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The Rangers traded Eddie Guardado to the Twins for Mark Hamburger. If Hamburger doesn’t ring a dinner bell, that means you’re not related to him. With the trade of Eddie Guardado, Frank Francisco, whose claim to fame until yesterday was tossing a chair at a lady in the stands, will get the nod to take over as the Rangers closer. Actually, the chair toss might still be his claim to fame. After being instilled as the Rangers closer almost a month ago, Guardado only got 2 saves, so expectations for Francisco, the closer, should be kept in check. I suppose expectations for Francisco, the hot head, are endless. If you’re in a tight saves race, you take the flier on Francisco. Just because Guardado didn’t succeed doesn’t mean Francisco can’t. Remember Guardado was traded for a Hamburger. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

John Maine – Not sure if you dropped him yet, but you should. He’s done helping you this season. (Yes, you could backdate that to June.)

Luis Castillo – If you’re desperate for a MI, I still wouldn’t look at Castillo.

Mike Pelfrey – First time in 13 years a Mets pitcher has pitched back-to-back complete game victories. Of course this comes a week and a half after the Mets say they were going to limit Pelfrey’s innings. That’s what losing Maine and Wagner will do to you. Was kinda surprised Pelfrey didn’t strikeout 20 and throw a perfect game. He can do nothing wrong right now.

Victor Martinez – Should be back any day now. Am I taking a flier in any league? Nah, but he could have a respectable month.

Travis Hafner – He’s experiencing soreness in his shoulder.  If you’re holding him for when he returns, prepare to be Pronk’d!

Franklin Gutierrez – HR yesterday. The Big FraGu is hitting .338 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs in August. Like MC Lyte said, Act Like You Know.

Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and had a HR on Sunday. Fukudome was benched a couple of games last week and he probably was dropped in your league. He’s someone to watch just in case he gets hot.

Grady Sizemore – 2 HRs as he secures his 30/30 season and, according to my Stuff On My Cat Desk Calender, we’re not in September yet.

Nelson Cruz – HR yesterday. He had just under 2,000 HRs this season in the minors. New math: Some pop + Arlington = 8 HRs in the last month.

Jimmy Rollins – As Phillies fans readied their batteries, he went 3-for-3. Hopefully Ryan Howard gets sloppy seconds on Rollins’s slumpbuster.

Brett Myers – 7 IP, 0 ER. Like Gary Glitter, Myers has been lights out since the minors.

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  1. Steve says:
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    @Grey: re: Cruz. Thanks for the advice. Sensible as ever. Much appreciated – especially as you as probably trying to write the review/go to bed/have a life.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No worries.

  3. Nick says:
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    Zambrano & Greinke are both starters on my roster tomorrow, do I bench one of them since I’m 22.2 IP+, this number will probably come down as I only had 1IP tonight, so figure 17IP+.

    Also I have Delgado benched tomorrow facing Moyer (lefty) but he has a .390 average in 77AB’s against him. I want to start him with his 2 HRS tonight. Do you bench Wiggington, Quentin (1for7 against burries), Dye, Markakis for Delgado!?

  4. BSA says:
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    and what a good morning……pleasantly surprised to see Fuentes pick up a save while Liriano and Myers continue to be strong. Too bad the Twins bullpen gagged.

  5. SoS says:
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    I don’t really like pelfrey, but is he worth dropping kershaw or guthrie for? My guess would be no on guthrie and yes on kershaw after his start this week against was. And that’s me answering me!

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Nothing like putting some minor-league whippersnapper on your Watch List, then seeing in his first game he went 3-for-5-plus-donk. Oh, I added him, all right. I added him good.

    Also streamed Jeff Francis against San Fran to excellent effect. If Cruz can really dredge up eight donks this month, and D-Lee can actually start hitting again, we may make a race of this after all.

  7. ShootyBabbit says:
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    Shooty back with another question. May need some coverage at my SS spot for the injured Carlos Guillen. Not a whole lot on the wire that would match his run production, but if Im looking to maintain in OBP and maybe gain a spot in SB (2 or 3 of us within 5 SB’s of each other), who do you like of Emmanuel Burris and Nick Punto? Thanks.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’m considering adding Cruz even though I don’t really need him that much. I’d drop Kershaw for him because my pitching staff was already solid, and now I’ve got Myers on my roster as well so Kershaw is expendable.

    Cruz will be difficult to use but I have the space to fit him into my roster without giving anything up. I’ve currently got Holliday in left, Markakis in right, and Thome as my Utility. Cruz won’t start ahead of Holliday or Markakis ever but he may be useful at Utility. I like that Thome keeps giving me HR’s but his usual statline is 1 for 4 with a solo HR and 2 K’s. I wonder if Cruz would be worthy for awhile. I also roster Chris Davis but notice he’s been bumped to dead last in the order while Cruz was 6th or 7th last night. Is Cruz worth the pickup?

  9. yak says:
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    Drop Campillo for Bush,Petit,or Maholm?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: I bench Wigginton and Greinke.

    @SoS: I’d agree with you on Kershaw.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: They have a bunch of games at home in Sept, so here’s hoping he keeps it going.

    @ShootyBabbit: I’d go with Burriss, but he’s not the same as Guillen, Shooty. Keep your expectations in check.

    @Frank Rizzo: Assuming Davis is on your bench most nights anyway, I’d take a flier on Cruz and drop Davis in a non-keeper.

    @yak: Yes, Petit, Bush, Maholm, in that order.

  11. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Bench Greinke against Texas?!?! He had a .57 Whip against them last game….

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: That was in May. He’s been rocked two of the last three starts and has an ERA north of 5 since the All-Star break. Then again, I don’t know how deep your league is and I’m assuming ten team. So if it’s deeper I could see starting him. Also, I have no idea what your ratio situation is. So depending on that I could see starting him as well. But all things being equal on a ten team league, I’m not starting him.

  13. IowaCubs

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    Jon Niese is going to be called up by the Mets to fill in for Maine. He’s got good control with a k/BB ratio of 2.58, and a K/9 of around 8. Deeper leagues, yep… other leagues, nope? How shallow is too shallow, Grey?http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3553801

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: If he gets called up, NL-only leagues and 15 mixed team leagues should look.

  15. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Joaquin Arias should also be considered as a MI candidate. I just picked him up in the RCL where I need pretty much every statistical category to help me avoid last place.

  16. yak says:
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    Ok, after ralizing I had nobody in my DL slot, I picked up Petit for Campillo. Moved Joba to DL, picked up Myers. Not a bad few minutes right? Does Bedard have more value than Bush or Maholm? I have Bedard, but have Joba and Furcal already inactive everyday.

  17. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Yeah, definitely someone to look at.

    @yak: That’s a solid few minutes. Bedard may not pitch this year. He has little to no value in one year leagues.

  18. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I think I’ll be dropping Tulo very soon….

    Aug 26 Tulowitzki is still complaining that his left quadriceps injury (sustained on April 29) is affecting his defense, according to the Rocky Mountain News.
    Recommendation: “There is frustration because I don’t feel I can play the game like I want to,” he said. “I can’t dive for everything. It is getting stronger and it will continue to get stronger in the offseason.” However, his performance at the plate suggests that his offensive output has also been affected. Tulowitzki has started almost every day since his second DL stint (for a hand injury) ended on July 21, yet he only has two homers and 13 RBI in 120 at-bats. He usually hits sixth or seventh but was dropped to eighth on Monday, probably because of his lack of power.
    (Rotowire)

  19. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: What do you think of Morrow when he comes back as a starter? Do you think he’d be an improvement over Kershaw in September? Both will probably be throwing limited innings, and Morrow plays for the M’s, but Morrow put up dominant numbers as a reliver. Not sure if he could make the transition to being an effective starter faster than Joba did (which took a while), but it’ll be interesting to follow.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: I agree that it’ll be interesting to watch, but I’ll be watching him on someone else’s team. I won’t have him in any league. Not enough upside.

  21. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: You’re helping me resist foolish temptation. Thanks.

  22. BSA says:
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    So the fantasy manager in me, not the Sox fan, is taking Varitek’s hot streak for a ride.
    Another option I am looking at is Snyder at the first sign of trouble. Are there other options out there at catcher who might be a good pickup if looking to stay under the radar and play the rotating catcher game?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: No problem.

    @BSA: Have you looked at Gordo Sandoval?

  24. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: I love how only in the fantasy baseball world this is a relevant question.

    Imagine asking this to a guy sitting next to you in a bar in Plano, Texas.

    “Excuse me sir, but have you looked at my Gordo Sandoval?”

    (insert cartoonish smacking sound here)

  25. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: I wanted some rookie nookie so I flirted with picking up Pablo, but I’m leaning towards grabbing Chris Iannetta. Zoinks!

    Zoinks II — For the first time in his life, Sandoval may not get enough time behind the dish.

  26. Doug Ault says:
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    With my worst fears coming to pass,as the Angels begin resting Vlady,I scooped Cruz off the waiver wire.I’ll take 8 in Sept

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Cruz should prove to be a decent replacement, but if not, I’d just go with the hot hand in a good matchup when Vlady’s benched. Though Vlady should still get in there 80% of the games.

  28. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:This from Sporting News:

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Guerrero is likely to sit out “at least two and probably all three games” against the A’s. “We’re trying to keep his knee and his lower half where it is, and it’s important to give him a couple of days to rebound, to re-charge,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “If we keep going with him now, we could set him back from playing defense and running the bases.” With a 17-game division lead, Guerrero and the Angels can afford to rest up.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Thanks for that. I guess it’s not entirely surprising. I just assumed that the Angels would start him on most days so he wouldn’t get rusty.

    EDIT: Typo, boyz!

  30. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: In hindsight maybe I shouldn’t have swapped Upton for him

  31. Grey

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    @Doug Ault: Upton’s batted .263 with one steal over the last seven games. A hot waiver guy plus Vlad switched in when he’s playing is still a solid option.

  32. BSA says:
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    Who lit the fire under Rollin’s ass? Last four at bats he’s 4-4 with a single, two doubles, a triple and now a stolen base.

  33. Grey

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    @BSA: And another hit and steal.

  34. BSA says:
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    You saved me the typing. I just thanked my trading partner and told him Jimmy needed a change of scenery. Feels more at home on my team with Utley.

  35. Grey

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    ****Fuentes might be out for up to a week on bereavement leave. I’d grab Corpas if you’re desperate for saves.

  36. BSA says:
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    Aaaah, that gives me a deadspot in the pitching now in a weekly lineup. Now a starter or Fuentes next week. Gotta go check the schedule for week 23.

  37. chuck says:
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    If I had known Rollins was going to pick it up as soon as I grabbed Drew off the waivers, I would have done it back in May. Sorry fellas.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chuck: Yeah, move a little quicker next time.

  39. BSA says:
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    Make that fire a bonfire while he farted. BOOOOM!

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Hehe

  41. BigFatHippo says:
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    Thanks again for Rollins summerdog, but they’re sittin Vlad now. Didn’t know it till I got home.

    Shit in one hand and cover it up with the other.

  42. BigFatHippo says:
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    Ahh, the fleet footed Yadi swipes a bag.

    Did you see that? Didn’t think so, dude’s faster than Loren Roberts.

  43. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Never mind, wild pitch. Never really left the batters box though.

  44. wassup says:
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    now that i gotta drop guardado who should i pick up out of the 3? hanrahan, chris perez, frank francisco. Im thinkin perez, wats yo thoughts

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wassup: I agree, go with Perez.

  46. wassup says:
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    Wigginton’s cooling off a lot. Stick it out or time to drop him? Here are the options…adam laroche, gerut, randy winn, mike cameron, ethier, the ss on red sox forgot his name,werth, span, and hardy’s gettin pretty hot recently. Who you like here, can you narrow it to 2 or 3?

  47. corey says:
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    Any updates on Duchscherer?

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wassup: Hardy, Cameron, LaRoche, Gerut…

    @corey: He’s going to be out a few weeks and his innings were already high for the year. I think you should look elsewhere.

  49. royce! says:
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    Zambrano pitched terribly today, but I was still amazed to see that he got dropped. I have the #3 waiver priority, and would use him for a 2 week period in which he would pitch against the Brewers twice and the Mets once. Despite his recent crapiness, I have to pick him up, right?

    Btw, for that two week period he would take the place of either Myers, Nolasco, or Guthrie.

  50. Grey

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    @royce!: Guthrie’s innings are getting high so I could see chucking Guthrie to waivers for Big Z if Guthrie looks bad against the Rays this week. If you can’t want until Guthrie’s Friday start, I’d make that move anyway.

  51. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I wouldn’t even have to drop Guthrie. At this point I’d just drop Nelson Cruz, who I picked up to keep others from doing so.

  52. Nick says:
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    Zambrano was horrible tonight….good thing I didnt listen to u Grey and started Greinke…he helped me out but I still lost ground in WHIP from Zambrano.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: Yeah, that was a good call on your part. Greinke looked great. I’d be careful going forward with him though.

  54. JR says:
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    @everybody

    Grab Big Z if he’s on waivers…

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