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Some weeks, it’s just good to trust a buy call by our Fantasy Baseball Lord & Savior, Grey Albright.  BTW, do me a favor.  Google Grey Albright…do you get Snafu Larry as your second image?  That’s just not right…and now that I look at all those images I have to ask myself ‘Is Grey even real’?  I mean, we congregate on this site daily looking to him for the mustachioed word from upon high but is this some form of mass hysteria where the disease is fantasy sports addiction and we’ve conjured up this being to serve the purpose of telling us that which we already know in our hearts?  What if the internet isn’t even real but simply the manifestation of our collective thoughts as we dream in Matrix-like incubation eggs before we’re harvested?  What if none of this is real?!?  Woah hey and sorry there…the mushrooms finally wore off…well minus the tracers.  Either way, I’m real, you’re real and we’re spectacular and so was Grey’s BUY call on Leonys Martin last week.  I can tell you’re not sure of this one.  I feel you wavering about this waiver call and it’s understandable.  Who wants a guy who hits at the bottom of the batting order?  Well I do and you should too for week nine of the 2013 fantasy baseball season but we must read on to find out why.

The first good reason is Rudy tells me so.  Not Rudy in person, of course, but Rudy is the Father of the Hitter-Tron and this saucy Robot is telling me – if I’m using it right – that Leonys is valued around $15 over the next 7 days as of Saturday night.  I’m gonna go out on a limb – I’m currently standing in a birch tree –  and think the weekend matchup in Seattle vs Hernandez on Saturday and Iwakuma for Sunday are not exactly inflating that number.  Clearly, something about the coming days of this week bode well for Leonys so let’s dig down and find out just what that would be.  Well, there’s a double dip on Monday against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field which is followed up on with a return to Arlington from Wednesday thru the end of the week.  Boom!  Analysis done.  Off to the bars!  I keed…sorta…I’m still going to the bar but now I’m just going to type this from a laptop.  Pardon me if this write up gets sloppy but it’s Memorial Day weekend and I am much like Andrew W.K.: I party hard.  In all seriousness, both Chase Field and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington have played as top 10 stadiums for hitters seemingly forever.  Honestly, the only matchup that looks like you’re gonna want to avoid with Leonys this week would be against Wade Miley on Thursday as the Rangers have been inclined to sit him against lefties in favor of Craig Gentry so far this season, despite batting alright against southpaws so far (4/15).  Either way, it doesn’t matter.  The pitching matchups are reasonable – the worst one comes Sunday against James Shields – and seeing as Martin has a HR and all 5 of his steals this season over his last ten games entering Saturday night, I see nothing that should stop the good times from rolling.  Pick Leonys up –  8% and 9% owned in yahoo/ESPN leagues – with the idea of getting a healthy average along with a shot at a HR and a couple of steals to go with plenty of runs, even for a man low on the lineup totem pole.

Honorable Mentions

Travis SniderI would’ve gone with Snider this week had he not gone 1 for his last 15 heading into Sunday.  He’ll sit against lefties but there no lefties currently slated for him to face in week 9.  He’s been hitting in the two spot when in the lineup ahead of McCutchen but, well, he hasn’t been hitting so that’s why he’s here and not up there.

Scott Hairston – He gets to face a whopping 5 lefties during week 9, which is typically just fine with Scott who’s a career .491 SLG% against southpaws.  Unfortunately, he’s done absolutely nothing this year against anyone, let alone lefties (.105 average vs LHP, .140 average overall) so this is more of a deep league call at best.

Brendan Ryan – I laughed typing it too but he has an SLG% of .815 and a .526 OBP over the last 7 days leading into Saturday’s game.  Hey, it’s shortstop and Dee Gordon is barely hitting more than his weight right now so just take what you can get.

Seth Smith – The lispers’ nightmare has been on a tear of late and could be a great Hot Schmotato for the coming week.

  1. Dave the Barber says:
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    Sky,
    What’s the deal? Haven’t spoken to you much since football season. Your advice helped me win my league so good lookin out on that. But let me ask you a hard question. I feeling Marte is on the decline and someone offered me Matt Garza for him. I asked Rudy this question but he only answers softball questions like, “Hey should I pick up Axford or K-Rod, or both?” Ain’t no such things as halfway crooks Dun. Anyways, whatchu think? A.) Pull the trigger B.) Hold and try to get more value?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Dave the Barber: wait for another hot streak and sell! If you must sell him.. garza is not that great. I traded marte for medlen when marte was on fire so, theres that to go off of. You can get way more value for starling, imo.

      Sup sky!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Mornin, Prezii! I agree, think you should get more/better for Marte but he’ll eventually be hitting around .270. Like Garza just not coming off an injury.

        • Dave the Barber says:
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          @Sky: Thank you gents. Appreciate it.

  2. Gareth says:
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    Who to Sit 3 out of these guys for Week 9?

    Starters:

    Bailey: @ CLE
    Cobb: @ CLE
    Felix: @ PADRES
    Gio Gonz: BAL, @ ATL
    Lynn: KC
    Gallardo: @ PHI
    Burnett: DET

    Relievers:
    Frieri: @ LAD, HOU
    Parnell: NYY, @MIA
    G. Holland: @ STL, @ TEX
    Betancourt: LAD, @ HOU
    Street: @ SEA, TOR

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gallardo/Burnett/Bailey

  3. Jason says:
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    Perez on bereavement list and could miss 3-7 games do I drop him for Saltalamacchia, Martin, Pierzynski or Yan Gomez?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough one; I’d prefer not to but if I had to, it would be for Pierz for the same reasons I mentioned above for Leonys.

  4. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    what do you make of Hosmer at this point, would you take him over Lind in the hopes he figures it out….

    Why fight the good fight if nobody is fighting?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Juan Lleno de Odio: I’ll take the production of Lind over Hosmer right now. If he’s floating out there, it means he’ll be there tomorrow too…

      Depends what we’re fighting for. The fight for our right to party? To quote one of our founding fathers, Give me keg stands or give me death.

      • jef says:
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        @Sky: I like that you picked up Lind in our RCL (Big R) before Odio’s post. So how’s the second RCL league going? Are you like Kirk Cameron with two prom dates? Do you forget who you were supposed to get punch for?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @jef: Ha, I’d been keeping my eye on Lind for a while in a deeper league before picking him up last week. Thinking maybe/possibly we see a transformation this year. Crazier things have happened but he is taking walks, something he never did even when he was ‘good’.

          My other one is ok, it’s in 6th with 2 or 3 of the guys ahead of me way over their max and pace limits for starts so I think I’ll start to creep up here soon enough. It’s a team that only drafted one of the unholy trinity of Ike Davis/BJ Upton/Danny Espinosa so that in and of itself is worth about 3 or 4 spots up in the standings.

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Sky: @Sky: Jacks way too far side

        Give we drunk boobies or give me death!….probably not that dramatic….give me drunk boobies or give me spilled beer!!!!!!!!

        He just got dropped, considering waivering

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Juan Lleno de Odio: IDK, spilled beer or death…tough choices there Jack!

          Nah, he’s being thrown out with the bathwater for good reason. Enjoy the possible Lind revival show. I already am in two leagues.

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Sky: I’ve doubled up on Lind too, the other league I have Moreland and Papi so I have no need for the Lind

            That’s was the spilled beer was an analogy for death…..psilocybin sky

            *was the name change from Oregon Nut Cup to Sky the result of a hallucinogenic journey where you saw yourself among the stars?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Juan Lleno de Odio: Yeah, in my deep league (12 team, 30 player rosters) I have 6 1st basemen. Hoping someone gets needy for a 1B

              Did you know they used to call orgasms ‘tiny deaths?’ That’s what I tell my wife ‘I’m trying to save your life, sweetie!’

              That almost sounded like a pickup line…how many beers have you had on this fine memorial weekend, Jack?

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Sky: none, just bought some after dinner at some big liquor super store, you know I’m not the biggest beer guy. I saw a couple english beers I liked from my days of living there, but I have no idea what is good anymore. Those Innus and Gunn looked interesting, I bought two small bottles of it.

                It would only be a pickup line unless I broke into song *grabs mic* “There’s a starman waiting in the sky He’d like to come and meet us, But he thinks he’d blow our minds”

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Juan Lleno de Odio: Yes of course, I remember; was playing with the theme presented. Eugene only serves good beer so I don’t know what bad beer is anymore either…ha!

                  I read that entire thing like it was sung by William Shatner. It was beautiful.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: Imagine Bill singing this…and don’t tell the wifey

                    ” Some, they may go for cocaine. I’m sure that if I took even one sniff It would bore me terrifically, too.
                    Yet I get a kick out of you”

                    So you have lots of good beer and meth…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Juan Lleno de Odio: Ha, something tells me he sings that in his dressing room to himself…in between lines.

                      And good assisted suicide!

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: you know that was Bowie….right?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Juan Lleno de Odio: Not a huge Bowie guy nor am I big on words when it comes to songs. Here and there I’ll actually sit down to learn them but for the most part, I’m just listening to the music and how the words are sung. I annoy most people for this.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: wow, we are so alike, 90% of the time the words are an after thought to the music…if you got good beats then all is good

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Juan Lleno de Odio: Yeah, I grew up listening to Nirvana. I never knew what that guy was saying until I read the lyrics but I felt what was said. I give something quite a few listens before I pick up the lyric sheet.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: amen to that, I still can’t tell what that guy is saying when he sings….is eddie vedder a melodic grunter?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      MUMBLER! I only liked one of their albums. The moment he picked up the guitar it went to shit for me.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: was that ten?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Indeed. Amazing album not in just how raw it was but how it was written and recorded. Very rare you hear that raw of an album that goes so big. Probably why I’ve been forever disappointed since. Not a bad band even now, just never hit that note again with me.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: I couldn’t of said it better myself. I love me some Porch, especially the unplugged version

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Definitely. I remember buying the VS album saying to myself ‘it’s good but it doesn’t feel the same’. It really was a good album and if their career had gone in reverse a bit, I might like their other stuff more. But seriously, extremely powerful album.

  5. MattH says:
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    I picked up Martin and Snider last week, but now you’ve convinced me to keep them for another week. Thanks, Sky. I always look forward to Creeper of the week.

  6. MattH says:
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    I picked up Martin and Snider last week, but now you’ve convinced me to keep them for another week. Thanks, Sky. I always look forward to Creeper of the week.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @MattH: Ha, no problem Matt Harvey. Do me a favor in return and don’t let the Mets blow your arm up. I own you in a keeper league.

  7. JJ says:
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    Thinking of dropping K.KENDRICK. Which of these arms do you like the best ROS. Or should i just stand pat with Kendrick. M.ESTRADA, A.PETTITTE, J.PARKER, P.HUGHES, R.DETWILER
    I could also use the spot for a streamer like J.QUINTANA or D.STRAILLY for next week
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @JJ: I like Kendrick but I’m not a huge fan; looks like there are some similar arms in the pool. If he’s your ‘worst’ pitcher, I don’t mind using his spot for streaming unless you can find a trade partner.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Greys not answering so time to ask some of his peasants (kiddin!).

    A mid-tier starter you’ve more confidence in that I can dump YoGa for in a trade? Getting sick of watching the guy pitch. Yoga?! Could there ever be more of an oxymoron lol (probably wrong term).

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @TheNewGuy: depends what you think is mid tier? At this point everyone is going to lowball you for an arm, I say sit him until he turns it around or try to swap for a bat that you can either use, trade, or use to trade another

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Ha, I’ll take peasant! We’re all a part of his fiefdom. He’s actually taxing me for this writeup!

      I think YoGa is quite an Ox-moron so I think you’ve nailed it. I have to agree w/Jack here. His price is gonna go way too low. I have him in a couple of leagues. Just wait for a hot stretch and move off of him.

  9. Ryan says:
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    Would u drop heyward for Seth smith,John jay,or Dominic brown??
    Thanks

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Ryan: That’s just crazy talk, man. Unless you’re in some 8 team, super shallow league….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ryan: Agree, you can’t drop him.

  10. Evil Grey says:
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    Mushrooms…man, I can’t get any of my friends to do that with again. Just one more time……But, ummm, yeah, I never liked Gallardo (don’t trust high WHIP guys), never owned him, but I just traded Tex for him and I feel like I got good value. Maybe cuz Tex has no where to play for me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Evil Grey: Has been a long time for myself as well. Last time I did it was with my ‘wife of the future’. We went to the coast. She saw dinosaurs and with every step she took she’d stop and say ‘my ass is eating me’. Not joking, these things were said. If only they didn’t last so long. That’s my only complaint.

      I’m usually aight with YoGa but he’s slowly slipping away from draftable for me as well. Hard to say how well Teix will do when he comes back. Reasonable trade if YoGa fills a need in your rotation.

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Sky: been ten years since I did the mushrooms, at this point if I was to do something like that again it would be peyote or San Pedro. I figure if you’re going to jump off the cliff at this age I should go big with it…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Juan Lleno de Odio: Ha, I’m trying to think…yeah, probably been 10+ for me too. College days, there are times I miss them. Dropped E a couple of times. That was my jam. Realized I was such a low-key and laid back person that the uppers really did it for me. Decided at that point I’d never do them again. Instead I just drink coffee like it’s my life giving blood.

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Sky: I liked when we got GOOD E. loved that shizz, but like all drugs of that nature had to be with the right people. The thing I hated/loved about E was I would get stuck in the shower

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Juan Lleno de Odio: Ha, never had that happen. My friends had drug me out to a rave and that’s where I had it. Music was annoying but I didn’t care. Some girl and I hung out, exchanged massages and…well other things. Anyways, it was a great time and something I determined never to do again.

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Sky: like STD’s?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha, probably should’ve gotten checked after that night! Nah, the usual rave crap. Everything feels interesting when you’re on E!

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: I think I got tricked into knitting on E

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That must’ve been the coolest stitch ‘n’ bitch session ever

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: I made the world’s largest doily that looked like a Picasso on acid

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m sure it still covers your dinner table to this day.

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Sky: yup, and you never notice a spill

  11. ibanez says:
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    Bruce/Craig/Cueto for Goldy and Darvish in a 12 team?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @ibanez: I’d take the Goldy side

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