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Jake Peavy is due back August 28th.  Member when I told you to drop him?  Yeah, that was so two months ago.  We’re in August, check your Mr. Winkle calender.  It’s a brand new day, Sting.  We gotta update you when you you have to pick him up, too?  (That’s a Royal we since this is just me.  Rudy’s in Prague doing spy business.  Ooh, I’m a spy, no time for Razzball for two weeks. Okay, Rudy… Or as I shall call you, Bill Clinton.)  So what can we expect of Jake Peavy when he returns?  Dominance in 30 minutes or less?  Probably not.  I’d put his line at 7 starts, a 4 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP with good Ks.  He’s dealing with a tougher league, but he’s also dealing with guys who don’t know him as well, though he’s also dealing with a shizzy ballpark, unless you’re Gavin Floyd. — Recently overheard convo between Buehrle and Danks, “If I’m not pitching well, and you’re not pitching well.  Who’s pitching well?”  “Uh-oh, Gavin Floyd!”  — With all of the unknown factors happening right now with Peavy — Will he return?  Will he be good? Will his robot foot hold up? — It’s worth a flier to grab him because his price tag is way below what he can give you.  Just don’t bet too heavily on him.  He may have a setback and not show up until October.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Will Venable – Don’t cha love Padres hitters?  They’re like other team’s hitters without the messy HRs, RBIs and Runs to worry about.  Venable’s been hot.  What, you don’t like hot?  I expect you’re going to want to drop Venable by the middle of August, but worth a week grab. (I used to try for the “weak grab” back in college.  The girls would retaliate with the “strong slap.”  Good times!)

Ty Wigginton – From August 1st to August 30th, give Wiggy one more chance.

Jim Johnson – Sure would be nice to see him get a save so we know it’s even him I should be touting.  I mean, I’m pretty sure it is, but ya never know.  I’d also be holding Danys Baez too, just in case.

Alex Gordon – Hitting near .300 since his return and he just hit his first homer since April 15th.  How’s dem apples?!  Yeah, not very delicious.  But if you’re hurting at CI, you can do worse.  Maybe!

Casey McGeheeCasey McGehee stars in, “The MI That Won’t Go Away,” with Claude Rains.  Razzball’s Buy/Sell’s going all noir on yo’ ass!  <– You might remember that line from MC Dark Shadows’s most famous song, “Fred MacMurray’s Macking Your Wife.”

Rajai Davis – SAGNOF!  Oh, and not just any SAGNOF.  We’re talking Bourn-type numbers in a very affordable off-waivers price tag.  It’s a steals for clunkers-type deal.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2 homers and over .400 in his last seven games.  When I say, As… You say, Drubal…  As… Drubal… As… Drubal… As… You got it.

Neftali Feliz – Guy’s sick, but not sick as in ill, but sick as in healthy.  But he’s still just a middle reliever, so I don’t suggest you grab him in every league, but if you need a little relief — hehe — go for it.

Elijah Dukes – If he has a solid final two months, prepare yourself for every fantasy site telling you he’s a sleeper next year, until he’s no longer a sleeper.  Cust kayin’.

Matt Lindstrom – We now begin our portion of the program of middle relievers that may be closing by this time next week.

Mike Gonzalez – Soriano could lose the job any second now.

Yusmeiro Petit – Show me a -eiro, named Busta!  What, no LONS fans in the Razzpound?  Maybe Yusmeiro took the -eiro power from Pineiro, maybe he gets shelled next time out like the latter -eiro.  In certain leagues, I’d gamble on Petit (namely H2H ones), but keep your caveats in check.

Ryan Roberts – Johnny, who’s the MI schmohawk behind door number three?  Ryan Roberts!!!  The crowd looks around, “Should we cheer?”  One guy stands up and screams, “I want Clint Barmes to get hot again!”  With the help of her granddaughter, an older woman stands, “You and your (bleeping) Barmes!  Shut the *bleep* up!”  A chair flies.  A melee ensues.

SELL

Tom Gorzelanny – Don’t let a Cubs fan get in your ear telling you they’ve stumbled on something with Gorzelanny.  His solid game was vs. the Reds.  Gorzelanny needs to do it for another month before I consider owning him next year.

Randy Wells – Had a 120 IP last year, and he’s already at 120 this year with the minors and majors combined.  This has nothing to do with his stuff, but the Cubs should start limiting his innings/skipping his starts soon.  Lesser Known Fact of the Day:  His middle name is David.

Jarrod Washburn – I’m pretty sure his ESPN ownership numbers and his suddenly poor pitching are directly related.  He gets over 50% owned, he gets dusted like Tom Joad.

Gordon Beckham – Let’s get it out of the way right off the bat, I don’t think you should trade him for a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.  I like Beckham.  I think he can be solid.  But here’s the thing, CBS wrote a cover story on him, ESPN gave him some pub….  (Bee tee dubya, I was the first one to go for the side of the barn title of, Buy It Like Beckham.  Since then, I’ve seen Hit It… Break In… and Rake It…  Just remember who’s setting the trends on layup titles.  Also, take a second and look at that Buy/Sell link.  I could sit here and tell you the numbers Beckham’s done since July 3rd, but I’ll let your eyes dance through those stats on your own time.)  People are starting to realize how good Beckham’s been in the last month plus (over .400, 4 homers, 3 steals).  In one year leagues, has he been that much better than, say, Asdrubal Cabrera?  No, not really.  Gordon Beckham will be one of my favorites for next year, but this year, he’s still just a rookie trying to get his swerve on while hitting the slurve.  If someone overvalues Beckham, fleece ‘em, North Face.

From Around The Web

  1. Doc says:
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    I tried the weak grab on myself and my other hand slapped me.

  2. lifeontheside says:
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    @Grey: What do you think of Andy Pettitte’s chances for keeping up his post-all star break numbers? In 26.2 he’s K’d 29 and walked only 7, which has contributed to a 1.01 whip and a 2.37 era, in that time.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Hehe

    @lifeontheside: His home park (and home record) are terrible and he has a tough September schedule. Not buying.

  4. Mike H says:
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    @Grey: Rajai Davis or Wily Taveras for the rest of the year?

  5. nick m. says:
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    Who is the better DL stash right now – Dice-K or Hudson? And are you saying (by not saying anything in buy/sell) that Erick Aybar is a potential grab?

  6. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: A bit premature on Roberts? He is slugging .348 against righties. All of damage has been against lefties. If you can spot start, swing away.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick m.: I’d hold Aybar and grab him if you need MI help. Hudson

  8. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: A. Jones or Morales the rest of the way, please. Thank you, sir.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Simply Fred: Not sure what A.Jones. If Adam, then him.

  10. Andrew says:
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    @ Gray: pick 2 – Carlos Guillen, Willingham, Dukes

  11. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: Yup, perrrfect. Thank you!

  12. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’ve been crying in my beer so long about Peavy that I’d forgotten him on my DL. He could be a nice boost during the playoffs.

    I’m happy with my drop of Theriot for Azzdrubal since the Azz is about to fly right past the riot’s stats. I had to double take when I saw how solid Cabrera’s numbers were. He’s a phenomenal backup at 2b/ss in Yahoo.

  13. Mike says:
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    Worth it to offer up Edwin Jackson for Peavy?

    Also, smart to start Kershaw against ATL, Hamels against FLA, and Anderson against KC tomorrow?

  14. Adam says:
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    Traded my Peavy and Jim Johnson for the Wandwagon, you likey?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Ha

    @Mike: No, I don’t like that switch. I’d start all of them, but they’re not safe.

    @Adam: Yeah, that’s solid.

  16. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey, Ryan Roberts or Ankiel?

    I need to pick one up. I need RBI and steals.

  17. Mike says:
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    @Grey: What sort of player do you think I should target for Edwin, then? I feel like he is about to blow up any second and I’d like to sell high. I really need some help with runs, average, and steals, but I could always use some pitching as well. Thanks.

  18. Tom says:
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    Als, Milledge and E Jax for Wainwright? Which side you want? I would like some outfield depth

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: Roberts, but make sure he’s back from his leave of absence for his wife to give birth.

    @Mike: I think you could get BJ Upton, Victorino (though I’m slightly concerned with his knee) or McLouth.

    @Tom: I’d take Wainwright.

  20. Jack says:
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    Bartlett or Peralta the rest of the way?

  21. I’m conducting a bench makeover, a “Grey eye for the waiver guy” if you will (at least it isn’t a brown eye)…who would you drop for dukes in a bench/util spot? reimold, hardy or garrett jones

    also available from your buys: Wiggy, Rajai, Gordon, and Mcgehee…make any swaps?

  22. royce! says:
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    I love how Rotowire treated the fact that Aardsma got a boil on his ass lanced:

    Larry LaRue, of The Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (boil) had the boil on his gluteus lanced, but a decision was made not to close the wound. His boil has been bandaged so that it can be cleaned to avoid infection. Aardsma said the team wants to give him another day off Friday, Aug. 7, to keep him from sweating and infecting the area.

    Now I need to return to being a mature adult that contributes to raising the level of civilized dialogue.

  23. Dom says:
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    Please rank for the rest of the year
    Montero, Miguel
    Napoli, Mike
    Iannetta, Chris

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jack: Bartlett for steals and Runs, Peralta for power.

    @danimal35: Ha! Lose Hardy for Dukes. Rajai if you need steals.

    @royce!: Nice. Jockular Spincteritis.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dom: Napoli, Montero…

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Andrew: Dukes, Willingham…

  27. Drop H. Kendrick for McGehee, right? Kendrick’s only played 2 games in August, and I can’t find any news item indicating an injury so methinks it’s just Scioscia being Scioscia.

  28. SamYo says:
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    I could’ve sworn my a dude on my league reads razzball, he has Velez, Venable and G. Jones.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VanHammersly: Wow, he might be only starting him vs. lefties. What a moron. Hmm… Not crazy about that move, but it shouldn’t hurt you that much and could help you.

  30. Hamels good buy low, worth offering McClouth?

    Also, worth losing a potential deal over whether I get back verlander or beckett?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: No on Verlander or Beckett. I wouldn’t go after Hamels.

  32. @Grey: and you think alexei ramirez injury is a good buy-low opp?

  33. sorry for the 21 questions….close race; lots of smack talk

  34. SamYo says:
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    Sabathia or Peavy for next year ?
    and do you think Lincecum will strike out 300 this year ?

  35. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    re : blalock or pena (tonight)
    i think you’re telling me to be true to myself .

    and , yeah , i remember touting blalock … (and that was 8-9 months ago .)
    i also remember telling you that pena would hit .265 .
    but tonight , i’m stuck between a marshmallow (blalock 1-10 lifetime vs saunders) and a soft space (pena 0-9 lifetime vs f-her) …. is f-her throwing from the left side against him ??

    you know , i’m going to go with hank .
    but i’m expecting you to say some sort of a chant or sumpin’ and that will allow him to get 2 hits tonight .

    seriously though , pena 0-9 against a righty ??

  36. Grey

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    @matthole: I don’t think Alexei’s a great buy low, but that deal was good for you. You can replace Alexei if he doesn’t work out.

    @SamYo: CC… No on Lincecum.

  37. Simply Fred

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    @VanHammersly: @Grey: I posted this early in the week:” OK. Dug a little deeper. This is what has been happening with Kendrick. He had three starts in the last week–all against lefties which makes sense with a .794 OPS against lefties vs. .693 against righties. He faced Huff, Lackey, and Perkins who had a combined 5.82 ERA (specifically if they were home or away). So, .500 AVG was understandable. Angels only face one lefty next week. Kendrick may get some work against the righties, but his OPS against them is less. Also, all games are away, again where his OPS is over 100 points less. What do you think?” Cust Kayin’

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: It might’ve been 8-9 months ago. I have a photographic memory but the times get messed up. Marshmallow — Ha!

  39. nick m. says:
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    which SAGNOF would you prefer – Rajai Davis or Evereth Cabrera?

  40. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: @VanHammersly: Posted this yesterday in reference to first 3 games this week: “Kendrick 1 game, 1 single, 1 run.” Ignore at your own risk.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick m.: Everth cause of MI eligibility. If it’s for UTIL, then Davis is fine.

  42. @Simply Fred: Word, thanks for the tip. I didn’t draft Kendrick, picked him up off waivers last month, and got several solid weeks out of him, so I’ve got no complaints. He’s still striking out way too much and will probably only walk 20 times this year.

  43. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    weei (boston) up-date :
    announcers (and listeners) are calling for smoltz to retire with dignity (now) , and not go out like eric gagne .
    only effective pitch is his slider , and yanks were sitiing on it .
    his out-pitch used to be high heat … but he just ain’t got it no more .
    according to weei , smolts threw 92 pitches , last night , and induced exactly 2 swings and misses .
    also , batters hit .278 / .350 / and even worse , against smoltz the 1st/2nd/3rd time through the order .

    not pretty in bean-town right now .
    and penny’s next ??
    you’d think the record was 8-1 in yankees’ favor , to hear these boys talk about it .
    still , if the yanks take all 4 (of this series) , heads will roll .

    papi’s still on the hot seat , but the media is trying to give him an out .
    “if he took traditional steroids , then he knows he’s guilty . if it was just vitamin supplements , well i can see that happening to anyone “.

  44. Lava says:
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    Well, with Cruz being a bum, I might need to find ANOTHER outfield fill-in. Would you start Venable over either Dukes or Milledge for next week in a weekly league? If Cruz hits the DL, I could pick up Venable and start him over one of those two.

    Also, bummed that I didn’t keep Asdrubal. Beckham has been solid, but he could suffer from the common rookie slump at any point now.

  45. Adam says:
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    Just got offered Torii Hunter, Shields and Gallardo for my Carpenter, take it?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Papi’ll take the weasel way out. I wish Selig would just go on record and say he messed up, steroids weren’t illegal in the game so everyone took them. Who’s to blame? Me, and I’m stepping down.

    @Lava: re: Beckham – Yup. Could start Venable over Milledge if you like. But I’d like to see Venable stay hot this weekend before I agree to that for next week.

  47. david says:
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    Bring it back, come rewind / Powerful impact–Boom! From the cannon

    That’s Soriano’s last pitch against Ethier last night.

    Still, I think he’s likely going through a “tired arm” period. He only pitched 14 innings last year. The year before that, he pitched 70, which he’s pretty much on pace for now. So I think he’s hitting a few speed bumps but will get back in form shortly. In between the FLA (Gload) and LAD (Ethier) speed bumps, his line was 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

    That being said, Mikey Gonzalaz is pitching lights out.

  48. jamiesonmj says:
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    quentin/upton/alexei for miggy/peralta. Which side would you take?

  49. jamiesonmj says:
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    @jamiesonmj: thats Justin upton

  50. OPSy-daisy says:
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    Debating an Uggla for As-drubal switch – thoughts?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @david: Nice on LONS. Agreed on Soriano, but they have a competent replacement like you said, so Soriano may not be long for saves.

    @jamiesonmj: I’d take the Miggy side.

  52. Adam says:
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    what kind of starting pitcher do you think would be fair value to give up for mauer?

  53. jamiesonmj says:
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    @Grey: Beltran has been sitting on my DL. Are you optimistic about his return (in place of Upton), or do you think he will be Reyes round two?

  54. O’s Johnson, Nat’s McDougal, or Braves Gonzalez? Would have to drop J.J. & acquire one of the other two if advisable…
    + Alexei’s in the lineup this evening; if not his ol’self (or better) there sure are plenty of hot hand MI options for the stretch run!

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: Hamels, but I wouldn’t do it.

    @jamiesonmj: Not optimistic, but not ready to drop him either.

    @zombie: re: MIs – True. I’d hold JJ.

  56. Colin says:
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    Grey my team is falling apart:

    Weeks
    Bruce
    Beltran
    Upton

    Gallardo and Soriano pitching like ass this week.

    What do I do??

  57. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Drop Peralta for Asdrubal? I also have Alexei right now…so Peralta or Asdurbal would be backup to Alexei (or maybe in next week)

  58. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Also drop Danks for Floyd? He is at seattle & oakland next week so could be good spot start

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Colin: Not sure what your options are. I’d lose Bruce in a non-keeper.

    @Nick: It’s a push, depending on needs.

    @Nick: Floyd’s good only at home.

  60. black love says:
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    Who do you like better: Edwin Jackson or Javier Vasquez?
    I think i can get something for Nelson Cruz cause yahoo has him quoted as saying he’s ready to pinch hit this weekend.

  61. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey

    McCutchen/Franklin for Dye or
    McCutchen/Franklin for Choo, OR…
    McCutchen/Franklin for Rios.

  62. black love says:
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    looks like its the end of the road for Smoltz, he had a nice career

  63. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Tom Joad, Claude Rains, Fred McMurray Mad Dog 20/20 ( so kids still drink that shizz?) – are you making a pitch for us older fantageeks? Superb writing, with great info.

    I give the Freak, and get Crawford and Hunter. I presume this is a no brainer for me.

    Thanks, as always.

  64. Simply Fred

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    @Tom: just testing thought process here (waiting for Grey):
    Choo: most productive to date
    Rios: serviceable and reasonable age
    Dye: age against him.
    ???

  65. Paulie Allnuts

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    Note- this is a 14 team keeper league.

  66. Paulie Allnuts

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    @black love: I wasn’t a fan of the Braves, but it was sad to see one of the most superb pitchers of our time get smacked around. Even the outs were sizzling. Just think – Smoltz is probably the only pitcher in baseball history that could get into the Hall as a starter or reliever.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @black love: Vasquez

    @Tom: They’re all fair. Depends what you need. I probably wouldn’t make any of those moves.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks! It’s good for you, as long as losing Lincecum doesn’t kill your staff.

  68. Lava says:
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    Not that any of you own him, but Giambi was released from the A’s. Sad to see him go as an A’s fan, but he’s pretty much done.

  69. Adam says:
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    Give my Carp and Webb for Mauer and Abreu? I’m assuming this is a slam dunk for me but just wanted to make sure (it’s a keeper, not sure why the other guy would trade for and keep Webb over somebody with a functioning arm though…)

  70. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Lava: The Great Giambino succumbs to Sammy Sosa syndrome.

  71. david says:
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    @Grey: Big fan of that era, hip-hop’s golden years as far as I’m concerned.

    Yeah, when a team has two closers and the one who’s closing is doing poorly and the back up guy is going much smoother, you really have to look at picking up the latter (if you’re needing saves). I did exactly that back when Corpas was closing for the Rox. He had some messy outings while Street, the set-up guy, strung together a few nice games.

    If Broxton’s toe keeps bugging him, I can see it happening with the Dodgers (Sherrill).

  72. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5

    Any of these SPs worth picking up for a spot start tommorrow?

    Parra @Hou
    Tillman @Tor
    Arroyo @SF

  73. Frogurt says:
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    @david: Grey- Re: Sherrill as possible closer over Broxton. If bench spacepermits, would you pick up Sherrill off the wire just in case Broxton’s toe falls off?

  74. Frogurt says:
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    You buying Lowe or Scott Baker for the rest of the season? Ks not an issue.

  75. Razzin says:
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    I can upgrade to Pedroia or Utley. Need HR. Which should I go for? Ped is finally showing some power.

  76. big o says:
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    @Lava:
    happy to see giambi go .
    hope he takes chavez and beane with him .

  77. john says:
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    On the one hand, I have Votto vs The Freak in my Util spot…
    On the other hand, I have Ludwick vs Maholm on my bench…

    Ludwick is 2 for 14 against Maholm, but Lincecum is just so dominant.
    So Ludwick is the smart play, right?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: I’d take the Mauer side.

    @david: Cool

    @Vince: I wouldn’t unless you’re desperate, then Parra.

    @Frogurt: There’s a few guys I’d hold before him.

    @Frogurt: I’d own either of them.

    @Razzin: I’d take Utley.

    @john: I’d start Votto, but could understand going the other way.

  79. big o says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: @Grey:
    ok …. i’m getting confused .
    is the freak :
    a) that dead pop star
    b) tiny tim lincecum
    c) no “c”
    or ,
    d) the greatest blow-up artist/commentor this (or any) site has ever seen ??

  80. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks

  81. john says:
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    Don’t know if anyone has said this, but Rios was claimed off waivers by an unspecified team..now its up to the Blue Jays

  82. SamYo says:
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    Tazawa is called up.

  83. Frogurt says:
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    Grey, is that you in that photo, or Dennis Eckersley’s high school band photo?

  84. mrbaseball says:
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    The Boston Red Sox cut the struggling Smoltz on Friday just incase any fantasy owners still could not make up their minds

  85. mrbaseball says:
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    the red sox’s upper management take those yankees series seriously – so C. Buchholz beware you might be next

  86. Chris says:
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    But for one night of fun, who would you rather be with, MD 20/20 or Gordon Beckham…

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chris: 20/20, hands down… And face… In toilet.

  88. david says:
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    @Frogurt: Definitely, especially if you’re playing with an innings pitched limit. I own both of them in my NL-only league. Even if he doesn’t close, Sherrill will help you w/ Ks, ERA and WHIP.

  89. peter says:
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    @Grey: That’s great – thanks for sharing.

  90. mrbaseball says:
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    hey does anyone need a good .193 hitter – well not really good – I quess I should have left the good out of there – A’s release Jason Giambi – “The Giambino”

  91. Dumbmutt says:
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    In that list of catchers above with Napoli-Montero-Iannetta where is Inge? He seems to be getting his swing back. But I really have free rein in a small league to try hot hands.

    If Cain regression comes Sept-near playoffs I will cheer.

  92. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    touching story .
    took me a few letters to figure out who he was .
    sorry for your loss .

  93. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    now that we’re opening up ,
    i feel guilty pulling the ol’ switcheroo , without telling you .
    (i went with pena , tonight .)

  94. GTS says:
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    Which one would you bench: Bourn, Robot Jones, or Venable?

  95. GTS says:
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    Should I dump Theriot for O-Cab?

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: why do good stories have sad endings,,truly sorry for your loss,thats why you wont see me getting all pouty or down-n-out,life is good,you know the saying,LIVE,LAUGH AND LOVE,because you never know

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: No problem.

    @Dumbmutt: Inge’s above them, just barely.

    @big o: That’s okay.

    @GTS: Bourn, Venable…

    @GTS: Sure

    @AL KOHOLIC: It wasn’t my loss. It was everyone’s. Are you guys putting me on? BTW, what does Giambi’s career and John Hughes have in common? What, too soon?

  98. Adam says:
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    Soto activated off the DL, just in time for a four game set at Coors

  99. GTS says:
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    ROBOT JONES!

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: And the robotic beat goes on.

  101. Home Run….You know who!

  102. Sore thumbs seem to little affect Mini-Donkeys.

  103. john says:
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    @Elijah: God I love that man

  104. GTS says:
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    @Grey: sonovabench… I needed that HR.

  105. Dingo says:
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    You know, amidst all the love for Mini-Donkey, I somehow failed to notice that Big Papa Donkey has been batting .281 in 2009, his highest average since… well… ever. Is 2009 the year of the donkey? Has it now become common for guys to bat .280 when striking out more than 33% of the time? Why has nobody told Chris Davis about this?

  106. Dingo says:
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    @Elijah: Wow, Yahoo seems a bit confused about the whole donkey thing as well. It currently reads:

    Arizona Inning Summary
    – A. Dunn homered to left
    – C. Snyder struck out swinging
    – T. Oeltjen popped out to left
    – J. Whitesell homered to deep right

  107. Its like a meme.

  108. Lava says:
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    @Grey: I need to get over my obsession with getting steals out of McCutchen and Milledge and play the robotic Pirate once and a while.

  109. john says:
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    @Dingo: Haha, even Yahoo can’t decide which Donkey it is.

  110. john says:
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    Yahoo is even giving Dunn credit for a run

  111. Crazy, heh.

  112. Dingo says:
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    @GTS: Yeah, I knew I was going to regret benching Jones for Votto. I’m not exactly expecting him to go crazy against Lincecum.

  113. big o says:
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    wow .
    john (#110) speaking to elijah … talking to God
    heavy shizz .
    if the mini-donk hits another homer , somebody’s gonna part the chesapeake bay .
    crabs for sale ! crabs for sale !!

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Nice!

    @Dingo: Davis isn’t a donkey, he’s a jackass.

    @GTS: I was so close to telling you go with Jones over Venable. Sorry…

  115. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Sadly, both my teams are tanking with no time to read your Greyness in the morning………..whimper, sniffle…………….

    Think I’ll quit my job and focus on fantasy baseball.

  116. john says:
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    @big o: Haha, I wish I could say I meant to do that.

  117. GTS says:
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    @Grey: It’s all good… maybe Venable will hit one out. Blanton is making me sad right now.

  118. Dingo says:
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    Are you effing kidding me, Joe Blanton?

  119. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Yeah, me too.

  120. SamYo says:
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    Gallardo,Gaudin,Blanton, and Carpenter ..

  121. SamYo says:
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    @SamYo: at least he gave a homer to doumit which whom i own.

    Grey, Mazarro or Brett Andersen ?

  122. paulzone says:
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    kuo or neftali for sp middle relief holds? or both and dump troncoso who’s eating up an rp spot?

  123. paulzone says:
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    so, go with feliz and troncoso for holds?

  124. Robert says:
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    @Grey: If Cruz hits the DL who should I pick up: Wigginton, Ross, Bryd, McCutchen, Dukes, Milledge, Blanks? Just need a decent hitter. HRs are great, but I need a decent avg.

  125. Jay says:
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    Drop Blanton for Ty? Other pitchers are decent (Zambrano, Shields, Oswalt, Lackey, E. Jackson)

  126. knighttown says:
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    With the deadline in a few days I’m hoping to shore things up. I’m at 93.5 in an 11 teamer but I’ve got a few issues:

    1. Catcher I ignore but I’ve been rocking Doumit and Inge seems to be on waivers. Tomato-potato?

    2. Saves are my weakness (4 of 11) but I do have 3 guys currently getting saves in Rodney, Qualls and MacDougall. Offer Choo for Mariano? With the Upton injury I’d have to play Willingham and Wiggington at OF or awhile…also have Craw, BJ and Hebrew Hammer.

    3. Related, but ignoring HR’s who do you like for OF? Dukes, Willingham and Wiggington.

  127. Colin says:
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    Why is Chris Sampson such a douchebag?

    Starts with 2 k’s then melts down. IDIOT.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @knighttown: 1. Same diff. 2. Get Mariano if you can. 3. Willingham, Dukes…

    @Colin: Ha!

  129. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    so ,
    blalock homers in hit 1st ab

  130. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    josh hamilton found the crack again,the crack of the bat finnaly homering

  131. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    you ever get on a bad streak , Grey ?
    you know , run bad ??

    weei (boston) runs the “winner/whiner line” for it’s listeners .
    it runs about 10 mins of taped call-ins …. much of it quite creative .
    basically , people get to call in and bitch about sports , and current events .

    ever think of running your own blues concert ?

  132. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: since june 19th joe saunders rta has went from 3.80 to 5.33 and his whip is at 1.50,im glad to admitt taking your advice and staying away from his collapse,

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thats era not rta

  134. struggler says:
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    OBP H2H league: Crawford/Gallardo/Stewart/ for Abreu/Halladay/O Cabrera
    Which side do you like?

  135. big o says:
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    i got a bitch .
    if you have to adjust your batting gloves , after every pitch ,
    don’t wear the freakin’ things !!

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @big o: johnny gomes,nomar etc, yeah my ole lady laughs at this

  137. big o says:
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    5 different rangers have homered , so far , tonight .

  138. Black love says:
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    Just got offered sheilds for Cruz, sound fair?

  139. danimal35 says:
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    been thinking of picking up Niemann…he’s been pretty solid for a while now and it seems as if nobody has noticed…whatya think?

  140. Tom says:
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    Wainwright/Franklin/Hochevar/Roberts for Billingsley/Hill/Milledge?

    I know which side I like. Let’s see if we agree.

  141. struggler says:
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    if thats brian roberts i like that side…if not then the other.

  142. Tom says:
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    sorry, scrappy crappy brian roberts

  143. Wasserman says:
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    How does McLouth/Blalock/Bailey for Ellsbury/Butler/Kazmir sound?

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: No, haven’t thought of it.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, he was a disaster waiting to happen.

    @struggler: It’s fair, depends on needs. I’d take the Crawford side.

    @Black love: Sure, I’d want Shields.

    @danimal35: I wouldn’t go near him.

    @Tom: Bills side.

  145. Grey

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    @Wasserman: Sounds fine, depends on needs. I’d take the Ellsbury side.

  146. Lava says:
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    I officially hate Nelson Cruz for being injured during this Texas slugfest. I might try to trade him the next time he hits a home run, provided it’s in the next week before the deadline.

  147. lifeontheside says:
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    @grey: well, pettitte is confusing for me. his FIP exactly matches his ERA, so far (4.35! not good/not awful) Is it that terrible of a gamble compared to trying on guys with names like Hochevar, Happ, De La Rosa, Liriano, Price, Tillman?

  148. tourinct says:
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    Grey: Soto or Wieters the rest of the way?

  149. Matt says:
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    Grey, you drop Braden or Cueto for save speculation on Lindstrom/Gonzalez? I have 6 startable SPs + Braden and Cueto.

  150. black love says:
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    who do you like better for a spot start today
    Masterson vs CWS
    Tillman vs Toronto

  151. black love says:
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    ….OR….
    Zito vs Reds

  152. mrbaseball says:
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    Mr Baseball’s Scouting the Unknown

    Junichi Hung Tazawa – (hung=likes to hang the curveball)

    I seen two pitchers from him-

    1-Medioker curveball
    2-93mph fastball that he likes to keep high in the zone with movement

    all and all I see triple A in his future –

    Brett Cecil – has way better stuff

    In closing for those of you who were sadden that John Smolz was sent down then feel free to pick up Tazawa – different Pitcher same results

  153. mrbaseball says:
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    A-Rod drops the A-Bomb on Tazawa

  154. mrbaseball says:
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    Asdrubal Cabrera or Clint Barmes in a keeper league

  155. jerkstore says:
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    my happ and randy wells for morales. what you think?

  156. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Happy weekend. J. Lopez or S. Drew? Thanks

  157. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    SPs this week:
    Lincecum
    Santana,J
    Hernandez,F
    Verlander
    Gallardo
    RPs:
    Fuentes
    Broxton
    Wilson,B
    Aardsma

    ZERO wins
    ONE save

    Keep me away from high places.

  158. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Also, Scherzer.

  159. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Now that you wasted your time answering the last one, this is a derivative: choose 2 — Lopez, Drew, Alexei.

  160. mrbaseball says:
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    Asdrubal, but I wouldn’t wnat to keep either. its dynasty league – Its the weak link – might as well be 2nd base

  161. mrbaseball says:
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    I found a few more 2nd base gems in this keeper league – so will it be door number 1 door number 2 or door number 3

    Alberto Callaspo – door 1
    José López – door 2
    Asdrubal Cabrera – door 3

  162. mrbaseball says:
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    Callaspo’s always door number 3. – too bad he is in door number 1 grey

  163. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: On a brighter note, have had Dukes sitting the pine. Looks like he has warmed up just in time to fill in for Cruz. It’s somethin’.

  164. Mike says:
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    Lackey start to smart against Texas tomorrow?

  165. Mike says:
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    errr, smart to start

  166. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the J. Hughes link….loved his movies back in the day but none of them really struck a deep chord with me….hadn’t given his death a second thought, frankly, but that story definitely provided me with some perspective.

  167. paulzone says:
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    would you give up haren for papelbon if you needed saves and are projected 35 innings over your max innings?

  168. johnson21 says:
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    Grey, what side would you rather A gonz vs. Nolaco. All things being equal.

  169. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: I wouldn’t. They’ve had his number lately.

    @mc serch: No problem.

    @paulzone: Sure

    @johnson21: A-Gonz, but it’s fair and depends on needs.

  170. john says:
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    Why can’t Napoli’s platoon be like 5 games for him and 1-2 for Mathis?

    I think I’m gonna make myself a Mathis voodoo doll and stab him in some very painful places until he quits baseball or at least takes the rest of the season off.

  171. was offered Jobacum for Beckham…yay or nay?

  172. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Sorry, I obviously was unclear with my last question. Which of the following three would you drop? J. Lopez, S. Drew, Alexei. Thanks..

  173. mrbaseball says:
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    Looks like Youk bought Adam Dunn’s book – how to be the worst left fielder in baseball

  174. mrbaseball says:
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    Ortiz: ‘I never buy steroids’ just injected myself with Domino’s Pizza

  175. mrbaseball says:
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    Hamilton admits to relapse with alcohol – Josh Hamilton wanted to be a lawyer but just could not pass the Bar

  176. steamer says:
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    Since I’ll be dropping Bedard soon, who would you pick up to replace him – Sanchez or Meche? Not much else out there.

  177. mrbaseball says:
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    the mind of a fantasy baseball manager

    Chad Gaudin has pitched terribly in the NL what he needs is the DH to get him untracked

  178. mrbaseball says:
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    The door bell rings at Jordan Zimmermann home – hey man who is it ?

    Its Tommy John

  179. mrbaseball says:
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    194 steamer Says:
    August 8th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    Since I’ll be dropping Bedard soon, who would you pick up to replace him – Sanchez or Meche? Not much else out there.

    How about Chad Gaudin

  180. mrbaseball says:
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    http://www.shutuptimmccarver.com/

    the resox’s pitchers were throwing at the Yankees players all day and they finally hit A-Rod and McCaver still can’t beleive that the red soxs been throwing at the Yankees on purpose – hey man they are only down 2 -0 – the way the red soxs been hitting that is like being down 7 – 0

  181. knighttown says:
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    Question for the masses. I’m trying to project who my SP’s will face the rest of the way. All teams use a 5-man rotation but how often does the number 5 miss his start? Only if it supposed to be an off day; i.e SP1, SP2, Sp3, Sp4, off, Sp1?

    I guess (in other words) does a team get their Ace out there every 5th day no matter what or with rest days is it often every 6th day?

    And finally, I’m trying to do this manually but is there a site that projects probable SP’s for the year?

  182. steamer says:
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    @mrbaseball:

    Gaudin is available? You like him over those other guys? Even in the AL?

  183. steamer says:
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    edit above: Gaudin is available (no question mark)

  184. mrbaseball says:
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    201 steamer Says: NO

  185. HR MINI DONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  186. knighttown says:
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    Jonathan Sanchez:

    -great numbers last 30 days
    -lots of K’s
    -NL West

    How much do we like this guy? Drop (or trade) Hansen, Kuroda, Scherzer?

  187. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Ha!

    @danimal35: It’s fair, if you need a SP, go for it.

    @Prince: Drop Lopez.

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @steamer: Sanchez

    @Elijah: I check the comments before my teams so I’m so happy to see your comments.

    @knighttown: I usually just go to ESPN’s schedule and count every five days. It’s not exact, but it does the trick. Drop Kuroda for Sanchez.

  188. @Grey: crazy how Harens turns into a second half pumpkin snitch and mini-donk is putting up numbers I had dreamed for wright….

    Anyway, Masterson has been looking real good so far and Pavanos looking nice tonight too….which one do you prefer?

    Concerned with verlander getting the hammer 2x in a row now? And C-Bills not lasting more than 5IP for a bit now and now has a hammy issue?

  189. @Grey: C-bills, Shields, Oswalt, Nolasco, Hanson, Danks, Floyd, Dooksie (on DL)

    H2H in 1st, offense pretty stacked, but losing Beck wouyld give me no backup for 3B or SS (Young/Hanram) Do I need a SP? I put out a Beckham for sale message to see what I could get, but am I trying to make unnecessary moves just because. I’m getting trade-deadline-quickly-approaching-fever!!!

  190. mrbaseball says:
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    Carl Pavano is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA against Detroit on the season MAKE IT 4 – 0

  191. Corey says:
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    I’ve got Evan Longoria in a Dynasty league. I was just offered Haren, Damon, Alcides Escobar and Angel Villalona. I figured I’d have to be overwhelmed to get rid of Evan. That’s not just overwhelming to me, how about you Your Greyness?

  192. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: It really is crazy with Haren. Mets and Nats beat him up. Pavano… Not concerned on Verlander. Bit concerned on Bills.

    @danimal35: You don’t need a SP.

    @Corey: I’d keep Longoria.

  193. big o says:
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    @knighttown:
    spahn and sain
    and pray for rain

  194. knighttown says:
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    @big o:

    Sounds like the Giants this year. “Lince and Cain and pray for rain.”

  195. big o says:
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    wow .
    is that what they’re saying nowadays ?
    you kids call that a re-mix ?!

  196. big o says:
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    jhouly’s on the mound , now ,
    in case you want to catch his act .

  197. big o says:
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    damn .
    one bad pitch .

  198. big o says:
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    from what i’ve seen ,
    he might be something special .
    kinda reminds me of what i saw from yu darvish , in the wbc .

  199. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Damn, missed him.

  200. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    ok , give it to me straight .
    picked up gio gonzalez , in a couple of non-keepers , specifically for this start @ kaufman .
    lefty , against the royals …. and hochevar .
    kc ripping up the A ‘s , this series .

    1-to-100
    what are my chances for not regretting this plan ?

  201. big o says:
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    we’re listening to scully ?
    kawakami/kershaw

  202. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: 50% chance of horror.

  203. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I am without Cruz, Bay, Bourn this weekend. The only categories that might change tomorrow for my team are doubles and HRs. My team has taken the week off and probably my playoff chances with them. If I try to strike gold on Sunday, who might hit the jackpot: Fukudome, Parra, Ross? Don’t care about moves at this point because without a big day, I will have to hope for a festivus miracle during the rest of Aug. Thanks

  204. G says:
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    Eugenio Velez or McGehee for the rest of the year?

  205. big o says:
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    the dodgers are the snobs of california baseball .
    they get clayton kershaw .
    we get clayton mortensen .

  206. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I am close in era, whip, Ks. Should I use all of my SPs on Sunday(Lackey vs Tex, Kaz@Sea, Vazquez@LAD? The other guy has Wells@Col and Lester@NYY.

  207. big o says:
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    dallas braden has hit the DL …. left foot rash .
    this is much more serious than your run of the mill right foot rash .
    our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family .

  208. Simply Fred

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    @G: Since July 27:
    Velez: 12 G, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 12 R, 1 SB
    McGehee: 9 G, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB

  209. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Robert: I’d sit Lackey. Start Fukudome/

    @G: Velez for steals, McGehee for everything else.

    @big o: Hehe

  210. john says:
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    Dear James Shields,

    I would like to inform you that last week, I defended your honor against Mr. Grey of Razzball.com. Mr. Grey was worried about you because of your less than stellar outing against the Yankees, while I believed it was just a blip as the Yankees had been hot. Now, tonight, you have turned in yet another poor start against a team significantly less adept than the Yankees. Sure, you got the win, but that was your offense finally helping you and most assuredly not your pitching. I inform you of these things so that when I tell you how disappointed I am in your pitching, you know it comes from a friend and not an enemy. So, Mr. Shields, I am disappointed in your pitching performances lately.

    Please get your fu*%^$# act together because the fantasy baseball season is coming into the home stretches and I need you in top shape. Thank you very much.

    Sincerely your friend,
    John

  211. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Please, what do you see beyond the numbers in McGehee for ‘everything else’. Post all-star he has .275 AVG, .471 SLG, and .288 OBP to Velez’s .423 AVG, .653 SLG, and .455 OBP? I really don’t get it.

  212. knighttown says:
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    After Weaver’s back to back 11 K games would you decline the offer I’m looking at:

    My Weaver + Choo + Doumit for his Halladay (or Johan)

    Weaver’s sched looks pretty good the rest of the way.

  213. madballs says:
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    Grey, have to set the lineup for the week, have good matchups this week (for once) and I am having trouble with who to sit, any advice?
    I need 5 out of the 6, who do I sit here?

    Nolasco@HOU
    Carp@CIN
    YoGa@HOU
    Halladay@TB
    Josh Johnson@COL
    Danks@SEA & @OAK

  214. @Grey: hey, do you like any of these matchups?

    Arroyo next week home vs WAS, and then the following week vs SF; Garland home vs Mets (even tho hes a road warrior); Tommy Hunter vs CLE

    Also, noticed that Mike MacDougal is sitting on waivers, worth a pickup, SAGNOF?

    Thanks…

  215. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Start Wandy, or wait and see how he does today first?

  216. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Ha!

    @Simply Fred: Velez weighs 87 lbs.

    @knighttown: Depends how easily you can lose the two hitters/depth, but any time you can get Halladay…

    @madballs: Reluctantly, I’d sit Danks.

    @matthole: Arroyo — MacDougal’s worth a grab.

  217. madballs says:
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    Grey, thank you. You’re the shiz.

  218. vinko says:
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    Start Hammel today v. the Cubs? Or should i begin to look elsewhere?

  219. Grey

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    @madballs: You’re welcome.

    @vinko: I wouldn’t start him.

  220. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Ha! 87 lbs! Have been following the concept that Paulie Allnuts has seemed to embrace: better to teach a man to fish…. Am trying to understand and apply your thought processes. Not sure I am willing to track player weights!

  221. Nick says:
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    @Grey: As my team continues to fall apart Aramis is now questionable next week? So my options are, start him & hope he plays next week, move Peralta to 3rd and Alexei covers short…or…drop Danks and pickup a hot bat either Ryan Roberts or Wigginton to cover 3rd for this week.

    Whats the best option? There is not one category im doing very well in so best all around player would be helpful

  222. Grey

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    @Nick: I’d move Peralta to 3rd.

  223. royce! says:
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    Wigginton’s August OPS: .982. OPS v. Halladay (22 AB): .864. Mora’s OPS v. Halladay: .746. OPS in August: .348. Perfect time to start Wigginton over Mora, don’t you think? Well, Trembley disagrees. He must think he’s found the perfect time to prove to Mora that he hasn’t abandoned him… Mora will think, “if Trembley’s willing to prioritize starting me over trying to help the team win, he must really still like me!”

  224. Nick says:
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    @Grey: alright Grey, you haven’t failed me yet….here’s to hoping Alexei hits next week or else I’m royally screwed. —currently losing 7-2 to the last place team for the week and have fallen to 2nd place for the first time this season. It is a sad day in the fantasy world

  225. Mike says:
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    Start Edwin against Boston tomorrow?

  226. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Well, if I ask for the wisdom, I should pay attention. A perusal of the top 100 SLG is glaringly sparse of flyweights. The only other is Oscar Salazar (170), with a short track record so assume to avoid him as well for ‘everything else’ than steals. Thank you!

  227. Lava says:
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    Would you start Sanchez or De La Rosa this week? Sanchez has the Dodgers and the Mets, and DLR has the Cubs at home and the Marlins away.

    It’s the weekly league, so I can only start one. Well, I guess I could start the other in place of Nunez, but I could use and residual saves he collects this week.

  228. royce! says:
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    Halladay and Matusz have identical lines through two. The only logical inference is that Matusz is as good as Halladay. OR THEY’RE THE SAME PERSON! Eerie, isn’t it?

  229. royce! says:
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    One of the commentators just pronounced “Comerica” as if it rhymed with “commercial.” Twice. Who is this genius?

    Oh, also, Washburn is killing me.

  230. emporers monkey says:
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    Isnt Pineiro french for “One who smokes penis”? Just dropped him, I hope he dies.

  231. royce! says:
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    @emporers monkey: I think he will, eventually. I think penis is carcinogenic. One day he’ll be lying in a hospital bed, kicking himself for smoking so much penis.

    I think I might drop him as well.

  232. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Which two of these pitchers should I sit this week?

    Kershaw @Ari
    Wandy @Mil
    Vazquez vs Phi
    Baker vs Cle
    Jimenez vs Pit (Is he really that bad at Coors?)
    Danks @Sea and @Oak
    Floyd @Sea and @Oak

  233. royce! says:
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    @emporers monkey: I think we spoke to soon… 7 IP, 9 H, 3ER and 6 K so far ain’t too shabby.

  234. Martin says:
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    shields and luke scott or peavy and kubel?

  235. john says:
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    Come on Elijah..its that time again…

  236. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: F-Her home vs. WSox or Verlander at Bos?

  237. Rick Dempsey says:
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    Lidge IP, 3ER, 3H………..ARGH!!!!!

  238. Steve says:
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    @royce!: And a win! One of those annoying starts where you wanted so much more, yet still couldn’t argue too much with the result. Nothing like not issuing a walk to keep things under control.

  239. jamiesonmj says:
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    alexei or peralta neglecting steals?

  240. gza says:
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    Matt Capps? More like Matt Crapps amirite? This guy gives me a headache.

  241. mrbaseball says:
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    Fantasy wheel of fortune

    put up a very solid ERA of 3.54 last year
    his FIP was better than Oswalt’s last year
    K/9 ratios keep going up every year
    he finally got his BB/9 below 3

    Th_ W_ _ d_ _ _ _ _

    alex can I buy a vowel

  242. mrbaseball says:
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    Dear James Shields

    I will not be picking you next year on any of my fantasy baseball teams

    P S that also goes for brother Scot Shields

  243. @john:

    Mark Reynolds: So hot, you can fry an egg on his head.

  244. Corey says:
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    @ mrbaseball: Scot is unrelated to him. He is the first cousin of Aaron Rowand though.

    @ Grey: I’m fed-freakin-up with Fransisco Rodriguez. The trade deadline is getting close and I wanna move him. What kind of value should I be getting for him?

  245. Steve says:
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    @Elijah: I got absolutely slaughtered in my H2H match-up this week – Mini Donkey pretty much beat me on his own.

  246. Xar says:
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    Please pick two: McLouth, Dread Pirate, Asdrubal.

    McLouth has had worse stats than both the last couple of weeks, but I wonder if he’s due for a good week or two now.

  247. Mini-Donkeys can do that.

  248. john says:
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    @Elijah: @Steve: It was weird. In my H2H, I was against a guy with Dunn, the regular sized Donkey, on his team. Early in the week, Donkey and Mini-Donkey were goin head to head, moon shot for moon shot. But, in the end, Donkey just couldn’t keep up with the sleeker, speedier more Donk-tastic Mini-Donkey.

  249. Corey says:
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    @ Grey: I could use a steals guy. I’m set in the power department with Dunn, Longoria and Howard.

  250. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Leave Bills in for next week or replace him with Danks in Seattle?

  251. Grey

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    @Corey: Try for Ellsbury.

  252. Grey

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    @Nick: Sounds like he may miss his start.

  253. JR says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on Tazawa?

  254. Schlitzy says:
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    Need a J. Upton replacement in my 4×4 league. Moves are restricted in this league (I have to pay $25 to cut a player) so I need the best option for the remainder of the year. I’m OK in SB so want to add the best HR/RBI player out of:

    Garrett Anderson, Venable, Blanks, Pagan, Cody Ross, Casey Blake, Lastings.

  255. Mike says:
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    @Grey: Sorry, Edwin Jackson.

  256. Grey

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    @JR: I wouldn’t own him in a 15 team non-keeper league.

    @Schlitzy: Blake

    @Mike: I knew that, I wasn’t sure what other options you have to start. I wouldn’t start Edwin there.

  257. jamiesonmj says:
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    soriano/miggy or cliff lee/quentin/j.upton?

  258. Nick says:
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    @Grey: But do you like Danks in Seattle? His last start against them I think was in ’07 and yielded 7ER…..I could drop him and spot start someone for the week, should I explore that option over the next hour?

  259. Grey

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    @jamiesonmj: I’d want Miggy’s side, if that’s Alfonso.

    @Nick: I’d start him there if you have no other decent options.

  260. Robert says:
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    @Grey- Stick a fork in Kaz?

  261. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Happ @ CHC & ATL? or stick with Danks?

  262. Nick says:
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    @Grey: & Pence or Bourn next week? Best overall choice?

  263. mrbaseball says:
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    for those of you that have not been watching Sunday night baseball they had on Luis Tiant for a conversation for part of an inning – I will replay the conversation for you – I think you will find it fashionating

    You know oeoeur slilenjr slldir ldooer dlooer fooej suemt dljiirmt gojjee
    lslso Rzepczynski prodee dorel feepe James Shields sucks dloeie dllejur loperr dleoew creoapkl dlleoer lrees oooo dverta “Shaquilla” jump jump dlered Joe Morgan kklepe cdrtopo doody lddet Help Me Grey dkllle dloioe kktere brooo dopslele

    hope you enjoyed the conversation – had problems understanding him

  264. mrbaseball says:
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    opps —- fascinating

  265. jbatkins says:
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    Wowowow…

    In a league where people are terrified to trade, I just got offered this:

    [I give] Mark Reynolds and Brett Anderson

    [I get] David Wright and Yovani Gallardo

    Points league, non-keeper. WHAT DO I DO?

  266. Grey

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    @jbatkins: Actually pretty fair deal. I’d take the Yovani side if you can afford to lose the power.

  267. @jbatkins:

    Hasn’t Reynolds hit more HR’s this week than Wright has all year?

  268. jbatkins says:
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    @Elijah: Yes. Which is precisely why I want to trade him right now!

  269. If you need pitching bad, sure.

  270. jbatkins says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for your input Grey. You always calm me down. You’re kind of like booze in that way.

  271. Peavy in Chicago will take your team down; take it down to Chinatown.

  272. ichirosan says:
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    20-man league, H2H Dynasty league

    I give:

    Josh Willingham
    Adam LaRoche

    I get:

    John Lackey
    Either Adam Kennedy or Casey McGehee

    I’m loaded at OF, so I could easily plugin Juan Rivera instead of Willingham. My main concern is missing on LaRoche’s famed 2nd half explosions.

    Thoughts?

  273. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I am finally done with Liriano and Kaz. I need a SP to fill in and the choices are pretty sad. Could you recommend one for me? Correia, Holland, Pavano, Lannan, Pineiro, Carmona, Pelfry, Danks. I am in 8th place and still have an outside shot at the playoffs. So, Grey, who will be lucky #44?

  274. @Grey: McClouth worth starting this week with hammy injury (day to day) and missed some games over the weekend?
    Can put Beltre in Util for him

    Matt Thornton still worth holding onto?

    Thanks

  275. mrbaseball says:
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    lets see Phil Hughes been lights out pitching the 8th inning for the yankees – the yankees are winning 1 – 0 – so lets see who Joe Girardi puts in to pitch the 8th – non other than Phil Diet Coke

  276. Frogurt says:
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    AsCabrera or Furcal the rest of the season? Could use runs and SBs. I’m thinkin A-Cab, but should I be worried about taking a guy from a poor team over a guy from a great team? Or do you leave that out of the equation in most cases? I’d have to drop Furcal– No one wants him in my shallow league.

  277. mrbaseball says:
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    hey grey Joe Girardi loves Phil Coke so much – maybe you should put him on your BUY LIST next week

  278. mrbaseball says:
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    Ryan Roberts – schmohawk made his Debut on one of my teams today – went 0 – 4

  279. Simply Fred

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    @mrbaseball: # 7 Simply Fred Says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    @Grey: A bit premature on Roberts? He is slugging .348 against righties. All of damage has been against lefties. If you can spot start, swing away.

    He faced a righty today.

  280. mrbaseball says:
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    I was so mad at the Phil Coke move – I Sonavabench! myself from the bottom of the 8th and missed this

    Bot 8th: NY Yankees
    – J. Damon homered to deep right center

    – M. Teixeira homered to deep right

    – N. Swisher singled to shallow center, A. Rodriguez and J. Posada scored

  281. Simply Fred

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    @mrbaseball: I’ve had my own share of gried this week, so I was pleased for some payback: Pedroia, Martinez, and Tex active.

  282. Simply Fred

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    @mrbaseball: I am sorry for your loss–truly. Knock ‘em dead tomorrow!

  283. Was offered alfonso soriano for my ellsbury and I dont need SBs, do you like the deal?

  284. mrbaseball says:
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    Might as well jump. jump !
    Might as well jump.
    Go ahead, jump. jump !
    Go ahead, jump.
    Aaa-ohh hey you ! how said that ?

    The Flyin Hawaiian while playing center fielder was toss from the game by home plate umpire for jumping up and down on a pitch called a ball – that was a 380 foot toss out

  285. Frogurt says:
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    AsCab or Furcal going forward?

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