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Carlos Zambrano has managed to win 13 or more games for 6 straight years.  It wasn’t easy.  He had to get through a Sweatshop Foreman in Dusty Baker and a pitcher hater in Lou Piniella.  He’s managed 17 HRs in his career and has almost hit his weight (.240).  But, for some reason, he decides to lay down a bunt single and strains his hamstring trying to beat it out.  Somewhere Michael Barrett chuckles.  This sucks if you’re a Zambrano owner but doesn’t do much to change his value.  He’ll miss 3-4 starts and come back to pitch at about 4.00 ERA, solid Ks, and a Win every other start.  That’s assuming, though, he stops trying to emulate Juan Pierre.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jonathan Sanchez – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Walked in a run in the 1st.  There’s got to be a direct correlation between pitchers walking in a run and how undesirable they are for fantasy.  Maybe we can get Rudy to draw up a chart.

Alex Rodriguez – Farted yesterday.  Big news!

Alex Gonzalez – Headed to the DL.  Hey, who’s going to hit .220 while he’s out?  Don’t worry, the Red have Paul Janish and Jerry Hairston Jr.

Chris Iannetta – Hit his 5th home run yesterday and collected 4 RBIs to bring his total to 10.  John Baker has 2 home runs and 10 RBIs.  You’d swear all the questions I answer about these two schmohawks that one was remarkably better.   Here’s the deal with punting catcher.  They’re like scabs.  Just leave them alone!  Iannetta will have 17-20 HRs by September.  You don’t have to keep picking at him.

Mike Napoli – 4-for-4 yesterday.  Hey, it’s the other catcher that works his way into every “Baker or Napoli or Iannetta” question.  Pick one then let them be.  Please.  You’re going to leave a scar.

Brandon League – Got the save opp because Downs had worked three straight games and League gave up three runs.  Mad Libs, The Pun Edition: Out of His ________.

Matt LaPorta – HR yesterday.  After the game he said, “I’m this year’s Bruce.  Now… let’s dance!”

Andy LaRoche – Hit his first home run yesterday as he hits .253 on the season.  After the game he said, “Adam went off-book.  We’re a 2nd half family.”

Eric Stults – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  You know who really appreciated this performance?  Peter Bogdanovich.

Javier Vazquez – No one pitches better for five-sixths of a game than Vazquez.

Andrew Bailey – There’s some rumblings up in Bub Rub country that he might be moving in on Ziegler territory.

Nick Markakis – Hit his 4th homer yesterday with 3 RBIs to bring his total to 27 as he bats .370.  I am Sparkakis!

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 6 ER, 9 Ks.   Sounds like the line every pitcher should expect coming out of a game with the Rangers.

Fausto Carmona – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER.   Yeah, I’m glad I dumped this knucklehead.  Good luck to you, Carmona.  Don’t write.

Kyle Lohse – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Hope who ever had him in April heeded my advice to loshe him.

Franklin Gutierrez – 3-for-4 as The Big FraGu goes yard!

Russell Branyan – Hit his 7th homer yesterday.  When I say cheap, you say power… Cheap… Power… Cheap… You got it.

Matt Capps – Came in to save a 4-3 game and left down 7-4 after a sac fly and 3-run gopherball to Rickie Weeks.  So what happened to the Pirates’ Jolly Roger tonight?  Cappsized!  On a less snarky note, that’s three straight outings where he’s given up a run.  And he’s given up 6 runs and 9 hits in his last 2 innings pitched.  Pittsburgh doesn’t have a better option but John Grabow might be worth handcuffing at this point.

Edwin Jackson – 6 IP, 5 ER. Pulled his best Javier Vazquez impersonation as he was great through six innings then was roughed up when he went back for the 7th.

Jon Lester – 7 IP and 10 Ks.  With 33 K and 10 BB, he’s a solid buy low candidate given his 5.00+ ERA.  Just realize he comes with some risk given he threw a zillion pitches last year.

Phil Hughes – Not a great start.  Maybe because it was a chilly, rainy night.  Too early to give up on him.  Sorry, I know everyone’s dying to drop him for Eric Stults now that Juliette Lewis has left him.  (Razzball:  Perez Hilton’s Favorite Fantasy Baseball Site!)

Jose Reyes – Right now, he’s at 10/1/8/.257 with 5 SBs.  That’s looking pretty crappy when Bobby Abreu has 11 SBs and guys are stealing 5 bases in a day.

Rick Ankiel – Tripped and went head first into the outfield fence.  We’re rooting for you buddy. (And, note, we don’t have him on any team.  We’re not THAT callous).

Huston Street – 1-2-3 inning for his 3rd save.  That’s 5 straight outings without a run.  And rumors are circulating that Manny Corpas might get send down.  The Colorado closer situation has been settled once and for all for the next 2 weeks until Street gets hurt.

Zack Greinke – Another shutout.  The trick?  He gets dressed in the Visitors’ locker room.

Francisco Liriano – Won his first game of the year – after losing his first 4 – with 9 Ks in 7 IP against Detroit.  Anyone that bet on him going 0-33 should be feeling mighty stupid.

Dexter Fowler – 0-for-3, 1 caught stealing.  Hey, when does Chris Young pitch again?

Chris Davis/Mark Reynolds – Homers 6 and 7 yesterday, respectively.  We got a hot one, America!

John Maine – Evened up his record to 2-2 after giving up only 3 hits in 6 IP with 7 Ks.  Yeah, that’s the good part.  Did we mention 3 ER and 6 BBs?  We own him, but that doesn’t mean we have to like him.  It could be worse I guess (we’re looking at you, Oliver Perez).

Mark Teixeira – HRs from both sides of the plate.  Let’s check the calendar.  It’s now May.  Yup, makes sense.  Time for Marco Scutaro to suck now.

Ryan Zimmerman – 4-for-4, 22 game hit streak.  First slow-starter Adam LaRoche has a great April with little brother Andy at the other corner.  Now Ryan Zimmerman starts hitting like crazy when Jordan “Two-N” Zimmermann was called up.  So don’t be surprised if the Red Sox sign Russ Ortiz.

  1. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    Maybe Ankiel gets hurt and reinvents his career as a pitcher now…
    I’m scared that Brandon League ever got mentioned on this site.

    Obligatory fantasy help that relates to no one in this post: Brandon Phillips for Liriano?

  2. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    If you can only roster one, who would you rather have? Joe Beimel, Joel Hanrahan, or Julian Tavarez?

  3. cleaver596 says:
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    I am loving Greinke right now. The combo of him and Dan Haren have helped my team get a full run lead in the ERA department. 2.229 ERA. It feels great.

    Of course I had the same thing last year at the All Star break and I ended up ranked 5th in ERA, but no one really remembers that right?

  4. anon says:
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    Star Anthony Reyes @ Toronto? Start Porcello home -vs- the Twins?

  5. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @anon: hells no on reyes.

  6. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Danks yesterday, Felix today. Im benching Bedard for tomorrows game. I am officially done pitching ANYONE against the Rangers.

    Of course Teixeira hit 2 homers. This was the first day that he was off my team after I traded him for Fielder. Like I said, he wont hit until I dont own him, some kind of F’ed up voodoo. All you Teix owners out there owe me a beer or 20.

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Emporers Monkey: why would you trade teixeiera for fielder (who is/was off to just as bad of a start)? teixeira was drafted a round or 2 higher than fielder in march, and nothing in april changed their perceived values in relation to each other.

  8. @Moonlight’s Grahams: I’d rather have Phillips. There’s a good 3-4 round difference in their draft value.

    @Spaceman.Spiff: Do I have to? I guess it’s Biemel right now but my bet would be Hanrahan or Garrett Mock are closing in 2 weeks.

    @cleaver596: Sweet. Enjoy it.

    @anon: Not unless you’re in an AL-only league.

    @Emporers Monkey: Yeah, the Rangers are a bitch to face even when they’re on the road. That said, you shouldn’t bench Bedard. Against the Rangers, he’s good for 7+ Ks…

  9. Andy says:
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    With Big Z on the ZL, I have an open roster spot. I was thinking of a hitter and I can shift things around to have an open utility spot, so I was considering Elvis Andrus, Hideki Matsui, Freddy Sanchez, or the previously-dropped Mike Aviles. I need runs, and average could use a little hot beef injection.
    Thoughts?

  10. Tony says:
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    matt holliday is pissing me the effff off……

    seriously? batting like .230? A drop off to me meant .280 ROCK BOTTOM….

  11. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Just noticed Yahoo hasn’t calculated yesterday’s stats yet in my league…..*sigh*…..should’ve made the switch to ESPN I guess.

  12. bobbo says:
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    @Tony: Reference a calendar… it’s May 5th. Come back when it says September and Holliday will not be at .230

  13. Eric H. says:
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    Yeah, what’s up with Yahoo? I pay for Stattracker, and it still hasn’t updated. That’s some BS…

  14. Tony says:
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    @bobbo: I hope you’re right. I understand some guys start slow, and he’s in a new park, with a new team, but WOW….

    I’m sitting tight, i play the dude every night, he’s just killing me watching 1-7 games, 0-4, etc….. Here’s to hoping he gets dealt!!!

  15. sean says:
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    I hate playing the matchups, but Wainwright tonight against the Phils sounds no good with Howard re-awakening and Wainwright’s control issues (25K:18BB)?

  16. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I give up Beltre, Werth, and Heath Bell to get Carlos Quentin and Brandon Morrow……worth it?

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: thanks your reading my mind,oh will it confuse ye. Iwill start Bedard and do a shot for every k,hopefully that leads to less shots than if i were to do 1 for every run against

  18. Eric says:
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    @Mark: I like your side of the trade better. Quentin is a beast. Beltre and Werth are low-end options. Bell can be replaced too. You really lose nothing and gain Quentin.

  19. Scott says:
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    @Mark: Although I like Beltre to turn it around in his contract year (remember 2004? – 1106 OPS, 26 HR in 74 games post all star break), Quentin is in another class. What kind of talent is available on the bench/wire for you to replace Beltre?

  20. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Eric: @Scott: Replacing Beltre isn’t a problem…Garrett Atkins (at 1B), Chipper, Mark Reynolds, and Alex Gordon (DL) all on my roster.

    This raises another question though. I’m the commish of this league, and every year I reiterate that the trade veto is for stopping clear cases of collusion (with strong evidence), not a weapon to kill trades you think are unfair or that hurt your team. Occasionally owners argue about it but no big problems. No trade has been vetoed in the past 3 years, though there have been complaints about “unbalanced” trades.

    Now, I’ve got an owner saying he’s going to petition the other owners to veto this trade. Is it unethical for me to change the veto settings to commish control once the season is started? I was clear on the purpose of the veto, and I feel if they are not willing to abide by them, I’ll take control of it.

  21. Tony B. says:
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    Fantasy Owners: Some prognosticators are saying Andrew Bailey…

    Bub Rub: That’s only in da’ mornin’, you sposed’ to be up speculating saves or sumpin’…

  22. mc serch says:
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    I’m on the fence with starting Bedard and Joba tonight. Rudy says yes to Bedard, but the Rangers straight rake. And Joba is…well…Joba…not sure what you’re gonna get. On a side note, I saw a headline that said Joba’s mom got busted for dealing meth…is it me or does this kid have the potential to be the Yanks’ answer to John Daly?

  23. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Screw Andrew Bailey. Some funny guy just picked him up before I was about to. Is that a waiver scoop or what?!? It hurts more now since I’m a Zeigler owner.

    I’m on to bigger and better things. John Grabow is still available and I think I’m going to pick him up, but my only real MR.B droppable is Ryan Madson. Who is the better handcuff: Madson or Grabow?

  24. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Last question: I was offered Teixeira for Adrian Gonzalez and Danks. Which side do you want to be on here??

  25. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’d take Grabow for now, but keep an eye on Lidge’s health and be ready to grab Madson again.

  26. Scott says:
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    @Mark: I hate trade vetoes. What if Quentin gets angry and breaks his wrist again? What if Beltre busts out in the second half and turns in an MVP season and leads the M’s to the division title, ala 2004. Who would have thought that would ever be said? If there is a need for a veto, it should be only used for exactly what you said, preventing collusion. Until someone can show me a September 30, 2009 newspaper, I will never be convinced that stats can be predicted. If no one objected to your original statement regarding the trade veto, feel free to veto their vetoes.

  27. Tony says:
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    @sean: i’m throwing wainwright, if it was in philly i’d say no for sure…

  28. Eric says:
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    @Mark:

    I think it’s an unbalanced trade, but that happens. I just traded away Heath Bell the other day for Francisco Liriano. The other owner was sick of Liriano, and he loved Bell. Closers are a dime a dozen unless you’re in a really big league. Mine is 10 teams, so there are a few guys out there in the free agent pool to pick up if needed.

    But yeah, I can see why people in your league would object. Why would the other owner even consider trading away Quentin? It makes no sense because he’s gaining nothing. Maybe he’s desperate for saves. People do stupid things when they get desperate.

  29. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I guess this means Colby Rasmus is edging closer to the must-add category, eh? He’ll probably see the bulk of PT in Ankiel’s absence.

  30. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Eric: Well, a couple factors are that he’s extremely weak at 3B (been playing Chase Headley and James Loney at his CI spot), and he’s also a huge Phillies fan and had been coveting Werth.

  31. Dingo says:
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    @Tony: I hear you on Holliday. One thing that concerned me about last night was that he fouled out twice. I’ve heard before that Oakland’s large foul territory makes it harder for hitters, so I looked it up. Unless my counting’s wrong, Holliday fouled out 10 times in 2007 and 8 times in 2008. So far in 2009, he’s already fouled out 5 times. I counted on McAfee Coliseum taking away some of his HRs, but I didn’t think the foul territory would rob him of this many hits.

    @Rudy Gamble: In defense of Vazquez… I’ve got nothing. I defended him last week after he gave up a bunch of runs the “right” way (i.e., through lots of lucky singles), but yesterday he gave up runs in the wrong way, with a trifecta of two-run gophers. That’s the Vazquez that I was hoping would disappear after he left Chicago, and for most of April, he had me convinced that gopher-Vazquez was gone for good. Until his last two starts, he had given up about twice as many ground balls as fly balls, but I guess we’ll have to see whether his groundballing start was for real or whether it was just a brief tease before he settled down in donkland.

  32. Dingo says:
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    I just traded LaTroy Hawkins for Gil Meche. Should I feel guilty?

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Dingo: Well done.

  34. NoonTime says:
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    Ervin Santana Watch: 4.2 IP, 4 Hits (2 HR), 0 BB, 3 K for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A Advanced California League last night

  35. Crafty35a says:
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    Yahoo is killing me. Not so much the non-update of stats, but I have a waiver claim in on Bailey, which was supposed to process late last night (3 AM or whenever they typically update). The other owners in my league have now had all morning to decide they want to put in a claim on him.

  36. Tony says:
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    @Crafty35a: that crap is annoying… you do the work, and they can snake a guy away.

  37. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I give Torii Hunter and Ziegler and get Beckett. No brainer or is Beckett this year’s Harang?

  38. @Crafty35a: That’s not how it works. All transactions are processed at midnight PST. You should be fine.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Andy: I’d go Andrus.

    @sean: You gotta start Wainwright.

    @Mark: Sure, and I want Quentin.

    @mc serch: Yanks’ answer to Daly — ha! Good call. I’d start them both.

    @IowaCubs: Grabow — A-Gonz side.

    @Dingo: That’s a good trade in a deep league.

    @NoonTime: Ah… Missed that. Thanks for the update!

    @Mr. Rickey: I’d want Beckett there.

  40. Scott says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: Either way, I think it’s worth the gamble. There has to be someone on your bench/wire that can give you .270/17/5 for the rest of the season. I think that’s generous for Hunter too. I wouldn’t expect him to hit 290 for the first time in his career and 30 HR’s for the second time in his career at age 34. If Beckett gets his ERA down to 4.50 for the season, that would mean he would post a 4.02 for the rest of the season, pretty decent for the AL Beast. The only worry for me is whether he is injured. I haven’t seen him yet this year.

  41. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Who likes Franklin and Abreu for Markakis?

  42. John says:
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    I saw Hall got injured last night. Any chance for Gamel? If not, when do you think Gamel will be up in the majors? I am itching to pick him up.

  43. Juice says:
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    What do you think of Theriot’s recent power surge? I am getting sick of waiting for Peralta to start hitting. Is he worth the pickup?

  44. RT says:
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    Grey/Rudy:
    Last couple of days I have had problems logging on to Razz. I am getting a “CPU Allotment Error”. Anyone else email about something similar?

    Thanks.

  45. Scott says:
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    @IowaCubs: You getting Markakis? I like it a lot.

  46. PJTres says:
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    I think ill drop taveras now…

    who do you think is more valuable to own now that i have a roster spot?

    assume i need help at all positions. lol (including holds)

    bourn, pelfrey, rasmus, grabow…or should i have stuck with taveras?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: I want Markakis.

    @John: He could be called up soon, but I doubt it. Unless the Hall injury is worse than it appears. Not to mention, Gamel’s defense is a real liability.

    @Juice: Sure, switch it up.

    @RT: Sorry, we know it’s going on. Our webhost sucks and I’m computer stupid, so I’m trying to fix the issue, but I’m not doing a great job I suppose.

    @PJTres: I’d grab Bourn over Taveras.

  48. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Eric H- This often happens with Stattracker. Another problem is that when you have more then one team – it will work for the league that you have up on the board, but in order to get results for your other leagues, you need to go back to your team and refresh, and then put Stattracker back on. I have found the ESPN version to be far better, the team page is in real time, and it is for free.

    @Mark – sometimes one owners stupidity and naivete can upset the balance and integrity of a league as much as collusion. It’s not just a case of protecting the naive or beginner owner, as it is the league itself. If a bottomdweller trades A-Rod for Milton Bradley to a top-tier team, as was the case in a league I was in last year, then this trade is unfair to all of the teams that are contending with the team that hopes to acquire A-Rod. So although I am liberal on what goes through, there are certain instances that demand a veto. I also believe that it is better for the league to make this decision then the Commish, for the latter can make you vulnerable to charges of favoritism. And you certainly can’t change the rules mid-stream. If I was in a league where this occurred, I would seriously consider dropping out.

  49. Tony says:
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    @Grey: i’ve got wainwright and beckett, got rufus in there already… i’m debating on Beckett. He’s not been good his last 3-4 outtings, he’s been UGLYYYYY….

    the walks are thru the roof for beckett, and you’re saying START HIM vs. the NYY?

    He is pretty solid vs. the YANKS, usually….

  50. RT says:
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    @Grey:
    No worries. Just thought it was on my end.

    Baseball question: Eithier or Bruce?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: It’s not safe, by any means, but I’d start him.

    @RT: Bruce

  52. mike says:
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    Theriot vs Felipe Lopez…straight up, single season league. who do you want?

  53. Crafty35a says:
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    @Tony: That’s the way it’s supposed to work. But since Yahoo has still not updated today, Bailey is still shown on waivers, despite the fact that he should have cleared at midnight PST.

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ill put up with a few minutes here and there of trouble(its usually very short times) for the positives and entertainment you offer,thanks a millionth time to all involved

  55. Tony says:
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    @Grey: HA! its not safe, but do it… At this point I think its going to be one of those I bench him he throws a Gem, i throw him he gets shelled?

  56. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @RT – Intermittent problems logging on to Razzball. If I wait an hour or so, I get on with no difficulty.

  57. John says:
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    Drop Dukes for Francoeur. No brainer right?

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @RT: but im glad you ask,i also wandered if its was my problem

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: Lopez

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for your support, AL.

    @Tony: Probably will be the case. Damn if you do…

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @John: Sure, give him a whirl.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: my razz issues only last 10 minutes topps

  62. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey – I’m presuming that you are recommending dumping Carmona for the rest of us as well, meaning that his prospects for regaining fantasy value in the near or long-term future are slim and none?

  63. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @John: Why? Do you really think Frenchy’s got more upside than Dukes?

  64. Scott says:
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    @RT: With Manny in the lineup, I like Ethier. He is a real candidate for 310/25/100/100. Bruce will hit more bombs, but that is about it. 50 points of average (conservative estimate) is a big hit. Plus, Bruce is slugging 721 against RHP’s and 158 against lefties. Keeper league though, Bruce no question.

  65. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC – You are likely correct, but I usually leave it alone for awhile, so no telling when it comes back. But we always come back, don’t we? Razzball is our healthy addiction, although my wife might have another opinion on the matter. (Actually, she shouldn’t complain, for the improvement in her fantasy team is a direct result of all of the info given here.)

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: with the new update that spills might loose atbats again,is it worthy to drop him ,if so rank these or shoud i hold tight,d murphy,A.jones byrd,luke scott

  67. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I understand what you are saying, but what if the rules for using the trade veto were stated before hand? IE, it has been established that owners are to use the trade veto only for cases with strong evidence of collusion. Changing the league settings midstream, as you put it, would only happen if the owners themselves failed to follow the rules previously agreed upon.

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    @Tony: What are you doing with Beckett? I am throwing him because of the damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Last night baseball data, lefty at Yankee stadium, told me to sit Lester – 10k’s and a W wasted.

    I also know he is pissed at his performances lately and am counting on his ability to chillax and bear down.

    Then again you can put him in, hope for rain, and see him against Cleveland.

  69. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: yeah,i need to clean the garage and finish the deck,and it almost noon,hey it`s 5`oclock somewhere,

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, I think he’s between usable and unusable in the worst way. Meaning, he will pitch decent and then awful and you’ll never know when either are coming, plus he doesn’t give enough Ks to make him valuable either way and his upside isn’t great. I dropped him in a deep 15 team league to give you an idea.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, seems to be down for 15 minutes usually. I’d rank them Jones, Spills, Murphy…

  71. Tony says:
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    @BSA: hahaha, man a rain out would be great wouldn’t it!

    I’m really thinking I’m gonna sit him. He’s pitched bad, and control has been an issue lately, which control is usually Becketts bread and butter. The Yankees Offense doesn’t scare me that much. I dont know…. Any other Beckett owners wanna weigh in?

  72. RT says:
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    @Scott:
    Yeah, I was thinking of the lineup and offence. Basically, I am trying to swap Bruce for Eithier, but also include another bat (I have enough) to get Haren as well.

  73. Prince says:
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    Hah, catchers “like scabs” … awesome. I’m pretty guilty of this. I’ll try hard to stop picking.

  74. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    AJ Mass on ESPN said he would reject a trade of Reyes and Quentin for Kinsler. WTF! I love me some Jew-Fro, but what is he smoking, Reyes and Quentin!

  75. Crafty35a says:
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    @BSA: Wouldn’t being a lefty in Yankee stadium be preferable to a righty, with the short porch in right and the apparent jet stream in that direction?

  76. Tony says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: thats borderline retarded…. kinsler will get hurt and he’ll eat those words…. so funny

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: unfotuantley andruw

  78. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Tony: His chat was full of comments like that, def need to skip his stuff. Can we ranks ESPN columnists?

  79. Tony says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: andruw was just dropped in my league, 12 teamer, has he been slacking off? I haven’t paid much atttention to the guy….

  80. @Mark: I have to agree with All Nuts. If the trade directly effects your team, you can’t change the rules as the commish to ensure the trade doesn’t get vetoed. The optics of that are, as they say, very bad. Also, it’s a really good way to start a mutiny.

    Moral: Don’t allow trade vetoes. Just don’t. There’s too much room for abuse. If you know people are colluding, kick them out of the league. It’s that simple.

  81. Joel says:
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    I had Javier Vasquez and Edwin Jackson going yesterday.

    I also have Josh Beckett and Joba Chambermaid, both of whom I’m starting today.

    I hate my pitchers. I want bad things to happen to them.

  82. Tom says:
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    Are we buying low on Teixeira or worried about his wrist?

  83. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: we had to go to NO VETOES in my league this year. Commish decides. Only way the commish vetoes is if I think its 5 or 6 of the 12 guys in the league post they want it vetoed, and its gotta be collusion or just totally lopsided beyond belief, none of the “well i think that guys worth way more blah blah blah” So far its been going good. 3-4 trades have went thru no problems. You have to have a pretty good commish thats not gonna f it up. We also put a trade deadline on 1 week after the all star break…. its before YAHOO would let us, but thats one of the main issues we’ve had is that some team would try and pull some BS too close to playoffs. Or they’d be tanking and make a deal and they have no chance of making the playoffs… You’ll always have issues just gotta do your best to limit them.

  84. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ive been diagnosed with an addictive personality,and this site is testing my will power to get anything else done,and im folding like a pair of dueces

  85. Tony says:
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    most of this had to do with people hitting the veto button and then everyone in the league says they didn’t do it…. that got old and was too easy to do, now guys have to make a post and state their case why they want it vetoed and that certain quota has to be met like i posted above…

  86. BSA says:
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    @Crafty35a: Yanks versus lefties (09) .335 (hence sit Lester) versus righties .256
    Last year the Yanks hit a .238 (obviously he got shelled last time out)
    Last year in old Yankee Stadium with a “short porch in right” the Yankees hit .196

    I could be wrong and probably am but that is some of my thought going into throwing him tonight.

    See you in the comment section tomorrow and one of us will be crabbin’ about it and the other will be psyched.

    Or it could rain…..

  87. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Juice: @Grey: If Theriot hits 4 more homers this year, I’m going to tattoo “PUJOLS” in cyrillic across my forehead.

  88. Tony says:
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    @BSA: go rain!

  89. BSA says:
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    @Tom: Two jacks last night I would think his owners might have perked up a bit.

  90. BSA says:
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    @IowaCubs: Will there be pictures?

  91. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: On that note I have to go back to work – My math students just drafted their teams so we have to go do some research and run some totals for their head to head league. Teaching the Razzballer’s young these days. HA!

  92. Tony says:
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    @BSA: are you really having math students draft fantasy teams??? LOL!

    i teach as well, so funny….

  93. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Well, the rules wouldn’t be changed….the mechanics of how the rules are applied would be changed.

    As it happens, another owner stepped in and defended my position, and pointed out that the trade veto guidelines were expressly stated in the preseason league email. He is proposing a revised veto system and I believe we will vote on it as a league to confirm it.

  94. Tony says:
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    @Mark: thats a better way to go about it, its good that other owner stood up, i hate it when no one says crap and 1-3 guys are arguing….

    my league argued ALOT last year….

  95. royce! says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I have to agree with Mark regarding changing the rules after the game has begun. I’m not sure I would drop out of the league if a commissioner did so, but I would be bitter and not trust said commish.

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i agree that veto people are known,state your case but stand up,that way iyour just one of those that veto anything then the rest of the league will and should veto any of yours,be a man

  97. Dingo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Maybe we should start a 12-step program? I guess the first step would be admitting that we need to change, but my team’s doing so well and I think razzball’s to blame!

  98. Jobu's rum says:
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    Anyone monitoring Brett Cecil’s debut?

  99. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC – maybe you should start a 12 step group for Razzball junkies. But I don’t think that you have hit your bottom yet. You still have fantasies about catching L’Atelier Piniero. You will be better off if you practice acceptance in that area, and limit your objectives to second place.

    @BSA – Interesting post; I don’t have the stats in front of me, but I don’t think that Swisher has done a thing with the Jetstream/porch – most of his slugging this year has been on the road. The Jetstream will help righties with so-so power, like Jeter and Melky, who hit to the opposite field.
    And you are right – buying low on Texiera has ended. He hit two towering bombs last night. He will warm up in May, and April will soon be forgotton. And his stats will skyrocket when AROID comes back; he will be his Manny. I wished I owned him…

  100. BSA says:
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    @Tony: Yes, seventh graders did it two weeks ago and the eighth graders did it yesterday.
    I use the stats from CBS H2H and they go to ESPN, collect weekly stats, and then do the math.

    They then can compete against each other and we average each classes results and have them compete against the other class.

    Kids like it!

  101. Tom says:
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    Would you rather have Bruce, Pence, or Cory Hart? Non-keeper 5×5

  102. Drev says:
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    @Grey: How do you think Billingsley will compare with Beckett and Sabathia for the rest of the season?

  103. Griff says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Melky is a switch hitter. I know at least two of his bombs at home were left-handed.

  104. Jobu's rum says:
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    @JR: Looks like he just plunked 2 batters in the second inning, though he could have an awesome K rate. We’ll see…..

  105. Giving up Vernon Wells and Cain, getting Juan Cruz and CQ?

    I have Greinke, Bedard, Johnson, Masterson, Wolf, with Carpenter and Escobar on DL, and I’m in 2nd to last in hr and rbi.

  106. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Has a chance to be as solid as either of them. Sabathia will probably be the most valuable, then Bills and Beckett.

    @bpasinko: I want CQ there.

  107. Zebo says:
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    asdrubal is between Sizemore and V Mart now, thats good for RBI and R with his AVG and OBP. ASdrubal or Fontenot?

  108. JR says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: We’ll see how he rebounds…

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Asdrubal is 12/12 guy and Fontenot is a 15 HRs with less steals guy. Asdrubal is more valuable.

  110. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    For anyone that’s interested, this is the system now proposed in my league, which should with any luck be ratified in short order:

    “On the table is a proposal to change the way we evaluate and veto trades. The trade veto control would be removed from manager’s hands and placed in the commissioner’s control. Trades would be eligible for veto in two cases: (1) managers have strong evidence that the managers involved in the trade are colluding, or (2) one of the managers involved in the trade is no longer competing. If either case is suspected, a manager must post a public veto request on the league message board during the 2 day review period. The request must specify which under which case the trade should be vetoed and should explain in as much detail as necessary why they believe the trade should be vetoed. If six requests (half the league) are posted, the commissioner will review the case against the trade and determine if the case should be vetoed. In case (2), the manager accused of not competing will be contacted with the opportunity to defend the trade.

    In the circumstance that the trade in question involves the commissioner’s team, the final decision will fall to the assistant commissioner. If the trade involves both the commissioner and assistant commissioner, the veto will be determined by a simple majority vote by the rest of the league after the veto requests are posted, with a tie vote counting as a successful veto. “

  111. Scott says:
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    @Zebo: Like Cabrera there. How about Asdrubal or Scutaro?

  112. @Jobu’s rum: I will be. I wanted to start him tonight, but he required a waiver claim to get him for today’s start.

    Side note: Yahoo! finally got their shit together. Stats updated, waiver claims processed.

  113. Good post…I’m a fantasy rookie but understand statistics and quickly understood this concept and put it into effect. Another team that had autodrafted was weak on pitching and I was worried about my 3b spot so I offered him Ted Lilly and Brian Wilson for Chipper Jones. Sounds like an even trade…except you you consider I replaced Lilly with Jair Jurrjens for free… Now if I only hadn’t drafted Brandon Webb and Cole Hamels I might not be in 9th place ;)

  114. cubbies299 says:
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    Which of these two do I drop for Brett Cecil? I’m really liking him right now

    Corpas/Wade/F Lewis/Balfour Zumaya

    Or should I not make the drop

  115. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @cubbies299: Corpas I guess, he might be going to the minors.

  116. Speaking of which, I could use some advice on what to do with my pitching mess, er staff. Cappsized indeed. Undecided on whether to stand pat and hope guys get off the DL/get it together or trade for a good starter…

    10 team ESPN league: 7×7 (standard + OPS TB / Losses and BAA)

    SP: C Hamels, S Kazmir, J Jurrjens, P Maholm, M Scherzer, J Zimmerman
    RP: Capps, Qualls, S Downs, Sherrill
    DL: B Webb, E Santana

    I have strong bats so could afford to move a guy…

  117. SRM says:
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    @BSA: I love it. Reminds me of The Wire where they learn math via dice/craps strategy. Whatever keeps them interested…

    Anyone else on the fence for starting Scherzer tonight @ LAD?! I’m in a 6×6 with QS so despite his last outing, I’m still not sure since he’s rarely lasts 6.

    I’m also at my weekly “what the hell do I do with Brett Myers” moment. I think he’s sitting.

  118. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @cubbies299: Corpas, it’ll be a while before he gets another chance to close, and he’s useless until that point.

  119. Thunder Dan says:
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    My J-Roll and Uggla for his Kinsler and Peralta

    What do you think of this trade? Short-term, I’d be going from two gaping holes in my lineup to only one. However, I’m worried that I’m letting my .200-hitting middle infield cloud my long-term valuation of this deal. Best SS on the wire is, ironically, Asdrubal.

  120. cubbies299 says:
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    @Mark: I have to drop 2 of em

  121. cubbies299 says:
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    which two of these do I drop for Brett Cecil? I’m really liking him right now (sry to repeat. I must drop 2 b/c I have Wade in my DL slot right now)

    Corpas/Wade/F Lewis/Balfour Zumaya

    Or should I not make the drops?

  122. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @cubbies299: Who is Wade? Cory Wade? Why are you rostering him?

  123. cubbies299 says:
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    it’s a holds league

  124. BSA says:
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    @SRM: Now I only have enough Rolaids for one “damned if you do” pitcher each night.

    Myers is sitting.
    Cards are batting .326 against him.
    Phillies are hitting .212 against Wainwright.

    Oh yeah, have you kept an eye on the home/road issues?

    He is sitting while I chew on Rolaids as Beckett gets his Shizz together.

  125. Doug Ault says:
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    I’ve been touting League to be closer material for a few years.He may have closer stuff,but clearly not closer makeup.

  126. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Griff – you are, of course, correct – I realized this right after I made the post. Generally, though, the Jetstream should help those hitters with moderate power, either batting left or hitting to the opposite field from the right. It will probably have minimal effects on the power guys, whose shots would go out of the park with or without the Jetstream.

    @Elijah – sounds odd that Jurrjens would be a FA. Is this a ten team league?

  127. Grey

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    @Elijah: I’d look to see what I could get for Webb or Ervin. Maybe Cain or Wainwright? If nothing great, then you can hold pat. Your pitching shouldn’t be as bad as it has been.

    @Thunder Dan: It’s a lot for Kinsler. Not awful, but I wouldn’t do it.

    @cubbies299: I’d lose Corpas.

  128. cubbies299 says:
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    okay, dropped Corpas, but still have to drop either Wade/Motte/Balfour/Holland/Meyer (SP eligible holds guy… kinda useful)

    It’s a holds league. Do I do that for Cecil? He’s dominating now. I’m getting antsy about him getting snatched

  129. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Drop Chris Young, Scott Baker, Joel Hanrahan, or Chris Volstad to grab Brett Cecil? Or stand pat?

  130. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Mark: Or Wuertz….I could drop Wuertz.

  131. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: I said to grab him last week. Lose Balfour.

  132. cubbies299 says:
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    dropped balfour. I got too antsy. Plus Balfour’s been soooo hittable so far this year. Too many setup men in Tampa to be that hittable

  133. cubbies299 says:
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    Sorry, Grey, I was running the Pittsburgh marathon this weekend, so I couldn’t really see any of the content. I was getting good and ready to add him and then my comp died. I’ve been freaking about not getting him for the last few days. Just got back.

  134. Grey

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    @Mark: I’d hold tight there. Unless you’re good on saves, then lose Hanrahananan.

    @cubbies299: No worries (Insert appropriate emoticon)

  135. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Grey: If I pull the trigger, Hanrahan and not Wuertz?

  136. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Well, Hanaranhanan is going down and Wuertz is going up on the escalator of value, so that would be my choice. But the Nats are a Lazy Susan of crappy closers so Hanrahananan could get back in there. Probably not do well when he does, but you never know.

  137. JR says:
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    @Grey: Lazy Susan might be a glossary term for a closer by committee. E.g. “I had Perez but I dropped him for Motte, but now I’m thinking I might grab Franklin. You know what? I’m getting off this lazy susan…”

  138. agarthered says:
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    So what do you think of Cecil’s performance so far, im at work so I haven’t been able to watch.

  139. @Grey: @JR: Hmm, you don’t ride a Lazy Susan….how about a Closerousel?

  140. @Mark: If you drop Hanrahan, chances are much better that he’s going to sit in the FA pool until his chance to close comes again (it may never). If not, and another owner jumps on him, take solace in the fact that it’s their ERA and WHIP inflating and not yours.

  141. Elijah says:
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    @Paulie: I grabbed Jurrjens before the season even started.

  142. Elijah says:
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    How do I do the @ part (sorry nOOb) ;)

  143. Elijah says:
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    And yes, 10 team league, but with an extra CI and MI slot.

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @agarthered: Looking nasty, might fool hitters for a few starts so grab him and then try and flip him after three or four starts. Or ride him until hitters figure him out.

    @Rudy Gamble: Nice

    @Elijah: Click the little arrow next to the time stamp under the person’s name you’re talking to.

  145. agarthered says:
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    Im contemplating dropping Marshall if he doesn’t do well today, for Cecil..

    what do you guys think?

  146. Scott says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: To stick with the carnival theme, a roller closer may work too, although that is probably better used for a single closer that sucks and has job security.

  147. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    Just looked at the box for the Giants-Cubs game and Pinella sent out the B-team for today…………..I can already taste the strikeouts from Lincecum.

  148. @Grey: Drop Hughes for Cecil*?

    *This sounds like Fantasy Cricket. He’s got a nasty googly!

  149. Grey

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    @agarthered: Sounds fine. Though Cecil has more upside and more trade value then Marshall will ever have. On the season, Marshall could be much more usable though.

    *****Rudy’s got a new post up.

  150. Scott says:
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    Drop Jordan Schafer for Cecil?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******Rudy has a new post up.*******

  152. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    Heres my lineup as well, any advice welcomed

    C Russell Martin
    1b Teixeira
    2b Utley
    3b C Jones
    SS D Jeter
    MI F Lopez
    CI Joey Votto
    OF C Quentin
    OF A Ethier
    OF V Wells
    OF J Damon
    Util M Reynolds

    Bench V Guerrero
    Bench M DeRosa
    Bench D Fowler

  153. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I’m dropping Hanrahan for him…..Hanny should clear waivers the day after I have a roster spot open up from a 3 for 2 trade.

  154. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Too bad you didn’t unload Vlad before the injury. You’re not going to get anything for him now. Can’t you trade Jeter, slide DeRosa into MI and Lopez into SS? I’d explore what pitchers you can get for Jeter.

  155. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    Lopez only qualifies at 2b for me. I had E Andrus for awhile… I could grab him again I suppose. Maybe offer Jeter and Webby for a frontline SP?

  156. Jobu's rum says:
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    Marshall already getting lit up. My bad for starting him though, wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize he’s facing Tiny Tim for the win.

  157. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    The Vlad thing didnt turn out so bad as right when he got hurt some Red Sox fan dropped Damon in disgust and I stole him off waivers. Gotta love homers in FB.

  158. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: That move could work if you can get a solid starter.

  159. Elijah says:
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    This is a Head to Head league too, forgot to mention.

  160. cruisinkc says:
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    In my keeper league I was just offered a trade:

    I get: Carlos Lee

    I give: BJ Upton

    the offensive categories are the standard 5 plus OPS. Should I wait for Bossman to come around or make this deal?

  161. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Is Peavy for Arod a good deal? I would be getting Arod. Might have to throw in Davis to sweaten the deal.

  162. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Woot, I’m actually glad Yahoo hasn’t cleared Cecil off waivers yet…..Tavarez got hit in the 7th and now Mock is in….I’m holding Hanrahan for the time being.

  163. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: That’s a mighty big cup of sugar. I would definitely take A Rod straight up, but unless you’re talking about Doug Davis, I don’t know about that one.

  164. cruisinkc says:
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    @Grey: I guess the only thing I worry about is speed with my line-up. My line-up as of today is
    C: Soto
    1B: Tex
    2B: Cano
    3B: Chris Davis
    SS: Jimmy Rollins
    OF: Braun
    OF: Markakis
    OF: BJ Upton
    Utl: Derrek Lee

    I am last in my league in homers and RBI but feel if I give up Upton I would be lacking a lot in speed. Still make the deal?

  165. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey, in a league where my ratios are fucked and my pitchers are Kazmir/Verlander/Lowe/Vazquez/Parra, would you trade Kazmir/Hawpe for Danks/Wainright/Ankiel?

  166. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @cubbies299: I wouldn’t take on Ankiel right now as anything other than a throw-in….you never know what that kind of collision will do to a guy.

  167. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @cubbies299: heck year, even if ankiel sucks Dank and Waignwright are better than Kazmir Hawpe.

  168. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Sorry, league depth again?

    @cubbies299: I would want Danks/Wainwright in that trade.

  169. cruisinkc says:
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    @Grey: 10 teams

  170. Zebo says:
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    what’s the story on Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge now? Is Madson still ownable? Madson or Arredondo?

  171. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    one more followup. Arod or Longoria going forward?

  172. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: How forward? Actually, scratch that, I like Longoria for this year and beyond.

  173. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: So you could flip Cano for a Roberts-type if you really needed the speed? Hmm… It’s not a slam dunk, but if Upton doesn’t revert, Braun continues to hurt and Davis slumps it might be trouble. Lee’s easily a plus in OPS and homers and he’s more of a sure thing, so I say grab Lee there and watch for steals on waivers. In a 10 team league that shouldn’t be awful.

    @Zebo: I’d hold Madson for another few days.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Longoria

  174. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Christian Guzman or Felipe Lopez for MI?

  175. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Also, in a league that penalizes Ks for hitters, is Cust worth owning? I’m a little light in power and average for Ks each week.

  176. Elijah says:
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    I’m a dbacks fan and have watched Lopez and I expect him to be the real deal this year, he wants that fat new contract bad.

    Id guess he ends up around .300 BA 90 runs 15 HR 60 RBI 15 steals. That’s not too shabby at 2b.

  177. Scott says:
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    @Grey: On cue: Guzman goes deep.

  178. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Thanks, Grey. This site has been a godsend for my transactionitis.

  179. Ashley says:
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    What did Scott Downs do wrong?? 3/3 in save chances. ERA under 1.00… They didn’t bring him in last night, and blew the game. Now he’s pitching in the 8th inning today. Did I miss something??

  180. Elijah says:
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    No clue what they were thinking last night. Today I think they were just outta fresh arms and are hoping he can pitch 2 innings.

  181. Scott says:
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    @Ashley: I heard yesterday’s day off was because he was unavailable. He was brought in today to face Sizemore and I would think to get the last 5 outs and finish the game.

  182. Colin says:
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    This is my fkn luck. I jump on the Difelice bandwagon to get some holds…the first time out for me he gives up a run after giving up 1 in 11 innings last night although I got a win.

    Then I jump on the Sampson bandwagon to get some more holds and he gets shellacked by the Nats today first time out for me.

    I LOVE FANTASY BASEBALL.

  183. Elijah says:
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    Could be worse, you could have had Matt Capps last night :)

  184. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: How serious are the Bailey/Ziegler rumblings? Are you buying these Zimmerman shenanigans? I got offered Morneau and Zimm for Carl Crawford and Javier Vazquez, you biting on that at all?

  185. Elijah says:
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    Save or no, Downs was a great FA pickup. 1.2 IP 0 ER and 3 K’s, .60 WHIP I’ll take it.

  186. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: League was used yesterday for reasons stated in the post above. Downs came into the 8th and finished it out, nothing’s changed.

    @cws05nuts: Not biting on that trade. The A’s are saying Bailey could see save opps.

  187. Doug Ault says:
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    @Ashley: Downs had pitched 3 consecutive days,thus the rest last night.I don’t see the value using him today if it wasn’t a save situation.

  188. Doug Ault says:
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    How do the Nats score 10 runs and Dunn goes o’fer 5

  189. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Capps with elbow discomfort? Drop Wuertz for Grabow?

  190. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Thanks for the heads up! Yeah, grab Grabow.

  191. RT says:
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    @Ashley:
    Downs has often come in for more than 1 inning. Benefit of him over Ryan.

  192. RT says:
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    Was offered Kelly Johnson for Derek Lee. Am I really giving up that much (i give Lee)?

  193. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Who’s the guy to own in that Baltimore mess?

    I have Sherrill and a waiver claim in for Ray. I could sacrifice either for Bailey. It’s a Holds league too, BTW.

  194. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: I want Lee.

    @Steve: If I had to choose someone, I’d say Ray gets the most saves by the end of the year, but as of right now, it’s a mess all right. I’d lose Ray for Bailey for right now. Ray’s not the closer as of right now.

  195. @RT: Depends on who you have at 2B, but Lee has been showing signs of life in May, and I think he’ll perform relatively close to the numbers you thought you were getting when you drafted him over the rest of the season.

  196. RT says:
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    @Grey:
    Thanks Grey… Just battling the urge to deal for a 2B with Ian Stewart not starting… Heck, he isn’t even playing against soft righties. Yeah, I’m talking to you Kevin Correia

  197. RT says:
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    @naughtandcross:
    I have Tex and Morales as 1B eligible. D.Lee has been UTIL and I have Stewy/Burriss two headed monster at second.

  198. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Chris Davis goes down LOOKING for his 2nd time in a row today. Seriously, how long until Texas says enough and sends him back down. I don’t understand why his leash is so much longer than most young players. He’s an inning killer for the Rangers.

  199. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: He’s got a lot of talent, but he Ks alot — obviously. I think he K’d more than Dunn in the minors.

  200. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Didn’t actually have Ray – just cancelled my waiver claim for him and dropped Brett Anderson for Bailey.

    I have F-Cord, Qualls, Franklin and Percival (as well as Sherrill) already, so it’s not like I’m hurting for Saves.

  201. mgeoffriau

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    @Frank Rizzo: K’s are better than GIDPs….

  202. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    This has been answered a hundred times on this site already today, but regarding Cecil… Would you drop Madson for him?

  203. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @IowaCubs: Or Wuertz?

  204. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @IowaCubs: See this is what pisses me off about Fantasy Baseball. Michael Wuertz was pitching in Des Moines last year for part of the year in AAA, and now he’s getting saves for the A’s? Way to go, Cubs.

  205. IowaCubs

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    @IowaCubs: I also have Andrus farting around on my bench.

    By the way, I just wanted to comment here so that I could boost my number of comments. Carry on.

  206. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    WAS – HOU game suspended, to be completed on July 9th.

  207. cubbies299 says:
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    Lose Wade for Grabow in a holds league? I’m thinking yes if Grabow gets some save ops

  208. jsp2014 says:
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    @Grey: Any chance Smoak would get a chance at 1b if Davis got sent down? Or would Blalock most likely just have to play defense?

  209. @Mark: Wonder if Yahoo! is going to make me wait til July to collect my stats from Dukes for this game.

  210. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: I’d lose Andrus if he’s just sitting on your bench.

    @Mark: Sweet, maybe HAwkins can still get a vulture. In two months.

    @cubbies299: Yup

    @jsp2014: I don’t think Davis is in danger of being sent down.

  211. Frank Rizzo says:
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    ……..and that’s K #3 on the day for Mr. Davis. At least he swung at the 3rd strike this time. What a joke. This kid should get sent down before his confidence is ruined forever. Any pitcher with a pulse can K this loser.

  212. Ceasar says:
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    McLouth/Damon for Ludwick/Reynolds?

    6×6, 14-teamer. I need some pop, but is this sacrificing too much BA/runs?

  213. Steve says:
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    Is there anything sweeter than a one-out Save?

  214. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ceasar: It’s a fair trade that is all about needs. If you needs you some pop, that’s fair.

    @Steve: A five steal night. C’mon, Fowler!

  215. mgeoffriau

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    No win for Bedard despite another excellent performance….too bad the Seattle lineup had to be facing the masterful Vincente Padilla.

  216. cubbies299 says:
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    D Wright for Chipper, F. Francisco, Sandoval?

  217. Tom says:
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    Punting catcher is so much fun. Salty just hit a grand slam. You think the dudes that picked up Martin and Mauer in the 4th round would like to have Haren right now? Salty in almost the last round is tasting so good right now. And I have every reason to think he keeps producing like this. .280 avg, maybe 13 HR. Sweet. And Salty.

  218. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: Ha, nice rant.

  219. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    Hmm, what do you think about trying to trade for Sabathia? Owner is a Sox fan, I might be able to buy low…

  220. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: I like that idea, depends what you’re giving obviously.

  221. Elijah says:
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    I offered Chipper and Webby, I’ll see what he thinks.

  222. Mr Baseball says:
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    S. Marshall pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs – this would be the definition of a Quality Start – in the 7th inning he gave up 3 more runs which pushed the total to 6 runs that he gave up – Yahoo at the moment has not given him a QS – is this a mistake or they are right or the 7th inning had something to do with him not getting a QS – note the 3 runs show up in the 8th inning but he did not retire a batter in that inning – thank you

  223. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Grabow, Ray, R. Soriano, Arredondo for saves

  224. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Mr Baseball: A quality start is defined as “at least” 6 innings pitched, giving up not more than 3 runs. He pitched 7 and gave up 6, thus, not a quality start. Nor should it be.

  225. asSmith says:
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    Big trade opportunity for me:

    I give Braun, I get Arod. I have to take it right?

  226. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @asSmith: Wow, that’s tough. Neither is a sure thing. A-Rod seems like everything is wine and roses right now, but he’s dinged up too. Since A-Rod’s at 3rd, I would do it, but with trepidation and only if I needed a 3rd baseman and could fill in my outfield spot decently.

  227. Steve says:
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    Wainwright.

    Not helping.

  228. Paulie Allnuts

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    Joba – 12 K’s, 5 2/3 INN; last 8 outs were strike-outs. Superb after very rocky start. Taken out by Girardi due to pitch count ; Joba Rules apparently still in play. These last five innings were the best I have seen him as a starter.

  229. asSmith says:
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    Grey: I know, this is a tough one. My OF consists of Braun, CC, Soriano, Cruz, and Hart with LOL and Blalock at 3rd and MI respectively. If I take Arod I just move him or Blalock to the UTIL slot. Or I try and flip Blalock with that multi-eligibility while he looks good for an OF. For that 5th OF spot, Conor Jackson is sitting on the wire right now so I suppose I could grab him. I’ve been just mixing and matching that UTIL slot.

  230. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Is Conor Jackson even worth a roster spot? I have Lowell, Cantu, and expendable pieces in Nyjer and Rasmus. With A Rod coming back. Doesn’t feel like I need him to me.

  231. agarthered says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts he was nasty after the first. Very promising for the year, if he can get out of the first inning unscathed :D

  232. BigFatHippo says:
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    This just in………..

    Hippo’s love Ludwick!

  233. JR says:
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    Porcello, baby! If they didn’t trip him in the 7th with the bases-loaded jam, he would have cruised to the shutout!

  234. BigFatHippo says:
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    This just in, part 2…………..

    Hippos love Yadi!

  235. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: This is crazy. I have Wainwright in my H2H league, a bunch of Phillies spread across two others and my H2H apponent has Ludwick.

    I’m torn in every direction.

  236. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Oh – and I have Ibanez on my H2H roster too.

  237. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Know what you mean, Utley in both leagues. When he can’t play it just upsets the balance of my whole team, the other guys forget how to hit.

    At least I’ve got the veteran leadership of A-Rod on my bench in the RCL. What a teammate that guy is!

  238. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @asSmith: Yeah, Blalock’s crizz-ap. I’d do it.

    @BigFatHippo: Nah, you can lose him.

  239. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Oh dear Mr Wainwright. That might make it a bit tough to win ERA and WHIP this week.

  240. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, he’s a free agent, so no, I won’t pick him up.

    Did you see that face job by Ankiel last night? Thankfully he’s alright.

  241. BigFatHippo says:
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    Oh, and are you starting Parra tomorrow?

    I am, could come back to haunt me.

  242. G says:
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    I have Adam LaRoche and he’s cooling off a little bit. I am in the bottom of the pack in runs and home runs. Are any of these guys worth adding and dropping LaRoche. Mark Reynolds, Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Upton, Nyjer Morgan, Frenchie, Teahen, Cust, Spilsborough, Fontenot. Im trying to get a guy that has solid runs and homeruns a good mix ..you thoughts on the top 1-3 guys in that bunch or am I better off keeping LaRoche. thanks in advance

  243. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, the Reds swing at anything. I’m starting him there.

  244. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: I’d want Reynolds over LaRoche.

  245. agarthered says:
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    I finally put in Adam Jones the last two days, and put Werth on my bench.

    That backfired. man oh man..i’ve had 2 Bruce, 2 Werth, and 3 Adam Jones sunuvabench’s this yeah, I’m going to have to trade one way.

  246. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Start Scherzer @ LA?

  247. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I would.

  248. Felipe Lopez out day to day with a sore ankle btw.

  249. And WTH is Jeff Weaver doing on the mound! :P

  250. cubbies299 says:
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    Would you drop Brandon Wood for Chris Tillman on a minor league roster? The O’s rotation is in shambles

  251. Paulie Allnuts

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    Edinson Volquez – 8INN, 7 K’s, 3 hits, 4 wlks, 0 runs, 1 win.

    Cust Kayin

  252. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey – Myers had another bad outing. Is he worth keeping?

  253. paulzone says:
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    who do you like on first – berkman or tex?

  254. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Uh-oh…

  255. SP says:
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    Damn it Grey, you told me to trade Porcello for Fowler. I hope you’re right about this one.

  256. Steve says:
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    Doesn’t Cook realise he’s in PETCO?

  257. Prince says:
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    Drop any of (Kershaw, Wandy, Jurrjens) for Galarraga?

  258. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Flippy Lopez got hit in the foot too. What are the odds that both my 2b’s get hit in the foot in the same week. Let’s check Elias……….

    “The Elias Sports Bureau reports that the odds of both starting MI on a team owned by a Hippo getting hit in the lower leg by a pitch are approximately a million and six to one.”

    Well_there_you_go!

  259. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I have Flippy too on another team, so I’m not happy about it.

  260. If Scherzer ever figures out that changeup watch out.

  261. G says:
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    Drop Loney or Ian Stewart for Justin Upton. Who has more value for the rest of the season. Also despite Jimenez playing badly start him against the Giants which he has a successful track record against?

  262. cubbies299 says:
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    Tillman or Brandon Wood for a minor league roster? Tillman I think gets a callup if the O’s keep sucking this much at pitching

  263. cubbies299 says:
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    Wright for Chipper/Nathan/Shoppach? I’m royally fucked in saves (only mariano and no more corpas). Think I should pay out for this? It’s an ops league so Chipper takes on a little more value

  264. Grey

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    @cubbies299: Try Tillman, but he’s going to have tough matchups. Then again, no one’s playing Wood in Anaheim.

    @paulzone: Tex

    @Paulie Allnuts: I wouldn’t hold Myers if there was a better guy out there.

    @Prince: Nope

    @SP: Eh, it’s one start and it was the Twins.

    @G: You can lose Loney for him. If you don’t start Ubaldo against the Giants, you can’t start him against anyone.

    @cubbies299: It’s a fair trade. I’d want Wright.

  265. cubbies299 says:
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    Also, would you do Verlander/Lowe for Beckett/Burrel if you were starved for ratios?

  266. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: “Doesn’t Cook realise he’s in PETCO?” I just looked at the boxscore. Huh? I don’t get this.

  267. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Posted it early in the game – he was a bit crappy. Settled down though – even started K-ing ‘em like a crazy man.

    For him, that is.

    How does a man get a damn win around here, anyway?

  268. Grey

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    @Steve: Ah… You scared me cause I had him going in every league. Yeah, I’m dying for Wins too. I think Millwood is leading all of my leagues in wins, that is a really bad sign.

  269. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I got one from Volquez in the RCL. He was pertty good today again – went 8 and threw 110 pitches so pretty efficient by his standards.

  270. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m running Boggs out there for tomorrow’s matchup. Get involved!

  271. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Drop Bailey or Ray for him?

  272. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Eh, lose Ray for a day for him, then you can go back to Ray. (This is your H2H, right?)

  273. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nah. The RCL.

  274. Steve says:
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    @Grey: F-Cord, Downs, Zoomaya and Jenks are my other relievers – in addition to Ray and Bailey.

    Have Peavy going tomorrow too.

  275. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, hold tight then.

  276. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah well, we can still curse Peavy’s lack of run support together.

  277. chris says:
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    I’m in a deep 14 team league, with Ricky Nolasco, Kyle Davies, and Aaron Laffey doing nothing for me. What do you think of Koji Uehara in Baltimore? 4.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and his only bad start so far was in Arlington. Any history on the guy? Is he worth a pickup?

  278. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    what are Josh Hamilton’s projections for the rest of the year? Worth trading Oswalt for?

    On another trade I offered Oswalt for Aramis and heard no response, I could sweeten the deal with Chris Davis and I know he would take it. Tommy Hanson is sitting on waivers and I need the roster spot to pick him up. Maybe I could ask for Capps back. Any of this sound crazy? I think my ambien is kicking in….

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