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Josh Johnson injured? That would be precedented.  He came out of the game with a weak right shoulder.  Yeah, and I have a weak pitching staff without you.  Afterwards, Johnson said, “I just don’t feel great.”  That makes two of us.  Pitchers are always more prone to injuries than hitters and Johnson embodies that.  Or maybe he disembodies it.  Either way, this is bad news.  Hopefully, he caught the problem soon enough and won’t miss too much time.  I have a sinking feeling he’s headed for further bad news.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Davis – Hit the game winning homer.  After the game, here’s what CJ Wilson said on Twitter, “Rangers are crazy powerful in the late innings. chip davis looked like he was channeling MJ23 with his hop into the scrum.”  There’s so many things to take away from that, it’s hard to know where to start.  In other Twitter news, the other day someone asked Alyssa Milano if she reads Razzball.  This is the kind of initiative we need.  We should all go ask her to say hello in the comments here.  And congratulate her on her new book (and Embrace of the Vampire.)

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 11 Ks.  If you’re not on the Wandwagon yet, you should be.

Brandon Morrow – I think he’s headed for the Disgraceful List.  Aardsma would be a smart play.

Michael Bourn – 4-for-5, 2 steals.  Clearly, Bourn got amnesia about what an awful player he was in the past.  I own him on a team.  Is it fo realz?  Who gives an eff in the effin’ eff hole?  He’s been great.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4.65 on the year.  I think it gets to about 4.30 and then tails off again.

J.J. Putz – Bone spur in his elbow or some shizz.  I know, your Putz is hard to let go of, but K-Rod looks fine, there’s really no reason to be *pinkie to mouth* putzing around.

David Ortiz – 0-for-7, 3 Ks.  You know what would’ve been nice?  When Manny was caught taking lady pills, Ortiz saying he was juicing for five years.  When I compared him to Mo Vaughn, Sons of Sam Horn came out talking about how 2009 was Ortiz’s bounce back year.   Yeah, looks about right.

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 base runners and 5 Ks.  He didn’t pick up where he left off, obviously, but it was a tough first match up.  Now he needs to win the hearts and minds of his fantasy owners again.  Right now, they’re smitten with Wandy.

Matt Harrison – 2nd straight complete game.  Who are you, Matt Harrison?  I know!  Someone I wouldn’t own.

Carlos Delgado – Won’t go on the DL for at least a week.  Ain’t that grand?  Now he can take up a bench spot for you.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 0 ER.  Gotta say I felt trepidations creeping through my skull bone on whether to start him against the Rangers.  Thankfully, I chip’d up and let him jump in the scrum.  Whatever the hell that means.

Erik Bedard – Probably will miss his Saturday start with a tight hamstring.  Tight hamstrings are the worst.  Why do they even put string around hams?

Billy Butler – 2-for-5 with his third homer of the year.  At the All-Star Game festivities, they should have a homer derby between Butler and Sandoval.  Mano vs. Mano; Moob vs. Moob; Fat Guy With No Power vs. Fat Guy With No Power.  Of course, the prize would be a ham — with no strings.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 4-for-5, now batting .336.  You guys mocked me when I said he was a good sleeper for this year.  Wait, that wasn’t mocking, that was ignoring.  Damn you!

David Wright – 4 steals.  Tied a Mets record.  No, not Reyes.  It was Vince Coleman.  This was according to Gary Cohen.  I didn’t fact check him, he could’ve made it up.

Fausto Carmona – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER and the Win.  Still not regretting dropping him.

Justin Verlander – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 13 Ks.  That’s a mighty delish line.  I’m not a big flip-flopper, but 69 Ks over 50 and a third innings is terrific.  His 2nd month has been as great as his first month was bad.  Hopefully, he doesn’t turn back into a six-foot five pumpkin in June.

Nolan Reimold – 1-for-5, but at least he played.

Bill Hall – HR yesterday.  I see your Gamel and I raise you a boo-ya.

Colby Rasmus – HR yesterday.  Take your time, Ludwick.

Julio Lugo – 5-for-6, with a steal, hitting .359 since returning.  Can he fend off Nick Green?  God, I’d hope so.

Scott Baker – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Scott Baker, Lieutenant Colonel of Suck.

Garrett Atkins – Major Suck.

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  1. DrEasy says:
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    “Tight hamstrings are the worst. Why do they even put string around hams?” That’s classic!

    I dropped Lugo for Gamel yesterday, but at least he contributed to my stats today, so I’m happy.

    To start or not to start Hughes at home (you know, that wind tunnel) vs the Twins? I’d tend to say no.

  2. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    I fear for Hughes.

    W. Taveras has really been racking up some nice stats recently. Any thoughts with this being his magical 27th year of life?

  3. knighttown says:
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    Drop Choo or Beltre for Rasmus?

  4. Elbert says:
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    Rasmus is good, but still not worth dropping a Choo or Beltre; but if Rasmus starts getting hot & taking over permanent OF spot for Cardinals (which is less likely to happen this year), watch out for it.

  5. Need a win. Bad. Would you recommend shunning Stultz in Florida like Rocky Dennis; and streaming Ponce De La Rosa at Pitt? Or are they equally proportionate ill advised acts of desperation?

  6. Elbert says:
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    @zombie: second choice, but you could do a lot worse; both guys are still in peaking stage, you could definitely give it a shot.

    DeLa Rosa might have a shot though.

  7. Kris says:
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    @Grey: So I didn’t agree with your take on Baker, and he’s made me look silly so far…J Johnson is also really worrying me. I’m beginning to think the best staff in my league is headed for a rough patch. At least my C-Notez and C.C. tandem is getting it done…

  8. Bristol says:
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    Would you flip Beckett for Papelbon?

  9. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Got an open DL spot on my team tomorrow, now that Lackey is back.

    Who’s my best guy to try and stash for now- Oliver Perez, Kelvim Escobar, Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Guillen or Tim Hudson?

  10. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: If you need pitching, i’de stash kelvim. Hitting take Carlos.

  11. sean says:
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    Looks like Aramis could require surgery. Is he an outright drop now?

  12. SRM says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: Or if desperate for saves, maybe consider Chad Cordero.

  13. SRM says:
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    @SRM: @Hardcore Midget: Well, I guess it depends what league you’re in. He’s not in the Yahoo! system.

  14. Tony B. says:
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    The Billingsley/Guthrie duo was a success last night albeit, Guthrie’s numbers were very Un-Guthrie-like…

    I plugged the Bourn Identity in at my UTL spot and he performed with supremacy…

    Guy is offering me his Derek Lowe for my Nolasco? Should I cut bait on Nolasco and go with Lowe’s consistent numbers and lower ceiling?

    Thanks for the heads up on Aardsma, guy that had him dropped him earlier in the week once Morrow returned, he will be kicking himself now if Morrow does land back on the DL.

    I’m gonna run Cecil out there tonight and see what happens…

    Now onto today’s minor league clubhouse guy diary entry….

    We had the Omaha Royals in town during a homestand last July or August, Gathright was down on a rehab assignment. As I alluded to a couple days ago in the similar Gagne story, MLB rehabbers are basically responsible for providing the spread while on the rehab assignment.

    Gathright wanted to spend about 6-7 hundred bucks at a classy steak restaurant. My superior told him, you want steaks? I’ll go buy them myself, I’ll pick up shrimp and crab legs, baked potatoes and salads and we’ll do the spread for 5 hundred. Gathright was skeptical but then Shane Costa and Ryan Shealy vouched for us and said, these guys are good and can get it done, after the vote of confidence Gathright gave us the okay.

    We had everything prepared once the game ended, the guys came in and were amazed, thanking us saying how good everything was. The clubhouse emptied rather quickly after everyone ate, and with the mass exodus, Gathright managed to sneak out as well… by sneaking out I mean never paying for the spread… the next day he was recalled to the Majors…

    Enjoy

  15. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Great hamstring line, but you’ve ruined my morning. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize I was rostering both the Lieutenant Colonel and the Major of Suck.

  16. Billy says:
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    Would you pickup one of these guys in a 12 team league? or don’t waste your time? thanks!!!

    Nady or Ankiel

  17. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Aardsma or Cruz?

  18. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Billy: I’d grab Ankiel, but I wouldn’t drop anything too important to get him.

  19. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: Cruz in my opinion. He has the job until Soria gets back, and although Morrow has been awful, he has the stuff to be halfway decent.

  20. mc serch says:
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    @Tony B.: That shizz is straight up wack! Maybe Shane Costa Nostra can provide some help in the collection dept.

  21. BSA says:
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    Does anyone have access to the number of bases stolen by month across the whole league, year to year?

    It just seems that this year there are a crazy number of steals compared to last year. Unless they are coming in bunches which highlight them.

  22. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Looking at Matt Harrison – I don’t think he is playing out of his league. His FIP is just .2 higher than his ERA (4.43-4.23). He keeps the ball on the ground (50% gb) and his BABIP isn’t crazy – its right at .301. His strand rate is right around his career norm – currently sitting at 73%.

    He was a solid prospect in his own right (former 3rd round pick), and came to Texas in the Teixeira deal from Atlanta. He won’t throw CG’s every time out, but I think he is definitely ownable. Rangers look solid this year and I wouldn’t count out a 13-15 win season.

  23. Tony says:
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    is anyone else playing dodgeball today? I AM

  24. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I’ve been offered Fukudome in a deal…bad deal, not going to take it, but I’m curious about getting him cheap (since his owner seems to want to get rid of him).

    I’ve seen plenty about how he started hot last year and then tailed off…and how we can expect the same this year. Except — none of his “hot” months last year are nearly as good as this year’s April or May. At what point are we forced to look at last year as a tough rookie adjustment year, and think that maybe his true skill level is higher?

  25. Tony B. says:
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    @mc serch: I highly doubt Costa was interested in picking up that tab, haha. Gathright got off cheap too for the spread he got, Mulder and Clement spent well over a grand for their spreads on their rehab assignments, and paid upfront, both are great guys.

  26. big o says:
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    a calf strain derailed reyes’ plans to play yesterday .
    next time , take a people’s cab .

  27. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Anyone know when Edwin Encarnacion is eligible to return from the DL?

    Can’t seem to find a post 5/7 injury update on him, when his cast was removed.

  28. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Just answered my own question – Edwin could start today if he passes tests according to MLB.com. That is all.

  29. Tony B. says:
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    ALERT:

    Rich Hill scheduled to start on Saturday @ Kansas City…

    @Mark: What’s the type of cheap deal you’re looking to construct for Fuk U Do Me? I think he’s a fine 4th OF’er and a decent 3rd OF when needed.

  30. SRM says:
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    @Mark: I wish i would’ve drafted Fukudome and I think he’s legit. I think he’ll end the season in or close to the top 100. Last season he hated his translator, had his first child, butted heads with Pinella, got used the MLB grind and pitchers adjusted to him. He’s adjusting back now and has been looking pretty good. Problem is, if he slumps he’ll lose at-bats to Reed Johnson or will sit more against lefties since Pinella goes overboard with lefty-righty match-ups. Expect a regression, but if he can steal bases more effectively he’ll be solid.

    @Grey: Thanks for the advice yesterday. I traded A-Rod today for Santana. FWIW, Santana’s owner preferred that to Bills + B Wilson.

    But, I really needed the closer and the same guy just dropped Aardsma last night before Morrow pooped into his cereal. Who of Ray, Zumaya & Madson (or DeFilice) would be the appropriate drop? Worth a #4 waiver?

  31. Tony B. says:
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    @SRM: I’d drop either Zumaya or DeFilice, DeFilice is not this good, he’s basically an Edwar Ramirez type, he relies on his fastball/changeup combo. Since this is first real go around in the Majors, hitters haven’t seen enough of him yet, once they do, his stuff isn’t good enough to counter. Zumaya is just Zumaya, I think he sucks.

  32. PJTres says:
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    cecil was just dropped…do you think i should drop dukes for him?

  33. NoonTime says:
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    Wieters had 2 HR yesterday.

    Howie Kendrick owners:
    Major League Baseball has overturned a scoring decision from last Friday’s game between the Angels and Royals, ruling Los Angeles’ Howie Kendrick reached on an error instead of an inside-the-park homer. Kendrick was initially given the homer after Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen misplayed a ball down the line. The Royals appealed the decision by official scorer Mel Franks, and a five-person appeals board voted unanimously to changed the ruling, taking away Kendrick’s homer and giving Guillen a four-base error. Franks then approved the change. The decision took away two earned runs from Royals starter Gil Meche, dropping his ERA to 4.01 entering Thursday night’s game against Baltimore.

  34. Eric H. says:
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    Bench Frankie Franchise at Yankee Stadium tonight?

  35. Tony B. says:
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    @PJTres: No

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Some guy in my league dropped Matt Lindstrom last night? Is there some news I missed? He’s still the Fins closer, yes?

    On the other hand, the owner in question has been known to drink-and-drop.

  37. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: As long as he doesn’t spill down his front.

    Makes it an easy Vulturing. Almost too easy.

    Hmmm?

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Why are you owning him if you can’t start him against the Twins? Personally, I don’t own him.

    @Bamboo Cheetah: Wily T’s been real solid too. It’s the year of the steal, ya’ll!

    @Kris: Sorry to be right about Baker.

    @Bristol: I’d want Beckett.

    @sean: I read could eventually require surgery, not that it will. Don’t you have a DL spot? Why do you need to drop him?

    @Tony B.: I’d want Lowe over Nolasco.

    Gathtight wad. Did you get your money?

    @Mark: Thanks!

    @SaltyBiscuits: Could be, I’m still not touching a Rangers pitcher.

    @Tony: Ha!

    @SRM: I’d drop DeFelice.

    @PJTres: Nah

    @Eric H.: I’d start him.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: He’s the closer.

  39. john says:
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    We start 3 rp’s. I have Morrow, Qualls, Scott Downs, with Marmol on my bench. Do I pick up Juan Cruz and drop Marmol or Morrow?

  40. BSA says:
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    @Grey:
    Is there a place that steals are compared by month and or year?

    I thought chicks dig the long ball, maybe it is speed in 2009. No, no, no that can’t be right.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Non-Holds league? Grab Cruz for Marmol.

    @BSA: Yeah, I read your question above. I would check ESPN or MLB’s stat search.

  42. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I just discovered the most critical baseball question of the day. The Tigers just called up one Luke French, and he needs a nickname (obviously).

    Now, the first thing that comes to mind is Frenchy, but Franceour has a lockdown on that nickname (despite the fact that he’s been league average or lower ever since that first half-season).

    I suggest “Lucky Luke”. It’s alliterative, (foreign!) pop culture-referential, and hints at the franco-heritage of his last name.

  43. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: When I activite (hopefully) Carpenter from the DL next week I will need to drop a starting pitcher to activate him. Who would you drop between Randy Johnson and Edwin Jackson? Shouldn’t I theoretically expect Randy Johnson’s numbers to improve from what they currently are and Jackson’s numbers to get worse, or is Jackson maybe this year’s Cliff Lee?

    Also, I just traded Carlos Quentin for Roy Oswalt. I lead the lead in HR’s by a pretty good amount and I had 6 OFs for 5 spots (the other 5 are Beltran, Hamilton, Pence, A. Jones and J. Upton) and I suck in ERA and WHIP but am fine in Ks. Thoughts on the trade?

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mark: i doubt youll be calling him anything except the 2 lukes,numbers will be the same

  45. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: Trade isn’t horrible for balance, but I’ve been avoiding Oswalt for a couple years now. His numbers are headed the wrong direction.

  46. john says:
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    It’s a non Holds League.
    I’ll add Cruz and send Marmol packing

  47. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Mark: I agree on Oswalt. His numbers are certainly headed in the wrong direction, but he’s still probably a top 30 fantasy starter and probably better than that the rest of the way given where his numbers sit today. That was my thinking in doing the trade anyway. May not work, but when it is mid-May and your team ERA so far is 5.56, you need help. I have Beckett, Gallardo, Lilly, R. Johnson and E. Jackson as well as Carpenter and Webb on the DL, so it should get much, much better, but I need ERA and WHIP help badly if I’m going to win my league.

  48. Need some advice…I need to make a decision on Brett Cecil by the end of the week….it’s probably too late to make a trade and I have to drop either Derek Holland or Aardsma…I’m leaning towards dropping Holland now that Morrow has crapped the bed and I think I can sneak Holland onto waivers without anyone picking him up until he begins starting…what do you guys think?

  49. Zebo says:
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    Is Aramis done?

  50. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: Never got the skrill. I guess I’ll roll with the Lowe ceiling of Derek, thanks…

  51. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @antone: Holland. He might make the adjustment but so far with something like 4 K’s in 10 innings, he’s not overpowering hitters.

  52. TonyC says:
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    I am in a 12 team head2head league, and I have 6 OF’s for 5 slots. Who would be the best to try and move at this point between Kemp, Damon, LOLlsbury, Justin Upton, BJ Upton, and Adam Jones. Is Damon playing WAY over his head? Will BJ bounce back?

  53. thanks….as much as it hurts me to drop Holland…I think it’s the right move for now so this just give me a peace of mind about it….the only reason I was reluctant to drop him is because its an AL only keeper league…but I already have Sabathia, Lester, Saunder, Wakefield, Porcello, and Cahill as starters so I should be alright.

  54. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: Too bad I wasted my waiver pick on Hanrahan and am now 12 of 12 in the queue. Some other saves-whore will snatch that john up quick.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TonyC: Upton should bounce back, but you should move one of them. Ells or BJ will probably give you the most and you don’t need both. Trade one for a piece.

  56. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: That hurts even more.

    As to steals in 08 and 09 this is the best I could do:
    April 08 – 73% SB%, MLB avg- 17
    April 09 – 72% SB%, MLB avg -13
    Now remember we are only two weeks into May so the avg numbers are skewed
    May 08 – 74% SB%, MLB avg – 18
    May 09 – 70% SB%, MLB avg – 9

    Basically, I could be wrong in the research, but it looks as though these steals are just coming in bunches and the numbers are actually slightly less both in average success rate and numbers of SBs.

  57. big o says:
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    are my comments being censored now ?

    will try , once more :
    a calf strain derailed jose reyes’ plans to play yesterday .
    next time … take a people’s cab … (you can afford it ) .

  58. johnson21 says:
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    Grey. Start Cecil today?? Also, should I drop John Maine/Slowey/Coco/ Juan Pierre for McCutchen? He’s starting to heat up.

  59. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Tony B.: Tony, I love your stories. Keep ‘em coming. Which team do you work for, if you don’t mind me asking?

  60. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    hmm … must be having computer problems .
    disregard comment # 216 , and ,
    assess my cantu for his bourn , please .
    (am short on runs and sb’s .)

    thanking you , in advance .

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @johnson21: You can start him, but it’s risky. If your league is only 12 team, I wouldn’t pickup McCutchen yet.

    @big o: I think Cantu’s more valuable. You can patch together SBs, can’t you?

    @SRM: Very cool.

  62. Tony B. says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: No prob! I’ll have another tomorrow, it’s a team in the PCL, but I’m not gonna say which one. You might be able to figure it out though if you piece some things together!

  63. tyler says:
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    Completely off-topic, but I’m baffled by Harden. I figured either dominant or injured…I didn’t expect healthy and medoocre. Just don’t have any sense of his value right now.

  64. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey – I believe that Roger Cedeno also had 4 steals in one game for the Mets. Great column, but that’s becoming a repetitive statement.

    As per yesterday, here is Berry on Pedroia: “Pedroia’s my biggest question mark. Is his power for real? If it is, then he could be very valuable.”

    But the best was his comments for Nolasco: “The case for Nolasco is (to) look at what he did last year. Right? I mean, over the 2nd half of last year after the All-Star Break, Nolasco 4th in MLB in strikeouts. Had a ridiculous 98 to 12 K/BB ratio… I’m doing this off the top of my head so it’s 96 to 12 or 98 to 12. (It’s 98.) He hasn’t shown any sign of being injury-prone or…um… He’s still young. So, I mean, I think overuse at this point is a bit premature.” And that’s me quoting Berry from the Razzball interview.

    That’s why we listen to you, and not Mr. Roto

    Thanks for convincing me to start King Felix yesterday. Too bad that Morrow stole a win from him. I presume that Saunders sits today at Texas.

    Lost Manny and A-Ram back to back, and now Delgado, all on the same H2H team. So now I have two players whom I can’t place on the DL, and have lost 3 of my 5 best hitters in a week.

    @Tony: – Thanks for the stories. Keep ‘em coming.

  65. NoonTime says:
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    Rate this trade:
    Harang and JD Drew
    for
    F-Her

  66. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @tyler: Maybe he’s throwing different to avoid stress on his arm? I wonder if anyone has compared video on him yet to see if he’s still throwing the same stuff……a trip over to pitchfx is in order.

  67. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @tyler: Prelinary results are interesting:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfx.aspx?playerid=1772&position=P

    The first few things I noticed:

    He threw a ton of sliders last year, and this year dropped back to his 2007 level. He appears to be throwing his changeup more than ever.

    Velocity looks pretty good on everything….his fastball’s a good bit slower than it was 2 years ago but no slower than last year.

    Here’s the biggie…he’s lost a ton of movement on his slider, particularly along the vertical axis.

    Does anyone know if the pitchfx is accurate in reporting that Harden doesn’t throw a splitter anymore? They have him throwing it 13.5% of the time in 2007, 2.3% in 2008, and not at all this year. I’m wondering if they are accurate identifying his pitches and if maybe that’s throwing off the results.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks for the kind words! I think you should sit Saunders, yeah.

    @NoonTime: I’d want F-Her.

  69. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Strasburg added to CBS database for you keeper leaguers.

  70. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Mark: I expect this from Rudy. If I’m up against this kind of analysis from guys in my league I am in trouble. Appreciate your research!

  71. SRM says:
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    @Mark: Good stuff, thanks. I’m no help on the pitchfx though.

    @NoonTime: Definitely F-Her.

  72. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    just traded b.j ryan and rolen for huff-n-stuff to fill in for aramis,still have woods,lindstrom,street,hoffman,madson and hannrahammy.

  73. Jobu's rum says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I like that trade for you

  74. Johnny Walker says:
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    @NoonTime: Fair deal. Harang has been lights out – mostly. Drew is shaky but if the team needs a bat then he can help at times. F-Her still scares me.

  75. tyler says:
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    @Mark: That’s a fantastic answer, couldn’t have asked for better analysis.

    I can’t help on the ptich F/X issue (other than to say that I can’t recall seeing “splitter” register on Gameday), but if the issue is feel for his slider, that gives me hope going forward. IIRC, Harden didn’t pitch much in ST. April might have just been him getting a feel for pitching again.

    ….or I might just be rationalizing using a 9th rd pick on Harden and not Greinke.

  76. Lou at Wrigley says:
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    Theriot not getting respect, I’m happy so far, but should I upgrade? Tulo, Furcal, hard to see why some (not you) rank Theriot so low compared to them. If I package a pitcher (Zambrano, Scherzer) who could I get? Thanks

  77. I trade Vernon Wells and I get Ervin Santana yay or nay? What about Lester?

  78. Doc says:
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    @Mark: He really is just a two pitch pitcher, but his change-up usually has so much movement that it can be similar to a slider.

  79. @grey: have dlee…was offered big papi for him….ride the tide or make the move? chances are both suck anyway and i should try to package dlee for a player that can actually contribute positively to my team….thanks

  80. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Doc: That complicates the analysis….pitchfx must be categorizing some of his changeups as sliders and some as splitters. That makes sense though, now that I look at the chart again, since they are all around the same speed (84 mph).

    Soooooo…..taking another look at it, it’s not as clear cut, but overall the average movement on that changeup/slider/splitter is a bit less than it has been in previous years.

  81. Eric H. says:
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    If I have Kemp, Werth, Pence and Bruce in my OF, is it OK to deal Vlad for Wieters straight up? I asked about a couple variations of this deal yesterday, but I have it down to a 1-for-1, which I’m more comfortable with.

  82. @Doc: In that case, even his changeup has a pretty significant decrease in vertical movement this year. He’s not a guy I’d rush to get but his HR/FB seems to be the biggest problem, his xFIP is more or less the same as last year.

  83. jk says:
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    thinking about dropping jason frasor for a starter. here is whos available that im interested in: edwin jackson, jair, brian bannister, adn jarrod washburn. would any of these trades make sense?

  84. Tony B. says:
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    Heads up for Astros/Cubs, possible rainout, rain is 100% chance until 9PM this evening. I’m taking Bourn and Lee out of my lineups.

    My pick to click for tonight:

    Jason Kubel @ NYY (Hughes)

  85. Tony B. says:
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    @jk: I’d drop Frasor for Edwin Jackson in a millisecond.

  86. Tony B. says:
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    @jk: Also, I’d find a way to get Jair on your squad as well unless your pitching is strong enough already

  87. jk says:
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    my current roster is dice-k, b webb, zambrano, greinke, volquez, garza, jared weaver, ted lilly, francisco cordreo, andrew bailey, and heath bell. id love to get jair as well but im a little insure of who to drop.

  88. Lou at Wrigley says:
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    @ Tony B: Good call on the rain with Astros/Cubs, it’s light but steady, 40,000 expected, they’ll get it in, we have lights!

  89. jk says:
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    actually i might get rid of ol heath just cause the padres offense doesnt give him many chances to get on the mound

  90. JR says:
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    Strasburg added to Cbssportsline (which is some bullshizzle).

    If you add Stasburg to your roster now, does that make you a Humbert Humbert?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Lou at Wrigley: I think you’re fine with Theriot. If you wanna make a play for Tulo or Furcal, I wouldn’t offer much more than just Scherzer.

    @bpasinko: I think you can do better, but I don’t mind Wells for Lester.

    @matthole: Both suck, I’d prefer Lee.

    @Eric H.: I’d want a catcher that’s currently playing, but it’s okay.

  92. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @JR: Nice.

    Stee-phen Stras-burg. Light of my life, fire of my loins.

  93. Clyde Prompto says:
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    in a 12 team mixed league, i give soto, kemp, markakis, hill, r zimm
    i get d wright, crawford, iannetta, pence. it was vetoed, i don’t think it should have been. is it a fair deal? also it may be worth mentioning that i’ve been at the top of the league all year and it’s fairly competitive. so maybe there is some veto-spite going on.

  94. @Clyde Prompto: Sounds like you guys should just swap username and password and manage each others teams instead.

  95. Teef says:
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    @Lou at Wrigley

    I agree the Theriot really doesn’t get much love at all – I picked him up as a replacement for the struggling Alexi but after doing some research on the guy I’m keeping him and I think he’ll end up being a higher rated SS than Tulo/Furcal – He gets on base a ton – he’s not getting more respect and hitting in the 2 hole and I think something like .295 90 runs 27 sbs are totally feasible/within reach and I think he can even improve on that avg and steal total.

    Not to even bring up the HRs cuz it’s still early and it may be a flash in the pan but he’s got 5 on the year already…anything he adds here is just gravey but he JUST missed his 6th in yesterdays game as the ball hit off the top of the wall

    I was going to try and get Jeter for him/hoffman but I’ve since rescinded the offer – I’m sticking with the riot.

  96. Tony B. says:
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    Stros/Cubs postponed due to the rain.

  97. Atomic says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: Not sure why this trade would be vetoed unless it is a keeper league and there is some value there that you didn’t mention. On the other hand, why make the deal? I probably would take Kemp/Markakis side. I guess it seems pretty even, not lopsided enough to veto.

  98. Lou at Wrigley says:
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    Thanks Teef. The move to second in the order will help the Riot w/ runs scored and average, I think he had 2 walks & hits yesterday.
    I’m deep in pitching (Verlander, Halladay, Kershaw, Liriano, Scherzer and Zambrano – and have Tommy hanson stashed), other weak spot is OF. Have Ethier, Granny, Bradley not a believer in any of those, and Manny.
    Package one of my OF’s and a P, but for who?
    thanks,

  99. Paul Wilson says:
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    I heart the WandWagon! I never would have ridden it were it not for the fantasy analysis on this site, either. Thank you Grey. I will buy you a daqueri, once I get a job. At that point, my first place fantasy team will probably go down the tubes, but I’ll still hold true to this promise!

  100. Paul Wilson says:
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    @Eric H
    Doesn’t sound like Vlad is contributing much for you in a crowded OF going forward; grab Weiters while you can. Steal!

  101. Lou at Wrigley says:
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    Tony B: I stand corrected. Today’s Stroh’s/Cubs rescheduled for 7/30, 1:20, was to be an off day.

  102. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Is anybody else just getting killed at 1B this year? I’m pretty pleased with my team but man 1B is a wasteland. After suffering through a month’s worth of Garrett Atkins there, I finally swapped a spare part for Mike Jacobs just to get some production.

    I got close to completing a deal that would’ve netted Teixeira and Alex Rios in exchange for Carl Crawford and Manny, but at the last minute the Teix owner backed out as he wants to keep Teix for next year. Our league is particularly tough since we have a CI roster spot that eats up the extra 1B/3B. I can’t believe I’m looking forward to Mark Reynolds getting 1B eligibility just so I’ll have someone else to swap in there.

  103. Doc says:
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    Medlen called up for Atlanta. He has a 0.96 ERA and 10.6 K/9 in 37.3 Triple A innings.

  104. tylenol38 says:
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    Uehara or Dallas Braden?

  105. tylenol38 says:
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    Dallas Braden or Koji Uehara

  106. Joel says:
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    Why is Garret Anderson hitting ahead of Brian McCann? What is wrong with Bobby Cox?

  107. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Leo Mazzone stole Cox’s soul and sold it to the devil.

    ********There’s a new post. Can take comments there. Thanks******

  108. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tylenol38: Uehara… Sorry your comment didn’t appear right away, the spam filter must’ve grabbed it.

  109. 3 runs given up by madson middle relief, AWESOME….

    what a turd

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