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Here’s a monthly look at where my teams are and some moves I’ve made.  I know it’s boring as crizzap to read about other people’s teams, so I’ll keep it midget-sized.  Though my league updates aren’t completely a case of narcissism gone wild (which would make a great show.  Clear skin to win!  Show your mirror!).  Perhaps you can gleam something from my team updates on what you can be doing in your league.  Or maybe not.  Anyway, here’s my fantasy baseball team updates:

15 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host: Tim of RotoRob, Currently in 1st place, 12 points in front.

Key Pickup – If I sat here (and I am indeed sitting) and told you I’ve made some great pickups to mollywop into first, I’d be more or less lying.  In the past month, I’ve picked up Tony Pena, Dan Wheeler, The Dread Pirate and Dallas Braden to varying degrees of success, but they haven’t done all that much.  Steal here, vulture win there.  As a recurring theme with all my teams, Captain Fancypants for this team is/has/hopefully will be Mark Reynolds.

Debilitating Loss – Oh, Peavy, I give and give and give and you hurt me.  Now I know how Ben Affleck feels about movie critics.

16 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host: Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Roto Arcade, Currently in 1st place, 14 points in front.

Key Pickup – I picked up Edward Mujica, Jon Rauch and David Murphy, but if anyone outside the Mujica, Rauch or Murphy family considers them key pickups, I’d like some of what they’re smoking.  (Mujica, Rauch, Murphy — We don’t just do immigration law, we’re illegal!)

Debilitating Loss – The loss of Lidge and Frank2 has put a slight damper on my saves.  Casey Kotchman went down some time in the last month too, but that’s just given me an excuse to not bench Branyan, which has probably been for the best.  Thanks, Kotchman!  May you contract some social anxiety disorder!

12 Team, mixed league, 5×5 (with OBP/SLG instead of AVG/HR) ; host: FSWA, Currently in 4th place, 6.5 points out of first.

Debilitating Loss – First, I lost Carlos Quentin.  Then a few days before Jose Reyes was supposed to return, I traded Dunn and Theriot for him.  Since then, I’m in a tailspin trying to stop the bleeding with a tourniquet of Gordon Beckham, Adam Kennedy, Sean Rodriguez, Tony Gwynn, Mark Teahen, Luke Scott, Gerardo Parra and Ben Francisco.

Egregious Pickups - See 1/8th of an inch above and my schmohawk tourniquet.

12 Team, NL, 5×5; host: FantasyPros911, Currently in 2nd place, 2.5 points out of first.

NOTE:  Hey all this is Rudy.  I’m writing now since I’m the sole manager of the next two teams.  I co-manage the other teams but Grey only knows how to write in the first person so you’d never know it.  (To his credit, he does most of the short-term adds/drops – he’s better at that than me)  Anyway…

Key Pickup – In a 12-team NL league, there’s not a lot of great pickups to be had.  Given my top two OFs coming out of the draft were Conor Jackson and Cameron Maybin, it’s been shopping off the OF bargain bin all year.  With draft-day stash Andrew McCutchen joining Bourn & Rasmus as respectable starting OFs, I’ve managed to get at least some performance out of 4th OF types Tony Gwynn, Jonny Gomes and Delwyn Young.

Debilitating Loss – See Conor Jackson.  I’ve survived so far without Edinson Volquez and John Maine but hopefully they come back soon as I can pick up a few points in Wins with a good week or two.

Dizzying Pickups - With a plethora of relievers (F-Cord, Street, Franklin, Hawkins) and a crappy team AVG, I packaged Franklin w/ Uggla to get Joey Votto…..right before he went on the DL.  Ugh.  Hopefully he’s back next week.  But if Votto does come back strong and I get something this year out of bench players Conor Jackson, Cameron Maybin, Jesus Guzman (SF) or Jake Fox (trade him to the AL already!), my team’s looking pretty damn good.

Here are the league standings if you’re interested.

12 Team, mixed, H2H points; host: Rudy’s friend, Currently tied for 1st at 9-1

Here’s the background on this one.  A friend of mine at work cajoled me into this league.  It’s ESPN’s default points structure for head-to-head leagues (1 point per Run, Total Base, RBI, and SB.  -1 for a hitter K.   3 pts per IP, 1 pt per K, 10 pts per Win, 5 points per Save, -5 pts per Loss, -1 per hit/walk, -2 per Earned Run)

On the plus side, I like it better than H2H leagues where you compete on the 10 categories.  Those always felt fluky to me.  It’s been a lot of fun trash-talking with my opposing players (especially since I’m chillin’ like Matt Cain at 9-1).  And I’ve never had a team on a better starting pitching run than this team – Verlander, Jered Weaver, Cain, Beckett, Cueto, Wandy, and Broxton!

On the negative side, it feels like the game is too dependent on pitching.  The average start gives positive points so teams are incented to max out their 12 starts.  With wins being worth twice a save, relievers are devalued vs. starters.  So if you’re going to play this format, draft a LOT of 2nd/3rd tier starters as SP depth is more important than having an ace or two at the top.  On the hitting side, it’s just a downer that a HR is worth only 1 point more than a Triple – I’d add a HR bonus.

Key Pickups – I swapped out Gordon Beckham for Jose Lopez in the middle of the week and his series @ COL this weekend helped me get the win.  I picked up Luke Scott when he got off the DL and he’s put up nearly the same amount of points in 16 games as Garrett Atkins had in 43 games.  In a league with perhaps 50-60 SPs owned, snagging Ubaldo Jiminez for a complete game victory was pretty sweet.

Egregious Drops - Dropping Ian Stewart.  I just got tired of him clogging up my bench during his May swoon.

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  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job,yes we like to hear how your teams are doing,injuries have been worse this year and you managed great,keep up the updates

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I am merely a vessel for Mark Reynolds.

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: i was on his trail a few years ago and didnt grab him this year,regretting it now

  4. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    does anyone read aj mass on espn.com? i only do cause i get bored at work, but how this guy is a “fantasy expert” is beyond me. his top 5 fantasy players from this point forward (in his chat this morning): Carl Crawford, Albert Pujols, Raul Ibanez, Mark Reynolds, Justin Morneau.

    now obviously i think you can’t argue against pooholes. but does he expect ibanez to maintain his 45 HR pace? reynolds to actually keep a .280 avg. and steal 30 bases? i can see crawfored being top 5 with his steals, and he’s a proven .300+ hitter, and he’ll have more than a few runs in that rays lineup. but what about morneau is different than 25 other .300-35-100 guys? he’s not gonna steal bases.

    dude just spouts off, then when he’s questioned he gets all defensive about not being like every other fantasy analyst out there. unfortunately it’s like he goes out of his way to be different without giving the method to his madness.

    all i know is that i could do his job and be 231 times better at it and that makes me angry.

  5. Adam says:
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    Could Maicer Izturis be a useful SAGNOF type, or am I just blinded by how bleak the rest of the FA MI choices are? Him, Jerry Hairston, Willy Aybar, Callaspo, or Sean Rod? Maybe Casey McGehee, hitting in front of Braun and Fielder?

  6. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    with that kinda quality, i’d roll the dice with sean-rod. if in a few weeks scioscia pulls a wood on him, you aren’t any worse off, and most of those guys will still be sitting there waiting for you to pick them up.

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Adam: take the hot hand unless sean looks to get regular ab`s

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: He’s the cat’s pajamas!

    @ThePoonTycoon: I don’t read him, but that’s a pretty poor top five.

    @Adam: I’d rank them Sean-Rod, McGehee, Callaspo…

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: meow,his price is to high now

  10. Adam says:
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    At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mark Reynolds heard about the plight of my fantasy team and decided to challenge himself by playing 2B for a few games to get his eligibility there, he’s done everything else for my team. He will then further challenge himself by feeding starving children in Africa. While there, he will encounter a dragon, and slay it using only a fungo.

  11. You’re playing Tony Gwynn? Isnt he like 60? heh

  12. Joe B says:
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    hey grey… a few quick inquiries for your sage advice.

    1) should i drop chris davis for aubrey huff?
    2) should I drop matt wieters considering I have jorge posada?
    3) which pitcher would you drop first… danks, kershaw, hanson, or liriano

  13. steamer says:
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    Which side of this blockbuster trade would you want?

    Haren/Hill/V. Wells/D. Lee for A. Jones/Votto/D. Lowe/Ellsbury

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Joe B: what size league,huff isnt a stud but 40 rbi`s at 3rd base is hard to find,plus he is known as a 2nd half masher,pasada is injury prone but again if huff is out there then surley some good catchers available

  15. airlifting says:
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    when a hitter swings at the first pitch and makes an out (especially with runners on base), it’s one of the most maddening things in fantasy baseball. that and unecessary intentional walks.

    but when pablo sandoval swings at the first pitch – twice! – and hits two opposite field home runs in back to back innings? good lord, what a sweet sight it is.

  16. Joe B says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: it’s a 10 team H2H league and davis is riding my bench… i have mark teixeira, mark reynolds, and ian stewart at the corner positions… stewart and davis are similar power/whiff players, but i figured now that stewart has been starting more in colorado that he will end up putting up better numbers, plus he is 2B eligible too.

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: just grabbed lopez(seattle)last week,now hardy was dropped,assuming furcal should be kept whats your call here?

  18. Joe B says:
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    @ AL KOHOLIC: also I intend to use huff at utility for the most part. what do you think of wieters??

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Joe B: can you trade davis and weiters for a need?throw in a lidge or sp and upgrade somewhere needed

  20. RIP Harry says:
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    I need starting pitching, both starters and relievers. I have McCann and Sandoval (C-eligible). What kind of guys should I reasonably target for Sandoval?

  21. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Reynolds was just sitting on the wire in our keeper tho.

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: now(aramis hurt)i need him,plus he`s not as valuable in a strikeout for hitter league,id take him in any 5×5 format

  23. nmdunkel says:
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    “I co-manage the other teams but Grey only knows how to write in the first person so you’d never know it”

    haha….great line. Schmohawk tourniquet is classic.

  24. Adam says:
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    Anybody heard any update on when Asdrubal will be back?

  25. whigs says:
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    agree with the standard scoring for the H2H points league. On the hitting side, I added an extra point for HR.

    For pitching, i added an extra -1 for HR, extra .5 for K’s, and made SV and W equal while adding 2 extra points for QS’s and I am quite happy with the results.

  26. wyotexpike22 says:
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    Fantasy Baseball newb here wondering about a trade I need some power.

    I was offered Hanely R., Adam W. and Carlos Lee
    for
    Jimmy R., Yivonii G. and Ryan Braun

    any suggestions or thoughts? I hate giving up Braun and Yivonii but J Rollins is making me wake up at night in a cold sweat.
    Thanks for reading

  27. SRM says:
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    @Grey: 12-team non-keeper 6×6 with OPS/QS.

    My: Crawford, C Davis & CJ Wilson for
    His: D Wright, Manny

    In a vacuum?

  28. Adam says:
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    @SRM: Absolutely, you’re getting two studs for one stud and change, gotta do it

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: is hardy worth grabbing for a recently picked up and hot lopez?

  30. nmdunkel says:
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    @ wyotexpike22

    Not a bad trade, but I think I’d stand pat, I think you give up more and you’re not trading for different positions. Hanley’s not running enough and I’ll take the under on 30 HR’s easy. Gallardo is The Truth. Lee doesn’t replace Braun.

  31. IowaCubs

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    ***Fatguy alert***
    Jake Fox was just recalled from AAA Iowa. He’ll likely start tonight against the lefty Danks and see about a half dozen starts during interleague play.

    You’re welcome.

  32. IowaCubs

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    An aside to this soon to be Fox-corrupted comment thread…
    I saw Fox hit a triple on Sunday in Des Moines. Anyone else in the world would have hit an inside the park homerun on that play that the centerfielder misplayed. Everyone in the stadium seemed to feel sorry for the guy.

  33. Slappy McSlap says:
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    Considering Kinsler’s (continued) struggles offensively, is it worth it to bench him for the short term?

  34. Eric H. says:
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    would you trade Soto for Chris Iannetta or is that just apples for apples?

  35. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Fox is batting 5th tonight. Not that this means anything for the sh***y Cubs offense, but you know what I mean.

  36. Mr Baseball says:
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    Jake Fox and the Fatman was a tv show in 1987 that I never watched – With William Conrad as the Fatman – looks like it will be in re-runs starting tonight

  37. Mr Baseball says:
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    if you need to pick up Jack Fox for a week or two – your team has a problem

  38. Joe Cooper says:
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    In the Yahoo Expert League that Grey and Rudy are doing, I feel the need to point out the EXTREME number of adds and drops. It looks like there’s about a group average of about 30+ adds/drops each. Is this the expert way? Most of the other leagues I see are only at about 10 per manager by this point in the season.

    P.S. I guess one person is bringing up the average a bit with 86 add/drops but still, there’s tons.

    http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b2/5952

  39. Adam says:
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    @IowaCubs: Where did you see the lineup? Is he playing 3rd base I hope?

  40. @Joe Cooper: I can’t speak to whether or not its the “expert way”, but in my H2H league, the first place team has a league low 8 transactions, and the second place team has the league high of 109. The difference in standings is only 0.5 game. Leading me to believe, it doesn’t matter one way or another.

  41. black love says:
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    hows this trade?
    corey hart for saunders, im dying for pitching.

  42. black love says:
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    or hart for lester if i can pull that off, which i dont know if i can.

  43. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @black love: door number 2 please

  44. Grey

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    @Adam: Reynolds slays dragons for breakfast.

    @Elijah: The league’s deep, Wade Boggs was taken.

    @Joe B: Liriano and I agree that Wieters and Davis could be packaged for something. Even if just a junky closer (say Aardsma). But you can drop either if no trades work out.

    @airlifting: Agreed.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’d hold tight with Lopez.

    @wyotexpike22: I wouldn’t make that trade.

    @steamer: Votto side.

    @RIP Harry: #2 starter, vague #1. Think F-Her or Wainwright.

    @Adam: Mid-July, last I heard.

    @nmdunkel: Thanks!

    @SRM: Wright side.

    @IowaCubs: Thanks for the update!

    @Eric H.: Apples for apples.

    @Slappy McSlap: Wouldn’t bench him.

    @Joe Cooper: Usually there’s about three to four guys on any team that are swappable with the hot guy off waivers. If you can max your stats a UTIL spot can get you a lot more than just sitting on one marginal player, say a Ben Francisco. 90% of my drops in that league are middle reliever swaps because there’s so few waiver wire hitters.

  45. IowaCubs

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    @Mr Baseball: Agreed, though if you’re in a deeper league that needs power help like I am, you go ahead and pick him up.
    @Adam: It was bad information… Fox is NOT in the starting lineup tonight. Whoops.

  46. black love says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC : do you think the saunders trade sucks if i cant get that lester one done?

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Joe Cooper: i usually have a fair amount of adds/drops mainly due to having the bottom 3-4 guys on my roster being expendable. chris young not looking like a decent #5/reserve SP for you and jorge de la rosa Ks 13? why not pick up jdlr for a couple starts to see if he catches fire. he doesn’t, so why not drop him and give randy wells a spin and see if he’s for real.

    sure, there have been a few years where i’ve barely had to make any adds/drops due to lucky back end drafting and a lack of injuries, but most seasons i have a couple of guys i have no qualms dropping to scoop up the hot commodity. so you drop a guy like jose guillen to get him, you think there are leaguemates chomping at the bits to scoop jose up? and if they do, there will be jose’s equivalent sitting there to be picked up, or the next hot waiver wire pickup.

  48. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I fear you’re forming an unhealthy attachment to the word ‘egregious’.

  49. Adam says:
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    Twins send Jesse Crain to AAA (and not Denard Span to the DL) to make room for Glen Perkins to start tonight, I’m hoping this is good news for Span

  50. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @black love: hart should get you more than saunders,but like him or not(grey hates him)he seems to get the job done

  51. black love says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:Thanks dudeeeeeee

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: In honor of the late, great Johnnie Cochran.

  53. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    I don’t have the time/inclination to post all of the players involved but in our RCL Big Blue Marble (it’s the Earth!) frequent commenter Noonan – in 2nd place – just traded his entire roster to the last place team.

    Pure genius or pure stupidity? Pure mockery!?

    I know, it would help to have a list of the players. I know among those he’s dealing are Hanley, Lincecum and J.Santana. Top players in return are Manny and Ryan Howard.

    Seriously strange and this is a money league too.

    P.S. “Hi Noonan!”

  54. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Lopez is the one drop I regret this year, although I held on to him for a long time, and he was just sucking the soul of my MI. In fact, all my draft picks in my MI except HanRam are all gonzo, and even Hanley is a bit of a dissapointment thus far. i guess J. Lopez was lying dormant in the FA bin for awhile, if you didn’t pick him up until last week.

    @ThePoonTycoon: There are two personality types of fantasy players; the cautious/conservative, and the tinkerers. Either can win. If your team has a strong draft and few injuries, you can and should stand pat, playing with the last 2-3 guys. The obsessive/ADHD types, like myself, cannot stop tinkering; I always look for the Cust/Wiggy type explosion, or the Hairston sprints, the long-shot hot minor league guys, as well as shuttle Mr.B’s constantly. The issue with the stand-pat guys is that if their team has flaws, they are too fearful to make a move that takes a bit of a risk. The issue with the latter type, like myself, is that we are liable, with the plethora of moves, to make an “egregious” mistake, like I did last year, cutting the god of Lud fairly early in the season, because I find it a bother to work with guys who are platooned. My toughest league thus far is one where there is a yearly limit of 70 moves. As I have already made 40 moves, I will have to struggle to deal with my addictive compulsion to shake up my squad.

  55. albertalbert says:
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    @Grey:
    owners just can’t pull the trigger and keep asking for more…

    should i give up:
    wright/nathan
    and get
    halladay/pena

    or

    give up
    utley/capps
    and get
    lincecum/kemp

    my offense is stacked with my one weakness in HR. i am desperate for a great starter.
    i like option 1 because i don’t lose a lot of HR with wright, and i get pena, but nathan is valuable.
    i like option 2 because linc is great and i only give up capps and not nathan. however, utley gets more HR than kemp.

    basically – do you think both are fair?
    thanks.

  56. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: Maybe you can start using “plethora” and “uppa body strength” in honor of the late, great Howie Cosell (appropriate emoticom)

  57. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If it does not fit…

  58. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    @Grey:

    Glad you’re tracking us. I know Turnip is fighting hard.

    As for Noonan, sure Bonds and Preston Wilson were strange adds but what about Erubiel Durazo and Reggie Sanders?

    Oh, right, also strange.

  59. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: BTW, I agree with AL KOHOLIC – I enjoy looking at the moves that Rudy/yourself made; both the brilliant, and the ones that don’t quite work. Also, no one seemed to notice, but it appears that you guys are smokin’ all the other experts on a remarkably consistent basis. Which is we come here and not there. After all, there are a plethora of schmohawk “experts” out there who will lead your team into the wilderness.

  60. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Agree with you about A.J. Mass. I finally gave up even reading him purely for the entertainment (whose head is he going to bite off today) value as it just became too annoying.

  61. Paulie Allnuts

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    NEW YORK (AP)—Former slugger Sammy Sosa(notes) reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003.

    The New York Times reported the failed test Tuesday on its Web site, citing lawyers familiar with the case. The newspaper did not identify the drug.

    Sosa is sixth on baseball’s career home run list with 609. He has not played in the majors since 2007.

    The newspaper reported Sosa is one of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a 2003 baseball survey. As part of an agreement with the players’ union, the testing in 2003 was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.

    Say it ain’t Sosa, Sammy; say it ain’t Sosa!

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Not surprising at all. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised by anyone who hit over 500 HRs in the last ten years, even Griffey.

  63. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: I’m not into the veto, but wouldn’t trading an entire team for another team be a reason for a veto? Reminds me of when Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich traded their wives and kids. Now that was wierd!

  64. Greg says:
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    Rank: Dukes, Hart, Werth, Reimold, and Rivera (schmohawk/sagnof). By the way, Dukes is batting clean up today.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha, those crazy swingers. I could see vetoing it because it doesn’t seem like a move to make a team better, it’s just haphazard when people are playing for money, i.e., it hurts the integrity of the league.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: Hart, Werth, Dukes, Reimold, Rivera…

  67. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I’m trying hard to find a reason not to veto it. This is a solid league and the trade is disappointing to say the least.

    The last place team usually competes but has had some tough luck and I know he’s trying hard to get out of the cellar – and for that reason and the fact I object on principle to vetos – I don’t want to veto it.

    On the other hand, I’m at a loss to understand 2nd place Noonan’s reason. He simply e-mailed the league saying: “Don’t cry when I RISE FROM THE ASHES to beat you! Getting to first place is all the fun…. being in first place sucks… only one way to go. Good luck. Please don’t veto this trade.”

    Odd.

  68. s221506 says:
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    Start Wandy today @Texas?

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: I’m starting him in a 12 team league, but I’m not looking forward to it.

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: gamel or konerko tonight,konk at cubs zambrano gamel at clev,sowers

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah that trade sounds drug induced,but usually a last place team is there for 1 main ingredient,the manager,sure injuries unlucky draft etc. but maybe the last place team that takes over the 2nd place team ruins it to,thus moving the rest of you up

  72. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: I would’ve said Konerko, but I think it’s too late now.

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: i thought so,that damn hyped stud gets me every time,fingers crossed

  74. youngcapitalist says:
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    I got offered Luke Scott for my O-Hud. I’ve got Cano coming to me in a trade currently processing and I have Adam Kennedy taking up my MI spot. I could also use some OF pop. I was looking to get Pence from him but he doesn’t seem to want to part with him. Is that enough for Hudson?

  75. Greg says:
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    DeRosa must be roiding…

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @youngcapitalist: Eh, you should be able to do a little better for Hudson. Maybe Ludwick from an owner that is sick of his lack of production.

  77. Swass says:
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    Grey- A-Rod and Bruce for Victor and Vernon Wells?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Swass: It’s fair, I’d prefer the A-Rod side, barely.

  79. Doc says:
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    Did you notice the different colored triangles in the corner of the fantasycast live scoring? It shows if you are going up or down on the individual categories. Not too exciting I guess.

  80. penpen says:
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    @Grey: Amen

  81. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Admittedly, I’m hoping that’s the case. I’ve had a rough run in this league but I’m gradually climbing.

    You’re right about last place teams – but actually in this case I know the guy and he’s always competitive. His luck started with being the only guy to not be able to get into the live draft – where he selected A-Rod. It continued with some of the big-name injuries and then the Manny sitch.

    Anyways…

  82. Doc says:
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    I have a team with Escobar, S. Drew and Tejada and plenty of MI help (Utley/Stewart). Should I drop Hardy or trade one of my SS and wait for Hardy to come around?

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: true,ive seen some guys have reyes manny and peavy and like quinten,tough to come out of that,ive had the manny deal and peavy,oh and milton but thats really my own fault to count on him

  84. royce! says:
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    @Doc: I noticed and was excited. Of course, my excitement was based on pure laziness, so it manifested itself in a slight, approving nod. Jk, I was super stoked, to tell you the truth.

  85. Adam says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m one of the lucky ones to hit the trifecta with Reyes, Peavy and Manny, along with Chris Davis and Nolasco looking like big time busts so far

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Adam: i to had nolasco in a keeper league with b.j ryan hamilton and aramis but still hold a small 1st place standing

  87. Schlitzy says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: i read that garbage this morning too. I cracked up when someone asked AJ how he could rank them that way and he pointed to “Momentum.” What is “momentum” you ask? Its a great new stat that AJ invented!!

  88. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    taking bets right now,,,reds and harang in a rain delay,will dusty trot harang out after the delay,note;last time he did harang had 2 bad outings following the delay game

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    votto took bp today,watching it now,said he`s about ready for a rehab stint,sounds good for voto owners

  90. royce! says:
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    @Adam: @AL KOHOLIC: Chiming in so that someone will feel sorry for me: I have Aramis, Reyes, Peavy, Dice-K and Nolasco. Oh, and Volquez. And drafted Khalil and Maybin. And Morrow. And Ziegler. And Hanrahan. And Kuo. And Arredondo.

    I thought that would make me feel better but now I just feel like a total ass.

  91. Schlitzy says:
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    @Joe Cooper: the 6th place team in my 15 teamer has made 190 moves to date.

  92. steamer says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the year A. Jones or A. Hill?

    You think Votto will come back strong?

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Schlitzy: could be a sign of a crack problem@royce!: yeah boy on draft day i thought i stole the closers ,motte(ha ha) hanraham(he he)b.j ryan(ho ho),was fast on the replacements though and in good shape with saves

  94. royce! says:
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    Has anyone said it yet? No? AHEM… SPARKAKIS!!!

  95. steamer says:
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    Kinsler is coming back to life!

  96. Schlitzy says:
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    Dice K question. He’s my worst pitcher in a 15 team league that counts holds (which I hate). Rest of my staff is Billingsly, Jer. Weaver, Cueto, Harang and Danks. Should I dump Dice for some holds help from a guy like Troncoso or Belisario?

  97. RIP Harry says:
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    Would you trade Rollins for Gallardo? I have Alexei to slide in there if I do it.

  98. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @RIP Harry: if i had alexi and needed pitching,i just might do that,rollins was a higher pick but isnt hitting for power or ave,but experts are expecting that to change soon

  99. Doc says:
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    @RIP Harry: I wouldn’t.

  100. Steve says:
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    I was aware of the risks before I got on today, but I am not enjoying this ride on the Wandwagon.

  101. Slappy McSlap says:
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    Damn i’m glad i didn’t bench Kinsler!! Too bad his resurgence had to come against my pitcher… poor Wandy.

  102. anon says:
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    Heath Bell and JP Howell or Gallardo?

  103. knighttown says:
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    A couple of interesting names popped up on waivers in my 11 team non-keeper:
    -Soto, Peralta, Furcal

    I play Wieters at catcher, Sean Rod at MI and Reimold is my only bench guy although I could drop Hawkins/McDougall if you insist. Thoughts?

  104. Adam says:
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    @knighttown: Without looking too closely at any stats, I’d lose Hawkins for Furcal, and unless you’re desperate for saves, probably MacDougal for Soto, too. The way Scioscia handled Brandon Wood scares me a bit too much to rely on Sean Rod until he gets some consistent ABs.

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @anon: gallardo

  106. Doc says:
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    @Steve: Glad I benched him. Wish I had benched Maholm. I think Mauer may bat .500.

  107. Steve says:
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    @Doc: I only have him in my H2H league (where I also have Wainwright going today).

    My opponent this week unfortunately has Kinsler! On the bright side, she also has De La Rosa and Volstadt :-)

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nostradamous here,im thinking mcdoughal is not the wash closer,1/3 inning 1 hit 2 walks a run and yanked

  109. Steve says:
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    Not that I’m the kind of guy who takes pleasure in the misfortune of others.

  110. john says:
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    why dusty, why!?…what goes through your head letting Harang go out there for 1 batter and then yank him…why let him go out there at all?….what is wrong with you?..

  111. john says:
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    ..@john: you’re an idiot

    disregard that statement as i misread the box

  112. penpen says:
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    ugh five walks? time to get off the wandwagon; it’s becoming one of those horrible carnival rides that nauseates you without even being any fun

  113. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @steamer: Votto should return fine. Hill, but just because of position eligiblity. Jones is fine.

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Schlitzy: Don’t dump Dice-K.

  114. Doc says:
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    Bruce for Huff?

  115. Mr Baseball says:
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    Wandy Rodríguez pitching performance was not that bad he held Chris Davis without a hit

  116. Adam says:
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    Downs hits for himself and then pulls up lame running to first, looked like a cramp but who knows

  117. RIP Harry says:
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    Downs did leave the game, might have just been a cramp though. If he does to the DL who is the closer? Frasor, League, Ryan??

  118. Grey

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    @Grey: I’m picking up Ryan and Frasor where possible, in that order.

  119. Steve says:
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    Drop Ervin for Ryan?

  120. Doc says:
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    I have a team with Escobar, S. Drew and Tejada and plenty of MI help (Utley/Stewart). Should I drop Hardy or trade one of my SS and wait for Hardy to come around?

  121. Adam says:
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    @Doc: I’d try to sell high on Tejada

    @Grey: He did leave, but they had a five run lead and it didn’t look too serious, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part

  122. JR says:
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    Luke Hochevar or Glen Perkins?

    Gracias.

  123. martin says:
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    @grey- I offered somebody pierre and haap for wieters so that way i can create more rosters spots and can also drop jeff baker. I really want to add juan rivera and believe he may not be on free agents when or if the trade is accepted/declined. Should i just drop haap and pick up rivera or way out the trade?

  124. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Grey: On your advice I did not start Maholm nor Volstad… I love you, man.

  125. Doc says:
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    Aubrey Huff/Jimmy Rollins or Carl Crawford/Kevin Gregg?

  126. Grey

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    @Steve: Eh

    @JR: Perkins

    @martin: Drop Happ.

    @Jobu’s rum: I wish you would’ve told me not to start Wandy.

    @Doc: I’d take the Huff side.

  127. Doc says:
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    Aubrey Huff/Jimmy Rollins/Cole Hamels or Carl Crawford/Kevin Gregg/Jay Bruce?

    I lost Peavy and need Hamels.

  128. Grey

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    @Doc: I’d take the Rollins side.

  129. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Bad win karma takes an obscene turn.

    Braden solid, can’t get run support. Then Belisario (who I own in my H2H league) in line for win for LA. Not any more. Giambi (who I dropped in the RCL yesterday) goes deep to put Oakland in front.

    I own Bailey everywhere. He’s bound to blow the save.

    Ah well, at least others beat me to Troncoso.

  130. Robert says:
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    My Lackey for Hawpe. Dumb trade?

  131. just got home from cleveland and watched the tribe tonight, THEY SUCK!!!!

    why is valbuena batting leadoff, in 90 AB’s he’s hitting .182?

    and Chris Gimenez is hitting .200?

    Why are these players in the line up!?!?!?! Why is JOHNNY PERALTA being benched….? I don’t care if he’s 1 for his last 75! He plays… He hit .290 last year… why are these i can’t hit above the mendoza line schmohawks playing and Laporta is in triple AAA??????

    Please someone tell me why eric wedge shouldnt be fired? I know alot of guys are hurt, I know the talent isn’t there, but seriously, VALBUENA batting leadoff? How about choo bats leadoff? .300 hitter, 11/11 in steal attempts? NOW THAT AT LEAST KINDA SOUNDS LIKE A LEADOFF HITTER!!!!!!!!

    so frustrating… but hey i did gulp down a few $6 beers!

  132. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m just glad Braden pitched well.

    @Robert: Yeah, kinda.

  133. DrEasy says:
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    I’m not sure Ryan is the right handcuff for Downs. He’s been mostly asked to pitch in meaningless innings (except for today). Frasor has been slowly gaining Cito’s confidence. I picked him up.

    CarGo or Rasmus? Neither seem to have the guarantee of a full-time job, and Rasmus has been bothered by an injury of late.

  134. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I hate this game.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony OH: I watched 75% of the game. Gallardo was pretty lucky, the Indians just didn’t seem like they could deliver a knockout punch. But even the announcers were saying how Valbuena is so great with the glove and how he’s only had one error. I was thinking the same thing as you. Why is he leading off?

    @DrEasy: Rasmus

  136. atkins worth a flier?

    he’s just chillaxin in FA’cy

  137. @Grey: YEP…. gallardo was lucky, he kept walking guys, i think he had 6BB? UGLY. The tribe just could not get a clutch hit, sucks.

    If he’s got a good glove, GREAT, GRAND, WONDERFUL! Put him in the field and bat him 9th dammit….

    MAKES NO SENSE, i’m thinking wedges days are nearing an end, i’ve heard him and shapiro are good buds tho and it might be later than sooner because of that…. I THOUGH BASEBALL WAS A BUSINESS?

  138. I’VE GOT UBALDO VS. TB THURS AND WOLF VS. OAK

    wolfman i’m thinking for sure

    ubaldo? TB? in COL? ugh…..

  139. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You going with Gaudin tomorrow?

  140. Adam says:
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    Trevor Cahill worth a flier? He’s been very good outside of two abysmal 7 ER outings this year, and has a pretty good schedule coming up…@LAD tomorrow, then SF and COL at home, then @CLE

  141. Grey

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    @Tony OH: I wouldn’t in COL.

    @Steve: Gonna have to unfortunately.

    @Adam: Sure, give him a whirl.

  142. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You like Cahill better than Gaudin?

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Not especially.

  144. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Is that just for tomorrow, or in general? I’m looking at Gaudin’s numbers and not seeing a whole lot to like outside of the K’s, and a nice home ballpark

  145. john says:
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    Hows Palmer @SF for a stream start?

  146. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: Ks, nice home ballpark it is. Me likey those two things.

    @john: Anyone’s decent against the Aints.

  147. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    I don’t necessarily love the point system because it is so pitching dependent. I used to be in one where complete games was worth 5 points and a shutout was worth 10 and I think Randy Johnson got more points that any two hitters put together. But in this HR are worth 6 points including the run and RBI while the triple is only three, so the HR bonus comes from scoring. I don’t really liek it, but i understand.

  148. @Moonlight’s Grahams: Crediting shutouts and complete games is lame. Fair point on Triples vs. HRs in a pionts league but I still prefer a greater difference b/w those two…

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