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While Ed Wade was sleeping off his hangover on Saturday, his Toupee decided to mix things up and actually give Astros fans something to be excited about.  (This is excluding Carlos Lee’s riveting chase to be the 83rd player with 350 home runs.)  The Astros number one prospect, Jordan Lyles, will take over Wandy’s rotation spot.  So the Astros bring up Lyles, but do I Lovett?  His K-rate has been pretty poor in Triple-A, but spots his pitches pretty well without overpowering–  Burp.  Sorry, meant to write gas, not pass it.  He’s not worth grabbing in most mixed leagues, but he’s the kind of guy that could be a game changer in NL-Only leagues where waiver wire adds are a mix of yawnstipating and down right atrocious.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Wandy Rodriguez – The Wandwagon fell off the tracks and heads to the DL with fluid in his elbow.  I wonder if the fluid is acai berry juice, that’s packed with antioxidants!  He should implant a straw into his elbow and drink it.

Francisco Liriano – Will miss one start with a sore shoulder.  He couldn’t hurt himself and miss starts when he was still pitching poorly?

Joe Nathan – Headed to the DL.  They should send the entire Twins offense there, too.

Brandon Belt – Proving Sciosciapath’s come in different shapes and area codes, Bochy announced that Belt would be used primarily as a bench bat.  This move is so incomprehensible to me that I tend to think Bochy’s just saying it to ease Belt into the majors for this second go around.  He can’t actually be contemplating stunting the progress of his top prospect by calling him up and putting him on the bench.  This would be like your boss at Little Caesars telling you that your pizza making skills are too good to be washing dishes, so he promotes you to watching others make pizza while your skills get rusty.  Let Belt make pizza!

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4, home run.  There’s still a number one Sciosciapath and he manages the Los Angeles Angels of Not Los Angeles.  On Saturday, he started Branyan against a righty and benched Trumbo.  Not good for Trumbo’s fantasy value. <–Well, obviously.  Hopefully, Trumbo’s home run yesterday will lead to him starting over the prospblock.

Corey Patterson – Five hits in an extra inning game, including a game-winning home run on Saturday.  4-for-5 with his 4th homer on Sunday.  That’s more hits than the 2 Coreys combined (Goonies, Stand by Me and Prayer of the Rollerboys).

Aaron Hill – Finally, he hit his 1st home run of the season.  If La Russa was managing the opposing team, he would’ve x-rayed Hill’s bat to make sure it wasn’t Bautista’s.

Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3 with his 2nd home run of the season.  He tends to get scolding hot for extended stretches, so if someone dropped him in your league, I’d grab him.

Vance Worley – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Guess they can wait before they add a 5th head to Mt. Philmore.

Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-4 and three steals in the last two days.  He’s not quite the guy who won the MVP a few years ago, but he’s also not as dusty as I thought he’d be.  Then again, he’ll probably pull a hammy by July and miss a month.

Jose Reyes – 4-for-5 with 2 triples as he got too excited and had a serious case of premature extrabasulation.

Sean O’Sullivan – 5 2/3 IP, 10 ER.  Appropriately, his initials are SOS.

Joakim Soria – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Wow, he’s a mess.  Wouldn’t be surprised to hear him placed on the Disgraceful List any day now.

Hanley Ramirez – Left yesterday’s game with a stiff lower back as his dream season continues.  Maybe next he can run over your dog.

Scott Sizemore – Traded to the A’s and was sent down to learn 3rd base.  I’d start at The Cactus Album then try Derelicts of Dialect.

Ryan Raburn – Will be the everyday 2nd baseman with the Sizemore trade.  Terrific, fantastic, c’est bonderful, but he still needs to hit.

John Danks – 4 IP, 9 ER.  That’s one way to stop the White Sox’s six man rotation.

Yunesky Maya – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Nats called him up for Sunday’s start.  Due to my love for all things Cuban — cigars, plantains, rafts — I’m watching to see if Maya can make good on his promise, but four earned in four innings isn’t a great sign.

Juan Nicasio – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I’d say we’d reevaluate if he pitched well, and, what do you know, he did.  I’d now look to grab him in deeper mixed leagues where you need to gamble on upside.  He didn’t show it Saturday, but he can strike guys out.  Yummo!

Eric Young Jr. – Since his call up, 5 for 14 and a steal while starting every day.  If you’re in a quiet place, you may want to turn down the volume on the next sentence.  PICK HIM UP!

Justin Masterson – 5 IP, 6 ER as his troubles against lefties continues.  I have an idea, you play Carmona at first and let him pitch to the lefties.  You snicker like I’m a gooftard, but people snickered when Doug Allison of the Cincinnati Red Stockings used the first leather glove in 1870.  They called balderdash, but it was not balderdash, my kind sir.  It was not!

Yovani Gallardo – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Member when you were like I wanna drop him, YoGa’s stretching my patience?  He’s now lowered his ERA from 7.10 to 3.89 in less than a month with a 1.29 ERA since May 7th.

Alex Cobb – The Tampa Bay Peach will take over for Sonnanstine in the Rays rotation.  He was knocked around pretty good in his spot start earlier this year vs. the Not Los Angeles Los Angeles Angels, but he has been solid in Triple-A.  1.14 ERA, plus-9 K-rate, limits walks and keeps the ball down.  His drawback is his lack of an overpowering fastball.  For now, I’d only look at him in AL-Only leagues because of his division and lack of experience.

Jeremy Hellickson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Good season so far.  Too bad a pitcher with Hell in his name wasn’t around when they were called the Devil Rays.  Could’ve had some goat blood tie-ins and virgin sacrifices.  First virgin could’ve been Cowboy Jon from the second Real World.

Evan Longoria – 4-for-7 and a home run but only one RBI as he spent the weekend hitting lead off.  Supposedly, the idea of him leading off came about when the team was in the clubhouse having lunch.  He swan’d out a napkin for Upton and Fuld called him a great table-setter.  Maddon overheard and the rest is history.  (It’s as plausible as any other reason to bat Longoria lead off.)

Jay Bruce – Hit another home run as he continues to invite his fantasy owners to his star mitzvah.

Blake Tekotte – 0-for-3, but got his 2nd start in the row.  Tekotte (Tea-coat-e) has good plate discipline and decent speed (30 SBs over a season).  For now, it’s gotta be a very deep league to contemplate him because his playing time isn’t guaranteed.  Though, the Padres should keep Tekotte’s fanny off the bench for a twilight.  (A’la Comic Book Guy, “Lamest.  Pun.  Ever!”)

Josh Collmenter – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He continues to pitch better than he has any right to, but, hey, while he’s got it, flaunt it.

Alexi Ogando – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Finally, the correction I craved!  Now, if only Jaime Garcia would get hit hard.  Oh, wait a second…  Muahahahahaha…  Breath, Grey, breath! Thanks, random italicized voice.

Mike Napoli – 2 games this weekend, 2 homers.  This is why you Ron Popeil your catcher.  At the end of the season, you’ll look at Napoli’s stats and you’ll be fine with the 20-plus home runs, bleh average and decent RBIs.  Then next March, you’ll look at his stats again and draft him, then next April you’ll drop him.

Jon Jay – Hitting over .400 in May, .464 in the last 7 games and he hit a home run on Sunday.  Doesn’t have huge power or speed, but worth the flyer to see how long he can keep it going.

Allen Craig – Has been playing 2nd base to try and get offense into the Cards lineup.  La Russa said something interesting about the move, “It’s not a wacky thing where there’s nothing to gain.”  In all seriousness, I think this is a peek into La Russa’s mind where he knows some of the things he does are wacky, it’s just this is not one of them.  Here’s La Russa’s mind, “Batting the pitcher eighth?  Okay, wacky.  Changing the closer every third day?  A little wacky.  Wearing a live puppy-kitten scarf?  Definitely wacky!  Starting a good bat at a weak offensive spot?  Not so wacky.”

Jaime Garcia – 3 1/3 IP, 11 ER and 15 baserunners.  Altar boys rejoice in the karma of a Cardinal being violated.

  1. Derrick says:
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    Pick up Ervin Santana and drop either Wood/Norris or Wandy?

  2. Carl says:
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    Drop Darwin Barney for Eric Young Jr?

  3. stumanji says:
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    Which sides of these trades do you like?

    -Delmon Young for Brett Gardner
    -Tabata and Furcal for Andrus

    Should Drabek be owned in a 12 team league? He has been pretty rookie-ish with BBs but I’m having a hard time convincing myself to drop him for a guy like Arrieta or Narveson.

  4. Deana says:
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    License to Drive?

  5. enrico says:
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    Gavin Floyd (5-5, 3.69, 1.10, 7.38) @ BOS Alfredo Aceves (2-0, 2.22, 1.06, 5.40)
    Ted Lilly (3-4, 4.41, 1.29, 5.83) vs Col Clay Mortensen (1-2, 2.83, 1.09, 5.40)

    I would feel more comfortable if they sitting on the bench for these matchups. What do you think Grey? Bench or start?

  6. Garvey's Illegitimate child says:
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    the Lost Boys?………………..I got both Russell Martin and McCann in one league. Can’t seem to get any interest in Martin, got any ideas on how to move a guy that makes sense but is collectively hated. The only reason I have him was to block others.

  7. Steve says:
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    Bit of a carry-over from yesterday…

    In H2H, where we count OBP, I’ve been rolling with Todd Helton at 1B while Morneau has been stinking. So –

    1. Stick with Helton.
    2. Go back to Morneau (starting to string some hits together)
    3. Go with one of:

    Moreland
    Kotchman
    Miranda
    Rivera

    Also in H2H, what do you think of starting Narveson today? I also have Wood going and my opponent has 3 solid starts.

  8. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:first of all,you still sound a bit wishy-washy about EY Jr.
    I would appreciate some clear advice here.

    anyway,two questions:do you take Blackburn seriously?….and do you expect James McDonald to be relatively valuable for the rest of the season(10 team h2h 8×8 keeper)?

  9. Wiley says:
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    Would you take Frenchy or Juan Miranda over Grady Sizemore?

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:do you think Johan Santana will have any significant value THIS yr?

    and do you see him becoming an elite pitcher again by next season?

  11. Mike says:
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    Drop Fowler for EY Jr?

  12. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey whats your thoughts on duffy he impressed me with his start in Texas is he mixed league material now?

  13. junior says:
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    Hey Grey…

    Alcides just isn’t cutting it for me at SS in my AL 5×5. This is whats available…Brendan Ryan, Casilla, Plouffe, Andino. Any of these guys worth playing over Alcides?

  14. kangaroo hops says:
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    I wish I were in the U.S., so I could got to the game and hold up a big sign for the ESPN cameras: “LET BELT MAKE PIZZA” and let ‘em wonder….

  15. Jangle says:
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    Drop Aviles for Justin Turner? Need somebody to back up lousy McGehee…or take a chance on Alvarez?

  16. kangaroo hops says:
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    Also, with limited roster space (and needing power more than speed), is there any reason to part with Michaels Morse or Brantley for EYJr.?

  17. The Lost Boys was a classic, sorry Patterson but that at least ties your output

    ” I think I should warn you all, when a vampire bites it, it’s never a pretty sight. No two bloodsuckers go the same way. Some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode, but all will try to take you with them.”

  18. kg says:
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    Please rank :
    Jeter, Andrus, Furcal, Desmond, Lowrie…
    Thanks!

  19. joey says:
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    EYJ over Pierre?
    EYJ over Morse?
    thanks

  20. michael bourne says:
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    FWIW, Unless you play 1b or center field, you everyday doesn’t mean everyday on the Tigers.

  21. Matt S. says:
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    In regards to Trumbo, I was at the game on Saturday, and in the 8th inning with a man on second, Scoscia seriously pinch hit Alexi Aramista for Reggie Willits, and then brought in Trumbo as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 8th.

    If a fan of the home team is screaming at your incomprehensible bench moves, you might be a Scosciapath.

  22. Matt S. says:
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    Oh, also, Young Jr. or Turner for MI? I need steals and OBP.

  23. ChicksDigMyLongBalls says:
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    As a former altar boy and non-owner of Garcia, that last sentence made me snort out loud. Now I just need Ana-belle to break his leg cuz I cut him before he went on his Cy Young streak. Blown Away best Corey movie thanks to Nicole Eggert.

  24. sawx10 says:
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    Grey:

    Start Peavy against the Sawx tonight?

  25. Exactly says:
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    I was very pleased to see Ogando and Garcia get lit up…now I just want Soriano to remember who he is.

    Would you pick up Nicasio and drop either Narveson, Wood or Pineiro?

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey someone on here mentioned that they heard heath bell was being traded within 2 weeks,ive seen nothing else regarding the issue,of course we all know they might trade him before the years over but have you heard anything on the matter

  27. Cole says:
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    Who is the own in KC for saves if Soria loses it? Crow?

  28. timSTi says:
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    ^^^^^

    I’m wondering this as well. Thanks!

  29. Wilsonian says:
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    Who do you start out of these 5 (can start 4):

    Morrison, Morse, Uggla, Zobrist, Tabata?

    It’s a daily league.

  30. JoeyP says:
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    Grey, RE: the Corey’s (RIP Haim)

    Feldman – Gremlins, one of the Meatballs movies
    Haim – Lucas, one of the Crank movies
    Both – License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream
    And their best movie eva – Blown Away starring that chick from Baywatch

    In a keeper league ($260) would you consider trading Pu ($51) for Bautista ($22) and Cliff Lee ($22). I keep waiting for Pu to turn on the juice, but he doesn’t seem to be the same super human or years gone by.

  31. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    FHer, Lowrie, and Gaby Sanchez for Fielder and Kelly Johnson

  32. Tom Emanski says:
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    With Kenley Jansen down, what’s the closing shituation in LA? Should I bother picking up Guerra? And in KC, should I pick up Coleman?

  33. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I know you’ve noted it before, but should there be a speculative add for saves in Texas?

    Feliz only throws fastballs now, that can’t be good…I don’t need the reincarnation of Billy Koch!

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: morrison or morse depending on opp pitcher for power,tabata for steals and a bit more

  35. jeffjam says:
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    Grey, who whould you pick up next if Soria is put on the disgraceful list?

    Garcia got Mazzacred, oh yea.

  36. slam says:
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    Casey McGehee or Mark Reynolds?

    also,

    Brandon Belt, E. Young JR., Domonic Brown, or Delmon Young?

  37. birdis78 says:
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    Drop Wandy for any of the following?

    Bedard, Peavy, Cueto, Lewis, Dempster, Norris

  38. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    hudson (fla) or weaver (nyy) — both at home — need best possible outcome in all P categories. im thinking hudson, except last start… thoughts?

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: well I can play 4 of the 5. So if I play Morrison, Morse, Tabata, then I can play Uggla or Zobrist at 2nd.

    Who do you play?

    Also, would you drop either one of them for Hill or Johnson? You’re one of the only others that plays in an 8 team league, so you understand that you can’t ride some of these guys who are playing like shit when there are good bats available.

  40. Happy Holiday Grey,

    I’m in MI hell. Drop Espinosa, Desmond, or Barney for EY Jr.?

  41. pubscout says:
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    grey: ejax, duke, or minor this week?

  42. Jessegeeeee says:
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    Should I still be rostering D. fowler or Make the move to EY Jr.?

  43. chunk says:
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    16 team roto

    add Trumbo to back up/take over for Morneau at CI?

    I would drop Torres who fills in for D-Brown against lefties, but I have a feeling Brown’s playing time will start becoming more regular.

  44. Eddy says:
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    Grey, I’m just curious: How come there haven’t been any blurbs about Kershaw? I don’t think I remember seeing any this season. And usually you’ll throw one in if you own the player. Do you own Kershaw anywhere?

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: i traded uggla 2 weeks ago for mauer,id try to get something you need for him,my ave was hurting so bad i couldnt keep him even if he hit a few hr,i look for hill to snap into shape a bit and i grabbed ey jr

  46. Brew Crew says:
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    Hang on to Danks for the turnaround or is he droppable at this point?? (12 Team ROTO)

    Thanks

  47. Jose Tartabull says:
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    Grey –
    Cactus / Derelicts = priceless.

  48. C.O.C. says:
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    16 team H2H pts league, Young Jr. over Espinosa going forward?

    Also, need to start one: Burnett @Oak, Minor -SD, Leake -Mil…..

  49. Racehorse says:
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    Grey,

    I’m thinking of offering up Kelly Johnson for Allen Craig… 16 team mixer – dynasty…

    What do you think?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Derrick: Wandy if no DL.

    @Carl: Sure

    @stumanji: Gardner, Andrus… Eh…

    @Deana: Ah, yeah, another brilliant one.

    @enrico: Start Lilly

    @Garvey’s Illegitimate child: Sell him for 20 cents on the dollar.

    @Steve: 2…Start Narveson.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: No on Blackburn, yes on McDonald…

    @Wiley: Nope

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Maybe next year, but not elite.

    @Mike: Yup

    @mikey boy324: Eh

    @junior: Casilla for now.

    @kangaroo hops: Ha!

    @Flynner: True

    @kg: Andrus, Jeter….

    @VinWins: Thanks!

    @joey: Over Pierre

    @michael bourne: True

    @Matt S.: Ha

    @Matt S.: Young

    @ChicksDigMyLongBalls: Ha

    @sawx10: Eh

    @Exactly: Pineiro

    @AL KOHOLIC: Same as everyone.

    @Cole: Yeah, but he’s not good either.

    @Wilsonian: Sit Zobrist

    @JoeyP: Nice Corey breakdown. Sure

    @Cheese: Fielder

    @Tom Emanski: I’d hold…Desperate grab Guerra.

    @Randy BoBandy: Oliver

    @jeffjam: Ha! Crow

    @slam: Reynolds, Young…

    @birdis78: Norris

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: Weaver

    @Paddy Ballgame: You too! Barney

    @pubscout: Minor

    @Jessegeeeee: Young

    @chunk: Sure

    @Eddy: A great pitcher pitched well, didn’t have much to say. I was actually at that game yesterday.

    @Brew Crew: Lose him.

    @Jose Tartabull: Yup

    @C.O.C.: Depends on need for MI… Minor

    @Racehorse: Eh

  51. herschel says:
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    @grey: cain vs col or b anderson vs nyy? Thanks and happy memorial day.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @herschel: Thanks, you too! Anderson

  53. jessegeeeee says:
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    You’re a beast Grey.. just sayin’

  54. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thanks, and just double checking, need to start 2 of these 3. d hudson vs fla, norris @sd and cain vs col. thanks again.

  55. Commish Cauda says:
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    Pick one for this week…H2H-Points

    Brett Anderson vsNYY (Garcia)
    Ted Lilly vsCOL (Mortensen)
    James McDonald @NYM(Dickey) and vsPHI(Halladay)
    Javier Vasquez @ARI(Hudson)

    2-starts are nice in H2H, but McDonald’s 2nd start against PHI is scary…

  56. paulzone says:
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    would you trade crispie young & oswalt for kemp? or should i just stay the course with this team?

    c-avila
    1b-fielder
    2b-weeks
    3b-longoria
    rf-upton
    cf-crispie
    lf-gordon
    util-adam jones
    bench-chipper (prob my next drop)

    sp: sabbathia, hamels, oswalt, dempster, ogando, lohse, peavy
    rp: kimbrel, joba, lindstrom

    standard cats plus obp, err, gidp for batting and standard 5 plus hld, gidp and losses in pitching.

    happy memorial day and thanks!

  57. paulzone says:
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    oops, my SS is Reyes

  58. JohnnyFive says:
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    Happy Memorial Day, Grey. That is all.

  59. JohnnyFive says:
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    Err, Veteran’s Day. Doh.

  60. dingbat says:
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    Happy Memorial Day, Grey! That line about the Cardinal being violated was horrible in the best possible way.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    morse again,on a holiday against halladay

  62. Too Live Crudite says:
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    Grey what’s your best guess as to Chris Sale’s role next year?

  63. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Hey, I am gaga over Wily Mo’s AAA power production, especially if called up to hitter-friendly AZ. Have him in a bench slot waiting for ‘the call’, however, there doesn’t seem any reason for AZ to wait to call him up (since not a rookie-type). Do you see him getting a callup near future, or get over him?

  64. Donkey Puncher says:
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    whatsup fellas! happy memorial day to all. bout to crack a beer and fire up the grill!

    Quick question for you grey…

    Wishful thinking has me having to clear 2 spots for Desmond Jennings and Chisenhall’s callup tommorrow. I have narrowed down the droppables to these 4 players (12 tm AL only). Who do you like most the rest of the season out of these 4.

    Brent Lillibridge = 290/14R/5hr/9rbi/4sb in 55 AB’s
    Felix Pie = 250/8R/ 0hr/ 5rbi 1SB in 72 AB’s
    Andy Dirks = 241/4R/2hr/ 3rbi / 0SB in 29 AB’s
    Branyan = 191/4R/ 1hr 3rbi / 1sb in 73 AB’s (includes NL #s)

    Am i crazy for thinking the drops are Felix Pie and Russel Branyan? I just picked up branyan 2 days ago (dropped casper wells).

  65. Flunkie says:
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    I dropped Trumbo for Miranda a couple days ago. Would you add Trumbo back, dropping Tim Stauffer?

  66. slam says:
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    eric young jr or raburn?

  67. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Grey,

    Have 3 open roster spots after a trade.

    Which of these upside pitchers would you add, 14 Team H2H?

    Aneury
    Nicasio
    Worley
    Lyles
    Richard
    Leake
    Mortensen
    Chatwood

    Thanks

  68. Flunkie says:
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    Or Travis Wood, Julio Teheran, or McClellan (keeper though, was kinda stashing Teheran but after his two spot starts I’m not so confident in him anymore).

  69. The Talented Mr. Douche Bag says:
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    Raburn will be getting every day at bats now that sizemore has been traded. opens up their crowded OF a little bit, and giving raburn every day AB’s obviously ups his value.

    happy memorial day Razzball perts and Razzballers. thanks VinWin for the update on the RCL leagues, i think im #26 or so… First time playing in a mixed league that allows streaming pitchers, a lot different then my normal AL / NL only roto formats!

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jessegeeeee: Thanks!

    @herschel: Hudson, Norris…

    @Commish Cauda: Anderson

    @paulzone: Yup…Happy Memorial Day!

    @JohnnyFive: You too!

    @dingbat: You too!

    @Too Live Crudite: MR, few starts.

    @simply fred: Not sure where he plays, maybe a call up and bench bat, he does have big time power though.

    @Donkey Puncher: Not crazy. Happy Memorial Day!

    @Flunkie: Sure

    @slam: Young

    @Whiskey Diet: Nicasio, Lyles, Richard (at home)…

    @Flunkie: Wood

    @The Talented Mr. Douche Bag: Remember there is an overall limit. Happy Memorial Day!

  71. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Parra’s PT seems like a target. Will hang with him a few more days. Thanks!

  72. Hans says:
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    @Grey As the founder of the Sergio Santos fan club, I think this man deserves a nickname…Thoughts on the “Serg Protector” thoughts? Ehh? I kinda like it…

  73. Hans says:
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    @grey BTW Raul Ibanez is raking right now, if he’s available in your league I would go grab him ASAP, went yard again today and over the last 30 days he is the 10th best outfielder in the yahoo game….Having one of his crazy hot streaks right now

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    @simply fred: From someone whom had an infatuation with Pena…you should love Willy Mo, No Mo

  75. Matt B says:
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    Grey, Accept or Decline?

    12 team mixed 5×5 weekly h2h dynasty keep 7 or 9 (supplemental). Start 9 bats, 5SP 2RP. My team is slow out of the gate so I can sell

    I send SS Reyes
    for SS Castro, 1st round pick (round 10; with the March ’12 option to take Mad Max or Romero instead), 2nd round pick (round 11)

    My keeper outlook is Votto, Utley, A-Rod, Reyes, Heyward, Granderson, Rasmus?, Tabata?, Adam Jones?, Greinke, Oswalt?, B Anderson?, Gio?, J Chacin?, Neftali?

    Thanks

  76. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    @STRAWberry: Straw: this from a recent relationship? Some knowledge that AZ has NO intention of Wily Mo love?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hans: I like it! I was actually going to mention Ibanez in today’s roundup, but I had a hard time mustering excitement.

    @Matt B: Decline

    @simply fred: Because Wily Mo’s looked enticing for the last 5 years and has yet to do anything.

  78. B.J. says:
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    @Grey

    Trade I was offered in my 10 team yahoo h2h league

    I get: King Felix and Oswalt
    I give: Cano and Greinke

    I have Utley to plug in as my 2B so I see the trade as Utley, Felix and Oswalt for Cano and Greinke and I see it almost as a no brainer. It would significantly upgrade my SP situation while not downgrading my 2B that much.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @B.J.: Sounds fine if you need pitching.

  80. Hans says:
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    @BJ I would not do that deal, I would keep Cano and try to trade Utley to get a starter…Not sure what his value is, but I bet someone could use a 2nd basemen and you could get decent value…

  81. Flunkie says:
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    Okay, start Wood against MIL before I drop him? Thinking against it.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @B.J.: For full disclosure, I tend to agree with Hans, but without the full picture it’s hard to say.

    @Flunkie: Wood’s getting unlucky, I like him.

  83. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: You sleeping with the Straw? :-) Just thought I would ask him if he had specific knowledge, since you indicated that he ‘might’ get a callup and he’s saying ‘no mo’.

  84. chunk says:
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    was just offered his Hart/Rasmus for my D. Brown/Torres.

    Which side do you like?

  85. Eddy says:
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    @Grey: @jeffjam:

    I think that Mazzacred should be used for this year as a glossary word. That’s hilarious.

  86. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    @Grey: Heard that about you, slightly different nuance–Grey (and ‘stache) rolls in the hay–frequently. :-)

  87. Mike says:
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    EY Jr. or Theriot for 2B (rest of season)? Will EY hit for AVG?

  88. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Anybody see what happened to A. Soriano–removed to leg injury…?

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    soriano left with a quad injury

  90. The Spaceman says:
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    @Grey

    So (for one of the few times) I went against your (pre-season) advice and drafted Weeks. He’s done quite well thusfar for me. But after hearing your interview and you coining him as a top sell-high candidate…would you swap him for either Krispie Young or BJ Upton or neither?

    Enjoy the holiday and go crazy,

    -Spaceman

  91. Vince says:
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    12 team, H2H, 5×5

    Napoli or Miguel Montero?

  92. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks!

  93. Doog says:
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    Grey,

    Dynasty points league, and my rotation is Scherzer, Pineda, Morrow, Masterson, Nolasco (or Harang). John Lamb for Chris Carpenter?

  94. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Vince: No problem.

    @Doog: I’d take Carp.

  95. Wilsonian says:
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    Fielder/Heyward/Hamels for A-Gonz/Holliday…fair? Lopsided?

    What if it was J-Up instead of Holliday?

  96. swingkungfu says:
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    i’m not a huge baseball fan, but love playing fantasy sports, so i need some help in figuring out if i should pursue this trade.

    ryan howard is on the table from one of my leaguemates, though he’ll obviously be looking for a first basemen in return, meaning i’d either be sending votto or adrian gonzalez over. now, at the moment i’m thinking trading either of those two away for howard isn’t exactly a great deal, but will the tides turn down the season, making it a good switch? would it also depend on who else gets packaged in the deal on both sides?

  97. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: still fair with J-Up instead of Holliday?

  98. hey, if you guys are gonna talk wily mo, i kind of have to say something.

    two things about him. one, fangraphs.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=344&position=OF

    his K rate in AAA is down under 20% this year. yeah, it’s AAA; yeah, he’s 29 years old.

    second thing, combined with that, this article from the preseason:

    http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2011/03/05/20110305arizona-diamondbacks-wily-mo-pena.html

    here’s the thing: there’s actually some parallels between wily mo and bautista. by which i mean: both guys had their natural development path short-circuited by something. in bautista’s case it was (a) being owned by the inept pirates in general, and (b) getting pulled out of AA by the rule 5 draft and floating around the majors as a bench player for years. in wily mo’s case, it was the yankees signing him to a major league contract meaning that the reds couldn’t send him to the minors after he turned 21 because he was out of options. so he spent all those years as the reds’ fourth OF behind dunn, griffey and kearns, hitting 20 homers in 300 AB every year but never really getting a chance to settle in.

    now that he’s aged and become less of a commodity to the point where where teams can clear him through waivers and stash him in AAA for a while, he’s finally gotten the high-minors time he never got when he was young. that doesn’t make it certain that his approach has improved, but it makes it conceivable. the way he talks in that article makes it sound like he at least is making an EFFORT to change it. and the numbers back it up, to the degree you can trust minor league stats for old players (which is some but not all).

    i signed him for the minimum salary x 2 years in my 40-man-roster auction league this winter and i’m kind of excited to see what he does if and when the d-backs or whoever gives him another shot. might amount to nothing, but especially in this power drought i think he’s worth a cheap flyer if he’s called up.

    of course, i’ve been using him as my internet handle since he was a yankee prospect even though i’m a sox fan because i find the combination of his name and pedro-cerrano-ness hilarious, so it’s possible i’m biased. i’m not denying that.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Nah

    @wily mo: I didn’t know it was a handle, I thought you were him. Bummer. If he can, harness his shizz, he could hit 40 homers. Big if’s there.

  100. @Grey: sure, still plenty of ifs with him. but if he’s free, and homers are what you need, even the old version of him would be at least useful as a gadget.

  101. Simply Fred

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    @wily mo: I love you Mo!

  102. Steve says:
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    @Grey: FFS, gonna need a Hanley replacement in H2H by the look of it (joining Heyward and Zimm on the treatment table. Who do you like? We count OBP too…

    Hardy
    Infante
    Alex Gonzalez
    Casilla
    Ryan
    Pennington
    Andino

    What a choice.

  103. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I added Casilla in one league for steals, Hardy for all else.

  104. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Mood not being helped by opponent having Harang, Colon and Holland going today (grumpy emoticon).

  105. Steve says:
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    Soria should never have changed his nickname.

  106. Terrence Mann says:
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    Sell Bruce high for Longoria and Alexi? OF stacked and I need IF. Enough?

  107. Flunkie says:
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    Belt didn’t start again today, against McClellan, who A. got hammered, and B. I started today. Lowrie continuing to lose ABs to Drew Sutton. Frustrating!

    At least Trumbo is playing.

  108. Wilsonian says:
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    Napoli making the most of his ABs right now. Drop Wieters for him?

  109. Steve says:
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    Liriano to the DL with shoulder soreness.

  110. Steve says:
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    Soria loses closers’s job. Crow’s the man.

  111. DiscoD says:
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    @grey

    Pagan or torres

  112. A.J. says:
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    Dear Grey,

    I love reading your columns and enjoy your humor. That said, One bad start from Ogando does not equal a correction and does not validate all the fip,xfip stats you seem to live by. If one start makes you right as rain, then I guess shaun marcums bad start means he’s also terrible. I love you Grey.
    And i Hate you. Please shut up and stop gloating about when your right and sweeping it under the cover when your wrong. Which is about 60% of the time.

  113. the grate one says:
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    grey,
    when do you see volquez coming back up?? worth it to add?

  114. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Jesus, now Wood’s getting it.

    What to make of Narveson? Chalk it down it being a tough start?

  115. Trevor

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    OKAY NAPOLI… I learned my lesson… next year i wont drop you… yeesh… talk about someone who wont let it goo!! :/

  116. Flunkie says:
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    I’ve been setting and forgetting Napoli ever since the summer of ’79.

    Torii Hunter had a 2-HR day as well.

  117. Carl Spackler says:
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    frank frank or crow the rest of the way?

  118. The Spaceman says:
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    @ A.J. or any other bashers

    I’m not trying to cause a riff here or anything, not my style man. But cut Grey some slack. The guys sits here and answer always questions, without hesitations. Sometimes holding people’s hands through every damn trade. Nobody knows everything, baseball is a game. And it’s just Grey’s style; the casual arrogance. And deservedly so, the guy knows his shit and generally gives sound advice. Nobody will be correct all the time, and the people wanting him to solve their problems is too much.

    Who would want to read some meek and humble dude talking fantasy baseball? It’s his style, he says what he predicts and stands by it. He’s not wishy and washy…so in the end; who gives a shit if he’s correct or incorrect whatever % of the time. The guy is extremely literate, and humourous. Read, take it with a grain of salt and appreciate it. Like all writing, nothing is fact….but who hasn’t done better in their league’s because of Grey?

    -The Spaceman

  119. Steve says:
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    I’m not watching so I don’t know what happened, but how did Pierre not score from first on a bases-loaded double?

  120. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:
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    would you trade jay bruce for david price + daniel hudson? 12 team h2h with obp

  121. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Probably one of those in-between sort of doubles in which the batter really just advanced on the throw…just guessing.

    What I’m wondering is what they’re paying Wheeler for- Lester could have done that all by himself! (sad trombone.)

  122. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:
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    amendment to above post: greinke + hudson would also probably be an option.

  123. Joel says:
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    Grey: Just been offered Prince Fielder and Kimbrel for King Albert and Soria in my 6×6 h2h league. I’m actually leaning twds it. My other closers are Madson, Street and Gregg. what say u?

  124. VinWins

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    @Steve: Just saw the highlight. A pop down the right field line. Probably had to wait to be sure it dropped.

  125. Steve says:
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    @VinWins: I guess that’s alright then ;-) Didn’t want to think he was robbing my boy of an RBI by his uselessness.

  126. VinWins

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    Jo Jo Reyes wins for the first time in 29 starts. Complete game. 11-1, but the crowd was really in to it at the end.

  127. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    why do i get this feeling that cruz is the new dunn,power and no average,he looks terrible this year

  128. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yahoo has kemp with a sb,but espn isnt showing it,i gotta think espn is correct?anyone know

  129. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: are you sure? He hit another one. Ha.

  130. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Kemp. Get involved.

  131. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    Don’t look now, but Mark Reynolds has a career low, by several points:

    O-Swing%
    SwStr%
    K% (by a lot, it’s under 31% – 42% last season and 39% in 09)

    And he has 3 HR and 3 SB in the last two weeks. His batted ball profile looks much more like his 2009 rates than his 2010 rates (yet his BABIP is lower than last season’s – signs point to that correcting), and his HR/FB is really, really low. Half his career rate.

    Mini Donkey kicking again?

  132. Eddy says:
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    Can it be Memorial Day every day? I’m in 6 leagues where I had at least 10 RBI, 10 R and 3 HR in each. Hallelujah!

  133. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    In a 12 team NL only I spent too much on hitting so my pitching is bad. (my usual M.O.)

    If you needed pitching, would you trade Fielder for any of these?

    Kershaw, JJ, Lee, Lincecum, Halladay, Hamels, Marcum, Gallardo, Cain, Oswalt

  134. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    VinWins:

    I’d go Halladay, maybe Lincecum. Maybe go for Marcum and Gallardo, if your pitching is really bad and you need depth.

  135. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Travis: Thanks. It is really bad.

  136. jamesmetsfan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    My biggest weakness is Whip while I lead In saves. I have Bell,Krod and axford.

    Would you trade Berkman and Bell for Votto and Chacin?

    thanks

  137. Steve says:
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    @jamesmetsfan: Forget about the state of your WHIP – if you can get Votto for those two, do it before the other guy changes his mind.

  138. jamesmetsfan says:
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    Steve,
    First off, thanks for reading lol.

    seriously though, I actually made the offer to him. I agree, with the Votto love but you cant ignore stats, which berkman currently has, and has had in the past. Having 3 closers is a nice way to keep up with saves and still have weeks to stream in 2 start pitchers and sit a closer. Sometimes the names and the projections of a player sound good, but shouldnt count out chemistry.

    thanks for you help though

  139. Wilsonian says:
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    Who do you guys like better for the rest of the year: Morrison, Tabata, Kelly Jo, Morse, Zobrist?

  140. jamesmetsfan says:
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    Wilsonian,

    I think it depends on what you need but Im quickly becoming a hugh Logan Morrison fan (esp in OBP) leagues.

    Grey, Sorry for stepping on your toes but wanted to mention my new found love of Logan Morrison.

    Thanks

  141. Steve says:
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    Good heavens – do I really want Guerrier coming into the game now?

  142. Wilsonian says:
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    @jamesmetsfan: it was directed at everyone, anyway. I like him, too and it’s actually an OBPS league. I really need help at 2nd and Kelly Jo is available. I’m wondering who to drop.

  143. bravo says:
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    Start Kennedy vs FLA?

    Thanks!

  144. bogbert says:
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    Grey, hope you’re having a good Memorial Day. A friend got back to me about the website error message. This forum http://www.thefootballramble.com/forum/viewthread/3511/ has people reporting the problem on Mac and PC, with multiple browsers, which is similar to what I found when I searched previously. The rest of it is complicated, but basically it has to do with a javascript file from a third party site (i.e., advertiser or something), that changed when they updated it and so is now causing problems, that’s being hosted on your server. Without knowing all the details of your hosting setup, I can’t really help much further. Hope someone can.

  145. jamesmetsfan says:
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    @Steve: if youre not a Dodgers fan, then youre watching way too much baseball. Give the brain a rest, trust me, the less you know is sometimes for the better.

    @Wilsonian: If Lawrie isnt picked up then maybe grab him.

    @bravo: Grey, good luck with that one.

    This is kinda fun, but Im already bored after 4 posts. Grey, I really give it to you.

  146. Steve says:
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    @jamesmetsfan: Ha – I’m in New Zealand so not watching any of it (nor am I a rabid fan of a particular team) – just following along on ESPN’s FantasyCast.

    All the ingredients were there for him to get shelled without good cause (I own him), thankfully that didn’t happen :-)

  147. Wilsonian says:
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    @jamesmetsfan: I just picked up Kelly Jo. Lawrie is actually already gone. The problem is, I’ve got Uggla and Zobrist and they aren’t giving me anything right now.

  148. William says:
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    @Grey – Hiroki Kuroda was just dropped.

    Is he worth a pickup over any of these other guys – Ervin Santana, Jon Rauch, or Colby Lewis

    I heard there might be an injury through Rotoworld…

  149. jamesmetsfan says:
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    @Steve: being on the east coast, by the time a west coast, 8th inning, 6 run blow out is going, my brain is fully fried.

    @Wilsonian: Kelly Johnson is def a wonderful compilation prize.

    William isnt playing with us. Its ok, we already have a wilsonian anyway.

  150. jamesmetsfan says:
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    consellation*

    (thanks to phone correction)

  151. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    I’d trade Kelly Johnson if at all possible. His O-Swing% and SwStr% are career worst, and by far, too. His batted ball profile is mostly in line with last season (same GB%, slightly elevated FB% – which isn’t all that bad in Arizona), but with his deteriorating plate discipline and ability to put the bat on the ball, use this productive run of the last couple weeks to move him.

    If you really need help though, might be worth seeing if he’s turning the corner.

  152. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    @VinWins:

    Just realized that it might not be likely that the same owner has Marcum and Gallardo. But you get my drift. Halladay or Lincecum, or two pitchers from the tier below them.

  153. jamesmetsfan says:
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    Il just admit it. (thanks to phone correction) was just a poor poor cover up…im obv just stoned.
    Fortunately, that is def not a detriment to knowing fantasy baseball. If anything, it keeps me home watching too much of this stuff.

    I can just see it now….@jamesmetsfan: Get a Life! Get off my site, stop watching baseball and get out of the apt. It will be the first time Grey ever tells someone to leave.

    Thanks Steve (any corrections in this one?)

  154. Eddy says:
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    Bad news for Lester owners:

    Lester’s next start was pushed back to Tuesday instead of Sunday. And it’s @NYY instead of OAK. That’s tough for those yearning for his two-start week.

    My condolences.

  155. Nick says:
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    @Grey: For tomorrow who should I start

    Vogelsong v. STL (Career 1-4 v. STL with 8.49ERA, yikes)
    Anderson v. NYY (Career 0-4 v. NYY with 4.68 ERA)
    Scherzer v. Minn

    I have just Scherzer starting right now

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