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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. *Grey groans at his own wordplay*  It’s all about the matchups, right?  Anyone can win against the Nats… 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 – Cleveland Indians – You look at their overall record and you may think they’re a terrible team, but they’re getting on base and scoring runs.  It’s their pitching that’s Les Miserables.

Most Team Strikeouts – Florida Marlins – What’s that, a fifty-eight foot change in the dirt?  Don’t worry, Uggla will swing.

Worst Home Slugging – Chicago White Sox – They’re tied with San Diego, which isn’t surprising, but isn’t Cellular supposed to favor hitters.  Yeah, for the visiting team.

Terrible Against Lefties – Oakland A’s, Orioles, Pirates, Padres, Cardinals – Those are the bottom five teams against lefties in regards to OPS.  Makes sense since four of those five teams’ biggest threats are lefties and the Cards only have one hitter.

Terrible Against Everyone – Giants, A’s, Mariners – No surprises here.   Matt Holliday is the only hitter on any of those teams slightly scary.  Well, him and Mike Sweeney.  But Mike only when he’s drunk.

Easiest Teams To Steal Against – Red Sox, Marlins, Yankees – Tek, Baker and (Insert Yankee Fill-In Catcher), I blame you.  (BTW, The Padres were fifth.  Ah, if only Cristal Young pitched every day…)

Hardest Teams To Steal Against – Cards, Astros, Braves – The urban legend goes that Yadier once threw out a runner in Petco while he was catching in Busch.  The runner was Adrian Gonzalez.

Surprisingly Solid OPS – Washington Nats – When I saw they had a near-800 OPS, I shutdown my internet browser.  Restarted it.  Cleared my cookies, which is to say I vomited.  Then looked up the stats again.  Nats are actually decent offensively and have more runs scored than the Mets.  The Nats are also the fourth highest OPS in the majors in Away games.

Crazy Home/Away Splits – Cleveland Indians – They have a .697 OPS in Home games and top three in Away games with a .825.  Maybe when they’re home they should stay in a Holiday Inn Express.

  1. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I dont think this gets accepted how about I give Davis, Quentin, Peavy, get Hamilton, Berkman, Lidge

  2. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    As a Mets fan who lives in DC, I have def noticed the Nats are swinging the bat ok, now they just need to trade for about 8 pitchers…..

  3. Falcon says:
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    Thanks for this Grey, I like knowing this stuff. Although thinking I am clever by using this type of information, and then having my pitcher shelled is mysteriously similar to sharting…

    muahahahahaha.

  4. James says:
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    @Grey:
    Morris – the problem has been going on for the entire season — this is not an isolated incident as I feel your email has portrayed. Yes, it was fixed, but why should I not expect a delay tonight or tomorrow? Is there anything in the works to ensure this problem will NEVER happen again? I can understand some system problems once and a while, but this has been a problem once or twice a week, which is unacceptable. The bottom line is the stat tracker hasn’t worked properly, and Yahoo! should be doing everything it can to not just fix the problem, but prevent it from happening again.

    Regard,

    PS – As I mentioned in my previous email, my PLUS! leagues, in all sports, are seriously thinking about switching providers if our service continues to be erratic.

  5. Scott says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: That’s a weird trade proposal. Will the Rangers really let Davis SHATTER 200 k’s, how many more games will CQ play this year, where will Peavy end up, will Hamilton stay healthy, how many more saves will Lidge get? Personally, I say no, 50, who knows, no, and 7-10. I personally don’t think Lidge will crack 15, which basically would give him negative value.

  6. James says:
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    @Grey: Do you use Yahoo! stat tracker? Have you noticed how bad it has been? For example, Danks has an ERA of .04.5.

  7. James says:
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    I hate to complain, it’s just not my nature, but we are almost two months in the season.

  8. Eric H. says:
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    I was fortunate enough to grab Ben Zobrist. I’m not going to dump Tulowitzki, but is it reasonable to start Zobrist for a while and see if he gets hot? Tulo bores me to death.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @James: I paid for the Stattracker last year and was disappointed, so I didn’t buy it this year. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing ESPN for the last 15 years, but I prefer them.

    @Eric H.: Start Zo’.

  10. The Dude says:
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    Deal or No Deal:

    I get:
    Garrett Atkins
    Pat Burrell
    Aramis Ramírez

    I Give:
    Matt Holliday
    Mat Gamel

  11. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @The Dude: a big no!
    Atkins is terrible this year, Burrell is hurt and Aramis might never be healthy this season.

    Is this a keep league? Holliday seems to be coming around.

  12. .(). says:
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    Express. “Maybe when they’re home they should stay in a Holiday Inn EXPRESS.”

    If you’re going to write such a creative joke, you gotta follow through, man.

  13. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @The Dude: Who are you targetting in that deal? I wouldn’t count on anything from Atkins, and Pat Burrell looked like replacement level when he was healthy. I wouldn’t trade Holliday and Gamel for A-Ram.

  14. The Dude says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: It is a keeper – but only 5 and Holliday is boarderline on my team (Reyes, BJ Upton, Kemp, Adrian G. and Linc. all currently ahead of him). I’ve got Reynolds at 3B right now, which is why I’m tempted.

    Atkins and Burrell are yawnstipating but can’t get much worse.

  15. mgeoffriau

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    @The Dude: I want something better than A-Ram if you really need a 3B. I wouldn’t be surprised if Reynolds finishes the year with a more valuable line than Ramirez.

  16. bobbo says:
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    At this point, who has more value in a keeper league: BJ Upton or Adam Jones?

  17. The Dude says:
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    @mgeoffriau: yeah, after doing some digging on Aramis’ injury: Deal rejected. Thanks for the input.

  18. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Anyone else starting Ricky Romero against the Os tonight?

    Thinking about tossing him out there, if only because Liriano already did some solid damage to my ERA and WHIP this week in H2H, and my opponent had Meche go yesterday.

  19. Nick0rz says:
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    Haren + Davis for Pujols + Carlos Zambrano.

    Which side do you want?

  20. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Nick0rz: The Pujols side, since Z has a chance to come back and pitch like an ace.

    Davis isn’t gonna transform into Pujols in the second half. Z could be a poor man’s Haren.

  21. Sucklingduck says:
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    I have half of the Nats starting lineup and they have been surprisingly solid most of the year. Guzman, Flores, Dunn, Johnson and Dukes have raked decently……well, when they haven’t been on the DL anyway. Should have jumped on Zimmerman as well. What are your thoughts on Dukes when he gets back from the Douche-list? Should i trade Shin Chew and expect a similar line from the man-child.

  22. Nick0rz says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: Thanks. Thats what I was thinking. I’m not a big Z fan but Pujols is nails.

  23. Tony B. says:
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    @anyone with an opinion: Guy is offering me Ellsbury + Hardy for my Rollins. I make up Rollins’ steals back with Jacoby and a decent replacement for J-Roll.

    My outfield becomes Granderson McLouth Ellsbury until Man-Ram comes back. I also have SS eligible Zobrist and Felipe Lopez.

    Or do I ask for Ellsbury and AJ Burnett instead

  24. Mr Baseball says:
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    Indians optioned outfielder Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus. see ya in september

  25. bobbo says:
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    Interesting trade, but which side do you like in a keeper: Pujols, Damon, and Lester or Berkman, Beltran, and Sabathia?

  26. i just got home to “grab” grabow and he was there but someone snagged up Sean Burnett of the pirates? RP?

    i dont know, but i’ll take grabow and go from there…

    does he know something i dont haha….

  27. and we’re pretty much for sure CQ is down for the night if not the rest of the week?

  28. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Wedge hated him for some reason.

    @bobbo: Berkman side

    @Tony Y: Burnett got the save last night, so that person thought that was the way the Pirates were going. It’s not.

    CQ’s probably down for a day or two. Hopefully, not for the week.

  29. @Tony Y: The latest on CQ is either returning in a few days or a trip to the DL. So that sounds to me like definitely out tonight, if not the majority of the week, but I am holding out hope for additional details to surface later today.

    I’d reserve him in weekly transaction leagues.

  30. Mike says:
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    Grey: great article…will be a lot of help with who to start each week in my H2H leagues

    What are your thoughts on Adam Lind? Trade or Hold?

    I was offered Hardy & Rowand FOR Lind. Tulo is my current SS. Even though I like Hardy, I don’t think I need to make this trade. But I’m curious if it’s even fair at this point? Couldn’t I get more for Lind?

    Thanks.

  31. bobbo says:
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    @Tony Y: To elaborate on Grey’s comment, Burnett got the save because Grabow had already pitched in that game. Take solace in the fact that the “early bird” didn’t do his research and grab Grabow.

  32. Mike says:
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    @.().:

    there’s actually a HIE two blocks away from Jacobs Field…err Progressive Park

  33. Ashley says:
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    What does Clay Buccholz have to do to get back to the majors?? I hear Penny is on the trade block, but Smoltz will be back this summer.

    So do you see a timetable for Buccholz? He almost had a perfect game yesterday. And even if he does get the call sometime, would he go to the bullpen?

  34. vinko says:
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    Which one of these schmo’s do I keep, Grabow or Bailey?

  35. Keeper league, I trade BJ Upton and Chris Carpenter and I get Ryan Zimmerman, Vlad, Rich Harden?

  36. Mike says:
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    @bpasinko: Vlad is no longer Vlad, IMO, so it’s really Upton/Carp FOR Zimmerman/Harden. I’d rather have the Upton side.

  37. Ham says:
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    For those in deeper keeper leagues, Fernando Martinez is getting called up today according to NY sports radio.

  38. Scott says:
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    @bpasinko: I don’t like it. I wouldn’t want to keep Harden or Vlad.

  39. bobbo says:
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    @bpasinko: I want the Upton side… if Carpenter remains healthy that’s just gravy.

  40. ABell says:
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    great article grey, teaching me to fish, ha. what are your thoughts on phil hughes? he just hit waivers.

  41. Thanks guys that answered, that’s kinda what I was thinking. Football players miss seasons with Vlad’s injury, not someone I want to rely on. I will blame you all when BJ sucks it up, but for now thanks again.

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    Nice article! I’d add: stream for RHPs when facing the Jays. Lind has cooled down, Snider sent down, and Overbay is… well, Overbay. The others are righties, and outside of Aaron Hill nobody is hitting well anyway.

  43. Grey

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    @Mike: That’s fair. I’d hold Lind though.

    @Ashley: I think he’s going to have a tough time breaking the rotation without a trade or an injury.

    @vinko: Grabow

    @ABell: I’d grab him depending on what you’re dropping, but I don’t trust him all that much.

  44. Zebo says:
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    I was playing the Tampa Bay experiment, and had Nelson, then I grabbed Grabow, but someone grabbed Madson. should I be concerned and trade for Madson?

  45. Grey

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    @DrEasy: Yeah, they’re really scuffling.

  46. jsp2014 says:
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    Reyes and Church to DL, and Fernando Martinez is up and starting in RF tonight, hitting 6th.

  47. Scott says:
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    @Zebo: I wouldn’t trade for him. He’s not the closer yet. Hang on to Grabow and keep an eye on the wire for the next “lucky” RP to win a closing job.

  48. Thunder Dan says:
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    So what can we really expect from Garrett Atkins at this point? I only own him in one league (thankfully), and Votto and Cantu are manning the corners while Atkins sulks on the bench.

    How long should we wait for an Atkins turnaround? Is he droppable for someone like Adam LaRoche, whose slow starts and torrid finishes are well-documented?

  49. Prince says:
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    Any thoughts about Lester @ the Twins? I can’t seem to choose right with this guy.

  50. sean says:
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    @Grey: Mets shelved half the team today: Reyes, Beltran, and Church and called Fernando Martinez up to start in the outfield tonight. Worth a flier at the U?

  51. sean says:
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    Liriano’s on waivers in my ten-team league. Worth a shot?

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Thunder Dan: I’d hold Atkins for now, but I’m losing patience with him too, and I don’t own him anywhere.

    @Prince: Twins are hitting way too well right now. I wouldn’t do it. Now he’s sure to pitch well.

    @sean: Sure, worth a flier, but I think he’s only up for a short time and still at least a year away from being helpful. But he might have a good two weeks.

    @sean: I’d grab him, as long as I wasn’t dropping anyone too worthwhile.

  53. Infamous says:
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    Think Nelson Cruz for Wright gets it done? What do you think I should add to it (other then a closer)

  54. mgeoffriau

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    @Infamous: Are you getting Orville or Wilbur? If you mean David Wright, I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot that offer down.

  55. ABell says:
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    drop happ or wolf for hughes? thanks grey

  56. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Andrus, Hardy, Drew, Escobar, Zobrist for Reyes fill in?

  57. Paulie Allnuts

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    @sean: that’s a heck of a hit for the Mets; the only good news is that they are playing two series against the Nats, sandwiched inbetween series between the Pirates and Marlins. Reyes has needed to go on the DL for awhile. They need a 100% Jose over the stretch. Beltran was another who needed several days rest and would be back. The Met’s pattern seems to be to underestimate injuries.. Fernando might be worth a flier, but Sheff for sure; he’s hot, and interleague play if coming up.

    @James: Statttracker is certainly messed up, and slow, and cost $10 to boot. I never used ESPN before this year, but would consider transferring my team over next year. However, I have dealt with Morris, and he seems like a good guy, as well as patient. I sent about 6 e-mails to him in regards to transferring a team to a new owner, and he patiently dealt with the problem and resolved it. (the new owner had several Yahoo handles, which screwed up the works.)

    @Grey: I am in a 14 team H2H, with 15 keepers. Is Krispie Young worth holding on too? There is not much to choose from in the FA market; some players hot at this time, but not with Krispie’s 30/30 potential. On the other hand, he has been clogging up the bench for awhile.

  58. Infamous says:
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    @mg- Yea wishful thinking on my part. The guys in last place and Nelson Cruz’s line looks pretty.

  59. Scott says:
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    @ABell: Happ if you have to drop one.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Zobrist/Andrus depending on power/speed needs.

  60. Steve says:
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    If I add someone in an ESPN league right now, is he eligible in my lineup for today’s game?

  61. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Yep, now he is sure to pitch well. Anyone else that has Lester, feel free to start him tonight. Someone might as well benefit.

  62. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Prince: Yes he is. You can pick up any player before the game commences, and he can play that day. Which is a major difference between Yahoo and ESPN.

  63. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Prince: As a matter of fact, I just picked up Grabow, and he is in today’s lineup.

  64. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    AGonz and Wainwright for Cabrera… Who wins a trade of such proportions?

  65. IowaCubs

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    @IowaCubs: And that’s Miggy C…

  66. James says:
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    @Paulie: Interesting – ill let everyone know how it works out.

    Gamel on the bench tonight since Suppan is on the mound.

  67. ScoutAbout says:
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    Because I recently traded Hart + Rodney for Quentin I have been obsessing over Quentin’s injury all day and decided to see if the White Sox website had an update.

    “As Carlos Quentin rounded first base following a first-inning double during the White Sox 17-3 drubbing of the Angels on Monday night, the All-Star left fielder felt a little pop in his sore left foot.

    That pop cost Quentin the rest of the game and probably the remainder of this three-game set at Angel Stadium. But surprisingly, the injury might not be as bad as it sounds.

    “Supposedly, from what I understand from [White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider], it is a good thing,” said White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, serving as manager in Ozzie Guillen’s absence. “But we’ll find out [tomorrow].”

    Not sure how a pop can be a good thing. Sounds like this from the Wikipedia entry on plantars faciitis.

    “Repeated steroid injections may result in rupture of the plantar fascia. This may actually improve pain initially, but has deleterious long-term consequences.”

    Who knows, I guess we should get more info soon. I understand plantars fasciitis is supposed to be painful and all, but hell, it’s not like its an inner ear infection or anything. Those inner ear infections can keep you out for weeks.

  68. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Zapow! Nice. I very much enjoy a good aviation joke.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Dear Paulie: I really like your comments and often want to see what you’re responding to, which is why I’m suggesting that instead of writing out @ and the person’s name, you just click on the handy arrow in their comment, which does the work for you — and then allows lazy ol’ me to click on their name and transport magically up to their comment.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I really like Krispie Young, in theory, but it’s funny to me people keep talking about him like he’s a former ten-time All Star, when in reality he was good for three months and then sucked for a year and a half. Maybe it’s time to temper the 30-30 expectations, folks.

    @Infamous: The irony is that, if you’re in last place at this point, your best chance is to flip the script and trade your superstars for a bunch of good players. Yet people in last never want to trade their stars b/c — I don’t know, they’re super-bitter or something.

    If you’re in last right now, in a non-keeper, you should see what kind of two-fers or three-fers your very best player would bring back. ‘Cause your ship clearly has more than a few holes in it.

    There’s no way to say this without sounding vaguely dickish, but sometimes I wish I was in dead last so I could try out a few rebuilding theories. Sadly, I am never near the bottom, thanks to my insane evil genius-ness. Also, that one guy in my league who lets his 12-year-old draft his team, so he always takes Jeter in the third round.

  69. Martin says:
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    zorbist or kelly johnson.

    Also, I have capps who is DL bound but my DL spot is currently occupied by jose valverde. There is nobody on my team who i really want to drop so should i just drop capps? My closers now are capps, broxton, hawkins, valverde.

  70. Doug Ault says:
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    I know this is after the fact, but I had to drop a 1st basemen, it was between:Loney,Jacobs and Helton,I dropped Jacobs,did I turf the right guy?

  71. RT says:
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    Thoughts on this:

    Cain/Bruce

    VMart/Porcello

    I get the VMart side. I have had Bruce for the second year now (and love his spurts), but his OBP is a drain right now. Owner won’t consider Bruce/VMart straight up… Silly bugger…

  72. Doug Ault says:
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    @Martin: I would drop Hawkins if I had to make a choice.Valverde will be back fairly soon.

  73. Paulie Allnuts

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    @ScoutAbout: Having had Planter Fasciatis, I can vouch for the pain. And I didn’t get it from steroids, as my body could attest! It hurts like hell just to walk. I had several cortisone shots over a period of time, which relieved the pain somewhat, but it took quite a bit of time for it to heal completely. Even if CQ returns, I doubt that he would be able to run anywhere near full capacity, and if it’s his back foot when he bats, he won’t be able to plant it down. The pain also comes and goes mysteriously. Not a season ending injury, but probably something that will nag him for up to a month.

    However, I do have a closet full of Vicodin, which should clear up matters.

    Dr. House

  74. @Thunder Dan: atkins was straight up dropped a day ago in my deep 12 teamer…. worth grabbing, i dont wanna burn my priority, but is this guy just doneski or is there something left there worthy of a spot???

  75. RT says:
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    @Doug Ault:
    I’d turf Loney oddly enough. Low OPS for a corner

  76. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks for the imput. I was pressing the handy arrow, and then erasing all of what I thought was the falderol inbetween. Sadly, I’m not as computer savvy as most.

    Do you think that an owner would bite if I offered Karp and Cuddyer for Sizemore?

  77. Doug Ault says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Apparently he heard(or felt) a pop while running the bases Monday, and according to his doctor that was a good thing

  78. Mr Baseball says:
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    The team with the number one waiver position in the league decided to stick with Pablo Sandoval as his everyday catcher so that means I was able to get Brian McCann with the number two waiver spot in te league today

  79. Doug Ault says:
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    @RT: I hear ya,but I need average, not power.Other than Helton in the utility spot,none of them will be starting unless an injury happens anyway

  80. Steve says:
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    OK –

    I could drop Villanueva for a Util fill-in today. “Notable” names include:
    Lewis
    Giambi
    J Rivera
    An LaRoche
    Rosales

    Grab one or stick with Villa?

  81. Need help with this before I propose it:

    A guy a couple days ago proposed something with my wright and quentin in it and i was getting miggy and two closers….

    here’s what i’m thinking of shooting back now:

    My wright/quentin/and a SP either jurjjens, shields, beckett or someone (i have alot of good mid tier sp’ing)

    for his Miggy/Beltran/Kerry Wood

    Do i need more than wood if i would give up a pitcher like beckett or shields or is the CQ foot deal enough to balance this back out if i can swing it? I am selling it with “Beltran is banged up right now too….?”

    Is this dirty, fair, or leaning towards him actually?

    HELP…. grey or anyone

  82. Elbert says:
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    @Mr Baseball: that’s tremendous news, way to go with #2 waiver pick.

    in other news today, my #9 waiver missed out Willy Aybar in 16-team mixed league.

  83. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Doug Ault: Never had any kind of “pop” with Planter Fasciatis; The best way to describe it is that your heel feels like concrete, and walking, and certainly running, would be excruciating. I’m not a doctor, but most time something pops, it is not a good thing. At any rate, I wouldn’t trust him for awhile.

  84. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Ah, that doesn’t sound good. And I didn’t mean to make fun, or I meant to make fun but not in a mean way. I’m impressed you have a closet full of Vicodin. I had major surgery about a year ago and got Percocet for after. No way is any of it left. Care to share?

  85. Doug Ault says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Here’s the story

    May 26, 2009 – 09:49am ETCarlos Quentin felt a pop in his left foot while rounding first base on Monday.
    Impact: The pop stemmed from his lingering issues with plantar fasciltis. “Carlos felt a little pop in the foot, which supposedly from what I understand from [trainer] Herm Schneider is a good thing, but we’ll find out [Tuesday] how he feels and whether he’ll be able to go in a few days or whether he’s going to the DL,” acting manager Joey Cora said.

  86. Elbert says:
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    ESPN reports that Bartlett is hitting the DL, so guess more playing time for Aybar/Brignac/Zobrist tandem.

  87. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Who’s Karp?

  88. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You mean Carpenter? And Cuddyer? For Sizemore?

    If I own Sizemore, I’m rejecting that offer pretty quickly. I think you need to offer a more reliable SP and/or a higher quality OF. Think Haren for the former, Bruce/Pence the latter.

  89. G says:
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    Reyes headed to the DL who do you like here? main categories i need help in are runs and home runs…Zobrist, Guzman, Hairston Jr., Callaspo, Renteria..Also who do I drop since I have no more DL spots…DeRosa, Reynolds, sherill. Those are my worst players and Im hesitant to drop any of them . Do I look in trading to acquire a shortstop?

  90. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Doug Ault: My guess would be that they will try to play him, like the Mets did with Reyes, but ultimately he will wind up on the DL. Maybe it’s just me, but it appears that teams are trying to avoid placing players on the DL even when that is the most rational thing to do. F

    From Web MD:” Plantar Fasciitis is a serious, painful, and progressing illness that occurs when the long, flat ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears and inflammation. Serious cases of plantar fasciitis can possibly lead to ruptures in the ligament. This ligament is called the plantar fascia and it extends your five toes and runs along the bottom of your foot, attaching to your heel. When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to your other foot, causing all your weight to be held up by your plantar fascia. Such repetitive force can pull the fascia from its attachment on your heel and cause damage and plantar fasciitis. ”

    In other word, rest is part of the cure, including doing appropriate exercises, orthodics, and acupuncture. And playing baseball before the healing takes place can risk further injury.

  91. Sam says:
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    Papi batting sixth today.

  92. Doug Ault says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I agree,not sure what the “pop” is all about.I have CQ on two teams,I guess trading him is a lousy proposition unless someone thinks they can steal him.It’s a popular injury in Basketball,Bosh had it last year.

  93. mgeoffriau

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    If I need a fill-in OF while I’m waiting on Quentin to heal up:

    Hermida, Krispie Young, Cust, Spilborghs, Rasmus, Juan Rivera, Chris Duncan, Randy Winn, Gary Sheffield, Rowand, Milton Bradley, Scot Hairston, Nolan Reimold….basically anyone on the pu-pu platter.

    Name your favorite out of that group.

  94. Doug Ault says:
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    @mgeoffriau: I think Bradley has the most potential of the bunch,Hairston is cruising along right now.

  95. Sam says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Jack Cust/Winn/Sheff

  96. Mike says:
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    @Grey:

    What about giving up Lind for Liriano? Are Liriano’s troubles so severe that I would actually be overpaying?

  97. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Just heard over Twitter (from Rotoinfo) that Weiters will play Fri vs Detroit.

  98. Martin says:
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    I asked this question already-just want a 2nd opinion
    zorbist or kelly johnson.

    Also, I have capps who is DL bound but my DL spot is currently occupied by jose valverde. There is nobody on my team who i really want to drop so should i just drop capps? My closers now are capps, broxton, hawkins, valverde.

  99. Doc says:
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    Weiters getting called up

  100. anon says:
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    Man Lester pisses me off so much. He isn’t even a safe start at the freaking Metrodome! I feel like I can’t play him -vs- Toronto or Tampa and I wouldn’t play him in a million years against New York. Who are some realistic trade targets for him? I was considering offering him for Vazquez or Slowey. I half want to roll the dice tonight but I have a feeling he’s going to get pwned once again.

  101. johnson21 says:
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    Grey, should I drop Gamel for Maine? I have Davis as my flex…

    Also, all things equal who would you rather have: F-her + Coco or BJ upty doodle doo?

  102. Sam says:
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    Will you drop Price for Wieters ? or keep Price ?

  103. Sam says:
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    Is Alex Rios a buy candidate right now? What kind of numbers would you project for him the rest of the season?

  104. Sam says:
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    @Sam: really weird, that wasnt me.

  105. Doug Ault says:
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    @Doug Ault: Hey! the body snatchers are about!

  106. @mgeoffriau: I think Cust gives you the most similar numbers to what you’d be losing with Quentin. I might roll with Hairston though while he is hot (and has series in both AZ and COL this week)

  107. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    The Weiters Era Is Here. From Rotoworld:

    Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail announced that catching prospect Matt Wieters will be recalled to make his major league debut Friday against the Tigers.

    “It’s time,” MacPhail said. “He’s ready.” The switch-hitting Wieters, who turns 23 next week, profiles as a middle of the rotation hitter and will take over as the regular catcher immediately. Ranked by many as the best prospect in baseball heading into the season, Wieters is currently hitting .285/.367/.482 at Triple-A Norfolk. He should be picked up in all fantasy leagues in which he remains available.

    MacPhail further revealed that Weiters will arrive at Camden Yards on a shaft of light, escorted by angels. His first game will also be Heal the Lame Night, with free miracles to the first 15,000 fans.

  108. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: @Baron Von Vulturewins: Unfortunately, he’s only available in 4 team leagues for morons.

    I can imagine a trade offer, “Hey, trade me Weiters, he’s getting the call up.”

    “F#*k You!”

  109. mgeoffriau

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    @naughtandcross: Similar numbers to Quentin? You mean 1/1 and then sitting for 3 days?

    Sorry, just a little bitter since the news of the foot injury broke 2 days after I traded for Quentin.

    I grabbed Milton Bradley, I didn’t realize he hit a dinger yesterday, I figured if he’s healthy he’s probably going to produce the best overall line. I might still be grabbing another hitter as I’ve got Gamel and Joe Nelson to potentially drop (and Garrett Atkins if I ever bring myself to kick him to the curb).

  110. Doug Ault says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: He’s not exactly been a one man wrecking crew at AAA,but Jesus had trouble with off speed stuff too ;-)

  111. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Doug Ault: You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

  112. Doug Ault says:
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    @mgeoffriau: I was thinking Alou

  113. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Sandoval or Wieters at catcher, thinking about trading for wieters.

  114. BigFatHippo says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: You’d have to give up too much dude, hold tight. He might not be able to hit Major League pitching.

  115. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hanley strained groin,out of game

  116. Mr Baseball says:
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    Travis Snider OF TOR-
    Cameron Maybin OF FLA
    Dexter Fowler OF COL
    Matt LaPorta OF CLE
    Colby Rasmus OF STL
    Elvis Andrus SS TEX-
    Matt Gamel 3B MIL

    Okay, so your heart`s broken
    You sit around hoping
    Crying and crying
    You say you`re even
    Thinking about dying
    Well, before you do
    Anything rash, dig this

    Everybody plays the fool sometime
    There`s no exception to the rule

    Matt Wieters————– hey there is no given here – look at the rest that failed so far his year -

  117. Sam says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: is it day-to-day or what ?

  118. Doug Ault says:
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    @Mr Baseball: I still remember where I was,and what I was doing the night my waiver claim went through when Braun came up,he was a rarity.

  119. Sam says:
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    @Mr Baseball: maybe put Price in there too ?

  120. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doug Ault: @Mr Baseball: For every Brauny Longoria, there’s a Salty McPherson.

    And somewhere a butterfly flaps its wings, and takes a shit…………….

  121. Mr Baseball says:
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    Matt Wieters Facts
    http://www.mattwietersfacts.com/

    Matt Wieters Is So Good That Jim Palmer Stopped Talking About Himself.

    Matt Wieters Sometimes Impatiently Homers From The On Deck Circle.

    Matt Wieters Has Been Known To Hit Grand Slams… While Being Intentionally Walked.

    Most Ballplayers Talk About Themselves In The First Person. Rickey Henderson Talked About Himself In The Third Person. Matt Wieters Talks About Himself In The Fourth Person.

    Matt Wieters Does Not Get Walked Because Pitchers Throw Balls. They Would Never Disrespect His Highness In Such A Way. Matt Wieters Get Walked Because The Baseballs Are Afraid Of What Will Happen To Them If They Cross The Plate.

    What’s The Difference Between Matt Wieters And Superman?
    A: Kryptonite Can Stop Superman.

    Matt Wieters Can Hit A Home Run From Both Sides Of The Plate… At The Same Time

    We Live In An Expanding Universe. All Of It Is Trying To Get Away From Matt Wieters.

    Chuck Norris Won’t Attend Orioles Games Because He’s Afraid Of Matt Wieters.

    Matt Wieters Had A Discussion With The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World”, Weiters Actually Found Him Quite Boring. After Their Discussion The Dos Equis Guy Decided That Matt Was Actually Much More Interesting. Now He Is Known As The “Most Interesting Man In The World Besides Matt Wieters”.

    Hitters Use Pine Tar On Their Bats. Matt Wieters Uses Maple Syrup.

    Matt Wieters Once Hit A Homerun So Hard That The Seagull Nesting In Buck Martinez’s Hair Flew Away.

    Matt Wieters was elected into the Hall Of Fame today

    We Live In An Expanding Universe. All Of It Is Trying To Get Away From Matt Wieters.

  122. Ham says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Awesome site. I gotta go with this one as my favorite

    Matt Wieters Is So Damn Good That Even His Intangibles Are Tangible.

  123. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Sam: yes,he tweaked it running out a infield hit,took the field and removed himself

  124. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Damn I’m in a hole now. Got Reyes & A Ram on the DL so now I don’t have room on my team to pickup a SS to fill for Reyes. My bench includes Pence, Downs, Hoffman, Slowey & Danks. I have been trying to move either Lowell or Pence & a closer for a new 3B/OF to make room but I don’t think I can make the trade quick enough for next weeks roster. Reyes is KILLING me!

  125. G says:
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    someone please help on comment #97..thanks also. Should I add Grabow and drop either Downs, BJ Ryan or Juan Cruz?

  126. Nick says:
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    @Nick: Attempting Markakis or Kemp for Pence/Hoffman but have a feeling they will both get shut down. Trades are so difficult in 10 team leagues!

  127. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ryan braun hbp earlier,now out of game,not sure why

  128. Nick says:
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    @G: I’m in the same situation as you (comment #133). I’m trying to trade 2 for 1 right now and open up a spot otherwise I think I will have to suck up having no SS for a week or 2 since I can’t really drop any of my bench. Right now I’m in first and have not lost one H2H so I guess this could be the end of my win streaK :(

  129. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @G: grey told me not to drop cruz for grabow,and not downs for sure,ryan only time will tell

  130. RogerDorn says:
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    can you guys rank the following keepers?

    wright, reyes, bjupton, greinke, longoria, utley, kinsler

    thanks.

  131. Nick says:
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    Why is Downs pitching in the 8th with a 3 run lead?

  132. Nick says:
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    sorry there losing, nevermind. & Downs just gave up some runs…a few more days of this and maybe I’ll have a player to drop

  133. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Braun hit in the hand, almost just a foul ball. Should’nt be too bad.

  134. penpen says:
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    @Nick: kazaam!

  135. Prince says:
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    @Grey: You were right, Lester’s “sure to pitch well.” From my bench. Never fails.

    Meanwhile, Hart (and to a lesser extent Bruce) is dragging me down. Cameron is no better, is he? How about Scutaro vs. F-Lopz?

  136. Nick0rz says:
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    @Nick: hasn’t pitched in like a week.

  137. BigFatHippo says:
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    @RogerDorn: Wow, that’s your list to choose from? Impressive. Wright, Utley, Reyes, Longo, Kinsler, Greinke, Upton.

    But it could go a lot of different ways.

  138. @mgeoffriau: Oh boo hoo! I’ve been riding his suckiness for weeks. That said, welcome to the club. :)

  139. Pops says:
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    @RogerDorn: Those players are all so close – you could really rank them a number of different ways. Here’s how I see it….

    Utley / Kinsler, Wright, Longoria, Greinke, Reyes, Upton

  140. Pops says:
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    Would you guys pull the trigger on THIS deal?

    Give: Kemp
    Get: McCann / Werth

  141. Sam says:
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    @Prince: Lester just gave up a trucking homer, I mean what a trucker. Great, Harang, Meche then Lester for my roto team.

  142. Prince says:
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    @Sam: Wow, step away for a second and looks like the move to sit him wasn’t so bad after all. Still, I’d rather he pitch well every time out, dammit!

  143. MicroDonk is playing 1B tonight, so he should be eligible at first base tomorrow in Yahoo! leagues. Woot!

  144. Sam says:
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    @Prince: how about Beckett for tomorrow ? He did go 8 IP last time.

  145. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Pops: Tough call unless your catcher is Bob Uecker.

  146. johnson21 says:
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    Blackburn is quietly tearing shi* up.

  147. Sam says:
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    @Sam: I meant on Thursday ?

  148. Pops says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Close – Dioner Navarro.

  149. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Adrian Gonzalez is now DTD, WTF! urgh, Beltran, Reyes, Quentin, Davis and liriano sucking, I think I might need to drop them, I have nobody playing! FFFFFF

  150. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Pops: I’d have to pull the trigger.

  151. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    IS Shef now a starter in mixed leagues, he’s on fire and the mets are decimated with injuries. Maybe I should suit up again and play first, “Honey, where’s my glove and coke bag?”

  152. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Peavy/reyes or Hamilton/Berkman? I get hamilton side

  153. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Look up the Lastings Milledge web site. Same mythology. Same legend. And we all know what has happened with Lastings…

    @AL KOHOLIC: I thought you were on the Left coast. Have you come back to be the harbinger of evil news?

  154. Grey

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    @G: Grab Hairston, lose DeRosa.

    @Martin: Johnson, don’t drop Capps.

    @Mike: I wouldn’t trade for Liriano.

    @johnson21: Maine, BJ

    @Mr Baseball: That’s awesome.

    @G: Lose BJ for Grabow.

    @naughtandcross: Microdonk… hehe

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I wouldn’t start Sheff in anything from 12 teams down. I want the Peavy side, but it’s fair, depends on needs.

  155. Nate says:
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    @Grey: A lot of people on the last thread were talking about bailing on Quentin. What do you think of him as a buy low? [reposted here because its seems as though the conversation has migrated]…

  156. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Nate: you can get him dirt cheap but he seems to be dealing with an injury that could lag all year.

  157. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: yes,got home sunday,caught a bug sat. night everyone sick,makes for a hard ride home and had a 1 hour lay over in pheonix,,back now trying to revive my team and hoping for a wandy esc. rulling in the braves game,medlen sucks

  158. Grey

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    @Nate: Thanks for reposting. I can’t keep up with more than one thread, sorry. I think Quentin’s a decent buy low, but it obviously depends what you’re selling to get him.

  159. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    adrian gonzo got the flu,its a 2 day killer,im serious,,i havent had a drink since 10 p.m sat night,cal.time,closing in on a personal record

  160. nick m. says:
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    juan pierre is a machine. i’m gonna miss him when manny comes back…

  161. Ham says:
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    @nick m.: even though his contract is pretty terrible maybe a team will trade for him? like the white sox?

  162. Tom says:
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    Here’s a story. Tom’s thinking “Dude, I should trade some crap for Quentin. Wait… No. I should ask Grey if that’s a decent idea, and then do it.” Then, he checks the league, and some dude traded Slowey and Howell for Quentin.

    Really!!? What the hell!? I could have grabbed him easily with all my pitching. so bummed. it does help though, when i think that the guy gave up braun for quentin and something small, earlier in the season. he basically gave up his first or second round pick on slowey and howell.

  163. bobbo says:
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    I know it’s a sorry bunch, but who do you want starting at 2B: Kendrick, DeRosa, Stewart, or KJohnson?

  164. Grey

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    @Tom: That’s a pretty sorry trade for Quentin.

    @bobbo: DeRosa or KJ, depends what you need. DeRosa, power. KJ’s a bit more balanced.

  165. G says:
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    whats the reasoning behind dropping BJ for Grabow..im not questioning it im just wondering why. They said Capps injury could just be short term but will BJ Ryan come back at any time or has he lost his whole skill set and his pitching speed isnt high enough?

  166. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    abreu goes ortiz or yard,

  167. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Nice to have you back. Things aren’t the same without you. Just traded for A-Gonz, figures he would get sick. Murphy’s law.

  168. Grey

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    @G: Because I don’t think anyone will pick up Ryan, so you get a few saves from Grabow, then you pick up Ryan again when he becomes the closer, which may not happen until July and when it does it might be ugly.

  169. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: thanks,i have him in keeper league,man all the crying i did over manny,and i picked up pierre who is also driving in runs at an alarming rate,,now i need some pitching,get hanson up and escobar healthy to go with hammels peavy bedard and a sur to improve danks

  170. Tom says:
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    Why is qualls not pitching in the ninth? Anything i don’t know but should?

  171. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I get Josh Johnson, LAnce Berkman, Lidge for Beltran, Josh Johnson, Chris Davis. IS this a great trade please advice?

  172. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Must have missed my prior post but… Got Reyes & A Ram on the DL so now I don’t have room on my team to pickup a SS to fill for Reyes. My bench: Pence, Downs, Hoffman, Slowey & Danks. I have been trying to move Pence & a closer for a new OF to make room but I don’t think that trade will be accepted. Other option, trade Pence/Hoffman or Slowey/Hoffman (since some other league accepted it on this forum) for Quentin?

  173. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Drunken Edi
    I get Josh Hamilton, Berkman, Lidge, for Beltran, Josh Johnson and Chris Davis(sits on my bench)

  174. mgeoffriau

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    I’m assuming Jim Johnson’s save today was just a fluke since he pitched the 8th, and then Baltimore scored a couple more runs so he came back out for the 9th?

  175. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: Not sure, someone should look into it.

    @Nick: Sorry, missed it. Trade Slowey/Hoffman for CQ if you can.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’d want the Lidge side.

    @mgeoffriau: I think that’s all it was.

  176. mgeoffriau

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    Bailey pitching the 9th for Oakland in a 4-3 game. Bailey’s on waivers in my league (owner was chasing half the Tampa bullpen while I chased the other half). I’m going to drop Joe Nelson for Bailey, I figure that’s better odds for saves.

  177. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: @Grey: what if I have to swap in Mark Reynolds for Chris Davis

  178. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How do you value Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds now? I have Davis benched and start Reynolds every day.

  179. Robert says:
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    Porcello is in my league’s free agent pool. Is he for real? I have R. Romero. Is Porcello a better bet, long term?

  180. Nick says:
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    Jenks is not closing!!! WTF

  181. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Tomato-tomahto. Reynolds is obviously hotter right now, they’re both not necessary on the same team.

    @Robert: Porcello’s better.

  182. mgeoffriau

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    @Nick: Jenks has the flu.

    @cubbies299: Microdonk = Mark Reynolds

  183. Drev says:
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    Braun or Sizemore in a redraft?

  184. DrEasy says:
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    Fernando Martinez anyone? He was called-up today and immediately inserted in the ailing Mets line-up. From Yahoo:


    “When I get a young player, I like to put him in the lineup right away,” Manuel said.

    Martinez was batting .291 and leading the International League with 25 extra-base hits when the Mets selected his contract from Buffalo.

    How does he compare with Rasmus, LaPorta, Snider, Schafer and co?

  185. Drev says:
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    Thoughts on Papelbon…still a $12 Salad? Some rumblings that he’s not completely healthy…anybody heard anything?

  186. G says:
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    @Grey: makes a lot of sense now..thanks..but putz or grabow?

  187. DrEasy says:
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    @DrEasy: Doh he’s already been discussed plenty in here. Use ctrl-F DrEasy!

  188. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Braun

    @Drev: He’s looked bad, so he may be dropping, but I don’t think the Sawx remove him unless he goes to the DL.

    @G: Grabow

  189. cubbies299 says:
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    Have Ianetta dropping to the DL. Do I drop Kelvim Escobar, Holland, Kubel, Swisher, Zobrist, Motte, or Parra to pick up a replacement? Guys on the waiver wire include Flores, Ramon Hernandez, Snyder, Navarro

  190. cubbies299 says:
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    @Grey: who’s your 2nd choice to lose there? Escobar’s throwing 95 and targeting early june for a return. Am I wrong to think he can be pretty solid by year’s end?

  191. Aaron Pil says:
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    Easiest teams to steal against-the White Sox have to be really close to those 3. Also, is there a large degree of separation between those 3, or are they all close to the same level of futility?

  192. Elbert says:
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    damn, Jesus Guzman sent down, i’m done w/ those rookies….

    oh wait, Wieters comes up on Friday!!

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