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Well, screw you. That’s a great title. Are you kidding me? That’s like top five best titles you’ve ever read on this site. Maybe top three. What did you say, that’s more of an indication of this site’s bad titles than how good this one is? Ouch. So Maine probably shouldn’t have been in the ninth anyway, but Willie’s a player’s manager! Maine, for all intents and purposes (whatever that cliché means), basically throws a shutout with four Ks. The Ks could be better, but what’s important is what we can expect going forward? Okay, let me see what the future holds by pulling out my voodoo bloody rooster ala Angel Heart. (Instead of rooster, I almost wrote cock, but you can imagine why I was hesitant to write bloody cock. There’s some things you don’t joke about; a bloody cock is probably at the top of that list. In fact, I would go as far as to call it, The Bloody Cock List of Things You Don’t Joke About. On The Bloody Cock List of Things You Don’t Joke About: Never joke about sleeping with your friend’s sister. Never joke about your friend’s dead mother. Never joke about the weather (because it’s not funny). I’ll let you to decide what else should fill out The Bloody Cock List of Things You Don’t Joke About.) So going forward with Maine, I see fifteen more wins, a 3.50 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 150 Ks. Is that good? Um, yeah. Dur. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Joey VottoScott Hatteberg had this to say after the game, “Let’s see him walk three times in a game.” Was on the phone with a buddy when Votto hit the third of his three home runs, here’s what was said, “I think he can get to thirty.” “Years?” “No, home runs.” “Possibly, but Dusty might find a way to screw things up.” “Never underestimate Dusty’s ability to screw up anything.” “Are you still comparing Votto to a drug-free Hamilton?” *thinking* “No.”

Edinson Volquez – I’m not as excited about Volquez as I am about Cueto even though the fantasy numbers for Volquez couldn’t be much better at 5-1, 1.06 ERA and 62 Ks. His walks are way too high. I know, a quibble to some, but I would explore trade options before Volquez’s wake up call comes, um, calling.

Carlos Gomez – Elias Sports Bureau said this is the first day in the history of Major League Baseball that a rookie hit for the cycle and another rookie hit three home runs. (Actually, I made that up, but it sounds like something Elias would say. Whoever Elias is, they sure have a lot of time on their hands.) Big day for the rookies, as Gomez hit for the cycle. This was a great game for Carlos and I wish him the best, but I still think .260 is a pipe dream. You could do worse for the amount of steals he’s going to give you.

Jeremy Guthrie – I listed him as the top guy to replace Rich Hill or Yovanni Gallardo on teams. So far, I’m happy with that decision. He faced a team (da A’s) that was number three in the AL in runs scored and he performed decently. The fourth run was given up by Walker. Guthrie’s K/9 is fine and he really was only hit hard three times. He actually looked better than Blanton, who gave up less runs according to the box score. This is between the numbers, bitches!

Mila Kunis – Hot. (Oh, I’m sorry. I thought for a second I was Matthew “Creepy” Berry. But then I would’ve mentioned Crocodile Dundee II: The Search for More Bad Comedy. Oh, wait, I just did.)

Mike Jacobs – Hit a home run, but the umps missed the call and it went as a double. If the stupid Marlin fan would’ve just caught the ball, it wouldn’t have been an issue. Worse news, Jacobs left with an quadriceps injury. Hopefully, it’s nothing, because I need him on a few teams. And, really, this is about me.

Ryan Zimmerman – As previously stated, I’m not a Zimmerfan. Yesterday, he hit two home runs which gives you an opportunity to sell. Sorry to be a Bummerman.

Erick Aybar - I wonder if it irks Chone Figgins when he sees Aybar emulate ’04 Figgins. Or if Figgins smells Aybar’s dirty jersey and it takes him right back to ’04. Or if Figgins watches Vlad towel-snap Aybar as he exits the showers and Figgins sighs.

Cliff Lee – Looked absolutely tremendous. 6-0, ridiculous ERA that’s under one. So let’s say he ends the season with a 4.00 ERA, which is in line with his career numbers. That means he has a 5.00 ERA the rest of the way. You make the call! (In all fairness, his K/BB ratio is outstanding.)

Mike Napoli – Another home run. Not sure how many homers you need before it doesn’t matter that he’s benched every other day. A HR/8 ABs, in case you’re a nerd who needs stats.

Ryan Ludwick – Okay, so his fan club isn’t well attended, and his name sounds like a 17th century composer, but he just hit another home run. I keep touting that he’s headed for more playing time. Not sure if people are listening.

Armando Galarraga – For the last three weeks I’ve been saying, “Pull out!”

Chris Iannetta – Showed a great eye in the minors and decent pop, which turns into great pop in Coors. You could do worse in 2nd catcher leagues, NL-Only or deep mixed leagues.

Zach Greinke – The trade for Zach Saberhagen seems to be working out okay. If you get a chance, give Rudy crap in the comments. He loves that.

Adam Wainwright - A lot of my pitchers went last night. They all looked good. Running count: Maine 3 teams, Hudson 3 teams, Wainwright 3 teams, Greinke 2 teams, Volquez 2 teams, Wainwright 4 teams. Wow, Grey, you must’ve drafted pitching high? Actually, grasshopper, I don’t usually draft pitchers until the fifth round and Rich Hill was my second pitcher off the board in a lot of leagues. Wainwright, Hudson or Maine were my third pitchers, Greinke fourth or fifth pitcher and Volquez or Jurrjens were my fliers. Shawn Hill, Jo-Jo Reyes or Guthrie replaced Rich Hill on most of my teams. How does it feel to see behind the curtain, grasshopper? *you nod in awe* Okay, class dismissed.

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  1. Dp says:
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    Great night 4 me, dropped Zim Tuesday, benched Votto & started Penny…..

    wow……..

    Just dropped Bourn for Gomez the panic button has been pushed…….Fix this fellas:

    C R. Martin
    1B Howard
    2B Kendrick
    3B Longoria
    SS Tejada
    OF Rios
    OF Delmon Y.
    OF Cameron
    UTIL Vlad
    BN Votto
    BN C. Gomez (OF)

    Do I drop Delmon for the flyin’ Hawaiin? Dropped Shane earlier too FOR Delmon !!!!!!

    Thanks all,

    Dp

    SP Santana
    SP Burnett
    SP Jurrgens
    SP J. Shields
    SP Cueto
    SP Lowe
    RP Casilla
    RP H. Street
    RP H. Bell
    RP F. Cordero
    RP Soria

  2. Dp says:
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    My deal: 12 team H2H league max 50 add/drops for the season:

    Late Tues. night drop Zimm, then 2nite started Penny & benched Votto, LOL.

    Full on panic now, dropped Bourn for C. Gomez & traded PRINCE & Penny for H. Street & R. Howard.

    C R martin
    1b Howard
    2b Kendrick
    3b Longoria
    Ss Tejada
    Of Rios
    Of Vlad
    Of Cameron
    Util Delmon
    Bn Votto
    Bn C. Gomez

    Sp Johan
    Sp Burnett
    SP Shields
    Sp Cueto
    Sp Jurrgens
    Sp Lowe

    Rp Soria
    Rp F. Cordero
    Rp H. Street
    Rp H. Bell
    Rp S. Casilla

    Do I grab Flyin Hawaain for Delmon? Dropped Shane for Delmon when Shane was hurt…..?

    Also Glaus, Rolen, Mora etc. available, bail on Evan?

    Thanks in advance……… ,
    Dp

  3. john says:
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    Give me one second while I tally the trade score. *(1 plus 15..carry the 2…)*….
    Grey: 2 Rudy: 0.

    Thats Grey winning 2-0..officially.

  4. this killed me ..

    “Elias Sports Bureau said this is the first day in the history of Major League Baseball that a rookie hit for the cycle and another rookie hit three home runs. (Actually, I made that up, but it sounds like something Elias would say. Whoever Elias is, they sure have a lot of time on their hands.)”

    And I would avoid the temptation to pick up Ludwick. This is Tony La Russa we are talking about after all, and even he doesn’t know who he is going to pencil into the lineup each day. It has long been speculated that he uses a Magic 8 ball to make such decisions, but I have first hand knowledge that Rice Krispies is what he uses .. Yes thats right, Snap Crackle and Pop decide who gets to play in the Cardinals outfield each day.

    He does the same thing at second base too, but my source tells me he decides that depending upon which way the butter drips down his toast.

    wr

  5. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey – off-topic, but what do you make of Kuo? He’s an SP-eligible reliever and you know how much I love those…

  6. Dp says:
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    Panic mode full effect: 12 team h2h 50 add/drop max for season.

    Tuesday night late dropped Zimm, followed that with benching Zotto & starting Penny yesterday.

    Dropped Bourn, grabbed C. Gomez.

    Traded PRINCE & Penny for H. Street & R. Howard.

    R Martin
    Howard
    Kendrick
    Longoria
    Tejada
    Vlad
    Rios
    Cameron
    Delmon
    C.Gomez
    Votto

    Johan
    Shields
    Lowe
    Cueto
    Jurrgens
    Burnett
    Soria
    F. Cordero
    H. Bell
    H. Street
    Casilla

    Drop Delmon for Hawwaiin? Dropped Hawaiin for Delmon when Shane got hurt……

    Glaus, Rolen, etc. for Longoria ?????? Jo-Jo Reyes or Shawn Hill for Lowe?

    Grey, Rudy ? H E L P !!!!

  7. Kevin says:
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    I’m with ya on Cueto over Volquez. The guy walked 6 yesterday. Wow. The check is in the mail for this guy.

  8. Russ says:
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    :cough: Carlos Gomez. ;)

    and I’m prettry sure he lost his rookie status.

  9. Jeff says:
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    Open roster spot for a flier on a FA. You Like Ludwick and Balentien, so between them and toss in Headley…Whose more worth the spot?

  10. Steve says:
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    But which doof would you be if you mentioned Jessica Alba?

  11. Chet says:
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    Edison (Don’t call me Thomas) Volquez for Tim (don’t call me Kate) Hudson?

  12. johnson says:
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    I’ve been a Ludwick fan since he played AAA here in memphis. we called him “vincent” or “the queen’s assassin” a la vincent ludwick from the naked gun. aka ricardo moltalban from fantasy island.

  13. Garrett says:
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    Looks at Volquez’s WHIP, not the walks. He doesn’t give up homers at all so he’s much less likely to be hurt by walking people. He also gives up very few hits.

  14. BSA says:
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    I was offered Brad Penny and Chris Young for Volquez. The other pitching staff is:
    Lincecum, Burnett, Cook, Jurrjens, Penny, Wood, CYoung, Rasner, Wilson. Is that a good offer or would you make a counteroffer?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: hehe

    @wrveres: Ha.

    @Steve: I like him a lot for a long reliever that starts games. He doesn’t pitch enough for wins. But he does get his share of Ks.

    @Russ: Dur, I’m dumb.

    @Jeff: Ludwick for right now.

    @Steve: I don’t know, who?

    @Chet: I’m not a huge fan of trading a pitcher for a pitcher, but I would take Hudson.

    @johnson: Vincent is hilarious! The queen’s assassin is amazing. Great info, thanks.

    @Garrett: You are right. People aren’t making solid contact off of him and are getting fooled. Also, I’m not saying to trade him for a bag of month old Doritos. The trade should max out his worth too. I’m still worried about the walks.

    @BSA: Krispie? Or Tall SD pitcher?

  16. BSA says:
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    Tall SD pitcher not the outfielder in AZ. My pitching staff is: Beckett, Bedard, Hudson cueto, volquez, papelbon, ryan, fuentes.

  17. Andrew Summers says:
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    I love your quirky writing style and sense of humor. Put that on top of quality fantasy baseball advice and this is one of my new favorite sites! I think you are a little off about Volquez though. Sure he will regress, but his minor league numbers show that he is no fluke. His ability to induce those ground balls with his change will help buy him out of a lot of situations where walks would normally hurt. Greinke >> Melky. Whoever got Greinke won that trade by a landslide in my opinion.

  18. Omar says:
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    Hey guys! I’ve been reading this site for about a month now, and decided it was finally time to start commenting/questioning. I found it by searching for “fantasy baseball” on google blogs and it was the first to appear. That’s badass if you ask me. And hey, I like what I see so far – and at least you’re not blocked at my work like all the major sites are. Good work.

    I was just offered B.Molina, Howard and Pence for Soto, J.Upton, Kendrick and Wainwright. I’ve got Pedroia filling in for Kendrick right now, and my other OFs are Sizemore, Soriano, Nady (for now) and I can stick Berkman there if I put Howard at 1B (it’s a standard 5×5 H2H weekly auction league and I blew most of my money on offense…I’ve even got A-Rod at 3rd). Wainwright is my “4th” SP too, after Bedard, Hamels and Carmona. Even with his horrible average, I have to go after Howard, don’t I? I feel like this trade is the definition of buy low, sell high.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: I don’t like Penny. I love Young but all the home runs he’s given up this year worry me. The hits allowed, also not good. Are you set on offense? Cause your starters, while risky — aren’t bad.

    @Andrew Summers: I mean, his walks are high and his ERA is 1.06. His GB rate is through the roof, great. Right now he’s not wild, he’s effectively wild. With his BB/9 bordering on awful, a correction will come. I’m not saying to trade him for Cristian Guzman, but I think it would be wise to explore trade options.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Omar: Awesome, I think we’re listed so high cause I try to mention Mila Kunis every third day. Google’s hot for Kunis.

    That’s a lot of pieces to be trading away. Let’s go through real quick:

    Pedroia’s fine slotted there.
    Molina for Soto. Steep downgrade.
    Pence/Howard for Upton/Wainwright… You’re fine on starters for now. Maybe pick up Shawn Hill or Guthrie. Not sure who’s available.

    Yeah, that’s a solid trade. Pull the trigger.

    I probably would *not* get too comfortable with Molina and explore other catchers on waivers — maybe Salty, Navarro, Iannetta, Napoli, etc

    EDIT: Cuz

  21. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Last night I started Wainwright, Bedard and (ugh) Buchholz. What am I thinking starting Buchholz?

    Do I sit him until he figures shit out? Should I even own him at all?

    By the way, do NOT make the mistake I did at work and click on “www.buckwild.com” instead of his real blog “www.buchwild.com.” There is a big difference in the two sites, especially when your boss is in the room.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: I wouldn’t own any Sox or Yankee pitcher as unseasoned as him. Way too much competish in that division. I’d go for Wilfredo Eczema before him. But with my preference aside, his Ks are fine and his BABIP is awful (meaning he’s getting very unlucky). So bench him, but his luck may turn around at any moment and you could have a great start on your bench.

  23. BSA says:
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    My offense is:
    Mauer, Morneau, Kinsler, ARam, Figgins, Renteria, Thome, Damon, Quentin, Kemp, Longoria, Varitek, Wells.
    His offense: Soto, Lee, Utley, Atkins, Guzman, Guerrero, soriano, suzuki, mclouth, posada, rollins, fukudome, j.upton

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Volquez and Renteria for Rollins. Or Volquez and Longoria for Atkins.

  25. Spike says:
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    Hey guys, was helping you could help me out — I’ve been reading for a while but I’m in dire straits right now in my money league. It’s a 12 team, Y! 5×5 roto and I’m bringing up last place by 40 pts, including last in runs, avg, wins and 2nd to last in RBI. Through some trades I’ve put together the following team to try to climb out of the cellar:
    C: Russell Martin
    1B: Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko
    2B: Kelly Johnson
    3B: Edwin Encarnacion
    SS: Erick Aybar, Troy Tulowitzki
    OF: Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Holliday, Nick Markakis, Pat Burrell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Eric Byrnes

    Pitchers
    SP: Justin Verlander, Matt Cain, Scott Kazmir, Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lackey
    RP: Mariano Rivera, Todd Jones, George Sherrill, BJ Ryan

    As you can see, I’ve got a huge overload on OF right now — threw out a ton of package deals (Vlad+Johnson for Upton, Vlad+Johnson for Phillips) but nobody is biting yet, probably due to Vlad’s slump (which is why he’s on my bench). I’m going to have to drop an OF and pick up another SP (want Billingsley from the wire, some others like G.Smith and Duchscherer are also floating around). Strangely enough, there’s a TON of depth on the wire in terms of batters (Zimmerman, Victorino, Francouer, Hermida, Gomez are on the wire) which explains why I can’t trade away any of these extra OFs. I’ve though about an exchange of EE for Zimmerman but I think they’re pretty similar. I’m holding Ellsbury because he’s helped me make up the difference in R somewhat and he’s getting SB while Byrnes has faltered. My pitching should be turning around with Kaz and Lackey getting healthy, but I need one more SP as I’m 45+ IP behind pace. I also feel like dropping Konerko because he burned me last year. Any advice on how to proceed from here? Thanks!

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spike: Any question over 500 words should probably go to info {at} razzball.com we don’t sell email addresses so it’s all good. (We would sell them if we knew how… Muahahahaha…)

    Your league seems oddly uncompetitive if those guys are on waivers.

    Don’t exchange EE for Zimmerman.

    Vlad will be fine, don’t panic with him.

    Panic with Pena. I would trade Pena, Kazmir and Rivera for Berkman, Tex, Howard, Morneau or Gonzo (in that order) while trying to get a third tier closer thrown in (the third tier closer shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you can’t get him).

    Drop Konerko (usually I wouldn’t suggest that, but with the guys on your waivers, I don’t think it’s as big as a deal) and pickup Francouer. Substitute Frenchy in for Byrnes’s spot.

    Pick up Billingsley quickfast. (You should have him already.)

    See if you can get a top setup man to fill for Rivera and substitute a hot hand starter for Kazmir.

    See if you can turn Byrnes and Aybar into Michael Young or Jeter.

    Let us know how it goes.

  27. Omar says:
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    @Grey: Just an FYI – I was never planning on holding onto Molina for very long, but after reading the “trade Soto” post, it made sense to downgrade my catcher to upgrade elsewhere. My catcher won’t be important with the lineup I have anyway (Howard, Pedroia, A-Rod, Young, Sizemore, Soriano, Berkman, Pence/Nady).

    Get this though – I rejected an offer of McClouth for Soriano straight up two weeks ago and I actually somewhat regret it. How long do you think Pittsburgh can keep this up, and how long do you think guys like Soriano and Howard are going to suck??

  28. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    First off, kudos on consistently offering advice on everyone’s teams. You must feel like a doctor at a hypochondriac’s convention.

    What’s your current feeling on Frenchy? (I remember you took him over Hamilton in at least one league.) I benched him ONE DAY this year for that gimp Carlos Gomez and — guess what — it was the day he hit 2 HRs w/ 7 RBIs. Which represents 66% of his homer total for the season.

    I believed that he’d put it together this year — 25+ HR, .280+ AVG — but my Frenchy faith is failing.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Omar: I don’t think you should regret that. McLouth is a lot safer than Soriano going forward. I think he can come in with more value than Soriano at the end of the year.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not to get too touchy-feely, but Rudy and I enjoy the comments as much as writing the blog, so it’s mutual.

    Frenchy will be in my Buy Low post tomorrow. I love guys who walk but I still like me some Frenchy.

  30. KarlJ says:
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    Love the blogs and the comments.
    I was offered V Mart and Francis for Lincecum & Johjima and I am seriously considering the deal. I am currently very weak at catcher (Johjima,Suzuki). Our league starts 4 SP’s and my 4 man staff would be Hamels, Halladay, McGowan and Billingsley. Is giving up Lincecum worth the huge upgrade to V Mart at catcher? My offense could really use a boost too as I am down on the bottom of the Batting Avg, Hrs and RBI categories. This is a non-keeper league. Thanks

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @KarlJ: ‘cum has buckets of value right now. I think you can upgrade another piece of your offense (though I’m not sure what is on your offense). Maybe get a top tier OF or first basemen. I’ve seen ‘cum go for Howard in one league. I don’t agree with it, but Cust kayin’.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Please don’t ever write the sentence “cum has buckets of value” again.

  33. Spike says:
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    Thanks for the help earlier Grey. My trade of Vlad + Kelly Johnson for Phillips went through — I don’t mind too much, as I grabbed Johnson off waivers anyway and I could use some pop from my MI. Dropped Konerko for Bills and will grab Franky as soon as the 2 for 1 goes through.

  34. KarlJ says:
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    @Grey.
    Thanks for the advice. Would I be better off offering Halladay instead of Lincecum? I’m thinking no but I’m curious to what you think.
    How about Lincecum and targeting someone like Teixeira instead? I currently have Votto as my 1b (with C Pena riding the bench) My OF is solid ( C. Lee, Markakis, J Upton, Damon) so I think 1b and C are two spots I should look to upgrade.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @KarlJ: Hold off on trading for V-Mart. Lincecum for Tex is a great trade. I would do that in a heartbeat. Or someone to replace upgrade Damon.

    EDIT: Cuz.

  36. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Seriously… you mentioned Wilfredo E… Should I put a FAAB bid in for him in my NLO league?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: No, since I wrote that the Braves announcers said that Ledezma may have hurt himself going for a foul popup.

  38. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Dude just offered me Pat Burrell and Joe Blowowski for Ryan Theriot and Tim Lincecum. Eh? I need saves and RBI. Is Joe coming back to close in place of Betancourt?

  39. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    What about Victorino for Blowowski?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Should get a more reliable closer for Victorino. Rudy just traded Capps for Victorino. I liked that trade.

  41. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: I sorta agree, but I’m in a mixed league with the biggest bunch of Save Whores I’ve ever met. It’s like I’m playing Fantasy Baseball with Tia Tequila.

    Maybe you guys could do a post someday on fantasy players like this. I’m beginning to feel like it’s not worth it and I might just punt the category and trade my closers (Putz, Ryan) mid season for steals or a big bat.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Nice analogy with Tila Tequila, I will try and use that some time. And I know how you feel. All of my leagues are like that. That’s why I try and tell you guys just about every day about players like Casilla and Fuentes and Qualls and Mota and Riske and etc.

    Don’t punt saves. Puts too much pressure on other categories. Just raise the bar as to who you go after. Blowrowski is too risky.

  43. Steve says:
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    Grey – Sounds like Neshek’s arm is about to fly off at the elbow. Thus I need another of my beloved MRs.

    There are reasonable enough options – Nunez (SP eligible!), Juan Cruz, Embree, Speier etc.

    I could just drop Neshek cold but I’d like an opinion on a hitter to drop. A lot of guys sitting on the bench doing not much:
    Bourn
    Cameron
    Melky
    Milledge
    Cust
    Do I need Cameron and Melky? My starting OFs are Rios, Markakis, Hawpe and Crawford.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Wow, your bench is too stacked with hitters. Why don’t you trade or drop some of them? I’d get rid of Cust if he hasn’t hit another home run by Sunday. Not a huge fan of Cameron b/c of his average. I dropped Milledge in the first week of the season and haven’t regretted it yet. I’ve also dropped Neshek in a lot of leagues, but with the elbow issues, he sounds absolutely droppable now. I’d grab Nunez.

  45. BSA says:
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    Alright my trade that has been accepted is Volquez and Renta for Rollins. I’ll miss Volquez for two starts but should be good over the season.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Great trade.

  47. BSA says:
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    Alright my trade that has been accepted-Volquez and Renta for Rollins. I’ll miss Volquez for two starts but should be good over the season.

  48. Steve says:
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    Thanks Grey. What are the chances Devine moves up the pecking order in Oakland? If he was getting more Holds I’d grab him. Might grab him anyway…

  49. scott says:
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    I’m astounded by your “Angel Heart” reference (and thanks for not saying bloody cock). I didn’t think anyone really liked that movie, let alone remembered it like 20 years later. I loved that flick so much I used a bloody chicken foot on my girlfriend for like 6 months. God, Lisa Bonet was so hot back in the day.
    BTW, today Grasshopper dropped Mr. Wolf and picked up Ludwick on your say-so (and his two solo jacks tonite). That means my R. Hill fiasco (which has been exponentially worsened by my B. Myers fiasco) is now R. Ludwick. Be nice to turn that shit to sugar…

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Casilla is the setup man though Devine’s worth grabbing anyway. He’s a Huston fibula away from being the setup man.

    @scott: Had a friend who had a man crush on Mickey Rourke so… yeah. I had to watch all that crap. Bonet was hot.

    Hope you got the Vincent Ludwick homers today.

  51. Steve says:
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    OK – last one. What about JC Romero? Word was he was just lucky last year, but he’s been good this year too. Lefty specialist, so won’t get quite as mch work, I guess. And while I’m on Phillies, if Ryan Howard hits .265-.270 and 40-45 HR, the rest of the season should be pretty torrid. Question is – will he make those numbers? Not easy watching your #1 pick hit .165…

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I wouldn’t mess with a lefty specialist. Not enough work, no chances for saves.

    Yes, he’ll get going in a big way.

  53. scott says:
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    She was with Lenny Kravitz, right? Bet he got the bloody cock once or twice….Mickey Rourke was on fire for a second back then. Pope of Greenwich Village is on my short list of faves (“The Bedbug took my thumb!”)…classic New York film.
    Back to baseball, I’m thinking about shopping A. Rios for some pitching. I’m thinking maybe Bedard and Cliff Lee in a two for one.

  54. JR says:
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    Greinke is god. I’m sick of the statheads who say that Greinke’s success is a “mirage” due to BABIP. I’m not sure that can be dignified with comment. The dude deals. (I think that statheads undervalue the groundball guys, and Greinke can force groundballs.) But look at these K/BB ratios:

    Greinke 36/12
    McGowan 34/17

    It’s like a 3-D picture. (“Oh yeah, I see it now.”) I actually really like Dustin, and I think he’s about to bust out, but Greinke is also for real. Oh yeah, he’s got more wins and a lower ERA playing for a lesser team. Buy.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Agree to a point, but McGowan’s innings worry me.

  56. Spike says:
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    I know there’s a lot of Greinke Love around here, but if you had to roll with one of the following, who would it be?

    Cain
    Greinke
    Cueto
    Wainwright
    Marcum
    Hudson
    Saunders

    I’ve got Greinke and Wainwright at the top, Cain and Hudson holding steady below, Marcum and Saunders falling and Cueto as the giant question mark.

    Just curious since I usually see these names floating around each other, and I hate trading pitching for pitching.

  57. Grey

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    @Spike: I’d rank them Wainwright (way above everyone), Hudson, Greinke, Marcum, Cain, Cueto, Saunders. Greinke, Marcum, Cain and Cueto are very close. Great question though.

  58. Spike says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the insight. I was watching Cain pitch against Pittsburgh today and despite the managerial blunders (not taking him out in the 7th) he looked very hittable. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have faith that he’ll get the W, even when he’s ahead. He rarely got up to 95 mph… I still have to believe he’s a little bothered by his hammy and still a gamble until he can put together two nice starts back to back.

  59. mike says:
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    Jeff Francis just got dropped in my league….think hes a good pickup for the rest of the way? Id probably drop Justin Duchscherer for him, although hes given me 2 very quality starts so far. I refuse to drop Rich Hill as I may be in denial.

  60. Grey

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    @Spike: Could be. Hard to know sometimes why guys aren’t performing.

    @mike: I gotta think you can do better than Francis right now on your waivers.

  61. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Uhh… It’s an amazingly talented league. I can’t pick up Fuentes when I’m 5 minutes late in doing so. I swear to Xenu that I’ve tried picking up saves. Oh well… maybe it’s time to punt.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: It makes me sad to hear you’re going to punt. Don’t do it. Not yet.

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