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Let’s see… The winner of the All-Star game gets home field advantage… The WBC… Steroids testing after letting the world believe Bret Boone was good… Finally, interleague play.  Selig should hang his legacy right next to the monkey carcass that helped spread the AIDS virus.  So, interleague is here whether we like it or not.  I don’t, but I’m the only one who thinks this is all about me.  So what can we do about interleague play for fantasy baseball?

Play fringe AL Starters vs. the NL.  This is more for H2H leagues than roto, but you might be able to grab some value in roto leagues too.  During interleague play, the AL has an advantage.  They carry a guy who actually hits in the DH slot.  They don’t need to dust off the half-dead pinch hitter who sucks (Hey, Wes Helms, wanna DH?).  So Freddy Garcia  vs. the Marlins is actually usable.  Bergesen and Millwood vs. the Nats in Washington?  *Grey shrugs*  Why not?

Some AL starters  that may not be owned that are worth a look:  Bergesen, Millwood, Freddy Garcia, Carmona, Pineiro, Slowey, Pavano, Pettitte, Sheets, Gio Gonzalez, Rowland-Smith, Niemann, Holland, Morrow, Eveland and Marcum.

Some NL hitters who could see playing time due to the DH:  Jonny Gomes, Jason Giambi, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Xavier Nady.

Some AL hitters who could lose playing time due to no DH:  David Ortiz, Hank Blalock, Luke Scott, Damon or Boesch, Hideki Matsui, Marcus Thames and Fred Lewis, if Lind takes left field while in Houston.

229 Responses

  1. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Pursuant to the fascinating Youk conversation of the last thread…

    If I pick up a bat, who do you like best: Hart, Branyan, Scott. Or should I push the guy to include either JD Drew or Cuddyer in the trade?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hart… I don’t think Drew’s a difference maker in your small outfield league.

  3. @Grey: Good advice for steaming in H2H play. I’m sure a lot of guys don’t think too much about that. Have to remember that pitchers usually have the advantage when seeing a team the first go around, so you might see a lot of nice game from pitchers facing the opposite league for the first time.

    @EL BURRO: What do you think of Brad Lincoln? He started slow, but has been pitching well of late at AAA Indy. Kid has a live arm!

  4. Slumpbustin says:
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    14 team H2H keeper league (we can keep up to 8 for as long as we want) and I am still looking at acquiring as much talent as I can before I try and plug holes that I have to fill later on. I got offered the following trade.

    G. Beckham and J. Smoak
    for
    P. Hughes and J. Chacin

    I would be getting Becks and Smoak.

    My current team is a little light on SP I have Hughes, Pettite, Vazquez, Lester, Slowey, Cecil, E. Santana, Chacin, and Medlen

    My infield is solid but no depth. Arod, Fielder, Stewart, Reyes, Alcides, Swisher with C. Guillen on the DL. Should I pull the trigger on this deal? Typically I only like keeping 1 maybe 2 SP and I am not sure Hughes has reached stud pitching status yet, or if he is just off to a great start.

  5. Lines says:
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    I have David Price going against Cleveland today, JJ going against the DBacks, and Filthy pitching against the Padres. This pleases me. Just wanted to share.

    Grey, would you prefer to have Kennedy or Olsen going forward? I’m pretty excited about Olsen’s next three matchups, but Kennedy’s also doing work out there. One of ‘em (probably) needs to go, ’cause my ‘bench’ is Grady Sizemore right now.

    What’s that you say? Drop Kevin Jepsen? Not on your life. My H2H league counts holds, and one is usually enough to win.

  6. @Slumpbustin: I wouldn’t F with Beckham. Kid’s playing his was back down to the minors. Smoak… nice keeper but I wouldn’t expect too much from him this year.

    Hughes and Chacin nice, especially since you have guys like Cecil, Slowey, Vazquez where you don’t know what to expect from start to start.

    @Grey: Aaron Hill keeps Razzball excerpts in his locker as motivation. Funny, Hill hits whenever I watch him, so in my mind he’s Jeff Kent.

  7. @Slumpbustin: thats “are” nice. I wouldn’t make that trade. In fact I wouldn’t wish Beckham on my worst enemy.

  8. Dracula says:
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    Lastings Milledge or Dexter Fowler?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dracula: Fowler assuming you’re not playing either. Milledge if you need to play them.

  10. Dracula says:
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    Well, I’d need to play two of Gaby Sanchez, Venable, and one of those guys….So?

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: Here’s a 2-parter in need of some assistance:

    Part 1 – 8 Team H2H Keeper League: I’ve got a couple of schmohawks (in 8 team terms) and I feel like I need to make a change. Here are my “schmohawks”: Krispie, MMD, Glaus, Colby Lewis, AJ.

    Do I swap any of the above for the following: Hart, Span, Pence, Markakis, JD, Prado, Damon, Ludwick, Papi, Ely, Holland, Richard, Vargas, Leake, Kennedy, Chacin, Olsen, Cecil? I’m leaning towards no drop on the pitching, but I’m a little worried about Lewis and would love some advice.

    Part 2 – 16 Team H2H Keeper: would a deal of my Haren/Headley for his J.Santana/Hawpe be a good move? I would be left with only Cantu at 3rd with no backup if I dealt Headley.

    Thanks a shit ton for all your help.

  12. cashmoney says:
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    looks like Grady might be hurt

    Trade him for Rasmus, Byrd or Burnett?

  13. Omar Comin' says:
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    Grey,

    WTF is Hanley doing? Who would you recommend as a good backup option that may be on waivers if he gets benched/injured for the next few days?

  14. FYI: I can see Yanks/Sox rained out tonight – at least suffer multiple delays if it does go off. Weather is miserable and it’s supposed to rain all night.

  15. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Two questions…

    1. Would you employ Peralta, Encarnacion, or Kouzmanoff at your CI?

    2. What’s the ETA of Alex Gordon?

  16. Dad says:
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    @Grey: The Mighty Boesch! Thanks for the tip on the pick-up yesterday. Ever drink baileys from a shoe? Wanna go to a club where people wee on each other?

  17. Howard says:
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    Bautista! Ticker tease! Quentin! Sonavabench!

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dracula: Sanchez and Milledge…

    @Wilsonian: Lose Krispie, MMD and Glaus for Pence, Span and Markakis… Keep your pitching. I’d make that deal.

    @cashmoney: I’d take Rasmus or Burnett.

    @Omar Comin’: NO idea who’s available in your league.

    @3FingersBrown: Thanks for the heads up!

  19. brad says:
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    Would you own Desmond Jennings in a 14 team 3OF 1Util keep 6 league?

    I’ve already got the Upton bros. and CarGo.

  20. Lyle Overfiend is the ultimate baseball zombie. Every time you think he’s dead and gone, he awakens for a couple of weeks in the guise of a good hitter. I wish he’d just put in his 0 for’s already so we can see Wallace at 1st.

  21. uncdrew says:
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    Ugh, I also dislike interleague play.

    The only thing I dislike more is all the baseball caps that are pink or green or light blue when those are not the team’s colors.

    Sure, all these crappy ideas sell more and make money, but it’s not real baseball.

  22. thegeniusking says:
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    Picking up Matusz on waivers (hope he clears) do I drop Ian Kennedy or Mike Leake to get him?

  23. uncdrew says:
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    Speaking of which, we need a pink team. NFL, MLB, I don’t care which. But we’ve seen almost every other color under the rainbow.

    Red, Blue, Black — classics. check
    Yellow, Orange, Teal, Green, Brown, Purple — we got ‘em. check

    Pink?

    I think the next expansion team should have hot pink as their color.

  24. Tom Emanski says:
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    I’m going back and forth on owning Boesch. On one hand, he was a beast in AA last year and beasting on the Tigers now. On the other hand, he’s always been a low OBP guy. Someone convince me to pick him up. Even if he falls off, will he finish any worse than Carlos Lee?

  25. @uncdrew: I hate seeing Mets vs. Yanks 6 times a year although I’m a hypocrite, since I have tickets to Saturday night at Metco. Too many games take the fun out of it and of course it sucks (as a Mets fan) that the NL East has to play the AL East. I could stand for one subway series a year if they have to put asses in the seats.

    I wish they’d go back to the old schedule. Should be more Mets vs. Cards, Cubs, Pirates… those were the rivals that I grew up with.

  26. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I was really hoping the rangers played away against a NL team…Vlady’s OF elig would really help my struggling outfield!! He only needs one more start at Yahoo!

  27. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    I guess Saul Rivera won’t be seeing any vulture saves anytime soon…

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tom Emanski: just my $0.02…I think El Caballo is on a free fall down from the ranks of the elite. I’m taking a chance on Boesch in two of my three leagues (lost out on him in another). I know Boesch’s numbers will not stay where they are. But I think he has DEFINITE .300+/20+/85+ potential for just this season. In a keeper league, and well, in most leagues, I’d rather have him than Lee.

  29. paddytwotimes says:
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    Grey need to make a decision which I can never do on my own sooo…

    Please rank these 3: Olsen, Ely and Ian Kennedy. Thanks mang.

  30. paddytwotimes says:
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    Do not know if you need the @ Grey part, but if you do

    @Grey see post 30. Thanks

  31. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Which side?
    A) McCutchen + Kershaw
    B) Kemp

  32. sean says:
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    @paddytwotimes: I think the list is fine as you wrote it above. Depends on the matchups…

  33. paddytwotimes says:
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    @sean: Thanks man. I am assuming that is what Grey will say as well. Currently have Kennedy.

    With Ethier DL bound I have an extra spot.

  34. sean says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: I think A is giving up too much, but that is probably the realistic price a Kemp owner is going to want.

  35. The strike-throwing culture permeates every level of the Minnesota organization. It begins with the team’s amateur scouts, who are instructed to look for the attributes that foster good control, and continues in the minor leagues, where pitching to contact is repeatedly encouraged.

    “As soon as you put on a Twins uniform as a pitcher or a catcher, you go after hitters,” Mauer said. “Try to throw strikes and use your defense. That’s instilled in you right when you step in a minor league clubhouse.”

    At least there’s a few organizations still around that have half a clue. Certainly aren’t any in the NL West.

  36. ScottyM says:
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    Yahoo 5×5 12 team mixed H2H league, most teams carry 6-8 SPs.
    I have Greinke, Lester, Nolasco, Bills, Liriano, Buchholz, Leake, Latos.

    Would you use waiver claim #6 on Erv Santana and drop Latos or even Leake. Erv’s upcoming schedule is pretty weak. CWS, TOR, KC, SEA, OAK????

    Also have Kazmir, Sheets, Blanton, Piniero, Bailey, Myers, Morrow, Masterson available.

  37. happygostabby says:
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    In a 14 team redraft league is it worth cutting Dexter Fowler to pick up Nate McLouth or Jason Kubel?

    Also, start Chacin against Silva and the Cubs tonight?

  38. @Elijah: I had always thought the same about Dodger pitchers, but they’ve developed a bunch of nibblers as of late.

  39. Hey look at Quentinsity get it going today! Could this be the turn around we’ve been waiting for?

  40. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Wilsonian: Went ahead and dropped Lee for him. Wouldn’t be able to live with myself if he maintains even 70% of this while Lee freefalls.

    Now I need to figure out how to replace Beckham. Trying to buy low on Jose Lopez. He has historically started off slow in the first two months and then heated up. After trading for Reyes, Bartlett is useless to me but he’s not producing. Quentin and Alcides are also possibilities.

  41. Tom Emanski says:
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    Just after I write that, I realize Quentin is having a good day. Sonavabench!

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ScottyM: Drop Leake for Ervin.

    @happygostabby: Sure, grab McLouth. Start Chacin if you can handle the risk. I’m starting him in an NL-Only league. That’s it.

    @3FingersBrown: That would be nice.

  43. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tom Emanski: I think that was probably a good call.

    I also replaced Beckham quite awhile ago. I couldn’t stand him anymore, and now it’s looking like he might be sent down in the near future. I would think a buy-low on Lopez would be a pretty good call at this point. He has shown a little life, and I think in the last post, someone showed his numbers at this point last year compared to this year, and the numbers were very similar. And we know he ended very respectable last season.

    And yeah, I just saw that San Quentin is actually producing today. Hopefully that’s some sign of life.

  44. William says:
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    @Grey – Is the Kelly Johnson cruise ship sinking?

  45. mauledbypandas says:
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    @William: I think it got hit by the homer Votto just demolished.

  46. tourinct says:
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    Need an Either replacement. Hart, Boesch, Rivera, Quentin or Kubel?

  47. uncdrew says:
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    I went to a Boston @ Atlanta game the first year of interleague play and it felt dirty. Wrong. Like some genetically-altered three eyed fish.

    Bah Humbug indeed.

  48. @3FingersBrown:

    Dodgers organization used to be the best of the best ar producing starters. They would have so many arms they could let guys like Don Sutton, Bob Welch, and Pedro Martinez leave without batting an eye: there were always a couple more kids coming up the pipe. That was the real Dodgers though, before NewsCorp bought the team. Now they really have no clue in LA, I literally could run that organization better. The idea of Vincente Padilla being your Opening day starter…well he wouldn’t even be in the rotation of 95% of the O’Malley era teams.

  49. Beau says:
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    I think Im finally ready to get this whole Kevin Slowey thing done with…just drop him or what do people think I could get in my MN friends league?

  50. GopherDay says:
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    Hoffman with another Blown Save!!!

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @William: He’s an MI that gave more the first month than I expected over 3 months.

    @tourinct: Quentin

  52. Senor Spielbergo says:
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    which side do you like in a 14t roto keeper?

    Greinke/Loney/Chipper vs Beckham/Rasmus/Damon

    thanks!

  53. William says:
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    @Grey – Hoffman blows another one… Interesting situation here with the Brew Crew sticking by the veteran.

  54. GopherDay says:
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    @William: KJ is pretty streaky, so he could go out and hit a couple of homers next week…So…Yeah.

  55. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Hoffman is so bad its come to the point where I don’t care if I lose a closer on my team I just don’t want his garbage anymore.

  56. William says:
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    @Grey – I definitely agree, but what are your projections for KJ the rest of the year?

    I’m interested because I have KJ on my H2H team.

  57. dingers says:
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    drop freese from bench for Ely?

  58. Eddy says:
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    Sonavabench with Quentin!

    Oh well, at least this gives me incentive to play him tomorrow

  59. Votto, you’re my boy, I stuck with you threw all that dizzy crap and drafted you again and you haven’t let me down. Now go tell Hamels to do the same. Just don’t get near the Donkeys, they got some sorta hoof and mouth thing going on and Utley caught it.

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: another meltdown by hoffman,is the end near?

  61. William says:
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    @Grey – I currently have Heath Bell, Frank Frank, and Alfredo Simon as my closers.

    Who do I pick up off the Brewers if Hoffman gets removed via demotion to setup or disgraceful list, and who do I drop?

    My inclination is Frank Frank, but his ERA and Ks have been great lately, and Simon is an implosion away from being removed himself.

    So I’m leaning towards Simon, but I’d have to wait till the Brewers officially announce who will be the next closer if they do switch, or if I speculate, I would have to drop Frank Frank… WWGD?

  62. ScottyM says:
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    @Beau, I’d start by asking for Quentin or a closer. Maybe package him for a depressed Zobrist/Sizemore type owner.

    @dingers, depends on a lot of things. Daily lineups, weekly lineups, your other 3B/CI player(s). I’d say yes to Ely in my leagues though b/c we have daily lineups in a H2H with 5 bench spots and I reserve extra bench for SPs.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @William: I wouldn’t drop a closer for a guy that is not a closer. I’d drop Frank for Villanueva.

  64. @Grey:

    Simon over Villanueva tho so long as Hoff has the job? What if Carlos is designated the closer? Any different?

  65. @Grey:

    PS right now I got:

    RP Bell
    RP R Franklin
    RP J Contreras
    RP A Simon

  66. Hitman says:
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    Is anybody playing McCutchen or Robot vs Halladay tonight?

  67. William says:
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    @Elijah – Rotoworld seems to think that the Brewers will stick with Hoffman and called Villanueva “far from an ideal choice.”

    I think the Brewers will stick with Hoffman for a little bit longer

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: If Villanueva gets the job, Simon over him for right now.

    @Elijah: That’s SAGNOF!

    @Hitman: I’d play them both, but I have no idea of your other options.

  69. J.P. says:
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    Grey, Hanley for A-Rod straight up. Which side do you like?

  70. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @Grey

    Wade Davis at Yankee Stadium is making me nervous. Do I bench him, or start him in a roto league?

  71. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: this is a follow-up to my question from earlier about the “schmohawks” in an 8 Team League. Quentin is also available, Konerko/Austin Jackson are on waivers and so is Markakis (I know I said he was available earlier, but I was wrong). So far I dropped Glaus for Span and think that’s probably a solid long term plan (we count BBs as well). Still have the Krispie MMD not producing. Still drop them for Pence and make a claim on Markakis (I’m 4th waiver)? Or drop one for Quentin/make claim on Konerko/Jackson instead? Thanks dood.

  72. happygostabby says:
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    McLouth or Seth Smith?

  73. @Grey:

    I’ve been listening in class, even took some notes.

  74. @William:

    Yeah, I’m just on the lookout to upgrade Simon at any chance. I dont know that Carlos is better tho.

  75. William says:
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    @Grey – Agree with ESPN on benching Clay Buchholz tomorrow v. the Twins?

  76. Hitman says:
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    @Grey:

    Byrd in CF
    And either Olivo or Barajas in C and/or Util depending on who starts. Robot could slot in there.

    This is a very tight league with 8 positions + Util, so micro-management is necessary.
    I already went with Boesch and Bruce for LF and RF today.

    I’m thinking to put McC into CF and Byrd into Util… leave Robot on the bench.
    I’ll likely get sonnuvabenched too.. just watch ;)

  77. Cheese

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    Barmes, EverCab, Freddy Sanchez

    Pick 2 (for all around production in an 8×8 league)

  78. dj says:
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    time to pick up villanueva? is he more valuable than braden, ely, or contreras?

    is hoffman finally going to lose this job?

  79. Dingo says:
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    @Elijah: Too bad that philosophy didn’t work out too well for Pavano today. Curse you, fantasy gods!

  80. JackInTheBox says:
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    Fielder for Ubaldo

    Which side in a vacuum?

  81. JackInTheBox says:
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    thanks again Grey!

  82. albertalbert says:
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    Grey – oftentimes, a trade is more than just who’s involved, but how your team will look after you make adjustments (which often is ignored IMO). for example, i’m offered a straight up trade of losing cruz and getting zimmerman. i think it’s fair, but i’d rather keep cruz. however, if i do the trade, then i’d drop beltre and play swisher every day. so my question: who would you rather have on your team:
    zimmerman/swisher
    or
    cruz/beltre

    thanks,

  83. BA Baracus says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking to obtain Cueto. Who do you think gets the job done?

    Pierre, Pence or Willingham?

    Thanks in advance.

    Baracus

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BA Baracus: Willingham, Pierre or Pence, try them in that order.

  85. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Andruw Jones just got dropped in my 16 team h2h for Gomes. Drop PacMan 4 Andruw? Who do u like more going forward for the rest of the year?

  86. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Koo thx, lets see if he clears waivers… i got the last waiver priority…

  87. brad says:
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    @tHe ShiT: hate to disagree with grey. . . but i’d keep adam. the only cat in which i could see andruw outperforming adam the rest of the way is HRs.

  88. tHe ShiT says:
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    @brad: True, but Andruw has shown it this year and many years past, while PacMan only did it for half a season last year. Wut r ur end of season projections 4 both then?

  89. john says:
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    The entire Mets lineup is sitting tonight. (Reyes, Wright, Bay)

  90. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Just saw that Jose Guiillen was also dropped. Still go Andruw over Guillen?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Blech… Thanks for the heads up!

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Wait, huh? I’m showing they’re playing minus Bay.

  93. Kent Bottenfield says:
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    Hey Grey, which side do you like? Pujols & Rollins for Hanley & Morales

  94. Kent Bottenfield says:
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    Thanks, that was the answer I was hoping for.

  95. JoeC says:
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    Why do you dislike interleague play, Grey?

  96. john says:
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    @Grey: Sweet, Yahoo gave me a premature report…better than other premature things, I guess.

  97. brad says:
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    @tHe ShiT: yeah, maybe you’re right and i’m too high on adam. i’d guess adam ends up around 85/20/80 .265. andruw: 55/20/70 .240 (of course i’m assuming andruw misses time, in which case you could throw in another guy while he’s hurt)

    it’s not as big a difference as my initial reaction, but i’d still stick it out with pacman.

  98. johnson21 says:
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    hey grey, who wins? cruz and wigginton for greinke? thanks!

  99. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @brad: ii dont know,andruw is running often also with his only caught stealing coming today after he stole 1,injury is the only thing i see keeping thier numbers close

  100. @Elijah: Really sad what’s become of that organization. I still can’t wrap my brain around that Padilla decision.

    Next they’ll get to watch Carlos Santana blossom into a star.

    Oh and speaking of not handling pitching correctly: The Mets are going to stretch Meija out in AAA and get rush him into the rotation ASAP in a last ditch effort to save jobs. I’ve been screaming for him to be starting in AAA since the spring, but he should remain there until next year. Not ready for prime time.

  101. Mark says:
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    @Grey:

    You are correct. Probably someone in one of your leagues trying to screw you over

  102. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JoeC: Cause I’m a traditionalist. Don’t think we need to see AL vs. NL matchups until the World Series. NL teams build their clubs to not have a DH and vice versa for the AL, so it’s unnatural when they have to force a DH in for the NL teams or sit one out for the AL. Also, the matchups are often less than interesting? Royals vs. Rockies? Who cares?

    @johnson21: Greinke side, but it’s fair and depends on needs.

  103. JoeC says:
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    Why would the Brewers stick with Hoffman? He’s been HORRIBLE.

    I get it that sometimes you have to be patient with your closer, but he’s lost 5 or 6 games for the Brewers already and those Wins aren’t coming back. He has absolutely no idea what he’s doing out there.

    Villanueva may not be the answer, but I don’t think Macha is just gonna sit on his hands when his job is on the line. He’s tried that for over a month-and-a-half. It hasn’t worked. Time to try something new.

  104. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Judging from your answers to a couple of questions above, you’re thinking McLousy might be turning it a round a smidge?

  105. Kazmere says:
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    Grandy straight up for Ellsbury?

  106. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You like him better than Stubbs in a CF slot until Grandy comes back?

  107. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Also – you think the tide is starting to go out on Fowler?

  108. mauledbypandas says:
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    Cruz (Weaver) or MMD (Silva) for tonight? Leaning towards Stewart but I dunno.

  109. Looks like we’ll have some baseball in The Boogie Down tonight.

  110. ViagraFalls says:
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    Which one should I use: Marlon Byrd at Colorado (against Chacin) or Torii Hunter at Texas (against CJ Wilson)? CJ Wilson has been crazy good and I worry about Hunter’s ability against him, and Byrd has never had that much luck against Colorado.

    Any advice? Game is in an hour. Thanks.

  111. mauledbypandas says:
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    @3FingersBrown: you think so? It’s been raining all day. I have wet feet from the walk home to prove it

  112. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Steve: I think Fowler will be sent down to AAA soon.

  113. BigFatHippo says:
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    \\\\\\\\\\\\\If you can pick up players daily………..Start John Lannan…….tonight vs. Cards. Can’t hit mediocre lefties.//////////////

    Trust me, I watch the Cards every night and this guy will turn into Cy Young!

  114. mr baseball says:
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    Marlins’ Ramirez rips manager, teammates

    this gets me sick – we all pay good money to go to the ballpark and watch the players perform – where does he think his salary is coming from – us the fans – as far as I am concern there is no reason to go to the ball park anymore – MLB has out priced themselfs – they keep giving the ball players more and more money – why not you all still show up to the ball park –

    Yankees send me a memo – seats availble for yankee redsox game -
    cool I took a look for fun and what I saw was not fun at all

    19th row behind home plate – $300 – for a three hour game – come on
    who is stupid enough to spend $300 for a seat at the ball park

  115. mr baseball says:
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    MR BASEBALL SAYS – SAVE $300 – SPEND 3 HOURS WITH GREY

  116. mr baseball says:
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    @GREY – you are a traditionalist – come on you were a big Ron Bloomberg fan

  117. and1mcgee says:
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    a: greinke/pence
    b: granderson/romero

    who wins?

  118. tHe ShiT says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Would u rather hv PacMan or Andruw?

  119. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @tHe ShiT: for this year,id make the move for andruw

  120. tHe ShiT says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Koo. Wut kinda line do u c for both guys assuming they play the whole year?

  121. and1mcgee says:
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    @Grey: dude has price as well. should I try to not give up as much and get him? Or is the Greinke to Price drop-off substantial… that is my question.

  122. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Beer or random food for dinner?

  123. and1mcgee says:
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    @and1mcgee: sorry if it is a vague question to answer without having my roster to look at…

  124. Kazmere says:
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    @mr baseball: You should see the prices for Yankees/Dodgers in June. $300 will get you last row, 3rd base/left field seats to see the Manny’s profile. $3-4000 behind home plate!

  125. Grey

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    @and1mcgee: It’s not that substantial. Price should get you wins at least.

  126. and1mcgee says:
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    @Grey: thanks.. ya my thought is that if you go for Price, you are still going to get a solid dude without paying for a brand name like Greinke.

  127. Phightins#1 says:
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    Trade 1… AVG, SB, Saves Needed

    Side A – Loney, Cordero
    Side B – Adrian Gonzalez, Leake

    Trade 2… AVG, SB needed
    Side A – C. Lee, Nolasco
    Side B – Weeks, Byrd

    13 Team NL Only

  128. and1mcgee says:
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    @Phightins#1: i’m confused by you saying what is needed. are these two different leagues?

    trade 1, i’d take Side B, hands down. Closers are cheap and A-Gon >>> Loney

    trade 2, i’d take Side B, since if you need AVG and SB… how does Nolasco help your AVG and SB? He helps your pitching categories. And Weeks has a low average, historically.

  129. Grey

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    @Phightins#1: I’d want Side B in Trade 1 and Side A in Trade 2.

  130. Phightins#1 says:
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    @Grey – What are your thoughts on Adrian Gonzalez being dealt @ the deadline? I’m trying to get rid of him but nobody seems to want him….

  131. Grey

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    @Phightins#1: Think it could happen, but I also think he could have 27 to 30 homers by then and more than most guys will get over the course of the season.

  132. Phightins#1 says:
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    Also… What are your guys thoughts on Byrd? Is he the real deal or is this just a Cantu-like performance.

  133. Grey

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    @Phightins#1: He’s not that far over his head right now. Probably a cheap 20/10/.300 guy.

  134. mr baseball says:
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    @Kazmere – it has to be for Joe Torre those prices

  135. Schlitzy says:
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    Brennan Boesch or Adam LaRoche?

  136. Mike D says:
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    @Grey: What is your current projection for Lind’s final 2010 line? Thanks.

  137. johnson21 says:
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    hey grey, who would you rather hold on to: Lily or Holland? thanks!

  138. Cheese

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    Would you take Shileds, Billingsley, or Price for Phillips?

    If any, I’m leaning towards Bills…

    I’d then turn around and trade Nolasco and J Sanchez for K Johnson and Bruce

  139. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Schlitzy: Boesch

    @Mike D: I’m not changing my projections yet. He gets hot next week for two weeks and you won’t even remember this.

    @johnson21: Holland

    @Cheese: That Nolasco deal isn’t great for you. I wouldn’t take any of those pitchers for Phillips.

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: beer crablegs and avatar,sneaking in some ball on pee breaks

  141. Cheese

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    @Grey: Both Nolasco and Sanchez’s xFIPs are over 4 at the moment. A correction is in store soon enough, don’t you think?

  142. Steve says:
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    Luke Scott – giddy up!

  143. Big Nate says:
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    I was just offered Chone Figgins for Dan Uggla. I currently have 10 points in HR’s, RBI’s and Average but sporting a 6 in Runs and only a 2.5 in Steals.

    I know that Uggla can’t up this batting average but is anyone high on Figgins to turn it around and produce Runs and SB’s???

    This deal may make or break my season so any help I could get would be appreciated.

  144. Tom Emanski says:
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    With Ass-Cab down, I have the option of Brignac, Donald, or FeLop at my SS and 2B/SS spots. Which two should I go with?

  145. Grey

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    @Cheese: I would trade one of those pitchers for Bruce. I wouldn’t trade one for Kelly Johnson.

    @Steve: Is that good kind of exclamation or the sarcastic? When I look at my teams with him, will I be happy?

    @Big Nate: I think you can get Figgy cheaper or get more from Uggla. Say Figgy and a donkeycorn for Uggla.

    @Tom Emanski: Donald and Lopez…

  146. Steve says:
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    @Grey: :-)

    Sorry to have eroded the trust between us, Grey. Won’t happen again.

  147. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Grey: Yea, that’s what I’m going with. I thought Lopez would be sharing time like Brignac but he’ll be starting and leading off.

  148. Grey

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    @Steve: I’m so close to emoticoning right now.

  149. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Donk for Patterson. Do you take him over Stubbs for now?

  150. herschel says:
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    GREINKE’D!

  151. Tony says:
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    Alexie ramirez/Mccutchen for reyes?

    any faith in reyes this yr? i’m beginning to lose mine….

  152. herschel says:
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    @Grey: I dont even own him…..guessing his bullpen wont be getting any Isotoners this xmas.

  153. Grey

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    @herschel: Ha… Yeah, I own him in one league for reasons beyond me.

  154. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey – Olsen just hit the wire. Drop either Harangatan, Big Erv, or Chuck Cecil’s ugly cousin Brett for him or just pass altogether? Thanks!

  155. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Let’s hear it for Miranda’s rights (his 2 RBI’s to RF that is)

  156. Big Nate says:
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    “@Big Nate: I think you can get Figgy cheaper or get more from Uggla. Say Figgy and a donkeycorn for Uggla.”

    Thanks Grey. So are you higher on Uggla than I am to continue raking or low on Figgins to turn it around?

  157. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thoughts on Ibanez? he was dropped in my 12 team league. he has to get hot at some point, right? before last year, wasnt he a notorious late starter?

  158. DrEasy says:
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    Who is this Juan Miranda?

  159. MeanMachine says:
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    On the list of very low probabilities today would be Pit beating Phi at home against Roy Holliday. Crazy.

  160. Buge Hoobs says:
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    In one of my 10 man 5×5′s someone just released Beckett.
    Should I cut Wandy or Lackey for him, or pass?

  161. Grey

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    @Bill Lumbergh: I’d lose Cecil for him. It’s a tossup though.

    @Big Nate: No, I think Uggla will start to suck, but right now I’d give you Figgy for a brain freeze. Figgy really is only steals, you can get that from Alcides… Um, maybe.

    @herschel: Should get hot at some point. Not a late starter though.

    @MeanMachine: Yeah, seriously.

  162. Kazmere says:
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    Hey Grey, can you rank these OFs for the rest of season? Same question I guess, but who would you want to trade off for a missing piece first? Thx

    JUpton
    Bruce
    Pence
    Markakis

  163. Kazmere says:
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    @Kazmere: Note to above– 9 tm league, Bruce/Pence both pulled off FA.

  164. mr baseball says:
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    @DrEasy Says:
    Who is this Juan Miranda?

    thats mr and mrs Miranda son

  165. MeanMachine says:
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    I have finally found fantasy baseball nirvana after a decade of playing. Its a H2H deep roster 16 team pillage league. Each week the winner gets the other teams best player from a certain position depending on preset list. This week we play for the top starter next week the best RP then the week after the best overall hitter. Oh ya the best part, you give the other team your worst player from the same postitioin. Talk about weekly drama. This week im playing for Roy Halliday and if i lose i give up Ubaldo. I already lost Miggy but won Liriano, Werth, Michael Young, and Ian Kennedy. I almost cried when i lost Miggy but other than that i think this is the most exciting format i have ever played in and ive tried them all. Have u ever heard of such a thing?

  166. BSA says:
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    Please excuse my PSA – Synergy Center really needs everyone to multitask tonight and dump some votes our way.
    Tonight, as you’re watching the games, checking your team and commenting here, can you please click the vote now button and send some razzball life to the refresh challenge page. I am voting for some friends by proxy and I am running out of ideas for comments.

    Grey, can we push for a taco bell coupon challenge like I tried in the RCL forum?

  167. Kazmere says:
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    Wieters > Posada? Thinking of trading Posada for an OF + Wieters. I can pick up Napoli off the wire and bench Wieters til he gets his act together.

  168. Big Nate says:
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    “@Big Nate: No, I think Uggla will start to suck, but right now I’d give you Figgy for a brain freeze. Figgy really is only steals, you can get that from Alcides… Um, maybe.”

    Between drafting Barlett and EverCab, then later trading for Rajai, I never thought I’d find myself actively pursuing Chone Figgins….It feels like I’m playing fantasy track and field and fielding the 4×100.

  169. Grey

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    @Kazmere: Trade off Markakis.

    @MeanMachine: No, hadn’t heard of that. That is awesome.

    @Kazmere: Yeah, trade Posada and an OF if you can.

    @BSA: What Taco bell challenge?

    @Big Nate: Let the steals come to you, don’t chase anymore.

  170. Mike D says:
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    @Grey: Adam LaRoche over Willingham, correct?

  171. mr baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball – Thirteen Ghosts Hitters of 2010

    Carlos Peña ——————-The First Born Son
    Grady Sizemore ——————The Torso
    Carlos Lee —————The Juggernaut
    Carlos Quentin ————The Withered Lover
    José Reyes —————-The Great Child and The Dire Mother
    Nick Markakis ————- The Angry Princess
    Ryan Franklin—————— The Jackal
    Adam Jones ——————— The Broken Heart
    Gordon Beckham ———– The Withered Lover
    Aramis Ramírez —————-The Hammer
    Aaron Hill ——-The Pilgrimess
    Chone Figgins ———————-The Torn Prince
    Curtis Granderson ————-The Bound Woman – left a long trail of broken drafts

  172. mr baseball says:
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    looks like I blew it – with ryan franklin in here

  173. BSA says:
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    I have to tell you it is hard to not get ticked off at VMart. 2 HRs last night is a total tease.

  174. mr baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball – Thirteen Ghosts Hitters of 2010 – revised

    Carlos Peña ——————-The First Born Son
    Grady Sizemore ——————The Torso
    Carlos Lee —————The Juggernaut
    Carlos Quentin ————The Withered Lover
    José Reyes —————-The Great Child and The Dire Mother
    Nick Markakis ————- The Angry Princess
    Kyle Blanks —————— The Jackal
    Adam Jones ——————— The Broken Heart
    Gordon Beckham ———– The Withered Lover
    Aramis Ramírez —————-The Hammer
    Aaron Hill ——-The Pilgrimess
    Chone Figgins ———————-The Torn Prince
    Curtis Granderson ————-The Bound Woman – left a long trail of broken drafts

  175. mr baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball revised

    Mr Baseball – Thirteen Ghosts Hitters of 2010 – revised

    Carlos Peña ——————-The First Born Son
    Grady Sizemore ——————The Torso
    Carlos Lee —————The Juggernaut
    Carlos Quentin ————The Withered Lover
    José Reyes —————-The Great Child and The Dire Mother
    Nick Markakis ————- The Angry Princess
    Kyle Blanks —————— The Jackal
    Adam Jones ——————— The Broken Heart
    Gordon Beckham ———– The Withered Lover
    Aramis Ramírez —————-The Hammer
    Aaron Hill ——-The Pilgrimess
    Chone Figgins ———————-The Torn Prince
    Curtis Granderson ————-The Bound Woman – left a long trail of broken drafts

  176. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: j weaver for papplebon?who you like

  177. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Olivo SB, then removed for PR.

  178. mr baseball says:
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    computor is slowwwwwwwwwwwww – did not see post

  179. Allan K says:
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    I have to drop either Boesch or McLouth. Which one?

  180. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike D: LaRoche

    @BSA: No coupons left. Sorry… And so is my stomach.

    @mr baseball: That’s awesome, but can we have two Withered Lovers?

    @AL KOHOLIC: Weaver

  181. TastelessGarbage says:
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    @mr baseball:

    1. (5) Braun
    2. (20) Holliday
    3. (29) Rollins
    4. (44) Granderson
    5. (53) Johan
    6. (68) Lind
    7. (77) C. Pena
    8. (92) Figgy
    9. (101) Pacman
    10. (116) J. Lopez

    I thought BA would be a problem, instead of the early wipeout. Thank goodness for a decent SP group.

  182. BSA says:
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    @Grey: What did you do drop them off with the Red Sox giving them a case of the squirts? What a bunch of dinks – as bad as my pitching Wilson and FHer tonight.
    What is going on with FHer this year? There are a lot of underperforming aces.

  183. Kazmere says:
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    Hamels and Markakis for big Roy Halladay?

  184. mr baseball says:
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    Curtis Granderson ————-The Bound Woman – left a long trail of broken drafts

    I drafted in round 3 in every draft I could get my hands on him in that round – still waiting for my 37 homeruns

    I usually do 14 teams drafts

  185. Griffey24 says:
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    Hey Grey would you pick up between Jose Bautista and Brennan Boesch?

  186. Tom Emanski says:
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    @mr baseball: Across my two teams, I’ve have or have had five of those guys this year :(

  187. Grey

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    @Kazmere: Eh… Hamels isn’t that bad. Don’t see much point to it.

    @Griffey24: Boesch

  188. Joe B says:
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    I need to pick up a SS for my bench in the wake of Asdrubal’s DL demise… options I’m considering are I Desmond, O Cabrera, E Aybar, or M Aviles. Also I have Hanley so I may need to start one of these guys immediately until HanRam stops being a biznatch.

  189. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    What the shit is up with FHer????

  190. struggler says:
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    Scott is on fire! He tends to have bursts like this huh? He hit 8hrs in May last year.

    Wish I had room to roster him. Drop Smoak?

  191. Grey

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    @struggler: In a 10 team league or shallower, you can.

  192. Tom Emanski says:
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    Carlos Lee homers tonight right after I drop him

  193. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Just realised that Porcello is the perfect Fantasy Razzball pitcher. Even when he’s tolerably good, he’s acceptably bad.

  194. Grey

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    @Tom Emanski: Ouch

    @Steve: Yup, he’s doing wonders for my team. Meh is key. Thought Myers would be similarly just meh, but he’s K’d too many guys.

  195. MeanMachine says:
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    FHer is hurt. I live in Seattle and watch every game. Hurt his back 3 starts ago. He is pitching thru it but isn’t the same.

  196. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s a tragedy that Reimold, Prra and Sizemore have been sent down, though.

    Asdrubal hitting the DL is bad news for me too.

  197. Tom Emanski says:
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    The irony. I drop Lee for Boesch on the day Grey makes a post about certain DHs having less value going into interleague play. Players like Boesch for example. I still get Lee’s HR as a nice goodbye gift.

    Man, Sanchez has been really good recently. Petco and the Pads helps.

  198. MeanMachine says:
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    While were on Ms players, i just read this on the USS Mariner blog, the site all us shellshocked Ms fans bitch and console ourselves. Great stuff. Anyway here is a recent post on Figgy and why he won’t be reverting to the mean anytime soon.

    This may be an inane observation– but I think the key to Chone Figgin’s struggles is batting between Ichiro and Guty. The two most dangerous hitters in the lineup.

    He can’t hit fastballs (I mean, sure, he CAN, but it’s not his strength). As a lead off guy he excelled at slapping hits into holes, using his speed to get on base (exactly what Ichiro does), and pressing the defense. He was always great at taking breaking balls the opposite way, but he doesn’t see that many where he’s batting.

    Ichiro does that on this team, and Chone’s job is simply to be a professional hitter, but that’s not what he’s good at. He’s not a pure hitter, he’s a pesky hitter, but seeing so many fastballs he just gets the ball to the fielders more quickly which negates his speed.

    Watch for it. It’s true. (And it’s why he’s hitting into so many double plays– fastballs on the outside of the plate whenever Ichiro is on first.)

    Anyone else notice this– or am I only imagining it might be his problem?

  199. Grey

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    @MeanMachine: F-Her could be dealing with back issues. As for Figgy, he hit plenty of fastballs last year last on the Angels, you can check the numbers at Fangraphs. I think he’s just been unlucky with where he’s hit them. He probably won’t hit .300 because of the increase in Ks, but he should be better than he’s been. Unless he totally presses and falls apart… Always a possibility.

  200. charlie batch says:
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    @herschel: Agreed. Weaver and Sanchez for the meltdown and the murder of my pitching day

  201. DrEasy says:
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    Papelbon making it interesting again…

  202. Tom Emanski says:
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    @herschel: Very sorry. Or “very soory” for the Canadians out there.

  203. Lines says:
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    @DrEasy – Yeah, what’s his deal? Is he already playing for the Yankees?

  204. mookiewilson says:
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    Trying to upgrade at OF to improve average and speed by trading a top SP. I’m looking at Victorino or Choo for J. Johnson straight up. Fair dinkum? I will weep a little giving up Johnson so I need it to pay off.

  205. @Grey: Tora Tora Torres HR makes me feel better after Scott jacked his 2 tonight. Extra sweet, since my opponent has Latos and that ruined his W. Now a Brian Wilson massacre would really make my night…

  206. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Start Baker in Boston?

    I’m thinking not…

  207. Grey

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    @mookiewilson: Choo’…. And it’s fair, I’d go for a smaller piece for average and speed though.

    @Steve: Eh

  208. mookiewilson says:
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    @Grey: Ya I know what you’re saying just can’t see how else to improve. Nothing but chit on waivers and I’ve shopped others like Oswalt, Kuroda and even Garza but the return is too lackluster.

  209. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Hoffman dropped an hour ago in my 12 man league. Already got 5 closers but one of them is Corpas. Drop Corpas who could have the closer role for a couple more weeks, and pick up Hoffman who could lose it sooner than Corpas, or drop Ian Kennedy?

  210. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:
    Nevermind, I went with Corpas. Even if Hoffman decides to lose it earlier than Corpas, my opponents for the next couple of weeks punted saves so it’s worth a shot.

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