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J.A. Happ threw a complete game shutout yesterday with only 6 baserunners and 10 Ks vs.  Jorge de la Rosa’s 5 IP, 7 ER, 3 Ks line.  I pretty much saw this matchup going almost exactly opposite.  Maybe I had my contacts in backwards.  dlR had won seven games in a row.  Happ was coming off two losses.  dlR’s a lefty, the Phils don’t hit lefties well.  Maybe I underestimated Happ’s desire to stay in the rotation with Pedro breathing down his neck.  This was a solid case for that, but if the Phils don’t pull Happ from the rotation they’re jeopardizing his 2010 (when people take flying cars to the ballpark).  Happ should be moved to the bullpen and Pedro should be put into the rotation.  Even if that means Pedro throws a bunch of 4 inning, 3 run games and Happ comes in in the 5th inning and throws three dominant innings.  It’s the right move for everyone and I think that’s the way the Phils should/will go.  To clarify, this is not an endorsement of Pedro.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

David Wright – HR yesterday.  As I said yesterday in the comments, “(The Mets play-by-play man, Cohen, said) that was (Wright’s) first opposite field homer in the new park.  For a guy that goes that way, that’s not great.  After all, we’re in August.”  And that’s me quoting me quoting Gary Cohen!  Cohen also said the humidity may be helping the ball carry.  So now Metco is Yellowstone instead of the Grand Canyon.  Sah-weet.

Jon Niese – Out for the season.  Surprisingly, the Mets trainer had time to help him off the field.

Gary Sheffield – Left the game with an injury.  It’s The Curse of the Shirtless Bernazard.

Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-4, .334 on the season.  I think the average comes down a bit by the end of the season (not much).  But Pablo’s been an absolute revelation this year — .374 on the season as a righty.  .314 as a lefty.  .382 in home games.  17 homers.  4 steals.  Catcher eligibility.  Same weight as Kyle Blanks and seven inches shorter.  In the beginning of the year, I mentioned that I thought Sandoval looked a lot like Edgar Martinez.  I still think it.  And he’s affectionately nicknamed Kung-Fu Panda because he’s athletic and fat.  (I would’ve went with the other athletic, fat person nickname — The Fabulous Moolah.)

Chad Gaudin – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  I should’ve made a bigger deal of this when I did it, but the other day I dropped Gaudin in all of my leagues.  He’s consistently been better in road games.  A HodgePadre who can’t pitch at Petco makes no sense to me.  I don’t know what to do with that.  Makes me feel like Rainman when he can’t watch Jeopardy.

Will Venable – Another HR.  Okay, sorta on topic, sorta not, but I’ve been meaning to address this.  There’s no reason to ask me something like, “Venable or Velez for the rest of the year?”  The rest of the season?  These guys may not be good by the middle of August.  The rest of the season only applies if you play in a league where you have a limited number of moves or you’re marrying a von Bülow.  Don’t get attached to anyone in your UTIL spot, MI or fifth outfield spot.  I have Kyle Blanks, Wigginton, David Murphy, Velez, Venable, Beckham, Robot Jones and Gomes on different teams (thankfully).  I can guarantee you I won’t have 90% of those guys in two weeks.  In fact, I just dropped Gomes.  Play the hot guy and move on.  Especially at this time of the year.  Okay, school’s out, Alice Cooper.

David Murphy – 2 HRs yesterday.  As mentioned above, I own him on a few teams.

Kevin Gregg – Returned from a tired arm.  Piniella was annoyed that Gregg didn’t mention he was suffering from a tired arm over the weekend when he blew two saves, saying, “I can’t just read somebody’s mind.  I can look at the stuff, but by the time I look at the stuff, it’s a little late.  The ball’s out of the ballpark and the mojito doesn’t taste as good.”  He sounds like LaRussa.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners vs. a team that was selling at the trade deadline.  You’re really wasting your time with Liriano.

Aaron Laffey – 8 IP, 0 ER.  If you pick him up, you will be Sobby.

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 Ks.  As you can imagine, I don’t root for players I don’t own, but I’m kinda rooting for Edwin.  He’s been at the game ever since honeys been wearin’ Sassoons.  Nice that he’s finally making good.  Man, I really love prospects who fail at first.

John Lannan – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks.  He can just as easily get shelled in his next start out vs. the Braves.  I’m pessimistically cautious going forward.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5 and a steal, as he bats almost .400 over his last 7 games.  I’m picking him up in a few leagues, though his lack of legit speed bores me so he may not stay on any team too long.

Ryan Roberts – Now has 3 homers in the last two days.  I still don’t think this is going anywhere you wanna go, but if you’re hurting at MI, it won’t hurt to grab him.

Erik Bedard – His shoulder is still sore and he’s headed for an MRI.  Punt!

Justin Upton – Strained oblique (vague!).  Hopefully it’s not too bad, but unfortunately these are the sort of injuries that linger like poorly chewed jalapenos.

Adam Dunn – Hit his 29th homer yesterday.  Country strong.

Jim Thome – 2 HRs yesterday.  Country stronger.

Gavin Floyd – 8 IP, 1 ER.  Absolutely incredible the year he’s putting together in his home park.  Around a two and a half ERA at home, while over 5.50 ERA away.

Jason Bay – HR yesterday.  It was his first one since July 7th.  Good sign!  Reaggravated his hamstring injury.  Bad sign!

Marc Rzepczynski – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 Ks.  Only one walk, which is a good sign for The RZE, but I still wouldn’t own him this year.

Justin Lehr – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Here’s what you do with Justin Lehr.  Photoshop Justin Lehr’s name onto Stephen Strasburg’s college stats page, then screenshot it and post the .jpg in your league messageboard.

David Price – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 Ks, 0 walks.  Nice showing vs. the Sawx.  Very nice to see him string back-to-back starts together.  Let’s hope his next start vs. the Angels is his third step forward.

Prince Fielder – Stole a base yesterday.  After the game, he said he pictured Mota’s face on the 2nd base bag.

Garrett Jones – HR yesterday.  You know how you love a guy for a week or two when he’s out of his mind, hitting homers every game, then he goes through a week slump and you’re ready to drop him.  Then the day you prepare to drop him, he hits a homer.  Now are you excited by this latest homer or annoyed?  I kinda get annoyed.  I just want him to fail one more day so I can drop him.  I gotta talk to my shrink about what that means.

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  1. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    Finally dropped Liriano. Expect him to rattle off 3 no-hitters in a row.

  2. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Ah, I think who you thought might have been the Mets trainer was Minaya in disguise. The trainer definitely doesn’t have the time.

  3. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    And, you really didn’t have to explain Happ. We all made the same call. I’d like to meet the Houdini who had it the other way.

  4. Jay says:
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    Would you trade Edwin Jackson and Matt Holliday for Roy Halladay? My outfielders would then be weak with Hawpe, G. Jones, Rajai Davis. I have Aaron Hill, Aramis, Mauer, Helton, and Hanley as my other offensive weapons. I feel my pitching is lacking for the playoffs with Lackey, Shields, Blanton, Zambrano.

  5. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    One can only hope Jackson’s career lasts as long as Dr. Dre’s. Man, 1995 seems so long ago. I feel old just knowing that reference.

    A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine got a trade offer of Granderson, McLouth and Cliff Lee for Cruz and E. Jackson……….at the time I told him he had to make that trade since he has power for days, didn’t have any speed, and I expected Jackson to regress slightly. Well let’s just say I hope we’re still friends in October.

  6. Steve says:
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    I never go anywhere in my flying car without first having a three-course meal in the form of a pill or without having made a call on my video telephone. What? Oh.

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Jay: @aconstipatedmonkey: i’m an edwin owner and i’ve shopped him and found no takers willing to give me something in return that i actually want. our trade deadline was on 8/4, so i’m rolling with edwin. last night was nice to see. i’m hoping it’s just one of those years where a guy comes from nowhere and keeps it up all season (cliff lee circa 2008). we all know he’s got the raw ability, it’s just having never seen him put it together like this, and over a full season has us all waiting for the bottom to fall out. i have to keep reminding myself that the bottom doesn’t always fall out.

  8. cnote says:
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    Who’s the better SP for the remainder of the season…Gaudin, Kawakami, Galarraga, Saunders?

  9. cnote says:
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    Jay, I wouldn’t do that deal cause iof the hit your OF will take. Obviously, Edwin isn’t on Halladay’s level, but he’s rock solid. Also, I can easily see Holliday being just as valuable as Halladay from here on out.

  10. cnote says:
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    add Lannan to the lise on my above question (#8).

  11. black love says:
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    i read in a yahoo blog that Pedro had 11K’s in his last rehab start.
    maybe some vintage Pedro? probably not, but it seems like he’s doing better then he did with the Mets his last go around.
    Phils have a nice team, the Mets do not.
    The person i feel the worst for is Mr. Met, poor guy.

  12. timSTi says:
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    Start Wolf vs Atlanta tonight?

  13. The last two round-ups, it’s like you’re inside my mind. INSIDE MY MIND. I feel the same about Garrett, who was destination curb before last night. I also have Piniero burns all over my lower torso. And I’m rooting for E-Jax, even though I not only don’t own him, I traded him away.

    Back in June 1, I traded Prince Fielder, Edwin Jackson and CJ Wilson for Miggy Cabrera and Roy Oswalt. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Weirdly, my original offer was Prince and E-Jax for Miggy. The other guy foisted Oswalt on me, and asked for CJ Wilson, who at the time was setting up Frank-Frank.

    Everyone in my league thought I’d pulled off some kind of grand larceny.

    Since then, Fielder’s got about 30 more RBIs than Miggy. To be specific:

    Prince: .327 39R 14HR 47RBI 2SB
    Miggy: .315 27R 11HR 25RBI 0SB

    Weirdly part two, Oswalt and Jackson have been the same person:

    Oswalt: 4W 51K 2.93ERA 0.99WHIP
    Jackson: 3W 56K 2.98ERA 1.18WHIP

    Weirdly part three, CJ Wilson, Captain Throw-In, has 9 saves since then. Frank-Frank has 4.

    Miggy’s been heating up of late, and I still think he’s got a monster month in him. I just hope it’s not October. Or May 2010.

    @aconstipatedmonkey: If your friend got Granderson, McLouth and Cliff Lee for Nelson Cruz and Jackson, your friendship should be pretty strong, I’d think. That’s a very good haul for him.

    @Steve: I’m dictating this comment to my robot assistant while I’m stuck in a jetpack traffic jam over the airship-mooring station.

  14. PhillyYorker says:
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    @Simply Fred: Meet Mr. Houdini. I dropped La Rosa before yesterday’s start. The Phils had a good game against him his first game of the year with the Utley and Howard each getting on twice in three appearances against him. Plus, I went with the “he just can’t keep this up” theory. That said, I went to that game last night and the Phils didn’t have a bad swing until the 6th. The outs were hit hard. They must just see the ball out of his hand very easily. BTW, I won $4 taking the under on how many pitches Rollins would see in his first at-bat, it was 3.5. He saw 2. Easy money.

    P.S. I’m no genius, I also dropped Wandy. It’s called counter-programming. When they duck, you jive. Fingers crossed.

  15. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is it wise to start Danks against the Angels today? I’ll probably live to regret it but I’m thinking about it.

    Pros:
    -Danks history against them is good overall with an ERA under 3.00.
    -Danks stats are better at home than away.
    -Like most pitchers, Danks has much better stats in day games verses night games. I attribute this to how baseball players are lazy and only like to come out at night.
    -It’s going to feel like an 11:00am start time to the Angels. They’ll still be groggy.

    Cons:
    -The Angel’s bats are dangerous as hell.
    -The Cell can’t keep wiffle ball line drives in the yard.
    -Danks career WHIP against LA is 1.41……..that’s not fantastic.
    -Danks has been up and down this year.

    So what’s the verdict for Danks today? Good start? Bad start?

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: i wouldn’t. the angels are on fire right now and danks isn’t a must start like a johan/lincecum/halladay/etc.

    also, what’s this behind white sox starters appearing to be better at home than on the road this season? floyd and danks both.

  17. mattmaison says:
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    I may be mistaken, but it wasn’t David Wright’s first homer to the opposite field at home, it was the METS first homer to the opposite field at home.

  18. Billy says:
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    Grey (and everyone): Is Jayson Werth for real or is he a flash in the pan? I am selling in my keeper league (6 player) , and I want to trade Broxton for Werth (and maybe Laporta). Is Werth a good enough keeper? Thanks.

  19. Probable Party Starter says:
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    Not enough people know of The Fabulous Moolah. The youn’uns should “do a Google” on him (is that what they’re doing these days?).
    Thanks for the Gaudone, albeit too late. Hopefully Richard learned from his evil ways (and he gets the Mets in their summer home!).

  20. Billy says:
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    or instead of Broxton, insert Lackey?

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Billy: i think werth is what he is. a 20-30 HR and SB guy. hits about .275. what he did last year and is doing this year is legit. he was a big prospect for the dodgers back in the day, but never got a legit shot or didn’t pan out with them (can’t remember how much regular PT he got), so he’s got some talent. and in that park and lineup he should produce good numbers for another few seasons at least. i’d deal lackey for him given lackey’s injuries the last few years and i generally value hitters over pitchers.

  22. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah but Poon, Floyd just did them, why not Danks?

    [PS- Wish I was the poontycoon. I’m married. Crud]

  23. RIP Harry says:
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    I know Reynolds>Sandoval for a keeper but is Gallardo/Shields + Sandoval for Reynolds good in a keeper if I dont plan on keeping either pitcher? Should I give up less? If not which pitcher would you rather give?

  24. RIP Harry says:
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    I know Reynolds>Sandoval in a keeper but is it by much? Is Sandoval +Gallardo/Shields for Reynolds too much if I wont keep either pitcher? If not who would you rather give?

  25. Dingo says:
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    Latest on Reyes is that the MRI showed significant scar tissue and inflammation behind his right knee.

    Call me crazy, but is there some reason why this scar tissue wasn’t discovered earlier? Did it arise as a result of his rehab? How can a multi-million-dollar enterprise like the Metropolitans not be better at diagnosing and fixing sports injuries?

  26. Pops says:
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    @ Grey: Happ to the bullpen isn’t that cut and dry. Everyone knows who should lose his spot in the rotation. Moyer will probably dominate the Marlins next time out, however. The Phillies brass have some difficult decisions to make. Six man rotation, perhaps?

  27. @Dingo: “How can a multi-million-dollar enterprise like the Metropolitans…” [insert serial foul-ups here]

    The Mets are behaving nothing like a million dollar enterprise these days.

    My condolences to Reyes owners. I once read an interesting argument against drafting position/stats-scarcity guys early, precisely b/c if they go down, it capsizes your whole season.

    For example: if you drafted Reyes in the first round, you probably more or less punted on steals the rest of the way, figuring you were covered. So if you lose a first-round OF you counted on for 35 donks (cough – Hamilton – cough) you can probably get by on waiver bait. If you lose a SS you were counting on for 80 steals, you can’t make that up in-season.

    And that’s one to grow on.

  28. No female ever will throw down like the Crown Princess of the Squared Circle. & she would have gouged your eyes out & followed up with a flying head scissor, if you called her fat.
    Nice work capturing the Garrett Jones conundrum though; been grasping the trap door lever for days…Home against Carp, Wainwright & Piniero this weekend seemed like reason enough to switch to maybe Venable, Wiggi, Velez, or Murphy (with Cruz out), but then young Garrett takes his gig to Colorado next week! Thoughts on a switch to any of those dudes? But you’ve actually expressed the quandry already. Your right Grey, it’s annoying, quite annoying indeed. I too will likely keep him with the hope that he fails.

  29. PhillyYorker says:
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    @Pops: I know this is unorthodox but why not go to a two starter/game system for Moyer and Martinez?
    Moyer only goes 4 innings and is replaced by Martinez for his 3 or 4. Not sure why we (as if I own the Phillies) insist on guaranteeing our bullpen 4 innings of work each time these two will go the mound. Seems like you can kill two old birds with one stone. The idea floating is that Happ will fill the role of Park –three inning guy. But if we throw Moyer and Martinez back to back, Happ will only be able to sub one. I don’t mind Happ going to the bullpen if we can get some value out of him, but with those two going back to back, I don’t see how that gets done. Needless to say, Happ’s CG shutout last night was a thing of beauty. The stadium was rocking.

  30. DrEasy says:
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    I’m bored with Andrus. Should I replace him with Coghlan or Ryan Roberts, or sit tight?

  31. DrEasy says:
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    Sheffield, LaPorta, Hairston: pick two, please!

  32. I don’t get why Happ needs to go to the bullpen for the rest of the year. He pitched 166 innings last year. He is only at 115 or so thus far this year. Even if he made 9 more starts this year, averaging 7 innings per start, he maxes out at 178 innings at the enf of the regular season.

    If you assume they go deep into the playoffs, he gets 5-6 more starts max. Once again, if you use 5 starts and average 7 innings per start, that moves his total to 213.

    If you subtract 213-166, you get 47 more innings than last year, and that 213 is a high mark in my opinion. Not that bad when compared to the 30 inning rule of thumb increase.

    I get that MLB innings are more difficult than minor league innings, however, the Phillies could easily find more creative ways to keep him in the rotation, rather than just dumping him into the bullpen for the remainder of the year.

    All in all, Moyer deserves to the one banished from the rotation.

  33. RIP Harry says:
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    I know Reynolds> Sandoval for a keeper. But should I do Shields/Gallardo+Sandoval for Reynolds if I wont keep Gallardo or Shields or is that too much? Which pitcher to include?

  34. timSTi says:
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    @DrEasy: Sheffield got escorted off the field with what looked like a leg injury. I wouldn’t count on him with his age and prior injury history.

  35. brad says:
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    Jay Bruce for Vernon Wells in a keeper league where Bruce costs an 8th round pick?

    I have Bruce and probably won’t keep him, (unless he really turns things around after he comes back.) But is Bruce worth more than Wells? I could use a healthy player with Kinsler, Reyes, Bruce and now Bourn and J. Up hurting.

  36. DrEasy says:
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    @timSTi: I know, but LaPorta hasn’t even been recalled yet, and Hairston is also just back from an injury and not playing regularly. And he hasn’t been doing much since his trade to the A’s. No ideal option here, basically.

  37. BSA says:
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    I know I know leave a catcher alone but the scab Iannetta is still festering as mediocre – low ab, avg, rbi.

    Would I be better to drop him for Suzuki and balance out those numbers from catcher position?

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: That’s always how it goes.

    @Jay: I wouldn’t do that.

    @Steve: Ha!

    @cnote: Punt? Gaudin (away games), Lannan (matchups)…

    @black love: Yeah, but the Mets have a pitching stadium, the Phils do not.

    @timSTi: I am.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Lambda

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d start him.

    @mattmaison: You might be right.

    @Probable Party Starter: Who doesn’t know TFM?

    @RIP Harry: Give up less.

    @Pops: I can’t imagine the Phils calling on Moyer in a jam in the 4th inning. But I guess anything’s possible.

    @Paul Wilson: Garrett

    @zombie: Maybe big boned? I’d hold tight for a few more days.

    @DrEasy: Go with Roberts.

    @DrEasy: MLP and Hairston.

    @Gary Busey: See comment above to Pops.

    @brad: Go with Wells.

    @BSA: If you like, Suzuki’s probably not going to fix your team.

  39. Dad says:
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    @Grey: I’m rather desperate for a 3B and RBI’s. ZiPS has Atkins as the 6th best 3B in RBI for the rest of the season (32) with a .284 AVG and .803 OPS. Any reason to believe?

    Should I just stick with my Encarnacion/Fox platoon?

    If not, is Broxton too much to give up for Zimmerman?

    Lots of questions, so little clarity.

  40. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Correct again – a catcher ain’t gonna put me over the Mendoza line.
    I do hear ya on catchers – one of those things as you review your teams performance over the past month and the catcher is consistently one the bottom.

    Thanks!

  41. mrbaseball says:
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    keeper league – – offered trade in keeper league

    Aaron Poreda for Clay Buchholz

  42. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: thanks, guess I needed a little reassurance.

    I guess the Rockies have decided to platoon Atkins and Stewart. Stewart hadn’t started a game this week. It makes sense, Stewart’s hitting .181 vs. lefties and Atkins’s hitting .284 (although Stewart’s only got 1 less homer). Still I wish they had sent out a memo. Or maybe I just didn’t get it.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dad: I’d give Broxton for Zimmerman if you can afford to lose saves. If not, I’d go with Atkins.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It’s the Greek letter used for wavelength, meaning we’re on the same wavelength… C’mon, all the kids are saying it.

    @mrbaseball: It’s fair, seems unnecessary.

  44. GTS says:
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    Are you starting Correia vs NYM at PETCO today?

  45. Simply Fred

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    @PhillyYorker: I KNEW Houdini would rise from the dead. I was all set to respond: “OK. Where do you stand in your league? If at/near top, you must be wise. If not, just lucky.” However, can’t fault your reasoning, nor stones, either way. You deserve to fly high today!

  46. Grey

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    @GTS: I am.

  47. Lava says:
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    I didn’t start DLR in my weekly league this week, but I did it on a gut reaction because he was facing the Phils. I didn’t even remember that they don’t hit lefties well, so I guess I’m like a lucky Houdini but not actually a talented Houdini.

    Instead I started Hochevar. So yeah, maybe not a Houdini at all…

  48. PhillyYorker says:
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    @Simply Fred: Second — 3.5 out of 1st. But this is my best showing in 5 years in the same league. I am managing WAY above my skill level this year. Or, I have gotten better. Thanks to sights like Razzball, no doubt. When the commish of your league is bona fide Sabermatrician (member of the High Council of Sabermatricians, no less) and a yearly speaker at the HoF, you either get better or resign your fate to being in the bottom half every year.

  49. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Thank you kind sir. I just picked up Frasor and have CJ Wilson/Brox/Aardsma already. Regardless of the trade being accepted I just dropped Meyer for Atkins.

    One last Q: Marcum still worth a hold? I’ve got Kinsler and Berkman on the DL and each seem to be getting pushed back. I could use that DL slot if holding Marcum is irrelevant.

  50. Grey

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    @Dad: Lose Marcum.

  51. Aharon says:
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    Hi Grey–love the RB and am using it as a fantasy gateway drug for my girlfriend (sorry if this results in any subpoenas). A question which likely has been covered in the past re: the name Mini-Donkey. What is its origin? Messianic? Thanks.

  52. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Lava: Never one to turn down being lucky–gotta have it!

  53. airlifting says:
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    @Grey: clayton richard is starting tonight…not correia.

  54. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @PhillyYorker: Kudo’s. You are one tough dude. Many would have thrown in the towel facing a Master. Good fortune, Obe Wan!

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Aharon: He’s a smaller, sleeker version of Adam Dunn (small resemblance, Ks a lot, HRs and some steals). Adam Dunn’s nickname is Big Donkey, according to Wikipedia.

  56. Frogurt says:
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    Starting Lowe against Dodgers tonight?

  57. black love says:
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    i got offered this trade:
    Markakis and CC for Ryan Howard and Randy Wells.
    which side do you like?

  58. GTS says:
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    Are you starting Cecil vs BAL this week? He pitched well against them before.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Am I? No, I don’t own him. In a 12 team league or deeper, I could see it.

  60. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Truly phenomonal round-up ….love the vintage wrestling and Dre refs…I’m trying to figure out how to work my fave line from that jam, about robbing Liberace, into the Razzball lexicon. I guess if you pull off a particularly one sided trade it could apply. Like, the Baron was “looking like he robbed Liberace” until Fielder, E-Jax and CJ Wilson put up crazy, unexpected stats.
    Moving on, is Joba too risky tonight? I’m like 25 innings under where I should be right now, with Bedard out, Wandy hurting, Gallardo falling and DelaRosa having slipped me a roofie last night (I thought he would match up well ag. Philly’s lefties too). What’s a playa to do?

  61. Grey

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    @mc serch: Thanks! Robbed Liberace… Ha! I’d sit Joba.

  62. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Simply Fred: Are you and Grey saying that I shouldn’t be feeling excruciating shame and guilt over my decision to start George of the Rose in three Yahoo leagues, resulting in my WHIP and ERA being shizzed upon to the point of utter hopelessness? I thought of going to Rudy or AL KOHOLIC for some self esteem sessions; then I realized that Baron’s pic looks a bit like Sigmund Freud, so maybe he will let me free associate on his couch. I also have to deal with leaving Thome on the bench yesterday, as well as the Dread Pirate on the bench in two leagues on his 3- dinger day.

    @Grey: I need you to write a certified post that you would never have recommended Petit to start the other day. My wife is posting our Yahoo league, blaming me for pleading with her not to pick Yosemite up the other day. I told her that not even Karabell would have recommended him. Also, you seem to have started a trend – my beloved Mets are being trashed more then my home state of New Jersey. And to think that back in May I thought that we coulda been a contenda… almost has me spinning into euphoric recall of the halcyon days of Steve Phillips

  63. jerkstore says:
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    Just traded away David Wright. How would you rank the following possible replacements: Beltre, McGehee, Kouzmanoff, Alex Gordon, Prado, Izturis, Encarnacion

  64. Joel says:
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    Why is Ian Stewart benched? This is infuriating.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Lefties

  66. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    no way , jose .
    you ain’t setting me up , just so you can say “big o , nobody says lambda anymore” .
    and , yup , i figured that out , all by myself .
    pretty “neat” , huh ?!!

  67. brad says:
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    @jerkstore: I have started Prado for about a few weeks now, he has been serviceable. But I have been considering switching him out for Gordon cuz I’m a sucker for upside.

  68. peter says:
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    Ken “Hawk” Harrelson makes watching White Sox games on the teevee almost unbearable.

  69. Simply Fred

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    @Paulie Allnuts: George of the Rose the very least of your problems. There is only one thing–and wifey WILL hold it over your head for some time. Grovel, grovel, grovel…

  70. Grey

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    @peter: Agreed, he’s probably the worst. Rex Hudler’s a close 2nd.

  71. JR says:
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    @peter: Yeah. It’s oil and water with him and Steve Stone. You can sense that Stone is actively trying to dumb it down. What a shame.

  72. Grey

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    ******There’s a new post for followups for me.********

  73. airlifting says:
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    you have to admit there is some pretty awesome humor in watching both hudler and hawk, though….hudler is so just jockish, it’s amusing. i absolutely hated the guy at first, but he must love the game of baseball (or a great actor). as a chicagoan, as well as a sox fan, i completely understang the distaste for hawk, but now that high-ass DJ is out of the booth with his sucking-up to hawk, stone actually provides not only the same “time-frame” of historical observations, but he’s just a much better and more astute color guy.

  74. peter says:
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    @Grey: …making this CWS-LAA series pretty brutal.

  75. bobbo says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Hope you didn’t start Danks like me… =(

  76. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @bobbo: i didn’t bobbo. i took a look at LA’s lineup at 2:00 pm est and pulled him because all but 2 of the Angels is batting over .300. Too frightening. Glad I didn’t do it.

  77. mrbaseball says:
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    Hope you didn’t start Danks like me… =( why ?

  78. Mendoza says:
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    From here on out, which 2 of these 3

    Willingham, Upton or Sizemore…
    I’m almost leaning Willingham and Sizemore.

  79. mrbaseball says:
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    Danks alot for the information

  80. Grey

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    @Mendoza: Not sure what Upton.

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  81. The Bean says:
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    I rejected a trade for Garrett Jones when I noticed he was slumping. You think that was a good idea (mind you I would’ve had to give up Felix Hernandez).

  82. Grey

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    @The Bean: I’d want F-Her.

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  83. Dan says:
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    @Grey

    Couldn’t agree more on guys like Garrett Jones. Let me know the shrink’s prognosis.

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