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Brian Fuentes hurt himself lifting weights.  Can’t he just take HGH like every other freakin’ major leaguer.  Hayzeus Cristo, my closer luck has been terrible so far this year.  The closerousel has made me really nauseous.  Forget SAGNOF, more like CRYNOF, which acronyms to nothing but has “cry” in it.  Fernando Rodney is the immediate pickup, but, if your leagues are like mine, he’s gone already.  I grabbed Kevin Jepsen where I could for the chance that he might sneak in and grab a save or two.  Fuentes says he’ll be back as soon as his DL stint is up, but, if Rodney runs with the job, don’t be surprise to see Scioscia call shenanigans.  SABCS — Scioscia Always Be Calling Shenanigans.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kevin Gregg – Officially takes over the closer role.  Gregg will probably drop a turd nugget in his next game and lose the job back to Frasor. I don’t think this has settled itself yet, but Gregg’s the guy to own.  I’d hold Frasor if you have the room.

Jimmy Rollins – It’s official.  Rollins heads to the DL and you’re SOL.  Rollins expects to miss two to four weeks.  Today, kids, we are going to learn how to find the mean of 2 and 4.  I’ll say Rollins will return in three weeks.

Shane Victorino – 4-for-5, 5 RBIs and a HR yesterday as he bats leadoff in place of Rollins.  As Jim Cramer would say, “Actually, I don’t know what he’d say because I’ve never watched him, but probably something about Victorino’s stock going up.”

Miguel Montero – Good news!  Well, kinda.  He’ll only be out 4-6 weeks.  Just think, when he returns then you can decide if you want him or Carlos Santana.

Kelly Johnson – Left the game with back stiffness.  He’s day-to-day or day 2 day if you’re texting.

Troy Glaus – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a HR.  No reason why he can’t hit 25 to 30 homers if he stays healthy.  Sure, that “if” is a 500 pound goiter, but still.

Jason Heyward – 1-for-4, 2 Ks.  He has 12 Ks through 30 ABs.  Mark Reynolds has 10 Ks.  Adam Dunn has 7 Ks.  Cust kayin’.

Mike Gonzalez – Heads off to the Disgraceful List with Can’t Throw Effectivelyitis.  Think it’s our first case of the Disgraceful List this year.  Congrats, Gonzalez, you sucked so bad they had to pretend you were injured!  I wouldn’t drop Gonzalez, just stash him.  The season’s still young, Johnson’s no Rollie Fingers, Gonzalez can be effective when he’s going right, yadda2.  Oh, and make sure you own Jim Johnson, i.e. the guy who sounds like he should be a cult leader.

Magglio Ordonez – Hit his third homer yesterday as he bats .368.  His health and/or this hitting won’t last.  Own him while it does.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I own him in my Fantasy Razzball league, ya know, the league where you try and get the worst stats.  That should tell you what I think of Porcello.

Gio Gonzalez – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 BBs vs. Mariners.  And that’s his downside.  Can’t go deep into games because he’s wild and his team won’t give him much run support.

Jose Guillen – 3-for-4, HR yesterday.  Incredibly, this week he’s hit a homer off every AL pitcher.

C.J. Wilson – Missed his start due to food poisoning.  Ron Washington was overheard in the clubhouse screaming, “That’s not sugar!”

Julio Borbon – 2-for-4 and a steal as his owners popped a Borboner.

Nelson Cruz – Hit his major league leading sixth homer yesterday.  I see your Jose Guillen and Vernon Wells and I raise you a Nelson Cruz.

Colby Lewis – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 BBs, 10 Ks.  Yes, I love strikeout pitchers.  Here’s the issue.  A) Texas gets hot in the summer and it becomes Coors without the humidor, though it is humid.  Ironic?  I don’t know, ask a Brit; they’re smart.  B) He was honing his shizz in Japan.  Have you seen some of the dudes who have had success in Japan?  No offense, Sadaharu Oh.  C) He walks people.  A better hitting team will kill him.  D) There is no D.  There wasn’t even supposed to be a C.

Justin Masterson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 Ks.  He induces ground balls and gets strikeouts.  What else do you need?  He’s owned in only 2% of ESPN leagues.  It’s still too early even at ESPN for 98% of their leagues to be abandoned.  Come on, people.

Jonathan Sanchez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  If I were famous, I could’ve sold a video of me watching this game to TMZ.

Eli Whiteside – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a HR yesterday.  The Hasidic Masher with the huzzah!

Mark Teixeira – 0-for-4 as his average drops to .096.  Here’s what the Staples guy had to say, “Wow, that’s a low average!”

Javier Vazquez – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, as he’s now 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA.  Luckily, he gets the A’s next and they have 8 DHs that can’t hit.

Joel Pineiro – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Yanks.  A’la De Niro in the Spider scene, “What’s the world coming to?!”

Homer Bailey – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners.  Every time a bell rang a Marlin got a hit.  Fairly well, Bailey.

Chris Volstad – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He had an ERA of 2.67 last April and he was ownable until the end of May.  I’m not a huge fan because of his pedestrian K-rate, but there ya go.

Jorge Cantu – Hit his third homer yesterday.  Jorge Cantu co-starred in the best of hitters of April post.

Burke Badenhop – The guy with the fake sounding, 50′s matinee idol name got the save yesterday.  Was because Nunez pitched three days in a row.  No reason to go gaga for the Badenhop.

Brandon Morrow – 4 IP, 7 ER.  As frequent commenter, Mr. Baseball sorta said yesterday, “(Morrow) can’t start – can’t close – can’t do the set up role – There’s always long relief.”

Jeff Francoeur – Frenchy hit a home run yesterday or as I call them, freedom flies.

Chris Iannetta – 3-for-5 with a walk-off homer.  I go over what I think about switching catchers in the Geovany Soto blurb further down the page.  You scroll and come back.  Maybe you wait for it.  Your choice.

Ty Wigginton – Hit 2 homers on Monday then went 2-for-4 yesterday.  He’s been playing 2nd base in place of Roberts.  Might not have the 2nd base eligibility yet in your league, but AL-Only leagues should pay attention.

Nolan Reimold – 0-for-4, hitting .130.  Playing.  Not well.  I moved on last week when Pee-ay stole time from him.  I see little reason to go back.

Dustin Pedroia – 2-for-5 as he hit his 4th homer.  BTW, you know who’s going to be overrated in 2011?  Yup.

John Lackey – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER 2 Ks.  Since I’m not above gloating about the picks from the preseason that look good so far, I will say I probably sold Lackey a little short.  He can be effective verging on yawnstipating.  My bigger issue is his injury concernness.  Yeah, that’s a word.  Eat it, Roget’s!

Kevin Slowey – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 BBs, 5 Ks.  Was a tough matchup and the weather was terrible.  I’m ignoring this burp.

Ross Ohlendorf – Will likely miss his Saturday start with a bad back.  He’ll be home watching the straight-to-video classic, Dorf On The Couch.

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 6 ER, 3 HRs, 3 Ks.  You may have some K potential, sir, but you ain’t worth your salt!

Jeff Clement – Sat in favor of Bobby Crosby.  Ah, just when you thought you had your catching shituation figured out.

Brad Penny – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  A hush fell over the crowd as Dave Duncan reached into his magician’s hat and pulled out Sandy Koufax.

John Danks – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Has now put together back-to-back solid starts.  Right now, he’s way above his career K-rate and below his walk rate.  Sorry to buzzkill his owners, but I think Danks comes crashing back to earth sooner vs. later.

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and a HR yesterday.  Yeah, it was a real nice night for my preseason favorites.

Randy Wells – The knock on Wells has always been his lack of strikeouts.  Never stopped him before though.  So today he throws six and a third innings and gives up four earned while striking out seven.  Wells to sabermetricians, “No one puts Randy in a corner!”

Geovany Soto – 1-for-2, HR yesterday.  I know everyone loves to abandon five months of preseason prep work after a week and two days, but Soto was a fantasy sleeper this year.  To reiterate something I’ve said before, “Here’s the deal with punting catcher.  They’re like scabs.  Just leave them alone!  Soto will have 17 HRs by the end of September.  You don’t have to keep picking at him.”  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Carlos Marmol – Got his third save in 4 1/3 innings and 9 Ks.  Could he be the first Donkeycorn this year to become a $12 Salad? (New person to Razzball talking to themselves, “What on earth is this madman talking about?  I’m going back to ESPN.”)

Ryan Theriot – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs, 2 steals.  Has a five game hitting streak going.  For those keeping score, I’m going until Sunday before giving up on Desmond in most mixed leagues, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t own Theriot over him in certain leagues.  Theriot has plus speed, minus power, which equals SAGNOF!

Xavier Nady – 1-for-3, as Derrek Lee sucks his thumb.  Oh, wait, I read that news wrong.  He’s just nursing a sore thumb.  NL-Only leaguers take notice of Nady.

Alcides Escobar – 3-for-4, as he bats .286.  Still has a goose egg in the steal department, but they will come and in a big way.

Corey Hart – Everyone’s favorite first week pin cushion has a 4 game hitting streak and hit in the two hole yesterday as Gomez rightfully moved down the order.

B.J. Upton – 2 HRs yesterday.  Only thing better than a B.J. going deep once–  Aw, man, there goes our three girl readers.

Carlos Pena – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs as he hit his third homer yesterday.  He had top billing in that best hitters of April post.

David Price – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks.  With Sanchez, Alcides and Soto, Price also had a preseason sleeper post.  Ooh…Grey gets a gold star!  Maybe I can knit a yarn mustache and pin it to my lip! Geez, random italicized voice, you don’t say anything for over a week then you lash out.  Sorry, my H2H team sucks.

  1. Chomp Samba says:
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    CRYNOF = Closer Rubs Your Nose in Overwhelming Failure

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    The Upton line is classic! Between this and the sushi story, you sure have a way with the ladies, Grey.

    I wish I would have read this preseason review before reaching for Montero in the 11th round:

    “Never quite became a household name…tall, heavy, and high off the ground, consequently felt slow-witted….received injurious publicity with reports of unreliability….promised Montero would be the best. To a degree, it delivered….Montero wasn’t an entirely bad choice.”

    Article goes on to say:

    “A letdown. We found little compensation….”

    http://www.edmunds.com/mitsubishi/montero/review.html

  3. DrEasy says:
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    - Picked up Filthy Sanchez just in time from the waivers for today’s performance, yay! Yep, this is one very shallow-looking league (I mean, it’s still a 12-team league, but it just “feels” shallow). Abreu is on waivers. Chris Young was dropped. Weird.

    - I’m waiving Frasor to pick up the aforementioned Chris Young. I’ve watched him pitch and he just doesn’t have it right now. Velocity is down, which makes his change ineffective, and he just nibbles too much. I sense a trip to the disgraceful list for him as well.

    - Hughes’ first start tomorrow! Should I start him at home against the Angels?

  4. brett says:
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    That Borboner was a long time coming.

    Not mine though. Sonavabenched.

  5. Steve says:
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    Stupid west-coast-extra-inning-games-with-relievers-that-can’t-get-it-done!
    (Emoticon)

  6. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Thoughts on Jake Fox? You would think he would get consistent PT given how much the A’s lack power in their lineup

  7. tenken says:
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    oh mighty grey,
    what are your thoughts on billingsley? chalk it off to a slow start or do i feel an ulcer brewing?

  8. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Here is some fun with names…..

    So I was walking down the huston STREET the other darren o’DAY whilst wearing my favorite pair of SANDALvals when a SMOAKin’ hot chick walked by and made me asDRUBAL all over my shirt. After that I went to the SHOPpach and got a nick SWISHER for a travis BUCK, then I filled the SWISHER with guillermo MOTA and I was pedro FELIZ for the rest of the day. I also saw kevin gregg and called him an antoniono BASTARDo.

  9. sean says:
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    @tenken: This is basically the same Bills that we saw in the second half. I think a good bit of it has to do with Torre consistently leaving him in for the extra inning. He didn’t have his best stuff last night, and he still got left in there to throw 116 pitches. It wasn’t like he was taking a shutout into the eighth. He was getting hammered in the fifth.

  10. john says:
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    ***Jose Reyes will now bat in the 3 hole probably starting this weekend against St. Louis via Yahoo***

    ..Wow..

  11. Gareth says:
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    Was so excited about scooping Bruce of waivers I sat Borbon for the first time this season yesterday. Sonovabench!

    That’ll learn me for gloating. Sorry, Fantasy Baseball Gods.

  12. sean says:
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    @Grey: ‘member when Teixeira was 5-for-28 to start last season. Ok, good, me too. At least he’s happier about it than I am. This is a legit quote:

    “I love challenges,” said Teixeira. “That’s why I go out and tear it up in April so much, to make it easy on myself the rest of the year.”

  13. BeanyBill says:
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    Hey, a Borboner sighting in the morning rundown! Oh Frabjuous day, Kalloo, Kallay!

  14. Mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey any concern on billingsleys terrible start?

  15. Eddy says:
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    Love the CJ Wilson and Tex blurbs, nothing like a good laugh to get ya going early in the morning!

  16. BeanyBill says:
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    2-start pitchers for the coming week. Which two ya got?

    J. Piniero (v. DET, v. NYY)
    H. Bailey (v. LA, v. SD)
    G. Gonzalez (v. NYY, vs. CLE)
    A. Cook (@WAS, v. FLA)
    C. Richard (v. SF, @CIN)

  17. Tony says:
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    @DrEasy: why play in a league like that, sorry but thats ridiculous. And you’re rostering Hughes over Sanchez prior to yesterday? hmmmm….. please pick up abreu.

    @sean: time to make moves for big tex….

  18. Tony says:
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    @grey or any razzhead:

    who are you most confident in today:
    Hughes (NYY) vs. LAA
    DLR vs. NYM @COL
    Haren @ LAD

    Any of them you just WOULD NOT run out there today?

  19. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: Start the untrustworthy Liriano today?

  20. JDunn says:
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    If someone were offering you Carlos Pena and Dan Uggla for Robinson Cano, would you take it?

  21. dingers says:
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    drop Fransisco or Perez (both on bench) (I have Wood on DL) for Masterson? thanks

  22. BuhnerForPhelps?!?! says:
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    Looking to get Jay Bruce and Ian Kinsler out of a guy…should I trade Ian Stewart, JJ Hardy, and Reimold?

  23. sean says:
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    @Tony: I’m rolling Hughes today. The Mets aren’t looking strong enough to make me sit one of my draft picks. And I’m not sitting Haren unless he’s on the DL.

    If you’re wavering on Hughes, he threw 39.2 innings at tNYS last year and had this line: 4-1, 2.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 44K:12BB, 10 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9

    Obviously, his strikeout rate may come down as a starter, but the Angels lineup doesn’t scare me.

  24. PepeSilvia says:
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    you said it with Clement, brother. hoped he could fill in for Montero for me but finally had to let him go. I’m going with Pudge now for the time being. pray for me.

  25. KarlJ. says:
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    @Grey: “New person to Razzball talking to themselves, “What on earth is this madman talking about? I’m going back to ESPN.”
    Ha, that made me spit out my coffee.

    I am in a 2 catcher league where I had Montero and Ramon Hernandez (Yuck!). Just picked up Snyder to replace Montero and thinking of dumping R Hernandez, grabbing Santana and crossing my fingers that Santana gets called up in a couple weeks. FYI, This is a non-keeper league.
    This is a weekly transaction league where free agent requests are processed by the commissioner based on league standings (worst to first) so if I wait a few weeks until there are rumblings of Santana being called up I will probably have no shot at getting him.

    Stupid move?

  26. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Nope, still here.

  27. sean says:
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    @Grey: I would not be surprised to see a Bruce-ian adjustment period for Hayward where he does not get a fastball to hit. I’ve noticed him getting a steady diet of breaking balls already, which means that he could struggle for a while because he didn’t spend much time in the minor leagues (with veteran junkballers and various other 28-year old dead arms throwing nothing but breaking balls). Also, I sat him last night against Richard and may do that with lefties for a while.

  28. William says:
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    @Grey: I wish I could consider dropping Desmond for Theriot, but I need Desmond because he’s eligible at 2B.

    Right now my 2B are: Kelly Johnson and Ian Desmond. Oy! Help me out and give me some 2B sleepers if Kelly Johnson is going to be out longer than day 2 day.

  29. Tony says:
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    @sean: Ya i kinda like all of them. Hughes is iffy, but those stats make me feel a bit more comfortable. More than anything he’s always got the yankee lineup behind him for run support. DLR vs. the mets is a little scary, they might not be hitting the best but the nights they decide to put it together, might not be pretty…. and I agree Haren had a rough 2nd outting but i HAVE to run him out each time, dammit…. haha i was hoping i could MAYBE bench one. GUESS NOT. H2H league and i need 32 innings min, i have 18 so far….

    I also told my one dude in my league to sell HIGH on heyward, pitchers will figure him out, he’s a stud, but he’s young, he’ll hit a wall…

  30. Eddy says:
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    Grey, which do you prefer for a 5th OF?

    Hart
    DeJesus
    Venable
    Ankiel
    Rowand
    Cody Ross

  31. GopherDay says:
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    Well, the stupid guy with waiver priority ONE above me grabbed Hardy har har…so to fill in the IF slot left void by Rollins, we have the following options:
    Gaby Sanchez
    Aubery Huff
    Juan Uribe
    Ty Wiggington (Hot hand??)
    Scott Sizemore
    Christian Guzman

    Yeah, really wish I could have gotten Hardy…These choices suck!

  32. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: I’d go Hart right now.

  33. Remember Phil Nevin says:
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    Hahaha, that Ron Washington thing was great

  34. The Dangerous Summer says:
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    Trade Wieters for Kershaw?

    My offense is solid but I think my SPs are shaky
    I have Ubaldo, Hamels, Billingsley, DeLaRosa, Slowey, Liriano and Bedard on the DL

  35. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Grey

    A commercial reference. Interesting….

  36. Sal says:
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    will the A’s please trade gio to the Cards so Duncan can turn him into a demi-god…

  37. Cain Fan says:
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    @Grey: Start Zambrano vs. MIL? I know its a crap shoot but any gut feelings?

  38. magicterp says:
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    Getting an itchy scab-picking finger with Clement in my NL-only. Drop for low-average Barajas or low-PT Olivo? Or let the scab heal? Thx!

  39. William says:
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    @Grey: Question #2 – I’d like to pick up Masterson, but not sure who to drop – my SPs are Johan Santana, Cole Hamels, WandyWagon, AJ Burnett, Johnny Cueto, Clay Buchholz, and Scott Kazmir. I’m leaning towards Kazmir since he’ll eventually get hurt… btw, I’m letting my cuevos hang out and rolling Kazmir out there today.

  40. Uncle Cos says:
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    Grey:

    Theriot or Tejada to replace Rollins? I went Theriot at home right now, but wouldn’t be afraid to rotate… it’s ugly out on the wire…

    Also, Phil Hughes today?

    Gracias…! Go Phils!

  41. Wiley says:
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    I should be able to grab Wandy off waivers this week. Any concerns on his shoulder, and should I drop Gio, Latos, or Zach Duke to pick him up?

  42. Commish Cauda says:
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    which side?

    Kevin Slowey & Julio Borbon FOR Colby Lewis & Torii Hunter

  43. Cain Fan says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Slowey Borbon by a lot

  44. Mann of Sandd says:
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    It kills me every time you write bad things about Porcello. I personally think the kid is going to be a star down the line.

    The Ron Washington line was spill your drink hilarious though.

  45. Sal says:
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    @Wiley: I would drop Duke for Wandy. Arguement could be made to drop Gio but I like him on spot starts if he has a good matchup at least… Wandy would be an upgrade on either one though.

  46. Mr2Bits says:
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    Borbon or Blanks for a keeper league?

  47. JoeC says:
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    @Tony: What? You doubt George of the Rose? And against the Mets no less? For shame, sir. For shame!

  48. Tony says:
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    @Commish Cauda: i say borboner and slowey too. Lewis is not going to be relevant, double II will get hurt…. IMO

  49. Mr2Bits says:
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    speaking of SS, Asdrubal Cabrera is really starting to get on my shit list if he doesn’t do something soon
    @Mann of Sandd:
    If with you, I’m a Porcello fan. He just needs to start getting more K’s and he’ll be good.

  50. GopherDay says:
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    Is this trade vetoeable??

    Team A gets:
    Felix Hernadnez
    Nate McLouth
    Heath Bell

    Team B gets:
    Mark Buehrle
    Brad Hawpe
    Ryan Franklin

    One of the better teams in the league is getting King Felix and co. and just looking at the draft results all the players he is giving were taken round 20 on, while Felix was taken round 4, Bell round 11….Normally I wouldn’t try to veto it, but this one seems kinda lopsided…

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    @Cain Fan: I have a gut feeling. But I think that’s just last night’s burrito.

    I’m not sure what you guys expect from the Greyster. You want him to hold your hand while you watch your live stats page update?

    Zambrano is what he is: a pitcher whose reputation is better than his numbers will be. That doesn’t mean he’s entirely worthless… it just means that some days, he’s gonna vomit on your pillow. And some days he’ll be great. No one can tell you in advance which kind of day it will be for Z. If he don’t know, how could any of us?

  52. Cain Fan says:
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    @GopherDay: Ask Team B why they are doing the trade. IMO it definitely looks like a dump, I see no upside or rationale for team B (SP for SP, OF for OF RP for RP, and getting the worst in each case, awful).

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    @Commish Cauda: Slowey/Borbon for me. Hunter is probably the best player in the deal (okay, not probably, he is), but I think Colby Lewis will be unownable soon enough. I’d rather have two solid contributors than one star and an oil spill.

  54. Awesomus Maximus

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    @brett: So the “B.J. going deep” comment wasn’t enough… you just had to throw in a “Borboner was a long time coming” for good measure. Real mature. :P

  55. Cain Fan says:
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    @JoeC: In my experience, more times than not, when a question is posed a lot of useful info is posted. IE hes terrible vs player A, he has certain tendecies at home or away, he sucks in april, his first start was a fluke b.c it was windy etc. Its the power of the masses to provide a ton of info thats all. What’s the comment section for then, fellatiating Grey (no disrespect)?

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    @Mr2Bits: haha lots of guys need to start getting more K’s, pitchers dont just “start getting K’s”

    They’re either a Strike out pitcher or they’re not.

    K/9 of 4.7 last year?
    minors K/9 of 5.2?

    I mean he’s VERY young, there’s always room for improvement. He’s just not that kind of pitcher, am i right or am i right?

    @JoeC: HAHA JOEC i’m running him out there, especially since i’ve made a side bet with a guy in my league that DLR will finish under a 4.00 ERA! oops, might lose that one! so far the league is a $100 buy in, and i have $140 in side bets?

    @GopherDay: That trade is frikkin HORRIBLE. I dont veto ANYTHING but thats pretty justifiable.

  57. JoeC says:
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    @Cain Fan: I think my comment on your comment fulfilled your idea that a comment should be filled with useful info (meow!).

    The point I was trying to make is that no one, not Grey, not the Wizard of Oz, not Jesus himself can tell you what any one pitcher is going to do on any given day. Look at Piniero (sp.?) and his domination of the Yanqouis.

    Forecasting baseball performances is like weather forecasting in reverse: short-term, who the hell knows what happens. But long-term, there we have an idea.

    I don’t mean to pick on you… there’s a ton of others who ask similar questions. Yours was just the comment I read when I had the time and inclination to respond. No offense meant.

  58. GTS says:
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    Any advice for CBillz? I have him and Nolasco and they are killing me. I trust Nolasco much more so I’ll keep starting him. Should I bench Billz until he turns it arouind?

  59. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    So Grey is either the Wizard of Oz or Geebus…hmmm

    They both have mustaches too!!

  60. Commish Cauda says:
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    @GopherDay:

    Being lopsided or not is a matter of opinion. Draft position also doesn’t mean a thing now that the season has started. And a fair evaluation of the deal should not involve whether or not one of the “better teams” is getting Felix.

    IMO, Bell and Franklin are a wash, so Team B is obviously selling high on Buehrle and Hawpe and buying low on McLouth.

    It may seem unfair on paper, but unless you have evidence that there’s some funny business going on between the two owners, it shouldn’t be vetoed.

  61. JoeC says:
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    @Tony: I think George might perform better than Ubaldo this year. I have both of them in my main league and I’m on a Rocky Mountain High that I think will last all year (hard to believe that I’m happy that I have two Rockies pitchers!).

    I would take that under 4 ERA bet in a heartbeat (your side obv.).

  62. JoeC says:
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    @Commish Cauda: I have to disagree. That trade is as lopsided as Paris Hilton’s eyes. I would veto it in a heartbeat.

  63. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    Have to agree. Hawpe is hurt. Bell is MUCH better then Franklin. And he gets arguably one of the best pitchers in the game.

    I only veto for collusion. And this looks like funny business.

  64. JoeC says:
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    I’m holding onto Reimold. Yeah, he’s sucked eggs to this point, but we’re super-early and he performed well over nearly the entire season last year (even with the Achilles injury). He’s on the bench for now, until he starts to put it together, but I trust Moldy will make a comeback in due time.

  65. .(). says:
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    damn funny stuff today — oh, and informative too

  66. Steve-0 says:
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    Grey,

    Does Peavy suck? Should I be spot starting him, or trading him? Smaller park, and he hasn’t pitched in over a year, but I still expected him to be better than a spot starter. I slotted him behind Ubaldo, Kershaw, and Hanson. I’ve also got Webb marinating on the DL. Were my hopes to high on him?

  67. Mapwheel says:
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    Man, a lot of you need to learn patience–it’s a key virtue when playing the game. You’re freaking out about your players after less than two weeks? Sometimes players just start slow or have a bad day. That’s the game of baseball. You just gotta sit it out, take the bad with the good, and hope the player averages a respectable season (e.g. Look at 2009 Derrek Lee’s numbers for April and May).

    Don’t go throwing away potential sleepers or benching pitchers because they stink now. For me, it always hurts more to leave good stats on your bench than it does to play a guy who is slumping.

  68. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: This season:

    Hernandez: 0-0; 3.29 ERA; 1.24 WHIP
    Buehrle: 2-0; 2.40 ERA; 0.95 WHIP

    Seattle hasn’t can’t hit a lick.

    More than enough reason to consider this a FAIR trade. NO VETO!

  69. GopherDay says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Well last year the same manager pulled off some trades like that…I don’t know, normally I don’t react to trades, but this one seems very lopsided…

  70. GopherDay says:
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    @simply fred: Yeah, I get that Buerhle has been doing great and all…I don’t know, I’ll talk to the guy that traded away Felix and see whats up.

    Like I said, under most circumstances I don’t veto any trades…But yeah, something about a 4th rounder, top tier pitcher going for a bunch of 20th rd + picks just kinda gets to me…

  71. kwak says:
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    Drop Everth or Desmond for Wigginton? They’re both pretty crappy…

  72. royce! says:
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    I thought this was a no-brainer, but am caught in a feed back loop- should I drop Doumit for Soto? On the one hand, Doumit’s not been very good lately. On the other hand, “set it and forget it.” On the third hand, I could drop Ricky Romero, but my team will never be able to stage a production of West Side Story without him. On the fourth and final hand, who carries 2 C?

    Considering the players on the DL or heading there, I should be glad to have such problems. But I’m not. Oh this mortal coil!

  73. Bob says:
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    Delmon Young or Cory Hart?

  74. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ simply fred

    How about looking at the overall season numbers between Buerhle and Felix. Not two starts.

    Not to mention Buerhle always starts fast. Did you have Buerhle ranked right behind Felix on your cheat sheet? If you did, then I would expect you to think the trade is fair. If you didn’t, then you must be the one offering the trade.

  75. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: No need to talk to the owner. Let go of it. It is nothing. Focus on your team.

  76. royce! says:
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    @Mapwheel: Unfortunately, many real world managers lack the same patience that you implore us to have. So if I’m patient with, say, Chris Davis or the like, it might not matter because he could get sent down again. That said, I wish real world managers would be more patient with their prospects, and let them play through a month or two before cutting em.

  77. Mann of Sandd says:
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    @Tony:
    With Porcello’s minor league time being so limited (and with the Tigers pushing him to pitch to contact to speed his ascension to the majors), I think those numbers are bound to improve as he gets older. He’s got the stuff to strike out more, but he’s 21 and learning at the big league level. Not sure if he’ll ever be a K per inning guy, but when I watch him I think we’re watching the next Brandon Webb.

    But I also thought Alex Gordon would be good. So there’s that.

  78. Stan Papi says:
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    Was listening to the Texas game on Xm last night and the announcer said Lewis walked 19 guys in 180 innings in Japan last year. Is walking guys really a weakness for him? I picked him up for a double duty next week.

  79. JoeC says:
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    @simply fred: Right, and by that logic, Ty Wigginton (.333, 2 HR, 3 RBI) is equal to Prince Fielder (.300, 0 HR, 2 RBI) and MUCH better than Mark Teixera (.097, 0 HR, 4 RBI).

    Really? Are you serious? To only take 2010 performances into account after 2 weeks for evaluating trades is ridonkulous.

    FHer is 10 times the pitcher that Buerhle is, case closed.

  80. JoeC says:
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    @royce!: But it’s easy for us to be patient when all we have riding on a prospect’s performance is whether or not our fantasy team does well. It’s a little harder for a manager, whose very job is on the line if his players don’t perform, to be patient with a young pup who’s never done it before (thus many managers preference for veterans).

  81. Jackie says:
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    Who is the better DL stash: Blanton or Beddard?

  82. Future Man says:
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    Grey,

    You prefer Ian Stewart or Figgins at second base in a points league. Love stewart, but gotta think figgins is better. Right?

  83. Gareth says:
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    ***Borbon benched today, per ESPN. Andrus to lead off for the Rangers.

  84. Nathan says:
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    @JoeC: As I read it, Simply Fred’s arguement is not that Buerhle is a better pitcher than F-Her. That’s stupid.

    The arguement is over whether a manager should be allowed to trade a pitcher for a different pitcher who is currently playing better. Obviously no one *here* with half a brain would make that trade. But that’s not the point. The question here is whether I should be able to trade F-Her for Beurlhe if I legitimately think — however misguidedly — that Beurlhe will continue to have a better season than F-Her. Fred’s arguement is that I should.

  85. cnote says:
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    Adding to Bob’s question…Corey Hart, Delmon Young, or Jose Guillen?

  86. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Deep NL only league – who is a better Utility man – Gerardo Parra or Bobby Crosby?

  87. Gareth says:
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    @GopherDay: I agree with simply fred. I don’t think it’s vetoable. Good trade for him. So be it. F-Her could do his shoulder next start. Ya never know.

  88. BeanyBill says:
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    @cnote: I think Guillen’s the easy answer there based simply on playing time. Delmon has sat for Kubel twice already (when they DH’d Thome), and Hart has sat for Edmonds a number of times.

  89. penpen says:
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    @GopherDay: If this trade is not vetoable I guess no ridiculously short-sighted deal is; dude’s getting fleeced.

  90. Tony says:
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    @JoeC: I’ve got $20 on DLR finishing under 4.00 (not good looking at career avgs) and i’ve got $20 on Nolasco finishing under a 4.00….. but i’m lucky as Efff…. so i’m feeling good about it.

    @Mann of Sandd: HAHA, 5K/9 isn’t doing much for me now, could change….

    @cnote: ride delmon while he’s hot, hope he stays hot…. i’ve got each in different leagues, hoping to strike some gold.

  91. royce! says:
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    @Gareth: WTH, man? He finally gets a steal and they bench him! Guess it’s hard to be patient when you’re fiending.

    Just looked it up- Borbon has not been so good against lefties. Murphy hasn’t been much better though.

  92. Dingo says:
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    Word of caution to potential Masterson fans — his weakness against lefties doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. He’s been fortunate to face two righty-heavy lineups so far, but when he faces the Twins next week, he’ll have to deal with Mauer, Morneau, Hudson, Span, Kubel, and possibly Thome all facing him from the left side. That could get pretty ugly fast.

  93. Denys says:
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    Carlos Santana – what’s the expected call-up date? Someone mentioned it the other day, and I’m thinking of doing it in my 14-team league due to the complete garbage available for replacement of Montero – punt catcher, plug Santana, patiently wait for production in… late May?

  94. Gareth says:
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    @royce!: Kinda annoying, no? Especially when I sonovabenched him yesterday. I guess they want to get a game into Murphy and Borbon was the odd one out.

  95. CoreyII says:
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    time to cut Morrow loose if you took a late round chance on him in a 14 team league, or is it too soon? would you rather go w/ another young guy like Hochevar or Gio, or an older one like Maholm or Wakefield?

  96. Simply Fred

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    @JoeC: from last year’s forums:
    “Just would like affirmation on a stupid trade in a league I’m commissioner of:

    Team A (1st Place) trades Ian Stewart, C. Guzman, D. Lee and S. Hairston to Team B (9th place) for M. Cabrera, J. Rollins and BJ Upton. First reaction was to shut this down immediately. Am I in the wrong here or is this as ridiculous as I think it is?”

    Simply Fred:
    “Let’s see. Since July 14:

    stewart/guzman/lee/hairston:
    HR/RBI/R/BB/SB
    5/14/19/15/1
    cabrera/rollins/bjupton:
    2/7/14/8/2

    Looks lopsided to me. Yup, 9th place is screwing 1st.”

    Anything can happen. Unless you have pictures (evidence) of him screwing your fiance, it ain’t veto-able.

    Commish Cauda likely has learned this the hard way.

    Case closed? HA!

  97. @grey: Too many hysterical hi-lights in that post to sum up. Brilliant shit. Freedom Flies! Ha!

    SABCS and if he messes with Fuentes I’m going to personally pay him a visit. I still suffer PTSD from that HR he hit off of Doc back in the 88LCS. Fucker.

    Very very happy that I grabbed Gregg the other day in hindsite. Of course he’ll get shelled tonight. I think he was picked up and dropped 7 times in my league last season. I’ll set the over/under at 5 add/drops for Gregg.

  98. tony b. says:
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    My OF:

    Quentin
    McCutchen
    Bruce
    Blanks
    Krispie Young

    Would you drop Blanks for any of these FA’s:

    Francoeur
    Willingham
    Austin Jackson

  99. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey–

    You suggested I pick up Buck in a 20-team league where I have Napoli and a weeaaak waiver wire, and he was snatched out from under me. Since then, though, Ianetta and Mathis have hit the wire, and Shoppach’s injury seems to mean more playing time for Navarro. Kendall and Ramon Hernandez are also available. Who do you think are the top two options (just in case one gets snatched away again)? And if I can make a low level trade for Clement, does he beat any of them?

    Two more questions.

    At SS, do you prefer Brignac or Escobar as a fill-in for the injured Rollins?

    And if I could sell high on Magglio and get Ian Stewart should I do it? Hey, that rhymes.

  100. Tom Emanski says:
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    I see Nelson Cruz’s 6 HRs and raise myself a pants snake

  101. GopherDay says:
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    @simply fred: Didn’t mean to start an argument, but thats what you get if you cram so many Fantasy baseball advocates onto one thread! ;)

  102. KarlJ. says:
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    @GopherDay:

    I am really against trade vetoes and am not in any leagues that have them but these kinds of trades really make me upset.
    I guess you can argue that anyone in that league could have pulled off a similar deal for F-Her but I care about my reputation in my leagues and I don’t want to be known as the “lopsided trade offer guy” so I would never try it.

  103. Tony says:
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    @sean: now i see hughes is going vs. KAZMIR, that makes me feel even better (knock on wood).

  104. Simply Fred

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    @GopherDay: It’s all good. Everybody’s opinion is valuable. Veto of trades just a pet peeve of mine (in case you didn’t notice!). :-)

  105. royce! says:
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    @tony b.: I’d drop him for Willingham. Willingham, if healthy, seems a lock for stats that would be upside for Blanks.

  106. royce! says:
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    @Denys: Oh, and I’m holding him in a 14-team h2h, but I have Doumit starting and we have a lot of bench spots.

  107. Kazmere says:
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    SHALLOW league. JUpton vs Kuroda or Slumpy Sparkakis vs Sheets?

  108. Dingo says:
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    @Commish Cauda: I’m curious why you think Bell and Franklin are a wash. Is it all due to the quality of their respective teams? Because talent-wise there’s a pretty huge difference.

  109. Tom Emanski says:
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    Time to give up on Homer Bailey?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chomp Samba: Nice!

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

    @DrEasy: I would.

    @Steve: Hehe

    @brett: Hehe

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: He deserves to.

    @tenken: Hopefully slow start.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Hehe

    @john: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Gareth: Ha

    @sean: He’s just a slow starter.

    @BeanyBill: Ha!

    @Mikey boy324: I’d sure prefer he pitched well.

    @Eddy: Hehe

    @BeanyBill: Piniero and Richard, tough choices there though.

    @Eric H.: I’m not.

    @JDunn: Sure

    @dingers: Eh

    @BuhnerForPhelps?!?!: Sure

    @PepeSilvia: I’ll pray.

    @KarlJ.: Thanks and eh. I’d just hold tight to Ramon for now.

    @ScoutAbout: Smiling emoticon.

    @William: No idea who’s available in your league.

    @GopherDay: Sanchez

    @Remember Phil Nevin: Thanks, nice username.

    @The Dangerous Summer: Sure

    @Sal: Ha!

    @Cain Fan: Start him.

    @magicterp: Heal.

    @William: You have no one to drop.

    @Uncle Cos: Theriot, start Hughes.

    @Wiley: Grab Wandy, drop Gio.

    @Mann of Sandd: Might be in a year or two. Don’t trust him this year.

    @Mr2Bits: Borbon

    @GTS: Wouldn’t bench him yet.

    @.().: Thanks!

    @Steve-0: Maybe too high on him originally, but I wouldn’t sell him low now that you have him.

    @kwak: Eh

    @royce!: That’s hilarious! I’d own Soto. Maybe trade Doumit, but he’ll probably get you Bupkis.

    @Bob: Hart

    @Jackie: Bedard

    @Gareth: Nice, just when he’s seeing the ball well.

    @cnote: Guillen until he cools off.

    @Mr. Rickey: Crosby for now.

    @Denys: June’s my guess.

    @CoreyII: Give him another start.

    @3fingersbrown: Thanks!

    @tony b.: Willingham

    @Eric: Own Iannetta. Grab Escobar. Anybody want a peanut? As always depends what you’re getting for them.

    @Tom Emanski: Ha!

    @Kazmere: Upton’s side.

  111. Dingo says:
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    @GopherDay: Also, I’d agree that the trade is ridiculous, but I’m a firm believer in not vetoing trades unless you can somehow demonstrate collusion. If Team B’s manager honestly thinks he’s making his team better by gaining Buehrle, Hawpe, and Franklin, then you can’t really protect him from his own poor judgment. It’s just too bad that you weren’t the one to benefit from it.

  112. Commish Cauda says:
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    @simply fred: @KarlJ.: @GopherDay: @penpen: @Nathan:

    I’ve been a Commissioner for a long time. As long as there’s no evidence or history of collusion, owners should be allowed to be as stupid as they want to be.

  113. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    Billingsley is painful to own.

    Would you rather Bruce/Garza or A. Escobar/Billingsley?

  114. William says:
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    @Grey: 12 team standard roto 5×5 H2H league… the top 10 2B available are (according to Y! rankings) -
    maicer, felipe lopez, skip schu, freddy sanchez, clint barmes, scott sizemore, aki iwamura, kaz matsui, orlando hudson, adam kennedy. Casey McGehee is taken.

    any 2B you are tracking who are sleepers and would be available in a league like mine?

  115. keithprime says:
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    Think I’m going to have to disagree on Danks. Dude is only 25 and is a former top prospect. Further, with the development of his cutter 2 years ago, he has exhibited an ability to improve. I’m not saying he keeps this level of production up all year, but I had him pegged as a potential breakout starter in the preseason.

  116. noxad says:
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    C.J. Wilson – Missed his start due to food poisoning. Ron Washington was overheard in the clubhouse screaming, “That’s not sugar!”

    R
    O
    F
    L

  117. Eric says:
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    Grey — I think I was too concerned about the rhyme last time and I didn’t ask my question clear enough: If I could sell high on Magglio and get Ian Stewart in return, I should do it, no?

    Also, where do you get the time to answer so many questions?? As we say here in Italy: complimenti.

  118. dingers says:
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    Grey- i just went back and read your post-trade Javier Vazquez predictions…looks spot on!… any thoughts on the lotto pick-4 tonight? crystal ball man

  119. KarlJ. says:
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    @Commish Cauda:
    I agree on no vetoes and there is probably nothing that can be done unless there is evidence of collusion.
    Hopefully the other owners are at least giving the offending parties a hard time on the league message board.
    Often times the guys getting ripped off are newbies in the league and it takes some time for them to learn what other owners not to trust

  120. Uncle Cos says:
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    Thanks Grey! You da man for bangin’ out so many responses…

  121. Principal Blackman says:
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    @tony b.: If it were me, I’d stand pat, but who am I?

  122. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Matt Laporta or Corey Hart?

    10 Team Roto 7 Keepers. For an OF or UT spot.

  123. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Commish Cauda: Yeah, I agree. Gotta’ let owners make their own mistakes… you’re not the chaperone on a 1st grader field trip.

    Plus, if this guy really wants to unload F-Her for a pitcher who’s doing well right now, you can veto this trade for Buehrle, but then you’ll have to veto the one for Pavano that follows, and then the one for Lowe after that, and then the one for Duke, followed by the one for Zito… know what I mean?

  124. Eric says:
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    Last question today, I promise: who is more likely to earn SVs in the short term between Baez and Jensen Lewis?

  125. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    @magicterp: I’m in the same position, and holding onto Clement for now. Clement sat yesterday because he was facing a filthy, filthy Sanchez. Kept his upper lip clean and ready to go tomorrow, I hope.

  126. charlie batch says:
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    roster spot open! buchholz, pavano, penny available. Which are you grabbing?

  127. Jarrad says:
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    @GopherDay:
    @Commish Cauda:

    One of my favorite quotes when it comes to this stuff is “you can’t legislate stupidity”. When dude who traded F-Her is kickin’ himself in the nick-nicks later in the season, he’ll understand the error of his ways…

  128. CoreyII says:
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    I asked this preseason and have a chance to swap them again now – given the way that they started – would you rather have Adam Dunn or Carlos Pena for the rest of the season? Are Pena’s early advantages enough to make him worth more now?

  129. Tom Reale says:
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    You are on fire today my friend. The next one to say Scoscia is getting pistol whipped(and Brandon Wood is pushing his way to the front of the line).

    I can totally relate to the Marmol post. When I first started reading I was like what the eff is a cuddle boy? Who the eff is Krispie? This dude is pretty funny but I have no idea what’s going on here. Then I discovered the glossary!

    So I am guessing that I should stop picking at my Pence Pustule?

    Thanks for the Slowey post…I own him everywhere…ignore bad start in the rain…check…CLE and KC next week

  130. Tom Reale says:
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    Delmon Young is out today

  131. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    @charlie batch: penny! I like Bucholz but that AL East is a b*tch! No faith in Pavano for me…

  132. Re: Slowey

    He hung in there on a terrible mound yesterday. Since I’m down 1 QS, I was pissed he didn’t come out for the 6th, but I understand. The season’s young. Can’t wait to see him have a catch with Mauer against CLE and KC.

  133. Nathan says:
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    @Commish Cauda: I agree that people should be allowed to be stupid. But the mitigating factor here for me is that fantasy baseball is a multi-player game.

    As anyone who has ever played Risk knows, it’s annoying as hell to play a strategically sound game over a long period of time, only to lose because some dumb-ass noob’s self-destructive mistake benefitted someone else.

    I’m curious, would your opinion of this trade be different if F-Her was going to a 1st place team from a last place team 1 hour before the league trade deadline?

  134. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Should I drop my 7th starter (Bailey) or my 5th closer (J.Johnson) in the RCL to pick up Hart?

  135. magicterp says:
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    @Johnnie LeMaster: I’m gonna hold Clement too – for now. Ha! – upper lip :) Thanks!

  136. Tom Reale says:
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    @3fingersbrown: True. He spent half the time poking at his cleats and, as someone said yesterday, he was kinda getting squeezed.

  137. William says:
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    @Grey: Do you like Sizemore more than Ian Desmond or Kelly Johnson or both?

  138. CoreyII says:
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    @William: Grey – can you throw Clint Barmes into those ranks as well for me, I’m making a similar Kinsler replacement 2B decision – not sure who to hold on to.

  139. CoreyII says:
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    @Grey: Thaks. Dunn has been terrible, but he has to turn it around, right? And what if it was just between Desmond, Sizemore, and Barmes for temporary 2B?

  140. Tom Reale says:
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    CarGo likely headed to the DL***

  141. Chicago Mike says:
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    @Grey and Anyone Else

    Escobar just his free agency. Would you drop Ev. Cab for him or stay put? Also should I take the “scab” approach with Napoli? My only other option would be Chris Iannetta in free agency who is also in a timeshare.

  142. Critter Nagurski says:
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    laporta, bradley or snider?

  143. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: Athos and Porthos glad you didn’t do Schmo posts about them!

  144. AdamH says:
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    In a 5×5, 12 team yahoo keeper league, all else equal, would you drop Chris Davis (starting 3B) for Chase Headley? I know of your love for Headley but I know the day I drop Davis he goes on a tear and ends up with 35 HR…

  145. FetaBallz says:
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    @Grey: Drop DStubbs for CHart going forward???

  146. Trow says:
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    No love for Colby Lewis even if his next starts are Bos, Det, Chisox, @Sea, @Oak, Oak? Skipping the Bosox those are some decent matchups, no?

  147. BeanyBill says:
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    Grey, you nervous at all that Borbon could lose his leadoff spot to Andrus (who’s batting .360 in the first couple weeks), or did you get the sense that they gave Borbon the leadoff spot with confidence and that he’s going to stay there?

  148. ASAOK says:
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    Think Garcia is worth a spot start vs. the Mets on Saturday (even though it’s vs. Santana). Also, how would you rank these three: C. Davis, Adam Laroche, Conor Jackson? Thanks!

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AdamH: No, I wouldn’t.

    @FetaBallz: Stubbs for a little bit more.

    @Trow: The last three look good, the first three don’t so much.

    @BeanyBill: Borbon will take a hit to his Runs at the bottom of the order, but I still like him. As long as he’s playing.

    @ASAOK: Davis, LaRoche… Eh on Garcia.

  150. Simply Fred

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    Any updates on Kinsler’s return? Last I saw was April 9 projecting him back next week for Boston, April 21.

  151. dingers says:
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    Grey- is vazquez now a buy low candidate or is the 88mph fastball concern enuff 2 stay away altogether>? thanx

  152. and1mcgee says:
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    @BeanyBill Andrus led off today.

  153. Was just researching some MI to replace Rollins…noticed this “advice” in Ty Wiggington’s player news and had to share:

    “Wigginton homered and drove in three runs and upped his slugging percentage to .714. If this continues, he’ll be a fantasy superstar.”

    Oh really? Thanks Yahoo!

  154. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Jaime Garcia or Ervin Santana?

    8×8 H2H (QS, K/BB)

  155. William says:
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    @Grey: Any new thoughts on Alfonso Soriano, or do you still preach patience with him? I feel like people are jumping all over him while those same people probably called Derrek Lee worthless after April and May last season.

  156. Cheese

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    @Cheese: The rest of my staff is Lincecum, Nolasco, Slowey, J Sanchez

  157. @Tom Reale: He did get squeezed a few times. Tough enough pitching to the BoSox on good day. If it were later in the year, you could bet he’d have had the ball in the 6th.

    @everyone looking to ditch their rooks: 99% of rookies have their struggles (an even higher percent of pitchers). There aren’t many Pujols, Brauns, Longos, Heywards around. If you see your kid’s struggling in the box scores, just look at his BABIP and BB/K to get a picture of how he’s really playing.

    Last year, I drafted Kendry in the 21st round of a 12 team mixed. Great. After he struggled the first six weeks of the season, I dumped him for a hot Luke Scott. The rest is history. This is a keeper league mind you. I won the league, but I’m still pissed at myself.

    Don’t be a dope. Rookies are going to have their struggles. There was a reason you drafted him, wasn’t there?

  158. @Cheese: I’d watch their upcoming starts closely. I picked up Garcia yesterday, since I have an empty slot with Fuentes out. I would have taken Santana over Garcia in a heart beat.

  159. GTS says:
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    J. Sanchez was dropped in my 10-team league. Do I drop CJ Wilson for him?

  160. Denys says:
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    @royce!: @royce!: @Grey: A month and a half w/o a catcher seems a bit daunting. in a H2H format that’s 4-7 match-ups… But then again, my options are Olivo or maybe Ivan Rodriguez… that’s like .250 with an HR every week and a half?

    I might do it, Carlos is the best hitter in A-ball, behind maybe Desmond Jennings…

  161. schlitz says:
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    I was offered adam dunn for marmol. I am in dire need of a 1B since I’m currently sporting nick johnson there. Would leave me a bit thin in saves with aardsma, dotel, morales and lidge. Should I take it?

  162. Tom Reale says:
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    @Denys: It depends on how strong the rest of your offense is. I’ve won leagues with no catcher until Aug. H2H is all about making and then winning the playoffs.

  163. Nathan says:
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    Aaaaaaaaand Lohse gets through the top of the Astros lineup in 10 pitches. I might just have to stream every single pitcher I can against them.

  164. HalLeeDay34 says:
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    @Denys: Im in a similar spot but am thinking about the unnecesary carry 2 catchers in a 1 C league until Santana gets his call. It’s a keeper where we only hold 4 guys each year but I’m seeing his upside as too high to pass on right now. I have Homer Bailey, Hochevar and Mike Gonzalez who seem expendable at this point.
    4-7 weeks does look rough without a catcher and olivo could hit a handful of HR that may make a difference in H2H. Who knows?
    What kind of production do people think C Santana will put up as a rook and beyond?

  165. I was at the Twins vs Red Sox game yesterday, and need everyone here to know that Dustin Pedroia is really, really short. Shorter than you even suspected.

  166. jj says:
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    M. Harrison is looking pretty good.

    Grey, what do you think of him.

    Supposedly he’s throwing 95 again.

  167. Tony says:
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    @schlitz: take it, closers have been changing like underpants….

  168. Eddy says:
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    @schlitz:
    Wait, so you’re asking if you should trade away a closer for a guy who hits 40 HRs and drives in 100 RBI every year?

    Do it quickly. This past week should have taught you that closers get injured and replaced easily.

  169. @HalLeeDay34: I’m in a similar spot. In my 5 keeper league H2H league, Santana’s owner was hit with the injury bug, so he dropped him. I’ve got Wieters, but I’m seriously thinking of grabbing Santana too. Useful as a keeper or trade bait.

    It can be nice to have two hitting catchers on your (1C) team sometimes. That way you can shuffle them and always get production out of the spot, since a catcher will probably only go 5 days a week. Although Wieters plays every day, including games in the past and future since he controls time and space.

    From what I’ve read Santana projects similar to V-Mart. Line drive power- switch hitter with good patience. Bill James projected 16/85/90/2/.270/.356 in 128 games this season for what it’s worth.

    Power-switch. Is that like a power bottom but confused? Never mind. Time for a drink to preemptively numb the pain of another Zambrano start…

  170. Lava says:
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    Would you take Glaus, Barton, or Venable over Reimold? I’m willing to sit on Snider still since he has a starting job, but Reimold’s not doing much with his platoon.

    As an A’s fan, I want to believe in Barton, but he probably doesn’t have the power production over the other two.

  171. Lava says:
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    Would you take Glaus, Barton, or Venable over Reimold? I’m willing to sit on Snider still since he has a starting job, but Reimold’s not doing much with his platoon. Carlos Guillen is also available.

    As an A’s fan, I want to believe in Barton, but he probably doesn’t have the power production over the other two.

  172. Nathan says:
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    Pence picked off/thrown out trying to steal 2nd. At least he’s trying to help your fantasy team…?

  173. Lava says:
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    Ack, sorry for the double post. Don’t know how that happened.

    (What, a triple post? Oy vey, it’s like I’m Mike Pelfrey out here!)

  174. Eddy says:
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    @Razzballers

    Who do you sit tonight? I’m down 2 runs, up 2 HRs, up 2 RBI, and up 4 SB.

    Adam Jones (vs. Sheets)
    Rajai Davis (vs. David Hernandez)
    Curtis Granderson (vs. Scott Kazmir)
    Carlos Quentin (vs. Dana Eveland)
    Jayson Werth (vs. Scott Olsen)
    Jay Bruce (vs. Josh Johnson)

  175. Nathan says:
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    Who in the bloody hell is David Huff?????

  176. @Grey: Interesting. Owner nursing mucho injuries just dropped the ice cold Chris Coghlan for an arm. I’ve got 4 OF and 1 UTL spot manned by Cruz, Quentin, J-Will, Fowler, AJax and Blank-Man. Don’t really consider him an upgrade over any of those guys (maybe a toss up with Jax and Fowler) but I’m a little speed deficient. Would you drop a spare arm for him?

    I picked up Garcia to give me 6 strong against The Muts and I’ve got Sean Marshall who I envisioned being that ERA/WHIP helping SP/RP Kuo/Bucholtz (Taylor) circa ’08.

    What do you think? Is he enough of an upgrade over what I’ve already got to warrent grabbing him?

  177. Cheese

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    @Nathan: I hope he screws up a bit in the 9th so I can see who they bring in as closer…

  178. @Eddy: Don’t know his numbers against Johnson, but probably Bruce. I would say Granderson since he’s facing Kaz, but Kaz probably won’t go beyond 5.

  179. Eddy says:
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    @3fingersbrown:
    Thanks. I was thinking Bruce too, but he seems to slooooooowly been turning it around. Not to mention JJ has been struggling and giving up the long ball.

  180. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    Which side would you want, Weeks or Oswalt?

  181. Professor Chaos says:
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    @Grey: I think I know what you’re going to say here, but Masterson or Pavano?

  182. RollieFingersMyAsh says:
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    Who do you drop — A. Escobar, Kelly Johnson, Blanks, Francisco, Madson?

    Current 2b – Beckham
    Current SS – Reyes
    Current OF – Borbon, Quentin, Heyward
    Current RP – Jenks, Rauch, Madson

  183. Rick Dempsey says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Is there some stat that demonstrates a pitchers proclivity to pitch himself out of holes? Thnx.

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