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Right now, Jason Bartlett has a 45/8/39/.347/19 line.  At 29-years-old, he’s flying past his career numbers.  Before this season, his career high for homers was 5.  He’s already at 8.  So let’s say the talk of his new jack swing is true; he can hit for more power now.  He’s still not hitting more than 5 homers in the 2nd half (he hit 1 homer in June and July in 87 ABs).  Recently, Maddon has batted him 7th or 8th in the order.  So the runs won’t come easy unless he eats at Taco Bell.  He’s a career .286 hitter with a .398 BABIP right now, so the average will come down.  He’s never stolen more than 23 bases in a season, but let’s say he blows that away by ten.  So let’s be optimistic and say a 2nd half line of 30/5/35/.300/14.  I ran an ultraviolet light over my bedsheets and it read, “That sounds a lot like Clint Barmes’s 2nd half.”  Thanks for confirming my suspicions, bed!  So Bartlett is a Sell.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Josh Whitesell – Speaking of -sells, but this one’s a Buy… Kinda.  Whitesell doesn’t have every day playing time right now, so grab him in NL-Only leagues, but everywhere else I’d hold tight.  So, I guess, that’s a Whitehold.

Ramon Troncoso – The only thing better than getting vulture saves for your birthday is getting vulture wins.  But I’d take some vulture saves on my half birthday (<–it’s tomorrow!).

Pedro Martinez – Already went over my thoughts on Pedro to the Phillies.  I said, “In his last 48 starts, he has a 4.74 ERA and that was in a pitchers’ park.  On the other hand, he has been solid for Ks even as his career winds down.  On the third hand, he gave up 19 homers in 109 innings last year.  Oy.  I would grab him in an NL-Only league to see if there’s a spark left from the midget era, but I’d hold off in mixed leagues.”  And that’s me saving you the trouble of searching the site yourself!

Justin Duchscherer – Expected back early August.  I’d stash him if I had a DL spot.

Garrett Jones – If you’re wondering about this guy, where ya been?  He’s now been mentioned in three straight Buy/Sells.

Jed Lowrie – Will return on Saturday.  In a weekly AL-Only league, I’ve already activated him.  In a mixed league, where I’m rocking Everth Cabrera, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.  I’ll probably drop Lowrie because even in his Sons of Sam Horn-deemed huge year in 2008, he had 2 homers and one steal while batting .258 in two-hundred and sixty at-bats.  Pardon me while I yawn.

Marcus Thames – Has 3 homers in the last six games.  He can hit 7 more homers in the month of July before he becomes unusable in August, i.e., he’s streaky like Spike’s hair from Degrassi Junior High.  If Thames ever becomes a regular fantasy contributor, I have the title, “A Thames Runs Through It” burning a hole in my pocket.

Alex GordonHey, it’s Grey’s favorite prospect that makes San Diego prospect, Nadir Bupkus, look valuable.  Boing! The best you could hope for from Gordon is a 5 to 7 homer 2nd half and 5 to 7 steals.  Those are optimistic when you consider he just had hip surgery.  Gordon’s worth grabbing if your corner spot is in dire straits, Mark Knopfler.

Edwin Encarnacion – To answer comment #76, “I’d go with Edwin over Alex Gordon.”

Mat Latos – The newest of the HodgePadres.  He was dissected in a Scouting the Unknown a few weeks ago.  I’d grab Latos in all leagues 12 or deeper.

Brandon Wood – Don’t blame Scioscia, where do you put a guy named Wood other than the bench?  It’s the power of the aptronym (<–Word of the Day!).  So, how long you think Scioscia extends Wood?  Hmm… Let’s rephrase.  How long until Wood’s demoted again?  Week?  Two?  I hope Wood’s up for good and getting regular at-bats, but I have my doubts.  He’s worth a flier but I wouldn’t invest too heavily.

SELL

Jay Bruce – Since I had no DL spot, I dropped him for Troncoso in a 15 team league.  He might return in 6 weeks.  Awesome!  He wasn’t hitting when his wrist was one piece.  I’d hold him in keepers and deep NL-Only leagues.

Dan Haren – The dog days of summer don’t do him justice.  Maybe he’s part-Albino and he’s scared of sun damage.  Whatever the case, the stats don’t lie.  Not since 2005 has he pitched well in the 2nd half.  And that was following a season of 46 innings in 2004, so my guess is he tires.  From 2006 through 2008, his 2nd half ERAs have been 4.91, 4.15 and 4.19, respectively.  Every way you look at it, he’s not the pitcher in the 2nd half as he has been in the 1st half.

Casey McGehee – McGehee has been slowed by patella tendinitis in his knee.  (I went to college with a Patella.  Sweet girl.)  McGehee’s 3 for his last 17 and has sat out three games in the last week.  As I said all along, McGehee wasn’t that great to begin with, if he’s hurting, there’s no reason to wait around.  It sure didn’ take McGehee long to go from a Buy to a Sell.  (BTW, the “T” that I left off of “didn” is being boxed up and shipped to Mat Latos.)

  1. jamiesonmj says:
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    good stuff as always! your thoughts: pedro or dempster? pedro or volquez?

  2. anon says:
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    Can you please send a “T” to Mat Gamel as well? Thanks!

  3. G says:
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    Hamels has a 6.34 ERA on the road this year and hasnt won @ Florida. He hasnt played well either so should I bench him? Your thougts?

  4. royce! says:
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    Carry over from last post- Rasmus or Swisher for an OF spot?

  5. @grey: so would u pull the trigger and trade werth for drew or leave well enough alone? do you think E.cabrera can bag 15-20SBs in second half?

    5OF + util – C. Lee, ellsbury, werth, mclouth, rasmus, fragu, garrett jones
    SS – Everth cabrera

  6. last post:

    tickertease for batters who do shitty when their respective team does well….maybe ticktease, when you think your pitching can put you over the top but fails…ala braden

  7. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Already have two Hodgepadres. Three would be a crowd, no?

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    [ital]Deep Thoughts…[/ital]

    The Degrassi-Spike reference is the greatest reference in the history of this website, which is saying something.

    Just got my Thames on. Wait. Scratch that. Just took a leap… into the Thames!

    HodgePadres is a great addition to the lexicon.

    Casey McGehee sounds like a made-up name for a guy who sucks. Kind of like Nadir Bupkus.

  9. Isaac says:
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    Drop Kuroda for latos?

  10. Scott says:
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    stash Dukes or Duchscherer?

  11. Dingo says:
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    “If Thames ever becomes a regular fantasy contributor, I have the title, “A Thames Runs Through It” burning a hole in my pocket.”

    Sometimes I wonder if some fantasy “experts” sacrifice their integrity (ha!) in the name of a good pun. Given the point between writing about legitimate contributor Fred Everyman or flash-in-the-pan Sexpot Innuendo, I’m pretty sure I could guess what Brad Evans would do.

    Also, unless my counting is off, I believe that you and I share the same birthday, Mr. Grey!

  12. Dingo says:
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    @Dingo: “given the choice between…” that should be.

  13. BSA says:
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    @Dingo: From your comment in last post.
    My sarcasm was very subtle.

    Yet can’t you see it happening in some outfields?

  14. AdamH says:
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    Who do you like better for next year and beyond: Edwin or Gordo?

  15. GTS says:
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    drop Andrus for Wood? – maybe?
    drop Correia or Gaudin for Latos?

  16. peter says:
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    @AdamH: With Edwin, I think WYSIWYG. Gordon still has upside to be much better. I like Gordon more.

    Which Jones: Garrett or Andruw?

  17. Wizo says:
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    AGonz or Jair Supply?

  18. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Garrett Jones or Edwin Encarnacion an improvement over Todd Helton at CI in a 10 teamer? I dunno what it is about Old Man Helton but he bore’s me even with his .300+ BA.

  19. Mr Baseball says:
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    looks like your going to pull through grey – if you are not feeling better Micheal Jackson Doctor has some openings – Seriously, if I’m dead by Sunday from The Swine, frequent commenter, Mr Baseball, may be doing your roundups. You’ve been warned.) – I might be ready to take over in 2020 -

  20. peter says:
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    @Wizo: Which AGonz? Adrian, Alberto, Andy, Alex? All those are hitters, so it’s kind of apples and oranges. Unless it’s Adrian.

  21. Mr Baseball says:
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    Gordon’s worth grabbing if your corner spot is in dire straits, Mark Knopfler. I quess that makes Alex Gordon The Sultan of Swing

  22. Mr Baseball says:
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    Marcus Thames or Josh Willingham – which one do you like grey

  23. Mr Baseball says:
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    Cody Ross or Marcus Thames – which one do you like grey

  24. Wizo says:
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    @peter: I dont believe any of the other AGonz’s have much fantasy relevance or comparability to Jair, other than Adrian.

  25. Mr Baseball says:
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    Garrett Jones – picked him up in my 20 team league – his job was to replace – Chris Davis – BUST

  26. Mr Baseball says:
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    Josh Whitesell – any real keeper value?

  27. Mr Baseball says:
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    Edwin Encarnacion has been my pick up for the week – might as well get him while you can -

  28. bpasinko says:
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    12 team keeper, you keep 10 teams. Without knowing anything about either team, what side do you take: adam jones, matt holliday, and Alexei Ramirez OR Ryan Braun?

  29. bpasinko says:
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    error: you keep 10 players.

  30. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    the bartlett post contains an undisguised caveat for all razzball winners .
    were you intentionally trying to s(pear) them the surprise ?

    also , these buy/sells are the thames-sum on the razzball menu .

  31. Eric H. says:
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    Anyone going to run Clay Buchholz out there tonight?

  32. Scott says:
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    @bpasinko: Generally, I would always say the 1st rounder over any 3 players outside of the top 50.

  33. black love says:
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    Im giving Inge, Volstad and Kuroda for Ubaldo and Hamels.
    To much?

  34. GTS says:
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    I need to bench one of these OF over the next couple days: Hart, Werth, Garrett Jones, Rivera, or Holliday?

  35. Billy says:
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    who would you rather have in your DL spot

    Duchbag or
    Marcum

  36. G says:
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    What sort of closer can I get by trading Jurrjens. Solid number of saves and 3.00 ERA or lower is ideal …who would you be targeting?

  37. GTS says:
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    @G: qualls?

  38. Scott says:
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    @black love: I would say not enough if I were on the other side.

  39. @GTS: Jones faces Lincecum tonight and, I assume, Cain in the next few days… might be worth benching him.

  40. Mr Baseball says:
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    Sergio Mitre will become the Yankees’ No. 5 starter while Chien-Ming Wang is on the disabled list.

  41. Mr Baseball says:
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    Sergio Mitre will start tuesday

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: I’d hold tight.

    @Steve: Eh, more the merrier, as long as it’s not at the expense of someone valuable.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks! McGehee does sound like a made up name for a lame prospect.

    @Scott: Duchscherer

    @Dingo: 1/18?

    @AdamH: Gordon.

    @GTS: Hold on both, unless you don’t need steals then take a flier on Wood.

    @peter: Garrett

    @Wizo: A-Gonz, but Jair Supply made me laugh.

    @timSTi: Garrett, unless you need Helton’s average.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @Mr Baseball: Thames

    @Mr Baseball: Whitesell does have keeper value.

    @bpasinko: Holliday side.

    @big o: Maybe…

    @Eric H.: I don’t own him. I mainly take fliers on NL pitchers. If I owned him, I would start him.

    @Billy: Dooks

    @Mr Baseball: Thanks for the heads up!

  43. Robert says:
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    Got talked into fantasy baseball last year and wish I had started sooner. What I don’t like is where I have been in these leagues. Just curious, any strong opinions on the best places or formats in which to play. Want to go a different direction next year, but not sure where. Thanks.

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Robert: get in one of these leagues if there are any openings,grey would know more

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i sat nolasco and romero tonight,both give up 2 run hr`s only sat then because im over on innings but looking like a good move early

  46. GTS says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Nolasco looks like he is settling in.

  47. GTS says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: 5 pitch 3rd inning.

  48. Elbert says:
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    @Grey: Reimold or Thames next week?

  49. Tom_Emanski says:
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    Which pitchers would you trade Haren for straight up? If there’s 5 or less, can you name them?

  50. peter says:
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    Ok, Brain Trust: Tomorrow, Manny Parra @ Reds or Rzepcynski vs. Red Sox? Going out on a limb, I’m thinking neither. MAYBE Parra. But, more seriously, Parra or Rzep going forward? This is a deep league.

    Nota bene: amazing what a sap I am/we are for Parra; all it takes is one nice start to overlook all the mediocrity.

  51. royce! says:
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    @Tom_Emanski: I’m not sure if there are less than 5, but I’d take one of these 5: Halladay, Lincecum, Johan, Sabathia, or Greinke.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Robert: Personally, I like 5×5, 12 team. It makes you field a certain amount of guys without worrying about everyone single guy. I find the deeper the easier though because I do pay attention to everyone who plays. 10 team involves a bit too much luck.

    @Elbert: Thames

    @Tom_Emanski: Johan, Greinke, Halladay… Anyone but Lincecum, that’s just because you probably won’t get him.

    @peter: Neither. But Parra going forward cause we can’t take enough hurt.

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    @Tom_Emanski: Is it a keeper league? I might try to get a Billingsley or a Sabathia. Someone who has very good #s (but not as good as Haren) and likely to keep it up/improve. Basically, it’s going to come down to you finding an owner who thinks Haren will keep it up; which may be tough given how even my late Jewish grandfather knows Haren’s reputation for tailing off in the 2nd half, “Bubkes after the all star break.”

  54. SamYo says:
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    Grey, start Verlander tomorrow at NYY ? and Scott Baker at Tex ? Thanks.

  55. Scott says:
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    How about Duchscherer or Pedro?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SamYo: I’d sit Baker and start Verlander.

    @Scott: Flip a coin? Pedro, I guess.

  57. royce! says:
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    SPARKAKIS!!

    Wow, I forgot how good it felt to yell that…

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Been a while, eh.

  59. jbatkins says:
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    Do I trade Aubrey Huff, who’s been infuriatingly, well, bad, for Ricky Nolasco? I can pick up Alex Gordon as a free agent to replace Huff…

  60. Mr Baseball says:
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    red soxs knock George A. Romero out in the 4th inning again – it was like night of the living dead for him

  61. SamYo says:
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    Home run number 33 for King Albert !

  62. Dumbmutt says:
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    The first of many Kemp benchings? Might as well pick up Pierre again. This has to hurt Kemp and just sucks in a weekly.

  63. Elbert says:
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    @royce!: didn’t notice Sparkaki’s HR until now.

    SPARKAKIS! LET’S GO! I NEED YOUR PRODUCTION U SOB!

  64. Mr Baseball says:
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    how come Torre does not have J. Pierre batting 8th ?

  65. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Need some trade advice. 20-team contract league

    I own Aaron Harang who has a 2010 contract, (means I can keep him through next season). Hamels and Bedard are available, but they have 2009 contracts, so they have to be thrown back after this year.

    I have a contending team and I’m trying to upgrade where ever I can for my playoff push.

    Is it worth trading for Hamels or Bedard, (I assume in that order), for the upgrade, or hold onto Harang because the upgrade isn’t that much?

  66. Mr Baseball says:
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    hey man what type of value does Juan Pierre have – not only you don’t know when he is going to start but the Dodgers games are at 10:00pm – too much too little too late to make any moves at that point of the night -

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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I would be wary of trading for Bedard because of his injuries as well as the fact that he may be moved to a less pitcher-friendly park. Hamels, on the other hand, I think would be worth trading for if you don’t mind losing Harang for next season. Harang’s probably a #2 pitcher in your league, so you have to assess whether the rest of your guys under contract through next season are strong enough to let Harang go. Personally, I hate Harang’s home park, and I think Hamels is going to turn it around bigtime (he’s still K’ing guys at a pretty awesome rate). so I would do it.

  68. Mr Baseball says:
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    Fu Ni – has to be the shortest name in baseball history

  69. Elbert says:
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    @Mr Baseball: not really, Ni is 6-0, while Jimmy Rollins is shorter @ 5-8.

  70. Elbert says:
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    @Mr Baseball: sorry, mis-read the name to height comparison.

    Ni sure has shortest last name in baseball, but his first name is actually Fu-Te, that’s 4 letters.

  71. arussell1983 says:
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    WHo is the best pickup?
    Gio Gonzalez, Craig Stammen, Pedro Martinez, Fernando Nieve, Jonathan Sanchez

  72. Mr Baseball says:
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    thought Te was the middle name

  73. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Ok i have to drop one. I’ve tried to trade but noone is biting. My league is a bunch of conspiring bastards. Well not really but I feel like whichever I drop will get tons of waiver action. So who’s the odd man out for the rest of the season? Heath Bell, Brian Wilson, or Joakim Soria. 10 teamer with 2 RP’s. I can’t keep platooning these guys wasting a bench spot. I’m decent in saves with a 7.5 right now but thats room to improve there.

  74. G says:
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    Would you trade Jurrjens to get Frank Fransisco? fair trade?

  75. Timsti says:
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    WTF! C-Bills is turning into C-Kills my chance of gaining ground in pitching stats.

  76. Mr Baseball says:
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    Edwin Encarnacion was 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI

    good thing I picked him up before the vultures arrived

  77. G says:
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    Is it fair to trade Jeter straight up for Zobrist?

  78. Doc says:
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    Drop JD Drew for Edwin Encarnacion?

  79. Mr Baseball says:
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    Kenshin Kawakami or Yo Yo Arroyo

  80. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Drop Felipe Lopez for Edwin Encarnacion?
    Been holding on to Lopez because he is 2b eligible, and I’m worried about having a backup for Kinsler…

  81. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Looks like you should just put out a list of who can be dropped for Encarnacion. You can add Huff to the list for me, but I imagine you’d say no given Huff’s better second halves.

  82. Robert says:
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    Better bat to pick up: Jones or Encarnacion? Just looking for hot bat to ride.

  83. Doc says:
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    @Robert: that’s what she said.

    And I would say EE.

  84. Billy says:
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    What should i do with my OF/U, 10 team league, before the yr started my OF was my strength… I was thinking of dropping Hart?

    C Lee
    D Span
    J Hamilton
    C Hart
    A Soriano

    FA’s
    Kubel
    Morales
    Barnes
    Reimond

  85. Robert says:
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    Guess I should have worded that differently.

  86. Doc says:
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    @Robert: no, I’m just an ass!

  87. Robert says:
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    I know I am dreaming, gut would Wright and Cruz be enough for Pujols?

  88. Robert says:
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    Sorrry. I know I am dreaming, but would Wright and Cruz be enough for Pujols?

  89. Mr Baseball says:
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    hey not everybody is happy with Edwin Encarnacion

    my post in my league

    Edwin Encarnacion was 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI

    good thing I picked him up before the vultures arrived

    Edwin Encarnacion
    Posted by: Crazylegs $wam (Scutaro Calcutta)

    -

    yeah, he must’ve blown past the Mendoza line with that explosion. not sure how many would jump on a consistent underachiever the day after his career game but i’m not one of them

  90. Doc says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Sounds like a bigger ass than me!

  91. Mr Baseball says:
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    Garrett Jim Jones homered twice – and has a message for everyone – Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

  92. Mr Baseball says:
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    C. Billingsley took a beating tonight but what is wierd about it was he didn’t even give up one walk – thats unusual for such a beat down

  93. Mr Baseball says:
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    maybe Billingsley felt funny that kemp was not batting 8th

  94. jpm says:
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    Who would get the better end of this trade: Cruz/Votto or Quentin/ Zobrist?

  95. big o says:
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    things I saw tonight :
    huston street is the best closer on the planet (“homer” shout) .
    billy beane is the biggest ass (“homer” rant) .
    wait . selig is the biggest ass (sorry , got carried away with the A ‘s thing) .
    joe torre should be batting ethier in the 10th spot .

  96. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    so when i took a shot with kazman in my weekly league , it’s cuz of the K’s and cuz cbs said he’d be going sunday against hochevar .
    now i sense impending doom .
    got a term for this ?
    should i go all out and take the under , or just sit back and take my punishment like a little girl ?

    it’s not like i don’t listen to you .
    look . i stole your line (see #101) .

    for all those PSYCHO-analysts who regularly read these posts , a rationalization :
    didja ever go to the track and have the only winning trifecta ticket sold on a race ?

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jpm: Votto side

    @big o: I’d be worried about Kaz, but what can you do now? Hope for the best, expect the worst. re: trifecta — I don’t know horses, so no.

  98. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    god forbid we’re the only one’s around , when this football thing kicks into high gear .
    i have lots of dumb questions .

  99. john says:
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    Time for my favorite game of “Who would you rather?” So without further delay..

    Would you rather Contreras vs Bal or Stauffer vs Col?

    ..It’s your standard mediocre (at best) pitcher that you know what you’re getting vs. your newbie in a favorable ballpark matchup

  100. Quintero says:
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    @Mr Baseball: “Fu-Te Ni” is like “Chien-Ming Wang”. “Te” and “Ming” ain’t their middle name, but part of their first names: “Fu-Te” and “Chien-Ming”.

  101. BSA says:
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    Anyone know what is going on with Florida’s closing situation. The pen did well but Meyers came in too early for setup or saves.

  102. steamer says:
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    Sit Kazmir & Zimmermann today?

  103. BSA says:
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    @steamer: Heck I wish you could sit Zimmerman for the first inning and bring him in in the second.

  104. mc serch says:
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    Happy Birthday Grey!

  105. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    Half-Birthday, Happy Half-Birthday!

  106. BSA says:
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    Grey, Hap Birt! Now go have a beer with 1/2 the calories of your regular beer. You get the rest of those calories January 18th.

  107. Mr Baseball says:
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    Kenshin Kawakami against mets and Santana today – would you sit him against the mets double A offense

  108. @GTS: On second thought, don’t sit Jones against Lincecum. I have a feeling he’ll hit two home runs. (Insert message in time machine; send back to yesterday afternoon.)

    It’s nice to see Garrett Jones has picked up where Bruce left off; i.e. hitting two donks from my bench.

  109. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: meyer came in in the 8th inning with florida down 2 runs,he held the phills and florida tied it in the ninth,taking a much needed win rigt out from under me and my hammell,then florida had 2 on no out ,nunez in line for the win,cantu doesnt move them over and they dont score,go for the hr there cantu,dont move them over you bum

  110. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    sheffields injury looked pretty bad i dropped him

  111. Mr Baseball says:
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    Tigers placed Joel Zumaya (right shoulder soreness) on the 15-day disabled list – didn’t nostradamus predict that or was it Miss Cleo

    Manager Jim Leyland said Rick Porcello “has 15 starts left – that’s will be 15 – 5 innings or less starts and an average of 2 K’s a game – manager Jim Leyland says he is protecting all fantasy owners that are stupid enough to still start him !

    For all you Fred Lewis Fans – Fred Lewis spent the All-Star break at home with family in Wiggins, Miss., sitting on the porch and winding down with some barbecue.

  112. Mr Baseball says:
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    Billingsley he sure does not look like the elite pitcher he once was

  113. cruisinkc says:
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    Offered a trade today in my keeper league.

    I get: Granderson/James Shields
    I give: D Lee/Cole Hamels

    I’m decent in all my pitching categories but could use a bit more speed. Accept that deal?

  114. Robert says:
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    C. Davis is on a tear in AAA. Any chance he comes up soon and gets playing time?

  115. black love says:
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    Old man Grey!!! Forget the Daquiri, somebody needs to by this guy a walker!!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  116. Grey

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    @big o: The football thing is going on. It’s over there at football.razzball.com — go and show Doc some love.

    @john: I wanna say Contreras, but I wouldn’t own him and Stauffer I do own and am starting.

    @steamer: I’m sitting Kaz.

    @mc serch: It’s just a half birthday, but thank you.

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: @BSA: @black love: Thanks, really unnecessary.

    @Mr Baseball: It’s not the ideal matchup, but I wouldn’t sit him.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ouch

    @Mr Baseball: Thanks for the heads up!

    @cruisinkc: If you need speed, I’d go for it.

    @Robert: They shouldn’t hold him down for long if he’s hitting well. That doesn’t mean he’ll suddenly be fixed in the majors.

    @black love: Thanks, really unnecessary. Just a half birthday.

  117. martin says:
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    @grey- quentin or werth?

  118. Grey

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    @martin: Quentin for upside, Werth for less headaches.

  119. Mr Baseball says:
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    HIS TEAM – he wants Clay Buchholz – he offered Kubel and Dotel – hey grey is there anyone on his team I might be able to get to make my team better – 20 team keeper league – what would you offer here from me to him

    Jorge Posada – catcher
    Prince Fielder – !B
    Robinson Canó – 2B
    Álex Rodríguez – 3B
    Brandon Wood – SS
    Hunter Pence – OF
    Denard Span – OF
    Jason Kubel – OF
    Jake Fox – ultilty
    John Bowker – bench
    Brett Gardner – bench

    Phil Hughes
    Vin Mazzaro
    Homer Bailey
    Bobby Jenks
    José Valverde
    Ryan Madson
    Octavio Dotel
    Zach Duke
    Brandon Morrow na Bench
    Fausto Carmona na Bench
    Jake Peavy -DL
    Edinson Vólquez – DL

    MY TEAM

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia – catcher
    Joey Votto – !B
    Casey McGehee – 2B
    Jerry Hairston Jr. – 3B
    Jhonny Peralta – SS
    Shane Victorino – OF
    Matt Kemp – OF
    Marcus Thames – OF
    Scott Podsednik – ultitly
    Josh Willingham – bench
    Cameron Maybin – NA bench
    Carlos Quentin – DL
    Adrián Béltre – DL

    Chad Billingsley – SP
    Wandy Rodríguez – SP
    James Shields – SP
    Jordan Zimmermann – SP
    Jonathan Sánchez – SP
    Clay Buchholz – SP
    Heath Bell –
    David Aardsma -
    Manuel Corpas -

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average

  120. Grey

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    @Grey: Dur. Answered.

    @Mr Baseball: Cano? Pence? Wood and Span? Not really crazy about his team, to be honest.

  121. john says:
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    @Grey: Well our little game of “Who would you rather” apparently doesn’t matter…Stauffer isn’t pitching Sunday anymore according to the AP via Yahoo and Contreras was picked up right before me

  122. anon says:
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    Think I could get Hanley/JP Howell for Justin Upton and Alexei? I was thinking I could slide Pat Burrell into my vacated OF slot and enjoy his 20 donks the rest of the way without having to worry about Upton or Alexei doing anything unpredictable the rest of the way. Am I giving up too much?

  123. Phils WSC says:
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    Who would you rather give up for Kinsler in a keeper league, Fielder and MCab? I have both and would like to move one. Is Kinsler a good return for either of those guys?

  124. Phils WSC says:
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    edit: Fielder OR MCab

  125. G says:
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    can someone anser #82? thanks

  126. Grey

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    @anon: I’d take Hanley there.

    @Phils WSC: Fielder, and it’s fair.

    @G: I’d take Jeter.

  127. Mr Baseball says:
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    B. Penny – they say a penny saved is a penny earned – I am not too sure in this case

  128. Mr Baseball says:
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    can someone anser #82? thanks – its fair if you get Jeter

  129. Mr Baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball: Cano? Pence? Wood and Span? Not really crazy about his team, – do you know why you are not crazy about this team? I will tell you they are about 50 games out of first place

  130. Scott says:
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    from Rotoworld and from me stuck in 4th place:

    Jose Reyes (hamstring) may have suffered a setback in his rehabilitation on Friday, reports the New York Daily News.
    Reyes reportedly stopped an agility drill in Port St. Lucie by pointing to his bothersome hamstring. The Mets denied the eyewitness account by the St. Lucie News-Tribune, although, as the Daily News points out, the club doesn’t have the most sterling history of injury disclosure.

  131. Will says:
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    Can somebody help me out here. I’m in a 10 team league 5×5. I’ve been offered Nelson Cruz for Yovani. My pitching is very good but my offense is horrible. Would anyone out there make this trade. I have Vasquez, Cain, Wainwright, Tommy Hanson, and Liriano as well.

  132. Mr Baseball says:
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    Jose Reyes (hamstring) Dr Baseball says they should operate and remove both hamstrings from Reyers and that should solve the problem

  133. BSA says:
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    An update from Sawx camp on the left side of the infield –
    Lowrie will work back into things slowly (HR today)
    Lowell will get a day off every three to four, Lowrie will help out at third

    The way I see it – Lowrie 3 days at SS, 1 at 3rd; Youk and Pedroia stay put now with /Kotsay able to come off the bench.

    Hope this helps with people’s situations at 3rd and short.

  134. Steve says:
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    @BSA: 3rd and short? Is that a pass or a run?

    Maybe Doc can help.

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    in espn leaguesmjines is a dh only?how many games to qualified at o.f.?15

  136. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: For your half birthday I wish you a good second half of the season. take it ease!

  137. jbatkins says:
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    Gordon Beckham or Alex Gordon the rest of the year? I can’t believe I’m asking it, but Beckham’s been really good the past few weeks.

    Help from anyone would be much obliged.

  138. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    let me refrase that,how many games played are needed to gain eligibility

  139. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    just found the espn player eligibility rules,10 games played in current year,BUT(this is stupid)outfield games played are broke down to right,center and left field games played,so you could find yourself with a guy like jones and not be able to play him anywhere for up to 27 games,in 5 outfielder leagues this is rediculous

  140. NickG says:
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    Hey Grey, somebody in my league got rattled by R. Romero’s game in Boston. Pick him off the waiver or go for De La Rosa?

  141. Mr Baseball says:
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    Gordon Beckham – you know what you are getting and the DL spot is not one of them – Alex Gordon the best 1 – 4 player on the free agent market

  142. Mr Baseball says:
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    # 142 BSA Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    An update from Sawx camp on the left side of the infield –
    Lowrie
    Hope this helps with people’s situations at 3rd and short.

    yes it does if my team needs Lowrie to play short that badly for me – I might as well give up playing fantasy baseball

  143. big o says:
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    @BSA:
    appreciate your informed updates . keep them coming , please .
    i fact factual information much more helpful than opinion .
    i can always form my own opinion .

  144. Art Vandelay says:
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    Better FA pickup – Pavano or Cook?

  145. Grey

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    @Will: I think you can get a safer outfielder for Yovani. Think Markakis, Dunn, Victorino, depending on needs.

    @Rick Dempsey: Thanks!

    @jbatkins: Beckham

    @NickG: dlR away games, Romero against the Central and West and Baltimore.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

  146. Sos says:
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    Is Yovani and Ortiz too much for Lincecum?

  147. Grey

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    @Sos: Nope

  148. big o says:
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    tough deciding which game to watch :
    wainwright/haren
    kazmir/greinke

  149. Speaking of Danny, not a hint of a slump just yet, looks great today, I have a hunch he’s gonna avoid it this time. He’s a man on a mission after his new contract, and I expect a solid 2nd half (maybe not as good as the first but good).

  150. @Grey: Haren…Plus Bonus Mini Donkey coverage!

  151. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Looking for some mid-season changes, Grey

    Here’s the current roster:
    C-Napoli
    1B-A Gonzo
    2B-Utley
    SS-Alexei Ramirez
    3B-Aramis Ramirez
    OF-Ibanez, BJ Upton, Pence
    UT-Pena
    BN-T Hunter
    BN-Reyes

    SP-Beckett & Bills
    RP-Jenks & Franklin
    P-Wainwright, Danks, Bedard
    BN-Slowey, Jurrjens, Hoffman
    DL-Peavy

    10team H2H Yahoo League and I’m currently in first but the big lead is slipping quick…

    I’m definitely dropping Peavy tonight, what area should I look to improve upon? I’ll then check out the wire and report back with options.

    Thanks Grey!

  152. Still kicking myself for not taking the offer of Haren for Votto…ah well…Hey, Haren with an RBI!

  153. Grey

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    @Nick: What starters are out there? Give me five to choose from.

  154. big o says:
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    @Elijah:
    by my count , that makes 3 of us on this site who aren’t buying into a haren 2nd half “collapse” …. (plus grey silently hoping) .

    @Grey:
    not a spectacular outing by the kazman … 6 innings , 1 er , 4 bb , & 3 k’s ….. had trouble locating the plate at times , and not even close to dominating lefties .
    room for improvement , i guess .

  155. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Floyd, Sanchez, Washburn, Pineiro, Duke, Wolf, Romero, Bergesen, Cook, Gaudin.

    Went a little beyond 5 but to be honest I’m not excited about the wires right now.

  156. Grey

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    @big o: I couldn’t get value for him in a trade in one ‘pert league, so I’m hoping he breaks the pattern.

  157. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    meche went on the 15 day dl .
    one of my teams’ era and whip is so bad , (14 teams , 2000 innings) , i get to start my new pick-up , latos .
    how do you think this A/AA kid will do ?

  158. Grey

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    @Nick: Wolf has a 3.50 ERA on the year. He should be on a team, even if you don’t start him in tough matchups.

  159. Grey

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    @big o: Well, hopefully. It’s a decent matchup at least. If nothing else, I’m hoping he can put together a decent month until the Padres watch his innings.

  160. Mini Donkey quietly mustered a 3 hit night.

  161. Robert says:
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    Kaz left with an arm injury. Any word on severity?

  162. @big o: I don’t own him myself (unfortunately, I had my shot), but am a Dbacks fan and see him all the time. He’s obviously aware of the trend and I think wants badly to arrest it now and prove hes worthy of being an ace. No one wants to be “Mr. May”.

  163. @Robert:

    Im shocked. To think I cut him after the first DL stint. Heh.

  164. Corey says:
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    What should we expect from diasuke in the future?(next few years) Will he be better than Lackey?

  165. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Washburn has a lower WHIP, ERA & more wins…whats your reasoning for Wolf over Washburn? Dodger love? haha

  166. @Corey:

    Who knows. Until he starts throwing strikes more consistently I’m Bearish. Cubbish even.

  167. Grey

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    @Corey: Lackey will be better.

    @Nick: Don’t worry about Wins. Washburn’s pitching over his head, Wolf isn’t.

  168. herschel says:
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    trade advice. i was offered clayton kershaw and vlad for my carlos lee. think my offense can take the hit as i currently have nelson cruz on the bench and need another sp as i dont trust my current staff (billingsley, lester, cain, cueto, baker, smoltz, buchholz). thoughts?

  169. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    re : latos
    my original intention was to skip his 1st start ,
    but after following the link to “scouting the unknown” , it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to wait on him , considering the innings limitations .
    generally , i skip over the “scouting the unknown” reports , if i don’t own the guy ,
    but these are really quite informative reports .
    am sure i’ll go back and digest all the reports , at season’s end , when i have a bit more time .

  170. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey…now for next weeks lineup considering I have so many pitchers which 7 do I start. Beckett, Bills, Jenks, Franklin, Hoffman, Wainwright, Danks, Bedard, Jurrjens, Wolf? I’m facing 3 solid RP & 4 Starters…

  171. Robert says:
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    Pinero a safe bet vs Ari?

  172. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    will kershaw be limited to 170 innings , or not ?
    when you were 10-12 , where did you live , and what was your favorite team ??
    cust nosey .

  173. Robert says:
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    I need a dozen innings, half a doz Ks, and 2 wins on Sunday and I finally win after 0-6 since June. ERA and Whip are mine, but close (3.18-3.94 & 1.29-1.42). I have 3 Sps going and he has none. Do I stand a chance with Lackey@OAK, Vazquez vs Mets, and Liriano@TEX? Thanks for the help.

  174. arussell1983 says:
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    hey everybody.. cantu or theriot? i just acquired aramis and cantu is expendable. looking to upgrade my SS (currently Hardy or Bonifacio)

  175. black love says:
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    think i should pick up Lowire and drop Asdrubal Cabrera?

  176. black love says:
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    oh and what do you think about starting kuroda tomorrow?

  177. Robert says:
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    10 team H2H. There is no need for me to have 8 SPs, correct? Wainwright, Nolasco, Vazquez, Lackey, Hanson, Price, Liriano, Kaz. Liriano seems to be better. I could use an extra bat if I drop Kaz. I hate getting burned when I drop a player and they instantly become better. Is Kaz a ways off to contributing?

  178. big o says:
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    guy in my 14 teamer just dropped vlad .
    for miguel montero .
    sign of the times , i suppose .
    1st year of a keeper league .
    this year we keep 3 players … next year 4 , etc .

  179. BSA says:
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    @Mr Baseball: With Reyes on my DL trust me I have looked at Lowrie.

  180. Grey

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    @Nick: Beckett, Bills, Jenks, Franklin, Hoffman, Wainwright, Jurrjens…

    @Robert: At this point, you gotta start him.

    @big o: Jersey, Yankees, might be limited in September.

    @Robert: I hope so.

    @arussell1983: Cantu

    @black love: If you have a backup, Lowrie won’t play every day.

    @black love: I’d start Kuroda. Obviously risky.

    @Robert: You don’t need 8, drop him.

  181. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You going Stauffer v Fish?

  182. KarlJ. says:
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    Which side do you prefer in a Zimmerman/ Gallardo for Wright/Shields deal?

  183. BSA says:
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    Red Sox lineup is out and so is Lowrie and Lowell, Ellsbury is in.

    I tell ya Francona puts out an early lineup.

    1. J.D. Drew, RF
    2. Dustin Pedroia, RF
    3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
    4. David Ortiz, DH
    5. Jason Bay,LF
    6. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
    9. Nick Green, SS
    – Jon Lester, SP

  184. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: thanks,where do you get these early lineups

  185. Mr Baseball says:
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    Brandon MorrowNA (Sea – SP,RP) – what do you think his future is ? I can use my wiaver in a keeper league – I have the 3rd waiver spot – the league is solid so I am not going to sneak in if two studs come up -but if three come up he will be mine – you did rate him as one of the top 40 starters – but that was a long time ago

  186. Mr Baseball says:
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    The Dodgers announced Saturday evening that Jason Schmidt will start Monday against the Reds.

    he is 38 years old – I believe he has not pitch in years in the ML
    and I believe his fastball is now peaking at 82mph but they are starting to pick him up – well not really they – more like him – the team that picked him up is 80 games out of first place so maybe that is not a good sign since he has no clue

  187. Anybody know whether Marquis is for sure starting today? He’s listed as far as I can tell, but there’s also news items about him being skipped this time through the rotation and not starting until 7/24 due to warming up in the all-star game and a blister. Any confirmation?

  188. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    Bat Phone to the manager’s office blinks when Tito has posted it in the clubhouse.

    bostondirtdogs.com

  189. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: get catwoman,thanks

  190. Mr Baseball says:
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    Jhonny Peralta
    Gordon Beckham
    Mike Lowell

    pick 2 of 3 here – this is how I see it – Mike Lowell has injury problems might inpact him for the rest of the season

  191. Mr Baseball says:
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    hey grey can you put these 4 pitchers in order best to worst for my fantasy team – its a deep league

    Carl Pavano – proud owner
    Bronson Arroyo – he will crap on me but proud owner
    Marc Rzepczynski – has looked OK – I own him and believe it or not I am getting offers for him – Lame offers but offers are offers
    Tim Stauffer – on free agent market

  192. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Given previous columns about just starting pitchers we have vs. not overthinking, these questions may get tedious. Still, wondering about Bedard (@Cle) and Lackey (@Oak) for a 5×5 10-team roto league. Thanks.

  193. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Arroyo, Pavano, The RZE, Stauffer….

    @Prince: I’d start them both.

  194. BSA says:
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    @Mr Baseball: I know you’re the man and I’m just a squirrel trying to get a nut but….

    Mike will be managed so the injury doesn’t get in the way like it did last year. Word from him is that draining the fluid and the last shot have him pain free like before his injury. He doubles off that Green Monster and over it for homers with his swing.

    Beckham has been doing my lineup proud .296 batting average since being called up, .368 in the past 15 games, and he plays all the time.

  195. Mr Baseball says:
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    José Reyes – think this season might be shot – but he has played 4 years in a row without any injuries so I think he should have almost the same value coming into next year – talking to myself since I own him in a keeper league and been getting offers for him

  196. Mr Baseball says:
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    210 BSA Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 8:59 am
    @Mr Baseball: I know you’re the man and I’m just a squirrel trying to get a nut but….

    hey BSA – I am proud to have Mike on my team in a deep league – got him off the free agent market – he was not drafted and the rest is gravy -

  197. Martin says:
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    @Grey-below is my team. As you can see its ice cold and i am falling fast in the standings. Im in a 12 team league with the stats that are also shown below. I think i need a pitcher to boost my rotation so if u could advise me who to try and trade away for a pitcher that would be great.

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    Opp
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    % Started
    H/AB
    R
    HR
    RBI
    SB
    TB
    AVG
    OPS
    C
    Chris Iannetta
    (Col – C)
    Ari 8:40 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    1B
    Adrián González
    (SD – 1B)
    Fla 10:05 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    2B
    Aaron Hill
    (Tor – 2B)
    0% -/- - - - - - - -
    3B
    Miguel Cabrera
    (Det – 1B,3B)
    0% -/- - - - - - - -
    SS
    Rafael Furcal
    (LAD – SS)
    Cin 10:10 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    OF
    Jayson Werth
    (Phi – OF)
    ChC 7:05 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    OF
    Shin-Soo Choo
    (Cle – OF)
    0% -/- - - - - - - -
    OF
    Matt Holliday
    (Oak – OF)
    Min 10:05 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    Util
    Pat Burrell
    (TB – OF)
    @CWS 8:11 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    Util
    Garrett Jones
    (Pit – 1B,OF)
    Mil 7:05 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    BN
    Juan Rivera
    (LAA – OF)
    @KC 8:10 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    BN
    Carlos Peña
    (TB – 1B)
    @CWS 8:11 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    DL
    Carlos Beltrán
    (NYM – OF)DL
    @Was 7:05 pm 0% -/- - - - - - - -
    Starting Lineup Totals——–

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    Pitchers
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    IP
    W
    L
    SV
    K
    ERA
    WHIP
    K/BB
    SP
    Roy Oswalt
    (Hou – SP)
    StL 8:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    SP
    Hiroki Kuroda
    (LAD – SP)
    Cin 10:10 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    RP
    Jonathan Broxton
    (LAD – RP)
    Cin 10:10 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    RP
    José Valverde
    (Hou – RP)
    StL 8:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    P
    Matt Capps
    (Pit – RP)
    Mil 7:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    P
    Joba Chamberlain
    (NYY – SP,RP)
    Bal 7:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    P
    –empty–
    0% - - - - - - - -
    BN
    Josh Beckett
    (Bos – SP)
    @Tex 8:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    BN
    Tommy Hanson
    (Atl – SP)NA
    ^ SF 7:10 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    BN
    Kevin Slowey
    (Min – SP)DL
    @Oak 10:05 pm 0% - - - - - - - -
    BN
    Rick Porcello
    (Det – SP,RP)
    0% - - - - - - - -

  198. Mike says:
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    Do I drop either Atkins or Kuroda for Latos?

  199. Quintero says:
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    @Mike: I won’t drop any of those two unless I saw Latos throws a couple QSs.

    I’m trading Gordon Beckham and Garrett Jones for Jimmy Rollins in an all-keep dynasty league. Somebody stops me?

  200. Cincinnasty says:
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    Haren and Lind for A-Rod?

  201. Xar says:
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    Start Millwood v Bos, @KC? Or Jordan Zimmerman v STL?

    Sit one of these: Aramis Ramirez, Chipper Jones, or Carlos Quentin? Do we know if Quentin is going to be back this week?

  202. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Would you try to trade Aramis & either Danks/Wolf/Jurrjens/Bedard for D Wright? This team loves the Cubs and might bite…trade which pitcher with Aramis in order first to last?

  203. DrEasy says:
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    What happened to Latos? He was taken out after 4 innings.

    Is anyone else keeping an eye on the Angels-A’s game?

  204. DrEasy says:
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    Ha! As soon as I mention it, Abreu spoils the perfect game by Brett Anderson. Way to jinx the poor dude.

  205. Doc says:
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    I hate Kuroda

  206. Doc says:
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    Wow! Felipe Lopez traded to #brewers. 2 minor leaguers sent to diamondbacks

  207. Robert says:
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    Just looking for the hot bat to pick up for a week: Beckham, Prado Fox. Pick one, please.

  208. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Doc: You have a link, or any idea who was sent to AZ?

    Wonder if this does anything to the Lopez value. Does he still play every day?

  209. Space Cadet says:
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    @DrEasy: Latos reached his pitch count

  210. DrEasy says:
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    @Space Cadet: Wow, this limits his fantasy value tremendously.

  211. Tom_Emanski says:
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    Well thanks for nothing Grey, you told me to drop Happ a month ago!

    Just kidding

  212. Grey

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    @Martin: I wouldn’t trade for a pitcher with that team. There has to be guys on the waiver wire. Why do you still have Porcello? Is this a keeper?

    @Mike: What’s Atkins doing on your team?

    @Quintero: Go for it if it helps you win this year.

    @Cincinnasty: A-Rod

    @Xar: Start Zimm, sit Quentin.

    @Doc: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Robert: Beckham

  213. Phils WSC says:
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    Anyone picking up Parra yet?

  214. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Phils WSC: In 12 team leagues, I’d grab him, but he’s obviously risky.

  215. Mr Baseball says:
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    He wants José Reyes from me – what would be a fair offer for me to trade him away if I wanted to – this is his team-KEEPER LEAGUE – 14 TEAM LEAGUE

    C Víctor Martínez

    1B Joey Votto

    2B Martín Prado

    3B Chipper Jones

    SS Jimmy Rollins

    OF Bobby Abreu

    OF Franklin Gutiérrez

    OF Garrett Jones

    Util Asdrubal Cabrera

    BN Milton Bradley

    BN Grady Sizemore

    BN Juan Rivera

    SP Scott Baker

    SP Jered Weaver

    SP Matt Garza

    RP Brian Wilson

    RP Leo Núñez

    RP Mike González
    (
    P Javier Vázquez
    (
    P Jair Jurrjens

    P Glen Perkins
    (
    BN Jordan Zimmermann
    (
    BN A.J. Burnett
    (
    BN Gavin Floyd
    (
    BN Max Scherzer

    BN Tommy Hanson

    BN Tim Stauffer

    _____________________________________

    MY TEAM

    C Brian McCann

    1B Prince Fielder

    2B Ben Zobrist

    3B Jake Fox

    SS Alexei Ramírez

    OF Raúl Ibañez

    OF Nick Markakis

    OF Carlos Gómez

    Util Colby Rasmus

    BN Casey McGehee

    BN Marcus Thames

    BN Everth Cabrera

    BN Juan Pierre

    BN Chris Davis

    DL Jay Bruce

    DL José Reyes

    SP Cole Hamels

    SP Derek Holland

    SP Craig Stammen

    RP Carlos Mármol

    RP George Sherrill

    P Brian Bannister

    P Jon Garland

    P John Danks

    BN Johnny Cueto

    BN Wandy Rodríguez

    BN Matt Cain

    BN Jeff Suppan

    BN Neftali Feliz

  216. Adam says:
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    Giving Haren and Helton for Johan and Hamilton is a no-brainer, correct?

  217. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: I’d want the Johan side.

  218. Robert says:
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    I know this is a low return, but for my homer shy team, would trading Wright for Dye & ML(holds) be really dumb? I am losing in HR and RBI categories the last 2 weeks in 10 team H2H. Already put Wright on the block with no interest. Sell low for power or hold and hope for the best?

  219. Tom says:
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    JP Howell for Evercab/Rasmus?

  220. Grey

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    @Robert: I wouldn’t do that.

    @Tom: It’s fair, depends what you need.

  221. BSA says:
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    I didn’t trust Anderson today so he sat while Meyers blew up! UGH!

    Anderson just earned some more trust today. He has looked very good lately against some tough lineups.

    My hitters going 4 for 42 today.

    OK so I should have benched my offense and played Anderson.

  222. Robert says:
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    Or, what if I can get Youkilis for Wright. More power for more speed. Wright’s lack of power is killing my team.

  223. Grey

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    @Robert: Youuuk isn’t exactly a home run hitter. Why don’t you get a big guy? Fielder or Howard?

  224. Mr Baseball says:
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    Partial List of those Scheduled to Attend Yankees all timers game

    old timers day is thinning out a bit

    Luis Arroyo
    Jesse Barfield
    Yogi Berra
    Ron Blomberg – first DH owned by Grey
    Dr. Bobby Brown
    Homer Bush – Homer Bailey father
    Rick Cerone
    Horace Clarke
    Tony Cloninger
    Jim Coates – showed up as a furry
    David Cone
    Chad Curtis – desperate times
    Bucky Dent
    Al Downing
    Mike Easler
    Dave Eiland
    Whitey Ford
    Oscar Gamble – Rudy Gamble’s father
    Joe Girardi
    Rich “Goose” Gossage – Grey’s former closer
    Ken Griffey, Sr.
    Ron Guidry
    Charlie Hayes
    Arlene Howard
    Helen Hunter
    Reggie Jackson
    Pat Kelly
    Don Larsen
    Hector Lopez
    Lee Mazzilli
    Gene Michael – best .207 hitter of all time – his claim to fame – THE HIDDEN BALL TRICK
    Jerry Narron – first all timers day
    Jeff Nelson
    Graig Nettles
    Joe Pepitone
    Bobby Richardson
    Mickey Rivers
    Bill “Moose” Skowron
    Aaron Small
    Bob Turley
    Roy White

  225. Mr Baseball says:
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    Michael was a master of the hidden ball trick, having pulled it off five times in his career.

  226. BSA says:
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    Riskier of the two Parra or Anderson?

  227. BSA says:
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    or simply toss them in a baggie and grab one?

  228. Robert says:
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    Ah man, I would trade Wright & ? in a heartbeat if I could get one of those guys. Their owners won’t trade(I actually have tried for both). Who would you package with Wright to get Howard or Fielder? Both owners a happy with their pitching. My team: Wieters, Morneau, J. Lopez, Wright, Hardy, Votto, Rios, Cruz, Bourn, Rasmus, Aram, G. Jones, Choo.

  229. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Ha! Great rundown.

    @BSA: Parra is riskier.

    @Robert: Jones, Lopez, Hardy, Wieters, or Rasmus, in that order.

  230. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Thanks now I can go shut down since my team never showed up today. To tomorrow…..

    Looking forward to your Monday post.

  231. Robert says:
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    Thanks. I’ll give it a try.

  232. arussell1983 says:
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    hey, who do you like the most? Derrick Holland, Tommy Hunter or Tim Stauffer

  233. Robert says:
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    Should I be encouraged by what Liriano is doing @TEX?

  234. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @arussell1983: Stauffer for now.

    @Robert: It’s a good sign, but it’s not exactly lights out.

  235. @Grey: start Latos @ Nats next week, maholm vs MIL, de la rosa, or MRP for last spot? Thanks

  236. cant even start latos, not in yahoo system? do you like maholm or dangerous matchup or scour the wire?

  237. Grey

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    @matthole: Maholm’s not awful there, hard to know what else is out there.

  238. fruit says:
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    han ram and Jp howell for lincecum and drew. who wins A. or B.

    then he asked to throw in for B.- M. Cabrerra for A. Gonzalez

  239. Grey

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    @fruit: It’s fair, depends on needs. I’d probably take the Lincecum side.

    Miggy’s much better than A-Gonz.

  240. the waiver options: Rzepczynski vs CLE, charlie morton vs ARI, arroyo vs LAD, de la rosa 2 home starts or MRP? maholm currently penciled in for last spot….

  241. cut dan meyer?

  242. Grey

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    @matthole: I wouldn’t cut Meyer. Arroyo.

  243. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What’s your take on the Felipe trade. Helps his fantasy value? Hurts it? Zzzzzzzzzz?

  244. Prince says:
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    What kind of OF can I get for Jurrjens? I picked up Nolasco on waivers and I think you’re higher on him than Jair so the latter has to go. Most likely no one in my league will trade, in which case it’ll just be a drop (7 SPs). I hate to do that, as he’s served me well, and I’m still a little leery of Ricky, but oh well.

  245. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: 1/18 indeed (happy belated half-birthday!)

  246. Martin says:
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    @grey- porcello is on the team just for the start vs. SEA and since he used to pitch against my school. However i might be able to trade werth for lacky. SHould i do it???

  247. Martin says:
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    @grey- and also to let you know pitching is really shalow, the only guys i can get are de la rosa, gaudin, zimmerman, blanton, zito, pavano, braden, parra while hitting i can always ride the hot bad

  248. Grey

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    @Steve: Will be in tomorrow’s roundup.

    @Prince: Should get a 3rd outfielder type. Think Lind.

    @Dingo: You too!

    @Martin: Lackey/Werth trade is fair. If you need a starter, go for it.

  249. Thanks again…niese worth a flier? should be called up with nieves injury….

    also pavano is on waivers…

  250. Robert says:
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    Hey Grey, S. Drew was dropped in my league. I have Hardy, who may be turning the corner for a big 2nd half? Would you keep hardy or drop him in favor of Drew? Thanks.

  251. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks as always

  252. Martin says:
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    @grey- could u rank choo, juan rivera, holliday, werth

  253. Joel says:
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    Took a deep breath and put in my four starters today:

    Edwin (had to, even at Yankee stadium, but didn’t want to)
    Joba (didn’t have to, didn’t want to, but did anyways)
    Vazquez (gimme)
    Pinero (i’ve entrusted him)

    So far, so good.

  254. Robert says:
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    One more- Any expectations for Quentin when he comes back? Thanks again.

  255. Grey

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    @matthole: Eh on Niese and Pavano.

    @Robert: Lose Hardy for Drew.

    @Martin: Holliday, Choo, Werth…

    @Joel: Nice!

    @Robert: I hope so because I have him on a few teams.

  256. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Grady? Rollins? In a keeper it’s going to be tough to trade away Reyes.

  257. what did you end up doing with your lowrie/cabrera situation? i have him too

  258. Grey

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    @matthole: Nothing yet. Holding tight for a few days.

  259. john says:
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    Felipe Lopez or Yunel Escobar for the rest of the season..or rather until Reyes comes back and is back to his old self?

  260. john says:
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    @Grey: thought so, just making sure Yunel’s little hot streak hasn’t changed anything

  261. DP says:
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    I desperately need pitching, and I have both Bartlett and Hanley. I like Bartlett… he’s been putting up stud numbers since last August, not including recent time on the DL.

    Anyway, I get offered Halladay and Peavy straight up for Hanley. What do you think?

  262. Grey

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    @DP: I’d want Halladay and a healthy guy for Hanley.

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