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How is it that the more money you make, the more money is guaranteed? You don’t see anyone tying someone up with a contract to wait tables at The Cheesecake Factory for $10/hour for six months. Even if they go four weeks without spilling a tray and have what is deemed a “career month!” There’s no Olive Garden Out Clause. There’s no guaranteed Buffalo Chicken Salad Lunch Clause. There’s no free travel. Most times there’s no free parking. There’s no free translator for bus boys. Granted, the bus boys don’t conduct too many interviews where a translator might be need, but still. So why when someone has a career year are they then given $30 million? I’ve met Byrnes’s agent. He’s not that smooth. (Sorry, Mike!) I don’t think even the most novice fantasy baseball owner fell for Byrnes’s 2007. But the D-backs sure did. /rant BTW, Byrnes hit the DL yesterday.  Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday:

Jay Bruce – Not a bad… *pinkie to mouth* intro’brucing. Now if I may acronymize Bruce properly, JB looks better than JC, but not as good as JV. As long as DB continues to start him over CP, we’ll be OK.

Ian Stewart – It’s impossible to say Ian Stewart without using a Sean Connery accent. My name is Ee-yon Shtew-art. Well, Ee-yon Shtew-art started yesterday at 2nd Base. I’m pretty sure if he gets 2nd base eligibility he’s going to be better than your 2nd basemen or at least MI. Or not, but he’s definitely worth a look if he has 2nd base eligibility.

Johnny Cueto – This is the last update for JC until he pitches well again. Cueto and I are on a break. I see no reason to update everyone on his struggles. You think Kershaw’s going to be unhittable? Look at Parra, Cueto and Volquez. You got one out of three and Volquez has a WHIP and a history of wildness that says his success won’t continue. Grab Kershaw off of waivers then trade him immediately for a piece that you need.

Ian Snell – What the Snell! Snell, the Funky Homosapien wasn’t even (Snell) close on a lot of his pitches. I wouldn’t start him right now in a 32 deep NL-Only league. Snell ya later, Ian.

Sean Gallagher – Not only is he pitching better than Rich Hill (1 ER & 4H in 7 IP), but he’s a better guy in the clubhouse. Nothing loosens up a team like a mallet to a watermelon.

Tim Hudson – Rudy and I disagreed on Hudson’s worth. I say he’s a solid #2 with plus ERA, WHIP, Wins and minus Ks. Rudy calls Hudson a solid #3. Tomato-whatever, Hudson’s on a lot of my teams and he’s more valuable on my team than he is in a trade. So there.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu hit a grand slam yesterday.

Ben Francisco – I mentioned him a bunch when he first got called up saying he could go 15/15. (And that’s me paraphrasing myself!) Now Francisco is batting third because he’s the only one consistently hitting on the Indians team. If he continues to hit and the Indians get hot, he could stay in the three hole for a while. These are all hypotheticals, of course. But you just never know. Full disclosure: I dropped Griffey from one team for Francisco.

Ryan Spilborghs – Batting fifth. Another home run. I guess you don’t need that.

Josh Hamilton – You sniff blow? Hell no, I got my whole season ahead of me, no time to be sniffin’. If Kinsler finds out, then he’ll start riffin’.

Jason Giambi – Up to ten home runs and .238. Jeremy Giambi up to no good. The Super Giambi Bros. are plumbers and they have to save the princess. And here’s Cousin Oliver Giambi playing the theme song.

Shawn Hill – Thank God (for me), Hill decided to give up nine runners in three innings against the Padres. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Hill on the DL by next week, but ya know I like him.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – Left after 4 innings (and no BB?!?!) with an injury to his side. Looks like someone skipped his pre-game calisthenics. No word yet on the severity of the injury. If Dice-K goes to the DL, Clay Buchholz will rejoin the rotation.

Matt Diaz – Die-as to the Dee-eL. Maybe he’ll return with a newfound vigor. He sure won’t be returning to my team.

AJ Burnett – Just like his mom Carol, he loves to put on a variety show. You like K’s. You got it. You like 2 out rallies started by the #9 hitter. Can do.

Ervin Santana - A gem of a game. 9 IP. 3 base runners. 7 Ks. Somehow the Angels managed to score a whooping 3 runs for the win. While his last 3 starts were ugly on the ERA, his K’s remained (19 in 3 games). I’ll take Santana over Saunders or Garland.

Tim Lincecum – Now 7-1. On the Giants. How awkward must it be between him and Zito? Barry, don’t worry about it. I’m lucky. They give me more run support. Yeah, that’s the reason. You’re so much better than me at making hitters put the ball in play.

Braden Looper – 7 ER in 4 1/3 IP. Think of a word that rhymes with Looper and it describes his performances. Betcha it isn’t super.

Julio Lugo – Was ejected arguing balls and strikes. As anyone who has ever dated a Catholic can tell you, you can’t argue your way to first.

Nick Blackburn – Not a lot of K’s (4.5/9 IP), not a lot of BB (1.5/9 IP). If you were Minnesota dreamin’ for Brad Radke, look no further.

Mariano Rivera - 22 IP, 1 W, 12 SV, 20 Ks, 1 Earned Run, 1 Walk. We’re speechless.

NY Mets – Yeah, it’s all Willie Randolph’s fault. Here’s the 5th to 8th hitters yesterday for the Mets: 1B Damion Easley, RF Fernando Tatis, C Ramon Castro, LF Nick Evans. Too bad they couldn’t work in Brian Schneider. Great GM-work Omar Minaya. Mets fans, stop riding the Yankee 2b of our childhood. Willie’s got a great ‘stache! Oh, one more note. Minaya once traded Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee for Bartolo Colon. Good thing Minaya wasn’t around a couple years ago. He would’ve traded Reyes and Wright to the Orioles for Sidney Ponson and a pulled pork sandwich from Boog’s BBQ in right field, which would’ve been promptly eaten by Sidney Ponson. Case closed!

115 Responses

  1. Zebo says:
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    who will be around and producing (starting worthy) a month from now out of these schmohawks (I love that word, quoting you Grey): Ian Stewart, Ryan Spilborghs, Chase Headley, Ben Francisco?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Hmm… Good question. I’d order them Ben Francisco, Spilborghs, Headley then Stewart. Really tough to say. My thoughts are Francisco has worked himself into the lineup and looks good, Spilborghs will have to deal with Hawpe and Holliday returning, the Padres need Headley more than the Rockies need Stewart right now.

    EDIT: Typo, cuz.

  3. DFNMwillwin says:
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    I have Rafael Soriano. Is it worth waiting to see what happens with him, or should I pick up Ben Francisco because I also like him. Even if Soriano doesnt close will he still be good to have for ERA-WHIP-K’s?

  4. Carl says:
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    How sweet is Jay Bruce’s swing? How sad is my lineup, my entire output tonight was from a rookie making his debut. The ball just jumps off his bat…that double to right was a laser beam. He had a nice clutch RBI single off Marte and it’s nice to see he hits lefties better than righties. Glad I drafted and held on to him. Wow the Reds could have won 5-6 more games if this guy broke camp with them.

  5. Monarch says:
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    Is Jorge Campillo worth looking at? The developing blister situation has me worried, however, I’m in a deep league where quality starters are few and far between (and I’m in need).

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Monarch: Word is he’s 50/50 to make his next start. But he’s never really put up any great numbers in the minors. His early season numbers this year might just be a case of hitters being unfamiliar with his stuff. Pick him up and see if his baffling the hitters can last, my guess is it won’t.

  7. cockyphoenix says:
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    the O’s with Reyes and Wright would be a force… Here’s hoping Tim Beckham falls to 4th at least

  8. Steve says:
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    Grey – Compared to all the other guys posting here, I know nothing about baseball (rugby is the number one game where I come from), but the last line of your post is one of the funniest sports ‘things’ I have read in a long time. Great work.

    I know we were all yelling ‘I am Markakis!’ yesterday, what are we saying today? I own him – he’s gonna be OK isn’t he? Do you sit him for a bit?

    Oh, I might not know much, but I knew enough to grab Jay Bruce off waivers…

  9. B.J. says:
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    Love the Snell the Funky Homosapien name even though I used it for Del Young on this exact same website last night haha. Well here’s my conundrum: My waiver claim of dropping Snell for Kershaw went through. Now I’m looking to deal the youngster. What kind of return should I be looking for?

  10. @B.J.: Hard to say what Kershaw could fetch. Start asking around your league. Package him w/ one of your weaker players to try and upgrade at that position.

  11. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Should I try and move Granderson and Kershaw for Markakis and Volquez?

    I love Curtis but… he kinda sucks right now. And I know Sparkakis will have a monster 2nd half which is megauseful.

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @SaltyBiscuits: My two cents = yes.

  13. @SaltyBiscuits: Hell yes, Salty. That’s an upgrade at both positions. Kudos if you can pull that trade off.

  14. BSA says:
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    So last night I went to bed thinking about my pitching staff and the idea of flipping Kershaw sooner than later. I also thought about how some of my league thinks trade should be done with draftees for draftees and FA pickups should not get draftees.
    One team I tried to pickup Miggy Cabrera from wanted my Beckett and being a Sawx fan I “couldn’t imagine” letting him go. Yet if I really wanted to upgrade a position and use Beckett and Kershaw I could probably upgrade.
    Am I wrong here?
    What kind of pitcher or position would be fair for Beckett and young pitcher like either Cueto or Kershaw?
    I did look at a couple of teams and noticed I play one of them once more and the other twice more.

    Ideas?

  15. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @SaltyBiscuits: I would even consider doing Grandy/Kershaw for Markakis straight up, if the other owner balks on parting with Volquez.

  16. Sam says:
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    What do you think of trading Ortiz and Gregg for Haren and Magglio?

  17. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Francisco, Spielburg or G. Anderson?

  18. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Something’s wrong with your commenting system… for some reason, I just tried adding the same comment over and over and it wouldn’t let me leave it. I hope it’s not going to drop a bunch of dupes on you.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    “I’m the super duper MC party pooper. A tick-tock to the roc the mic and I recoup-ah.” — Biz Markie commenting on Braden Loop-ah

  20. TJ says:
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    So is it time to finally cut bait on Snell?
    In a 12 team keeper league, I’ve been patient. But my god does he suck right now.

    If I drop him, who is my best FA to snag- Litsch, Bergmann, Parra, Darrell Rasner or Andrew Miller?

  21. KarlJ says:
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    Rather unpleasant quote last night from Leyland regarding Carlos Guillen:

    “The decision is that he can hardly move,” manager Jim Leyland tells the Detroit News. “He has hemorrhoids so bad he probably shouldn’t have been out there. I don’t know if he’s going to have them lanced or not. I talked to him about whether he could even run, but he said he was all right. At third, though, he wouldn’t have been able to get down (for ground balls).”
    First Kaz Matsui and his fissures and now this. What’s next?- Joe Torre reports that Jeff Kent is going to missing some games with taco diarhea?
    I think maybe they do not need to be so specific on some of these injuries and maybe there should be more roughage in the pre-game buffets that these teams are serving in the clubhouse.

  22. scott says:
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    Any word on the Brad Hawpe sitch? He’s a free agent and should be coming back in a week or so. I’ve decided to finally let go of Hafner. There’s talk of a bad shoulder and a DL stint for Pronk. He’s dead to me.

  23. b.j. says:
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    trade idea: I have B.J. Upton in my OF at the moment and have Bri Roberts at at 2b. Looking to move Roberts for Markakis because his owner has Kent @ 2b. Is this a good move. I only lose Roberts’ SB and feel like I finally utilize Upton’s full value.

  24. Chet says:
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    We have 5 OF slots. Should I start Bruce over any of these dudes? Chris B. Young, Sparkakis!, Carlos (don’t call me Mencia) Quentin, Carlos (Don’t call me General) Lee, Matt (Andruw who?) Kemp, or Victorino! Victorina!?? Or Should I hold in case of injury, or should I try to trade him while he’s batting 1.000? Or should I learn to make decisions for myself for once in my life? Should I go back to school for my P.hd? How cold will the Cubs game be tonight? Should I wear a sweater? Will it rain? Do I need my rubbers and a slicker?

  25. scott says:
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    That’s one hell of an outfield Chet. I’d start Bruce over Shane-O for a little bit unless you need steals. Oh, and wear a sweater (you can always take it off).

  26. Chet says:
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    from Rotoworld: Manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that Carlos Guillen “has been playing with hemorrhoids that probably need to be lanced.”
    Lovely. “He can hardly move, he’s got hemorrhoids so bad,” Leyland said. After starting at third base Monday, Guillen moved to designate hitter Tuesday. Normally we’d make a joke here, but anyone who has his boss literally telling newspaper reporters about his having “hemorrhoids so bad” probably deserves some kindness.
    Source: Detroit Free Press

  27. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Just added Kershaw on Yahoo this morning, dropping Cueto in the process. I’m not sitting through any more of Cueto’s marginal to crappy outings anymore. I’d rather take my chances on Kershaw.

    What I know: Cueto has been pretty crappy and just taking up a roster space for a couple months.

    What I also know: Kershaw looked very good in his first outing.

    I’d rather keep a guy I’ll be willing to start then one I have absolutely no faith in at all.

  28. KarlJ says:
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    @Chet:
    See my earlier post. If they want to disclose that kind of info I think it’s open game.
    Guillen to trainer: “They’re tearing the ass out of me!” “Do they use hot pokers? I don’t want you to seal me up for good!”

  29. Frank Rizzo says:
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    So has Ervin Santana turned the corner on the past? He’s no longer considered a start at home only guy? How much is he worth if you were to go after him in a trade?

  30. Chet says:
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    Whoops! Sorry, missed it! Anal Fissures! Testicular Torsions! Giambi in a thong! I have to say I could do without!

  31. BSA says:
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    So I know Grey is probably just getting moving and the lightening round is coming. Thinking on Beckett and a position player I would shoot an offer of Beckett/Kinsler for Lincecum/Utley.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: I like that trade for you, though given how good Lincy’s been, you might have to pry him from the other owners cold, dead fingers.

  33. Zebo says:
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    I got Kershaw with #3 claim!!!

  34. Zebo says:
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    some dude offered me Jermaine Dye for Mono Kotchman, should I take that deal? Or can I counter with Mono + E. Santana + Broxton for Carlos Quentin and 2 stiffs?

  35. p0rk burn says:
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    Kershaw is currently sitting as a free agent in one of my leagues. Its tempting to pick him up but I don’t know who to drop. Based on the prevailing attitude that he’s little more than trade bait I think im sitting tight unless Ludwick is worth the swap. I don’t really have any disposable pitchers (Harang, CC, Hudson, Billingsley, Shields, Bell (holds league), Hoffman, Nathan, Street, Perez) except maybe Perez but I’d rather sit on him for if/when he gets the promotion and I need his occasional holds.

    Damn the hype machine.

  36. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @p0rk burn: I hate holds. I’m in an NL Only league with holds as a category. There’s nothing glamorous about starting Reynel Pinto and Will Ohman.

    On that note, however, you should drop Perez for Kershaw. If Kershaw gets hot for three starts or so, you could flip him for someone like Kazmir or a big bat. Dontchathink?

  37. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Chet: A guy in one of my leauges named his team name Kaz and the Fizzures. Beautiful.

  38. p0rk burn says:
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    @IowaCubs: The people in this league seem trade adverse. I think they are more attached to the draft spot they got the guy in than what he is doing now. I’ve tried to make a few different trades with no bites. It sucks because I’m currently sitting on Teix, Atkins, Guillen, and A-Gonzo all with 1st base eligibility and Guillen, Atkins, and Yunel with 3rd. I can’t move any of them for anything worth their value. I think its an uintended consequence of having a small league with few roster spots, everybody has stacked teams.

    I don’t need any bats and my starting pitchers are solid in my mind. As frustrating as holds can be they are a category worth just as much as homeruns or stolen bases, so I’m going to sit on Perez and try to squeeze out a few points – sorry Guillen, couldn’t resist.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Beckett and Kershaw? You want any top hitter. Miggy? Sure.

    @Sam: I want the Haren side, but sounds like a needs trade.

    @IowaCubs: Taking a flier on Francisco. re: the Biz — hehe

    @TJ: Drop Snell. Miller

    @KarlJ: Ha

    @scott: Yeah, grab Hawpe. He should be back in a week.

    @b.j.: That’s a great move. Do the trade.

    @Chet: I’d trade Bruce.

    @Frank Rizzo: re: Ervin, he was poor for so long, I wouldn’t go out and trade for him, but he does seem like he has turned the proverbial corner. But I’d let someone else deal with the potential headache.

    @BSA: I’d want Lincecum/Utley by a lot.

    @Zebo: I want Dye. Next deal, I want Quentin.

    @p0rk burn: If it wasn’t a holds league, I’d say Perez. But I think you have to hold (oofa!).

  40. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @p0rk burn: Holds guys like Yates and Marte and Boyer are a dime a dozen, at least in my leauge. It’s a keeper league, and I’ve never had to pay for them.

  41. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: “Crash and Byrnes” would be a better title the next time he sucks.

  42. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Speaking of Byrnes… wouldn’t it be interesting if the D-Backs had passed on re-signing Byrnes and instead opting to keep Quinten like they should have. Shuddering thinking of that D-Backs lineup.

    My favorite thing to do is to post three worthless comments in a row on this site.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Ha, that is a good title.

    Yeah, Quentin batting third would’ve been great, but I think he had too high of an OBP for those D-backs. They want aggressive!

  44. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    For the record, ‘Holds’ are a bastard stat. Who wants to play in a ‘holds’ league? It’s like playing in a league that counts ‘hugs.’ I can’t imagine the excitement on draft day when you finally pull the trigger and grab Michael Wuertz. Blecccch.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Yeah, I have to agree with the anti-holds sentiment. It’s like playing with a IBB stat. It’s pretty arbitrary.

  46. peter says:
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    @DFNMwillwin: Just to touch back on the Soriano question, earlier… I agree w/ Grey – chuck him to waivers. However, in the league where I own him, I’m not doing it YET. I want to see Smoltz prove that he’s healthy, first. Once/if he does, then I’ll chuck him.

  47. IowaCubs

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Holy flashbacks Baron… I seriously bid $1 on Wuertz in my NL Only keeper league for sentimental reasons only. He gave me a high five after an Iowa Cubs game once.

    I dropped his ass the first week and picked up Tyler Yates instead. What a pickup!!! Ugh.

  48. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @peter: Don’t you think that the Braves have options beyond Soriano such as Mike Gonzalez?

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: What IowaCubs said. Acosta, Smoltz, Soriano, Gonzalez, a lefty specialist or two. As I’ve been saying I’d move Smoltz, this could be a deal where you never know who’s going to get saves on any given night.

  50. Lolhamburger says:
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    I disagree with the anti-Cueto views that are being echoed today. And frankly it is a bit surprising considering how sophisticated the participants in this forum tend to be. Cueto’s current HR/FB rate and strand rate are both unsustainably poor. If you strip out his bad luck, you are looking at a pitcher whose ERA should be in the mid to high 3s (see The Hardball Times). I own Scherzer and Kershaw in my only league and consider myself a buyer on Cueto. I do not think that a Scherzer or Kershaw for Cueto trade absolutely favors the Cueto side, but if I have that choice, I would probably pull the trigger.

  51. Zebo says:
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    who do you all like better from here on out, Ervin Santana or Micah Owings? I am trying to sell on one of them.

  52. peter says:
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    @IowaCubs: @Grey: yeah, you guys are right. Good points. I’ll probably be chucking Soriano, too… I’m just going to give it a few more days to see how things shake out. E.g., another setback w/ Soriano’s health entirely negates his value. Vice versa, a setback w/ Smoltz increases Soriano’s value.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: They’re very close, but I’d want Ervin.

  54. nick says:
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    Who do you start today? I have Wainwright, Greinke & Zambrano
    I’m only 27.2+ for innings for the season

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Soriano is as injury prone as Smoltz.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick: I start them all.

  57. p0rk burn says:
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    I think the holds issue is all about perspective. I try to view them as saves for middle relievers. They are more arbitrary than saves, obviously, but don’t reach the level of IBB. A few years back I played in a league that scored errors. Now that was a pain in the ass.

    I do lean a bit towards your side of the argument. It almost overvalues middle relievers because they can reach or exceed the value of top tier closers on a good week. Is Heath Bell truly the equal of a Papelbon? I think it shows the limits of fantasy baseball when its stretched to exaggeration.

    Any of the regulars interested in a razzball midseason league?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****BTW, on the season, I’ve sat one pitcher in one league for one start. Guthrie against the Sawx, and he pitched a good game. If you can’t start them, why are you fielding them? Then again, Rudy sits pitchers on matchups, so maybe there’s something to it. I need some peyote and a Native American to provide wisdom. Okay, I’m rambling.

  59. peter says:
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    Has Freddy Sanchez become droppable in 14 team deep mixed? I’m looking at the following ww options: Alexi Casilla, Wigginton, Jose Castillo.. I could use the speed and am leaning towards Casilla…

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: If you’re willing to ‘commission’ the midseason league, I’ll post a short blurp to attract attention. Maybe Rudy might get involved, but I have enough on my plate.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Yes, Casilla, Wiggington then Castillo, in that order, all better than Dirty Sanchez.

  62. peter says:
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    @Grey: I’d argue that he’s MORE injury prone than Smoltz.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Lolhamburger: I was just expressing frustration in the post. As I’ve said, “I think (Kershaw) might go the Joba/Jobacum route and pitch in the middle innings. There’s too many starters on the Dodgers to push Kershaw too hard.” Also I’ve said this, “What I’m worried about with dropping Cueto for Kershaw is Cueto might come out of his current adjustment period and be usable while Kershaw might enter an adjustment period in a month or so and be right where Cueto is right now. Also, Kershaw will have his innings monitored closely by the Dodgers, while we know Dusty doesn’t monitor anything.”

    I’m probably not getting Kershaw in too many leagues. I’ve been a proponent of grabbing Kershaw and trading him. He’s probably going the Scherzer route.

  64. p0rk burn says:
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    Grey: I’ll definitely set the league up, etc. I think you have enough regulars the league would be decent sized. I’m sure if you post something about it we can draw a nice turnout. If Rudy wants in thats cool but I wasn’t banking on either of you; you both obviously have plenty of leagues going already. For explanatory purposes I don’t mean a razzball league like bad players are good.

    one caveat: I think there should be a rule for this particular league that we can’t seek advice from razzball.com for obvious reasons. Make them go to Karabell.

  65. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: I don’t disagree with your logic on Kershaw vs. Cueto, it makes sense. But you also stated earlier that it’s not worth rostering a pitcher that you’re not going to pitch, which is why I dropped Cueto for Kershaw. I fully plan on pitching Kershaw against the Mets this week while I’ve had Cueto rusting away on my bench waiting for him to turn it around. I’ve got Joba sitting on my bench too but that probably doesn’t apply to this conversation. Cueto was sitting because I had zero confidence in him.

    Who knows what will happen with Kershaw right now, he may flourish and keep his spot in the rotation. Either way, I’m hoping for at least one quality start out of him. If it helps my numbers just this week, it’s worth it to me.

  66. BigFatHippo says:
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    Gavin Floyd or Andrew Miller?

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Yeah, it would be a regular league. That makes sense. And I think you should all seek advice here. Then you can bitch and moan when someone doesn’t accept your crappy trade b/c they were listening to me. hehe

    @Frank Rizzo: Short term, it’s not an awful move. I have Cueto in two leagues. I start him in both. For better or worse. Unfortunately, it’s been the latter more times than the former.

  68. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Miller, but not a huge fan of either.

  69. BigFatHippo says:
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    @PorkBurn

    I’m looking to join a mid season league. Count me in if you do it.

  70. MikeyBlizznunt says:
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    Better waiver pickup, Ben Francisco or Stephen Drew?

  71. BSA says:
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    Hey, just going through the lightening round and need clarification on “by a lot”. I entered a simple tease to the other team trying to put together a “blockbuster deal between two number one teams in the league. We’ll see.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: For this trade, Beckett/Kinsler for Lincecum/Utley? I’d want the L/U side by a lot, b/c Lincecum and Beckett aren’t that far off and Utley is waaaaay more valuable than Kinsler. Personally, I don’t think anyone accepts this. And if someone does, veto flags will raise.

  73. BSA says:
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    See, now as a Sawx fan I needed to hear how close Beckett and L are rated. I did check out that Beckett and Utley went in the first round while Linc went in the 15th and Kinsler went in the 16th. Since this team wanted Volq he has an inkling toward the red hot rookies. I may be able to sweeten the pot with a rookie.

  74. brett says:
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    I can only start 3 OF (+ Util) and have five (Bruce, Dunn, Young, Ellsbury, Hart). I’m looking to package one of them for a C/SS/SP. Are Soto or Webb within my reach?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MikeyBlizznunt: Drew.

    @brett: Don’t think so. Maybe Dunn for Soto. Otherwise, you’re not getting Webb for any of them.

  76. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I’m also intrigued by a midseason league. And since I like all the players the Razzers hate — Zimmerman, AGonzo, Snell* — I should be able to snatch up all my favorite underperforming half-wits.

    @BSA: Beckett in the first round was seriously reaching. Plus, in my experience, when people draft young stars with lots of potential who then seem to be fulfilling their potential (e.g. Lincecum, Hamilton), it is near impossible to get those stars in a trade, even if you’re way overpaying. I guess people like to feel smart. I know that if I’d drafted Hamilton instead of Francouer, I’d be feeling pretty smart these days.

    *For the record, I don’t actually like any of these players. I thought I would like them. I was wrong.

  77. wakeNbake says:
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    Looking to make a waiver pickup, here are some available guys on the waiver wire in my league. Mark DeRosa, Randy Winn, Stephen Drew, Ben Francisco, Garret Anderson and Skip Schumaker. Any suggestions? Also do you think Jeff Keppinger will come back and play as well as he was?

  78. wakeNbake says:
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    Awesome site by the way….

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wakeNbake: Drew, Francisco, GA, DeRosa, Punt. Drew’s better than Keppy even if Keppy returns doing what he was doing.

  80. IowaCubs

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    @p0rk burn: @Grey: @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m all for a mid-season league. Count me in if you do this. I have a very good team name I’ve been itching to use.

    I’ve always wanted to play in a 6×6 league that values OPS. Anyone down for this? Of course standard leagues are okay, too, but I look forward to that league where Juan Pierre isn’t as valuable as Matt Kemp and doubles and triples aren’t valued as much as singles.

  81. josh says:
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    Troy Percival collapsed on the mound after striking out Brandon Boggs on Wednesday.
    Wheeler apparently injured himself after planting his left leg. He stood up and started limping around, but the Rays took him out of the game. It’s unclear just how serious the injury is, but Dan Wheeler would likely assume the closing job if Percival misses time.

  82. josh says:
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    that first wheeler should say percival

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****FYI EVERYONE*******

    Percival’s injured.

    Pick up Wheeler. Then Reyes.

    EDIT: What Josh said, then re-said.

  84. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @josh: Is wheeler first in line? What about Al Reyes?

  85. Grey

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    BTW, love how Karabell’s lead today was about how great Percival is. He kills me. Almost literally.

  86. p0rk burn says:
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    @josh: Yeah, and in an example of fortuitous timing/karma my opponent got a hold out of Percival because he didn’t finish the game for the save. A save would have been much better for the h2h matchup. Let me join the chorus in saying “Damn you holds!” while I angrily shake my pork-fist at the sky.

    @Baron, Hippo, I’ll get a league started in the next day or two. Whats the consensus on scoring settings? Mail me at gl0bal.p0rk[at]gmail.com with your email address so I can kick you out an invite. That goes to anybody else looking to get in. If the demand is too high we’ll get restrictive but I’m not too worried about it.

    @Spammers: go ahead and send penis pill ads to that email. Its my spam account anyways. Plus I could use another 12″ now that you mention it, who doesn’t need another belt.

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Can I interest you in a three month supply of Cialis?

  88. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: God bless you, eagle-eyed Razzerazzi. I just grabbed Wheeler, dropping — wait for it — Ian Snell.

    I don’t even need Wheeler — I have four closers — but it’s worth it just to think about the other 11 owners rushing to our league page, one by one, to grab Wheeler only to find — that’s right, snitches. Daddy got there first.

    This is why everyone in the league hates me.

    Also dropped Westbrook to grab Garza. I’m feeling better about my staff all of a sudden.

  89. IowaCubs

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Damn… someone beat me to Wheeler, so I settled for Reyes… Settling for Reyes is like Julia Roberts settling for Lyle Lovett.

  90. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: Reyes has battled his own injury issues this year, while Wheeler’s been very effective. I have to go with Wheeler. (In fact, I just did.)

    Reyes only held the closer job by the hair of his chinny-chin-chin last year, and the fact the team went out and signed a 68-year-old guy just out of retirement to replace him should say something about the Rays faith in Reyes as a closer.

  91. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: p.s. #91 was written before reading #90, lest you think I’m rubbing salt in the wound.

  92. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Sobbing in the corner holding Al Reyes’ rookie card.

  93. john says:
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    who’s more droppable or most likely to suck for the rest of the year Parra or Snell?..I need better pitching since Dice-K is now ‘fatigued’ and I can’t trade him like I wanted to…or do i drop both and pick up Dana Eveland/Nick Blackburn/Edwin Jackson?

  94. john says:
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    *hands Iowacubs a tissue*..maybe one day that rookie card will be worth more than the cardboardish stuff its painted on

  95. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    You are now Hippo’s new best friend. Leading the save cat. by 2 and waiting on Smoltz’s return. The guy directly behind me (used) to have the Rays closer. ah ha ha ha

  96. HungryHungryHuskey says:
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    I love this site, found it through some links and has quickly become my first stop in the morning.

    10 Team mixed and I got very lucky with a few pickups in my OF due to poor management by others.
    Hart, Crawford, Pence, Markakis, Ellsbury, Votto (Giambi at 1st) and Jay Bruce.

    Its a weekly roster and I can only start 4, who should I be starting or better yet who should I be dealing?

  97. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Prince or Carlos Lee? Which would you rather have right now?

  98. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Nice.

    @HungryHungryHuskey: I’d deal Bruce and Giambi, but I doubt you get much for the latter and probably a lot for the former. You should move Bruce relatively soon before his sheen washes off. Just don’t sell him short, get a closer or a SP that you could use. Then I’d switch Ellsbury and Votto out depending on if you need steals or pop in a given week.

    @IowaCubs: Prince, he could easily get 15 home runs in a month. Veggie burgers or not.

  99. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: Prince owners are no doubt increasingly nervous, but you have to imagine he’ll go on a tear soon enough. I’d rather have Prince, simply because I want to be there for the tearing.

    That sounded gross.

  100. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Baron V V

    Speaking of tearing, I have Carlos Guillen (hemmorhoids) and Kaz Matsui (anal fissure). Somewhere there is a new team name. Anyone?

  101. wakeNbake says:
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    Garza- 1W 8IP 4H 2ER 2BB 10K’s….take a shot on him, or just lucky start?

  102. IowaCubs

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I just had visions of Prince tearing open a pack of Boca Burgers and eating them frozen.

    That sounded delicious.

  103. Grey

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    @wakeNbake: I said this on Friday, “Matt Garza – 3 earned runs in almost 20 innings since coming off the DL. He’s a very capable pitcher with good K numbers in the minors. The only drawback is the Twins gave him to the Rays and the Twins know pitching. Damn you, Twinkies, what do you know that I don’t?!”

    He was a buy then, and he still is, so yeah I’m liking him, and I usually hesitate to recommend any AL starter.

  104. B.J. says:
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    Finally decided to dump Del Young for Kouzmanoff. I had it with his crappy start and Kouz is swinging a hot bat. Also Zimm’s shoulder concerns me. Am I a douchebag or was it worth it? Del had no chance of seeing my lineup with B Upton, Berkman and Hamilton in my OF and Votto at Util.

  105. john says:
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    …So Grey/theMob are Parra and Snell both drop candidates? some pitchers on the ww are Eveland, Rasner, Litsch, Blackburn and Edwin Jackson….i just don’t want to believe that they suck

  106. B.J. says:
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    @john: I would drop both Parra and Snell for Eveland and Jackson. I had enough of Snell’s crap.

  107. john says:
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    Yea, I fear I already know what needs to be done…I just don’t want to accept it

  108. IowaCubs

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    @john: Parra isn’t much of a downgrade from Eveland and Jackson.

  109. john says:
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    I just had such high hopes for both of them..thinking this would be their respective break-out years

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @B.J.: It’s a good move.

    @john: I’d look at Jackson then Eveland, in that order. Parra’s been a disappointment, but I’ll continue to monitor him.

  111. wakeNbake says:
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    Is Scherzer worth holding onto now that hes a releiver?

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wakeNbake: Think Joba for the last year, but with less security that he’ll stay in the bigs.

  113. BigFatHippo says:
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    Swisher worth holding onto? I can pick up Kouz but he strikes out just as much. Hinske, Huff also free but I’ve never liked either one.

    Just need one for insurance as I have Chipper, CoJack, Loney manning my corners.

  114. BigFatHippo says:
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    Mirror image of last night. Hairston singled, Bruce walked, double steal. Perfect.

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