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After a great first week (3 HR, 5 RBI), Troy Tulowitzki has done a whole lot of nothing. From 4/12 to 4/29, 0 HR and 0 RBI. He’s K-ing in 28% of his ABs, almost double his career rate.  He’s now sporting a .200 AVG for the year. He got ‘benched’ for a game in favor of Clint Barmes.  So what’s the silver lining?  First and foremost, Tulo is a slow starter.  Unlike Robby Cano and LaRoche Sr., he lived up to his historically poor form.  In 2007-2008, he hit .197 over 187 April ABs.  When his K goes back to his normal 15% and the BABIP pendulum swings at least a little to the middle (at .225 right now), the AVG will take care of itself.  He’s too young and Colorado is too elevated to think he can’t get 20+ HRs if he stays healthy all year.  Once the weather starts heating up, expect Tulo to heat up as well.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy and sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Lance Berkman – He’s batting .162.  I think owners might fear Berkman’s too old or it’s one of those years when he just sucks.  There’s no way his average stays that low, so we’re looking at a major correction for a career .300 hitter.  Think of a .400 June.  That’s hawt!

Brandon Phillips – Like my hair during the heyday of Vanilla Ice, Phillips is streaky (with blonde highlights!).  Phillips will go a month where he’s dreadful.  April was one of those months.  He can just as easily hit .290 in May and hit 5 HRs and get 7 steals.  Check raise to the bettor, snitches!

Phil Hughes – It’s Phil of the Future… Finally, now.  Maybe.  But it’s worth a flier to find out.

Chad Gaudin – He’s in Petco?  Yes, please.

Eric Patterson – His family originates from Patterson, NJ and when Eric was born in Holy Oak Hospital they looked out the window and saw a passing bus with a man they thought was Eric Roberts driving said bus.  It wasn’t, but they liked the name.  Oh, and Eric Patterson can steal.

Ryan Madson – Whether Lidge goes to the DL or not, Madson can be owned.  If Lidge goes to the DL, Madson should be owned.

Julian Tavarez – SAGNOF!

Joe Beimel – Only if you have room on your DL.  Don’t load up on Nats relievers, they’re bad for your complexion.

Kendry Morales – When I wrote a sleeper post two months ago about this guy I was widely ignored.  And I will probably be ignored again.  He’s kind of like Mike Jacobs with less power but a better average.  Enticing!

Andruw Jones – I really don’t trust this guy to keep the bottom from falling out, but if you get a good week or two from him, whatevs.

Adam Rosales – Who knows how long Edwin’s going to be out?  You a doctor?  Nah, me either.  Though I did help deliver Eric Patterson and that was Eric Roberts driving that bus!  Rosales should be owned in NL-Only leagues.

Brett Cecil – Okay, the newest rookie pitcher to add in leagues deeper than 10 team mixed.  Cecil may do a lot of nothing in this promotion, so I’d bench him for his first start.  Why pickup a pitcher to bench, you ponder internally.  Here’s the thing, and it’s the same reason I told you to grab Holland last week, if a rookie pitcher explodes on the scene, you want to own him.  And a lot of times a rookie pitcher will come on like a comet burning brightly for a couple of starts.  (Cueto’s first two starts last year: 13 1/3 IP, 18 Ks, 3 ER, 0 Walks)  But, like a comet, his fire will probably burn out quickly when the league catches up to him.  Then hot rookie callup pitcher will go into a correction period, lasting a few months.  Now, while the whole world’s set ablaze with him, you can flip him for a junky closer.  School’s out, Alice Cooper.

Carlos Quentin – You probably think I’m dropping ‘ludes putting Quentin on the Buy list when he’s already sitting on 8 HRs.  Could he get better?  Yeppers!  Right now, Quentin’s sporting a very low BABIP, which means he’s been unlucky.  May could be even better.

Huston Street -  The horsies go up and down as the Rockies closer carousel continues to spin.  Put on one of those faded leather seatbelts that smells like baby vomit and get on.

Matt LaPorta – It’s a renaissance for guys with a capitalized letter in the middle of their last name — LaPorta, LaRoche, LaSagna.

SELL

Matt Holliday – Sorry, but you shouldn’t have bought him to begin with.

Kosuke Fukudome – Don’t drop him, but if you think he’s going to be productive all year, you’re mistaken.  Not mistaken like, “What Adam’s Apple?”  But mistaken nevertheless.

Fred Lewis – Maybe beans do burn on the grill.  Lewis is batting near .300 with 1 RBI and 1 steal.  Those are “Grandpa” Al Lewis levels of production.

Kelly Johnson – Johnson seems to always flirt with being benched for some also-ran, this month it’s Omar Baby.  Then Johnson always seems to come back in a month or two and hit the cover off the ball.  Happens every year.  Chuck KJ for now in 12 team mixed leagues or shallower, and come back to him when he’s hot. (BTW, how cool would it be if your name was Chuck KJ?  That’s it.  No last name.  Not short for Charles.  Just Chuck KJ.  Splash on a bottle of Drakkar, hit the bar and get laid.  Why?  Cause you’re Chuck KJ!)

  1. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    Tulo vs. Felipe Lopez, rest of season?

  2. Aaron Garner says:
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    What if you have F. Lewis for only $1 in a NL only auction league?

  3. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    The only problem with “grabbing” Brett Cecil……he’s not in the Yahoo database yet (and apparently not ESPN’s either).

  4. Who should I drop to add Ryan Madson: Jason Frasor or Jason Motte? Need saves more than ratios.

  5. Corey says:
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    how about Jake Peavy? would you buy him after his slow start? If you could get him for something like Clayton Kershaw and a hot closer like Heath Bell?

  6. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Gaudin or Jordan Zimmerman?

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    patterson?hmm,i like that he was hitting and running down below but playing time isnt quaranteed is it?i will be keeping a close eye on him though,never liked lewis,missed hughes and would love berkman or quentin

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: Zimmermann, but he may lose his value quickly like other rookie pitchers.

  9. cws05nuts says:
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    Darnit! If you couldn’t tell already I bought Holliday.
    You have a man crush on stewart don’t you?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Patterson should see ABs with Ellis hurt.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    man,harden getting smacked like a ho,

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: I’m a big fan of Stewart, yup.

  13. Wait, I thought you guys loved Fred Lewis back when you were drafting your teams? Shouldn’t he be a buy low candidate? (I always thought he sucked).

    Fuck-a-dome’s career in Japan would seem to indicate that last year was an aberration, not the norm. While he obviously won’t sustain his current pace, wouldn’t translating his typical year in Japan to the MLB environment indicate the potential for a .290/90/20/90/10 year?

  14. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Are Bartlett and Stewart too much for Tulowitski?

  15. Schatzi says:
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    Justin Upton for Ian Stewart?

  16. ron mexico's papi says:
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    I bought Berkman last week. Traded Swiser and Lindstrom to get him. So far Berkman has hit 1 HR and it is his only hit for me I think. Swisher has 3 HRs and Lindstrom 2 SVs since the trade. Good thing it is a long season, because I fully expect to win that deal.

    I’ve got Quentin in both my keeper league (kept for 3 more years after this one) and in my redraft leauge.

    @Grey: How much is Quentin’s BABIP influenced by a his high number of HRs? I’ve never studied BABIP enough to know how a high % of hits going for HRs influences BABIP.

  17. Jobu's rum says:
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    Howie Kendrick put it together this week (okay, small sample) and his AVG over the last 2 yrs should keep 2B from infecting my team. Why is nobody else a believer?

  18. cws05nuts says:
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    And we need to get the buzz going on Cansecito as CQ’s nickname because of the uncanny resemblance in face and batting stance.

  19. bobbo says:
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    Hey Grey, I know it’s crazy to ask but do you want Peavy or Greinke in a keeper? How about Hamels or Greinke?

  20. Scott says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: I fully expect that you will win that deal too. The way Lindstrom’s looked, he may not be the closer on Memorial Day. On that note, @Maitland: I probably also like Leo Nunez more than Frasor and Motte once Lidge is back.

  21. Wizo says:
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    trade Holliday for Tulo?

  22. Scott says:
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    @bobbo: Funny that you mention crazy and Greinke in the same sentence. As afraid of Hamels as I am right now, I like him the best of those 3. I am really hoping that what I heard Hershiser say about his ’89 season (after the ’88 season – 310 IP, 45 more than the previous year) is what will happen to Hamels. He said he just felt kind of out of it for the first month then once it warmed up was fine. He went on to lead the NL in IP’s and post a 2.31 ERA.

  23. Sam says:
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    How deep should my roto league be to carry David Aardsma? Does 16 teams do it? Him or LaPorta?

  24. Infamous says:
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    Magglio for Peavy?

  25. cws05nuts says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: I watch cansecito daily and listen to Steve Stone drool about him. He is swinging the bat incredibly well despite the average. Making good contact. Lot of warning track fly balls meaning his power index will remain constant and as the Cell plays smaller well see better rbi’s and r’s. The problem with his BABIP is that he doesn’t hit ground balls. At all. It’s just not his thing. And the line drives he has gotten good wood on (if you’ll pardon the expression) have been right at the darn left fielder. However, he took a HR the other way over the weekend which is another good sign of things to coem according to Stone.

  26. brad says:
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    You’re right, I shouldn’t have bought Holliday in the first place. I’m thinking of offering him for Josh Johnson just to be rid of him.

    9 team roto, I would replace Holliday with Bruce who is currently on my bench.

    Should I aim hgher or is Johnson a good get?

  27. cws05nuts says:
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    Stewart or Hank Blalock?

  28. cws05nuts says:
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    Appa@brad: Johnson if that bum flipper stays intact.

  29. Schatzi says:
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    Ok, thanks :)

    Which SP would you accept for Wainright with I.Stewart:

    J.Upton+Wainright for I.Stewart+Liriano or Josh Johnson?

    I’m guessing wainright for Liriano is no brainer, but would you trade Wainright for Josh Johnson?

  30. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: Do you have any inkling when LaPorta will arrive on the scene?

  31. Scott says:
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    @brad: I think Johnson and Bruce is a great deal for you. Holliday’s career numbers: 348 games away from Coors: 279/45/181/197; 368 games at Coors: 353/84/314/287. Sell while you can. Billy Beane will too, if the A’s are out of it and it won’t be back to Colorado.

  32. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: And just to make sure I ask you about every bad 3b in the league… stewart vs. Blake? And then I will promptly act on your advice and pickup stewart. And forever hold you accountable!

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Schatzi: Why are you trading Wainwright for Liriano or JJ? Wainwright has a 2.76 ERA and is 3-0.

    @cws05nuts: Nope and Stewart.

  34. David Souter says:
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    Bedard or Beckett?

  35. dbhammel says:
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    Totally the wrong forum for this but all the stats in the world havent convinced me to pull the trigger on this trade in a 5×5 10 team keeper…thoughts?

    In a keeper league is the upgrade from ian stewart (22nd round) to chris davis (25th round) worth me downgrading (in my mind) from javier vazquez (11th round) to lester (20th round)?

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @brad: Think pitchers who went in rounds 4 through 6. Start at Hamels and work backwards. You could/should get a Hamels/Haren type.

  37. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @David Souter:

    This is why you are retiring? To spend more time debating the relative merits of Bedard and Beckett?

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @David Souter: Roe or Wade?

  39. Jobu's rum says:
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    Looking to tomorrow (sorry, don’t really surf the net when not at work) how do you guys feel about starting Jurrjens at home vs. Houston? He has good numbers, but his home numbers are not nearly as good as road. I’m over-paced for IP so I could afford to sit him.

  40. JR says:
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    @David Souter: I think you meant Bedard v. Beckett

  41. ron mexico's papi says:
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    Per fangraphs, Berkman has a career BABIP of .324, but this year it is just .149. His lowest BABIP in a full season was .303 in 2007. Yeah, he’s due for a big month sometime very, very soon.

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: Would you consider moving Lind and Ellsbury for Quentin? I’ve got a ton of OF for only 3 starting spots in my Yahoo league. (Braun, Kemp, Bruce, Ellsbury, Hunter, Lind on roster). Trying to move quantity for quality here.

  43. Schatzi says:
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    @Grey: Was thinking of replacing Wainright for a better SP because of high amount of walks and WHIP.
    I will stick with Wainright.
    I got whip lashed the other day with wainright/myers, then yesterday with Beckett. I was just a bit interested in seeking some improvement.

  44. p0rk burn says:
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    According to the Elias Sports Burea, when the Cubs brought in Carlos Zambrano to pinch-hit for Sarmardzija in the 4th inning it was the first time in major league history that a Pitcher with a Z in his last name was called on to bat for another Pitcher who also had a Z in his last name.

  45. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @p0rk burn: …during a day game in the state of Illinois that had experienced some rain during the contest.

  46. Scott says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I always love to move quantity for quality. Quantity-type players can be found on the waiver wire. I may keep Ellsbury though because of the speed for your utility. Not sure what you have in the infield, though. An outfield of Braun, Kemp, and Quentin would be ideal in my mind.

  47. dbhammel says:
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    Choose a side in a keeper;

    Lester (20) and Davis (25)
    Vazquez (11) and Stewart (24)

  48. Jobu's rum says:
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    @dbhammel: Lester & Davis

  49. Scott says:
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    @dbhammel: Definitely the former. Vazquez can be had in the 11th again next year, but it is doubtful that either Lester and Davis will.

  50. royce! says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: I agree that Berkman is getting unlucky, I’m just not sure how unlucky. His BABIP is terrible, but so is his LD% and K%, meaning that he is either not making contact or not making good contact nearly as often as he has in the past. I’m concerned that he may be more affected by the biceps injury than he’s letting on. Not enough to hit under .200, but I don’t think it’s all bad luck.

  51. Colin says:
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    So who’s starting Zimmerman vs. the Redbirds tonight?

  52. boknows says:
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    If Hawkins and Gaudin are available can I drop Maine and Davies for them?

  53. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @David Souter – Forgot what your ruling was the on Should Luke Scott wear Dredds decision

    I will admit toyour legal brilliance in regards to Josh Hamilton was apparent in the Kelo case.

    And I always believed that Emil Brown was bored of Education.

    But most of us didn’t know your intense feelings on (Preacher) Roe, likely because that before most of us blogger’s time, except for AL-KOHOLIC

  54. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Colin – I am. Then again, I am also starting Hack Duke in our Commenter League, so why would you listen to me?

  55. dbhammel says:
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    You guys think my concerns over lester and davis are unwarranted?

  56. What are your concerns about Lester/Davis?

  57. andy says:
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    Trying to take your advice and grab Berkman while giving my team some flexibility. What do you think of me grabbing Berkman, Hamels, and Putz (who I’d drop after the deal) for Votto, Joba, and Wandy?

    With the extra roster slot I’d probably grab Hughes off the wire.

    Is this any good, would a deal like this be accepted?

  58. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Colin: @Paulie Allnuts: Beware, opponents are slugging .500 vs. Zimmerman n.

  59. Am I overlooking something about Gaudin? I don’t see why he’s anything more than NL-only material with the potential for superfluous facial hair.

  60. BJ Upton and Josh Johnson or Alex Rios and Josh Beckett?

  61. Colin says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: LoL…well Paulie, Duke has pitched well this year….you have every reason to start him.

  62. ABell says:
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    alright grey, you like wolf over gaudin right? also, would buying tulo with victorino be a huge ripoff? peralta is killing me, along with the sonuvabench outfield. and yes, i am a doctor… almost.

  63. dbhammel says:
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    @ Maitland, that Lester has underperformed his FIP for too long and wont be anything more than a 15 win 150 k 4.0/1.4 pitcher and that Davis will always K so much that his potential wont be realiezed and that he may lose playing time.

  64. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @BigFatHippo – Are you saying that Zim may have problems with Big Albert? I always allow a new pitcher one chance to get bombed. then I get more wary. I figure he should be ok at least the first time around the league. Then again, if Lud goes wild, it will help me in my Commenter League.

  65. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    I currently own an outfield cast of markakis, sizemore, kemp, pence, and hawpe. Its a 4 OF league so I think it would do me good to trade one in for a SP. Out of those, who has the most inflated value right now? And idea’s of a SP to target for them would be helpful. Thanks

  66. blingoching says:
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    adam rosales or Andy laroche who u got?

  67. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    Also, I just made that trade for J-Roll and a guy is offering me Billingsley for him, what do you think about that? My heart is saying go, but my brain is sayin NO

  68. royce! says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Brilliant! Now I can bill this time!

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @andy: Not crazy about that trade for you.

    @naughtandcross: He’s got about a 7.5 K/9 (off top of head, not sure exactly) and around a 4 ERA. In deep leagues, that can be very helpful. Not saying grab him in 10 team leagues.

    @Maitland: Upton over Rios puts that side slightly over the top. But very close obviously.

    @ABell: Wolf, yes. I want Victorino over Tulo.

    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: Trade Markakis for a very top SP. Think CC.

  70. blingoching says:
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    adam rosales o Andy laroche who u got?

  71. cws05nuts says:
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    @andy: Stand pat.

  72. blingoching says:
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    adam rosales is short stop thats tight

  73. blingoching says:
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    manny corpas dump da chump 4 rosales right ima do it

  74. @dbhammel: Lester’s numbers might hit that, but when dealing with Vazquez, I think he compares favorably. With Davis, sure, he’ll K, but I don’t know if I’d be too concerned with that compared to Stewart.

  75. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    The amazing Marco has more dingers then David Wright, Ortiz, J.J. Hardy, Abreau, and Derrick Lee combined, all players whom I have on one or more of my fantasy teams. Is this but a wide variance of a seasonal permutation, or should be tested for ‘Roids? Marco Scuteroid has a nice ring to it.

  76. Dingo says:
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    Ricky Romero — worth stashing? My DL is full, but my league has big benches. When’s he expected back?

  77. blingoching says:
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    WTF mang

  78. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Drop Fred Lewis to pick up LaPorta in mt RCL team? My other OF are Victorino, Hart, Damon, Torii and Kubel…

  79. dbhammel says:
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    Its tought to hang on to J-Roll right now, but id much rather have him than billingsley for the whole season.

  80. Dingo says:
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    Scu-scu-scutaro. Whoa-oh!

    Tell me I’m not the only one who hears that every time Scutaro hits a home run.

  81. Billy says:
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    What Should i do with Chris Davis? in a deep 16 team, -1 k, does he have any trade value?

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: He’ll be back in a week or two. Stash him.

    @blingoching: LaRoche has a firmer grip on the job. I wouldn’t drop Corpas right now in any leagues deeper than 10 team.

    @Vince: Go for it.

    @Billy: Of course he does.

  83. sean says:
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    Stashers: Ervin Santana to start at AAA on Monday.

  84. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Start little brother Jered against Yankees?

  85. sean says:
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    @grey: should I shop Rios to the Bowden look-a-likes in my league, or will the slow start mean that I can’t come close to getting equivalent?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Sure, but it’s by no means confidently.

    @sean: Yeah, you’d be selling low.

  87. Dingo says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Over his past two starts, Jered’s given up 28 fly balls. If he gives up 14 more tonight, how many do you think are going to get sucked up by the jetstream? I’m gonna say two.

  88. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: @Dingo: Don’t really need the start but I sat him vs the Sox and it cost me. Why not, I’m starting Parra in the other league fercrissakes.

  89. daniel p says:
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    david wright’s owner is impatient and also really wants youkilis. give it a shot?

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    @daniel p: Oh yeah, he may do it straight up with Wrights start.

  91. Dean says:
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    @grey: All this talk of selling Holliday has me feeling a bit of buyers remorse. I figured he was a decent buy lo candidate since hitting is hitting. I just bought him for Choo and Kershaw in my keeper league (5×5 OBP and QS). I dont expect 1st round numbers, or even second, but the guy has proven he can hit, has shown he can hit for power and steal bases, i playing for a contract, seems healthy, and could be traded to a contender before the deadline. Sure, hes not going to steal a bunch of bags for Beane and Co. and he wont hit as many HR’s as he did in Coors but I figured Kershaw could continue to hurt me more than he helps (shallow bench) and that Holliday was a nice upgrade over Choo. Did I get ripped off?

  92. BingoIsMyName-O says:
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    Fallacy Alert!
    “Lance Berkman – He’s batting .162. I think owners might fear Berkman’s too old or it’s one of those years when he just sucks. There’s no way his average stays that low, so we’re looking at a major correction for a career .300 hitter. Think of a .400 June. That’s hawt!”

    It doesn’t really work that way. What you should expect is Berkman to be Berkman in June. High average, very good power. Smells like a Puma. Etc. If the Berkman owner is nervous about Berkman after a lousy April, you can pounce on that, puma-like, but you shouldn’t expect to get Puma-Plus in the other 5 months.

    Shitty Aprils happen and doodes do not go Grape Nuts in other months just to help balance that out. Otw, they’d probably go Grape Nuts in April and say, “You can kiss my ass in June, ’cause I’ll be napping in sunflower seed shells that month — I had an awesome April!”

    Shitty Aprils are why sometimes you look at the back of a baseball card and wonder why a guy’s BA dipped for one year. Answer come back, “Shitty April.”

    And the Shitty Aprils did once open for Smashing Pumpkins, but everybody hated them.

  93. Tom says:
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    I’m anxiously awaiting the results of Lidge’s bullpen sesh. I have Madson. Lidge’s owner has Hawkins, and he would love to protect his saves with Madson. Do I trade Madson for Hawkins right now, or just wait until we hear about Lidge’s knee.

  94. Doug Ault says:
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    I kinda wondered why Charlie Sheen kicked this to the curb
    the truth is finally revealed……….Sarah Palin makes a cameo at the 30 sec point

    cubs win! cubs win!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S77mIxm75PA

  95. Drev says:
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    @Grey: Any reason to adjust HR projections downward for Mets bats b/c of the new home park?

  96. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doug Ault: I’d still do her. She’s the perfect candidate for a ball gag……….

  97. Martin says:
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    Should i start parra. I’m bearly winning in K/BB with 1.82. I’m bearly loosing in Whip with 1.48 and i’m winning in Era with 3.98

  98. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @BingoIsMyName-O:

    Specifically, the gambler’s fallacy. I had a discussion about this the other day with regard to Scott Baker’s painful start to the season, trying to dispell another fellow’s assertion that this only meant we could expect a string of dominant starts (since of course Baker HAS to reach his preseason projections).

  99. Does Derrek Lee for Carpenter or Smoltz make sense? I have both my DL slots open and it’d allow me to ride a hot bat elsewhere through the month of May.

  100. Martin says:
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    and should i offer a-gon for berkaman. Also should i offer Holliday for Berkman?

  101. Doug Ault says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Take me out to the ball gag ;-)

  102. paulzone says:
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    buy, sell, buy! do you see any improvements to make righ now:

    c-baker (ianetta, napoli avail)
    1b – berk
    2b – cano
    ss – hardly (escobar, barmes avail)
    3b – miggy
    lf – ibanez
    cf – victorino
    lf – kemp
    util – chipper
    bench – fukudome (morales, andruw, hill, patterson, branyan avail)

    sp’s – bills, haren, beckett, weaver, garza, e santana (gaudin, marshall avail)
    rps – franklin, qualls, gonzo, arrendando (cruz avail)

    thanks.

  103. Grey

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    @Dean: Now that’s solid for you.

    @BingoIsMyName-O: There’s no direct correlation between what he does in April and May or June, but don’t think it’s a fallacy to say a guy that is hitting .160 should at some point have his luck turn around and hit better. Will he hit .400 in June? No, that was hyperbole. Or will he go Grape Nuts just because he was bad in April? Nope. Not connected. But May until September should be better than April because of the law averages. And I went on a beer run during Shitty Aprils performance.

    @Tom: Wait, until word comes in. And let me know when it does.

    @Doug Ault: Ha!

    @Drev: I was actually thinking about putting Wright on this as a Sell, because his numbers are very odd right now. But I didn’t sufficiently convince myself.

    @BigFatHippo: Ha!

    @Martin: Nope, no Parra.

    @Martin: Offer Holliday for Berkman.

    @naughtandcross: I think you can do better than that for Lee, or just hold him.

  104. JR says:
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    @Mark: @BingoIsMyName-O: You guys make a good point but I think you overstate it. Bingo, you say we shouldn’t predict a .400 Berkman next month but an “average Berkman.” But you can’t predict the “average Berkman” because an “average Berkman” does not exist. Berkman is just a composition of streaks hot and cold. Why would you assume he would start cold and then continue lukewarm?

  105. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doug Ault: Haha! OOmpah!

    @Grey: B double E double R UN, beer run!

  106. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @JR:

    Hot and cold streaks, yes. But it’s one thing to recognize that Berkman’s successes and failures may be grouped together into apparent “streaks” — it’s entirely another to assume that because he has had a poor April (relative to what we believe is his true ability), he is “due” for a hot May, June, or July.

    If I flip a coin 100 times, I’m completely comfortable with the idea that I might get 5, 10, heck maybe 15 heads in a row. But if the coin flips 15 heads in a row, that doesn’t mean that the coin is going to “correct” for that by having a 15 tails streak later on.

  107. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tom – Listening to Mets/Phils game – Lidge not available tonight. No more info beyond that, however.

    @Drev. @Grey – I watch a great deal of Mets games, and have noticed that Citi-Bank is the reverse of Yankee Jetstream Stadium. Wright has been awful, but in his defense, he has hit several shots that would have gone out even in the old Shea, which was a pitchers park to begin with. Now, this may change a bit when summer comes, but right now, the stadium might be as stingy as Petco. And, of course, this would adversely effect the value of not just Wright, but Beltran, Delgado, and any power hitters playing in the park.

    @Grey – following up on an ongoing conversation of ESPN vs Yahoo – one feature that i miss is that Yahoo would put a carrot when a player was in the starting lineup, and an X when he was not playing. ESPN puts an S when the player is starting, but nothing when he is benched. I have to check up on Yahoo an hour or so before the game in order to finalize my Commenter lineup. But maybe I am missing something – I still don’t feel completely familiar with the site.

  108. Dingo says:
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    @<a href=”#co@Martin: mment-36287″>Dean: Ain’t that a kick in the head?

  109. Dingo says:
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    Well that didn’t work at all.

    @Dean @Martin: Ain’t that a kick in the head?

    Is what I was going for.

  110. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: In all fairness to espn, you have to check Yahoo within an hour of gametime to find the ^ or the x. They can’t determine who’s starting until the manager turns in his lineup card, generally an hour before gametime.

    That being said, I wish there was an x beside Jared Weaver’s name in my lineup right now.

  111. bubba chuck says:
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    Salty or Yadier Molina?

  112. Martin says:
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    so u think a-gon is better then holliday?

  113. BigFatHippo says:
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    @bubba chuck: Yadi, Yadi……..sorry, Homer, Doh! And Yadi’s my favorite player.

    If you need power go with Salty, but if you’re like me and your team had plenty and needed a guy with good avg and low K’s go Yadi, especially if your league counts Ks. 29 all last year. I really think Yadi’s capable of 70 to 80 RBIs this year also.

  114. Colin says:
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    Wow Jordan I don’t mind the homer to Pujols, but a low IQ hitter like Duncan? Cmon you should be schooling this dumbass.

  115. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Agreed, the missing carats are a negative at ESPN. I find myself looking at Yahoo first to get a feel for who’s playing.

    @Martin: Yup

    EDIT: Word.

  116. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Colin: I warned you, there’s more to come, see comment 63……….

  117. BKK says:
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    Fukudome didn’t start today or Wednesday. Everything okay over there in Chi-town?

  118. BSA says:
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    Hippo’s castaway JZimm cannot get Pujol’s out tonight. Maybe next time the hits are getting smaller each time up.

  119. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Hey Thelma, Parra had a nice 1st, let’s back away from the cliff.

    Louise

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Cool, just finishing up work. About to start watching.

  121. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Louise, pedal to the metal, and take that lard-a** hippo and his trades with ya.

  122. Colin says:
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    Wow Jordan….Ryan Ludwick….slider outside off the plate…that’s how you get him out…why is that so fkn hard? UNREAL.

    At least I got 6 k’s from him.

  123. BigFatHippo says:
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    Can I get some love for the Lud, fistbump anyone? Huh, Huh? Where’s everybody at?

    Aww screw you guys……………..

  124. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Hehe

  125. Colin says:
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    By the way Nats thanks for the friggin’ run support off a pitcher with a 7 ERA. Wow.

  126. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I got a fist bump for ya, full of swine flu!

  127. Paulie Allnuts

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    !BSA, @BigFatHippo – then again, not too many pitchers get Puhols out. He is leaving with 6 earned runs in 5.2 innings. But BFH, concede that you were right. On the positive side, I have Luddwick in the Commenter League, and he got a doink. Having a bunch of teams creates strange situations concerning who to pull for.

    Also on the positive side, Zach Duke is pitching excellently, with no run support however.

  128. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Needing a fill-in 1B….Chris Duncan, Nick Johnson, or Todd Helton?

  129. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Smiley Gonzalez gittin his mojo back, I can feel it………+10.5

    @Paulie Allnuts: If you click the little arrow thingy beside the time of the post, it’ll say @Paulie Allnuts: Kappish?

  130. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Duncan, but don’t play him against tough lefties.

  131. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Mark: Oops, that was for you.

  132. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ugh! I can’t handle two rough nights in a row. Last night, RCL, Sawx, and Celtics all get spanked.

    Tonight – bend over again here comes the Mac truck!
    Rookie Nookie hipposhat!

  133. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Me likin the Ks, thanks, woulda never started him on my own.

  134. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Well, I knew the ‘Backs love to K, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

  135. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: hipposhat, Ha!

  136. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Keyboard jockey here with no eyes in Washington. What do you have?

  137. jerkstore says:
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    Is it time to give up on Brandon Wood yet? I’ll need to pick up a spot starter this weekend and will need to drop someone. It’s either Wood or a SAGNOF (Hawkins).
    Guillen batting Alexei Ramirez 8th, Scioscia having Wood keep the scorebook … why don’t these managers seem to care about my squad?

  138. Grey

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    @BSA: Pujols was grabbing at his shoulder like he hurt something. Stayed in the game though from what I can tell. At a commercial.

  139. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Don’t know, cable’s out, I can’t get the game, long story involving shady characters.

    What happened?

  140. BSA says:
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    ************Valverde Update **********

    Rather draining, literally for Valverde owners…..
    ose Valverde (calf) is now out three-to-five weeks after having fluid drained from his calf Friday.
    Valverde had a procedure to remove part of the fluid on Thursday, at which point team officials said the closer would be ready to pitch in about three weeks time. This injury went from a strained calf that would keep him out a few days to something more serious with each successive examination. LaTroy Hawkins will continue to be the Astros primary option to close games, but manager Cecil Cooper said Doug Brocail and Chris Sampson will also see some save opportunities going forward.

  141. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Ankiel’s arm is sick. Sick as in really healthy. The announcers aren’t talking about Pujols, so I guess it was a usual ache and pain, nothing too serious. Oh, and Flores just got another teabagger.

    @BSA: Thanks for the update. Not surprising.

  142. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Thanks, Brocail’s been on my save-dar (for lack of a better term) since Valverde came up lame.

  143. mgeoffriau

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    Man, I know he’ll never be truly dominant, and his ceiling is probably comparably to Radke’s best seasons….but I love this kid Slowey. And the Twins just got the lead back.

  144. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Save-dar — nice!

    @Mark: I know, I have Ponson in my Fantasy Razzball league.

  145. BSA says:
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    Hey Doc – Good news and bad in one shot – Flores dings a triple and Swisher takes a dinger off the elbow and is Day to Day.

    @BigFatHippo: Yaddy Yaddy Yaddy! Blah blah blah!

  146. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: He throw somebody out at the plate????

  147. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Grey:

    You just got Puntoed. Congrats!

  148. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah, he threw a bullet to third. No assist, but it was an insane throw.

  149. Grey

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    @Mark: Yeah, was sad to see Gomez’s ball hop into the stands.

  150. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @BigFatHippo- Kappish
    @jerkstore – As I commented yesterday, Wood is UnScociable.

  151. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I can’t afford that ERA and WHIP for the sake of a Save. I am alerady riding Hawkins for all its worth.

    Ya know, Dogs of Summer picks up a dog and they lay a pile of shat right in the middle of the living room. He trades ‘em or drops ‘em and they shat on the doorstep as they leave.

    Beyatches, man, beyatches!

  152. BSA says:
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    Ooofah – Masterson just got touched up quick! Lost the plate and then found it before he was ready to pitch and Longo and Pena made him pay!

  153. Grey

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    @BSA: He looked good up until then too.

  154. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Hehe, I’m possibly committing suicide with Julian (One Loco Cuban) Tavarez right now.

    Note to Natty’s sound guys, you should play Ozzie’s Crazy Train when Julian enters in the 9th, Cust Kayin! “I’m going off the rails on a Tavarez,,,,,,,,,”

  155. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, the kids been doing great overall.

    The Sawx are in an interesting position going into 2010 with their pitching. A high salary team that could potentially have two or three rookie starters with a bullpen highlighted with Delcarmen, Paps, and Bowden.

    Talk about clearing some salary space without losing quality.

  156. Emporers monkey says:
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    I litteraly want Teixeira to die.

  157. BigFatHippo says:
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    Angels bailed Weaver out in the 6th, whoohoo!

  158. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Emporers monkey: .192?????

    He’ll come around, don’t get freaky and do something stoopid.

  159. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: ***whisper*** yyyyaaaayyy. ****obligatory monotone**** we’re really happy for you hippo!

    Now put your ear back to the Victrola and shaddap!

  160. BSA says:
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    @Emporers monkey: I’ll give ya DLee for him – and I hate the Yankee uniform.

  161. BSA says:
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    Lets go Justin – time to wake up and slam one out!

  162. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’m convinced Parra has no idea where the ball is going.

  163. BSA says:
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    Just what the Dogs need – JUpton and Markakis take a walk. Damn how deflating!

  164. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: That little Victrola dog is you, isn’t it Summerdog?

    Don’t worry, don’t have Weaver in our league…….

  165. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I know it’ll change but I have to tell ya -so far Werth and Reyes areabout as boring as watching paint dry!

  166. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Thank God, the Backs swing at everything. And STILL he walked Upton and Reynolds. Really hard to walk those guys. He’s done for the night (hopefully). Hope for some runs.

  167. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: He lookin bad now? They need to score some damn runs for him.

  168. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah – I think of myself more like that Scrappy Doo – small, annoying, and never quit! HA!

    On that note I do have to shut it down – its been fun but also a long day.

  169. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: I smell a rally coming on. A rally coming on…

  170. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Late!

    Congrats, btw, you passed a thousand comments, collect 200 fantasy dollars. E Mail Grey.

  171. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’m a monkey!!!!!!!!!

  172. BKK says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: Braun K’s, then Fielder, what can a guy do to get some run support.

  173. BKK says:
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    Oh, and then Cameron, Garland strikes out the side.

  174. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: The guy who was marginal in power in the RCLORD now has a line of…………

    12-10-12-11-12

    Cust Kayin

  175. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BKK: You starting Parra too? Doesn’t it suck, now I know how Haren owners feel.

  176. BKK says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Got him on a hd to hd team. Plus I got weeks and hart on the RCL team so 1st and 2nd with no body out with the heart of the order coming up and GARLAND strikes all three out. Parra is going to have take batting tips from Gollardo.

  177. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BKK: Ah man, don’t ya hate that?

    Rally hats on and nuttin, shoulda pinch hit Ga-Yard–Oh!

  178. BKK says:
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    @BigFatHippo: How many teams do you manage?

  179. BKK says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Oh now they take the lead and blow my save opportunity for Qualls. The fantasy gods hate me.

  180. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BKK: Only 2 this year, it’s all I can manage working 70 hrs a week. Money league and RCL.

    Baseball is a fulltime job on it’s own. Can’t imagine what Grey goes through.

  181. BKK says:
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    @BigFatHippo: And your money league is with AL and Steve?

    See RJ strike out first 5 batters he faced. He is timeless.

  182. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Anyone else having constant problems with MLB.TV tonight? I hate them, wish I’d never signed up. It never works right.

  183. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BKK: Yup, won it last year, AL got 2nd.

    AL blowing us away this year, but I ain’t givin up, I’m in 2nd place.

  184. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BKK: Steve is currently learning roto, he’s catching on…….he’ll be in the mix. Razzball, baby!!!!

  185. BigFatHippo says:
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    @ Thelma

    Parra got no win but good numbers certainly help. Thanks psycho bitch!

    Sincerely,

    Louise

  186. d2bnz says:
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    @BigFatHippo:

    From what I’ve read our Yoda has a brilliant release, a cycle and Don Henley on IPod

  187. ChCh says:
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    Should I try Holliday for Votto?

  188. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Don’t know, I have Direct TV.

    @ChCh: I’d want Votto there.

  189. @Mark: My only beef with mlb.tv is that the box scores never refresh; otherwise, I think it’s been worth 80 bucks. I wish, however, they’d been clearer about blacking out basically ALL Saturday evening games and the Sunday night game.

  190. Grey

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    @naughtandcross: Thanks for the heads up. I’d hold Dukes and Fowler over him though. If you can forgo a streamer spot, then go for it.

  191. Prince says:
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    Iannetta seems to be heating up (.333 BA in the last week, 2 recent HRs). Would anyone drop Napoli for Iannetta? Unclear to me how much better their projected ceilings are.

  192. Harley says:
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    @Grey: In a vaccum – Patterson, Thurston or Callaspo for MI spot to replace Ellis in 15 team mixed league?

    Also, Cecil or Gaudin – who is the better flier?

    Finally, And. Jones, Podsednik, Tatis & Dellucci – please rank for Util.

    Thanks.

  193. Simply Fred

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    Quentin only sported a BABIP of .278 last year, so don’t expect it to be high this year. Not that it makes a difference. He gets ‘er done even though “unlucky”.

  194. Drev says:
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    @Grey: Are you as worried about Beltran as you are about Wright?

  195. p0rk burn says:
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    In one of my Mauer leagues – don’t make fun of me, I’ve only autodrafted one team . . . and a pick, both this season dammit – I’m trying to flip him to an Uggla owner straight up. I can’t take the withdrawals anymore. That will let me keep Inge behind the plate and drop Jose Lopez. Its either Lopez, CoJack, or Peralta and I’m pretty sure Jose loses just because he’s another Joehawk.

  196. DrEasy says:
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    I’m not sure about this Eric Patterson dude. He looks like another Burris-Bonifacio-Bourn type, except his name doesn’t start with a “B”. Just a big drain on BA, OPS, RBI and even R. Not exactly Juan Pierre in his hey-day.

    Now what’s the scoop on Adam Rosales? Is he also a light-hitting, all-speed dude? Between Rosales, Patterson and Zobrist, who would you pick?

  197. Steve says:
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    Sheesh.

    Talk about Wins being tough. In the RCL I’m 11 points in Ks, Saves and WHIP. 10 points in ERA.

    Wins?

    2.5.

  198. DrEasy says:
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    I must add that in Yahoo, Rosales only qualifies as a UT for the time being.

  199. Grey

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    @Prince: Iannetta should give you more Runs and a better average. I’d prefer Iannetta, but more upside.

    @Harley: Patterson — Cecil — And. Jones, Tatis, Dellucci then Podsednik.

    @Drev: Not as worried because his value in steals are a bit more solid.

    @p0rk burn: Yup.

    @DrEasy: Patterson for steals, Rosales for sneaky power upside.

    @Steve: Ugh, yeah. I’m having bad Win karma in a few of my leagues too.

  200. Colin says:
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    I heart Brian Wilson

  201. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Just trade Teixeira for Fielder. I couldnt stand having to watch his big dumb face after he grounded or struck out with the bases loaded anymore. Every time he has ever been on my team his numbers have been atrocious!! I am usually patient with slow starters to the point where it almost ruins my chances of winning leagues. But seriously, I have watched this scumbag strand at least 100 RISP so far this year. In games where the Yankee’s score 8 or more runs he is 4 for 24 with ONE lousy goddamned RBI. Piss on him.

    Is there a glossary term for a player who grossly underperforms anytime he touches your roster?

  202. Billy says:
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    Help Please, offer i received, hamilton, jackson and Harden for Brox, Kemp and Duncan…

  203. Emporers Monkey says:
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    @Billy: I wouldnt take that deal. Who knows when Hamilton is going to be healthy? And Harden is an injury waiting to happen.

  204. paulzone says:
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    justin upton or fukudome?

  205. paulzone says:
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    will john buck be a top 10 catcher this year?

  206. Billy says:
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    @Emporers Monkey: thanks

    @paulzone: i think uncle Buck has a better chance, i love that movie..

  207. paulzone says:
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    @Billy: Uncle Buck was a great movie! I’m just looking at the FAs in my league – a few intriguing ones incl. hill, j upton, andruw jones, branyan, morales…12 team mixed but we have a very limited bench. i have one bench hitter in fukudome. aargh.

  208. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Saw that Laporta is getting called up. Is he going to be better than Rasmus? This is a keeper league too.

  209. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Colin: I heart you for hearting Brian Wilson. Does that freak you out?

    @Emporers Monkey: There’s not a term for that. Nor is there a term for someone who rids their roster of a slow starter for another slow starter.

    @Billy: Don’t like it, Billy.

    @paulzone: I’d go with Upton, though Fukudome will probably give you better numbers.

    @paulzone: No, but Uncle Buck was a great movie.

    @Hardcore Midget: I want Rasmus.

  210. Bob says:
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    Somebody just offered me Fat Elvis (Berkman) for my G. Soto and Joey Votto in a 12 team mixed Yahoo league where I also have Russell Martin. Does this make sense? Everybody seems happy to have Kurt Suzuki or some other Schmohawk instead of Martin or Soto because they got off to slow starts and Soto may be injured a la V Mart last year.

  211. Billy says:
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    who would you rather have on your team B Hall or Rosales?

  212. Bob says:
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    Randy Johnson, Edwin Jackson or Jered Weaver as fifth starter?

  213. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: sounds like you got thing for upton…okay thanks.

    man i hate catchers, but have to ask this: ianetta or napoli?

    i have a free add now…want to pick up a ss until hardly gets outta his slump…who do you like out of perralta, barmes, callaspo, escobar, wood?

  214. Billy says:
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    @paulzone: i hate catchers too i;m currently riding the Barajas wave… it sounds like Napoli will be getting more at bats

  215. JPH says:
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    I need a RP and this is who is available, any ideas?

    Street–who scares me
    Hoffman
    Soriano/Gonzalez
    Frasor
    Madson–but looks like Lidge is back

  216. Grey

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    @Bob: Not a great deal for you. Giving up too much. You shouldn’t have drafted two catchers, but since you did, you should hold out until Soto has value.

    @Billy: Rosales

    @Bob: Weaver

    @paulzone: I’ve answered this question so many times. I might have to put a moratorium on Iannetta vs. Napoli questions. Iannetta for more Runs and average. Napoli for more power and slightly more speed.

    @JPH: How are all of those guys available? Does everyone punt saves in your league? Soriano/Gonzalez, Street, Hoffman, Madson, Frasor.

  217. Bob says:
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    @Grey: I drafted Soto and then traded for Martin, hoping to flip one of them. Then Soto got injured and Martin sucked, so I got stuck with both of them. It’s semi-useful having Martin on the roster because Chipper is my 3B, but you’re right, I out-smarted myself and now I’m stuck.

  218. Zebo says:
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    Corpas hit the wire, since Aramis is coming back, do I drop Headley for Corpas? Headley has been starting for Aramis.

  219. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: ma bust. i will never post another kicker question…what about those shortstops…see anyone as a good fill-in for hardly?

  220. paulzone says:
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    @Zebo: street was renamed the closer

  221. JPH says:
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    @Grey: Exactly. It’s a H2H where the majority of teams are using slots for SPs. I have been trying to switch it to a ROTO but to no avail.

    Lastly, if i can’t handcuff Soriano/Gonzalez is it worth using a spot on just Soriano or then should I try my hand at Street?

  222. nick m. says:
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    should i try to trade jay bruce for b.j. upton? – my other OF’s right now are granderson, dukes, and holliday. or maybe i could try to offer lowell and bruce (or holliday) for markakis or sizemore to the chipper jones owner?

  223. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Drop Headley for someone, not sure Corpas is necessary with Street being the closer now. If you’re vulturing for saves, then grab Corpas, he could get back in the closer picture in a few weeks (days?).

    @paulzone: It’s okay, I was half-joking. Peralta.

    @JPH: Try just Street.

    @nick m.: No on Bruce for Upton. I like Lowell and Holliday for Sizemore or Markakis.

  224. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Soriano, Tavarez, Zumaya…..Rank em for saves only.

    Thanks.

  225. RT says:
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    Thoughts on starting Sanchez at Wrigley today?

  226. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Lots of Mauer haters. He kind of fell into my lap in a deal (Mauer, Ellsbury for Harang, Rodney, Milledge) so I’m all of a sudden irrationally expecting the batting title. Twins say he won’t play more than two days in a row at first, which is annoying. Just got Shoppach off waivers–would it be wasteful to hang onto both and try to scout daily whether or not Mauer’s playing?

  227. royce! says:
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    Why isn’t Uggla starting today? He’s 2-5 lifetime against Lilly. Those two hits are HRs. How else do you get a struggling slugger to hit than to start him against someone he’s clobbered in the past? Uggh (la).

  228. JPH says:
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    Someone just offered me Lowe for Aramis and Carlos Lee. Do you think I’m giving up to much although I could use a SP.

    I’m thinking about countering with Aramis and Lee for Lowe and RP or Halladay by himself.

  229. vinko says:
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    What’s up with Kelly Johnson? Did he fall out of Cox’s favor, or is there some other underlying reason (his putrid .203 BA) he hasn’t played in three days?

  230. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    Here’s an interesting one (in my opinion anyway!):

    12 team, mixed, deep rosters including MI, CI, 5OF etc. Currently my C is V-Mart, and my CI is Konerko. The waiver wire is pretty slim, but Napoli has recently been dropped.

    With Napoli hitting well and batting in the middle of LAA lineup recently (and at DH y’day) is it worth picking him up for the C spot, and moving V-Mart to CI?

    I would be dropping either Duncan, Dukes, Fowler or Konerko for him…

    What do you think? Cheers!

  231. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @JPH: You would be giving up way to much offense for Lowe by himself with that trade. You should be able to trade just one of Aramis or C Lee for Lowe if you really are looking for pitching.

  232. JPH says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: I agree but don’t know how serious the injury to Aramis is. If it turn’s out to be DL-worthy and I don’t deal him then I miss out on Lowe

  233. Bob says:
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    @Grey: How about if I get him to throw in Carlos Zambrano plus his Lance Berkman for my JoeyVotto/G. Soto? I’m thin in SP and do have the two catchers.

  234. p0rk burn says:
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    @p0rk burn: @Grey: The Mauer owner is a physical therapist with more knowledge about SI inflammations than the average person, so they want to wait a few days. And here I thought the homerun his first game back would have people thinking he was hitting 20 this year. At least Uggla isn’t likely to go on a binge between now and then. Keep your fingers crossed.

  235. p0rk burn says:
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    “I’ve always been told to ride a player when he is hot and ride him until he isn’t hot any more,” said manager Dusty Baker [of Joey Votto].

    Dusty, I don’t think that means using a pitcher until his arm falls off.

  236. EricB says:
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    I want to pick up LaPorta. The problem is I don’t know where I could fit him in the lineup. This is how the lineup currently looks:

    C – Iannetta, Chris
    C – Sandoval, Pablo
    1B – Teixeira, Mark
    2B – Phillips, Brandon
    SS – Drew, Stephen
    3B – Wright, David
    MI – Furcal, Rafael
    CI – Ramirez, Aramis
    OF – Soriano, Alfonso
    OF – Kemp, Matt
    OF – Lee, Carlos
    OF – Pence, Hunter
    OF – Dukes, Elijah
    U – Atkins, Garrett

    Res Bat:
    Lopez, Jose (currently filling in for Drew on the DL)
    Suzuki, Kurt (currently filling in for Sandoval until Sandoval gets elibility)

    SP – Harden, Rich
    SP – Shields, James
    SP – Billingsley, Chad
    SP – Kershaw, Clayton
    SP – Scherzer, Max
    SP – Slowey, Kevin
    SP – Meche, Gil
    SP – Liriano, Francisco
    SP – Young, Chris
    RP – Capps, Matt
    RP – Lindstrom, Matt
    RP – Qualls, Chad

    Only 5-6 of those starters are in my lineup at any time. Some are reserves. Anyone see anywhere where I can fit in LaPorta?

  237. G says:
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    An impatient owner just dropped Kershaw. Should I drop Bonaficio for Kershaw? Bonaficio is only rosterable because of his runs and steals and the way he’s in a slump he prob end up batting around 250 and i dont want that on my team. Im in the middle of the pack in steals and I have legit basestealers who will pick it up soon like Weeks and Hanley So is it smart to pick up Kershaw..will he improve? Btw who’s better for the rest of the season..Kershaw or Scherzer? thanks in advance

  238. EricB says:
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    Definitely pick up Kershaw for Bonafacio.

  239. EricB says:
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    I like Scherzer better than Kershaw. I own both and rank Scherzer higher.

  240. Infamous says:
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    Should I start Chris Young tonight?

  241. VanHammersly says:
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    I’m wondering how serious Salty’s eye irritation is. Rangers have called up Max-Ram with Hamilton DL bound. I liked Salty’s past week and felt he was coming around.

    Hold tight on Salty thru the weekend of non-activity – anybody else in a similar situation? Options on waivers include Y. Molina, Baker, Suzuki, and Javy Lopez (!).

  242. royce! says:
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    @royce!: “Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was scratched from the starting lineup on Saturday morning due to a tight left hamstring.” Chill out, royce!

  243. G-RAM says:
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    @VanHammersly: I picked up Salty to replace McCann while he’s dealing with weird eye issues. Now Salty has his own eye problems. I’m cursed. I’m holding for now, but that’s only because of the less-than-stellar alternatives that are out there in my fairly deep league. Sometimes its better not to start anyone at catcher than it is to throw some BA/SLG% leech out there.

    Grey and anyone else who cares to chime in: My current outfielders are Beltran, Bruce, Damon, Adam Jones, and Fowler, with Fields and Butler also available to fill the Utility spot. My starters are Peavey, Billingsley, Hughes, and Kershaw, with Price and Hanson (for now) stashed away and Escobar on my DL. Trade Damon for Lester? I’m not too bullish on either of them (Damon is aging and relies on his legs, and I think Lester’s season was more than a bit flukey last year), but does that trade make sense for me? Another way to look at it, aside from my particular roster: in a vacuum, which player would you prefer right now?

  244. G-RAM says:
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    @EricB: Is that a five team league or something? Good god that’s a stockpiled lineup!

  245. Ceasar says:
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    My Holliday and Damon for his Berkman and Reynolds.

    Chicks dig the long ball, right?

  246. paulzone says:
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    does anyone own Laffey? we count gidps and he gets about 3 per game…

  247. bubba chuck says:
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    Pick up Fontenot, Billy Butler, or Blalock for Maybin? Need a little more power.

  248. yoshinorimike says:
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    i get the feeling people here don’t play H2H as much, but I have to say it makes for great moments, like today when my AHill homers off my opponent’s Sherrill in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save. Wonderful!

    Potential glossary term? my pun faculty is failing me…

  249. Martin says:
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    yoshinorimike- that happened to me too.

  250. Martin says:
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    should i drop derick holland for tommy hanson?

    somebody in my league just picked up laporta. Damn i missed my chance

  251. p0rk burn says:
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    @vinko: Hah! Thanks.

  252. Falcon says:
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    Why was Oswalt pulled after one?

  253. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    Hey what do you think about laporta. I’m contemplating picking him up in exchange for weiters (I have Soto). Do you think he’ll get enough playing time to be valuable for me?

  254. SP says:
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    Why is Ryan Howard not hitting HRs!! It’s because he lost all that weight isn’t it. Call it Prince Fielder Syndrome.

  255. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Falcon: there was a rain delay after the first inning. Sucks that they didn’t just delay the start of the game (I have him too).

  256. jsp2014 says:
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    @Falcon: rain delay

  257. yoshinorimike says:
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    Q: Bench only one (hitting my starts max):

    Shields (home v. Boston) ?
    Danks (@ (yipes!) Tex)?

    The other options are Wandy @ Atl and CBill home v. SD, but I think both of those are solid choices to start.

  258. jsp2014 says:
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    @yoshinorimike: you mean you’re already starting Bills and Wandy and need a 3rd, right? Tex mashes at home and vs. LHP. I’d probably go with Shields. Not sure who the opposing pitchers are though.

  259. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Tavarez, Soriano, Zumaya

    @RT: Sorry, was out all day. Would’ve told you not to start him. Hope you didn’t.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: Mauer will get time at DH too. Don’t carry two catchers.

    @JPH: Don’t trade Aramis and Lee for one starter.

    @vinko: I feel like I just talked about this on the blog.

    @TheQuestforMerlin: I wouldn’t pick up Napoli.

    @Bob: Sure, that’s fair.

    @EricB: Could drop Meche, but not sure how deep your league is.

    @G: Drop Boni for Kershaw. Kershaw and Scherzer are the same.

    @Infamous: Sure

    @VanHammersly: Hold for a few days.

    @Ceasar: I like it for you.

    @paulzone: I don’t trust Laffey.

    @bubba chuck: Blalock

    @Martin: Grab Hanson

    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: Lose Wieters.

    @yoshinorimike: I’d bench both, but you can bench Danks.

  260. Martin says:
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    NOTE—–LA PORTA’S getting the call TOMMOROW. He is going to be platooning with david delluci. obviously right on time dellucii went 4-5 and 2-4 but I think the french port will have the full starting job in a week or two.

  261. jsp2014 says:
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    Spilborghs with the robusto line of the year. 3/4 with 3 runs, 3 rbi, 2 hr, 2 steals, and a walk.

  262. SP says:
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    I have Napoli in an OBP and SLG league. He’s absolutely fantastic for a league like that. He even got me 2 steals this week.

  263. vinko says:
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    @Grey: Sorry, Think my alzheimer’s flared up this morning!

  264. Dexter says:
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    Hey, I’m in a keeper league. Players aren’t added until they get their major league call up. Would you use #1 waiver priority on LaPorta or wait til Hanson gets the call? Thanks.

  265. RT says:
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    Grey:
    Who do you think has a better year – Ian Stewart or Ass Dribble Cabrera? I have Stewy and he is playing 4(ish) times per week. I have the chance to swap Asdrubel for Fowler. I like him hitting 2nd in that lineup. Thoughts?

  266. RT says:
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    @Grey:
    No worries mate. But I did.. Ugh. Had him and Cain going today as I am last in K’s…. With JJ and Bedard – whodda thunk? At least I got a Lee homer out of the deal. Wind must have been really blowing out.

  267. BSA says:
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    Can anyone tell me what is going on with Reyes? I have several bats that are killing me this season. I can understand the others yet Reyes has been sucking wind for awhile. You can’t pick up steals if you keep whiffing.

    If this has been asked and answered or mulled over I apologize, just send me to the comment #.

  268. sean says:
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    @G-RAM: Agreed on EricB’s lineup. I’m calling BS.

  269. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: He hit .240 in April last year, don’t worry about him. Fugghettaboutit!

  270. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: No worries.

    @Dexter: Depends, do you need a hitter or a pitcher? I’d probably go for a hitter.

    @RT: Stewart will have better numbers at the end of the year except for Runs and Average.

    @BSA: He goes through funks, I wouldn’t worry about him.

  271. vinko says:
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    Morrow just hit the DL!!! Who’s next in line

  272. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: You starting Shields tomorrow? His numbers are terrible against Boston, but hey, he’s BigGameJames!

    I’m doing it unless you say otherwise………….

  273. BigFatHippo says:
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    @vinko: David Aardsma, grab him now.

  274. BSA says:
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    @Grey: @BigFatHippo:
    Yeah its not a biggy – just damn annoying.
    re: this whole pitch starting together a la Thelma and Louise – aren’t you starting to take it a little too far now, two pitch starts together in the same weekend?

  275. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Hehe

    I don’t even know if he has Shields, just assuming. Hey, that’s profiling!

    Off to my political correctness class now…………………

  276. Dexter says:
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    Yeah, I need pitching more this year. We can keep 5 players in the round they are drafted, or round 20 and later if picked up off FA list. I have Fowler and Snider as rounds 20, 21 and have Hanley. Just didn’t know which one you thought would be more valuable, overall, in a year or 2 from now.

    Also, in H2H, i’m losing WHIP and ERA and Ks by a little bit. Looking to pick up a starter for tomorrow, or let it ride with my relievers if you think the starters aren’t worth it. The available starters: Gaudin, Lannan, Jo-Jo Reyes, Karsten, Hammel. As always, thanks!!!

  277. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I wouldn’t start him. He’s awful against the Sawx.

    @Dexter: Try Gaudin.

    ********Pickup Aardsma*******

  278. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Righto boss.

    I seem to recall you telling me the same thing last year and I didn’t heed, then got shelled. Thanks, I’ll sit him and hope he pitches a gem. Then never sit him again…………….

  279. G says:
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    Can someone help me out in finding a website. Its like a fantasy forum where you can save your team and get answers on add/drops or trades and people vote on you trades. Its for baseball, footbal and baseball..someone please help

  280. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    If you can get Chamberlain and CC for Mike Young and C. Lee do you take it? Hardy is the best available free agent to fill my SS spot if I lose Mike Young

  281. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: Yeah, it’s called Razzball forums. Why would you need anything else?

  282. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: Carlos or Cliff Lee? If it’s Carlos you’re giving up too much. If it’s Cliff, jump on it.

  283. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Is it still too much if i’m stacked in the OF, I have Kemp, Carlos Lee, Pence, Hawpe and Adam Jones. I use one as a util then the other 3 in the OF slots.

  284. BabyBatter says:
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    @Grey: Love this site brotha! Would you do either J. Upton or D. Fowler for Webb at this point? I have the OF’s and am looking for a guy to stash in my DL.

  285. Ceasar says:
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    Protracted negotiations on a Saturday night. Cause that’s how I roll.

    I offered my Holliday and Damon for his Berkman and Reynolds.

    He countered with his Ludwick and Reynolds for my McLouth and Damon.

    I do need some power, but that seems like a stretch. I’m thinking of countering with:

    Holliday and McLouth for Berkman and Ludwick.

    Would that be overkill?

    Accept his counter? Counter with my counter? Walk away?

    Thanks.

  286. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: You’re trading your most solid OFer for CC, how deep is the league? 12 team?

  287. G says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Word..fuck all the other fantasy baseball forums. I won a few leagues last year using razzball so y change

  288. Zebo says:
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    drop Fontenot for Callaspo?

  289. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Ceasar: Sounds like he isn’t interested in losing Berkman.

  290. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: Now you’re gettin it………….don’t tell anybody else.

    Well, Grey and Rudy would say tell everyone. So maybe tell a buddy or two.

  291. Ceasar says:
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    @BigFatHippo: It does, doesn’t it.

    What do you think of his counter? I’m hesitant because I drafted McLouth before he drafted Ludwick and I drafted Damon before he drafted Reynolds.

    That said (and don’t worry about hurting my feelings here), is Ludwick the better player than Big Nate?

  292. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Ceasar: McLouth for speed and runs, Ludwick for power, avg, and OBP. They’re really not the same player and both have a small sample size.

    Isn’t Berkman the central player here? If not and you’re just trying to find power, why not Damon straight up for Reynolds?

  293. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    @Bigfathippo: it’s a 10 team CBS H2H league

  294. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: 10 team, cool.

    Then Kemp, Pence, Hawpe and Jones are good as your OF/Util. How bad is your pitching staff that you need to trade your shortstop and Carlos?

    I think Young will have a career year BTW, with those hitters around him and in Arlington. Still think you’re giving up too much unless your pitching is really horrible.

  295. Dexter says:
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    Trying to improve my pitching… just offered:
    Fielder, Snider, Liriano, Kazmir for my Youk, Oswalt, Beltran
    Worth taking, or not? If not, i’ll let you know other possibilities. Thanks in advance to Grey, Hippo and everyone else

  296. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    @BigFat: Thanks, my staff is pretty good… got Billingsley, Halladay, Scherz, Wainwright, Vazquez, and a couple more. I really want Joba cuz I can put him in at the RP spot and get starts out of him…. Maybe I’m just getting trade crazed though. Maybe I could swap Kemp for Lee and not lose as much on OF.

  297. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: Um, you already have Kemp AND Lee, right?

    That’s a solid staff in a 10 team, don’t deal El Caballo.

  298. Dexter says:
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    Thinking about countering with Youk, Oswalt, Beltran for Fielder, Alex Ramirez, Kazmir and Liriano

  299. d2bnz says:
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    Are we witnessing the rebirth of a career .230 hitter or is Russell Branyan going to regress to his usual schmohawk status ???

  300. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BabyBatter: I’d do either for Webb. Trade Fowler if you don’t need speed, Upton if you don’t need power.

    @Zebo: Nah

    @Dexter: That’s a fair trade for you (the 2nd one).

  301. Grey

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    @d2bnz: Not sure, looks like a potential rebirth. I own him in one league all year and so far it hasn’t bothered me too much.

  302. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Dexter: I’m pretty sure Youk is better than Fielder this year, try something else without giving Beltran.

    Fielder, Liriano, Kaz for Youk, Oswalt, ?*. Sounds like he really wants Youk.

    *Offer a chump, like he’s doing you.

  303. RT says:
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    Anyone watching the White Sox game?
    Jermaine Dye is out… Serious?

  304. Tom says:
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    Downs/Beckett/Dukes for Hanrahan/Haren/J. Upton. What side would you want Sir Grey? And how much would you want it?

  305. Tom says:
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    Wait, the owner receiving Downs already has Ryan.

  306. DrEasy says:
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    Would you guys start Gaudin tomorrow against C-Bills?

  307. Doc says:
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    V. Wells for Tulo?

  308. Doc says:
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    Galarraga, Wells, Kemp for Tulo and BJ Upton?

  309. DrEasy says:
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    @Doc: Not a fan of that trade, Doc. V.Wells alone for Tulo, assuming you have a surplus of good OF on your roster, yes. But that’s just me.

  310. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: I want Tulo there.

    You coming up to see me anytime soon? Gettin kinda lonesome up here, what with you 17 pts behind and all……………………

  311. DrEasy says:
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    Just to clarify: I’d say yes to trade 319, no to trade 320.

  312. BigFatHippo says:
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    @DrEasy: Position scarcity, Wells is easily replaceable.

  313. Doc says:
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    @DrEasy: Yeah, that 2nd one ain’t too good.

    @BigFatHippo: Man, you are crazy lucky with Theriot!

    I lost ground with Haren throwing a gem tonight! Damn my Mendoza straddling hitters!

  314. asSmith says:
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    How worried are all of you Braun owners right now? Should we be selling as soon/if he goes on a tear?

  315. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: X-Rays were negative.

    @Tom: I’d want the Haren side slightly.

    @DrEasy: Depends on the league. 12 deeper, yeah.

    @asSmith: Kinda worried, but him at 75% is better than most at 100%, I wouldn’t sell him for less than a Quentin-type player.

  316. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Chris Ray, Zumaya, Frasor, R. Soriano, Leo Nunez/ Please rank for long term saves. I just got back from Mexico and have this urge to roll around in the mud…..

  317. Bob says:
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    Spilborghs or Fowler – which Rockie outfielder will be more valuable the rest of the year?

  318. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    @Bob: I’m putting my money on Fowler, he’s younger and has more potential. Spilborghs is good, but the sky isn’t as high

  319. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @Grey:

    Just a note on Shields, in Boston he’s horrible, but for some reason he pitches awesome against them in Tampa Bay. Had a 9 IP 2 hitter against them. Maybe this is the start that wakes him up……….I hope.

  320. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @Grey:

    Just a note on Shields, in Boston he’s horrible, but for some reason he pitches awesome against them in Tampa Bay. Had a 9 IP, 2 hitter against them last year. Maybe this is the start that wakes him up……….I hope.

  321. steamer says:
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    Who yould you rather have as a 5th outfielder – Dukes or Burrell?

  322. jerkstore says:
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    I need 5 innings to reach my weekly minimum. I need 1 win to take the lead, am up 3 in losses, I have a 3.60 lead in era and a .40 lead in whip. Which of these should I start today: Gaudin, Dave Bush, Scott Richmond? If I don’t reach the minimum innings I forfeit all pitching categories. Any advice would be appreciated (just so I can blame someone other than myself when my starter gets lit up).

  323. mc serch says:
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    Unfortunately, I’m vulturing saves this year in a very competitive league so I find myself pondering the relative merits of Ray (Balt) and Wuertz (Oak). Wuertz picked up second save last night and Sherrill had another rough outing. I’m carrying Madson and Corpas now. Anyone hear anything about the closer sitch in either Oaktown or Balt?

  324. Prince says:
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    1) LaPorta is a FA — pick him up while Hamilton is out (if not longer)? Melky is in there right now since he’s been on fire. Duncan also just dropped.

    2) At 2B, Felipe Lopez, Kendrick (whom I know Grey does not like), or Jose Lopez?

    3) And last but not least, Iannetta has been great the last 15 days (3HR,.286). Time to drop Napoli for him?

  325. cockyphoenix says:
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    *takes a breath as head momentarily rises above workload*
    damn you, holliday! when will i get a mancrush that doesn’t crush my team too?
    waiting for tulo, by samuel beckett
    also kawakami looks worse than uehara; punt

  326. G-RAM says:
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    Should I trade Damon to get Lester?

    My OFs: Beltran, Adam Jones, Bruce, Damon, Fowler

    My SPs: Peavey, Billingsley, Kershaw, Hughes, with Hanson and Price stashed away and Escobar on DL.

  327. sean says:
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    @G: fantasycafe

  328. cockyphoenix says:
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    thoughts on cojack’s slump? zobrist’s 16 HR in 282 PA since last year?

  329. sean says:
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    LaPorta or Kendry Morales for the U?

    Also, starting to get behind in pitching stats with BJ Ryan, Morrow, and E. Santana sitting on the shelf. I can’t drop any of these guys, so what can I do other than hold tight?

  330. cockyphoenix says:
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    @sean: any way you can cut your losses on the offense? some of your late round backup batters sucking it up? if there’s nothing you can do, remember marathon not sprint.

    also bj ryan isn’t closing anytime soon. personally i’d consider dumping him

  331. cockyphoenix says:
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    for some reason i was thinkin jj putz there… disregard

  332. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: you benching danks at rangers? what about nolasco vs cubbies at florida?

  333. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: Grey, my girlfriend just bought you a daiquiri! (Don’t get too excited, I needed her paypal account).

  334. Harley says:
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    @ Grey: Doug Davis – discuss briefly – possibility of career resurrection to 2004/2005 output? It seems like his k/9 is up, bb/9 is down and while he is slightly lucky from babip and lob% it doesn’t look significant.

  335. Drev says:
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    @Grey: About where does Morrow rank among closers when healthy?

  336. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Chris Ray, Leo Nunez, R. Soriano, Frasor then Zumaya.

    @Bob: Fowler

    @aconstipatedmonkey: Ahh… That’s a good point that I overlooked.

    @steamer: Dukes

    @jerkstore: Gaudin

    @mc serch: I’d grab Ray first.

    @Prince: LaPorta, Lopez, Iannetta.

    @G-RAM: I want Damon.

    @cockyphoenix: Jackson will come out of it. Zobrist has one HR in a game he’s started since 4/19.

    @sean: Morales. Drop Ryan. (FYI, I would tell you to hold tight, but you seem like you really want to drop someone.)

    @AL KOHOLIC: Danks — yes, in 12 team or shallower leagues. Nolasco, not benching him if I own him.

    @DrEasy: Thanks! Give me your forum username and I’ll add “Sponsor” to it with a daiquiri glass.

    @Harley: Two starts ago he gave up 5 runs to the Giants. That seems more like the Davis we know. Sorry, don’t buy any career resurrection.

  337. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: He’s solid.

  338. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: I-YI captain,im sailing with your words of wisdom.Got the derby hangover,just didnt know when to say when.Thanks im going to nap now,hippo give me a wake up call at gametime

  339. Adam Jones says:
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    Your Adam Jones Stats prediction – 2009 Projections: 75/15/60/.275/12 — if you were to update what you think Adam Jones numbers would be at the end of the year now – what would be your update Grey

  340. Bob says:
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    @Grey:

    I purchased you a daiquiri as well. Enjoy!! Thanks again for all the help, past, present and future. My forum ID is waters96.

  341. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam Jones: I’m flattered that you would look to me to tell you what you’re going to do. You have 20/20 potential, but let’s see you do it first before I update any projections.

  342. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob: Thanks, Bob! Very nice of you. I’ll add the sponsor thingie-ma-bob right now.

  343. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Cool. I always wanted to be a sponsor of something.

  344. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Should I drop Hanrahan or Chris Ray for Leo Nunez?

  345. Martin says:
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    do u think i should offer matt capps and andy pettite for either derick lowe or gil meche?

    I already have broxton, valverede, and hawkings as closers.

  346. Bob says:
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    Sunday morning vent: In my four leagues at SS, I have Hanley, Reyes, Rollins, and Tulo (in RCL Original Recipe Div) respectively. Is there a pattern here? Well, yes. And for your home-gamers, what is it? Well, in a nutshell… they all suck!!

    Anyway, I’m not worried. Well, I’m actually am between Hanley’s hand, Rollins’ age, and Tulo for being Tulo, but I’m willing to be patient and hope the fantasy goodness is on the way.

    BTW, speaking of sucking, feel free not to suck Geo Soto and Russell Martin. How can I own both of them in one league, and still not have any production at C.

  347. Bob says:
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    Speaking of sucking, I read on the internets that Carlos Delgado will be plagued by a bad hip all year. Considering that he’s older than old, hang in there with him, or go to the waiver wire for some Schmohawk like Billy Butler?

  348. sean says:
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    @Bob: that’s why razzballers the world around punt catcher!

  349. BSA says:
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    @Bob: Someone in 4th should not be talking about sucking when the owner of the suckiest bunch of sucky suckbags is lurking for a Sunday morning read.

    I’ll trade places…..

    On a different note, any games going to get in today. Lots of delays already.

    I’m interested to see how Ankiel does ahead of Pujols.

  350. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    inge does it aginge,doink

  351. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****Sherrill *may* not be the closer anymore.*******

  352. Bob says:
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    @BSA: I wasn’t talking about my team sucking, I was talking about Tulo sucking. I thought about getting in that he’s benched in favor of Ass-Dribble, but thought my moves in the RCL weren’t that interesting to the general Razz readership.

    As to standings, I don’t even pay attention to that until about May 15. In my leagues, teams are still moving up or down ten points on certain days. That said, I’d obviously rather be near the top than the bottom.

    Keep the faith!! It’s a long season.

    @Grey: Speaking of keeping the faith, I have low tolerance of Del-God-O. He’s screwed me more than once. I blew it by waiting too long to draft a 1B in that league, and now I’m paying the price. But hopefully, the Mets will do the right thing and put him on the DL if that’s the place he needs to be.

  353. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Who would it be? Chris Ray?

  354. yoshinorimike says:
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    shields worries me; if the first inning was any indication, today won’t be pretty. I have him benched but still…

  355. BSA says:
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    @Bob: I heard you and my point was that I want to bench everyone from Reyes to Werth. fahget about the other schmucks that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn or pitch a strike that doesn’t get tagged for a homerun.

    Yeah I’m in it for the longhaul with no misconceptions.

  356. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    What do you guys think of Cahill? Will he be valuable in the future? I’m considering stashing him on my bench.

  357. Bob says:
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    @BSA: Gotcha. BTW, I took a look at your team, and it’s not that bad. You’ve had a lot of injuries and some generalized suckitude, but there’s also a lot of fantasy goodness mixed in there. My fearless prediction is that you will move yourself up before the end of the year.

  358. Bob says:
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    Justin Verlander is on fire. 9 K’s in four innings. What kind of undetectable performance-enhancing drugs is he taking??

  359. BSA says:
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    Grey – How long you think Penny’s rope is before management tells him his shoulder is hurting again?

  360. BSA says:
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    @Bob: Thanks – I also predict I will not end in 12th. I hope that my time here warrants a final position in the top 6.

    *******Watch Ellsbury in the coming game and days***********
    Reporting a nasty cut on his hand and forearm sliding headfirst into second.

  361. Grey

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    @Bob: Ray would be my pickup.

    @Cheeeeeeeeeeeze: I think there’s others I’d rather stash. Obviously that’s league-dependent.

    @Bob: Oyster sauce.

    @BSA: He’s pretty much unusable. I don’t think he’s in the rotation by June.

  362. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    the others I’m deciding between are Zito, McCarthy, Doug Davis, Dave Bush, & Masterson

  363. Bob says:
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    @Grey: That Balco always stays one step ahead.

    Do you have a hard source on the Sherrill demotion or is it one of your fearless (almost always correct) predictions.

  364. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    what do people of thinking of trying to trade for Aramis? I cant get a good feeling on his injury? Was thinking of offering Davis/Adrian Gonzalez for Big Tex/Aramis. I would prob have to add a SP, of maybe Waignwright, Slowey, Wandy, Oswalt, J. Johnson

  365. Prince says:
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    @Prince: @Grey: Sorry Grey, which Lopez, Felipe or Jose?

  366. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I offered C. Lee and Davis for Tex and Aramis? any better?

  367. dtv says:
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    should i try to buy low on bj upton? burrell and duke for upton, perhaps? upton has 1 more year after this one left as a keeper. burrell and duke have 2 more.

  368. nick m. says:
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    who is the better pickup – beimel, ray, or stay away from both and pick up sean marshall for his 2 starts this week?

  369. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I also offered Peavy and Davis for Longoria and Wieters, he said he might do it without Wieters

  370. Martin says:
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    should i offer capps and pettite for cueto?

  371. SRM says:
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    Soto just caught Hanley with a cannon. Looks like the shoulder still works well.

    Is anyone who drafted A-Rod trying to trade now or holding? Hard to say, but any expectations?

  372. Martin says:
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    Pettie or Sean Marshall?

  373. BigFatHippo says:
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    @SRM: I’m holding, didn’t keep him around this long just to trade him.

    Let’s hope he performs like a 1st rounder and we both get 2 firsts!

  374. paulzone says:
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    Can Scott Richmond continue this? Has anyone seen this 29 year old rookie pitch?

    After today, 4-0, 26 ks in 30.1 ip, era under 3, whip around 1.25

    Should we be picking this dude up?

  375. Eric W says:
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    Man Cueto was dominate today. Now if C Bills follows suit ill have had a great day in the rcl.

  376. BSA says:
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    Mama Upton will be happy tonight.

    My current conundrum Sawx fan with Wheeler and Percival. Ugh!

  377. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    6 stolen bases for Crawford today……anything you can do, I can do better!

  378. ChCh says:
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    Is it worth dropping Felipe, Konerko, or Hawpe for J. Upton? Thanks!

  379. Doc says:
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    What are the odds that Ray will be the closer? What’s his era, something like 22.3 billion?

  380. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ChCh: Lose Konerko if you want.

  381. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Grey….drop Corpas to get Wuertz? Last report on Zeigler was flu like symptoms….are they hiding something?

  382. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Swine flu? You can drop Corpas for Wuertz.

  383. Bob says:
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    If you go to the Yahoo StatrTraker, it looks like there’s a rather decent-sized furry animal attached to Chad Gaudin’s chin. It’s pretty alarming. I think I’m going to call the SPCA and report it.

  384. agarthered says:
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    @Bob i was laughing at that earlier, what a beaut.

  385. Bob says:
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    Pigs are flying today – errr, I mean, Pablo Sandoval just stole a base!! Take that, Carl Crawford.

  386. Bob says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Thanks for posting that, I think.

  387. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Bob: Swine flew?

  388. Bob says:
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    @Big Fat Hippo: Baddabing. I bow to the badness of that pun.

  389. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Just dropped Madson to get Ray. Lidge is OK, right?

  390. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, seems to be okay.

  391. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Bob: Indeed! I got a million of em.

    You gotta be loving Crawford about now, though it gains you no points. Can’t get better than 12.

    Grey, what’re the odds Jason Bourn bats .270 this year, steals 60, kills 400 terrorists and cures the Swine-flu?

    I give it 50-1, like the Kentucky Derby winner.

  392. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And I got Sherrill in my H2H league – gotta keep him around for a bit, yes?

  393. Bob says:
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    @BigFatHippo: True on the steals. I’m wondering when Carl Crawford became Juan Pierre. Same thing with Bobby Abreu. I love steals, but chicks dig the long ball.

    @Grey: I’m in the same situation as Steve, holding Madson in a league where I can use a few extra saves and Chris Ray is on the waiver wire. Do you think the transaction is a risk worth taking?

  394. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Wilson intentionally walks Helton to pitch to Atkins? Since when does Helton get that kind of respect?

  395. Bob says:
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    It looks like the furry creature just moved from Chad Gaudin’s chin to the back of Brian Wilson’s head, for anybody who has access to the Rockies/San Francisco broadcast.

  396. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Nevermind, somehow I missed that Fowler was sacrificed to second. Makes sense now.

  397. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, hold him for a bit.

    @Bob: Sure, go for it.

  398. Steve says:
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    Billingsley has a big lead and has thrown nearly 100 pictches – why send him back out? Just because he batted doesn’t mean he has to go back out, does it?

    Has Torre given up flogging bullpens since he moved to LA?

  399. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Thanks.

    @Mark: Yeah, the TV announcer was surprised that the Rockies wasted an out to move Fowler to second, especially because it was Spils who has been so hot recently.

  400. Bob says:
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    @Steve: Torre has got no faith in his pen. He’s been bringing Broxton in for more than one inning saves with men on base recently, which doesn’t work well when you’ve got a closer who’s effectively wild. Broxton blew the save last time, but picked up the win. Good from a fantasy perspective. Bad managing, IMO.

  401. Eric W says:
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    Cain for Granderson about even?

  402. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Bob: Yeah, didn’t make much sense to me when I realized what happened. First, Fowler’s fast enough to straight steal a base if necessary. Second, Spilborough’s been swinging a good bat and is no slouch. Third, Atkins isn’t enough of a threat to make them pitch to Helton. Of course, I tend to think the sacrifice is overused anyway, but this especially didn’t make sense.

    Crap, the Ducks just scored to even the series 1-1 with Detroit.

  403. Steve says:
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    @Grey and any Frasor owners: Sorry – I should ask these all at once, but is there any point in keeping him around?

    Downs has been pretty solid so far…

  404. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Eric W: I’d want Granderson every single time…..I’d consider Halladay, Hamels, or Haren closer in value to Granderson.

  405. Cheeeeeeeeeeeze says:
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    What do you guys think about Scott Richardson? he’s been a solid starter ever since he got brought up last year yet I never hear anything about the guy.

  406. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Is Granderson for Berkman a good sell high/buy low?

  407. Colin says:
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    Wow Matt Kemp has forgotten how to hit. I SO need this right now.

  408. Steve says:
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    Who’d you rather have at the corner while Swish is out – Kendry or Feliz? OBP and Ks in addition to the usual stat cats.

  409. paulzone says:
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    would you have aaron hill or kendry morales as a bench / utility player? maybe trade bait down the road…

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