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Kevin Youkilis, the Greek God of Back Pain, is off to the DL.  Yesterday, Ortiz took a boot to the foot and today this.  The Sawx are officially in rest up for the playoffs mode, which is great for all the pasty-faced Sawx fans, but it’s not great for fantasy.  So far this year, Youuuuuuk has 17 homers in 395 at-bats while batting .266.  So that means, if he were healthy in September, he’d give you some runs, RBIs and 3 homers.  I just popped a zit into a mirror and the puss read, “Whatever.”  You can find a replacement for Youk on waivers in most leagues.  So put on your Burger King crown you stole from some kid, open up your fantasy waivers and replace him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Lavarnway – Was called up.  Stephen just went over his Lavarnway fantasy.  He wrote it while throwing darts at a picture of me.  Lavarnway is worth noting because he hit 30 homers between Double- and Triple-A this year.  Now, rookie catcher is a tough position to be in.  Ask any recently incarcerated felon.  But Ortiz and Youk are both out, so Lavarnway will see everyday time at DH for the time being.  This is great news since he’s catcher eligible.

Marco Estrada – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I ignored him after his first start in the Brewers rotation when he threw five shutout innings vs. the hey-are-they-still-contending Pirates.  Now he threw another solid start but against a terrible offense.  His K-rate is nice and he could surprise against some weaker teams.  At this point, I’d really only push all my CHIPs in with Estrada in NL-Only leagues.

Mike Minor - 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Before you get too turned on by a minor, just remember this was against the Giants.  Minor’s last two starts against the Mets and Cubs were mediocre except for 11 Ks in 11.1 IP.

Tim Lincecum - Took the loss after giving up 1 ER in 7 IP.  He’s 11-10 with the third best ERA in the NL (2.53).  Matt Cain is just 10-9 with a 2.86 ERA (8th best in NL).  If I were Lincecum or Cain, I’d contact Greg Anderson or Victor Conte for some of the clear and then put it in every hitters’ after-game Anchor Steams.

Tommy Hanson – Won’t return on Tuesday.  Wake me when there’s something I don’t know! (Not really asleep, but I am a bit drunk.  Hey, is that an ad for a vacation to Burundi on Razzball?  I might like to go there!)

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  You know how Jim Leyland’s cigarette-stained teeth make him look like one of those clown head’s at a carnival that has water sprayed into its mouth but instead of water it’s urine?  Now the exact opposite of that image is Kershaw.

Colby Rasmus  - Hit a HR in his 2nd straight game (and had 4 RBIs in the game before).  Must be because his Dad can finally coach him without the meddling of LaRussa and McGwire.

John Buck and Rod BarajasBoth catchers hit HRs on Thursday – Buck’s 14th and Barajas’ 11th.  Both are hitting under .230.  If Miguel Olivo kills a man, we just need 10 more peers for the jury.

Tyler FlowersAJ Pierzynski’s rookie replacement has now hit in 4 straight games (7 hits) including a double, triple, and HR.  He’s had strikeout rate issues in the minors but also gets his share of walks and moderate power.  So, in essence, he’s Adam Dunn 2011.

Ricky RomeroA 3-hit shutout against the A’s with 6 Ks.  Imagine they still had Halladay and Marcum?  They’d be the best 3rd place team in the majors!

Joe Mauer – Started in the outfield for the first time in his pro career.  The Twins are reacquainting him with the outfield fences.

Erick AybarIn the midst of a 6-for-56 August slump (.107).  Aybarumba!

Mark TrumboHit a walk-off HR off Mike Adams.  The other Angels made sure to stay out of his way as he touched home.  The Morales family does the same thing whenever Kendry walks off.

Denard Span – Back to the DL because of the concussion he suffered in June.  At least he thinks it was June.

Jack Hannahan – Returned after his wife gave birthahan.  If the baby is half-Korean, my AL-Only team and his wife have something in common.

Mike Jacobs –  Has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for HGH.  On a related note, Marc Jacobs injected suspenders into his latest fashion line and it tested positively fabulous.

  1. Steve says:
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    From one extreme – enjoying the work of Kershaw, Romero, Cueto and Morrow in the RCL – to the other – needing one of these guys for tomorrow in H2H:

    Hensley @ SD
    Fister v CLE
    Morton v CIN
    H Alvarez @ OAK
    D-Train @ PIT
    Rogers v LAD

    I know they’re all bad, but who ya like?

  2. Clueless says:
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    What do you guys think?

    Ackley/Dunn for Soria/Reddick in an AL only ten teamer.

    My team sucks but I could use some saves.

    Thanks,

    Clueless

  3. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @KeeblerMN: @Grey: If you appreciated Tomei’s performance in The Wrestler, you should take a gander at the oft-overlooked Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. Not only do you get more Marisa with less clothes (though you have to look past a busty Phillip Seymour Hoffman for part of it), you also get an extremely solid Sidney Lumet thriller.

  4. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Need to replace Youk In an OBP league and have the following option, who do you like?

    Francour
    Crisp
    Willingham
    Pagan
    Pena

  5. Wilsonian says:
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    Just for tomorrow, pick one: Frank Frank, Bobby Parnell, Chris Sale, Jerry Cantrell, Chris Cornell?

  6. MattTruss223 says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus – Available on Netflix instant as well! Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. Howard says:
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    @Grey Would you pick up Lavarnway over any of the usual ww suspects? Olivo, Iannetta, Doumit, Torrealba etc etc…

  8. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Shoutout to me for being at the AA game yesterday where Bryce Harper pulled his hammy.

    @Grey: With Youk going down, which of these bums should I pick up?

    Moose, Chipper, Nunez, Turner, Scott Sizemore, Jose Lopez

  9. Eddy says:
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    re- Mike Jacos: Oh, Grey, you’re so posh (emoticon).

    @Razzballers

    I remember last year someone asked this question but I never stuck around for the answer:

    In the RCL, when you have, say, 5 innings left on the year, but pickup 4 SP that day, how do they filter the stats?

  10. MattTruss223 says:
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    @Eddy – In Yahoo! I’m pretty sure you get all the stats for that day, so it benefits you to load up when you’re about to go over the limit I think.

  11. Tommy the D says:
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    ROS – Walden or Chris Perez?

  12. Chris says:
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    @Eddy:

    Yeah, what MattTruss said. Save that 1 final start before the limit, load up on as many worthwhile pitchers as you can in a single day, and it’ll all count. RPs are locked the following day after you go over the limit, so it’d be best to try to make it happen in the final 3-4 days of the season so you don’t miss out on much.

  13. ruah says:
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    Rank these speedsters: Tabata, Gwynn, Revere, Constanza

  14. Eddy says:
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    @Chris: @MattTruss223:

    Thanks, guys. Any idea if this works on ESPN?

  15. ernie says:
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    What do you think of starting Kuroda @ COL?

  16. Eddy says:
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    @ernie:

    He has a career 5.81 ERA against COL in 9 GS. And it’s @COL.

    If it’s roto, I’d definitely sit. If you’re ahead in ERA and WHIP in H2H, I’d sit.

  17. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    What do you think in an AL only dynasty keeper league.

    I give: Salvador Perez ($4) and Ryan Lavarnway ($10), + Clay Buchholz ($18)

    I get:
    Carlos Santana ($2) and Jeff Mathis (Who i would drop).

    make that deal?

    It’s a 2 catcher league and i already have Arencibia for ($2), lavarnway’s sitting at my DH spot since Youk went down.

  18. Eddy says:
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    Mike Trout is going to join the Angels today.

  19. stumanji says:
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    12 team roto keeper (keep 6). Categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, OPS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, Net Saves, Quality Starts. Positions are C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OFx4, Util, SPx5, SP/RP, RPx2.

    Josh Johnson, Nellie Cruz, Mike Trout
    for
    Justin Upton

    I have 4 rock solid keepers (McCann, Adrian Gonzalez, Cruz, Felix) and 2 undecided (options are Phillips, J. Johnson, Reynolds, Romero, Kennedy, Ortiz, Cuddyer, Beltran, Trout)

    So basically this trade would give me Upton to replace Cruz and then I would have to choose 2 guys not named Johnson and Trout.

    I’m in 4th place right now but slipping out of contention due to injuries. Some people are less optimistic about Johnson than others. I love him when he’s healthy but would I be better off shipping him out for a OF upgrade and keeping someone like Romero?

    (I have a thread on this in the forums, but wanted to post here for other opinions).

  20. Jay says:
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    Kendrys

  21. The Burghler says:
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    12 team head to head 7×7 with ops, ks

    Weiters or Flowers?

  22. Hi Grey — Do you think Minor’s an upgrade from anyone on my current staff? Here’s the motley crew: Beachy, Shields, Luebke, Chacin, Nova, Scherzer.

    (This is a 20-team mixed redraft roto league)

  23. JG_ism says:
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    @Grey,
    When I initially asked for your brutally honest thoughts on my drafted team, if I can remember correctly, you replied they stunk,not impressed, were you high? etc etc.
    And you were as per usual, correct. Since you’re starting to comment on keepers, here is my initial team (the shitty unimpressive one) and the 5th place team (I’ve made some decent pickups and smooth talked some other GMs) My original drafted squad of losers that lived in 10-12th place (13 team) for the beginning of year was..
    Arencibia(6) Ka’Aihue(3) Uggla(34) Longoria(41) Castro(9) Aviles(1) Valencia(1) Heyward(30) Stanton(27) Gardner(17) Stubbs(16) Raburn(6) B.Anderson(2) Cain(24) Stauffer(1) Morrow(7) Pavano(1) H.Bell(18) Perez(2) Hellickson(5) Morse(1) T.Snider(1) Beachy(1) Bourjos(1)

    now after some swindling and good pickups. Im in 5th Place separated by 3.5 points to second place with…
    arencibia,votto(42-trade),uggla,valencia,castro,giavotella(faab),konerko(28-trade),bourgeois(1-trade),morse(dropped-lucky to get back),stanton,gardner,revere(1-faab),gordon(2-faab) cain,beachy,hanson(26-trade),hellickson,marcum(9-trade),bell,perez faab pickups…Gee,Karstens,luebke,worley,morton and H.Alvarez for this weeks 2 start matchups…

    Keeping Stanton. Thinking about Votto,Cain,Beachy or Hellickson. Leaning towards Beachy only because hes in NL East…

    Thoughts and input as always appreciated

  24. JG_ism says:
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    4 keepers allowed

  25. Rob says:
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    Sit or start Dan Hudson tonight?

  26. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Eddy: The RCL has a 180 Games Started limit. All stats count on the day of your 180th start. So, you could start 9 pitchers and hit 188 starts max.

    RP stats continue to count after the limit is reached.

  27. Lopes says:
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    Lowrie, Hudson, giovatella or Kendrick?

  28. Jeff says:
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    Lost Youk, 9th round keeper in 16 team league. If you had your choice would you take Longoria who can’t be kept next year, E. Encarnacion who can be kept in the 17th, or Sandoval (5th rounder)?

    I’m gunning for it this year (in 3rd but within striking distance of 1st, need HR’s more than anything else.

  29. tzh5 says:
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    Grey,

    Reports are out from within the Marlins Organization that Hanley might not return this season. With Reyes already on the DL and Beltran occupying a spot on my bench, should I drop Hanley or wait and stash him on the DL once the other two are healthy? I’m in a 12-team mixed with 1 DL spot

    Thanks

  30. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    I had to laugh at this ESPN player blurb from yesterday:

    Mauer will start in right field for the Twins Thursday night, Tyler Mason of FSN North reports.
    Spin: This is just the next step in the Twins’ quest to turn Mauer into Ryan Freel — a super-versatile slap hitter. Mauer continues his quest for home run number two.

  31. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Oh, and I dropped Mauer 5 or so days ago from my RCL team. What a disaster of a 4th round pick.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Enrique: Over Nova.

    @JG_ism: This question is much better in the forums… Stanton, Beachy, Morse, Hellickson…

    @Rob: Start

    @Lopes: Kendrick

    @Jeff: Longoria

    @tzh5: Stash

    @RandomItalicizedVoice: Ha!

    @RandomItalicizedVoice: You’re still doing really well in the RCL though because catchers mean nothing. Same as if you just didn’t draft a 4th rounder.

  33. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    I agree, Grey. If there ever was proof that catchers truly mean nothing, it’s my RCL team this year.

  34. Adam says:
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    @VinWins:

    RP stats definitely do not count after the GS limit is reached (at least on ESPN). Your entire pitching staff locks.

  35. Adam says:
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    @RandomItalicizedVoice:

    That’s hilarious. I really enjoy when their blurp writers make some jokes and don’t just stamp a do/don’t “continue to roll with [Player X] in most formats.”

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RandomItalicizedVoice: I may just use that as a great case example.

    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.******

  37. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Adam: I have seen evidence in the RCL where they do still count RP stats.

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