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Kila Ka’aihue will need a nickname if he plans on being as good as he looked in the minors this year. How about Misplaced Apostrophe? Nope. Ka’aihue hits home runs and, get this, doesn’t strikeout. Weird! Check this out, Tootsie Roll. He had 67 strikeouts and 104 walks. Sign me up! Wait, you haven’t even heard the exciting part yet. He hit the fourth most HRs in the minor leagues in 2008 with 37, which were hit between Double-A and Triple-A. How about the nickname, Keanu? It means Cool Breeze Over the Mountains in Hawaiian. Nope. Ka’aihue has to battle for playing time on the Royals, but if he gets some, I’d take a flier in AL-Only leagues and monitor closely in keeper leagues and mixed leagues. How about The Big Island? Hmm, that’s not bad. Anyway, here’s some other fantasy baseball players to buy and sell:

BUY

Josh Fields – With Crede suffering from back pain (Crede should totally go see my acupuncturist. She speaks no English and she tries to charge me double every time I go, but still she’s like Anne Sullivan with needles.), Guillen turns to Uribe, a guy that somehow has had a major league career. C’mon, Josh Fields Forever…

Josh AndersonWho’s this effin’ schmohawk Grey’s touting this week? Easy there, guy. I’ll slice you. Josh Anderson has started every game in the last week and he has a home run and three steals. If you’re hurting for steals, you can do worse.

Mike Lowell – If he was dropped in your league, he’d due back today.

Dexter Fowler – Worth a NL-Only flier in keeper leagues. He might be someone to look at late in the season if/when the Rox get Elimidated by the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. He might not have a spot next year, but I think the Rox are going to do all they can to move on from Taveras.

Brandon Wood – Starting just about every game. When the Angels clinch, which is academic at this point, Wood should see even more time as Scioscia gives his regulars some rest.

Travis Snider – I mentioned picking up Travis Snider earlier today. And that’s me linking to me!

James Loney – My first baseman had a second name, it’s L-O-N-E-Y. He’s a .370 September hitter.

Casey Kotchman – Since we’re talking about 1st basemen that don’t have a cholesterol problem. Kotchman bats near .320 in September.

Rafael Furcal – At middle infield, you can afford to gamble on a DL slot.

Mike Hessman – With the Tigers playing for nothing and Guillen hurting, Hessman could see time at 3rd base. He had 32 home runs in Triple-A this year and he was awesome in Head of the Class.

SELL

Carlos Zambrano – He’s inflammed! Inflammed, I tell ya!

Mike Lamb -Well, he got the “out like a Lamb” part right.

Carlos Gomez – Bad week for Carloses (Carli?). In some leagues, where I’m desperate for steals, I’m holding him, but the Twins have been going out of their way to find other options. You probably should too.

Brandon Morrow – Let’s be realistic, he hasn’t been that good in the minors while stretching myself out, he pitches for the Mariners (F-Her is 9-9) and he won’t last much longer than six innings in any start. If you’re in a pinch, I could see taking a flier. Caveat emptor, for those in Latin America.

Gary Sheffield – He’d show you, but he’s too old; too banged up and too fuckin’ blind– I mean… See the first two.

Evan Longoria – I had my doubts about Longoria returning, and now he’s yet to pickup a bat, 4 days after he was supposedly returning. There’s. Three. Weeks. Left.

Carlos Guillen – This is the time of year that regulars give way to rooks, especially on clubs that are out of it. This goes double for guys who are battling injury. En garde, Injury!

Carlos Quentin – Actually, it’s an awful week for Carloses. He has a fractured wrist. Drop him in all leagues, except keepers.

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  1. knighttown says:
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    Let’s quantify how much we like Snyder. More than Cruz? Konerko? Butler?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @knighttown: Quantify in what circumstances.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    EDIT: *****CARLOS QUENTIN HAS A BROKEN WRIST. DROP HIM IN ALL LEAGUES, EXCEPT KEEPERS.

    I simply updated the post. Word.

  4. Nick says:
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    So I have Quentin & Zambrano…dropping both now, who do I pickup? Snider to replace Quentin, or Ethier, Lowell, Loney, Reynolds, Span, Dickerson….

    pitchers include Slowey, O Perez, Pelfrey, Litsch and it goes on…

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: It would help if I had a little more info, like are you fine on HRs, need speed or your ERA/WHIP ratios are in trouble, or not. All things being equal. Ethier, Lowell, Dickerson, Reynolds, Span… The pitchers ordered the way you have them.

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Need runs and, suddenly, steals. Play Anderson over Elijah Dukes? Dookie has some speed too.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Anderson’s been leading off, Dukes has not. It’s bit riskier, but sure.

  8. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:I’m not sold on Snyder being very helpful this year.He’s going to be spot started.They don’t want to make the same mistake as they did when they brought up Lind his first few go rounds.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Unless he continues to hit. He’s just a flier. No one should be dropping anyone that worthwhile for him.

  10. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:Burriss and Prado are my latest saviors,now if I could only find some pitching!

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Pitching’s tough this time of year, best to go with matchups.

  12. Shogun says:
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    Bummer on Quentin – he was carrying both of my teams. I grabbed Ethier in one league and Span in another, but what a terrible time for an injury.

    At least this helps the Twins’ chances in real life baseball.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: Real what? Come again.

    It sucks to lose a guy that was having that solid of a season, but it’s better this than he simply sprained his wrist and played in pain and wasn’t productive. At least now you can replace him.

  14. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: True, that. Fortunately there’s a bunch of outfielders on hot streaks who might put up comparable numbers. Anyway, Quentin must have a legit injury if he’s going to pack it in during a pennant race.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: It’s a broken wrist he got from hitting his hand against his bat in frustration. He Tulo’d it.

  16. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: What a spazz! Amazing it wasn’t one of those 1077 HBP he had this year…

  17. Nick says:
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    @Grey: I need average, stolen bases & then runs in that order…

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: Span, Dickerson, Ethier, Loney, Lowell then Reynolds.

  19. BSA says:
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    Hey, How about the Phillies/Mets game tonight? Looks like Myers learned from the lumps he earned riding the bus to the minors this year. Shaky start but now dealing into the 4th.

  20. Grey

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    @BSA: That’s what I’m watching… I’d like to see some offense though. I have lots of Phillies and Mets hitters.

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    What’s up guys?

    Halladay dealing tonight, nuther complete game? I heart Roy……………

  22. BSA says:
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    It appears Mike Lowell’s oblique and hip feel fine.

  23. Shogun says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Halladay’s awesome. But he has 88 pitches after 6 innings tonight. Unless Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Jays, I doubt Halladay finishes.

  24. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Yeah tonight is a mixed bag for me since I have Utley, Wright, and Rollins.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @BSA: @Shogun: That’s Greg Dobbs and Pelfrey sobs and so it goes, so it goes.

    BTW, Votto’s really getting hot… Actually, he’s just hot. He’s there already.

    Methinks Hallday’s going the way of a ND.

    EDIT: Typo, boyz!

  26. BSA says:
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    Top of the 8th, 106 pitches and Myers bats? How many is he throwing tonight?

  27. BSA says:
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    117 after 8. Myers going for the CG.

  28. Doug Ault says:
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    Of course I’ve got both Myers and Sabbathia sailing along tonite,and my hitters are sporting a glowing 111 ave,oy veh

  29. knighttown says:
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    My hot streak is coming to screeching halt tonight. I sonofabenched Konerko’s 3-for-3 with a donk in favor of a bunch of o-fers. I did have the foresight to start Ted Lilly, who got me 2IP and a 22.5 ERA and a 3.5WHIP. Where the hell did that come from?

  30. BSA says:
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    Great my own arms shut down most of my offense tonight.

  31. Doug Ault says:
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    @knighttown:HA! I’ve also got Konky sonofabenched,but of course I’ve got Thome and his o’fer whatever starting

  32. wassup says:
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    Playoffs start for me on monday. Should I grab hot Billy Butler and drop Hardy? or votto, cameron, ethier, who will do best next week?

  33. wassup says:
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    Im guessing Slowey has a two start but im not sure. Is he starting on Tues or Wed? just wondeirng

  34. Steve says:
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    @Nick: @Grey: If Grey tells you to pick up Ethier, you do it.

    I did about a week ago. It changed my life.

  35. wassup says:
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    Oliver perez has a 2 start so im guessing to keep him and not drop him for slowey

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wassup: Yeah, I’d hold tight.

  37. Steve says:
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    I’m probably being unnecessarily harsh, but Nady is starting to yawnstipate me a little. Could I be doing better at CF with Cameron, Coco, Span or Josh Anderson?

  38. Dave says:
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    Brandon Morrow – Let’s be realistic, he hasn’t been that good in the minors while stretching myself out, he pitches for the Mariners (F-Her is 9-9) and he won’t last much longer than six innings in any start. If you’re in a pinch, I could see taking a flier. Caveat emptor, for those in Latin America.

    What’s that you say Grey? You better get back to schmohawkin what you know and not what you don’t know. I’m jusy kayin.

  39. Joe says:
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    Jorge De La Rosa
    (Col – SP,RP) ^ Hou FA 839 71 28.1 3 0 23 1.59 1.16
    Wandy Rodríguez
    (Hou – SP) ^ @Col FA 358 108 27.0 2 0 31 3.00 1.26
    Glen Perkins
    (Min – SP,RP) ^ Det FA 731 124 34.0 4 0 12 3.18 1.26
    David Purcey
    (Tor – SP) ^ TB FA 863 262 27.0 1 0 29 4.67 1.33
    Brandon McCarthy
    (Tex – SP) ^ Bos FA 661 279 16.0 1 0 9 2.25 1.12
    Sean Marshall
    (ChC – SP,RP) ^ @Cin FA 735 325 17.0 1 0 15 4.24 1.29
    John Lannan
    (Was – SP) ^ @Atl FA 691 384 28.1 2 0 17 5.40 1.45
    Jeff Karstens
    (Pit – SP) ^ @SF FA 771 944 22.1 0 0 6 6.04 1.43 #

    Could you rank the above for spot start potential for tomorrow Grey?

  40. Grey

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    @Steve: Depends on how much risk you’re willing to take. Also, depends what you’re hoping to get from your CF. Power? Speed? Tell me what the deal is in the followup post.

    @Dave: Yeah, I should’ve known he was going to possibly be the 2nd pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his first major league start after not pitching that well in the minors and being limited. How foolish of me. Thanks so much for your profound insight too. Try to read this first:

    http://www.paulgraham.com/disagree.html

    @Joe: Lannan, Marshall, Perkins, Wandy, Rosa, punt.

    ****TAKE FOLLOWUPS TO THE NEWEST POST******

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