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Shane Victorino has long been a benchmark for many other players’ production here at Razzball.  Dexter Fowler is Feign Victorino; Alejandro De Aza is Should-Hit-The-Gym-And-Train Victorino; Ryan Zimmerman is Bane of my Existence-rino.  I look at Victorino like a proud papa.  Back in 2008, when people wanted to drop him after he started losing time to Geoff Jenkins, I told them to hold tight, he’ll be fine.  (BTW, the week Victorino lost his job for about 3 days to Geoff Jenkins, elsewhere Tulowitzki was hurt.  The more things change, the more whatever that cliche is.)  Victorino went on to have a 14/36 season in 2008 and a Razzstar was born.  When he was hurt, we were crying for the Hawaiian.  When he was producing, we were singing, “Let’s Hear It For The Poi” and “I’m So Keen-o For Shane Victorino.”  When he kept doing his stats year after year, we became ambivalent because we were so used to it.  Davey Lopes was credited with teaching Victorino how to steal and now he follows in his footsteps to the Dodgers.  Victorino’s power 15-ish and speed 30-ish should play fine in Dodgers Stadium.  His Home/Road splits are pretty even over the last three years and he hit .344 in Dodgers Stadium over the same time.  I look forward to the day I run into Victorino at my favorite pupusa shop and I get to Instagram us in a photo with colors that don’t exist.

Also leaving the Phillies is Hunter Pence, the player acquired last year for the title run that didn’t happen.  I feel the same will be true of the Giants, but I don’t want to be a party pooper.  The Giants can totally compete with the Rangers, Angels, Yankees, Reds, Braves, Washington, Chicago, Detroit… Honestly, I’m not sure the Giants could beat the Phils in a best of 7, but whatever!  This is about Pence.  The Giants aren’t a great hitting team, said Captain Obvious.  Their top hitters are Melky and Posey.  Posey’s fine, especially for fantasy since he’s a catcher, and Melky’s had a nice 18 month run, but we’re not talking about Pence moving to the 1927 Blue Jays.  I wouldn’t say Pence’s value is totally diminished.  He actually hit better in road games this year and has been fine in Dropped Calls Park.  In the last three years, he’s hit 5 homers in San Fran, which is tied for the 2nd most homers he’s hit outside of Philly and Houston.  I’d put him down for more or less the same value.  So Giants sic Pence, fantasy owners none the richer.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Domonic Brown – Recalled by the Phillies.  So far it’s been “How now Brown…Frown” but he’s still young enough (24) to not be a total bust.  He’ll probably slot somewhere in the lower half of the lineup and be given the rope to succeed or fail depending on how badly his fantasy owners need him to produce.* (*There’s no evidence that his fantasy owners hopes and dreams have anything to do with Brown’s potential success rate.  In fact, some studies that don’t actually exist show that the more fantasy owners want something to happen the less likely it will.)  Since he returned from a knee injury in Triple-A, he’s hit .362 with a homer.  Injuries have really been the june bug in his yokelism, but if he can stay healthy for the final two months, he could give 7 homers and a decent average.  He also has speed, but not sure how the aforementioned injury is affecting him.  For the flyer on upside, I’d grab him in all leagues.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 IP, 6 ER.  At this rate, he won’t have to be shut down to save innings.

Gaby Sanchez - They should make Marlins jerseys where the names are Velcro’d on, so you buy one jersey and just change the names.  While every Marlins telecast is going to look like this Cardinals one.  So the Pirates acquired Gaby and will probably work him into a platoon of sorts with Garrett Jones.  For fantasy purposes, Gaby’s a hot name to think about.  For fantasy baseball purposes, I’d continue to ignore in mixed leagues until he’s hitting.

A.J. Burnett - 9 IP, 1 Hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks.  With four outs to go, Burnett lost his no-hit bid.  Tough week for A.J.  On Monday, Webster’s was this close to switching out the picture of Kris Humphries for A.J. Burnett for the word douchebaggery.

Ivan Nova – 5 IP, 9 ER.  Holy schnikeballs, what was I thinking putting him in the top 100 for the 2nd half?  Sometimes, I’m a brilliant man with a mustache; sometimes I’m a man with a brilliant mustache.  This was the worst performance by an Ivan since Koloff accidentally plummeted his tag team partner, Dick Murdoch, but that was after The Great Kabuki accidentally spit some green crap in his face, blinding him.

Mark Teixeira – Received a cortisone shot in his wrist and could be back in a few days.  If it was Ryan Zimmerman’s doctor, Te(i)x will hit 17 homers this weekend.

Joba Chamberlain - Returned from the DL after a 14-month absence.  He was initially out due to Tommy John surgery and then he hurt his ankle on a trampoline, taking the Sparky Lyle book, The Bronx Zoo, way too literally.

Casey McGehee - Sounding like a jock in high school explaining his dating life, getting Gaby made Casey expendable.  So the Yanks swooped in and grabbed McGehee to help with their 3rd base shituation.  I’m not sure if it’s gonna be all rainbows and unicorns for McGehee, but he’s in a lot better place to succeed.  There is a chance the Yanks use him with Chavez.  For those in AL-Only and Pig Latin leagues, feel free to ixnay ixNay.

Nate Schierholtz – The guy whose last name is German for pantyhose moves to the Phillies in the Pence trade.  Can’t wait until Philly fans adopt a new fan favorite and show up at the games wearing pantyhose on their face.  That should go over well in Citizens Bank.  Once Schierholtz fever spreads, it could be a boon for Germantown, Philly, too.  No longer will German prostitutes with their broad shoulders and small noses be made to feel like they can’t knockwurst in public.  As for Nate’s fantasy value, it doesn’t help him since he’s nothing but a platoon guy.

Cliff Lee - 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks to move his record to 2-6, which is the same record as Francisco Rodriguez and only a hair worse than Jamie Moyer’s 2-5 record.  Cliff Lee’s record has me beyond words, adverbs specifically.

Chris Tillman – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  The O’s jumped out to an early lead and Tillman got the free room at the W.   As I said last time he pitched, he is not a sub-2 ERA guy, but more like a 3.75 ERA guy with matchups appeal.  His ERA is now up to 2.70 and will continue to climb.

Ryan Ludwick – Due to his 2-homer game coming on Saturday and him not playing on Sunday, I didn’t mention it.  But he homered again yesterday and he’s officially the world leader in hot schmotatoness.  Keep in mind that Stubbs had three homers in three straight games and Dusty benched him yesterday, so anything’s possible with Ludwick’s playing time, but I’d grab him while he’s hot.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in his last three games.  Sonavadroptowaivers!  Damn, not sure why I dropped him either.  It’s not like I’m short on schmohawks to drop.  I think I dropped him because Dusty benched him on Monday.  Damn you, Toothpick Man!

Jonathan Broxton – Sent to the Reds.  Not sure how Dusty is going to ruin pitchers’ arms with so many competent relievers, but he will find a way.  Dusty’s Toothpick, “Give me one extra inning game and I’ll have at least three pitchers screaming uncle or ‘Mark Prior.’”  Broxton will be used in set-up of Aroldis, and may get the occasional save when the latter (if latter means Aroldis) has worked a few days in a row.  Also, due to Broxton’s body type, he will be wearing Marge Schott’s old uniform.

Brandon Phillips – Had a calf strain and left yesterday’s game early.  After the game, Phillips said, “The calf is no bueno right now.” Sounds like his Spanglish is muy bien.  As of this writing, the Reds hadn’t made a move yet, but Phillips looks to be headed to the DL.  Maybe Broxton can take grounders at 2nd.  Or just maybe Billy Hamilton will be called up.  *drool*

Tim Lincecum – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I feel like I should be tiptoeing when I write this like someone on The Ultimate Cake Challenge when they get Mickey’s fondant ears to stick with nothing but pulled sugar.

Greg Holland – Come out to Wal-Mart and meet the new Royals closer!  ”I was just here to grab some incredibly affordable paper towels and look who it is, Greg Holland!  Geez, which one should I use to clean up a ninth inning mess?  Hardy-har-har!”  That’s Royals owner, David Glass, in disguise, trying to strum up excitement at his favorite chain store.  I’d grab Holland in all leagues.  He was beat up a little recently against the Angels, but they’re Trouterrific.  On the year, Holland’s been more than adequate and can get saves for the reminder of the year.  Hopefully, the Royals don’t go Dutch with Holland and Crow.  Pun point!

Lorenzo Cain – 2-for-5 with his 2nd steal out of the 3 hole.  Cain…Sugar!

Ryan Dempster - Dealt to the Rangers as his fantasy owners say, “Wha’ happened to the Dodgers?”  Not a great trade for his fantasy value and about the biggest value change for anyone moving.  To misquote Naughty by Nature, a real shame, isn’t it?  Not a shame, a product of the trading deadline.  Granted, I don’t think Dempster’s value goes into the, uh, dumpster with this trade.  He’s sure as heckfire not going to be a 2.25 ERA pitcher as he is thus far this year, but probably closer to a 3.75 ERA guy as he’s been over the last few years.  Since becoming a starter in 2008, Dempster’s ERA vs AL is 3.49 in 87.2 IP, but obviously that’s not playing all his home games in Texas.  In two short months, maybe you get lucky and he’s around a 3.00 or 3.50 ERA.  If you get unlucky, he might be droppable by the end of August.

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer and 2nd in as many games.  Rockies are home until Sunday; Rutledge is hitting; what else do you need to know?

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  You know what?  I’ll stop talking about him when he stops giving me something to talk about.  How’s dem apples?  Delicious!

Jered Weaver – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks in Arlington.  Looked fine once again in a tough matchup, but someone should check the lost and found for his Ks.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-5 with his 19th and 20th homers.  Remarkably, I wouldn’t bet against him reaching 30 homers, .300 average and 100 RBIs.  Even more remarkably, I opened the last sentence with remarkably.  Since when has it been a surprise that Pujols would give those numbers?

Scott Podsednik – Was traded to the Diamondbacks for Craig Breslow.  Weird that Podsednik was traded for a LOOGY since he’s married to a SPLOOGY.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 2nd homer in as many games.  Aushizz!

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yeah, I’d grab him.  Yup, in your league too.

Josh Beckett – Left yesterday’s start with back spasms.  Hopefully it doesn’t hurt his back nine.

Michael Young – 2-for-4, raising his average to .269.  Alex, Players Who Got Old Overnight for $200.  ”This player has 3 homers and 2 steals on the year.”  Who is Michael Young?

Neftali Feliz – Seemed to be struggling to stay healthy last year when Icy-Hot did the advertising campaign, “You can’t spell shoulder inflammation without Neftali,” then the Rangers decided to stretch him out to be a starter and botched his elbow up real good.   Not sure why he’s so Feliz now since he’s about to miss all of next year, undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Roy Oswalt – Rangers moved him to the bullpen.  I’m Cust kayin’ here, but the Rangers are cutting ties quicker than a bunch of youse that own him for fantasy.

A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Ooh, I need your love babe… This is A.J.’s week!  Hope you need my love, babe…. A.J.’s week!

Francisco Liriano - 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Twins.  Must be a real student of the game and all of those years of watching people pitch well to the Twins finally paid off.  If you have any idea how well or poorly Liriano’s going to pitch on any given day, you’re lying.  I’m sad.  Why would you lie to me?  I’m not going to sleep with you.

Denard Span – 4-for-5 with a steal.  Denard Dawg is hitting near .500 in the last week and around .340 in July.  And he’s only owned in 33% of ESPN leagues.  Oh.  Huh?

Tommy Hanson – To the DL with a lower back strain.  Man, this Medlen yo-yo’ing in and out of the rotation has me feeling like Duncan Mimes.  You know, the mime that lives next door to me that mimes yo-yo tricks.  ”Hey, Cougar, look!  He’s walking the dog!”  ”What dog?”  ”I know, it’s brilliant!  You’re awesome, Duncan Mimes!”  With Hanson out for two weeks, Medlen should once again get a chance for about 4 starts.  Grab him, guys and four girl readers!

Kris Medlen – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Why are you still reading this?  Go pick him up!

Tommy Milone – 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  It’s almost like the Baseball Gods didn’t like that Beane didn’t give the trading deadline his all and now they’re reverting the MediaOAKers ERAs to their FIPs.

Evan Longoria – Was potentially going to return on Friday, but hamstring soreness after playing Monday’s game has shut him down until Thursday.  Hold on a second, phone call… Hello, who’s this?  Thursday?  A day of the week from the future is calling me?  Yeah, what’s up, Thursday?  Longoria gets shut down again?  That’s terrible news.  Okay, lates.

James Shields – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Damn, A.J. Burnett wasn’t even the best pitched game yesterday, but A.J. had already turned in for the night, giving a sideways peace sign to Tuesday.

Wilton Lopez – The Astros announced Lopez would take over the closer job from Cordero, then Lopez said he had elbow soreness while throwing batting practice and wouldn’t be able to close yesterday’s game.  Your new Astros closer…Jose Altuve!  Seriously, there’s teams whose closer you want to own, then there’s teams whose closer you don’t want to own but you own them anyway, then there’s the Astros.  Hold Lopez to see if his elbow mends and doesn’t break or punt the Astros saves.

Edward Mujica - Cardinals got him from the Marlins for Zack Cox.  Mujica will be used in a relief role and Cox hasn’t done much hitting since being a first round pick in 2010.  Trading Deadline Fever…Catch it!  On the bright side, when Cox gets into the batter’s box, these lyrics play, “It’s my Cox in a box, my Cox in a box, babe…  It’s my Cox in a box, my Cox in a box, girl…”

174 Responses

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    Let’s hear it for the Poi? How do you think up this shizz? Good stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Thanks!

  2. Marqo says:
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    You Know what’s coming…..

    1) Yankees didn’t trade for Headley. Like I told you.
    2) 6 Shutout Innings from Jered Weaver vs. the only team that made him look bad earlier this season.
    Allowed two hits in the 6th, unfortunately 2 ER in the end, but still a QS vs.Texas.
    Of course “just” a QS is the least to.expect with Weaver on your team :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marqo, Gotcha

  3. Simple Jack says:
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    I was at the Dodger game and Goldshmidt’s shot was HUGE. That guy has some ridiculous power. An ex-MLB pitcher from the 70′s and early 80′s I know thought he was the most impressive power bat he’s seen in a while. I should have taken his advice back in January. I’ll hit him up this next year for his breakout player, he hasn’t been wrong yet.

    They had the Kirk Gibson Bobblehead give away with arm pump action. Its frickin sweet! he was suppose to throw out the first pitch but got the bat boy who came and got him from the clubhouse that night to throw it out for him. Kinda cool of him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, What ex-MLB pitcher? Gibby!

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, His name is Steve, not sure on the last name, spent most of his career in the minors and I think he worked out of the bullpen. He plays in my dad’s old man poker club, thats what I call it. I sub in sometimes and we always have good baseball conversations.

        Gibby is bad ass, I would not want to fight that guy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Steve Stone?! That’s awesome! Nah, I hear ya…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, not the stone

  4. Pedro's Strop-On says:
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    Thanks for the Rutledge call this week! Rutledge or Hardy ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pedro’s Strop-On, Rutledge

  5. HKevo says:
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    Sup Grey,
    Yahoo 12 team 8×8 H2H 6 keepers
    I have a surplus of OF- JUpside/CarGo/J-Hey kid/ Cespedes/ Choo
    and only 3 OF spots and 1 UTIL
    I need pitching help and have been offered CJ Wilson for Cespedes, does this sound good or should I aim for a better pitcher in return. I’m not sure what to make of Cespedes, is he just on a ridiculous hot streak or has he turned a corner since earlier in the season and keep this up?

    Thanks friendo

    • Marqo says:
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      @HKevo, I woukd do it in a heartbeat. especially with the other OF guys you have.

      • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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        @Marqo, thats a no brainer with that OF

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @HKevo, Did you purposely draft Upton and Cargo 1 and 2 or did you trade for this?

      • HKevo says:
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        @Simple Jack,
        HA nah I’ve kept them for the past few seasons

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @HKevo, Nice Keeprs, at least on paper they looked good on paper. I drafted JUpton and I am having my worst season ever. I missed the part where you said it was a keeper. If you’re in it to win, Wilson is ptching for a team that will probably play .600 ball the rest of the way out. You know Cepedes is going to get a bad case of the slumpies soon enough.

          • HKevo says:
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            @Simple Jack,
            Thanks for the advice bro, looking forward to having Wilson on my team. Yeah man J UP is killing me too, and Tulo is on the DL, not what I envisioned for my team last Spring

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @HKevo, I would have been pumped with that team going in.

  6. HKevo says:
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    @Marqo, Thanks brother!

  7. BASH says:
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    Grey
    12team H2H keeper

    Offered
    Prince Fielder and Nick Swisher for Jered Weaver, accept or would Miggy be more fair value ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BASH, It’s fair, I’d prefer Miggy…

  8. ThomasR says:
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    Hosmer or Berkman the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThomasR, Hosmer

  9. Jamiehov says:
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    These write ups are more important to my morning than coffee

    Should I drop Parker or Peavy for Harvey?

    • Jamiehov says:
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      Throw Anibal on that list with Parker and Peavy please, forgot that he may now be expendable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov, Thanks! Anibal

  10. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Of course! The day I decide to bench Jennings and use my newly aquired Ruggiano, it works against me! Ruggiano Oh-fers and Jennings puts up the stats. Excuse me while I go stick my head in a firey-hot jet engine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Ha!

  11. JTR says:
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    Would you drop Lester, Niese, or McAllister for any of the following?

    -Harvey
    -Detwiler
    -Quintana
    -Wei-Yen Chen
    -Villanueva
    -Cahill

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, Lester for Detwiler

  12. StretchRun says:
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    Send Zobrist to the Brandon Phillips owner for Gio Gonzales? I’d have to play Mitch Moreland next week or make a waiver add to cover U if Stanton doesn’t make it back in time.

    My team
    2B Kipnis
    OF Trout, Ellsbury, Gordon, Harper, Stanton (DL)
    U Zobrist
    P Burnett, Detwiler, Diamond, EJackson, Leake, Lynn, Mcallister, Minor, Fiers, Volquez, Straily, Marcum(DL), Morrow(DL)

    Making the playoff push thanks to Razzball!

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @StretchRun, If you can get away with that, absolutely do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @StretchRun, Yeah, for sure

      • StretchRun says:
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        @Grey, @Steve Stevenson, Thank you sirs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicago Mike, Medlen

  13. Wilsonian says:
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    Need to drop someone to pick up a 2B with Phillips getting added to my big friggin’ baby list. Can’t drop a bat because then I won’t be fielding a full team, so it has to be a pitcher. Who gets the drops:

    Doc, Stras, MadBum, Minor, Moore, Fister, AJ, Hanrahan, Soriano, Cook, Reed, Holland

    I can pitch 5 closers at once, which is why I have so many.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Holland

  14. Heisenberg says:
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    I’ve been offered Hosmer for Ike Davis. Have Votto on the DL. Pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Heisenberg, Sounds fair…

  15. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop any of these…J. Parker, H Bailey, Scherzer, Griffin, Sheets, Fiers, Harvey

    For any of these… Medlen, Minor, Wei-Yin Chen, Vargas, Maholm?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Bailey… Vargas (at home), Minor…

  16. Schlitzy says:
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    I am over in innings. Which sp would you drop for bench bats to catch up on sb, latos, anibal or both? Rest of staff is the adverb, gio, Burnett and cj Wilson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schlitzy, Anibal

  17. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey,
    I may be fast approaching the time to build towards next season. It seems as though injuries and pure suckass has infected my team. With that said, the guy going for gold is heavily pursuing some of my players who actually can play. Do you have a fancy for any of these minor league guys which would warrant me unloading a guy I dont intend to keep for?

    Matt Moore SP TB – 9.1 IP
    Miguel Sano 1B/SS/3B/OF MIN
    Jonathan Singleton 1B/OF PHI
    Tyler Skaggs SP SRI
    Christian Yelich 1B/OF MIA
    James Paxton SP SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Moore, Sano, Skaggs

  18. trick dad says:
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    i have an excess of OF’s, so im trying to trade j-up for an ace SP.
    how would you rank: hamels, price, cain ROS?
    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @trick dad, Cain, Hamels

  19. Limited moves remaining. Medlen over Griffin too close to tomato-tomato, or worth the swap for the stretch run? Thank you kindly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, Hold for now

  20. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Hughes tonight vs BAL?

    How about Anibal Fri vs CLE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yes… Yes…

  21. WHIP it good says:
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    hey Grey, my team has pitched 965/1500 innings so far.

    Just traded Bruce for Cain. My staff now is:

    Cain
    Peavy
    Fiers
    Felix
    MadBum
    Haren
    Darvish

    Would you drop Darvish (11 wins, 138Ks, 4.05 era, 1.39 whip)?

    I’m in a battle for spots in the ratio department, but also for Ks and wins. Seems like I can stream-omatic better guys than Darvish the rest of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WHIP it good, I wouldn’t drop Darvish…

      • WHIP it good says:
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        @Grey, thank god I did. Good riddance. Traded him for Motte. This guy blows. Own him and learn.

        Tonight’s line: 5 IP, 7 ER, 4 hits, 6 walks (!!!)

        Yu SUX!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear Yu…

  22. Jimmy Kickers says:
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    Grey? What the heck? Drooling for the Reds to call up B. Ham, after the big Cozfart man crush this spring? Foolishly the Cozfart is still stinking up my locker room. Does this mean I can finally air things out? He’s not going to come out smelling like roses in the end?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy Kickers, Depends who you’re dropping him for…

  23. Would you trade Pablo Sandoval and Justin Upton for Martin Prado and Jay Bruce?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew W, Nope

  24. B.o.B says:
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    Who you like most today?

    Beaven vs. Tor
    Arroyo vs. SD
    Karstens @ ChC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Beaven

  25. PhillyPhan says:
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    Ironically, the Germantown part of Philadelphia is no longer populated by Germans, but very angry poor black people. Go Figure!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PhillyPhan, Yeah, I know…

  26. MikeZ says:
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    Someone dropped Kendrys Morales in my league. I can’t believe it’s gotten to this, but I’m thinking of dropping Hosmer for him. Morales has been bad lately but sill has 40+ BA points on Hosmer, who hasn’t hit a HR since late June. ROS Morales or Hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ, Sure, you can switch those two…

  27. AA says:
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    What does the Phillies trades do to the value of Ruiz? ROS Ruiz or Salvador?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, Ruiz

  28. ACL Injury, Destroyer of Fantasy Baseball Seasons says:
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    Word on the street is post-hype kid Josh Vitters is gonna be called up imminently to play 3B in Chicago, and its not like the Cubs have anyone blocking him, so he’ll certainly play. Any notion of what to expect? How immediate of an add would he be in a 14 team, keep everyone type league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ACL Injury, Destroyer of Fantasy Baseball Seasons, I’d grab him immediately… Could have nice power with a chance to play…

  29. razztastic says:
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    Start Rutledge over Rizzo or Alvarez today?

    Also, Cain over Crawford for my last OF spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @razztastic, Over Pedro…. Cain…

      • razztastic says:
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        @Grey, Thanks Grey! Thoughts on Reddick vs Crawford?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reddick

  30. Grey — Do I assume correctly that Medlen’s a better FA pickup than assorted WW refuse in my 16-team redraft roto league including Nolasco, Arroyo, Bedard, Estrada, Norris, Ubaldo, et al. Am I right here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Yup

  31. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You like Morrow when he comes back? Thinking of offering a low-end closer (Betancourt-type) for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Sure

  32. J Money says:
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    I’m currently in last place in my league and in desperate need of SP while the first place team has plenty of it.

    Thinking about offering up Beltre for his pitching.
    What pitchers would be a fair exchange for Beltre from the ones below?

    Verlander
    Nova
    Derek Holland
    Strrasburg
    Darvish
    Vogelsong
    Lincecum

    Also, if I do move Beltre, Bonifacio would cover my 3B slot for the week. Is it even worth it? I don’t even have the option to stream because the commish limited us to 4 moves a week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Money, It’s not worth it… Verlander’s the only one and you’re not getting him…

      • J Money says:
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        @Grey, Thanks.

        Quick follow up. Do you think trading Konerko could land me any of the above pitchers?

        I have Rizzo to play 1B if I trade him so no loss there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could land you a bunch… I’d only want Verlander for Konerko, which he won’t land…

  33. Romance Lance says:
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    What should I do with Lance Berkman.

    Im in a 2 bench league and Berkman is currently an every day player in my squad who stays in my starting line up even on days when he isnt playing.

    He seems too valuable to drop. But not valuable enough in our league to trade.

    What should I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Romance Lance, No idea who you’d be dropping him for…

      • Romance Lance says:
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        @Grey,

        Im just wondering if, come play off time, it is more valuable to have a 7 day a week servicable player and stream rather than have Berkman + a guy to use on days Berkman ain’t playin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, probably in the playoffs…

  34. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Morning Grey!

    1. Frazier or Chris Johnson

    2.Span, Crisp, De Aza, Marte, Cain, Ludwick for this week only

    3. Span, Crisp, De Aza, Marte, Cain ROS

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Dynamite Dan, Frazier, De Aza, De Aza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dynamite Dan, Johnson, Span, De Aza…

  35. Wake Up says:
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    Would you start Minor League Guy in a 16 team NL-only league? (We start 8 OFs)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Yup

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, That’s hilarious…I hope his mom wasn’t watching

  36. Coco Krispie says:
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    Grey trade Aaron Hill for Uggla? Uggla has been terrible but this year, will he get hot like last year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coco Krispie, It’s fair…

  37. Wake Up says:
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    Start Westbrook @ COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Nope

  38. Justin says:
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    Beaven or Diamond to stream today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin, Beaven

  39. Simple Jack says:
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    I like how in my RCL the first place guy waivered Michael Young and Howie Kendrick after you said they were both dropable. I only point this out cause his team wasn’t drafted by him and quite amussing post draft. Maybe those two will be his achilles cause I have not played against someone this lucky in a long time…at thi point I figure if I talk about it then it will curse him…fantasy voodoo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Ha… You can hope!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually surprised the first place guy had Kendrick and Young…

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Grey, no he didn’t have them, he just waivered them on his team today. He has Dunn, Hart, Encarne. His friend drafted Aybar in the fourth round.

          Side note: I miss the days when my teams were good and I had the luxury of picking up schomtatos instead of waiting around for my top picks to stop sucking. But playing from behind is still kinda fun.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I hear ya on that… Luckily, I have enough teams that a few of them actually have stars performing… Hey, Trout!

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey, Since I left my money keeper league I am only playing two this year. I am enjoying RCL, but I need more.

  40. Nico says:
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    Trade A. Hill for AJ Burnett? The good news is I have Uggla to take over at 2b, but the bad news is I have Uggla to take over 2b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Yup

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and ha!

  41. Wilsonian says:
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    Who is the 2B pickup with Phillips nursing a sore vagina:

    R.Weeks, Seager, Howie, Hill (on waivers until 8/3)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Weeks

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, my thoughts exactly. He seems to be heating up and Hill seems to be cooling off. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem….

  42. Boomer19 says:
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    Beckham, Valdespin, or Theriot to fill in for Phillips? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, Theriot

  43. mhfella says:
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    Capuano not even trustworthy at home now. With your finger on the pulse of LAD pitching, would you still keep blindly running him out there, or be more judicious?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start him against anyone but the Giants and Padres at this point…

  44. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ever notice that after you get past 5th in the batting order there seems to be a shift from “hole” to “slot”? You’re in the 3 hole but you’re in the 7th slot. Holes and slots. And actually, if you’re hitting ninth you’re usually just “batting 9th” and in neither a hole nor a slot, which seems about right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Oh, I think some people would definitely say batting ninth is a hole… I’ve heard the ‘hole’ used past 5 too…

  45. Hank says:
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    Would drop either Milone or Anibal for Detweiler, Samardzjia or Medlen?

    Also, with an open roster spot would you pick up either J. Affeldt or D. Phelps? Affeldt might get some save opportunities but Phelps could provide a big help for ratios. Also, I could pick up both and drop one of the starters listed above.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hank, Both… Detwiler, Medlen… Phelps

  46. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey…please rank for me…G Holland, Marmol, Cishek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Holland, Cishek

  47. Matt2 says:
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    I’m in a keeper league currently in 4th, little chance of contending this year. A guy above me wants to offer me Harper (and maybe a pitcher) for Fielder.
    My other 1B eligibles include: Rizzo (thanks again), Freeman, and Howard.
    I could also pick up Hosmer on waivers. My current OF is: Bourn, Cruz, and Gordon.

    Is this a good trade, or would it rely on who the pitcher I’m getting back is? Either way am I set at 1B or should I grab Hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt2, I’d take Harper and pick up Hosmer…

  48. Chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey… I need your help…

    Please choose 2 of these 3 to start today:

    Coco Crisp, Krispie, Ruggiano

    ——————

    The issue is Coco’s return. He took swings in the cage yesterday with no issue and reports were that “he might get back in to the lineup Wednesday.” Unfortunately, games lock early today and I won’t have extra time to evaluate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Krispie…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thanks! Is Krispie droppable again? He’s currently serving as a bench bat, and I’ll have to cut someone anyway when Joey Bats comes back, but I figured I’d be cutting Ruggiano at that point. Now, I’m not so sure. Thinking about losing him for an extra starting pitcher. Should I wait to see if he does anything today, or is not even worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’d be the one I’d lose, I’d wait for today’s game though…

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. He’s become the ultimate stat-tease. I’d be perfectly happy with solid counting stats and a crappy average, but he’s laying eggs everywhere and every day. Then when I bench him, he slam and legs it. Argh!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, very frustrating…

  49. AP says:
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    Hey there, Grey (or anyone really)……has there been any news or plans re: any kind of innings limit for Jarod Parker this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I imagine he’ll start to be limited in September….

  50. Chillmodious says:
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    Also, who’s the better pickup?: Medlen or Detwiler

    (Thanks)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen

  51. nightpandas says:
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    Anyone on my staff that Straily would bump if and when he comes up?:

    Dickey
    Latos
    Morrow (DL)
    Niese
    Fiers
    Anibal
    Beckett
    Medlen
    Estrada

    I also need to drop someone when Morrow is back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal, Estrada…

  52. Poo Holes says:
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    So one of my leagues has this guy that’s OBSESSED with the Giants. Like he starts Theriot and Blanco daily. I already traded Lincecum to him and managed to get back Fister. This was in the middle of Timmy’s suckiness. Before I even knew the Pence deal was official, he offered me Michael Brantley for him. There’s no way I’m doing this, but I can afford to move Pence. Should I target Reddick or Austin Jackson? Mike Fiers, Quintana, Scherzer, or Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These wouldn’t be great trades for Pence…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, I would package two of them together presumably.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, figured that, don’t love it…

  53. nightpandas says:
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    I’ve got Rizzo wasting away on my bench with Pujols at 1B and AJax at Util (Kemp is in CF) but keep 7 next year and Rizzo is potentially a keeper. 2 pts out of first in my 15 teamer. Pitching killing me (my staff in the last post) Wondering if I should try and trade Rizzo for a decent arm, have tried to deal AJax but no bites yet.

    What type of SP do you figure Rizzo and AJax are worth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want at least a low number one for those two in a keeper… Probably would want a better arm than I could get…

  54. herschel says:
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    @Grey: is Milone droppable in 12 team mixed leagues? currently rostering tulo, giancarlo, votto, plouffe and marcum with only one dl spot and need the roster space (and dont have the heart to drop tulo, yet).

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see it…

  55. Carnac says:
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    After hitting a HR, Curtis Granderson returns to the dugout and appears to have a grape Fla-Vor-Ice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  56. jack says:
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    No mention of Homer’s sad sacking? Padres go into jailbreak mode once out of Petco and into a hitter friendly park. The trampled Leake on Monday and demolished Homer in the 4th inning yesterday with 7 hits.

    Any reason to believe Homer can get back on his horse? I am now burdened with all these hitting the wall guys — Harrison, Lynn, Homer, MacDonald. Bad news for my ratios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey’s unpredictable thus far in his career, I like Harrison least of that bunch…

  57. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Hosmer or Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  58. Tony says:
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    anyone have any word on ryan zimmermans “back spasms”? Will he start today? of course he’s a flipping late game and i either risk having a DNP if I leave him in my line up or I sub him out and he plays and goes bonkers……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, sounds like he’s gonna play, but I don’t know your other option…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, starling marte , maybe jonny gomes lol…. i’ll go with zimmerman, i’m thinking Starling’s gonna have a big afternoon tho then!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope so, because I own him…

  59. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Revere or Ruggiano (H2H Pts) better bench bat ROS?

    Also,
    I currently have Bailey, Parker, Fiers on my roster with
    Minor, Garza, Cahill, Hellickson all available. Playoffs start in less
    than 2 weeks and we can’t add/drop once they begin unless a
    DL stint happens. I already know you would say dump Bailey and
    pick up Minor. Should I be looking to swap any of the others, whether
    based on skill or the fact that both Parker and Fiers could be shut
    down right at the tail end of my playoffs (mid-Sept)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruggiano… Parker for Garza…

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Grey, Thanks! How about Ruggiano or Ludwick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ruggiano

  60. Grey

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

  61. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    I see a lotta love for Detwiler on here, am debating scooping him up. Only thing is, I’d have to drop Medlin (who i just snagged as well) or Rasmus (my other OF are Beltran, Bone Face, Cain…SUGAR, and Stanton (DL)) Worth dropping em? I just picked him up a couple days ago waiting for him to get hot again.

    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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      @BoneFace n Harmony, whoops ill re-post

  62. royce! says:
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    I presented an elaborate argument for not starting Liriano. The person I was trying to convince thought that Liriano was either going to pitch a gem or a blow out. Liriano avoided the extremes and pitched a decent, not outstanding, start. Baseball’s funny; once you expect something exciting, like a lot of runs or a great pitching start, it hands you a boring, 6 IP, 3 ERA, 1.33 WHIP kind of game.

    Anyhow, I’m sorry I lied to you about Liriano. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.

    I’m okay about the sleeping stuff though….

  63. Mets Mess says:
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    are choo and capuano enough to offer for reyes? have cozart starting and need an upgrade

    pithers are: sheets, gallardo, price, darvish, jackson, milone, quintana
    outfielders: cabrera, boesch, gomez, stanton, bourn, schaffer, cuddyer

    12 team roto 6×6 deep league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really, but you can try… Take followups to the newest post…

  64. Jack says:
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    Grey,

    Another on Medlen. Him or McAllister? Or should I try to roster both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen…Take followups to the newest post…

  65. ENE for ME says:
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    Open DL spot- Arod or werth? I’ve got Hosmer at 1B/3B or Middlebrooks as my Util. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth… Take followups to the newest post…

  66. Matt says:
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    which C — sal perez, doumit, rosario or r martin?

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt, AJ P is also avail

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez…Take questions to the newest post…

  67. ruah says:
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    I have Rollins and Pedroia with Furcal in the 2B/SS slot. Would you dump Furcal for any of these? Ciriaco, L Cruz, M Izturis, Quintanilla

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