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At least that’s the creed that Francona and Epstein keep repeating to themselves as they sit in the fetal position on opposite corners of the clubhouse shower. Carl Crawford seems like a nice guy.  Something about the name Carl.  So innocuous.  “Hey, sis, what’s your new boyfriend’s name?  Carl?  I’m gonna like him on Facebook.”  That’s you jibber-jabbering with your family.  Because Carl seems like a nice guy could be partially why it’s so sad to see him struggle this much.  Doode better not stand too close to the Pesky pole in a lightning storm cause he will get struck.  That’s been his luck so far.  Franconian measures were taken to get Crawford going by openly mocking him with a lineup switch.  That never helps.  It’s like when you’re a teenager and your Mom makes an appointment for you to see a dermatologist.  Suddenly, you realize you’re not hiding your acne as good as you thought you were.  Crawford is really doing nothing wrong other than getting extremely unlucky.  That luck will turn around and he’ll suddenly look like the 2nd round pick he was in the preseason.  To misquote a cliche, get in now while the gettin’s not good.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Justin Smoak – I just went over my Smoak fantasy.  I wrote it riding on the back of a bicycle through downtown Milwaukee while Shirley steered.

Brett Wallace – Sure, his ESPN Player Card looks like he had some bad work done by Dr. 90210 (you storing acorns in those cheeks, Brett?  Brett looks like he says, “Franks and beans!  Franks and beans!”), but he’s hitting at a near-.600 clip over the last week.

Brandon Wood – He’s one of the top prospects in the game!  Low voice:  From 6 years ago.

David Cooper – With the demotion of Snider (don’t write), Cooper will fill-in as the Jays DH.  For the Triple-A Vegas Fake Boobs, Cooper slashed .395/.438/.617.  His BABIP was silly ridiculous, so the average there isn’t happening but his power is decent.  When you put ‘decent power’ into Google translator, it spits back ‘Above James Loney but below Justin Smoak.  Say Ike Davis.  No, you don’t have to literally say it.’  Geez, Google translator sounds a bit testy.  In AL-Only leagues, he’s a must own — obviously.  I’d take a flyer on him in deeperish mixed leagues, depending on how bad you muffed your corner infidel slot.

Sergio Santos – This is probably still Mergio Salthorntos’ job, but Serge is a nose ahead.

Eduardo Sanchez – Similar shituation to the White Sox.  It’s not clearly Eduardo’s job.  Imagine, if you will, you’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.  A journey into a wondrous land where Ozzie and La Russa make every decision for you.  You order a burger then a steak then a piece of chicken.  You get your car washed, decide halfway through that you need a shower and hop out of your car.  You go to the movies and leave halfway through the opening credits.  That’s a signpost up ahead:  your next stop:  the Twilight Zone!

Vicente Padilla – I’d go with Kuo first.  Speaking of which…

Hong-Chih Kuo – Hello, I wish to welcome everyone who was sent here from the ellipsis in Padilla’s blurb.  Make yourself comfortable.  Can I offer you some tea?

Darren Oliver – He sounds like a sitcom character.  Not a funny one.  The straight man.  Not that there’s anything wrong with being straight.  Feliz is a lock to be saving games in a week (please, God, let that be true), but I’d own Oliver in the mean’s while.

Wilson Ramos – Grey’s Prediction That Doesn’t Matter At All Of The Day:  Ramos is going to be on and off waivers all year then will be drafted next year around 140 overall as he appears on sleeper lists all across the interwebs.

Mike Aviles – Not a huge fan, but he’s on his way to 15/15 season and his average should come up.

Jeff Baker – Baker has been so hot.  Like an oven.

Darwin Barney – The Purple Evolutionist, as someone coined him in the comments the other day, is hitting over his head, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride the hot schmotato.

Clint Barmes – He’s still available in my NL-Only league and I’m not exactly rushing to pick him up.  Never the hoo!  If you’re rocking someone two eggs short of an omelet, I’d stash Barmes.

Domonic Brown – Pick him up now, DL him for a few weeks, then trade him a day before he returns.  Or ride the Brown lightning.  Hmm, that sounds kinda weird.

Randy Wolf – Could someone please make a t-shirt with three pictures of Wolf howling at the moon?  That is all.

Scott Baker – Rudy likes Scott Baker.  This was brought to you by the Committee of Grey Endorsing Baker Without Really Endorsing Him.

Alex White – Just went over Alex White this morning.  Scroll on, scroller!

Brandon Beachy – Me telling you to grab Beachy seems so three Buy/Sell’s ago, but he’s still only owned in 23% of ESPN leagues.  The same Beachy that has 31 Ks in 29 1/3 IP, a 31:9 K:BB and a 1.09 WHIP.

SELL

Gordon Beckham – Hitting under .200 with 2 homers and 1 steal.  At this point, I’d prefer to own Gordon Shumway.  I think it’s fair to say we can move on from this schmohawk.

Aubrey Huff – Depends on the league whether you’re dropping him or trading him (as with most of these guys), but I warned you in the preseason of Huff’s Saberhagenish on/off years.  In fact, I’ll quote it for you cause that’s how I roll, “A big flashing red arrow is pointing at his alternate seasons of 15 home runs a piece in 2007 and 2009.  If you get an off season from Huff, you’ve just lost your league.  That’s just me being real wit’ you.  You see the truth is everybody wanna know how close me and Huff is.  Or who I’m still cool wit’.”  And that’s me quoting me and paraphrasing Dr. Dre!  Can we get Detox already?  I need a doctor.

Bobby Abreu – Getting some spring cleaning done here.  I think Abreu’s done cause he looks cooked.

Wade Davis – I’m not telling you to drop him, but I’m wondering in the dark recesses of my medulla oblongata if you can sell Davis for more ducats than he’s worth.  Obviously, I’m talking deep leagues here since he’s not even owned in all leagues.  He is pitching far above his head ratio-wise.  His K-rate is atrocious (4+) and he’s getting lucky with balls hit into play.  In AL-Only leagues, I wouldn’t sell him for a white chocolate dipped fortune cookie, but I’d explore offers.

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  1. exno says:
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    I win.

  2. JP says:
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    would you trade longoria for d wright straight up? 10 team mixed league head to head:
    C – Soto
    1B – Youk
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Gordon
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Braun
    OF – Bautista
    OF – Bruce
    Util – Ellsbury
    DL – Longoria

  3. Joe says:
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    Gaby Sanchez or Smoak?

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i ended up with boggs,hold him for a while ?

  5. Hardcore Midget says:
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    I have Abreu and Mark Reynolds on my bench, because I was expecting bounceback years from both.

    Is it too early to be cutting bait on either of them for some hot bat of the week, like a Smoak Monster of Purple Evolutionist?

  6. anon says:
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    A) Aviles, B) Herrera, C) Espinosa, or the ever popular D) It doesn’t really matter, they’re all kinda schmoey?

    I feel like I keep rotating these 3 ‘hawks and am wondering if one is a set it and forget it option above the others. thanks!

  7. anon says:
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    @anon:

    The Purple Evolutionist is an option as well, thanks

  8. MattW says:
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    @Grey:

    The guy with Crawford in my league is in desperate need of a MI, all three of his spots (2B, SS, MI) suck. I have Kinsler, Drew and Walker.

    My outfield is Kemp, McCutchen, Pence, Victorino, Vlad at UTIL

    What do you think is fair?

    My first thought would be Crawford for Drew and Victorino

  9. I would also sell/and or dump the following players in a 12 team mixer:
    Dumpster
    Liriano–I wanted to believe you jackwagon!
    Magglio
    Alvarez
    Rios (trade?)
    Wells
    Sometimes it hurts, but cutting bait and fishing in the WW pool has its benefits.

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @anon: i was hoping herrera would take off and be my guy but he is slumping a bit so i went with a recently dropped aviles who in 300-400-abs last year was very servicable,espinosa will be a 20+hr 20 steal guy this year or next im thinking

  11. Denys says:
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    just wanted to share that, in one of my leagues, i flipped berkman for crawford, straight up.

    hell, to the motherf*cking, yeah!

  12. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gotta drop Snider, so who do i pick up? Wallace, Bourjos, Ludwick, Aviles and Moreland are all available. This is for my UTIL spot, just need the best guy. Thanks! Btw, that Dempster blurb in your last post was effin hilarious! Top 5 all time…

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Dr. Stats: what about pena?

  14. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @Grey

    Who is your leader for the Schmoiest of the Schmos this year?

  15. Wake Up says:
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    Ha. Nice Wallace pic. “Have you seen my batheball?”

  16. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    mmmmm white chocolate dipped fortune cookie, I would take that trade!

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    id love to add white but i have no room,id be dropping ogando or beachy in my 2 leagues,or drop boggs to add him or bastardo

  18. Jason says:
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    In a vacuum, which side on this deal:

    Dunn, Tabata, Melky for Pence, Lind and Francoeur ??

  19. @ AL KOHOLIC:
    Pena is a goner too…I’m sure we could brain storm 7-10 other players that I could kick to the curb.
    @ Denys:
    Yes, I’m jealous…but what kind of rookie chumps you playing with bro?

  20. Wake Up says:
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    I believe he would be a Purple Naturalist…just saying

  21. Eng says:
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    Grey, do you prefer Wolf or Colby Lewis. Neither are currently available, but I need to make contingency plans for Dempster. Thanks again, you’re input is much appreciated.

  22. potus says:
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    My pitching staff is longer in problems than the unbroken chain in sorority sex kittens 2. What to do?

    Dempster, E Jackson, Gallardo and Liriano are currently steaming up my windshield and have me dead last in ERA and WHIP. I feel like Christine but I will get my revenge.

    The Wolf is Leake(ing) on my Colon are all available.

    Is there a move to be made?(other than protecting the Colon) I think 3 of those guys deserve another run through the rotation but do I dump E JAX for one of the other 3?

    -YHL

  23. @Jason:
    Pence/Lind side. I imagine both Frenchy and Melky would be dropped eventually—trash swap!!

  24. Bi-Winning says:
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    My pitching staff: Oswalt, Yovani, Lilly, E-Jax, Edison and Beachy. Overall, it ain’t pretty. I was offered Dan Haren for Jose Bautista… would you pull the trigger?

  25. Ffej says:
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    still sticking with the projections given for Moustakos?

  26. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Start Zambrano at Arizona today?

  27. bogbert says:
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    Glad to see Barney’s nickname taking hold. My current rotation, post a refreshing Liriano & Dempster flush, is Gallardo, Marcum, Morrow, Gio, and Bills. I have one empty spot and an open spot for streamers.

    Answer as yourself or as Committee for Endorsing Baker yadda3, but which of the following would be best, with HUGE need for ERA & WHIP? Beachy, Wood, Jurrjens, Kennedy, Baker, Anibal, Zambrano, EJax, Stauffer, Latos? Thanks!

  28. Eng says:
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    @bogbert….Latos, Latos, Latos. I don’t own him and he’s a tool, but he’s easily the most talented of that group.

  29. @Bi-winning
    Depends how bad, and how good your pitching/hitting projects out going forward.
    Remember, Haren tends to have mediocore second halves. I personally believe in Bautista to hit 40 bombs…so I wouln’t do the swap.
    Trade a lesser OF/INF for an undervalued pitcher like: Garza, Hudson, shields ect…

  30. Big Jgke says:
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    Not to be that guy… but I think you mean ‘ducats’ not ‘duckets’

  31. To all the loyal Razzers:
    Just curious on a few over/unders:
    Bautista: ov/un 38 bombs
    Fuld: ov/un 32 SBs
    Weaver: ov/un 20 W
    Crawford: ov/un 100 runs

    I love the over/under game…

  32. bogbert says:
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    @Eng: Thanks Eng. Maybe I shouldn’t have included him; someone just dropped him, and I’m 9th out of 10 on the WW priority list. So he’s not a given. How about next in line, if I don’t get him?

  33. KarlJ. says:
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    I can’t keep up with the nicknames. Who is the Purple Evolutionist?
    Also would you trade Corey Hart for Lind or Butler?

  34. TheRealTaz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just made a trade, which side do you like better:

    A: Greinke and Gardner

    B: Hamilton and R. Soriano (we count holds)

    Note: the team getting Greinke/losing Hamilton already has an OF including Braun, Stanton, Krispie, and Bourn, and a pitching staff including E-Jax, Dempster, and Liriano.

  35. chata says:
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    @Grey:
    and for all of you commenters who haven’t been watching the games :

    crawford has not just been unlucky .
    he is completely lost at the plate .
    francona knows that the guy should be benched , until he gets his
    head screwed on straight , but crawford’s been working hard EVERY
    day in the batting cage , just to try and figure things out .
    so , as a reward (and so as not to facilitate a trip to belleview) ,
    francona has buried him 8th in the batting order … just ahead of
    varitek .

    buy him now , if you wish ,
    but there’s no sign that he’s going to figure it out anytime soon .
    at best , i bury him on my bench for a month , or so .

  36. KarlJ. says:
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    @Grey:
    Doh! Thanks

  37. @Chata:
    you would pay what, .75–.80 cents on the dollar or less to aquire Carl Crawlingforward?

  38. bogbert says:
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    Sorry Grey, without all the fluff of my initial request, which of the following would be best (in addition Latos if I can get him), with big-time need for ERA & WHIP?

    Beachy, Wood, Jurrjens, Kennedy, Baker, Anibal, Zambrano, EJax, Stauffer?

  39. MattTruss223 says:
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    @Denys – Wow! I thought I had it nice flipping Weaver for Ubaldo and Crawford

  40. FYI:
    Crawford is out of the line-up today due to blowing goats dicks.

  41. aj says:
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    Who would you cut loose. What order would you cut these guys in…i have players coming off the DL
    Raburn, Chris Narveson, Jonathan Herrera, Carlos Gomez

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    eh,went on and dropped boggs for white,im sitting with marmol,rodriquez,kimbel,frank and kuo,if that dont getter done then puey,

  43. aj says:
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    Sorry for back to back questions.
    Would you drop Wilson Betemit for Brandon Wood

  44. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @Grey:

    Really like the Crawford for Berkman trade? I just made the offer to the Crawford owner in my league. Any exchanges to other target?

    In 10 team H2H 5X5 +OBP, TB and H, whos the best U?
    Sands (currently hold), Damon, Hannahan, Hundley, Barney

    My overall numbers are pretty good, without any glaring needs in any one category, so I’m looking for the best overall contributor.

  45. Anonymous says:
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    Would you prefer any of Coghlan, Crisp, Boesch, David Murphy, Maybin Fowler or Francisco over Abreu in a 10 team dynasty? The rest of my OF is Kemp, CarGo, Tabata and Hart.

  46. chata says:
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    @Dr. Stats:

    not sure how to answer that question .

    in my auction league :
    hanley … $42
    pujols
    cabrera … both went for $41
    crawford …. $39
    braun
    votto …. both $34
    a-rod … $33
    longoria
    wright … both $31
    holliday
    fielder … both $28
    zimmerman … $27
    kemp … $26

    so , @ 75-80 cents on the dollar … would i trade anyone in the
    longoria /thru/kemp range ??

    absolutely not .

  47. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Anonymous: im a crisp fan here,but you loose rbi,s and gain sb,s,hr could be pretty close,slight edge to abreau

  48. MattW says:
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    @Grey: What do you think about Alexei Ramirez? I’m thinking about trading for Garza and the guy has Beckham and Alexei, both of whom are sucking. If I were to upgrade his MI, and took one of these two, I think I’d want Alexei, but trying to figure out what I’ll get out of him.

  49. chata says:
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    i think the problem francona and the sawx have with crawford
    is one of chemistry .
    not club-house chemistry , ‘cuz by all accounts he’s pretty much aces ,
    but , line-up chemistry .

    let’s say that , out of the 8-hole , and with ellsbury leading off ,
    crawford starts hitting .333 and the sawx string together a few wins .

    what does francona do with crawford ?
    move him up to 6th ? …. 3rd ?? … lead-off ???
    what would be his reasoning behind that , if the sawx are rolling ?

    in short , for sure we can expect a rebound from crawford , eventually .
    but don’t look for historical counting stats .
    not from his spot in the batting order .

  50. TheRealTaz says:
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    @T-BZA: So aggravating about Liriano. He historically sucks in April, and is much better during the summer. Check out his stats. They gotta be patient!

  51. trick dad says:
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    @T-BZA: interesting that he’s blaming it on the cold. don’t think its fair that they pitch him @CHW as his final test…

  52. black love says:
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    I hate how long it takes Yahoo to add players. No Cooper or White yet.

  53. T-BZA says:
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    @TheRealTaz: Agreed. Just disgraceful list him and bring him back late-May.

  54. @Chata:
    You took me too literally. .75 on the dollar refers to offering someone 3/4 of the original (pre-season) value of Crawford in a trade. Nothing really to do with auctions, more of a fraction thing to determine value while proposing a trade in any format. For example, At .75 of Crawford I may offer Stubbs or Stanton for him.
    BTW—-Nice value with Fielder and Kemp in your auction league.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @T-BZA: Yup

    @MattW: I’d want Garza.

    @black love: Yeah

    @chata: If he starts hitting as he should, he’s not staying in the 8 hole.

  56. @Chata:
    There is no way Crawford stays in the 8th hole—no bloody way—million$ of reasons why.
    Here is the line-up that I like when I play fake G.M.:
    Ellsbury
    Crawford
    Pedroia
    A-Gon
    Youk
    Ortiz
    Lowrie
    Drew
    Salty (future replacement)

    Man, I think I may be as big of a geek as my wife thinks, as I type this while my 7th graders read A Wrinkle in Time in front of me.

  57. HighUpside says:
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    Just traded Curtis Granderson and Howie Kendrick for Carl Crawford and Willie Bloomquist in a keeper league.

  58. Timequake says:
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    Kershaw for Oswalt plus J. Sanchez: which side are you taking?

  59. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Which side:

    Drew and J. Zimmerman
    or
    Alexei and Garza

  60. Steve B says:
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    Which side:

    Matt Cain and Carl Crawford
    or
    Hunter Pence and Gio Gonzalez

  61. agarthered says:
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    Bedard or Edwin Jackson? Both blah at the moment, but going forward? I rostered both at one point, but dropped bedard..

  62. joe pesci says:
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    @Grey:

    Kevin Slowey :)

    ???

  63. the grate one says:
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    grey, saw you said in response to post #2 for one owner that youd like wright over longo…

    is that true in a keeper too? or just in a 1 year?

    thanks.

  64. The Situation says:
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    @Grey (and everyone else)

    Jordan Zimmermann was dropped – who should I drop from him? Candidates are Anibal Sanchez, Scott Baker, and Mad-Bum.

    I am very strong in K’s, middle of the pack in ERA/WHIP, and AWFUL in wins at the moment.

    Obviously, Zimm won’t help much with wins, but I feel like he is still a must add. Thoughts???

  65. GMen says:
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    @grey: What has Brandon Wood shown you recently to change your mind? He’s still hitting .182 in Pitt.

  66. Rob Rock says:
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    @ Grey: Why do you continue to hate on Ike Davis? To say he has only average power is ridiculous and proves to me you have never really seen him play. His isolated power numbers are up and last season his HRs averaged the longest per distance of anyone in the MLB. Jose Bautista was next and Davis’s HR went 9 feet longer on average then Bautista. Ike makes Citi field look tiny on accasions and owns the longest HR I have seen hit there. Putting him in your hate column last week and subtly dissing him here is not a good look. Wake up Grey.

  67. chata says:
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    @Dr. Stats:

    no way pedroia is leaving the 2-hole .
    the kid’s going to be annointed captain , just as soon as the sawx
    fix their catching problem .
    so , assuming carl gets his act together , flip the 2 and 3 spots and i think you’ve got it right .
    of course , they lose big poopi for a decent right-handed bat , this off-season …. if they can find one .

    also ,
    if i have both crawford and stubbs on my team ,
    i’m sitting crawford , until things change .
    and , i’m certainly not going to let him ruin my chances , this year ,
    for another 100 AB’s

  68. Sos says:
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    I’ve been offered his Wright/Swisher/Colby Lewis for my Aramis/Hafner/Lester? Thinkin about taking it? Which side you like?

  69. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Do you drop E-Jax if Morton, Narveson and Travis Wood are available?

  70. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Please rank Kendrick, A. Cabrera and Barney for the rest of the year.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Situation: Hold for right now.

    @GMen: Nothing, but in NL-Only leagues any ABs are worthwhile.

    @Rob Rock: When he hits more than 25 homers, I’ll acquiesce.

    @Sos: Depends on the rest of your pitching, it’s fair.

    @Steve: Wood

    @Fletch: Asdrubal

  72. Donnie Baseball says:
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    markakis and Walden or Crawford?

  73. Paul says:
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    can’t believe there was no Eastbound and Down reference with Eduardo Sanchez… Get on it bro

  74. Sos says:
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    Re: #77. If I switch out lewis with clay buchholz does that change which side wins?

  75. Tony Tone says:
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    How do you feel about Jeremy Guthrie? I know he’s pitching well over his head and he’s a known commodity at this point, but he really does look good and I always thought there was potential there. Between Guthrie and Wade Davis, who would you advocate picking up from wavers? Are either worth dropping Rauch’s Neck Tattoo for?

  76. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    No one seems to be talking about him, but what do people think of Hanley? I guess he would be a good buy low, but I really don’t see him being that impressive this year. He has already had a bad month and with his terrible attitude he will probably have stretches of crap along the way. Plus he has been hitting fewer homers year after year. I guess I’m wondering what others think.

  77. Ffej says:
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    Moustakas hasn’t been called up, but he’s stinking it up in the minors. Razz projections seem a bit too favorable no?

  78. Tony Tone says:
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    Gio/Halladay for Choo/Elvis/Hudson, who wins?

  79. Ffej says:
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    @Grey: Under 38 homers for Bautista? Does that mean offering Youk for him straight up isn’t an insult?

  80. That guy says:
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    Choose 3 of the following: Volquez, Edwin Jackson, Lohse, Beachy, De La Rosa, Jurrjens, Masterson.

  81. Tony Tone says:
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    Sorry, thats Daniel Hudson in that trade.

  82. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Victorino for Garza, which side?

  83. Grey – I have this strange feeling that if you merely mention the word Tabata, Jose will end his slump and start a fire storm again at the plate! Please help!

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ffej: He has one more month to do something.

    @Tony Tone: Hudson side.

    @Ffej: Far from at this point.

    @That guy: Beachy, dlR and Jackson…

    @MattW: Victorino, it’s fair.

    @Craigo: Tabata

  85. Up in this Mug says:
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    Which side wins: Crawford for Pence/Axford

  86. Travis says:
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    Thanks to reading your site I got the big puma everywhere!-thanks. What do you think about Puma for Bret Anderson?

  87. Tony Tone says:
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    Torii Hunter/Elvis/Choo for Holliday/Cain?

  88. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    From azcentral

    Major-league radar gun readings susceptible to hijinks

    “We used to dial it down,” said a smiling Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers, formerly the Padres’ GM.

    “I know for a fact that every time Brad Penny pitched for the Dodgers in San Diego it was probably the lowest velocities he ever had. He liked velocity. He’d stare at the board. He was throwing 95-96 (mph), but we’d have it at 91 and he’d get pissed off and throw harder and harder and start elevating.”

    http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2011/04/28/20110428baseball-radar-gun-hijinks.html

  89. Tony Tone says:
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    I could also switch out Torii for Delmon Young if that would be the better dead weight to drop

  90. Tony says:
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    grey: 10×10 h2h league, my offense is putrid, average is down the shitta, nothings going well, and it’s killing me in the standings, we play a straight line up, normal infield, 3 OF’s but we have 3 UTL slots…. so alot of flexibility. Now I love me some Ryan Howard, but if I could deal My RYAN HOWARD for a guys CHOO & PABLO SANDOVAL would you do it?

    It would give me two guys that will probably hit .300, Pablo could fill my 1B slot, i have wright at 3B, and our league counts K’s, walks, etc within that 10×10…. I dont know. Ihate giving up Howard, but I’m thinking about it to get some depth….

    I’m slotting guys like trumbo, ayabar, freeman, sands, and other hot schomatoes into my positions. I’m averaging under a .250 avg so far after 3 weeks…. NOT GOOD when you’re counting individual hits, singles, doubles, HR’s, triples, ETC!

  91. Scott says:
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    @Grey:

    What do you think of this trade?

    Get: Miggy/Kendrick/F-Her
    Give: A-Gon/Kinsler/Chacin/Kimbrel

    My hitting is pretty strong but I’m dead last in ERA/WHIP (Yovani, Scherz, D-Hud, Lilly…)

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Scott: Miggy side.

  93. Tony Tone says:
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    @Tony: Average is god damn infuriating. I am somehow third to last in average while being #1 or #2 in every other category and its fucking up my team. I traded for Mauer and Pence to try to help this, but it looks like helps gonna take a while from Mauer. Every 0/5 I see makes me sick.

  94. Blake says:
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    Han-Ram/A Gordon or Crawford/J-Roll?

  95. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: My rotation is Gallardo, Oswalt, de la Rosa, Volquez and Edwin Jackson. I’m getting tied to the WHIPing post night after night. Time to start making changes or wait it out? Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

  96. Derrick says:
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    Carl Crawford, Joel Hanrahan and Edinson Volquez for Felix Hernandez Jason Heyward.

    Who wins?

  97. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Grey: respectfully suggest that it’s a little early to cut Abreu loose. Checking my calender…yep, still April. He’s walked 22 times, has a .402 OBP and while that does not yield much fantasy-wise, it keeps him in the line up. You know Scioscia is going to be loyal to him and he’s just a year removed from a 20/24 season. I think unless you’ve got a really good waiver option patience might be a virtue. I saw him play in the A’s series. Swing looks not that different than what I’m used to seeing. Hey, he’s an old man like me; our bones get cold and we need naps in the spring. Give him a chance to at least stick around until the sun starts to shine.

  98. @chata: i agree with you that crawford’s problem isn’t bad luck. he hasn’t been hitting line drives right at people or anything like that. he looks terrible. swinging at balls, taking strikes, terrible desperate-looking punch-bunt attempts in 0-1 counts. weak contact, not driving anything. he’s had a few better hits in the last week or so. the double yesterday was a legit low line drive.

    but i disagree with your future predictions. (a) you can never tell when a guy will shake off something like this. when it happens it tends to happen quickly. could be tomorrow. it won’t take a month. unless it does. and (b) like grey and everyone else said, there’s no way he stays in the 8 hole all year once he’s hitting. no way.

  99. EK says:
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    Someone dropped Liriano in my 12-team H2H league.. add him for McClellan, DLR, Madsen, or Nathan (I have Nunez & Walden and doing well in saves)

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Blake: Crawford

    @Eric H.: Don’t know your options.

    @Derrick: F-Her

    @OaktownSteve: If last year’s .250 season didn’t happen, I’d be more apt to agree. I’m thinking last year was the beginning of the end and this year is another step backward.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @EK: Nathan

  102. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    so , i’m somewhat pleased that i pulled off the
    a-gon/liriano/marcun deal for butler/c.c./verlander
    gonna miss a-gon , but really needed the up-grade in pitching .

    but , now i have a question :
    in another league …

    keeper league …. i’m playing for 2013
    the team i inherited scored 20 roto points last year (12 team 5×5)
    to give you some idea , everyone kept 9 players .
    my 4th keeper was soto , and i’ve already cut my 5th and 6th keepers
    (ianetta and d.lee) .
    i was fortunate enough to draft jay bruce , freeman , and strasburg ,
    going for the proverbial youth movement … and trout , jennings , etc.

    so here’s the deal :
    the guy wants my bruce , scherzer (#3 keeper), and lohse (waiver pick-up)
    for his : kemp , vernon and thornton .

    i told him to drop vernon , and countered with
    my scherzer , lohse , and byrd (also from waivers)
    for his kemp/thornton .

    jump at either deal ? or hold out for my proposal ??
    obviously , kemp fits into my scheme of things , but i’d rather not
    lose bruce in the process .

    thanking you , in advance .

  103. agarthered says:
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    Sorry Grey, one more question.

    I’m rocking a pretty ugly pitching staff right now,

    Verlander
    D.Hudson
    Hellickson
    Colby Lewis (yuck at the moment)
    Edwin (yuck at the moment)
    Baker
    Cueto (on dl)

    (can you tell pitching went really early in my league?)

    what are your thoughts on Wolf? I’ve never trusted him, but his numbers so far have been pretty good.

    I’ll hang on to Edwin for one more start, but would you rather go Wolf or Bedard as a replacement.

  104. Tony says:
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    @Tony Tone: i hear ya on the batting average deal, and I KNOW some of these guys arent hitting sub .250 all yr, BUT my league counts singles, doubles, triples, HR’s, and all the normal counting stats plus BB, 10×10…. so having a couple guys who combined will give me 40 HR’s, and 20 SB’s with a .300+ avg = alot more hits than ryan howard and his 40 HRs and .270 avg…. rbi’s will be close, i know two guys will drive in more than Howard but you gott think i’d have a replacement player and Howard….

  105. agarthered says:
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    Also Wolf has Houston tomorrow, so would dropping Edwin for him right now just to get that start be a little nuts haha.

  106. nick m. says:
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    Dice-K tonight, Burnett tomorrow, or neither?

  107. Tony says:
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    @Tony: plus i think i mentioned above we count K’s, which i usually dont give an eff about, but howard K’s a ton, combine him with my team of wright, and the other million dudes i have that have K’d in the teens or near 20 times already…. its been rough.

  108. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Grey: He’s definitely on the downside of a career, but is he too cooked to have value? Maybe. I guess I’m still feeling like it’s too early to know for sure. Tough this time of year knowing when to let go. Have to guard against the emotional connection to guys you invested a draft pick in. But you don’t want to be knee jerk…or really any other kind of jerk other than soda. Time will tell a true tale, as my Irish ex-girlfriend would say (only she’d say it in Gaelic).

  109. Joba the Heat says:
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    Next week, should I start Beachy vs. Brewers (Marcum) or Latos vs. Pirates (Karstens)?

  110. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    you’re not subject to this , are you ?

    “social media policy and other regulations regarding the use of electronic equipment during the course of a game.”

  111. mwgris says:
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    Motte or Bastardo in a holds league? Thanks.

  112. Bobby Nice says:
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    @Grey, Rudy (if you’re reading) and all you other Razzers….

    I’m a little worried with my team. I was really happy with it to start the year, but I’ve found myself in last place. I’m thinking of shaking up my entire lineup by making some major trades, but I can’t get over how much I like my lineup. I’m looking for some advice as to what I should look for in a trade to come out of this funk. I’m thinking of trading anyone just to shake it up. I’m looking to target Holliday, Kemp, Tulowitzki, and/or Longoria. I trust myself to make pitching moves, so I’m not looking to acquire any pitching, but I’d be willing to trade any of my staff. Do you think I should hang out with what I’ve got or look to make some big time blockbuster moves?

    C Santana
    1B Dunn
    2B Phillips
    SS Hanley
    3B R. Roberts (Zimmerman DL)
    OF Quentin
    OF Tabata
    OF Adam Jones
    Util Morneau

    SP Gallardo
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Hudson
    RP Feliz
    RP Valverde
    P Storen
    P Capps
    P Harrison
    P Buchholz
    P Volquez

    I’ve just proposed the following, so I’m not shy to make some major moves:
    Quentin, Morneau, Hanley, Gallardo
    for
    Kemp and Votto

    The guy I proposed it to is a bit of a rube, so he may go for it due to the magnitude of his return (4 for 2).
    Am I crazy????
    Am I overrating my original team? Or am I just extremely unlucky so far?

    Thanks guys,
    Bobby Nice

  113. Lis Franc says:
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    Krispie and dLR or Crawford?

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bobby Nice: Your pitching’s gonna need help, your hitting should get better.

    @Lis Franc: Krispie, but it’s fair.

  115. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Grey: No, Galway.

  116. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    Cueto or Beachy going forward… Classic one today! thanks!

  117. chata says:
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    *edit
    seems

  118. royce! says:
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    Contreras just hit the wire in my 14 team h2h. Assuming I have someone to drop for him, is he even worth owning at this point? I mean, do you actually think he’ll be the closer on his return, and if so, for how long? Obviously you can’t predict the future, but how about an educated guess?

  119. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Bobby Nice: If that guy makes that deal with you, you win huge obviously. Grey is right about your hitting pitching. I kind of like teams gone hideously wrong now and again and the fight to get into contetion plus respectability. Pretty satisfying if you can manage your way to relevance. When I’ve ended up with pitchers under performing in the past I’ve often resorted to streaming. See what you can do to move the guys that you still have value for either closers or second in line closers. Package those guys with a hitter to try and get a slight upgrade at an offense position because you’ll have to maximize offensive points. And stream a little stream… Kind of fun. Or not. But you know, if ain’t working, nothing wrong with getting creative.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Ah

    @tggq21: Beachy, thanks!

    @royce!: He’ll be the closer in a month for a few weeks until Lidge comes back and gets injured again.

  121. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Ah, I hadn’t thought about the fact that Lidge would get injured yet again. I think that makes holding onto Contreras worthwhile. This is why we pay you the big bucks!

  122. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Looking at Fukudome, he has 11 hits in the 7 last days and no RBIs.

  123. Eddy says:
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    WTF is it with Reds SP and 1st innings?

    Ugh.

  124. Steve says:
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    Every pitcher I touch turns to shit. Wood the latest one.

    Sheesh.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: @Steve: I am now jumping out of my first floor window.

  126. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    I’ll catch you, I’m already there.

  127. nyydj2 says:
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    Gets hit for the cycle plus two walks and then lets the pitcher get an RBI base hit, THAT IS IT !!! I’m whacking my Wood. Right &*^%$^ now.

  128. Steve says:
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    Current H2H ERA and WHIP? 7.01. 1.53.

  129. Steve says:
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    I suppose there’s every possibility that the Reds will pound on Vasquez at least that badly, but who knows if Wood will even get out of the next inning?

  130. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @nyydj2: Ha

    @Steve: At least it gets washed away after Sunday.

  131. Bobby Nice says:
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    @Oaktown Steve

    Thanks dude. I’m hoping a little more then “respectability”, but I see what you’re sayin’. Doodes in my league draft pitching early, but Beachy is still on waivers. I think I’m gonna try my luck at trading me some Gio for a solid OF’er. I don’t mind steaming and trading a closer or two on the way.
    Stay solid broheim.
    Or is that too, San Fran?
    I’ll let you know if that rube takes the deal.

  132. Donnie Baseball says:
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    wow, what’s up with Wood.

    Throwing harder than usual, k’s are up, bb are down. Both slightly.

    Hr were down before this game. He just had a ridiculously high BABIP.

    But now this.

  133. henW says:
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    C choices, J.P / Suzuki / W.Ramos, for rest of season
    H2H: R/H/HR/RBI/SB/K /Avg/OPS 14×25
    thanks~~

  134. Tony says:
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    @grey: drop freddie freeman or trumbo for Jack Hanahann?

    Or hold?

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: Yeah, I know. It’s just terrible luck that’s hard to put up with.

    @henW: Ramos

    @Tony: Hold

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    woods location is killing him,breaking ball looks great fastball has its zip,but missing dead middle of the plate,but bruce is thriving in the 2 hole

  137. Flunkie says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: @Eddy: Kicking myself for dropping Beachy for Wood now. AHH!

  138. royce! says:
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    @Grey: That’s remarkable, though he has been hitting leadoff, so he’s following either Hill or Soto and the pitcher. You’d think that at least one of those hits would involve someone aboard. 2 RBI for the entire season (23 hits) is pretty damn crazy. Jamey Carrol has 3 RBI in 26 hits. Adam Lind has 20.

  139. royce! says:
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    I told a guy in my h2h that I was interested in Billingsley, hoping to buy low on him. At the same time, I sent him an offer of Hanrahan for Morrow (he needs a closer).

    His response? I trade Choo for Billingsley. He writes, “I notice there’s a huge disparity in O-Rank, but frankly, I don’t know what the hell that number means, and I’m also very hesitant to trade away any starting pitching.” Jeez, man, you could’ve just said you weren’t interested.

  140. Eddy says:
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    @Flunkie:

    I’m kicking myself for dropping Pineda in the pre-season for Beachy, then dropping Beachy for a spot-starter after his implosion against none other than the Marlins.

    And now watching the Marlins spank Wood is just so bittersweet.

  141. Eddy says:
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    @royce!:

    Wow, some people are so oblivious. Kind of like this one moron in my league who ONLY looks at current stats to determine the entire season of a player. So to him, Pedro Alvarez and Narveson for Garza is terrible because Alvarez sucks and doesn’t like him. Granted, Alvarez IS sucking, but he doesn’t suck. And it’s not a bad gamble in a keeper league.

    Regardless, I think that owner did you a favor because Choo for Bills is way lopsided on the Choo side, imo.

  142. royce! says:
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    @Eddy: I’d love to be in a league with someone who only looked at current stats. I’d pillage that team.

    I might be being dense, but how is offering Billingsley to me for Choo doing me a favor? Are you saying that I shouldn’t be going after Bills?

  143. Eddy says:
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    @royce!:

    I think Choo is worth more. I actually think you can pry a struggling Ubaldo, if anything. Unless of course you have a very stacked OF.

  144. William says:
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    @Grey and @Everyone –

    Michael Bourn or Rajai Davis?

  145. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Smoak or Adam Jones?

  146. Eddy says:
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    @William:

    Bourn

  147. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Rajai just stole 2nd first game back (on a pitchout).

  148. @Grey: Are you serious? “Gay Porn Reveal” episode finally airs and your ass isn’t firmly planted in front of your set? I threw a Gay Porn Reveal Party where my buddies and I all drank Cosmos and talked with lisps while gently stroking our chihuahuas and blaring Lady Gaga during commercial breaks! Girl… you need to watch that shizz pronto!

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: We’re 80 RBIs behind 1st place in one league with one month in. We have Morneau (8 RBIs), Alvarez (7 RBIs), Fukudome, Byrd (5 RBIs, batting fifth!). Crazy…

    @William: Bourn

    @Eddy: Smoak

    @Awesomus Maximus: Wow, just watched it. Best episode ever.

  150. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    yeah you have to give Dusty credit for moving Bruce to the 2 hole. He’s seeing better pitches, being more patient.

    At first I was like what the hell is Dusty doing putting a guy who strikes out every other AB 2nd. But it’s working out well.

  151. royce! says:
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    @Eddy: I should be able to land a top 5 SP for Choo, especially in this league, where we count OBP and XBH.

    The manager wrote me back to explain his thinking. He thinks that SP are much more valuable than OF in this league, so that the rankings aren’t helpful. So I offered him Brett Anderson for Crawford. We’ll see how that one pans out.

  152. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Darwin Barney has almost as many RBI as those guys combined. It makes sense that RBI as a measure of a players value was the one of, if not the, first myth that Bill James debunked.

  153. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, would you give me Gardner if I offered you Sands?

  154. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: hitting in front of votto=better pitches more fastballs for him

  155. @Grey: Without question. The level of denial was hilarious. He admits to blowing a dude on film, and then says he never did gay porn in the same breath.

  156. Black Beard says:
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    Drop Broxton for Nathan?

  157. @royce!: Or is it just that Darwin Barney is more awesome than you can even handle?

    Nah… it’s the RBI myth thing.

  158. royce! says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Yes, he’s evolved beyond my capability to even appreciate his awesomeness. He graduated magna cum laude from awesomeness school.

    You’re right, it’s just the myth thing.

  159. @royce!: Yeah… but I’m certainly enjoying the mythical RBI train ride that Purple Evolutionist is driving.

  160. herschel says:
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    scherzer…..yuck.

  161. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    yeaaah lets leave Scherzer in there… he’s obviously tired with the 5 walks he’s thrown… I honestly think Leyland may be mentally Ill

  162. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    @Black Beard: Why would you do that when he’s not even the closer?

  163. Damn… Max had a nice start going until the 6th/7th, and then he took a big, steaming Scherz on my ERA and WHIP (not to mention blowing a shot at the W and QS). At least the Ks still count.

  164. MJD22 says:
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    What line can we expect from Morneau at this point?

  165. Eng says:
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    Unlike Dempster, Travis Wood deserves no patience. That hick’s on waivers.

  166. Hennessey says:
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    Non-keeper, OBP league…trade Pence/Gordon for Crawford? …or is that offering too much? Only a 10-team league, and Gordon’s lack of BBs makes me think he’ll be pretty average or worse in an OBP league at the end of the season.

  167. Hennessey says:
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    @Hennessey: My other OFs are Holliday, Heyward, Krispie, Bay, and Pierre

  168. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Marquis shuts out the Giants – only 96 pitches.

  169. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Kimbrel blows save.

  170. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Kimbrel with the blown save… WOW looks like i couldnt even buy a save this week!!!

  171. Steve says:
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    Come on Braves, Tribe. I need these vulture wins like you wouldn’t believe.

  172. Tony tone says:
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    Ike Davis with another tater trot, en fuego and im loving this production out of a second to last round pick. I wouldn’t be shocked with 280 and 30 bombs.

  173. Steve says:
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    @Steve: One out of two. I’ll take that. Prado – you’re an idiot, though.

  174. Steve says:
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    Run Krispie, run!

  175. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey, Should we be concerned with Kimbrel’s past two blown saves?

  176. paulzone72 says:
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    which sp would you drop:

    harang, hudson, volquez, burnett

    thanks…

  177. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Go Indians! Walk off grand slam!

    Hey Grey, two questions:

    1) Which side do you like better: Kuroda/Sands or Dempster/Gordon
    2) Who’s a better Utility play for next week: Sands, Wallace, Jonny Gomes

  178. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    i think Jimmy Leyland loves seeing his own pitchers fail

  179. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Rauch breezes through a 4-out save.

  180. Steve says:
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    Come on you stupid Twins bullpen. Don’t you realise I sat Romero and started Baker?

  181. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Unbelievable.

  182. Deeeeeeez Nuts says:
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    Hey, what’s the deal with Boggs pitching the 8th? Are we looking at Sanchez as the new closer?

  183. Donnie Baseball says:
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    stick a fork in Lilly.

    his fastball is either 85 or 86 and guys are just sitting on his curve.

  184. Black Beard says:
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    @tggq21: If you can tell me who gets the majority of saves in LA the rest of the year with any certainty, I’m all ears.

  185. Travis says:
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    12 team roto

    Andrus, CC Sabathia,Casey McGehee for Werth,Reyes,Ian Kenedy and Edwin Jackson

    I get the Andrus side….

    Thanks

  186. yanks4life says:
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    Is Pence or Young plus Madson or Broxton for D.Wright close? Got Alvarez and need a 3B badly.

  187. MJD22 says:
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    @Grey: Which Side? Lilly & McClellan or Gallardo & Dempster

  188. bogbert says:
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    Pick two please: Morneau, Smoak, Jones

  189. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Great ALF reference! Dropped Shumway for Raburn (finally 2B eligible @CBS). Wallace worth dropping either Rios or Tabata for? Got Holliday, Kemp, Bruce & Berkman already, still losing this week largely due to d*** Bautista. Thanks!

  190. Chinaski says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wood for a brown bag filled with dog crap to throw at Liriano?

  191. gametime says:
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    Hellickson and Morrow are pitching against eachother this wednesday. I have to start 1 of them in my 5th spot who do you suggest?

  192. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    pena isnt even playing everyday now,dropped him for cuddyer,hey hes got me a hr and a sb plus his 220 ave is better than penas 160,and i dont think a broxton save against the bottom part of the pads lineup should count but 1/2 a save,hehe

  193. royce! says:
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    Dude, this Tony Gywnn Jr shizz is way too oedipal- just robbed the Padres of what seemed to be a go ahead run. When he was on MIL, Sept. 29, 2007, 2 outs, 2 strikes, bottom of the ninth, he got a walk-off hit off of Hoffman, preventing the Padres from clinching a spot in the playoffs. Dude hates his dad. What’s up with that?

  194. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    good bye broxton,goodbye broxton good bye broxton we love to see you go,

  195. Tony Tone says:
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    Just traded Pence for Carl Crawford, was this a good move?

  196. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony Tone: crawford still wins that trade fairly easy,because his worst numbers are still really good,but i think we see some below ave numbers from crawford this year,say 274 ave-90 runs -16 hr-68 rbi and 45 sb,s,.Like i said they are still topfantasy numbers umder bad season standards

  197. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony Tone: crawford still wins that trade fairly easy,because his worst numbers are still really good,but i think we see some below ave numbers from crawford this year,say 274 ave-90 runs -16 hr-68 rbi and 45 sb,s,.Like i said they are still top fantasy numbers umder bad season standards. So everyone scared of him is going to gettop numbers even if he so-called sucks this year

  198. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You need to go to bed. You’re double posting ;-)

  199. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ha,caught me drunk,,,magine that

  200. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Sounds like a good time to send you a trade.

  201. bean says:
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    aviles or baker

  202. Grey,

    Love the insert of the growingly, popular “schmotato,” on Dino Darwin the Purple dinosaur-loving Barney. I think I might start old Dino over your boy Espinosa….

  203. Amigo Miguel says:
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    Boar Juice:

    Dear Mr. Mustache, Peter Bourjos not only looks like Pete Campbell from Mad Men, but also kicks ass at baseball and will only get better.

    But please explain to me (a relative fantasy newcomer) why he is so fast and still gets caught stealing? Triples are alright, but a guy could use a NSB every once in a while.

  204. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    @Black Beard: Broxton will keep the job man. It’s a month into the season!

  205. elwood blues says:
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    Fortunately, I get to activate someone and drop one of these guys. Denorfia or Laynce Nix.. Who should go?

    Denorfia has slowed down since pulling his groin, Nix keeps hitting HR’s in very Limited action and Morse seems to be doing even better.

  206. KarlJ. says:
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    I just traded Morneau and Buchholz for Smoak & Pineda. Which side do you prefer and is it close?

  207. Dude says:
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    Hey guys, do you prefer Ludwick or Denorfia for the rest of the season? I got the NL-only fifth outfielder blues…

  208. Trick dad says:
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    Hanley ramirez/jonathan sanchez or jeter/lester?

  209. Trick dad says:
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    Keeper league sorry

  210. the grate one says:
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    grey….whose the better bet for some saves heading forward…contreras (if/when he comes back) or koji

    thanks.

  211. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Was offered Vlad for Gregg in RCL. I’m pretty desperate for power but it would leave me with a bullpen of Bell, Storen and Oliver. After that I’d probably drop Brantley for a setup guy… I’m on the fence. What do you think?

  212. chata says:
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    ah , yes .
    a new day
    brings new hope .

  213. joe says:
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    Any of these guys a good value to trade gordon for? Preferably a pitcher?

  214. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yup

    @Tom Emanski: Nope

    @Awesomus Maximus: I love how he described a pimp to a T without admitting to having a pimp.

    @Black Beard: Nope

    @MJD22: Hoping for 25 homers. Hoping.

    @Hennessey: Sure

    @tggq21: Nah

    @paulzone72: Hudson?

    @SwaggerJackers: Kuroda…Wallace

    @Travis: Fair…Depends if you need a #1.

    @yanks4life: Try it.

    @MJD22: Gallardo

    @bogbert: Morneau, Smoak

    @AnotherFalstaff: Thanks! I’d hold

    @Chinaski: Sure

    @gametime: Morrow

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Tony Tone: Yup

    @bean: Aviles

    @Paddy Ballgame: Thanks

    @Amigo Miguel: Not sure, friend. Bad reads off the pitcher?

    @elwood blues: Denorfia

    @KarlJ.: I’d take Morneau, close…

    @Dude: Ludwick

    @Trick dad: Hanley

    @the grate one: Contreras

    @3FingersBrown: I’d do it.

    @joe: Any what guys?

  215. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Interesting development in my 6×6 h2h league: Edwin Jackson just got dropped and I have #1 waiver priority. I also have Liriano and Ubaldo on that team. Could drop Morse (my only bench guy, I have LoMo on the DL), Richard, Garland or Narveson. Jackson starts against Minny and Seattle next week too, so there’s that.

    Guess the question is Jackson over Narveson, Richard or Garland?

    My rotation now – we’re counting QS and the standard 5:
    Ubaldo
    Liriano
    Hamels
    Kuroda
    Wolf
    Beachy
    Richard
    Narveson
    Garland
    DL: Peavy

  216. Howard says:
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    @Grey Which side do you like? Wright/Tabata or Longoria/Werth. Thanks!

  217. joe says:
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    Any of the buy guys.

  218. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Might as well sit Volcanoquez against Johnson and the Marlins right? I mean the guy has to get it together first, yeah?

  219. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Also, Buchholz just hit the waivers. Worth grabbing or is he gonna keep up this crap run? Thanks Grey.

  220. chata says:
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    couldn’t imagine the frustration of playing fantasy football ,
    where i’d have to wait a whole week ,
    just to forget about the disappointments of yesterday .

  221. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Done. I need all the power help I can get.

    In 14 team 5×5 roto OBP only, would you deal Abreau for Sparkakis and Axford? Other guy has Nunez and Capps, but I don’t think he’ll move those guys. I’d ask for Nunez, Capps and Ax in that order.

    I’m 2nd in OBP with that team but my bullpen is currently made up of Broxton, Padilla, Madson, Bastardo, Chapman, Rodney, Crain and Rhodes.

  222. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    seems i drafted soto in every league .
    this morning , i dropped him in one league , for ramos ,
    so i could have 2 wilsons (with betemit)
    just like you .

    smart move ?

  223. joe says:
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    Think trading gordon for bwachy is fair?

  224. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    All leagues are 12 man rotos. Like most people here I have Gallardo/Liriano/all the other highly ranked pitchers who have been awful so I’m pretty gun shy when it comes to bad starts right now. I don’t really love Buchholz either, but it still seems like he should end up better than almost any waiver wire pickup. Any other Razzers have thoughts?

  225. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: I was thinking of keeping Garland but suppose Narveson will get more K’s. It still blows my mind that Garland’s managed double-digit wins for the last 9 seasons.

    Thanks for the help. This team’s pitching has really disappointed but you have to figure one or two of these big name schmos will turn it around, right?

  226. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Holliday / Jeter / Pineda

    or

    Cruz / Choo / Neil Walker

    Which side do you like Grey?

  227. Joel says:
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    Grey: 2 questions:

    1) for rest of season, would you rather have Kubel or Torrrriiii?

    2) for ROS, would u rahter have Haraang or Lohse?

  228. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Nuke LaDouche: Buchholz just slipped through waivers for a $1 bid in my 14 team roto league. I’ve been celebrating my birthday, so I was too drunk to notice. Had I realized that, I’d have thrown $2 at him.

    He’s another guy that you figure is bound to get it together.

  229. chata says:
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    fuld’s 1 for his last 21 is helping to define him as something less than
    a .350 hitter .

  230. Steve says:
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    Why even send Beachy out for the 8th. FFS.

    Baker yesterday, Beachy and Shields today. Go away bad win karma.

  231. WDE05 says:
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    More shitty luck…Pablo Sandavol has a fractured hamate bone and will have surgery on Tuesday. 4-6 week recovery time is minimum. I only have 1 DL spot and its already occupied by Mauer. I have Ryan Roberts with 3b eligibility, but I was already considering dumping him given that it appears the Cards are going to stupidly leave their hottest bat on the bench a lot of the time. The best 3b (based on the first months stats) available is Hanahan. My other option would be to use Roberts full time at 3b and then pick Rajai Davis back up (dropped him when he went on the DL). I don’t have any speed right now so that would fill a need. Thoughts?

  232. nick m. says:
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    Kung Fu Panda heading to the DL for 4-6 weeks per Rotoworld:
    “Pablo Sandoval will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist.”

  233. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @nick m.: F my life

  234. Eddy says:
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    Perdro Alvarez owners, now’s your time to swoop in and trade him away to Sandoval owners!!!

  235. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Now I’m really concerned with Kimbrel…………

  236. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Counting AVG and OBP, who is your Panda replacement? I’ve had a man crush on S-Rod since he was coming up in Cali. Does he step up?

    Kouz, S-Rod, Betemet, Hannahan, Valencia, Wood

  237. Eddy says:
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    Has this been mentioned? Another HUGE blow to a 3B:

    Ryan Zimmerman expects to have a sport hernia surgery and they’re thinking six weeks of rehabilitation. They’re saying isolated tear on rectus muscle.

    So someone literally tore him a new one.

    PEDRO ALVAREZ OWNERS, DO YOUR THANG.

  238. M.D. says:
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    Grey, would you take Cooper over Felix Pie or Casper Wells? I know he’s going to play more in the short-term, but if he just ends up getting sent back down for Travis Snider in a month, that will kill my team (12 TEAM AL Only). and i know once i drop pie or wells, they’ll be gone by the time Cooper get’s sent down.

    Thoughts? I think i’m better off riding w pie and wells, atleast i know they’ll be in the BIGS.

  239. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    Clarification: He tore his ab muscle. Timetable still six weeks, but not surprising if he misses beyond that.

  240. WDE05 says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey…would you pick up Hannahan to replace Panda or would you use Ryan Roberts at 3b and pick up Rajai Davis? I’ve got zero speed, but I’m also worried the d-backs will continue to not use Roberts as a starter.

  241. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Watching Kimbrel soil himself again and Salas closing for the Cards. Venters and Salas in play as closers? Thanks!

  242. chata says:
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    a double gonzalez ejection in the cards/braves game .

  243. VinWins

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    Checked 5 RCLs and Salas has been grabbed in 4 of them in the last few minutes.

  244. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @VinWins: I just snagged him in my RCL. He was taken 20 minutes ago in my 14 team (blows, I could have really used saves there).

  245. M.D. says:
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    i just grabbed Salas and Sanchez in my RCL, dropped Derek Lee and B mccarthy

  246. VinWins

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    @3FingersBrown: I picked up Sanchez last week for $1 in my NL only; now I have to figure out what to bid for Salas. With back-to-back saves it will cost more. Currently I only have Nunez.

  247. Bfeels says:
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    @Grey – raja Davis coming off the DL as my fifth outfielder because I am looking for steals in that spot. I need to drop Beltran or Coughlin and will keep one in the rotation. Coughlin’s shoulder makes me nervous, but so does Beltran because, well, he is Beltran. Who to drop?

    @AnotherFallstaff – Venters technically got the blown save today. Today they both screwed up so hard to think Kimbrel and Venters swap places. Just my two cents.

  248. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @VinWins: What’s your FAAB?

  249. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    GREY,would you rather have sands or moreland?and now salas gets another save,sanchez threw 2 innings yesterday so that could be why,i think he will play matchups and not have 1 closer for a while

  250. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @3FingersBrown: I have $80 left of $100

  251. Chinaski says:
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    Would anyone start Duensing @KC? Grey, any thoughts? I mean Duensing has been pretty reliable so far.

  252. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @VinWins: I’d bid $11

  253. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Thanks. That sounds reasonable.

  254. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Chinaski: sure if you need the starts,he,s been good this year minus the strikeouts

  255. Chinaski says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Well i am leading my opponent 5 to 4 in a 12 team H2H 5×5. I need a win to pull even in that cathegory and i only have 4 more Ks than he does so a few extra Ks wouldnt hurt either…i tend to start him

  256. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Chinaski: go for it.

  257. herschel says:
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    harang, gallardo, scherzer and anderson….quite a week for my pitching…all i have is kuroda left tonight. if you have him, highly recommend sitting him….

    argh.

  258. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Of course, 4 different Cards have saves in their last 5 wins.

    “He’s the guy who was available today,” said La Russa of Salas.

  259. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: I’m weak at 2B too so there’s that.

    Nice catch on the dude with the blue shirt on Mike McCoy’s HR against the Yanks. Guy threw it back with authority too.

  260. Wilsonian says:
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    My Pops just lost Panda and is now wanting Wright from me (have Longo coming back). Who wins this one:

    Wright/CarGo/Bills for Uggla/Heyward/Weaver?

    It hasn’t been offered yet, just curious…

  261. Black Beard says:
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    Padilla or Salas?

  262. stumanji says:
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    Keeper league, super deep (start C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 4 OF, Util):
    My SP is absurd: F-Her, Josh Johnson, Lester, Marcum
    My offense is pathetic (categories are R, RBI, HR, OPS, SB…dead last in everything except SB)

    I put Lester on the market and have received offers:
    1) Nelson Cruz straight up for Lester
    2) Rasmus/Gaby Sanchez for Lester/Cuddyer
    3) Werth straight up

    I’m leaning towards #2 based on Rasmus’ age…he seems like he’s only going to get better over the next few years, especially in a solid lineup hitting in front of Holliday and Pujols (and Berkman!).

    Thoughts? Is this good value for Lester?

  263. Steve says:
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    @3FingersBrown: You know Sean-Rod is playing with a dislocated finger and torn ligament, right?

  264. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: i think id rather trade longo,but that trade looks fair

  265. Scott says:
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    @Grey: Swisher or Smoak?

  266. knighttown says:
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    Slight need for poser over speed, drop Alcides for Juan urine?

  267. stumanji says:
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    @Grey: Cruz or Choo for Lester? Offensive categories are R, RBI, HR, OPS, SB.

  268. Steve says:
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    And Volquez breezes through the first. For him, anyway.

  269. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    What does your magic ball say about the Reds’ rotation once Cueto and Bailey return?

  270. Eddy says:
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    I want to wish all Volquez owners good luck tonight. Unfortunately, I will not be toughing it out with you because my opponent’s Brett Anderson just made ERA close again and we’re tied 4-4. For once, I can’t afford a blow up.

    That, and it’d be the third time I’d root against the Marlins this week and I don’t want to pay for it. I learned my lesson from Wood and Kershaw.

  271. Joel says:
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    Grey: amazingly, Delmon Young has hit my waiver wire. we have 2 dl slots. What do you think of Delmon — should he EVER be on the wire? Even though I have 5 OFs (Braun, Kemp, JUp, Torriiii and Bourn) I have to pick him up, right?

  272. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: bailey looking really good,1 run in 3 outings so far,8 k,s in 10 innings 6 hits before today

  273. Eddy says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    I believe they also announced he went 5.1 with 6 Ks, 1 ER and 2 BB today.

    I’m just worried that I made a trade for Wood in one league and picked him up off the pool in another only for him to lose his spot.

  274. Steve says:
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    Why are so many of my starters incapable of getting the damn pitcher out?

  275. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Wood looks out… Then not sure.

    @Joel: He shouldn’t be on waivers in a 18 team league, but in a 10 team league, sure.

    @Steve: Might just be our starters.

  276. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Is this a Juan Rivera hot streak I see before me?

  277. Eddy says:
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    SB are so damn fickle.

    I have Bourjos, Figgins, Ellsbury, Wright and Desmond and only have 1 SB on the week.

    Yet my opponent gets one from Cano, Victorino and Votto.

  278. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: bruce already has 4 this year,i thought he would run more,hell gomes even has 5 ,the reds are hitting johnson but not taking advantage and getting them in

  279. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think about Wright for Uggla/Dirty Sanchez?

    I’d have to drop Smoak to make it happen – IF I decided to do it.

  280. the grate one says:
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    grey, in a keeper can you rank how you would value these guys?
    thanks.

    cano, fielder, upton, kemp

    thanks.

  281. Gambler says:
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    Unreal.. Ryan Zimmerman likely needs to get sports hernia surgery and will be out at least another month.. And this on the same day Jose Tabata has an apparent hamstring injury.. And a day after Coghlan announces his shoulder issue will keep his playing time down..

  282. vinko says:
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    Jose Tabata had to leave the game early due to right hamstring tightness.

  283. Joel says:
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    the Delmon Young question was in a 12 team league: should he be on waivers in a 12 team? For ROS, would u rather have him or Toriiii?

  284. Simply Fred

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    Don’t think we will be seeing Thornton in the closer’s role for say … a very long time …………………….

  285. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @simply fred: yeah seen that

  286. elwood blues says:
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    Anyone with insight on Tray. Robinson. of , LAD.
    any chance the Dodgers bring him this year.. and will he succeed?

  287. Gambler says:
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    So my outfield is sort of in crisis mode… Luckily for me I’m in a 10-team league with two dead owners, so there are plenty of guys on waivers. Which two out of these guys do you like going forward:

    Boesch, Ryan Roberts, Johnny Gomes, Ryan Raburn, Peter Bourjos

  288. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @elwood blues: september,they want him to season a liNews/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Robinson heating up for Isotopes: Dodgers OF prospect Trayvon Robinson has put a slow start to the season behind him. After opening the year 2 for 14 for Triple-A Albuquerque, Robinson hit a three-run homer on April 12 and has since gone on a 11-game hitting streak. He is 18 for 42 (.428) with four homers and 18 RBI in that span. “I’m just getting my foot down, see a pitch, I can run balls out, do things I can control,” Robinson told MLB.com. “I knew it was going to happen. [But] we’ve still got a long year to go.” Part of Robinson’s success has been better pitch recognition. Still, while he is hitting .357 overall, Robinson has just six walks to 19 strikeouts in 15 games. “He’s controlling the zone; strikeouts have gone down,” Albuquerque manager Lorenzo Bundy said. “He’s getting his fastball and he’s putting it in play — he’s putting it in play hard.”
    (Updated 04/25/2011)
    Injury
    ttle more

  289. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Gambler: rayborn or boesch getting everyday ab,s

  290. Joel says:
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    final Q: pitchers on the wire are Scott Baker, Wade Davis, Cueto and anibal Sanchez. Which TWO would you take? THANKS!

  291. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great win for the reds,

  292. elwood blues says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I thought maybe a little sooner. I was looking at grabbing him as a throw-in in a deal.

  293. cubbies299 says:
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    I pulled a ballsey move in my dynasty. I traded Aramis and Gavin Floyd for Volquez and Raj Davis. Volquez is a rookie contract somehow, so he is cheap as hell for 5 years. Gavin is at $9, which is a little steep. Aramis and Raj were similar contracts. I just <3 me some Volquez. Did I buy too much into the GB rates and fantastic stuff?

  294. Martin says:
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    @grey- If i can get carl crawford for my hunter pence and alex gordon I should do it right?

  295. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cubbies299: volquezstill hasnt been recovered from tommy john surgery the usuall amount of time,he is getting better and could really start clicking especially after the break

  296. john says:
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    Volquez stauffer Norris dempster

    What two would you want?

  297. nick m. says:
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    Lost Panda, and potentially Youk for a couple games. Should I pick up Freese, Reynolds, or Figgins?

  298. bean says:
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    i luv u grey

  299. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @nick m.: @nick m.: id want freez,reynolds isnt doing anything but if he gets going he could hit 5 hr in a week,figgins has been hitting alot better latley so if you need steal that is an option just hate non rbi guys at 3rd

  300. Steve says:
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    So, I’m behind 4-3 in Wins and today I have Wandy, Hammel, Volquez, Kuroda and Kennedy going. So that’s 35 IP, 28K, 2.06 ERA, 1.11 WHIP.

    And ONE EFFING WIN. I hate you Brandon Lyon.

    Oh and my opponent has Gregerson. Who goes 0.1 and will end up with the win.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  301. @Grey: Ha! If memory serves, he referred to his pimp as a “father figure” instead. Instant classic.

    Honestly, as a roommate, could you refrain from calling him Spencer whenever he was around from this point on? This is why MTV needs to make an age exception one season and have someone like you or me (or both of us!) as a cast member. I’d argue there are more people viewing it as a comedy than a reality show at this point… our demographic needs to be represented!

  302. @Grey: So your response to this question means you would drop Volquez for Beachy if you were in my position (own Volquez, Beachy on waivers)?

  303. Tony Tone says:
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    Stubbs/Verlander or Kuroda/Choo?

  304. Scratch that… I forgot that I had Cueto sitting on my bench (he’s been there for a while, can you blame me?) so I swapped Benchy out for Beachy.

  305. rafi says:
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    in al-only would you trade bourjos for conger and some faab money? conger would be replacing jose molina at catcher (b. pena is my #1 right now, yeesh). bourjos could be replaced by jarrod dyson or someone from the wire. i’m pretty deep in potential sb contributors (rajai, bourjos, dyson, pedroia, casilla, longoria, cruz)

    other options: 1) try and get aj pierzynski from the same guy instead of conger (without giving rajai per his request). 2) accept having shitty catchers right now and focus on my lack of starting pitching instead in trades 3) stand pat and enjoy bourjos at least until his trade value is even higher.

  306. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    I was offered B.J. Upton and K-Rod for Grady… In a 12 team, 10×10 league.doubles, triples, BBs, K’s added in for offense and L, CG,SHO, BB added on to the pitching categories.

    My outfield as of now…
    Pence
    Grady
    Justin Upton
    Tabata
    Closers are….
    Valverde
    Kimbrel
    and Boggs

    would you accept?

  307. Trevor

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    It’s H2H if that matters…..

  308. rafi says:
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    i guess option 4 would be try and flip dyson for conger but i highly doubt he goes for that… hard to sell a pinch-runner, even to someone looking for sb’s.

  309. mwgris says:
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    I should drop Francoeur for a newly dropped Mark Reynolds, right..?

  310. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    WHich one should be dropped in a 14-team H2H?

    Javier Vazquez, Joel Pineiro or Edwin Jackson?

  311. Tony says:
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    @grey or anyone awake to help:

    two trades offered to me what do you think?

    My SMOAK for his WEITERS (currnetly Iannetta is my C)

    My F-CORDERO for another owners SHIELDS (he got shields off waivers two weeks ago, my closers are soria, rivera, cordero and hanarahnana, so ya i have extra but I need offense more than I need SP’ing!)

    thoughts?

  312. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,didnt own him till today,so im wandering if you guys are starting cobb today,thanks

  313. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    while your at it,what about starting zimmerman,lack of k,s worry me

  314. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: do you need weiters?if so its fair,i like shields although he is in a terrible division,id rather add cordero with one of your current players and upgrade if you need the offensive help

  315. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Start Narveson @HOU and Gio vs TEX?

  316. Tony says:
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    im releasing sands after today, this is his final try for me, i have enough BUMS going 0-4 i can’t wait on a rookie nookie….

  317. Tony says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: well i have iannetta? SO do i need weiters? lol…. i dontknow…. for smoak? i think its like swapping an apple for an apple, i dont know if weiters makes that big a diff over iannetta….

  318. Wilsonian says:
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    So I was officially just offered Uggla/Filthy for Wright/Gio. I have Longo coming back, but I don’t think I can do it. What do you guys think?

  319. Ceasar says:
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    Start any or all of these dudes in 14-team league today?

    Masterson vs. Tigers
    Gio vs. Rangers
    Hudson vs. Cubs

  320. Gambler says:
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    How concerned are we about Tabata’s hamstring issue? Would you rather have him or Gardner (who says this is the best he has felt all year)?

  321. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: no way would i give up wright for uggla…. thats essentially what it is…. dont get distracted by some junk pitchers in the deal and the fact you have the TWO BEST 3B in the MLB…. you can get more if you’re willing to part with one.

  322. Eddy says:
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    Weaver is sitting today due to illness.

    And today is the one day I actually needed him. Narveson and Mosely better not screw up.

  323. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:

    I’d make both of those trades, Tony.

    Wieters IS a huge difference over Iannetta.

    And you have to hop on the Shields train, whether it’s lucky or not, simply because you have a lot of closers to support the loss of Cordero.

  324. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: I agree with you. I’m thinking I gotta decline. I’m willing yo deal one, bit I think I gotta get more for one of em. Uggla could be a monster, but I’ve got Zorilla at 2B right now and not in need of Uggla.

  325. royce! says:
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    Which players should I sit next week:

    Espinosa, Ryan Roberts, Coco Crisp, Figgins?

    What an interesting question,” I’m sure you’ve exclaimed. Well, I’m just an interesting person, really.

  326. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Sorry, *player*

  327. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: defly.

    Ok guys which side:

    A) Howard, Tabata, Hanson, Fuentes OR
    B) Pujols, McCutchen, Baker, Neftali Feliz…..?

    Just to keep you up to speed if youre not, tabata is achey? fuentes is fuentes, Baker has been strong and rudy likes him more than Liriano and Feliz is still rehabbing/kinda sore/supposed tobe back may 6? LOL

  328. abNormal says:
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    Who has the better day today, can start both, but some tough matchups [Gio Gonzalez or J. Zimmerman] who isn’t going to blow up my ERA/WHIP today Grey?

  329. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:

    Side A.

    Pujols>Howard
    Feliz>Fuentes
    McCutchen>Tabata

    And Hanson is the only advantage compared with Baker.

  330. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: so you’d want side A? lol you said every guy on B is better than A but hanson then you said you’d want A?

  331. royce! says:
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    @Tony: Yeah, I’m pretty sure he meant side B. And I vote for B as well.

  332. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: Side B, all day, every day.

  333. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    side b

  334. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yup

    @Wilsonian: Wright

    @the grate one: Kemp, Fielder, Cano…

    @Joel: Torii

    @elwood blues: Stephen mentions him today, I believe.

    @Gambler: Raburn, Bourjos…

    @Joel: Baker, Cueto…

    @cubbies299: Sounds fine.

    @Martin: Sure

    @john: First two.

    @nick m.: Freese

    @bean: Love you back!

    @Awesomus Maximus: Father figure — ha!

    @Tony Tone: Stubbs side.

    @rafi: 2 and 3

    @tggq21: Sounds solid.

    @rafi: Sure, flip Dyson if you can.

    @mwgris: Sure

    @Eddy: Pineiro

    @Tony: I’d take Wieters and Shields.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’d start him.

    @tHe sHiT: Yup and yup

    @Ceasar: All

    @royce!: Crisp

    @abNormal: Gio

  335. Joel says:
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    Grey: 2 quick Q’s:

    1) so, you’d rather pick up Scott Baker than Anibal? I’m in a H2h — does anibal’s 2 starts next week lift him up?

    2) With Youk lame, I need to pick up an infielder tomorrow a.m in my 6×6 h2h league. My choices are: Betemit, Brett Wallace, Matt Laporta and Hannahan. Who would you take out of those? I like that Bet and Hann have 3b eligibility (although thats not necessary for me cause I have Prado), but is Wallace just hands down a better pickup?

  336. Grey

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    @Joel: 2 starts against who? I don’t know everyone’s schedule. 2 starts usually is a better bet though. Wallace…

  337. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Ciao,

    I think someone asked a similar question. 12 Team, H2H.

    Can I lose Reynolds for Freese for good? I’ve been trying to deal him but can’t and I’m strapped with three O’s right now (+Adam Jones, Sparkakis). Or do I hold?

    Happy Sunday Grey

  338. Joel says:
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    Sorry bout that. Anibal Lechter is at the Cards and home vs. the Nats. Baker is at the Green Monster.

  339. Derrick says:
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    If you are starved for pitching, would you send Brandon Phillips and Edinson Volquez for Felix Hernandez?

  340. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Just got offered the following in keeper league, whats your thoughts?

    My Lind and Mike Trout(24 round keeper as he’s in minor camp) for Oswalt(11th round keeper)

  341. Steven says:
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    I just got offered Braun for Wright and Tabata.

    I have Reynolds I could slid in at 3rd and my OF would be Braun, J. Upton and Crawford.

    Should I do it?

  342. paulzone says:
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    Do you trust d. hudson at this point?

    He’s set to pitch against the cubs today, but i may sit him…

  343. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Would you trade Zobrist and Werth for Crawford in an 8×8 16 team league (SLG, BB, H)? Thanks

  344. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think about Gardner or Tabata?

    Also, I need to drop someone for when Longoria comes back if I can’t swing a deal. Who gets the drop:

    Smoak, Tabata, Lind?

  345. elwood blues says:
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    bad news: Narvy gives up 4 hits in one inning
    good news: only one run

  346. scalez says:
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    Pull up a chair, I’ve brought sausage and peppers and enough garlic bread for everybody.

    I love Sundays.

  347. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    cobb has a lead struggles a bit in the 5th and they yank him ,eliminating the chance for a win number 1,number 2 you bring in a bum to blow the inning up,crazy,see if he can work his way out of a jam

  348. VinWins

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    Bautista removed for pinch runner. No word yet why.

  349. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    morneau goes deep

  350. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: well he might be,reynolds hits one to

  351. Rick Dempsey says:
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    BUD FREAKING NORRIS…..what an outing.

  352. Trevor

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    Here comes Jimmy Leyland trying to lose the game again!

  353. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Good grief, give me two Narvesons and a glass of whiskey, I’ve been Ubaldo’ed again!

    Bautista left the game with “neck tightness” according to the oracle known as Michael Kay.

  354. Carl says:
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    Which side wins?

    Bruce/Liriano or Cruz/DLR

    Thanks

  355. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    and he did it!! good job Leyland :)

  356. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Thanks Ubaldo. You’ve blown my ERA lead straight to hell, now go ahead and make sure I lose WHIP too.

    Is anyone watching Col vs. Pitt? What the hell is his problem? Velocity? Control? I’m starting to feel I have a better shot winning if I just cut loose him and Liriano and stream those two slots. I can’t do much worse at this point. So hard to admit that you essentially wasted two of your top five draft picks on those bums (it’s a keeper so the draft is wacky).

  357. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Well obviously his control is all over, he’s walked 4 guys in 3 innings…

  358. bravo says:
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    Should I start the following pitchers:

    Verlander vs NYY
    Gallardo @ ATL
    Lohse vs FLA

    I was thinking of throwing Verlander and Lohse out there. I’m worried about Gallardo though…

    Thanks in advance, Grey!

  359. scalez says:
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    @VinWins: stiff neck

  360. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @3FingersBrown: @scalez: thanks for the update. Hope it doesn’t lead to time off.

  361. VinWins

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    @Grey: Ha!

  362. Tony Tone says:
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    Assuming my SP and RP and equally alright, who more deserves a spot on my roster: Rauch or Ian Kennedy? I’m leaning toward Ian.

  363. scalez says:
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    man Kimbrel Baba Booey’d my WHIP this week, can you get a W or a SV to help out tonite buddy. Cmon bravos. MMM bravos. No wait. Bugles. Mmmm bugles.

  364. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: At this point, I’d take average from those guys. Hey do you mix up Jon Garland and Jeff Garland (from Curb Your Enthusiasm)? I do all the time.

    Nice. Papelschmuck gets me the W that I was supposed to get out of Ubaldo and/or Narveson. Go Sawx!

  365. paulzone says:
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    who would have imagined it but Liriano and Dempster are FAs.

    here’s my current SPs. would you swap any in hopes of an about face?

    sabbathia, hamels, oswalt, ogando, lily, lohse

    also, if i can’t work a two for one deal for a top 2b, who would you drop to activate Longo from the DL:

    vlad, chipper, gordon

    thanks!

  366. Donnie Baseball says:
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    I just can’t buy into your C. Morton love Grey.

    I’m trying to, but he just seems like he’s on the verge of getting rocked at any time. He’s tough to hit, but he’s all over the place.
    And his k/bb is horrible.

  367. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Drop Wells for Raburn?

  368. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Tone: Kennedy

    @scalez: Ha!

    @3FingersBrown: It’s Jeff Garlin. I used to be in a writing group with him. He pitched us Curb and we were all like, “Bleh.” It’s all right, I told the writer of Little Miss Sunshine that his script was crizzap.

    @paulzone: I’d go with Liriano over Lohse. Vlad…

  369. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: It’s not exactly love, it’s hey, he’s going okay so ride it.

    @Chris: Sure

  370. scalez says:
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    for those following the Cardinals bullpen…Ryan Franklin has checked in to let everyone know he still coughs up man-pubes.

  371. nick m. says:
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    Drop Floyd for Colby Lewis or Bud Norris?

  372. Wilsonian says:
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    Norris or D. Hudson?

  373. Too Live Crudite says:
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    Grey, can I get a little help picking which OFs to start? No real pressing needs. It’s a stupid weekly league, and I’ve gotten it wrong every time.

    I need to start 3 (the two Orioles play 7 games next week, the others 6)

    Adam Jones, 1 @ CWS, 3 @ KC, 3 v TB
    Markakis, 1 @ CWS, 3 @ KC, 3 v TB
    Jason Bay, 3 v SF, 3 v LAD
    Coco, 1 v TEX, 3 v CLE, 3 @ KC
    Fowler 3 @ SF, 3 @ ARI

  374. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Who would have thought that D. Moseley would be the Hodgepadre to own.

  375. Steve says:
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    OK, I’m ahead in WHIP. Can we please get Garland out of the game now?

  376. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Oh, and of course I chose Garland over Moseley. That win sure would have been nice too.

  377. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Is Moseley a permanent fixture in the rotation?

  378. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @Grey:

    That’s unbelievable, poor Latos owners.

    But how many wins do they have?

  379. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Thank you. Now Dodgers, let’s have a four-spot.

  380. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @Grey:

    No just saying that no matter how well they pitch, they aren’t going to get many wins.

    I’m well stacked with Hodgepadres, but don’t have Moseley. And am hoping he falls apart so Luebke can take over.

  381. Wilsonian says:
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    Freese suffered a broken bone in his hand today. Will be reevaluated tomorrow in STL.

  382. Wilson's Beard says:
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    Krispie/McCann for CarGo?
    I picked up Napoli a week ago off waivers, and I’d like to stop being a Scociopath and actually start him full time. I know Cargo isn’t liked very well, since he’s a schmohawk and all, but should I make this trade?

  383. Steve says:
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    Come on Hudson – don’t fail me now.

  384. Vince says:
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    Some guy in my league asked me if I’d trade him a closer. I’d like to offer him a 2-for-1 trade, giving him Street + a SP for his Verlander. I could then take Aardsma off my DL slot when he returns without having to drop a player (and it looks like he’s gonna be back soon). Here’s my lineup and league settings :

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5

    C: Montero
    1B: Carbrera
    2B: Phillips
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Pence
    OF: Rasmus
    Util: Lind

    SP: Lester, Liriano, Latos, Scherzer, De La Rosa, Lilly, Beachy, Norris
    RP: Street, Walden, Farnsworth, Francisco, Aardsma (on my DL spot)

    So which one of my SP would you offer him along with Street in exchange for his Verlander?

  385. Tony tone says:
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    Hudson looking sharp, hopefully he can complete the tag team with Putz and get me the ol’ win n’ save.

  386. gmen says:
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    @grey: Bud Norris looks legit. I’m considering dropping Volquez or Ian Kennedy for him. Y/N?

  387. Steve says:
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    Yu Bak Kuo!

  388. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Did you leave dlR off the list because you think he is gonna be good all season long or because you think the other guy wouldn’t accept dlR+Street for his Verlander?

  389. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha

    @Vince: The other guy isn’t taking dlR and Street for Verlander, but I guess you can try it.

  390. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    if kuo did nothing else,he cost bell a save,hehe

  391. Vince says:
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    @Grey: That’s what I thought, thanks!

  392. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Currently winning this week 14-1, and all I have left tonight is David Wright and my opponent has no one. I’m leading average .276 – .273, we’re tied in steals, and I’m down by 3 BBs. Best case scenario is Wright gets me a steal and I win 15-1. Worst case scenario is Wright goes 0-3 or 0-4 and I lose 13-2. The Mets are facing Cliff Lee tonight, so the odds of getting a steal will be slim, and the odds of getting a hit won’t be so great either. Should I play it safe and just bench Wright, or try and go for the juggular?

  393. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:
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    tied at obp going into the final game tonight

    i have rollins and wright left
    he has ryan howard

    secondary worry is that i am only up by 4 runs and 2 home runs

    should i bench wright against cliff lee? bench them both? start them both? i am leaning toward benching wright and starting rollins. what would yallz do

  394. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Wallace to clean-up for the woeful ‘Stros?

  395. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Still prefer Bourjos over Reynolds?

  396. KarlJ. says:
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    Wandy Rodriguez or Anibel Sanchez?

  397. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Currently rocking Espinosa at 2B in the ol’ H2H while Hill is out, but Raburn is on the wire.

    Like the man in the mirror, should I make that change?

  398. Wilsonian says:
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    Stanton and DLR for Tabata and Bills…who wins? Fair?

  399. bean says:
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    @grey
    please rate in order: Trumbo, Garrett Jones, Fuld, C. Gomez

  400. vinko says:
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    Should I drop E. Jackson or Travis Wood for Bud Norris? With Cueto/Bailey returning soon it seems like the writing is on the wall.

  401. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks.

    To bring our WHIP-killing conversation over here, do you still trust Travis Wood, IF he stays in the rotation?

    And I know there aren’t many out there (and they’re not that cheap) but got any thoughts on solid WHIP guys that might be cheap-ish to acquire?

  402. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man. Made the offer for Stanton. Looked fair to me, but I just don’t like Bills.

  403. nick m. says:
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    Tomlin or McCarthy for the 2 start week?

  404. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: kuroda,he gets no respect because of mediocre k,s

  405. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Already own him. But there’s only so much he can do – the rest of my rotation is Gallardo, Scherzer, Volquez, E-Jax, De La Rosa, Kennedy and Wandy.

  406. royce! says:
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    Wow, Kuo just helped to knock me down five spots in our RCL standings. I think that they just may have rushed him.

    @Steve: Pineiro.

  407. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Someone dropped Rios…pick him up and drop K Johnson (I now have Zobrist at 2nd) or Sandoval (want to keep as A Ramirez isnt going to last all season).

    Also Ogandi dropped. My pitchers are solid with the exception of Peavy. I waited this long, do i dump him? No other droppables unless you think Farnsworth won’t close for TB in the near future…

  408. Steve says:
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    @royce!: – he’s owned.

  409. Eddy says:
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    What should we do with Narveson? Dude pitches 3-4 clean innings and then gets hurt by a 3-run shot. Carlos Lee did it today and Polanco did it last time.

    Drop or hold?

    And with Moseley, should be hold onto him in a 12-team league?

  410. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bean: Trumbo, Fuld…

    @vinko: Sure, Wood.

    @Steve: Big if at this point. I do like him, but he’s making it hard.

    @nick m.: McCarthy

    @Nick: Johnson…Sure, lose Peavy.

  411. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Drop for who? Hold Moseley.

  412. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Well for Narveson, I just mean in general. Do we give up on him and label him a spot starter at best now?

  413. Grey

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    @Eddy: Not in a 15 team league, definitely in a 10 team league.

  414. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Salas has good stuff and was an effective closer in the minor leagues, so he’s certainly a valid candidate for the long-term role. Then again, Mitchell Boggs looked good in the role at first, but as soon as he blew his first save, he was back to seventh-inning duties. Clearly, you can’t target just one player as the primary source for saves in St. Louis. If you had to pick one, Salas would be the first choice, but because La Russa is in no way distinguishing him, he’s still not a particularly exciting choice off the waiver wire unless saves come at a premium in your league.
    (Updated 05

  415. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto. my pitching staff has me totally vexed this week. please help with recommendations for next weeks starters. select 5 of the following:

    gallardo (@atl, @stl)
    harang (vs pit, vs ari)
    madbum (@was, vs col)
    b. anderson (vs cle)
    scherzer (vs nyy)
    kuroda (@nym)
    norris (@pit)
    beachy (vs mil)
    d. hudson (@sd)

    right now going with gallardo, harang, anderson, kuroda and norris.

    thanks.

  416. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    laporta 5 for last 12,2 hr in last 5 games played with 5 rbi,becoming a viable option with upside

  417. Steve says:
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    Isringhausen? What year is this?

  418. Eddy says:
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    Obama is supposed to make an announcement regarding Osama Bin Laden in about 5 minutes.

  419. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto, pick 2 of 3 for the short term: raburn, roberts or barney. apples and apples?

  420. Eddy says:
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    Osama Bin Laden has been confirmed dead.

    Who says Razzball can’t be your source of information for everything?!

  421. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    k rod thought he was playing cricket with those 3 one hoppers

  422. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eddy: recently killed,or just confirmed from previous tries

  423. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: i got it on now

  424. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @herschel: Those 5 make sense.

    @Eddy: Hopefully it wasn’t Scottie Pippen in a beard they killed.

  425. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If you know who Scottie Pippen is, anything is possible.

  426. chata says:
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    @Eddy:

    and in about 5 minutes , obama is going to make a public announcement .

    just so no one gets the wrong idea .

  427. Eddy says:
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    Apparently it happened last week. He was killed in a drone strike.

    I guess the Royal Wedding was too important to interrupt?

  428. herschel says:
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    @Eddy: had to wait to obtain dna evidence….

  429. Gambler says:
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    @Eddy:

    Ha! I’m always going to remember that the place I found out Osama bin-laden has been killed was razzball.com

  430. royce! says:
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    @Grey: That’s freaking hilarious!

    @Gambler: That’s also freaking hilarious!

  431. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    looking forward to your “what i saw” article , tomorrow .
    was at the zoo today .
    missed everything … except caught up with the mets/phillies in the 9th .

    what i see …. ryan howard showing warning track power in a
    little league park .
    and he ain’t getting any younger .
    maybe they’ll move the fences in …. and sell more seats .

    what i’m enjoying …. extra inning games with little to no scoring ,
    and i don’t have any of the players involved .
    maybe i’ll move up in the avg column by default .

  432. Eddy says:
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    Albert Pujols played 3B today for the final couple of innings due to Freese’s broken hands.

    Hmm…

  433. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    also ,
    talk about a thin position …
    3rd basemen are dropping like flies .

  434. Steve says:
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    @Eddy: He was 3B eligible back in the day, OF too if memory serves.

  435. Steve says:
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    If Victorino gets aboard here and steals, I will not be best pleased.

  436. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Don’t need no David Wright SB neither.

  437. Eddy says:
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    @Steve:

    Correct. I believe in 2001 they used him all over the place. And I have to disagree on the Wright comment. He spared me losing 4-6 and brought it down to 4-5.

  438. Steve says:
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    Big week (I hope) for my RCL team. Get Longo, Morrison and Torres back…

  439. Will says:
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    I just traded Victorino, Fuld, and Jeremy Walden for Marcum and Crawford. Did I win because I got Crawford or Marcum? However now I need to try and find some saves in a league with a starts limit. Any recommendations for guys to grab now who are currently not closing?

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