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There were signs…. He’d call Dexter Fowler, “Dudley.”  He’d call Todd Helton, “Tootie.”  He’d hit like a menopausal woman with no occasional hot flashes.  But you take the good, you take the bad…  It’s “Take the good” first!  Where’s the good, Garret Atkins?  It’s time to clean house and Atkins is the first one to go.  Here’s what I said in February in the rankings, “The Holliday trade to the A’s hurts Atkins value too.  And, frankly, for the last three years, Atkins was hurting his own value.  He’s gone from 29 to 25 to 21 home runs since 2006.  If you were taking the SATs, the next number in that sequence would be 17.  His slugging percentage has been following suit, as well.  The way Atkins is headed, he’s going to need 2nd base eligibility to have any value by 2010.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Atkins hit 2 home runs yesterday.  Sell!  Sell!  Sell!  He’s an average 3rd baseman who will probably be traded from the Rockies in the coming months.  Honestly, you’re probably be better off with Mark Teahen at 3rd.  Someone somewhere many years ago said Atkins is going to hit 30 homers because he plays in Coors and for some reason people have not stopped believing it.  It’s a crock.  You know who else is crizzap?  Troy Tulowitzki.  Who are you, Troy Tulowitzki?  I know, Stephen Drew; I know Ben Zobrist.  I do not know Troy Tulowitzki.  The Rockies are the new blech.  So it’s time to shake things up, right?  Yes.  For you and the Rockies.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy and Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Carlos Gonzalez – They’ll probably trade Hawpe to a contender and play Carlos Gonzalez full-time.  Or just sit Seth Smith.  The Rockies HATE Seth Smith.  (Caps for emphasis and the doode reading over your shoulder.)  CarGo’s a solid flier in deep, NL-Only leagues, especially keepers.  In mixed leagues, if you have room, I’d take the gamble because you never know and you might be able to flip him for a better, more reliable piece if he starts off hot.  He does have 15/15 potential, but he’s probably no better than Ben Francisco at this point.

Carlos Quentin - I don’t want to give you false hope and it’s always wise to be careful when dealing with injuries with injury-prone players — will it magically reappear in three days after you trade for him? — but I’m optimistic Carlos Quentin can come back from his injury and be productive.

Tommy Hanson – One of the few rookie pitchers that should be owned in every league.  Even 2 team leagues that have one man benches.

Andrew McCutchen – Think of him as SAGNOF and nothing else.

David Murphy – With Hamilton out, Murphy’s been starting every day.  He has a .357 average and two steals in the last seven games.  When Beltran went down, I grabbed Murphy on one team and I haven’t dropped him back to waivers yet.

J.P. Howell – Could be distancing himself from the Wheelerfourson.  In all of my leagues, I’m currently holding Wheeler and no one else from the Wheelerfourson.  If Wheeler doesn’t get a save opp in the next week, he’s gone too.

Ricky Nolasco – I’d bench him for his start on Sunday.  But I would pick him up.

Sean Rodriguez – What do the Angels do with a 2nd baseman who has 18 homers in 179 ABs in Triple-A?  Promote him and demote Howie Kendrick? ( I told you to get rid of Kendrick two weeks ago in the Buy/Sell — you can find old Buy/Sells on the left sidebar.  Print them out and wallpaper your brain.  Or save money on toilet paper.  You’re call!)  Or do the Angels promote Rodriguez, demote Kendrick, wait two weeks until Kendrick starts hitting in the Coors-like PCL and then promote Kendrick right back and demote Rodriguez again like they’ve been doing with Brandon Wood for the last three years?  Phew, that was the longest question in the history of words.  I think there’s a 50/50 chance of either scenario happening.  In deep leagues, you grab Rodriguez now so you don’t have to beat your entire league to the waiver wire.

Matt Joyce – Joyce is best known for, “A Portrait of the Power Hitter Who Needs Playing Time.”  Lost Quentin to injuries and Votto and Bruce to the dark side?  Joyce can give your team a power boost.

J.A. Happ – Extending his kiddie leash so we can see another start.

Randy Wells – After going through five starts with a 1.69 ERA and a .97 WHIP, it’s mixed league time, friends.  He’s been too good at this point for him to be sitting on waivers.

Gordon Beckham – Went over him yesterday.  Here’s the Cliff Notes version, “British 2nd baseman who’s married to one of the Spice Girls.  Once had a dalliance with the Queen.  Pick him up in leagues if you need MI help.”

SELL

Miguel Tejada – A resurgence at Latin 35?  Doode’s like 52 years old.  You know who else is 52?  Your uncle.  Can your uncle win the NL batting title?  Well, is your uncle Rod Carew?  No?  Well, there.

Torii Hunter – Was great for two months.  No doubt, Stefani.  But he’s not a 30/30/.300 guy.

Asdrubal Cabrera – We’re still friends of Asdrubal, but you don’t need to DL him.  Peace out, ‘Drubal.

Kosuke Fukudome – He’s the definition of yawnstipating.  5/4/.308 after two months?  That comes out to approximately eh/meh/okay by the end of the year.

Nyjer Morgan – He has 11 steals on the year.  Whoopie-farfennyjer!

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    drop Ass-droobal?? hmm what’s a pick-up suggestion for him? (mainly 2B, personally…)

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Give me top five guys that are available.

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    somewhere on some site ran by Garrett Atkins about fantasy baseball experts, his “SELL” says to sell Grey! So take that, Grey!!

    and yes, Atkins isn’t ownable. Branyan is making him look like the worst pick of any draft out there.

  4. Aaron Pil says:
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    I wonder how long it will take for this post to be rewritten by the guys at Yahoo.

    You get the news here first-and the jokes are funnier.
    The Kendrick-Rodriguez thing is both poignant and funny.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Not sure I follow your first point, but I do agree Branyan’s blowing Atkins out of the water.

    @Aaron Pil: Thanks!

  6. and1mcgee says:
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    while he’s on the DL, I have DeRosa @ 2B and Davis @ 3B. DeRosa spells Davis when I have power that week/lack average or runs even, I play Davis if I am behind in jacks. i guess this is working out. (FA’s: Burriss, Bonifacio, I. Stewart, Kennedy (i guess he’s good when he’s hot), and I lile Schumaker’s average… I’m fine for now. I picked up Nolasco when I put Ass-droobler on the DL for now… thx Grey

  7. I held onto Fernando Martinez over Carlos Gonzalez this morning, then feeling somewhat regretful I picked up Sean Rodriguez. I was still kinda regretting it until I just read you saying to buy Rodriguez… I hope. How would you rate Carlos Gonzalez, Fernando Martinez, and Sean Rodriguez?

    the 2b power seemed too much to pass on.

  8. and1mcgee says:
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    sorry, i typed it quickly… i meant if Garrett Atkins had a website about fantasy ‘perts like yourself, would he be selling you just to get back at you?

  9. EricB says:
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    I’d like to pick up Randy Wells. Possible candidates to cut include: Gordon Beckham, Xavier Nady, Nolan Reimold, Ian Stewart. My team is a little short on power at the moment and fairly solid in SBs. Pitching is very good, but there is always room for one more good pitcher. See anyone to cut or should I leave Wells out there?

  10. and1mcgee says:
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    Sean Rod is a gangsta. they say the 2nd best, if not the best athlete in the organization. And that includes Scioscia, so.. you KNOW he’s good. he plays INF and OF and he is probably the fastest guy on the team. (I watched Angels games last year…) I like both Dodgers and Angels, though… But S-Rod is legit. It’s a “when” thing, not an ‘if” thing…

  11. Greg says:
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    I picked up Sean Rodriguez and plugged him into 1 of the 2 ML roster spots I have (had to drop Lars Anderson 1B BOS).

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Cool re: Asdrubal. re: Atkins — Ha!

    @bpasinko: Cargo, Rodriguez… But only because Cargo’s up right now. If Rodriguez gets the call, he’s above him, so if you have no immediate need, I’d hold Rodriguez.

  13. big o says:
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    hope you’re right about cq .
    hope is all i have left .
    just seeing him on my bench/dl every week makes me wanna puke/cry .
    almost sold him for a bag of peanuts , last week , but they were the dry-roasted/un-salted variety .

  14. Swass says:
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    Well-deserved Gatkins bashing here…but would you trade John Danks for him?

  15. Swass says:
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    Drop Asdrubal for any of these hitters: Melky, Morales, Rolen, Andrus, CarGo, Sean Rod, Rowand?

  16. cws05nuts says:
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    Hasn’t Sean-Rod been to the Show before and failed? Doesn’t he strike out 1/3 Ab’s?

    Just asking because my how Hill’s ceiling seems to be leveling off into mediocrity. 0-century in the past 2 weeks. But, does Sean-Rod’s upside win out vs. the real A Hill were seeing these days?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Hope is a wonderful thing.

    @Swass: Nope

    @Swass: Grab Sean Rod if you don’t need someone immediately. Grab Andrus if you need a MI. Grab CarGo if you wanna take a flier on a new call-up.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: Sean-Rod might be a liability on average, but he has power to spare. I still want Hill over him.

  19. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: Thank you sir. If anyone cares, just heard on the radio that Mr. Hafner might suit up tonight for some cws action.

  20. Steve says:
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    The only league I own Atkins is the RCL.
    So I guess I’m stuck with him. You’d own him ahead of Andy LaRoche?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: You’re welcome and thanks for the update. I give Pronk twelve days.

    @Steve: Yeah, I would. But it’s not saying much.

  22. Matt says:
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    Grey, great posts today. The Teahen Subaru pace car line was fantastic. What do you think of my Adam Dunn and Aaron Hill for his Alfonso Soriano? I have Kinsler at 2b.

  23. Steve says:
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    No, its not, is it? You like EE better?

  24. Joe B says:
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    Hey Grey… if Liriano drops a big turd on the mound again tonite, should I drop him for Nolasco???

  25. Mr. Rickey says:
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    If he bombs again today, drop Ervin Santana for Hanson, Happ or Wells?

    Traded Torii and Downs a few weeks ago for Beckett and Alexi Ramirez – feeling pretty good about it.

  26. and1mcgee says:
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    let’s hope for Sean Rod, it’s better this time around. His #’s weren’t nearly as good in AAA before his last call-up, so he’s clearly improved… even if they play PCL games in backyards.

  27. Greg says:
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    Start Dukes or Reimold tonight?

  28. airlifting says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: i’d already be dropping ervin for hanson. i can’t imagine hanson won’t at least be santana’s equal the rest of the season.

  29. anoraxx says:
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    Ultey+Bell for Cano+Bay, who is the winner?

  30. Aaron Pil says:
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    @anoraxx: Utley Bell is a big winer. Pull the trigger on that one really fast. Make up some lie about your leaving town for the weekend and you want to have this done before you leave today.

  31. sean says:
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    Soto’s on waivers in my league. Let him wallow?

  32. anoraxx says:
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    @Aaron Pil:
    Hehe, I am actually on the other side. I am kinda testing the waters as I need some upgrade in the outfield.

  33. Wizo says:
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    Rios or Kris Davis?

  34. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    anyone have the balls to start Liriano in Seattle? How sad thaty I will prob bench him in Seattle…..

  35. Swass says:
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    @anoraxx: I don’t think Utley Bell side wins at all actually. Closers can be found every few weeks and Cano has been playing like he used to, which was pretty good outside of last year. He’s no Utley obviously, but he’ll score runs, drive him some, and he’s already at his season SB totals. Jason Bay speaks for himself. Its a pretty fair deal though.

  36. rhymenoceros says:
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    Since you seem so active on this post, Grey, answer me this: How the hell am I supposed to sell Tejada in my RCL division if you keep telling everyone to sell him? I’ve been pimping his inflated numbers for weeks with no bites. What is a reasonable price to expect from him, especially considering that Alexi Ramirez has been ass-tastic and he’s my other MI?

  37. rhymenoceros says:
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    @sean: Let him wallow. Who else is going to pick him up, especially now that he’s losing AB’s to freaking Koyie Hill.

  38. brad says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’m starting Liriano in the league where I need the most help. In the league where I’m near the top of the standings he’s been on my bench for a few starts.

    I guess I’m saying that I’m starting him where I’m desperate.

  39. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Aaron Pil: lying is bad

  40. anoraxx says:
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    @Swass:

    Yeah this is the way I was thinking. I might try to ship Qualls instead of Bell though.

  41. jbatkins says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m stuck in a serious DL bind… do I give up Kershaw and Webb to get Lester? Kershaw/Danks are my worst pitchers, but I need room to stash Reyes on the DL (where Webb is right now). Is Lester a big enough downgrade over Webb that we should scuttle the trade? (otherwise, we’re taking 0’s for Votto/Reyes until one comes back)…

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    @Grey: I grabbed Rowand despite my hatred for having Giants on my team. He’s pretty much raking and he’s magically scoring runs. I think he still hits in front of Bonds.

  43. @ K.Hernandez: I have the balls to start him in Seattle. Cust kayin’. After absolutely no trade interest in him, two things could result: #1 a decent outing that will bear sweet fruit going forward, or more likely #2 provide incentive to dump him for Nolasco, who will appreciate the jesture and reward my fantasy team with Ace type stats for the rest of the season. It’s all good either way, regardless of the outcome or ball size.

  44. Aaron Pil says:
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    @anoraxx: Qualls is a better choice. Bell has been really good, and he has a track record of being a very good 8th inning guy as well. He’s in a pitchers park and he is established. He has been pretty healthy for the last 4 years.

    Qualls is a big question mark with his forearm pain.

    The best player in the deal is Utley, who you will be giving up.

    Bay is good-having a great year, with a good track record.

    Cano is having a good year, but he has a terrible track record.

    In this trade you give up the best player and assume the most risk.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Matt: Thanks! Too much for Al-So.

    @Steve: If he’s healthy and playing, yup.

    @Joe B: Sure

    @Mr. Rickey: Sure, Hanson

    @Greg: Reimold

    @anoraxx: Utley’s side.

    @Wizo: Rios

    @rhymenoceros: Hmm… You got a dilemma there. Not sure what you need, how’s that for a cop out? I’d try and get a 2nd to 3rd tier starter, think Wainwright.

    @jbatkins: Nope, don’t get Lester there.

  46. Dom says:
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    Any comments on Kazmir?

  47. BabyBeluga says:
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    Am I giving away too much in this deal or should I be pulling the trigger now? I need pitching help (for context) and seeking the best in Johann.

    I get Santana and give Manny and Nelson Cruz (keeper league).
    My outfield is ok, but overly reliant on youth with A.Jones, N.Cruz, Lind, Bruce, E.Dukes (and Taveras, Milton, R.Winn to fill in) – Manny was the one reliable piece.

    That being said, Johann is an obvious difference maker in an area I need to attack. In second place and leading in HR/RBI – behind in era/whip… I’ve sent Manny and Lind (rather than Cruz) for Johann, but have not rejected his original offer yet…

  48. Sam says:
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    Funny jokes once again Grey, someone proposed me this trade since I’m at the bottom of HR’s, RBI’s,

    Ryan Howard and Randy Wolf for YOUUUUK and Carpenter.

    Should I do it ? Its a 12 team Yahoo roto league.

  49. Swass says:
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    @Aaron Pil: I fail to see how Robinson Cano has a terrible track record. Outside of last year, he has been an above average 2b. Jason Bay also has been a top 10 outfielder since the beginning of last year. I’d agree with the good player having a great year assessment, but he had a great fantasy year also. Heath Bells are cool, but saves is only one category. You will find a replacement player for him before your worst OF or worst 2b outperforms Cano or Bay.

  50. Swass says:
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    great fantasy year last year also*

  51. Steve says:
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    Yanks v Rays postponed.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dom: Too many starters out there, I wouldn’t get involved with Kazmir.

    @BabyBeluga: Obviously, I’d prefer to do Lind there but it’s still a good deal for you if you need Johan.

    @Sam: I’d want Howard’s side.

    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up, will need to change lineups.

  53. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – grabbed Giambi in the RCL to sub in for Joyce.

    So of course he’s bound to tee off against Guthrie in my H2H.

    On Atkins, MVN Outsider (they link to Razzball so I don’t feel guilty about mentioning them!) suggest that Atkins’ solid contact and walk rate and ludicrously low BABIP offers some scope for improvement.

    Thoughts?

    BTW, not saying I’m running out to get him anywhere, just scrambling for some rationalization for keeping him in the RCL!

  54. Sabs says:
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    What kind of bat should I be looking for in exchange for Hunter? The A-Rod owner in my points league loves him some rookie nookie; is Hunter/Gamel for A-Rod ambitious enough for you?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Do I think Atkins hits .190 and 5 HRs all year? Nope, but his year to year trends are terrible and if he gets traded to a less hitter friendly park it’s not good. Then throw in the fact that if he’s traded to contender and doesn’t hit, his leash will be short so he might lose time. And that’s me being optimistic.

    @Sabs: Sure, I’d want A-Rod there.

  56. Tom says:
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    Wow, everyone in my league wants a piece of mccutchen. I wanted the steals, but I like selling rookie nookie when it’s hot!

    Also, here’s a trade that I’m considering:

    Qualls/Mcutchen for Taveras/Bruce.

    I get the Bruce side. Offer’s on the table, and I think i want it.

  57. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Fair enough.

    It’s just me, clinging to any nugget of hope!

    Elsewhere, Murphy or Ben-Fran?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: I’d take Bruce there.

    @Steve: Murphy

  59. Aaron Pil says:
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    @Swass: Terrible track record as in hes a hot and cold hitter. If you draft him and plug him in and forget him you will be fine. If your trading for him though and trying to time a window of his best performance, its way harder.

    Heath Bell is established and helps you in 4 categories. 2b is always scarce. OF very dependent on league.

  60. @Grey: Another Buy A-Rod oportunity for you to judge. It is a Keeper League, but I don’t want to tank the season for the future. Would you deal Zimmerman AND a very decent arm Carpenter, Hanson, maybe Scherzer, or at least Liriano, for Alex? I also own Texiera if the back to back batters matters at all…Thanks!

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: I would do that deal, but I’d really push for Liriano, then Scherzer then Carp then Hanson.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ugh. I hate Reyes.

  63. Doc says:
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    @Grey: Somebody sent me a buy low offer on Reyes. Should I try to work with him and get it up to an even deal?

  64. Swass says:
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    @Aaron Pil: His career splits from June through the rest of the season are pretty damn good. I don’t think he’s that streaky and new Yankee Stadium can’t hurt.

    I disagree with the notion that Heath Bell helps in 4 categories. I don’t think a ceiling of 3k and 1 scoreless inning a night helps, especially when you consider the Padres won’t be winning that many games. If you want help in Ks and ERA/WHIP from a reliever and don’t want to pay much, check out a MR.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Sure, no harm in that.

  66. JR says:
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    @Grey: Two questions regarding a H2H league in which I have to ensure that players will sustain their performances throughout the season:

    2B: F-Lopez, Stewart, Beckham
    U: Cuddyer, Atkins, Pierre

    Thanks in advance!

  67. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I just cut Atkins in disgust,the best I’ll get out of him is an improved waiver wire spot…………….I think I know the answer on if I should start Danks tonite, but howzabout Price?

  68. Steve says:
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    @Doug Ault: Yanks-Rays are PPD.

  69. Doug Ault says:
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    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Sorry, I don’t understand the question.

    @Steve: Start him tomorrow.

  71. JR says:
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    @Grey: Sorry, if you had to pick one 2B and one U to sustain their performance over the year, who would it be?

    F-Lopez, Stewart, or Beckham?
    Cuddyer, Pierre, or Atkins?

  72. Kris says:
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    @Grey: Don’t blame Jose, blame the Mets trainers for handling his injury in as poor a fashion as possible.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Lopez, Pierre.

    @Kris: True.

  74. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I know he’s been awful (I’m still having trouble sitting down in the keeper), but Ervin should still be owned, no?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Can’t lose him in a keeper. Not yet at least.

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sorry – should have been more direct. If he’s on waivers in a 12-teamer (non-keeper), do you grab him and stash him?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, nah. I’m not messing with him.

  78. Prince says:
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    Another great writeup. I always want to say this, actually, but don’t want to be a suck-up. Probably am now that I just said that. Oh well.

    So Jurrjens vs. Gallardo — he won’t get me K’s, probably not the win. Am I right in that this probably isn’t a good start for him?

  79. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I’m down to 5 starters in the RCL with Volquez out, so casting around for a 6th.

    Any future in owning Richard, Wellemeyer or Kawakami?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Prince: Thanks! Might not be a good start for him, but the way he’s pitching who have to start him.

    @Steve: Blech on those three.

  81. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – time to re-discover my inner Mr. B methinks.

  82. TonyC says:
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    I’m in a 12-team, H2H league, and I have to drop someone when Uehara comes off the DL next week. I was thinking of dropping either Marmol or Cristian Guzman or maybe even Uehara, but I’m not sure. Here’s my roster as it stands right now:

    c Wieters
    1b Fielder
    2b Phillips
    3b Wright
    ss Drew
    if Sandoval
    of Kemp
    of Damon
    of BJ Upton
    of J Upton
    util Adam Jones
    bn C Guzman
    sp Billingsley, Vazquez, Shields, Jackson, Matsuzaka, Scherzer, Price, Nolasco
    rp Broxton, Rivera, Fuentes, Marmol
    dl Uehara

    advice?

    thanks
    ps – you’re site is fantastic. you guys do really great work.

  83. Greg says:
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    Anyone else tired of Kinsler swinging at the first pitch? He needs to go on a serious hot streak again.

  84. Greg says:
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    @TonyC: I think I would drop Guzman.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TonyC: Thanks! I’d lose Uehara.

    @Greg: Yeah, seriously.

  86. knighttown says:
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    Grey, your earlier comment about the throw in for AROD caught my attention (you ranked which SP’s you’d throw in first). I’ve been red hot, moving from 11th to 2nd in my league since May 1st. Now the hard work comes. The guy in front of me is at 90 and his team is solid. I’m in and around the 72-75 mark. I’m trying to upgrade and stockpile talent, in effect, selling high on my guys for someone who big numbers will come in August. Alas, two months into the season is enough that your preseason rankings which I use as the gospel have probably changed. Would you do me a favor and re-rank my guys for the rest of 2009?

    In order of the way I’d keep them:

    SP- Beckett, Oswalt, Cain, Weaver, Jackson, Vazquez, Hanson, Liriano

    OF/Util- Braun, Ibanez, B. Upton, J. Upton, Choo, Bruce, Beltre, Reimold

    MI- Alexei, Peralta, Drew

    Thanks!

  87. Doc says:
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    With Reyes injury is J. Upton comparable?

  88. paulzone says:
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    i would have bet many daquiaries that ervin would pitch a gem from my bench after bludgeoning me for 15 er in two starts…

  89. Steve says:
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    @paulzone: Ha! Same here. You know what would have happened if we’d started him, though.

  90. Steve says:
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    @Doc: You’re scaring me.
    @Grey: Are you watching Ervin?

  91. Drev says:
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    @Grey: If you were asked — and I guess you *are* being asked — to name five MUST HAVE second-half players, who would they be? I assume Teixeira would be one…

  92. Doc says:
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    @Steve: I only report the “news”

  93. Steve says:
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    @Doc: You were referring to all three of them, right?

  94. Doc says:
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    @Steve: of course

  95. Doc says:
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    Wow, Greinke with 6 earned runs in 3 innings

  96. Doc says:
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    Will trade Ortiz for food

  97. Mr Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey are their any other minor league players that you are expecting to be promoted to the majors soon – (players you like) (players you hate)

  98. jbatkins says:
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    Alright, how about this: Webb and Kershaw for Lester and Damon? I guess what this all comes down to is, (a) do you think Damon will continue his current play (including playing time), and (b) do you think Webb (if he even does come back) will play to the level that we’re used to?

  99. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. That would be like staying home on a Friday night to watch baseball and comment on a blog. Totally lame people, frickin idiots, losers. Get a life.

    Wait a minute…………….

    Carry on.

  100. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I don’t get it. What are you insinuating?

  101. royce! says:
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    @Greg: Wow, ask and ye shall receive.

  102. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Hehe, just insulting myself. You’re married, you actually have an excuse.

  103. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Oh, I’m a loser. No doubt about it! Does drinking good beer add or detract to my loserdom?

    Ian Stewart with a RBI double. If he could get going my fake baseball life would become much happier.

  104. Ervin Santana is sonuvabenching me real good tonight, but I’m not mad because he only cost me my #6 waiver position. Does anyone have eyes on the game? How does he look?

  105. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: I’m watching the game, Stavinoha should have caught it, it hit his glove and bounced out.

    Good beer totally voids your loser card. I, on the other hand, am a connoissuer of cheap beer and loose women. That, my friend, earns me a VIP pass.

  106. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have a MI problem…

    2B – Alexei Ramirez
    SS – Stephen Drew
    MI – Troy Tulowitzki
    Bench – Howie Kendrick

    So on the waiver wire is Sean Rodriguez, Ian Stewart, Mike Fontenot, Bonifacio and other randoms…

    Would you drop anyone? Pick up anyone?

  107. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: You dick!

    Just went to jump on Santana and who has him? I feel violated. Gonna need some therapy………….

  108. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: How the hell was he a free agent?! I wouldn’t have even thought to look!

  109. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: I looked at him yesterday and then thought, nah.

    Should have been paying attention to the game today, forgot about it until I read naughtandcross’ comment.

  110. @naughtandcross: Speaking of buses, every time I watch one of Ortiz’s at bats I want to jump in front of one.

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @naughtandcross: You tripped over my own two feet.

  112. Pops says:
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    Better numbers for the rest of the year….

    Bruce or Quentin

  113. jbatkins says:
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    If you’re in serious injury trouble, would you move Webb & Kershaw for Lester & Damon?

  114. Mike says:
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    @Steve: Ha! I own those three in a 16-team league. But it’s a deep league, so I kind of have to for depth, (I’
    m streaming one into my5th spot each week). Unless you’re in a deep league, I agree with Grey..Blech

  115. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: I would, but then again I have Webb, Sizemore, Reyes on the DL.

    How bad is yours?

  116. jbatkins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Reyes, Webb, Votto, Harden…

  117. jbatkins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’m just afraid Damon will tail off/lose ABs in that crowded lineup (Swisher, Matsui, Damon, Gardner, Nady, Posada, and Cervelli all available for 5 spots).

  118. steveperry says:
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    I want to pick up Hanson but who do I drop? (other owners don’t pay attention to rookie callups it seems)

    Only droppable players:
    Luke Scott, Aaron Hill, or Chris Davis

    8 team league
    I can’t drop any of my starting pitchers: Greinke, Halladay, Lincecum, Vazquez, Jackson, Price, Gallardo, Carpenter

  119. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: He’s on pace for a career year (thank the jetstream), his career splits are identical pre and post all star. He had 555 AB’s last year with a healthy Nady and they have a DH spot.

    What’s not to like?

    Ugh, now I wish I hadn’t traded him early.

  120. Grey

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    @knighttown: Beckett, Oswalt, Vazquez, Weaver, Jackson, Cain, Hanson, Liriano

    Braun, Ibanez, B. Upton, J. Upton, Bruce, Choo, Beltre, Reimold

    Alexei, Drew, Peralta

    @Steve: Haven’t watched.

    @Drev: The usual suspects minus Reyes.

    @Doc: Wow

    @Mr Baseball: Oh, man, bit vague of a question. Sorry, Friday night, about to go to dinner.

    @jbatkins: I want Webb.

    @TheQuestforMerlin: Lose Kendrick for Stewart.

    @Pops: Quentin

  121. Colin says:
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    Wow the one night I bench Fowler, thinking Gonzo would play, he hits a homer. How can you not love fantasy baseball?

    Thank god for Gallardo…he so damn good.

  122. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Everybody

    It’s safe to start any pitcher vs the Cardinal’s right now. This is just sad.

  123. RogerDorn says:
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    @ grey:

    can you rank these horrible pitchers? hah
    thanks

    Blackburn, Jurrjens, Wang, Pelfrey

  124. Colin says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Hippo if Pujols goes on the 15-day DL they will lose all 15.

  125. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Colin: No Doubt, Stafani. <—-that’s me quoting Grey!

    Time to read during the day, no time to post. Just quick blurbs, drive-by blogging……………

  126. Grey

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    @Colin: The one night I bench Stewart and Fowler. These guys are killing me.

    @BigFatHippo: That’s blasphemy in Missouri, no?

    @RogerDorn: Jurrjens, punt?… Blackburn, Wang, Pelfrey…

  127. Dumbmutt says:
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    Should I try to spot start Blackburn tommorow or play it safe and pick up Nolasco before someone else grabs?

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dumbmutt: Pickup Nolasco, but don’t start him.

  129. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Sorry about that before, had to grab a bite to eat. I’m excited about seeing Carrasco, Posey, Sean Rod, the real LaPorta, Pearce, Neftali Feliz and Bud Norris… I’m sure I’m forgetting some guys.

  130. Mini Donkey could steal 30.

  131. RogerDorn says:
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    also, would you drop gordon beckham and/or coco crisp to pick up duscherer (he was just dropped) and ricky romero?

  132. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Blasphemy no, reality yes.

    Even “the best fans in baseball*” have our limits. If Mo doesn’t make a trade soon for an impact bat, we’ll lose Albert next year. That would be blasphemy…………

    *Sporting News term, not Cardinals fans.

  133. jbatkins says:
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    Okay, sorry I’ve been back-and-forth on this all night, but here’s the final offer I received: I get Johnny Damon, and I give Clayton Kershaw. One one hand, it looks more and more like a no-brainer, but I guess I am concerned by Damon’s owner’s willingness to dump him… Do I take it (Damon would replace Reimold)?

  134. EricB says:
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    Which of these catchers has more value in a 2-catcher format: Barajas or Kurt Suzuki?

  135. s221506 says:
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    Did anyone else hear E Santana say f**k it when he was asked about his nosebleed after the game? If someone dvr’d the game check it out for me please…

  136. Mr Baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball: Oh, man, bit vague of a question

    Hey Grey are you excited about seeing Carrasco, Posey, Sean Rod, the real LaPorta, Pearce, Neftali Feliz and Bud Norris…and the forgetting some guys coming up to the majors soon?

    just was looking to keep an eye – maybe two eyes on the players you mentioned in your answer – thanks for your time

  137. Incredible rifle shot from RF by Upton to get Eckstein at home, hes gone from a liability in right to an above average RF awfully quick…

  138. Grey

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    @Steve: You realize we can’t win with Gaudin. I bench him he’s great, start him and 5 earned in Petco.

  139. Infield hits from both Upton and Mini Donkey. Gotta love these guys raw speed.

  140. @Grey:

    Don’t like Gaudin with only 2 pitches, looks like a reliever longterm.

  141. Prince says:
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    For those who own or have followed Stewart, does his recent improvement suggest he’s worth putting in the UTIL slot (10-team) to take a chance on? Would be instead of Reimold, probably.

  142. PJTres says:
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    hey grey! hilarious column! keep up the good work – this has become a daily ritual now to check in.

    that said, who do you like? in the second half?

    bastardo? the Duke? Tillman? hughes (once the wang is demoted/aj hurt)?

    as always, thanks!

  143. My boy Schlereth strikes out the side.

  144. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    QS from Liriano
    IP H R ER BB K
    6.0 3 1 1 4 5

    Glad I started him. Hopefully he can keep it up.

  145. Doc says:
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    Krispie with a nice game.

  146. Grey, ye of little faith in the Mini Donkey, I officially predict .255+, with a 30/30 season.

  147. I’d give Johan and get Arod. Is that doable?

    12 team mixed:
    My offense is laughable: Soto, Helton, Phillips, Hardy, Reynolds, Ethier, Markakis, Cuddyer, AHill, Dukes, FLopez, Quentin.

    My rotation is not so much: Johan, Ervin, Hamels, JJohnson, Wandy, Saunders, Liriano, Porcello, Happ, and Zimmermann.

  148. Steve says:
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    @Grey: My story is sadder than yours. I benched him and started Guthrie instead :-(

    Elsewhere, has Stewart overtaken Lowell as Aramis’ seat-warmer?

  149. DrEasy says:
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    Yay, Qualls finally pitched an inning! And just gave up a single.

  150. Grey

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    @Prince: He’s worth a shot, but he’ll hurt you on average.

    @PJTres: Thanks! Hughes from those names, but it’s not a big endorsement.

    @elijah: I hope he gets to 30/30 that would be terrific for my teams.

    @naughtandcross: I’d want Johan there.

    @Steve: You can go with Stewart but his real value comes from eligibility, which isn’t used at UTIL.

  151. Drev says:
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    @Grey: Is Jeter due for a correction, and if so, to what extent? I’m not sure whether to believe he’ll sustain his performance given the new stadium and Teixeira in the lineup or not. Thanks.

  152. Grey

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    @Drev: Not sure he’s really playing that far above his head now. He can go 20/20 with a .300 average. He has hit 20+ HRs before and stolen 20+ steals.

  153. Drev says:
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    @Grey: My concern stems from his age and his relatively poor performance last year. I have a chance to get him as a fill in (and insurance) for Reyes at a price that is only reasonable if he won’t regress too much. Glad to hear you have faith in him.

  154. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I’d plug him straight in at 3rd.

    Correia or Holland tomorrow?

  155. Prince says:
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    OK, I’ve never been involved in a trade, so cut me some slack if this suggestion is ridiculous. I’m thinking of offering, to the guy in 10th (last) place, who has crap in every one of these positions, the following: Rivera, Napoli, Huff, F. Lopez, Jurrjens (or Wandy, but I doubt he’d go for that) — for Carlos Beltran or Texeira. Even if he agrees, is this veto material? I honestly have no idea. Thanks..

  156. big o says:
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    @BigFatHippo:
    is it safe to acknowledge ludwig’s homer ,
    or would that flat-out jinx him at this point in time ?

    you know that story of the guy who felt sorry for himself
    ‘cuz he had no shoes ?
    well , suck it up , hip .
    this bare-foot boy’s been an A’s fan since ’59 .
    and now i have to endure in a world
    where billy beane is considered a genius .

    could be worse .
    i could NOT be an A’s fan .

  157. Bob says:
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    In a league where I’m starting Garrett Atkins (and everybody jumps on every possible closer candidate off the waiver wire), should I trade my J. Soria for Aubrey Huff. There are no decent 3B free agents.

  158. vinko says:
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    Start Kuroda today against the Phils?

  159. jesse says:
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    the gents over at fangraphs are telling me to sell ibanez. do you have revised projections of his stats (at the outset: 85/25/110/.290/3). i.e. only 6 more jacksons?? (sorry, i heard that term on espn and fell in love immediately)

  160. Peter G says:
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    here’s a little deal that was offered this morning to me:
    Slumping Aaron Hill for Jared Weaver in a 12 team mixed league. I think I should take it, considering I just picked up Uggie on the waiver wire for the exact purpose of trading
    Anybody have any concerns about weaver not keeping up current number, which have been excellent at this point?
    A minor trade, yes, but any advice would help me as I am a horrible of evaluater of trades, especially pitcher for batter like this one.

  161. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Matt Joyce or Dexter Fowler?

  162. Doc says:
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    I’m reading Razzball too much. I had a dream that Chris Young legally changed his name to Krispie! I’m off to the farmers market to get away from the Razzball vortex!!!

  163. Aaron Pil says:
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    @Swass: Solid argument, thanks Swass. Will add it too the toolbox to try and be a better fantasy player.

  164. cubbies299 says:
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    Should I pick up Rodriguez for Tillman in my minor league roster? It’s my flex spot that I try to keep open for guys that are likely to have more immediate impact.

  165. Ken Plane says:
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    In a ten team mixed roto 5×5, My starters are Bills, Shields, Jared Weaver, Vazquez, Slowey, Wandy, Verlander, Danks and Jurrjens. I could use another RP, what about trading or cutting Danks? Who could be a trade target?

  166. Grey

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    @Steve: Is this H2H where your ratios don’t matter? If so, go with Correia.

    @Prince: Really hard to say without seeing your team if that’s good for you. But it seems like way too many guys.

    @Bob: Huff’s pretty lame himself. I wouldn’t do that trade.

    @vinko: I wouldn’t.

    @jesse: Their reason doesn’t seem like a great one to sell. Could see him going 35/110/.300 on the year, so you would have the majority of his stats if you sold now, but I’d want a top 50 to 25 talent if selling him right now.

    @Peter G: I’d want more than Weaver.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: Joyce for power, Fowler for Runs and speed.

    @Doc: Ha!

    @cubbies299: Sure, go for it.

    @Ken Plane: Trade him if you can, otherwise cut him for an RP.

    @s221506: Thanks! That’s awesome.

  167. s221506 says:
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    @Grey: if you got the time for a quick one

    need to pick one for a Utility spot: scott, reimold, joyce, kubel, stewart, pierre…

    or would you drop choo and add 2?

  168. Grey

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    @s221506: Wouldn’t drop Choo. I’d grab Pierre for speed and Runs. Grab Scott for power numbers.

  169. SRM says:
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    @naughtandcross: In a vacuum, Grey’s right. But, trades are about accumulating points, not value (in Roto). That may work for you if your team is that lopsided and you’re not handing someone the trophy in doing so.

    I was on the receiving end of getting Johan for A-Rod and I should have just waited for a couple pitchers to turn it around (which they now have). I’m bleeding RBI and power now.

  170. SRM says:
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    @SRM: PS. Someone help me get me out of this vacuum. It sucks.

  171. DrEasy says:
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    @Doug Ault: Good find! That video kept getting pulled from YouTube yesterday.

  172. jerkstore says:
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    my technology skills are pretty weak, so i’m not sure if this link will work, but it’s a pretty funny video of george brett telling a hilarious story. i thought razzball nation would enjoy…

    http://sports.todaysbigthing.com/2009/05/21

  173. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How did you guess? Yeah, my ratios are shot to hell (Guthrie! Pena! Wolf!). I’m only interested in Wins, so actually went with Suppan.

    Hopefully the Brewers jump all over the New Kid on the Block.

  174. Prince says:
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    @Grey: @Prince: So I had thought of Rivera + Huff + Napoli + Felipe Lopez + Wandy / Jurrjens FOR Beltran or Tex. I already have Beltre to fill for Huff, Iannetta to fill for Napoli, and there are crappy closers and other MI types available on waivers (Drew, Peralta, Escobar). Maybe I should leave out the pitchers.

    Also, start Lester @ Texas? My pitching stats have really fallen, and I’m gun-shy, I guess.

    Random musing: I’m wondering if Alexei is not going to be as good as we’re thinking he is…

  175. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Hold Hamilton or trade him for Rios?

  176. Adam says:
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    Clint Barmes, Cristian Guzman or Ian Stewart as my 2B/SS fill-in? Need help after Reyes and Asdrubal both went down harder than Bristol Palin on prom night…

  177. Doc says:
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    @Prince: Lester is in Boston I believe.

  178. G says:
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    Should I drop Happ n add Pavano before anybody else does? Pavano is playing lights out in May and Happ could just be playing good because of favorable matchups. pleas ehlp thans in advance

  179. Nick0rz says:
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    Howell comes in, in the middle of the 8th, lets an inherited runner score…. Who’s closing now?

  180. Doug Ault says:
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    @Nick0rz: Good question, I gave up waiting for Wheeler and dropped him for Howell.Price looked good, I’m happy I had the nerve to start him

  181. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jerkstore: Ha!

    I was prairie doggin the whole time watching that………..

  182. SRM says:
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    @jerkstore: Thanks. I just threw up while eating my pizza puff.

    Kemp batted 8th on Thursday, 7th yesterday and is 6th today. He’ll be cleanup by Tuesday!

  183. SRM says:
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    @SRM: Ha. I’m an idiot. Monday.

  184. penpen says:
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    question, Grey: If Nolasco pitches well tomorrow, drop Danks to grab him?

  185. Doc says:
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    @Nick0rz: Wheeler isn’t doing himself any favors.

  186. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Randy frickin’ Choate with his 3rd save…..you gotta be kidding me.

  187. Doc says:
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    Choate ends up with another save! At least Howell got the win.

  188. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Doc: What’s with the Rays pen?

    Time to drop Wheeler?

    Aarrrgh.

  189. G says:
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    can someone please answer comment #186 ..greatly appreciated!

  190. MannyBeingManny says:
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    @G: I’d drop Happ for Pavano.

    Rate this trade:
    Give: Rios (Tor) and Wandy (Hou)
    Get: C. Crawford (TB)

    Mixed 12-team first year dynasty league

  191. Doc says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It’s all situational to a degree, but I think Howell is who they want in the tough situations no matter the batter. But that is also where someone like Marmol has been. I like Howell because he should get some saves and he won’t blow up on you as much. Choate is getting LUCKY to be in these situations. He shouldn’t have even come in today.

  192. Scotty says:
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    @MannyBeingManny: I would prefer Crawford, but seems like a fair trade.

  193. G says:
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    drop Jurrjens or Kershaw for Hanson?

  194. MannyBeingManny says:
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    @Scotty: thanks for the feedback. I’m quite pleased I was able to get Crawford. Hopefully he proves out.

  195. agarthered says:
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    You wouldn’t start Nolasco against the shitty Giants?

  196. royce! says:
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    So MacDougal is the new Nats closer? Acta took the role away from Hanrahan after he kazaam’d, which is nonsense. That he kazaam’d clearly confirmed he’s a closer!!!

    MacDougal has pitched something like 3 consecutive scoreless innings! Better make him the closer! Never mind that he gave up 6 ER in his last 4.1 IP prior to that!

    Ugh, based on the lack of posts regarding this, I think I might be the last person to say: I am done chasing Nats saves.

  197. Grey

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    @royce!: Ha! The Nats are ridiculous. Acta’s praying he doesn’t get fired and throwing good money after bad at this point.

  198. Dumbmutt says:
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    Votto sounds like he wont be back at least until July if lucky. I’m going to have to start dropping ,,==Lol nice Lidge==,, because he is taking a spot.

  199. Grey

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    @Dumbmutt: Lidge better get a vulture win for all the damage he’s doing on one of my teams.

  200. Swass says:
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    Grey,

    I was asked if I would trade Slowey for Carlos Pena in an OBP league. My answer should be “absolutely”, right?

  201. Doc says:
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    according to fantasycast, in his last at bat, M Lowell homered to center. M Lowell homered to left. M Lowell doubled to deep left.

  202. Doc says:
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    Maysonet keeps getting hits. Who is this guy?

  203. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Maybe Big Papi with his bad eyes is helping Yahoo update their Fantasycast

  204. Grey

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    @Doc: The guy who’s filling in for Matsui.

  205. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’ve shopped Pena to every guy in my league with no takers, sad.

    BTW, Gavin Floyd is on my bench. Still………aauuughhh!

  206. Dim says:
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    Updated offer:

    give up Miggy/Iannetta/Cueto for Youk/VMart/Felix?

  207. Doc says:
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    Stewart 3 run donkey donk!

  208. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    How in the world do I handle Ben Zobrist? I picked him up back on May 17 and he’s been sitting on my bench ever since I’ve made some trades that might blow up in my face (hello a-ram, grady, and b. webb) but could pay dividends when push comes to playoffs. Can he be sold at this point in time? My league is fairly savvy. 10 team mixed plus OPS.

  209. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    that should read, he now starts because of these trades (hi 3 ding dongs this week).

  210. Dexter says:
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    Grey,
    offered a trade of my Rios for his Liriano in 12 team H2H keeper. Neither of the players are keepable next year. My pitching is horrible, as it consists of Gallardo, Dempster, Jurgens, Scherzer, Hanson, Uehara.
    My OF is Vlad, Beltran, Fowler, Rios and Granderson for 4 spots.
    I don’t feel Liriano is worth it but he also has Josh Johnson (would be 9th round keeper), Javier Vazquez (10th round) and Bedard.
    He also has Dukes, Reimold, Hart as OFs for potential throw-ins.

  211. Pops says:
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    @Doc: Stewart doing work. Three homeruns in the last four games.

  212. Doc says:
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    Ortiz 2-2 with a HR. First sign of Apocalypse?

  213. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Anyone watching Escobar pitch? As I haven’t needed the DL spot he’s been (insert J-Malk rounders accent now) hanging around (stop) since draft day. Besides the first inning he looks like he is having a nice little outing for his bad self.

  214. G says:
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    Hanrahan has officiall lost the closer job to MacDougal to let you know. Not sure if any of you know but just letting you know. Is MacDougal an immediate add in all formats?

  215. Doc says:
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    Okay, now Stewart has a double donkey donk game.

  216. Doc says:
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    @G: only for the mentally unbalanced, i.e. Baron Von Vulturesaves

  217. G says:
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    i only have bell and downs now that hanrahan aint a closer..this sucks

  218. Ham says:
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    Might have to pick up Ian Stewart again. He’s been on / off my roster twice already. I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOU

  219. G says:
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    choate, howell or macdougal?

  220. Drev says:
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    Which side of Reyes for Votto and Bedard would you want to be on?

  221. G-RAM says:
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    Which side do you guys prefer (6×6 that uses BBs and SLG%):

    I give Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Uggla for Alexei Ramirez and Pujols.

    I then bring Escobar off the DL to fill Kershaw’s spot and pick up Ian Stewart. This is all precipitated by the bad news on Reyes.

  222. G says:
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    @Ham: same here dropped him twice already and at this point Im not to sure to pick him up

  223. Pops says:
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    @Ham: Ha! I did the same thing. Luckily, I got him back in my lineup today after picking him up yesterday.

  224. Ham says:
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    @Pops; G: I want to add him again but I dont know who to drop. The bastard just doubled now too.

  225. Pops says:
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    @Ham: Who are your choices? Stewart started today at third over Atkins. He’s going to get the PT. Position eligibility, too

  226. Doc says:
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    @Ham: Who ya got? He’ll be getting a lot of adds after this game.

  227. Colin says:
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    Well so much the Carlos Gonzalez train. This caboose derailed before it left the station. 0 for his first 5 at bats with 2 k’s and does dick in a game where the Rockies amass 10 runs. Awesome.

  228. Pops says:
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    Ham, Doc and Pops. Rehab is for quitters boys. Back on the Eyone Stewart sauce!!!!

  229. Ham says:
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    @Doc: Well I know who I should drop, its Gordy Beckham. But theres a guy in my league who wants him bad so he has more value to me as a guy to trade then on my roster basically. Its a 12 H2H, 4 player keeper league (only guys who were drafted in or after round 5, 3 year keep max). My leading drop candidates are Gamel, Beckham, McCooch, and Hanrahan. Id drop Hanrahan but closers are like blood diamonds in this league.

  230. Pops says:
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    @Ham: I think it’s safe to drop Hanrahan. Nationals relief pitchers are like the plague. Funny, you’re roster looks alot like mine. Minus the Nationals relief pitcher, of course.

  231. Doc says:
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    @Ham: I’d have to say Hanrahananan too.

  232. Ham says:
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    @Doc;Pops: You know what, lets do it. Hanrahan welcome to Ham’s “I hope you suck” list. Ian, glad to have you back.

  233. BigFatHippo says:
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    Alright guys, kids are in bed, time to talk baseball. I’m lookin at yoo Doc!

    Gavin Floyd sonofabenched me in a big way today……..hey, that rhymes!

    Doc gains 6 points in the RCL in the meantime.

  234. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Ham: Hanrahananan got Ham’d?

  235. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I need a MI in a league I have Lester in. I want to sell high. Any target ideas?

    My main goal in the RCL is to not finish with a 1 in avg!!

  236. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Rollins could be had right now, one would think. Drew, Peralta?

    Need steals, Lester ought to get you Figgins.

    You’ve got lots of power to give in the RCL, looked at your team and not sure we can do anything. Similar stats in similar cats……….

  237. BigFatHippo says:
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    This just in……………

    Prince is good!

    Not Little Red Corvette good, but good nonetheless.

  238. The Gangster of Glove says:
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    Kubel for Ludwick is worth it, or not?

  239. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: My RCL team is pretty thin. I made some bad trades and have some shaky players. It’s my only non-money league and I think I take bigger risks. But I do think I can stay close. Nobody is going to run away with it.

    I’m happy tonight because I have Stewart on 5/7 teams. I sure hope he can keep it going.

  240. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Didn’t hurt that you had 27 IP today with only 7 earned. Nice call on Blackburn.

    Dropped Stewart in my keeper 3 days ago to add Gordon Beckham, ouch. He went 3/5 the night I dropped him and I knew it was gonna come back to haunt me. Still on waivers, but he ain’t gettin by Steve!

  241. Grey

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    @Dim: I don’t like it for you.

    @Bamboo Cheetah: You can try and get a junky closer for him, but you’re not going to get much. He’s worth more on your team.

    @Dexter: Honestly, your pitching doesn’t look horrible. I wouldn’t do Rios for Liriano. I would do Dukes for Johnson or Vazquez.

    @G: Howell

    @Drev: Depends what you need, I’d prefer Votto and Bedard.

    @G-RAM: Uggla side. Reluctantly.

    @BigFatHippo: “Little Red Corvette” — Ha!

  242. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Grey: I think it’s pompous of love.

  243. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Grey: Actually, I’m not sure.

  244. jbatkins says:
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    If offered Hanley for Johan (where I get Hanley), I’ve gotta pull the trigger, right, even though Johan’s been worth more than Hanley so far?

  245. jbatkins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I think you just tried to link us to your gmail inbox. I guess we’d need the password… and I’m willing to bet that’s information you’re not willing to divulge.

  246. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: Really? I can pull it right up and it’s just the pic.

    Help Grey!

    Thanks jb, I’m computer stoopid…..

  247. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: Signed out of gmail and the pic still comes up, try it.

  248. jbatkins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: It could very well be that I’m the computer stupid one, but it sends me to the Gmail sign-in page…

  249. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: In that case, use my real name. Bill Clinton. Password is pimpin.

  250. jbatkins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Wow, you’re right, that is one ca-razy picture! Thanks, Bill!

  251. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: Welcome, and you can call me Hippo, keep it on the down low, don’t you know. hehe

    I’d keep Johan over Hanley, they’re both 1st rounders.

  252. Grey

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    @jbatkins: If you can lose Johan, and need Hanley, sure.

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, that’s a Gmail inbox. Nothing there, man.

  253. Doc says:
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    I need avg and hr’s and I have excess pitchers. How is Lincecum for Carlos Lee?

  254. Grey

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    @Doc: I’d want more.

  255. Doc says:
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    @Grey: thanks

  256. Steve says:
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    F*** the D-Backs bullpen.

  257. qbot says:
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    Hunter and Zobrist for Longoria? Huff is my 3B right now and my OF without Hunter would be Lee, Jones and Hart until Manny comes back.

  258. SRM says:
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    @qbot: If you can pull that off, then god bless you.

  259. qbot says:
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    @SRM: The Longoria owner is incredibly desperate and has already agreed to it. They seem to be under the belief that Zobrist (thanks to his hot-streak) is now the equal of a first-round pick. I just need to pull the trigger and exploit the weak.

  260. Griff says:
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    @qbot: Take the trade and then join a more competitive league.

  261. qbot says:
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    @Griff: I definitely need a more competitive league, the people in my league seem to know nothing about baseball. It’s depressing

  262. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You can only own one of ‘em – is it Madson or Nunez?

  263. Eric H. says:
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    I mean, Lidge has got to be headed for the Disgraceful List, no? Is Ryan Madson THE GUY to own in the bullpen, or is there anyone else?

  264. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eric H.: i grabbed madson,thinking lidge goes on d.l hurt or not,when stud pitchers suck,they go on the d.l.

  265. Mr Baseball says:
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    This trade has been processed in DYNASTY LEAGUE YEAR #1.

    Billingsley, Chad (P,SP-LAD) for
    Beckham, Gordon (SS-CWS)

    so the trade went through Grey and I got Billingsley

    message board post in league after trade went through

    I am glad the trade went through. I think it would have been wrong for it to have been vetoed as dumb as I thought it was. Part of the fun of Dynasty leagues is taking chances on prospects. That being said, including Beckham in a conversation with Wieters is an insult to Wieters and baseball common sense.

    And Barry, how on earth can you be deluded enough to say you will find a pitcher on the waiver wire better than a 24-YEAR OLD who is 7-3, averages over a K/inning (85 already!), with a 2.59 ERA, Whip under 1.25, and sits alone on top of the league in Quality Starts???? He is a young absolute work-horse who looks to be easily in the next generation’s Santana/Halladay sphere. He was BY FAR THE BEST PITCHER ON YOUR TEAM and barring injury would have been for another 7 or 8 years. You hate me because you know I’m constantly right and it makes you feel like a retard.

  266. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: this might rank as the worst trade ive ever seen,clearly you might wish to upgrade leagues

  267. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Ha! Great trade for you, though I question the expertise of the guy you traded with.

  268. Jacob says:
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    @Mr Baseball: I have billingsley, and god do I love him. Nice Trade!
    Grey, should I trade or hold reyes? im leaning towards trade, but that would mean id get stuck with tejada for the rest of the year at SS.

  269. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jacob: who you targetting for reyes?maybe try for rollins and more or zobrist and much more

  270. Doc says:
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    I was offered Rollins for Peavy. I really need MI help. Do I try to get more? Will Rollins turn it around?

  271. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jacob: Depends what you would get from him.

    @Doc: Depends what the rest of your staff looks like without Peavy but that’s fair.

  272. royce! says:
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    Not that I’m starting him, but in Nolasco’s only start against SF he pitched a 2 hit shutout with 11 Ks. Against basically the same lineup.

    Of course that was late last season, before the Nolasco’s evil doppelganger stole his identity.

  273. DrEasy says:
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    Start or bench the following pitchers:

    Rich Hill at Oakland (against Mazzaro)
    Tommy Hanson at home against Milwaukee (against Parra)
    Dice-K at home against Texas (against Padilla)

  274. royce! says:
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    Bruce is sitting, FYI. He’s been killing my RCL team, but I can only slot Hill in for him, who’s been even worse. Hopefully Hill’s day of rest will pay dividends.

  275. The Gangster of Glove says:
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    Hey Grey, Kubel, Stewart and McCutchen for Markakis is a bit too much right?

  276. royce! says:
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    @DrEasy: I’m sitting Dice-K. Young, Blalock, Salty and Kinsler seem to hit him well. And he’s been terrible this year.

  277. Bob says:
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    Ethier or Luke Scott?

  278. DrEasy says:
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    I agree, that’s what I was thinking too. I need a few more outings from Dice-K before I start using him. How about Tommy Hanson though? Do I take the plunge right away? Even though it’s against Milwaukee’s great hitters?

  279. Dim says:
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    When they get off the DL…

    Drop Danks to activate Smoltz?
    Drop JUpton to activate CQuentin?

  280. Bob says:
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    Nyger Morgan or Coco Crisp?

  281. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Honestly, I’d start them all and hope for two good starts out of three.

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up on Bruce.

    @The Gangster of Glove: I’d want Markakis there if you can afford to lose those other three.

    @Bob: Ethier

    @Dim: I wouldn’t drop either of those guys.

    @Bob: Crisp

  282. Quintero says:
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    I offer Jose Reyes, James Shields and Jered Weaver for Evan Longoria. Somebody stop me, call this crazy, and slap me…

    Dynasty H2H, 15 active hitter, 10 active pitchers and 30 man roster(5 DL spots)
    R/H/HR/RBI/SB/BB/TB/FPCT/AVG/OPS

    I will have Bedard, Garza, Vazquez, Price, Baker, Jimenez, Wells, Cueto, and Huff left.

    Sizemore, Reyes, CoJack, Doumit, Quentin, Encarnacion, Valverde are on DL…some of them are taking bench

    Oh, I got Andrus in SS for the future.

  283. martin says:
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    Pavano or Haap, or i could just drop Gordan Beckham. ( i have furcal at SS)

  284. jesse says:
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    i have a staff of peavy, billingsly (via trade), bedard, oswalt, e-jax (thx to this site), happ (thx to this site) and frank liriano.

    my OF looks like this: granderson, hawpe, reimold, joyce.

    i’m in a keeper league, and i have my eyes on one adam jones who was taken in the 19th round (and if kept, can be taken there next year). his owner will not even speak with me unless bedard is on the table. given my situation, does it make sense to undo time and swap bedard for jones? maybe with a little trevor hoffman thrown in (i could use a closer)?

  285. Quintero says:
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    @Grey: Okay, thx. Btw, U R THE MAN, Grey. Ian Stewart is an UNICORN!

  286. PJTres says:
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    Hey grey…is it safe to drop beckham? some of the prospect hounds will prob pick him up, but im set at SS/3b/2b…

    do i give the kid some leash, in hopes he becomes my util or a good trade chip?

  287. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jesse: Trade Bedard for Jones.

    @Quintero: You’re welcome.

    @PJTres: Give him a week leash if you can.

  288. royce! says:
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    HILL!!!

    Nice and rested.

  289. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Call me crazy or call me stupid but I added Overbay last night and plugged him in at Util.

    Donk!

  290. martin says:
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    @grey- this is a question from a non money league i’m in but with bragging rights. somebody offered me jose reyes and tiny tim for beltran, oswalt, and beckett. Now i would definitely say NO but this is were it gets interesting. Right now i dont play a C and have one player on the bench because my pitching is so good. I have price, sherzer, broxton, franklin, hawkins, beckett, oswalt, slowey, lacky, wandy, harang, and hanson. If i do the trade i can put jose on DL and open up 2 spots for some waiver players. My hitting is also solid with a-gon, hill, a-rod, s. drew, c.lee, ibanez, a jones, holliday, chipper, beltran, and ianetta on the DL. Should i do it?

  291. BigFatHippo says:
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    Hanson just struck out the side in the second! Sweet!

  292. Grey

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    @martin: I’d do that trade. Oh, and I wouldn’t advise not playing a catcher.

  293. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Thanks for the reminder, gotta watch Hanson.

  294. Swass says:
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    Matt Joyce has been an epic failure since his little 2 game orgasm. I’m done with him.

  295. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: looking great,we excuse a braun bomb but you gotta get the pitcher out son,wells looking great for cubbies also as is jaba,i have all and im counting on a nolasco of old siting tonight

  296. Adam says:
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    Can anybody smarter than me with peripheral stats give me some input on whether you think Zobrist’s stats are for real? His BABIP isn’t too outrageous, if anything it was low last year, and his HR/FB% took a big jump going into last season…that’s all I got though, any thoughts?

  297. Sos says:
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    Anyone see what happened to Miggy? Assuming he limped off the field grasping his leg…ugh

  298. Adam says:
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    @Grey: So has his hot-hitting during the two weeks since convinced you that he’s for real? I haven’t noticed anything too glaring in his numbers, but his ZiPS projection is still pretty dismal…

  299. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sos: Didn’t see it, sorry.

    @Adam: Depends what we’re talking about doing with him. Is he on your waivers? Then pick him up and see where he takes you. Is he on another team? Don’t trade for him. Is he on your team already? Then ride him out.

  300. Adam says:
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    He’s on another team, I’m currently riding the dynamite duo of Clint Barmes and Jerry Hairston to fill my MI slots…missed out on Ian Stewart by 10 minutes last night, should’ve left the bar earlier to do some drunk waiver wiring

  301. Nick says:
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    @Grey: For next week do you put Pence in over bj upton, pena, t hunter? And on the pitching side what 7 do u put in…peavy, beckett, bills, bedard,wainwright, jenks, franklin, danks, slowey, hoffman?

  302. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    rookie pitchers,5 good innings and boom

  303. Nick0rz says:
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    Save opportunity for the Rays and… Balfour comes in? Wait what?

    What happened to the Howell/Choate/Wheeler combo?! Gah this is worse than the Nationals closer game. At least we know when the Nationals closer has lost the job.

  304. anoraxx says:
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    For christ sake, is there any rookie pitcher who doesn´t get shelled like on the Judgement day? I should finally realize that having 150K/9, ERA -2.5 and like 9W in some children AAA league means nothing. First, Jay-Z burnt in hell but at least gave me couple of W, then Suckevar was bombed twice for me just to be followed by Medlen. But everybody was just waiting for Han Son to arrive and ruin my 1.7ERA week, turning 9-3 lead into 3-something blowout. Without all of them, I would have had like 2.5 ERA on the season…

  305. Nick0rz says:
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    @Nick0rz: Got ahead of myself there… only the 8th!

  306. Swass says:
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    Nelson Cruz keeps on keepin’ on. 2b, 3b, HR today.

  307. royce! says:
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    @Nick0rz: yeah, but with the way Howell’s pitching I wouldn’t be surprised to see Choate in the 9th yet again.

  308. The Gangster of Glove says:
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    @Grey: Stewart is so streaky and mostly unspectacular, and I think I can actually get a first-second rounder w/ Kubel/Stewart/McCutchen right now. I’ll have an OF of Bay-Beltran-Cruz-Alexei-Rasmus and Uggla-Tulo-Burriss at the MI spots, with whoever I get for them. I think I’m deep enough to do it.

    BUT, will Stewart reach .270/25 HR?

  309. royce! says:
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    @royce!: If TB would have scored on Rivera again. Oh well. Maybe this TB closer situation will become clearer next week!

  310. Adam says:
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    CJ Wilson picks up the save for Texas, anybody know what’s up with Frankie Frank?

  311. The Gangster of Glove says:
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    whats up with Frank Frank? Wilson just got another save?

  312. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Adam: hurting again,but they say not as bad as last injury

  313. Grey

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    @Nick: Do you need steals, then Upton. If not, Pence. So it dePence (hehe)… peavy, beckett, bills, bedard,wainwright, jenks, franklin,

    @Nick0rz: Balfour is the four of J.P. Wheelfourson.

    @The Gangster of Glove: He won’t sniff .270.

  314. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: hirston jr not in game?was he pulled in a dbl switch or hurt?anyone

  315. Nick0rz says:
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    @Grey: For the past week or so it had seemed like Balfour had been banished from the closer committee.

  316. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: How did Hanson look? I know the numbers but was at work so didn’t even see any highlights.

    Good lord, it’s impossible to have a bad pitching day when Halladay’s on the mound for your fantasy team. No matter who else you throw, (Wells and Hanson, Wells looked good but Cubs suck) you know Roy’s gonna give you 9 innings of near flawless balls…………..

  317. Grey

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    @Nick0rz: Nah, he’s in there somewhere.

    @BigFatHippo: He looked great, but, ya know, rookie pitchers. Some stupid mistakes at times and dominating at other times.

  318. Adam says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Pretty sure Rosales was brought in as a defensive replacement late in the game, Hairston has been having some issues at 3B

  319. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Encouraging then?

    Good coaching should cut down the rookie mistakes. I’ll roll him every chance I get, sooner or later he’ll put it all together.

  320. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: He’s going to have his hiccups this year, but didn’t see anything that made me think he’s not going to be usable.

  321. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Keeper league ?

    I give Cruz/Pena get Bay/Hanson. Cuts down my k’s considerably and I’d plug Billy Buthole or Blalock in at MI.

  322. BigFatHippo says:
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    Cruz will cost 10, bay’s too high to worry about and the Hanson owner bought him for around 5 so he would cost me around 10.

    I like keeping stud pitchers till they’re no longer a bargain.

  323. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Can you take the hit of losing those two power threats? It’s fair. Really depends on needs. I wouldn’t do it in a regular 5×5, but in a league that counts Ks against the hitters, I could see it.

  324. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Just got offered Lincecum & Lowell for Arod Quentin & Volstad. I want him to throw in M.Young and I’ll add Andrus. You think my counter is fair or was his initial offer better?

    10 team 5×5. My SPs: Bills, Gollardo, Slowey, Wolf, Volstad, Volquez

  325. knighttown says:
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    I’m sitting at .415/6HR/10R/14RBI/2SB and it’s not even supper! Time to open a bottle of red.

  326. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Bay would offset one and the other would be offset by my comfortable lead in HRs and RBI. Plus, I’ll get Sizemore back eventually. We count Ks and OBP, so Bay helps tremendously there.

  327. Grey

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    @timSTi: Both offers are fair.

    @knighttown: Ha!

    @BigFatHippo: Pena’s not exactly shabby in OBP, but I could see the trade for your team.

  328. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I have a 2 in avg and 1 in hitters Ks. Pena’s gotta go baby……………

    He shat my bed for the last time.

  329. Steve says:
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    Barring unforseen circumstances, I don’t think I actually need Haren’s win, but this shitty D-Backs pen is starting to annoy me.

  330. Quallsy coming in with a save chance

  331. @grey: Hoping for your opinion on roster moves

    marlon byrd or david murphy? Mazzaro vs. Bastardo?

    have crowded OF (start 5 + util) whod you start/cut/bench: C.Lee, Ellsbury, Mclouth, Werth — k.morales, crisp, n.morgan, fowler, byrd

    and IF too: starting A. kennedy, burriss, stewart (benched him this week f’n prick)—Sean-rod, Kaz Matsui,

    worth adding alicedes escobar over weaker OF options?

    Thanks…

  332. @Steve:

    Yes the Dbacks pen is really bad.

  333. HR freaking Eckstein lol, tie game.

  334. Steve says:
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    David Eckstein?

  335. Theres no W in HAREN

  336. Ham says:
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    As a Haren owner in 2 H2H leagues, tied for wins on the week in both, this is a tough one to swallow. I mean the 5 runs are bad enough, but Eckstein. Brutal

  337. If Nolasco does manage to pitch like, acceptable today, how many games should I go with him on the bench before I consider putting him back in? I don’t know if I can trust him before going 3 decent games…

  338. Grey

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    @matthole: Murphy and Bastardo.

    Start C.Lee, Mclouth, Werth, Morales, Murphy, I’d cut everyone but Fowler and Ellsbury.

    No idea what that infield question is. How many start? Forget Escobar.

  339. @Steve:

    Yes of all people, David freaking Eckstein.

  340. Grey

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    @Maitland: I’d wait on two starts then look at the matchup.

  341. Steve says:
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    @Ham: My ERA was just back to a point where a decent outng from Wolf could get me ahead and break a tie. Thanks Chad, and the rest of the clowns in that pen.

    Mind you, having had Wandy, Pena, Wolf and Guthrie disgrace themselves this week, you could say the damage was done long ago…

  342. Steve says:
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    @Steve: C’mon Krispie. You can do me a big favour here…

  343. Btw, how about that Chipper, about time. I’m thinking with McLouth in the lineup Chippers stock is going up, you agree Grey?

  344. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Wanker.

  345. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @elijah: Nah, not really. Maybe marginally.

  346. Justin Upton out with a tweaked shoulder, Id expect him to miss a few days at least.

  347. Ham says:
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    @Steve: The only thing that will redeem this disaster is Bell picking up a win.

  348. Steve says:
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    @Ham: Au contraire. That will be the worst possible outcome for me.

  349. @Grey:

    Well, at least Chippers good for OPS.

  350. Sam says:
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    Is Mike Lowell a fair offer for Chipper Jones?

  351. Aaron Pil says:
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    @matthole: I am chasing wins and added Mazzaro. The A’s are getting hot and in June they face Min, SF x6, SD, and the Dodgers. I picked up Anderson off waivers as well. Planning on starting them all until June 29 despite the peripherals.

  352. Ham says:
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    @Steve: Oh well there goes that hope. If it wasn’t bad enough to watch a Dbacks Padres game on gamecast for 3 hours, but to watch the bottom of the padres lineup put up 5. Ugh.

  353. @grey: Thanks for the response….

    I have a crowded IF who would u start/cut/bench at 2b/SS/MI:

    A. kennedy, burriss, stewart, Kaz Matsui, sean rodriguez

    Kennedy, matsui worth keeping? stewart worth playing? need burriss as SS…

    Workable mix or need to address it asap?

    Thanks again

  354. Ham says:
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    @Steve: Wait a second! Bell going another inning! This is going to end badly

  355. Steve says:
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    @Ham: For me. Looks like I needed that Haren win after all :-(

  356. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: Not really.

    @matthole: Kennedy, Burriss and Stewart. They’re fine to keep. Then again, I have no idea who’s on your waivers.

  357. Steve says:
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    Hay-soos. In my H2H league, my team has had cmfortable the best AVE and OBP so far ths season.

    5 out of 7 days this week, my AVE has been .220 or below. 3 of those below .200.

    Blech.

  358. Doc says:
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    @Steve: Speak American!! Okay, what the HELL!!!! Is there anyone I can call about the D-cracks bullpen?

  359. Steve says:
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    Right now would be a great time for Felipe to get aboard and steal…

  360. Steve says:
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    Or not.

  361. 14th inning, Stache sightin.

  362. Well you can call me and I’ll tell ya they suck :P

  363. Prince says:
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    Which 2 of this group (I need AVG, R, RBI) — S. Drew, Scutaro, Alexei, F. Lopez, I. Stewart. Thanks!

  364. Prince says:
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    Ah, sorry for the sequential posts. Huff or Stewart?

  365. Zavada is even coming to bat. Who says 15 inning games are boring!

  366. Steve says:
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    @elijah: For today, anyway, you can throw Felipe Lopez right in there with ‘em.

  367. Grey

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    @Prince: Drew, Alexei, Stewart

  368. Tony B. says:
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    I have Porcello & Nolasco – Randy Wells is available.

    Make the switch for Wells? If so, who to drop?

  369. Prince says:
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    Sorry Grey, which one of : Huff, Stewart, Beltre? Thanks

  370. Drev says:
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    Ludwick & Votto or Reyes…which side is preferable?

  371. Grey

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    @Drev: Votto side, but it depends what you need. If you’re desperate for steals, I could see taking the gamble on Reyes. Though I wouldn’t at this point.

  372. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: Now I’m looking at my wire, Happ and Wells are both available. Drop both for Happ and Wells or just Porcello for Wells? Or or or Porcello for Happ? Sorry for confusion

  373. Grey

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    @Tony B.: Just drop Porcello for Wells.

  374. 17 innings and going. Gotta love it.

  375. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Gaudin is pitching?

  376. Drev says:
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    Start Nolasco at Toronto or Wolf at Texas next week?

  377. tony pena, qualls, rauch? the games going 100 innings, who’s the closer? I own pena and qualls….

    hang on or drop one (pena) for HAPP, sean Rod, ?

    I’m thinking HAPP and is he for realz?

  378. Inning 18, Padres are letting Josh Wilson pitch.

  379. jbatkins says:
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    In a league with only 2 bench spots (and no DL), if you have Reyes and Webb on the DL, and you get the news that Votto (who you also have) will not be ready to come back from his mystery personal issue immediately when his DL stint is over, and you get the news that Rich Harden (who you also have) was scratched from his start for the Iowa Cubs and may not come back from the DL soon, and then you get the news that Justin Upton (the only bright spot on your miserable excuse for a team) was removed “grimacing” from a game today… do you just send a big “Eff you” email to everyone in the league and quit?

  380. mini donkey to the rescue.

  381. ScoutAbout says:
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    Would you do this trade? I’ve been approached about giving my Haren and Cantu for his Longoria. My other SPs are Wainwright, Josh Johnson, Weaver, Lackey, Wandy and Hanson. 12-team H2H, not a keeper league. I’m 9th in HRs, 7th in Rs, 4th in RBIs and 7th in AVG. 5th in Ks and 1st in both ERA and WHIP. I also have Sandoval, Howard, Utley Alexei/Rollins/Peralta, Kemp, Rios, Ellsbury, Quentin and Votto on DL, and a spot I’ve been playing with between trying to find some power or being worried about saves because of Qualls lately

  382. Crazy game, bullpen blows it then throws a no hitter for 9 extra innings.

  383. BigFatHippo says:
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    @jbatkins: Ha, nice rant Hard Luck Schleprock. Look on the bright side, at least we don’t have to run the base for Reyes…………..

  384. Mr Baseball says:
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    grey mid season keeper league draft – if you had the first 5 picks in the draft which you can’t – who would you be gunning for in order –

    also who would be your first three pitchers you would be gunning for

    hey thats 8 players you have to come up with – I am working you tonight – by the way thank you for your time

  385. BigFatHippo says:
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    Edit: bases

    Word!

  386. BigFatHippo says:
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    Tony Bastard has left the building…………

  387. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Not a great week for the Wolfman.

    I’m not looking to dump him, but what are you thinking?

  388. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Any of G Parra, Spilborghs or Dukes worth dropping for Fowler, Overbay, LaRoche, Hardy, Kennedy, Ross, Reimold?

  389. Doc says:
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    Joe Morgan: “In my opinion, kindling is the best wood to start a fire.”

  390. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Sometimes I think Kerry Wood is best.

  391. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I thought he was more prone to go down in flames, not up.

  392. @ Grey: what caliber OF/SP would you trade for S.Drew? Werth/ellsbury? Garza/harang caliber? Thanks

  393. how would u rank alexei ramirez, mike young, s.drew….and similarly which OFs/SPs would u trade for them

    I own C.Lee, Werth, Ells, Mclouth
    Haren, Garza, Wainwright, shields, cueto, harang…bastardo

    Thanks again

  394. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Yes, and Cardinal hitters outside of Pujols are the kindling. Hope everybody took my advice and threw De La Rosa and Ubaldo with Marquis tomorrow. Though I doubt it.

  395. Drev says:
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    Cliff Lee or Bedard in a redraft?

  396. Grey

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    @ScoutAbout: I’d take Longoria there.

    @Mr Baseball: Pujols, Tex, Miggy, Longoria, Hanley, Halladay, Johan, Lincecum.

    @Steve: Thinking it was a tough matchup.

    @SRM: I’d lose Spilborghs for Reimold.

    @Doc: Ha!

    @matthole: Alexei, Drew, Young, I’d trade a 3rd to 4th outfielder for one. So I’d trade Werth.

    @Drev: Bedard

  397. Dim says:
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    Want Braun + Utley or J Upton, Uggla + Haren?

  398. just dealt sandoval in a deal to get some good pieces… figured i could pick up ramon hernandez, salty, or baker and flip them in and really not lose much….

    now a guy JUST dropped Bengie Molina? He’s batting cleanup? Went 2-4 today? and is a rough avg career .290 with 16 hr’s guy and drives in alot of ribbys?

    Worth burning my #7 waiver priority for…? VERY COMPETITIVE LEAGUE, not sure of any uber prospects coming up that’d be MORE helpful than MOLINA at catcher…

    thanks and I just got married yesterday, leaving for Mexico in about 5 hours!

    Gotta manage my team tho!

  399. got ryan howard in a deal and i have votto spinning in circles on my DL, cut duncan loose?! Rasmus looks like he’s taking over the coveted spot in front of AP… plus i could grab a guy like sean rod or Wolf was just dropped as well….

    people are getting antsy!

  400. Grey

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    @Dim: Braun side.

    @Tony Y: Congratulations! I’d take Molina there.

    Cut Duncan loose.

  401. DrEasy says:
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    So, let’s see what gifts I got for my birthday today:

    (this is all in one team. I only manage one team)

    – Hanson gives up 7 runs
    – Rich Hill doesn’t even last an inning
    – Chipper Jones is a SONAVABENCH!
    – Villanueva blows up.
    – Chad Qualls. ‘Nough said.
    – Thome and Andrus don’t even play.
    – and I won’t mention all the 0 for 4s.

    I wanna cry.

  402. Gareth says:
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    Hmmm.. a guy has proposed his Kemp/Zimmerman for my Wright/McLouth, but he could be sold on Nick Johnson instead of McLouth.

    Any toughts on either of these possible trades?

  403. Drev says:
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    Is Zimmermann a good play this week with two starts (home vs. Cueto and the Reds, at Niemann and the Rays)?

  404. Steve says:
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    And still Razzball leads the way – I’m still 9 games clear in first in my H2H league. Still undefeated after nine weeks, although, weirdly, I have tied 3 out of the last four weeks.

  405. Colin says:
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    I don’t think the Cubs bullpen likes Randy Wells very much.

  406. Colin says:
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    I blame Yunel for screwing up Hanson’s rhythm he had going today. That’ started it all.

  407. Freak says:
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    I can’t wait for the offseason when the comment numbers go down so I can start reading them again.

  408. cubbies299 says:
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    Dare I say it, but has Krispie clawed his way back to fantasy relevance? I’m pissing-on-train-tracks drunk on his upside

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