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Jimmy Rollins looks like he’s headed to the DL with a Grade 2 calf strain.  For those non-doctors out there, that’s a calf strain that starts to learn its times tables.  It hurts to lose your 2nd or 3rd round pick, but you don’t have many options here.  You can’t sell him low.  Assuming you need a little pick me up after getting *pinkie to mouth* decalfeinated, some MIs that are out there are McGehee, Furcal, Desmond, EverCab and O-Cab.  They provide different things, but I like them to varying degrees, in that order.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adeiny Hechavarria – Say that name fast one time!  The Jays signed the 21-year-old Cuban defector.  Defect had more going it against than any other word, yet the Cubans turned it into a positive.  Sorta the same journey the word “special” took, but in the reverse.  Hechavarria probably won’t be called up until the end of this year at the earliest.  Not simply because no one can pronounce his name.  (For those perfectionists out there, it’s Ah-THEY-nee Eh-CHA-bah-ree-ah.)  (BTW, I always use the spellchecker when typing perfectionist.  Discuss that amongst yourselves.)  He’s still very raw, but in time they are likening Ah-THEY-nee to a young Alfonso Soriano.  Not sure if “they” are saying a young Soriano means a Latin 21 or a Latin 25.  I’d look at him in keepers, but league depth has a lot to do with your sitch.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 2 ER, 12 Ks as he threw a one hitter.  Whenever I hear this guy’s name I think of Prince’s Batdance.  Stop the press – who is that?  Ricky Romero!  The problem with Romero up until this year is he’s struggled with walks.  So far, doesn’t seem like this is an issue.  He gets the Angels, Rays and A’s next (not at the same time; that would be crazy).  I’d absolutely take a flier on him to see if he can continue his new trends.  I do think it might be a bit miragey, but grab now and ask questions later.

Kevin Gregg – Got the save.  Gregg has looked exceptional.  That’s weird.  Frasor was used on Monday so Gregg was used on Tuesday.  I think if the Jays would just stop winning, then Frasor would be the closer.  If that makes any sense.  Okay, I’ll try again.  If the Jays win every third day, Frasor gets most of the saves.  These back to back ones?  Frasor and Gregg will be used.  So if you’re really hurting, grab Gregg.  Then again, Frasor’s being outpitched by Gregg.  Just own them both for right now.

Brad Hawpe – Hawpe’s day-to-day with a quad injury.  First Carlos Gonzalez comes up lame, now Hawpe.  Not to get all Professor Plum on you, but where was Seth Smith during all of this?

Seth Smith – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and a HR yesterday.  While CarGo and Hawpe are nursing injuries, I’d grab Smith.  Just don’t leave your drink unattended near him.

Akinori Iwamura – Hit his 2nd homer yesterday.  David Ortiz has zero homers.  Cust kayin’.

Drew Stubbs – 0-for-5 as the Reds scored 10.  Ticker tease!

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners.  This start was more an indication of the A’s offense than Fister’s pitching.  Also, conversation overheard at my house yesterday.  Girlfriend, “Grey, what are you watching?”  “Fister ‘n the A’s!”  Girlfriend, “You’re disgusting.”

Brian Matusz – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 Ks.  He actually looked better than Romero.  Very impressive outing.  Three of his earned runs were inherited baserunners Johnson let score.

Jim Johnson – 1/3 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  A consequence of SAGNOF and being quick to waivers is you end up grabbing a fill-in closer then they explode in your face too.  Johnson may suffer from Scott Downs’ Syndrome.  Don’t let go of Mike Gonzalez yet.

Brandon Webb – Played catch on Monday and the D-Backs are hoping for him to return June 1st.  If you’ve stashed him on your DL, I’d look to trade him around May 31st.

Chris Young – Says he feels no pain, it’s just tightness.  That’s what she said!  Wait, he said it.  Damn!  Young should be back as soon as he’s eligible to come off the DL.  I’d stash him on my DL.

Jose Guillen – Hit another homer yesterday.  Now has like a bazillion homers in the last three days.  Probably won’t hit a bazillion more, but it pays to find out.

Brian Bannister – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks.  Don’t even think about it.  I see you!  Stop.  Move your cursor away from picking him up.  Slowly!

Ryan Perry – He’s a Holds machine.  That is all.

Cliff Lee – The Adverb threw a bullpen session and eyes the beginning of May for his return.

Erik Bedard – The Mariners hope Bedard returns by the end of May.  Decent DL stashee, but it wouldn’t shock me to see him come back, throw 5 to 7 games and then get hurt again.  That’s how he do.

Milton Bradley – 2-for-4, HR yesterday.  Last week, he gave the middle finger to the fans.  This week, there’s still time left.

Clayton Kershaw – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 Ks, 8 baserunners, 5 BBs.  As Vin Scully said, “Kershaw was fighting the strike zone from right after the anthem.”  He threw 110 pitches and only 59 were strikes.  Should be BBershaw.

Ian Kennedy – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners.  He gets the Padres in Petco next time out, I’d hold him for that start.  Kennedy’s problem really is ill-timed homers.  Every 30th pitch hits a grassy knoll in the outfield.

Krispie Young – 2-for-4 and a walk!  You should grab him, might be breaking out.  Walking for Krispie is a feat.  Pun unavoidable.

Ervin Santana – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 Ks, 13 baserunners.  Definitely wasn’t all magic with Ervin.  I’m ready to deploy my parachute and lose this guy, but I think it’s only fair we give him a non-Yankees start to see what he can do.  He gets the Blue Jays next.  You want Grey to own you, Ervin?  Get your shizz together.

Mike Napoli – Maybe Crapoli gives away the pitches because he’s so dramatic with his hand movements.  You know those Italians.  When Napoli flicks his chin, it’s-a gonna be a fastball.  Either way, Napoli’s clearly the backup.  Lose him in all but the deepest leagues.  Even with a full-time job, it wasn’t like he was winning you your league.  What’s the difference between Napoli and Snyder with full-time at-bats?  5 homers?  Vernon Wells already has that many.

Brandon Wood – 1-for-3.  He got a hit and a walk in the same game?!  C’mon!  Seriously?  I’m really surprised Scioscia hasn’t benched Wood, but I guess this is Scioscia’s modus operandi.  Call up and send down prospects for three years until they don’t know if they’re coming or going, then when they’ve finally given up all hope, play them.  Watch closely when a prospect moves close to Scioscia.  They flinch.  Scioscia and prospects are like Michael Vick and dogs.  Scioscia is the biggest prospblock.  /rant

476 Responses

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    What’s the over/under on how many posters ask you if they should pick up Bannister and drop (insert underperforming pitcher here)?

    I say eight.

    You know there will be guys that go Sammy Jankis on Bannister’s last three seasons and pick him up in the coming days.

  2. AsdrubalBastardo says:
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    Seth Smith or Nick Johnson?

  3. AsdrubalBastardo says:
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    Nevermind, I went with my gut (and I am not talkin’ about Nick Johnson’s) and took Smith

  4. The Den says:
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    No love for Brett Anderson? I know he has faced SEA twice, but the guy has been close to perfect, no?

  5. Leo says:
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    A little unfair on Johnson. He came on with bases loaded and one out. Managed to get one out then a single to one of the best hitters in the game before being removed for matchup purposes.

    Not saying he’s going to be a good closer but this is not a fair evaluation.

  6. Gareth says:
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    Oh early season slumps, how I love thee.

    In a deep 14-teamer in the past 24 hours, have managed to trade Oswalt and Napoli for Verlander (the other dood was reeling from losing Montero) and scooped up Bruce and Soto from waivers from the 13th position. Yeah, so Soto sucks right now. He’s better than Napoli or Clement, who I dropped. Happy days.

  7. Ben C says:
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    In the short term Johnson and Smith are pretty equal, but Johnson has a big edge in the long run.

    I’m doing an experiment and asking my girlfriend to make decisions that I feel are toss ups. Me: “Should I start Slowey against the Red Sox tomorrow? And should Alfonso Soriano or Nyjer Morgan be in my line up tomorrow?” Her: “Yes, I would, and I’d go with Alf.” Ha, why isn’t he referred to as Alf? I’m sure today I’ll end up saying something along the lines of “Way to go **** Slowey gave up seven, Alf went ofer and Morgan stole two and scored three!” Always feels better to be able to blame someone else…

  8. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Gareth:
    I’m with you. Hunter Pence and Wandy just got dropped in a 12-team league. I got them both with lowest priority. :-)

  9. Gareth says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto: Wandy?! That’s just criminal. Nice!

  10. Eric says:
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    I’m in a couple of deep roto leagues (16 and 20 teams, respectively) where I drafted Montero and Napoli. In the 16-team league I DL’d Montero and picked up Pudge while he’s playing well, but that won’t last. I don’t think I can drop Napoli in a 20-team league but I need to do something, and I think I can stash him. Snyder and Clement are available in the 16-team league … which would you pick to replace Pudge? And in the 20-team league the WW is dry: John Buck? Navarro?

    Both teams also have Jimmy Rollins: I grabbed the hot hand with Alex Gonzales in the 16 teamer; other then him the pickings are slim. And in the 20-teamer, again, a dry wire: Cedeno? Brignac? C. Izturis? Punto?? Help!

    I gotta get out of these deep leagues. A nice, decent, 12-team league would with plenty of guys on waivers would be nice. I need to make some trades to get someone decent, don’t I?

    Last question: I heard from a friend out west that Arizona says it may play Montero at 1B at first when he’s back, but I can’t find that written anywhere. Have you heard that?

  11. DrEasy says:
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    Someone also dropped Abreu in my league. WTF? Am I missing something, or should I promptly drop Pierre to grab him?

  12. Gareth says:
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    @DrEasy: I would. Unless Pierre is, like, your only source of steals.

  13. Gareth says:
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    Dearest Razzballers – which side do you prefer? Zimmerman/Konerko or Beckham/Votto? I’m leaning column B.

  14. brett says:
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    @Gareth: Absolutely column B.

  15. Ben says:
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    To start or bench Slowey Vs Boston or Masterson vs Texas tonight?

    Both looked good first time out but tough match ups.

    Rios with a HR after a 3/4 game, Dude is mad I dropped him, but I’m telling myself it was still for the better. (free willi!)

    Matusz was just amazing until that last inning when he gave up a bunch of consecutive singles. I knew Johnson would hurt…how long would you hold onto him?

  16. Tony says:
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    NICE JIMMY LEGS LINE GREY! LOVE IT! man seinfeld just never gets old, might be the last great sitcom.

    @DrEasy: @Bring Back Pluto: wow what kind of leagues do you guys play in?

  17. Ben says:
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    @Ben C

    I have utilized the same strategy, and we share a name. my god…is it you!?

  18. Christopher says:
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    Lookin’ at the RRUs in our 12-team H2H FA pool (that’s Rollins Replacement Units), I see the following:
    Alexei Ramirez
    EvCab
    Barmes
    Hardy
    Al Escobar

    Thoughts on that list?

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Yahoo!’s Exploding Post-It Note ™ told me that Frasor’s velocity is down from 94-95 to 90-91. Only bad things are happening for Frasor and good things for Gregg. I think a switch is imminent, though Grey’s right: If the Jays keep winning close games (they won’t) Frasor will still get occasional saves. He’ll become Gregg and Gregg will become him.

    In a related story, I need Frasor to outright lose his job so I can dump his azz.

    @Gareth: I’m attempting the same thing — just grabbed Bruce from waivers by dropping Clement, who I hope to replace with Soto, also on waivers.

    @DrEasy: Yes.

    @Gareth: B.

    @Grey: Is it worth it to trade my Rauch for Krispie? This is kind of the ultimate buy-high, no?

  20. Ryan Beariot says:
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    general q – 8 team AL, just got offered cuddyer for my fuentes. the guy offering cuddyer has no closers, i have rauch and soria as well. waiting seems like the best plan here, right? when i have a very comfortable lead in saves, and can trade him later in the year for someone better than michael cuddyer?

  21. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Ryan Beariot:

    I don’t know if I’d trade for Cuddyer, per se, but I’d definitely lean towards dealing a slower sooner rather than later. Between now and your “comfortable lead in saves,” your closers may get injured or lose their jobs, your opponents may pick up newly-emerged closers and no longer want/need Fuentes, they may decide to punt saves, etc etc etc

  22. Mike says:
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    So I lost Rollins. Do I pick up Desmond, Peralta, Orlando Cabrera, or JJ Hardy?

  23. Tony says:
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    @Mike: LOST? is he on the DL yet?

  24. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto:

    I don’t know how I ended up writing “I’d definitely lean towards dealing a slower”, but slower should read ‘closer,’ obviously.

  25. mikeE says:
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    Trade question: Is giving up Mark Reynolds plus Adam Jones too much for ARod? Is it not enough? Would you do this deal?

  26. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey should i start latos at home vs the braves or kennedy at san diego?

  27. jj says:
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    Love the Scoscia rant.

    Can’t stand that guy, most overrated manager since Torre.

  28. polczek5 says:
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    grey, way to “get the funk up”. nice work, as always.

  29. Matt says:
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    Santana, Duchscherer, Marcum, Leake or Masterson?

  30. Sos says:
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    Drop Big Papi for Krispie, Willingham, or (gulp) Jose Guillen?

  31. Lines says:
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    I’m really tired of dudes who are hurt-but-not-so-hurt-as-to-warrant-a-trip-to-the-DL. Drives me nuts. CarGo, Jayson Werth, Reimold… my outfield could fill a M*A*S*H unit. Is there a Razzball term for this type of shenanigannery?

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I am also waiting for Frasor to get the axe so I can ditch him for… well, there’s really no one left, I just want to get rid of him.

  32. Ryan Beariot says:
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    @Bring Back Pluto – The label still fits for Fuentes, oh snap!

    and it’s not so much that I have a comfortable lead in saves so much as I have 3 closers and the guy I’m trading to has none. Soria is really good, but Rauch and Fuentes I am one million percent iffy about. That being said, Sagnof and all. Ride the wind while I can!

  33. @Grey: Mike Napoli comments are hysterical. Maybe the Napoli and Scioscia families have a feud going back to the old country! I give Scioscia the evil eye like a Sicilian ex’s mom used to give me.

    @DrEasy: Thanks. Glad you like the site! I have baseball OCD and herniated discs have me on the DL, so I need something to do to pass the time. Thanks to Grey and Josh Wilker for the inspiration. I bow in reverence to their writing prowess.

  34. Principal Blackman says:
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    Should I drop any of Ervin Santana, Harang or Cueto for Mat Latos?

  35. @Gareth: B no doubt.

    @Principal Blackman: Nice name. Strangers With Candy rules. I don’t know if I’d drop any of those guys for Latos… yet. If you put a gun to my head, I’d say Harang, because I think he’s toast. Of course I hate rookie pitchers and I’m Latos intolerant, so take it with a grain of salt.

  36. Well, I’ll take the blame for the Rollins injury. When I drafted him, one of my leaguemates said, “Wow.”

    The other evening after a particularly nice line from Rollins, I posted this in my smacktalk: “Who was that that said “Wow” when I drafted Rollins? Eat it.”

    Clearly I was guilty of tempting fate and I accept all responsibility for the DL trip. From now on, I’ll post nothing but movie quotes and text-speak haikus in my smacktalk.

    On that note, I need a MI to replace Rollins. Erick Aybar, Brignac, or Iwamura? (Seriously, those are pretty much my best options.) I’m guessing Aybar, if only because while he’s not going to put up much in HR’s or SB’s, he at least won’t kill my average and may toss in a few runs to boot.

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: similarly i posted here the other day about how stoked i was for rollins start after i seriously thought about trading him in the offseason in my keeper league, but decided to back off trade talks at the last minute.

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony: same leagues as back to minors apparently

  39. Bichette Happens says:
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    Who will have more saves at the end of the season?

    Capps or Frasor?

  40. Cain Fan says:
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    @Ben: I am going with Slowey today v. BOS. I think Target field is going to be a sick pitchers park and the Sox lineup isnt all that scary this yr (especially if Ellsbury is still out).

  41. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Bichette Happens: Right now, I’d say Capps. If the over under is 18 saves, I’d put Capps over and Frasor under.

    Honestly, my gut feeling is that Frasor loses his job to Gregg, and Gregg loses his job to flamethrower TBA sometime around June. Gregg is ownable if he’s getting saves, but he is not good. He’s lost the closing job in two straight teams before this one.

  42. Martin says:
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    just offered capps and fowler for krispie young. Good idea?

  43. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Cain Fan: Me too. I think Slowey is an every-time starter until he proves otherwise. Hopefully he doesn’t get off to a … slowey… start…. urggh.

    But I am heavily Morneau-vested, so rumors of Metco II: Electric Boogaloo make me cringe.

  44. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Martin: Yeah, I’d do that if I’m you.

  45. Principal Blackman says:
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    @3fingersbrown: Thanks. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time, in the non The Wire category.

    It’s funny. Harang is the guy who I trust the least, but, so far, he is outpitching both Santana and Cueto.

    I think the only way I’m really going to improve my SPs is through trade. I ended up spending too much on a number 1 starter I didn’t really even want in Wainwright (I’m just hoping he doesn’t break down before I trade him). I was trying to bid him up a bit and then I got stuck with him. Boo. My number 2 starter is Ubaldo, who I like a lot. But behind those two, my combo of Harang, Santana, Cueto scares the shit out of me.

  46. sean says:
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    Time to cut bait on Chris Perez yet? Methinks yes. I don’t need a 4/5th source for saves shitting on my ratios.

  47. Principal Blackman says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau:
    Those are all bleh options. How many teams is that league? I’d play the hottest bat right now. If Brignac gets more ABs he’ll be the for sure answer.

  48. GTS says:
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    Ever-Cab, Theriot, or Alex-Gon? I have a feeling I can just rotate hot player of the week from here on out.

  49. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i’m throwing slowey in multiple leagues today. the red sox lineup doesn’t scare me that much, in the “on my god if my SP is throwing against the red sox, i am benching them because i always fear a 3 IP 8 ER game is probable” kinda way. i’d go as far as to say only @nyy is the only time i even get concerned for my SPs even if they are throwing well. otherwise, i feel like i am trying to play it too cute.

  50. Bichette Happens says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I agee, Baron. Curiously, I have to ask, do you see Capps with more saves than Mike Gonzalez? Orioles spent a lot of money there so I would be surprised if they didn’t give him another chance…but he looks awful so far and so does Jim Johnson his backup.

    Also, regarding Slowey–I have him, Billings, CJ Wilson, and Randy Wells starting today but I can only start 3 out of the 4, I’m benching Wells, is that the right play?

  51. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Ianetta is killing me. Should I consider Olivo or wait it out? I’m inclined to wait but . . . . .

  52. Bichette Happens says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: In the same boat with Soto–here is to hoping Carlos Santana gets called up sooner than later.

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bichette Happens: yeah, lowest ceiling and matching up with the brew crew. i think out of those 4, slowey and wilson are your best starts. the dbacks have a good offense too, but bills is better and more talented than wells, so i trust him against a tough matchup more.

  54. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bichette Happens: imagine if soto was your C in 1 league and napoli was your C in 2 leagues. ugh.

  55. @Principal Blackman: I think I have an irrational distaste for Harang after having him in ’08 and trading Halladay, while thinking I was deep in pitching. I do think Dusty killed him in that crazy extra inning game that he appeared in. He hasn’t been the same since.

    Having those three holding down the back of your rotation will give you fits. I’d try to trade for a decent middle/back end starter who won’t kill ratios. Like my pet lefty Mark Buerhle or a Derek Lowe. Shit even a little Andy Pettite. Someone who won’t blow up your ratios on a regular basis. Everyone hates non-k pitchers, so they’ll probably come cheap.

    In my H2H league, it’s tough to make big trades so I usually end up trading for “spare part” guys like those. If you can get a stud or 2nd tier pitcher without losing your shirt, go get ‘em!

  56. @Principal Blackman: 12 team league with 2B, SS, and MI roster spots. There are potentially more interesting guys out there like Sean Rodriguez, but I need a starter, not an upside bench rider.

  57. @Everyone moaning about Napoli’s playing time: If you saw the Halo’s last year, there was no reason to think he’d be playing every day in ’10. I’d hang on to him in roto, since he’ll probably end up with 20 HR anyway. In H2H I might kick him to the curb if there’s someone better around… or let him hit a few dingers and then flip him (which I did last year after drafting him as Wieters insurance).

  58. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    Youse think that Clement will get a long leash as the starting 1b in Pittsburgh? And should I give him a long leash as my Montero fill-in?

  59. Bichette Happens says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I have 7 GS max and need to make up mind about my weekend starts–what set of SPs should I go with?

    SAT:
    Johan @Stl (Garcia)
    Nolasco @ Phi (Halladay)
    Dempster v Hou (Oswalt)

    or SUN:
    Kershaw v SF (Zito)
    Randy Wells v Hou (Wandy)

  60. Tony says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: HAHHAHA YES!

    @GTS: i went alex gon filling in for my Jroll

  61. Kazmere says:
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    What kind of SP do you think I could get for Quentin?
    Or for Q + a donkeycorn?

  62. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bichette Happens: i would think you gotta sit nolasco @ philly. normally i wouldn’t but with 2 hou matchups and a SF matchup all with at least fantasy capable SPs, i think you got to here.

    not sure how many you need to trot out there, but if i was picking 3 i’d probably go johan, dempster, kershaw. wells would probably be #4.

  63. Ian says:
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    Grey,
    My OF is struggling mightily in the RCL. Other than Lind, I have Quentin, McClouth, JD Drew and Pierre. Should I grab Seth Smith and give some bench to Drew or McClouth for the time being?

  64. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony: i wnet evercab. i figure alex gonz can’t keep going yard and i think evercab could have a hot streak in him. god, please hurry back jimmy!

  65. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey guys/Grey. Whats your thoughts on dropping Nyjer Morgan for Scott Podsednik? Need to get some steals and runs and Nyjer isn’t getting the job done.

  66. Eddy says:
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    Grey can you name a couple of NL and AL teams that one can use as good indicators as to whether a pitcher is for real or not?

    For example, we know that the Padres and Athletics are kiddie teams, but the Phillies and Yanks are too exaggerated.

  67. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey (and other’s thoughts appreciated as well!)

    Romero, Gio or Penny for the next couple weeks?

  68. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eddy: braves? reds? cubs? dodgers? twins? white sox? angels? i assume you mean just middle of the road lineups.

  69. Nathan says:
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    Why did I draft so many guys who don’t hit in April? Fielder, Werth, and Dunn have yet to hit a HR and Reyes has yet to steal a base.

    All I can say is “thank god for Ian Stewart and Rajai Davis”.

  70. Tom Emanski says:
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    Love the Kenny Mayne impression in the Romero blurb. By the way, Romero is the next Johan Santana. I said it.

  71. Exile in Dixie says:
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    I seem to own Jimmy Rollins every year. Whenever Jimmy Rollins underperforms / hurts himself, I suddenly resolve to punch Dane Cook if I ever see him in public. The resolve goes away when Jimmy gets it together. Am I normal?

  72. GopherDay says:
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    With a SS, MI, and IF slot in my 12 team league, there ain’t nothing but crap on waivers!! I suppose this means I go grab whoever is playing the best!! Oh wait Rollins isn’t on the DL yet….

  73. Built to Spilborghs says:
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    Would you rather own Snyder or Soto (ops league)?

  74. mrbaseball says:
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    José Guillén or Borbon or LaPorte Stubbs – which 3 would you keep for the season deep league – not a keeper

  75. Joe Cooper says:
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    Best DL stashee from the following:
    E. Bedard
    B. Webb
    J. Blanton

    Order would be nice, standard roto league.

  76. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Bichette Happens: Gonzalez is a tough call. My guess is he comes back, gets it together, and gets 20+ saves.

    What is this based on? The Os aren’t paying him $12 million as a set-up man. Also, they have no, as in zero, other attractive options. (Jim Johnson is not a major-league closer. This has been proven previously.)

    So unless Gonzales is hurt and misses significant time, I think he works his way back into the closer role in Baltimore. If the over/under is 20, I’m taking the over, slightly.

  77. mrbaseball says:
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    kind of tough for me to get going here – my dog just died last week and he always hung out with me watching all the baseball games and during the drafts – he was just 7 – in fact he told me not to pick Jimmy Rollins – Grey all I can say Razzball is better than ever :)

  78. HalLeeDay34 says:
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    I’m also in the Geo Soto frustration club here. I’m in a 12 team H2H where we are allowed to keep 4 each year depending on where you drafted/pick them up. No one has Carlos Santana yet. I have Felix, Cano and Kershaw relatively cheap and most likely will keep all 3 again. I guess my question is whether Santana makes a big enough impact this year to add him and stash. What kind of timetable is everyone expecting for him to come up. Am I over valuing a guy who’s hype isn’t on the same level as Weiters or Posey but seems to be raking in the minors. Is Miguel Olivo a better option? Sit tight with Soto?

  79. papasmurf says:
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    Maybe Napoli should get some tips from Seth Smith. I could have taken Posada but I took Napoli thinking I’ll take the younger guy. This from a guy who took Doumit last year. I sure know how to pick’em.

    Shoulda done my homework before the draft. Woulda found out Scioscia is allergic to homeruns from catchers. Everytime he hits one out, Napoli is showing up the skip cuz the skip used to be a big catcher who hit like a 150 pound backup IF.

  80. joey joe joe jr shabadoo says:
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    pick-up, sit, drop:

    alex gonzalez
    reid brignac
    ian desmond

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @papasmurf: you and me both (both napoli and doumit)

  82. Lob Ball says:
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    I am in full panic mode. I won’t say who I’m dropping because it’s as embarrassing as wetting my pants. But as a pick-up would you take Marcum or Matusz?

  83. Dingo says:
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    @Ben: Call me crazy, but I’m starting both tonight. One thing to keep in mind is that Masterson does have a pretty extreme platoon split (discussed here: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/justin-mastersons-value), due in part to his pseudo-sidearm delivery. The lineup he dominated in Chicago last week was pretty righty-heavy, but the good news is that most of Texas will also throw a mostly right-handed lineup against him. Vlad, Cruz, Young, and Andrus are all righties, with only Borbon, Hamilton, and Davis hitting from the left side.

  84. Marqo says:
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    #77 Cooper:
    Webb
    Bedard

    ..
    .
    Blanton

  85. GopherDay says:
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    I was in the same boat as all of you Napoli owners, but out of the blue I got an offer of McCann for Mini Mini Donkey and Roy O….I love me some Mini Donkey, but I’ll take me some McCann.

    Though in retrospect, his multi-position elig. would be really handy right now with Zimm hurting.

  86. GopherDay says:
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    @Lob Ball: Who would you be dropping that is that embarrassing?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Den: Didn’t have much to say, a good pitcher, who’s 100% owned, pitching well.

    @Gareth: Nice!

    @Ben C: Ha!

    @Eric: Clement… Buck…Brignac… Haven’t heard anything about that.

    @Ben: Slowey starts… Hold Johnson for now.

    @Christopher: Alexei

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Rauch – SAGNOF; Krispie — the sky, baby!

    @mikeE: Too much.

    @mikey boy324: Latos

    @jj: Thanks!

    @polczek5: Thanks!

    @Matt: Duchscherer

    @Sos: Krispie has most upside.

    @Lines: No, but there should be.

    @3fingersbrown: Ha

    @Mark Geoffriau: Aybar’s okay.

    @sean: I wouldn’t.

    @GTS: Go with Gonzalez if you want to rotate a hot player in.

    @Mr. Rickey: Olivo’s not going to solve anything. They’re sharing time.

    @Johnnie LeMaster: Start him for now.

    @Kazmere: Maybe Lester

    @Ian: Smith over Drew

    @Mr2Bits: Eh

    @Eddy: Poon sang the answers.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Romero

    @Tom Emanski: Thanks!

    @Exile in Dixie: Yes

    @mrbaseball: Borbon

    @Built to Spilborghs: Soto

    @Joe Cooper: That order.

    @mrbaseball: Thanks!

    @HalLeeDay34: Sit tight

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @joey joe joe jr shabadoo: Pickup, sit, pickup, in that order.

    @Lob Ball: Matusz

    @GopherDay: I’d do it.

  88. Gio OhFace says:
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    who do you like out of: Feldman, Blanton, Harang, CZ, Pineiro, Pavano, Romero, Bailey, Masterson. 6×6 keeper, everyone is sitting on bullpen and ignoring starters. my SPs are Verlander, Lester, Buerhle, and i’m streaming GioG today. who would you reco grabbing if he goes out and walks 10? or if Gee-oh-Gee gives good oh-face, would you drop a BLeague or McClellan for any of those SP (or two) at this point? thanks

  89. GopherDay says:
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    Grey,

    With Rollins going to the DL (Eventually), I can move Desmond over to my SS slot, and putting Kelly Johnson in my MI slot, leaving the IF slot open.

    How would you rank the following players for the short term?

    Hardy
    Huff
    Gaby Sanchez
    Scott Sizemore
    Kotchman

  90. Gio OhFace says:
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    oh yah, 14-team league.

  91. Denys says:
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    I’m just mad there’s no big name underperforming. Past two season’s I’ve been able to work out a trade for at least Teixiera, but I think everyone’s caught on @ this point.

    I’m hunting Nolasco in one of my leagues… Happy hunting kids.

    Quick question: Ryan Perry better value than Betancourt (COL) or Saito (ATL)? And which one to drop to grab him for higher hold count? At this point I’m sitting pat, both have been good on strikeouts – added bonus. But wanna get some feedback.

  92. Mr. Rickey says:
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    NL Only 12 Team 4X4 – I have Parra in a Util spot. Would it be better to plug in Olivo to complement Ianetta, who I have at C? I thought Parra might do something esp if Krispie failed again but now that he’s looking good, not so sure.

  93. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy everyone. Just wondering if anyone’s heard any new news on Montero’s knee. Barring any more bad news, is he stashable, or should he be dropped? I’ve got Soto now, and available FA’s are Napoli, Olivo, AJ Pierz, Ham from “the Sandlot”, etc..

  94. Lava says:
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    Looks like Fuentes is going to the DL. Rodney is the add.

    Trying to decide if I should lose Cueto, Masterson, or Wilson for him…

  95. Denys says:
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    Also – Godzilla Back In New York (I know! They SHOULD make a crappy sequel! P Diddy and Jimmy Page!?! WTF!)

    …where was I? Oh right, can’t wait to see the reaction of Yankee fans in about 1.5 hrs.

  96. William says:
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    SAGNOF! Fuentes on 15 day DL. Who is the hot pickup?

  97. Denys says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: Depending on depth of your league. 10 teams, lose him. 12… I dunno, who’s available to peplace? 14, MAYBE hold.

    Reports are saying anywhere from 4-8 weeks. But this is a catcher, knees are value. I’d be surprised if we see him before the All-Star Break. (after rehab and all that is through with).

    If you have a spot, hold onto him, why not – it’s not gonna cost you anything. If you got something more valuable to place there – ex. Chris Young (like Grey mentioned) then I’d rather go with that.

  98. Tony says:
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    i need a good outting today dirty sanchez, thanks in advance

  99. preptime says:
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    In a 12 team 5-man keeper league and I was a Napoli owner and now a Clement owner. Best C on waiver is Pierzynski. Should I just drop Clement for Santana and punt the C spot until he gets called up?

  100. Denys says:
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    @GopherDay: I know everyone wants Grey to answer, ha ha. But I only like Hardy out of that whole list.

  101. mrbaseball says:
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    I heard the Angles might be signing Todd Jones to close for them if they can talk him out of retirement Rodney’s Mentor

  102. So sad when you race to the “Players” page, breathlessly type in “Ronde” (dammit) “Rodd” (AARGHHGH) “Rodney”…..and find that he’s already owned.

  103. cnote says:
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    Who’s the better pickup…Ian Kennedy or Fernando Rodney?

  104. GopherDay says:
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    @Denys: Yeah, thats where I’m leaning. He’s on waivers, so I’ll try and pick him up tomorrow if Yahoo ever edits their freakin DLs!!!

  105. GopherDay says:
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    @cnote: If you need saves, add Rodney, if you need SPs add Kennedy.

  106. mrbaseball says:
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    Austin Jackson is out of the lineup against the Royals on Wednesday.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) is out of Wednesday’s lineup against the Twins.
    Howie Kendrick is out of the lineup against the Yankees on Wednesday
    Derrek Lee (thumb) will not be in Wednesday’s lineup against the Brewers.
    Matt Wieters is out of the lineup against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon.

  107. GopherDay says:
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    @mrbaseball: Mr Baseball has spoken!! Thank you! Don’t own any of those players, so I guess thats a good thing.

  108. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey:

    Noooo! Got beat out on Romero.

    So now I need Penny, Gio, or Duchsherer for the next couple of weeks….

    …and need to drop either Nyjer Morgan or Juan Pierre. I’m thinking Pierre.

  109. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Looking to fill a hole in my CI. Which player do you see having a better season…….Chris Davis or Matt Laporta?

  110. Tom Emanski says:
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    I am not actively rooting for Krispie to break his legs after I stupidly traded him away for nothing. I hate fantasy baseball.

  111. Tom Emanski says:
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    I am now*

  112. nick m. says:
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    i can’t grab gregg to back up frasor because i currently own frasor, nunez, cordero, and qualls (with lidge on the DL). given the lidge should be back in a couple weeks and i’ll have to activate him, should i just forego the frasor/gregg mess and pick up a romero, duchsherer, or pavano while dropping frasor?

  113. Joe says:
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    I’ve been offered a trade. Someone is jumping ship on Verlander.

    He’s giving up: Verlander and Markakis
    I’d give up: Jimenez and Correia

  114. Short the stop says:
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    I’ve got Rollins with Miguel Tejada on the bench. Alex Gonzalez is a FA. Should I grab Gonzalez while he’s hot? I’m also considering sitting with Tejada at SS for the time being and possibly grabbing Podsednik to help with SBs while Rollins is out. Thoughts?

  115. GopherDay says:
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    @Joe: Verlander > Jiminez and Markakis >>>>>>>> Correia!!! Take the deal before the dude cancels!!

  116. @Joe: I’m assuming you clicked “Accept” before you came here to crow about it? If not, accept it right now.

  117. GopherDay says:
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    @Tom Emanski: I traded for Krispie in the pre-season!!

  118. cnote says:
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    Gopher Day, while I appreciate the feedback, you really didn’t give me much of anything in your response. What I really mean to say is, thanks for nothing. I’m a deep 14 team league, so I need everything- saves, SP’s, offense.
    Maybe my question should have been worded better, so here’s another try…Assuming my team has many needs, who was more long term value, Kennedy or Rodney?

    Joe, pull the trigger on that deal NOW!

  119. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Gio OhFace: I’d grab Romero. I’d lose B. League.

    @GopherDay: Hardy, Sanchez, Sizemore…

    @Denys: Hold tight.

    @Mr. Rickey: Don’t own two catchers.

    @Lava: Masterson

    @William: Rodney, thanks for the heads up!

    @Tony: Ha!

    @preptime: Hold Clement.

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha!

    @cnote: Rodney

    @mrbaseball: Thanks for the headses up!

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Duchsherer

    @Rick Dempsey: Davis

    @Tom Emanski: Hehe

    @nick m.: Don’t drop a closer.

    @Short the stop: Yup and sure.

  120. sean says:
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    Just read that CJ Wilson is going to miss his start today. Colby Lewis to take his place.

  121. Lava says:
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    @sean: Well damn. I was excited to see how his second start compared to his first. I’m sure everyone has these fliers and is just waiting to see what they need to do with them. Patience, I keep telling myself, patience!

    Dropping Masterson, I guess I only have one start today (Slowey) instead of three! Actually, I’m kind of relieved. Hopefully Masterson doesn’t pitch a gem and get picked up!

  122. peter says:
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    @sean: Yup, just saw that: food poisoning. I bet if you checked Colby Lewis’ phone you’d find texts from Seth Smith.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Thanks for the heads up!

  124. Eddy says:
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    @everyone

    Mike Gonzalez is going to see team doctor…

  125. krum says:
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    Thoughts on this trade

    give: manny
    receive: bruce/borbon

  126. Commish Cauda says:
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    ***16-team, H2H-POINTS League***

    Dropped Napoli for Olivo. Also need SP help.

    Trade Cano for McCann and Zito?

  127. Tony says:
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    @krum: could pan out HUGE for you, and i dont think its that risky, id take it.

  128. artie says:
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    @krum:
    I like the upside of Bruce/Borbon for sure. Frustrating to own now, but huge upside.

  129. timSTi says:
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    @sean: Good looks on CJ. I had to put him in a RP spot cause he isn’t SP eligible yet so was starting him over an RP. Thanks!

  130. artie says:
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    SRod batting leadoff today.
    Please start hitting.
    Please.

  131. Principal Blackman says:
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    Dear Razzballs,

    If you had to sit one of Bj Upton (v Bergesen), K Johnson (v C-Bills), Hamilton (v Masterson) or Span (v Lackey) who would you sit? I’m leaning towards resting BJ, but I’m not so sure about Denard dawg, today, either.

  132. SpecialK says:
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    who is a better option going forward for saves. Rodney or Jim Johnson?
    with Fuentes on the DL Rodney is for sure to close now. is Johnson really going to close or does Gonzalez make a good return?
    ive allready dropped Johnson for Rodney, but i think im regretting it now. maybe Fuentes returns to be fine the rest of the season? maybe Gonzalez doesnt get it together and Johnson becomes the 2010 version of Aardsma?

  133. Ben says:
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    I didn’t think M Gonz was healthy from the get go. His velocity was down in ST, suddenly it was up when the season started but it looked like he was overthrowing and wild as a result. For those who haven’t seen him pitch, it looks like he is at the rodeo and afraid to throw, ultimately losing his balance and falling over. Keep an eye on Cla Meredith, since Johnson seems to be having issues too.

    Sadly, I already jumped ship on Johnson and got Gregg. I know he’s failed on two teams before as closer, but there seem to be certain relievers that just click certain years…taking a flier on that for now.

    Anyone know if Zimmerman is due to start tonight or still wailin from his ailin?

  134. Eddy says:
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    @Principal Blackman:
    I’d sit Span. The Rays are on a role right now and Upton always seems to be in the middle of it

  135. Mr2Bits says:
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    Anyone know if Lee is going to be in the Cubbies lineup today?Worried about that thumb

  136. Matt B says:
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    Rodney or Mike Gonzalez in weekly h2h?

  137. William says:
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    @Grey: What do I do with Mike Gonzalez?

  138. Mr2Bits says:
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    @William:

    flush him down the toilet

  139. Commish Cauda says:
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    ***16-team H2H-POINTS League***

    (Revised from above):

    Cano (or Zimmerman) FOR McCann & Zito

    OR

    Cano (or Zimmerman) FOR Haren

    I’m really hurting for a SP or C

    In either case, Beckham would move from DH to replace Cano/Zimmerman. And Blanks would move into my line-up everyday.

  140. artie says:
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    @Matt B:
    Rodney

  141. timSTi says:
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    @Matt B: Rodney for now. He’s on the better team and put up OK numbers for Detroit last year.

  142. Principal Blackman says:
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    Is Corey Hart back? Enquiring minds want to know!

  143. William says:
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    @Mr2Bits: I feel like it’d be premature to drop him, but that’s what I am leaning towards and turn his roster spot into a streaming SP spot.

    My current closers are: Mike Gonzalez, David Aardsma, Heath Bell, and Franklin Morales

  144. Eddy says:
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    With all the frantic “who should I pickup/drop” questions I’m surprised that I haven’t heard anyone speak about Cantu. I love having him in my RCL but I’m curious as to what you guys think of him.

    My take is that he hits 25 HR and gets 100 RBI because his wrist wasn’t injured for the majority of the season like last year

  145. Mr2Bits says:
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    Answered my own question : Cubs 1B Derrek Lee (thumb) was not in the starting lineup posted by the Cubs for Wednesday’s afternoon game against Milwaukee. Lee left Monday’s game against Milwaukee due to inflammation in his right thumb. Xavier Nady replaced him in Tuesday’s game and in Wednesday’s starting lineup at first base. Manager Lou Piniella expects him to play Thursday.

  146. Kevin’s starting Slowey. Luckily Big Sloppy is about to strike out.

  147. krum says:
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    @Grey thoughts on a manny for bruce/borbon swap? Thanks!

  148. @Elijah:

    Wow, how did I see that coming?

  149. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    jesus, cj wilson is out v. cle today for food poisoning. i started him in a weekly lineup this week for that matchup specifically, and now may be stuck throwing him @nyy later this week.

  150. Tony says:
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    mags DONG, loving that waiver wire snag rightnow….

  151. Target Field’s gonna be windy, that’s clear.

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Eh, Young made a terrible play that led to this mess.

    @krum: Same as others.

  153. keith says:
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    My current closers(12 team roto): gonzalez, dotel, morales, rodney(heh).
    Is all hope lost?

  154. GTS says:
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    @Grey: I know… Delmon’s defense was terrible.

  155. @Grey:

    OK, missed that part. I’ll take the RBI for Pedroia tho, sure am glad I took him over Roberts for RCL.

  156. Dingo says:
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    Man, I can handle Vazquez and Slowey pitching poorly, but what I don’t understand is why they can’t seem to find the strike zone. They’re both throwing about 50% strikes, and these guys are known for hitting the strike zone regularly!

  157. tHe ShiT says:
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    FYI 2 all: CBS says Zimmerman not coming back today…

  158. Am I crazy for thinking Span can get 30 SB’s this year?

  159. Tom Emanski says:
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    @artie: Seconded.

  160. We need a name for when your pitcher gets hit but manages to retire the hitters you own. For example, I own Slowey, V-Mart, and Beltre.

  161. Cain Fan says:
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    31 pitches in the 1st for slowey, sweet. I am just hoping he gets to the 5th for a chance to grab a W.

  162. tHe ShiT says:
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    Grey: Drop Rajai for Denardo Spano or “Not Shooting Kyle Blanks anymore”?

  163. Tom Emanski says:
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    Sean-Rod with the first pitch flyout. USE-LESS!

  164. mc serch says:
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    @mrbaseball: sorry to hear about your dog…thats tough

  165. @tHe ShiT:

    Rajai’s on a roll, why drop him now?

  166. tHe ShiT says:
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    @ Elijah

    Don’t like the lineup behind him. Span has mashers behind him, but I know Rajai’s got more speed…

  167. Principal Blackman says:
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    Slowey better turn it around. I started him on 3 teams today!

  168. BERTinHOF says:
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    Hey Grey–

    Why isn’t more attention given towards a starter’s previous game pitch count? It’s one of those contributing factors towards deciding to start or sit an SP.

  169. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Simply an opinion question. H 2 H weekly. I got Juan Pierre, Jose Reyes, B. Phills, Car Go, Ras and Fragu and J. Lopez (Sea).

    I am good on steals right? I kind of want to ditch Pierre. Could ditch Ian Kennedy I guess. Thoughts?

  170. Matt says:
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    You and Tim Dierkes are opposite on so many guys right now. I’m saving this post of his to see how many of his Grey-disapproved “buy low” candidates pan out. Who sells low anyway? You should put out a counter buy low article.

    http://www.rotoauthority.com/2010/04/buy-low-candidates.html

  171. @Tom Emanski: That’s pretty good. We already have Ticker Tease though.

    I was thinking something that specifically identified the perverse nature of your players conspiring to give you the worst possible outcome. Maybe a Cold War reference:

    M.A.D. — Mutually Assured Dreadfulness

  172. Slowman’s got 2 walks already. Is he getting squeezed or is he really struggling that much?

  173. AubreyHuffingGlue says:
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    I just got offered the following trade: Robot Jones for Brandon Webb.
    I have Mark Reynolds at first base, Beltre at 3d, C Davis as CI, and the following OF/U: Braun, Bay, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones, Todd Helton. It’s a 5×5 roto league with 2 DL spots, but no bench. Should I do the deal? and if I do, who should I drop to make room for Jones?

  174. Dingo says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: According to Gameday (for what it’s worth), two of the four balls he threw to Youk in the first inning were in the zone.

  175. And David Price starts the day with a walk.

    Wednesday’s are stupid. Why I did I start any of these punks?

  176. sean says:
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    Pena’s on one of those streaks!

  177. Tom Emanski says:
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    Did Nick Markakis peak at age 24? Any why am I always tempted to spell his first name as Nik?

  178. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AubreyHuffingGlue: pretty much has to be either davis or helton. probably davis. with braun and reynolds you have 2 35+ HR guys. helton will help balance out reynolds avg.

  179. Dingo says:
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    Did Papi just get caught trying to steal 2nd? For real?

  180. GSS says:
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    Everybody celebrate! Lidge was able to retire Single A hitters without giving up any runs: 1 INN, 1 BB, CS, 2 K

    In more serious news, Rollins has a “between a Grade 2 and 1 calf tear” and may be out at least a month.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies/

  181. Principal Blackman says:
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    KEVIN SLOWEY, YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THE JONATHAN SANCHEZ OF MY TEAM, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE ANTI-SANCHEZ OF MY TEAM!

  182. “D. Ortiz caught stealing, catcher to second ”

    What the hell?

  183. sean says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: had to be a busted hit and run or a missed sign

  184. Chicago Mike says:
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    @Grey

    Is it time to give up on Napoli already in a 12 Team League? Would you jump on the Miguel Olivo bandwagon?

  185. mauledbypandas says:
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    this rain is not good. I can just see Slowey getting pulled after an hour + rain delay and ending up with his current WHIP destroying line. This year has not started well. All my control guys are taking lessons from Kershaw on how to pitch.

  186. Wow, Neyer says:

    “Say what you want about Big Papi, but he’s faster than he looks, almost pulled off a straight steal of 2B just now.”

    I thought for sure Beltre must have missed a sign or something.

  187. @mauledbypandas:

    Yeah my entire rotation seems unable to pitch more than 5 innings.

  188. Dingo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Amen again. Right now my K/BB stats for my SPs are:

    Lester: 1.50
    Beckett: 1.25
    Vazquez: 1.40
    Oswalt: 2.75
    Slowey: 1.20

    Not exactly the start to the season I was expecting.

  189. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Everyone:

    Do not know if it makes you feel better about Slowman. But, it is pouring there. Sox do force the count.

  190. This would be a lovely time for Morneau to hit a HR.

  191. Chicago Mike says:
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    @Elijah

    I guess you can’t call it a bandwagon but he is getting some attention in Yahoo leagues 32% owned. However, I think Grey would side with Chris Iannetta.

  192. @PaddyTwoTimes:

    It wasnt raining before, now Lackey maybe could blame this on the rain, he was cruising until it started.

  193. Tony says:
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    @bkk: go delmon

    @eltoo: HAHA, god ihope he puts it all together…. and cargo is not hurt too bad, and pence stops slumping, and prince hits for some power soon, and and and and….

  194. The ball carries out there in Center…

  195. GTS says:
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    Span was saying on his twitter page that he thinks Target Field will be a hitters park because of the wind.

  196. Grey

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    @GSS: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Mark Geoffriau: Looked like a straight steal and he was close to making it. But I don’t think getting thrown out on a steal is justification for being called fast like Neyer did.

    @Chicago Mike: Olivo’s not an every day starter either. You’re going to be pulling your hair out with him too.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Yup

  197. Mike says:
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    Start Latos against ATL?

  198. keith says:
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    Seth Smith or D. Young?

  199. Better. It took Slowey 67 pitches to get through the first 3 innings, but the 4th inning only took 11 pitches to get a flyout and 2 K’s, bringing him to 78 pitches. Still hope he can make it through 5 or 6 and get the W.

  200. Cain Fan says:
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    @Eddy: Good Call, Upton with a Bomb.

    Look at Slowey getting more Ks than IP, weird.

  201. Principal Blackman says:
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    @Dingo: In one of my H2H leagues between Nolasco, Hamels, Kennedy and now Slowey, my rates are simply excruciating:

    7.43 era
    1.7 k/bb
    6.65 k/9
    .365 obpa
    10.7 h/9
    3.91 bb/9

    ugh

  202. brad says:
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    not sure if it’s been posted, mike gonzalez officially to dl

  203. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Yup

    @keith: Smith while he’s starting.

    @brad: Thanks for the heads up!

  204. Slowey picking up steam.

  205. Tom Reale says:
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    Slowey looks like he’s settling down after walking Big Sloppy on 4 straight pitches. WTF?

  206. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    I’m guessing Jim Johnson is still the pick up?
    @Cain Fan:
    No problem, Upton is on a tear right now, and I’m pretty sure you prefer that over Span’s lonely run scored.

  207. Wow, HR #4 for Sparky.

  208. Lava says:
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    I’m leaning on Slowey and Baker in a lot of leagues too. Slowey to lower the WHIP, and Baker for the rest.

    On one of the teams I also have Span and Morneau, and Span in every other league. Leaning on the Twins pretty heavily this year, for good or ill!

    (Hopefully good!)

  209. @Lava:

    Yeah Im leaning real heavy myself.

  210. Cain Fan says:
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    @Elijah: Why did you have to jinx him.

  211. Tom Reale says:
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    @Elijah: nuh uh..you did!

  212. In consideration of Chris Perez not exactly seizing the Cleveland closer opportunity, a pending Wood return, and the agida that he induces, might Rodney be a better option?

  213. Tom Reale says:
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    @Tom Reale: check the time stamp

  214. Eddy says:
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    I think we have to have a rule where when a pitcher is doing good, we CAN’T mention it. Idk how many times we’ve screwed pitchers over like that. Razzball pressure is too much for them to handle

  215. @Eddy:

    Don’t believe in jinxes.

  216. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: yep my buddy texts me about him throwing romero and a no no so far…… he ended that 10 secs later haha

    JINX

  217. mauledbypandas says:
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    I will say this for Slowey. He is really getting squeezed on some of these calls. It must suck to be battling the ump and the rain. That being said, I can’t abide my control pitcher giving up 4 walks in 5 innings.

  218. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:
    Seriously!
    @Elijah:
    Maybe not, but EVERYTIME we mention someone here, it happens. Remember Marcum’s no-no opening day then someone massively jinxed that? Kershaw was jinxed yesterday, Slowey today, it’s a mess!

  219. @Eddy:

    Its all your imagination.

  220. Tom Reale says:
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    Believe in this…if Slowey keeps walking people…we are all in trouble…he’s so good cuz he doesn’t walk…I might cut him some slack since he’s pitching in the rain…but I can’t let walking His Sloppiness on 4 straight…newsflash “He is struggling big time Slowey, throw him a strike so he can pop-up!”

  221. Cain Fan says:
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    Why couldnt the rain have come about 20 mins sooner? Oh well, glad its only April.

  222. GTS says:
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    Soto lined out but made good contact… I’m still in the Ron Popeil bandwagon. I don’t really have many other options though.

  223. GTS says:
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    @Tom Reale: The strike zone seems funny today. He throws on the left outside lower corner all day and hasn’t been getting the call.

  224. mauledbypandas says:
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    Kershaw, Lester, Hamels, Slowey, Billingsley, E.Santana, Rowland-Smith yeah.. i’ve got about a 1.6 WHIP.

    Damn you April, I will get my revenge!

  225. Rico says:
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    Pence for AlfSore (Soriano) + Slowey

    Which side? I’m on the Slowey side, my pitching is pretty bad with Kershaw/Ervin/Burnett as my aces in a 9 team league. That said, guys like Chapman, Colby Lewis, Romero, Bedard, Penny are on FA.

  226. Cain Fan says:
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    Grey you can check how influential you are by looking at the yahoo player tracker tomorrow. See how many people picked up Perry and then proceeded to drop him after today’s showing.

  227. Tom Reale says:
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    @mauledbypandas: Kershaw, Bills, Santana…WHIPs not coming down any time soon.

  228. Tom Reale says:
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    @GTS: True. But he didn’t look good today either.

  229. Eddy says:
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    Whether jinxes are in my head or not, I swear, if Filthy Sanchez starts off good today, it’s mentioned, and he proceeds to walk 6 guys right after in my 7.09 ERA/1.88 WHIP H2H matchup, some serious shizz is gonna go down.

  230. Tom Emanski says:
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    Guy is offering me Correia for either Hardy or McGehee . Which one should I take? OBP/SLG league. Grey has Hardy ranked about 30 spots higher in the top 300 rankings.

  231. Tom Emanski says:
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    Sorry, I’m giving up Correia and getting either Hardy or McGehee

  232. Dingo says:
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    @mauledbypandas: You’re making it more difficult than it needs to be. Just hit the little arrow next to the timestamp.

  233. sean says:
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    Jose Guillen does it again!

  234. @Eddy:

    You might wanna hide all the sharp objects in the house.

  235. Eddy says:
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    Ok, WTF is up with Magglio and Guillen?

  236. @Eddy:

    And just because they are only in your head don’t mean they aren’t real, I just said I don’t believe in em.

  237. OOOOH.

    Yahoo finally DL’ed Rollins. Go grab your replacements, everyone!

  238. Tom Reale says:
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    @mauledbypandas: Of course they will come down from there. I was just saying they are not good WHIP guys IMO.

  239. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Tom Reale: yeah, I got Hamels/Slowey/Lester to balance my ratios. When even a guy like Slowey cant throw strikes.. well this is what is sounds like.. when doves cry.

  240. Bob says:
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    I went into the season with Beckham, Chris Davis, and Kelly Johnson. I was planning to drop Johnson until Beckham got 2B availability, but now that he does, I’m thinking I might be better off with Johnson/Beckham than Beckham/Davis. I could really use the roster spot for other needs during the year, but am I acting prematurely to drop Chris Davis? On a well-balanced hitting team that can use another starting pitcher, will he outperform Kelly Johnson enough take up a place on my short bench?

  241. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob: I’d like to give Davis two more weeks. If he breaks out, you’ll be happy you held him for two weeks.

  242. Principal Blackman says:
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    Trade R Soriano for David Price? My other closer is Aardsma and my sorta closer is Chris Perez.

  243. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Grey: I’m not sure the gap is that big between them. McGehee will get a lot more RBI opps. Are you worried about him losing ABs?

  244. 109 pitches for David Price….he better not come back out for the 8th. Please, PLEASE don’t let him come back out for the 8th.

  245. Grimlock says:
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    So is Gonzales really hurt, or is he the first guy on the disgraceful list?

  246. William says:
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    @Grey: Drop Mike Gonzalez in favor of a waiver wire fodder SP and turn it into the streaming position? I play in H2H ROTO

  247. uncdrew says:
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    My nose is full of crunchy stuff.

    Cla Meredith for 30 saves this year. You heard it here first, and hopeful you brushed it aside as wrong here first too. But it’s my dream.

  248. fredaycouples says:
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    SOTO!

  249. GTS says:
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    Soto HR… Grey get ready for a million “drop Clement for Soto” questions.

  250. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Grimlock: Yup, was just writing how he’s the first Disgraceful guy this year.

    @William: If you can afford to lose him and can’t DL him. I’d prefer to stash, but H2H is tough, especially if it’s a Holds league.

    @uncdrew: Ha!

  251. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: About time!

  252. William says:
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    @Grey: Mike G is snuggling my DL spot right now. I actually had Kazmir there but I’ll roll him off and throw him out there against the Yankees. My pitching can’t be any worse.

    Here’s another question: What’s the deal with the WandyWagon. Seems the wheels are square and not round with him.

  253. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    So i guess Piniero has the WTF start of the day. 7 IP, 5 H, and 7 MF K’s. I mean, did that really happen??? In Yankee Stadium??? He must have switched arms with Ervin Santana or something.

  254. Lava says:
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    Span with three walks, which is at least some sort of good sign out of that super fun Slowey outing. Would have been nice if he had tried to steal, though.

  255. GTS says:
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    Start Nolasco @ PHI this week?

  256. @Lava:

    He was going to at one juncture but Hudson got behind 1-2 quickly and wasnt much of a chance to.

  257. Eddy says:
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    @Cain Fan:
    You must be REAL glad you played BJ.

  258. jesse says:
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    Greysie –

    I’m in a points (read: not roto) league where HR=4, 3B=3, 2B=2, 1B=1, RsBI/R/SB=2, BB/HBP=1. I just got offered Adam LaRoche for Julio Borbon, and I’m playing Borbon in my UT spot right now. Should I go for it and plan on LaRoche having a solid season in the desert?

  259. Eddy says:
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    @jesse:
    Out of curiosity, I’m thinking of spinning off a trade for J-Roll and buy low.

    Is giving up Stephen Drew and Bruce for J-Roll way to biased, equal, or what?

  260. sean says:
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    Dirty Sanchez is 25 pitches through 2 scoreless with a pair of Ks

  261. sean says:
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    Are my eyes deceiving me? An in the park HR for AUBREY HUFF? The Panda could beat him a race backwards.

  262. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:
    Sorry, didn’t mean to direct the comment at you, I won’t take it personal if you don’t answer lol.

  263. @Eddy:

    You are taking yourself personally? Hmmm, Im sure that means something…

  264. Eddy says:
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    @Elijah:
    You got my head spinning right now.

    But what regardless, what say YOU? Drew and Bruce for J-Roll. Am I ripping him off too much or no?

  265. sean says:
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    What a mensch! Eli Whiteside with a three-run bomb in support of Sucio.

  266. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Is getting J-Roll for Bruce and S.Drew too lopsided in my favor? Or can I pass that off and make it seem reasonable?

  267. @Eddy:

    I say no…we don’t know how long J-Roll will be out of if he can steal when he comes back. He might be out 2 months AND not be able to run when he does get back.

  268. Now that Sanchez hit a single hes gonna get cold standing out there and totally unravel. (Does that count as an Anti-Jinx?)

  269. Eddy says:
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    @Elijah:
    True. The upside is that I can support the loss of Bruce. I have Quentin, Grandy, Werth, and Adam Jones. And idk, I’m willing to risk losing Drew who’s been very sporadic over for J-Roll

  270. Dumbmutt says:
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    Who is the best for Holds

    Brendan Donnelly
    Matt Daley
    Brian Duensing
    Chris Narveson
    Will Ohman
    Joe Smith
    Brian Bruney
    John Parrish
    Dennys Reyes
    Dan Wheeler
    Darren Oliver
    John Grabow
    Arthur Rhodes
    Ramon Troncoso

  271. @Eddy:

    My gut says we dont see J-Roll healthy til June. It could just be too much Tobasco, use your own judgement.

  272. Lava says:
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    Guillen worth owning over Snider or Reimold, or should we still wait on them? How about Sean Rodriguez?

  273. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Mr Grey….

    I humbly ask what you think of this trade:

    Elvis Andrus and Brian Fuentes FOR

    Garret Jones and Chris Young

    in a standard 5 cat roto league

  274. FrodoBoBo says:
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    someone just dropped Filthy Sanchez to the waiver wire in my 10 team h2h league. standard scoring, we start 8 pitchers total including 2SP and 2RP.

    should I use my waiver on Filthy? who should I drop from my pitching staff? I have Ubaldo, Josh Johnson, Brett Anderson, Max Scherzer, Gavin Floyd, Cueto, Slowey, Gio Gonzalez, Ricky Romero, and Aardsma/Madson/Francisco/Gonzalez(DL) as RPs

    I would also consider dropping Borbon from my bench..

  275. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    You guys like DLR, Kershaw or Garza the rest of the way?

  276. jesse says:
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    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: I like DLR, personally. But man, Garza’s been good. And Kershaw’s no slouch, either, but the brother can’t throw strikes, man.

  277. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: I like Garza a lot, but the poor guy has to pitch against the Yanks and the Red Sox a lot.

    Kershaw is driving me crazy with the walks.

    DLR has Coors Field to worry about, but he’s not there half the time, and it’s still the NL.

    I say DLR.

  278. Howard says:
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    I’m a little weak at starting pitching, are you guys okay with trading away A-Rod and receiving Maeur and Johan?

  279. Principal Blackman says:
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    I have both Montero and Gonzalez and only 1 DL slot. Right now, I’m chilling with Gonzalez on the bench. Is it too early to drop Montero or is he a sure goner? Will the closing duties even belong to Gonzalez when he comes back? Jim Johnson hasn’t been all that great, and aside from not giving up any walks Cla Meredith has been smacked around quite a bit. Damn Orioles.

  280. Principal Blackman says:
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    It’s clear to me now that Sanchez and Slowey are somehow trapped in each other’s bodies.

  281. DSimms says:
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    Thoughts on dropping E. Santana for any of the following: Romero, C.J. Wilson, Matusz or Gio. Or is it too early to bail on santana?

  282. Guest Writer

    Billy Bob says:
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    Scutaro or Theriot or Oreo?

  283. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    @El Famous Burrito: @Grey: What do you guys think about Aardsma (or Neftali) and K. Johnson for DLR?

  284. Nick0rz says:
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    Cito has said that Gregg is now the closer and Frasor will pitch the 8th.

    (via Twitter)

  285. Principal Blackman says:
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    @jesse: They’re my players too!

  286. @Principal Blackman: I would watch that movie. Is there any doubt that the final 20 minute would involve the 2 pitchers facing off (heh) in Game 7 of the World Series, and somehow reverting to their own bodies right before the 9th inning of an (obviously) game tied 0-0?

  287. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Grady Sizemore (back) will return to the Indians’ starting lineup tonight, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynos.

  288. jesse says:
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    In a points league (steals just as important as RsBI/R), which two do you like:

    Nate McLouth, Julio Borbon, Jose Guillen, Kosuke Fukudome?

  289. GTS says:
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    Marmol looking very good. Struck out the side all swinging including Braun and Fielder… wow.

  290. sean says:
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    Ugh, why is Sucio hitting in the bottom of the 7th? Didn’t know Dusty was back.

  291. sean says:
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    Speaking of filthy, Marmol with another 3K clean sheet in the 9th

  292. sean says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Hoynsie is a worthwhile Twitter follow, if that’s your persuasion. I tried to add all the worthwhile beat writers for news. They usually can’t keep it to themselves during a game.

  293. charlie batch says:
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    is david price a buy low or a sell high right now? should I wait to propose a trade for him or is that risking his valuing increasing

  294. Wow, that was weird — Yahoo showed that the Cubs lost, 6-6, and Marmol got the save. Not sure what button they pressed but it took a couple minutes before it was fixed. They sure are doing some weird stat counting lately.

  295. And now it shows the Cubs have won, 7-6, with a Marmol save, despite only 3 runs being scored in the 8th inning.

  296. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: I think they scored 4 in the 8th, both Theriot and Fukudome had 2 run singles.

  297. charlie batch says:
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    Sanchez is going nuts

  298. brad says:
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    filthy through eight. . . probably should have started him this week.

  299. Eddy says:
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    @charlie batch:
    SHHHHHH you’re not supposed to say anythnig until he’s out of the game, THEN we can celebrate!

  300. @aconstipatedmonkey: Gotcha, I knew something didn’t add up. They still show Fukudome’s hit bringing in only 1 run with Theriot stopping at 3rd.

  301. Gregg officially the closer now in Toronto btw, sorry if thats been posted already.

  302. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Well in that case….

    11 Ks, 0 ER, 3 hits and a 0.75 WHIP!!!

    Filthy Sanchez showing he’s a WHIPPER SNAPPER!

    God, finally some luck. His performance brought my ERA down to a 5.71 ERA, which is actually winning.

    My opponent has Happ, Liriano (Bos) and Kazmir (NYY) tomorrow, so I’m hoping that at least the latter two implode.

  303. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    What’s the word on Chris Perez? Still closer for the time being?

  304. chris partlow says:
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    theriot or alcides escobar and why?
    does your answer change if 5×5 with OBP instead of average?

  305. Tom Reale says:
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    Duch
    Romero
    Slowey
    Sanchez

    Pretty good pitching week so far…well you know what I mean BBevin Slowey(sorry had to borrow that one)

  306. penpen says:
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    I feel prescient! I already flipped a shit yesterday (dropped Frasor for Gregg).

  307. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    Man, SF’s top 4 in the rotation should just be renamed Dirty, Sloppy, Nasty, and Filthy.

  308. Kazmere says:
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    Ok to drop Frasor now in a 10 team roto? Pick up Gregg or will he kill my WHIP too?

  309. Hitman says:
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    @brad:
    I didn’t start him either..
    Career numbers + first outing just did not convince me when I have other options..

    But color me semi-convinced!

  310. GTS says:
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    Bench one of these the next couple of days: Headley, Krispie, or Bruce?

  311. Steve says:
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    Bah – you Sanchez owners need to stop dribbling.

    Got him in almost every mock, don’t have him on a single real team.

    (Stamps foot and leaves).

  312. john says:
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    If it wasn’t for my idiocy in starting Ervin last night, Filthy Sanchez’s day would have been oh so much sweeter.

    Alas, the Filthy Sanchez could only regain the WHIP category for me in my H2H.

  313. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kazmere: Yeah, grab Gregg.

    @GTS: Bruce, but I don’t want to bench any of them.

    @Steve: Hehe

  314. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    I know how to feel about John Danks…. Do we start him tonight in Toronto?

  315. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Drop Perez for Gregg? I’ve already done it in leagues where I had Perez (yeah, I make decisions on my own a lot of the time… crazy), just wondering what other people’s thoughts are.

  316. @Eddy:

    Son of Sancho really made your day! Mine too, but my whip is still 1.45 for the week, oh well.

  317. Tom Reale says:
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    CarGo not in starting lineup(No surprise)

  318. My chance to buy BJ Upton low is sadly gone.

  319. Tom Emanski says:
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    Sanchez had a career 14.04 ERA against Pittsburgh (how??). I’m glad I didn’t sonavabench him based on meaningless stats like that.

  320. Tom Reale says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Pitcher with worst ERA for a season?…wait for it….Roy Halladay…meaningless stat…

  321. Tom Reale says:
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    @Elijah: opponent benched him today…Ha!

  322. royce! says:
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    San Diego Union Tribune has a great headline regarding Chase Headley: “Nothing Beats Experience: If experience has taught Padres first baseman anything, it’s that there’s really no teacher quite like experience.” Genius! Know what they best way to experience experience is? Experience, duh.

    Experience: you shall have no other gods before me!
    Chase: Boy am I glad I’m experiencing this!

  323. @royce!:

    I have Chase on both my main teams so I’m drooling with Grey, but like he said the other day, lets see him hit at Petco before we get too excited. I am proud tho I got him in RCL when he shoulda been on everyones radar by pick #207.

  324. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Tom Reale: Yep. I know all too well being a Jays fan.

  325. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom Reale: Thanks for the heads up!

    @royce!: Ha! Why didn’t they go after Livan? He’s got a whole lot of experience.

  326. royce! says:
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    @Elijah: His home/road splits have been atrocious, but hopefully in 2010 he can break out of that trend. So far in 2010 he’s got a 1.250 home OPS. Time to sell high!

  327. @Grey:

    I don’t think Gopher Ball experience is what they need, hehe.

  328. “Brad Hawpe (quadriceps) is available to pinch-hit Wednesday.
    Hawpe left Tuesday’s game after complaining of tightness in his left quadriceps and Rockies manager Jim Tracy gave out little information in his post-game press conference. The outfielder should be rested and ready for Thursday’s series finale against the Mets.”

    Good news for Hawpe owners.

  329. Eddy says:
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    @Elijah:
    Still better than mine! I’m at a 1.66 WHIP and a 5.71 ERA now.

    I’m benching Masterson so I can at least bask in Sanchez’s Filthiness

  330. Eddy says:
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    What the heck, I didn’t even know Borbon was doing that bad. Thank god I never drafted him anywhere. JUST got his second hit

  331. royce! says:
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    Borbon finally gets a steal! Now how’d he do that while sitting on my bench?

  332. Euroalien says:
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    I lost Montero and currently have Clement at Catcher…. I was just offered Soto & Markakis for Grady Sizemore. My other OF’s are Lind, Span, Cruz & Maybin……… I’m thinking no…….. but wanted to know what you guys thought?

  333. @Eddy:

    Yeah I got him for free off waivers hes doing so poorly, but I hes on my bench too. 2 SB even.

  334. Dingo says:
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    Well, Masterson’s first inning is doing nothing to dispel the notion that he’s got extreme platoon splits:

    VS Left: Single, Double, 1 ER
    VS Right: 3 Swinging Strikeouts

  335. Dingo says:
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    @Elijah: The mysterious Yahoo! SB doubler strikes again!

  336. sean says:
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    Break up the Nats

  337. @Dingo:

    Aaah I got 2 on ESPN too, maybe the scorer’s error.

  338. Sham-Wow! says:
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    A guy in my league wants to trade Ethier…

    I am thinking about offering Werth and Damon for Ethier and Pacman Jones

    What do you think? I can also throw in Tim Hudson

  339. Dingo says:
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    @Eddy: Oh, are we playing this game?

    Does that mean I “win” with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP? Even better, my league also counts K/BB — which I usually dominate — and I’m sitting dead last in that category with a whopping 1.51.

  340. Dingo says:
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    Wow – looks like somebody’s pinpoint control didn’t make it across the Pacific Ocean.

  341. Mike says:
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    Worth dropping Juan Pierre for Fernando Rodney? I also have Borbon for speed.

  342. Mike says:
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    Also, is JJ Hardy a decent pickup now that Rollins is DL’ed? Desmond and Orlando Cabrera are also available.

  343. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Tom Reale: I should point out that Halladay actually did suck that year. He then got sent all the way down to single A and then worked his way back up before winning Cy. So that’s a little different. I’m talking about things like career stats vs a team being meaningless because of small sample sizes and rosters changing ever year.

  344. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: 10tm. 2 DL spots for Montero Rollins & Wood. My current catcher is Snyder (Clement is avail but I went with the hot hand). My currest RP’s are Marmol, Dotel, Morales, Rodney. Should I ditch Wood, DL Rollins & Montero, and grab Gregg? Basically do I hang on to Montero and/or Wood in a 10 teamer?

  345. BOOMSTICK UPSIDE YER HEAD! Cruz is in Control.

  346. mauledbypandas says:
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    ugh, like to see Hamilton running, but not 3rd with one out. Nice dinger by Cruz though, and great to see Davis with two doubles. Go rangers!

  347. Tom Reale says:
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    @Tom Emanski: I remember. Believe it was 2000. Stats can always be manipulated to serve a purpose. For instance, one could say Halladay is the worst pitcher in baseball. Statistically, in a way, it’s true. But, we all know how ridiculous that sounds. At least we both started the Filth today!

  348. paulzone says:
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    make a play for sizemore? wells/feliz too much…maybe just wells?

  349. Tony says:
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    DIRTYYYYY SANCHEZZZZZ! sorry i’m late to the celebration, had to coach!

  350. @Tony:

    ITs all good, celebrate away.

  351. Cheese

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    Damn it, why did I start both Kendrick and Stammen???

  352. mauledbypandas says:
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    @paulzone: I just don’t trust Sizemore to stay healthy.. or hit above .260. Is there a Razzball term for the ole “once bitten, twice shy”

  353. slinky says:
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    do you drop eveland for aroldis chapman in an RCL league?

    already sitting on strasburg….

  354. Matt B says:
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    Is it terrible to drop Dotel in a 12team weekly h2h? I’m playing Rauch & Nunez each week and Colby Lewis staring at me with SP/RP which can come in handy in a 4 SP weekly match. I’m very deep at SP (Felix, Kershaw, Danks, Baker, Slowey, Sanchez, Lilly, Ervin, & Harang). Maybe drop Harang? He went undrafted

  355. Tony says:
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    @Elijah: thank, won my game tonight, my kids played their butts off, 6-4-3 double play to end the game! and then i get on the bus, bring up my fantasy team on the phone and see DIRTY had a sick game, bought a 12 of Bud light lime, this may be the perfect nite…

    knock on wood.

  356. charlie batch says:
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    We heard what rudy thinks of colby lewis, what do YOU think about him grey? hes K’ing 2 per IP right now. If K’s are of supreme importance wouldnt you consider him before someone like Duch?

  357. royce! says:
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    I hate days like this where I check on my team and am stoked at first but then realize I have mistaken my WHIP for my ERA.

    Ahh…there we go. With that Hamilton groundout my WHIP just dropped below 2. Nice!

  358. Tom Emanski says:
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    ChiSox beating up on Jays. GS for Quentin.

  359. royce! says:
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    @charlie batch: Keep in mind he’s K’ing 2 Indians/IP. And was only able to K 3 Mariners last start.

    @Tom Emanski: Finally some good news! (I missed the boat on Rodney and Gregg, and don’t have Filthy Sanchez anywhere).

  360. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I followed your advice and didn’t pay for saves this year. Was able to snipe Gregg off free agents and now he’s named the closer.

    Toda!

  361. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    @Grey: Haha, I was just kidding… however, they would have been great starts in the razzball league!

  362. Matt B says:
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    Gregg or Dotel?

  363. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    Which side do you like in a Weeks for Baker swap?

  364. mauledbypandas says:
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    Masterson with 9 k’s
    Lewis with 10 k’s

    this is madness!!

  365. G-RAM says:
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    Miggy Cab for Morneau and V. Wells. Which side do you guys prefer?

  366. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Yeah, this Danks fella is pitching one helluva game. He’s lights out! Great stuff! (what else can I throw in there for the official Razzball jinx? my H2H opponent has him going tonight).

  367. Awesomus Maximus

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    @G-RAM: What’s your OF currently like?

  368. timsti says:
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    @Grey: Javy Vazquez was just dropped in my 10 team Roto. Two Options

    A) Drop K.Wood from my dl spot and replace with Rollins and add Vazquez.

    B) Drop one of the following for Vazquez: G.Gonzalez, E.Santana, CJ Wilson.

    I have 6th priority so he’ll have to fall to me, but the chances are decent he will.

  369. G-RAM says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus:
    I’d be giving up Wells. My other outfielders in a league that starts 3 + a Utility player are Quentin, Granderson, A. Jones, Fowler, and D. Young.

  370. Eddy says:
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    That Quentin slam just made the score 6-3 in my favor. I think Quentin has been my favorite Razzball pick(and that’s on a team with MMD, Dirty Sanchez, Slowey, Slowey, AND Grandy!) Thanks a ton Grey!

  371. Eddy says:
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    Btw..

    Hip hip JORGE for now having the single season record for opening a season with 9 straight games of at least one RBI and a hit!

    I REALLY hope he defies the “only an April hitter” ordeal

  372. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @G-RAM: I’d do it, but (full disclosure) I’m a huge fan of Miggy. Even bought him in my main league after I’d already bought Pujols… so I may be a little biased. I just think that Wells is a good “sell high” chip to toss around right now, and might not be for much longer. If you can use him to get that kind of upgrade at 1B, I think it’s worth it.

  373. mauledbypandas says:
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    move over Rowland-Smith, hello Lewis. the 2 ER were just a by-product of Nippert suck, hope he pans out.

  374. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G-RAM: Miggy side.

    @timsti: Drop Gio.

    @Eddy: Yeah, it was a good day today all around.

  375. Juice says:
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    Drop Bailey for Penny, Gio, or Masterson?

  376. uncdrew says:
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    My genius add of Cla Meredith is already paying dividends. 0.00 ERA and 0.00 WHiP today. Score!

  377. Eddy says:
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    Bruce with a steal?!

    WHAAA?!

  378. BeanyBill says:
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    I’ve got a Borbon-er right now! Our boy Julio’s all growns up!

  379. mrbaseball says:
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    B. Morrow – can’t start – can’t close – can’t do the set up role – how about long relief

    Nate Robertson – I see some of you have taken a ride on the

    Hot Tub Time Machine and went back to 2004 the last and only winning season for Nate Robertson – American League or National League – its tough to win when MLB is hitting 300 against you

  380. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: This guy’s trying to trade me Rollins because he doesn’t have a DL slot to put him in. How low ball of an offer should it be??

    I sent him Ian Desmond and Mariano for Rollins…too low ball??

  381. BeanyBill says:
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    @BeanyBill: BTW, if “Borbon-er” sneaks into the Razzball glossaria, that might just make my 2010 all worthwhile.

  382. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    Is anyone watching the cards/stros game on espn? The commentators are absolutely fawning over the brilliance that is Brad Penny. I won’t rule him out as a Dave Duncan reclamation project, but… who doesn’t look good against houston? I’ve already grabbed the blah-tastic Kyle Lohse for tomorrow’s matinee.. get your middling, crappy waiver wire SPs starting against the hapless, berkmanless stros while they struggling to crack 2 runs/game..

  383. GopherDay says:
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    @BeanyBill: I finally pull the plug on Borbon after starting him EVERY STINKIN DAY with a .040 avg….and he does THIS!! That guy hates me!!!

  384. G-RAM says:
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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Suckcliffe’s never seen a pitcher he wasn’t in awe of.

  385. BKK says:
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    @Tony: yep, hard to complain about a 3/4 day.

  386. Grey

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    @GopherDay: No, that’s fine.

    @BeanyBill: Borboner needs time to gestate. Hmm… That sounds wrong.

  387. mrbaseball says:
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    Colby Jerry Lewis – I tell you grey – its tough not to pick him up

  388. mauledbypandas says:
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    cmon Feliz-y-does-it. Strike out the side!

  389. BeanyBill says:
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    I wanted to use this line: “Nefty Feliz is makin Indians hitters tristes right now.” But then he walked Choo-Choo-Choo and ruined it for me.

  390. Awesomus Maximus

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    Another dinger for Wright. Is a batter allowed to strike Coors Extra Gold, or is that reserved for pitchers only?

  391. BeanyBill says:
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    @Grey: You, sir, are disgusting. Filthy-minded. Wash your brain out with soap right now.

  392. mauledbypandas says:
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    @BeanyBill: this strike zone is a little redonkulous though.

  393. Tony says:
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    @mrbaseball: he is pitching vs. a little league team…. i mean the indians

    i like the guy, just remember he’s going to pitch home games @ arlington.

  394. BeanyBill says:
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    How long before Kelly Johnson cracks the top-2 in that D-Bags lineup? They can’t keep trotting Conor Jackson and Stephen Drew out there every night – it’s embarrassing.

  395. Tony says:
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    now saying that: grey….. colby lewis or dana eveland? haha

  396. Tom Emanski says:
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    Gio threw a nasty slider after a nice fastball. Expecting big things from him. But why does he have “V.M.” written on his cap? Is he mourning the loss of Vin Mazarro from the rotation?

  397. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Tom Emanski: He’s representin’ my fantasy team (named “Viscous Meniscus”) where i picked him up for a spot start.

  398. Professor Chaos says:
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    Is this a new Frenchie we’re seeing? Granted it’s a small sample size, but he seems to be walking a lot more often than usual.

  399. Wow. Utley, doing me right.

  400. Tony says:
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    cain for markakis? which side?

  401. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Tony: Depends what you have/need.

  402. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Tony: Markakis

  403. paulzone says:
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    who is the hill-zo-bartlett-like player of 2010? have they reared their ugly heads yet?

  404. GopherDay says:
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    @paulzone: If Ryan Raburn (Det) gets enough at bats, he could pull a Zobrist. Utility player gets a full time gig and has a great year. He has the power to put up 20+ Homers.

  405. Tom Emanski says:
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    @GopherDay: Certainly hope so because I traded Krispie Young for him. Raburn is eligible at like 6-7 positions. He just needs the ABs and he should deliver.

  406. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Currently have Troy Glaus at CI, but I might want to explore other options… (8×8 league including BB, SLG, H)

    Daric Barton
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Luke Scott
    Casey Kotchman
    Andy LaRoche

    Or should I just stick with Glaus?

  407. GTG says:
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    Rihanna!!!

  408. grandysdandy says:
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    grey, OK to give up on reimold now?
    adam laroche is on the wire…

  409. Principal Blackman says:
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    Heath Bell or Cole Hamels? which side do you want in a standard roto league if you already have plenty of depth at both sp and rp?

  410. @Grey:

    LaRoche heating up a bit. At least according to Gracey.

  411. Geoffrey J says:
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    In a one catcher daily roto league would I be crazy to drop Napoli and roster both Olivo and Iannetta if I have the bench space?

  412. Cheese

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    @Grey: So I held off on dropping Glaus for Barton for one more at bat. I was worried Glaus lost his power stroke. Then he went and hit a homer. I think I’ll hang onto Glaus for now. The difference between Glaus and Barton right now is probably very minimal anyways. (Did you see the homer? Was it a no-doubter? Or was Jose Canseco playing right field?)

  413. Momtero gonna have knee surgery, official

  414. Steve says:
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    @Elijah: Doesn’t have ligament damage though, right?

  415. @Steve:

    No, might be back in 4-6 weeks. Did I mention I love Kelly Johnson and never had doubts? Ahem.

  416. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Cheese: Sorry, didn’t see it.

    @Elijah: Thanks for the update!

  417. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Borbon or Gardner? need steals desperately

  418. Its a slugfest going on in Chavez.

  419. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: pierre also available…so borbon, gardner or pierre…tomato tomahto?

  420. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    I know it was against Houston, but Penny looked solid again tonight. Has Duncan done it again?

  421. Krispie walked again, must be something wrong with him, heh.

  422. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How did Bills look? The box score was ugly – his performance equally so?

    Had him and Slowey going in the keeper today – ugh.

  423. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Steve: looked good until the 4th, then things just fell apart. Control seemed better, but I am not optimistic right now. Interested to see what Grey has to say

  424. Kelly Johnson out with ‘back stiffness’, hes Day to Day.

  425. Tom Reale says:
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    @mauledbypandas: I too am not optimistic…what I was getting at earlier…

  426. @Tom Reale:

    I watched the game, I’m kinda glad I don’t have him. But lets see 2-3 more starts.

  427. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Tom Reale: what I was getting at is he is having trouble locating. Control was better than the first outing, but this time he was getting hit pretty hard. 2nd/3rd time around in the order something is clicking for the hitters. I don’t know how he works out of this honestly, I am in the exit seat, hand reaching for the escape hatch after watching both of his starts.

  428. Haeger’s Knuckler dances bigtime, hes got potential.

  429. Bob says:
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    Glaus or Ortiz?

  430. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Box score’s not hiding much.

    @Elijah: He’s day to day with hurt feelings because of you.

  431. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob: Glaus

  432. chrispartlow says:
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    grey, why are you taking glaus over ortiz?

  433. wily mo says:
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    all you borbowners out there, you’re welcome. had him in my lineup until today. good old bench jinx. you always know the day you bench the slumping bastard is the day he’ll finally go off. but eventually it reaches a point where it becomes worth it just to save his job. get the juices flowing. anything. please. thank you.

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