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Last summer, something felt wrong for Edinson Volquez.  He said it was his arm.  Dusty gave him two after-dinner mints and said they were “reconstructive surgery,” then threw him for 160 pitches.  Unfortunately, the mints didn’t take.  Dusty blamed Edinson’s inability to believe.  Neverthehoo!  (I’m trying to get neverthehoo to stick, go with it.)  Edinson went for Tommy John surgery, or as they call it in the Tommy John household, “my surgery.”  Usual recovery time is longer than his current 11 month timetable, but all signs point to him returning in the next few weeks.   I’d grab him in every league.  Yes, even yours.  His sell value is already starting to climb.  If he returns with a gem, his value will go through the roof.  So even if you don’t need a starter, someone in your league will.  Coming back, I expect Volquez will give a great K-rate and not a terrific WHIP.  Think 75 innings, 4.00 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 85 Ks.  My name is Edinson Volquez and I approve of this message.  Hey, Dusty, can I have another mint? No!  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Erik Bedard – Bedard’s history of injury is so well-documented that even if he returns and throws aces, he can still drop an injury deuce at any moment.

Jorge de la Rosa – dlR, Edinson, Bedard, Beckett… In that order I’d pick them up.  Not to repeat, but to explain.  Beckett’s in the AL East and can’t get his shizz together, saying he might not be back until the end of July.  Bedard’s terrific when healthy.  That ‘when’ needs to be airlifted out of bed.  Edinson’s progressing well, but this was serious surgery.  dlR’s progressing well from a less serious injury.  However, I do think Edinson and dlR are pretty much a toss-up.  Volquez will have more trade value if good news continues to come out.  Any questions?  What about Jar-Jar? Why I oughta!

Madison Bumgarner – Just went over my Bumgarner fantasy.  He has to be up soon.  He just has to be.  That’s me putting what I want out in the cosmos.  Thanks, The Secret!

Tommy Hunter – This is Tommy Hunter after he learned you wanted to pick him up.  Or is that Billy Butler?  It’s hard for me to recommend him highly because I wouldn’t pick him up outside of H2H or AL-Only leagues, but he’s pitching well and he gets the Astros next.  Yes, please.

Gavin Floyd – It took two stank months, but this is the Floyd I pictured when I targeted him in drafts.  In his last four starts, 29 innings, 3 earned runs.  Float on, Gavin!

Brandon League – If Aardsma gets moved, League will be gone from your waivers quicker than you can say, “The Mariners were contenders in March.”

Sam Demel – Heilman is the first pickup, Qualls is the second pickup and the Diamondbacks are a cellar-dwelling team.  So deep SAGNOF, but SAGNOF neverthehoo!

Jarret Hoffpauir – Doesn’t he sound like a total douche?  When you and your girl were on a break, who did she sleep with? Jarret Hoffpauir!  That douche!  He dotted her eyes!  Hoffpauir’s playing every day (for now) and has 2nd base eligibility in ESPN and about to get 3rd base in Yahoo.  Hoffpauir’s a pretty stale prospect, having festered in the minors for a bit too long, but he has solid plate discipline (9 homers and only 15 Ks in 259 ABs at Triple-A).  Because of his eligibility, I’d take a chance on him in deep leagues.

Dayan Vicedo – Until Ozzie tweets Vicedo into his everyday lineup, I’m not as excited about him.  In deep enough leagues, you do what you do.

Chris Johnson – To run through these guys like I did with the injured starters; I’d grab them Hoffpauir, Vicedo and Johnson, in that order.  Hoffpauir’s playing for the 1927 Blue Jays and playing every day, according to Gaston.  Viciedo is not playing every day, but has decent upside.  Chris Johnson plays for the Astros.  Belch.

Justin Smoak – I sorta gave up on Smoak’s BABIP ever turning itself around… Actually, at first base, I couldn’t afford to wait in a league or two, but it seems like he did finally turn it around.

Gaby Sanchez – He’s having a much better season than Lance Berkman.  Yo Gaby Gaby!

Brennan Boesch – On June 23rd, ESPN told you to grab Boesch.  On May 21st, I told you to grab him.  You’re welcome.

Tyler Colvin – Mentioned him in last week’s Buy/Sell.  And here he is again.  You’d think Steve Stone were writing these.

David DeJesus – DeJesus could be the definition of yawnstipating if Polanco didn’t own that distinction.  You, son, are too yawnstipating to even be the definition of yawnstipating!  Day-um! BTW, A man in Wichita, Kansas asked for Selig to visit his hometown and confirm the likeness of DeJesus on a piece of toast.

SELL

A.J. Burnett – He got a red card and was benched indefinitely in the league where I have him (look at me forcing in soccer and not making any sense!), but I’m in a deep league.  Most of youse can flat-out drop him.  Sure, his xFIP is a full run lower than his ERA, but it’s still hovering around 5 and his Ks are way too far down.  I’d let Burnett wiggle his nose on someone else’s team.

Buster Posey – Well, you had about a week to sell him for value like I suggested.  Now I don’t think you get anything for him in one year leagues.  Nine out of ten fantasy baseball ‘perts agree, rookie value is less than their hype.

Billy ButlerGarrett Jones has been better than Butler, according to the ESPN Player Rater.  So has Swisher, Glaus, Loney, Huff, Prado and Konerko.  I hate to be a, uh, hater, but Mr. Grapefruit is way overvalued.  For some reason, people are indifferent with the Royals as a whole, but love their prospects.  You know what Butler is?  A good average, 20 homer hitter.  Loney looks at that and says, “Yeah, so?”  You look at Butler and you think well-rounded, but for fantasy he is not.  He gets few Runs and RBIs due to his team and he has Warning Track Fly power.  Otherwise known as WTF!  (Disregard the preceding if you play in a league with a Moob category.)

  1. Black Beard says:
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    Need an OF going forward: Bautista, D. Young,
    Venable or Borbon?

  2. danielpwnz says:
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    Jarret just makes me think of Micah. Then Micah makes me think of Cubs fans throwing him into trade proposals, like he isn’t 30 years old and not good. Then I laugh.

  3. William says:
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    I feel like I need to pat myself on the back here… I picked up Edinson and dLr a few days ago when I was also debating on Erik Bedard. I feel good that your ‘stache is behind me there. I was also an early adopter to Gavin Floyd and have had him on my team the past 3 weeks.

  4. Dingo says:
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    Nice list! I wish you the best of luck with neverthehoo. Hopefully it has more success than the “either hoo” you tried to coin in your first Brennan Boesch buy blurb.

  5. William says:
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    @Grey – List of my starters

    Johan Santana, Cole Hamels, Jake Peavy, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Morrow, Gavin Floyd, Clay Buchholz, Max Scherzer, dLr, Edinson Volquez (DL)

    I asked this before but after Cueto’s solid start, I was wondering if your view has changed – Which one of these starters is expendable for a closer (assume a Brandon League, Trevor Hoffman, etc.)?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @William: You don’t have expendable starters. You can lose Cueto for a closer if you need saves.

  7. XnadyMen says:
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    Need saves in my league, if I can swing Bautista for a top closer like RIvera or Papelboner that is a heist of Great Muppet Caper proportions right?

  8. Hank says:
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    BA-boons!

  9. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – Boesch, Stanton or Delmon as a temporary replacement if CC goes DL? Thanks!

  10. Kevin says:
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    In a NL-Only Keeper League (may expand to mixed in ’11), is it crazy to consider trading Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward for Adam Wainwright when I already have Jayson Werth, Marlon Byrd, Adam Dunn and Mike Stanton and a slew of FA choices in OF while SP is extremely rare?

  11. Cal cheats says:
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    Drop Lind for Quinten?

  12. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey, different league but would you rather have Latos over Greinke or Hanson?

  13. hoju says:
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    Trade proposed to me today. Not a keeper league.

    I get:
    F-Her
    Choo
    Choice of Erv, Leake, Edwin, Jurrjens

    I sell:
    Braun
    Kung Fu Pandoval

    If it makes any difference, I’m not starting Panda right now due to A-Rod being at 3rd, Glaus at 1st and Braun-Werth-BJUp-Gardner in my OF/Util. Plus my pitching kind of blows (Greinke, Buchholz, Hudson, Kuroda, Medlen, Hammel, Niese, Gio…..I’d theoretically have to drop one of them too).

  14. royce! says:
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    Got a couple Qs re: a 10 team roto.

    Volquez and Bedard are FAs. The closest to droppable SP I have are Beckett and Bills. I also could part with one of Robot, LaRoche, or Bay. Should I drop any of these dudes for Volquez or Bedard?

    Second, Adam Jones is remarkably still a FA after I dropped him a bit ago. After dropping him, I reveled in a sense of freedom, and am now missing out on his hot streak. Unfortunately, I also have Krispie, J. Upton, Bay, Vlad, Holliday, and Granderson for 5 OF and one UTIL spot. None of these guys are expendable, huh?

  15. GTS says:
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    Gaby is having a better season than MMD who was super-hyped on razzball. MMD is riding my bench for now while Gaby is hot.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @XnadyMen: Yup

    @Hank: It’s funny but I don’t think it says what we need it to. Would you use it, “This guy drafted Ichiro in the 3rd round, he’s such a BA-boon!”

    @Kevin: It’s kinda crazy.

    @Cal cheats: Eh

    @Nuke LaDouche: Over Hanson, don’t not to drop him.

    @hoju: Your pitching doesn’t look that bad. Not crazy about the trade for you.

    @royce!: Lose Beckett for Volquez. None are expendable.

  17. Kevin says:
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    Thanks! I’ll hold off for now.
    First time I commented, but I love the site. Read it every day.

  18. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Don’t drop Hanson you mean?

  19. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Hoffpauir or Peralta for CI rest of season? H2H 8×8 (BB, SLG, H)

  20. aj says:
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    Who do you like for the rest of the season?
    Stanton or Barbon

  21. Child Please says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS), moves limit of 50 (I am at 14)
    I have Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata, would you drop either of them for Colvin…My lineup is not in need of any particular stat, so I want the top 2 for the rest of the season

  22. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m one of those guys who apparently hasn’t taken a close enough look at Butler stats (probably because I can’t take my eyes of his chest), so just to make sure I’m understanding you:

    In a weekly league, Rolen over Butler at CI is a no-brainer for the time being, yes?

  23. hoju says:
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    @Grey: I was leaning towards rejecting it too. I feel like my pitching sucks because all my guys tend to blow up in the same week (like this one). Or if they play well, my hitters don’t do anything. There’s a curse againt my team.

    Or maybe it’s because I lead the league in waiver moves by double the next closest guy. Half of those pitchers weren’t on my team two weeks ago. What do you call the owner who only gets the one bad start of a pitcher’s month long streak? That’s me. I should work for ESPN Hindsighter.

  24. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Rank these SP’s for me homey. 1300 IP limit which I’m projected about 50IP over.

    Baker, Slowey, Morrow, DeLaRosa.

  25. Eric says:
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    grey,

    If you had to choose 2 out of Arroyo, Ervin Santana and stashing Bedard, who would you choose?

    Also, who wins this trade:

    team a gets: F-Hern

    team b gets: carl crawford and tyler clippard

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kevin: Cool, thanks!

    @Nuke LaDouche: Don’t drop Hanson.

    @Cheese: I’d roll the dice with Hoffpauir.

    @aj: Do you need steals? Apples and oranges. Stanton…

    @Child Please: I’d grab Colvin.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Sure, but that means you have to trade Butler for a usable piece. I’m not saying to drop Butler.

    @hoju: Ha

    @timSTi: Morrow, Slowey, dlR…

    @Eric: Ervin, Arroyo… Trade depends on what you need. It’s fair.

  27. Commish Cauda says:
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    Mike Aviles or Hoffpauir in H2H?

  28. Howard says:
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    Grey, One quez-tion. Would you trade a Vasq for a Vol? Neverthehoo, have a great weekend?

  29. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    not getting the hype surrounding volquez’ early return from major surgery .

    sure , before surgery , he was a K/inning guy ,
    but , in his best year , he was a 6 inning pitcher , with a 1.35 whip and a k/bb rate of 2:1

    whatthehoo ?

    wait until next year .

  30. airlifting says:
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    RoS ZIPS projections:

    Butler – 300/43r/11hr/48rbi/0sb/834ops
    Jones – 286/39r/13hr/47rbi/6sb/830ops

    given both their pedigree and minor leauge numbers, i’d take the over on butler’s numbers and the under on jones’. runs, HRs, and rbi are all a wash. so, say butler ends the year with his current BA and jones ends the year with his….you’re saying a 35 point difference in average is outweighed by 14 steals? drafts and draft positions are somewhat meaningless…

    also, james loney has never topped 15 home runs in a single season. bad.

  31. Hank says:
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    @Grey: Yeah that would be appropriate usage.

    Michael BAy-verage

  32. Eric says:
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    thanks grey you’re the ghreytest!

  33. genghis chone says:
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    What should I do with Nick Markakis? Right now I have him, Gaby Sanchez, Angel Pagan and Julio Borbon for four spots, and he is performing the worst. Is it time to consider dropping him?

  34. genghis chone says:
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    @GTS: Who’s MMD?

  35. DSimms says:
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    should I hold on to my brainwashed love of mini mini donkey considering someone just dropped kelly johnson or should I change my reality tunnel and take kelly for a few dates?

    also kinda of a eh question but who has better rest of year weiters bosey soto?

  36. charlie batch says:
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    if you could only have 1 right now and 1 when volquez comes back, who would you want of: kuroda, morrow, volquez?

  37. Bob says:
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    Morrow or Slowey?

  38. xopchipili says:
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    Sell AJ Burnett? To who? The glue factory?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howard: Ha, you too! Vazquez…

    @big o: Ha

    @airlifting: I think you proved my point. They’re pretty close. If you walk into a bar and say you own Butler girls will surround you. You walk in and say the same about Jones and people will ask why he isn’t on waivers.

    @Hank: Eh, not great.

    @Eric: Ha, thanks!

    @genghis chone: Depends who you’re dropping him for.

    @genghis chone: Mini Mini Donkey – Ian Stewart.

    @DSimms: I’d prefer Stewart to Johnson. Wieters…

    @charlie batch: Kuroda…

    @Bob: Morrow…

    @xopchipili: Yup

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    I am hurting for steals, and somebody dropped Figgins, so I finally dropped Kelly Johnson to get him. Now I’m sure the latter will go on a hot streak. You’re welcome!

    On that same line of thought, someone dropped Bartlett, and Alexei has been yawnstipating. Should I do the swap?

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: You don’t need Figgy and Bartlett.

  42. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: Tru dat (or whatever kids say these days)! The thing is, the swap would also make Juan Pierre expandable (he’s been a bench guy I’ve been using from time to time for a boost in steals, but it’s hard to sit guys like Soriano, Papi and Glaus), and then I can replace him with a hodgepadre or some such. I hate using OFs purely for steals.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: You can’t be hurting for steals and benching Pierre. Not that hard to sit Soriano.

  44. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: Alright, alright, I’ll stay put! (for now, he he) Hopefully Figgins will provide all the boost I need. Just wish ARod, Holliday, Grandy and CarGo would steal as much as they’re supposed to, I wouldn’t have to bother with Pierre.

  45. Hank says:
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    @Grey: I know, pretty average right? Huzzah! Ok this is too hard.

    I’m just gonna tell these A-Hole owners that their average is empty like the soul of stripper, and maybe, if they like hording singles so much, they should think about playing less fantasy baseball and more about pouring glitter on their vadges and rubbing it in dudes’ faces.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hank: Wow… But you do bring up an interesting idea. An a-hole – Guy that gives nothing but average. Or an owner who overvalues average.

    EDIT: Word.

  47. chrisbenson says:
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    grey…who do you like the LEAST out of these SP on my roster…

    cecil/kennedy/kuroda/arroyo/myers/hammel/bumgarner

    also, who is the better bet for saves? hoff or gonzalez?

  48. Hank says:
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    Can’t believe that wasn’t glaringly obvious when I wrote, but yeah it’s not bad at all.

  49. Black Beard says:
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    Posey and Haren for Victorino, Colby Lewis and Matt Wieters?

  50. Steve says:
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    FML. Started Z. Sonavabenched by Quentin. Z pulled.
    Perfect.

  51. bodymore says:
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    holy crap I picked up Quentin yesterday and had no idea there was a day game, sonaoavofuckingbenvhed.1!!!1

    drop slowey for VOlquez and the Bumgardener?

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bodymore: Ouch… Eh, I’d let Slowey pitch vs. the Mets.

  53. bodymore says:
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    @Grey Corpas or Heilman then?

  54. ThePensive says:
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    I finally dropped Quentin a couple weeks ago, and now he decides to go off. Wonderful. At least I was able to pick up Hart and keep rolling. Plus someone else got tired of Pacman and I agonized over dropping Berkman for him. Looks like I made the right decision.

  55. Steve says:
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    Do you play Quentin over Boesch right now?

    And no, I can’t fit them both in. Or I could, but it would mean benching Ethier…

  56. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Carlos Quentin on fire!

    Oh please oh please oh please let this be the start of something good. I could use a cheap 20 donks off the wire right about now.

  57. William says:
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    @Grey – I’m really tempted to pick up Carlos Quentin and drop Jason Bay or Garrett Jones… well leaning towards Bay…

  58. tourinct says:
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    What do you think of offering Butler for Kendrick? After swapping Kinsler for Lester last week I want to upgrade from Jose lopez.

  59. Kazmere says:
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    Need ERA help. Are these ranked correctly?
    Lilly>Kuroda>Baker>Morrow

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @William: Eh…You’re giving up SBs, average and Runs for RBIs and HRs. Guess depends what you need.

    @tourinct: I’m not a fan of Kendrick.

  61. danimal35 says:
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    Cueto, Cecil, Dirty Sanchez, Nolasco, Medlen, Stanton, Borbon…any of these guys worth dropping for the aforementioned pitchers of the DL …all are available except Beckett

  62. Drewsalem Cruiser says:
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    Boesch or Pacman for the rest of the season?

  63. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    10-Team, 5×5, H2H… who do you like best as a replacement for Posey the Poser?

    Santana, Wieters, Paulino, Jaso, Soto

    Also, Lind is a FA in this league. Would you drop any of Markakis, Pence, Adam Jones or Bourn for him?

  64. Kazmere says:
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    Grey, you likey Baker @Mets on Sunday?

  65. Tom Emanski says:
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    @ThePensive: I hate Quentin. Dropped him literally the day before he got hot. I am actively rooting for his failure.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kazmere: Yeah, unless the Mets look insane the next two days and the Twins look bad.

  67. danimal35 says:
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    does all of the sudden Peavy have his shizz together or are these last couple starts trickeration?

    Sidenote: I always liked Peavy when he was here in San Diego, nice guy in person. Country Boy!

  68. Kazmere says:
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    @danimal35: Last 4 Peavy starts are vs NL

  69. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: I saw you’re starting Filthy tonight….so his last start and the Red Sox’s hot bats don’t scare you enough to sit him?

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JackInTheBox: Actually, change of plans. Rudy benched him on all of our teams, except one. I couldn’t make a passionate enough argument to start him.

  71. Curse of the Goat says:
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    @Grey:

    Do you start Medlen vs. Detroit tonight? What line do you expect?

  72. Kazmere says:
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    Grey, how many offensive bench players to you keep in a 12 tm roto? 2-3? I carry 2, both that are strong in the categories I’m weakest in.

  73. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Haha, nice video.

    So Rudy wears the pants *emoticon*?….Personally, I just want a one start buffer to make sure he found his control again and doesn’t walk 5 people in 2.2 innings (even if he did have 5 Ks too).

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Curse of the Goat: I’d start him. 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks.

    @Kazmere: I try not to carry any.

    @JackInTheBox: Yeah, he made some good points and it was borderline. We’re +100 IP, Sanchez just stumbled and the Sox are hitting well. I am starting him in one league so I hope he still pitches well.

    When Big Z Attacks!

  75. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Yea, even though he’ll be on my bench, I hope he’ll pitch well so I don’t have to even consider benching him next time.

    Haha, Big Z should have his own show on TruTV. It’d be hilarious, and there will almost never be a shortage of footage.

  76. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    Last utility spot for tonight. ..ibanez, span or willingham?

  77. Tony says:
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    @Grey: i need some SB’s, bad, currently rostering the worst speed team in the league…. would it be wise to drop a guy like Colvin or Marlon Byrd for Corey Patterson or some other sagnof guy and just plug them in hoping for SB’s?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cashmoney: Sorry, probably too late but I would’ve said Ibanez.

    @Tony: Sure, lose Colvin for him.

  79. SpiralArchitect says:
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    How about this offer?

    I get Justin Upton, Javi Vazquez and Scott Kazmir

    I give David Wright and Johan Santana

    I already have A-Rod and Rolen for 3B

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SpiralArchitect: Don’t like it for you. Give Upton for Wright… Add in a small piece in addition, but don’t give Johan for that other junk.

  81. GTS says:
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    Slowey is looking good tonight. I’m going to pick him up if he continues to pitch well this game…

  82. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Wieters over Santana, eh? You expecting a drop off in Santana’s production or a decent second half from Wieters? Or a little of both?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Yeah, not looking bad.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Same diff, right? He just hit a homer and has a very modest hitting streak. If you wanna go with Santana, then go for it. And get in a deeper league where these guys are owned.

  84. SpiralArchitect says:
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    @Grey:

    What do you think if I can get Strasburg for Santana?

    It is a 2-yr keeper league.

  85. GTS says:
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    @Grey: Span sonofabench! I did pick up Quentin and started him over Span in one of my leagues though. I started Coghlan over him in another league.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SpiralArchitect: Sure, try it.

    @GTS: Well, you’re one for two. Batting .500, you Hall of Famer!

  87. FrodoBobo says:
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    hola Grey! Your infinite wisdom is mucho appreciated!

    Niemann/Granderson or Adam Jones/McGehee? my current 2B is Blechkam

  88. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Zambrano suspended indefinetly.

    Also pick up Pie?

  89. @Grey: The Sons of Sam Demel will take Heilman down! From what I’ve seen of Demel, he’s the best arm in that pen.

    Been trying to move Posey since I got him in that trade last week in my keeper. Have a feeling I’ll end up moving him as a throw in to a seller at the deadline.

    Q just keeps twisting the knife. When it rains it pours.

  90. Hey Grey,

    In a league with holds and K/BB who is expendable on this list:

    Thornton, Saito, Putz, Meek

    Oh and dlr or Leake…I know you haven’t been taking a Leake

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Hey, where’s that movie link again? I have time now.

  92. danimal35 says:
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    just like the rays to walk 7 times in 3 innings and not score a run

  93. Grey,

    One more tonight. Looking into your crystal ball do you see Huff keeping up pretty good number from here out. I am rostering Tex, D. Lee, Huff, Quentin, and Nelson Cruz and I am having trouble getting him off my bench (only 3 outfield spots). Perhaps unload him for a 4th or 5th starter?

  94. DocHalladay says:
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    Which side is better:
    Doc, Escobar
    Felix Hernandez, Reyes..

    Four player keeper.. I’m in fourth place with Doc..

    12 team league.. Guy with Reyes is pretty much out of it…

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bostonbeerman: Trade someone for a starter, sure. See if you can move Lee for something, if not then Huff.

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: carlos santana left the game after hitting hr,no info yet

  97. penpen says:
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    Drop Cecil for Medlen? Or is it push?

  98. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Interesting, let me know if you hear anything.

    @penpen: Grab Medlen.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @penpen: Ah… Thanks.

    ***BTW, Edwin 132 pitches, throwing a no-hitter. Jinx!

  100. penpen says:
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    Edwin with a no hitter through 8 inn. a 5k 7bb 1 error 134 pitch (and counting) oddity

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @penpen: He looks simultaneously winded and gassed.

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @penpen: just seen that thanks,i own him in 2 leagues

  103. big o says:
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    please , please , please ,
    don’t make Josh participate in the home-run derby again .

  104. d2bnz says:
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    Was able to keep Stanton on the Pine for 10 weeks , now that he is active I am beginning to field a number of offers , and the current / best offer is a one on one for Victor Martinez .
    My team is mid table with a strong pitching staff, Robot Jones and Smoak as my 1B and CI, Napoli at C …….have two utility spots .
    Should I jump???

  105. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Ha! Seriously…

    @d2bnz: Guess this is a keeper then, huh? I’d take V-Mart.

  106. d2bnz says:
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    good spotting ….yep a 5 yr keeper cycle with next year left .

  107. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Yeah, s’pose so.

    And yeah, I know, I know… you guys have been telling me to get in a deeper league all season, but I only had 9 other friends willing to play. Sue me for being unpopular!

    Next year, a roto RCL for a good challenge, and the “friend” H2H for endless frustration… the best of both worlds.

  108. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Edwin’s arm just officially broke off…

  109. peter says:
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    Bumgarner was scratched from tonight’s start… the Bumgarner’s a comin’! (<– welcome google searchers. . .)

    Who to drop for the Bumgarner: Cecil, Chapman or Cueto?

  110. Eddie says:
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    @peter: WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

  111. peter says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, it’s a keeper.. but with the league’s format there likely wouldn’t be room for me to keep a project pitcher unless, this year, he’s Liriano redux. Does that change things? I know I probably won’t be starting Cecil between now and the break (Phils and Yankees, galore), but Chapman using up a bench spot (and possibly just coming up as an RP) is pretty annoying. Not vuvuzela annoying, but annoying.

  112. big o says:
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    wagner strikes out the side
    on 10 pitches .

  113. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey: Do you think I should trade Halladay for Jackson or just keep streaming pitchers against the Rays?

  114. Eddie says:
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    16 team H2H keeper, I need to start two of these three guys through Sunday: Masterson @ the Reds, Bumgarner @ the Red Sox, Cecil “vs” the Phillies.

  115. mr baseball says:
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    Edwin Jackson throw 149 pitches tonight – what the big deal he still 149 pitches short of what Nolan Ryan use to throw in a game

  116. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    x=rays on santanas thumb are negative ,expected to start saturday

  117. BAS says:
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    Would it make sense to drop Cecil or Niese and stash Aroldis Chapman? Stashing MadBum and Ed Volquez already.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: I like Chapman for the future (next year), he’s coming up as a reliever or he’s not coming until September. I guess if you’re speculating on a young pitcher you may as well speculate on Bumgarner and lose Chapman.

    @penpen: Thank God!

    @big o: He’s been so nasty this year.

    @Mr2Bits: Ha!

    @Eddie: Not great matchups, I’d sit Cecil.

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Cool…

    @BAS: Nope…

  119. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, so I maybe have had a couple with some friends while listening to the sweet sounds of Vin Scully. But I’ve decided that now might be the time to make some changes to my roster. As I’m sure you know, I’ve been actively trying to acquire another bat, but here’s my roster and would you make any of the following trades:

    V-Mart, Glaus, Utley, Longo, Wright, Andrus, Kemp, Cruz, Rasmus, CarGo, BJ, Krispie

    Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Weaver, Verlander, C.Lewis, Floyd, Aardsma, K-Rod, Capps, Axford (both DLR and Mikey G. are on the DL)

    It’s an 8 Team Keeper where we keep 5 (2 position, 2 pitchers, 1 your choice)

    Would you drop any of those guys for Quentin or Morrow?

    In such a small league, would you drop V-Mart for Montero or Smooth, or just try to shop him. Thanks dood! Appreciate all your hard work on this shizz…

  120. peter says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I agree. Thanks! (advice & support)

  121. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: I had Slowey last year. This years version of Slowey looks like Medlen to me…just from looking at the stats. What do you think?

  122. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: Okay, I’m a little drunk too. You can’t drop V-Mart and you have no room for Quentin. Wanna get daring? Drop Floyd for Morrow.

    @peter: No problem.

    @Fletch: Medlen looks better than Slowey this year, that’s for sure. We ended up with Medlen on a bunch of teams because Rudy was high on him as you’ll see in the comments here:

    http://razzball.com/mlb-fantasy-baseball-player-rankings-now-posted/#comments

    Just do a find on Medlen. People thought Rudy was smoking crack rock. Well… He does, but still.

  123. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: ooops…I meant Medlen this year reminds me of Slowey LAST year. Very efficient. I dumped Cecil yesterday for Medlen. I don’t think he will be out of the rotation either when Jar returns.

  124. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Any worry about Colby Lewis after tonight’s start?

  125. fitz says:
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    I despise Kemp and his smug face when he K’s for the 19th million time

  126. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: Damn, I was really hoping in my haze that you would find some loophole to squeeze Quentin and his surprisingly hot bat into my lineup. Fine, I guess I won’t drop V-Mart, even though I could get better value at catcher from the stockboy at K-Mart…maybe one of the schmos in my league will fall on that grenade…

    I’m not tempted on the Floyd for Morrow, but damn Floyd has actually looked great lately…

  127. Wilsonian says:
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    @fitz: I’m hoping Rihanna goes all Chris Brown on his ass…

  128. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: crap…I just read that the Braves are skipping Medlen next Wed. and Jair will be back starting pending any setbacks.

  129. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: that should say “I’m a bit tempted”…damn drunk keys, don’t type well…

  130. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    damn, CC is a horse

  131. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey:

    I started watching Medlen when he was still a reliever. His stuff was downright filthy. Some of his pitches were Halladay-esque. I’ve paid close attention to his last two starts and his stuff doesn’t seem to be as filthy. He’s been effective, but his K rate has gone down as a starter. Looks like he’s more about location, now. More Maddux-esque.

    Agree? Disagree?

  132. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t I read here once that you only used to drink, like, three times a year?

    I’m assuming you’re getting more in touch with your audience.

    Speaking of getting drunk, I need to (ice-cold Peroni open now). .085 AVE, Big Z and Clippard. Not a great day in the RCL.

    Greinke’s win seems hardly worth mentioning.

  133. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    phewww, Brian Wilson got out of trouble vs the Sawx. Nice to see J Sanchez get a semi-cheap win after all the QS he’s thrown and come away with nothing

  134. Steve says:
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    Also, start Kuroda and Kennedy tomorrow?

  135. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    just picked up Medlen a few days ago but haven’t played him yet b/c its a weekly league….apparently there’s chatter that he doesn’t 100% have a rotation spot when Jurrjens comes back?? That would be retarded if they don’t bump Kawakami out of there.

  136. Kazmere says:
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    Grandy @Kuroda or Bruce vs Masterson.
    Mmmm… Masterson against lefties…

  137. Steve says:
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    WTF? Corpas in for the save?

    Street not being used on consecutive days?

    Just dumped Corpas’s ass…

  138. @Grey: http://vimeo.com/12653029 Enjoy! “The Archive” is another good one that’s linked off of that page.

    @Fletch: That right? Damn, I thought I was reading that he’d keep his spot and Kawakami would go to the pen. That sucks. I REALLY need another pitcher now.

    Just got back from a weak party. I’m pissed I didn’t stay home and watch Yanks/Dodgers now. Just finished reading Torre’s “The Yankee Years,” makes me really want to see him win in LA (even though I’ve hated the dodgers since that ’88 NLCS) what with the way Cashman and Co. screwed him in the end.

  139. aj says:
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    e. aybar or Alcides Escobar

  140. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @aj: Alcides…

  141. @Grey: Sure. I hope he spins it off into a feature. I can’t get enough of Rocky, the bowler. Hey you think Scott Baker’s worth trading for? His owner’s hot for Swish and must be tired of his inconsistency (as I am of Sloweys) and I’m getting desperate for an arm. These Minny pitchers (aside from Liriano) can’t be this bad can they? They don’t walk anyone and they pitch in a big park. I feel like Baker and Slowey have to improve as the year goes on, no?

  142. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Heh, me too, truth be told.

    Didn’t mean to sound like your mother…

    @3FingersBrown: Have Baker on a team, dumped him from another. Real hard to trust him right now. Needs to string some decent outings together.

  143. pat says:
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    Hey guys… in a 10 team league, how do you like this team? Suggestions for possible moves?
    C- Martin
    1b- Votto
    2b- Uggla
    3b- Longoria
    SS- Hanley
    OFs- Braun, Hamilton, Rios
    Util- Magglio

    SPs- Lee, Felix, Haren, Hamels, Pavano, Hamel, Morrow, Floyd, Anderson (DL)
    RPs- Soria, Valverde, K-rod, Franklin, Cordero

  144. @Steve: I’m really surprised that he and Slowey have both been so erratic. I was high on both coming into the draft and I still feel like we’ll see good things from them. Trailing in W’s, I thought about dropping Slowey for Freddy Garcia’s start against the Cubs tomorrow – he’s pitched great against them throughout his career – but I really don’t want to make another blunder, like I did by dropping Floyd.

  145. Steve says:
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    @3FingersBrown: I thought about it too, which means you shouldn’t. Do the opposite to what I do, or think about doing, and you can’t go wrong.

  146. @Steve: I’m starting to feel the same way between dropping Floyd and Quentin. Yeah, I’m going to hold Slowey. I’m like Hunter on Sunday against the ‘Stros, but I don’t feel like I have anyone I can drop for him right now.

    @Grey: Think I should drop Medlen for Hunter? If Medlen gets skipped next week it means I have 6 starters to my opponents 11 and he has Carp and Strasburg going twice. Shaping up to be a bad next week if I’m not proactive… Also Dickey gets two starts against the Fish and Washington. I think the knuckler will make the aggressive Marlins look silly. The Nats pose a little tougher challenge I think, since they’re a more patient team.

    Or do I drop Shutdown Sauce instead (or drop Simon and Medlen for Hunter and Dickey?). I hate giving away saves but no one’s buying my closers and having 4 instead of 3 (we play with 5SP/3RP and bench) is hurting me I think.

  147. Leaning toward dumping Simon for those 2 Dickey starts. I don’t have any bats to drop and I need as many starters as possible. No one wants to pay for saves – and I don’t blame them.

  148. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    joyce carl oats . . . ouch. but it hurts so good.

  149. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Looking for more pitching help. Could you please rank the top 3-5 of these guys? I’m looking for the best bang for my buck. Thanks!

    Volquez
    George of the Rose
    Wandy
    Dickey
    Harden
    Myers
    Masterson
    Wells
    Volstad
    Pineiro
    Millwood
    Porcello
    Galarraga
    Correia
    Moyer
    LeBlanc
    Takahashi

  150. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: @Awesomus Maximus: Speaking of that “endless frustration”, my H2H opponent decided to pick up Edwin Jackson for a spot start yesterday. Yeah… it’s been one of those seasons.

  151. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Oh yeah…add Fister into the mix.

    One last ? Who do you see as having more value going forward, Pagan or Tabata? Not sure of Pagan’s playing time with Beltran coming back soon.

  152. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    Adam Jones or Delmon Young for the rest of the season? My other outfielders are Granderson, BJ Upton, Bruce and Quentin…

  153. @TheEvilEmpire: I had both and have since dumped Tabata (for Damon). Pagan is easily the better player and Beltran’s knees are swiss cheese. Who knows how he’ll respond when he’s back playing. I know we’ve been talking about how “stupid mets will probably bench Pagan,” but let the scenario play out… One way or another I think the Mets have to find a way to get Pagan in the lineup. He’s been one of the key reasons for their success so far this season.

    Can you be sure of Tabata’s playing time? He’s put up a awful .237/.286/.339 line since being called up. He keeps that up and he’ll play his way back to AAA.

  154. elwood blues says:
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    In an NL keeper league, I need to trade Hart or Byrd.
    I am leaning towards trading Byrd, but worry I could lose Hart in a trade to an AL Team. So should I trade Hart?

    At least I don’t have Big Baby..err Z.

  155. @TheEvilEmpire: As for those pitchers, I’d go DLR, Volquez and the rest are streamers to play the hot hand. If you put a gun to my head right now, I’ll go Dickey for the 3rd name but that can just as easily be Piniero or Leblanc (at home)

    BTW I just dumped shutdown sauce for the two Dickey starts next week. I’ll keep an eye on the Medlen situation with another eye on Tommy Hunter

  156. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Thanks fellas! Enjoy your weekend.

    Go USA!

  157. @TheEvilEmpire: You too. Getting ready to head to Metco. So far in games I’ve seen Johan live: 18 IP and 0 ER. Going to give him some more of my mojo. Funny part is my buddy’s a Yankee fan and wants to get piss drunk and hurl abuse at Pavano. Should be fun.

  158. Wilsonian says:
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    Dear Razzball Nation,

    In an 8 Team H2H Keeper where we keep 5 (2 position, 2 pitchers, 1 your choice) what do you think of a trade of:

    Verlander/Kemp for A-Gon/Hamels?

    This is my roster: V-Mart, Glaus, Utley, Longo, Wright, Andrus, Kemp, Cruz, Rasmus, CarGo, BJ, Krispie

    Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Weaver, Verlander, C.Lewis, Floyd, Aardsma, K-Rod, Capps, Axford (both DLR and Mikey G. are on the DL)

  159. Terrence Mann says:
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    Regarding Volquez:

    “If you get eager, then you’ll have a tendency to rush him back out of need. We pay attention. We monitor him. Sure, we’d like to have him back tomorrow. He has to be right when he comes back. And when he comes back, we don’t want him to have to leave again.”

    Who said this, you ask? It’s attributed to Dusty Baker. Dusty Baker, my ass. If it was up to Dusty, Volquez would throw a complete game against Cleveland this weekend.

  160. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: Cool, will watch after I get some coffee in me. I think the surgery Slowey had has messed him up. Not sure if indefinitely, but for now. Also, not like these guys were the pillars of consistency before this year.

    @Steve: Ha, no worries. I didn’t take it like that.

    @pat: What categories are you behind in?

    @3FingersBrown: Hold Medlen for news.

    @Carlos Z has slurpees: Hehe

    @TheEvilEmpire: LeBlanc (at home), dlR, Volquez…

    @Awesomus Maximus: Damn.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Don’t know Pagan’s playing time or injury status right now. He’s better, but until that’s clear you need bench room for him.

    @Vince: Jones…

    @elwood blues: I’d trade Byrd, but it depends on what you can get for them.

    @3FingersBrown: Yup

    @TheEvilEmpire: You too.

    @Wilsonian: Don’t like it for you.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

  161. chisox says:
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    Can’t decide who to drop in a deep weekly points league, or I can hold tight a little longer to see if one drops out or I can deal one.

    G. Floyd
    J. Cueto
    Slowey
    I. Kennedy

  162. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: Thanks dood. I didn’t think I could do it either. Although Kemp sucks something awful right now and our league counts Ks, I wasn’t sure I could give up on him just yet. That team needs some power desperately, however, and I’ll keep looking at some other options.

  163. big o says:
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    my disdain for the plethora of red uniforms has been well documented on these pages ,
    but , the cinncinnati redlegs wearing green caps ?? gtfooh !

    @Grey:
    this ought to make you smile ==> am sitting a.j. today (@ LAD) , in favor of
    guthrie tomorrow (vs Nats) .

    and , yes , i have rostered him , all year , on my 14 player pitching staff .
    (you zigged) .

  164. john says:
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    Would anyone start Rasmus (at Davies) over Bay (vs Pavano) today?

  165. Wilsonian says:
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    @john: I’ve got Rasmus in over Krispie and BJ today, if that helps any…

  166. Martin says:
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    @grey- would u rather have clayton richard or arroyo?

  167. john says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yea, it helped a bit..I guess just a confirmation that it wasn’t a stupid idea was all I was looking for, so thanks.

  168. Grey

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    @chisox: Cueto’s the low man there. Slowey’s not far behind though. Depends on their next matchup.

    @Wilsonian: No problem.

    @big o: Nice…

    @john: Too late for the answer, but I would’ve.

    @Martin: Richard, yeah.

  169. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Johan blowed up good. Blowed up real good. Big Jim McBob happy.

  170. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    I’m guessing the earlier commenter who has only seen Johan throw shutouts got to the ballpark late. Thanks a lot.

  171. aj says:
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    would you drop staton or smoak for colvin

  172. Wilsonian says:
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    @john: no problem. In all honesty, right now I would play Rasmus over Bay every day, unless the match-ups are just completely off the board where you HAVE to play Bay…

  173. Grey

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    @aj: Nah…

  174. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: You see anything going on with SD to maybe pick up a hitter for Bell (or someone else in the pen)? If Bell goes, Adams or Gregerson for closer spot?

  175. Wilsonian says:
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    @john: and that’s why you start Rasmus…

  176. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @simply fred: They have the best record in the NL, don’t see why they’d trade Bell.

  177. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Thanks.

  178. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****I have a soccer (football) question. How is it that they are all so precise with their kicks when passing and dribbling, but when they shoot at the goal, they miss by usually 30 to 60 feet (meters)?

  179. Adam says:
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    Interesting perspective on Butler. From here on out would you start Ike Davis over Butler?

  180. Giggles McGehee says:
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    I’m hurting for saves. I have two closers, and three Chris Perez/Demel/Mike Gonzalez (DL). Make a move or wait it out and see what happens?

  181. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: Nope…What I’m saying with Butler is if you can start, say, Jones while trading Butler for a piece you need, then you go for it.

  182. preptime says:
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    @Grey:

    Probably because by putting so much effort into kicking the ball as hard as possible they lose some accuracy. Also, most passes are done while standing up, while most shots are taken off balance often with the non-dominant foot, and with a defender probably fouling them.

  183. Grey

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    @preptime: That makes sense. So it’s more rushed.

  184. ThePensive says:
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    If I can get Reyes for Strasburg in a league where I have more than enough pitching, should I jump on that?

  185. ThePensive says:
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    @Grey: It’s an H2H, so steals are less important. Really I need a SS to replace Tulo. My main concerns are Reyes’ injury history and Strasburg’s potential for future years–it’s a keeper. I already tried offering either Liriano or Greinke for Reyes and he didn’t bite…

  186. pat says:
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    @Grey: its a head to head league… so not exactly behind in anything. I’ve gotten more than a few unlucky matchups

  187. Grey

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    @pat: Your team looks more than solid, hope for some better luck, I guess. Oh, and get rid of Martin, he’s garbage.

  188. Tom Emanski says:
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    Do you keep Scherzer or pick up that Bum who’s Garnering a lot of praise among scouting circles?

  189. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Buchholz pulled after one…Pedroia gone until August.

  190. GopherDay says:
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    What happened to Buchholz?

  191. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Pulled up lame running the bases….Globe reports calf or hamstring issue.

  192. GopherDay says:
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    @TastelessGarbage: Ugh…Hope its nothing serious. On the bright side, he’ll get the win out of it right?

  193. fitz says:
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    @GopherDay: No, pretty sure they don’t give wins after you throw 1 inning…

  194. Wilsonian says:
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    @GopherDay: gotta go 5 to be eligible for the win.

    @Grey: would you drop Carlos Guillen to take a chance on Beckham, or is that not even worth it?

  195. GopherDay says:
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    @fitz: @Wilsonian: Gotcha…Oh well…Life goes on.

  196. fitz says:
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    @GopherDay: Sorry didn’t mean to be a dick

  197. GopherDay says:
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    @fitz: Ha! No fault on your part chief!!

    Did y’all know that being called chief is one of the most least liked names that guys get called?

  198. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think of this deal (I’m just working something out in my head):

    Ubaldo/Wright for Pujols/Hamilton?

    I offered Ubaldo/Rasmus for Pujols in my 8 Team League, and the guy said it was close but he really needed some help at 3rd. I have Wright and Longo, and would be a bit more inclined to keep Longo. What do ya think?

  199. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    A ‘s are wearing their pajama uniforms tonight .

    btw … did you get a chance to check out herr fuentes ?

  200. big o says:
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    you’re prolly re-playing the inter-change between lasorda and reggie ,
    but billy north just left the A’s booth , and ,
    vida blue’s up next !

    and , is that announcer wearing a rug ??

  201. bodymore says:
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    Drop Slowey for Chacin vs LAA tomorrow or is he too inconsistent to trust?

  202. Grey

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    @big o: Pajamas – Ha!

    @bodymore: He’s inconsistent, but no more so than Slowey.

  203. @Grey: I asked the same soccer question to a friend who’s a soccer fanatic the other day. Doesn’t make sense to me…

    I hear you about Slowey. That was some major surgery he had on his wrist. I imagine it’s effected him to some degree, since he seems to start well and blow up in the middle innings. You’re right though, neither have been models of consistancy. Just figured they’d improve with age.

    Funny story: Got to the game today only to find out I have tix for tomorrow! That’s a first for me. Security found it pretty funny. We stuck around and bought cheap seats, but didn’t get in in time to hang by the pen and watch warmups – or get close enough to Pavano for him to hear us hurl our insults. My Yankee fan buddy had a bunch of zingers all ready: “Give back the money Carl… Biggest heist in NY since Lufthansa” and so forth. He blamed himself for Pavano pitching a shutout since he was hoping to make Carl cry.

    Oh well. Back again tomorrow. Hopefully Pagan will play. We were merciless on Frenchy – with the “Benchy Frenchy” chant, when he spaced out and got doubled off on a pop-up.

  204. Dr. Orlando Schadenfreude says:
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    Start Kershaw vs the Yankees or Jamie Garcia vs the Royals tomorrow in a H2H Points league?

  205. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey, would you mind ranking these 2B for this upcoming week? For the rest of the season?

    Aaron Hill, Kelly Johnson, MMD.

  206. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Buying Cahill yet?

    Or should one’s excitement at picking him up for this start be tempered by the fact that it was the only Pirates, after all?

  207. Ian says:
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    Who should I drop? I’m middle of the pack in most categories, and I need the roster space for a trade.

    Francoeur
    Colvin
    Fred Lewis

    Thanks

  208. @Grey: Seriously on some Jeff Spicoli shit.

    Man I wish I had depth at MI. Guy just offered me King Felix for Jete. I wish I could do it (keeper league) but I don’t think I can pull the trigger on that with ECab my only other SS and junk on waivers.

    Anyway from down 9-0 to tied up 5-5 going into tomorrow. Cahill’s masterpiece was huge!

  209. @Ian: Frenchy. He may have an “accident” soon… like in that flick “The Fan.”

  210. @Steve: For what it’s worth, I’m on the Cahill bandwagon. He’s been “berry good to me” as El Duque would say. Then again my pitching sucks.

  211. pat says:
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    @Grey: picked up Napoli… better?

  212. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: I guess, to use a baseball analogy, it’s the difference between a short Jeter-like swing vs a Big (or Mini, or Mini-Mini) Donkey swing. One is bound to be more accurate than the other. Also, when they send a long pass from one side of the pitch to the other, the guy at the receiving end doesn’t stand still, he also has to go where the ball will land. The opponent’s goal isn’t so accommodating!

    Also, a soccer pass is usually kicked with the flat part of the inside of the foot (whatever the technical term may be), it’s like using a putter. To get elevation and strength for a powerful shot, they usually use either the front side of the inside of the foot (that’s like using a driver) or even the outside of the foot, which gives it a nice bending effect that can deceive the goalie – but can also drift way wide. I guess that’s like using an iron.

    I guess the golf analogy works better than the baseball one, but I put all that effort typing this post, so you get to read it anyway. :p

  213. DrEasy says:
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    Also, of course, as the distance from the target increases, the slightest deviation gets magnified.

  214. ViagraFalls says:
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    In an 8-team, H2H league I am watching my roster come back to earth (if not flat out crashing in some cases) and know I need to make some changes if I want a chance. I have V-Mart (who has come on as of late), C. Pena (eh, but can go on those HR binges), Cano (not touching him), McGehee (seriously wonder if his shine has come off), Scutaro (replacement for Tulo…), Holliday, Torii and Grandy in the OF, Byrd/Hart sliding into the sole Utility slot and Heyward and Cantu on the bench having played more at the beginning of the season. Heyward is there right now because of his injury and play, Cantu is there…well…he started very well.

    Cano, Holliday, Tulo and V-Mart are not going anywhere. No one in my league does trades since they are all so well stacked, so everything would be a drop, unfortunately. I would like to keep Heyward because I think once healthy he can light it up again. Pena, for his low BA and unpredictability, is hard to just drop because of his HR ability. But who do you see as expendable? I like Hart a lot, though it looks like he has cooled off. Cantu started so well but is just lost right now. Guys like Gaby Sanchez are hot and available right now on the wire, so are Polanco, Konerko, Furcal, H. Kendrick, Loney, Rolen and more. I’m even looking at trying to open up a space so I can add Mat Latos, but that is secondary to working out my offense that stalled.

    Who would you move, who is worth taking? Is Furcal the better pickup over Scutaro? Thanks, Grey.

  215. Steve says:
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    Got Oswalt in the ol’ keeper.

    History tells us that an Oswalt knows how to hit his spots in Texas, but should he perhaps watch from the grassy knoll that is my bench on this occasion?

  216. struggler says:
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    Russ Branyan shipped back to the M’s. LaPuerta opened a crack for LaPorta. I always wondered why “the door” was a chick.

  217. Martin says:
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    @grey- according to yahoo news, RHP Rick Porcello appears to be following the same trail from Detroit to Toledo and back again blazed earlier this season by Max Scherzer. Porcello, sent down earlier in the week to rediscover his sinker and slider, pitched eight innings of one-hit ball with a walk and three strikeouts. Porcello allowed only a fifth-inning double and got 13 of his first 15 outs on ground balls, an indicator his sinker was working. Scherzer was struggling earlier this season, went down and made two excellent starts for Toledo to quickly be brought back to Detroit.

    I tell ya, that Toledo Water…its holy alright

  218. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Grey, Jones is a no-brainer this week, yes?

    Adam Jones: 3 V OAK, 3 @ BOS
    Krispy Young: 3@ STL, 3 V LAD

  219. @Steve: Watch out for the second spitter!

    @struggler: Makes me wonder why they got him in the first place. I guess they thought they had a shot to contend?

    Pagan out of the lineup again today. Booooo.
    EverCab back to try and prove that you can in fact steal first. Yay!

    @Martin: Reminds me of that Dave Chappelle sketch about Prince. “Come bath the cleansing waters of Lake Minnatonka.”

  220. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Eh, I wouldn’t touch him.

    @Ian: Lewis…

    @pat: Yeah, it’s better.

    @DrEasy: Ah, that makes sense. Thanks!

    @ViagraFalls: I’d lose Cantu for Konerko. Would’ve probably a month ago.

    @Steve: H2H? Depends where you sit in the matchup. I’m sitting him in some leagues and starting him in others.

    @struggler: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Martin: Yeah, saw that.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Sure…Unless you can trade one of these guys and stop benching them.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha!

  221. danimal35 says:
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    just traded JJ, F-Her and Wagner for Cano and Fielder…added Volquez and DLR to my DL spots and have an open spot…Bedard, Bumgarner, Wandy, Correia, Slowey…I want to pick up Bedard but is that overkill on the DL pitchers or just playing the odds

  222. vinko says:
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    Anyone rostering Sam LeCure on their fantasy Razzball team might want to find an alternative, the Reds optioned him to AAA Louisville today.

  223. yanks4life says:
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    This trade is currently pending in one of my leagues and I am just wondering if I’m not crazy thinking that this is just ridiculous.

    RYan Howard,Dustin Pedroia(This was before he got hurt), and Cliff Lee for John Rauch,Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells, and Chris Carpenter.

    Am I justified in trying to get this trade vetoed??

  224. Donnie Baseball says:
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    better stash, Harden or Pie?

  225. Big Nate says:
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    @yanks4life: If the trade isn’t collusive, there should be no veto. Period. Let people manage their own teams.

  226. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @danimal35: If you have room, grab him.

    @vinko: Actually, I did. Thanks for the heads up!

    @yanks4life: Looks pretty ridiculous, but with Pedroia out now, trade’s bit more even.

    @Donnie Baseball: Neither? Harden…

  227. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Grey, no love for Pie? Was looking like he was finally living up to the hype at end of last year, and beginning of this year. Before the injury.

    I’m sure the O’s are going to make room for him.

  228. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey,
    Happy Sunday to you. Got 3 for ya

    Napoli or Montero the rest of the way?

    Pacman Jones or Carlos Q?

    Slowey or Buehrle?

    Thanks

  229. yanks4life says:
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    How do you feel about Cuddyer playing third and may soon be 3B eligible in all league? Is he an upgrade over Ian Stewart or Aramis when he gets back? Drop Lind for him?

  230. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: What hype is that?

    @Carl Spackler: Napoli, Jones and Slowey…

    @yanks4life: I don’t think he’s going to play third once interleague is over. I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for him.

  231. Terrence Mann says:
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    Reason #1 to sell on Billy Butler?

    He settles. He will never lose the moobs or hit more HRs. Butler should be one of the most eligible bachelors in KC. He should be getting women like Podsedniks wife. But check out Billy’s wife:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T7YjP02N0I

    You think Katie’s gonna push Billy to lose the moobs? She’s pushing two bills herself!

  232. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: latos comes out after 5.2 innings no runs but 4 walks,hurt or the 90 pitches?

  233. Tom Emanski says:
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    Jaime Garcia has entered the Dept. of Corrections.

  234. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Sonuvaboesch!

  235. Dad says:
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    @Grey: 16-team H2H 8×6. Soto is my current catcher and i was just offered Mauer for my Garza & B. Wilson. It would leave me with only Dotel/Wood as closers. My staff is pretty weak, with Slowey, Nolasco, Latos, CJ Wilson, Cecil, Floyd. Do it/counter?

  236. Terrence Mann says:
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    @yanks4life:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that Cuddyer is already 3B eligible in yahoo leagues.

  237. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey, start 4 of the following this week:

    Bruce (3 v. Phi, 4@ CHC), Grandy (3 v. Sea, 3 v. Tor), Hart (3 v. Hou, 4@Stl), Coghlan (3 v. NYM, 3@Atl), Markakis (3 v. Oak, 3@Bos), Krispy (3@Stl, 3@LA), Aaron Hill (4@Cle, 3@NYY)

    …and yes, I’m making trade offers every single day…

    Also, any word on Wagner? My only backup closer for the week is Simon. Ugh.

  238. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey:

    I was aiming for a response of “Nice analysis,” or “Ha!” but guess I’ll settle (fittingly) for “That’s his wife? Wow” much along the lines of Butler settling for said heifer!

  239. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Follow-up to the post above, would you consider dropping any of those players in a 12 team mixed league?

  240. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dad: Why do you want Mauer?

    @Chris: Bruce, Grandy, Hart and Krispie…. I’d drop Markakis and Coghlan if you need room. Wagner said he’d be fine by today.

    @Terrence Mann: Sorry, I was shocked.

  241. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey:

    The only one we need to be sorry for is Billy.

  242. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yites,got marmolized today

  243. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s roto. Think I’ll sit him, rather than send him up to the book depository.

    Rather the annoyance of a sonavabenching than the anguis of a shelling.

    Elsewhere – what’s your take on Erv-San? Is interleague causing him to flatter to deceive, or is he really getting his shizz together?

  244. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Anguis – french for anguish.

    @Grey: Erm, perhaps should have left the Erv question til after he left the game, but whatevs, it still stands.

  245. nick m. says:
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    myers, carmona, hammel, or morrow as a 2-start pitcher this week?

  246. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: He was hit hard two of the previous three starts before today. Don’t think he’s looked that good, has he? Maybe I’m missing something. Looks like he’s a high-3, low-4 ERA guy right now.

  247. penpen says:
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    Who to grab off Waivers:

    Niese, Medlen or Clayton Richard?

  248. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, you’re probably right. He’s benefitted from some pretty serious run support too.

    Probably just blinded by the excitement of having a pitcher that’s actually done something in the last week or so.

  249. DrEasy says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yup, he went Kazaam!

  250. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @penpen: Medlen…

    @Steve: I hear ya. Wins make you daffy, read the side of the bottle.

  251. Griff says:
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    Gregerson with the save today. Gotta put him ahead of Mike Adams now, right?

  252. Grey

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    @Griff: Gregerson probably would step in, but I don’t think it would be that clear cut either.

  253. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey! Do I hang on to Hymie Garcia and chalk it up to that awesome KC lineup or has Duncan run out of magic dust?

  254. Grey

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    @Howard: I’d hold him, but could see benching him next time out depending on the opponent.

  255. Steve says:
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    Oswalt being killed by the Jack.

    Not the first time that’s happened, of course…

  256. Joe B says:
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    If and when H Bell gets traded who closes for the Friars… M Adams or L Gregorson?

  257. TastelessGarbage says:
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    @Big Nate: You never know….maybe they worked out an agreement where he gets to party hearty on the road, and has cook-clean-copulate privileges waiting for him at home. Could be a win-win, as she gets ballplayers-wife status plus lifetime financial security.

  258. Joe B says:
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    Who sits this week for me? H2H, OPS and 2B are also categories…

    Billy Butler (WTF! are not a category)
    Nick Swisher (Been solid all year)
    Hunter Pence (Decent HR/SB combo)
    Carlos Lee (Getting his shizz together)

    Not too worried about AVG since my opponent is not strong in that department…

  259. JackInTheBox says:
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    Every time I get ready to make a trade offer with Rasmus he goes and hits a HR. It’s like he is actively trying to keep himself on my team. I mean I already have Hamilton, Bay, Hart and Quentin for my OF/Util spots so I gotta trade him or Hart but I just can’t bring myself to do it :(

  260. Big Nate says:
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    Anyone putting a fresh off the DL Bills out there tomorrow night at San Fran?

  261. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: I know…I really just wish my team would go back to sucking, haha. (jk, please don’t strike me/my team down fantasy baseball gods)

  262. Big Nate says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Two part questions:

    1) If bringing Bills off the DL tomorrow, then who do I drop – Rajai Davis, Niese, Medlen, Meek or Gregerson?

    2) Has Rajai Davis lost his job with Coco Crisp in the mix now?

  263. mr baseball says:
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    adam lind hit .125 for my fantasy team last week – even with the added batting practice I ordered this week he hit only .087

  264. Terrence Mann says:
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    @TastelessGarbage:

    There are no copulating priviliges in the equation. Only copulating debts.

  265. Steve says:
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    Stupid H2H. Up 8-3 at the start of the day, my opponent goes 14/29 for a .483 AVE and .556 OBP along with 8 runs to win all those categories and now it will finish 6-6.

    Don’t feel any better about roto, as those teams are sucking too. x-(

  266. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Stubbs or Markakis?

  267. Grey,

    How would you rank Cahill, Medlen, Bumgarner? That order…12 team roto with K/BB.

  268. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I need to Tex to ground out in his next at-bat.

    Bear with me, I’m trying something here…

  269. Steve says:
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    @Steve: A half-reverse jinx!

    Really needed a donk.

  270. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m with you. If Swisher gets a double, I win another category.

  271. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Swish got lifted for Joba…

    Next up, a K for Grandy and a home run for Furcal, please.

  272. @Terrence Mann: Wow thats harsh. Butler’s going to read this, cry his eyes out and go into a serious slump…

    @Grey: You’re right. Baker’s a bum. Goes once through the lineup alright. Second time around he’s meat. Just like Slowey it seems.

    Saw that Mets win on a deadly hot day at Metco today. Towards the end, I went down by the pen to get some shade and see if Rausch would be getting work in, so I could give him a pep talk. Shouting encouragement to the giant closer, a bunch of fans were looking at me curiously, when I turned and explained I have him on my fantasy team. Another Met fan standing next to me quietly laughed and said he had him too. He heard us yelling and tipped his cap.

    Damn what a game in LA. Down 9-0 yesterday, I pulled ahead 7-4 today, only to be tied at 5 after that Beltre homer. Now down .001 OBP and tied for Runs, I need a Dodger rally to get tie and get the bat in Jete’s hands one more time…

  273. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, well. 6-5 it is.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha, nice re: Rauch. You should’ve told him you got him when he was a Brain Freeze, but he’s become a worthy Donkeycorn.

  274. Steve says:
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    @Grey: 6-6 for me. Still in one of the playoff spots, but somehow feel entitled to clobber everyone in this league (emoticon)

  275. @Grey: Hahaha!!! That would have been hysterical. I bet the other fan would have gotten it. He was a hardcore fantasy guy.

    Ooofa I’m beat. Had a security guard take my water bottle (they only allow unopened) on the way in. He said “You could have vodka.” To which I replied, I’d die if I was drinking straight vodka today. “You could have nitroglycerine” He shot back.

    “Wouldn’t I have blown up this place last year? We’re playing good now!” I said. “If Pagan gets benched I might just bring nitro next time!”

    Cop found that funny. His last name was Teufel btw. Good times at Metco.

  276. I love fans who are arbitrarily cruel to opposing players. Couple of guys down the third base line were getting on Delmon for… not jumping 30 feet to catch Wrights homer… being traded for Garza and Bartlett… throwing the bat at the ump a few years ago. Rough crowd. Reminded me of this…

    Deion Sanders probably was the first player to sit out a game due to “bad karma” when he asked not to play at Shea Stadium in a 5-3 Cincinnati loss to the Mets on July 21, 1997. Sanders didn’t want to play in New York, saying the city had too much “negativity that surrounds it.”

    From a Deion fact page that I found. The complete quote said something about him praying for the souls of Mets fans since they’ll go to hell for the horrible things they said to him

  277. @Grey: EverCab or Alcides? Alcides just went on waivers. Figure he’s slightly less worse… I know, it’s like picking between being shot or stabbed.

  278. Terrence Mann says:
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    @3FingersBrown:

    “We’re playing good now!” is classic. I can’t really compare to that. When the Reds were in Denver a few years back, I let Adam Dunn know that Pete Rose laid 10 large on the Rockies. The section thought it was funny but Dunn didn’t smile.

  279. @Terrence Mann: Oh yeah, now you’re talking. we were brutal to Charlie Hustle back when I was a kid. Goes back to the Harrelson fight in the 73 NLCS here, but yeah the gambling only added to the fun.

    I miss John Rocker! Deion was another one who’d get it bad. A-Rod’s probably my favorite to bust on now… I’m all about the centaur jokes.

    Met fans are probably worse to their own players than anyone. Bonilla, Castillo Benitez, Heilman, Looper, Franco when he fell off… Bay better pick it up. He’s starting to hear it.

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