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Well you came and you gave without taking but I sent you away, oh Wandy….Wandy Rodriguez yesterday gave up four homers in five innings.  That was one way to correct an abnormal home run rate.  This is three starts now that he’s been rocked.  His owners got a bye on the first one because they were called unearned runs. His 2nd one was some kind of marvel with the Pirates getting eight singles in 4 and two-thirds.  Yesterday’s, well, that was an explosion.  If anyone out there had the impression Wandy was going to be an under 2 ERA pitcher, that was a mistake.  In April, I said, “(Wandy’s) not going to finish the year under a 3 ERA, so he will take some lumps at some point.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I mean, c’mon, it’s Wandy Rodriguez.  He’s great.  I love him.  He’s my imaginary friend’s godfather.  But, for Christmas sake, he’s 30 years old and his home run rate before last night was 1.4% (It should be near 11%).  I’m still on the Wandwagon, but he’s a 3.75 pitcher.  Remember, he’s also a 8 K/9 pitcher, which is still good.  Even last night he K’d 7 guys between gopher balls.  So, the wheels are wobbling on the Wandwagon, but they’re not off.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Reyes – Torn hamstring tendon.  The Mets are saying he can still come back next week.  The Mets are not lying at all.  Reyes will be back next week.  (<– Grey being unrealistically optimistic because he just traded Dunn for him in one league.)  If Tim Roth reads Razzball, he could’ve told you I just lied.  This is bad news.  All of his value is in his legs.  A torn hamstring tendon?  Honestly, I’m praying he’s back right after the All-Star Break.  That’s my most realistic prediction.

J.J. Putz – For those holding out hope, Putz is headed to the Disgraceful List.  Stop pulling your pud and release the Putz.

Andrew McCutchen – He batted leadoff and went 2-for-4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 steal and 1 incredibly difficult last name to spell.  We might need Razzball Nation to come up with a decent nickname for him.

Miguel Cabrera – Hamstring injury forced him out of the game.  Maybe he can get Miguel Olivo to rub it down with some hot oil. (<– It’s a hunch!)

Jeff Larish – Will see time if Miggy’s down for any amount of time.  I’m assuming Leyland will bat Larish cleanup, because he locked the lineup card on Opening Day.

Nelson Cruz – Hit his 16th homer yesterday.   But he’s just about at .300, that’s when the patented Cruz Stall takes over and he ends up back at .265 by June 20th.

Josh Hamilton – Looks like he’s headed for surgery, but will seek a 2nd opinion.  Yesterday, he said it hurts when he’s “…turning over in bed. Or coughing. Or sneezing.” There’s no turning over in bed, coughing or sneezing in baseball!

Ricky Nolasco – The guy that made you cry is coming back.  There’s talk he will take Anibal Sanchez’s spot in the rotation on Sunday as Sanchez hits the DL.

Garrett Atkins – 2 HRs yesterday and now with 5.  Now he’s one off the Subaru pace car that Teahen’s driving.

B.J. Upton – Hit a two-run homer.  I didn’t see it, but my money’s on the scorer giving one of Zobrist’s bombs to Upton.

J.P Howell – Faced two righties as he got the save yesterday.  Maddon may figure if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and go with Howell as the closer.  Howell has a 2.28 ERA on the year, so it’s not broke.

Scott Baker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks.  See what happens when there’s no one on when you give up homers?

Jason Kubel – 2 HRs yesterday as he doubled his entire of month of May’s homer total.  He’ll get to 22 homers this year, but it would be slow and tedious like watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Shane Victorino – The Flying Hawaiian’s takeoff has been delayed for a day with a sore hip.  The Phils hope to have liftoff tomorrow.

Kyle Lohse – Headed to the DL.  Tough break for leagues that only use pitchers whose last names are Lohse.

Jason Bartlett – Supposed to come back next Wednesday.  If anyone dropped him when he went down, then stash him.

Alex Rios – 0-for-5 with 5 Ks.  Rios refuses to let people get too excited about him.  I don’t know, maybe it’s a fear of failure.

Adam Lind – 5-for-5, or the inverse of Rios.  This 5-for-5 game comes on the heels of a week when he raised his average from .283 to .313.  He’s a whole lot more interesting to me than Kubel, even if their numbers may end up being about the same come October.

Kevin Youkilis – Left the game with a tight right calf.  Yesterday it was an ankle injury.  He’s the Greek God of Limps.

Brett Anderson – 7 IP, 0 ER.  Sorry, Brett, I’m still not picking you up in any league.  Speaking of Bretts, there’s this guy where my girlfriend works named Brett who missed two days of work because he cut his gums on a tortilla chip and needed three stitches.  Not even joking.   I think my girlfriend works with Chipper Jones.

Chien-Ming Wang – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Picking up right where he left off…

Dontrelle Willis – Threw a no-hitter…and still gave up 5 runs.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the worst no-hitter since 2003 when Sidney Ponson blanked the Phillies for one batter then gave up 8 runs.  Actually, they didn’t say that.  Though overheard this week at the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “Jim, from Accounting, paged himself to the front desk three times in one day for a new record.  The third time he got to the front desk, he was fired.”

Randy Johnson – Hey, boys and 2 girls, it’s personal ancedote time!  Rudy and I were in Vegas for New Year’s Eve about seven years ago.  So we’re discussing keepers, not fantasy baseball ones, but this girl I was dating.  She was NOT a keeper.  Between our third and fourth Red Bull and Vodkas, I head off to the bathroom.  I have the bladder of an 8th grader.  (No, I wasn’t a donor recipient.  I’m saying, I pee frequently.)  So I’m at the urinal and guess who walks up to the urinal next to me?  Randy Johnson.  Stoked, I blurt out, “Hey, it’s the Big Unit!”  Probably wrong place, wrong time.

113 Responses

  1. Gareth says:
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    3 votes – “He’s the Greek God of Limps.”

    2 votes – “Tough break for leagues that only use pitchers whose last names are Lohse.”

    1 vote – “I think my girlfriend works with Chipper Jones.”

    Nice job.

  2. anoraxx says:
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    The urinal story made me die laughing :-D

  3. Elbert says:
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    the big unit story, classic, Grey, classic.

  4. Steve says:
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    Util spot in the RCL – Joyce, Ben-Fran or Giambi?

  5. Schlitzy says:
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    re: Howell may be that he is the guy now. But keep in mind that he was warming in the pen when the Rays were down 2-1. Then BJob Upton hit the HR.

  6. Schlitzy says:
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    COL called up Carlos Gonzalez. In a 15 team league, him or Gamel?

  7. anon says:
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    hilarious today!

    Chris Davis and Saltalamachaccia were just dropped in my league. Is it worth dropping Adam LaRoche or Geovany Soto for these guys?

    thanks!

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Audible-snicker-inducing-line of the day: Subaru pace car driven by Mark Teahen.

    @Schlitzy: True — I just came to point out the same thing. Still, he got the job done. That kind of thing tends to stick.

    In a related story, bullpen-by-committee should be outlawed.

    @anon: Davis yes, Saltyballs, no.

  9. Kris says:
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    @Grey: Just wanted to commiserate with you…as a mets fan and reyes owner the torn hammy news devastated me last night when I was at the bar, and again this morning when I remembered. Hopefully Drew can continue his gradual ascent to being worth a damn.

    Also, do you think Scotty Baker is legitimately starting to turn it around or does your stance remain unchanged?

  10. Dom says:
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    Beckham, McCutchen, or Matt Joyce, what’s the order? Pick-up Howell and Drop Hanrahan?

    @Schlitzy – I was in love with Gonzalez last year… I now own Gamel. I’m going to ride this train for a few more weeks before I jump back to the Gonzo express. Gamel was a much higher ceiling, but a lot will depend on how many ABs they get, neither has a 100% full time job.

  11. steamer says:
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    Friggin Atkins!!! Figures…I roll with the guy all year, thinking he’s gotta turn it around. Finally give up on him & drop him for Blalock & he hits two jacks. The fantasy gods are smirking somewhere.

  12. Tom says:
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    I love the Unit story, but the comment about employee Brett is probably one of the funniest things I’ve heard this week. Chips and salsa have never sounded so dangerous.

  13. I think the McCutchen nickname should just be “McClutch.” He hit in the clutch yesterday and it’s got a Superbad-esque “McLovin” kind of feel to it.

    Thoughts?

  14. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Fman99: We might went to let him play, you know, more than one major league game before declaring him “clutch.”

  15. Eric C. says:
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    Traded Wandy and Danks for Bedard and Pavano a couple of hours right before that Wandywagon started getting rocky. @Dom: If its keepers, I think Beckham has the most long-term, star potential.

  16. jk says:
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    McCutchen or Pierre?

  17. Nick0rz says:
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    Sell high on Jason Bay anytime soon? Or can I expect this sort of production for the rest of the season. I have a hard time believing he’ll be able to keep this up for the rest of the season, but he’s been feasting in Fenway.

  18. Mike says:
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    *16-team, mixed, H2H-Points League*
    (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., BB=1, K=-1, Steal=3, CS=-1)

    This is the second time this season Cruz has reached the .300 summit. Sell high before the next swoon, or just ride it out?

    I’ve been trying to sell Lind but Cruz should get me more. Any suggestion of the type of starting arm or MI bat I should go after for him?

  19. Scott says:
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    @jk: Could be cynical Dodger fan in me, but the honeymoon is over until Manny comes back. Pierre is already down to .367 and will be at .325 by the end of next week (7 for his next 40 gets him there). Fortunately, a couple of weeks of poor performance will allow Torre to relegate Juan back to the bench on Independence Day (fittingly that Manny comes back on 7/3 as the Dodgers bats are freed from the tyranny of the King George of the Rose and the rest of the NL). That said, ‘Cutch is young and plays for the Pirates. The two may both steal 20 bags for the rest of the year, but McCutchen’s will come with more playing time and a chance for more runs and RBI’s. His batting average may be lower, but his ceiling is higher. I say go with youth.

  20. Yeah i saw Carlos Gonzalez is coming up as well…. worth a flyer? I could drop TULO, tony pena, ???

    is he worth any power? 10 homers in AAA ball….

  21. Mike says:
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    Grey, BTW, I just sent you a pitcher of Daiquiris as thanks for all of thr help recently, and as an advance payment on the long hot Summer to come.

    Thanks again.

    MJC

  22. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Fman99: @Baron Von Vulturewins: I watched Cutch yesterday, and was impressed. As Keith Hernandez (the real one, not the Razz blogger)pointed out, he has a nice controled flat swing, and doesn’t flail the bat, as many of the nascent prospects seem to do. And he is lightening quick. But before you call him Clutch, have him do something a bit more impressive then hit off Pelf and Putz, and against a Met team that, after getting swept by the Pirates, should go on the Disgraceful List en-masse.

    And yes, bullpen by committee should be outlawed. Wasn’t there a team once that used managers by committee? Can’t come up with who it was, though

    Grey- now you will have my wife P.O.’d, as the coffee that spluttered out of my nose flowed on to my keyboard, gumming up the works. Pretty gross, I know, but I will put the blame on you, and my wife may not let me buy you another Daquiri. Just call me Nos-Dribble, brother of Ass-Dribble. BTW, is the Big Unit Story really true? And your gf really had a co-worker tear up his teeth with a nacho?

    Nothing to do with fantasy, but one of my teen heroes, David Carradine, took his life yesterday. Sad.

    Question #1 – would it be wise to hang on to Hughes, now that Wang once again took it on the Chien?

    #2 – Is it perhaps wise for the present only to pitch Wandy at home? I don’t want to fold up the tent on the Wandwagon, but I can’t deal with having my ERA abused, even if he still helps my K’s.

  23. Paulie Allnuts

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    Just traded Carp and Rowand for Matt Kemp, following the Grey’s advice to sell high on Carp. Sent Carp wrapped up in a fancy gift wrapped box to my opponent. He went to open it. “Uh, ‘frah-gee-lay.’ It must be Italian!”

    Will BigFatHippo give me another 1000 Razzball points?

    Or will Carp stay healthy and win a Cy Young?

  24. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Yesterday I wanted to replace Baker with Ramon Hernandez in my 10 Team 5X5 Roto league but someone else snapped him up. Still have Baker – are any of these an upgrade for the rest of the season:

    Bengie Molina
    A.J. Pierzynski
    Kurt Suzuki
    Ivan Rodriguez
    Chris Snyder
    Rod Barajas

  25. Doug Ault says:
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    @Scott: I’d love to move Pierre(with Manny on my bench) but few will offer value thinking his tushy will be planted to the bench in another month.

  26. Scott says:
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    @Doug Ault: I hear you. He may be traded for a pitcher in July though and could get regular time. Also, he could be useful in a daily league for speed. But yeah, once Manny comes back, he probably won’t be useful in most leagues.

  27. Neil says:
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    Re: Wandy

    As of now, he has almost the EXACT same peripherals as last year. Same exact K/9, BB/9, opposing AVG, WHIP and LOB%. It’s actually pretty remarkable how similar he is to last year, which is great. His BABIP is at a career high of .330 (.323 last year), but his career BABIP is a high .313. However, even with last night’s 4 HR, he is giving up HR at the lowest rate of his career.

    Grey was 100% correct…he is not a 2.00 ERA pitcher, he is a 3.50 – 4.00 ERA pitcher. However, it is concerning when the reversion to the mean is so quick and violent. I’ll use him for the K, but I said the same thing about Nolasco. Although I’ll probably pick Nolasco back up when he returns, the glutton for good K/BB ratios that I am.

  28. @Mr. Rickey: Bengie Molina is sitting on waivers? why? grab him…. almost a guaranteed solid average plus 16-20 homers?

  29. @Paulie Allnuts: I pulled the trigger in my money league yesterday on Carp yesterday plus some parts…

    Haren/Carp/Sandoval for Ryan Howard/JJ Hardy

    The Hardy addition wasn’t really needed but its something and I can ride him when he gets hot. Haren/Carp for Howard is something I think I could afford and will help me tremendously. I have NO POWER. Well i have it, its just hurt or not hitting for power (CQ, Votto, Wright, Holliday)

    Losing Haren and Carp is kind of a big blow but i’m left with Beckett, Shields, wainwright, slowey, jurjjens, and kelvim escobarnuts on the DL til saturday. So i feel i’m still STRONG in SP?

    Howard has 34 Homers still to hit this year. While Haren is about to begin his second half slide from a 2.00 ERA to a 4.00 whatever ERA… Plus Carp is studly, but he’s already had an injury this year, one that can reoccur easily. Plus the past arm issues. I’m selling HIGH too. I feel between the Haren Slide and Carps risks, i am making a good deal and getting the best player, and my staff manned by the guys previously named is still tough…

    thoughts?

  30. are we still handcuffing qualls with pena? I am going to need a catcher monday since i’m dealing mine away right now (see trade above) and varitek and ramon hernandez are on waivers…. does the capt actually have a little gas in the tank still?

  31. Swass says:
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    What are the odds that Laynce Nix goes the route of his former Rangers top OF prospect colleague Ryan Ludwick?

  32. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Re: Carlos Gonzalez

    Denver Post:

    The one kink in the plan is that Gonzalez is a left-handed hitter and the Rockies’ roster is already stocked with those in Todd Helton, Brad Hawpe, Ian Stewart and Seth Smith. However, Helton, Hawpe and Stewart have all proven this season that they can hit left-handers.

    “It’s going to be interesting to see how I figure all of that out,” manager Jim Tracy said. “But when you have close to 60 RBIs, I’ll accept the challenge.”

    Tracy promised Gonzalez will see playing time.

    “We are not bringing him in to be a part-time player, I can tell you that. And we’ll leave it at that,” Tracy said.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    I read “We’ll leave it at that” as “I’m lying to your face.” Unless there’s a trade in the works…

  33. Bob says:
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    @Grey: One more vote for the Big Unit (story)!!

  34. rhymenoceros says:
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    My favorite line was about the 19 hours of agony that is called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Seriously, one of the worst, longest, dullest movies I’ve ever seen.

    @steamer: How was Blalock still available? He’s had a fine year when compared to his past three seasons.

    As far as Gonzalez is concerned, I’m not buying it. I remember all the hype that came with him when he was in Oakland, and when he played in the bigs, I was disappointed. As someone who lives in Colorado, I feel pretty confident this is simply a move to get some younger dudes a few AB’s. Even Coors Field won’t help this guy.

  35. EJ says:
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    Grey: Just found this site and must say you are brilliant. Thanks for the sound advice and humor on a daily basis. Also, thanks for the advice to stick with C. Davis the other day… he had a nice couple games since. May have to buy you a daquiri w/ my next paycheck!

    Another fantasy related Q: Russell Martin or B. Inge? Inge recently came on waivers, I had him earlier in the year but traded him for Reynolds. Been happy with that move, particularly the SBs. And I already have a pretty strong SB team (Victorino, Phillips, Abreu, Cruz, Bartlett, Reyes, J. Upton) so losing Martin’s steals are not much of a factor. I guess it’s really whether Martin sustains his crappiness and if Inge can sustain his power. Let me know what you think!

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Mike: the problem with selling cruz is that many owners aren’t sold on him. sure his numbers are as impressive as any number of other 1st/2nd rounders who would command a big return in a trade, but he doesn’t have the track record. if you find an owner that is sold on him and will trade you a david wright or something, then by all means sell, but i would rather hang onto him and hope he maintains 90% of his current pace than to sell for the sake of selling high for some mediocre talent, then watch him go for .290-35-100-20 for someone else. he’s putting up top 3 round numbers right now, that’s the kinda return you should try to go for imo.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Gareth: Thanks!

    @anoraxx: Hehe

    @Elbert: It was indeed classic.

    @Steve: Joyce

    @Schlitzy: Great point!

    @Schlitzy: CarGo

    @anon: Thanks! I’d drop LaRoche for Davis.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hehe

    @Kris: Thanks for reminding me on Reyes! Ugh. I wouldn’t drop Baker but I wouldn’t want to won him either. Not a headache I could stand.

    @Dom: McCutchen, Matt Joyce, Beckham, but these are really about needs. Hold Hanrahan.

    @Tom: Hehe

    @Fman99: Eh, but I like that you tried.

    @Nick0rz: I wouldn’t sell.

    @Tony Y: Lose Pena for him.

    @Mike: Thanks so much!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, both stories are true.

    @Mr. Rickey: B. Molina

    @Neil: Great research!

    @Swass: Seems optimistic.

    @Bob: Thanks!

    @rhymenoceros: Ugh, yeah. That was terrible.

    @EJ: Thanks so much for the kind words. Inge, but trade Martin

  38. anon says:
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    Is anyone going to start Gaudin tonight? It’s in Petco so I was thinking of giving it a go, but Rotoworld has him as the 24th best option for SP today and ESPN has him as the 27th best option.

    Petco -vs- 23rd ranked offense + coming off an excellent start @ Coors… What am I missing here?

  39. Anthony G says:
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    Wandy is in way over his head with all this elite pitcher stuff. I never believed in him and now he seems unraveled. Kudos to you if you sold him.

    Grey, You are wrong about Nelson Cruz. The guy hit 330 in the minors last year and has shown an ability to hit hit for avg. I dont think he will bottom out at 265.

    Like the benjamin button quote.

    Lind is going to hit for about 40 points higher avg than kubel. and he stole his first bag this week. Watch out.

  40. Bob says:
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    @Doug Ault: I’ve just moved Pierre in two leagues by making him part of a package for steals-starved competitors. In one league, it was my Pierre, Granderson and LaTroy Hawkings for Roy Halladay and Luke Scott. In another it was my Pierre, Votto, and Ryan Franklin for Lance Berkman and Bobby Abreu. In both cases, the deals started off with other players and my trading partner requested Pierre as a sweetener.

  41. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Do you think J.P. Howell is the “closer” or is there still a committee, or something in between?

  42. cubbies299 says:
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    Drop Burrell or Hideki Matsui for Fukudome? Avg is an issue on my team

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Anthony G: yeah, i think when cruz dropped down to the .260s a few weeks back, that was his “the pitchers are adjusting to him” moment, since then he (like the good “young” hitters before him) made the adjustments to the pitchers. i expect him to hit somewhere in the .280-.300 range.

    i use “young” relatively. no he’s not 22, but he doesn’t have many MLB miles on him. he’s a ryan ludwick. big time prospect. never pans out, then in perhaps his final shot to prove himself puts all the pieces together later in his career.

  44. Is anyone else pretty underwhelmed with Rotoworlds daily starter rankings, or their in season projections, and in general their in season pass?

    Their player news is topnotch and the articles are great too, but I’m not gonna bother with their paid stuff again I don’t think.

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @cubbies299: burrell.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @anon: I’m starting him. 12 team+

    @Bob: Howell might get the majority of chances, might not, still unresolved. I’m holding Wheeler, no one else.

    @cubbies299: Eh

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bpasinko: Don’t need to buy anything for fantasy baseball info, it’s all out there for free.

  48. Aaron Pil says:
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    @jk: Pierre will continue to get playing time in interleague play as well. Plus he will be at the top of the order when Manny comes back. Furcal is terrible right now, so I think Pierre is a better play until interleague play is over.

    Who knows what McCutchen will do?

  49. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Gotcha. I’ve just traded LaTroy Hawkins and Ryan Franklin, so feeling the need to add a final closer once again. Wheeler unavailable in either relevant league, so I’m going to add Howell to those rosters. Looks like there’s a decent ERA and WHIP attached to Howell and since I missed out on the Tommy Hanson sweepstakes in both leagues, I’m figuring, why not. Thanks again for keeping an eye on things.

  50. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Sorry to keep bugging you, but I’ve got Scherzer as a fifth starter and Nolasco is on my waiver wire. Who do you like better going forward?

  51. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Grey: So after pestering you for weeks about dropping Garrett Atkins and finally you agreeing I could drop him for Matt Joyce yesterday…I decided to wait till the end of the day to make the roster move. Now with 2 dingers (on the road!), I’ve got a hold Atkins for at least a while longer, right? Maybe the demotion threat lit a fire under him?

    I figure, if I can get another HR from him in the next 3-4 days, I might find a buyer who still believes he can turn it around.

  52. LM says:
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    Grey, should I be as happy about dealing Mike Cameron for Garza yesterday as I am? 6×6 (OPS, QS, K/BB instead of K).

  53. Grey

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    @Bob: No bother. Scherzer

    @mgeoffriau: Atkins will be dealt with in today’s Buy/Sell.

    @LM: I’d want Garza

  54. bobbo says:
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    Clint Barmes has been hot of late and seems entrenched in the #2 spot for the Rockies. What sort of value do you guys see him having for the rest of the season? You like him over Polanco at MI?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bobbo: Everyone over Polanco, including Barmes. He’s no more than a 12/12 guy though.

  56. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I was just offered Zobrist for Kevin Slowey. I need OF help and I’m in the lead in wins. Do I take a Zoloft and accept this?

  57. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: Does Pierre become a regular,and Ethier take his bench spot when Manny returns?
    He has been much more productive the last month

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: reports that gamel will play 3rd in weekend series against braves,should i drop,kelvin escobar for him?12 team,3 bench spots 1 is manny and im a bit behind in pitching cats,but i have hanson now

  59. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: I’d want Slowey

    @Doug Ault: Hard to say right now, lots of things could go down. Best guess, he spells Ethier on three days, Manny one day and Kemp one day and gets 5 days a week PT. Or he’s traded.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’d hold Escobar.

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: thanks,team needs are pitching ,but i was going to sit escobar vs tigers,should i now with cabrera hurt?

  61. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Start Guthrie vs Oakland (Braden)?

  62. Scott says:
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    @Grey: 5 days/week for Pierre!? .207 in his last 7. You won’t feel the same way in 2 weeks.

  63. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Is Rollins a buy-low? I’ve got Michael Young as SS, but J Rolls #’s are worse than I thought. Do you see Rollins finishing top 25/50?

    Also, in a 12-team non-keeper, I’ve got Johan, Haren, Grienke, Gallardo, Scherzer, Kuroda & Hanson (and Blackburn for his next 2 or 3 starts against scrubs). I know you can’t really have too much pitching, but should I be looking to move one in particular. I was trying to sell Scherzer before his implosion.

    @Any/All: LaRussa sues Twitter: Pretty funny mental image of LaRussa tweeting. I wouldn’t believe it was coming from him even if he gave out his SS#:

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D98K0J3G1&show_article=1

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Might seem counterintuitive, but I’d hold Escobar, but not start him.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: I would.

    @Scott: Just normal correction going on. Pierre’s career is a much larger sample size than 7 days. He’s a .300 hitter, not a .390 one.

  65. I can pick up one of the following, Maine, Saunders, Blackburn or Wells (who I can start in a RP slot). I’m leaning towards Mr Met. Anybody think otherwise?

  66. Mr Baseball says:
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    Big Unit Story sounded like a Short Story

  67. Scott says:
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    @Grey: Exactly. He was a 300 hitter who sat on the bench before the suspension, and he will be a 300 hitter sitting on the bench when Manny comes back.

  68. Doug Ault says:
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    @Scott: Ethier only makes sense over Pierre if he offers more than average,and in the last few weeks the only thing he has improved is his average.I agree with Grey,Pierre will squeek out around 5 starts per week or be moved.

  69. @grey: good morning, was offered mclouth and kaz matusui for mauer and happ….he also has matt holliday, vlad g., pence, t.hunter, lind

    I have inge to replace Mauer and Im hoping kaz will be better than an empty callaspo…

    Is this nice value for mauer or would you hold onto him for a little longer and aim higher?

    Thanks again…

  70. Doug Ault says:
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    The Jays could really use Pierre, but it would depend on how much contract the Dodgers would eat

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: Good morning, I’d take McLouth there.

  72. Q says:
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    I could really use some advice.

    I have two trades on the table

    Adam Jones for Bedard or Vlad for Matt Garza. I need pitching pretty bad. Which one would you make if either?

  73. Mr Baseball says:
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    Kris Medlen – he is not starting anymore ?

  74. Grey

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    @Q: I’d trade Vlad for Garza.

  75. Q says:
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    Grey,

    That’s what I was thinking. Seems like Vlad and Bedard are the two injury risks. I’d rather get rid of the risk than take more on. Plus I’m 12/11/12/12 in R/HR/RBI/Avg in the league and haven’t really had Vlad all season anyway.

    Thx

  76. Jonathan says:
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    Andrew McCutchen nickname: The Good Cutch (as opposed to Daniel McCutchen…)

  77. mgeoffriau

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    Was thinking about Rollins, would be nice to have him filling in for Reyes. I’ve got Brian Roberts and Cano at 2B, was thinking of offering:

    Roberts, Manny, and Zambrano to get Rollins, Johan Santana, and Andrew Bailey.

    Opinions?

  78. jbatkins says:
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    Reyeswillbealright, Reyeswillbealright, Reyeswillbealright…

    I have The aforementioned Jose Reyes as well as Joey Votto and Brandon Webb on my bench. Unfortunately, my league has only two bench spots and no DL. Do I cut one (after holding out all this time), or do I just take a zero for one of them for the next [however long it is until one is back] and cross my fingers no one else on the squad gets hurt?

  79. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    lots of funny shizz in this post .
    my favorite ==> pulling your pud <== a few decades since i’ve last heard that used ….. still funny .

    @Paulie Allnuts:
    grasshopper …. 2 ropes ??
    puts a new spin on “pulling your pud” .
    orgasmic heart-failure …. sad …. the fu was 72 years old !!
    he took lessons from the BLIND guy .
    remember what you were told about going blind .

  80. DrEasy says:
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    Another vote for McClutch!

    Dilemma: Joyce or CarGo?

  81. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    when andrew’s hammy pops , he’ll be mcCrutches .

  82. Is it too late to trade Reyes? I carry 3 players on the DL (Reyes, Ramirez, Votto) and am running out of room. Even if Reyes comes back, I think his speed will be a big quesion mark. I have Theriot subbing for Reyes. Would you give up Reyes for a Granderson right now?

  83. Greg says:
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    Grey I noticed that you linked to Baseball Prospectus on your site. I bought the fantasy subscription for 19.99 but I’m not entirely sure it was worth it just to view the pecota cards. What are your thoughts on this? I could donate that money to you instead next year. :-)

  84. Garrett says:
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    My imaginary friend’s godfather. Instant classic.

    Look at all these commenters now after the Berry pub. You’re like the Spencer Pratt of the fantasy baseball community, where all pub is good pub. Spencer did have a classic this week with the “I had to google you to figure out who you are” comment.

    Pick up Blackburn in a 10-teamer for his next 3 starts against SEA, OAK and PIT or is that just playing with fire?

  85. G-RAM says:
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    I need a SS to fill in while Reyes is practicing his salsa dancing instead of fielding ground balls. To everyone, but to Grey in particular: Which available SS would you go with–Furcal; Hairston, Jr.; Renteria; Beckham; Burriss; Bloomquist; or Andrus? I’m currently employing Andrus, but can’t decide what to do. I like the thought of someone who can snag me some SBs from the SS position. I have Pierre filling the SB void for me right now, but if Reyes is out for any extended period of time, I’ll be in trouble with that category since Pierre’s playing time is eventually going to wane. That said, if any name on that list jumps out at you guys, I’m all ears. Those options make me want to puke on my shoes.

  86. Swass says:
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    Grey,

    I have Kemp, Rios, Cruz, Beltran, and Lind currently occupying my 3 OF and Util Spots. Whenever Dizzy V and Aramis return, they will re-occupy those Util spots forcing probably Rios and Lind to the bench. Do I offer Mark Buerhle for Corey Hart in a buy low attempt? Is his buy low potential worth the bigger log jam I will create?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Clay Dalrymple: I’d take Granderson, and it hurts me to say that.

    @Greg: I don’t believe in paying for anything fantasy related… I do like the PECOTA cards, though to be honest I haven’t looked at them since the preseason.

    @Garrett: Hehe… I enjoy Spencer’s antics, so thank you. I wouldn’t grab Blackburn anywhere, but those are three good matchups. Guess you can take a flier for SEA then play it by ear depending on how he does.

    @G-RAM: For short term, Andrus. For long term, Furcal.

  88. Grey

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    @Swass: Nah, don’t create a bigger logjam.

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: expecting sean rodriquez up soon?could use the power at 2nd

  90. What type of hitter could I expect (or maybe not trade unless I can get) for a swap with Bedard or with Carpenter?

  91. big o says:
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    @Greg:
    yep .
    i spent 29.95 , when i was out of work for 6 months , on the 911 site .
    i like lenny , every morning , but now they’ve dropped it down to 10 bucks .
    i still contribute when i can , but next year grey gets ALL my fbb allowance … maybe a few colones for rudy , as well .

    these guys may ignore you , from time to time , but , to my knowlege they will never censor or delete your comments …. like that other site .

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @bpasinko: id aim pretty high,injury risk or not,if no more injuries,these two will post great numbers,maybe package in a cheap closer our middle outfielder for a big gun

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell. Just writing it now.

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: always one step ahead of us,arent you

  95. Smorgie S. Board says:
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    Which is more likely?

    1. Bill James asked Wandy to give up 29 hits in like 14 IP so his numbers would better match projections

    2. Wandy is hurting

    I own him and I’m sad to say I have to vote #2. Guys simply don’t become unlucky so they can compensate for previous good luck. It just doesn’t work that way.

    If he’s been getting hammered this hard for 3 starts, it’s hard to ignore the fact something physical may not be right.

  96. Scott says:
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    @Smorgie S. Board: I agree that 2 is a more likely scenario, but I don’t think he’s hurt. The Gods wouldn’t allow Wandy to win the CYA.

  97. Cotton says:
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    A-Mac. It’s not overzealous and much easier to spell.

    To all the McClutch fans,
    Repeating that nickname when he’s 0-fer-July will make you throw up in your mouth.

  98. big o says:
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    @mgeoffriau:
    somewhere betweem home run #2 and # 4 . the announcers for that game were espousing that same theory .

    my thought (then and now) is that they tip cows down in texas .
    but pitches are easier to pick up .

  99. big o says:
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    @big o:
    betweem ??

  100. jbatkins says:
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    Grey, what’s your take on Andrew McCutchen in non-roto leagues? In a 10-tm pts league, is he worth owning over, say, Coco Crisp or Jose Guillen?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jbatkins: Not over those two, unless you need steals then I’d take him over Guillen. He’s SAGNOF.

  102. Anthony G says:
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    Andrew McCutchen is the CutchMaster.

  103. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anthony G: Hmm… Not sure, but I like it better than McClutch.

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  104. agarthered says:
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    I have Howard at first and Reynolds at 3rd, whose a better bench player to have Derrek Lee or Mike Lowell?

  105. Cotton says:
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    Cutch-ing!

  106. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @agarthered: Lee

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  107. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Cotton: Hey, that’s pretty good. Nice.

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  108. JaHerer says:
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    Just got an offer of Wandy and Orlando Hudson for my B.J. Upton. I think I should take it, I need the pitching, could move around my infield and drop Mora, and would still have A. Jones, Rios, J. Upton, and Granderson in the OF.

    Thoughts?

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