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Carlos Zambrano moves to the bullpen.  Whaaaa???  Oh.  Wait, what?  Somewhere, Dusty Baker just tipped his “Crazy Manager Move” hat to Sweet Lou.  Dusty, “After Harang complained of arm soreness, I needed him for another 140 pitches the next day, so I fashioned a pitching arm out of rubber bands and a dead giraffe.  Some saw that as crazy, but this Big Z move takes the cake.”  Are the Cubs building a new and improved frankencloser, Carlos Zambarmol?  Close game, two men on, starter’s tiring… You want Carlos Zambrano entering the game or leaving it?  That’s not even rhetorical.  That’s common sense, isn’t it?  As Lou ever seen Zambrano pitch?  This is the guy you want coming into pressure situations?  Wow, what a move.  I want to say there’s no way this move lasts, but Zambrano’s also not that valuable to wait it out.  Lose him in fantasy like Sweet Lou lost his mind.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and he hit his 2nd homer as he bats .327 on the year.  He also has one more steal than Alcides Escobar.  Not as glamorous as he used to be, but should get to a 25/10 year, assuming the knees he borrowed from The Mummy hold up.

Carlos Silva – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I’m convinced, Silva is the smoke monster.

Jose Guillen – Hit his 6th homer yesterday.  He’s on pace for 64.8 homers.  What a joke.  You can’t hit eight tenths of a homer.  Everyone knows that.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks with the no decision.  The first and only trade Rudy and I did with each other was me sending him Melky Cabrera for Zack Greinke.  It was in 2008, so it wasn’t as obnoxiously awesome as it might sound.  Though, it was close.  The Razzball Glossary term that evolved from that trade was Greinke’d, as in “Rudy got Greinke’d!”  After about a year of me mocking Rudy, the term was removed from the glossary because it became archaic (and Rudy cried).  Now I propose the return of Greinke’d, but with a new, alternative definition.  When a pitcher throws a gem, but gets a no decision he’s been Greinke’d.  Roll it around on your tongue, see how it feels.

Alex Gordon – Hit the game-winning homer yesterday.  Every time I try to get out, Alex Gordon pulls me back in.  Please, someone stop me from picking him up.

Alex Gonzalez – Staying in the Alex genre, Gonzalez hit his 5th homer yesterday.  Worth riding the coaster until the bottom falls out?  Sure.

Rafael Furcal – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs and a steal.  Furcal:  Resurrection.

Matt Kemp – Hit his 7th homer.  Hey, 30/30, what’s up?  Say hello to your mother for me.

Neftali Feliz – I think he can probably throw 12 no-hit innings.  That is all.

Julio Borbon – 3-for-5, should’ve been 4-for-5 if the scorer didn’t botch a call, and a steal.  Borbon will appear in tomorrow’s Buy/Sell, but you might want to buy him now.  Cust kayin’.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and a home run.  Finally, the 2008 Home Run Derby jinx ends.

Darnell McDonald – Hit another homer.  Maybe he’s this year’s Randy Ruiz.  Hits 7 homers then transforms back into Nadir Bupkus.

Josh Beckett – 7 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I wouldn’t panic, Red State Jeter always has a few games like this.

Brian Fuentes – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, Blown Save.  Welcome back!  I wouldn’t drop Rodney until you see a clean save.

Mark Ellis – Placed on the 15-day D’Ellist.  Okay, I’ll stop.

Placido Polanco – Left the game after getting hit by a Tim Hudson pitch on the elbow.  Somewhere, Shawn Michaels’ elbow says, “Pfft.”

Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Halladay was Rudy’s preseason NL Cy Young choice.  Rudy’s right.  Halladay’s pitching so well it makes me wonder how many more Wins and awards he’d have if he had pitched in the NL East for the last 7 years.

Cliff Lee – The Adverb is set to return on April 30th.  Hopeful Lee.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Imagine if this guy could go 9 innings.

Carlos Gonzalez – 4-for-5 and a steal. But, hey, Billy Beane got Matt Holliday.

Jason Marquis – The Marquis de Shat heads to the Disgraceful List.  His home away from home.

Ryan Zimmerman – Left the game with a hamstring injury similar to the one he suffered last week.  A bad pattern is emerging.  If he continues to have hamstring injuries on again, off again all year, it could really hurt his numbers.  Probably best if he just sits out for a week.  The preceding sentence was my attempt to put the correct move out in the cosmos for the Nats.  We’ll see if The Secret works.

Nick Hundley – Hit his 2nd homer as he bats .265.  He’s my Fantasy Razzball catcher, that is supposed to give me the worst stats, and he’s actually out hitting most of my real teams’ catchers.  I should be fingercuffing him.  Yeah, that sounds wrong.

Francisco Liriano – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  In the Yahoo Friends and Family League (I think I’m in the former group, but I haven’t seen one of my uncles in about 12 years.  Unkie Funston?  Could be.), Rudy and I traded Jenks for Maybin and Francisco Liriano.  You can’t make this stuff up.  No, really, you can’t.  The league is public.  You’d know if I were lying.

Grady Sizemore – 0-for-4 as he bats .191.  After seeing his sexting photo, I didn’t think Sizemore could do anything more degradying this year.  He might be proving me wrong.

Sean Rodriguez – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his first homer.  You know that guy you drop that immediately starts hitting?  Could be Sean-Rod.  Lord knows Zobrist isn’t hitting anything.

Wade Davis – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Let’s jump in the hot tub time machine and see what I said in the starter rankings, “The nice thing about Davis is he may actually give you close to a complete season (200 innings).  The bad is his walks haven’t been great.”  And that’s me quoting me!  So far, he’s been pretty on point.  17 innings, 13 Ks, 11 BBs and a 2.65 ERA.  There could be some ugliness down the road, but he definitely has the talent to keep his ERA around 3.50.

Jerry Blevins – Left the game with an injury.  Oh, no.  The Beav!

Chad Qualls – 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  I went back to the last Closer Look and counted five comments questioning Qualls in the Brain Freeze section.  *Grey shrugs*  I grabbed Gutierrez again in three leagues.

Colby Rasmus -3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 home runs.  20/20’s not out of the question.

Phil Hughes – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 10 Ks.  He actually flirted with a no-hitter without injuring himself!

Aaron Harang – 5 2/3 IP, 12 baserunners, 6 ER.  Rocco Dispirito’s Mom called.  She wants her meatballs back.

  1. ETMcgee says:
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    right now i’d consider trading “lady” sizemore in my keeper league for a good sandwich.

  2. agarthered says:
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    Cain or Billingsley?

    I have billingsley at the moment.

  3. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    I’m down with The Secret

  4. DrEasy says:
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    When the Adverb is hurt I call him Ginger, as in Ginger Lee.

  5. DrEasy says:
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    Now is Kelly Johnson an improvement over Jose Lopez, and is he worth giving up Juan Pierre for?

  6. john says:
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    Lovin’ the Marky Mark reference.

  7. Chris J says:
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    Justin Upton got himself a Golden Sombrero.

  8. bpasinko says:
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    Is Harden worth holding on to, or just get anything you can at this point?

  9. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @ Anyone: In a H2H league that counts both Saves and Holds, is it safe to bench Neftali Feliz tonight in favor of Fernando Rodney? I know who the better pitcher is these days, obviously, so I guess I’m really just asking if anyone thinks Feliz has much of a chance of being brought in tonight after pitching 2 innings last night.

  10. Louis says:
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    Combine either Bard or Joba with Marmol for a two-headed K/9 monster? or should I be really bold and nab all three, dropping Gio G and Fowler?

  11. Schlitzy says:
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    In my 4×4 league i need a replacement for fowler and it is slim pickings- who is the best option out of:

    Callaspo
    Byrd
    Austin Jackson
    Lastings
    Kotchman
    Blake
    Gaby
    Delmon
    Desmond
    Rolen

  12. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Is Madson worth holding anymore? Thinking if dropping him for Duncan’s new pet Garcia.

    OBP league drop Swisher for Alex Gordon?

  13. 3matt says:
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    I have Desmond in two leagues (filling in for JRoll in one). Wondering if you still like him and which of the following you’d take over him:

    Alcides, Hardy, EverCab, Pennington (the kinda fun options) Aybar, Uribe, Renteria, Yuniesky (meh x 4)

  14. dingers says:
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    just got offered his Lester and Grady for my Hamels and Raf Soriano. thoughts?

  15. Jon says:
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    I picked up Borbon off the wire last night. Even batting 9th he can put up great numbers. Too bad they will only see Boston a handful more games.

  16. Scott says:
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    I also like the Royal Greinke or a Royal Greinking. As in, Jered Weaver pitched pretty well last night but Fuentes made sure to give him the Royal Greinking by allowing that homer in the 9th to Miggy.

  17. Tony says:
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    @dingers: take lester and grady, NOW.

  18. dingers says:
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    @Tony: thanx.
    so far just an email seeing if that would work for me…i sent the proposal right away….see what happens.

  19. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    I was just offered his Victorino for my Podsednik and Tejada (who are currently occupying my UTIL/bench)…thoughts?

    @# 5 DrEasy: I give the edge to Lopez, but it’s close. Lopez has been unimpressive thus far, but he’s hitting cleanup behind Ichiro, Figgins, and The Big FraGu.

    @# 10 Schlitzy: Depending on your roster’s needs, I’d go with either Callaspo or Austin Jackson.

    @# 12 dingers: I think you have to do that trade. Grady has sucked, but still possess 30/30 upside.

  20. Greg says:
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    When I first heard that Lou was moving Zambrano to the ‘pen, I thought it was a joke. Seriously, I didn’t believe it. And then when I believed it, I still couldn’t believe it. But then when I thought about it, it actually started to make sense. First off, the Cubs bullpen has been atrocious. I think they broke camp with 3 rookies, and they weren’t exactly the Nasty Boys. By now, Lou is absolutely desperate to get any kind bullpen help possible. Also, Big Z hasn’t really been an “ace” in years. From 2003 to 2006 he put up ace-like numbers, but he hasn’t been there since. I remember Lou said a while back (paraphrasing), Every year in spring training I think Zambrano is going to win 20 games, but for some reason it hasn’t happened.

    At the end of the day, I’m with Lou on this one. Yeah, it’s sad that the Cubs have reached this state, but at this point Lou can’t change the direction of the wind, he can only adjust the sails.

  21. Howard says:
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    Morning Grey! Do I pitch Ervin (you’ve got to change your evil ways) Santana at home against the Yankees tomorrow? Thanks!

  22. Brandon says:
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    Is that an Andy Samberg-Mark Wahlberg reference with Matt Kemp? I like it.

  23. Matt B says:
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    In a 12 team h2h 5×5 (obp instead of avg) keep 5: how far off is Hughes & J Sanchez for Miggy?

  24. Rico says:
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    RE Grady, notice he’s actually had a lot of ABs vs LHP in the early going (28) vs just 24 vs RHP. Batting 0.045. He’s a .230 lifetime hitter vs LHP. In daily leagues I bench him vs LHP, since he hits poorly but it’s also much less likely he steals off a lefty pickoff move. He’s a tougher play in weekly leagues, but be sure he’ll end up playing against a lot more RHP than LHP so he should be fine.

  25. William says:
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    @Everyone – My OF consists of Kemp, Bay, Granderson, Quentin, and Soriano.

    My instinct says I don’t have use for Julio Borbon since his runs and SBs won’t help me much in H2H, but do you think Borbon will have more value than Quentin and/or Soriano this season?

  26. Rico says:
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    Actually I have the 28 and 24 reversed. Still a lot of lefty ABs. And he gets Brett/Gio this weekend so barf ahead of time.

  27. Effenhooer says:
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    McLouth or Rasmus? or push?

  28. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    I find it interesting that Cliff Lee’s first 4 games with the Phillies left him with the following stat line… 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA.

    On that note, 16 team H2H league 8×8 (SLG, H, BB), who’s the man for the CI job?

    Troy Glaus or Casey Kotchman?

  29. MarkM says:
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    I sonofabenched Soriano last night for my shiny new Jay Bruce. Bad call

  30. Charlie says:
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    Aaron Hill coming off the D/L. Who do I drop?

    Brandon Wood, Alex Gonzalez, Kevin Bouzmanoff.

    I’m leaning towards losing my Wood.

  31. Scott says:
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    Please help. I need to lose 2 of the following:

    Branyan
    Ad Laroche
    Snider
    CJ Wilson
    Buchholz
    Masterson

    Thanks.

  32. Martin says:
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    @grey- can you rank rasmus, borbon, maybin, bruce? gracias

  33. GopherDay says:
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    The Lost reference was awesome! Silva kind of looks like the man in black, who was the smoke monster, which is now in the body of John Locke…

  34. Jarrad says:
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    @Effenhooer: Rasmus! (But then again, I friggin’ love that guy, so take it for what it’s worth…)

  35. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Given Hamilton might have found his bat (small sample size), would you still make this trade:

    I give Lind and Hamilton for his Holliday?

    Thanks mucho.

  36. Cain Fan says:
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    @Grey: Instead of Greinke’d I would go w. Cain’d. He has been just as unlucky in the win column over his career and it has a nice “Southeast Asia graffiti violation-like” ring to it.

    Also Hughes did almost injure himself in the no-hitter. The hit he gave up smoked him in hand i believe. Luckily he was ok. Gotta love having 2 #5s (Davis and Hughes) bring in sick stats.

  37. William says:
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    Big start for Clay Buchholz today. A solid showing would make it tough for the red sox to give up his spot to Dice-K.

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: i’m not. i think santana is fine, i just think you are tempting fate. i’m saving those innings for a matchup with the mariners or A’s instead of risking them on the yankees, even away from yankee stadium.

  39. steamer says:
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    would you guys trade A. Soriano for V. Martinez? I could use the upgrade at my 1B/3B spot with C. Davis killing me.

  40. Wilsonian says:
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    @Anybody: Furcal is still a FA (8 team league). I have the hard-hitting Beckham riding the pine right now, and a half-struggling Bartlett at SS. Drop Becks for Furcal? Grey said “no-dice” yesterday, but I want to know your thoughts after his explosion last night (be it v. the Red Spankings).

  41. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @steamer: I would. And then I would probably try to trade him to a team that needed a catcher for an even better CI.

  42. xxxthetoadxxx says:
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    Okay Grey, my OF/Util looks like this:

    Kemp, Werth, Wells, Ordonez, Ludwick, Butler, Aramis.

    Do I drop any of them for Rasmus?

  43. I woke up hungover, hoping yesterday was a bad dream. All of a sudden my behemoth of a team has more holes than the Marlin defense. I’m still in Z-enial (glossary term? “when one of your fantasy starters is unexpectedly moved to the ‘pen.” too specific?)

    I so want to dump Z. Than I look at the waiver wire and I see the names Bush, Richards, Fister and Livan and puke in my mouth, thinking that I wasted a 10th round pick. It’s a keeper league, so it’s more like a 14th rounder but that’s little consolation when I watched Phil Hughes (16 or 17th round) pitch last night.

    Make pain stop

  44. sean says:
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    I’ve doubled down on Sizemore in both of my big money leagues, hoping that he would return to a Top-10 OF, but Cleveland is unbearably awful. Why would you ever pitch to Grady with Hafner, LaPorta, Kearns, and Peralta behind him. Arguably, not a single one of those players should even be on a major league roster.

    It’s early, but Sizemore is really giving me agita. I’m not going to sit him in weekly leagues, but I’m going to park him on the bench in daily leagues until he and the Tribe show some signs of life.

  45. Rabbit says:
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    I’ve been offered Lester for my Carlos Gonzalez — what do you guys think?

  46. Tony says:
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    @3FingersBrown: hughes was nasty last night just remember it was OAK….

    TODAY: LETS GO CUBBIES! DRILL JOHAN!

  47. GopherDay says:
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    @Tony: I have a team sporting Johan, Kershaw, Hamels, Bills, Ervin Santana….Needless to say, I need Johan to step it up tonight!
    @Rabbit: I’d take it, Lester could turn it around easily.
    @Wilsonian: My advice is to get a deeper league…

  48. Riems says:
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    @bpasinko: you’re in my league. Give me all of your players. For free.

  49. mrbaseball says:
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    Adam Jones – I figured there was somekind of upside here – I quess I figured wrong

  50. knighttown says:
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    Is there a Razzball term for consecutive Sonofabenches with the same guy. Lindstrom has had, what, 4 saves in 4 nights. I’ve gotten none of them because I’ve had Dotel, Marmol and Soriano in my RP spots. SumofSonovabench? Nah, that’s terrible…I’ll work on it.

  51. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Everyone

    Has anyone else noticed Jason kend for KC has had pretty much a hit every night. Weird

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Rabbit: yeah, if you don’t need cargo i would do it.

    is there a term out there for owners advertising that they want to trade a underperforming high end pick (i.e. sizemore, lester), then scoffing at your offers when you offer them anyone who wasn’t drafted in the top 5 or 6 rounds AND is off to a decent start? people need to understand that you can’t go off trading a guy for full value when he’s got an era over 8.00 or a batting avg under .220, i don’t care how early it is. i mean, is slowey + maybin for lester really so bad right now that it’s worth sending out a league wide email talking about ridiculous trade offers? if you want to trade lester you can’t expect someone to come in offering you wainwright for him.

  53. William says:
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    @Grey – got 2 new terms for you

    Cradle Robber and Cougar Lover.

    Cradle Robber – the owner in your league who loves prospects. He drafted Jason Heyward in the 8th round and drafted Jaime Garcia in the 10th. He also used his #1 waiver priority on Ike Davis… in a 10 team league.

    Cougar Lover – opposite of a cradle robber. He rosters all players with 10+ years of MLB experience.

  54. @Tony: I’ve seen enough of him in his brief career to know that Hughes is a solid pitcher. The only thing that kept me from drafting him is that he’ll be on an innings limit.

    Easy on Johan. He’s a joy to watch pitch and Met fan (I am) or not, fantasy team or not (I’ve never owned him), I hope he has a long career that ends in Cooperstown.

    In fact I like Johan so much, I wish Los Mets would trade him to a winning team.

  55. @PaddyTwoTimes: He’ll do that every now and again. Shit, he used to get infield hits until his leg snapped like a toothpick.

  56. Jarrad says:
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    @Rabbit: Take that! Gotta take advantage of peeps who don’t believe in their studs…

  57. William says:
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    i hope that’s a veggie burger cause fielder doesn’t eat meat.

  58. I can’t believe Im about to burn my waiver claim on EvCab, heh, Hes hitting .210!

  59. sean says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: Rodney is probably the right decision. Feliz went two innings last night and the Rangers go directly from Boston to Detroit to start a new series tomorrow. If he had a day off coming, I’d say Washington might use him tonight, but with three more games looming this weekend, he’ll likely be unavailable. Then again, Ron-Ron might have scored an 8ball last night and thinks everyone will be up for three days straight like him.

  60. Matt M says:
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    Rank these mid-tier OFers, please: Ibanez, San Quentin, Matsui, Robot Jones, Bruce, Nyjer Morgan.

  61. Drop Erick Aybar for Sean-Rod? It’s a starting spot (MI), not a bench spot, since Rollins is out, but I figure even if Sean-Rod has some days off it’s worth the upside.

  62. sean says:
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    @Wilsonian: No way.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ETMcgee: Hehe

    @agarthered: Cain

    @DrEasy: Hehe

    @DrEasy: Eh

    @bpasinko: Sure

    @john: Hehe

    @Bring Back Pluto: Go for it.

    @Louis: Go with Bard.

    @Schlitzy: Jackson’s the closest to the same player as Fowler.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: No and no.

    @3matt: Grab Alcides or EverCab.

    @Scott: Hehe

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: I’d take Victorino.

    @Howard: I wouldn’t.

    @Brandon: Hehe

    @Matt B: I’d want Miggy.

    @William: Could

    @Effenhooer: Rasmus, close to a push.

    @Cheese: Kotchman

    @MarkM: Ouch

    @Charlie: Wood

    @Scott: Branyan and LaRoche…

    @Martin: Bruce, Maybin, Rasmus…

    @GopherDay: Ha

    @MattW: Depends on league size, it’s a lot to give though in most leagues.

    @Cain Fan: Yeah, it’s not bad.

    @Wilsonian: Drop Bartlett.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha

    @knighttown: Ha

    @William: Cougar’s not bad, but doesn’t seem to need lover. I’ll run them by Rudy.

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Matt M: Bruce, Quentin, Ibanez, Jones, Morgan…

    @Mark Geoffriau: Go for it.

  64. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Sit Braden at home vs. Yanksters, yes?

  65. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    @dingers: id do it in a heartbeat. Lester started slow last year too. Grady may not be the 2nd rounder some of us thought he was but he’s not this bad.

  66. JaHerer22 says:
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    I just got offered Vernon Wells and Manny for Carlos Lee and Heyward. Not really interested in that deal, but was thinking of countering with Heyward and Lee for J-Up. Thoughts on either one of those.

    It’s a keeper league but with only 3 keepers so I can’t see how I would keep Heyward unless he really starts playing out of control.

  67. William says:
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    @Grey – Here are my SB guys in my 12 team H2H

    Ian Desmond 2B/SS, David Wright 3B, Elvis Andrus SS, Matt Kemp OF, Curtis Granderson OF, Alfonso Soriano OF (maybe .8 SB per week?)

    Do you think I need a guy like Borbon, or would that be a waste? In 2.5 weeks so far, I’m averaging 6-7 SBs per week

  68. Neil says:
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    No mention of Prince and his “sore” hand? He and Sizemore are killing me – 100 at bats, 0 HR, 1 SB, terrible AVG. Three of my 4 closers went down in the first week (Frasor, Gonzalez, Francisco) and it’s looking like a lost season for me. You don’t want to do anything rash after 15 games, but Sizemore looks worse this year than he did last year – it is only a matter of time before they tell us he’s hurt.

  69. Kazmere says:
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    Grey, planning ahead for Zimm’s resting hammy. 10 team 5×5 roto. Who’d be the better short term replacement?

    Rolen
    Jose Lopez
    Gordon
    Callapso
    Blake
    Belliard
    Teahan
    Lowell

    or I could shift McGehee to 3B and pick up
    McCoy
    Desmond
    SeanRod

  70. Dingo says:
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    Can someone explain to me why all 7 runs that Beckett allowed were earned? In the 7th inning, Borbon reached on a Youkilis throwing error and later scored on Hamilton’s HR. Shouldn’t the run that Borbon scored be unearned?

  71. William says:
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    awesome stat line of the day – Scott Sizemore

    reading his line from left to right

    doubles – 3
    RBI – 4
    Runs – 5
    Walks – 6
    Strikeouts – 7

    3-4-5-6-7… and the useless post of the day ends.

  72. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @JaHerer22: shit, i think it’ll depend on how your keepers are structured. can you keep your best 3 players/keepers without worrying about draft round or cost? if so then i could see keeping heyward even if he isn’t one of your top 3 producers statistically this season. he’s K’ing but he’s walking too, his avg is solid, he’s among the league leaders RBIs. not saying i’d go all crazy and offer a proven stud for him, but if i have him and can keep him indefinitely, i think i’m standing pat for now. i see no reason why he couldn’t have a similar season to j-up’s 2009 at this point.

  73. Dingo says:
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    For a team that’s strong in SB but weak in power, who’s best out of the following:

    Krispie Young
    Nate McLouth
    Kelly Johnson
    Casey Kotchman

    (7×7 league that includes H & OPS)

  74. GTS says:
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    I need a catcher: Pudge, Napoli, AJ, Yadier, Baker…

  75. JaHerer22 says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, annoyingly our commissioner hasn’t decided yet how the keepers are going to work or what it will cost–only that there will be 3–so that makes deals like this a little harder. I have Tex, Wright, Tulo, and Ellsbury so yeah I don’t know how that would all work.

  76. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: is that Hold or Drop Madson?

  77. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @JaHerer22: i’d wanna find out how he’s gonna do keepers and how long you can keep a guy before you start trading. for instance, if you can keep heyward with a 12th round pick, i might hold off on trading him for upton who you’d be keeping with a 2nd round pick, or at least not include lee in the deal.

  78. GTS says:
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    10-team H2H with W-L instead of W – please rank these available pitchers: Ervin Santana, Duch, Wilson, Wade Davis, Randy Wolf…

  79. William says:
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    Well I’m barely winning steals as is. I actually lost that category last week when my brother got 3 steals on Sunday to beat me 8-7. I also play in a fickle league where every owner wants a “no brainer” trade, so basically I’d have to overpay for a player.

  80. William says:
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    @Grey – for example… the guy who owns Gordon Beckham needs a lot of help with pitching… he’s full of SP4s and SP5s, but refuses to trade him for my Wandy Rodriguez. He wants my Cole Hamels.

  81. William says:
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    @Grey – for example… the guy who owns Gordon Beckham needs a lot of help with pitching… he’s full of SP4s and SP5s, but refuses to trade him for my Wandy Rodriguez. He wants my Cole Hamels… so I called his Gordon Beckham and raised him a Casey McGehee.

  82. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:
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    Trying to pull a 2-fer trade for Jeter, which would allow me to pickup a SP off the Wire. Latos or Ervin for long term success?

  83. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    how do i turn off emails?

  84. keithr says:
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    Of course last night benched Sheets started Buehrle. At least Phil Hughes dominated.

    So, that being said, dare I start Peavy vs TB?

  85. William says:
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    seems like just yesterday when a question of starting a pitcher against the rays was a resounding “Yes!”

    Especially one with Peavy’s pedigree… oh how times have changed…

  86. Howard says:
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    Grey, would you drop Krispy or Morgan for Borbon? Think I’m getting a Borboner!

  87. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Keeper league here. Should I drop Adam Jones for someone playing hot or just ride out the shitstorm he is creating? He is on my bench but could use someone to fill in for Asdrubal as he is sucking ass right now too.

  88. Sal says:
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    **Mauer not in the line up today, however if you listen to this follow this blog at all then this shouldn’t affect you**

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: That looks fine.

    @William: So you wanna drop Borbon, but you’re losing in steals? Now I’m confused.

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: Ervin

    @RollieFingersMyAsh: Manage subscriptions right under the Submit Comment button.

    @keithr: If you own him, you start him.

    @Howard: If you want to go from Morgan to him, it’s okay.

    @Mr2Bits: Ride it out.

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sal: Ha!

  91. Sal says:
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    please tell your eyes to skip over the “listen to this” part of my previous post and everyone will be gravy. These things happen when you try and do work in between posting on a ffbaseball blog.

  92. Howard says:
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    Just wanted to add that my weakest cat is steals. I’ve currently got Morgan, Furcal and Reyes.

  93. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Howard:

    Stay with Morgan. The guy is an on base machine. Borbon does look sexy but remember he has scooped up all his steals on the old ass Red Sox who couldn’t throw out an offensive lineman.

  94. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    Grey, what would be a good team stat to use when evaluating starting a an opposing pitcher. I’ve been browsing the Fangraphs page for a few days trying to find a good indicator. Right now, I’m leaning toward using wOBA. The top 5 teams currently are Dodgers, Yanks, Phils, Brewers, and Twins. All of those teams seems like good teams to avoid (although the Dodgers currently have a BABIP of .350!!!!! insane). The Rays seem like a team to avoid as well, but they’re only middle of the pack in wOBA. What are your thoughts?

  95. Tom Emanski says:
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    The NL is LOLBASEBALL for Roy Halladay

  96. brett says:
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    @Grey: Do you approve of selling Heyward for McCann? My current catcher is Jeff Clement.

  97. Mr2Bits says:
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    @brett:

    Grey’s response : Don’t trade for a catcher…ezpz

  98. charlie batch says:
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    sonvabench hamilton!! Just traded BJ upton for grady in another league, really hope he works it out.

  99. Eddy says:
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    Anyone else catch the little addition Yahoo did to each player’s sticky noteS? They put in their matchup ratings on top of their latest blurb. I never pay attention to that stuff though. Just as long as they don’t decide to say they’re charging for it

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @aconstipatedmonkey: I start my top guys and play matchups with the end of my staff. I don’t think there’s any set way.

    @Tom Emanski: Hehe

    @brett: I’d take McCann there.

  101. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Oh All Powerful Omnicient One (that’s you, Grey), I need to drop someone in my keeper league to make room for activating Aaron Hill. I’m carrying more 1B than I need. Would you drop Big Crapi Papi (whose contract runs up at the end of the season), Paul Konerko or Ike Davis (I’ve also got Dunn and Youkilis who qualify at 1B and Headley to use as my 3B or CI)?

    Thoughts everyone?

  102. chrisbenson says:
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    grey…in a keeper league, how would you rank the following guys

    kemp, j-up, longo

    i was thinking about trading either justin or evan for kemp, but should i resist, or go for it?

  103. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @Grey: I hear ya. Maybe I’m just over-thinking things.

  104. Adam says:
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    Would it be too much to offer Cruz + Carp for Kemp or Braun?

    Maybe Pena + Carp for Prince?

    I have a hard time valuing Carp because I’ve never targeted him, but apparently his previous owner valued him even less than me, as he gave him up for Robot and Fatt Capps

  105. Martin says:
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    new terminology- when a closer comes in the game for the save, gets the save but also gives you a heart attack by leaving men on base and walking people you are “Cappsized” (Matt Capps)

    What do you think?

  106. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    I’m thinking of starting Headley tomorrow over either Lind or Quentin. Lind is only in question because he faces Matt Garza tomorrow. And Quentin, well, simply because it’s clear he forgot how to play baseball recently.

    What do you think?

  107. Eddy says:
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    @Martin:
    Ha sounds good, but Cappsized kind of implies (to me at least) you’re done for and went down under. So perhaps a blown save?

    How about: Cappsized-“When a closer comes in and makes the bases heavy by walking or allowing hits to multiple hitters eventually resulting in a blown save and taking your fantasy pitching stats down under.”

    Although I know Capps has (thankfully) yet to blow up consecutive saves unlike Qualls, so it kind of doesn’t make sense for him per se.

  108. chrisbenson says:
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    @grey re: kemp

    can i ask why? if kemp is a .300 30/30 guy (or a 35/25), then isnt that what upton could potentially be one day?

  109. chrisbenson says:
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    not questioning you, just wondering what your thoughts were.

  110. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Fuentes is stupid. I watched him try to overpower Miggy with his 90 mph straight fastball. Cabrera fouled it off a few times then absolutely destroyed one. A line drive that may have left a divot in the grass at Angels Stadium.

    I just traded for Zimmerman on a counter offer from a guy who wanted Ian Stewart for him. I thought I’d really taken him in that trade…..now I’m not so sure.

  111. Stephen says:
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    @Grey: I thought your comment about Alfonso Soriano’s knees was saying that he was borrowing his mother’s knees. After calling my mother my mum, a mummy’s knee would, well, you know, be his mother’s knees. Alright. that was much more lame than I had anticipated.

  112. Eddy says:
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    Man, taking Miggy with the 12th pick of the draft (followed by Wright) is starting to feel like the steal of the first round for me, no joke. I know it’s kind of a moot point because Miggy doesn’t need to “break out”, but people tend to forget it’s his 27 year old season! Call me crazy, but I think he can possibly reach 40 homers.

  113. drew says:
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    is it too early/crazy to consider dropping aramis for chase headley?

  114. corey says:
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    c Soto
    1b Votto
    2b Ian Stewart
    3b David Wright
    ss Zobrist
    ci Adrian Beltre
    of J upton
    of Granderson
    of CarGo
    of BJ Upton
    ut Maybin
    b Rios
    b Rasmus
    b Robot Jones
    b Furcal
    b Headley
    dl kinsler

    p Josh Johnson
    p Nolasco
    p Billingsley
    p Javy Vasquez
    p Masterson
    rp Rafael Soriano
    rp Marmol
    b Clay Bucholz
    b Wade Davis
    b Jaime Garcia

    I really think I need to make a trade especially for pitching. Who should I look to trade? This is an auction league w/ keepers that i won last year but there are more people in the league this year so the waiver wire is a little more scarce which is why i’m looking to make a trade. thanks.

  115. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    @ Anyone. Anyone have an opinion on what they have seen from Sheets so far. I know that Grey says he wouldn’t own him. His era is misleading due to his high whip and low strikeouts. I watched his start against the Yankees last night and even though his stats were good I don’t think he pitched particularly well. He definitely doesn’t look like he will be the dominant starter he once was but could get better as shakes off the rust. Basically I want to know if it would be foolish to just drop him for nothing. I’ve tried to trade him but have had no takers. I’m intrigued by the upside of Jaime Garcia especially since he is facing the Giants tomorrow.

  116. @Martin: I’ve always referred to that as a Franco, after Johnny Franco’s many years of heart attack inducing 9th innings.

  117. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:
    Thanks Tony, I knew I could count on you.

  118. Eddy says:
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    Fielder with his first HR!

  119. brad says:
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    @Stephen: Yeah you vastly underestimated that one. :nerdy emoticon:

  120. Fresh says:
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    lol @ the gatorade cooler! i like the new Greinke’d definition

  121. William says:
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    @Grey – No, I don’t have Borbon yet… hahaha

    He’s a FA in my league. I’m asking if I should pick Borbon up over any of my current OFs.

    I have: Kemp, Granderson, Bay, Quentin, Soriano

    I mentioned my SB threats on my team since that’s Borbon’s asset.

    I wanted to know if I should “Buy” Borbon since the makeup of my team averages 6-7 SBs per week so far.

  122. Erock says:
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    Grey and anybody else willing to chime in,

    Two questions:

    1. Drop Suzuki for Napoli?

    2. My third outfield spot is currently a platoon of Krispie and Willingham. Quentin and Rivera just hit waivers. Drop either of the former for either of the latter? HR and RBI are the priority.

    Many thanks.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chrisbenson: They’re all great, apples and apples. If you want trade Upton for Kemp, you might regret it in a month.

    @Eddy: Not crazy.

    @drew: Yup

    @corey: No idea how many teams, but your pitching doesn’t look terrible.

    @Eddy: About time.

  124. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    King Felix + Francisco Liriano + Neftali = 2W + 19 scoreless IP = happy Baron. Mornin’!

    Just got offered Victor Martinez for my Felix. Too expensive, but would you swap Francisco for Vic Martinez? I have Soto as my C now and would ship him out as well.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fresh: Thanks!

    @William: Ah… But you can’t drop any of them for Borbon.

    @Erock: Grab Napoli. Drop Krispie for Quentin.

  126. Adam says:
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    @Eddy: A Kick in the Qualls? Blue Qualled?

  127. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: ha you know it….. prince daddy with a bombski? nice, maybe my RCL can pull outta last in RBI’s and HR’s if he’d start hitting, oh and Rollins gets off the DL, oh and if ibanez hits, and and and and and……

  128. Vic Vinegar says:
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    in the battle of early season suckage, Sizemore or J. Upton for 2010 only?

  129. Eddy says:
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    @Adam:

    Haha very nice, I like those. Blue Qualled can even be blowing a save with two outs in the 9th!

  130. brad says:
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    @Adam: nice

  131. Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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    grey – which of the following do you like until montero comes back? i’m going ron popeil until then.

    olivo, iannetta, pierzynski, baker, clement

  132. Penguin says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: This week’s H2H pitching line: 43.2IP, 4W, 0L, 1CG, 5BB, 38K, 2Holds, 1.24ERA, 0.80WHIP.

    Halladay, Liriano, Neftali, Slowey, Marcum, Gregerson (Holds), and Penny are making me look like a pitching genius. Only thing I’m missing are Saves, which I punted (I had Neftali for Holds, keeping him for 102mph fastballs).

  133. Stephen says:
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    @brad: Well, geez, thanks.

  134. royce! says:
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    I know Sheets gets no love round these parts, but would you rather have him or Colby Lewis, Ian Kennedy, Jaime Garcia, Bud Norris, or Fister? Our league counts K/BB, so I think I know why his owner parted ways.

  135. brad says:
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    @Vic Vinegar: I trust Upton to pull out of it a little more than I trust Sizemore.

  136. Sal says:
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    @Grey: posted this in the last thread but didnt get any bites….

    @everyone: in H2H points should I go with Soto or ride pudge while he is actually producing? Soto’s Ks are the only thing still leaving me iffy about plugging him in.

    Im thinkin in a 10 team I can just ride the hot catcher on the wire??? I know that will bite me in the ass too.

  137. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sal: Soto

  138. Tony says:
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    @Sal: ya soto seems to be coming around….

  139. Goat Slywinkle says:
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    I hope Daniel McCutchen was a staff ace in most Razzball leagues this year. Every time he’s pitching I want whoever he’s facing.

  140. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Just want to be sure, because after I posted the comment, I realized it was vague. I have all of those pitchers and Sheets is on the WW. I’m wondering if I should drop any of them for Sheets. Are you saying that I should drop Jaime for Sheets?

  141. Lava says:
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    Speaking of Sizemore, RBI!

    It had to come against Baker though, didn’t it? Ok, Sizemore is allowed to either get on base and steal or homer once more, but after that no more Indians are allowed to score.

  142. royce! says:
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    Those waiting on Carlos Santana probably should pay attention to this:

    Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) had to be carted off the field with Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, April 21, after he fouled a ball off of his left knee, according to The Associated Press. He is listed as day-to-day with a bruised left knee.

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Just hold Sheets.

    @Lava: About time!

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up!

  144. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    Fielder HR. Nice to see him finally put one in the seats.

  145. The Dangerous Summer says:
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    @grey. Are you buying Cliff Lee at close to full price? Any adjusted projections since the injury?

  146. corey says:
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    @grey: sorry i left that out there are 10 teams.

  147. Benjamin B. says:
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    Grey, I’m trying to exploit a friend’s Yankee obsession. Would you trade Phil Hughes, Granderson, and Rauch for Grady Sizemore and Verlander? My league has OPS and K/BB.

  148. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Penguin: Nice! I also have Slowey and Penny, so yes, it’s been a good run. Even Nolasco pitched well (from my bench) and Kershaw managed to keep the walks under 8.

    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: I guess I just lost $100 on my Prince Fielder Hits 0 HRs in ’10 bet. Damn.

    @Grey: Thank you, gentleman. Would you trade any of Kershaw/Nolasco/Slowey for V-Mart?

  149. @royce!: From what I read, it doesn’t sound serious. I almost hope it is serious so I can drop him, now that I need as many starters as possible.

    @Grey: Brett Cecil got the call up. How would you rank this motley crew (I’d have spelled it crue, but I don’t know how to type an umlaut): Richards, Fister, Cecil, Greg Smith, Kawakami, Bush?

    Typing those names makes baby jesus cry.

  150. preptime says:
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    Escobar must have the red light of all red lights on him.

  151. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Ah, see now why Alcides has not steals. Batting 8th with less than 2 out, they “attempt” to bunt him over. Today, Wolf fouls 2, then hits into force that takes him off the bases. Need Gomez to tank and trade places in the lineup! (Apologies to Gomez owners. :-) )

  152. crews says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If the guy holding V-Mart would take any one of those guys for him in nearly any format or league size, I’d like to see the rest of that guy’s roster.

  153. Nathan says:
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    2 more RBI for Prince. ‘Bout friggin’ time.

  154. @crews:

    Im just benching Escobar til he gets going…he should start running sometime tho (like when Weeks gets hurt!).

  155. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @charlie batch: ugh, i probably wouldn’t have done that. bj is looking much better this year and has a ceiling just as high if not higher than grady and plays in a better lineup for RBIs and Rs opportunities.

  156. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @crews: By which you mean his team would have to be unusually strong in order to make such a trade logical?

    By which you mean V-Mart is more valuable than those SPs?

    Not being dense, just confused.

    @Grey: “Slowey seems it seem like you have excess pitching.”

    ???

    My SPs are Felix/Kershaw/Nolasco/Slowey/Liriano/Penny. I’ll eventually trade someone, though what I really need more than V-Mart is a 3Bman. I cast Adrian Beltre and his punchlessness to the wind yesterday and slid MMD over to 3B. Can’t stand Beltre. Never could.

  157. crews says:
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    Whoa! Andy Marte sighting…

  158. William says:
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    I just heard a loud explosion in Pittsburgh… oh, that’s Prince Fielder waking up from his early season slumber.

  159. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, I edited it. Seemed to confuse my sinces and seems. Your team looks fine on pitching. I wonder if you can get an ice cold Zimmerman for Liriano or Slowey. Probably not, but worth a try maybe.

  160. @William:

    Pitt’s 5th starter can’t get anyone out, thats why I streamed Wolf.

  161. wakeNbake says:
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    Braun is a beast… I love this guy.

  162. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Zimmy is exactly the guy I have in my sights — he’d fit well on my team, among the lumbering nudniks like Dunn, Bruce and MMD.

  163. The Dangerous Summer says:
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    One last one for today: Trade Buchholz and Casey McGahee for Garza?

  164. @Grey: Unfortunately the latter. I wish it was J.R.!

  165. Nathan says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Out of all the Yiddish words used today, the word “nudnik” is by far the best.

  166. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Grey:
    I have Liriano and got offered Asdrubal for him. Hell no IMO, so im thinking of countering for Choo. Thoughts? I need a hitter…

  167. crews says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not trying to confuse, just being dense. :-)
    One thing I look at is the value of a player relative to the rest of the players at that position. At the catcher position, in the drafts I was in, V-Mart required a top-three round pick to acquire (too rich for me but I took a different approach to my drafts this year) and is and has been (we’ll overlook ’08) a top two or three catcher for a few years. I like Slowey and Nolasco a lot, Kershaw not so much at this stage of his development, but I don’t see any one of them as equal value for Martinez. Granted, it wouldn’t take a lot more; I certainly don’t think V-Mart is worth Lincecum or Halladay but someone on the order of Ubaldo or Beckett or one of the guys you offered and a decent throw-in. Again relative value also depends on league size and rules as well.
    One nice thing about America is that people have the right to deride and point fingers at me and my philosophies all they like…that is the consequence of putting my opinion out there. Fire away.

  168. Nathan says:
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    Man those pirates pitchers really are totally listless.

    Braun with 5 RBI, Fielder with 3 and a RISP situation coming up.

  169. Lava says:
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    Ack! Baker, no, down boy!

    Braun hit another homer too. I “lucked” into getting A-Rod with the 5th pick in one league, and had to “settle” for Braun with the 5th pick in another. I hope they both work out, but boy is Braun delicious right now.

  170. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @The Dangerous Summer: garza easily, unless you are really in dire need of a 2B/3B and you are a sox fan who still thinks buchholz might be the next lincecum or something.

  171. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    the brewers really need to go ahead and suck it up and pay prince. they’d have the best 3-4 spots in baseball for the next 6-8 years.

  172. Ben says:
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    I got to dump Harang like a Chipotle turd, but I don’t know who to grab for him. S-Rod? Juan Gut? Keep an open spot for now? Could use a replacement for Rajai Davis, but only guys on wire are

    Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Guillen, Pagan, Veneable, Hart, Laporta, Spilborghs

    Dont need MI but if SRod starts getting the PT, would give me depth to trade MI for OF

  173. crews says:
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    @grey @3FingersBrown: OK, are you guys going for J.R. Richard the former Astros pitcher or J.R. Richards the lead singer of Dishwalla?
    Inquiring minds want to know…

  174. MattW says:
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    @Grey: I have Lidge on the DL, so I am trying to deal either Bell or Marmol.

    I have been offered the following:

    I tried for his Hanson and Qualls for my DLR and Bell, and he countered with his Jar Jar and Qualls for my Romero and Bell.

    Are either of these balanced? If not, which of these SPs are worth targeting in a similar trade::

    Braden, Jar Jar, BBershaw, Hanson, Kazmir, Lackey

  175. crews says:
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    Rhetorical question of the day (First in a series, collect ‘em all!): Why do I drop guys when they’re going to pitch against the Pirates soon?

  176. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe ShiT: Choo’s fair.

    @Ben: Ha! Gut…

    @crews: Dishwalla

    @MattW: Nope

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  177. Erock says:
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    To start or to bench Buchholz against Texas tonight. What does everybody think?

  178. Mike D. says:
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    Grey,

    I go to accept Papi for Pierre this AM… and it is gone.

    Email from other owner: “Lowell HR + Need for Sox to win some games = Francona finally cuts cord with Papi in lineup regularly. Sorry.”

    Can’t say I disagree. I beg for a new offer. His reply:

    Michael Young, Salty, Ellis (HIM) for Crash Davis, Papi, S. Sizemore (ME)

    Basically, I’d be selling very low on Crash and Papi. But Michael Young’s a pretty good player in AL Only. Should I accept?

    Thanks for your opinion…

  179. Blake Bilstad says:
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    Love it. Jonathan Sanchez sure got Greinke’d the other night against the Padres. Pitches a one-hitter through 8 and gets the 1-0 loss.

    Oh wait, that’s not a no-decision.

    How about: Jonathan sure got Dirty Sanchez’ed the other night against the Padres. Poor guy.

  180. crews says:
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    10-0 Brewers over Pitt? Is this “Deja Vu Day” and no one told me?

    Gotta put some money on the White Sox +13 tonight.

  181. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Grey, drop Porcello for Hughes?

  182. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Erock: Start

    @Buddo Chezuski: Yup

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