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J.J. Hardy wasn’t appreciated by the Brewers earlier this year — I made all the key outs!  I don’t see Ryan Braun doing that! — Well, Hardy will return to the Brewers on Tuesday to pick up where he left off.  Hope he remembers to bring his magic bats with him.  This one here, this one is my runners in scoring position batting .198 bat. Too bad Alcides couldn’t step up in the two plus weeks he had the gig to himself.  Guess he missed the day in If You Have Speed Steal A Damn Base class when they went over if you have speed steal a damn base.  In fact, there’s only one day of class.  That’s all you learn.  This shot of Hardyrenaline will nullify Alcides and Hardy’s value in mixed leagues, unless one gets hot and runs with it.  Runs being the key word, Alcides.  Hardy has pop and little else.  His best month of the last two years saw him hit 9 homers.  Conservatively, I’d say you’re looking at a guy that will give you a .250 average and 4 homers.  I will enjoy not owning you, Hardy.  Be well.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Penny – Signed on with the Giants and will be inserted into their rotation.  Bartleby’s Quote of the Day, “Everything old is new again, except Brad Penny.  He just kinda sucks.” That Bartleby, he’s quotatious!  I do like NL West pitchers and Penny suddenly is on my radar in deep mixed leagues (12+ teams).  In 12 team leagues, I’d grab him for match-ups, but would be cautious.

Jim Thome – Dodgers acquired the forebearer of country strong.  He’ll serve primarily as the guy on the bench that chews tobacco and scratches himself.  Occassionally, he may fill in for the power off the bench when Juan Pierre just won’t suffice.

Jon Garland – Dodgers decided August 31st is the new July 31st as they made a flurry of deals.  Don’t worry, Timmy.  It’s just a flurry of deals.  It’ll pass. If Garland were a Native American, his name would be Man Who Will Serve As Dodgers Long Relief Man In The Playoffs.  For now, he’ll have a slight uptick in value.  Which is to say he goes from negative value to just a smidge.  He’ll give you no Ks, not a great WHIP, but he’s been keeping his team in the game, which could become Wins with the Blue.  Unless your name is Randy Wolf.

Jarrod Washburn – 5 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  About a month ago, I pointed out to you that Washburn’s FIP was showing he was headed for a correction.  His owners and the Tigers obviously didn’t pay attention.

Carlos Guillen – 4-for-5, 2 homers.  Somebody’s been drinking their raw egg Hulk Hogan shakes.  I’m not a fan of Guillen usually, but at this time of the year, he’s hitting with power with 8 homers since his return.  Worth a flier to see if he keeps it up.

Daniel McCutchen – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks vs. Reds.  The Dread Pirate’s brother from a different mother had his major league debut yesterday.  It was a modest showing against a terrible team.  The Pirates really should be monitoring his innings, but they do what they do, so you can do what you do.  McCutchen has decent value in deep leagues — Think of a 7 K/9 and great control.  On the Pirates, good luck getting wins.

Drew Stubbs – 4-for-9, 2 HRs and a steal yesterday.  His home run balls are still in the left field bleachers since there were only about 2,000 people in attendance.  That’s including players and media.  If you need steals, Stubbs is worth owning.  But, with all of his strikeouts, he’s still a faux hawk away from being cool.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks.  Great, terrific, welcome back!  It was still against the Pirates and it was still only 5 innings.  I’d risk Cueto in certain leagues, but not for the risk averse.

Chad Qualls – Done for the season.  See yesterday’s roundup for the rundown.  See what I did there?

Juan Gutierrez – Didn’t wanna scroll down, huh?  Gutierrez got the save yesterday.  SAGNOF!  If you need saves, grab him in every league.  He’s just as likely to get 7 saves in September as is Broxton.

Adam Lind – 2 HRs, 8 RBIs.  I fluffed him in a fluff piece just last week.

Rod Barajas – 2 HRs yesterday, but only 5 RBIs so last night he was Barbara Hershey to Lind’s Bette Midler.  But he has six homers in the last 10 games and he’s batting near .400 in the last week.

Jose Contreras – Rockies got Contreras from the White Sox.  This seems like a recipe for blech.

Alexei  Ramirez – 1-for-3 yesterday.  It’s a longshot at this point, but if he somehow gets to 20/20 this year (needs 6/7 respectively), he will be the most disappointing 20/20 middle infielder in the history of fantasy baseball.  He’s like the guy who has a 25 game hitting streak while only hitting .275.  Excite me, Alexei!  Do something!

Vladimir Guerrero – 2 HRs yesterday.  For a guy with 13 homers, he seems like he has ten two homer games this year.  Have to check with Elias or Jayson Stark.

Nick Blackburn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks vs. the White Sox.  He’s still a risky play in mixed leagues.  I’m not even sure how Blackburn managed 7 Ks.  Guess when the White Sox throw in the towel, they really throw it in.

Cameron Maybin – Returns to the ‘lins, yes!  Has no place to play, no!

Kyle Blanks – Done for the year with a tear in his plantar fascia in his right foot.  He was seen limping out of the clubhouse using David Eckstein as a crutch.

Adrian Beltre – Expected to be activated for today’s game as he was able to take grounders again off his nuts.

  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Mr. Grey, what kinda brownies did you have tonight? If you’re peddling Garland for WINS, and someone is picking him up for WINS, well, he’s smoking what you just had for dessert.

    And, so you don’t think Broxton is likely to get 7 saves in September, agreed. Neverthess, fantasy baseball is much ado about assessing risk, and Guitierrez (replacement for your Brain Freeze Qualls) is CONSIDERABLY LESS LIKELY to do that than Broxton (your $12 salad).

    “… using David Eckstein as a crutch” went down well with my cookies-n-cream!

  2. Moneybrawl says:
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    Nothing on Pettitte and/or Hairston? *hmmpf…*

  3. TheGreatVeto says:
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    “He was seen limping out of the clubhouse using David Eckstein as a crutch.”

    HAHA! I literally lol

  4. shydog says:
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    who to drop from my pile of blech at ss,3b,4thof for gutierrez? drew,alexei,cantu,derosa or ryan roberts?

  5. Stephen says:
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    A pleasant surprise, it is sad to see Blanks finish the season with a foot inury and one that is painful. This is the same injury that basketball players suffer and take months to return fully health. I remember Wally Szczerbiak (Zer-be-ack; a basketball player) got plantar fascia several years ago and it bothered him all season. Glad that Blanks got injured at the end of the season, but lets up there isn’t any long term nagging injury to his foot. I am starting to love him more and more. A possible darkhorse Adam Dunn-lite of 2010.

  6. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, youre killing me this morning with your humor. John Garland’s Native American name, and Beltre can start taking grounders off his nuts HAHAHAHA…….Classics. Youve got to take your show on the road. Thanks for starting off my Tuesday with a laugh

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Earlier in the year I traded away Lind and Hunter to get Votto…..pre-DL for Votto. How’d that trade work out for me? Oh yeah, like crap!

  8. sean says:
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    The crazy thing about Kemp is that he would be decisively outperforming Han-Ram if Torre didn’t bat him 12th for the first half.

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    HA,nice morning roundup,ive been thinking of adding guillen to,and bad break for blanks(maybe he can leave the country again now)

  10. Matt B says:
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    Would it make sense to drop Raul Ibanez? He’s hitting only .190 over the last mont with only 1 HR and 4 HR. If I do drop him, I’m playing in a shallow NL-only league. Which revolving door of schmohawk OFs should he replaced by. Angel Pagan, Will Venable, Fukudome, Mike Cameron etc.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Matt B: i know it hurts but i couldnt drop him hitting in that lineup

  12. jamiesonmj says:
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    LOL @ beltre comment!!

  13. BSA says:
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    Beltre comment made me spit out my Cheerios.

    I have been pleased with Upton’s return. I have been scouring FA thinking he wouldn’t come back as he has.

    I am still licking my wounds from Reyes’ repeated reports of being ready to come back.

  14. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Stephen: I’m also looking at Blanks in my 14 team keeper league. Maybe he will be the min-min-Donkey, although at his size, that would perhaps be an innapropriate moniker. Having had Plantar Fasciatis, I can vouch that it extremely painful just to walk. Your heal feels like concrete. Cortisone works for awhile, but ultimately only rest can suffice.

    @Moneybrawl: Pettite is thinking that perhaps it was the wrong day to give A-Rod some rest.

    Grey – agreed with above comments concerning hilarity of column. Do you think that Andre is now wearing a protective cup?

    I presume that Sanchez should be benched at Philly

    Thanks again

  15. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: I was exaggerating Gutierrez’s worth so everyone would pick him up and he wouldn’t end up like Nunez where he got saves for 2 months and is still only 20% owned.

    @Moneybrawl: Mentioned Pettitte a start or two ago. He’s pitching well, and did again last night. Not sure what’s to say.

    @shydog: I’d lose Cantu.

    @Carl Spackler: You’re welcome, thanks for the kind words!

    @Frank Rizzo: Ouch, sorry.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, Guillen’s been hot for power, not too much else which is weird.

    @jamiesonmj: Hehe

    @BSA: Luckily you didn’t have Beltran too as I did.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Sanchez is not terrible vs. the Phils. I’d need a 12 team league where I needed Ks before I started him, but I would in some circumstances.

  16. Paulie Allnuts

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    @BSA: I can sympathize. I made a trade for Beltran some months ago. About four days later, he had a slight injury, and was day to day. That was about 3 months ago. Why is every injured Met listed as day to day, and never returns to play? Are their medical staff morons, or does the front office lie about every injury, being that they caused most of them by allowing players to play after they were obviously injured.

  17. Tony says:
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    @sean: i have complained about kemp batting low as well, but when he was given the chance until recently he did not hit well in the “high pressure” slots, so its understandable why he was batting where he was…. his RBI’s might have improved, but much of an uptick in HR’s wouldn’t be expected, maybe a couple, average i doubt it…. he’s a solid .300-.320 tops guy, he’s money in the bank, but i dont think he’d be HanRam if he batted 3rd, he def’ly doesn’t play SS, which is what puts HanRam in another league….

  18. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: they’re liars, just like the houston rockets right now telling people YAO might play this year, for fantasy purposes YAO is on my DO NOT DRAFT LIST, all they’re trying to do is sell tickets, put people in the seats, no one wants to watch a Triple AAA team….

  19. BSA says:
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    @Grey:
    What a funky year year with the number of top draftees going down.

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: yeah ,well as grey noticed ,the reds better come up with something to sell tickets or thier AAA team will our draw them this year,i havent even been watching thier games

  21. Tony says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: haha i’ve been to a couple reds/indians games…. The reds have a good young core, they just need to get healthy, as in not get dizzy, not have major starting pitchers get major surgeries, etc….

    its been a rough year for alot of teams… I had to watch my tribe GIVE away cliff lee and victor martinez, and bring up the triple A team, not La Porta tho, No we wouldn’t want to bring up our best prospect (i know he’s up now, but at the time)

    I like the reds crew overall, they have some talent, it just needs some time to develop….

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: yeah,ive been saying that for ever it seems,i quess ill wait till next year again

  23. Tony says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: haha same here with the tribe, but now i’m really gonna be waiting because there’s no pitching or hitting left…. and grady will go too i am sure. ITS SAD.

    It was all there and we had an AL championship locked up, just couldn’t get that last win vs. BOS, now its rebuild for 10 years again time. Its funny expansion teams like the Dbacks and Marlins have won the world series in Minimal time, yet the indians? They can’t put together a winner in 50 years!

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: they were good offensively,loved watching them,when is sizemore a free agent

  25. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tony: @AL KOHOLIC: It’s a coin flip over which team is more pathetic – the Reds, the Indians, or my guys, the Mets. I do believe that the Reds have a nice young core, as do the Orioles, and will be a contender in a year or two. But look at the bright side – we could all be Pirate fans…

  26. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tony: Actually, it’s over 60 years, second longest streak without a World Series after the Cubs. And they don’t even have a Billy Goat, curse of the Babe, or a black cat to blame. They even got swept by the Giants in ’54, having perhaps the greatest pitching staff in major league history.

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    paulie@Paulie Allnuts: get a chance,look at our football post and see what you think of my trade i was offered

  28. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: most pathetic…. idk, i’d say the tribe…. overall the reds have good core, young, solid starting pitching they’ve just had some injuries and whatnot, the mets have been a total trainwreck with injuries, and they can always “BUY” another team and they will….

    the indians on the other hand, the pitching has been depleted, two cy youngs gone in two years, grady is up for contract i wanna say in 2012? not sure, we did sign him for a while, i still cant figure why we let Cliff Lee go when he had one more year at 8 Mil???? DUMB!

    Its just not looking good, La Porta could be a stud, our catching prospect is supposed to be a stud (hence why we dealt victor) but in the end pitching wins championships, and sowers, laffey, etc are NOT going to do it, we have about ten 3 and 4 type starters….

  29. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I did a post in our league page. Bottom line is that I like the trade for you.

  30. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Tony: The only problem is that the Mets can’t buy a team anymore, as the ownership lost about 100 million in the Barnie Madoff scam. They do have a nice core, but nothing else, and their farm system is a joke. I don’t know what happened to the Indians; they had a nice contender for quite a few years, and they always filled up the Jake. Why are they suddenly broke?

  31. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: What would you say is the better pitchers park? Seattle or SF?

  32. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: 8 million for CLIFF LEE is what ticks me off, we had another year with him. You put one more decent pitcher with him and you have a shot at something. With him gone its back to square one.

    People dont want to pay to go see 7 guys in a line up batting .220

    I dont know if they’re “broke” or just being tight.

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    In my league we have to keep one player chosen b/w rounds 2-4. I put myself in a bind after trading Kinsler, I have to choose between keeping B.J. Upton for a 3rd round pick, and Carlos Quentin for a 4th round pick. 14 team league, no limit on how long we can keep them.

    I know there’s still time to decide, but who would you choose at this point? I think I’m leaning toward Upton, but he has been disappointing even though he’s been healthy. Quentin has mostly just been disappointing because he’s hurt. . . .

    On the bright side I have to choose four from the other Upton at 9 and Mini-Donkey at 17, Vazquez at 10, Wieters at 11, Wandy at 20 and Bourn, Carlos Gonzalez, and Rajai Davis at 22. Right now I’m thinking J Up, Reynolds, Javy and then we’ll see about the other. But anyway, who between BJ and Carlos for next year and beyond?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: I’d go with the two Uptons, Reynolds, Vazquez and probably Bourn, but maybe Gonzalez.

  35. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: It’s all good. You just happened to tap into my personal pet peave–anyone talking about trying to conjure wins. I tried to make it a little light-hearted with the brownie reference, but I’m not too good with the humor. Am spitting out my cherios daily as well. Keep it up!

  36. spencer says:
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    what about Wandy brad! wandyhas been great as well.

    but in other news:

    @grey
    what do you think Richard’s line will look like tonight against Was?

    and who would you rather have for the rest of the year:

    Chris Davis, Todd Helton, Paul Konerko, Jeff Niemann, Matt Wieters, Mike Napoli

    pls pick 2 1b and 1 catch + 1 whatever

    i have to drop one of them, and i know you said wieters before, but Napoli has spotty playing time and hasn’t been swinging a hot bat while wieters has started to heat up.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @spencer: Richard – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks

    Helton, Konerko, Davis, Napoli…

  38. Tony says:
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    @Grey: u think BJ upton is going to put it together someday? I dont like him. He had a HUGE postseason and everyone overvalued him. Not my cup of tea.

  39. Grey

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    @Tony: I think he’s still very young and can be a top 10 performer as of next year. He comes with risk though, so he’s not going to be drafted that early obviously.

  40. Tony says:
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    @Grey: yeah the tools are there, i like his brother better, since he’s at least shown his talents a little more…. In that line up you’d think BJ would be a stud, maybe he will be soon. Too bad he’s not a 2B anymore.

  41. Royo says:
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    What do you call commenters who do nothing but agree with Grey? Grey Homers? Gomers? Anyway, I was feeling like a Gomer today until he left the Wandwagon to nuzzle up to Vazquez’s career year.

    @brad: Uptonx2, Donkey, Bourn, Wandy.

  42. Tony says:
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    @Royo: so where would you take wandy next year and where would you take Vazquez?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Royo: I could see going with Wandy over Vazquez there. Maybe that makes me a Roymer? But my logic was he needs one pitcher that he can rely on. I’m a big Wandy fan if you’ve read the site. You know I own him all over the place. But Vazquez has thrown near 200 Ks for five straight years; Wandy’s year is a lot more of an outlier than Vazquez. This doesn’t mean I don’t like Wandy for next year.

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  44. Royo says:
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    @Tony: I’m not sure I’ll be taking either of them next year given that I hate paying for pitchers coming off big years. As far as what round in a 14 team? Depends on your league and when pitchers start coming off the board but I think it very possible that the two put up similar enough numbers next year except for 30 extra strikeouts for Javy. And if you need those 30 Ks, draft Wuertz and Wandy instead of Javy and save yourself at least 5 rounds of value.

  45. buschfan51 says:
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    I was leading in saves in my league so I traded a couple closers. Now Kevin Gregg has killed me and I’m losing ground quick. Who would be the top 2 or 3 non-closers you would pick up if you had room that might get some garbage saves when the closer isn’t available? Or anyone you predict will takeover a job?

  46. bd says:
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    The Brewers are second to last in the league in stolen bases. Macha is not giving Alcides the green light at all. If the Brewers aren’t going to utilize the talents of their young players fully, they should trade them.

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