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No, there’s probably no cast in Andre’s future.  I’m not even sure they make casts small enough for the pinkie finger.  That was Pingping‘s downfall, that and the chain smoking.  After Andre Ethier broke a bone in his pinkie, he said something was seriously wrong.  Seriously?  You got a boo-boo on your pinkie!  What, you can’t make shadow animals now?  When he found out what it was, he said that it’s the leverage point of his swing and it would prevent him from holding the bat the way he normally does.  Who’s leverage point is their freakin’ pinkie?!  This is like the pea under the princess’s mattress.  His biggest concern is probably how he can stick his pinkie out while drinking tea.  Ethier could be out for a few weeks or he can play through it.  So he’s damned if he does or a half dozen of the other… Or however that cliché goes.  If it is his leverage point, you don’t want him playing through it.  If he doesn’t play through it, he could be out at least a few weeks.  And here I thought the only time Ethier and the word pinkie would be associated would be from this picture.  Draw your own conclusions, but I’m guessing he’s in Key West.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Chad Billingsley – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  What every pitcher needs, a trip to Petco.

Huston Street – Huston, we have a setback.  We should just call them streetbacks.  This time he strained his groin.  Straining your groin is so adolescent!  Corpas stays the number one option for saves.  He’s by no means safe, but he’s safer than the other options.  Those really hurting for saves can look at Cuddle Boy, Rafael Betancourt.

Jeff Francis – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Definitely worth grabbing in NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues, but, in the end, he’s a mid-4 ERA, 6 K/9 pitcher.  It’s just a’ight.

Brad Lidge – You know those signs that say, “If you lived here, you’d be home right now?”  How about the sign, “If you were Brad Lidge, you’d be injured right now?” Lidge returns to the DL and Jose Contreras continues to fill in the closer role.  Those is desperate need of saves can look at Danys Baez and J.C. Romero too.

J.C. Romero – And J.C. turns a close game into a save.  There were lefties batting and Contreras had pitched two days in a row, so that’s what went on here.  Though it does give you an idea of the pecking order when you’re vulturing.

Jimmy Rollins – To return on Monday.  Assuming he doesn’t share a doctor with Brad Lidge.

Kila Ka’aihue – Was sent back down.  Too bad he couldn’t make the best of his time.  Then again, he was only given 4 at-bats in almost two weeks.  Here’s a prospect, here’s the Royals stunting a prospect’s growth.

Justin Duchscherer – This Justin, probably out for the season with his grandma hip.

Jack Cust – 2-for-3 as he returns to the A’s.  He missed almost 40 games, so how long until you think he leads the club in homers?  Week and a half?  2 weeks?  If you need power, I’d grab him.  Also, everyone in OBP leagues should obviously pick him up.

Scott Hairston – Looks to be headed to the DL with the dreaded strained hamstring.  This will free up playing time for Venable and Gwynn.  Though I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

Carlos Guillen – As reported here first after reading it elsewhere, Guillen will play 2nd base when he returns next week.  Scott Sizemore is no more as he was optioned to the minors.

Brennan Boesch – Now batting .380 over 71 ABs.  Member when I effused praise, but hedged that Boesch had no playing time when Guillen returned?  Yeah, that’s old news, friend.  Boesch should play every day as long as he continues to hit.  I’d grab him in most 12 team leagues and deeper.

Max Scherzer – The Tigers weatherman called for a flurry of moves this weekend, huh?  Scherzer was sent to the minors.  If you owned him, it’s your own fault.  I couldn’t have been more vocal about why I was avoiding him this year.  At least now he’s done Pwnsoning you.  Replacing him…

Armando Galarraga – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s a 4.50+ ERA pitcher with a bleh K-rate.  I’d ignore in all leagues, except AL-Only ones.

Scott Olsen – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Very respectable start against a team that is good vs. lefties and even better at home.  I’d own Olsen in the shallowest of leagues.

Tyler Clippard – 1 1/3 IP, 1 ER as he got the loss.  What a decision hog!

Willy Taveras – The Nats DFA’d, which is baseball’s acronym for “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”

Drew Storen – Called up to the majors.  Storen won’t see any saves unless there’s a total collCapps.  Not if there’s just some hicCapps.

Carlos Quentin – I don’t know what’s worst, that Quentin missed his third straight game with a stomach problem or that I was glad Quentin missed three straight.

Gavin Floyd – 6 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks and now has a 7.00 ERA on the year.  I think change gonna come, nephew, but I wouldn’t wait for it with him on my team.  Let him correct himself on waivers.

Alex Rios – 3-for-4, and his 7th homer while he has 12 steals.  It is my belief that James Shields and Alex Rios are conspiring to drive me crazy.

Alexei Ramirez – Now 5 for his last 7.  It took him until around this time last year to get hot.  Cust kayin’.

Grady Sizemore – Should be day-to-day after he left the game with a left knee contusion.  No word on how he suffered it, but my guess is one of his fantasy baseball owners Tonya Harding’d him.

Russell Branyan – Hit his 4th homer on the year yesterday and his 3rd this week.  Trust me, I wouldn’t mention some of these guys if they weren’t worth owning immediately.  I grabbed Branyan in a few leagues last Thursday, if that helps the medicine go down.

Jake Westbrook – 9 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Before this start, he had a 23:19 K:BB rate, which is bad.  His WHIP is 1.51.  I wouldn’t own him with your team.

Luke Scott – 3-for-4, as he hit his 7th homer yesterday and his 4th homer in his last 7 games.  Another guy who is only worth owning while he’s hitting.  Currently, he’s hitting.

Brad Penny – 5 IP, 7 ER, 14 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That’s not a pretty Penny.

Jonny Gomes – 2-for-3 and batting .350 on the week.  He’s been playing every day and, even if he wasn’t, interleague is coming up so he’d play then.  (BTW, a interleague post is coming this week about guys to start and sit.)

Bronson Arroyo – 9 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. a slumping Cards team.  I’d continue to avoid Arroyo until after the All-Star Break.

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His WHIP is hideous (1.68), but I’d grab him in leagues where you need Ks.  Right now, 54 Ks in 41 innings.  For you noobs, that’s really good.  In fact, it’s the best K-rate in the major leagues.  Yes, better than Lincecum.

Mariano Rivera – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Oh, Mo.  Hasn’t saved a game in May then this dreckitude.  Joba wasn’t much better in this game, but continue to hold Joba just in case Rivera’s hurt.  On an amusing side note, my grandfather’s real name is Mariano.  Not Panamanian, but Italian.  Hey, paisan!  But he hasn’t gone by Mariano since he was a kid, opting for Joe.  He says Mariano sounds too Italian, even though he has no problem wearing self-tanning lotion to “darken his complexion.”  Yes, my grandfather is C. Thomas Howell from Soul Man.

Gaby Sanchez – Went 9-for-17 this weekend, Maybin went 5-for-12 with 6 RBIs.  As I told someone in the comments this weekend, I have no idea if this is a good sign for the Marlin youngsters or a bad sign for the Mets pitching.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Dan Haren – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Did he see his shadow and think it was after the All-Star Break?

Martin Prado – 4-for-6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs and 2 Homers.  I wouldn’t own Prado just because of the complete lack of speed, but if you need average or Runs, that’s what Prado gives you.  Pretty yawnstipating, but he is what he is.

Troy Glaus – 3-for-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs as he was another guy who homered that showed up in Friday’s Buy/Sell.

Jon Niese – Left the game yesterday after getting hamstrung.

Jose Reyes – Moved back to the leadoff spot, which left a void in the heart of the lineup.  Batting 4th for the Mets?  It’s a sci-fi mystery scripted by Chris Carter.

  1. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Yay, Monday notes!

    Grey (et al)

    Which pitcher would you prefer for the rest of this season only:

    Verlander or J. Santana

    And if I were to trade one, is Nelson Cruz enough in return? (5×5 league)

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    This past week, Romero and Marcum had great games. Cecil got shelled and pulled in the second inning. That means I’ll start Cecil in my money league and add Romero and Marcum to my razzball team for the week. Seems to be the safe bet. I think I have the Toronto rotation science figured out. Ethier said than done.

  3. d2bnz says:
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    with Andre out a while I’m looking to plug in FA call up …..I’m dithering over Lastings Milledge and Nate Schierholtz
    The dreaded schmo toss up ……..any advice would be welcome.

  4. Tony says:
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    the mets are one confused team…

  5. Tony says:
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    @grey/anyone:

    wiggy/snider for Josh Hamilton?

    I kinda need to clear room for Ellsbury and Jimmy Rollins coming off the DL. I love wiggys flexibility tho. And snider’s been hot?

  6. Aaron says:
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    Jose Reyes is starting to look like Carlos Gomez. Hope he gets it going soon.

  7. Tad Pole says:
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    General stragegy question:

    12 team 5×5 league with five man bench. Do you fill the bench with:
    A) starters to max two starts and match-ups
    B) speculative closers
    C) Rookie Nookie
    D) MI, CI, OF, SP, RP to play it safe
    E) Other
    F) Non of the above
    G) There is no G, or cyring in baseball.

  8. The Cino says:
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    12 team 10×10 (batter K’s) roto keeper league, 5 OF, 6 Bench, 23 active, My OF:
    Kemp
    JUpton
    Lind
    Rasmus
    Boesch

    Bench
    CLee
    Quentin
    MStanton

    Just picked up Bruce on waivers, actually as a FA when he cleared waivers. I have too many OF which do I cut? Which 5 do I play?

    My inclination is to drop Lee and Quentin and slot Bruce on the bench at least till Boesch cools off. I’ve tried to shop Lee and Q, but no interest.

  9. Schlitzy says:
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    14 team league, would you dump McClouth for either Brennan or Rajai davis? OPS counts.

  10. chet steadman says:
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    I am getting fed up with Quentin and Desmond.. Would it be worth dropping them for Cust (or Thome, Hafner, Hart) and Yunel (or Brignac, EverCab)?

    This league also counts OBP/SLG.

    Thanks in advance

  11. bodymore says:
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    Missed the Boesch Boat… to shame.

    Branyan is just staring at me from the wire. That kind of power on there is rare, but my CI/util spots are full of studs. I thought of trading one of my guys to make room for Branyan but his back could easily cause him to fall off in the 2nd half again. I wonder how long until someone else in the league realizes this guy is worth picking up.

    Drop Willingham for Cust or are they the same thing?

  12. ScoutAbout says:
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    Good morning all. @Grey and anyone else with an opinion. I saw this question in the 2-start pitcher post but didn’t see an answer. Dare I start Randy Wells vs. COL and @TEX this week? I need to either start him or maybe drop for a better 2-start option this week because my opponent is starting a shit load of 2-start pitchers this week.

  13. Danks Nugs says:
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    Pick one…

    Harden vs B-More
    Carmona @ TB, vs CIN
    Floyd vs FLA
    Kennedy vs SF
    Takahashi vs NYY

  14. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    Rank these 3 2B- Jose Lopez, Gordon Beckham, Ian Desmond.

  15. Martin says:
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    olsen or kennedy?

  16. The Cow says:
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    I have Suzuki coming off the DL, but I also own Buck (16-teamer). My thought is short-term, Buck, but long-term, Suzuki. Does anyone think Buck can actually string together a decent year instead of a roller coaster ride that history has me believing?

  17. Ron Washington's Stache says:
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    @bodymore: Willingham > Cust. I don’t even see it as being close. Willingham is keeping his K’s down, his walks up, and he’s hitting in a prime spot behind Zimm and Dunn.

    @The Cino: I’d drop Stanton

    @Tony: I much prefer Hamilton to Wiggy/Snider.

  18. BSA says:
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    Public Service Announcement from Synergy Center –
    Thank you for the votes this past week. Talk about “It takes a Razzball to raise a therapeutic inclusive activity center”
    Since our first post with Razzball we have risen from 120 to 81 in the standings. http://razzball.com/razzball-nation-%e2%80%93-to-arms-to-arms-to-keyboards-to-keyboards/

    If you haven’t stopped in to our voting page in awhile, please scroll up to Gomes and Rivera and click on the vote now link as you head off to your roster.

    end PSA! Thank you.

    As to my team – thanks Ethier and Dodgers. My bats are risky enough with Wiggy and Ortiz carrying the load now I have to wait, let the rest of the RCL grab bats – Just put the Pinkie Dooode on the DL and tell him no tea parties.

  19. dsimon says:
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    Grey-

    Can you rank the following:

    Cruz, Car-Go, Pence, Span, Ludwick, Willingham, Hart

  20. William says:
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    @Grey – Would you pick Branyan over Quentin?

  21. Jangles says:
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    I need an opinion: Drop Doumit for Olivio? Thanks all

  22. @Ron Washington’s Stache: If you can afford to play Lopez only against lefties until he starts heating up (as he did in June in each of the last couple of years) then I’d pick him.

  23. STILL hanging onto a few guys that I not only drafted, but actually reached for. Replacing them would be the equivalent of admitting my hours of preseason prep., analysis and projections could have been better spent on more deserving pursuits. In the absence of pride, I humbly submit the following for your consideration and encouragement: Drop Aramis (or maybe Freese) for Smoak, Glaus or Branyan? and/or Drop friggin’ Beckham for Yunel, Aviles, Aybar, Uribe? Thanks for the help. R.I.P. Pingping.

  24. Bostonbeerman says:
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    Storen as a decent source for holds or will Clippard get most of them?

  25. ‘morning, Grey —

    I’ve got Rollins on my roster in two leagues. In one, my backup, Theriot, is probably out for a few days with the elbow thing, and he’s 0-for-8 against Aaron Cook anyway, so benching him for Rollins and his 5-for-5 record against Morton is a no brainer. But in my other, deeper league, I’ve got red-hot Aviles at SS (there’s no room for move Aviles to 2B). Would you go with Aviles and play wait-and-see with JRoll? Or is he just too good to ride the wood?

    And now for the Cust word … he’s available in all three of my leagues but in two of them my offensive weak spot is AVE so I’m worried he’d do more hard than good. But in the 20-team league I’m sort of middle of the pack in both average and HRs … would you take Cust over Fred Lewis as the 5th OF? The others are Gardner, Rasmus, Carlos Lee, and Magglio?

    Grazie, paisan.

  26. Howard says:
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    Morning Grey! I have a yawnstipating OF/UTIL in a 12 team roto of Quentin, Lee, Manny, Krispie and Lind with Ethier going on the PL. I’d like to drop Quentin and Lee with the usual suspects on waivers: Gomes, Guillen, Kearns, Earns, Cust, Must, Just, Buck, Chuck, Luck (enough with the monosyllabic names!) Oops Grey! Or do I wait for these schmohawks to get going? Are they tradeable? Wasn’t it PT Barnum who said “there’s a sucker born every minute”? Either way it’s quite a circus!

  27. Ozzie says:
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    Morning Grey:

    Keeper League: Own Olson over any of the following, Sheets, Cecil, Cueto?

    Thanks.

  28. Grey — Someone beat me to the punch on Cust.

    But while I’m writing I’ll ask a couple of pitching questions:

    Do you think Storen’s worth having in place of a guy like Hensley for Ks, rations, etc.? If Clippard tires as expected, and Storen performs well, he might inherit that setup spot for the Nationals that’s yielded so many decisions so far, eight?

    Also, I asked a version of this to Smokey yesterday but would like to get your take. In my frustrating 20-team league I’ve got two established SP (Cole Hamels and Jared Weaver) and a bunch of mostly unproven upside guys: Ely, Latos, Chacin, Chapman, and also Takahashi, who, I read, may find himself in the Mets’ rotation very soon. Which of those guys do you think would make the best permanent additions to the rotation? And which ones would you try to trade?

  29. Lob Ball says:
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    My placeholder for Gunderson is Fowler who has been fouler and fouler. According to todays’ column both Gomes and Scott are potential OF replacements for Fowler until Gundy returns. If you had to chose one…??

  30. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Need to add a catcher in a 2 catcher 16 team H2H league

    Salty (Hold him until he comes back?)
    Paulino
    Max Ramirez
    Ramon Hernandez
    Quintero

  31. Kazmere says:
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    Give Lester, get McCutchen?

  32. Dunn/Kershaw for Youk?

    Youk to replace A-Ram.

    Also: Olsen over Penny?

  33. BSA says:
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    @Kazmere: Depends on what you need. Lester (heck the whole Sox staff) will be getting better numbers so….

  34. Kazmere says:
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    @BSA: That’s what I was thinking. Lester is my ace, and my only SB guys are Reyes and J. Upton. Seemed like too much.

  35. TonyCino says:
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    @Ron Washington’s Stache: As much as I’m interested in Stanton as a keeper I don’t disagree, but I would still have too many. I’m thinking if I play 5 I should roster 6 or 7 tops not the 9 I currently have or 8 after cutting Stanton.

  36. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Ah damnit…..some skittish owner just dropped Wieters in a league I’m in. I’m not unhappy with Soto though. Would a switch from Soto to Wieters be better for me in the long run?

  37. GopherDay says:
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    With Rollins coming back, who would you keep to play MI? Starlin Castro or Ian Desmond?

    And I really hope Drew Storen’s call up goes under the radar. I placed a waiver claim on him in a keeper league where he’ll cost me a last round pick. Closer of the future? I think so! And hopefully he’ll give me a few holds in between.

  38. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Cust or Blalock?

  39. GopherDay says:
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    Oh, and start Ely against Houston? Their offense seems to be heating up somewhat…

  40. Big League Chew says:
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    @ Grey – I think that I heard that Sizemore was hit by a pitch on the knee.

  41. chet steadman says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I’d add Wieters and see which of the two I’d be able to get better returns for. My guess is Soto.

  42. sean says:
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    I’m breaking up with Alcides Escobar. In addition to not hitting (.224), he’s only attempted one steal (unsuccessfully, might I add) in 126 ABs.

  43. Jarrad says:
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    Pick one…

    Harden vs B-More
    Carmona @ TB, vs CIN
    Floyd vs FLA
    Kennedy vs SF
    Takahashi vs NYY

  44. BSA says:
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    @Kazmere: I know his bat has iced again but Frenchy was getting me some steals. Worth checking out?

  45. Corey II says:
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    Question for anyone who has an opinion – who would you rather have for an Ethier OF replacement – BBoesch or MSaunders? Thanks.

  46. Big League Chew says:
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    @Grey: Scratch the hit-by-pitch, he landed on it awkwardly in a slide into second base. It didn’t look bad at all. Just a “owch, that hurt, remind me not to lead with my knee in a slide next time.” Here’s the .

  47. Jarrad says:
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    @Corey II: Can’t go wrong with Boesch if he keeps up his rather hitterous ways…

  48. William says:
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    @Grey – Thoughts on Jose Bautista and would he be better than Branyan or Boesch?

  49. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Grey, Beckham and Blanks have been terrible but would you be ready to gie up on them in long term keeper leagues?

  50. Howie says:
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    I paid a pretty penny for Haren and he is really struggling… is it time to cut bait and move on or should he recover (i.e., there is not something that isn’t fixable-injury or otherwise- causing his ineffectiveness)?

  51. stanley says:
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    is Chacin a 1 or 2 start pitcher this week?

  52. Kazmere says:
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    Cueto @ MIL?

  53. Tony says:
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    @Howie: this is a sucky first half, considering he’s a FIRST HALF ONLY SP, i’m worried….. not cutting bait, but wow, 7 runs the other day? I throw him while benching Hamels and Nolasco, smart move me….

  54. bodymore says:
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    @Howie I am in a similar boat as you, ‘cept I used one of my 5 keeper spots on him. The weird thing is he’s shown flashes of utter dominance, striking out the first 9 hitters of a game once, and 8 Ks through 3 innings another time. His K/BB #s are still ace like.

    His problem has been losing location, resulting in more homeruns and yesterdays debacle.

    certainly am not cutting him yet, he’s been a top pitcher for long enough but not too long to be old. Grey’s joke today could be somewhat true — Haren could just go through periods of weird funkiness that just have happened to occur during the 2nd half in the past. He does have a high BABIP which encourage hope.

  55. bodymore says:
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    @Tony tell me about it. I had all pitching cats won except WHIP and so I pitched Haren and was planning to bench Myers and Leblanc. After Haren’s debacle there was no point to leaving them benched, and both ended up outperforming him. 9-3 just doesn’t have the same ring as 10-2. Go figure…

  56. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: Okay, so much for under the weather….Yahoo just did an article on him. Well, I doubt my 11th waiver wire position will do me much good…

  57. Tony says:
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    @bodymore: ya he only screwed me in one category….. HR’s…. still won 15-3, i was drilling my opp, Nolasco or Hamels would have given me a 17 or 18-2 win, lol

  58. buschfan says:
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    I picked up John Ely for a spot start today. Good or bad idea?

  59. Howie says:
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    @Tony: Yes, the fact that historically his best performance has occurred in the first half of the season is quite troubling for those of us Haren owners.

    If there is any related insight from those baseball pundits qualified to provide an opinion on what is ailing Haren this season…I would appreciate a link.

  60. fatboy slim says:
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    12 team mixed h2h keeper league 8×8-

    my ubaldo and mcgehee for his longoria…fair, unfair? i have c.lee garza, j.sanchez, s.baker, bucholz and latos rounding out my rotation

  61. Professor Chaos says:
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    Hey guys, would a trade of Haren/Garza and A. Gonz for Pujols be too much to pay?

  62. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H (5 Player Keeper, draft, etc., doesn’t matter). Currently in 4th place, playing the 2nd place guy this week. I’ve got two struggling youngsters on my roster, in Ike and Smoak. Of the two, I’m more inclined to wait out Smoak as I think he’s been incredibly unlucky (plus I have Dunn who I can stick at 1B so it’s not absolutely necessary to hang on to both of them). I also have Headley who seems to have gone (in honor of today’s post – What’s cooler than being cool?) ICE COLD! I also dropped one of the hottest hitters in baseball yesterday, in Glaus, although for one of the hottest hitters in baseball, in Boesch. Anyway, now on to the question…

    Should I drop Ike, Smoak and/or Headley for any of the following hot hands:

    L.Scott, Glaus (assuming he clears waivers and is available on Wednesday), Gomes, Rolen or Pagan?

    Thanks for the help…

  63. Mark says:
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    Hey a little help please. I’m in first in my league by 10.5 games, so I don’t really want to mess with things. First of all, what’s the thought on Bartlett? Last year a fluke? I wouldn’t mind if he was stealing a few bases, but he isn’t. I can trade Bartlett and Morneau (who I am using at Util—have Votto at 1B) for Tulo and CarGo. CarGo, along with Dunn, Pence, Bruce, and Byrd, would then occupy my 3 OF spots and 1 Util spot.

    Pull the trigger? I like how my teams looking already, but if I can upgrade SS without losing too much elsewhere I gotta look at it.

  64. Mark says:
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    Also, any SS to keep an eye on? The position has been pretty dreadful this year.

  65. Eddy says:
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    Would you guys trade Wright away for Utley and a cheap SP (thinking Ian Kennedy) if you had MMD to switch over to 3B?

  66. Mark says:
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    @The Cow:

    A guy in my league has the exact same predicament. Do you have anyone else you could drop? I’d ride Buck while he’s hot and allow Suzuki some time to get his swing back and then drop Buck like he’s hot once he cools down.

  67. Mark says:
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    @Professor Chaos:

    I like the Pujols side better and I like it a lot better if it’s Haren instead of Garza. Haren is really starting to worry me.

  68. Tony says:
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    @Mark: dude hit accept. Check morneua’s second halfs (.260 career 2nd half hitter), back issues, etc, and bartlett or TULO? Tulo/cargo is a great deal for you. Not even a decision to be made if you ask me.

  69. What of Qualls?!?! Now A.J. Hinch is talking about “all bets are off”?

    Heilman?! Really?

    I mean, Qualls’ BIBAP is a ridiculous .458 and xFIP is 3.51. His ERA? 7.62.

    Do you think Hinch will really move on from Qualls?

  70. BIBAP = BABIP, haha.

  71. @Corey II: I’d go with Boesch while he’s hot.

  72. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    My mistake I give away Wright and Ian Kennedy and get Utley. I got MMD to switch to 3B. Sound good?

  73. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS League

    Gomes or Fred Lewis this week?

  74. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS League with a category: SavesX2 + Holds

    Corpas or Contreras this week?

  75. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Commish Cauda:
    EDIT: H2H-5X5 League

  76. Other Dean says:
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    Pick one: Cueto, Olsen, Slowey

  77. Tom Emanski says:
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    I drafted Scherzer ahead of Price. That is all.

  78. Fletch says:
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    @Grey – Who should I roll with for 2 starts this week: Cueto, Gio or Randy Wells?

  79. and1mcgee says:
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    Jose Reyes isn’t even ownable anymore. THERE, I SAID IT.

  80. brad says:
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    2 start Wandy over 1 start Nolasco this week? (points league)

  81. brad says:
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    @brad: or 1 start Garza

  82. dsimon says:
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    @and1mcgee: OH THE HUMANITY

  83. and1mcgee says:
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    Pujols or Luke Scott when he’s on one of his streaks? I say Scott. THERE, I SAID IT.

    thinking of changing name to “Ron Washington’s Dealer”… or… “Darren Dreifort’s Contract”… which is richer?? DISCUSS….

    but seriously, Luke Scott is hotter than a metal slide on the playground at noon on my 2nd grader thighs.

  84. chisox says:
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    Need to pick two for weekly points league

    Haren – Toronto – Morrow
    Romero – @ Seattle – Vargas
    Wolf – @ Pittsburgh – Maholm
    Dempster – @ Phili – Blanton
    Slowey – @ Toronto – Evenland, Milwaukee – Bush

  85. Wilsonian says:
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    @Anybody: in an 8 Team H2H, would you drop Konerko and Colby Lewis for Glaus/L.Scott and Marcum?

  86. BSA says:
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    @and1mcgee: hotter than a black leather seat in a convertible with the top down?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: Verlander… And yup.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @d2bnz: Milledge

    @Tony: I’d take Hamilton.

    @Tad Pole: A

    @The Cino: Drop Lee.

    @Schlitzy: Boesch

    @chet steadman: Sure

    @ScoutAbout: Goof morning… That’s not a good 2 start week.

    @Danks Nugs: Kennedy

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Lopez, Desmond…

    @Martin: Kennedy

    @The Cow: Nope

    @dsimon: Seemed ranked fine how you have them.

    @William: Eh

    @Jangles: Go with Olivo.

    @zombie: Eh, I’d hold tight.

    @Bostonbeerman: Can both get Holds.

    @Enrique: I’d go Lewis over Cust for now and Rollins over both.

    @Howard: Ha! I’d hold for now.

    @Ozzie: Over Cecil…

    @Enrique: Don’t you need those pitchers? Don’t see what you’re trading there except Chapman, and I wouldn’t trade him.

    @Lob Ball: Scott

    @Cheese: Ramirez

    @Kazmere: It’s fair.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Seems like a lot for Youk. You’re done waiting on A-Ram already? I’d take Olsen.

    @Who Sharted?: Ha!

    @Frank Rizzo: Soto

    @GopherDay: Desmond

    @Racehorse: Cust

    @GopherDay: Start him.

    @Big League Chew: Ah… Thanks!

    @William: Not better than those two right now.

    @Buddo Chezuski: Not in keepers for Beckham.

    @buschfan: Good

    @fatboy slim: It’s fair.

    @Professor Chaos: Too much.

    @Wilsonian: Ice cold – Ha! I’d lose Ike for Glaus.

    @Mark: I’d take the Tulo side.

    @Eddy: Sure

    @Arthur O: He has little reason not to move on. Worth taking a flier on Heilman if you need saves.

    @Commish Cauda: Corpas and Gomes…

    @Other Dean: Olsen…

    @Fletch: Cueto

    @brad: Garza

    @chisox: Haren, Romero

    @Wilsonian: I’d grab Glaus over Konerko.

  88. and1mcgee says:
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    @BSA: only in summer.

  89. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    @Grey: Well someone just added Max Ramirez, so…

    Salty (Hold him until he comes back?)
    Paulino
    Ramon Hernandez
    Quintero

  90. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Drop Correia for Vazquez, Leake, Cueto, Olsen, Wells, Cecil, or Morrow?

  91. Harry Plopper says:
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    @Grey: Dice K Vs the Yankees in Yankee Stadium?

    Should i sit him again? Last week you told me to sit him against the Blue Jays and he finally broke out. Cust Kayin’.

  92. Mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey chipper or Jose lopez for ci?

  93. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Got PacMan off waivers this weekend… Dropped FOWLer 4 him. But Boesch intrigues me a lot. Should he b owned in my 16 team h2h? Which of Snider, Robot, PacMan 2 drop 4 him? Thx n good morning, ugly day in LA…

  94. @Grey: Just looking to turn an extra OF into a positional upgrade elsewhere. But it’s true — one useful player is a lot to give up for the difference between Youk and A-Ram going forward, let alone two.

    What about Lind/A-Ram for Youk? A-Ram’s kind of a throw-in because Youk would replace him.

  95. stanley says:
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    Which 3 should I not start? H2H Points, everyone but Haren and Bills has 2 starts

    Chacin, Jhoulys RP COL
    Cueto, Johnny SP CIN
    Ely, John RP LA
    Haren, Dan SP ARI
    Richard, Clayton SP SD
    Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU
    Sanchez, Jonathan O. SP SF
    Billingsley, Chad SP LA
    Contreras, Jose A. SP PHI
    Wells, Randy SP CHC

  96. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: In my 16 teamer, Glaus is on waivers because I’m a dumbass and dropped him instead of Ike, so I’ll have to wait until Wednesday to see if he cleared waivers. In the meantime, should I drop Ike for Scott while he’s hot as all hell?

  97. Wilsonian says:
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    @tHe ShiT: I think at this point, Boesch should pretty much be owned in most, if not all, formats – that is until he cools off considerably. But for the time being, definitely ownable…

  98. Slam says:
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    @Grey: Hey, i’m in a 12 team mix (7×6 slugging bbs qs) and my OF is the weakest part of my lineup because of Quentin and Borbon. I don’t have a ton of speed so i’ve been reluctant to drop borbon and I’m still hoping/waiting on quentin to pick it up. I’ve got J Upton, J Bruce, Denard Span other than those guys. 4 OF slots and a util. Is Snider worth picking up to replace borbon? Cust? Fukudome? Luke Scott?

    Thanks for all the help/entertainment/strong references

  99. Slam says:
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    @Grey: My OF is the weakest part of my lineup because of Quentin and Borbon. I don’t have a ton of speed so i’ve been reluctant to drop borbon and I’m still hoping/waiting on quentin to pick it up. I’ve got J Upton, J Bruce, Denard Span other than those guys. 4 OF slots and a util. Is Snider worth picking up to replace borbon? Cust? Fukudome? Luke Scott?
    league counts walks and slg pct.

    Thanks for all the help/entertainment/strong references

  100. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: If the league is a keeper, where both players will only cost me VERY late round picks for the next like 4 years, would you still go with Desmond?

  101. @Grey: I asked earlier about the crew of Ely, Latos, Chacin, Chapman, and Takahashi on a staff with Cole Hamels and Jared Weaver. You asked who to keep and who to trade, and you if I needed all of them …

    I don’t think I can use all of them. I drafted badly at SP (I drafted Hamels, Weaver, Chapman, and Latos, but also Kazmir, Rowland-Smith, and Scherzer) and so I grabbed these guys along the way to compensate.

    But I have a 1250-inning limit and even though I’m still around 20 behind I’m likely to end up way over if I start the whole staff, and if I pick matchups they’re taking up roster space I can use.

    Pitching is scarce (it’s a 20-team league) and I’m getting some inquiries. My idea is to do a 2-for-1 trade including a position player for an upgrade at that position. But I’m not sure who to hold onto among those upside pitchers and who to shop around. What do you think? Who to keep? Who to trade?

  102. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS Keeper league

    Trade J. Chacin for Delmon Young?

    I like Chacin for the long term but he may not have a job for much longer, and I could use the steady bat, (Gomes, Fred Lewis, flavor of the week, etc. are my current DH).

  103. Tom Emanski says:
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    Alcides hit 2nd the last game? Is this going to be a regular thing now?

  104. Future Man says:
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    In a points league rank these second baseman- figgins, polanco, prado and stewart

  105. cubfever7 says:
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    @Grey–without admittng to being a wise guy (no one around here EVER is) and without loking it up–I can’t seem to recall Alexei ever “getting hot” last year in the sense that I usually think of it. But you probably did look it up–so i’ll sit down and shut up now.

  106. Professor Chaos says:
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    @Grey: Glaus over Adam LaRoche? An aside – I know you say Travis Snider looks like the “meep” guy (which he does). Have you ever noticed how much LaRoche looks like Bert?

  107. Commish Cauda says:
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    Anyone buying low on Gavin Floyd?

  108. timSTi says:
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    Start Wells vs COL today?

    10 Team 5×5 1300IP

  109. papasmurf says:
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    The V train sure derailed quick. Venable… probably should be V-unable.

    Striking out like McLovin at a Bon Jovie concert with the groupies.

  110. tony b. says:
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    Drop Krispie Young as my 4th OF’er for Hot Jose Bautista ?

  111. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Planning to drop Cecil for some offense. It’s a 16-team 8×6 H2H league w/ TB, OBP & K’s (no OPS). In a Hoover Upright: Pagan, Lewis, Cust, S Hairston, Boesch, Gomes? Thanks

  112. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: 12 tm H2H

    Drop Slowey for Ely and to open a spot in my rotation for weekly streaming? We have a 9 pitcher roster limit so there’s a lot on the waiver wire each week.

  113. agarthered says:
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    I own Beckham, I know you’ve put a sell on his name Grey, but I’m finding it hard to cut bait.

    Would you drop Beckham, and pick up Alexei? (I can put Asdrubal at 2b, and Alexei at SS)

    Also own Slowey, gonna see how he does this evening (benching him), if he does bad, could pick up Olsen.

  114. @Grey: Drop Floyd or Slowey for a bench bat/streamer? I can’t take their suckitude anymore and I need some offensive depth. I’m already benching Slowey against Toronto today.

    @Commish Cauda: If you are, I’m selling. I’m seriously considering dropping Floyd for a bench bat.

    You suck against stiff competition, fine. You suck against KC!? F-U, hit the curb.

  115. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Cheese: Hernandez

    @TheEvilEmpire: Olsen

    @Harry Plopper: I wouldn’t start him there either. You can roll the Dice-K, if you like.

    @Mikey boy324: Lopez

    @tHe ShiT: Good mroning… I’d hold.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Sounds fair.

    @stanley: Richard, Wandy, Wells… But I don’t know anyone’s matchups.

    @Wilsonian: Sure

    @Slam: Cust over Borbon if you need power/walks and not speed.

    @GopherDay: What players? So may questions, not sure who you’re talking about.

    @Enrique: Shop Chacin.

    @Commish Cauda: You really want Delmon?

    @Tom Emanski: If he hits…

    @Future Man: Stewart, Polanco, Figgy…

    @Professor Chaos: re: Bert – Ha! Glaus over him.

    @Commish Cauda: Depends what you’re paying. He should be better.

    @timSTi: Eh

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @tony b.: Eh

    @agarthered: I’d pickup up Alexei. Sure, grab Olsen.

    @3FingersBrown: Drop Floyd.

  116. Eddy says:
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    Hey guys I want a few opinions.

    Do you make a big trade with a manager you’re going up against that week? In my previous post I was thinking of flipping Wright and Kennedy for Utley. It’s a big trade and I’d love to pull the trigger now. Should I wait until the week is over to do it or should I just do it now?

    I’m sure many of you have encountered this problem and wondered what all your stances are on it.

  117. Robert says:
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    Grey- Guy in my league is offering Pujols for sp & rp help. Are Johan & Lindstrom enough to offer?

  118. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Thanks and goof afternoon to you.

  119. Good point Grey, yes, both Storen and Clippard can get holds. I suppose whomever is the set-up man would get more and that looks like Clippard at this point.

  120. peter says:
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    I’m getting the signs from the dugout confused… You’re liking Sheets more than Olsen? Olsen more than Cueto? Dio more than Ozzy?

  121. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: I’m already over on my pace so i’ll take that “Eh” as an easy benching.

    Also

    Drop Slowey for Cueto or Ely in a 12 tm H2H with a 9 pitchers roster limit?

  122. Fletch says:
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    @Grey – Neftali or Lindstrom for the rest of the year?

  123. Commish Cauda says:
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    You’re right, I really don’t want Delmon…thank you the clarity of thought

  124. @Grey: I think I might have to. I don’t know if I can take another horrid week.

    I just don’t understand what’s going on with him. He hasn’t lost velocity (in fact he’s throwing his fastball a smidge harder on average), his K/BB rate are a bit off from last season, but not by much. His HR’s are down quite a bit too and he’s even posting his lowest LD% against since ’07! How a 3.92 FIP becomes a 7 ERA is just beyond me.

    A .381 BABIP and 57.2% LOB say it all, but you’d think that would even out over time but I just can’t afford to wait on him anymore.

    Looking at PitchFX data, he’s throwing his 2 seamer (which hasn’t served him well) a lot more and shying away from his effective 4 seamer for some reason. I feel like I’m missing something in trying to figure out this puzzle.

  125. Calogero says:
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    If your SS was Aybar and your rotation was Greinke-J. Santana- Garza-Buchholz-E.Santana-Penny:

    Would you trade Penny for J. Vazquez and Aviles/Tejada/Yunel (and correspondingly drop Aybar?

    I think it all comes down to who the real Aybar is…and I’m not sure of the answer.

  126. @Eddy: Stroke while the iron is hot if you like a deal. Unless it’s H2H and you really need that extra Kennedy start.

  127. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-5X5 League (category: W+QS)

    Pick THREE for this week:

    Slowey: @TOR (Eveland), vsMIL (Bush)
    Holland: vsANA (Kazmir), vsCHC (Wells)
    Gio Gonzalez: vsSEA (Rowland-Smith), vsSF (Cain)
    Scott Olsen: vsBAL (Hernandez)
    Buchholz: vsMIN (Baker)

  128. dingers says:
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    grey, would u rather start Olsen {home vs Balt} or Penny {home vs LAA} thanks! !

  129. Slam says:
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    @Grey: Thanks man. I feel like I needed someone’s approval to drop Borbon, I had wanted to so badly and you just made it a lot easier. May have to dig for some cheap steals later in the season, but Cust is good for my format.

  130. bodymore says:
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    @3fingersbrown:

    The high BABIP is there, but a big part of te issue is a subpar White Sox defense. With that said, I agree he will improve, in fact, I spent my #2 waiver pick on him only to drop him for Ely (H2H, had to fortify my rotation this week against the #1 team).

    Hanging onto Slowey for now, b/c I had really high hopes for him and think there is a big chance it will just take him time to get used to his surgically repaired arm. I’m benching him for now… so I only had room for one of those guys as well.

    I’m stashing Stanton, and have Granderson DL’d, so I’m trying to make a productive OF out of Willingham, Rajai Davis, Jason Bay, Coghlan, and Adam Jones, in other words, I’m low on flexible roster spots. Still, not giving up on Slowey yet.

  131. dsimon says:
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    @Grey: Hey sweet, I did it that way on purpose! I think its time Grey, gonna throw you a case of beer.

  132. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Weekly HTH 5×5 – You starting Rollins over Alexei this week? (I’m not expecting to compete for steals, but need 3/4 avg r hr rbi) – Thanks!

  133. Fletch says:
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    @Grey – You trust Sheets with his 2 starts at home over 2 Latos starts?

  134. Danks Nugs says:
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    *

  135. dj says:
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    so where are you all on ely at this point? dump medlen for him? braden for him? let someone else get him?

    how would you rank these 5: medlen, latos, braden, leake, ely

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