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Brian Bannister sports a .86 ERA, a miniscule WHIP and three wins AND beat Francisco Liriano. Can this continue? His strikeout rate is pretty poor, but in one of the ten team mixed leagues I’m in, I picked up Bannister today. It’s a league of owners that are better friends than they are fantasy players. I don’t assume Bannister is still out there in many leagues, but for a few of those leagues where players aren’t quick to the waiver wire or with team owners who don’t pick up Royals because of what they have meant in the past, Bannister might be out there, I’d pick him up even in those shallow leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Nick Markakis – I’ve been walking around my house screaming, “I am Markakis! No, I am Markakis!” for the last two weeks trying to spur him on to greatness. (My girlfriend has been thrilled.) Finally, he went yard. I hope this is the sparkakis he needs to go on a hot streak. He’s a notorious slow starter so if he can start hot this year, we could be in for a nice ride.

Francisco Liriano – Ah, the aforementioned Liriano. As I said on Friday, you should’ve traded him on Saturday.

Alex Gordon – I hope he reaches the 20/20 season I predicted because I have him in just about every league except for my NL-only ones (and don’t think I didn’t try and sneak him through).

Cliff Lee – I think he’s on Rudy’s list of players who should be Asian given their name. Anyway, pitched a great game against the woeful A’s. He has the Twins, Royals and Mariners up next. Two out of three on the woeful scale isn’t bad.

Jon Rauch – He’s great for K, Whip and ERA help so I wouldn’t drop him just because Cordero is back. (Because, frankly, I don’t know how long Cordero is going to be back.)

Joe Crede – Do I think Crede finishes the season with 184 homers and 377 RBIs? Maybe not, but he could hit three more homers this week then reverts to the Crede we know and hate. I’d pick him up until he reverts if you have room. You gotta ride hot streaks.

Wandy Rodriguez – I played the Wandy start at home/sit on the road game last year. It worked out well for me.

Burke Badenhop – I watched him play before I put in my claim. Saying he’s a poor man’s Derek Lowe, is an insult to poor men everywhere.

Shane Victorino – While I didn’t get him in any leagues this year, because he ended up going much higher than I would’ve paid for him, I still love The Flying Hawaiian™ and I hope he gets well soon. Meantime, put him on your DL. I hope Victorino doesn’t prove to be injury-prone his entire career because he’s beginning to seem that way.

Javier Vazquez – Man, the ’08 Tigers and ’27 Yankees comparisons ended real quick.

Franklin Gutierrez – No idea if he’ll ever get a chance to play again regularly after starting so slow, but if he does, I might go back for more pain. He’s talented and is only 25. As of right now, I’m done with anyone who regularly gets benched for Jason Michaels.

Johnny Cueto – Well, we all knew there would be some speed bumps, but Jason Bay? C’mon, your farkin’ initials are JC. Honestly, he walked one guy and had some balls up in the strike zone. I’ll take my chances if every pitcher on my staff gives up one walk against six strikeouts in six innings.

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  1. My hatred for Joe Crede could not be greater. He has singlehandedly propelled me to 1st (or is that last?) place in the Razzball standings. A 30 year old coming off back surgery and one solid season should be hitting like the Joe Crede I drafted, not the guy he is blocking down in AAA. Damn Joe Crede! Don’t even get me started on that fat pus toad Livan Hernandez.

    Herb Urban’s last blog post..Rick Springfield Fanny Pack Sighting!

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    It is last but don’t worry I got Mark Reynolds and WMP going this week so I’m bound to catch you while chasing Ks.

  3. Carl says:
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    Grey, Rich Hill is the 5th starter now, bumped by Marquis. I think I am going to vomit. How does crappy pitcher like Marquis get bumped for a young pitcher poised to breakout. He had 1 bad start this year out of two. Oswalt has been killed all year, I don’t see him getting bumped. I wish Pinella and Torre (Kemp) would just go away and never come back.

  4. Carl says:
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    Boy did it ever feel good trading the number 1 waiver in my league (Cueto) for Harang after this week. Harang stellar, Cueto bombed. *pats self on back*

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Rich Hill got a really bad deal by Piniella. He had one really bad start against a team that was hot and hits lefties well. ….Yeah, Cueto for Harang is a great move.

  6. Carl says:
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    I hope he gets dealt so they can put garbage Lieber and Marshall in and never win this year.

    Grey what do you think about Kuo tomorrow? I like this kid’s K/9 and he gets Pittsburgh, but he has a bad career ERA against them for some reason. I need some K’s to keep pace, think he’s worth it?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Pirates hit lefties well, but they’re playing in LA. I’d put it at a pick ‘em with a slight edge for Kuo. Personally, I wouldn’t do the spot start, but I could understand it if you needed the Ks.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    BTW, I love how Piniella works it out so Hill’s nest start is against the Pirates in Wrigley. It’s like he wants him to fail.

  9. I didn’t ever see Hill pitch last year, but after having him on a couple teams this year I tried to watch some of his games. The guys windup, for me, is unwatchable. It makes me feel all weird inside haha.

    BBT Jon’s last blog post..O’Flaherty to Minors; Dickey to MLB

  10. WildThing says:
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    Are you guys serious about Hill? Frankly, I don’t see what the guy has done to merit any of the hype that people on this site or anyone else for that matter give to him. His 2nd half stats last year were sub-par at best and his mechanics are way off right now, which explains the god awful spring training numbers and lack of location for a breaking ball. If the Cubs were smart they would deal him now while they can still get something in return.

  11. WildThing says:
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    Are you guys serious about Hill? Frankly, I don’t see what the guy has done to merit any of the hype that people on this site or anyone else for that matter give to him. His 2nd half stats last year were sub-par at best and his mechanics are way off right now, which explains the god awful spring training numbers and lack of location for a breaking ball. If the Cubs were smart they would deal him now while they can still get something in return.

    And just because the Pirates happen to hit lefties well, Lou is setting him up to fail??? They’re still the Pirates, in case you were wondering. Sounds like a built-in excuse if he has another poor outing.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    pre-All-Star 18 HRs/32 BB/96 Ks in 104 innings, post 9/31/87 in 91 innings.

    At the age of 28, he was moving into his third full year in the majors, a year when pitchers usually take a step forward. A step forward from over 8Ks/9 and an under 4.00 ERA, on a team that should win games. Spring training isn’t a reason to not take that pitcher with your 103rd pick.

  13. wilson says:
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    B.J Ryan trade or hold i am leaning towards trade because he looked pretty hittable in his first outing. On another note is there anybody you would rather see on the bump when your team is down a run in the 9th then joe brorwski?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Yes to question one and no to question two.

    I don’t trust Ryan to stay healthy.

    I don’t trust Borowski for anything.

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