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Dan Uggla has now homered in two straight games, but, more importantly, he has two other hits in those games, making him hotter than a junebug on a duck’s back or some other yokelism they say in The South.  That’s at least compared to how he looked like Rocky Dennis on all his swings prior to this week.  That’s if Rocky Dennis wore Affliction.  “Yo, yo, yo, whaddup, boss?  Get another round of Flaming Nads for my lady friends!”  That’s Dan Uggla at Senor Frog’s.  (BTW, it looks like the 3rd Giambi brother in the background of that Uggla picture.)  I don’t think Uggla can get his average much higher than .230, but he’s still more than capable of getting to 30 homers.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jair Jurrjens – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks as he continues to defy his FIP.  BTW, if you were in a fantasy league with Murray Chass, you’d be getting your ass handed to you.  “Hey, Grey, I just traded Alexi Ogando to Murray Chass!”  That’s you two months before you’re throwing darts at a board with my picture.

Joe Mauer – It’s being said that he will start at 1st on Thursday after he sat out yesterday with general soreness.  Does General Soreness report to Major Discomfort?

Francisco Liriano – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  First, he strung together a month of such terrible starts, you were forced to bench him… When he threw a no-hitter.  Then you have to put him back in your lineup and he looks awful again.  So you bench him and he turns in another gem.  Then he goes to the DL and returns with a nice start that you bench him for because you weren’t sure if he was healthy.  Finally, you roll him out there and he pitches terrible again.  You bench him and he’s great.  You start him and he’s awful.  You bench him, and he shows up at your house with pictures of him and your mother having sex.  By my rough calculations, I’ve been sonavabenched by him 6 times and have an ERA of over 15.00 for when I’ve started him.  Liriano and I are done, finished, synonym.  I never want to see him on my team again.

Joe Nathan – Gardenhire, which is what I need to cut the ivy on my building, said that Nathan would’ve got the ball in the ninth if there was a save opportunity.  Then he said Capps is still the closer.  I think he just wanted to see some double takes.

Bronson Arroyo – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He said that he woke up Monday with vertigo.  This was almost as bad as when he woke up with The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Jay Bruce – Hit his 19th homer after going to Barbados for the better part of June.  Nice to see you return, Bruce.

Michael Young – Hitting .328 after going 9 for his last 12.  The Rangers DH slot is like the fountain of youth (see Vlad from last year, Sammy Sosa in 2007).  They should adopt Hafner.  Just give him Kevin Mench’s old hat.

Mike Napoli – 1-for-4 with his 11th homer as he triggers a dozen “Should I pick up Napoli?” questions.

Jose Reyes – Remained out of the lineup with a bad case of “If I get injured more severely then kiss my big offseason contract goodbye and hello a short contract with the godforsaken Mets.”  He says he’ll return Thursday.

Placido Polanco – Out until at least this weekend with a pinched nerve in his back.  I’m guessing he’s gonna need a 15-day DL stint, but I’m not a doctor though I did fall asleep while watching a Scrubs rerun last night.

John Mayberry – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  Aunt Bee would be proud.

Ryan Braun – His MRI showed some inflammation in his calf.  He should return on Friday.  Not sure how Sandy Koufax would feel about him returning on Shabbos, especially if he’s going to be sacrificing a calf.

Casey McGehee – Came in as a pinch-hitter after being benched for the 2nd time in 4 games and hit a 3-run HR.  At least I think it was McGehee, but the Chorizo from the 7th inning stretch race was conspicuously absent from all post-game press conferences.  I said about a week or so ago I think McGehee can turn his season around to a certain extent.  Though that “to a certain extent” is sitting on the fence between yay and meh.

Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  After his June 4th start, he had a 3.72 ERA and now his ERA is 3.76.  See, he’s consistent!  /sarcasm

Kelly Johnson – 1-for-3 with his 15th home run to go along with his .217 AVG and .298 OBP.  And 100 strikeouts.  Kelly Johnson, Dan Uggla, and Aaron Hill should create a white-soul group entitled 2B3K.

Mark Trumbo – Hit his 14th home run yesterday.  Ready to have your mind blown?  He’s on pace for 25 homers and 14 steals.  Youkilis has 12 homers and 1 steal.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Hit his 1st major league HR.  It’s the first HR by a Lonnie since Lonnie Smith in 1993 and the first HR ever by a Chisenhall.  Suck it, all you other ball-playin’ Chisenhalls!

Jon Jay – Didn’t start, but The Federalist entered the game and homered off CoCo Cordero in the ninth to tie the game.  Jon Jay really banged the gavel on that one.

Anibal Sanchez – 4 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners in his 2nd straight bad start.  Hard to get too scared since those starts were @TEX and against PHI.  Easy to get scared if he added a C or H in front of his first name.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Got the slam & legs and now on pace for a 20 HR/55 SB year.  Just what the Red Sox were expecting when they invested $140 million on him in free agency.  Oh wait, they gave that money to Carl Crawford who is on pace for a 12/18 year.  I’d say Carl owes Jacoby a Sam Adams or two but I can’t see them hanging out.  Maybe if Jacoby was named Lenny or if Crawford was named Meyers.

Guillermo Moscoso – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks against the Mariners.  He’s thrown a 2.25 ERA over his last 40 IP which netted one win thanks to the A’s un-A lineup.  That’s far from so-so, Moscoso!  Rudy cashed in on this as an AL-only flier.  But given his sad K-rate (27 K’s in 50 IP), he’s purely a matchup play in mixed league.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4 and his 4th homer.  I don’t wanna say too much on his recent hot streak for fear of the stache jinx.  Or stinx, if portmanteaus are your thing.

Danny Espinosa – 1-for-4 with his 16th home run and 10th steal.  But the national spotlight is on Jeter?!

Aramis Ramirez – Another day, another homer.  Did Sosa leave behind one of his rubber ball bats?  Or ball shrinking needles?

Carlos Pena – Hit his 18th homer.  I thought we just came out of one of his 8 homer in 12 game streaks.  My man Pena is hungry!

Chase D’Arnaud – 1-for-3 and a steal.  13 games, 5 steals, 4 errors.  He’s like Mat Gamel after seven Red Bulls.  If it makes you feel better, I grabbed D’Arnaud in one league for steals.

Clint Barmes – This is a super low energy recommendation but he’s 4 for his last 8 with a homer and a steal.

Phil Hughes – 5 IP, 8 baserunners, 2 ER, 2 Ks in his first start back since his dead arm diaspora.  Maybe his arm has gone from dead to just resting.

Johnny Damon – Will miss a few games with a left hand contusion.  Don’t know why he doesn’t just play and throw with his right hand, probably same difference.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs after going 2 for his last 26.  It’s that type of erratic behavior that led Tony Parker to cheat on him.

Vernon Wells – He said of his recent success swinging the bat, “Being comfortable in the box allows you to think about the most important thing, which is hitting the ball.  When you’re out of sorts mechanically, you’re thinking about that in the box, and all of a sudden the ball is on top of you.”  What type of sex does Vernon Wells have?

  1. mwgris says:
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    I’ve been offered Jordan Zimmerman and Farnsworth for Ogando.. I make this trade even though I don’t need saves, right?

  2. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Weekly H2H 10 team with 2/3 my moves gone.

    My DL’s filled up, gotta get a pitcher to fill in for Lester. Could drop Tabata, Craig or Belt to get Lester on the DL. Otherwise I’d be dropping Capps, Rizzo or Dayan.

    Who do I drop and which of the following do I pick up: Paulino, Furbush, Duensing, Morton, Karstens, Rubby or Leake?

    Also, please rank the following in terms of possibility of sticking as closer: Joe Nathan, Javy Guerra, Bobby Parnell, Wilton Lopez, Frank-Frank, David Hernandez.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Bré Jus says:
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    What kind of a name is Trumbo anyway? Awesome post.

  4. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    What level OF should I be looking for by offering Pence and Carpenter?

  5. Steve says:
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    Is Rauch past his use-by date? I’m holding him in a couple of leagues in anticipation of a Frank-Frank meltdown, but he came in yesterday with the Jays down by 3. That doesn’t look too much like a closer-in-waiting, does it?

    Not that I’d disparage him to his face, mind you. That guy is a UNIT.

  6. schlitzy says:
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    Amen on liriano. I’m tapping out

  7. Chuck Norris says:
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    Aroldis Chapman got a save yesterday and has pitched well since coming back from the DL (12K in 6IP). Would you take him over Robertson or Pestano for MR help?

  8. DHill Dragons says:
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    Who are you pulling the plug on first: Liriano or Scherzer?

  9. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Great stuff again today Grey/Rudy. The Anibal and Wells blurbs really got me laughing. Anyways, the Damon injury got me excited, thinking that this was finally Jennings path back to the majors… But, I’m guessing it’s not serious enough for a sudden call up?

  10. Big Mike says:
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    Capuano for Friday @SF or hold onto Phil Hughes through the ASB?

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    Who do you think provides more usefulness this season: Heyward or Pena? Heyward’s been just about as useful as an asshole on my elbow.

  12. Will says:
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    Grady Sizemore or Matt Joyce?

  13. Team Bring It says:
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    Swear to god, did the same pattern win Liriano!!!

    Started him and got spanked, benched him in the no-no, got roofied again, held him on the DL only the bench him for his other gem, got burned a f’n 3rd time, then dropped him…

    Only to be compelled to add him again yesterday for the classic reach around…

    Can’t win with this dude

  14. Bourbon Meyer says:
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    Henceforth he shall be referred to as Fredo Liriano b/c he is fucking dead to me.

  15. Graveyard Duck says:
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    “Suck it, all you other ball-playin’ Chisenhalls!”

    Outstanding.

    Grey/Rudy/opinionated commenters, what do you think about dropping Lilly for Niese? (10 team H2H 6×6)

  16. L-Boogie says:
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    Hanson/Alexei Ramirez or Bruce/Ubaldo/Bonifacio?

    Thanks dude.

  17. Eddie says:
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    July 6: Reyes decides against testing his injured hamstring. Mets seek a second opinion on his MRI. Reyes is not placed on the DL.

    July 11: Reyes jogs around the bases and decides he is healthy enough to play in the all star game. Reyes is not placed on the DL.

    July 12: Reyes reinjures his hamstring on the first batted ball of the game and is forced out of the linup. Reyes is not placed on the DL.

    July 17: Mets announce that Reyes is ‘feeling better’ and is ‘about a week away’. Reyes is not placed on the DL.

    July 24: Mets announce that Reyes is ‘feeling better’ and is ‘about a week away’. Reyes is not placed on the DL.

    August 1: A second MRI reveals a total hamstring tear. The Mets place Reyes on the DL.

    August 3: Reyes undergoes Tommy John surgery.

  18. slam says:
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    Hey, I’m in a weird spot where I have Mauer and Napoli, I’m not a two catcher guy, but I don’t want to drop Napoli and I don’t think I can get much value out of trading either of them. I don’t even know who I should play tonight- Mauer starting at 1B or Napoli fresh off a homer. Who would you start?

  19. dingbat says:
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    Moscoso? More like mocoso! Amirite?

  20. Homer Jay says:
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    @Eddie: I hope so. I can’t stand these POS’s that really only push themselves in a contract year. Insert Kareem Abdul-Jabar / Airplane quote here.

    @ Rudy: Why do you think Hanson is going to get hurt next season? Does that shoulder cause him problems again this season?

  21. Will says:
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    is it time to trade Reyes?

    I was offered these 2 options

    Cruz and Castro for Reyes
    Cruz, Reynolds, and Castro for Reyes and Bruce

    Any thoughts on what to do with Reyes?

  22. Sam says:
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    Bonificio or O Hudson for MI?

  23. OaktownSteve says:
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    @yokelisms: Dan Uggla is hotter than Georgia ashpalt. He’s gettin’ on pitches like chicken on junebug. I tell you it’d bring a tear to a glass eye to see it. He’s gooder ‘n grits right now. Swing as purty as a speckled pup, truth be told. Finer than frog’s hair and movin’ into the high cotton is what I reckon he is.

  24. Eddie says:
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    @Will: I don’t take either of those offers. Especially the second – it’s the first offer, except now you’re also trading Bruce for Mini Donkey.

  25. BMFs says:
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    Carlos “Jala” Pena is on fire!

  26. EK says:
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    Martin or Posada at C for the 2nd half?

  27. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Hey Grey:should I p/u Napoli?……..

    just kidding,I already did the other day.From here on out I’m gonna be all “Ron Popeil,yo”….

    anyway,who do you prefer for the 2nd half-10 team h2h 8×8(TB’s,OBP,XBH),Morse or Wells?

  28. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    @mwgris: I love that trade even w/out Farsworth.

  29. Lob Ball says:
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    Gentlemen,

    Trumbo or Snider as my Util player in ROTO?

  30. Matt Damon says:
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    @DHill Dragons

    Pulled the plug on Liriano a while ago, and I don’t regret it one bit. He pitches well, gets picked up in FA, then gets shelled on someone else’s team. Awesome.

    @Grey, @Rudy

    Do I start Scherzer vs KC today? Should I just outright drop him? I’m still drooling over his 2nd half from last year. Don’t notice much in the advanced metrics that suggest he’s unlucky, except possibly a *slightly* elevated BABIP… god damn him.

  31. jonnycat says:
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    I’m almost at the Liriano stage with Max Scherzer. He demolished my ERA and WHIP last weekend. I’m not starting him today. Should I trade him for Danks?

  32. Justin says:
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    16 team Roto league. 16 keepers

    A: Berkman, Abreu, Floyd
    B: Morrow, Ike Davis, Logan Morrisson, Helton

    which side would you rather have???

  33. DHill Dragons says:
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    I only have one roster move left for this week…

    Available bench bats: Eric Thames, Danny Valencia, Daniel Murphy

    Possible roster drops: Roger Bernadina, David Freese, Jed Lowrie

    Who would you add/drop or would you hold?

  34. Wilsonian says:
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    @OaktownSteve: He was colder than a witch’s titty in a brass bra in January…

  35. mc serch says:
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    Nice post today Grey….LOL’d at the A. Sanchez/Hannibal Lechter ref….start which two of three today: C. Pena ag. L. Hernandez, A. Gordon ag. Scherzer or Vladdy ag. A. Miller….much obliged.

  36. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    Definitely holding onto Trumbo in my keeper league.

    Speaking of, need some advice. It’s a 14 team H2H keeper and I have Bell, Storen, and Axford as closers. My weakness is SP. Was offered Morrow for Axford and I’m very tempted to take it. Thoughts?

  37. How about this trade:

    I give:
    Kubel, Buccholz, Pineiro and Andruw Jones

    I get:
    Suzuki and Ricky romero

    Is this a no brainer?

  38. Matt Damon says:
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    @ Dope man

    Yes.

  39. royce! says:
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    Lots of laughs today. I am very happy for you both.

  40. Pooch says:
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    Couple trade questions. Context: leading in R (somehow by 70), hr, and RBI. close to bottom in era and whip. Need pitching.

    Is neil walker, rasmus, and chacin too much to give up for greinke?

    Trading for Billingsley a bad idea? his FIP is 3.38 (4.15 ERA) and his ZIPS (RoS) is projected as 3.45 ERA.

  41. @Matt Damon: think i’m going to have to throw him jesus montero as well.

    either way, i think i still come out ahead.

    buccholz and romero are almost the same player, but romero has more k’s and doesn’t get injured.

    then it’s basically kubel, pineiro and montero for Ichiro. which i guess may be stretching it a little bit. but i need the SB’s bad.

    we’ll see how it works.

    I just offered this other dude youkilis and brandon morrow for trumbo and david price. Seems crazy, but Trumbo is putting together a hell of a year. and the price upgrade over morrow is nice.

  42. AdamH says:
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    @mwgris: Zimmerman>Ogando

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mwgris: Sure

    @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: He’s supposed to come back soon after the ASB, why do you need to use a move?

    @Bré Jus: Thanks!

    @Feeding the Abscess: #1

    @Steve: Ha! I’m benching him in one league, but I could see dropping him.

    @schlitzy: Yup

    @Chuck Norris: Save means nothing, over Pestano.

    @DHill Dragons: Liriano

    @Cheese: Thanks! He should’ve been up already.

    @Big Mike: Hold

    @Wilsonian: Pena…Think Heyward’s injured.

    @Will: Joyce

    @Team Bring It: Yup

    @Bourbon Meyer: Ha

    @Graveyard Duck: Go for it.

    @L-Boogie: Bruce

    @Eddie: Ha…Why would you say that?

    @slam: Guess you don’t need a 1st baseman. Trade Mauer for 30 cents on the dollar.

    @dingbat: Hehe

    @Will: Can take Cruz and Castro there if you need power and have speed.

    @Sam: Bonifacio for another few days.

    @OaktownSteve: Ha!

    @EK: Posada

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Morse

    @Lob Ball: Trumbo

    @Matt Damon: Don’t think you can start him just yet.

    @jonnycat: Sure

    @Justin: A

    @DHill Dragons: Valencia over Lowrie.

    @mc serch: Thanks! Rudy was the Hanibal. Pena, Vlad

    @Tchaikovsky08: Take it.

    @Dope man: Yes

    @royce!: Ha

    @Pooch: Yup… Trading him for who?

  44. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Currently have Seth Smith as a 3rd OF in a 10 team league…any of these guys worth the trouble of dropping him for?

    Jason Bay, Alex Rios, Angel Pagan, Roger Bernadina, Daniel Murphy, Torii Hunter, Vlad Guerrero, Juan Pierre, Melky Cabrera

    Picked up Smith to replace Choo, so looking for all around type production that doesn’t kill me in anything, or elite production in one category.

  45. Deez says:
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    I literally benched and started Liriano at all the wrong times exactly as your post detailed. I hate him.

    Dropped him last night and im deleting his number from my phone and de-friended him on facebook. I hope i dont see him out this weekend…

  46. Lob Ball says:
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    best streaming bet for tomorrow?

    Ervin Santana vs SEA

    or

    Colby Lewis vs OAK

  47. Pooch says:
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    @Grey: Guessing maybe Walker and a 5th outfielder. Either Morrison or Gordon.

  48. anyone have any information on this Kyle Seager kid that Seattle just called up to play 3b?

    Seems like he was maintaining a pretty decent average in the minors, not much for power though. Is this a 2nd coming of Casey Kotchman?

  49. @Cheese: I’ve actually heard that they’re considering calling up brandon guyer before they call jennings back up… TB hates fantasy baseball….

  50. Dmonkey25 says:
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    Trade Question:
    12 team 5×5 h2h

    Offered Mike Stanton for Halladay.

    Could use some OF help currently have JUpton, Boesch, and Gardner.

    Staff currently includes Roy, Hamels, Carpenter, Ervin Santana, Morrow, Dempster, Burnett and a banged up Josh Johnson.

  51. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man. I’m thinking the same thing about Heyward. I think his shoulder has to be giving him issues. Especially when they give him a day off and forcefully mention that his shoulder is fine.

  52. L-Boogie says:
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    In response to your response to Sam’s question, why Bonifacio only for another few days? Is he going to be suspended? Lose playing time? I’m about to trade for the guy.

    Thanks dude.

  53. Gavin says:
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    What side of the trade do you like better:
    Pedroia/Heyward or Justin Upton/Aaron Hill?

  54. DHill Dragons says:
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    Many have talked about Madison Bumgarner and his bad luck this year with run support and his stats being much better than his record (4-9).

    Throw the little mentioned M’s Doug Fister into the same category.

    He’s had 10 starts with 2 or less runs given up
    He’s had 4 starts with 8+ innings and 1 ER and has O wins in those games
    He has an overall ERA of 3.02 (in the AL mind you) and a record of 3-9

    Pin the upside down horseshoe on this tall righty tosser.

  55. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Razzball: Keep an eye on Dick Harden tonight. His change up looked Old Dick filthy first time out. I have one of those sneaking suspicions that he’s going to be valuable. Don’t trust my own feeling quite yet though. A hot night in Texas is good litmus.

  56. ernie says:
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    hi Grey. pick up Nathan and drop Floyd (or other SP)?

    my pitchers: Hamels, Haren, Lilly, Cueto, Greinke, Latos, Kennedy, Floyd, Luebke

    thanks again

  57. Kilgore Trout says:
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    Fantastic stuff today. I went through basically the same ordeal with Liriano. He is gone from my team as of today. Is now as useless to me as a teat on a boar hog.

  58. Yep, I said it! says:
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    Hey guys!

    In my 20-team dynasty with such deep rosters that every pitcher who has even a remote chance of ever starting is owned, I am thinking about trading RPs Guerra and Pestano for some very low-level SP depth. Namely, Carmona, Willis, Outman, Aceves, or Godfrey. Which two of these guys would you target for the rest of the season? Or stick with what I have?

    Thanks!

  59. Pooch says:
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    @DHill Dragons: On Bumgarner, I agree. 67.2% LOB and .342 BABIP are disgusting. His FIP and xFIP right now are 2.50 and 3.15.

    It has been a REALLY strange year for pitching.

  60. crane game dispair says:
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    @Grey:

    Looks like its Zack Cozart time in Cinci… Apparently he got the call today. Grey, what do you project for Cozart over the 2nd half of the season in terms of average, homers, and steals?

  61. Charlie Says says:
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    @Dope man: Seager could help in avg., a few home runs. Supposed to play every day. Last year, his first full year, led all minors in hits.

  62. AdamH says:
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    Best player overall from here on out: Smoak, Snider, Trumbo, C Lee, T Hunter?

  63. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Grey: but…but…*splutter*…*stammer*. Ok, I have no defense. At least try to be objective. I got burned on the Cahill thing earlier, but he really had a radical change in his delivery all of a sudden. It’s not like he regressed. He’s a totally different pitcher. Also, I’m not a total homer like I’m here telling you to pick up David Of Jesus.

    Finally, Dick Harden just looked good, man. I’m telling you he’s going to be a. healthy and b. filthy. He’ll be hellafilthy as we say in the east bay. I feel it in my water, as my old Irish girlfriend used to say (which is probably an expression best left to Irish women, now that I think about it).

    So, in sum…you’re right. I’m a homer.

    What do you think of Stablemate Stalemate for two guys on your fantasy team starting against eachother and neither gets a win? Too man notes, I think, as the Emperor said to Mozart.

  64. OaktownSteve says:
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    “Too many notes,” that is

  65. Buster's Broken Leg says:
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    @Grey

    Traded Reyes for Hanson and #1 pick in 20 team dynasty league.

    If I have to choose between Hosmer/Teheran/Pineda, who would you take and who wins the trade?

  66. Derrick says:
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    Which two do you like for the rest of the season out of Leubke, Danks and Dempster?

  67. papafrog says:
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    @Grey: Good stuff, boys. Who is better bet for SAGNOF, Gregerson or Kuo?

  68. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: The band members of The Airborne Toxic Event came through my terminal yesterday. I never ask celebs for autographs, but i just had to ask these guys. I only got the autographs of Mikel and Steven though, the others were spread out at different places. They were pumped up and surprised that i recognized them. It was very cool to shake their hand and tell them that they are awesome.

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AdamH: Trumbo

    @OaktownSteve: If he’s healthy, he will be filthy, I don’t doubt that. Nice Irish woman saying — ha! I like stablemate stalemate, and Rudy does too, it’s in.

    @Buster’s Broken Leg: Hosmer

    @Derrick: First two

    @papafrog: Thanks! Kuo

    @tHe sHiT: They’re awesome, very cool. Where do you work? Inside the terminals?

  70. herschel says:
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    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that doctors have told Jose Reyes (hamstring) that he will need to miss three weeks.

  71. EK says:
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    posada or soto?

  72. Matt Damon says:
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    Vogelsong or Scherzer?

  73. Will says:
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    @Grey: I’m up by 20 points in SB’s and I have Stubbs, Crawford, Tabata and Cargo for some SB’s. Plus Castro and Cruz should get some

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Reyes to be shut down three weeks?: Citing an unnamed source, ESPN Deportes reports that a doctor has recommended three weeks of rest to Mets SS Jose Reyes. He has missed four consecutive games due to what the team has called a “Grade 1″strain of his left hamstring (the least mild grade) and the Mets said that they would decide on Thursday whether or not they would place him on the disabled list.
    (U

  75. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Who is better the rest of the way in a league with OBP along with the other standard categories? Smoak or Trumbomb?

    Now for the obligatory comments:

    Why won’t they call up Jennings already???

    Why does Dunn suck so bad this season???

  76. Pooch says:
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    @Grey: I may just be overreacting to the worst pitching week i’ve ever had when try to make a trade.

    how does this rotation look to you for the rest of the season?10 team standard 5×5 roto.

    Kershaw, d. hudson, kennedy, chacin, beachy, (DL Anderson and J. Sanchez)

    Could pick up bumgarner as well.

  77. joe says:
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    Furcal or Cozart?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pooch: Looks fine for now.

    @joe: Cozart

  79. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Morse / Scherzer

    for

    Hamels

    Which side do you like?

  80. herschel says:
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    @Grey: standard roto league, beltran for norris? fair offer?

  81. Will says:
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    @Grey: the earlier comment of a trade I was offered..cruz and castro for reyes

    i was just noting the other SB options I have on my team

  82. Matt Damon says:
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    @ Whiskey Diet

    Hamels all the way! He’s a top 10 SP at this point. Last week I offered Felix and D Wright for Hamels and got rejected… blast

  83. L-Boogie says:
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    Hamels or Hanson for ROS?

    Thanks dude.

  84. bogbert says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Stablemate Stalemate was great — nice job.

    @Grey: Just picked up Garza for Vogelsong, but haven’t been following Garza much. Is today a good start for him @WAS? Thanks

  85. Matt Damon says:
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    @ L-Boogie

    Gotta go with Hamels. Hanson’s great, and you can argue a few more K’s but when in doubt might as well go with the pitcher backed up by the better offense. Also, taking a cursory glance at ERA vs FIP, it looks like Hanson’s pitching a little over his head but Hamels is right on point.

  86. L-Boogie says:
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    @Matt Damon: Thanks man. I’m working on a trade involving one of them and I’m just trying to decide which one to part with.

  87. DHill Dragons says:
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    Grey, do you still prefer Iannetta over Wilson Ramos as a backup back stop?

    Lately it seems that Ramos is now playing just as often as Iannetta (Ramos actually now has more at bats than Iannetta) and still has a lot of upside. Watching Iannetta’s stat lines each day remind me of watching doughnuts pass by on a conveyor belt. The best thing Iannetta does is walk (yawn).

    Who do you side with?

  88. Nick says:
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    Just a question of curiosity for anyone who wants to answer, but have you ever made a trade with verbal stipulations? I was in negotiations with someone to trade Longo, but he read he was sore/hurt and wanted Prince instead b/c of injury risk. We pulled off the trade after I added a clause that I’d take Longo back if he goes on the DL in the next week (since I doubt he will, and the trade was falling through so either way that would suck). I got the deal I wanted, and wondered what others thought about it? Do others do this as well?

  89. Steve says:
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    Yikes. Nasty sonavabenching going on at the hands of Heyward.
    Hopefully a sign of better things to come.

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    @Steve: yeah, I’ve been trying to deal him but have been forced into playing him because CarGo is boo-booed. Luckily I had him today and I hope this is a sign.

  91. MattTruss223 says:
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    only had him in due to Braun being banged up, lucky. He sure doesn’t seem injured today. mmmmmm, slam and legs….

  92. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I work at the security checkpoint inside the terminal.

  93. L-Boogie says:
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    Grey, can you elaborate on Hanson over Hamels, especially given what Matt Damon said:

    “taking a cursory glance at ERA vs FIP, it looks like Hanson’s pitching a little over his head but Hamels is right on point.”

    Sorry if I am asking you to overanalyze, but I’m known for that.

    Thanks dude.

  94. @Grey: you “agree with Matt Damon” just reads particularly funny; as did the Aunt Bee reference! Way to go black&white on us gentlemen! You seem quite fond of Trumbo, especially if you think that he keeps that “pace” (you didn’t refer to it as a projection). Projecting ahead on these less than superstars, does this ranking look correct: Trumbo, Freeze, Swisher, Stubbs, Hill, and Sizemore? Thanks and again, great post guys.

  95. Wilsonian says:
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    @MattTruss223: yeah, he looked healthy to me. But I’ll be the first one to tell you that I’m still a bit skeptical that he’s healthy. Maybe the ASB will help him heal a little and this could be a sign of things to come.

  96. slam says:
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    Would you go kelly johnson or aaron hill?

  97. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    SAGNOF replacement for Blackmon:

    Revere or Bourjos? I’m leaning Revere, strikes out way less, and should get more opportunities to steal leading off.

    Hanson/Norris/Magic Santana for Hamels/Greinke isn’t completely off base, is it?

  98. Higgins says:
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    Santos for Werth? I lead my league in saves and need offensive help. Inclined to pull the trigger, but Werth is just horrible lately.

  99. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Given your disdain for Liriano, would you drop him for Danks? We’re talking about my 7th/8th SP in a H2H league with HR allowed and K/BB as additional stats. I do have Pineda and Zimmermann so I do need to have some reliable depth in September if they get shut down early.

  100. schlitzy says:
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    @nick: I’ve done that before when I really needed the trade to get done and didn’care which player I gave up. That way the other guy had no reason to back out based on injury.

  101. C.O.C. says:
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    ROS, LoMo or Ludwick?

  102. stumanji says:
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    Just traded my Corey Hart for his Ian Kennedy. Fair?

    12 team keeper (although neither will be keepers).

  103. TheNewGuy says:
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    HAHA love the comments on Liriano! Feel exactly the same way, though I’ve got a ‘mere’ 7.00ERA in active stats from him!

    Am yet another Reyes sufferer, need pop but who to pick up to replace him outta: Tejada (I know it isn’t 2000…), S Rodriguez, or…well thats kinda it. Or I could just get the best SS hitter, and take Barney, Bartlett or even Furcal i’ve just seen. Roll the dice on Raffy?

  104. Derrick says:
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    I can drop Liriano for any of these guys…Dempster, Arroyo, Narveson, Floyd, Worley, Moscoso, Fister, Britton or Zito. Sorry for so many names, just have no idea who to pick up for Liriano. Or do I hold?

  105. Wilsonian says:
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    Is Ron Washington high? Napoli in at catcher for the 2nd straight day?!?

  106. Random Collmenter says:
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    drop liriano or scherzer?

  107. paulzone says:
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    who’s my best bet to fill reyes’ shoes, or more like his left pinky fingernail, while he is on the dl:

    aybar, furcal, alcides escobar, seanrod, bonafacio, theriot, izturis

    some speed would help…pretty good in avg/obp, hr…don’t need any gidp either.

  108. Derrick says:
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    There is a very good chance Dontrelle Willis will get the start Sunday for the Reds against the Brewers.

    I was looking at Willis’ stats today, I saw a lot of good things: BB/9 less than 2.5, a 3.3:1 K/BB ratio, 64% strikes which is sufficient, only 5 homers in 75 innings, etc.

    But here’s what jumped out at me: 3:1 GB:FB ratio. That’s impressive.

    I also read where he is consistently hitting 94-95 on the gun. He hasn’t thrown that hard in years.

    I am not saying rush out there and get him, but I think he is someone to keep an eye on. Maybe he will regain that magic.

  109. Feeding the Abscess

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    Thanks, was curious as to why that Hanson/Hamels based trade was vetoed, with accusations of cheating flying around my league.

  110. Brew Crew says:
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    Can you pick two to start (12 Team ROTO)
    Smoak, Sandoval, Moose

    Thanks

  111. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: I’ve been using Ruben Tejada since Reyes went down, assuming it would only be a few days. Now that Jose is DL fodder, do you like any of Jamey Carrol, Orlando Cabrera or Alex Gonzalez over Tejada?

  112. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: Hilariously, Kahlil Greene and Christian Guzman are also available at SS.

  113. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Brew Crew: Sandoval, Moose

    @Eddie: They’re available in every league. Gonzalez…

  114. Steve says:
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    I love thee, Espinosa.

  115. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: Thanks sir.

  116. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    @Grey:

    Yep.

    Good news for us Soto owners, he appears to be hitting 4/5 now. Should get more R and RBI as a result.

  117. A2K says:
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    D’Arnaud or Schafer for bags and runs?

  118. EG says:
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    Have Rasmus on my bench, where he’s been for quite a while now. Irrespective of his somewhat acceptable play as of late, is it worth dropping him for Tabata, Freeman, Sizemore, Hafner, Snider, Joyce, Jennings, Bernadina or Trumbo? Not looking for any stat in particular. This is a 12 team H2H. Thanks.

  119. Feeding the Abscess

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    Oh, and on the veto thing, it is total BS. You’re right. I get offers of Scherzer for McCutchen, and Ted Lilly for Brett Anderson (before Brett was hurt), but Hanson/Norris/Magic Santana for Hamels/Greinke is cheating.

  120. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: to make room for bonafacio, would you:

    a) drop Liriano
    or
    b) drop oswalt, move reyes to DL (one spot) and keep liriano

    thanks

  121. Eddie says:
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    I haven’t seen @EG: You must have a loaded OF if Rasmus is on your bench.

  122. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: early on in one of my leagues I had Espinosa, Hill, Kendrick, and Raburn. A friend of mine lost Utley and asked about dealing one of my 2nd basemen. He wanted any of them but Espinosa. He said he knew Grey was all up on his nuts, but he didn’t have faith in Espinosa (although he did say he usually takes your advice). I dealt him Raburn and still have Espinosa… Emoticon…

  123. Brew Crew says:
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    Dealing for Longoria & giving up Smoak & a 2B (Utley, Espinosa, Walker, Ackley)
    1) Too much or fair??
    2) Which 2B should I offer first?

  124. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Chisenhall hit in head by pitch

  125. EG says:
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    @Eddie: Got Lind, Bruce and Bossman in OF, Espinosa at Util. Pretty content with that lineup, so don’t mind playing around with the spot Rasmus is currently occupying…

  126. Steve says:
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    Reyes on the DL. In Yahoo, anyway.

  127. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Eh, I’ll watch it. I have to first figure out why Direct TV stopped giving me HBO like 3 months ago.

  128. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Naturally there was whooping and high-fiving in the last few frames (emoticon)

  129. matthew brady says:
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    is it time to trade beltran?

    heres my reasoning: hes getting traded, and unless its to the yankees or red sox his value goes down, he wont be a 3 hitter anywhere else and the mets offense has been way better than people realize. is now the time to sell high?

  130. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey-pierre or presley

  131. vottomatic says:
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    What do you think about Zack Cozart. Ian Desmond was good when he was stealing bases but he can’t to get on base now.

  132. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Looks terrible, but I’ll watch it.

    @matthew brady: Depends what you’re getting for him. I think he’s worth more in a trade probably than on your team.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Pierre

    @vottomatic: Someone asked above. Speed/power/no average.

  133. Steve says:
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    Jesus – is this Frank Viola who just came into the game for the O’s?

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I think it’s his adopted kid.

  135. Wilsonian says:
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    I would just like to say that my team with Bourn on it has 7 steals this week…Bourn has ZERO. Glad the rest of my guys can pick up the slack.

  136. Wilsonian says:
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    Oh, and I know I ask this basically everyday, but for a utility spot, who would you rather have: Pena or Kelly Jo Kapowski? I’ve got Fielder and Espinosa as starters, so either one is a bench/utility bat.

  137. Random Collmenter says:
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    who should i pick up? stauffer, vargas, vogelsong, karstens, or fister?

    leaning toward stauffer.

    thanks.

  138. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: What’s with Votto? He’s been excellent this season, but he’s not the stone cold assassin he was last year.

  139. vottomatic says:
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    Is it me or is Max Scherzer the white/ non-Dominican Fransisco Liriano?

  140. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Furcal or Bartlett?

    Should also drop EJax for Luebke, right? EJax’s peripherals are sound, but my league ain’t based on FIP/xFIP.

  141. Wilsonian says:
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    Does anyone else have an urge to change Doug Fister’s name to Willie Fister?

  142. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Maybe I won’t dump Rauch juuuust yet.

  143. Black Beard says:
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    6×5 (+OPS). Please rank ROTW:

    Snider, Bernadina, C. Pena, and Freeman

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddie: Vertigo? Yeah, not sure. Was talking about this with a friend of mine yesterday. Good stuff, just not great. Might just be missing getting lift on balls. Hey now!

    @vottomatic: Ha!

    @Feeding the Abscess: Bartlett… Yes

    @Wilsonian: Ha!

    @Steve: Ha, was just writing a similar thing for tomorrow.

  145. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Don’t forget about Louis Coleman. I picked him up!

  146. Fletch says:
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    Man-crush on the hill tonight mowing down the Metropolitans.

  147. Steve says:
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    What are the chances of play starting again in St Lou?

  148. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Pretty good it seems.

  149. Fletch says:
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    @Steve: I guess they just started up again as I saw J. Upton go yard for me.

  150. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Bay or Snider? 12-team H2H where OBP counts along with AVE.

    While I’m here, does Kershaw *really* need to be out there?

  151. frankie beans says:
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    Hey Grey or anyone,

    Is Guerra the definite closer for LA?

    THanks

  152. frankie beans says:
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    Thanks, do you like Guerra? What is he doing in the majors? His numbers at AA weren’t that good from what I can tell.

  153. B-rude says:
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    Grey, who wins in this trade? Rickie Weeks, Justin Upton and Morse for Adrian Gonzales and Cole Hamels?

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