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In a tie game, Cito Gaston brought in his closer, Scott Downs, to work the bottom of the ninth.  Downs did that, then the Blue Jays scored five runs in the top of the 10th.  So with the game in the bag, Gaston removed Downs for a pinch hitter, right?  Nah, that’s what a normal person operating heavy machinery would’ve done.  Gaston let Downs hit.  Okay, so he told Downs to take three strikes, right?  No point in swinging up by five, right?  Nah, you’re thinking too logical here.  Downs grounded out to shortstop, injurying himself on the way to first.  If I were Downs, I’d rip Gaston a new one on his LinkedIn profile.  Jason Frasor or B.J. Ryan gets dibs on the closer job if Downs goes to the DL.  Probably Frasor, but knowing the fascination the Jays have with Ryan getting the job back, I’m not sure.  Ryan has pitched 5 scoreless in June.  I grabbed them both where I could.  Thankfully, Downs beat gout in like three days two years ago, so hopefully he can bounce right back.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joey Votto – He took batting practice yesterday and is only days away now.  We shall see, assuming we’re not dizzy.

CC Sabathia – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Only blemish was a gopher ball to Anderson Hernandez, but there’s no shame in that.  Hernandez already had one homer back in 2006.

Robinson Cano – 4-for-4 with two ribbies.  BTW, if you owned a major league team, wouldn’t you serve ribbies?

Chris Young – Headed to the Disgraceful List.  I wonder (aloud as it were) if the Padres will promote Mat Latos (No, that’s not an island in Indonesia).  As the Old Dirty Bastard once said, Latos is raw, but he does have 34 Ks in 28 innings in Double A.

Wandy Rodriguez – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Ouch… Sorry, what?  Ouch… Wandy, stop taking without asking.

Nick Markakis – Sparkakis!

Chris Volstad – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  This was a terrible matchup.  Some guys you just need to bench against American League teams.  I’m looking at you, Wandy.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 Ks, 11 baserunners.  I’ll be gladardo when he’s back to facing weak National League teams too.

Casey McGehee – Before leaving the game with knee soreness, he went 0-for-4, which is not good enough for me and my Casey McGehee.

Mike MacDougal – A closer used in non-save situation would be a Kazaam!, but, well, MacDougal entered a non-save situation in the 8th inning.  Right now I believe Acta is treating his managing like Seniors in the last semester of High School.  He’s gonna be gone soon, doesn’t really matter what he does.

Jayson Werth – HR yesterday.  For full disclosure, I don’t own Werth in any league, so I wasn’t sure what he was currently doing.  He’s 10/10/.261.  This is exactly his *pinkie to mouth* worth.  20/20, .260 to .275, 100 Runs, 90 RBIs.  Bingo-bango!

Felix Hernandez – Two hitter.  Then there’s the AL pitchers who get to face NL teams.  Ah, yes, F-Her and the Padres. (Welcome, Googlers who were looking for info on that Miami priest.)

Dallas Braden – 6 IP, 2 ER.  Okay, Peavy is going to miss about 20 starts so this is one decent filled in start.  Only 19 more to go.

Jed Lowrie – Out on a rehab assignment and, barring any setbacks, could be a week or two away.  I have him stashed in a deep league. He’ll be put right back into the starting spot when he returns.

John Smoltz – Will return on Thursday to face the Nats.  I’d like to see Glavine and Maddux show up at the game wearing Nats jerseys.

David Ortiz – Hit another homer.  I haven’t seen any of homers this year, but this is the scene I’m picturing.  Count goes to 0-2… The ump takes Ortiz’s arm and lifts it.  Right before his arm falls back down, which will signal that he’s done, he reaches into his trunks and pulls out his eyedrops.  Drop in each eye as the crowd goes crazy.  Boom!  Home run as The Iron Shiek wonders how he got pinned.

Sean O’Sullivan – 7 IP, 1 ER.  Terrific debut for the Angels pitcher.  If you pick him up, you’re an O’Sucker.

Maicer Izturis – Yesterday, he hit his first homer in over a year.  So sick of taking DNPs from Julio Lugo in one deep league that I grabbed Izturis for one game.  Maicer!  What goes on?  Maicer!

Mike Napoli – 4-for-5, 9th homer and 3 RBIs.  About the catcher position, Ron Popeil says, “Set it and forget it.”

Joe Mauer – 4-for-4 and batting .429 on the year with 13 homers.  That would’ve been a good season for some guys.  Ty Cobb, for instance.

Ian Kinsler – 2 HRs.  You’ll take his 130 games and like it.

David Murphy – HR yesterday.  Sonavabench!  Murphy, you’re not even supposed to be starting against lefties.  What are you doing to me?  Why do bring agita to Grey?

Frank Francisco – After throwing yesterday, he said he felt like, “Money.”  If you’re not sure if that’s good or bad in a recession, it’s good.  He’ll be back in less than two weeks.

Jorge De La Rosa – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  To think at one time he seemed usable.  Rosa de la muertes.

Gil Meche – Shutout and he gets the Cards next.  Thank you, come again.

Mark Teahen – 3-for-4 night and batting .412 in his last 7 with a homer and a steal.  He’s batting 8th.  Callaspo and his .300 average?  7th.   Meanwhile, DeJesus bats 1st with a .240 average.  Can someone turn Trey Hillman’s lineup card upside down?

Nyjer Morgan – First homer since 2007, check him for eyedrops!

Justin Verlander – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. the Cards.  Wha’ happened?  This was a gimme.  Hopefully this isn’t like Groundhog’s Day with Verlander seeing Pujols’s shadow and now there’s going to be another two weeks of April starts.

Ben Zobrist – Did The Amazing Zobrist make another ball disappear?  Let me ask you this, did the Rays play?

Mike Hampton – To the DL with a strained groin.  This’ll hurt those leagues that only use Astros pitchers whose last name start with Hampton.

Ivan Rodriguez – HR yesterday as he tied the most games caught record.  In related news, Sammy Sosa was busted for a PED.  I think my 1998 Fantasy Baseball title now has an asterisk.

  1. agarthered says:
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    I noticed Kemp didn’t bat 8th last night, Just pointing it out for all y’all!

  2. knighttown says:
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    Drop McDougall for BJ or Jason Frasor?

  3. Elbert says:
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    haha Grey, anything you wrote makes me giggle, even on droolsy days; truly classic.

  4. Steve says:
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    Sure it’s the Rays, but you gotta trust the Cook, right?

  5. Howabout Price? Would you start that walk machine in Rockieville? Since his call up, he’s made me more nervous than anticipated. Are either of Zimmmmermannnn (better than I thought after a rough welcome to the big leagues) or Nolasco (after Boston damages his his confidence further tomorrow), better options for a Championship run this season than the agida inducing Price, or Hanson, or Scherzer?

  6. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    The Ortiz Commentary was classic.

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    anyone notice that bj upton is performing very bj upton like in june? i am relieved i didn’t sell him off for 40 cents on the dollar. batting .302, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 SBs, 8 Rs, .864 OPS in 13 games. this is the guy i thought i was keeping.

  8. Corey says:
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    Zombie: Go for Sherzer!

  9. wb1960 says:
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    Ugghh!!! Is Wandy droppable now!!!!

  10. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Braden owner (also Peavy owner) breathing a sigh of relief. I’m assuming I’ll be doing that every time he pitches and doesn’t get lit up.

    Surprised there was no mention of Ricky Romero. 7 innings, 6 hits/2 BB’s, 3 ER’s, 9 K’s against the Phils in Philly. He even K’d roid raging Raul twice.

    (Yes I did grab him off the wire)

  11. jp says:
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    So many wonderfully terrible/funny puns in this update…

    Which side of this trade do you like:

    Votto and Rollins

    or

    A Rod and Peralta

  12. mike says:
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    Anyone know why Jurrjens only went 2 innings last night?

    I LUV ZOBRIST!

  13. jp says:
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    There was a rain delay. He didn’t come back after the delay.

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @wb1960: he’s had 3 bad starts in his last 4 games. they are his only 3 bad starts all year. he is still giving you Ks even in bad starts. his overall era is 3.33. it’ll probably end up between 3.50 and 4.00, so expect another bad start or 2 this year. but no way he’s droppable unless you are in an 8 team league. bench him til he comes out of the funk or he puts up several more bad starts, but drop him? for who? who is sitting on the wire that gives you his Ks and decent overall era/whip? i am hoping people in my 2 leagues start dropping wandy, i’ll happily scoop him up.

    you know who else has struggled in june? johan santana. maybe you should drop him too.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yes i got me some meche and might keep him a while,gallardo throwing bb`s ,grabbed frasor last night,never trusted macdoogie and even with cano my team hit .200 with 4 rbi`s,

  16. Critter Nagurski says:
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    I don’t have anything constructive to add, but that Ortiz paragraph slayed me. hilarious

  17. Anthony G says:
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    Two things that happened yesterday that I’m happy about. Dropping Luis Castillo ( bartlett came off the DL) and Playing Napoli over Russell Martin yesterday. Catcher is a catcher agreed, but this guy is playing horribly and deserves a post. He might not hit a homer all year and is supposed to be a top 5 catcher.

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Anthony G: yeah,i read where he had a great offseason and was ready to beak out this year,glad i didnt keep him for $11 instead i bought victor for $12

  19. big o says:
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    bingo-bango ?
    what the hell did you do with the bongo ??
    i know you ain’t maynard g. krebs .

    gomez … hitting and running from the bottom of the order .
    something to prove , or just taking advantage of the opportunity ?
    using him , while i can .

  20. mgeoffriau

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    HOLY CRAP. I’ve been dying for a decent SS while waiting on Reyes. Seriously, I was tortured with a week of Burriss and just picked up Brendan Ryan. I resorted to sending out offers on guys like Callaspo.

    And I just checked my email (the old, “Oh, I have 2 emails from Yahoo Sports sent the exact same minute…I wonder what that means?”), and someone accepted my Garrett Atkins for Rafael Furcal offer…..

    ….now that’s a nice way to start a Wednesday.

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mgeoffriau: im hoping furcal answers your prayers since i own him also,.280 with some steals would work

  22. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Well, I can’t honestly tell you my hopes are sky-high….but when you can trade a player you were about to drop anyway, and in return get someone to replace Mr. 0-27 himself, it’s a win-win.

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mgeoffriau: yeah this M.I. position hasnt been to friendly to me this year,besides zobrist,there havent been many pleasant surprises this year

  24. Nathan says:
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    How long do you think it’ll take for Downs to hit the DL in Yahoo leagues? I want to make sure I grab Frasor, but I don’t have anyone I want to drop.

  25. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I felt pretty good after the draft….paid for Jose Reyes and Brian Roberts, and grabbed Cano cheaply midway through the draft (we have a MI position to fill as well). 2B has been fine, but SS is a vacuum if your starter goes out.

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mgeoffriau: i thought hairston jr might be o.k but he`s fell out lately so i grabbed bloomquist in 1 league and nabbed lopez in the other,bloom is surely temporarry

  27. Brian says:
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    Who do you prefer, Hiroki Kuroda (and his nice ratios and decent numbers from last year, playing for the Dodgers), or Jordan Zimmermann (and his apparently excelent peripheral #s, better Ks, extra “n” in his name, and terrible Nats club)?

  28. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Brian: Zimmerman…he’s been getting somewhat unlucky, and you can’t ignore those K’s.

  29. sean says:
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    Downs getting injured last night has to be the most flagrant instance of managerial malpractice this season by far. Even Joe Girardi was stunned by the move.

    If I was managing we would have taken the automatic out after going up five runs so we could get Downs back on the mound as quickly as possible.

  30. sean says:
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    “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” — Ben Zobrist

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    OH GREAT GREY ONE,what do you think about peavy?trade him for zobrist(if accepted)or hang on to him

  32. Scott says:
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    Beltre hitting .389 in June. He loves contract years and 2nd halfs.

  33. Scott says:
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    What do you think about Harang/Pence for Beltre/M. Young?

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Scott: looks fair,depends on your needs

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @knighttown: Frasor, but I grabbed Ryan too. I don’t think it’s as clear as some people might think if Downs hits the DL.

    @Elbert: Thanks! I think.

    @Steve: I’m not starting Cook.

    @zombie: I wouldn’t start Price. Though I’d hold on your pitchers.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Thanks!

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, did notice that.

    @Frank Rizzo: re: Romero — Can’t mention everyone, but did see it. re: Braden — Might be getting off this goodship lollipop after the next start.

    @jp: Votto side.

    @Critter Nagurski: Thanks!

    @big o: Yeah, saw that on Gomez.

    @Nathan: If anything, he’ll hit the DL, then take up to 12 hours to be DL’d on ESPN or Yahoo.

    @sean: Agreed on Downs.

    @AL KOHOLIC: If you can get Zobrist, go for it.

    @Scott: I’d take the Pence side.

  36. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ha,did anyone else see rios forget to tag up from 3rd on a flyout to the gap last night,he just isnt into it this year,might be dizzy

  37. Brian says:
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    Greg, any thought on Zimmermann vs. Kuroda?

  38. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: or watch the third strike with no outs and the bags packed? Guy is a jackass.

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: when youve played ball for 20 years,how can you not tag up in a tie game 8th inning?

  40. sean says:
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    According to CBS: The Minnesota Twins put outfielder Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and recalled outfielder Jason Pridie from Triple-A Rochester. Span, out since June 9 because of a right inner ear problem that has caused dizziness, was diagnosed Tuesday with a virus that attacks a nerve that sends signals, such as balance, from the ear to the brain. Medication has been prescribed.

    Maybe the same virus attacked Joseph Votto’s manliness.

  41. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Wandy for Mike Lowell….

    who you taking?

  42. Doug Ault says:
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    @agarthered: Gaston has a long earned rep for mishandling his pitchers.

  43. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:I was offered Ludwick for Sizemore, too much of a discount?

  44. Chase says:
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    Roto says Votto is ready for a rehab assignment…if its stress related then why would you need a rehab assignment? just go play joey and don’t forget to put down your purse before you swing

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: Ha, that’s really funny.

  46. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I was adding to the point that Rios is retarded, not saying one was worse then the other

  47. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: i know,it just kills me how these guys forget the basics,like you said,choke up and make contact in that situation,the forgotten art

  48. Would you trade Quentin for Jason Kubel?

  49. steamer says:
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    Who would you rather have for the rest of the year Huff or D. Lee?

  50. i dont know if you can trade Quentin for anyone…. Hell in my yahoo league the NOTE says he might not make it back at all this year/the next time he plays he could rip the tendon in his f’n foot….

    thanks for the helping me out on dealing him~!

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony Y: espn just reported peavy might need season ending surgery also

  52. start Fat Papi or Juan Rivera who’s been on fire, but is facing LINCE tonight?

    almighty grey what do you say? wanna eat some hay? Down by the bay? I just may!

  53. @AL KOHOLIC: thats not good, glad i dont own him…. my bro does and he has SIX pitchers on the DL!?

  54. i snagged frasor about 30 mins ago, another guy just dropped Tony Pena for BJ RYan… should i snag up pena as a QUALLS owner in a day or so here? I have the 11th waiver priority which i’d gladly burn….

  55. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: You rolling with Danks today vs. CHC?

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony Y: if you have room id add him,qualls still hurting and pitching=dl sooner or later

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony Y: if you have room id add him,qualls still hurting and pitching=dl sooner or later

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: Papi

    @Tony Y: Forget Pena for now, unless Qualls explodes in the next day or two, which is possible.

    @bobbo: Yeah, but I’m not thrilled with it.

  59. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ugh,been locked out of site for a while now,never been locked out this long,thought i was being punished for the double message,im sorry already,and what the f,fox was going to start yesterday now he isnt

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, I just filed a complaint. We might be moving to a new server. Hopefully, that will resolve issues.

  61. martin says:
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    @grey- i picked furcal in the 5th round!!! He’s been sucking this whole year so should i try and hold him or trade him to somebody and see if they like his O-rank. How much can i get for him?

  62. Sucklingduck says:
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    I need help with some schmohawks in my free agent pool!

    Elvis Andrus or Brendan Ryan or M. Izturis or Beckham

    Nyjer Morgan or Carlos Gomez

    As you can probably tell, I’m a Reyes and Quentin owner who’s had trouble replacing these D-bags all season……and it looks like they’re not coming back anytime soon.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @martin: I don’t think you can get much for him, but you can try and field offers. Maybe a 2nd tier starter, if you get lucky. Say Wainwright.

  64. Sucklingduck says:
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    Matt Cain for Alexei Ramirez? Maybe that would solve my SS problem. Ramirez better than Tulo or Drew? Getting enough fro Cain?

    Speaking of Ribbies, the McRib is back! I hate McDonalds but have a soft spot for the deliciousness that is the McRib. That and the Shamrock Shake!

  65. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Sucklingduck: I remember when I was in 3rd grade, my school cafeteria would occasionally serve what was basically a McRib sandwich. What’s funny is this didn’t cause me to question the quality of McDonald’s food, but to elevate the status of my cafeteria.

  66. willclarkismyhero says:
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    Grey:

    I have been giving serious thought to shopping Mark Reynolds. I don’t feel like he can keep this up the rest of the year (BABIP, HR/FB are too high. Too high? What’s that?) and don’t want to be around when the bottom drops out. I just picked up Beltre. Do you think I should shop Reynolds and ride Beltre for the balance of the season? If so, what caliber player do I seek in return (pitcher or hitter)? Thanks and keep up the good work. Any time you work the Iron Sheik into the daily notes you know it’s going to be a good one.

  67. MJB says:
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    Acquire Bedard in 12 team 5×5 for 10th round pick next year?
    Current Starting: Greinke, Lilly, Shields, Harden
    Bench: Meche, Lowe, Ervin, Hochevar

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Ha!

    @willclarkismyhero: I’d shoot pretty high because I think most people are buying in on him. Say a low end top tier outfielder like Carlos Lee or a low end top tier pitcher like F-Her.

    @MJB: I guess, but I have no idea what you’re trading to acquire him.

  69. Sucklingduck says:
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    @megeoffriau: I had the same childhood reaction to the bootleg Elio’s pizza my cafeteria would serve up. It looked like Elio’s……it was square. But had less cheese and sauce on it. But I always looked forward to Bootleg Elios Pizza Fridays! I guess we appreciate the little things more when we were kids. Adulthood sucks!

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Sucklingduck: come on,we still look forward to next years draft

  71. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Sucklingduck: Oh yeah, nothing like some floppy rectangular cafeteria pizza. The sausage bits were always really chewy. I loved it though.

  72. Swass says:
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    Everyone, 1 year league, would you ever veto A-Rod, Holliday, Cuban Missile for M-Cab, Markakis, and Tulo?

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Swass: see no reason to veto that at all

  74. Grey, I didn’t closely check yesterday’s posts/comments, but any upshot to Webster being demoted? I had him in the MI slot on two teams and was able to replace w/ Callapso in one league and Alex Cora in an NL-only. At least Cora is batting at the top of the lineup.

    Also, speaking of the Giants, do you think Torres is worth an NL-only flier?

  75. Sucklingduck says:
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    @ALKOHOLIC: and happy hour. I shouldn’t complain, only 40 more years until retirement! Can’t wait.

    I need me some cheap steals, Carlos Gomez gonna play everyday with Span on the DL, even in NL parks? Or is Gardy gonna keep sending Delmon Young out there to hit into double plays and let pop ups fall in for doubles?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VanHammersly: Torres is a journeyman. Bleh. No real upside to Burriss being demoted. Unless Posey can play 2nd. Joking.

    @Sucklingduck: Go with Gomez for steals.

  77. SRM says:
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    @Swass: I wouldn’t veto it. Doesn’t even seem that lopsided to me.

    Even if it was, I don’t veto unless there’s clear collusion, a player in an outstanding trade spontaneously combusts and the other guy accepts asap on the news, or if someone is trading Wright/Halladay for Mike Jacobs because his team sucks and he wants to quit and take the league down with him (just happened in my league).

  78. MJB says:
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    @Grey: For Bedard I would be giving up my 10th round pick next year (Keep 9, 1st round pick).

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MJB: Ah… Sorry, was confused. I’d give my 10th round pick for him.

  80. martin says:
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    @grey- so how bout furcal and pierre for felipe lopez and hart?

    btw have u seen the new zach grienke ace shirt? It was a free promotion for tuesdays game

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @martin: Haven’t seen the shirt. I’d want the Lopez/Hart side.

  82. ron mexico's papi says:
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    I need some trade advice. In my keeper league I am considering the following offer. We are not an auction league. Each year we name a 4 year, 3 year, 2 year and 1 year keeper from the players on our rosters who are not already under contract.

    I get: Kevin Youkilis and Dexter Fowler
    He gets: Roy Halladay and Mike Lowell

    Youkilis and Halladay are both under contract through 2010 (both will be available in the 2011 draft). There is NOTHING available in next years draft at 1B or 3B that comes anywhere near Youkilis. However, from a pitching standpoint there are a lot of good SPs that will be in next year’s draft (Peavy, Hamels, Webb, Verlander, King Felix, etc).

    Should I do this trade? Keep in mind I am not going to be in contention this year, so I am really just trying to better prepare myself to compete next season.

    So far I have turned Corey Hart into Youkilis. Then I traded Youkilis, V Mart (who is under contract through this year only) and Pence for M. Cabrera (under contract through next season). Then I traded Cabrera, Carpenter (under contract through this season) and Lackey (under contract through this season) for Halladay and a first round pick in next season’s draft.

  83. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: One error in my post…Pence is also under contract through just this season and has to go back into the draft pool next year.

  84. Doc says:
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    My cousin Doc Halladay is going on the 15 day DL.

  85. Doc says:
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    Downs going on the DL as well with a sprained big toe. No word on a replacement of course.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Thanks for the updates!

  87. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Doc: Man, I hope it’s Frasor. I could use another closer.

  88. nathaniel_g says:
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    Meche or Jurrjens the rest of the way?

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nathaniel_g: Coin flip, but I’d want Meche going forward slightly more.

  90. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Any thoughts on Cantu as a buy-low power guy?

    I’m getting sick of my team’s one-solo-shot-nightly routine (today’s courtesy of the Cuban Missile) and I’m looking for bargain power. Do you think Ludwick has a chance to rebound? (I’m hearing rumors of him going to the As in a Holliday swap, which would be great, since I own Holliday.) Or Quentin, assuming his plantar fascitis doesn’t linger all year?

    Short version: Anyone you see who’s scuffling but could pop off 25 donks from here on out?

  91. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I can’t stand the heat, so I’m taking Cook out of the kitchen.

    I’ll check back later and we can discuss the inevitable CG three-hitter.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Potentially Cantu once he rebounds from his dizzy spells. Maybe Carlos Lee? Cust? Rivera? Ludwick? Hawpe?

    @Steve: Here’s to hoping he gets bombed.

  93. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    What kind of SP can I bring in for Carlos Beltran straight up?

  94. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Trying to move Soriano in a 16-team, H2H-5X5 league. I also could use a catcher upgrade over Shoppach and Ruiz.

    What about:

    Soriano & Melky Cabrera FOR Markakis & Napoli

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @martin: Cool… Guess it would’ve been in bad taste if they made one a few years ago where he was Joker.

  96. willclarkismyhero says:
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    @Grey: or the queen…

  97. Doc says:
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    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports on his Twitter page that Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said RP Jason Frasor will serve as the closer for now, with CL Scott Downs (toe) heading to the disabled list.

  98. mgeoffriau

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    @willclarkismyhero: Or the 6, since that’s what his ERA nearly was in 2005. Snap!

    @Doc: Excellent!

  99. martin says:
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    furcal, s. drew, hardy, or tulo in order

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @martin: Drew, Tulo, Furcal, Hardy…

  101. shydog says:
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    my pitching’s strong all the way round but,drop maholm for frasor?

  102. Greg says:
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    I need one of these schmohawk pitchers: Happ, Pavano, Nolasco, Blanton, Wang, Cook, Uehara, Bergeson…

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hate to be a schmohog,a guy that grabs all the schmohawks before anyone else has a chance,but i grabbed frasor to cover my downs in RCL and grabbed him in keeper league to keep another guy from getting needed saves,addition by subtraction

  104. Greg says:
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    @Grey: what about richmond?

  105. Greg says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the help… I’m going to pick up Cook.

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    weiters goes yard

  107. Bruce and Hardy DONGS…. SONOVABENCH!!!!

    Like i’ve said about 12 times before…. EVERYTIME I BENCH BRUCE HE GOES YARD… His NOTE says he’s 8 for his last 57…. so of course after a long drought and me playing him, a good benching and he goes yard! EFFFFFFFFF

    and i think hardy might be heating up, or he’s just playing cleveland??? LOL

  108. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: I’m starting to lose some ground in K’s ERA & WHIP. Is Masterson a good MR to pick up? We only have 4 SP spots and 2 RP spots so I’d put Masterson in one of the SP spots and let him sit hopefully helping out the ERA & WHIP. Anyone else out there that might also qualify as an SP but performing MR duties thats worth a look? Thanks bud.

  109. How the hell does Lincecum get a Quality Start?????? He went 8 innings and gave up FOUR RUNS? Is it because only 3 were ER’s? STUPID!

  110. Doc says:
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    @Tony Y: I sure hope Hardy is coming around for my teams sake!

  111. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: The entire team is hitting against the Indians, then again the entire league hits well against them. Might break Hardy out of the slump though. He’s very streaky.

    @timSTi: Masterson’s been solid in middle relief.

  112. Drev says:
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    @Grey: With the rumors of a pending signing, is Pedro worth a look in a deep league?

  113. Billy says:
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    Jays are calling up Accardo, 9 saves in AAA…

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Sure.

    @Billy: He’s nothing but MR help for the Jays.

  115. @Billy: frasor was named the closer, accardo will probbaly be a middle man/vulture if frasor pee’s his pants….

    @grey/anyone I’m thinking about offering Holliday for Johan? No brainer? I just fear i’ve been holding Holliday all year and as soon as I deal him WHAM he goes to a monster contender where he’s protected, better ballpark, and MASHES! Is it still worth it… I think my offense can suffer and i’ve got a GOOD LINE I’m sending with the offer….

  116. Holliday has been hitting .290 for the past month and a HALF… the power and stats just aren’t there….

    ????

  117. Grey

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    @Tony Y: I’d want Johan there.

  118. god i love the dude i’m playing in H2H throws lince and vazquez tonight…. MONEYYYYYY

    the woodys are rollin’

  119. timSTi says:
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    So far tonight I have 6 HR’s and guess how many Runs & RBI’s? 6! WTF can’t anyone be on base for my guys?? Ha guess I can’t complain too much I just jumped into 1st in HR’s!

  120. i’ve got 5 homers and only 7 rbi’s out of them…. really i’ve only got 3 HR’s since 2 are on my bench….

    drink!

  121. Grey

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    @Tony Y: @timSTi: I have Alexei and Bruce as solo shots. The Dread Pirate plated two.

  122. Doc says:
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    The Dread Pirate hits one faaarrrrrrrrr!

  123. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: @Tony Y: Cano, Alexei, Werth, Grandy, Cruz, Ellsbury! Everyone else is putting up ohfer’s pretty much.

  124. so 10 days ago? I deal my Haren, Carp, and Sandoval for RYAN HOWARD & JJ HARDY.

    Pretty much Haren and carp for Howard.

    Now the guy needs power back? LOL or so he thinks…

    He offers me Konerko and JOHAN for Howard….. LOL

    INSANE…. so i’d pretty much in a round about way be dealing Haren, carp, and sandoval for JOHAN and Hardy if I do that back???

    I want johan but not when you look at it that way! With votto coming back i can afford to lose howard, but i dont think so….

  125. timSTi says:
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    GRANDY! 2-2 with 2 Runs 2 Homers 2 RBI’s and 1 SB haha get on base for Grandy TIGERS!!!

    If anyones counting, 7runs 7hrs 7rbis.. JACKPOT

  126. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: That’s pretty funny that the other guy is freaking.

  127. timSTi says:
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    Haha just to keep adding to it, Damon hit a dinger. 8/8/8 weird, but very productive night

  128. Doc says:
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    This is HR night. One team has 6 that would be 7 if I hadn’t sonofabenched Bruce. And my RCL team has 6, but I’m ahead in HR’s so it isn’t helping me too much.

  129. Grey

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    @timSTi: Wow, that’s insane. And not one from Dunn, the king of the solo shot.

  130. @Grey: yeah i mean freaking about power since he lost ryan howard…? well then dont trade him! HA! and its only been like 8 days since we dealt, howards hit like 2 bombs in that time span LOL

    some people are funny….

    all i want for xmas is a healthy votto and CQ!

  131. Doc says:
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    Where is Schtewart!!! He has been seeing too much bench time!

  132. timSTi says:
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    @Tony Y: “all i want for xmas is a healthy votto and CQ!”

    I agree on the CQ part!

  133. so i offered Bruce (power) and Jurjjens (an arm) back for JOHAN SANTANA? I know its a “NO” but i’m doing it for fun anyways! This is to a guy who when i was offering him Jurjjens was pretty much saying Haren and Jurrjens were the same player minus the K’s and he’d rather have HAREN!

    HAHAHAHAHHAHA….. so i threw that back in his face and said “and thats me quoting you tommy!”

    BOOOMSHAKALAKA

    man i’m on a roll tonight….

    if i land JOHAN i’m throwing chairs and chuggins beers!

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: Ha, that’s awesome.

  135. Doc says:
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    Bedard going to DL and Braun leaves game with lower back tightness.

  136. Prince says:
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    @Grey or any of you with fantasy wisdom: I have Downs but no DL or bench room. Should I drop Downs to pick up Frasor for up to 15 days, given that all other teams in my 10-team league have significant players on their DL? Or just ride out the DL stint with him inactive? I read it could be longer than the 15 days, but can’t remember where.

  137. Robert says:
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    would you use a #5 waiver claim on Hardy? I’ve got Beckham at SS.

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Thanks for the update!

    @Prince: Drop Downs, grab Frasor.

    @Robert: I would.

  139. Prince says:
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    Oh also: which of these MI would you prefer, both for now and the long haul: Hardy, Furcal, F-Lopez, Peralta, Scutaro. Thanks!

  140. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Then try to pick Downs up a few days before he’s to get off the DL? (i.e. beating other teams to the punch)

  141. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Prince: re: Downs – sure. Lopez, Furcal, Hardy…

  142. john says:
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    @Grey: how are you feeling about Ubaldo and Nolasco tomorrow?

  143. Greg says:
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    @john: I have both and I’m starting Ubaldo and benching Nolasco. I just cannot trust Nolasco yet.

  144. john says:
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    @Greg: I don’t trust Nolasco either, but cuz my opponent this week has 3 2-starters, I think I’ll end up starting both just to stay competitive in IP and K’s

  145. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How about that Aaron Cook, eh?

  146. Nick says:
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    @ Grey:team is completely falling apart right now. I’m still in first with a 13.5 game lead in a 10team h2h. heres the crippled roster…

    c-napoli
    1b-a gonzo
    2b-utley
    3b-lowell
    ss-alexei ram
    of-ibanez, hunter, bj up
    ut-c pena
    bn-pence
    dl-reyes and a ram

    sp-beckett & billingsley
    rp-franklin & jenks
    p-now wainwright slowey danks
    dl-peavy & bedard
    bn-hoffman

    any moves to be made, waiver wire includes tulo (hot lately), o hudson, v wells…pitchers like g floyd, valverde, millwood, o sullivan

  147. DrEasy says:
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    @timSTi: Aceves and Villanueva are other decent relievers who qualify as SP (although Villanueva has a couple of rough outings lately). They’re especially useful if your league counts holds, otherwise I probably wouldn’t bother.

  148. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: I wouldn’t start either.

    @Steve: And Gaudin on my bench too. Sweet!

    @Nick: Are those all in DL spots or in bench spots? If bench, I’d lose Peavy for Valverde, but your team doesn’t look that bad.

  149. martin says:
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    start hanson tommrow @ CIN?

  150. Greg says:
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    Cahill worth a look in a 10-team league?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @martin: Sure, but it could be risky.

    @Greg: For tomorrow? Okay.

  152. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Is there a rule of thumb by which Kapler starts or sits?

    In other words, is he worth a plug-in @ Ubaldo tomorrow?

  153. Grey

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    @Steve: Mostly lefties. He might start tomorrow though cause of interleague.

  154. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What the hey, I’ll give him a run. Gotta be more interesting than Nick the Stick, right?

    In related news, saw some Poker tournament on ESPN the other night, with comments provided by none other than Gabe Kaplan!

  155. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, he’s a real poker buff. I saw him commenting one time, as well.

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