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John Lackey showed Jered Weaver and Jake Peavy how it’s done. When your team gives you one run, you make shutout lemonade. After the game, one Angels fan said, “Lackey is twice the pitcher of Jim Abbott.” That’s 9 starts for Lackey this year and they’ve all been fantastic. 7+ IP every game. 2 runs or less in all except one (where he had 3). 6 Wins, sub-1.00 WHIP. Lackey hasn’t made a bad pitch since he tried to convince Arte Moreno to invest in his remake of Cop and a Half with John Lackey and Chone Figgins. I don’t know what they did to rehab his elbow but they should give a little bit to Kelvim Escobar. Now if he could only run for Vlad. As for Kevin Slowey, he pitched a complete game shutout. I touted Slowey all the way back in the beginning of May, while remaining realistic about his propensity for giving up home runs. I felt yesterday’s Brewers matchup wasn’t favorable for him, but I also told you Frenchy was a Buy in that May 3rd post, so I’ve had a few bumps along the way. However, if I may beat my own horn, in that May 3rd post I was probably 75% right. Seriously, doubt me. It makes me want to be better. Like Jerry Mcguire. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Davis – Homered yesterday. In one of my leagues, he doesn’t clear waivers until July 3rd. Seriously, Yahoo, you suck. How has Yahoo become the de facto fantasy baseball service of choice? I’m leaning to returning to ESPN next year. (Of course my favorite will be CBS, but they charge. Then again, isn’t everyone paying money for real time stats on Yahoo? How is this okay? Chris Davis played in two games before he was even added. It wasn’t even like he was added the day after his at-bat. Yahoo is known for being the number one search engine ten years ago. They’re attempting to do some nonsense with new email addresses. I guess this is for the six people who don’t already have a work email, a personal email and a spam email. Yeah, I want a fourth email. A “I’m never going to use this email” email. You can now reach me at YahooFantasyBaseballSucks@Rocketmail.com.)

Mark Buehrle – I started him again last night and got another quality start. I’m worried that I’m pressing my luck. No whammy! No whammy! Ooh… 5 IP and 7 ER.

Eric Gagne – Untuck his shirt Sunday night as he was activated from the DL. Knowing Torres should remain the closer and trying to save (<—pun!) face, Gagne said he’d welcome any job the Brewers had for him. I have an idea. During the 7th inning sausage race, how about a new addition — the crapwurst?

Andy Pettitte – That’s 4 straight wins with a 1.00 ERA over 27 IP. Granted, that includes a start against OAK and SDG but he’s paid off Rudy bigtime as a 6th starter in two leagues.

Jim Thome – I said on Friday that I would be buying once interleague was over. He hit a home run yesterday. I’ve picked him up in a ten team league. Adam Dunn was happy to see me pickup Thome. No longer would he get mocked for wearing overalls and chewing straw.

Dustin Pedroia – Here he comes to save the day! Mighty Mouse has been on fire all month and is now over .300 with 8 HR and 9 SB for the year.

Edwin Encarnacion – Homered yesterday. Do you think he dreams of being Adrian Beltre when he grows up? All you need is one monster season, double-E!

Michael Cuddyer – From the files of 2007 fantasy baseball, I felt like I should mention this schmohawk, but he’s done nothing this year at all. Now he’s headed to the DL.

Oliver Perez – Shut down the Yanks. He’s the equivalent of a crazy hot chick.

A.J. Burnett – If Oliver Perez is like a crazy hot chick, AJ Burnett is like a crazier Oliver Perez.

Brandon Lyon – After blowing another Haren save, it’s quite apparent. He’s made a Brandon pact with Mr. Webb. Todd Jones has made a similar pact with an imaginary pitcher on the Tigers he’s named Todd.

54 Responses

  1. Mike says:
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    Start Harang against the Pirates tommorow?

  2. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Yesterday I was faced with the classic pitcher v. pitcher dilemma. Lackey vs. Lowe. Mano a mano. No way they both win, unless there’s been a rule change I hadn’t heard about.

    I started both anyway. Because that’s how I live. On the edge. End result?

    Lackey: 8.2 3H 0ER 2BB 9K
    Lowe: 7IP 5H 1ER 2BB 7K

    Nice work boys. Nice work.

    In other news, Scott Baker or Slowey? In the battle of touted young Twins, I’ve thrown my lot in with Baker. As you point out, Slowey sounds like the dumbest of the seven dwarves. And I’m starting to understand why the Twinks thought they could afford to part with Garza. I bet they wish Delmon had a little more pop, though.

  3. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @BVV: I was mulling over Baker/Slowey last night. I have Baker and almost dropped him for Slowey. Baker’s got the experience though and is less likely to regress wouldn’t you think?

    Harang was dropped in our league. I’m debating on whether to even go after him or not. Sure he’s got talent, but he’s having an awful year. I like my pitching staff enough right now that I don’t know if I want to add him and who to add him for. Advice?

    Pitchers:
    Sabathia
    Lincecum
    Bedard
    Shields
    Joba
    Garza
    Scott Baker

    Also, can’t wait to get Furcal back. Hopefully the end of this week.

  4. p0rk burn says:
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    @Mike: I would. The hot bats on the Pirates have cooled off, Harang generally has looked good (minus a few *bad* starts, like his last one). If he doesn’t get you a win he should get you some good stats (including HRA, bastard).

    @Frank Rizzo: See above. I’d pick him up over Baker or Garza but thats just me.

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I’m inclined to take Harang over Baker, but not Garza. But I have an irrational attachment to Garza. I’d be more inclined to drop a marginal offensive player who’s on your bench, if possible.

    I def. wouldn’t drop Baker for Slowey if you have one and not the other; you’re just chasing the dragon at that point. Baker’s been very good too; hopefully his shutout is in the near future, not the near past.

  6. Commie-tment Issues says:
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    What’s Chris Davis’ value in comparison to Headley, or that new KC SS sensation Aviles?

    I’d make the waiver move but I got to drop one (Headley) or the other (Aviles).

    And isn’t it true that Davis is timesharing with Max Ramirez?

  7. p0rk burn says:
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    @Commie-tment Issues: I think Aviles is more valuable than Davis just because of positional considerations. At this point Aviles is bringing you more value than most established MIs. Blah blah ARVP blah blah CI are power positions blah blah.

    Headley has had some homeruns but he isn’t shocking the socks off of anybody. I’d make the move for Davis over Headley – especially considering Petco. I don’t know nothing about a timeshare with MaxRam though.

  8. Commie-tment Issues says:
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    @p0rk burn: The only reason Headley is on my team was a cover in case Longoria or Bruce didn’t work out. I think Longoria is a solid 3B and Bruce will turn it around as he’s still adjusting to MLB pitching.
    I doubt I’ll get Davis tho, I’m 15th (of 16) on waiver priority…

  9. p0rk burn says:
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    @Commie-tment Issues: Longoria is definitely establishing himself. I had him when he first came up but I tired of his .240 average and cut him a few weeks later while he was cold. Sort of wish I had held onto him now. Bruce will turn it around but I don’t think you should expect anything spectacular out of him (blasphemy!) – he’ll be a solid outfield option at best in my opinion.

    Good luck getting Davis.

  10. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Haiku:

    A beautiful day
    Jim Thome picked up by Grey
    Cust pleasures himself

  11. nick says:
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    After countless attempts to trade Chris Young (d-backs) I have had no luck and I’m going to try for Davis with my waivers and in turn will be dropping Young. I will not be relying on Davis but hope he has as good a start as Bruce…good call?

  12. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: just got Guthrie by giving up Trevor Hoffman, my other closers are Mike G, Torres, Cordero (the F kind), how did I do?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Ha!

    @nick: I don’t like Krispie, but I wouldn’t drop him for Davis. You don’t have a MR to drop?

    @Zebo: You’re not really that solid at closer, Guthrie wasn’t good in last year’s second half, yet I still think you did fine.

  14. nick says:
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    @Grey: MR?

  15. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey:

    I’ve been offered Hart for Burrell in a mixed league. The team proposing the trade is almost exactly even with me in every category, except BA and steals. Clearly Hart helps me in BA and steals over Burrell.

    Would you make this trade?

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick: Middle reliever.

    @IowaCubs: Yeah, you do that trade.

  17. nick says:
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    @Grey: no middle relievers…if I dont pickup davis with a drop of Krispie I will be picking up Carmona when Zambrano gets back.

  18. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…

    What about this as a counter:

    Crawford / Hart

    for

    Carlos Lee / Bruce / Pence.

  19. RT says:
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    Was Just offered….

    Atkins Diet for Headley/Street

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick: I’d hold for Carmona.

    @IowaCubs: Why are you countering? Are you giving up Crawford/Hart? Or getting them? I’d want them in that trade.

    @RT: I’d want Atkins.

  21. RT says:
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    @Grey:

    You banking on a bigger 2nd half.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: Headley is batting .250 with 16 Ks and zero walks and Street is a sneeze away from the DL. Not to mention, you shouldn’t trade for closers unless it’s dire. Atkins was better in the 2nd half last year and right now he’s on pace for .300/20/90 — these are a lot better numbers than Headley. Atkins is one hot streak away from 25-30 HRs on the year.

  23. RT says:
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    @Grey:

    Nice “bucket o’ cold water on my face” assessment. Thank you.

  24. Commie-tment Issues says:
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    Just got offered Harang – I give up Slowey/O. Cabrera… Slowey’s value inflated after last night’s win? … hmmmmmmmmmm

  25. Freak says:
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    Why do you get a CG if you have an 8-inning loss, but not a no-hitter?

  26. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Freak: MLB describes a no hitter as 9 innings of no-hit ball… had the game gone into extras, it would have counted.

  27. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: The guy I’m trading with offered this trade as an alternative to the Hart/Burrell trade.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: Must go 9 innings for a no-hitter.

    @IowaCubs: So you get Crawford/Hart? Then I’d do it.

  29. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey… In my NL only keeper league the guy in 2nd place (i’m in 1st) offered me Volquez ($6) for Victorino ($1) and Fuentes ($12). With Fuentes on the trading block, it’s realistically just Victorino for Volquez.

    Sorry for all the questions, but I have the day off today and I know you are there to serve the fantasy baseball public good. I could be mowing the lawn or working out or something, but pestering you seemed like a lot more fun.

    *** Minor League prospect alert… I saw Dallas McPherson play in 5 games over the weekend against the Iowa Cubs. The man looks Country Strong, leading professional baseball in homeruns (27). If Uggla gets DL time, then Cantu could move over to play 2B, and McPherson to 3rd. I just picked him up in my NL Only league.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: How are you for pitching? How are you for steals/OF? All things being equal. I’d want Victorino. Volquez just came off a rocky start and he is not going to be as good as he was in the first half during the 2nd half. How bad will he be? Not sure, but too much risk involved.

    Great heads up on McPherson. You should put that in the forum.

  31. Freak says:
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    @IowaCubs: @Grey: I got that…It just seems strange that you can get credit for a complete game in an 8-inning loss, but you can’t get credit for a no-hitter in an 8-inning loss.

    Just think it’s interesting.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: Oh, it makes no sense. I was just saying the rule.

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: I’m sucking in pitching. Parra, Lowe, Andrew Miller, Daryl Thompson, McClung, Clippard, Jobacum… lots of middle relievers, too. I was going to pass on this trade anyway. I was only considering doing it because nobody will trade pitching in this league because of it’s depth.

  34. Commie-tment Issues says:
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    Is Laffey the retarded gnome cousin?

  35. Nick says:
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    I just looked at my starting lineup today and noticed Chris Young is 3 for 6 with 2 homeruns against bush…do you start him over Lee,Quentin,Markakis or Dye? They all have 5 stars according to yahoo research with the exception of quentin who has 4 stars.

    other stats…dye 0 for 2 against sowers…markakis 1 for 1 against greinke that being a homer.

  36. RT says:
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    @Nick:

    3 for 6 is a pretty small sample irrespective of the 2 bombs. And this is the best Bush has ever pitched in his bloody life.

    That said, it’s always fun to take a flyer on your lineup based on stats exactly like this.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: I’d start him over Dye.

  38. Joe says:
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    Harang just struck out the side all swinging in the first…Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come, and i’ve traded for him at just the right time! Kemp looks to be going into a platoon situation with Ethier in right for the Dodgers once Andruw Jones comes back, so i’m pretty pleased with my Haren-Kemp for Harang-Markakis trade right now…

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joe: Ladies and gentlemen… Joe!

  40. Joe says:
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    Yeah, i amaze myself sometimes. I’m pretty great!

    Some schmohawk in my league dropped Marcum…Is he worth letting go of Baker/Garza/Parra/Guthrie for???

  41. RT says:
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    Marcus Thames:

    If you have not picked this cat up yet, you’re nuts. He just hit his 15th HR in 144 ABs. That’s one every 9.6AB (if my math is correct). That is absolutely insane. I don’t care how much he strikes out.

    I’d suspect he is still a FA in most leagues.

  42. Mike says:
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    ****THOSE IN NEED OF SAVES****…..Percival exited in the top of the 9th with a strained hammy.

  43. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: drop co jacks for Thome?

  44. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: which two would you pick out of the following 3 regardless of position:

    Josh Willingham
    Nick Swisher
    Jim Thome

  45. goknick says:
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    Which two is viable pick for this week?

    Gil Meche
    Dana Eveland
    Jered Weaver

  46. p0rk burn says:
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    @Freak: regarding complete games and no hitters – my favorite/most irritating aspect is the pitcher that gets a complete game for a rain-out in the 6th. I’ve played in a few h2h leagues that score CG and one will usually win you the stat for the week. Which p0rkin’ pitcher in the MLB can’t last 6 innings on any given day? Jerks.

    Screw O.Cab.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joe: He is worth a pickup, but not at the expense of those guys.

    @RT: He is a bit of a home run machine.

    @Zebo: Nah, on dropping CJ. Willingham/Thome

    @goknick: Eveland and Weaver.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: I enjoy when the official scorer doesn’t give the pitcher the win that should get it and gives it to someone else. This happened in a Braves game earlier this year. I think Acosta got the win when he shouldn’t have. I enjoyed that in one league.

    EDIT: Typo

  49. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: this is what i have done: I dropped J. Guillen for J. Willingham, dropped Galaraga (spot start flavor of the day) for Nick Swisher( wish I picked him up in time for 3 homers and 9 RBI), and now I am thinking about switching Willingham for Thome cuz I need more power. Should I?

  50. JR says:
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    Victorino for Posada when my hole is catcher (Snyder) and Victorino is on my bench?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: No, I see Swisher hit two tonight. He’s streaky, so more could be on the way. I’d hold tight now.

    @JR: Are you saying you have Snyder and Victorino and you want to drop Victorino for Posada? No. Drop Snyder for Posada.

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