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Desmond Jennings was called up. “No, he wasn’t.” “Yes, he was.” “No.” “Yes!” “Yes!” “No– Wait, I was the one saying yes.” Or so went us, me, you, we for the last two months. Why do we care so much? Because we have a void in our own lives? Oh, you meant it more why do we care about Jennings so much, gotcha. He’s the number one prospect in baseball for fantasy, according to Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario. There’s guys that can hit with more power. There’s pitchers that have great stuff, but speed translates easiest to the majors and Jennings gets a lot of his value from his legs. Also, he’s had a great OBP through the minors, so getting on base shouldn’t be an issue. Then you throw in his teen homer power and you’re looking at a guy that could be B.J. Upton without the phantasmagorically bad average.  Call the engraver, we need a plaque for Cooperstown!  As with all rookies — or rooks if you have a short attention span — there’s the chance he falls flat on his face or steps on a rake and isn’t good until next year. Wasn’t like he set the world on fire last September when he was used off the bench (.190 average, 0 homers in 21 ABs with 2 steals). For his huge upside, you should take a flyer on him in every league. Yeah, even yours. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

B.J. Upton – As the Rays started the Jennings’ arbitration clock, they also started the Upton nice-knowing-you clock.

Alex Cobb – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  The Tampa Bay Peach was much better in the minor leagues this year than he’s been in the majors, and he hasn’t been too bad in the majors.  Decent flyer in deeper leagues, but he’s not guaranteed anything.  Like all of us.  Geez, that’s dark.

Zack Cozart – Just when I drop my other shortstops, deciding to roll with Cozart, he goes and gets hurt.  I know, here’s the world’s smallest violin.  Here’s you putting the world’s smallest violin on eBay and when someone meets the opening bid of one cent, they’ll play it for me.

Mike Carp – Hit two homers this weekend while maintaining his tilde .250.  BTW, someone who raises you but isn’t your mother?  Matilde.  You’re welcome, English language.  I’m making you better.

Adrian Beltre – To the DL with hammy issues.  Know who else had hammy issues?  Kermit the Frog.

Chris Davis – Called up to replace Beltre.  Someone change Bill James’s sheets!

Josh Collmenter – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Through 92 innings, has a 0.93 WHIP.  That’s good.  More impressively, he’s only walked one batter in his last 21 innings.

Chase Headley – I refused to own him this year…Actually, besides Bartlett, I’ve abstained from Padre hitters.  And Bartlett just for speed.  So I wasn’t exactly following Headley’s season.  Any the hoo!  He has 3 homers on the year!!!  (Extra exclamation marks provided by my 14-year-old niece.)   And he has only two homers since April 2nd.  Your deity of choice, that’s terrible.

Phil Hughes – He was in Friday’s Buy column then he went out and served you lunch in a Port-A-John.  Totally 20/20 hindsight here, but would I start him every time out?  Nope.  Do I still think he should be owned in most leagues?  Yup.  Should he be owned in your league?  Mupe.  That’s colloquial for maybe.

J.P. Arencibia – Hit three homers this weekend to bring his season total to 15.  The funny thing — and by ‘funny’ I mean not funny at all — people ask me if I like so-and-so catcher better than so-and-so catcher, and in my head I’m like, “It’s a catcher.  Just put him in your slot and stop picking the scab.”  Unless we’re talking about the difference in McCann and Chris Iannetta, there’s very little separating most catchers.  Yet, this seems impossible to get through to people.

Eric Chavez – As the trading deadline approaches, Eric Chavez is the one player that no teams are interested in.

Gio Gonzalez – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER in The House They Built Next To The House Ruth Built.  You’re basically drinking jungle juice straight from a bathtub if you started him here.

Hideki Matsui – 5-for-5.  I almost included him in hitters that had a big 2nd half last year, but I didn’t think it was possible for a repeat.  I figured he was too old, too tired and too effin’ blind from his huge porn collection.  He’s now hitting over .400 in the last week with 2 homers.  He also dedicated this big game to his anime-inspired wife.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs as he stays hot.  He’s now hit in almost as many consecutive games as there are syllables in his name.

Dustin Pedroia – Sawx scored 12 runs and Dusty went 1-for-5 with a run.  Ticker tease!

Tim Stauffer – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER in Citizens Flank.  See Gonzalez, Gio or 2 inches above.

Mike Trout – Not to be shown up by Carp, Trout went deep for the first time in his career.  Somewhere, Kevin Bass is smiling.  Trout’s also hitting .179, so there’s that.

Marlon Byrd – 4-for-5 yesterday and 2-for-3 with a home run on Saturday.  Member in the preseason when you drafted Byrd as your 5th outfielder?  Yeah, he could still do that.

Carlos Lee – 4-for-8 over the last two days with a homer.  First Byrd, now Carlos Lee — it’s like I found this roundup in a time capsule.

Adam Jones – Yesterday, a slam and legs to go with 2 homers over the weekend.  Next year, he’s gonna be 26 years old.  Giddy up.

Mike Stanton – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer this weekend.  He’s younger than the youngest Culkin brother.  Yup.

Emilio Bonifacio – Hitting streak at 23 games.  Imagine he broke Joe Dimaggio’s hit streak?  Baseball historians, sporting tweed jackets, would be jumping out of windows all over our fine nation.

Gaby Sanchez – Hit three homers over the weekend.  He (she?) is having one of those borderline seasons.  In NL-Only leagues, you’re more than happy.  In mixed leagues, you’re kinda meh.

David Wright – 3-for-4 with his first home run since he returned on Friday.  Don’t want to jinx him by saying he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat, and not totally sure if it’s a jinx just by saying I don’t want to jinx him.

Bobby Parnell – 1 IP, 2 ER.  When you don’t have the closing job, but you’re trying to get it, it’s not the best move to blow a game.  Maybe he should switch to Bob or Robert to try and instill some confidence.  Bobby’s a child; this is a man’s game!

Antonio Bastardo – Got the save yesterday.  Manuel just got on the phone with the bullpen and said he didn’t care which bastard came in and Antonio warmed up.  Madson had also saved the previous two games.

Chase Utley – Hit 2 homers on Saturday.  I hope it’s the start of something magical that would make his pomade-fueled hair proud, but sadly I think his best days are behind him.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4 with a home run.  In an odd turn of events, Rasmus started.  And for the Cardinals.  Geiger, let’s go!

Francisco Liriano – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  If someone asks if they should still own this schmohawk, they should just put their password in the comments and I’ll drop him for you.

Justin Upton – 9 for his last 11 with 9 RBIs and 2 homers.  Still enough season left for him to make his case for being a top five draft pick next year.  Go ahead scoff, you scoffer.  But if he gets to 30/20 with a .290 average, at the age of 24 you’re going to doubt him?

Brett Cecil – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m warning you now, I’m gonna like him a lot going into next year.  You know, I like high-K, sexy pitchers that are totally inconsistent.  These guys are the insane, hot girls that you wanna date but you really shouldn’t.  Your friend, “You should break up with her.”  “We all have our quirks…”  Your friend, “She just set your car on fire.”  “But she has great breasts!”

Adam Dunn – Went 3-for-16 (.188) this week to raise his average to .160.  My man’s on fire!

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I continue to watch every start of his with my hands in front of my eyes.  Somehow, his ERA is 2.57.

Michael Pineda – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER as the Mariners losing streak hits 15 games.  That’s an impressive skid mark.

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  1. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Liriano’s in Oakland. I will laugh at myself if he goes 8 innings with 11 K.

    Actually, considering I finally dropped him yesterday, I think he will.

  2. Ro_Bauti says:
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    Trade thoughts please. Was offered Stubbs/Swish for my Pence/Gaby. I’m clogged at 1b w/ Miggy, Panda, Gaby n Trumbo n only rolling w/ 3 OF’s. Gaby had a hot weekend n Pence may go to a contender. Best waivers; Thames, Reddick, Presley, Trout.

  3. 626 Jack says:
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    what are your thoughts on aaron hill in deeper leagues at this point of the season?

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha love the thread name, am a big Jennings fan too.

    Not sure I was clear on my last question, do you think Nelly Cruz and one of Vogel/Annabelle/Luebke packaged together could net me a top-tier ace? Or should I aim slightly lower. Need to improve my pitching.

    Sure many people like me are saying “typical” when finding out Rasmus homers just after dropping him…

  5. Scott says:
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    Maybin or Jennings?

  6. Steve says:
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    I’ve had Maybin on my H2H team for the past few days (and liking it), but it’s meant benching Krispie.

    I’m probably going to need the roster spot for pitching this week, so is it crazy to dump Maybin as soon as he gets back to Petco (I’ve seen his splits) – or is he too hot to drop?

    Plus, he strained his hip flexor on Sunday…

  7. MrHappyTime says:
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    Ackley or Reddick the rest of the season? Also would you drop Pineda for Scott Baker or John Danks? I think Pineda is a sinking ship from this point on in non keepers. Just wanted an expert opinion! Thanks!!

  8. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:Pineda’s last two starts were @Toronto and @ Fenway.Im trying to convince myself it aint so bad and that he’ll bounce back.do you trust him going forward?

    also,10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league,would you trade Rollins for T. Hudson?(I have Elvis to use at SS)?

  9. Mr2Bits says:
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    This is why I hate LaRusa, asshole cost me a QS and the cat yesterday because his pitcher has a hard time going through batters for a 3rd time. Looks like Lohse is f’d unless he can pitch a no hitter through 6 and get pulled.

    RHP Kyle Lohse, who had a finger inflammation which bothered him in his last start, went five innings, giving up just two runs before the Cardinals pinch-hit for him in the sixth. Lohse didn’t walk anyone and fanned four but manager Tony La Russa noted Lohse had allowed opposing RHP Charlie Morton to hit a deep sacrifice fly with a man at third and one out in the fifth as the Pirates tied the game. And La Russa added that Lohse had trouble recently going through a lineup for the third time. “We had a fresh (bull)pen,” said La Russa.
    (Yahoo! Sports)

  10. CL says:
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    Grey: Need some help with my C-slot; Gary Carter or Darren Daulton??

  11. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Lose Liriano for Wandy?

    10 team, h2h, 5×5

    sp: Kershaw, Billingsley, D.Hudson, Niese, Collmenter, Luebke, Liriano, Cueto, Stauffer

    rp: soria, league, farnsworth

  12. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:one more question,10 team points league-Lube-key or Stauffer?

  13. Critter Nagurski says:
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    I think the only time I never listened to you was when you told me to keep adam jones instead of colby lewis. Excuse me while I go stick my head in the oven….

  14. Van Hagaar says:
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    @ Grey and everyone: i need a SS ….. barney, a.escobar, bartlett, betancourt, or nunez?

    Thanks

  15. papasmurf says:
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    Damn Rays waited so long to call up Jennings, then he got hurt and delayed the call up even longer.

    It would be great if they caught fire and then got close to the wildcard only to lose by 1 game. They deserve it.

  16. Ryan says:
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    Better SS from here on out: Furcal or Ian Desmond?

  17. busta says:
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    Close race for playoff spot:

    Which 2 RP’s this week:
    Perez: 6 games 3(LAA), 3(KC)
    Marmol: 6 games 3(@Mil), 3(@StL)
    Bailey: 7 games 4(TB), 3(Min)

    Which out of these for UT spot:
    Pena: 6 games (3LAA, 3KC)
    Maybin: 7 games (@Phi,3AZ,3Col) but DTD

  18. Lance Berkman says:
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    Adam Dunn??? Are you f*cking kidding me? You *$&@¥ $&@¥£ $%#*^+ &$@”^*+€£!!!!!

  19. Eng says:
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    Drop Lidge and waiver Bastardo as backup closer to cuddle boy? Also, is Gregerson worth holding or is Bell/Adams staying? Cheers!

  20. Ian says:
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    Start one in a weekly league:
    Jordan Zimmermann vs. FLA, vs. NYM
    Latos vs. Ari
    Chacin @ LAD

  21. TheNewGuy says:
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    @papasmurf: Totally agree, my thoughts exactly.

  22. Sach says:
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    Chien-Ming Wang worth a flyer? Any word on his velocity or dip on the sinker? I’m struggling w/ Hughes/Nolasco. Or would Porcello, Nicasio, Rubby DLR or B McCarthy be better ROS? 10 moves left ROS. Thanks.

  23. Denys says:
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    There’s an overabundance of eligible 1B this year, that are performing fairly well (around 20 in the top 100), with a majority drafted late or even picked up off the scrap pile – Trumbo, Freeman, Berkman, Morse, Sanchez, etc.

    Which, when I look at players I could’ve had instead of grabbing Morneau, makes me depressed and unkind to friends and family.

  24. malacoda says:
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    I am not sure I agree that Gaby is having a “meh” season based on where he was drafted or what owners paid for him. He is currently sandwiched between Youk and Howard on the player rater, in a non-sexual way.

  25. Chris says:
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    H2H pts…low ERs and high Ks are key, Ws are an afterthought.

    Pick 2:

    Greinke vs CHC, Kershaw vs COL, Marcum vs CHC, Beachy vs FLA, Luebke vs ARI.

  26. Rob says:
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    Grey:
    If Jesus Montero were to be traded/recalled, which of these ‘C’ would you drop for him (would want to be able to act immediately if that happens). Not a preemptive add or drop but an add/drop after any trade (sort of expecting one to happen)
    * Avila
    * Napoli
    * Arencibia
    * Saltalamacchia
    * Soto
    * Iannetta
    * Ramos

  27. CL says:
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    @Grey, @anyone:

    Just got this offer in my inbox, 10 team dynasty:

    I give Rollins & Morse and get Votto, Rasmus & Hardy.

    I have Dee Gordon to replace Hardy down the road, and I have some wicked Votto-googly eyes… Freeman is my 1B currently.

    What do you think?

  28. Howard says:
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    Can’t wait for the Dickey/Leake matchup today! Thanks Smokey!

  29. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    In a vacuum, who would you start this week at RP? Marmol or Bastardo?

  30. Eng says:
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    Injuries aside, please rank: Roberts, Furcal, Hill, Kipnis

  31. stumanji says:
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    Sit/start this week (I need ERA, WHIP, QS. Wins don’t matter):
    Dempster (2 starts): @Mil, @StL
    Lilly: vs Arizona
    Bedard (coming off DL): vs TB

    Thanks!

  32. Big Magoo

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    @CL: Wow, big-time edge for you there. Hurry and accept it now before the other guy changes his mind.

  33. ABell says:
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    Who do you like to finish stronger this season, Utley or M Young? What about value next season? I’m looking to solidify my 2B spot for the stretch run by trading Jennings to a bottom feeder (keeper league)

  34. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    @Grey: Great write-up. I wonder if Bill James knows that he will be forever linked to Chris Davis? Who do you like better as a middle infidel this week (lineups lock weekly): Nunez or J. Weeks? Thanks.

  35. Jason says:
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    Grey – trying to decide on a keeper league trade for a team I’m in last place in . So which would you rather have for next season – Ubaldo or Haren?

  36. EK says:
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    Leake vs NYM

    or

    Nicasio @ LAD

  37. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think of Ian Desmond for the rest of the year? Worthwhile pickup in a 12 team?

  38. L-Boogie says:
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    Thoughts on Nicasio for this week @ Dodgers and @ SD? (12 team, 5×5)

    Thanks dude.

  39. and1mcgee says:
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    Adam Dunn – Went 3-for-16 (.188) this week to raise his average to .160. My man’s on fire!

    maybe he died when Ryan Dunn did and it was a typo?

  40. DHill Dragons says:
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    Need to reserve one of these pitchers for the 2 week scoring period starting today, who do you sit?

    Garza (2 starts – @STL, @ PIT)
    Scherzer (3 starts – @CHW, vs. TEX, @KC)
    Cueto (3 starts – vs. NYM, vs. SF, @CHC)
    Gio (2 starts – vs. MIN, @SEA)

    As good as he’s pitched lately, I’m leaning Garza with the bad road splits, lack of run support, bullpen blowing leads and the team overall not winning much. Scherzer has been very solid his last 3 starts and we all remember last year. Cueto even with a correction coming, hasn’t had a bad start all season, and has 3 good matchups. Gio despite the Bronx bombing, has been very underrated and has 2 solid matchups.

  41. Timequake says:
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    Do you like Wright or Zimmerman better the rest of the way?

  42. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    You’re telling me Jason Bartlett is the only Padre hitter you’d own for his speed? …Cameron Maybin? Maybe Maybin? 6 dingers to go along with 22 stolen bases? A .280 average? Former 10th overall pick who’s only 23? Yes please.*

    *Assuming his hip flexor strain isn’t anything too serious

  43. herschel says:
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    @Grey: who to start next week for a weekly roto? keljo, kipnis or chris davis?

  44. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    How confident should I be in this team going forward?

    C- Matt Wieters
    C- Miguel Montero
    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Ian Kinsler
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    3B- David Wright
    CI- Ryan Zimmerman
    MI- Danny Espinosa
    OF- Matt Kemp
    OF- Nelson Cruz
    OF- Nick Swisher
    OF- Juan Pierre
    U- Mark Reynolds

    SP- Felix Hernandez
    SP- Clayton Kershaw
    SP- Francisco Liriano
    SP- Edwin Jackson
    SP- Matt Garza
    RP- Craig Kimbrel
    RP- Drew Storen
    RP- Jonny Venters
    RP- Kyle Farnsworth

    Hurting in Wins and Runs right now.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Feeding the Abscess: Prolly

    @Ro_Bauti: Sounds fair for you.

    @626 Jack: Hard to imagine any scenario where he’d be a keeper.

    @TheNewGuy: That should get you an ace.

    @Scott: Jennings

    @Steve: It’s not crazy to drop him.

    @MrHappyTime: Reddick…Danks…No problem.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Nope and nope…

    @Mr2Bits: Ha

    @stynyr: Yes

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Stauffer

    @Critter Nagurski: Ha

    @Van Hagaar: Bartlett

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @Ryan: Desmond

    @busta: Bailey, Perez…Pena…

    @Lance Berkman: He had a big weekend.

    @Eng: Hold for now.

    @Denys: Ugh, yeah.

    @ScottyM: That’s funny, hadn’t seen that before. Actually, had never watched that show before. Is that on during football?

    @Ian: Zimm

    @Sach: Hold

    @malacoda: I almost said eh.

    @Chris: First two

    @Rob: Napoli

    @CL: It’s good for you.

    @Howard: Ha

    @IowaCubs: Marmol

    @Eng: Roberts, Furcal…

    @stumanji: Start all

    @ABell: Utley, Utley…

    @TravestyJones: Sure

    @Big Magoo: Thanks! Weeks…

    @Jason: Haren… It’s a tossup.

    @EK: Nicasio

    @Wilsonian: Sure

    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @DHill Dragons: Sure

    @Timequake: Wright

    @Tchaikovsky08: Hmm, maybe it sounds like that. I’d own Maybin, I just don’t. Only Bartlett from the Padres.

    @herschel: Johnson

  46. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    How confident should I be in this team going forward?

    C- Matt Wieters
    C- Miguel Montero
    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Ian Kinsler
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    3B- David Wright
    CI- Ryan Zimmerman
    MI- Danny Espinosa
    OF- Matt Kemp
    OF- Nelson Cruz
    OF- Nick Swisher
    OF- Juan Pierre
    U- Mark Reynolds

    SP- Felix Hernandez
    SP- Clayton Kershaw
    SP- Francisco Liriano
    SP- Edwin Jackson
    SP- Matt Garza
    RP- Craig Kimbrel
    RP- Drew Storen
    RP- Jonny Venters
    RP- Kyle Farnsworth

    Hurting in Wins and Runs right now. Thanks!

  47. L-Boogie says:
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    You skipped me, man. I’m crushed. Let me ask a different way.

    For this week in 12 team, 5×5, which 1 do I start? Need K’s most of all.

    Nicasio @ Dodgers and @ SD,
    Norris @ StL, or
    Kuroda vs Col?

    Thanks dude.

  48. Denys says:
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    got offered Stubbs for Greinke… probably gonna pull the trigger.

  49. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    @Grey Trying to decide if I should keep chasing 1st place in my 16 man league or set myself up for 2012. I am securely in 2nd place, but trailing the 1st place team by 17 points in a 5×5 roto. I can acquire Bautista for Krispie Young and Prado. If I get Bautista, he can be kept for $1 next year. Krispie is also a nice keeper option at $2 though.

    We keep 4, and I’d have:
    Bautista $1 or Krispie $2
    CarGo $15
    Pineda $1
    Beachy $1

    Keep plugging away or acquire the best keeper in the league?

  50. side says:
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    I unloaded all my SS options for cozart also. in a deep 16 man league & totally screwed. choices r O. infante, bloomquist, O. cabrera or Aviles who doesn’t play. Or some1 offered me Y. escobar for izzy. Obviously closers r valuable in 16 man league. Trade? wait for cozart? pick up who?

  51. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: I originally drafted Chris Sale in RD 19 of our keeper league. Dropped him early in April after he struggled and with Santos taking over as closer.

    He seems to have righted the ship and now there are rumblings that he may be moved into the starting rotation in 2012 with the departures of Edwin and Buehrle…

    How do you think he does as a SP in 2012? I think I may have to re-add him and stash him for next season. No?

  52. 626 Jack says:
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    your sarcasm is appreciatd

  53. projectbadass says:
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    12-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) H2H 4-player keeper league (cannot keep a player drafted in the 1st 4 rounds)

    Both keeper eligible, who do you like for the rest of the year D. Brown or Bonifacio in the UTIL spot?  I need avg help if anything

  54. Eddy says:
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    Word is B.J Upton will be a National.

  55. daniel.j.atamanchuk@gmail.com says:
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    @Grey: 10-teamer, standard cats.

    Also, word is the Phillies and Rays are negotiating for Upton… Singleton + ??

  56. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Grey: 10-teamer, standard cats.

    Also, word is the Phillies and Rays are negotiating for Upton… Singleton + ??

  57. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Tom Thumb: Sorry, co-worker stays signed in on my account….

  58. projectbadass says:
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    12-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) H2H 4-player keeper league (cannot keep a player drafted in the 1st 4 rounds)

    Both keeper eligible, who do you like for the rest of the year D. Brown or Bonifacio in the UTIL spot?  I need avg help if anything

    I most likely will not be keeping brown cause I have espinosa, Jennings, victorino, Rasmus, Belt, and Kershaw

  59. projectbadass says:
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    12-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) H2H 4-player keeper league (cannot keep a player drafted in the 1st 4 rounds)

    Both keeper eligible, who do you like for the rest of the year D. Brown or Bonifacio in the UTIL spot?  I need avg help if anything

    I most likely will not be keeping brown cause I have espinosa, Jennings, victorino, Rasmus, Belt, and Kershaw

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Not seeing that elsewhere.

    @Tom Thumb: Team looks solid except for Jackson, Liriano and Pierre. Would think there’s better guys on waivers.

    @projectbadass: Bonifacio

  61. Eddy says:
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    Pedro Alvarez called up, Presley to the DL.

    And an Orioles beat writer mentioned that an MLB source said that. Could be wrong.

  62. schlitzy says:
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    In a 4×4 10 team league with no Ks, who do you like best for the rest of the season? I’ll have to pay $25 to cut the guy I pick up so I can’t play the matchups.

    Arroyo, Collmenter, Karstens, Luebke, Worley, Niemann

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @Eddy: I just saw this as well re: Pedro. That could be good news…could be shizz news…

  64. CT Old School says:
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    For Hideki Matsui’s amine-inspired wife, I thought for sure you were going to link to the season finale of Archer: “Krieger-san, my cherry blossoms are wilting!”

  65. nyydj2 says:
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    Roto-Info reporting BJ to Washington now as well, but nothing official.

  66. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    who is WP HashCash and why is he deleting my comments ?

    is it because i don’t send you enough money ??

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Thanks for the heads up!

    @schlitzy: Niemann

    @CT Old School: Ha!

    @nyydj2: Gotcha

    @chata: Damn, tried something different to block spam, but I guess it’s not working. Stupid spammers.

  68. projectbadass says:
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    12-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) H2H

    How do u rank Kipins, Betemit, alvarez at util for the rest of the yr

  69. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    what happened was … i sent a comment in , but forgot name and e-mail
    address .
    so i went back , included the info and got that HP comment.
    and of course , due to my ocd , submitted the comment twice more
    and kept getting the HP rejection .
    so , maybe it was all triggered by my origional omission .

  70. chata says:
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    @chata:
    origional ??

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @projectbadass: Betemit, Alvarez…Could change tomorrow. No ROS there.

    @chata: Yeah, not sure. You read the next great fantasy football article over at Football Razzball? They’re tough!

  72. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    When you advise to stop picking the catcher scab, can you more clearly define some parameters, please? I’ve owned Wieters for three straight seasons now, and I’m starting to wonder if this suggestion is just a year-to-year thing.

  73. B.J. says:
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    @Grey,

    Quick trade question for my 10 team Yahoo H2H where we start 3 OFs. I would be giving up Jay Bruce and Jordan Zimmermann for Ubaldo Jimenez. I’ve got JUp, McCutchen, Gardner, Gordon and Dez Jennings as other OF eligible guys so losing Bruce doesn’t kill me plus Zimm will get shut down at some point. Should I make this move or hang onto Bruce and Zimm? My SP is lacking a bit and this trade would free up a spot for when Oswalt comes off the DL as I have nobody worth really dropping.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: If Wieters gets hot for two weeks he’ll be better overall than all but maybe 3 catchers. Leave Wieters alone. You’re gonna leave a scar.

    @B.J.: I don’t love the trade.

  75. projectbadass says:
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    Stupid question….ROS=?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @projectbadass: Sorry… Rest Of Season… Unless you have a move limit.

  77. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Yikes, Blanks has been a human windmill. 7 K in 13 AB. Small sample, I know, but he won’t get much PT if he keeps that up. Hit one out, big man!

  78. B.J. says:
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    @Grey,

    As in you wouldn’t do it but could see how a guy would do it. Like I said my SP is lacking a bit. I realize Ubaldo has been up and down but I feel he’s the boost I need, plus Zimm is due to hit hisrumored innings cap fairly soon.

  79. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Nah… he’s not going anywhere. And when he sells for $3 at next year’s auction, I already know I’ll be the guy paying it. I’m fully invested in this abusive relationship, now.

  80. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Kind of as an aside, I wonder why more massive dudes don’t take Frank Thomas’ approach of not swinging through their cleats and letting their uh… massivity… do the work for them

  81. projectbadass says:
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    I have a move limit of 50 and I have used 35, would you use a move to drop Kipins or Betemit to pick up alvarez? I need to win these next 2 weeks or im toast…its also a 4-player keeper league where u cannot keep anyone drafted in the first 4 rounds so alaverez might have a chance to be a solid keeper

  82. B.J. says:
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    @Grey: I already tried Gardy and Zimm and he declined. Claims he needs a power guy because his team is built around speed.

  83. childplease says:
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    12-team Roto 5×5 4-player keeper league (you loose the round u drafted the player in)

    Who would you want in your UTIL spot: Thames, Torres, or Belt? I need a lot of help with avg and all three of these player I could keep for a 26th round pick

  84. DHill Dragons says:
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    Who do you prefer from these choices of a current player on my roster (left)
    or a possible waiver replacement (right)? (Pick one from each pair)

    Roger Bernadina or Jason Bay

    Edwin Encarnacion or David Freese

    Grady Sizemore or Jed Lowrie (possible playoff utility sub when they return)

    Thanks!

  85. Jon Bones Jones says:
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    Hey what up Grey!!

    With the season coming to an end I just wanted a second opinion on my team.

    10 H2H Reg Cats

    C Napoli
    1B Miggy
    2B Espinosa
    3B Youk
    SS Alexi
    OF Crawford
    OF Heyward
    OF Stanton
    Utl Adrian Gonzales
    Utl Aramis Ramirez
    BN Ibanez
    BN Carlos Lee

    SP
    Hamels
    Shields
    Cain
    Hughes
    Danks
    Daniel Hudson
    Collmenter
    Norris
    Luebke

    RP
    Mariano
    Valverde

    DL Bedard

    The 2 players I consider expendable are Lee and Ibanez. Either one worth dropping for Jennings? Also, Espinosa is crazy streaky right now..should I look to add a backup 2B (J. Weeks is prob best available and could use steals) or just hold on that.

    Thanks for the help!

  86. The talented Mr. Dope man says:
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    @Grey: GREY!
    Made a huge trade last week:

    I got Mark Teixeira (can’t keep), Brett Gardner ($31), and Ervin Santana ($18).

    I gave up Desmond Jennings ($2), Jesus Montero ($5), Joel Pineiro ($10), and Joe Nathan ($7).

    I needed steals and power at the time. In the meantime, Des Jennings got called up and Nathan took the closer role back.

    I still need steals and saves.

    I was thinking about offering this:

    Beltre ($15), Abreu ($21)

    and getting back

    Jennings ($2) and Nathan ($7)

    Am i out of my mind?

  87. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Asked this on the other thread, but seems to be more activity over here:

    With the Cards in on everyone, what do you think the odds are that Salas holds onto the closer role? I have decent offers on him right now, but saves are so precious in my league that I can’t afford to give him up if he’s going to keep getting them.

  88. 626 Jack says:
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    A Kevn Bass reference after my Kevin bass reference last week- that’s Basstastic!

  89. Dominic says:
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    whats up with everyone selling T. Snider (2255 drops today on Yahoo!).

    Also my OF consists of Pacman Jones, D. Jennings, J. Heyward, J. Upton, Krispie Young, Melky Cabrera and T. Snider and my SP are T and D Hudson, Latos, Niemann and Collmenter. This guy offered me Brantley and King Felix for J Upton and Krispie. I told him he was crazy, what do you think?

  90. Bombo Rivera says:
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    I’m chasing wins (I know it’s futile, but I’m doing it anyways) and we’re bunched closely in ratios. It’s a 12-team league with a GS limit, and I’m running behind all but one of the other teams in games started. Should I drop Bud Norris and/or Wandy (and their poor potential to get wins on that team) and use that spot to stream starters? There isn’t a ton on the wire, but I should be able to find some decent matchups. The Pittsburgh guys are out there, along with Harrison, HBailey, Luebke, Danks. . .

    Drop one? Both?

    Thanks.

  91. Voidoid says:
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    So maybe he’s not so much Brett Cecil as Breast Cecil.

  92. Derrick says:
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    Here is my team in a standard no max league.

    C- Victor M.
    1B- M. Cab
    2B- Pedroia
    3B – Wright
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Upton, Bruce, Crawford
    Util – Reynolds
    Be – Espinosa, Jennings

    SP’s – Bum, Gio, Wandy, Danks, Worley, Gallardo, Norris, Beachy, Kennedy and Luebke

    RP’s – Soria, Marmol, Hanrahan and Santos

    I got offered Phil Hughes and Mike Stanton for Gio. Essentially Stanton would replace Reynolds at the Util. spot.

    Should I do it?

  93. Arod Loves Frost says:
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    @Grey,

    Snider or Jennings?

  94. Wake Up says:
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    Big news! NFL lockout is over. Thank God/who cares?

  95. yankees2011 says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I am a Hughes owner and I started him again this week. As you stated last week to someone, if you ain’t starting him against Oakland, you should lose him. Although he sucked, I am using the same advice against the M’s this week. However, a bad start against them and I will most likely be launching him.

    By the way, I also started Colon vs. Balt. and benched Billingsley vs. Ariz. and Beachy vs. Fla. Tough call. Bad move?

    Thanks much Grey.

  96. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Jungle Juice out of the bathtub? Where did you go to college?

  97. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: Ha. Exactly.

  98. BlinkULDHC says:
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    I must have the best bad (or worst good?) team in fantasy baseball. I’m in 5th place out of 12, 16 games out, with this lineup:

    C Wieters
    1B Miguel Cabrera
    2B B. Phillips
    3B R. Zimmerman
    SS S. Castro
    OF Braun
    OF Kemp
    OF Crawford
    UTIL – P. Fielder
    UTIL – N. Swisher

    WHYYYYY

  99. BlinkULDHC says:
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    Also, what do we do with Jhoulys Chacin??

    Last 5 starts:

    4.2 IP, 5 ER
    6.1 IP, 5 ER
    7 IP, 1 ER
    5 IP, 4 ER
    5 IP, 6 ER

  100. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    re: lockout
    see your answer to me in #76

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: I talked about trading away Chacin two months ago…

    @chata: Ha!

  102. flylo says:
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    Grey, I haven’t been actively shopping J-Zimm as hard as I should be despite his innings cap for the season. I do want to unload him though, so would you trade JZ for Ricky Romero?

  103. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    hi grey,

    miss u. on a scale of 1-10, what are the chances of James McDonald being put in this weeks buy column? Black n Yellow

  104. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    also, your favorite player Alvarez is back. hehe. BUY COLUMN?? ( i crack myself up sometimes)

  105. knighttown says:
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    Who would you think is fair to add to Reynolds to get Jared Weaver. I’ve got Bills, Chacin, Kennedy, Greinke, Beachy, Danks, Narveson.

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    every ranger has atleast 2 hits tonight except ole reliable,chris davis,woa deja vue

  107. herschel says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: spearmint rhino sized ticker tease…

  108. knighttown says:
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    Man Grey, I hate to be that guy to ask the massive preamble question but I guess I also hate to be the guy to say “I hate to be that guy”. So knowing I’m a douche, what to do about this problem. I’ve been stuck in second in my 12 team, daily league for over a month and if anything, I’m slipping further behind. I’ve thrown out some offers but generally, I’ve been patient thinking I had the better team once everyone got healthy. This guy is just unstoppable with 107 points out of a max 120…I’m 93. So here’s the rosters…am I going to make up ground if I practice patience or do I need to go all out.

    Me:
    C-Ianetta
    CI- Votto/Longoria/Reynolds
    MI- Espinosa/Andrus/Boneface
    OF-J.Upton, Pence, Kemp, Stanton, Lind
    U- R. Zimmerman
    SP- Bills, Greinke, Hamels, Chacin, Kennedy, Danks, Latos, Beachy, Narveson
    RP- Perez, Madsen, Melancon, Guerra (Bn)

    Him:
    C:Montero
    CI: Konerko, Young, Morse
    MI:Pedroia, Asdrubal, Aybar
    OF:Elsbury, Ludwick, Boesch, Ordonez, Thames, CarGo(DL), Nix (Bn), Tabata (DL)
    U: Papi
    SP: Kershaw, Verlander, MadBum, Hudson, E-Jax, Perkins
    RP: Farnsworth, Axford, Nathan, Capps (BN), Putz (BN)

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @flylo: Yup

    @tggq21: Didn’t I just write about McDonald? Black n yellow!

    @knighttown: Any of them.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha!

    @knighttown: Go all out. Your pitching staff needs help. Your hitting should be fine, barring injuries.

  110. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks Mr. Walden…asshole…

  111. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Not liking Pence’s K rate and BABIP, looking to move him with Nolasco for J-Up, would replace Nolasco with Chapman or Clippard (love the K from those doods). I’d do aight with that move, ya?

  112. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: yeah,cost me another frikin win

  113. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, I’ve got him on 2 teams in leagues that count losses.

  114. Eddy says:
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    You know you’re a tried and true set it and forget it manager when you log into your team and are pleasantly surprised that Napoli has three RBI because you completely forgot he was on your team.

    And if there were ever a top three ticker tease, I’m sure Chris Davis is making his way into it.

    Thank God I don’t own him anywhere.

  115. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    just got my 1st look at jennings … a line-drive double off the left
    field wall that made matsui’s head turn around .

    smallest of sample size but i’m impressed .

  116. Eddy says:
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    Also, Collin Cowgill is close to being called up.

    @Grey:

    Can’t think of a better comparison than Drew Stubbs. Agree or disagree?

  117. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    not walden fond ?

  118. Fletch says:
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    Beachy or Jimenez?

  119. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Wow, Davis… Just wow.

    @chata: You sound like the girls I date. Hehe…

    @Eddy: Agree

    @Fletch: Jimenez

  120. Fletch says:
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    Cuddyer in there pitching? Nice!

  121. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Worth an add in mixed leagues? Or only deep leagues?

  122. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    jennings went to Itawamba CC .
    same division as COFB Charleston ?

  123. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    did you ever mention that COFB charleston was in south carolina ?
    ‘cuz i’ve been picturing your northeast presence in the deep south .

    come to think of it , there’s a charleston , new hampshire … on the
    border with vermont .
    but now i have to picture you filling a wood stove and shoveling your
    sidewalk .

    clear this up for me , will ya .

  124. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: he was not very Thoreau with his pitch selection tonight…

  125. Wilsonian says:
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    And what’s up with Ozzie bringing Santos in to face two guys so he doesn’t get the save? What the fu*k is up with that?

  126. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    was going to make reference to ozzie’s venezuelan diet .
    but did anybody see anthony bourdain burn that pile down in panama ?

  127. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: well after Walden blew it, I watched Santos strike out Miggy to close out the game and got excited, only to realize I’d been Ozzied and he only pitched 0.2 innings with a 3-run lead…

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fletch: Yeah, saw that. That’s always a highlight of any game.

    @Eddy: Deep leagues…

    @chata: I love the whittle.

  129. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    In an awkward position here… need some advice. Guy in my league made a “FIRE SALE” post this morning, as he’s pretty much out of the race. As League Manager, I warned that any trades still needed to be fair for me to approve them… no player dumps. So then I have this come across my desk tonight:

    Kershaw/Longoria

    for

    Carlos Pena/Jay Bruce/Ryan Roberts/Latos/Daniel Hudson

    Unless I’m missing something, that’s a top 10 arm and a top 10 bat for a handful of mediocre at best. I feel like I have to veto it… but the only issue is that I sent my own offer for those players earlier, so it could be viewed as sour grapes.

  130. chata says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus:

    awkward indeed .
    did your warning precede or follow your offer for kershaw and longoria ?

  131. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: This guy wants my Stanton (I swear I don’t hate him), Beachy and Panda for his Jimenez and Krispie…

  132. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @chata: Preceded… the warning was immediate. Offer came much later.

  133. BucLover says:
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    Hey Grey. Chipper just got back from his most recent DL stint, tonight, against the Pirates. Never been a CJ fan, so I had to repress a heartfelt chuckle when he was pulled from the game for yet another injury.

  134. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    wait .
    chipper beat a-rod back (same injury) ?

  135. chata says:
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    i think mark reynolds ought to take his .221 batting average
    and go play for colorado .
    wouldn’t have much trouble supplanting ian stewart .

  136. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    so , in my keeper , i offered wright and jennings for longoria .
    after 48 hours of sitting on it , my trade partner came back to me
    and said he saw the offer and was thinking about it .

    after seeing tonight’s game , i cancelled the trade and hinted that
    i was also interested in his pineda .

    your thoughts on the original offer ?
    thanks .

    who’s out again ??

  137. Feeding the Abscess

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    Yeah, awesomus, that’s not vetoable. Kershaw/Longo is the clear winner (unless it’s like a 20 team league, I could see trading quality for quantity if the team had a bunch of holes), but it’s not Polanco/Cahill/Feliz for Votto/Espinosa/J-Zimmermann bad.

    UPDATE:

    One of the guys making a stink in my league about my trade last month (Hanson/Norris/Magic Santana for Hamels/Greinke) offered… Colon and Olivo for Hamels. Same guy who offered me K-Rod for Crisp in a non-holds league.

    Not to be outdone by Chipper, Freese looked at the calendar and realized that he, too, was due for an injury.

  138. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Yeah… after looking it over more, that’s where I’m at. It’s an awful trade, but there’s no chance of collusion (which is really the only reason to use LM power, as far as I’m concerned). If I veto the trade, it’s basically me telling someone else what’s good for their team, and that is not what I want to be doing as LM.

  139. chata says:
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    @chata:

    wait .
    chipper ?

    gtfooh .

  140. chata says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus:

    and as LM , you don’t feel it appropriate to use Grey’s rant letter ?

  141. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chata: Chipper’s out again. Is the league where you’re waiting for next year? Hold Jennings and Wright.

    @Feeding the Abscess: Ha…Yup.

    @Awesomus Maximus: No problem. It is obvious who wins the trade though.

  142. Fletch says:
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    Beachy or Stauffer?

  143. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    thanks .
    yeah , same 9 keeper league .
    (votto , uggla , wright , kemp , heyward , bruce , jennings ,
    drew , & , strasburg) .

    it’s only a 4 OF league .
    you advised not keeping drew (dl) or trout , but , was considering
    giving up jennings with wright for the up-tick of longoria’s power ,
    and rolling with trout (speed) .

    however , with strasburg as my only keeper SP , the allure of adding pineda is a bit intoxicating .

    still , this roster makes my 2012 draft strategy quite easy .

  144. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @chata: As LM? No. As an owner in the league, perhaps. However, while I absolutely love Grey’s rant letter, I’m a professional writer myself, so I gave my rant post some personal flavor.

    @Grey: Painfully obvious… and the team getting Kershaw/Longoria is in contention, which sucks for the league. Still, I think it’s worse for a league to have a meddling LM than to have an occasional crap trade go through.

  145. Chinaski says:
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    Man grey that cracked me up. Great stuff, i loved the Bastardo part :D

    Thanks

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