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That title there, that’s country speak. This here boy, Adam Dunn, he’s country strong and this, folks, this is the 2nd half of the baseball season. Let’s git ‘r Dunn! Since July 6th, Adam Dunn has 6 hits in the last 8 games. Guess how many of those were home runs. Go ahead. I’ll wait. *scratches head, picks ear, adjusts macksack* 6 of 6 were home runs. My man’s predictable. In. The. Best. Way. Possible. Yesterday, I went over how precious time is from now until the end of the season. (I’m not talking precious like making sure you go see your kids play soccer or some shizz.) If you need home runs, there are so few guys that could put up 20 home runs in the 2nd half. Dunn is one. Now will Dunn’s average make you long for the days of Tony Pena Jr.? Maybe. But a funny thing happened on the way to the end of last season. Dunn hit .273 post-All-Star Break. Zoinks! Say what, karaoke? You heard me. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joe Blanton – This is a lot better move for real baseball than it is for fantasy baseball. I’d throw a few dollars towards him in an NL-only waiver claim or I’d use a mid-level waiver claim. Yes, this is coming from the guy who preaches you should use your waiver claim fast and furious. Why do I say only a mid-level claim for Joe Blah? Cause I don’t really want him in any league, even in an NL-only league.

Chris Iannetta – 2-run HR. I keep getting questions in the comments or the forum about this guy. Grey, should I go with Pudge over Iannetta cuz, like, he has a starting job? Doooode, if you’re forced to have Pudge on your team, you should hope he loses the starting job. Iannetta has 10 HRs in a timeshare. You won’t take 3 or 4 good days a week instead of 6 crappy ones? Not to mention, Iannetta’s going to be getting more and more time in front of Torrealba.

Adam LaRoche – He’s at .415 for the month. If you picked him up today, you care what his April was like? That was rhetorical.

David Wright – Jerry Manuel did such great work to get Wright to hit a HR today. That was sarcastic.

Johan Santana – Tagged for 5 ER in 4 IP. After the game, he was seen dialing up his old friend, Kyle Lohse, for advice.

Marcus Thames – Hit his 18th HR in like 15 at-bats or something. I think if Thames and Dunn were in the home run derby we’d see 50 HRs and our first strikeout.

Francisco Cordero – Gave up 4 ER, 6 hits in 1/3 of an inning. I just traded him in one league with Fuentes for Ellsbury. Now I know how Tina Turner felt when Ike died. Phew.

Edwin Encarnacion – HR yesterday. I was going to put Double E on my top 100 for the 2nd half. Besides him having a good post-All-Star break last year, I couldn’t find a way to justify it. Encarnacion could be solid again, but my faith left the building.

Troy Glaus – 2 HRs. Glaus is another one that almost made the list. I pardon you. Glaus has been torrid of late. If a guy is hot for one month after the All-Star break, then you drop him for some other hot schmohawk in Augtember, you’ll be doing fine. Cust kayin’.

Kyle Lohse – 2 ER in 7 IP and Lohse moved to 12-2. Lohse says he owes it all to a chimpanzee named Ed, who turned out to be a best friend and a hirsute matchmaker of hilarious proportions. With Lohse and the chimp’s help, the Cards just might win the pennant!

Jake Peavy – Gave up four HRs and lost to Lohse. After the game, Peavy said, “I gotta get me a chimp.”

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  1. Steve says:
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    **Rios follow-up from previous post**
    Guy in my league is interested in Rios. But if I trade him I have to put Bruce in my CF spot. Eh.
    So I need a CF back. He has McLouth and Beltran who are CF eligible. Hence the McLouth question. But why would you swap those two?
    He also has Pat the Bat (I have J Rivera as my LF). How do you like Posada or Hawpe + Mariano for Pat + Marte?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I wouldn’t switch Rios and McLouth, they’re too close in value. That was why I said I’d be hesitant about doing the move.

    I think Posada/Mariano for Pat and Marte is a great trade for you.

  3. Nick says:
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    Lets Go Mets! & D Wright!

  4. Nick says:
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    Ohhh, almost forgot…tomorrows starters:

    Guthrie vs. Detriot’s Galarraga
    Greinke vs. Chicago’s Buehrle
    Sabathia vs. San Fran’s Cain

    I know Sabathia is a definite. Greinke, you will tell me to start since you said that his last start (vs. Sox as well) so I will try it again since it worked out….Guthrie Vs. Detroit ? Do you start him as well ?

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: I’m starting them all. But Guthrie’s on a short leash now, because his 2nd half last year wasn’t good.

  6. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, the Rios question was kind of rhetorical. Starting to get the feeling that Rios is key to my chances of success this year.
    Which is a worry…

  7. BSA says:
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    After last week’s trade i did I dropped the throw in, Pudge, for Iannetta. Welcome back from the break – yeehaw!

  8. BSA says:
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    Let’s start with a quiz
    Last week I tried to work a trade with a guy who picked up Hoffman. Saito got hurt. I dropped him and picked up Broxton to keep control of closers in my league and keep the value high. He didn’t want to do any trades I proposed. This morning I woke up and saw he dropped Hoffman and picking up Saito.
    Any idea what place he is in and how many wins he has?

  9. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Alright I wrote post #7 before reading your blog entry this morning. I liked your explanation in the forum when I had that same question. So, like I said, YEEEEHAW!
    Wright and Iannetta playing on my team last night. Not bad when 50% of your team homers.

  10. Denys says:
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    YES! That means Gio Gonzo gets the call up!

    Hey Grey, where do you rank this kid, worth a shot in a 16-team mixed league?

  11. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @BSA: I’m glad you’re in a league where being in last place is funny. “Ha ha… look at the loser in last place.” Excuse me while I cry in the corner holding my Manny Trillo rookie card.

    Can someone finally acknowledge that Kyle Lohse is worthy of owning and starting?

    Also, Gio González was just called up by the A’s. I really want to pick him up in case he’s as awesome as his 9.57 k/9 is advertised. Which one of these would be worthy of dropping for him here: Manny Corpas, Tyler Buchholz, Andy Sonnanstine or punt?.

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’d drop Sonnanstine for the speculative add, but not the other two.

    Gio’s numbers, save for K9, weren’t too hot in AAA, were they? I haven’t looked in awhile….

  13. BSA says:
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    @IowaCubs: If I just watched him wallow in last without offering advice and establishing a rapport then you’d have a point. The funny is not last place, the funny is add/dropping without reading about who they’re getting.

  14. BSA says:
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    Oh, wait a minute. I just looked at the RCL and understand your compassion.

  15. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m probably just going to think about it all day until later tonight when I see that someone else in my league has picked him up to ride him to a championship. Yeah, I’ll probably wait for that.

    His numbers don’t look terrible, but not fantastic. I posted some of them on the Razzball forum. I don’t know how to measure MLE, so not sure how these numbers translate… Does anyone know a good site for that, or else, how to measure ML equivilents?

  16. RT says:
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    Marcum Update…
    4 Innings pitched last night in the FSL. 1BB / 6K / 0 Hits
    Word is he looked very sharp.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: I had Edwin, Dunn and Delgado on one team. Yeehaw!

    @Denys: @IowaCubs: He has solid get ‘em out pitches that he doesn’t control very well. Hey, that sounds Volquez! I think he’s absolutely worth a shot, but I’m not sure he’ll be worthwhile. He had major bumps even in the minors. But the last jump for pitchers could mean he fools batters the first time around the league, which is kinda all you need in the 2nd half.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: That’s a good sign, maybe I underestimated his ability to return. He went from total geek to total chic.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: But this time it’s for the GLORY! It’s RISK TAKING TIME!

    I just added Gio. Thank me very little.

  20. RT says:
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    @Grey:
    I talked to a scout who was at the game and he said his change was jumping all over the place. Nice thing about Marcum (which never occured to me before), he’s a fastball/change guy. Easy on the elbow.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: “fastball/changeup” — That’s a solid point.

  22. RT says:
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    Dana Eveland is next year’s Shaun Marcum. Just sayin’

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: Why do you say that?

  24. Shogun says:
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    I just swapped Bedard and Ted Lilly for Michael Young and Mike Gonzalez. My team needed a SS and saves. I “dunn” good, right?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: NOOOOOO!!!!! Joking. Yeah, that’s solid.

  26. RT says:
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    Very similar stuff and similar pitchers. Both bulldogs.. Fastball sets up the change. Breaking ball can be filthy when the fastball is not all over the place. First inning was always a problem for Marcum ’cause he overthrew. Then he settles by not overthowing his fastball… Beane knew what he was doing on Smith and Eveland, trust me…

    Here’s some interesting numbers.

    Shaun Marcum 47.4GB% 8.7K/G 2.64ERA
    Dana Eveland 47.2GB% 6.8K/G 2.90ERA

  27. RT says:
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    Those numbers were taken May 28

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: Hmm… Interesting. re: Beane — I never underestimate him, so I know Smith and Eveland will pitch well for a few years then get traded to a pennant contender. Imagine Beane working with the Yanks (fill-in any club with $).

  29. RT says:
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    I agree… However, I would venture that he would be a different guy with a big club. Complacent maybe?? I actually think he likes being an underdog with a small budget so he can flip-off everyone else with $$$.

    Last thing on Eveland… If you had him all year as a 5th arm on your fantasy team, this is what you would have so far.

    7W 74K 3.49ERA 1.40WHIP

    That WHIP will come down between now and next July.
    He is a huge sleeper next year. IMO of course.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: Wait, this is your opinion?! Oh, forget it.

    I think anyone coming off his rookie year, pitching home games in that park, pitching against that division is definitely a solid guy for next year.

  31. RT says:
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    Yeah, my opinion ain’t worth much.

    heh heh

  32. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: for the util spot, Chris Davis is against LHP Glen Perkins @Min, and Cano is going against LHP Greg Smith at Yankee stadium. Both lefty bats against lefty arms. Which would you start? I am leaning towards Cano, but i don’t know why.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: As I just said in the forums, I bench Davis on the road and against lefties.

  34. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: start Kuroda @Ari today? He is against Doug Davis.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Not sure if you’re implying that’s a bad matchup because of Davis or possibly a good one because of him. Either way, I start him there.

  36. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Guy has come back wanting Bourne instead of George. Bourne is a bench player for me. I’m thinking I let him drain someone else’s AVE and find steals somewhere else. Agree?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I agree.

    ***Take followups to the newest post.

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