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The Carpenter/Gallardo duel reminded me of Landon and Brittini taking on Mark and Rachel as they competed to see who could slide the furthest on giant blocks of ice while wearing nothing but speedos.  (BTW, Nice to see Mark battling the ageism of MTV.  Stick it to man!  Wait, he is a man.  Show those rapscallions, gramps!)   Chris Carpenter went 8 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 10 Ks, then Yovani Gallardo removed his fey white gloves and went 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks, i.e., the other end of the duel.  Going forward, I’d trade Carpenter away and trade for Gallardo.  You may be right, I may be crazy.  Gallardo can throw 200 Ks and a sub-4 ERA.  While Carpenter will be tremendous if healthy, but that if is supersized.  Now, no one’s saying to trade him for a Circuit City gift card, but I’d see what kind of deals you can broker.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Capps – He fell to the ground in pain like he was just, um, capped as a line drive hit him in the arm.  It looked as if it could lead to a DL stint.  I grabbed John Grabow in every league.  Jesse Chavez might see some chances, but I’m not intoxicated enough to own two Pirate relievers.

Mat Gamel – 0-for-3 with 2 Ks, then Bill Hall hit the game winner.  That’s not how it’s supposed to work out.  The good news was Gamel was playing without the DH.  Though we’ll see how long that lasts.

Phil Hughes – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.   Hughes remembers where he lost his “Next Big Thing” Award.  It was sitting next to his “Can’t Decide Whether He’s Good Or Not” trophy.

Nelson Cruz – Last six games, 5 homers, 4 steals, batting .294 on the season. I say he gets up to about .309 then it bottoms out to .275, then he cranks it up to .304, then trips up to .280, then… Well, you get the picture.

Gil Meche – Was a mess throwing 73 pitches through two and a third innings.  Somehow only allowing two earned.  I’d run him out there in his next start vs. the White Sox, then we might need to reevaulate.

Wandy Rodriguez – 4 IP, 12 baserunners, 6 unearned runs.  The Lords of Fantasy Baseball granted me my one wish this year and made Wandy’s 1st inning debacle all unearned runs.  Tie my to the WHIPping post and call me grateful.

Aaron Harang – After hours of a rain delay, Dusty sent Harang back out there for one out to get a Win.  Arm injuries be damned!  Leave it to Dusty.

Joey Votto – Seems to only have an ear infection at the inception of the game.  Is he trying out for the Fear Strikes Out remake?  You my friend are no Anthony Perkins.

Hunter Pence – Quietly hitting .358 on the season.  I say quietly because he only has 5 HRs and 5 steals.  Hey, you’ll take it and like it, but I have to think the average will come down — but the power should go up.

Jonathan Papelbon – Got the save but gave up two earned and another homer.   There’s a few options in the Sawx bullpen for Tito to turn to, but I don’t think it’s going to get that far for another week or two of meltdowns.

Joe Mauer – He didn’t start, but he did get another homer.  Without seeing the highlights, I’m going to assume he hit this one from the bench.

Francisco Liriano – 4 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners.  F-Liriano.  No, that’s not a nickname.  That’s my sentiment.

Jorge De La Rosa – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Hey, only two walks!

Juan Pierre - 2-for-6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs and .385 on the season.  When Manny returns, Pierre may be traded to a club that needs a full-time outfielder, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Mr. T – Sung the 7th inning stretch in Wrigley yesterday, but even more comical is the groans he made throughout the half inning he was in the booth.  If I had the techno know-how, I would’ve recorded the audio.  After a double play, Mr. T, “Grrr… Oh, man.  Grrr…. Grrr…”

Chad Gaudin – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Someone remind never to start him outside of Petco.

Matt Lindstrom – Got the save yesterday while only walking one.   When I’m modifying walk with “only,” he’s still not out of the woods.

Freddy Sanchez – 6-for-6, 4 Runs, 3 RBIs and a steal.  Please… That’s like Joe Mauer through a half inning.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP, 1 ER. There’s the Guthrie I fell in love with it.  I wouldn’t run him out there for his next start vs. the Tigers, but I’ll be monitoring him.  Someone’s gotta, right?

George Sherrill – Recorded his 10th save and his ERA’s down to 2.75.  Making a run for Donkey-corn status.

Brian Roberts – Hurt his shin then stayed in the game to double and triple.  Yeah, that doesn’t sound too serious.

Travis Ishikawa – 4-for-4 with a homer just days after Bochy says Guzman will see more ABs.  Could someone take Bill Hall and Ishikawa to the Pine Barrens?

Kenji Johjima – His little piggy went to the hospital in a splint.  Rob Johnson’s as boring as his name.  Maybe Jeff Clement is finally removed from purgatory.  (Speaking of purgatory, I saw Angels & Demons this weekend.  Grey leaves his computer!  News at 11!  For the trailer… From a terrible book to an awful movie, watch as Tom Hanks, with distractingly dyed hair, runs around in search of pointing statues!  Everyone seems guilty, except the guy who is!  At least there’s no albinos!)

Adam Kennedy/Ichiro Suzuki – These two opposing lead-off hitters both went 4-for-4.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time two lead-off hitters in the same game both went 4-for-4.  Actually… They didn’t say that.  But this was heard recently around the offices, “For the third time this week, Bob put his garbage can on his desk and labelled it, ‘In.'”

Francisco Rodriguez – Not sure how in two days he went from “crying over back pain” to the mound with his violent delivery, but there he was again.  Guess he’s *pinkie to mouth* OK-Rod.

Jose Reyes – Still out.  Does Votto and him share a doctor?  Maybe one of them can call K-Rod’s.

Ervin Santana – 1 IP, 7 ER.  Honestly, I don’t think he’ll be this bad going forward, but I did tell you to trade Ervin away two weeks ago.

Vladimir Guerrero – Returned to the lineup and went 0-for-4.  Hey, he had a better game than Ervin.

Alexei Ramirez – Now apologize for hating him for 2 months.  Not to me, to him.

Carlos Quentin – Left the game after running out a double.  His heel could nag him all year.  Can they give someone a cortisone shot in the heel?  Seriously, anyone know? Anyone, besides Joey Votto’s doctor.

David Price – 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 BBs, 6 Ks.  Price continued where he left off in Triple-A, which is not good.  He’s walking too many guys and his home run rate is up.  Hopefully, he can figure out his major malfunction.

J.P Izzywheelfourson – Meet Implosion.  Implosion meet J.P. Izzywheelfourson.  For those keeping track, and you all should be, Nelson pitched a perfect 7th and Wheeler didn’t pitch at all.  So Izzy may have been the closer coming in, but Wheeler and Howell move up just by staying out of that meltdown and Nelson moves up by pitching well.  Or… Izzy + Balfour < Nelson + Wheeler + Howell = Ulcer.

Ben Zobrist – 2-for-4.  Yesterday, I said pickup Ben Zobrist.

Carl Crawford – 29 steals, zero times caught.  That’s remarkable.  I didn’t even know he faced the Padres.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    Thome is on a roll, but he’s facing a LHP tomorrow. Gamel is facing a RHP, but who knows if he even gets the start. Who do I bench?

  2. DrEasy says:
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    Don’t be fooled by Guthrie, he looked very hittable, but he faced a frozen cold Jays line-up that looks like the pre-Cito 2008 version.

    Any RHP facing the Jays these days is worth a stream.

  3. Joe from Point Pleasant says:
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    Another great article, loved the jokes about Votto’s doctor and F-Liriano.

    I have a quick question for you… I’m trying to plan out my pitching this week (15 start max), and I have 3 starts left to use. Here are the 5 best spot-starter options…

    1. Mike Hampton @ PIT – Karstens
    2. Josh Outman @ TEX – McCarthy
    3. George of the Rose vs SDG – Gaudin
    4. Matt Palmer vs SEA – Vargas (if he isn’t skipped)
    5. Jeff Niemann @ CLE – Huff

    Let me know which ones you deem usable, I can use as many as 3 or as little as none. It is a points league, so all they would have to do is not get me negative points. Thanks a lot, and keep up the great work. PS: I’m posted up at Martell’s all the time, i live right down the block from it. Maybe I’ll see you there indeed.

  4. Colin says:
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    I have both Gallardo and Carpenter. Today’s game was about as close to orgasmic as you can get in Fantasy Baseball.

    Of course Vazquez had to ruin the moment for me. He’s like a fat chick on a blind date. How the hell do you give up 4 hits to a low IQ hitter like Ishikawa? Everyone else gets him out, why can’t Vazquez? Javier should have had 10 k’s in 6 IP against that light hitting bunch.

  5. Elbert says:
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    @Colin: Vazquez stunned me as well, can’t believe Ishikawa went 4-4 against him.

    Unbelievable!!

  6. I’m targeting David Wright/Evan Longoria to fill my 3B spot…which one do you want more in H2H

    I have a few pieces to use…I really don’t value pitching that much but I have C-Bills and J-Johnson (which I offered straight up for Wright and was rejected) but now I’m starting to wonder what I might be able to pull using Adam Jones since his value seems inflated (is it? is there a correction coming?)

    Jones/C-Bills for Wright or Longo??too little/too much

    I guess seeing my whole team would be better but any help is appreciated

  7. Elbert says:
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    is Willy Aybar all of sudden a hot pick-up, now that Iwamura is out for season?

  8. Elbert says:
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    @danimal35: who else do you have for pitching? it seemed that with C-Bill gone, you would need another bona-fide pitcher to continue shoring up your pitching stats.

  9. johnson21 says:
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    Grey, can you rank the following: Rich Hill, Nolasco, Romero.

  10. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey – Are you saying that Joey Votto will soon be climbing the backstop net? Rather then the ghost of Jimmy Piersall, my wife believes that he is a hit man for the Gambino family; he got a face lift and is in the Witness Protection Program. Being an owner of Guzman, I would volunteer Joey to take Ishikawa to the Pine Barrens. Actually, since I live in the Pine Barrens, I could do it myself. West Creek (pronounced ‘crick”)NJ – “Population 2,500, 5 last names”.

    The good news on my RCL squad – Carpenter pitched a gem. The not so good news – My ERA is shot for a month, with a group meltdown of De La Rosa, Izzy, and Dumpster. Izzy I blame on the Baron. Dumpster is my fault. I think that it is BFH that says that you are correct 92% of the time. George of the Rose was that other 8%.

    Phil Hughes can’t decide whether he is good or not. I can’t decide whether I want him or not. Picked him up; dropped him; picked him up again. He has put 2 decent games together in a row, which he has never managed to do prior to yesterday. He pitched a nice game against the Rangers down in Texas, which is impressive. And yes, you were right about Harrison. Fantasy Baseball 101 – never own a Ranger starter. I tried to convince my wife not to pick him up. I told her that Grey didn’t trust her. She said I listen to Grey too much, proceeded to pick him up, watched him get shelled, then blamed it on me anyway. She’s also P.O.’d at me for convincing her to cut Guthrie (she is a big O’s fan.) Having your wife playing fantasy baseball has it’s moments.

    Glad someone else thought that Angels and Demons was ridiculous. Then again, it was less silly then Jesus scooting off with Mary Magdalene and settling in France. But it’s nice to know that you can get away from us Razzballers.

  11. Steve says:
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    Almost as soon as I grabbed Snyder to sub for Iannetta, Ramon H appeared on waivers.

    Now, while I’m grateful for Snyder’s jack yesterday, gotta go Ramon, no?

    Also, in my H2H league, my closers are Qualls, F-Cord, Bailey and Sherrill. I don’t need the stress of Grabow do I? I’d be dropping Nelson for him…

  12. Tony says:
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    Isringhauseren looked like he was throwing BP yesterday to the tribe. I guess it couldn’t have been BP tho because BP is supposed to be strikes. He looked awful. I snagged him up earlier in the day, but i’m benching him until i see something that doesn’t look that horrible. Joe Maddon has to be disgusted looking at his bullpen. Although he can’t fill out a line up card so i guess its all good.

    Is alexie heating up or what? If you haven’t inserted him yet, ITS TIME….

    Votto is still ticking me off. Can’t start yet fricking PH’s every game?

    And whats the deal with Quentin? Put the dude on the 15 day DL if he needs rest? Quit letting him leg out doubles then leave the game…

    @danimal35: you’re targetting wright or longo? what are you leaving the other owner with at 3B? Too many people think they’re gonna offer two sp’s, or a sp and a good OF’er and get one of the elite players in the game at one of the MOST shallow positions. Its not going to happen unless an owner has wright and longoria, and even then i wouldn’t deal one i’d sit back and hoard them! I own wright, i’d laugh at those deals. Billingsley and Adam Jones would get 3 secs of consideration before i shot it down.

  13. Sucklingduck says:
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    @Grey – I’ve become a razzball junkie. Keep up the good work.

    I traded Atkins and Garza for Victorino and Maine. I subsequently dropped Maine because he’s pure suckage but i got someone to take Atkins’ pathetic bat off my team! But as always i’m experiencing post trade remorse (PTR). Good deal?

    Side note, Reyes and Quentin are killing me. Two weeks of nothing from my supposed studs. Just DL them already!

    Side note 2, why can’t i just say no to Chris Young(OF)? Instead i trade away a serviceable player in the form of E. Burriss who could be filling Reyes’ spot for him. I’m such a douche.

    Side note 3, I just put in a waiver claim for Meche. His FIP is a sparkling 3.01 while is BABIP is .350 Is he still pitching with a sore back?

  14. Tony B. says:
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    Nice Sopranos reference with the Pine Barrens request for Hall and Ishikawa…

    I can hear Chrissy and Pauly right now…

    Chrissy: The Japanese, they’re not all bad…

    Paulie: What about Travis Ishikawa, cocksucker had a fluke spring training, stole the Giants’ 1B job…

    Chrissy: I saw that movie, I thought it was bullshit?

    We all did Chrissy, we all did!

    Well, I added Wheeler in my league, if I had enough room I would have added Howell as well, here’s to hoping Wheeler gets the next crack at it.

    Is it just me or does Sheffield seem like a compelling option over Derrek Lee right now strictly at my utility position? Both bat cleanup for their respective teams, etc, etc…

    Picked up Happ for his start against Washington tomrorrow, hopefully he does decent enough for me not to drop him halfway thru the game!

  15. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Nice round-up today. Any round-up that includes a pinkie-to-mouth pun is going to start my day the right way.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I’ll take the blame on Izzy. Truth be told, when I heard “7 run ninth,” I actually expected the damage to be worse.

    @Tony: Yes, I was willing to stick with Izzy until I saw the lowlights on Baseball Tonight. His walks weren’t close and his pitch to Martinez was BP. The one hole in my Izzy-is-The-One theory is that he wont’ be the one if he sucks. Has anyone seen the other frames he pitched this year? I assumed the Rays wouldn’t have him around unless he looked somewhat like Izzy of Old, not Izzy of ’08. ‘Cause Izzy ’08 was a horror show.

    I own Capps, and last night Rotoworld fed an erroneous “head injury” story before correcting it (with no acknowledgment) to arm injury. With a meathead like Capps, I worry more about his arm than his noggin.

    Here’s an excerpt from my league transaction list from last night, in reverse chronological order. These events transpired between 11:30 and midnight:

    5/26 Add Dan Wheeler (TB – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/26 Drop Jason Isringhausen (TB – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Add John Grabow (Pit – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Drop Dan Wheeler (TB – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Add Dan Wheeler (TB – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Drop John Grabow (Pit – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Add John Grabow (Pit – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Drop Dan Wheeler (TB – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Add Dan Wheeler (Pit – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins
    5/25 Drop J.J. Putz (NYM – RP) Baron Von Vulturewins

    Someone this morning asked if I was off my meds.

  16. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: p.s. X-rays on Capps arm came back negative.

    Also: If you want another reason to feel good about Gallardo, on last night’s installment of “That’s Nasty,” they showed him whiffing Pujols on a curveball that bounced in front of the plate. Seriously — Pujols looked like me in little league.

  17. ScoutAbout says:
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    For you Quentin owners, here is the wikipedia entry for plantars fasciitis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

    I traded Hart and Rodney for Quentin a couple of days ago, now its being reviewed by the league. After hearing about last night I wondered if I could vote against the trade myself and/or bribe the other owners to do the same.

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    2B dilemma: Is Jose Lopez worth holding onto. He’s doing my head in now, but he has 15-20HR potential. Freddy Sanchez is sitting there with better numbers on the wire, and after a 6 for 6 night (never to repeated obviously), I’m tempted to cut bait with Lopez.

    Zobrist is also tempting…multi-position eligibility (will he have Yahoo! 2B soon?) would be a bonus for Mon & Thurs in a H2H league.

    And is Capps going to go on DL? Would save me having to cut Lopez, or could mean I could pick up both.

    PS My OF is a mess. Quentin, Ethier and Lind have all gone missing for various reasons in the last couple of weeks. McLouth not much better. Thanks god for Teix and Reynolds last week, and brilliant pitching for once.

  19. Mike says:
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    Re: above.

    Forget about Zobrist. Some numpty picked him up. And it wasn’t me. Doh.

  20. mc serch says:
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    Nice roundup Grey…love the Soprano’s ref and Tony B’s riff off it…just stellar…picked up Grabow, thanks for the heads up…hoping he doesn’t crap his cot like last time he was handed the temp job. The Rays’ bullpen sitch is becoming interesting, its like handicapping the ponies…I’ve moved my money from Izzy to Wheeler…and finally, any opinion on a Victorino/J.Shields/Joba for G. Sizemore deal? Too much, too little or just right?

  21. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @mc serch: Here are two things not to do when trying to establish yourself as a team’s new closer:

    1) Be the final pitcher in an epic, history-making meltdown

    and

    2) Walk the first three batters you face, forcing in a run.

  22. Tony B. says:
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    @mc serch: Thanks for the compliment, it was easy to come up with, I watch the Pine Barrens episode at least 4 times a month, never gets old, never will get old.

    For those of you in the dark on this, I suggest you hit up YouTube and type in Sopranos Pine Barrens, sit back and enjoy.

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    @Mike: lopez is killing me as well, but you should keep him regardless, just in case you missed out on his hot streak.

    I’ve picked up Zobrist 2 weeks ago, paying good dividends so far.

  24. @DrEasy: I’d go with Gamel.

    @Joe from Point Pleasant: I’d stay away from Hampton and Outman @ TEX is a death wish. I like Jorge De La Rosa at home against SD the best although Ks are only a 2.5 favorite over ER. Palmer @ SEA and Niemann @ CLE are both solid options. Ideally, you pick them up and only start them if you need the points for the week. If it’s not H2H points, I’d just go with De La Rosa. Have a beer at Jenkinson’s for me…

    @Colin: That’s Javy!

    @danimal35: Jones/C-Bill for Longoria is a fairish trade that I’d definitely recommend for H2H. SPs are just not as valuable in that format since you can either go with MRs to drop ERA/WHIP or stream starters. Doubt it’ll work but worth a try…

    @Elbert: Not in mixed leagues. A lot of options there with Zobrist and Brignac…

    @johnson21: I’d go Nolasco, Romero, Hill. Nolasco has the best reward if he irons out his kinks and has a little better luck. If you need help now, go with Romero.

    @Steve: Yes on Ramon. You’re fine on closers for H2H. You should consider packaging one for a trade.

    @Tony B.: You left out “I love you Christopha!” Happ’s a very good matchup guy right now – WAS is a great matchup team.

    @mc serch: I’d rather have Victorino/Shields/Joba than Sizemore. So too much if you’re on that side of the deal…

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: yeah, its gonna be hard to win some trust after that debacle. Seems like Wheeler is the guy with track record and should get the next shot…I can’t help but wonder if the Rays had kept E. Jackson this season whether he would’ve ended up getting a shot at it. His stuff is electric and his walks are way down this year.

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    @Rudy Gamble: I am on that side of the deal and I’m pulling the offer…I was originally going to do just the oitchers for Grady but figured Shane-o would clinch the deal. My staff is very deep…I’m carrying 8 starters and my last two are Slowey and Kershaw.

  27. Thunder Dan says:
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    Billy Joel and Lovage references in the same article? Somebody’s got diverse musical taste!

  28. cubbies299 says:
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    drop Kubel, Holland, Kelvim Escobar, or Parra for Grabow?

  29. cubbies299 says:
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    or Callero is also an option

  30. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Just about ready to end the Krispie Young era on my team. He is friggin terrible.

    Some of the available talent (which I would be using as a 4th OF or bench bat)- Kendry Morales, Mike Cameron, Rick Ankiel, JD Drew, Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra.

    Are any of these guys worth dropping Krispie for?

  31. Scott says:
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    @cubbies299: Kiko or Parra

    @Hardcore Midget: If you’re just leaving him on the bench, it may be worth it to see if he heats up. If you need a player, Ankiel.

  32. timSTi says:
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    Is my A-Rod enough for Johan & Lowell? Should I offer in another mid level pither like Slowey?

  33. Scott says:
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    @timSTi: Probably not, but it’s worth a shot. Wait for the other owner to tell you it’s not fair to up your offer.

  34. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    “Furcal was not in the Dodgers’ lineup on Monday because of a sore left buttocks, the Los Angeles Times reports.”

    hmm… I thought it was Furcal that was a pain in MY ass.

  35. Grey, kind of a bummer about dreadlocked Phillip Seymour Hoffman, huh? It sounds like it might have been related to hip surgery he needed and that he passed in his sleep, but he was the kind of bro who should not have been stage-diving in the first place.

  36. Eric H. says:
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    I’ve got a lineup of Soto, Votto, Pedroia, Tulo, Wright, Pence, Werth, Kemp and Bruce. I’m DEAD LAST in HRs and RBIs, which comes as no surprise given that Soto, Pedroia and Wright have done NOTHING homer-wise. Would you trade Kemp for the Big Donkey given my circumstances? Or should I sit tight and keep the faith that these guys’ power numbers will catch up to the pack over time?

  37. Bob says:
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    In order to pick up Juan Pierre, I need to waive either Jhonny Peralta, Adrian Beltre or Pablo Sandoval. Peralta or Beltre becomes my starting 3B. Thoughts on who should go?

  38. Mr. T was absolutely hilarious last night. And the way he shouted the stretch was awesome.

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    Being a Capps owner, who is the appropriate emergency pickup: Grabow or Sean Burnett?

  40. Eric C. says:
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    Since Capps didn’t suffer any structural damages, does that mean Wheeler is a better pickup than Grabow now?

  41. johnny says:
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    Once upon a time in March, I read during spring training that Alexei was batting 2nd in the lineup. It made sense, didn’t it.

    and this comes out today on Yahoo:
    Mon, May 25

    SS Alexei Ramirez will remain in the No. 2 spot of the batting order, as the club is hoping that they could finally get some consistency at the top of the order. Scott Podsednik started in the leadoff spot against the Angels, with Ramirez hitting behind him, and the two proved to be a nice combo, as Podsednik had three hits and Ramirez had four. “I think for now, we’re going to keep Alexei there at second, just because, first of all, he’s swinging better and it’s better for us,” acting manager Joey Cora said. “We got Podsedink, and Ramirez up there, they can run a little bit and make some stuff happen. Hopefully (Ramirez is) getting better pitches to hit, just because Podsednik, when he gets on base, Dye and (Jim) Thome and all those guys behind him, they’re going to have to come at Alexei. I don’t think they’re going to mess around with him. It’s good for him in that spot.” But Cora did stress that there is an end game in all of this. Tinkering with the lineup on a daily basis has gotten old, and the hope is that the current group will have staying power. “Our goal is to have one lineup and stay with it,” Cora said. “But until we have some consistency with the guys, we’ll keep playing and playing around with it until we find out the magic lineup that we can stick with it for a while. And hopefully maybe this is one we like for right now, and the six games (before Monday), we won four, so we’ll see what happen

  42. Mr Baseball says:
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    Carlos Quentin – put all fantasy owners out of our MISERY and go on the DL already and make it the 60 day type – owning Carlos Quentin has been a psychological horror on all fantasy owners – hey Carlos Quentin – Annie Wilkes is your number one fan

  43. Schatzi says:
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    Which two of the following Starters to own?
    Parra,Zimmermann,Hughes,Happ,C.Richard,J.Sanchez,B.Penny,C.Buchholz

  44. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Scott: f that, give me morales over ankiel. sure he’s in his 1st full big league season, but he’s quietly putting up solid numbers, and he’s been relatively consistent, not a hot 2 weeks fluffing his stats followed by 5 weeks of a wasted roster spot. plus he gives you dual 1B-OF eligibility if needed.

  45. timSTi says:
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    Here’s another trade i’m pondering. My A-Rod & Quentin for his Peavy & Reyes? I have a huge hole in SS with a sucking Tulo who I just have no confidence in. My OF is solid with Werth, Kemp, Grand, Cruz & Damon. I can replace A-Rod with Blalock and I have Atkins stashed on my bench. How’s that look?

  46. Scott says:
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    @Bob: How is Pierre still available? I still believe we will see 2nd half Beltre this season, especially in a contract year.

    @bobbo: I would think Grabow, if only because of service time in this role. I like him better than Burnett and the former N Sync member.

  47. Mr Baseball says:
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    Ervin Tito Santana was shelled by the White Sox for seven runs on nine hits over one-plus innings –
    This was Tito Santana worst lose since – being pinned by the Million $ Man back in 1990

    At the 1990 Survivor Series, he teamed with Nikolai Volkoff and The Bushwhackers; he was the winner and sole survivor in the elimination-style match against Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukov, and The Orient Express. As a result, Santana advanced to the final elimination match, teaming with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior against Martel, Ted DiBiase, the Warlord, and Power and Glory. Santana would eliminate the Warlord before being pinned by DiBiase.

  48. Bob says:
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    @Scott: He just got waived by someone to pick up Furcal who just got waived by someone else. So, shock aside, who would you waive to pick Pierre up.

  49. Elbert says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: i picked up Zobrist because i’m in 16-team mixed league, of course there’s other options out there for shallow leagues.

  50. Scott says:
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    @timSTi: If you can still move Quentin, it’s worth exploring.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Debatable. Ankiel hits bombs at a greater rate than Morales, if you can live with the average. If he’s on the wire now, there’s a good chance he will be on the wire when Ankiel cools off or gets hurt again.

    @Schatzi: Hughes and Sanchez

  51. Scott says:
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    @Bob: If Peralta’s not going to hit home runs this year, Sandoval has more upside. However, Peralta has hit between 13 and 24 each of the last 4 years, and even if he hits closer to the low end of the range, that’s still one a week. Pretty good for a SS, bad for a 3B. Tough call for me, but I like Beltre the best.

  52. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    What do you all like better? I give Peavy get Hamilton, I give Quentin/Slowey get Hamilton?

  53. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: If you can give away Quentin and Slowey to get Hamilton at this point, do it.

  54. Billy says:
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    who should i pickup Izzy or Grabow

  55. big o says:
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    drafted carpenter fairly late , stashed him on my DL .
    not about to trade him away now .
    putting him out there for every start until his arm falls off .

    @Tony:
    gotta echo your sentiments on some of these trade offers .
    some of these guys sound like pre-season yankees fans ==> (let’s trade nady and swisher for v-mart and sizemore !!) .

    as luck would have it , the bottom fell out of my 1st round draft pick , as a-rod went to colorado (and the DL) the very next day .
    after going without , for a month , all of a sudden people think i’ve de-valued his worth to my team ?

    heads-up , guys .
    owners don’t stash draft-picks on their DL , long-term , so YOU can reap the benefits .
    if anything , we tend to over-value them . (see opening comment) .

  56. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Scott: I left open his offer of Peavy for Hamilton and sent slowey and quentin for hamilton over.

  57. Neil says:
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    Anyone have any thoughts on Ervin Santana going forward? He claims to be feeling “fine,” but his catcher and manager said he stuff isn’t as good as it was in 2008.

    I already got my ERA/WHIP rocked by 40 innings of Nolasco and am gun shy. It’s not the pitchers pitching 10% or 15% worse than expected in ERA/WHIP that kill you, it’s the ones that turn in nightmare performances – the guys that can’t get out of the second inning and give up 7 runs.

  58. Rob says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Still ahvent found a good offer for utley, but having howard on my bench is killing me. Who to bench: utley, a-gonzo, howard or hill? (I only have one IU spot)

    Thanks again

    Rob

  59. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Zobrist or Grabow with Xrays becoming negative. I need a backup for reyes.

  60. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Zobrist

    @Rob: I would think selling high on Gonzalez or Hill would be a better play. No way does Gonzo double his career high in homers, as is his current pace. I would think you can get a 2nd or 3rd round OF for him at this point.

  61. Euroalien says:
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    In a 12 team Keeper League (5 x 5) I am still trying to trade Lincecum for a stud hitter!! None of the owners that need pitching help are biting. I’m pretty much dead last in hitting and have a solid rotation (Santana, Beckett, Cueto, Jackson…….) If I wait too long I’m going to be too far behind in the hitting categories to get back into contention. Question is should I pull the trigger on one of these deals – Lincecum for either Markakis, or Dunn, or Zimmerman……….. ? If so which one?

  62. Scott says:
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    @Euroalien: None of those options are desirable. Maybe counter another of your pitchers for any of those hitters, preferably Markakis.

  63. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    @Euroalien: I would pull the trigger on none of those, if I was forced to tho. Take Sparkakis.

  64. I can’t tell if Baron likes Grabow.

  65. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Freak: I think it’s just fun to say. When I see his name I imagine the graphic that popped up when Batman would punch or kick someone. <>

  66. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: So what are you really trying to say? – Grabow
    Grab grabow now

    comment #15 looks like the add/drop list in the RCL – the vultures are getting skinny with lack of fodder in FA

  67. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Crap…..it didn’t post what I typed…should have shown this: >> GRABOW! <<

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sucklingduck: Thanks for the kind words. That’s a good deal for you. Meche’s back may be giving him troubles, I know re: his FIP and BABIP. He should be meche better.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha, Crick.

    @Tony B.: Nice

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thank you, Baron.

    @ScoutAbout: The idea of voting against my own trade made me laugh. Hehe…

    @Thunder Dan: Hehe

    @IowaCubs: Ha!

    @VanHammersly: I didn’t even hear about that. Very sad. I liked his solo stuff.

    @Eric H.: Can’t you move Bruce for him?

    @Bob: Waive Sandoval, start Beltre or Peralta.

    @johnny: Guillen’s making up stuff as he goes along and they (Sox) make it sound calculated.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @Neil: You should try to trade him ro stay away from him if you don’t have him.

  69. Tony says:
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    What kind of hitter should I get in return for HAREN?

    I dealt for him earlier this year, he’s done me well, but I fear the second half slump and the rest of my staff has proven good enough I think that I can deal Haren to improve my offense….

    The rest of my staff is: Beckett, Shields, Jurjjens, Wainwright, Carpenter, Slowey, Qualls, F-Cordero, and Hawkins….

    My Offense is guys like Holliday, Wright, Kemp, votto, Quentin, cano, kungfu panda, choo, Alexie-ram, tulo, eithier, etc….

    so My offense needs some help, yet if they’d just do what they should i’d be fine! I mean com’n CQ has been bumming, votto’s always dizzy, alexie just started to hit, holliday has been a slacker, kemp isn’t hot…. do we see a trend here?

    Maybe the question should be, Do i need to move Haren, or just wait and be patient that the offense i drafted will come around….???

  70. Tony says:
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    @Tony: 12 teamer H2H money league, currently in 1st

  71. Mr. Rickey says:
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    10-team roto with 4 OF – I have Dunn, Quentin, Hart, Victorino and Span. Quentin is on the bench this week b/c of my concerns (well founded) about his injury.

    These are all in the FA pool: Vernon Wells, Cuddyer, Melky, Winn, Parra, Zobrist, Hermida, both Hairstons and Willingham. Are any enough of an upgrade to make a move?

  72. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    @Tony: From the looks of it, i’de hold tight on Haren. Despite the fact that he is a first half pitcher, your staff has a few glass cannons that could easily leave you short handed. Carp and Beckett are injury proned and when (not if) one of them goes down your staff would be weak without Haren.

  73. Ashley says:
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    Should I drop A. Cabrera for Zobris?

  74. Tony says:
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    @BroadStreetBrawler: yeah i’m just getting sick of the offensive DNP’s i guess, my pitching has been carrying me, last week i had a 1.70 era in 37 innings of work only gave up 7 runs and 3 of those were from RP’s! and i LOST 12-6 because the other guy matched me and had a 1.60 ERA! SICK

  75. Tony says:
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    @BroadStreetBrawler: if votto would come back and alexie stays hot i’d feel a little better, plus if Holliday could figure out what the F he’s doing wrong or get traded and CQ could get a new foot we’d be rolling hahah….

  76. Scott says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: Wells should probably be owned.

    @Tony: If you can get equal value for a pitcher in an H2H league, do it. You look a little power light. Shoot for Hamilton or Bay. Might be asking for too much though. I think Kemp will be fine once Manny returns, if not earlier and Alexei will heat up with the weather. Quentin worries me though. He’s no Machine who can play through plantar fasciitis.

  77. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: @mgeoffriau: I was thinking the same thing. Grabow’s just fun to say. Like a sound effect.

    My thinking on Grabow is he should be the closer for at least at week. That might mean 3 saves, or none. But that’s better than any of J.P. Izzwheelnelson, none of who are guaranteed any saves.

    If anything grab Grabow now and then drop him if someone on the Rays actually gets, you know, a save.

    Also, let me reiterate my daily Hanrahan pitch to all you saves whores. If he’s available in your league, get him. His last three appearances are: 3IP, 1H, 0BB, 4K, 2 saves. He stopped throwing those shizzy sliders and is just throwing heat. That should be good enough for your 3rd/4th closer.

    In a totally unrelated weird story, I had occasion to do some research into plantar fascitis not long ago (not personal experience, thankfully) and I learned it is a) painful and b) hard to get rid of. Short version: If I’m a Quentin owner, I’m worried.

  78. Tony says:
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    @Scott: yeah outta all my guys CQ worries me too, if i can hang tight thru votto being dizzy and get manny back to boost Kemp and Eithier I like my team. Its just i’m waiting til July 3rd for manny and who knows on votto! He’s dizzy!

    Maybe I’ll shoot haren out there for Bay. I dont wanna deal with the guy who has hammy, and quite frankly i dont like hammy and trust him to stay healthy at all….

  79. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    My slowey/quentin for Hamilton got rejected, said he would so peavy for Hamilton

  80. Joel says:
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    I tried to trade Ervin, but no one was biting.

    I may eventually drop him for Joel “3K/9IP” Pinero.

  81. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I think Peavy has greater value there, but maybe not in Wrigley. If you need the hitter, it isn’t a terrible trade, but if you’re pretty balanced, I wouldn’t do it.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: Asdrubal’s got speed and Runs, Zobrist has “power” and RBIs. Depends what you need.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Forget it.

    @Joel: Don’t drop him for Pineiro.

  83. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Yahoo has a new update on Capps, “Capps was taken to Northwestern Hospital for X-rays, but the initial results were inconclusive. There is a chance additional tests will need to be administered Tuesday to determine if there is any structural damage.
    (Yahoo! Sports)”

  84. bobbo says:
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    @Euroalien: How come you want to get rid of Lincecum so bad? You’ve been asking who you should trade him for for days. You want a top 20 bat at least or a top 30 + decent pitcher.

  85. Ashley says:
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    @Grey: I’ll stick with Cabrera for now. He seems like a better version of Yunel Escobar.

  86. Sabs says:
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    Reyes, B-Phills, and Quentin are all on my team, and despair/panic is beginning to set in as I’m sitting in 7th and getting closer to 8th than 6th. Should I look to move one of these guys (probably not BP as it looks like he’ll be back soon)? If I can get any kind of value for Quentin, ship him off?

  87. Mike B says:
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    Grey, just got offered Hanson/Valverde for Zobrist. Thoughts?

  88. Scott says:
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    @Sabs: Worth exploring, but don’t sell too low.

  89. ep says:
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    Contemplating dropping Adam Lind for Michael Cuddyer.
    Is Lind going to bounce back?

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: That’s exactly what he is.

    @Mike B: I’d want Hanson.

    @ep: I’d hold Lind. They’re very similar, but Lind has more upside.

  91. Euroalien says:
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    @bobbo: I know I’ve been clogging up the bulletin board with trade questions about Lincecum…….. sorry about that guys!! Here’s the background – In my 12 team keeper league, (Max. 8 keepers), I’m 7th overall. My pitching is really solid (2nd in the league) with Santana, Lincecum, Cueto, E. Jackson, Beckett……. with Cordero, Gregg and Ziegler as closers. My hitting is feeble (Last in the league) with Soto, Howard, K. Johnson, Peralta, Lowell, Bay, Rios, Hawpe, Morales, H. Matsui, G. Parra and S. Hairston. (I just picked up Hairston and Parra over the weekend). I wanted to strengthen my offense with a solid hitter and I thought Lince would get me a first rounder like Utley, Wright, Braun, Kinsler or Longoria) but the other owners aren’t biting……. That’s why I’ve been thinking about guys like Markakis, Dunn, Zimmerman, etc. I don’t think I have enough hitting to be a serious contender……. unless a bunch of my guys start getting really hot. I also don’t want to make a stupid trade. What do you guys think?

  92. @Sabs: I’m in a similar spot. I have both Phillips and Quentin, as well as about 6 other guys already on the DL or DTD (on a 21-man roster). So perhaps I’m on a slightly different plane of panic.

    Reading his Yahoo! player note makes it sound really bad, doesn’t it? I don’t think another owner is going to read it any differently than you or I.

    Give it a day or two, I think you’ll want to get a little better idea of what his status is before dealing him. He’ll either to the 15 day DL or gets some good news. Both will likely improve his value over what it’s at today. Maybe even let him get back in the lineup for a few days, and then try to deal him.

  93. James says:
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    @I am Keith Hernandez: Thank you for the suggestion about ESPN. I have heard ESPN is nicer than Yahoo! I plan on checking it out during the football season and possibly transitioning my league thereafter.

    By the way, about two or three weeks ago SNY had a shot of you sipping a glass of wine with your feet up – classic Keith! =)

  94. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @naughtandcross: Yes, I wouldn’t be trying to move Q today. Looks like a panic move. Because, well, it is.

    Let him come back and donk in back-to-back games, then move him.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: The Pittsburgh local paper blog reported X-Rays negative.

    I tend to trust local beat reporters over Yahoo! news compilers, who may well be robots in an underground bunker for all I know. Last night Rotoworld was reporting that Capps had a head injury, which I assume resulted from someone misunderstanding a cell call or something. “Dude, I said hand injury! Hand! Not head!”

    Then again, I was a victim of the infamous Travis Hafner X-Rays Negative Oh Wait No They Aren’t broken hand fiasco of September ’06. No, I won’t let it go.

  95. bobbo says:
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    @Euroalien: I think you need to be realistic about your expectations. Does trading away Lincecum really give you a shot of finishing in the money this year? Will one stud batter really improve you in enough categories? If not, it’s probably better to sit on Lincecum. What you might want to do is target a team at the bottom of the pack that can spare a few offensive upgrades for you and trade Lincecum for that, if you really think it will help. Otherwise, just sit on Timmy who is a sure-fire keeper and will help solidify your rotation for years.

  96. @James: I hate ESPNs set up. Yahoo is just so simple by comparison. But, ESPNs auctions are awesome time killers. Although, I don’t think I’ve checked any of my teams since the auctions and I vaguely remember getting Nolasco for cheap in all of them to spend more money on hitters. so, I can’t imagine those are going well.

  97. Ham says:
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    Harang for Tulo? I have Harang and have Yunel at SS. Harang too much to give up for Tulo? Thanks

  98. Ricky Bobby says:
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    I need some steals. Trade Bay for either Crawford or Rollins? Who brings back more value? 5×5 12-team.

  99. Rob says:
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    @scott – i have a very solid of right now (braun, cruz, crawford and a. jones; i have bj upton on the bench), i just need some better pitching. Nobody is currently biting on offers for any of these 4 IF i mentioned. my issue right now is who do i bench, when all 4 are on hot streaks?

    here is my whole team:

    its my deepest league since its only a 10-teamer. i am currently in 9th place (its a points league) (cant figure out why tho :)

    c – b. molina, baker
    1b – a gonzo and howard
    2b – utley and hill
    ss – drew
    3b – lowell, gamel
    of – braun, crawford, cruz, bj upton and a. jones

    sp – wandy, beckett, gallardo, hanson, ervin, stultz, zimmerman, harden (dl), escobar (dl)
    rp – street, lindstrom, declarmen, bailey

  100. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Ricky Bobby: Don’t trade Bay. Keep Bay and get some cheap schmo like Burriss who will help you in steals.

  101. Falcon says:
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    Sooooo, who d’ya like down the stretch: Branyan or C. Davis?

  102. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Scott: If Peavy EVER makes it to Wrigley expect the best:

    Peavy’s career performance against the NL Central is +15% better than against the NL West.

    Career against the West: 36-23, 3.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.89K/BB, 3.00 BB/9, 8.68 K/9
    Career against the Central: 23-11, 2.41 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.24 K/BB, 2.89 BB/9, 9.36 K/9

    CARLOS ZAMBRANO AS BENCHMARK CUB

    Career Zambrano 96-61,3.48 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.89 K/BB, 4.04 BB/9, 7.63 K/9–.611 WPCT
    Career Peavy 86-62, 3.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 3.09 K/BB, 2.90/ BB/9, 8.96 K/9–.581 WPCT

  103. James says:
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    @Maitland: I’ll make sure to remember that when comparing the two formats. The problem with Yahoo! this year is their updates have been late, the stat tracker is usually slow and unviewable, and my bobble head showed up eight months after I sealed the deal.

  104. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ham: He’s a bit too much.

    @Falcon: What stretch? I like Davis over Branyan though.

  105. James says:
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    That is completely unacceptable in my mind when we are paying for a PLUS! League, which is supposed to be official.

  106. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Ham: too much to give up for a SS who hasn’t done much this year. you are paying for 2007 tulo, but getting 2009 tulo.

  107. Scott says:
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    @Rob: Yeah, that’s rough, weak at SS, 3B and P, but too strong elsewhere. Drew really should have provided better production, and might in the 2nd half, as he did last year. Maybe try to package an IF/OF for an SP/OF instead of focusing on one for one deals. I hate leagues that won’t trade. Good luck!

  108. Eric H. says:
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    I was offered Josh Beckett for Vlad and instantly hit the ACCEPT button. What would you have done? I wasn’t going to fit Vlad into my starting lineup anyway.

    Also, keep trotting Liriano out there and hope he straightens out like he did last summer?

  109. Ham says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon; Grey: Yeah thats what I was telling him when I offerred Maholm. I have Yunel and Alexei at 2b and SS and have been looking for either 2b or SS upgrade.

    What are some SS’s you guys like from here on out? How would you rank Jeter, Alexei, Drew, Furcal, Bartlett, Yunel from here on out. That order is how I have em. Any other lesser names that you would stick in that list high up?

  110. @Grey: Top shelf recap as usual! Maybe the long weekend has exhausted my patience with slow starters that have been infecting many of your readers stat lines, but might now be a time to amputate some of these irritating infectious limbs from our squads?
    On the mound, your F-Liriano pretty much lets the casual reader know where you stand; and I guess waiting on Price this long obligates us to give him a couple more starts. BUT, with Hanson available and Nolasco recently dropped, are either better options going forward?
    &, what at what first seemed to be a genius move of cornering the market on second tier shortstops, notsoproud owners of Tulo, Drew and Alexei have 3 rashes that aren’t going away. As you’ve forcasted, Alexei seems to be coming around. But at this point in the season, do we have enough of a sample to outright drop (neither have substantial trade value – & I have Kinsler at 2nd) one of the Tulo or Drew uninspiring underachieving infections? Or should we exercise patience, & treat with an antibiotic until they get better?

  111. PJTres says:
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    hey grey…
    i was offered this deal in my keeper league…(we can only keep 6 from yr to yr.)

    His:
    Wright, Reyes, Fukudome, Capps, Dave Bush

    for my

    Longoria, JayBay, Greinke, and Bell

    which side do you prefer? Im leaning towards accepting b/c having reyes would be nice…

  112. Scott says:
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    @Simply Fred: The West has also gotten used to seeing him more often than the one/two times per year that he faces Central teams. Plus, 51 of those West innings include Coors with his 4.59 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, and 6.4 K/9. Also, Peavy has a career 1.46 WHIP at Wrigley. Either way, I said Peavy has greater value than Hamilton and would think so if he went anywhere aside from maybe 5 parks.

  113. Scott says:
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    @Eric H.: I also would have instantly hit the accept button regardless of whether I need hitters, love the Angels or Russian czars, or any other screwed up logic that would make me want Vlad over Beckett.

  114. mgeoffriau

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    Speaking of slow starters, when is Garrett Atkins droppable in a 12 team mixed league? He’s been horrid, and if he loses any more playing time, I might as well keep Gamel for the upside and drop Atkins.

  115. Simply Fred

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    @Scott: Stats at Wrigley: 3.68 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3.29K/BB, 2.86BB/9, 9.41 K/9 (Wrigley) (only 22 IP). OK the ERA and WHIP don’t look good. However, the sample is small and explained by looking at the four games. One first year 2002 game with a 1.83 WHIP, one excellent 2004 game 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, another excellent 2005 game 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and one 2008 game with 9.00 ERA and 2.25 WHIP. After this last game Peavy went on the DL. This posted player news at the time: “Peavy reports the discomfort has been there for some time but he failed to report to the team due to his desire to pitch through the pain. He has lost three of his last four decisions and lasted just four innings in his last outing against the Cubs on Wednesday.” Peavy recovered to post a solid 2.82 ERA and 1.19 WHIP the rest of the way.

  116. Scott says:
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    @PJTres: I wouldn’t take that deal. Going forward, I like Longoria more than Wright, Bay a lot more than Fukudome, Bell a lot more than Capps, and Reyes (with a leg problem) only slightly more than Greinke, if at all. Bush is barely worth mentioning.

  117. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric H.: You did good.

    @Ham: That order is fine, I’d go with Alexei over Jeter though.

    @zombie: I’d hold, definitely not going near Nolasco.

    @zombie: Think you should hold on the SSs too. They’re day will come soon, or they will be dropped too.

    @PJTres: Tough deal, but I wouldn’t do it.

    @mgeoffriau: Shouldn’t drop him yet, but his time is coming.

    **********There’s a new post.********

  118. Scott says:
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    @Simply Fred: Ok, fine, you are right, even though we basically agree anyway. Sorry for hating on the Cubs, Milton Bradley sure has proven to be that power left-handed bat they need to deal with tough righties in the playoffs, even though my Dodgers don’t really have those righties anymore.

  119. James says:
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    I received a nice email from someone named Morris from Yahoo! Basically, he said the problem was fixed and told me to email them if there was a problem going forward, which was nice, but doesn’t make me feel like they are trying to be proactive to fix this problem. For example, attempting to isolate the reason why this problem happened. Thus, I sent a follow up.

  120. James says:
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    If you guys want to hear it, ill post it. This was done by replying to email, and not on their website.

  121. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @PJTres: if your playing for this year,then no,reyes is hurting,grienke is da man and longoria might be top 5

  122. Tony says:
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    @Simply Fred: you’re crazy

    whats his home road splits in those…. I’m not buying Peavy will be a better pitcher “outside of Petco”. You might as well add that AGON would hit less HR’s if he played in Philly?

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @James: Sure, let’s hear it.

    *****Followups for me in the newest post.*****

  124. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: Who would you rather in a keeper league that uses both AVG and OPS, Wright or Longoria?

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bobbo: Wright

    *****Followups for me in the newest post.*****

  126. Rob says:
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    @scott: thanks for your input, hopefully i’ll get something done without having to give the farm away. none of these guys think utley is worth a top sp, someone even offered me haren for utley AND howard. nuts!!!

  127. Simply Fred

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    @Tony: Not sure what you mean by home/road splits?!? The four games listed above were all at Wrigley. I am a true Peavy believer as a Cub. Here’s some more:

    Peavy boasts a career win percentage of .581. The MLB average last year was .518. The average win percentage of all top-of-the-rotation starters in 2008 was .539. Peavy’s CAREER win percentage against the Central is .676! He achieved this despite the pitiful Padre run support.

  128. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Anyone been watching Buchholz? Line at AAA Pauwtucket: 3-0, 1.30/0.74 giving up miniscule 24 hits in 48.1 IP. Doesn’t look like there is room for him with Dice-K and Smoltz in the wings, but–wow!

  129. Scott says:
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    @Simply Fred: I think he meant the West home/road splits.

  130. Simply Fred

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    @Scott: Thanks, Scott. Look guys you don’t have to buy into Peavy. Cust Kayin’, you might want to think beyond the standard “outside of Petco” parlance.

    Career HR/G at home .48; away .82; overall .64; vs. Central .53 (home and away). So, his home runs per game have been 21% fewer against the Central than his career average and marginally above his PETCO numbers.

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    @Simply Fred: Peavy career @Coors: 4.73/1.64. Haven’t worked out what that leaves for the balance of his “away from Petco”, but that has a big impact on the concept.

  132. daayyuuum says:
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    Hey Grey, see, I dropped Beltre for Sandoval, should I drop Sandoval for Beltre again ?

    What kind of hitter can I get for Lackey & Carpenter ? (picked both of them in the waivers, its a 12-team roto league) ( i had to drop Edwin Jackson & Ubaldo there)

    Finally, Beltre or Lowell ?

    Just a heads up too, David Ortiz is gonna be batting 6th in the order, JD Drew third, Youk fourth, Bay fifth.

  133. daayyuuum says:
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    @Simply Fred: He had some sort of scoreless streak but it ended a few outings ago, but I’m thinking they trade Brad Penny, I’m not sure if someone would want Penny though.

  134. G says:
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    Reyes headed to the DL who do you like here? main categories i need help in are runs and home runs…Zobrist, Guzman, Hairston Jr., Callaspo, Renteria..Also who do I drop since I have no more DL spots…DeRosa, Reynolds, sherill. Those are my worst players and Im hesitant to drop any of them . Do I look in trading to acquire a shortstop?

  135. Nate says:
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    @Grey: A lot of people on this thread are talking about bailing on Quentin. What do you think of him as a buy low?

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