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Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson were called up on Sunday.  Here’s what I just said on Friday when I told you to pick Vitters up, “(He) comes with high expectations simply because Cubs fans are like a 104-year-old virgin who would just love to touch the playoffs’ boobies.  He has solid power and this year he’s finally taking a free pass (not dramatically, but he’s been better — 30 BBs in 439 PAs).  The Cubs have no reason not to let him play 3rd for the final two months and have said that.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Here’s what I just said about Brett Jackson when I told you to pick him up, “He had hideous strikeouts last year.  This year, more of the same.   His walks are even down and he hit .256 in Triple-A this year.  But — and this is a J. Lo-sized but, he also had 15 homers and 27 steals in 106 games.”  And that’s me quoting me, Part II:  The Return of Me Talking!  Jackson’s an immediate pick up in all leagues.  As soon as I heard B.J. was called up, I made like a bear and tucked that Cubbie under my wing, to mix metaphors, context and animals.  Yesterday, they hit him in the two hole and they’d have to be delirious to not play him every day.  BTW, if someone is trying to come up with a name for a deli, go with Deli-rious, you’ll be glad you did.  Josh Vitters should also play every day because the Cubbies’ 3rd base slot is a void, or avoid up until now.  I’m slightly higher on Jackson because speed translates a little easier when someone is promoted.  Though, neither may hit over .240.  Also, I’d hope in most leagues you don’t have room to grab an unproven corner infidel, but, let’s face it, of course you do.  Times are desperate and you’re trying to latch onto any spark that can push you over the top, Sly Stallone.    Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Cook - He looks well done as in meat, not as in a British person saying, “Well done, old chap.”  On Saturday, he blew his fourth save in the last five opportunities.  It’s not like he’s giving seeing-eye singles and bouncing-off-Canseco’s-head homers.  Last two blown saves have poor excuses like “My dog ate my homework” or “Sweetheart, I was bouncing up and down on a bed like I like to do and my penis accidentally fell into that other girl’s vagina.”  Where Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour were both available, I grabbed Balfour, but if he was taken I’d grab Dolittle.

A.J. Griffin – Alfredo Jettuccine was placed on the DL with a shoulder injury.  The A’s said it isn’t a big deal.  Sure, if Alfredo Jettuccine was playing Hacky Sack.  As a pitcher, I think it’s kind of a big deal that he has a shoulder injury.  But what do I know, I’m not a doctor, but I sometimes say I am when making dinner reservations.

Brandon McCarthy – To return from the DL this week if he can avoid any setbacks.  He’s not a part of the Bennis Carpensheeter definition, but he could be.  McCarthy’s been very effective when healthy.  Unfortunately, that ‘when’ is the size of Tupac’s after-death catalog.

Emilio Bonifacio – At first, the Marlins thought Emily Boneface may be out the rest of the season, but now they’re saying he could return in 3 weeks.  If he has one setback, that becomes him returning September 25th to sit on the bench and laugh with Jose Reyes, who will be sitting out the last five games so he can keep his average at .300.  If your DL space is tight like a Tijuana emergency room, I’d suggest cutting Bonifacio.

Brett Lawrie – Left Friday’s game with a ribcage issue and didn’t play all weekend, but hopes to return on Tuesday.  At least I think that’s what he said, he had six hashtags in the matter of five words so I’m not sure.

Colby Rasmus - Sat out Saturday and Sunday with a groin strain.  Also hopes to return on Tuesday.  Raising Hope for Tuesday night was brought to you by Fox.

Michael Cuddyer – Could be out for three weeks with a strained oblique.  Speaking of oblique, I saw Tree of Life this weekend.  At least, I think I saw it, but rarely do I watch a movie for two and a half hours and have no idea what I’m watching.  Wasn’t even sure what drugs I was supposed to be on to understand it.  Booze?  Pot?  Peyote?  As I’m wont to do after seeing a movie, I read the reviews.  If you were to believe them, I was the only one that didn’t get it.  I think critics are so sick of seeing remakes of 80′s TV shows or adaptations of graphic novels that they’re willing to give a good review to anything with any ambition, no matter how crackers it might be.  Roger Ebert’s review was about how Malick captured his childhood.  I gotta say, my childhood had conversations about baseball and girls and not whisperings of grace, nature and a mother float-dancing by a tree.  But I guess that was just me.

Pablo Sandoval – The news said he’s about a week away from returning.  But it also said he was seen doing a sprint yesterday, so I’m not sure what to believe.  Maybe AT&T Park changed it’s name again.

Tim Lincecum - 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks in Coors.  And the gold for tightrope walking goes to Tim Lincecum!

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  After I posted about how you should sell Strasburg because he will be on an innings limit no matter what the Nats say, Davey Johnson, apparently a big-time Razzball reader, suggested Strasburg would in fact be limited to 160 innings.  Davey also said talking about the subject was yawnstipating and he said that’s me quoting me.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs to bring his total to 71 RBIs on the year and he also has four homers in his previous four games.  He eats up 2nd halfs like Garfield with LaSagna.

Drew Storen – Got the save yesterday because Clippard had pitched three days in a row.  Tyler Clippard, the captain of the Nationals 9th inning yacht, has looked a bit sea sick as of late.  He hasn’t lost the job outright, but Storen may start seeing more and more saves.  If you’re a save vulture out at sea, I’d start circling Storen.

Matt Harvey – 5 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  Takes a certain chutzpah to lure a fantasy owner into Petco and then roofie them.  I wouldn’t drop him across all leagues because of this start, but obviously it’s not all peaches and cream with rookie pitchers.

Chase Headley – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many games at Petco.  Wow.  Maybe the Padres hired a hypnotist to put Headley under and make him think he was traded to a contender.  I feel bad for him when he orders pizza in San Diego.

Chris Johnson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a homer.  Now has 3 homers in the 6 games for the Diamondbacks.  With the $200,000 saved by cutting Chris Johnson, the Astros are looking to buy a house in Houston’s 5th Ward.

Stephen Drew – 1-for-3 with his first homer, also went 2-for-4 on Saturday, so just maybe this is the start of a hot schmotato run.  Your deity of choice knows it’s long overdue.

Trevor Cahill – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he battled Cliff Lee to a no decision.  Cahill has 9 wins and a 3.76 ERA to Cliff Lee’s 2 wins and 3.78 ERA.  Sure, the Ks and WHIP are in Lee’s favor (101 to 124; 1.32 to 1.17), but for our purposes — or porpoises if dolphins are reading — Cahill and Cliff Lee have been nearly equal.  Hopefully you didn’t do a spit take onto your computer.

Wilton Lopez – On Saturday, Lopez converted his first save.  The game ball will travel around to all the other major league parks, then off to Cooperstown.

Kevin Youkilis – 1-for-2 with his third homer in the last two games.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have designs on Youuuuuuuuuk, Old 97′s.

A.J. Pierzynski – 1-for-2 with a pinch hit homer run.  He’s now homered in five straight games.  I’d say sonavabench because that’s what pinch hit homers usually cause, but you shouldn’t own two catchers in one catcher leagues so there’s no sonavabench there.  I’ve had A.J. for three days on one team and he has a third of all the homers I have from the catching slot all year.  I don’t say that to brag.

A.J. Burnett – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  It’s a renaissance for A.J.’s!  Next thing you know A.J. Soprano is gonna get a spinoff where he’s seeing Dr. Melfi because he’s feeling inadequate, dating Big Pussy’s daughter.

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-3 with a slam (14) and legs (24).  A lot of people don’t know this but Drew Stubbs played Sam in the stage adaptation of Diff’rent Strokes with Arnold and Willis played by Justin and B.J. Upton.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.   Back in the dugout, he forearm bashed his teammates because they think that’s the new, hip thing to do.

Miguel Gonzalez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  He’s been pretty much hot garbage since his call up, mixing in the occasional start where he looks like lukewarm garbage that’s only been on the floor for three seconds so you can still eat it.  I’d continue to avoid him in mixed leagues.

Joe Blanton – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks for Magic’s new-look Dodgers.  Blahton is an over-4 ERA pitcher wherever he pitches, so I wouldn’t get too excited about him.  This year his K:BB ratio is superb, so I’d look at him in favorable matchups.

Evan Longoria – Maddon says there’s a 50/50 chance Longoria returns on Tuesday.  I don’t want to say he definitely will return, but yesterday at a diner I got a piece of toast with an image of Longoria on it.  On the other side of the toast was his last name and the number 3.  Then there was a hash brown in the shape of a New Era cap and he entered the diner, took back his hash potato cap and said he’d be back on Tuesday.

Kris Medlen – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Warm it up, Kris!  He’s about to!

Chipper Jones – 2-for-4, hitting .320.  Said he doesn’t plan on 2nd guessing his retirement decision.  Between 2nd and guessing, he tore his hammy.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer since the All-Star Break.  Hmm, has anyone seen Teixeira lately?

Carl Crawford – 3-for-5 and his 3rd steal to go along with 3 homers while hitting .279 in 68 ABs.  You know what he’s doing, right?  You know, right?  He’s doing just enough so he looks good again in next year’s draft.

Danny Valencia - Red Sox acquired the third baseman from the Twins.  This could get confusing because Rem Dog’s disco club alter ego is Donnie Valencia.

Josh Willingham – 1-for-3 with his 28th homer.  Willingham’s been providing burning hot lardons for his fantasy owners all year.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Royals in a game where Greg Holland got the win.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was a much more peaceful outcome than when Zach Britton faced Esteban German.  Actually, they didn’t say that.  Something that was heard at the Elias Sports Bureau compound this week, “Taylor, in Accounting, asked his boss to stop saying “Winning” for a record 700th time since last year.”

Jeff Franceour – 2-for-5, 2 runs and a homer.  I wouldn’t get too excited; Frenchy is only dressing vs. lefties.

Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-4 with a steal.  Now has five steals in the last four games and is batting around .550 in the last week.  That’s not a hot schmotato.  THIS is a hot schmotato.  If you need SAGNOF, get Dyson now.

Matt Garza – Sounds like he’s headed to the DL due to a triceps issue.  This is the kind of injury that could have him out for the rest of the season.  Don’t shoot the messenger.  And don’t ever take no jive from no Western Union messenger.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4 with his 9th homer.  As I tell my girlfriends, beware the small sample size, but if you prorate Rizzo’s homers over a full season, he’s on pace for 40-plus.  Well, hello there.

Jeff Baker - Tigers acquired Baker from the Cubs.  When told he’s not really a baker, a disappointed Prince admitted, “Well, I guess that makes sense since I’m not really a fielder.”

  1. LT

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    CUz thats what he was born to do. I’ve always been big Medlen supporter. Hope he gets to stay in rotation.

    im waiting another week on Longo as that #### has almost ruined multiple teams of mine. my preseason pick for MVP. Why me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT, I hear ya…

  2. Parsnip says:
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    What’s the deal with Macier Izturis…is he a better temp 2B fill-in than Kelly Johnson or Darwin Barney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Parsnip, Over Barney

  3. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Hoping we would have gotten a blurb about Staily in today’s write up. I’m selfish like that.

    1) Staily: a) impressed b) need to see more c) meh

    2) Drop any of the following for Staily: Anibal, Sheets, Medlen, or Fister? Also carrying 4 closers (Clippard, Frieri, Wilhelmsen, Holland)

    3) Drop any of the following for Straily: Anibal, Detwiler, McDonald, Medlen, or Miley

    4) Which of these am I sitting in a 10 team mixed redraft: Darvish @ BOS, Gallardo v. CIN, Anibal v. NYY, Fister v. NYY, Sheets @ PHI, Darvish v. DET

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Whos Staily?

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @TheNewGuy,

        yeah yeah…it was 5 am in Tampa Bay on my phone ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, 1) Impressed 2) Anibal 3) Miley 4) Anibal

  4. Simple Jack says:
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    So I shouldn’t waste the two and a half hours of my life to watch the Tree of Life. I guess thats like how for every episode of two and a half men I’ve ever watched feels like it takes two and a half hours off my life?

    Baseball…baseballl…baseball…In the last week I’ve added Olt-ernative rock, BJ and the baby bears, and Vittles. Is this over kill on the rooks? Nicknames?

    Is there a name for someone obsessed with all that young talent?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Ha… No, don’t do it… You’ve got Short Eyes…

    • Inappropriate Nicknames says:
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      @Simple Jack, It’s called Fantasy Pedophilia

  5. Simple Jack says:
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    Got a prediction date on Wil Myers or do we need to wait till the podcast?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, I don’t think we see him until Sept.

  6. Steven says:
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    1-I have McCarthy coming off the DL and not sure who to drop. Detwiler or Medlen or Hold and drop McCarthy?

    2.Is Medlen going to be a 5-6ip pitcher?

    3.Is Jaime Garcia worth stashing on DL?

    4.Rank Detwiler/Medlen/McCarthy/J.Garcia

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, 1. Wait until he comes off the DL 2. For now 3. No 4. You did

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whats wrong with the other DJ (Jennings)? Thought he was getting his shizz together then goes 0-9 the next 2 games, been a pretty big disappointment this year, he’s my no2 OF and hitting a measly .233.

    Also pick up Vitters for D Brown in the same league (16 teamer) for Util spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d hold Vitters… Yeah, DJ’s been real disappointing… Too many Ks…

  8. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    “The Tree of Life” or “Tree of Life” (it is so awful that its title is not even clear) is a horrible movie. If you like watching Sean Penn open up doors to a lake in the middle of nowhere and dinosaurs drinking water, then it might be for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, Ha! Yeah, I have no idea… Wait, Penn, you forgot to open a door…WTF?

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Anymore word on Giancarlo, expecting him to be activated tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Supposed to be

  10. Steve says:
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    SON seems pretty keen on Porcello v NYY on Tuesday. Hard to get behind that one, on the surface anyway.

    Thoughts?

    • @Steve, Wow, had to go back and re-look at the math to understand how Porcello and Verlander’s starts against NYY are nearly equal (113 for JV, 112 for RP).

      Shockingly, JV’s FIP is only 0.50 better than Porcello’s this year. Porcello has a much worse K rate but has kept his HR-rate very low (0.59 per 9 IP). Verlander’s had a much better BABIP (.245 to .348) that clearly isn’t all luck (high K pitchers tend to have lower BABIPs and these two are close to the extremes of high K/low K). FWIW, SIERA estimates a 0.70 gap between the two which is still lower than I’d expect and keeps the two much closer than you’d think based on ERA (where JV is 2 runs less than RP).

      Porcello makes up ground in that he’s pitched better of late (at least measured by FIP).

      No way I’d start Porcello against NYY but the math is correct….

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        @Rudy Gamble, Hey Rudy – just the reply I was looking for. Thanks! Never doubted the maths, just wondering why it made Porcello look so good.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, NZ with more gold medals than the Aussies so far, you must be loving it. Loving how we’re (GB) doing too, got one heck of an olympic team this year. Kicking ass in cycling, rowing, and even getting loads of medals in track and field events now.

      P.s Wow that 100m final was pretty special.

      • Steve says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Hah – yeah. The Aussies will catch us though, I think. They confirmed a gold in yachting this morning and are bound to win some more somewhere.

        I think our gold chances are running out now…

  11. KB says:
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    Brett Jackson or Starling Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB, Marte

  12. Benny says:
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    Could you rank these guys based on value for 2013 – Bauer, Cashner, Pineda, Straily, and Brett Anderson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny, Anderson, Bauer, Straily

  13. WHIP it good says:
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    Which RP would you pick up:

    Balfour
    Perkins
    Burton
    Romo

    • WHIP it good says:
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      @WHIP it good, oh and Storen is available too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WHIP it good, Balfour

  14. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : You buying into Krispie again next year? If so, Ill have to scoop him off waivers as I dropped him with a round 15 keeper value. Also, would a FA(Round 24) Rasmus,Jackson and LaRoche be something you’d keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yup, I’d grab Krispie… Yup, no idea who Jackson is and yup…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey, Austin Jackson…sorry about the generality.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @2 Cups 1 Braun, He’d be a keeper there…

  15. MikeS. says:
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    Heh. Wasn’t Marlins that thought Emilio was done for the year, it was Doctor Ozzie. He said he assumed Boni was gone just from the way “it looked”. One Florida newspaper ran with that, and that was all it took.

    Ridiculous.

    In other news, water is wet, and Cespedes is injured.

    The guy is maddening. Hitting on a pace for a 30/30 season, easy, while providing .300+ Avg. But the pace I speak of is over 3 seasons.

    Hey, all I said was “a pace”. I didn’t say which one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeS., Figures… Ha!

  16. BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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    Halladay had a nice start this weekend. Trade deadline is coming up, and I need to make one more move for a top arm, is he worth going after to try and catch the real Doc, or stay far, far away? The owner is making him much cheaper than say a Greinke-Weaver type.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoneFace w/ no Harmony, Yeah, I’d grab him…

      • BoneFace w no Harmony says:
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        @Grey, would Altuve-Liriano be too much if I’ve got Zobrist too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, too much…

  17. Bobby Nice says:
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    Actually heard White Lines this weekend. I had on the Beastie Boys (Adam’s Birthday on Sunday, RIP) channel on Slacker Radio, and up came Grandmaster Flash, “Cain… Sugar.”Sometimes it takes months to fully appreciate a humorous reference. Well done!

    Do you think Tulo will come back and do anything this year? I just took a gamble and made a trade for him. He’ll do what Crawford is doing right? Do just enough to make him look good for a 1st or 2nd round pick? Any bold predictions for us?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bobby Nice, Ha…Thanks! I don’t think Tulo will do anything this year…

  18. later tater says:
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    as always, love the site

    props to rudy for stream o nator saving me for the 2nd week in a row

    i’m assuming that because he got a full post with your fantasy, you still like olt over vitters and jackson

    now for this:
    picked up matt harvey for a spot start in petco – thinking good move, right
    somehow, lost track of time & date and dropped him late sat pm before it changed to sunday
    so, i luckily missed his roofie on sunday

    is there a razzball term for my stupidity or just dumb luck?

    • @later tater, Thx for the props!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, I like Olt over them… No term yet… Good luck there though…

  19. Phil Brody says:
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    comment for WLopez made me laugh out loud (for reals) and comment for JBaker almost got a coffee spit-take from me — good stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil Brody, Thanks!

  20. Scottie O. says:
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    putting my waiver claim in for Straily, but could use a little help on who to drop:

    Harvey
    Milone
    Vargas

    this is a H2H redraft league.

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O., Harvey

  21. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any chance we could see the SON updated to the 9th? It’s been a couple days since we last saw it change.

    • @Eddy, Updating it this morning. It was updated on Saturday but skipped on Sunday. It’s close to a given that it’ll be updated on weekday mornings by 11AM EST but, much like SNL, weekend updates may be sporadic….

      • Eddy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Awesome!

  22. Dominic says:
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    Thoughts on Brett Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic, Worth stashing…Expect nothing…

  23. Jon says:
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    Maholm or Corbin going forward?

    • Jon says:
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      Add Anderson into this… who do you like most ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Maholm

  24. Holmes says:
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    SS question. For whatever reason, Rutledge has been crushing, and I have J-Roll, but he’s not exactly that consistent guy in the lineup anymore, would it be crazy to drop him in a league, in which trades are hard to come by?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Nope, not crazy in a non-keeper…

  25. harkrider says:
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    Adrian Gonzalez vs. Bautista for ROS and as a keeper next season? With Bautista’s latest set back I am just concerned that he will not be back this year. Any thoughts?

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider, or matt holliday vs. bautista

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, A-Gon this year… Bautista in a keeper…

  26. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Finally time to admit that this season is over for my team. Too many injuries and crappy players to deal with. So now I look ahead to trading for some new keepers for next year.

    Both Justin Upton and Troy Tulowitzki may be available a little cheaper for me in trade. Both have had down years, be it performance or injury. Do we have a good feeling for 2013 (and beyond) for these two? Or would I be better served maybe making a run at a more expensive keeper, like McCutchen or Bryce Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hardcore Midget, I like Upton a lot for 2013… Tulo’s okay, I’d take McCutchen or Harper before him…

  27. Jon says:
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    Should I be starting any of these guys:

    Minor @ PHI Tues?
    Lester vs. TEX Tues?
    Hughes @ DET Tues?
    Anibal vs. NYY Wed?
    Straily vs. LAA Wed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Not in most leagues…

  28. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Is it time to drop Cook in favor of Balfour or Storen?

    Who do you like today: Tillman vs. SEA, Karstens vs. SF or McAllister vs. MIN. I was thinking of going after Mendoza if only for the opportunity to shout his name a la McBain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants, I wouldn’t drop Cook… Ha! McAllister

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Hehe

  29. Mike says:
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    Can you rank these guys in terms of who I should drop in order of most to least droppable?

    Plouffe, A Escobar, Casilla, A Sanchez, Matt Harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Harvey, Plouffe

  30. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Dyson or Ruggiano ROS

    David Hernandez or Doolittle – need saves but prefer not to destroy other stats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Ruggiano…. Doolittle

  31. TommyR says:
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    Do the Red Sox think they always have to have a jew at 3B? RE: Valencia.

    • @TommyR, ha! yeah, danny valencia is up there in the “Wait, really, he’s Jewish?” rankings. Surprised the Red Sox traded for him given Middlebrooks seems like he has the position locked down.

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        @Rudy Gamble, They also acquired Craig Breslow last week. Hmmmm….maybe they felt bad about shipping Youk off, so now they’re trying to put together a minyan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TommyR, HA!

  32. crock says:
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    Would u trade dunn for the risky longo in a league that included obp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Yup

  33. Justin says:
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    Storen!

    I have a comfortable lead in saves and was wondering if I should be picking up Storen and dropping Casilla.

    My eye is on the playoffs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin, I’d hold…

  34. J Money says:
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    Drop Milone for Straily?

    • J Money says:
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      Rather, I have one extra spot in my rotation. Which of the following available pitchers should I pick up for that spot? H2H (W,IP, SV, K, ERA, WHIP)

      Diamond, Hughes, Maholm, Villanueva, Parker, Billingsley, Blanton, Blackley, Sheets, Straily

      Would you drop Milone, Scherzer, and/or Harvey for any of the above?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @J Money, Harvey for Sheets, Milone for Maholm…

  35. L-Boogie says:
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    Doing my first test of the SoN this week…

    picked up Westbrook vs SF based on his 120 score. We’ll see about that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ok

  36. Ryan says:
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    Which of the following trades should I do or should I stat put?

    Trade longoria sano wheeler for Bautista melky

    Trade sano and wheeler for melky

    Trade morse sano wheeler for Bautista

    Trade longoria Crawford sano wheeler for Bautista sabathia melky

    Trade longo profar sano wheeler for Sandoval bourn Pence billingsley

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf michael morse
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util travis snider
    bn jordany valdespin
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p brandon lyon
    p jared hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, I’d take CC deal…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, Any idea when Bautista might return. Is there a chance he might be shut down? If so, would you think this deal for cc is better…morse sano wheeler for cc and melky?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could be shut down…. I like that deal for CC better…

  37. Bigwormsherm says:
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    Riskier start this week?

    Colby Rasmus or Giancarlo Stanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bigwormsherm, Rasmus

  38. DoctorDoctor says:
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    Drop Aviles for Vitters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DoctorDoctor, Sure

  39. Giant JJ says:
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    Jordan Zimmerman or Chris Davis? Deep league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, Zimm

  40. Chillmodious says:
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    Brett Jackson or Olt for my last Util spot, ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Olt

  41. Paranoid Android says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Please pick 2 for an OPS and K’s 7×7 league.

    Chris Johnson, Chipper, David Murphy, Doumit.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paranoid Android, Morning… Chipper, Johnson

  42. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey….if I need some HRs and RBIs, should I deal my Greinke and Fowler for his Jay Bruce? 10-team league, would replace Greinke with Medlen, Minor, etc types. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Not great

  43. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, are you sending Capuano out there against the Rockies?

    Also, pick three: Travis Snider, Ichiro, Krispie, Mike Olt, Dom Brown, Brett Jackson.

    Rest of the season, who do you like better, Sherzer or Vogelsong?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, If I owned Capuano, I would… Snider, Olt, Jackson… Vogelsong…

  44. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Drop Medlen for Straily? Detwiler for Straily?

    Tempted to drop Medlen b/c of a) rotation-spot incertainty and b) I’m in a QS league, and he can’t seem to make it to 6 IP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, I’d drop Medlen there…

  45. Jon says:
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    Should I lose Casilla or Cook for Balfour, Doolittle, Romo or Parnell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Hold for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Jackson

  46. WHIP it good says:
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    I’ve been running Butler at 1B all season. He has a decent OPS and HRs, but he doesn’t score runs or steal bases.

    Would you swap him for Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WHIP it good, Yup

  47. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey boss,seems like a stupid question but howard and his seattle like offense or vitters,thanks keep up the great work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Howard… Thanks!

  48. Hank says:
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    I’ve held onto Anibal all season because I had high hopes at the beginning of the year. While he looked decent in his last start, would you drop him for Detwiler, Maholm or Straily? Who is the best choice of those three? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

      • Hank says:
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        @Grey, thanks for the reply. Other than Straily, would you drop Anibal for Maholm or Detwiler? Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Detwiler

  49. EK says:
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    Pls rank for util spot ROS h2h points:

    Harper
    C. Johnson
    Chipper
    Cain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Johnson

  50. Max says:
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    Erik Kratz or Welington Castillo in a 2C league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kratz

  51. You guys may have your new fangled sta-TIS-tics and robots with this Stream-O-Nator, but I got a scout’s gut (literally) so I grabbed Jackson and Detwiler to go with my NatGio. I stream against the Astros, that’s my motto.

    Honestly feel more comfortable pitching them over the likes of Dan Straily vs. LAA-dee-da. I am going to be watching this Stream guy closely this week though as I will probably be using it heavily come Sept…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, hopefully it works out for both of us…

  52. Booya says:
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    Chen, Feldman or Diamond?

    Rank these options for Util spot please…B Jackson, Cain, Olt?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen… Cain…

  53. Booya says:
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    Also, are you starting Sheets @ Phi tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am…

  54. WHIP it good says:
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    Craig or Butler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler

      • WHIP it good says:
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        @Grey, not sure about that. In my OPS league, the Rankings (season average) has Butler at 222 and Craig at 47. Both have been cold as of late.

        • WHIP it good says:
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          @WHIP it good, plus the Cards say Berkman will be used sparingly going forward.

  55. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto league, this week only. who do you like between:

    1) stanton and rasmus

    2) lawrie and frazier

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton….Lawrie…

  56. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Middlebrooks or Olt as bench bat/util? H2H points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks

  57. Bruuuuuce says:
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    ROS: Rolen or Vitters? Need a backup for Lawrie. It’s a keeper league, but I have Lawrie already…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vitters

  58. J Money says:
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    H2H with OPS

    I have one bench slot. Pick up which of the following 2B from FA so I can bench Pedroia until he turns it around, or do you completely advise against this kind of thing?

    Walker, Hill, Craig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t bench Pedroia

  59. Ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Team A: Fielder, Werth, Hudson

    Team B: Hosmer, Howard, Cueto, McDonald, Anderson

    Which side wins in a redraft? And which side wins in a dynasty?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft A, Dynasty B…

  60. anarchy burger says:
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    any idea when votto is supposed to back?? wondering if i should start him or go with t frazier for this week…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About two weeks away…

  61. Mets Mess says:
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    Mike Olt or Brett Jackson rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olt

  62. knighttown says:
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    Braun for J. Montero, Wilhelmsen, Uggla and Harper? Just hot garbage or is this actually closer in a 12 team daily league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun side… It’s a’ight, not totally fair…

  63. yuuup says:
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    start Minor @ PHI, tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues…

  64. Simple Jack says:
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    Have you noticed how well Michael Young has hit since Olt got called up. I think Moreland is going to be the odd man out if Olt does well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have noticed that…

  65. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Sorry I wasn’t specific earlier (had a few drinks)…

    I have four 2 start pitchers this week (compared to his one), so I can get away with sitting 2-3 of my starters. How many of these and which ones would you sit in a 10 team h2h redraft league?

    Anibal v. NYY (That’s a given)
    Yu @ BOS
    Yu v. DET
    Gallardo v. CIN
    Sheets @ PHI
    Fister v. NYY

    If/when I drop Anibal for Straily, he becomes a start v. LAA, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Anibal and Yu (both)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Straily…

  66. MikeZ says:
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    In my 12 team 5×5 roto league with no bench spots and weekly lineups, I have Stanton and Longoria filling my DL spots. Because lineups set tonight, I could activate them or keep them on the DL one more week, to try to work out a trade. (I have Carlos Gomez and Chris Davis filling the space for them right now.) Given that stanton has hit 2 HRs on his rehab, I was thinking he is more likely to be nearly healthy right off the bat — should I activate just him. Hold both out for a week and se ehow they do? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Activate Stanton, lose Gomez…

  67. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I caught this on MLB Trade Rumors. They must shop at Brooks Brothers.

    “MLBTR is increasing efforts to enforce our commenting policy. The goal is to raise the level of discourse in the comments, part of which involves eliminating inappropriate language and insults.

    Comments of this nature are not allowed:
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    •Comments about how you’re sick of this topic or it’s not newsworthy
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    If you see comments that fit the above criteria, please flag them and/or contact us. Those who repeatedly violate the policy can be banned at any time. Bans may be handed out liberally by our moderators, without second chances. Remaining civil is not that difficult, though, and most commenters have no problems doing so as well as helping rein each other in. We at MLBTR are grateful for long-time commenters and readers, though this policy applies equally regardless of tenure. This policy is always available at the bottom of the site, and will be re-posted monthly”

    Where is the fun in that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Germany in 1935…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey, or an episode of Newsroom.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @herschel, HAHAHA

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @herschel, very nice

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.********

  69. herschel says:
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    Helton out for the season. EYJ and Colvin to see regular ab’s while Cuddyer is out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, Colvin, yeah… They hate Young…

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.******

  71. Booya says:
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    Kendrys, Cain, G Jones, or Ludwick for last OF spot right now? ROS?

    AJ or Doumit?

    Thanks again!

  72. Hondo says:
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    Lost Boneface and Cuddyer at SS and 2B and have reached into the bowl and now have to umm, eliminate some of the following crap from my roster. God what happened here?U-hum, I digress.Waaaa! Dammit.OK,I’m good.Deep breaths.
    Rank for ROS JRoll,Espinosa,Izturis or Rueben Tejada for stem the bleeding at 2B and SS. Offensive K’s are a category in 10×10 H2H(bad Espi).Need 2 +1 for backup,but want to see how you rank all 4.

    Also available- Barney,Uglla,Ackley,EYjr,Theriot,Cozart

  73. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    Do you see Myers being called up soon, if so when is the next date to get past that certain stage of contract eligibility? Was riding the chooch train and now need another option, for time being I chose Ellis over McKenery, but would love to put a top ranked outfield prospect with C eligibility in that spot

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