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When you’re looking at pitcher matchups for fantasy baseball, sometimes the cards just align for certain guys.  On the right day, Piniero can look like Winiero.  Or Jamie Moyer looks like “Play Me” Moyer.  Or Carl Pavano becomes Pava-yes.  It’s all about the matchups, right?  Anyone can win against the Indians… Well, maybe.  Maybe not.  I decided to look at teams, in general, to see what their overall stats could tell us about potential fantasy baseball matchups.

Best Team OBP – New York Yankees.  No shocker there, but the biggest shocker was Milwaukee ranked 6th.  Their team isn’t doing well, but through no fault of the offense.  It’s their pitching that’s Les Miserables.

Most Team Strikeouts – Arizona Diamondbacks.  Again, pretty obvious.  The Marlins, a perennial striker-outer, is still in the top five, but Toronto’s carrying 2nd place.  Anyone who’s seen these teams play shouldn’t be surprised.  First comes the Jays, then comes the Ks.

Worst Home Slugging – Pittsburgh Pirates.  Followed by the illustrious group of Houston, Seattle and Cleveland.  The major thing I take away from that is there are two NL Central clubs.  Reds, Brewers and Cards pitchers in away games?  Yes, please.

Terrible vs. Lefties – Toronto Blue Jays.  Bit surprised they ranked last in OPS vs. lefties with HGH Wells and his mighty cast of flash in the pans.  Most surprising was the Dodgers are bottom five.

Terrible vs. Everyone – Houston Astros.  No surprise here.  They’re followed by the Pirates, Mariners, Indians and Orioles.  The only real scary hitter amongst all of these teams to carry a bat is Milton Bradley.  And that’s more off the field scary.

Crazy Home/Away Splits – Texas Rangers.  In Arlington, I wouldn’t throw more than a handful of pitchers against them.  In away games, only the Astros are worst than them.  Zoinks!

Easiest Teams To Steal Against – Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.  Just went over who to steal against for fantasy.

Hardest Teams To Steal Against – Cardinals, Padres, Orioles, Rockies.  The urban legend goes that Yadier once threw out a runner in Royals Stadium while he was catching in St. Louis.  The runner was Steve Balboni.  And Yadier was 2 years old.

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  1. GopherDay says:
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    In reading this article, I came to one conclusion…The Astros STINK!!!

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Grey, I have no clue what drugs they gave you this weekend, but I wouldn’t own ANY Brewers pitchers (save Gallardo), home or away.

  3. (I just posted this below, before noticing the new post)

    Rudy, Grey, anyone — in a 20-team league, I need someone to fill in for Rollins (I have Aviles, but he usually plays 2B, so the substitute can be either a SS or a 2B). Who do you like more to play regularly and fairly well until Rollins recovers?

    Pickins here are slim: Brignac, Blake DeWitt, Jason Donald, Juan Castro.

    I’m basically looking for a guy who isn’t going to do much damage, but my weakest offensive categories are R and AVE.

  4. Cano he didn't says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Alfredo Simon for Carlos Villanueva?

  5. Wilsonian says:
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    Is John Jaso looking like he’s going to have/keep the starting job? I’m growing pretty tired of Soto’s lack of anything (hits, runs, HRs, RBIs, avg.) – he’s become about as useful as an asshole on my elbow. Would it be worth it to take a shot at Jaso in a 16 Team H2H? His numbers to this point are better than Soto’s, but I worry that he might lose considerable time at some point and I don’t know if/when Shoppach is coming back.

  6. The Fake Joe Rogan says:
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    1 Start Cueto OR 2 Start Cecil?

  7. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey:

    Good to see you’re back to work. I think the Brewers staff was drafted quicker than the Nationals in my razz draft.

    I have a razz dilemma. I own both Hochevar and Feldman. My IP (currently 391) is inducing me to limit starts and they pitch against each other this week (for the second time this year). Leaning toward benching Hochevar and starting Feldman but thinking about benching both.

    Whatcha think?

  8. Wah says:
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    Come 8/1/10, who has a better chance of being a full-time closer… Thornton (CWS) or Perez (CLE)?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: Thornton

  10. royce! says:
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    Hey Grey. Happy to see you’re feeling up to dealing with our apparent inability to manage our own teams… I’m wondering about a spot start for today- in a vacuum, Branyan (4/5 v. Danks), or apply today’s lesson and start Saunders v. TOR?

  11. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:
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    @Grey:

    Me and my catcher punting…Who do you like from this bunch:

    John Buck
    Ryan Doumit
    Soto
    Russell Martin

  12. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey:

    Thanks. Never thought I’d see a week where I bench Porcello, Hochevar, Feldman, and Kazmir.

    Planets must be aligning.

  13. Back to Minors says:
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    I was debating whether to take a stab with Wolf vs Houston, Mets as a 2 start pitcher this week. What would you say?

    BTW, great post. love this info.

  14. uncdrew says:
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    We’re all adding Bonderman, right?

    Right?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @uncdrew: He gets the M’s and the Indians next.

  16. Back to Minors says:
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    where does Wolf land on the unlucky list as far as fip?

  17. chisox says:
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    I need to pick three, points league, thanks a bunch

    Grienke, @ Boston (Buchholz)
    Haren, @ Colorado (Hammel)
    Dempster, LAD (Kershaw, STL (Wainwright)
    Romero, @ LAA (Santana), Balt. (Guthrie)
    Kennedy, @ Colorado (Chacin), @ SF (Wellemeyer)
    Cueto, Pitt. (Morton)

  18. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Drop lackey for Double Gio?

  19. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Also, I can’t find your original post on Stanton. What kind of numbers do you see him getting?

    In a 10 man 5×5 is it worth dropping any of these to stash him?
    Castro, Bartlett (one of these two are on my bench), Span, Robot, Damon

    My 4 OF are Kemp, Abreu, Span, Damon, w/Granderson DL, and Robot filling a CI slot

  20. Lines says:
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    Hey Grey. Glad you’re feeling better.

  21. and1mcgee says:
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    Yadier Molina once throw out Cool Papa Bell… while he was the bullpen catcher.

  22. dingers says:
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    glad u r feelin better grey…
    jose guillen just hit waivers..loose corey hart 4 him?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dingers: Thanks! I’d hold tight.

  24. Professor Chaos says:
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    Hey Grey, hope you’re on the mend. Would you trade Scott Baker for Vernon Wells? Have Josh Johnson, Hamels, Bills, Lester to anchor the rest of the staff.

  25. Dracula says:
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    Drop Fowler for Coco Crisp? Seems like they have basically the same skill set and Coco has a spot while Dex doesn’t..

  26. Back to Minors says:
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    re Wolf…yikes! maybe i’ll stay away.

  27. Spartacus says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Glad to see you are back.

    Do you think D. Lee comes back or try to get what I can for him?

    Thx,

    Spartacus.

  28. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Clarified question: Davis or Podsednek

    You said Davis was the drop between these two. I need speed, is he still the drop? Or is the speed closer than I think?

    Thanks!

  29. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Good 2 c ur back. Do I start all 4 of these SPs on wed?
    Garza v. Boston
    Jaime Garcia @ SD
    Bills @ Cubbies
    Liriano v. NYY

    I also have Gallardo, looks like he’ll throw on Thursday. With a 28 inn. min in h2h, what say you?

  30. Nick says:
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    @Grey
    was jut offered robot jones for kershaw. Am I being ripped off, even if I have great pitching? I really would like to use him while sizemore and grandy sit out..

  31. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey – All this sudden love for Bonderman. Should I drop either Medlen or Harang to take advantage of Jeremy’s upcoming favorable matchups? 12 team H2H points league. Thanks!

  32. uncdrew says:
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    @Dracula — anyone better? I dropped Fowler weeks ago when Hawpe (or was it Smith) was returning. I assume Luke Scott is gone. Can you sit on Stanton? Is Nate McLoser around — he might turn it around…

    @Lumbergh — I was just perusing the availalbe SPs to replace Chacin and noticed Bonderman had some recent good outings and some upcoming nice match-ups. It’s worth a try, and (please Fantasy Baseball Gods, i don’t ask for much) he might actually make a full season out of it.

  33. longbeachyo says:
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    ok, 2 questions…
    A. Is Masterson gonna masturbate on my ERA today? He’s done very well against CHW in the past, but do I trust him…
    2. Should I add John Axford if I REALLY need saves? Rafael Soriano is helping Alfredo Simon to my DL spot as we speak… (maybe) And those are my closers!!!

    P.S. I hear Axford’s ‘stache put’s Grey’s to shame…

  34. Dracula says:
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    @uncdrew- I wish. It’s a 20 team league, so the best option on waivers is Lastings Milledge.

  35. and1mcgee says:
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    @Enrique: trade for Xtian Guzman

  36. Fletch says:
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    @Grey – What are your thoughts on John Axford’s stache? Pretty sweet, eh…

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Professor Chaos: Thanks! It’s an okay trade.

    @Dracula: Sure, but agree with uncdrew.

    @Spartacus: Thanks! I think Lee can get hot, but no idea who you’re getting for him.

    @Bermuda Triangles: Speed is speed. Davis is the drop between the two.

    @tHe ShiT: I’d start all except Liriano.

    @Nick: I’d want Kershaw.

    @Bill Lumbergh: I wouldn’t own Bonderman but he does have decent matchups. Him over Harang for this week.

    @longbeachyo: A, could be fine. 2. What do you mean, Rafael Soriano’s injured? I’m confused. But I wouldn’t own Axford outside of very deep leagues.

  38. Commish Cauda says:
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    Pick ONE for this week for my H2H league

    Correia vsSTL (J. Garcia)
    Holland @MIN (Pavano)
    Slowey vsTEX (Colby Lewis)
    Zach Duke @ATL (Lowe)

    I could also start Holland at RP over Contreras. If so, that would make the above a pick TWO, if you were so inclined.

    Thanks.

  39. mikeE says:
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    I need to keep 2 of the 3 following SPs in my 5×5 roto league: Kevin Slowey, Clayton Richard or John Ely. Who should I hold on to? I’m leaning toward keeping Slowey and Ely…

  40. Commish Cauda says:
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    @mikeE: How deep of a league? If it’s 12-team or less, I’m wondering if whoever you decide to drop might still be around later?

    No matter what, I’d try to trade one first. Ely and Richard have a good buzz about them right now.

    But gun to my head, I’d rather go with the known-quantities of Slowey (who I still believe in), and Richard.

  41. mapwheel says:
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    Lets not forget to start pitchers against the Cubs. They might hurt your WHIP, but it seems like they only get 2-3 runs a game on a regular basis.

    Also, Grey, thanks for calling Julio Borbon “Jacoby Ellsbury six rounds later” in the preseason. Turns out he is more like “Willy Taveras twenty rounds earlier”.

  42. The Den says:
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    My outfield consists of Lind, Granderson, Pence, and Quentin. Needless to say it has been a disaster. What OF talent should I trade Lester for?

  43. uncdrew says:
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    Ethier has some fancy new thumb cast. I’m excited about it.

  44. longbeachyo says:
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    no, Alfredo Simon is hurt!! I need a closer bad, and it looks like Axford could be the long term (however long that is) answer. You don’t actually think they’ll give “Mr. Hells Bells” another shot, do you???

  45. Quimmy says:
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    Best option to replace rollins for 2weeks:

    F.Lopez, c.guzman or evcab?

  46. Hi everyone: IS it a good deal if I trade Chapman to get Carlos Quentin?

  47. Spartacus says:
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    @Grey: I was offered Mags for D-Lee. I think it comes up a bit short but…

    Rgds,

    Spartacus

  48. airlifting says:
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    just picked up sheets during his start yesterday…looks like he was sitting around 92-93, which is encouraging…but…i don’t really need him. with a staff of greinke, leake, romero, holland, niemann…would you lose matsuzaka or sheets for axford?

  49. Dracula says:
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    OK, new question: In a 20 team league, who is the best option: Milledge, Fowler, or Crisp?

  50. Dumbmutt says:
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    12 Team H2H
    Drop CJ Wilson for Kennedy?

  51. herschel says:
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    @All: any news on carlos gonzalez for this week? About to board a plane and curious if he is safe to start in weekly roto leagues? I know he’s been cold, but a facing a gang of righties at home this week should hopefully right the ship. Thanks.

  52. Grey

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    @Commish Cauda: Holland, start Contreras.

    @mikeE: Ranked Richard (at home), Slowey, Ely…

    @The Den: Maybe Werth? Holliday?

    @uncdrew: Ha

    @longbeachyo: Axrod wasn’t exactly lights out and Villanueva and Coffey were both unavailable.

    @Quimmy: EverCab for steals, Lopez for Runs and potential other shizz.

    @Enrique: I’d take Quentin.

    @Spartacus: I’d want Lee.

    @airlifting: Sheets…

    @Dracula: Fowler…

    @Dumbmutt: It’s okay.

    @herschel: I’d start him.

  53. Mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey would you trade rasmus for Ervin Santana?

  54. SamYo says:
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    Would you start Ian Kennedy @ Col ? Thanks.

  55. Anyone done any good research on John Ely yet? He’s only gone 31ish innings so far, so things may change, but his rate stats are excellent so far. The only real danger sign is the 0% HR/FB, but on the other hand his BABIP is a little high at .321 (not terribly high, but I’d expect it to come down a bit).

  56. @Grey:

    What’s your take on CJ Wilson going forward? Seems like the air is coming out of the balloon.

  57. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Beckham actually showed some life last week. Givehim another shot or wait a little longer and go with Felipe Lopez this week (H2H)?

  58. cruisinkc says:
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    Which OF do you like best for the rest of the season: Victorino or Rasmus? And is it by a lot?

    Also, thoughts of where Garza is ranked among SP for the rest of the season?

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Victorino and yup. Yes, Garza’s a great pitcher.

  60. Tom Emanski says:
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    Is Davis a bad start today against Boston?

  61. bravo says:
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    I’ve got 2 questions, grey. Please help:

    which pitchers should I start (if any):

    J. Chacin vs Ari
    S. Baker vs NYY
    E. Santana vs Tor

    Also, what’s your take on Jose Reyes? Can he turn it around? I just traded for him, hoping for him to contribute…

  62. Kazmere says:
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    Kendrick or McGehee for the rest of the season?

  63. GopherDay says:
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    Yahoo caught wind of Stephen’s article on Scouting the Unknown! Jose Tabata just got a nice blurb.

    I was reading the comments and one guy asked about Luis Durango and his elite speed. Upon furthur research, I see he has stolen 17 bags! But caught 10 times….It looks like the Padres could bat him leadoff, and with their aggression on the base paths, could he be fantasy relevant?

  64. Doot Doot says:
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    Hi Grey!
    Penny on my DL, I deal with him later.
    I have CJ.Wilson as the potential drop, any of these guys better options for remainder of year? (roto,5×5,12team)
    Harang,matsuzaka,Gio gonzalez, B.Myers, A.sanchez, Pavano.

  65. GopherDay says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Who else would you start? There are only 4 games today…

  66. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: And they had a blurb on Cashner….’Cust Cayin….

  67. Tom Emanski says:
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    @GopherDay: Well I could not start him. Since it’s Monday, I might as well go for it.

  68. Kazmere says:
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    Grey, thoughts in Big Papi? Drop Luke Scott for him if I need power for the next month +?

  69. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Jonny Gomes vsPIT, vsHOU (7 games)
    or
    Carlos Gomez vsHOU, vsNYM (6 games)

    H2H-Points

    thanks

  70. SotoMojo says:
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    Hey Grey, I have to work some FA magic to replace Rollins….again. Who would you pick up for the several weeks Jimmy is out? Desmond, Uribe, Alexei, Felipe Lopez are some of the guys out there.

  71. genghis chone says:
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    Drop Wandy for Randy Wells?

  72. Corey says:
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    Aram/Fernando Rodney for Nolasco

    The first team needs pitching and the second team needs everything. which team wins?

    17 team dynasty

  73. mauledbypandas says:
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    Someone dropped Sandoval in my 12 team roto for some strange reason. I know how you feel about bench players Grey, so would you make a move for him with this roster?

    C- Napoli
    1B- Votto
    2B- Kinsler
    3B- Wright
    SS- Reyes
    OF- Cruz, Hamilton, Kemp
    BN- Span, Bruce

    SP- Hamels, Marcum, Wilson, E.Santana, Lewis, Latos, Kershaw, Ely
    RP- Soriano, Feliz, Marmol… Contreras

    thinking of dropping Contreras since my closers are very nice, but perhaps Span

  74. mauledbypandas says:
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    @mauledbypandas: also have Ian Stewart.

  75. Corey says:
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    Drop anyone for Him, now.

  76. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Grey: Hey, it’s not like I drafted all these guys! Just trades and stupid people dropping slumping stars. I won’t get Sandoval anyhow, last on wavier priority cause I snagged Beckett and stashed him on the DL.

  77. Steve says:
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    Upton hitting 8th today. Sheesh.

    @Grey: Time to bail on Scott ya think?

  78. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    H2H

    Pick TWO

    Colby Lewis @MIN(Slowey)
    Lilly vsLA (Billingsly)
    Zito vsWAS (Stammen)
    J. Chacin vsARI (Kennedy), vsLA (Kershaw)

  79. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    Thanks. In another H2H league, I assume, then, you’d go with Lilly over Porcello (vsOAK (Braden))?

  80. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Actually, let me ask that question more completely…

    Pick TWO

    Lilly vsLA (Bills)
    Porcello vsOAK (Braden)
    Pavano vsTEX (Holland)
    Matusz vsOAK (Cahill)

  81. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: you’re too fast Grey

  82. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Grey: oh, when do the RCL signups happen? I found the site just after they had gone through this year and I want to be a part of it next year for sure. Thanks.

  83. Steve says:
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    Papi is supposed to be crapi. What’s going on?

  84. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I’m in a 14 team Dynasty League…Not very deep positions, standard plus an IF slot. My OF of Manny, Krispie, and Ichiro has been pretty good, but I might be able to use him in the Util slot where I’m choosing between Miguel Tejada and Hideki Matsui! Blech!!

    Durango’s OBP is pretty good…With all the SB guys out there, in both my ROTO leagues I can’t seem to find any of them! Last in SBs in both of them!

  85. longbeachyo says:
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    Well… Masterson just blew his wad all over my pitching categories! How can he have such great peripherals (3.86 GB/FB) and be SO bad??? Yes, I see that he’s been very unlucky… (.399 BABIP & 65.5 LOB%) But when does it change?

  86. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Is Scott getting bailed upon???

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: I think we’re done with Scott, yeah. You can take a flier on Durango if you like, speed is speed, so might catch lightning in a bottle.

    @longbeachyo: Not sure, he needs Joe Boo.

  88. Tom Emanski says:
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    Wade Davis headed for another 5 IP start. It’s like he’s a long reliever.

  89. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I bet the Cards are eyeing Masterson up already.

  90. royce! says:
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    I need additional power in a h2h league that counts 5×5 plus OBP and XBH, and K/BB and Holds. Would you rather lose Colby Lewis or Ian Kennedy for Willingham? Or neither?

  91. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey…Yeah, I might go ahead and do that. I mean what do I lose?? A few 0 fer 3s?? Heck! Thats what Matsui is giving me!!!

    On a different note, WHY CAN’T THE RANGERS FRICKIN GIVE VLAD ONE MORE START IN RIGHT FIELD??? I’ve got Grandy and Snider on the DL, my outfield has these schmucks filling in and it would make my outfield much nicer if I can put Vlady into it. He has 4 starts.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Yup

    @Steve: Ha!

    @royce!: Neither…

    @GopherDay: Agreed, be really nice to see Vlad get that start. It’s my fantasy team we’re talking about here!

  93. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I know!! Ron Washington needs to realize that both yours and my fantasy teams are very important!! It is really too bad the Rangers didn’t travel to the NL, then Vlad would have had to start in the OF. Borbon to the bench anyone??

  94. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nice to have you back on deck BTW.

  95. Flightpath says:
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    Grey: I have the number one offense in my league, but I have terrible pitching. Can you give me the go to pull the trigger on Werth for Lester/Chapman?

  96. GopherDay says:
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    @Flightpath: Chapman has like a ridiculously high WHIP in the minors, and honestly I don’t think he’ll have a huge fantasy asset this season. I’d see what else you could get besides him.

  97. Grey

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    @GopherDay: True… Do they not go to the NL at all this year? Don’t feel like Googling it myself.

    @Steve: Thanks!

    @Flightpath: Lester and someone else. Don’t go for Chapman. Even if you take someone like Dempster with Lester it’s better.

  98. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Would you rather have Boesch or FraGu?

  99. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, they have a series at MIL, FLA, and HOU. He’s bound to get at least one start there…

  100. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: First at NL game is 6/11…so it shouldn’t be too far off!

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Ah… Cool, then he’ll get there soon.

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

    If I can get F-Her for my Hughes and Krispie I gotta do it, right? We start only 3 OF in this league and I got Granderson, BJ Upton, Bruce and Hart along with Krispie for these 3 spots + my Util

  103. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    I really could use some help on this trade offer I just got.

    I give:
    Phil Hughes
    Matt Wieters

    I get:
    Felix Hernandez

    It is a 12 team H2H points league with 5 keepers. I would have to pick up a catcher and barajas, cervelli, jaso, b-molina, and doumit are available just so you have an idea of the replacement level. What do you think I should do?

  104. joe from point pleasant says:
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    thats weird. i just realized the person above me has essentially the same dilemma. lol.

  105. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Grey: @GopherDay: you guys need the Rangers to play a tough lefty so they sit Borbon and Hamilton… that or an injury is about the only way Warsh will do it.

  106. mr baseball says:
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    Carlos Guillen met Stephen Strasburg tonight

    winner Guillen –

    1st ab – swung at first pitch – just got under it
    2nd ab – line drive base hit

    they pulled Strasburg after 50 pitchers as Guillen was due up next – Strasburg wanted no part of him

    looks like he can be hit from the Stretch Cunningham position

  107. BSA says:
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    The way Papi and Wiggy are playing I think I may head over to try my luck at the casino.

    The announcers were all giddy tonight on the radio about Papi’s confidence as he waited for his second at bat.

    Steve, Did you have Papi?

  108. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey,
    I cant quite figure out if this is a good trade for me. When you look at it from the surface it looks good, but I think I maybe giving up too much of the what makes my team good.

    This is a 10 team 5×5 H2H with 3 OF’s and 2 utl spots. 3 DL spots

    Here is my current team
    Soto
    Howard
    Phillips
    Jeter
    Longoria
    Luke Scott
    Pacman
    Bruce
    UTL Ian Stewart, Quentin
    Bench Gardner, Glaus

    DL Either, Sizemore, Beltran
    SP
    Hammels
    Lester
    Verlander
    Sanchez
    Slowey
    Buchholz
    Penny
    Oswalt
    Holland
    Ian Kennedy

    RP
    Marmol
    Franklin
    Nunez
    Aarsmada

    I usually win in all pitching categories except I am 3-3-1 in saves. Im pretty much a split in all the batting categories.

    The trade that was offered to mis is this…. I give Longoria, Oswalt, and Franklin

    and get Braun, AGonzalez, Beltre.

    Yes my bats upgrade, but my concern again as stated above is that I will lose in pitching stats more frequently. A Simon is on the wire along with Kerry Wood and Chris Perez, and the new guy for the Brew Crew (not Charlie V) to pick up as a closer.

    Is Beltre/Ian Stewart good enough for me to make for 3b for the year?

    Also on the wire is Corey Hart, Adam LaRoche, Ben Sheets…..any of those that I need to add? Soto is killing me but should I give up on him yet?

    As always, thanks Grey!

  109. Bob says:
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    Annibal Sanchez or Clay Buchholz?

  110. BKK says:
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    With a slight need for SB, but would prefer the best option at this point, would you rather roster Patterson, Venable, Jonny Gomes or Luis Durango

  111. BKK says:
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    @Bob: Clay

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @Carl Spackler: I think it’s good for you. A pitcher of Oswalt’s pedigree can be found on waivers in a ten team league. Add Hart over Glaus. Leave Soto alone.

    @Bob: What BKK said.

    @BKK: Patterson for speed, but he’s death in so many categories, I’d go Gomes.

  113. Infamy707 says:
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    I have Granderson coming off the DL soon so I have to drop someone, should I put a 6 waiver claim on Sizemore who was just dropped since I have to drop someone anyway. If so who should I drop; Span, Headley,J.Bruce, or RAndy Wells

  114. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks

  115. Martin says:
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    @grey- could you please decide between Tex or Fielder. Also buckholtz or CJ wilson. And Buchholtz and Baker. Thanks

  116. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Is Prince 4 Braun enough? Wut side would u take?

  117. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Or should I propose Butler/Gallardo 4 Braun? I have a surplus of SPs…others r Bills, Garza, Liriano, Garcia, Anderson (DL)

  118. BKK says:
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    @Carl Spackler: I was thinking I would take that deal if I were you. You get the best talent out of the deal and in a 10 team league, there are always options for you. If you don’t think 3 closers is enough, go get Wood, but not sure I would touch him. I owned both Perez and Wood, and have since dropped both. I couldn’t afford Wood’s dumping on my ratios in H2H and Perez only got a handful of saves while he had the job.

  119. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, do you like Davis or Cahill?

  120. Tom Emanski says:
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    That is, for the rest of the year.

  121. Carl Spackler says:
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    Thanks Grey and BKK! Is the platoon of Beltre/Stewart good enough? Encarcion is on the wire, but we have only 75 pickups throughout the year and hate burning a couple of moves each week picking up the hot hands each week.

    Grey, using your crystal ball……what set up men do you see taking over sometime this year? Take out Rodney and Mike Adams since they are already owned in my league.

  122. Derrek Lee is killing me. I know, I know, he will come around soon. Someone in my league just dropped Smoak in frustration. Should I scoop him up as insurance and drop a middle reliever (we count holds).

    Thanks,
    Jim

  123. Grey

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    @Infamy707: Can lose Headley if he’s a bench bat.

    @Martin: Tex, Buchholz…

    @tHe ShiT: Braun

    @tHe ShiT: It’s not a huge surplus, but I’d prefer to trade Butler and Gallardo.

    @Tom Emanski: I don’t like Cahill. Not a huge Davis supporter either though.

  124. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Chris Tillman is said to be coming back up this Saturday. How does he compare to Cahill and Davis? Sorry for the multiple posts.

  125. Grey

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    @Tom Emanski: It’s fine, don’t apologize. I’d take Davis over Tillman.

  126. Cheese

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    Howard and Ian Kennedy for Lincecum and Damon

  127. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Ur right, its not really a surplus, but guys like Kennedy, Anibal, Matusz, Holland, Scherzer, Richard, Gio are on the wire. My thinking is I could pick up one of those guys and ride them while theyre hot or the rest of the way while getting a huge OF upgrade. My OFs r Cruz, Robot, PacMan, n Snider. In your opinion, should I try to upgrade @ OF or stand pat? My other hitters are Napoli, Prince, Kel-Jo, Zorilla, Zimm, Butler. Thanks Grey and sorry 4 the hard time with my team…

  128. Tom Emanski says:
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    I’m considering picking up Anibal Sanchez (for Bartlett). He’s off to a nice start with good peripherals, but with all the injuries in his past, he doesn’t have a full season on his record yet. I’m wondering if they’ll let him start the whole season.

  129. Grey

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    @Cheese: Depends on needs, I’d wnat Howard.

    @tHe ShiT: Upgrade your outfield.

  130. Grey

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    @Tom Emanski: Anibal had an insanely easy schedule to get to where he is right now.

  131. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    @Grey: Re: Howard/Kennedy for Lincecum/Damon deal

    16 team 8×8 league, my other pitchers are:
    Verlander, Ervin Santana, Slowey and Medlen

  132. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Koo thx Grey, just sent the Butler/Gallardo offer 4 Braun.

  133. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You like Anibal tomorrow?

    Elsewhere, Effin’ Stubbs killing my Razz team (even if my H2H team thanks him), and Marson – who told him to start hitting?

  134. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Anibal gets the Braves BTW.

  135. Mike says:
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    Grey (or anyone): What do you make of Chad Billingsley’s recent success? Is he a sell-high candidate? Or is he for real?

    Also, is Trevor Hoffman a good buy-low candidate? Perhaps getting him for Rich Harden (b/c I have a surplus of pitching)?

  136. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: welcome back kotter…hope you are feeling better…napoli or soto going forward? also who wins this deal: morneau/gardner for tex/rios?

  137. @Grey: You think Yunel’s going to make a sacrifice to Jobu and get his mojo back? He’s been awful but he can’t be this bad, can he? Yunel and Maybin are murdering my OBP (15 team 5×5, OBP instead of AVG). Fortunately I have infield depth and now that Beckham seems to be hitting, I can bench Yunny. I’m stuck for OF, so Maybin plays for counting numbers.

    Thinking I may take Schierholtz over one of those two bums.

    Scierholtz over Yunny or Maybin? I have more infield depth, than outfield.

  138. Black Beard says:
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    Which side do you favor: Hughes, Napoli and Weeks or Cruz and Uggla?

  139. Howard says:
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    Welcome back Grey! Glad you’re feeling better! Any of these starts to avoid?
    Lester@TB
    Pit@Leake
    Kennedy@Col
    Toronto@Ervin
    Boston@Shields
    Kershaw@Chicago
    Peavy@Cleveland

    Thanks!

  140. Grey

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    @Cheese: I’d want the Howard side still.

    @tHe ShiT: Cool…

    @Steve: I had two hitters go today in fantasy Razzball, Cedeno and Stubbs. 2 homers and -41 point. I wouldn’t mess with Anibal, but he might be okay.

    @Mike: I’d want Hoffman for Harden. I think Bills is exactly the pitcher he’s always been. Good ERA, good Ks, not good WHIP.

    @mc serch: Thanks! Napoli… Tex side.

    @3FingersBrown: I don’t like Yunel, but he’ll be better than he has been. I’d take Maybin and Yunel over Schierholtz, unless Nate’s playing, which he’s not. If he were, I’d take him over Maybin in an OBP league.

  141. @Grey: Keeping an eye on Nate. He had the bad shoulder but I think he should be able to play his way back into that awful lineup – unless they do something retarded like put Huff in LF and slide Torres over to RF. I read something about that. All an effort to justify Renteria’s 9 mil.

  142. Kazmere says:
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    Hey Grey, glad to have you back! Can you please rank for the rest of the yr?

    Oswalt, Cueto, Scott Baker, Peavy

    Thanks!

  143. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Be starting Anibal in H2H, by the way.

  144. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I came to an important realization today….YOU are the most interesting man in the world.

    Your organ donation card also lists your mustache.

    Your mother has a tattoo that reads “son”

    You have never once said anything tastes like chicken, not even chicken.

  145. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  146. @Grey: “just the tip” – thats what she said, lame, although I may refer to my penis as iceberg from now on

    @BSA: My boston brethren (sorry if its weird that I know that, but at this point of reading on here, yeah its gunna happen), I added Ortiz about 10 days ago, pretty sure he’s got me 5 HR since then. Keep the faith as they say

  147. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I bet…That is just what I can summize from a tiny blurb of a picture and your words on fantasy baseball.

    You, Jack Bauer, and Chuck Norris once walked into a bar. The bar blew up because of the sheer awesomeness.

  148. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: @GopherDay: That is some of the funniest shit I’ve ever read on this blog. Keep it going fellas…

  149. ViagraFalls says:
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    I’d like to get anyone’s advice on the roster lineup I am putting together for my team tomorrow (Tuesday). It mostly revolves around serious questions I have at the 1B position, but I would like to hear what you guys think.

    C V-Mart (@TB vs. J. Shields), has .375 BA against
    1B Carlos Pena (Boston vs. Lester) has .310 BA against and 1.215 OPS
    2B Cano (@Min vs. S. Baker), has .444 BA against and 1.222 OPS
    3B McGehee (Hou vs. F. Paulino), has .387 OBA against similar pitchers
    SS Tulo (Ari vs. I. Kennedy), has .316 OBA against similar pitchers
    OF M. Holliday (@SD vs. J. Garland), has .500 BA against and 1.167 OPS
    OF J. Heyward (@Fla vs. A. Sanchez), has .667 OBA against similar pitchers
    OF T. Hunter (Tor vs. R. Romero), has .500 BA against and 1.167 OPS
    Util J. Cantu (Atl vs. Kawakami), has .375 BA against and 1.000 OPS

    B J. Damon (@Sea vs. Fister), has .429 BA against and 1.000 OPS
    B D. Freese (@SD vs J. Garland), has .372 OBA against similar pitchers
    B M. Byrd (LAD vs. Kershaw), has 3 well hit balls in 8 against K in last year

    I have been understandably benching Pena for the last couple weeks because he hasn’t been consistently hitting, only bringing team percentages down. But he has been showing some signs of getting it lately and, with the new demotion to the 7 spot, I am hoping he comes around. I need what he brings. So my question is this: do I play him Tuesday since he has a good history with Lester, or do I continue to use Cantu at 1B, bench Pena and move Damon, Byrd or Freese up into the Utility spot?

    Thanks a lot for any advice.

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