 me. Lots of perts say hell regress sum, but its not happening yet… sumthin bout those Rays pitchers this yr, xcept Wade, that has me thinking they will lead them to the World Series title. And if/when Hellickson comes up, they can be really scary…

  290. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    H2H 5×5 + H, BB, and off. K’s.

    Freddie Sanchez or TheRiot?

  291. ViagraFalls says:
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    @tHe ShiT: Filthy as in Pelfrey? If so, yeah, he was not my optimal choice at the time but I needed to do something about the damage Colby Lewis had been doing to my roster. If I were to drop Pelfrey, do you think Ervin or Billingsley? Both are somewhat wildcards to me as Ethier is not anywhere back to where he was, thus Bills hampering the Dodgers lineup (aside from Kemp and a few others)

    Ervin is rocking a 6-3 record with a 70/24 K/BB and 3.29 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
    Bills is 6-3 with a similar 66/24 K/BB and 3.80 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

    Is Sanchez worth keeping, though, with his 4-4 record, 68/31 K/BB, 2.63 ERA and 1.10 WHIP? I like his stats, aside from the win/loss column and his high K rate, but he rarely has any run support. Niemann looks pretty good, even though he seems to be a bit of a wild card, with that uncanny powerful Rays offense helping out when it chooses to. Niemann has that 6-0 record with a less surgical but still good 51/22 K/BB rate, 2.48 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.

    Part of me thinks I should be changing two pitchers, dropping (unfortunately) Sanchez and Pelfrey for guys like Bills/Ervin and Niemann. If San Fran has more run support, I wouldn’t let him go. And I am in an 8 man league that everyone is loaded and no one is wanting to make trades…

  292. ViagraFalls says:
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    Pelfrey seems to be holding his own, only the Mets offense doesn’t always follow him…especially away on the road.

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