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Linguist, academic and all-around good guy with a lot of free time on his hands, David Crystal says there’s been no definitive research on how many people are actually laughing out loud when they type out el oh el  (Thanks, Wikipedia!).  I’m guessing the number is less than 50% and the number of people actually rolling on the floor laughing when they type that dopey acronym is far less.  I bring this up to impress on you the amount of things read on the internet that turn out to be false.  With all that said (and it was a lot, wasn’t it?), the internet tells me the Yankees are going to promote Jesus Montero in the next couple of weeks.  If you read that and no streamers or balloons fell from the ceiling, then pull the rip cord harder.  In keeper leagues, he should be owned already.  If he’s not, I’m assuming you’re in an NL-Only league or a mixed league filled with atheists.  Back in February, the two thousand and eleventh year of Jesus Montero’s call up, I gave him the projections of 20/5/30/.290 in 100 at-bats.  Still sounds about right.  I’m a God, mortal!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Hanley Ramirez – Day-to-day with a sprained shoulder.  That sounds like nothing for a guy who plays through injuries and just lives and breathes the game like he’s Luke Appling or some other old timey player.  Unfortunately, that’s not Hanley Ramirez.  My guess is he’ll miss at least five to seven games.

Omar Infante – 3-for-5, 2 homers.  Hmm… I feel like I heard about him somewhere recently…Something about how you should pick him up…Oh, I know.  I wrote it yesterday.  I’m a genius, even if I need the spellchecker to spell genius.

Jason Isringhausen – Screwed the turkey, or whatever that cliche is, yesterday for the second day in a row.  Give Bobby Parnell, who sounds like a character Don Cheadle would play, the closer job.  Sure, Parnell hasn’t been great, but at least he has a potential future.  What do you have to lose?  More games?  You can only lose one game at a time, which sounds like something Casey Stengel once said.  BTW, he really got the short end of the “That guy has the greatest quotes” stick compared to Yogi.

Johan Santana – Felt discomfort and is having his shoulder examined.  Maybe the Mets can trade Johan’s shoulder for Chipper Jones’s lower back.  Assuming they both pass through waivers.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He only gave up one hit… A homer to Desmond Jennings!  Don’t you love when I work Desmond Jennings into other players’ blurbs?

Jose Bautista – 1-for-3 with his first homer since, like, when the U.S. gave Canada its independence.  Though I’m no history buff.  “Take hockey, ‘eh’ and weird police outfits.  Leave the Mckenzie brothers.”  That’s me at the Treaty of Vancouver.

Yunel Escobar – 1-for-3 with his tenth homer, and his first since June 30th.  Tends to hit a few after he gets one, so look for him to tack on.  Not tacky though, like that bald guy on Design Star.  What, I’m the only one that watches HGTV?  C’mon, three lady readers, where are you?

David Price – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks and wasted a Desmond Jennings’ homer.  See?

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3 with his 4th home run.  Has been so nonexistent for so long, I kinda thought he retired from baseball and opened an emu farm selling giant eggs.  Hopefully, if there is a God besides Jesus Montero and Jesus Guzman, Ian Desmond will get hot.

Michael Morse – 2-for-5 with his 18th homer.  Dash-dash-dot.

Derek Lowe – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Can’t spell Derek without reek.

Jose Constanza – 2-for-4 as he started in place of Heyward.  A’la George Costanza, “FREDI!”  Would’ve been awesome if Constanza would’ve went into the dugout between innings, then when his name was announced to bat, if he would’ve ran out with no shirt on. This Heyward/Constanza shituation is worth monitoring.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d grab Constanza for steals.  He did steal 49 bags in Double-A and 23 this year in Triple-A in only 86 games.

Chris Davis – 2-for-5 with his first home run for the Orioles, or the Orange Birds as no one calls them.  If you need to catch lightning in a bottle with power, Davis could provide it.  The preceding was brought to you by Bill James’ beard.  No, not that definition of beard.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Earl Weaver could’ve managed the shizz out of this team.

Brennan Boesch – 3-for-4, and his 16th homer and 5th steal for the nourishing slam & legs.  Tellin’ ya right now (as if that’s not obvious), it’s gonna be hard to figure out where to draft Boesch next year.

Alex Avila – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  His July (.197, no homers) kinda smelled like an old man’s fart, but every other month he’s been usable.

Edgar Renteria – 1-for-4 with a home run.  I’m not proud to tell you this, but I picked him up in one league where I was hurting for a middle infidel.  Sometimes trades give players a boost in the arm.  And sometimes you need a booster shot in the arm if you have the Renterias.

Homer Bailey – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Don’t care, I wouldn’t pick him up.

Garrett Jones – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers.  How dare you steal the thunder from the arrival of Ryan Ludwick! Assuming you can make sure Jones never sees a lefty on your fantasy team, he might be worth a look.

Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 and two homers as the Pirates pitching staff decided to suddenly regress to what they should’ve been all year.

Kyle Kendrick – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Somewhere, Joe Blanton, “That could’ve been me!  I swear!”

Troy Tulowitzki – Left the game after hurting his pinkiewitzki.  Should be fine to go tomorrow.  Hopefully, since his fantasy owners paid top dollar for his final two months of production.

Ervin Santana – 9 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Extremely solid start following his no-hitter.  Also, Johnny Vander Meer’s family can stop following him around now.

Mark Trumbo – Hit his 20th home run yesterday.  I get the feeling he’s going to take a big step forward next year.  Assuming the Sciosciapath doesn’t bench him for an Izturis, an Aybar or a Mathis.

Jason Kipnis – Now has three straight games with a homer.  “Why didn’t I pick him up?”  That’s you after you see someone else in your league grab him.

Phil Hughes – A complete game shutout! (Okay, the game was rain shortened to six innings, but whatever.  Final thirds are overrated.  I would’ve loved Inglourious Basterds without the final third.)

Matt Holliday – Hit his 16th homer and got his first steal.  See, just needed a little razzing.  BTW, do something, Pedro Alvarez!

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3 with his first major league homer.  Or as you say his name in German, Au Shit!

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks vs Latos (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks) as the two offensive powerhouses, Dodgers and Padres, met in Petco.  Luckily, someone scored and this game didn’t need to be decided with a game of duck, duck, goose.

Mike Adams – 1 IP, 1 ER.  If there’s no Padre fans, is there still derisive laughing when Adams gives up runs?  Ponder that after three bong hits.

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  1. Charles says:
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    It’s 3:45am and I need a SS to replace Hanley for a few days. Who do you like?

    Desmond
    Escobar
    Barney
    Gordon
    Nunez
    Furcal
    Cozart (if he comes back???)

  2. Charles says:
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    Also, while it’s just you and me here, I have something to confess. I have been playing catcher roulette with R Hernandez, Iannetta, Lucroy, and Salty. If/when Jesus is called up, should I just add him and forget this catcher-of-the-day routine?

  3. Mike says:
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    “au shit” made me spill my tea! God bless you , sir.

  4. Howard says:
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    @Grey 10 team 5X5 to replace Hanley: Nunez or Infante?
    10 team H2H w/OBP: Boneface or Infante?

  5. debar says:
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    collmenter’s a must start next week with hou & nym at home right? right?!

    also, napoli’s playing virtually every day now (or at least as much as other catchers), is he going to lose another start per week when beltre comes back? does it matter? im trying to move mauer (harder than it sounds) for a 3b or sp.

  6. Buge Hoobs says:
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    10 team 5×5,
    Infante or Bartlett for SS?

  7. Eddy says:
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    Grey, as it turns out I made an ass out of u and me and thought Nicasio was available in my league for tomorrow.

    Holland v. CLE (seen him once, mostly 1 for 4s)
    Porcello @KC (Butler and Melky have hit him but no one past them)
    Moscoso @TB (Same as Holland. Mostly 1 for 3s)

    Any of these guys tickle your ‘stache or should I not even bother?

  8. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:

    OK, make that Moscoso or Porcello.

  9. dirt says:
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    Out of the 3, which one should be dropped if any?

    Bryan Roberts
    Josh johnson
    tabata

  10. Benny says:
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    For keeper leagues – is Ellsburry going to be this good and outperform Crawford again? I have a guy going after both and I don’t know which offer to entertain. So in a vaccuum, which guy will perform better in 2012 and beyond?

  11. Chubby says:
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    It’s official, I am now an Ankiel biter!
    Da-dododo-Da-dadada, that’s all I want to……whatever.

  12. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    With this reminder, I did my duty and added Kipnis to my RCL team. Oh and EFF YOU Aaron Hill!!! Hate that guy.

  13. Johnson says:
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    Who is the better 18th rd keeper next year, Madson or Salas?

  14. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:could you rank these OF’s for ROS?….thnks.

    Gordon,Bossman,Morse(dash dash dot),Lind,Crawford.

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side:

    Quentin/Andrus for Pence/Castro?

  16. bfeels says:
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    I asked your advice recently about which five from my team to consider keeprs and chose: ARod, McCutchen, Granderson, Stubbs, Hanson. I agreed. I think by years end I could find a way to add Jennings, Montero and Strasburg. With five keepers, would you hold the first five? If not, who would be you five to go into 2012? Trying to figure out trade targets before our deadline. Thanks!

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    master grey-carp davis?

  18. Paul says:
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    My league keeps 5 players and they count as the top 5 picks. Who of the following is the best option; Kinsler, Strasburg or Stubbs? I already plan on keeping Braun, Tulo, Felix and Youk

  19. Pistol Pete says:
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    FWIW, Ryan Doumit has been called up. For this year does he have more value than Montero? On a side note, Im reading Lawrie will be called up this Friday.

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paul: straus would probably be on an innings cap next year,grey will know better than me

  21. EK says:
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    pls rank for ROS for UTIL spot 12 team H2H:

    Reynolds
    Werth
    Trumbo
    Boesch
    R. Roberts
    Bourgeois

  22. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Salty or Avila?
    Parnell or Gregg?

  23. Mr. Rickey says:
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    @Mr. Rickey:

    Salty or Avila or Jesus Montero?
    Parnell or Gregg?
    Freese or Goldschmidt?

  24. OaktownSteve says:
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    My mom is a Padre fan. She’s probably saying “I’ll root for the Rangers if the Padres aren’t in the World Series this year. That Mike Adams seems like such a nice guy.” She doesn’t smoke weed any more. She did go to a Hendrix concert in Denver in June of 1969 (six months preggers with yours truly). All that being said, Goldschmidt’s homer last night was a bomb.

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    @Pistol Pete: where are you reading that about Lawrie? I hope you’re right…

  26. mets fan says:
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    Grey Duda or Montero for util?

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    @OaktownSteve: I would definitely make the claim that you saw Hendrix live…

  28. K76154 says:
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    Espinosa has been cold recently, and with less than 2 months left, I am not sure if I can see his next hot streak before season ends. So, should I drop him for Jason Kipnis?

  29. slam says:
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    Still waiting on Kelly johnson to get his shizz together, considering dropping him for Dee ‘Flash’ Gordon, should I give Kelly some more time or pull the trigger?

    Also, Oswalt is coming back from my DL, who should I drop to make room: Dempster, Colby Lewis, Luebke, or Beachy?

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Lawrie to play third for Jays: Toronto 2B Brett Lawrie continues to show he’s ready for the majors as he went 1 for 3 with an RBI single for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, reports MLB.com. Lawrie is batting .342 over his last 10 games for the 51s. Over that span, Lawrie has two homers, seven RBI and three doubles and has regained his form since fracturing his left hand on May 31. “First of all, the fact that he’s back playing, yeah that’s great,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “We haven’t changed off of our goal of getting him at-bats, games played, prior to September. Whether that happens this weekend [in Baltimore] or when we get off the road — whenever that might be — we’re all looking forward to getting him inserted in with this young group but we haven’t pinpointed an exact day.”
    (Updated 08/02/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 8/3/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Farrell confirmed that Lawrie will debut at third base for the Jays, whenever it comes, moving Jose Bautista back to right field. That creates a logjam for Travis Snider, Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames — not to mention Rajai Davis — at DH and in the outfield. Lawrie appears to be on the horizon, but Fantasy owners will have to continue checking back for an exact date of his recall. It is only a matter of time. Lawrie could be an impact Fantasy option in the final months so stash him accordingly.
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  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Montero rumors start to heat up: SI.com reports that Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to be called up “in a couple weeks,” supporting a Newark Star-Ledger report on Monday that indicated Montero would be recalled “in the very near future.” Montero is hitting .283 with 10 homers and 50 RBI through 86 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
    (Updated 08/02/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 8/3/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Montero has been the Yankees’ top hitting prospect for the past few seasons, but he has stalled some in his development. While his numbers have still been solid, there has been some belief that Montero has grown bored of Triple-A ball and has been frustrated by the fact that he has been blocked getting to the major league level. Montero was held out of two games in June because the organization felt his play lacked “energy.” If he does get the call, expect a re-energized Montero to try to make an immediate impact. He could see at-bats as a DH while possibly beating out Francisco Cervelli as the No. 2 backstop behind Russell Martin. Montero’s value in Fantasy may be limited in 2011, but the future remains bright for this high-end keeper prospect. Continue to monitor his progress.
    (Updated 08/02/2011).

  32. Lane42 says:
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    Similar question as slam. Oswalt coming back – is it worth dropping Wandy, Colby Lewis, D.Hudson or Kuroda to add him in?

  33. robbiec says:
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    What about Mark Tex, with the extremely rare (for him) Slam and Legs, with the bonus extra side of slam?

    Tex and Holliday are now tied for steals on the season.

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey add soriano to question 15,carp,davis or soriano,thanks

  35. Mel says:
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    @Grey-

    Tempted to drop Espinosa for Kipnis. Talk me down!

  36. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Wilsonian: Oh I definitely do. It’s a pretty crazy story actually. The Denver cops tear gassed a bunch of hippies at the show and a rumor went through the crowd that there was a place outside of Denver where the government kept all its nerve gas that had blown up. All the dosers figured it was the rapture. Chaos.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mel: id do it,last 30 games for espinosa are 2 hr,3 steals and a 181 average

  38. Vince says:
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    Grey, Jennings or Rasmus for the rest of the season ? It’s a 12 team, H2H, 5×5 league

    C: Soto
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Kinsler
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Lind
    Util: Rasmus

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    @OaktownSteve: ha…and even though I don’t technically know you, I may start telling people that I know a guy who went to a Hendrix concert. I wonder if that rapture minister predicted that one too…

  40. Wilsonian says:
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    Still like Stubbs over Jennings for this year? I’m starting to regret my trade for Stubbs…

  41. papasmurf says:
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    Jennings needs his own blurb!

    Is a pitcher named “Homer” a good thing? It’s like a hitter being named “Kayman.”

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: as a reds fan stubbs is freaky streaky,his overall final numbers will be very usefull but he can give you plenty of 0-fers in a row at times,ive been b@#ching all year that he hadnt tried to bunt but once and that was a sac. attempt that he failed at,now he has 2 bunt hits lately

  43. papasmurf says:
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    Next year, my keeper team will be centered around Hosmer, Lawrie, Jennings, Stanton, Bruce, and perhaps BJ Upton if I don’t trade him.

    Lots of promise but perhaps not ready for championship run yet.

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: his overall numbers are pretty solid, but he doesn’t have many long balls lately. I debated over the Jennings for Stubbs deal for awhile. It’s just for this year as I won’t be keeping either of them. But I’m really starting to regret it. Jennings looks like he’s exactly what everyone has been drooling over since last year.

  45. Vince says:
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    @Vince: I could also drop a SP instead of Rasmus to pick up Jennings. My SPs are Verlander, Felix, Romero, Scherzer, Beachy, Latos, Norris, Liriano, Billingsley, Hughes…

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Charles: Desmond

    @Charles: Yup

    @Mike: Thanks!

    @Howard: Infante…Infante

    @debar: Yes…Move Mauer.

    @Buge Hoobs: Infante

    @Eddy: None…

    @dirt: All? Roberts…

    @Benny: Sure, he can.

    @Chubby: Ha

    @RandomItalicizedVoice: Ha!

    @Johnson: Salas

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Crawford, Lind, Bossman…

    @Wilsonian: Pence

    @bfeels: Hold

    @AL KOHOLIC: Huh?

    @Paul: Kinsler

    @Pistol Pete: Nope

    @EK: Reynolds, Trumbo, Boesch, Werth…

    @Mr. Rickey: Avila, Gregg, Goldschmidt

    @OaktownSteve: That explains it!

    @mets fan: Duda

    @K76154: Sure

    @slam: I’d hold…Lewis…

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Lane42: Lewis

    @robbiec: That’s true, bunch of homers too.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ike Davis? Chris Davis? Eric Davis?

    @Mel: Go for it.

    @Vince: Jennings

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @Wilsonian: Yes

    @papasmurf: Could be a fun team.

  47. Urban Achievers says:
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    Hanley is going to die cold and alone, no one around to hear his dying words and the nurse stealing his shit over his dead body.

  48. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Vince: I just dropped Bud Norris. He’s definitely a quarterhorse. Every start he seems to go through the line up twice with no trouble and then the third time through he gets blown up. Been like clockwork in nearly all of his last 10 starts or so. Now he’s fighting a blister (needs Moises Alou to piss on his hands, apparently). Plus, he’s on the Astros, in case your league has “Wins” as category (apparently the Astros league does not count that stat).

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey -chrissy davis,soriano or carp

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: back to the Quentin deal…

    Quentin/Andrus or Pence/Lawrie?

    I have Tulo at SS already, so Castro isn’t actually necessary. I have Cuddyer playing 2nd, but he could also be a good fill-in at other positions and with Lawrie expecting the call soon, he could be a great 2nd baseman down the stretch.

  51. dan rydell says:
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    Can you rank these 2b for the rest of the season?

    Aaron Hill
    Sean Rod
    Kipnis

  52. Long Bawls says:
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    Start both Lilly + Stauffer tonight? Or is that crossing the streams?

  53. Bobby Grich's Stache says:
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    I think Montero is going to be a dud. He is partof that Yankees/Red Sox, prospect hype machine, they give these players higher projections and too much attention just because they play for these teams. Montero will be the Mitsubishi of this game.

    Why do I always want to go to a jewish deli after I say Kipnis?

  54. Long Bawls says:
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    @dan rydell: Reverse order. S-Ro still isn’t 100% guaranteed playing time, otherwise he’d be at top because he’s, y’know, seasoned. Even though the seasoning sometimes tastes like essence of crap.

  55. Kipnis or Carlos Guillen ROS?

    I have a soft spot for that taunting HR hitter when healthy…maybe an unhealthy soft spot…like in my head.

  56. That Guy... says:
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    Is it time to drop Heyward for a guy like Kipnis or Lawrie…or even a warm beer?

  57. golfnut says:
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    Hey Grey…..

    Freddie Freeman or Ackley ROS??

  58. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    I need to find a replacement for Hanley Ramirez while he missed these next few games. The following ss’s are available in my league. Who do you like?

    1. Rafael Furcal
    2. Omar Infante
    3. Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    4. Sean Rodriguez
    5. Jason Bartlett
    6. Ryan Theriot
    7. Alex Gonzalez
    8. Maicer Izturis
    9. Angel Sanchez
    10. Yuniesky Betancourt
    11. Orlando Cabrera
    12. Jamey Carroll
    13. Brendan Ryan
    14. Darwin Barney

    I think that’s enough. Thanks.

  59. Nick says:
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    Is Wang going to have his coming out party against the Braves today?

  60. Ed Nugent says:
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    Dan Hudson or Ian Kennedy going forward for this and future seasons?

    Hudson/Trumbo or Alex Gordon?

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: would you recommend going with Castro or Lawrie?

  62. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Out of these two awful two-start options for next week, the lesser of two evils is:

    Phil Hughes: v. ANA v. TB
    Carlos Villanueva: v. OAK v. ANA

  63. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Tom Thumb: Thatis intended to be a question, ha. Thanks!

  64. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Dude, Grey, what gives? You said Teixeira would be hot after the break?? 6 HR and 17 RBI??? Should I drop him for Lee??

    On a serious note, doods needing WHIP/ERA help should pick up Chapman. 27 K, 4 BB, 2 H (yes, two hits) since the start of July (16.1 IP).

  65. The Spaceman says:
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    @ Grey

    Adams blurb = pondered. I appreciate the philosophical thought added to my morning read ;)

    Quick questions sir; Was offered Lind for my Sandoval. Digging the big power, I’m inclined to accept. Yes or No? Also…Yorvit, Doumit or knife to the eye? Thanks boss!

    The Spaceman

  66. Ironhorse Heyward sitting a f’in gain for that G’damn f’in whiney loser Costanza.

  67. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10 team H2H, limited moves. Need another SP and have more closers than I need. Have been unable to trade, as closers aren’t worth that much. Would you drop Santos, Bailey or Walden? Leaning Santos given Sale’s recent work and Ozzie’s Ozzieness.

  68. The Den says:
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    Beckham or Kipnis?

  69. @Grey: Sorry. I may just need to drop him, pick up & accept Jesus.

  70. Steve Stevenson says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! Rank as keepers for next year–Hosmer, Matt Moore, Lawrie, Belt.

  71. debar says:
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    @tom thumb: regarding hughes, i was at the game last night and it looked like he would’ve gone the complete 9 if not for the rain. then again konerko was out, and rios & dunn were in the starting lineup. but he did look good.

  72. Brew Crew says:
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    Offerred Longo & Option of Kennedy or Ogando for Bourn & Ackley (12 Team ROTO)
    -Way behind on all pitching categories, but 3rd & within reach of K’s & W’s (beachy, cueto, morrow, d hudson, bills)
    -Have Walker, Espinosa, & Utley at MI
    -Leading in SB (+14)

    TakeThe deal or hold?? If yes, which SP??

  73. Brew Crew says:
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    My side is giving up bourn & ackley

  74. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Dee Gordon or Jermile Weeks for steals/runs/AVG in a 12 team H2H?

  75. Salty this year says:
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    Keepers for next year (12 team h2h, mixed, $260)

    We can only keep 5

    I am keeping Wainwright($6), Granderson ($19), and Votto ($33). Which 2 from the list below?

    Fowler ($6)
    Beachy ($7)
    Peter Bourjos ($7)
    Dom Brown ($8)
    Espinosa ($8)
    Morse ($9)
    Boesch ($10)
    Moustakas ($10)
    Starlin Castro ($16)
    Werth ($17)

    Thanks!

    Special thanks this season to my guys: David Wright, 1st half Dan Uggla, Justin Morneau, Ichiro Suzuki, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and DLR.

  76. Tom the Niner says:
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    Grey, I have a question. I have to drop a player with Oswalt coming off the DL soon. Who do I drop? These are my pitchers: Kershaw, Luebke, Marcum, Wandy, Jhoulys Chacin, Annibal Sanchez, Nathan, Chris Perez, Joel Hanrahan, Jordan Walden. I am thinking about dropping Luebke.

    Also, I could drop one of my hitters. I tend to rotate a lot of hitter depending on match ups. The potential drops there could be… Aybar (Hardy back up/match up), Carl Crawford, Alex Gordon. I don’t think I should drop any of these guys.

    Anyways, what one guy should I drop? Thanks

  77. Mzyptlk says:
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    @OaktownSteve: I saw the Hendrix concert in Denver (Regis fieldhouse) but it was 1967. The tear gas incident was at Red Rocks for Jethro Tull in 1972.

  78. Mzyptlk says:
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    @Mzyptlk: Oooops 2-14-68 to be exact. Lots of smoke in the air that night.

  79. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I am in a keeper league for the first time this year and am not really sure what is best in terms of who to keep. Do you see Zimmerman as a keeper for next year? I can keep 5 and the guys in the running are Votto(obviously a keep), Zimmerman, McCutchen, Bruce, Andrus, and maybe Krispie. At the beginning of the year I thought I would definitely keep Zim but with his injury history and whatnot maybe not. I’m asking now because I’m not really in the running and I figured I might be able to trade him for someone who I actually would keep. Anyways, what are your thoughts on keeping Zimmerman?

  80. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn, Beachy was cruising right along, and then the 6th inning happened…

  81. Will says:
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    who do you like better for ROS at 3B?

    Reynolds, Freese, or Zimmerman?

  82. Will says:
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    Ok, in a 10 team keeper league where I get to keep 5 and we have a 3 year keeper rule before you must trade them or lose them. Here are my options and how many years I have left on them.

    Fielder and Zimmerman – 1 year left (through 2012)
    Cano, Reyes, and Cargo – 2 years left (through 2013)
    Cruz, Bruce, Stubbs, Weaver, and Pence – 3 years left (through 2014)

    Any thoughts?

  83. pubscout says:
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    Grey: NCruz/Greinke/Escobar for Werth/Ubaldo/Rollins. Which side do you like and is it by a large margin or a close call?

  84. Wilsonian says:
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    8 Team H2H League. I’ve got 4 closers in Walden, Santos, Nathan, Guerra. Who do you like least for the rest of the year?

  85. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H Keeper, would you deal Heyward for Jennings?

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey hey goldy(goldschmidt ) with a steal,now add the slam to that

  87. Yep, I said it! says:
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    In a 16-team dynasty, can I just drop Rios? I mean, he’s just 30. I feel bad just dropping him but I can’t find a team to trade me anything for him and I need the roster space. But I’ll be kicking myself in two years if he returns to form. Toughts?

  88. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    fowlers average and obp 270-370 is pretty decent 7 steals in 15 attempts and zero hr,s suck

  89. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: sure would be nice if Yahoo didn’t suck ass on adding people to the league…

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: you still think Heyward is the better keeper? He just isn’t doing a damn thing (including playing) that’s really got me worried.

  91. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: understood-ish. I made a different offer for Jennings.

  92. Yep, I said it! says:
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    Rios is sitting on my bench. Jonathan Sanchez is stuck on my DL. Chris Davis is a FA (and I’d like to pick him up, call me crazy). Goldschmidt is on waivers, and I’d like to put in a claim though I probably won’t get him. Instead of dropping Rios, I could drop Russell Martin (who is also on my bench).

  93. Lubey says:
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    @Grey/Anyone

    Streaming pitchers for tomorrow, who do you like. Esmil Rodgers COL or Ross Detwiler WAS. They are playing against each other and the game is in COL. Im leaning Rodgers but Was seems hot.

  94. L-Boogie says:
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    Trying to obtain a pitcher for the homestretch and I have an overall strategy question.

    I could probably land a guy like Cliff Lee, Halladay, or Kershaw but it would cost me a lot of my own studs. I could also get a K guy with a low ERA like Gio Gonzalez who doesn’t carry the Lee/Halladay name and rep so it would cost me a whole lot less, but I’m gambling that he’ll keep it up.

    Is it wiser to go for the expensive stud if I have the players to move or to be frugal and settle for a next lower tier kind of guy?

    Thanks dude.

  95. farcus says:
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    I know AL already mentioned it, but I’d like to point out that the Schmidt is providing fantasy value even without a monster HR (so far) today.

  96. Wilsonian says:
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    Sholy hit…McGehee with 3 HRs on the day. He only had 5 all season until now.

  97. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: that’s what I’m thinking. If he gets hot, this Mil-a-waw-kay team is going to be real tough down the stretch.

    Also, I posted a question about dealings in my 8 Team H2H league in the forums. When you get a chance, could you take a gander at it? Thanks man, it’s much appreciated.

  98. L-Boogie says:
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    Sorry, it’s a 5×5 standard roto league, 12 teams.

  99. Chinaski says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have still not activated Danks from the DL because i didnt need him so far. All my pitchers are pitching great but now i HAVE to drop one to activate him because i need to add Goldschmidt and i cant do it until i clean up the DL spot. I really have a tough time to decide who to drop. I wanted to drop Colon but he is not giving me any reason to get rid of him. Luebke has been a candidate but he was solid so far and in his last outing he was overly unlucky with singles. Well, Shields is struggling lately but i dont think you drop someone like him at this time of the season based on two shaky starts. What do you thing? Thoughts? Ideas?

    Thanks

  100. larry says:
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    Howie, Espinosa or Kipnis ros? thx

  101. Steve says:
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    @Grey: 12 team, H2H, LF slot. Ryan Roberts or Conor Jackson?

  102. Mr2Bits says:
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    Sad day when Gio gets lit up by the Mariners and Halladay can’t give me a 1-2-3 inning. This is becoming the week from hell seeing as how the guy I’m playing already has 10Hr’s and I really needed my pitching to be stout.

  103. yankees2011 says:
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    Hello Grey.

    I had dropped P. Hughes because, well you probably know why. He sucked!!! Is he worth a grab again or will he stick it to my numbers next outing? Looks like TB.

    Also, that trade question I keep asking – I was offered Castro and Nathan for my Scherzer. I like Storen better than the Hot Dog, but the guy doesn’t want to part with him. You like deal?

    Thanks much Grey!

  104. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. currently starting keljo at 2b and have lawrie stashed. need help with runs, sbs and avg. are infante or eyj an upgrade in the short term?

  105. quimmy says:
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    FYI, MRI for HanRam came back clean, sprain confirmed.

  106. frog says:
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    pick up goldshmidt or derek lee off waivers?

  107. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Grey : Is it time to lose Gio? He is an ERA wrecking machine and if he gives up 6 to the shitty Mariners, then there is no hope against better teams. I have Oswalt coming off the DL this week and Ill need to lose Gio, Collmenter, Niese or Lohse.

  108. Chinaski says:
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    Now Floyd or Luebke?

    Thanks a bunch Grey

  109. farcus says:
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    @quimmy: thanks quimmy, i’ve got a-rod, weeks, and cargo on the dl already, another stint for han-ram would be a bitter pill

  110. Eddy says:
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    Wish they would have let Furbush throw more than 60-some pitches. He had only allowed two hits through 5 and they pulled him! Oh well, not a bad start.

  111. Rich says:
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    @Grey Got offered Cliff Lee, Aybar, and A-Rod for Uggla and As-Drubal. I could pick up Ackley off waivers to replace Uggla, but I’m hesitant because of A-Rod’s injury and potential suspension. H2H league, not in danger of missing playoffs. What do you think?

  112. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Cool. I’m rostering Roberts anyway. Do you have Snider over Roberts?

  113. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: hey man, when you get a chance can you take a look at the question I posed in the forums regarding trades? I don’t want to repost it here because it’s too damn long. Thanks and as always I really appreciate the help.

  114. Steve says:
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    Any chance they get under way in NY?

  115. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man, I definitely appreciate it. Along those lines, which pitcher would you deal for Cano or Utley? Would you deal one of the big names (Verlander, Hamels, Lincecum)?

  116. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha love the Jennings comments particularly as always! Speaking of DJ ($0), have a slight dilemma in my keeper league. Have speed to deal and need to improve in hitting (OBP, RBIs) and have Been offered Lance Berkman ($2!) for him. Now I love Jennings and know he’ll be a great keeper at his price, but if this puts me over the top this year (im currently 3rd), could it be worth it? I do also need to improve my rotation though (K’s, and WHIP), and seeing as I have Weeks and A-Rod coming back from my DL sometime, maybe I should be pursuing pitching more.

    I realise this is probably the wrong place to ask advice about trading Jennings away ha!

  117. Steve says:
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    Jason Michaels doubling off Dontrelle Willis. Vlad caught stealing. Helton going deep.

    Can someone please stop fiddling with the time machine? The big red button has a ‘Do Not Press’ sign above it for a reason.

  118. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ;ppk at kipper go,another hr

  119. Trevor

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    hi grey,5×5,h2h,

    would you drop A. Hill for any of the following second basemen?

    Kelly Johnson
    P.Polanco
    beckham
    Barney
    J.kipnis

    Thanks! LMFAO at this post!!!

  120. Wilsonian says:
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    I think I need Kipnis in my 8 team league. This dude is on a tear!!

  121. Urban Achievers says:
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    @Grey: You can tell I drafted Hanley #3 overall this year. I knew about his motivation issues and my gut said, “Draft Braun instead.” But the stats! and the position scarcity! I swear to god I’m going to hire a P.I. to follow around the next guy I draft in the first round. I want to know what he’s drinking, who he’s f###ing and which god he prays too…and if he lives in a modestly priced working class neighborhood or “Apartamento 70.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/31/2338573/hanley-ramirez-undone-by-perception.html

  122. Steve says:
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    Can someone remind me why I traded for Crawford again?

  123. TheNewGuy says:
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    It’s add Jason Kipnis day today, just added him in 2 of my leagues.

  124. Steve says:
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    @Grey: So why did I take Longoria at #4 then?

  125. Grey

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    @Steve: Cause he was supposed to be good this year.

  126. Steve says:
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    The last week, Crawford, Lind and Longo are a combined 7/60.

  127. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: what about for Utley?

    I’m seriously considering dealing Longoria too… Dude is a constant ticker tease.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Those guys are a bit much for Utley.

  129. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: he’s wanting an outfield bat and a pitcher for Utley. Which combo of these guys would you deal for Utley:

    Cuddyer, Quentin, Stubbs; D. Hudson, Anibal, Beachy?

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: throw Ervin into that mix, too.

  131. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: yeah steve i really thought he was the piece you needed to put our league away,he could still help all around but i thought he was going to break out

  132. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: and finally we have an offer. He wants Ervin/Quentin for Utley. Fair deal? I could then probably pick up someone like Latos or Danks to replace Ervin.

  133. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: To be fair to him, he’s not the only useless prick on my team to just completely stop hitting.
    Yes, I’m grumpy, but my lunch has just arrived so maybe that will help.

  134. Killer Joe says:
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    Grey, would you trade Stanton for Hanley? It’s an 11 team 5×5 roto league, and I can afford to trade some HRs for steals, but I don’t want to give up too much in runs and RBI. Also, I have held onto Werth all year and it looks like he is starting to come around, so I could plug him in for Stanton.

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: yeah i went to illinois on the 24th with 94 points came home the 26th with 82,ive recouped back but we have 4 or 5 of us that can go from 1st to 4th in a bad weekend,it will be a tough finish,im wanting A-ROD and cargo back if A-ROD the gambler doesnt get suspended now

  136. aj says:
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    I need steals is Rajai Davis still worth owning

  137. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: or if A-Rod doesn’t go “try” another sport for 18 months…

  138. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: thought you might jump on that verlander deal for $16

  139. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: He’s tempting, but I’m rather fond of my $5 Stanton.

  140. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: it ended up being Quentin and Ervin. He wouldn’t do anything with Cuddyer in it. It may have been a little too much, but I think it makes my overall team better.

  141. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: actually, there’s kind of been an amendment (via an additional deal). So now this is the overall change to my team:

    I gave up: Quentin/Andrus/Ervin
    I got back: Utley/Castro/RickRo

    Thoughts?

  142. aj says:
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    14 team 5X5… is rajai davis worth owning? My OF and UTIL looks like:
    OF Josh Hamilton,
    OF Hunter Pence,
    OF Chris Young,
    OF Logan Morrison,
    OF Jason Bourgeois,
    UTIL Alex Gordon,

  143. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @aj: i think not,assuming bourgeois keeps playing

  144. Steve says:
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    Of course I’m against Cuddyer this week. Jesus.

  145. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @aj: Nope

  146. Steve says:
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    Time to grab Delmon?

  147. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Or is today just an aberration? Looks a bit like it.

  148. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Depends for who, but yeah good game from him today.

  149. chata says:
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    @Steve:

    what the heck ?!
    “Yes, I’m grumpy, but my lunch has just arrived so maybe that will help.”

    I had you pegged as a hunter/gatherer .

  150. chata says:
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    @chata:

    and hoarder .
    don’t forget hoarder .

  151. Steve says:
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    @chata: I had to walk to the Asian food hall to get it ;-)

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