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Allow me an ignorant rant: If you are a baseball fan you know this is the most important time of the year outside of October. Interleague play has taken over MLB and it represents a very important part of baseball: the fans. The people who buy the $4 hot dogs and $8 beers. Sure you may think interleague play is just to sell tickets, but fans buy tickets! People love rivalries and when its time for the Arizona Diamondbacks to play the Kansas City Royals IN KANSAS CITY–well, as a fan I just need to be there. You can taste the bad blood between Willie Bloomquist and Billy Butler. And what fan isn’t in attendance or watching at home when the Mariners are taking on the Colorado Rockies. Hipsters and cowboys alike all watch with anticipation as these heated rivals duke it out. You can just tell Ichiro HATES Carlos Gonzalez, and you can cut that tension with a knife. Let’s not forget Cleveland and Miami duking it out to settle….Um……Well…Who gets LeBron back?

In all seriouslyness, there are some very cool rivalries taking place this weekend including the North and South sides of Chicago squaring off for the title of “Worst Baseball Team,” The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies try and decide whose fans are drunker and whose are more obnoxious? And clearly every Oriole in the clubhouse already hates Bryce Harper. So, there’s that.  Here’s what happened in fantasy baseball last night:  **Extra Special Interleague Edition**

Justin Verlander – Complete game 1-hit shutout, 12 Ks. Brought a no-no into the ninth, buh Josh Harrison broke it up with 2 outs left. Asked about the tough luck, Verlander shook it off and just stressed how great interleague play is. For the fans.

Delmon Young – Everyone (except Mel Gibson’s) favorite angry outfielder went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. After the game, he was spotted getting his picture taken with the Hank Greenberg statue.

Paul Konerko – Hit a first inning HR off Jeff Samardzija. Jeff Samardzija came back out in the third and was all like, “Oh yeah? In yo’ face, Paul Konerko!” Literally, pitchslapping him. The injury sounds like it’s going to be just some minor bruising, i.e., Konerko should be fine. For seriouslyness, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and I hope all is okay. At least he seems like a nice guy, I only read the box scores.

Addison Reed – Got his 4th save. 4-for-4 in save opportunities since taking the job, that one 6 ER Kazaam! has been his only misstep. Reed is the man for now.

Kerry Wood – Ended his career this afternoon by striking out the only batter he faced. It was 19 off from his career high, but whatevs we’ll let it slide. Finishes his career with a 10.3 strikeouts per 9.0 IP rate, 2nd in ML history. He left to a standing ovation and a hug with his sonny. It was such a nice moment, it made Cubs fan forget how bad he’s been this season. Ahhhh, warm embraces with father and son and interleague matchups, this is what baseball is about people.

J.P. Arencibia – 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs, 2 HRs. His third straight game with homer run! ALL HE DOES IS HIT HOME RUNS! Is your fantasy team in need of home runs!? Need a catcher? Why not pick up J.P. Arencibia!

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBis. Not sure why I’m telling you, you don’t own him anyway.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-2 with a HR as the Jays absolutely crushed the Mets putting up 14 runs. Grey covered Gomes yesterday. If he continues hitting, and more importantly, playing, Yanny the singer/songwriter/baseball player could be a sneaky add with his catcher eligibility. He also plays a number of positions (none very well I read). Make sure you monitor closely.

Andy Pettitte- Yankees combined to shutout the Reds. Pettitte pitch 8 IP with 9 K. Wow. Might be worth a look, he gets the Royals next week. Pettitte added that he agreed with Justin Verlander about how awesome interleague play is…for the fans.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-3 with his 4th home run. Still one more than Albert! Robbie, Robbie getting hits like it’s his hobby. No–like it’s his jobby! It’s actually his jobby.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-4 with just his 3rd home run. I’m sure that .273 average should go up well above .300 but I’m not sure Adrian is the 30+ home run player we all once thought he was. 25 seems more realistic. I say this because he’s on my team and I’m in my 5th stage: acceptance.

Martin Prado – 2-for-4 with a HR and 3 runs. Now has a 10 game hitting streak and 6 straight multi-hit games. Martin Bravo is more like it! Right?!

Edwin Jackson – 8.0 innings pitched 1 ER with 8 Ks but the Nats can’t muster any offense and lose in extra innings with a Nick Markakis Sparkakis. Oh, but the K’s, the glorious Ks! I’m not sorry, Mr. Jackson, I’ll take this fantasy start any day of the week.

Heath Bell – Pitched a clean 9th inning to get his 4th save. If you still own Cishek or Mujica it may be safe to drop now. Carlos Zambrano earned his second straight win 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 K. Ozzie Guillen loves Carlos Zambrano magic, he said he reminds him of a young Fidel Castro. No wait–Heath Bell said that. Will he lose the closer’s job now!?

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-3 and 2 RBIs with his 8th HR. Yo, Adrian! You did it. (I promise that’ll be my only Rocky joke.) Josh Hamilton stole a base, but went homer-less. Pathetic.  You can’t win, Hamilton!  (Sorry.)

Krispie Young – Returned from DL to DH and went 1-for-4 with a 2 run double. It’s good to have Krispie back, he is good at baseball (*Pro Tip!). His BFF Justin Upton (they are best friends in my mind, at least) went 2-for-3 with 3 runs. J-Ups is slowly but surely making me feel better for drafting him so high, he’s just happy to have his best friend back.

Kevin Millwood –  Complete game 2-hit shutout of Rockies at Coors. His complete game first in 9 years! He struck out 7.  Prince, “He’s pitching like it’s 1999.”

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4 with the slam and legs and a side of mash (3 hits!). Mmmmm, breakfast food!

Denard Span – 4-for-5 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs in his return from a hamstring injury. Pretty good, I guess but I’d be more impressed if he stole a base, too. The Twins owned this game as Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau all chipped in multi-hit efforts. Grey was right! Those Twins are hot-hitting! PICK UP ALL THE TWINS!  Except Dozier.  Snooze.

Mike Trout – 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a triple. If you are fishing for a compliment, Mike Trout, no need. You are quite the catch. That Albert, however, 1-for-4, still sort of floundering.

Jered Weaver – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 4 Ks as Weaver rebounded huge after last week’s 8 ER debacle. I guess you don’t have to drop him anymore. Scott Downs came in this game in the 8th, and was replaced with Ernesto Frieri in the 9th after the Angels scored 3 runs. Not sure what to make of this yet, hopefully just Mike being a Sciosciapath and he removed Downs because it was no longer a save opportunity. Think of the fantasy owners, Mike!  Or maybe Mike was removing Downs from the closer role because Downs hadn’t done anything, like Walden before him.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-3 with 2 runs in a high scoring game with very few fantasy implications with Buster Posey out. Anyone own Angel Pagan? He had 3 runs!

Josh Donaldson3-for-5 with a home run. Wait. Who is this?

Matt Holliday1-for-3 with a 2-run home run. It was Holliday’s 9th home run as the Cards lost to the Kemp-less Dodgers. Lance Lynn pitched 6.0, 9 hits, 4 ER, and 5 Ks. Double L, It was fun while it lasted.

Lance Berkman – Pinch hit HR in the 9th to tie it as the Big Puma, baseball’s resident super hero BerkMAN saves the day only to be foiled by his arch nemesis Fernando Salas (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB).

  1. the bat rastard says:
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    hey grey….I am using the anti-grey strategy….Like you said sell JP Arencibia…so I kept him and he is hitting like Yogi Berra. Cust kiddin….had not posted anything this year so I just wanted to say…keep up the good work…luv ya.

    PS – need some more paulie nutts articles…they are pretty good and its not that he is my brother…lol.

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    A weekend recap! Well done!

  3. EK says:
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    A. Bass or J. Williams?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @EK, Bass

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @EK, I like Bass for the Ks and home park but Williams does have some nice matchups next week.

  4. EK says:
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    which side? H2H points:

    Hamels and Wainwright
    or
    Lynn, Lilly and Ortiz

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @EK, If I can spare Ortiz’s bat I’d rather Hamels and Wainwright here.

  5. WhineSpritzer says:
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    Butler or Krispie?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, I love Krispie but Butler has been really good this year. Krispie for speed, Butler for AVG.

  6. JoeBoo says:
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    EJax or Smyly?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @JoeBoo, I’ll take the guy pitching against the NL, EJAx.

  7. MattTruss223 says:
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    @Blairtch – Nice work, can’t say I recognize your handle, just an interleague poster or is the weekend recap to become regular?

    I posted in the forums too, but might get some eyes here, Trevor Bauer had his AAA debut last night his line if you didn’t see it:

    8 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER (1 HR), 11 Ks!!!!

    Solo shot in the 8th was his only blemish.

    He was in Grey’s Buy/Sell yesterday, this might spike some extra interest! Drool….11 Ks.

    Anyone know if you can watch Minor League replays somewhere, I’d love to check out the video on this start.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @MattTruss223, Thanks Matt. I am hoping to cover Friday nights from now until they tell me to stop.

      I actively root against ARI starters in hopes they’ll call up power for the K goodness. Now might be a good time to stash just in case they call him up around June 1.

      As for the highlights, I’ve had some luck in the past with local news stations websites doing recaps, but I didn’t have any luck with last nights game.

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:
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        *power = bauer

        • royce! says:
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          @Blairtch, CALL UP POWER!!!

  8. Prezii says:
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    Thx for the post homie-G’s!!!

  9. Rodger-Dodger says:
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    Anyone have a strong feeling about Delgado pitching against TB Rays? Right now, I think I’m sitting him. Running out Smyly and Hammel against PIT and WAS respectively instead.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Rodger-Dodger, Agh, I’m a little late on this one, but without Longoria or Jennings that offense is looking pretty sorry. I would say safe to start but I like Smyly and Hammel’s matchups better.

  10. beardcrabs says:
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    I like yo style son…

    I believe acceptance is the first step, no? not all the way sure though…

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @beardcrabs, I like your moves

  11. Ryan says:
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    Would u trade AROD for a closer like Axford?
    He is shot…..have freese and Seager for 3rd base…
    Crazy?
    No one in my league will touch AROD
    Thanks!!

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Ryan, what kind of league, how deep…

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Ryan, Yeah, A-Rod’s age and injury concerns scare people. Might be a guy who has a lot more value on your team. Try trading Freese or Seager.

  12. Ferris says:
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    i am sick of sean marshall — that is all

  13. Ryan says:
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    Standard league
    10 teams
    AROD is shot
    Trying to get something even though no one wants to touch him
    Trying to get a top reliever?
    Odds r slim..
    Think Seager and freese will both have better #s

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan, Again, I think A-rod has more value on your team than he does on the trade market. But I personally would trade you just about any closer (outside of Kimbrel, Pap, and maybe Axford) for A-rod.

  14. K!cks says:
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    DYoung, CMaybin, or BBoesch rest of season

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @K!cks, Maybin, Young, Boesch

      Maybin has serious speed potential if he could just hit for average

  15. Errin says:
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    Lineup question for next week. 12 team, weekly, points, H2H. I can start 4 OF total (3+DH). Which 4 should I go with?
    Braun, McCutchen, Adam Jones, Bruce, Trout or J. Upton? My first thought is Braun, Dread Pirate, Jones and Bruce…but can I sit Upton? Trout is pretty hot as well…

    Trying to trade one, but not getting value back, so here I am.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Errin, Tough call. I think I’d sit Bruce and Trout of those five.

  16. Brian says:
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    I think my feeling on A-Gon is waiting for summer then I can honestly expect some big number production. As a Red Sox fan, I can tell his timing is off because he used to always hit to the opposite field and I don’t remember the last hit he had to left field. Hope he isn’t hiding a nagging shoulder injury.

    Also, what’s the deal with Smyly!? Saunders did this to me last week, I pick up guys who have been doing solid for the two start the next week and then crap the bed. Ugh

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Brian, Smyly is coming back down to Earth. I’m not dropping yet since he gets Pitt again next week but I am looking at other options.

  17. Ryan says:
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    Just traded AROD for starlin Castro? U agree?
    Have freese and Seager at 3rd base to replace him
    Figured ss tougher position to upgrade
    Had Elliot Johnson there
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Ryan, great trade

  18. My My My My Kuroda says:
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    Guys – Brandon League or Heath Bell for rest of year? 16-team H2H, shallow bench

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @My My My My Kuroda, Brandon League

  19. Dan Pants

    Blairtch says:
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    Brandon League

  20. ruah says:
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    M Adams, Middlebrooks or Yan Gomes?

    • ruah says:
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      @ruah, add Bernadina to this list

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @ruah, Middlebrooks is hitting everything, but worried once Youk is back he won’t play everyday. Adams will probably play the most, but I like Middlebrooks the best.

  21. Jacob says:
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    Woukd u try to trade Reyes for kipnis and kimbrel?
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jacob, If I really needed the saves Kimbrel is obviously the guy to own. I wouldn’t trade Reyes just becase he’s off too a slow start, the steals will come.

  22. GO GET MATT ADAMS…. down goes the puma!

  23. kg says:
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    AL only 10-team H2H,
    Trii Hunter droppable?
    Francoeur,Wells,Thames,Murphy,Seth Smith,Sweeney,Gomes,Viciedo in FA pool.

    • Dan Pants

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      @kg, I think I’d want Hunter the most of this bunch ROS. But he’s not playing atm and if you need the OF I’d go with whoever is the hottest, Wells maybe? But if you have the bench spot I’d hold Hunter over any of these guys.

  24. 240p says:
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    Digging the weekend recap. Having to get my news by sorting through all the junk at other sites at 2 AM while plastered out of my mind is a bitch…

  25. K!cks says:
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    Trade my Jeter for Lincecum?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @K!cks, YES, way to sell high!

  26. Fenst says:
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    In desperate need of some production at 2B position. Neil Walker is not getting it done. Am I wrong to give up on him at this point and try for a guy with a hot bat like Galvis?

    Also, weekly lineups. Doumit’s injury has me wanting to drop him for another catcher and if he comes back and is healthy try and snag him again after the week. Would Ellis or Gomes be worth the switch or just stick it out with Doumit?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Fenst, I certainly couldn’t blame you for giving up on Walker and riding the hot bats. It looks like Doumit will play most of next week (probably DH). If you’re concerned Ellis has been hot and I could see making the switch.

  27. Ryan says:
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    Was just offered Jared weaver for Jose Reyes
    Would u take it?
    Standard league

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Ryan, it’s a good offer but I wouldn’t trade Reyes just to trade him. His speed can provide serious value. If you have a suitable back up at SS though, Weaver is a stud

  28. bats says:
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    Trying to replace Bonifacio at SS

    How would you rank these replacements:

    Dozier, E Johnson, Cozart, Scutaro

    Thx

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @bats, Johnson, Cozart, Scutaro

  29. Just Say No To Waves says:
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    Gardner or Bonifacio?

  30. ruah says:
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    Rajai Davis, Xavier Avery or E Herrera for steals?

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