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Now it’s time for everyone’s favorite game, Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers.  Ding, ding, ding… Bassoon… Triangle!  Triangle!  Triangle!  Cow bell!  More cow bell!  One last ding.  In today’s installment of Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers, we’re going to look at some players since July 1st and try to figure out if maybe the numbers tell a different story than their names tell.  At this point in the season, it’s very important to abandon names and just try and plug in the best stats.  Anyway, here’s the latest in Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers:

Player A – From July 1st, 142 ABs, 27/1/9/.366/20
Player B – From July 1st, 118 ABs, 17/2/11/.263/1
Player C – From July 1st, 140 ABs, 27/2/19/.319/5

Player A is Nyjer Morgan, Player B is Brad Hawpe, Player C is Gerardo Parra – Otherwise known as, “Why is Hawpe the meat in a schmohawk sandwich?  Wait, is Hawpe a schmohawk? Or is he the meat?  The schmohawk or the meat?!  Someone tell me!”

Player A – From July 1st, 125 ABs, 26/3/22/.368/4
Player B – From July 1st, 122 ABs, 21/3/14/.286/6

Player A is Erick Aybar, Player B is Ben Zobrist – Otherwise known as, “Maybe Ben Zobrist isn’t related to Jimmy Christ.”

Player A – From July 1st, 126 ABs, 9/3/18/.206
Player B – From July 1st, 104 ABs, 22/6/15/.298

Player A is Victor Martinez, Player B is Mike Napoli – Otherwise known as, “Grey will never stop touting cheap catchers compared to expensive ones.”

Player A – From July 1st, 123 ABs, 14/5/19/.243
Player B – From July 1st, 127 ABs, 15/6/28/.314/2

Player A is Adrian Gonzalez, Player B is Pablo Sandoval – Otherwise known as, “Let’s think of Sandoval with the big boys.  Besides just the, uh, big boys.”

Player A – From July 1st, 137 ABs, 22/9/23/.343/3
Player B – From July 1st, 131 ABs, 23/3/13/.275/4

Player A is Michael Young, Player B is David Wright — Otherwise known as, “Zoinks!”

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hoping victor regaines his stroke for boston

  2. bobbo says:
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    Neftali Feliz = seriously nasty.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bobbo: Be fun to own him next year, for sure.

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ive got him in our keeper league,

  5. RIP Harry says:
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    I’d like to activate Feliz from my minors, drop Jim Johnson, Lidge, Blanton, or dlR? I’d prefer to drop an RP but can drop an SP.

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ha josh hamilton has raised his ave. 40 points in just over a week,only 1 hr but a couple of steals,he`s smokin

  7. anoraxx says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    And he was trying to convince us he had quit. Fraud.

  8. bobbo says:
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    @Grey @AL KOHOLIC: I have Feliz in my keeper too and I’m just praying he gets SP,RP status in Yahoo (we keep 3 SP and 2 RP)… yay loopholes!

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @bobbo: yeah,im using him this year,he gives you a few good innings and great k`s per week,cant hurt

  10. royce! says:
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    Zobrist seems to have caused some of his owners serious confusion… for example, his owner in my 20 team h2h had him on the bench, so I asked what he would want for him. His reply was Carlos Lee or “at least Markakis.” I said I couldn’t part with someone like that for Zobrist, and he should see why because he was the one benching him, and he replied, “I’m only benching him because he’s been slumping.” Uh, what? So apparently he was saying that Zobrist was on the bench because he was not playing well, but despite not playing well, he’s worth a top 10 or 20 OF. Because clearly Zobrist will return to his pre-ASB #s very soon, I guess.

    Cust Kayin’

  11. big o says:
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    so after rayburn jacks one over the green monster , to make it 2-0 in the 7th vs buchholz ,
    “eck” says … “i don’t want to say anything , because every time i do , somebody goes bridge” <== which is his term .

    so now , we have an announcer , who thinks that his voodoo is so bad , that he doesn't want to say anything .

    but , eck …… that's why we pay you to color comment on local games ,
    you want we should send you over to the middle east as a peace negotiator ?

    don't sit next to this man on an airplane !

  12. Sucklingduck says:
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    Billingsley for Nelson Cruz? Any thoughts. i need power and speed but I’m afraid Cruz’s injury isn’t going to allow him to run when he returns.

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Sucklingduck: when is the key word here,im waiting,hell kinsler will be back friday

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    boy soto`s arm must still be hurting,big ryan howard just stole a base

  15. Sucklingduck says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Its weird how Kinsler still leads the team in RBI’s……I’m waiting on him as well. I just figured i could trade my semi-injured pitcher for his semi-injured outfielder.

  16. Sucklingduck says:
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    Verlander is throwing serious gas…….struck out Bay on two 100 mph fastballs in a row. Even if you don’t believe the gun, that’s simply ridunkulous in the 8th inning after throwing 120 or so pitches. Me thinks he has passed Grienke in the CY Young chase. Maybe Beckett has something to say about that as well.

  17. SamYo says:
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    Verlander = Nasty.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: as a patient josh hamilton owner, i am thrilled that he has finally joined the 2009 MLB season. now if he and rollins can just get BJ upton to join the party i might be able to make some noise yet. sure the HRs aren’t there, but he has 4 2Bs in the last 2 days, so at least he’s driving the ball. if he really turns it on in sept (quite possible) then he’ll win some fantasy championships with a .350-10-30-5 month.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RIP Harry: Why do you want to activate him?

    @royce!: Yeah, no one knows what to make of him.

    @Sucklingduck: You can’t get someone like Victorino?

  20. Trying to pull something off before a trade deadline. Any thoughts on dealing VMart for McCann? Or if Victor could be replaced by Soto, Doumit, or Ianetta for the rest of the season, would you deal him for Carlos Lee or The Spectacular Mini-Donkey? This is purely an anti-Red Sock biased dump (cause I think that Victor in the middle of that lineup is bound to be productive); & I am reluctant but willing to overlook his uniform if he’s going to outproduce any or all of those trade options. Thanks for the recommendations.

  21. @Grey: Pls rank Ian stewart, Chris Coghlan, or Mark Ellis? Im currently starting Stewart, numbers arent too bad, just limited at-bats compared to the others concerns me

    Thanks

  22. anon says:
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    Hey this is a possibly stupid question, but what is the best way to know what the lineups are going to be on gameday? I usually try to just check ESPN scoreboard close to gametime, but I usually forget. Is there a better way to get that info? Pisses me off when, for example on Wednesday I sonovabenched a Huff homerun and BJ Upton took the night off in my UTIL slot.. thanks

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: I’d trade him for Reynolds or Lee (in that order) and then pick up Doumit.

    @matthole: Stewart, Coghlan…

    @anon: I just check right before game time.

  24. GTS says:
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    Bye bye robot jones…

  25. Martin says:
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    How much value do you have for jeff nieman? His schedule gets really tough in the AL EAST. Im trying to trade Capps and Buckholtz for DLR but if the owner of DLR says no should i offer any combination of capps, buckholtz, nieman, and g.jones. The players he doesnt want I should just drop right?

    Im in a 12 team competitive league.

  26. @GTS: Yup Top 8, O-fer 3, all by strikeout. Farewell brave pirate.
    @ Grey: Thanks..I’ll try.

  27. GTS says:
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    I need some K’s – start Gaudin @ SEA this weekend? Other options: Laffey, Porcello, C. Richard…

  28. RIP Harry says:
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    @Grey: I was looking to activate him because ERA, WHIP, and Ks are tight and not really moving in saves. Also activating him has no impact on his keeper status. Do you think his value for helping those categories is so minimal its not worth dropping someone for him?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: I wouldn’t own Niemann. Trade all of them for him.

    @GTS: Ah, hardly knew ye, Robot Jones.

    @GTS: Gaudin

  30. mrbaseball says:
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    @RIP Harry: Why do you want to activate him? I quess he is in love with middle relief pitchers that don’t get you wins save holds and as good as Felix looks – as a rookie he is always one game away from a diaster – so not that much pay off here unless you want to impress your mom

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RIP Harry: I wouldn’t drop any of those guys.

  32. mrbaseball says:
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    I think grey went over this that the few innings that felix throws he won’t have that much impact on the era or whip and I am sure the starter he does drop can strick out a few – rookie middle relief pitcher will soon or later get lit up

  33. RIP Harry says:
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    I was looking to activate him for help in ERA, WHIP, and Ks which are all tight. I probably wont be moving in saves so losing Lidge or J. Johnson isnt big. Activating Feliz does nothing to his keeper status. Are the gains from Feliz in those categories too minimal too drop a guy like Lidge or Johnson for?

  34. GTS says:
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    I’m starting Blanton @ ATL, Baker vs CLE, Harang vs WAS, Shields vs TOR, and Anderson vs CHW tomorrow. It could go really well or really badly for me… I dunno. Advice?

  35. RIP Harry says:
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    @Grey: @mrbaseball: Thanks for your input, youre probably right, not worth it

  36. mrbaseball says:
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    “Harry, keep the change.”
    Well another man might have been angry,
    And another man might have been hurt,
    But another man never would have let those pitchers go…
    I stashed Felix away at the moment.
    And wait walked away in silence,
    It’s strange, how you never know,

    Drafting Felix, and getting stoned,
    I go flying so high, when I’m stoned.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: I’d start them all and hope for three solid starts, one mediocre one and one bad one.

  38. Martin says:
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    nieman or g.jones if you have no emphasis on hitting or pitching?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Carlos Gonzalez? Jones.

  40. Martin says:
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    @grey- i meant that I can get DLR for capps, buckholtz, and either nieman or G.Jones. My league isnt hitting or pitching heavy but i guess you can say picking up a hot hitter is easier then picking up a hot pitcher.

    so should i give away g. jones or nieman?

  41. GTS says:
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    Capps is terrible this year. I’m glad I dropped him for Jim Johnson before today’s stats.

  42. GTS says:
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    Robot with 4 K’s today – droppable immediately.

  43. Lava says:
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    @GTS: Good to know! I was waiting just like you guys, and I’ll probably hit up CarGon now too. It’s been fun, mr roboto!

  44. gza says:
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    Matt Crapps strikes again. He pretty much destroyed everything I got from Verlander today. Why the hell was he out there anyways???

  45. knighttown says:
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    Assuming I don’t have to drop any of them, who would you start for the next week or so at MI, Prado, Furcal or Escobar?

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    g. jones 4 for 4 today,4 ab`s 4 strikeouts,im still riding him but he`s starting to smell like glue

  47. Steve says:
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    Yahoo’s exploding post-it note says Aramis is back tomorrow. Does anyone have any more credible information?
    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah – and you’re trying to get rid of him ;-)

  48. d2bnz says:
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    I’m in a keeper league and can retain up to 14
    2b/ss is my weak spot, it features Asdrubal, Felipe Lopez and Ian Stewart, and have just recieved an offer of Jose Lopez and Alcides Escobar for my Adam Wainwright.
    I have a good pitching staff #1 in ERA & Whip, 3rd in K’s and wins, and although this looks like I should reject I’d really like an opinion or two ……just how high is Escobar projected???

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Give away both if you need to. Niemann first.

    @knighttown: Prado

    @Steve: He is due back tomorrow.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @d2bnz: I wouldn’t make that deal.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: isnt that what experienced fbb guys should do with hot young unproven players?hehe,im surprised you havnt tried to trade me an overpriced guy for feliz or other young keepers for next year,im still needing some pitching.

  52. The Dude says:
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    Jurrjens and Ubaldo for Wainright?

    I drop Hardy

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Dude: You should drop Hardy anyway. That trade’s fair if you need pitching depth.

  54. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I can’t believe Juan Pierre didn’t make his list

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doug Ault: in pierres defense,they knew what he would do when they signed him and he did it well,till they decided to bench him,furcals the guy im tired of,just dropped him,a 260 hitting ss that cant steal a base or drive in a run

  56. Steve says:
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    0-16 in the RCL so far today.

    Sweet.

  57. peter says:
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    @Grey: I’m curious about how Ricciardi’s *own* contract is structured. My suspicion is that he gets a commission that’s something like = 0.07 * (total years signed * total value of contracts/total players signed).

    @AL KOHOLIC: Agreed, Furcal’s a pissah.

    Everth Cabrera or Alcides Escobar for a replacement?

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: every day i start out like 4-10 1 hr 3 rbi,then check later and see a 7-35 1 hr 5 rbi night

  59. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Should have picked up Gomes, obviously.

  60. mrbaseball says:
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    It was all about J. Gomes

  61. mrbaseball says:
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    Steve: Should have picked up Gomes, obviously. – might still one homerun left in him for tommorrow

  62. big o says:
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    “go , johnny go , gomes”
    “go , johnny go , gomes”
    “go , johnny go . gomes”
    “johnny be good”

    with apologies to chuck berry .

    thank-you thursday .
    so many empty spots on my roster ,
    the decision was made for me .

  63. Dumbmutt says:
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    Jurrjens or Ubaldo in ERA WHIP for rest of the year. They seem a bit close right now.

  64. Beltre has a bloody ball. Cust kayin’. Oooofah.

  65. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Zito, Masterson or Hammel tomorrow?

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: yeah i know,i kinda like masterson so that means wrong guy

  67. Steve says:
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    @Grey: A not-unexpected response. Just checking if I was missing. something.

    1-23 on the day now. On a short-schedule day, that takes some doing.

  68. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Should I still be waving my (ahem) Wiggy, or is it time for some Ryan Roberts?

    August’s not over yet, I guess.

  69. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And Jonathan Sanchez should be owned, right?

  70. BSA says:
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    @Steve: 1/23 now and CLee saved you from an 0fer.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Well today is such a thin day I am batting 6/11 with Tex waiting to go tonight. Hopefully the night off last night helped power him up but not enough to carry the Yankees to victory.

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i feel your pain on th 1-23,im 5-24,with the lone howard donk

  72. peter says:
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    Would you guys/girl start Zito @NYM tomorrow? Zito’s been very un-Zito-like in the last month (not >2 ER in any start, good K rate, won 3 of last 5). My hesitation: the Mets hit lefties much better than they do righties (OPS .776 vs .719).

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Wiggy’s boring me, but Roberts? eh. Sanchez should be owned.

    @peter: I wouldn’t.

  74. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Fox? Gonna lose playing time, isn’t he?

  75. Freak says:
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    Tell Rudy when he wakes up from his coma to update the Fantasy Razzball standings.

    Pretty please.

  76. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Freak: rudy is in quadanala with a 200 pound fisherwoman

  77. Nathan says:
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    My team is in desperate need of steals. H2H 12-team league, and I have lots of power in Dunn, Bay, M Young, Youks, Mauer(!!), and Cruz.

    What do you think about trading Cruz for a guy like Nyjer Morgan in this situation? Or would I be better off keeping Cruz and just picking up and playing guys like Fowler or Escobar.

  78. Nathan says:
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    Everth Cabrera also available in my league.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah

    @Freak: He returns from Prague this weekend or some shizz. I’ll ask him.

    @Nathan: Trade Cruz for him.

    @Nathan: Grab Everth too.

  80. Nathan says:
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    Everth over Dexter? Dexter has more steals and a better OBP, and doesn’t bat 9th.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nathan: Everth has more steals in a shorter time frame, it’s your call.

  82. arussell1983 says:
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    I’ve got to argue on the feliz benching. I am in a h2h league and dropped jim johnson last week to add feliz. IP is also a category in this league. Feliz will provide better stats in IP, K, ERA and WHIP. Johnson gets the edge on saves, but how many saves are we talking about, 1, maybe 2 saves in a good week. Its a no brainer for me when the drop is johnson. I’d tell you to activate him.

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