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Chris Tillman will start Saturday for the Orioles.  He’s yet another prospiñata for the Orioles.  They’re fun to play with until they get the stuffing beat out of them by the Yanks, Sawx, Rays or Blue Ks.  Before picking up Tillman, do me one favor.  Ask Matusz’s owners how the experience has been owning him.  Though since they’re probably your competition they may lie to you.  Those bastards!  Maybe you can ask Matusz yourself since he’s probably on your waivers.  Can Tillman be lights out?  I suppose.  Is he worth a flier in 12 team leagues?  Eh, if expectations are in check.  You should proceed with caution.  Or you can pull the ol’ “You gotta use your waiver claim, sucker” trick with Tillman.  Let me explain the unfortunately named “You gotta use your waiver claim, sucker” trick.  You grab Tillman off waivers, then the next day you drop him so someone (<– the sucker) uses their waiver claim to get roofied.  Ah, yes.  That stings.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Frank Mata – Will Ohman seems to be the leading candidate for saves, but Mata’s a dark horse for saves (that’s not racist).  He was the closer in Triple-A Norfolk, which is only slightly below the Orioles in the ESPN power rankings.  I don’t think the O’s will/should throw Mata right into the fire, but they did that with Alfredo Simon, so there’s that.

Will Ohman – Ugh, too many Orioles stories today.  It’s like Senator Clay Davis took over the blog.  Sheeeeeeet!  I don’t think it’s clear cut that it’s Ohman over Meredith for saves.  It’s not like one is Rollie Fingers and the other is his lesser known brother, Stank Fingers.  But Ohman did come in yesterday for the scoreless ninth.  Then again, it wasn’t for a save.  Then again II, it was a save opportunity when he started warming up.

Dallas Braden – Left the game in the 4th inning for an undisclosed reason.   A-Rod said, “Maybe he missed his grandma.”  Those two!

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Indians.  Peavy may just be the secret poison pill you can drop in your opponents’ drink.  I’ll explain.  You drop him and someone will undoubtedly pick him up.  Then when they put him in their lineup, he fizzles in their drink and their ratios die.  Right now, that might be the best you can hope for.

Mike Leake – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks and now has a 2.70 ERA on the year.  In the preseason if I would’ve told you to draft Leake instead of Peavy, you would’ve punched me in my virtual mouth.  Crazy game this fantasy baseball, huh?  On the bright side if you don’t own him, I fully expect Leake to hit a wall at some point in the summer and be unusable.  Think Cueto last year.  On the not so bright side if you own him, see the previous two sentences.

Ryan Doumit – Now has two homers in his last three games.  If you’re sitting on a catcher you’re not happy with or recently just found yourself saying Goddoumit, Ryan could help.

Neil Walker – Hit in the two hole going 1-for-4 as the Pirates brought up their 2004 first round pick to fill-in for LaRoche.  If this were a reading comprehension test, how many context clues can you get out of the previous sentence?  Let’s see, the Pirates suck yet they left a first round draft pick in the minors that long, what does that say about Walker?  Yeah, he’s had his struggles.  I’d take a flier in NL-Only leagues because he has been hitting in the minors so far this year, but my hopes ain’t sky high.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 5 BBs, 9 Ks as he beat James Shields.  Ha!  Though Shields’s line was 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks and his ERA is 2.99 to Lester’s 3.15.  Dah!

Jose Reyes – 3-for-5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI and 2 steals.  Could it finally be the end of Spring Training for Reyes?  Fingers crossed, rabbit’s foot rubbed, juju idol kissed.  Hopefully Reyes goes on a SB tear rather than a hamstring tear.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  No matter what the Slightly-Less Filthy Sanchez has done recently, I wouldn’t touch him in his next start vs. Philly.

Leo Nunez – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Kazaam!

Coco Crisp – Headed back to the DL.  Hey, Coco felt a pop so I guess that’s cheerio.

Derrek Lee – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I think I said this last week, but since I don’t remember you surely don’t.  Lee broke out around this time last year.  Cust kayin’ (maybe for the second time).

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Was a bit touch and go for a little while in April, but Kershaw’s ERA is now at 2.90 on the year.  Sure, the walks are atrocious, but that’s how Kershaw do.

Andre Ethier – Saw that Ethier took BP.  Where, to see the fish they’re killing?

Vladimir Guerrero – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and 2 homers to bring his season total up to 12.  He’s making the knees he stole from Ron Kovic very proud.

Ricky Romero – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 14 baserunners and 8 Ks.  His K-rate has been terrific so far and he gets the O’s next, I’d hold tight.

Jose Bautista – Hit his 15th homer yesterday to lead the majors.  Can’t wait for the All-Star Game Home Run Derby when Bautista takes on the other major league homer leaders:  Konerko, Wigginton, Jose Guillen, Kelly Johnson, Dan Uggla and Scott Rolen.  That could outdraw the M.A.S.H. finale.

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and a homer.  Understandable if he was dropped in your league, but Weeks is also one of the streakiest hitters around and this could be the start of something.  Or more bluntly, Weeks streaks.

Billy Butler – 2-for-4 with 2 WTFs (Warning Track Flies).  Hey, Royals, forget investing in free agents just move the fences in 10 feet.  You’re welcome.

Justin Verlander – Makes perfect sense that Verlander K’d 8 Mariners and gave up 5 runs while Fister struckout 1 Tiger and gave up only 2 runs.  Excuse me while I go shove my head in the oven.

Chris Iannetta – Was recalled yesterday.  Iannetta was tizz-errible earlier in 2010, you hurd.  Really bad, and not bad as in good, but bad as in bad.  Yet, he still hit 16 homers in only 289 at-bats in 2009.  Wait, what about Miguel Olivo? Ah, random italicized voice, you had to bring up the elephant in the room.  Olivo doesn’t seem like he’s in the best of shape, but an elephant? Okay, random italicized voice, you interject, we don’t converse.  My bad. As just said, in 289 ABs, 16 homers.  Even with Olivo, Iannetta can get that many ABs.  Olivo and Iannetta can coexist.  In deep, mixed two catcher leagues and NL-Only leagues, I’d grab Iannetta again.

Ian Stewart – 2-for-2 and the two hits were off his old high school teammate, Ian Kennedy.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time two old high school teammates both named Ian squared off in a Major League game.  Actually, they didn’t say that, but something that was overheard recently at the Elias Sports Bureau, “Bobby, from Human Resources, wore a “Glee” t-shirt for a record 10 weeks straight while maintaining his heterosexuality.”

223 Responses

  1. DrEasy says:
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    Percocet or not, hilarious stuff as always, Grey!

    Yeah, Ricky Romero’s outing was better than his line indicates. Defense behind him could have helped him a little more, balls found a way to fall for a hit, and maybe playing in front of 300 friends and family didn’t help.

    It is worth streaming pitchers with good stuff and a little on the wild side (E-Jax, E-Santana last night) against the Blue K’s. Just beware of the solo HRs.

  2. Howard says:
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    Grey, loved the reference to sheeeit Davis! Yeah, Ohman’s comin! You know those nights when you have both Lester AND Shields. Yessss!!!

  3. JP says:
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    Should I drop Soto for Carlos Santana when he gets called up?

  4. knighttown says:
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    Im pretty aggressive when it comes to trades in my conservative league. In an attempt to get Braun I offered Haren + Robot + Snider for him and the guy responded with Braun/Figgins for Haren/Morneau/Bruce.

    I’m all for negotiations but that’s pretty much an “FU, I’m not trading Braun” offer right?

  5. danimal35 says:
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    @Grey: I rewatched the Crawford/Maddon ejection and it looked like Crawford had a little bit if the H-Town hood come out…he said no way he was losing a trash talking contest to “whitey”…ok I made the whitey part up but I think he was thinking it

  6. Tony says:
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    @grey: remember how i was asking about throwing anibal sanchez in my RCL yesterday? well i threw him, verlander and wainwright….. 1 win from those guys combined….. SANCHEZ, lol, crazyiness…..

    but i did sleep at a holliday inn last nite…..

  7. Nick from Madison says:
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    @knighttown: Actually that sounds like a value for Braun. Second tier SP, 1B playing great (right now), struggling 12th round OF for someone who is all but guaranteed to be top 5 the rest of the way. Whether it makes sense or not depends on who you have at 1B and SP and if you think Morneau will continue his other-worldly season. See Friday’s buy/sell for some insight.

  8. Steve says:
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    Does that make Coco a cereal disappointment?

    Is Garza’s current form and track record against the Sawx enough to give him the green light tonight?

  9. sean says:
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    Is there any better indicator for how retarded the All-Star balloting system than the fact that Jimmy Rollins is the top SS vote-getter for the NL? The guy has about 15 ABs and hurt himself running the bases twice.

    The Phillies also had the entire infield save for Pujols (Polanco, Rollins, Utley,) and two out of three OFs (Victorino, Werth).

    @danimal35: It looked like the only thing Crawford won last night was a two-game suspension for bumping the umpire.

  10. sean says:
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    @Steve: queue the rimshot. I’d throw Garza out there against anyone right now, even the Dark Lord himself.

  11. Niq Castro says:
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    Safe to drop Glaus, or are his hot streaks going to continue?

    Dice-K vs KC? Does anyone dare?

    Thx Grey, the always funny funnies were somehow funnier this morning.

  12. Dough boy says:
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    Teixeira for Morales and Manny?

  13. Tony says:
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    @knighttown: try morneua/bruce for braun or morneua/haren even…. if figgy comes with it BONUS.

    I know you’re loving morneau’s stats, but he wont keep it up, write this down, save it, no way he keeps this up, second half 2009 he bats .210 after batting .311 the first half. CAREER first half .306 hitter CAREER .260 second half hitter….. dont fall in love.

    @Dough boy: if you get tex i say yes, if you’re giving tex i say NO way jose canseco….

  14. Swass says:
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    Grey-

    Start Piniero v. TOR and/or Lackey @ TB today?

    I’m thinking definitely not starting Lackey and leaning towards not starting Piniero but his 2.34 home ERA is enticing (his .256 home BAA is not).

  15. Back to Minors says:
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    Napoli is on fi-er!

  16. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Paulino or Ianetta ?

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @knighttown: i don’t blame him. braun is a top 3 hitter and is gonna give a stat line of .300+-35+-100+ and around 20 SBs. he could feasibly be the highest rated hitter this year in all of fantasy. so yeah, it’d take haren + morneau + bruce or something to get me to let go of him. haren + robot + injured snider? please, that’s a pretty weak sauce offer. imagine what you’d pay for hanley or pooholes, then insert braun’s name, cause it’d probably take a deal like that to pry braun away from his owner.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @knighttown: also, remember offering the dude a 2-for-1 or 3-for-1, you gotta factor in the guys the other owner is gonna be dropping. is robot or snider really that much of an upgrade over the his bench players that he’d trade braun for haren? cause robot and snider are startable when hot, but don’t have the track record to start every week even when they are not.

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    ::sigh::

    i was starting weeks and zorilla in my 2B and a util spot almost all season, last week i finally bench zorilla and he goes off, while weeks gives me like a .050 avg or something. now i bench weeks, plug in zorilla and weeks starts off the week with a bang.

    dammit.

    and i’m sure glaus is gonna throw up a nice 2 for 25 type week in the util spot weeks could be in.

  20. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: same thing happened with me and jose lopez a week or so ago, i’ve played him every single miserable game so far, the night i bench him he went like 3-5 with a HR and a SB…… lol

    its like they KNOW you’re benching them and do it to spite you!

  21. brett says:
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    @Grey: Great work as always. Still reading but can’t keep up with all the comments.

    Who would rather hold on to for an impending call up: Posey or Stanton? My current catcher is Miguel Olivo. Sizemore left a hole in my otherwise solid outfield.

  22. rafi says:
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    For al-only, tillman or masterson? As in, which one should I trade for a crappy OF and which one should I keep.

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brett: stanton

    @rafi: i’d probably keep masterson. i’d put the chances of him having a solid 2nd half much higher than i would tillman being above average once he’s called up. plus tillman might have more trade weight with the prospect whores in your league.

  24. dingers says:
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    to hopefully set and forget through september..soto or napoli?

  25. tony b. says:
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    Anyone monitoring Max Scherzer at AAA-Toledo??

    1st Start: 8 IP 1 Hit 10 K 0 ER (hit 97 on the radar gun)

    2nd Start: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (High 90′s yet again)

    I’m thinking of dropping I. Kennedy for him…

    My SP’s:

    Wainwright
    Haren
    Hanson
    Marcum
    Romero
    J. Garcia
    B. Matusz
    I. Kennedy

  26. Jake says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m starting to worry about my team. Currently I’m in first place in a 12 team roto league. I’ve been really lucky with my pitching so far:
    SP- Ubaldo, Josh Johnson, Oswalt, Marcum, Ervin Santana, Billingsley
    RP- H. Bell, F. Rodney, D. Bard, J. Contreras, M. Corpas, E. Meek, J. Frasor (yeah I know, alot of SAGNOF action)
    This is my concern, I fear that I may need to trade one of my starters for a true closer. What do you think?
    Meanwhile my hitters are
    C- Napoli, 1B- Howard, 2B- Phillips, SS- Reyes, 3B- Wright, OF- N. Cruz, Cargo, Robot, Soriano, Quentin, Util- I. Stewart
    Should I ride it out, or look to pick up a closer? What trade ideas would you suggest? It’s a $ league and I’m skeptical that my team can keep playing like they have been.
    Thanks!

  27. Fletch says:
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    @ Grey – Is Scherzer worth picking up now and do you see a bounce back similar to Nolasco in 2009?

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Thanks!

    @Howard: Nice!

    @JP: I wouldn’t, but they’ll probably be close to the same…

    @knighttown: It’s too much.

    @Tony: Ha

    @Steve: Nice! I’m starting Garza.

    @sean: Yup

    @Niq Castro: Thanks! I’d start Dice-K vs. the Royals… I might just be saying that though because Rudy picked him up in one of our leagues. Glaus has gone cold, you can cut bait.

    @Dough boy: It’s fair, I’d take Tex.

    @Swass: I’d sit them both.

    @Back to Minors: Sho nuff.

    @Mr. Rickey: Iannetta

    @brett: Stanton

    @rafi: I’d keep Tillman, at least there’s some mystery what we’re going to get. there.

    @dingers: Soto… Only because Napoli will lose time once Mathis returns.

    @tony b.: I’d want Kennedy.

    @Jake: I don’t trade for saves. If you’d like to, you have four number #3′s (Oswalt until the end of your staff). You can lose one for an upgrade on RP. Say Oswalt for the best closer you can get. Maybe Valverde? Then lose Meek for whoever you get setup man.

    @Fletch: There’s so many pitchers every week to own, I wouldn’t touch Scherzer outside of AL-Only or keeper leagues.

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tony b.: hells no. if anything drop matusz. but kennedy has been solid. not a good night last night, but he’ll hardly be the last guy to struggle @ col this year.

  30. Jangles says:
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    sheeeeeeeeeeet I can never get enough Wire refences! Thanks Grey!

  31. Josh says:
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    I picked up Glaus and Scott while they were hot last week. Scott may be out for a few days and Glaus has stopped hitting. Is it worth picking up Seth Smith, Mark DeRosa, or Milton Bradley for the OF? And I have MMD, so I could shift him over to 3rd or leave him at MI, I’m looking at David Freese, Freddy Sanchez, Blake DeWitt, or Neil Walker. Should I cut Scott or Glaus?

  32. nick m. says:
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    Bonderman today, or Dice-K tomorrow for some K’s and possibly a win?

  33. V-Mart owners, check Yahoo’s note:

    [quote]Martinez, who left Monday’s game with a bruised left big toe, was availble off the bench Tuesday in an emergency situation.[/quote]

    Seems like good news. Other than Yahoo’s inability to use a spellchecker before posting news items.

  34. Will says:
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    What is happening in the Cleveland bullpen? Do I want Wood or Chris Perez right now? Or neither and try out Ohman?

  35. Of course it would be the time I’d take a potshot at Yahoo that I’d forget the quote tags don’t work here. Formatting fail = me.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jangles: No problem.

    @Josh: Bradley and Smith. Cut both.

    @nick m.: Dice-K…Don’t like either.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Yesterday the same note said he’d be out one to toe days. No lie, they changed that and left availble.

    @Will: Wood, Ohman, Perez, you want them in that order.

  37. Mike D. says:
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    @Grey:

    AL Roto 5×5 – Considering dropping Julio Borbon for Coco Crisp (even if Crisp is DL’d, someone will grab him this week if I don’t). Good move?

    Also – Final numbers for Encarnacion – .245-25-70-70-5 sound about right?

    Thanks
    Mike D.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike D.: Not a good move. Sounds about right.

  39. BSA says:
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    Well Grey – seeing the Orioles at the top made this the quickest morning round up yet as the Orioles schedule does not make anyone of their arms a viable fantasy option. Also, I remember when Tito screwed up Clay’s mental game – good luck with him as a closer.

    From the Boston scene all you retro-heads will get a kick out of this photoshop of Big Papi. JJ’s work has come along way – http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/good_times_BDD.jpg

  40. knighttown says:
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    Thanks guys for all the feedback on the Braun trade. I’ll keep negotiating as he’s the perfect target for my 3rd place team that sits last in runs and average. Here’s my squad:

    CI- Morneau/Wright/Votto (Berkman Util)
    MI- Pedroia/Stewart/Alexei
    C-Wieters
    OF- Kemp/Cruz/Bruce/Jones/Jones(Snider DL)
    RP-Marmol/Dotel/Soriano (and Contreres from an SP slot)
    SP- Price, Haren, Kershaw, Nolasco, Liriano, Sanchez, Ervin, Cueto, Latos, Kennedy

    So I can afford to lose Haren but I might need to pick up a Mr. B for my ratios. My starting lineup would lose Bruce and Morneau and I’d add Braun and Figgins at Util.

    Offer as is:

    Braun/Figgins for Haren/Bruce/Morneau

    He’s got other bats on the bench.

    Option 1- Braun for Morneau and Haren
    Option 2- Braun/Sandoval for Morneau/Haren/Bruce
    Option 3- Braun/Span for Monreua/Haren/Bruce
    Option 4- Braun/Choo for Morneau/Haren/Bruce/another SP

    Help!

  41. Grey

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    @knighttown: I’d do Option 1, 2 or 3 in that order.

  42. Beans says:
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    Would you trade Jason Bay and BJ upton for youklis and Dempster.

    I still got kemp, manny, rios and wells in the OF.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @knighttown: i would do the one for span/braun if he’d take it. span will help your Rs and could easily help you avg from here on out. it’s already up to a very respectable number after an awful start, it should be up around .300 by the end of the year, which means he’ll hit over .300 for you.

  44. Grey

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    @Beans: It’s fair, I’d want a slightly better pitcher.

  45. mr baseball says:
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    update on my 20 team dynasty team – do you see any moves

    20 TEAM LEAGUE

    I HAVE NO CATCHER – Catcher got injuied and I dropped him – never had any hold players – in long run too risky so I went for another starter
    two NA players – for future – every team has NA players on their bench in this league

    CAT – OPEN
    1B – Joey Votto
    2B – Ian Desmond
    3B – Casey McGehee
    SS – Jhonny Peralta
    OF – Matt Kemp
    OF -Shane Victorino
    OF – José Guillén
    ULT – Carlos Quentin

    bench – Chase Headley
    bench – Cameron Maybin

    SP – Ubaldo Jiménez
    SP – James Shields
    SP – Chad Billingsley
    RP – David Aardsma
    RP – Heath Bell
    P – Clay Buchholz
    P – Jonathan Sánchez

    bench – Wandy Rodríguez
    bench – Madison Bumgarner NA
    bench – Martín Pérez NA

    ____________________________________________

    RUNS – 10TH
    2B – 15TH
    HR – 4TH
    RBI’S – 2ND
    SB – 7TH
    AVE – 14TH
    OBP – 15 TH
    ——————————
    WINS – 1ST
    SAVES – 4TH
    K’S – 1ST
    HOLDS – 20TH
    ERA – 1ST
    WHIP – 5TH
    QS – 1ST

    I AM IN 5TH PLACE IN THIS LEAGUE AT THE MOMENT

    best hitters on market

    Nolan Reimold
    Travis Hafner
    Lastings Milledge
    Corey Patterson
    Andruw Jones
    Jeff Francoeur

    Chris Iannetta – catcher
    Jake Fox – catcher
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia – I dropped him

    these are the holds dudes

    Eric O’Flaherty
    Tony Sipp
    Sergio Romo
    Jason Frasor
    Peter Moylan
    Joaquín Benoit

    starting pitchers

    Liván Hernández

    Alfredo SimonDL was dropped and is on free agent market also

  46. GopherDay says:
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    To all Granderson owners: The yankees are planning on activating him on Friday, so clear your lineup before then!

  47. Kaj says:
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    Deep NL-Only, start Gorzy today vs. Dodgers?

  48. dingers says:
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    @Grey: Grey, since you continue to label them unworthy, wicked force is used and you must roster one for the rest of the year…webb or scherzer? hypothetical dark alley scenario here

  49. Fletch says:
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    @Grey – Which 3 out of the 7 do like for the rest of the year: Garland, Gio, C. Lewis, Floyd, Fister, Wells and Guthrie.

  50. papasmurf says:
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    I just added Iannetta to my team. Now I have a tandem of Iannetta and Napoli (“I-uh-needed-a-crapholely”?). Gay.

    I worry what will happen when Mathis returns, though hopefully Nap’s recent hot streak has earned him more playing time.

    Jeez if the managers don’t give them two ample playing time, I am gonna hold my breath until I turn blue.

    Oh wait, I am already blue.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mr baseball: I don’t see any moves right now.

    @Kaj: I would.

    @dingers: Scherzer….

    @Fletch: Wells, Garland (at home), Lewis, Floyd…

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    *****GUYS I’M GETTING ON A PLANE, WILL CHECK BACK IN WHEN I LAND. HELP EACH OTHER IN THE MEANTIME. THANKS!******

  52. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @knighttown: For what it is worth, I’ve had success “overpaying” for talent in my keeper money leagues. Even though I may be giving up a bit too much in these 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 trades, I’m usually able to find at least replacement value talent on the wire or dropped talent down the road to replace the value of the lost players. I won both my leagues last year with this strategy and am leading both of them again this year.

    Bottom line, you have a fixed number of roster spots, so by maximizing the output from as many positions as possible, while keeping other roster spots flexible you are doing yourself a favor. Just my $.02. Good luck!

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: 8 Team H2H Keeper: who do you like for the long term (meaning just the remainder of this season) – Kennedy or E.Satana?

    Also, same league – would you start Konerko over CarGo today at UTIL?

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: that should say “Santana” not something along the lines of Lucifer’s mistress…

  55. @GopherDay: Is it sad that I was mildly excited when I realized I didn’t need to drop anyone to make room for Grandy, all I had to do was rotate another one of my injured players into the DL spot?

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: I swear this is my last followup for my 8 Team H2H – I guess it would really be a pick 2 of 3. Remainder of the season, Kennedy, E.Santana or C.Lewis? I would appreciate some input from anyone, being that I just noticed Grey is airborne.

    Thanks Razzball Nation!

  57. mr baseball says:
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    @papasmurf Says:

    I just added Iannetta

    I wont even add him in 20 team league

    good luck – you now have to figure when he is going to start – alot of work for -a-crapholely

  58. mr baseball says:
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    Lying bloody and dying on the ground, Kurtz looks at Jake Peavy Pitching performance and whispers “The horror… the horror. …

  59. Long Bawls says:
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    Hey Grey and Razzlanders! I’m in a 12-team mixed-league 6X6 (sounds Swedish) league and was just offered Abreu and Sabathia for my David Wright and Shaun Marcum. My head says yes. My heart says no. My kidneys haven’t weighed in yet. Marcum’s ratios are historically comparable to Sabathia’s; what pushes me to do this are team factors and consistency/longevity (Marcum’s never gone more than 160 innings/year in the major or minors). I’d appreciate an opinion. Thanks.

  60. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: pretty close if you ask me, don’t know that i could distinguish them much except that i’m concerned about lewis because he’s (1) in the AL and (2) when the weather heats up in texas, the balls start flying.

  61. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Grey or anyone,

    Glaus or Smoak?

  62. GopherDay says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Eh…I’m in the exact same boat as you in one league (Only one DL slot, rotated Street into it) In another league, I’m pretty much dropping CRAP for Grandy to return. Hopefully he is active on the basepaths, because I need steals!!

    I’m in second place by .5 points and have only 1.5 points in steals. If I trade for a Juan Pierre/Nyjer Morgan/Michael Bourn type player, I could get another 6-7 points!

  63. GopherDay says:
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    @mr baseball: I made a speculative pick up of Ianetta in my deep dynasty league. There are rumors that the Red Sox want to trade for him to make him their “catcher of the future”

    Trade value anyone??

  64. Tony says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: i’m about ready to boot smoak, i know as soon as i do he’ll hit .400 for 2 months straight and about 16 HR’s…… i hate to drop him only to see him break the funk he’s in, but right now i dont see him putting it together this year, 90 some AB’s? and he still cant figure it out?

    to answer your Q, i dont know….

  65. kwak says:
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    No love for Jeremy Guthrie? That’s 4 QS in a row (I believe). Sure two were against AAAA Cle and Oak. But perhaps he’s turned a corner? The K:BB rates are positive.

    Regardless, I’m streaming Gio at Baltimore tomorrow, hopefully he’s come around as well.

  66. tony b. says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto:

    Smoak- Dawg, arrrr arrr arrrfff

  67. mr baseball says:
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    just added to the 2010 all star game homerun derby three old timers – Steve Balboni,Tony Solaita and Kevin Mass

  68. Gubbins says:
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    @everyone I’ve been offered Lincecum for Morneau and Marmol. Am I crazy for hesitating even for a split second?

  69. brad says:
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    @knighttown: Jumping from Figgins to Sandoval is big, but option 1 might get it done.

    Who does he have besides Chone and Sandoval?

  70. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @tony b.: Have no idea what you meant, and still it made me chuckle.

  71. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony: if you have room i recommend holding smoak. i don’t think he’s not getting it, he’s just having real shitty luck. i mean, the dude’s K/BB rate is still pretty great, he hits 23% of his balls for line drives, but his BABIP is only .165. if he maintains this approach something has to give. the only concern i have is that he starts letting it get into his head and starts getting into bad habits.

    but as of now, i wouldn’t drop him unless the guy you are grabbing is legit, i.e. don’t drop him for luke scott or someone else you know you’ll be dropping again in 2 weeks. sure if injuries have you in a bind or someone amkes an unreasonable drop, go for it, but at this point in the season, your big breakouts have already been claimed, so you might as well sit tight. dude can’t stay this unlucky much longer.

  72. Gubbins says:
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    @Gubbins: Ha! Thanks, a bit of caps lock was all I needed.

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: to follow up the smoak point, snider was down there with smoak with a sub-.200 babip most of april. suddenly hits started falling and now everyone can’t wait for him to get off the DL so they can put him back in their lineup.

  74. shmorgie s. board says:
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    @Grey: Will Ohman’s name always reminds me of Dr. Willy Oldman from High Anxiety.

    “I don’t think it’s clear cut that it’s Ohman over Meredith for saves. It’s not like one is Rollie Fingers and the other is his lesser known brother, Stank Fingers.”

    There’s a nasty joke in there about how Rollie kept his mustache waxed so well, but I’m not going to tell it.

  75. Gubbins says:
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    @Tony: Pfff, the above was obviously to Tony. I wasn’t just talking to myself.

  76. AdamJ says:
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    I was just offered the Dread Pirate and Jorge DLR (DL being the most important of those last three letters) for Josh Hamilton and Clay Buchholz.

    …and I really need steals.

    Should I do it? Tell me not to do it. But, really, should I?

  77. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AdamJ: hells no, untill you see DLR come off the DL and pitch, you have to look at that deal as dread pirate for hamilton and buchholz

  78. mr baseball says:
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    I was just offered the Dread Pirate – when was the last time the Dead Pirate got a steal – I know he has speed and Jorge – it just seems to me we have not seen the last of the DL for him this year

  79. mr baseball says:
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    who is DLR – David Lee Roth

  80. AdamJ says:
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    D-L-R. “I think that might mean they’re dealer plates, Lou.”

  81. Tom Emanski says:
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    How does Liriano keep getting Boston and New York!

  82. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    in a 12 team h2h keeper league, where we can keep 5 guys (draft position/salary irrelevant), is it worth exploring trade options for bj upton or should i just sit tight and hope that at some point this season he rewards my faith for the last few years?

  83. NukeLaDouche says:
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    @AdamJ: Fargo!

  84. Infamy707 says:
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    Guys looking for a 3b in one of my leagues and I have Casey MCgee and Mark Reynolds. He’s looking to deal Prince Fielder. Woudl you do Fielder for Reynolds?

  85. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Infamy707: uh yes. in a heartbeat.

  86. Regarding Smoak, I am having a hard time as everyone else cutting him loose. It absolutely feels exactly like 2 year ago — I drafted Joey Votto late, he didn’t hit much and was in and out of the lineup, I dropped him, and then watched a leaguemate (and league winner that year) pick him up and enjoy the last half season’s worth of pure rakage.

  87. ThePensive says:
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    If I need holds and steals, is it worth it to trade Butler, Martin, and Zumaya for Gardner, Rolen, and Chamberlain? I can slot Chamberlain in an SP spot and pick up another RP. To replace Martin I can also pick up Hanigan, who won’t get many ABs but also won’t hurt my ratios.

  88. Tony says:
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    @Infamy707: ya doubtful the guy has waited this long on prince and is gonna deal him for reynolds, but hey it cant hurt to try….

  89. BookieBob says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I like to follow up my Smoak point with a bag of Doritos Late Night Last Call Jalapeno Popper chips! And an ice cold Corona!

  90. papasmurf says:
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    @mr baseball:

    My league’s 15 team deep. The good thing is that it’s a daily lineup league, so I have flexibility. The good thing about that duo is that they both play in the west, so time wise I should be able to see the lineups for both teams before deciding who to start. No telling what’s gonna happen when Mathis returns, and Iannetta is better than anyone left on the WW, so I might as well roll the dice.

  91. royce! says:
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    In a weekly h2h, would you trade Jaime Garcia for Liriano? Jaime’s been great to own, but considering that he pitched only 37.2 innings last year, and 124 the year before, I think he’ll be much less valuable down the stretch, which is when I hope to need him most (playoffs). ZIPS predicts Jaime to only pitch another 60 innings this year.

  92. William says:
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    @Grey – Hey, hope you are feeling better!

    For the rest of the year, who do you like more… Kelly Johnson or Rickie Weeks?

  93. albertalbert says:
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    gray/all

    what side would you take:

    johan/nelson cruz

    or

    kemp/soria

    Thanks,

  94. albertalbert says:
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    ha – sorry grey!

  95. Tom Emanski says:
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    ChiSox up 5-1 and both Quentin and Beckham are 0-3. Ticker tease!..?

  96. Curse of the Goat says:
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    Does anyone have the cajones to start Liriano against the Yankees tonight?

  97. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ ALL:
    Thoughts on Liriano the rest of the way? His K and BB rates r good, but his contact rate is really high per RotoExperts article on Yahoo. Is it time 2 worry and shop Liriano on the sell high right now? Or hold tight and ride out his rough ride because this year hes an Ace?

  98. Danks Nugs says:
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    @albertalbert: Aside from the ever popular “it depends on need”, I would go with the kemp/soria side. I’d rather have the side that contains the best player in the deal…

  99. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Curse of the Goat: No way. I got Garza, Bills, and Garcia goin 2day also, one of them will crap out n im thinking it will be Liriano vs the Yankees. Bad luck on the matchups for him lately…

  100. jimmyz says:
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    I take full credit for Reyes. Recently added Furcal to my team (he was on waivers, natch) to put a little heat on Reyes. Cleary it worked.

    You can all thank me later.

    (Of course, if this was just a blip, well, what can you expect. It’s not like Jose really knows about my daily lineup machinations).

  101. Curse of the Goat says:
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    @tHe ShiT

    Nothing suggests to me that Liriano will regress back to his crappy ’08/’09 years. I don’t think he’s going to be as good as he was in ’06, but I’m projecting 170 innings, 10-12 wins, 3.90 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 160 Ks.

    I think the biggest issue as of late has been that he has been pitching against the Yankees and the Red Sox which have hurt him the last few starts. Just wait until he pitches against the AL West and many of the AL Central teams, and the universe will be back in order.

  102. Curse of the Goat says:
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    @tHe ShIt

    However, it goes without saying that if you have excess pitching and can trade Liriano for a legitimate player who can help you in other stats where you are lacking, by all means. I think it’s reasonable to expect a top 50-60 hitter in return.

  103. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Curse of the Goat: Yeah Ive been trying to move a pitcher like Gallardo, Garcia, or Liriano for an OF but no one is biting. I know I’m not proposing lop-sided offers but my leaguemates are just stingy… I’ll keep trying though, gotta shore up my OF.

  104. DrEasy says:
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    Jenks, get a freaking out already!

  105. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: something to consider is that there are an abundance of pitchers putting up useful stats this year. seems like there are plenty of sub-4.00 era, ~6K/9IP guys on the wire in every 12 team mixed league (probably the most popular size), so it’s hard to convince yourself to part with a quality bat when a decent enough SP is already on your team or you have a rotation of streamers that you are comfortable with.

  106. Jon says:
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    Jenks = KaZaam!

  107. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I see what your saying, but I’m in a 16 team mixed league that has shallow benches. I’ve looked at the different rosters and identified teams that are really weak on pitching and strong in hitting but they seem to be more comfortable with standing pat. One guy’s staff includes Dempster, Floyd, Rowland-Smith, Harang and Edwin Jackson. He has Braun, JUpton, Bay and Torii Hunter in the OF. Would you say this guy wouldn’t benefit from a pitching upgrade? I offered him Gallardo and Butler for Braun just to test the waters and he declined with no comment…

  108. Telemachus says:
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    pick a schmohawk waiver wire 2B:

    Felipe Lopez
    Brignac
    Eck
    Guzman
    Uribe

    or give up a piece for Weeks

  109. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe ShiT: well, if i owned braun i’d probably decline with no comment too. i meant that’s a pretty low-ball offer for potential the #1 hitter in fantasy.

    bay is pretty crappy and hunter is always hurt, so while sure he may improve pitching by trading braun, he also is gonna leave a pretty huge offensive void imo, especially if bay never comes around (like i think he won’t) or hunter gets hurt for a chuck of time (like he always does).

    i’d offer him something like garcia for hunter. he’d probably seriously consider that.

    when you trade you can’t just pick out the other guy’s top stud and target that guy, cause that’s gonna be the last guy the other owner parts with. the best deals that usually get done are the ones involving lesser guys. it’s a lot easier to stomach trading your OF3 than it is braun.

    then there are teams like mine in one league that is damn near last in everything but Ks and i have haren, beckett, kershaw, garcia, wilson, kennedy, and c lewis. at this point i’m sinking or swimming on beckett and haren not continuing to have the worst year of their career, and i’m not trading wright or kemp or votto for some half-assed decent starter who is off to a good first 2 months + a schmohawk hitter.

  110. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Telemachus: i’d probably give up something cheap for weeks. don’t go crazy, but if you can get him for some roster depth, it’d be worth the move. otherwise, i’d probably go brignac and hope that he starts getting daily ABs. it’s not like any of those other guys are gonna give you much more than brignac even with full-time ABs v. part-time ABs. might as well gamble on the upside.

  111. john says:
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    Is Heyward worth trading Garza for him? This is a non-keeper H2H league and my OF/Util currently consists of Bay, Quentinsity, Hart, Rasmus and Headley.

    My pitching is really deep, but I don’t think I want to accept this trade. I’m in 3rd place right now, despite my offense being abysmal so far, because of my pitching.

    Any thoughts?

  112. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @john: you should aim for someone with more track record if you are dealing garza. heyward could be a top 30 hitter this year, but there are still too many unknowns out there for me to deal for him in a non-keeper league. garza has been one of the best SPs in fantasy this year.

  113. Dad says:
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    @Grey: @All: Just for S&G’s: Will Marmol set the K/9 record this year? Granted it’s been only 23.2 innings, but 17.49 is absurd. Highest by a reliever that I found is Gagne’s 14.98 in ’03 & Wagner’s 14.95 in ’99. Randy has the SP record (I believe) at 13.41.

    If ZiPS’ rest of season projection of 12.66/9 holds true, it’ll put Marmol at 14.04. As a reference, Broxton was at 13.5 last year. Marmol even cut his BB/9 from an unsightly 7.91 last year to a less-unsightly 5.32 this year.

  114. Telemachus says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I was leaning Brignac too, but I think that Lopez leading off for STL offers the most value, He can have a .360 plus OBP in front of Pujols and Holliday…

    The main goal is to acquire someone Zob, McGehee or even Hill in a trade, but it’s an uphill battle so far…

  115. john says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yea, that basically sums out my feelings. I’m just getting frustrated with some of my leaguemates. Most of them don’t trust Ubaldo (the original deal was Ubaldo for Heyward and the guy actually thought it was good) and they have a hard time with fair trades as well.

  116. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: those were my worries about Colby exactly…I have a feeling his Ks will probably stay pretty solid, but I’m worried the gopher balls may get ridiculous. And Santana has looked real solid lately (like the ’08 version). Thanks for the advice – you do a solid job filling in for the Grey-meister.

  117. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @john: yeah, i mean, i’m in a league where i only know 1 other guy, and i’ve been getting absolutely hammered with offers for wright since he’s been on his 3 for 25 slump or whatever, and when i tell guys i’m not gonna sell low they have been getting kinda pissed saying that i can’t expect to trade him for 1st or 2nd round value when he’s slumping. but they were the ones that came to me expecting me to be an un-savvy owner who panics and trades a guy because he has a rough few weeks.

    so yeah, i guess i’m pretty conservative when it comes to trading. if i have a feeling that in a month or 2 i am gonna regret the trade, i don’t do it. i’d much rather stick with the guys i drafted than to be pissed come august that i dealt a guy for 70 cents on the dollar after a 10 game slump. i will trade, and i’ll give up quality players, but i gotta feel like my team is improving to trade, and if i’m not sure, then i don’t do it. doesn’t mean the trade is lopsided, just needs to address a need without creating other needs.

  118. Bern says:
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    @Grey How do you rank Vazquez, Slowey, Wade Davis rest of year with K/BB rather than K?

  119. The Den says:
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    I love sports, especially baseball. It’s amazing that someone as talented as Gordon Beckham could be choking this bad. I keep waiting, but nothing. Grey you were right Ozzie is messing with his head. One day he’s batting 2nd, then 9th, then benched, then announced he won’t get sent to AAA. Of course it’s in Beckham’s head. The White Sox really need to send him down for his sake and mine. Why can’t I bring myself to drop him? I was trying to drop him yesterday, get the yips and drop Smoak. Anyone else suffering from this syndrome?

  120. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bern: vazquez>slowey>>>>>>>>>davis

  121. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Anyone considering adding CARLOS MONASTERIOS now that he is in the Dodger rotation (at least temporarily). I don’t know much about him, but need to act fast as my primary league is very competitive.

  122. Jager Bombers says:
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    @ Grey: What are your thoughts on Clayton Richard?

  123. martin says:
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    Guys, would you drop DLR in a 12 team mixed league if I already have ethier, grand, beckett, on the DL and use that extra spot to pick up mike stanton??

  124. Curse of the Goat says:
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    @Bill Lumbergh

    Unless you’re in an 18 or 20-team league, there must be other pitchers out there that are better options than Carlos Monasterios. I even had to look him up to know who you were talking about, and he’s only been as high as AA and he looks like he has control issues and is fairly hittable with a 1.34 WHIP. I’d look elsewhere.

  125. Sucklingduck says:
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    I wanna offer David Price and Rasmus for Josh Hamilton. Too much?

  126. Tom Emanski says:
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    @The Den: Yea I can’t get myself to drop him either. He’s my only 2B though.

  127. The Den says:
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    @Tom Emanski: I know that’s my dilemma as well. I picked up Ty Wigginton, he’s my everyday 2b and it doesn’t feel good.

  128. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey/Anyone: 16 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5, irrespective of draft, position, etc.) – I have a solid pitching staff.

    Lester
    J.Johnson
    Haren
    Carpenter
    C.Lewis
    Ely
    Holland (who just tossed an inning of relief today)
    E.Santana
    Latos

    My offense leaves something to be desired and I would like to boost the lineup a little. It has now come to my attention that either Reynolds or Wright have become available from one team. However, he wants my Lester or Johnson with Cantu for one of the above plus either Capps and/or Krispie. What are the takes on this kind of deal? I already offered Carpenter and Cantu for Wright or Reynolds plus Capps (via text) and he said if he’s losing his keeper, he wants either Lester or Johnson.

    Thank ya kindly…

  129. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: remove Krispie from the equation. He says “no dice” on him moving out of the cereal bowl…

  130. mr baseball says:
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    @Wilsonian Says: looks like you still won’t have any offense since he wants Lester or Johnson – will this be the wright move

  131. martin says:
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    any advise for my question above? I need to act fast

  132. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Don’t know if anybody will know this, but since all the great baseball minds come to razzball, I’ll ask.

    What would be the reason that a pitcher’s velocity would be down on fastballs but up on his slider.

    Everybody’s worried about Nolasco and his declining velocity and K rate. So I looked and fangraphs has him 1.2mph slower on his FB but 1.7 mph faster on his slider.

    So what I’m thinking here is that they are mixing up his cut FB and his slider on a few pitches here and there, thus lowering his FB speed and highering his slider speed.

    So basically, nothing to worry about.

  133. Jenkies says:
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    At what point should I give up on Felix Hernandez? I drafted him high but he has been shaky so far and stashed on my bench.

  134. Black Beard says:
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    Which side do you like?

    Haren or Hughes and K-Rod.

  135. royce! says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: As someone who owns him in 2/3 of my leagues, I like this explanation. I have no idea of its truth, but it will be my mantra in the days ahead…

  136. Sucklingduck says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: according to his pitch FX, he started throwing a cutter this year. I’m just assuming that they’re just clumping the cutters which have less velocity on them with all the rest of his fastballs.

  137. royce! says:
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    @martin: I would. But it depends on what do you plan to do when Ethier, Granderson, and Beckett return. Granderson is due back in two days, Ethier could be back Sunday, and Beckett will probably be back as soon as he’s eligible, which I think is June 3rd. Would you be able to package a 2 for 1 before then?

  138. Steve says:
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    BJ and Ibanez out of their respective lineups tonight.

    As ever, adjust your roster accordingly, or, if you’re like me, leave a gaping hole.

  139. Sucklingduck says:
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    @everyone: is david price too little for josh hamilton. what if Rasmus was added to the Price side? any help would be appreciated.

  140. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @royce!:

    I really hate the cutter too. It seems like everybody wants to be like Mariano and Holliday and it isn’t working.

    It is supposedly the downfall of 2 of my other pitchers, Beckett and Billingsley.

    And Billingsley is getting better now that Torre came out and said something about it.

  141. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @Sucklingduck:
    I’d rather have Price. Hamilton is a little too fragile for me. I guess if you really need hitting it’s fine. But wouldn’t throw in Rasmus.

  142. mr baseball says:
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    No Votto tonight – make other arrangements

  143. Kazmere says:
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    No J. Upton tonight @ COL.

  144. Kent Bottenfield says:
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    Hi Grey, which pitcher would you rather own, Bonderman or Vargas?

  145. royce! says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: Yeah, I have one team with Nolasco, Beckett and Bills. Hopefully the former two can turn it around like Bills has. Thanks for the info.

  146. Bodymore says:
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    Couldn’t not comment today. I got Jon Sanchez for Ian Stewart. Hope that pays off, I gotta rely on Furcal in MI now *pinky to mouth*

    Cahill looks like a damn good SP vs the O’s. granted its a bad offense but some scouts had him rated above Brett Anderson before last year. The K rate could use some love, but his stuff looks solid. Wow, that sounds bad. Brett really took off mid season last year, could Trevor do it this time?

  147. Kazmere says:
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    HR Reyes!

  148. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Bodymore: Hope Brett continues to throw well when he comes back, maybe this weekend?

  149. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Kazmere: Reyes Owners Group Hug!!

  150. Rnunnerley says:
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    Give BJ Upton for Pablo Sandoval? Chipper is my 3B

  151. magicterp says:
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    All-
    5×5 H2H rest of the season – Nolasco or Cain?
    Thx!

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jager Bombers: He’s a hodgepadre, nit sure what else there is to know.

    @jimmyz: Thanks!

    @martin: Sure…

    @Telemachus: Lopez, but guess depends what you can get for Weeks.

    @john: Eh…

    @Dad: Doubt it stays that high…

    @Bern: Slowey, Vazquez…

    @The Den: Ha! I’d drop him outside of the deepest of leagues.

    @Bill Lumbergh: Anyone in the NL West is worth looking at.

    @Jenkies: I wouldn’t give up on him.

    @Sucklingduck: It’s not too little.

    @Kent Bottenfield: Neither? Vargas…

    @Bodymore: It’s vs. the O’s. Cahill’s not great.

    @Kazmere: Sweet!

    *******IF I MISSED A QUESTION, JUST REPOST. THOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE PEOPLE HELPED OUT EACH OTHER, WHICH IS GREAT, THANKS!

  153. Kazmere says:
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    @Tom Emanski: @Steve: Said “Adios!” to Starlin last night. “It’s not you, it’s me. My heart belongs to another.”

  154. Tony says:
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    @Grey: The big FRAGU was dropped in my one league, he’ll clear waivers tomorrow, I have the #1 waiver priority, and basically all prospects are owned, strasburg, pedro alvarez, carlos santana, smoak, etc etc etc……

    If YES burn the priority, who do i drop: Smoak, EE, or Medlen…. Double E’s hasn’t done crap since i picked him up todays ago, should i wait out smoak? or drop medlan who i can never seem to tiger up and throw him in this H2H league…..

    THANKS!

  155. Tony says:
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    @Grey:
    which matchup is scariest:

    cueto vs. PIT
    Nolasco vs. ATL
    Hamels vs. NYM
    Haren AT COL……

    ???????????????????

  156. Steve says:
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    @Tony: Gotta be Haren doesn’t it?

  157. Steve says:
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    Has Bills switched off with a 5-0 lead?

  158. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Well it’s now 5-1 after an RBI single to the PITCHER, so I guess I’ve answered my own question.

  159. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my 10 man 5×5 right now I have:

    CI:Robot MI:Wiggy U:Luke Scott
    The injury to Scott and not so great weeks by Robot and Wiggy have me skimming over the FAs.

    Are any of these guys, “What? … I can’t believe he’s still out there?” material?

    Adam LaRoche, Headly, Willingham, Hart, Blake

    If so, who do you drop? I’m not attached to any of them.

    I’ve also got Granderson coming off the DL, so one of them will most likely be benched.

    I’m thinking LaRoche might be a good pick up, then bumping Wiggy to the MI (for another week at least before dropping his streaky ass).

  160. @Grey: Good stuff as always. Who steals more bases? Ron Kovac or The Mummy? I like seeing Vlad to well, he’s a lot of fun to watch. Wish I drafted him. He got away very cheap.

    Keeping an eye on Mata. I jumped too soon and grabbed Cla Face over Oh man.

  161. Steve says:
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    Garza – you can go stand in the corner too.

  162. knighttown says:
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    I made an offer the other day to the last place guy with 1′s across the board in pitching of his Prince Fielder for David Price/Latos/Berkman. Sure it was lowball but you gotta start somewhere and there has been exactly one trade this entire season. After letting him rip me on the pool message boards two days in a row and calling for an end to trades like this, I finally got fed up. Here’s my response:

    “Dude, I made a trade offer. What are your looking for, a formal apology signed by the Pope? If you don’t like it hit decline or even mock me in private if you so choose. Or do what Alvin just did when I asked about Braun and respond with a really high price…no problem…I’ll probably still make a counter offer. I’m not sure I see the value in trashing me in front of everyone but since you did, here’s my response.

    The two pitchers you mocked, David Price and Mat Latos have 11 wins. Your entire staff has 21. They have an ERA of 2.70 while your team ERA is 4.60. Their WHIP is 1.06 while yours is 1.32. They also have 88 strikeouts compared to the 220 or so your 7 starters have earned you. Both are in the Top 27 overall for pitchers and Price is #7. Your first starter doesn’t show up till around #55 if you don’t count Mike Pelfrey who your picked up today…and I cut two weeks ago. If you want more recent numbers, Mat Latos sits at #10 in the past month for SP’s. ”

    Too much?

  163. Front Butt says:
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    I’m in a 13 team roto league. My outfield suck. I have Grandy coming back and need to clear a roster spot. Who should I Drop? Are you higher on Quentin, hart, or Boesch long term. Escobar is killing me should I dump him for any of the following; Maicer Izturis, Luis Castillo, Edgar Renteria, Jhonny Peralta, Lopez, Schumaker, Rosales
    R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP
    9 7 4 7 2 11.5 12 11 13 4
    C Mike Napoli
    1B Mark Teixeira
    2B Brandon Phillips
    3B Evan Longoria
    SS Yunel Escobar
    2B/SS Erick Aybar
    1B/3B David Freese
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Josh Hamilton
    OF Carlos Quentin
    OF Brett Gardner
    OF Corey Hart
    UTIL Brennan Boesch
    Bench Milton Bradley
    DL Curtis Granderson
    Jon Lester
    Joakim Soria
    Chad Qualls
    David Price
    Ryan Franklin
    Jon Rauch
    Jeff Niemann
    Johnny Cueto
    Jaime Garcia
    Bench Mike Pelfrey
    Bench Rich Harden

  164. royce! says:
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    @knighttown: Just enough…

  165. @Grey: Takahashi looks good. Tak over Leblanc? They meet next week in SD for a loser leaves town match.

    I’m getting all gooey over Tak. I have him in 15 team. He’s like Jaime, but gets to pitch in Metco.

    Tak’s BB/9 are higher but he’s only walked 1 in his two starts so far (12 innings). He’s a vet starter and I would imagine he would approach starting differently than when he was coming out of the pen.

  166. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Steve: I have Garza in a HRA league.

    I wish there were fantasy leagues that let you take players out of a game. You get one move per player per game. How fun would that be?

  167. Tom Emanski says:
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    There’s the Mendoza Line for .200 BA. How about a name for a .600 OPS? Who should have the honor of naming that one? The McDonald Line in honor of John McDonald?

    Anyway, Jose Reyes is now above the McDonald Line.

  168. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tom Emanski: That would be awesome.

    And you could make a video of it to teach the kids. :)

  169. Wilsonian says:
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    Grey: 16 Team H2H Keeper (5 players, draft, position, etc. have no effect), with the usual stats plus OPS, Ks/9 and losses. I was just offered a deal of Krispie/Headley/Capps for my Carpenter/Cantu/Scott. Here is my roster:

    Soto
    Dunn
    K.Johnson
    Cantu
    Alexei
    Hamilton
    Hunter
    Lind
    Boesch
    Scott
    Smoak
    Snider – DL

    Haren
    J.Johnson
    Lester
    Carpenter
    Latos
    E.Santana
    Holland
    C.Lewis
    Ely
    Clippard
    Axford

    Is this deal asking for too much? My SPs are real solid, I have no closers and could use a boost on offense. What’s your take on the deal? Accept? Laugh? Fart in his general direction? Thanks dood…

  170. mc serch says:
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    @knighttown: nicely done….AFWIW, having chosen Fielder instead of Cabrera in the first round, I can unequivocally state that Prince ain’t done much this season ‘cept walk a shit ton lately

  171. Rich says:
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    Grey, this guy in my league has a real hard on for Howard, he finally asked me a deal worth considering (hes a rookie and a cronic-mastertrader), It is Howard, Pierre and BJ Upton, for Pena, Werth and Bay. Should I do it???

  172. Kazmere says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think of Ely tomorrow @Wrigley? Worth a spot start?

  173. Rich says:
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    P.S. 5×5 standard rotis., no keepers

  174. Black Beard says:
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    Please choose a side:

    Haren or Hughes and K-Rod.

  175. Tom Emanski says:
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    I am about to drop Beckham for Eckstein. That might be the saddest sentence in fantasy history.

  176. royce! says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Wow. I think you’re right. Unless it was 2004, and you were like, “Why is my starting 2B in high school? I should probably go with the twitchy dude on the Angels.”

  177. Grey,

    So is it close to time to sell high on Leake? How high can we sell on him…I am looking to buy low on another pitcher.

    Thanks,
    Jim

  178. Grey,

    One other question tonight. Would you move Kinsler for Votto. I am in a 12 team mixed keeper, we keep 10, and I have both Kinsler and Utley. I see Votto as a potential top 24 pick next year. Thoughts…

    Thanks,
    Jim

  179. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey, I posted this up above, but I wanted to get your thoughts on this.

    What would be the reason that a pitcher’s velocity would be down on fastballs but up on his slider.

    Everybody’s worried about Nolasco and his declining velocity and K rate. So I looked and fangraphs has him 1.2mph slower on his FB but 1.7 mph faster on his slider.

    So what I’m thinking here is that they are mixing up his cut FB and his slider on a few pitches here and there, thus lowering his FB speed and highering his slider speed

    So basically nothing to worry about, right

  180. Front Butt says:
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    Thanks Grey. I should have been more clear in my previous post so i just wanted to clarify which lopez. Pickup Felipe Lopez drop Yunel Escobar?

  181. Grey

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    @Donnie Baseball: From what I’ve heard velocity is one of the least accurate things measured. Sorta like line drives. Radar guns are different, home parks give false readings, etc. I wouldn’t worry about a 1-2 difference at this point in the season.

    @Front Butt: Sorry… Yeah, Felipe. But you may a different MI in another week or two. Be ready to rotate them.

  182. mr baseball says:
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    Tim Lincecum back to back stinkers

    I once made back to back stinkers

  183. How the hell did Olivo get 2 SB’s, stupid Dbacks, stupid HtH!

  184. @Grey:

    Any word on why Votto saw the Doc btw? Not Dizzy I’m hoping.

  185. William says:
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    @Grey – Carlos Quentin or Adrian Beltre

  186. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You shamed me into dropping Blake (for Nyjer) after I dropped Chipper for Blake.

    Shame on me, indeed…

  187. ThePensive says:
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    If I need holds and steals, in a Roto dynasty league, is it worth it to trade Butler, Martin, and Zumaya for Gardner, Rolen, and Chamberlain? I can slot Chamberlain in an SP spot and pick up another RP. To replace Martin I can also pick up Hanigan, who won’t get many ABs but also won’t hurt my ratios.

  188. Black Beard says:
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    @mr baseball: Tim’s killing me.

  189. GopherDay says:
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    Luis Durango, some really fast dude on the Padres is leading off today. Just FYI, could be a nice SAGNOF.

  190. William says:
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    @Grey – And with the Beltre > Quentin statement, I hop off the Quentin bandwagon and hope the Beltre train has plenty of steam left.

  191. Steve says:
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    C’mon Albert – time to wake up.

  192. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Or just snooze on. Whatever you’re most comfortable with.

  193. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Guy’s crazy fast.

    @William: Yeah, time to cut bait in 12 team leagues and shallower.

    @Steve: Ha!

  194. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    What are you doing to me Big Time Timmy Jim?!

  195. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wow, so in my H2H 14-teamer with Lind at LF, Grandy (when back) at CF, Ethier (when back) at RF and a choice of Ibanez or Quentin for Util, is it time to show CQ the door?

    14 teams, but only 3 OF…

  196. Steve says:
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    Corriea and Garcia have walked 10 guys between them and it’s still scoreless. Sheesh.

  197. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, I think you can move on.

    @Steve: Garcia has been dancing between the raindrops recently, I think his big correction is coming soon.

  198. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Did you watch Bills today? I’ll take the win but his line hints at some, ahem, raggedness.

    Started him, Oswalt and Ubaldo in the keeper today BTW. Let’s just say that things are currently going well in that particular league.

  199. Nathan says:
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    I’m on the fence about starting Vazquez tomorrow. He was an FA pickup that I made after his first good start. I don’t trust him and the Twins are a good team. What do you think? It’s H2H.

  200. Grey

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    @Steve: Didn’t see them. Nice… Yeah, Ubaldo can’t hurt to have on a team this year. Wish I were enjoying the spoils.

    @Nathan: I’d sit him, but the Twins aren’t that great and Target’s looking like a pitcher’s park so it could turn out okay.

  201. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Pena has just hit the wire in the ol’ H2H.

    My waiver spot is probably too low to get him, but can’t hurt to give it a shot and stash him until he gets hot, right?

    I’d drop CQ for him.

  202. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: 12 team H2H dynasty league. Each team starts 2 catchers (I know!). Lose Kotteras for LuCroy for long term potential or ehhh? Thanks!

  203. DrEasy says:
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    These are two very different players, but in a vacuum: Carlos Lee or Juan Pierre?

  204. DrEasy says:
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    Also: Tejada or Starlin? Thanks!

  205. Tom Emanski says:
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    @DrEasy: Lee can’t even hit in an open air stadium and now we’re putting him in a vacuum?

  206. Nathan says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Actually, that’d make it much easier to hit, yes?

  207. Nathan says:
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    I mean, on the one hand no air. But on the other hand, any batted ball would go a long way and pitchers would only be able to throw fastballs with no movement.

  208. Ruah says:
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    Best ‘speed’ guy for the year? Obviously SBs are important, but the better overall guy:

    Stubbs, Patterson, Venable, Pagan or Torres

  209. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Time to sell high on Jaime Garcia? I want to target an OF. Abreu, Hunter, what other kind of OF’s can I shoot for? Thx

  210. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    Last place team. Trade Jeter/Lind for Morneau/Bay? R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OBP.

  211. DrEasy says:
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    @Nathan: But would the hits count if we can’t hear them?

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