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Let’s go over the Danny Espinosa positives first, shall we?  A) In Triple-A, he had  18 homers and 20 steals.  B) At MI, you need another positive after A? C) B was already forced and you want a C? D) Hmm… You need another positive, huh?  Umm… How about D. Espinosa anagrams to Adios ESPN?  Okay, the negative is the 94 Ks in 99 games at Triple-A.  That sounds like a recipe for a .230 average over the course of the season.  I’d preach some caution if this were April, but he’s currently hitting in the major leagues and is worth a flier to see if he can stay hot.  In keepers, I’d grab him for a buck because he’ll have solid position eligibility next year and has good pop and speed.  And, as most of you know who have read this site longer than a second, I don’t mind average killers.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Juan Gutierrez – It’s not playing with fire to get saves from Gutierrez.  Like playing with dynamite.

Koji Uehara – If you need saves, here ya go.  Though I wouldn’t be surprised if Koji gives you indigestion, even if Chef Roy Choi disagrees.

Matt Thornton – Could’ve listed Putz or Sale here, but I think Thornton’s the first guy to get saves in Jenks’ stead, assuming MT can stay healthy and BJ can stay, um, unhealthy.

Clay Hensley – The Marlins are saying Nunez will reclaim the closer job, but he ain’t got it now, does he?  Rhetorical!

Ryan Madson – SAGNOF!

Ryan Perry – Just went over my Ryan Perry fantasy.

Jhoulys Chacin – You really need to put aside your past prejudices about Rockie pitchers.  This is no longer the days of Mike Hampton, who hit better than he pitched.

Jorge de la Rosa – Hasn’t thrown a turd since his second start back from the DL.  And that’s the truth, Ruth!

Cory Luebke – I wouldn’t risk him in an away game unless you really need to gamble, but I’d start him in home games.  You know how I do.

Brian Duensing – Just went over my Duensing fantasy.  It involved silk ribbons and hot wax.  Wait, no it didn’t.  Wait II, did it?

Ivan Nova – Surprising that he’s not owned everywhere since he’s a Yankee.  Guess people realize he could roofie you at any time and render your naughty bits unusable.

Logan Morrison – I’m like a little kid in a candy store with this guy.  That’s right, I have cavities thanks to Morrison.  And his OBP makes me ride around on my mop pony screaming yee-haw!

Ike Davis – Member when he was this crazy hot commodity to own back in April?  Yeah, I don’t either, but it’s nice to remember things differently in retrospect.  Anyhoo!  Davis is hitting well over the last week or so.

David Murphy – I’m admittedly a fan of this schmohawk, but you do need to platoon him in and out depending on whether or not he’s facing a lefty.

Michael Brantley – Had five steals and a .291 average in August.  More of the same so far in September.

Eric Young Jr. – I really don’t want to have to keep telling you to grab the same guys, but his ownership numbers at ESPN have actually gone down in the last week.  He has 15 steals in 35 games.  That’s 140 steals in 162 games, give or take 60-something.

SELL

Justin Morneau – Sounding a lot like he’s not returning until the last week of the season and even then he won’t be 100%, he’ll be gearing up for the playoffs.  I know, sucks.  I don’t know why they can’t send him out there with The Great Gazoo’s helmet either.

Gordon Beckham – He’s nursing from the injury bug teet and he wasn’t really doing much even when he was healthy.  In honor of our fantasy football site, punt!

Andres Torres – That thud you just heard was Torres falling back to earth.

Josh Johnson – I’m 99% sure he’s not pitching again this year.  I’m 100% sure that he’s only going to get another two starts even if he does.  You can find someone to replace him in the last few weeks.

Derek Jeter – Okay, so you drafted Jeter just so you could tell your girlfriend that you drafted him so she would then have sex with you.  You didn’t expect it to blow up in your face so bad though.  The drafting of Jeter, not the other half of the equation.  Captain Jeets or Pasta Diving Jeter or whatever you want to call him is hitting .237 vs. righties.  That’s the new blech.

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  1. Eric C. says:
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    Time to drop Granderson for Logan Morrison?

  2. Fanthead says:
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    Hey, Senor. We have to lock in players till the end of the season. Which of these guys would name as your DH: Ryan Rayburn, Alfonso Soriano, David Ortiz, Danny Espinosa, Felix Pie, Derek Lee, Dan Uggla. Also, please: Who do you like at SS for the rest of the year: Alex Gonzalez or Furcal?

    Muchos gracias.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric C.: Go for it if you need average over speed.

    @Fanthead: Uggla… Furcal… De nada.

  4. Wilsonian says:
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    I know you say that you don’t think JJ will pitch again this season (and I firmly believe that as well), but have you ready or seen anything that says anything more in depth? The only stuff I’ve read is on Yahoo and still says that things are up in the air. My playoff hopes depend on it – got my fingers crossed that they at least DL him so I can pick someone up rather than leave the dead body on my roster in a keeper…

  5. Young, Jr over Castro and/or Quentin?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: I haven’t read confirmation, but there’s only a few starts left and I think the Marlins will be conservative. Hope him and pray if you really need him.

    @Junker23: Over Castro

  7. TJ says:
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    Ugh, love that I have three SELLS on my team as the first week of H2H playoffs wrap up- Johnson, Beckham and Torres. Can’t drop Beckham or Johnson because it’s a keeper league.

    Between those three, Cliff Lee being banged up and Mark Reynolds not even hitting his weight this week, looks like it might be a hasty exit in my playoffs.

    Here’s hoping Votto and CarGo keep carrying me through the weekend.

  8. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: yeah, that’s kind of what I thought. If they DL him, in my 8 teamer there are at least VERY solid streaming options available. I’m praying either him or DL in my 12 team redraft league…he’s on the damn no cut list, so I can’t even drop him if his arm explodes…

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TJ: Yeah, that’s tough.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, sometimes clubs don’t bother DL players either.

  10. Anonymous says:
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    Do I drop Niese for Chacin in my dynasty?

  11. TJ says:
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    Better spot start for tomorrow- Stauffer (hodgepadre!) vs SF, or Blackburn @CLE?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TJ: Blackburn

  13. Griff says:
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    H2H playoffs. J Up and J Bruce are killing me with the day to day idleness. Our playoff matchups are 2 weeks long, so my matchup goes until next Sunday. Soriano, Ike and Adam Laroche are the best available waiver pickups. Would you dump Bruce for any of those guys?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Griff: Sure, grab Ike.

  15. zombie says:
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    J. Johnson is now dropable on ESPN,… AND Breaking NY News: The Ledger reports Johan Santana’s season is over (tear in the anterior capsule in his left shoulder requiring surgery).

  16. zombie says:
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    Should dramatically decrease the Mets efforts towards a wildcard spot.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Ha… Thanks for the update!

  18. ctrack says:
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    How would you rank as 3 year keepers (each at $1)….Espinosa, Dom Brown, Jose Tabata, Moustakas and Colby Lewis

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ctrack: Brown, Tabata, Lewis…

  20. Telemachus says:
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    Grey,

    Please rank these hitters for this coming week (need R, SB, BA/HR in order):

    Furcal, Branyan, Gomes, Lind — Brantley, Helton, JD Drew, Berkman

    I have 3 spots for them but only 1 possible add and the last 4 names are on waivers…I’m leaning Furcal, Lind, and adding Brantley (Gomes if I miss on waivers)

    Thanks

  21. Telemachus says:
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    Valencia is also on waivers…

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Telemachus: Furcal, Brantley, Lind, Gomes…

  23. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Drop Bruce for either Raburn or Murphy?

  24. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Would you stream these guys 2moro?:
    Carrasco vs MIN
    Anibal @ WAS
    Guthrie @ DET

  25. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, much appreciated.

  26. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Pick up Bill Lee to replace Johan?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TastelessGarbage: That’s crazy. Petition Yahoo to put him in the their database.

  28. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    should fausto owners start praying now ?
    it’s less than 10 minutes to game-time .

  29. BSA says:
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    While waiting for the games to begin and prepare to bite my nails to a whole new low I noticed the name Tasteless Garbage and my mind wandered to a new friend who owns Worship Skateboards.
    They created a line of clothing called ‘Hot Garbage’ as a spoof on people who buy Louis Vuitton. They used the same design layout but rather than the mini Louis symbols they use the skateboard logo with a hot garbage logo. The idea that the expensive line ain’t nothin but hot garbage made popular by the demand. So as they travel to sell they began that people were reaching in their Louis V bags and dishin’ out the $20 for a Hot Garbage T. Talk about getting burned and paying for it.

    Anyways just made me chuckle – see what I mean and go look ‘em up as I don’t want to turn this into a “check out what my friends are selling”

    Just an aside and now on to the games as the RCL continues to tighten up in the end here.

  30. Telemachus says:
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    @Grey: Thanks good confirmation…

    Padilla vs COL or Enright @CIN/@PIT

    need Ws, 1 to 2 point in ERA is in flux, WHIP irrelevant

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: You should’ve started this morning.

    @BSA: You in 2nd still?

    @Telemachus: Enright

  32. big o says:
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    padilla vs colorado ?
    batting practice with live runners .
    hope ey jr. gets walked 3 times .

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Speaking of batting practice, Cecil’s killing some H2H teams right now.

  34. BSA says:
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    @Grey:
    Bob’s Schmohawks – 98, BSA Dogs – 88, Al koloholic – 84, Kiwis – 79.5, Kenny Powers – 76.5

    If this posted twice – mea culpa as something just went a little haywire.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Cool, thanks!

  36. Kevin says:
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    Better Hitter for next week in H2H Playoffs:

    Infante or Polanco
    Morrison or Huff

    Thanks!

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kevin: Infante… Huff…

  38. Steve says:
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    Bah. Benched BJ in one league cos he’s been terrible against Cecil. Guess he can handle the other guy OK.
    Hate it when that happens.

  39. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Debating between picking up Logan Morrison or BJ Upton….which one Grey?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: At least you didn’t have Cecil.

    @Fletch: Upton

  41. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: I already have Utley at 2nd so would you even think about dumping B. Phillips for Logan Morrison assuming I pick BJ Upton?

  42. paulzone says:
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    lost santana. zambrano, happ, bumgarner, carmona, chacin or Kuroda? please rank your top 3..i definitely need one, but could add two..thanks

  43. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Too true, too true.
    Man, the CS is bad enough in the normal course of events, but when you’re on the verge of gaining a point…
    (shakes fist at Rasmus and EYJ)

  44. big o says:
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    what’s it called
    when you pick up bourbon to steal bases ,
    and he knocks in 3 runs vs the yanks ?
    sweet mash ??

    oops … never-mind … that’s borbon .

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @paulzone: Kuroda, Chacin, Bumgarner…

    @Steve: You have a CS category too? That’s crazy. What’s that, a 10×10 league?

    @big o: Ha

  46. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nah, not a category – just an annoying turn of events. I’m level with pork in steals in the RCL.

  47. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I guess someone started praying soon enough. 3-hit shutout for Carmona.

    Jays battle back to tie, then let the Rays score in the 9th without a hit.

  48. paddytwotimes says:
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    @Grey

    Duensing or Zimm (Pitcher nats)

    Gordon v. Morrison. Dude has 1 HR and you love him. What happened Grey?

  49. BSA says:
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    So sad – I am rooting for Cahill tonight.

  50. big o says:
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    tulo …. en fuego

  51. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    Tulo reminds you: Don’t be a doubtin Dan.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah…

    @VinWins: Wow, that’s a big game start from Carmona.

    @paddytwotimes: Zimmermann… Power will come, can’t fake OBP.

    @big o: Sure is…

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Is that the J. Lo song shoes again?

  54. big o says:
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    joba under cruz control

  55. dj says:
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    ok here’s an involved question.

    i’m currently up 6-3 in the semifinals in my h2h league. i think i have the tiebreaker so i only need a 5-5.

    scores;
    23-18 R
    9-3 HR
    31-19 RBI
    1-4 SB (losing)
    .366-.411 OBP (losing)
    3-3 W (most likely will lose)
    4-2 S
    36-42 K (losing)
    3.13 – 4.93 ERA
    1.21 – 1.50 WHIP

    SO, after all that. I’m considering benching the rest of my starters and shooting for an era/whip win. starters i can possibly play are blackburn, latos and zimmermann. meanwhile, my opponent has ubaldo, scherzer, haren and oswalt (plus possible streamers). as such, wins and k’s are almost certainly lost.

    my sagnofs are uehara, guiterrez lyon and hensley (i know)
    his are cordero, jenks, takahashi, and axford

    what do you think? should i bench my starters and hope he can’t catch up in era and whip and that i can keep my offensive & saves lead?

    buccholz’s assraping of my era&whip tonight have made me super nervous, and i’d like to preserve these leads if i can. i know i’m not going to take wins or k’s, so i feel like i should cut my losses.

  56. dj says:
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    update, gregerson just screwed richards and my era lead is now down to 3.38 -4.93

  57. Steve says:
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    Jesus. Owning Rodney is a nightmare.

  58. Elijah says:
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    Nothing like a 7 HR nite to readjust your situation.

  59. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Would you prefer Andrus or Starlin at SS?

    Steals aren’t a dire necessity, but I still kind of need them since I depended on Andrus for them (though he hasn’t done well for me there for about 2 freaking months).

    And would you prefer Utley, Delmon Young, or EY at a util spot. I’ll be honest here and say I do need steals because the dudes with the bye week are loaded with guys like Pierre, Bourne, and Gardner. However I’d have to justify dropping either Young or Bronson Arroyo.

    My dilemma is that Young and Utley are just now showing faint signs of life but I can’t wait it out with them because I go into semis next week. It’s an extremely shallow 12 teamer, so I don’t think Young (or Arroyo) gets picked up either way.

    Dammit if only EY had SS eligibility I’d be jumping up and down screaming YESS!!

    And finally to round it out, who do you prefer at catcher, Carlos Ruiz or Pierzynski?

  60. DrEasy says:
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    @Steve: I’m gonna drop this MoFo. Can’t stand him.

  61. danimal35 says:
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    Doumit, Pierzynski, Barajas, or Henandez for a 1 day spot start since Posada is sitting…need any counting stats I can get…ratios are a lost cause

  62. big o says:
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    @dj:
    a good start by latos will help keep your e.r.a. down ,
    just in case your relievers blow up .

  63. DrEasy says:
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    Interesting: Hughes used in relief today.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dj: How many IP does he have? Can he lower his ERA?

    @Steve: Hensley’s been all right though.

    @Elijah: Wish I had one of those.

    @Eddy: Ruiz… Starlin… Utley…

  65. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Thanks Grey, I appreciate it.

    Btw, is it me or has Ryan Zimmerman been one of the most yawnstipating players of 2010? I mean yeah, his numbers are good and all, but it seems like they come on days where your whole team dies and he decides THAT’S the day he’ll hit a solo HR.

    Kinda like Will Venable’s empty 26 SB.

  66. dj says:
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    @Grey: his ip is at 49.1. mine is 37.1

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: I’d say Zimm’s been solid, but unspectacular.

    @dj: Agree with O, start Latos. Sit the rest.

  68. dj says:
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    thanks guys!

    also, you’re the main reason i did so well this year. thanks times a billion grey.

  69. JackInTheBox says:
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    So, I’m preparing my team for H2H semi’s next week and need a body to fill in for the untimely injured Hamilton….EYJ, Logan’s Run, Damon or Stanton?

  70. Terrance Mann says:
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    Excellent job on identifying Chacin early this year. I’m guessing he’ll be your Filthy Sanchez for next year (5th starter)…..if the Rockies make the playoffs, everyone will learn about him and he’ll go from underrated to overrated, of course.

    Razz standings update? I wanna know if there’s anyone I have to try to catch besides RotoSavants. TIA.

  71. Kyuss says:
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    Is Hardy a better option at ss than Alcides for the next 10 days?

  72. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Quite so. He got me a (your) Friday save in fact.

    Do you drop Rodney for Thornton or Axford?

  73. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: does throwing cecil and kennedy into the mix change your top 3 for the last few starts of the season? we have a transactions limit so i cant just play matchups. thanks.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dj: No problem.

    @JackInTheBox: Young for steals, Stanton for power, Logan for average…

    @Terrance Mann: I do like him, yeah. Shoot, sorry about the update, should’ve done that yesterday. Where was my reminder? Okay, doing it right now.

    @Kyuss: If you don’t need steals.

    @Steve: Axford

    @paulzone: Nope

  75. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…would you go Coco or Rajai over Young?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******RCL AND RAZZBALL STANDINGS HAVE BEEN UPDATED.*******

  77. sal says:
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    @Grey: btw, how much pride did you have in andrew miller with his nice stache? that was, until he made it to the mound and started throwing the ball….

  78. Kazmere says:
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    10 tm roto. Need RBI. Time to dump JUp for Morrison?

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sal: He didn’t go about growing his mustache the right way. He never came to me to ask for permission.

    @Kazmere: Go for it.

  80. royce! says:
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    I have way too many options for a stream start tomorrow. Which one should I grab?:

    Gallardo (CHC)
    Cueto (PIT)
    Chacin (ARI)
    Zimmermann (FLA)
    Slowey (@CLE)
    Padilla (@HOU)

    Went to the SD/SF game last night. All I can say is that I hope Black learned his lesson that you don’t pull a guy who has pitched 85 pitches of shutout, 3-baserunner ball. Dude, this isn’t the cold war- acting insane is not going to get us anywhere.

  81. big o says:
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    playing hookey from work this weekend
    to celebrate my grandson’s 2nd birthday .

    fantastic double play the nats pulled ,
    before all the guests arrive .

  82. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Thanks..hopefully Hamilton stops being a pussy before Monday and I won’t have to use Coco.

  83. Bum Juice says:
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    @JackInTheBox: That’s not gonna happen. Sorry. :-(

  84. anon says:
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    Grey I can’t believe Logan Morrison was a”BUY.” 1 homer and no steals with a .314 average? That is the most unGrey-like buy I’ve ever seen!!

    At any rate.. I’m still wrastlin’ with what to do about Hamilton and Quentin for H2H playoffs. Quentin is just schmoing it up so I’m wondering if it’s time to let him hit the waiver wire. Dood hasn’t homered in a month. Hamilton – now it says chiropractor today and CT scan “sometime in the next few days.” Also, according to himself his throwing sesh Tuesday was “counterproductive.”

    Tracy McGrady did this to me one year in fantasy hoops, dominated all year then sat out some/all of my H2H playoffs and cost me!!

    So in the free agent pool are guys like Crisp, Neil Walker, Ike Davis, Eric Young Jr., Austin Jackson, Stephen Drew, SAGNOF Pierre, Freddy Sanchez, and Logan Morrison. Should I drop one/both of Hamilton/Quentin for 1 or 2 of those guys? Thanks!!

  85. anon says:
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    Espinosa also available if that helps, thanks

  86. Bum Juice says:
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    Grey, I had you rank three MIs the other day for HR + RBI (Drew, Hill, Zobrist — that’s the order you put them in).

    I really don’t need SB, R, or AVG so much at the moment.

    I have Drew and Hill slotted at SS and MI for next week, but I could activate Reyes. Would you go with Reyes over either of those two given my needs, or wait at least another week to see where he’s at? Thanks.

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Almost like when there’s so many good options, it becomes more confusing. Chacin…

    @big o: Aw… O’s the best grandfather ever.

    @JackInTheBox: Yeah, wouldn’t count on it. News hasn’t gotten better.

    @anon: Well, he’s a buy for certain situations. Sometimes you need that. Both for Pierre and Davis.

  88. VinWins

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    Jays playing like the season is 3 weeks too long today.

  89. royce! says:
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    What’s up with Billingsley? Are they skipping his next start? ESPN doesn’t have him starting for the next 7 days. CBS has him starting next week against SF.

  90. Voidoids says:
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    Who to start- Volquez or Blackburn today? Yeeps!

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VinWins: Is it a lefty?

    @royce!: Haven’t heard anything.

    @Voidoids: Blackburn unless you really need Ks.

  92. VinWins

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    @Grey: No, Wade Davis. But the whole team looked bad. Wild pitch, cheap passed ball, hit 2 batters, OF missing catchable balls and throwing to the wrong base, etc.

  93. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Desmond looks like he’s going cold again. Drop for any of the following 2B for next week? Walker, EY Jr., Zobrist, Freddy Sanchez or Roberts? BB and K count, no particular category needs. Thanks.

  94. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Poser!
    ========================
    Sent from my BlackBerry handheld.

  95. Steve says:
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    14 IP ahead of pace. Start both Bald Jim v DBacks and Erv @ Seattle?

  96. VinWins

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    @Bum Juice: Reyes doesn’t think you should wait a week – slam and legs!

  97. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Would you trade Hamilton for Lincey and Latos?

  98. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Well I’m in a H2H league, and the owner of one of the teams needs me to beat this one guy in Ks for him to make the playoffs. I do need pitching for the playoffs, so I tried offering it to him. He didn’t seem to understand that making the playoffs without your 2 best pitchers is better than not making the playoffs with your two best pitchers.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, some people don’t know what’s best for them, though giving him Hamilton right now… Well, that’s not gonna be great for him.

  100. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    omg … what a birthday party !
    there had to 20 kids there , all under 5 years of age ,
    and a whole lot of beautiful young women , with the wrong idea of sex .
    or , so it seems .

    @GopherDay:
    you sound like freewheelin’ frank of the fabulous furry freak brothers
    (gilbert shelton , circa 1969)
    “we have plenty of grass , and as we all know , dope will get you through times of no money ,
    better than money will get you through times of no dope .”

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Sounds like grandpa was watching after the mommies.

  102. big o says:
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    thank you , Lord ,
    for the 1 hour and 15 minute rain delay ,
    allowing me to get home , in time , to catch the start of carrasco / blackburn .

  103. GopherDay says:
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    @big o: @Grey: Ha!! Well I just passed the guy in RBI’s, so the other manager is in the playoffs as long as I stay ahead. Would it be wrong if I benched my entire offense tomorrow just to stick it to him? (I have second place locked up, it doesn’t really matter what I do this week)

  104. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: I’d play them, but I’d threaten him with not playing them until the last second or until he threatens you with violence.

  105. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Well I said something about it, but he’s family with the Commish so he was like: “Then I’ll log onto his account and change your lineup, then lock you out of it.” Haha It’s all in good fun, he already rejected it, I’ll offer it again with a threat.

  106. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    if this plan goes through ,
    i drop jeter for bonifacio , to get emilio @ blanton , monday .
    then drop eb for raburn , monday night ,
    and switch peralta to ss and plug raburn into the mi slot , for
    2nd round of play-offs .
    sound good to you ?

  107. Grey

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    @big o: Sounds good.

  108. VinWins

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    Vicente Padilla will not make his scheduled start against the Houston Astros on Sunday because of a bulging disk in his neck.

  109. biyet o says:
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    if i had any ballz ,
    i’d have trusted my hunch , a week ago ,
    and picked up brayan pena , despite his .215 average .

    instead , i’ve been dicking around with ramon hernandez
    and ramon castro .
    worse yet , letting one of my 2 C spots go vacant (and ey jr sit) ,
    ‘cuz i just had to give clowny one more chance .

    it’s chicken-shit non-moves like this ,
    that going to cost me one , maybe 2 roto titles .

    i hate being a slow learner .

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VinWins: Thanks for the heads up!

    @biyet o: It’s tough sometimes pulling the trigger on those moves.

  111. big o says:
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    don’t know how i managed to comment as biyet o ,
    but have been using the on-screen keyboard , for a week , now ,
    ‘cuz my lap-top’s fritzing .
    HA .

    so far , i’ve gotten carrasco / blackburn right , though .
    a fun game to watch .

  112. Grey

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    @big o: I thought you were switching it up to biyet o. Yeah, both pitchers looked good.

  113. big o says:
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    gotta watch what i type, around here .

  114. struggler says:
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    If Volquez pitches well vs ARI next week could you run him out there @MIL the following week with a clean conscious? Or would you rather:
    Carrasco @MIN
    Norris @WAS

    thanks!

  115. Steve says:
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    Nooooo! Erv-San! Not Ichiro!
    I guess the Angels pen is gassed but did he really have to go back out there?

  116. Kazmere says:
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    RBI’s… David Murphy or Alex Gordon?

  117. adam says:
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    Which trendy eatery has a 3.80 ERA, 103 K in 111 IP, 8 wins, and 6 saves in less than a month?
    Au Bon jaPan

  118. Bum Juice says:
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    OK, Grey, now I’m beating a dead horse, but since Reyes did the slam ‘n’ legs last night, I’m thinking he might be as safe a bet as Drew or Hill (but not Dru Hill!) for HR / RBI.

    I realize choosing between these three is probably like throwing darts, but, again, if I am seeking HR and RBI, which two get the start?

    Reyes: 4 v PIT, 3 v ATL
    Drew: 4 @ CIN, 4 @ PIT
    Hill: 3 @ BAL, 3 @ BOS

    Reyes being at home all week kind of sours me, but neither Hill nor Drew has done much over the last few days…

  119. magicterp says:
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    Final SP for my weekly H2H playoffs?…

    Norris – (MIL)
    Zimmermann – (@ PHI)
    Bailey – (ARI)

    Thanks

  120. Earl Battey says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I picked up Morrison, but I’m not sure if he’s the right medication for my team. HGH would be the right medication, I suppose. Anyhoo, I would have to get crazy hot to make up any ground in average, and my team has been more inclined to lean towards tepid all year. I probably have more to gain in runs, SBs, RBIs and HRs. Morrison could help in runs, but he hasn’t done much (if anything) in the other 3 categories. Would you rather have Papi, Markakis, Walker, Brantley or even Branyan if avg didn’t matter? Position doesn’t matter either because I can play the guy in question at Util.

    Thanks.

  121. royce! says:
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    The details of this are old news, but illustrate well how silly holds are:

    Masset’s 9/11 appearance

    Date Opponent Score Dec IP H R ER

    9/11 PIT W 5-4 HLD 0.2 3 4 4

  122. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: We’re talking two weeks away? You have to lock your team or something?

    @Kazmere: Murphy

    @adam: It’s like you’re eaten at a fancy restaurant for a cheap price.

    @Bum Juice: Over Hill…

    @magicterp: Bailey

    @Earl Battey: Branyan

    @royce!: Yup, stupid category.

  123. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Looking to make a late “save run”… your prediction for the most saves the last few weeks from the following candidates?:

    Street
    Lyon
    Takahashi
    Gutierrez
    Kuo
    Hensley

    Tiebreaker would be superior WHIP…

    Thanks.

  124. Martin says:
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    @grey- should i just drop justin upton in a h2h playoff 12 team league with me in the semis?

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howie: Street

    @Martin: No idea who you’re replacing him with, but I guess.

  126. Brad Havens says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Rollins in a keeper league. I won’t be keeping him with his current contract, but someone else could sign him as a FA and keep him next year for 12 bucks. Should I just cut him and let him be someone else’s headache if they choose to grab him?

    I’d be dropping him for someone who can hopefully make it through a week in one piece.

    Thoughts?

  127. Grey

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    @Brad Havens: I wouldn’t give someone Rollins for $12.

  128. Brad Havens says:
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    I guess. On the other hand, after this year, I’m tempted to give someone $12 to take him.

    He’s made me hire the likes of Mike Aviles and Yunel Escobar over the course of the year. Ugh.

  129. Grey

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    @Brad Havens: Yeah, it’s tough. I wouldn’t necessarily want him next year, but I also would want someone to bid higher than $12 on him.

  130. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    so , last night i still had time to do that b.pena for clowny switch ,
    but didn’t , ‘cuz the royals are next facing the tough A ‘s staff.

    i don’t care what clowny does today
    he’s gone .
    ozzie can keep him .

    btw …. has there been a hotter hitter than this k.c. back-stop ,
    over the past week ?
    should i put him in my vacant C spot vs the A’s
    or maybe fox (O’s) vs toronto ??
    (i’m leaning towards fox) .

    am almost on tilt !!

    thanks , in advance .

  131. Grey

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    @big o: Go with Pena.

  132. big o says:
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    the chisox are running a special ticket promotion
    to celebrate mexican indepence day !

    guess they feel pretty safe out there , in illinois .

  133. Martin says:
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    @grey- i would drop justin upton for some FA scrub like kalish who plays tommorow on the short schedule

  134. Brad Havens says:
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    OK. I need to add Brett Gardner to my injury list. Though he says he “should be fine,” he’s going for an MRI on his wrist tomorrow. He joins Bruce, JUpton and Rollins as day-to-day guys on my team. Bruce might play Tues, but they say he won’t play every day. Rollins? Who knows. I need to play one of those guys. Want to hazard a guess as to which guy might be most productive next week (we have weekly lineups). Thanks.

  135. magicterp says:
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    Any word on when Nyger starts his suspension? When will we know? Weekly H2H lineups due tomorrow….

  136. DrEasy says:
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    *** Kyle Drabek called up. He’ll pitch on Wednesday. He’ll make three starts total, and will be part of a 6-man rotation till the end of the season. This also means fewer starts for the other Toronto guys (Marcum, Cecil, Romero).

  137. DrEasy says:
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    @DrEasy: I must add that he’ll likely face Baltimore and Seattle for his first two starts, so I’m buying.

  138. Awesomus Maximus

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    Anyone know if Gee is starting for the Mets tomorrow for sure? I wouldn’t mind taking a spot start on him against the Pirates at home, but I don’t want to burn one of my moves unless he’s definitely getting the start.

  139. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Okay cool, thanks. Only thing I could find was a old, stale quote hinting that he might not.

  140. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, wondering if I should drop Roberts for Bonifacio.

  141. Bum Juice says:
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    Hi Grey, for next week, where saves would be great, but I’d mostly like to avoid WHIP- and ERA-bombs:

    Franklin or Hensley?

  142. gza says:
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    Grey, thanks for the lineup advice earlier in the week. The Stanton pickup finally came through today, and my team combined for 6 dingers today! On to the semis.

    On that note, I’m looking to drop Rollins if he doesn’t end up playing tomorrow. Current SS on waivers: Andrus, Infante, Peralta, Bartlett. Best pickup? Thanks

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @gza: Nice! Peralta…

  144. Steve says:
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    Roy Oswalt is fantasy baseball Prozac.

  145. elwood blues says:
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    Maya or Stauffer in an NL 4×4.. as a cheap possible keeper for NEXT year??

  146. VinWins

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres had an appendectomy Sunday and is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days.

  147. elwood blues says:
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    What kinda value will X.Paul have next year?
    I hear he’s out of options.

  148. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Speaking of “the word”, what’s the deal with J-Up? Are they tickling our ass with a feather or is there really a possibility he’s gonna’ get some ABs starting soon?

  149. Dad says:
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    @Grey: @All: Anyone know the tiebreaker in Yahoo H2H playoffs? Up to $900 on the line.

  150. Steve says:
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    @Dad: Winning percentage against that opponent during the regular season.

  151. aj says:
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    would you drop any of the following for stubbs? I’m still looking for saves and steals. 13 team 5×5 roto
    eric young jr, stanton, rolen, derrek lee, storen

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @aj: Rolen

  153. big o says:
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    dumb question ==> regular season play ends on oct . 3rd ,
    when does roto scoring stop ?

    thanking you , in advance .

  154. Grey

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    @big o: The 3rd.

  155. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Bruce for Bonifacio or Kalish?

  156. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: add Raburn, Grandy, and Gordon to that list.

  157. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Bonifacio, if you need steals… Raburn for power.

  158. BSA says:
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    Will the Tim Hudson who strikes guys out please kick the crap out of this ground out Tim Hudson?!

    I need three Ks tonight to bring Schmohawks down a peg. I also wouldn’t mind the Atlanta’s bats showing up and getting me a win from Steve’s points.

  159. Steve says:
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    @BSA: The Kiwis are on the march…

  160. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Yeah big day for you when points are hard to come by. I’m thrilled to be where I am and actually making decisions that will squeeze me some more points.
    Last year I was psyched with 4th.

  161. Steve says:
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    @BSA: I fear I’m about to reach critical mass, though.

    That said, I have had six guys caught stealing in the last three days…

  162. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Oh I am definitely at critical mass and happy for every zero movement and +.5 I get.

  163. pubscout says:
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    I just dropped Quentin for Thome in the hope that he can keep his run going and propel me from 4th to 2nd. Now I feel that I shouldn’t have. What will I do next year? Oh…(wrings hands)…oh…

  164. Howie says:
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    @Grey: And if one was looking to pick up a couple of late season wins (understanding that is a very unpredictable category) while preserving a solid WHIP, whom of the following NL starters would you add for the last leg of the homestretch?:

    Happ
    Kuroda
    Sanchez (J. or A.)
    D. Hudson
    B. Myers
    De La Rosa
    C. Richard
    Kennedy
    Bumgarner
    Sanabia
    Bailey

  165. Grey

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    @pubscout: Ha… You’ll be all right.

    @Howie: Kuroda, dlR, Kennedy, Sanchezes, Richard (at home), Myers…

  166. How goes it Grey? H2H playoffs start for me tomorrow. Got 15 starts against my opponent, so I’m good there but Valverde’s scaring me. I should have hung onto Uehara. He’s still available. You think I should burn one of my 6 remaining transactions on him or you think Valverde will pitch this week?

    Morse playing the infidel. Swish and Gardy are banged up and Panda still sucks. Oh yeah, Jeter too for good measure – stop rubbing it in. Lord knows how I finished 2nd…

    Drop Morse for Thome (my hero from last week), Alex P. Gordon, Bona-fast-yo for speed insurance or Morrison? What about zombie Nate McClouth? Or just hold Morse – he aight.

    Oh and why is fantasy baseball better than football? Peyton Manning and Ochocinco both went crazy for me today. Of course, both their teams got whipped… There’s no Prevent Defense in baseball.

  167. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: I dropped Valverde in one league cause I don’t trust him. Lose Morse for Binfacio for steals, Thome for power, Morrison for average… Did football start today?

  168. big o says:
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    has it been confirmed that drabeck has been called up ?
    can’t find any news .

  169. @Grey: I’m thinking of going back to Uehara. Opponent’s got a good set of closers. I’m not sure that Leyland won’t shut down Valverde… I think I gotta go with Bonafacio. My opponent’s fast and scores a lot of runs, so I’m thinking if Gardner misses some time, I can make up for the speed hit.

    Yeah first Sunday in the football season. I play FFB casually, but I’m in one money league with some guys that I write with. I haven’t played Madden since ’07, so I drafted the all ’07 team. I also looked for as many misfits as possible, drafting Vince Young, Ochocinco and Ricky Williams in an effort to recreate The Longest Yard. So far so good.

  170. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Lilly @SF, Scherzer @ChW, or De la Rosa vs SD this week?

  171. @Steve: @Grey: I went with Uehara. He’s auditioning for a job next season and they’re finishing strong.

    “I need him,” Leyland said of his All-Star closer. “We’ve been short. I’m not going to take any chances for him. We are looking for 100 percent and totally free of injury before we get him back out there.”

    Leyland’s thinking next year and I don’t see Valverde pitching much from here on out.

  172. big o says:
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    adrian gonzalez ?
    pretty sad couple of weeks .

  173. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Posted this in the forums, but will chuck it here too. Just realised my H2H semifinal opponent has FOUR guys going tomorrow.

    I dropped Perry for Morrison to fill a hitting gap – should I drop Morrison for McDonald to stay in the game, or just ride it out?

  174. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Since Quentin is now struggling to get time with Manny in the mix and its playoff season..would you drop Quentin for any of these guys:

    Stanton, Thome, Espinosa, or Murphy?

  175. JackInTheBox says:
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    @JackInTheBox: @Grey: Nevermind, I took the plunge and just picked up Stanton. He’s been a better average-killing power hitter than Quentin anyways, so it wasn’t too tough of a decision.

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