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With 2 HRs yesterday, Adam Lind now has 36/11/43/.313 on the year.  I know, Cody Ross has looked good for stretches.   Even Aaron Rowand has had a week or two here and there.  But why are people asking me if Adam Lind should be sold off or worse dropped?  You don’t want 85/27/100/.285?  I know he was as boring as dog balls for the month of May.  Well, he’s batting near-.500 in June.  He’s shoved into the middle of the Blue Jays lineup like a Jenga piece no one will touch.  Heart. Of. The. Lineup.  Dear Razzball reader, let’s look at his OBP, shall we?  He had a .380 OBP in 1500+ ABs in the minors and a .377 OBP so far this year.  In the minors, he had a .318 average, he has a .313 average this year.  He has power potential AND can hit for average.  (Caps for emphasis and the hyperopic.)  Fastballs?  He likes them.  Breaking balls?  Don’t bother him.  Sure, it took him until 25 to develop into a major leaguer, but so what?  What were you doing at 25?  I was trying to figure what I wanted to do at 26.  Lind’s biggest drawback, he can’t field.  Holy heffin’ hey in the screw hole, that doesn’t matter to us.  Lind’s good, don’t be scared.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh Hamilton – Out 4-6 weeks with an abdominal tear.  His owners out 4-6 weeks with tears.

Jose Valverde – Fist pumps could be back as early as this weekend.  Trade Hawkins!  Joking.  Unless you can… No, that’s wrong.  But really what is right without someone doing wrong?  Nietzsche!

C.J. Wilson – I was remiss in leaving him off yesterday’s roundup.  Frank2 could be headed to the DL again with shoulder soreness.  Wilson should be owned in all leagues.

Brandon McCarthy – Headed to the DL with a stress fracture of shoulder.  Votto feels for him, he has a stress fracture of his melon.

Chris Davis – 0-for-3, 3 Ks yesterday.  Has 87 Ks in 191 ABs.  Wow.  Listen to this from Matthew Berry, “I’m sticking with Davis.  Look, you didn’t draft him for his batting average anyway, and he is hitting for power with 12 home runs…. Keep in mind he was a career .302 hitter in the minors.”  Oh, okay.  Luckily, he only has two sides of his mouth.  If that is indeed his mouth he’s using.

Jason Marquis – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Leads the NL in Wins.  Yup, makes sense.

Torii Hunter – Sidelined with a nagging groin.  I had one of those when I was 19.  I almost went blind because of it.  Sorry, I hate to work blue.  Pun intended.

Chris Iannetta – Due back on Tuesday.  If you’re nursing some schmohawk catcher and Iannetta’s on waivers, act like ya know, MC Lyte.

Clint Barmes – Similar to Hamilton, he’s on a tear.  Only the good kind.  He’s 13-for-31 with a homer and 7 RBIs in his last 7 games.

Garrett Atkins – He’s not even starting anymore.

Randy Johnson - Didn’t he just pitch?  Nice, Giants.  Throw your 45-year-old on short rest.  What, are they trying to get out of an innings clause or something?

Armando Galarraga – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners vs. the White Sox, a team that has a .247 average against righties.  I’m not sure if anyone’s holding out hope Galarraga’s going to be good again like last year, well, he’s not.

Jeremy Bonderman – 4 IP, 6 ER and now the White Sox are .250 against righties.

Miguel Cabrera – Returned and went 0-for-7 in the doubleheader.  Hey, at least he’s back.  I have Jose Reyes and Carlos Quentin playing spades on my DL.

Alexei Ramirez - 5-for-9 with one homer in the doubleheader and now batting .261.  BTW, Alfonso Soriano hit .284 in April, Alexei hit .214.  Soriano hit .216 in May, Alexei hit .281.  Who will have the conch shell in June?

Gordon Beckham – 0 for his first 13 ABs.  Beckham, you’re proving Ozzie right.

Jose Contretras – One hit over eight innings as he returned from the minors, though for him it should be called the seniors.  He could very well get shelled in his next start.

Chipper Jones – HR yesterday, three in two days.  So this is why people own him… Cool, now when do I trade him?  When he sneezes?  Hiccups?  Someone, throw me a bone.

Nick Stavinoha – Went 0-for-4 wearing Pujols’s jersey.

Andy Sonnanstine – 7 IP, 5 ER.  Jeff Niemann stole his juice.

Sean West – 8 IP, 0 ER. I know, woo-hoo.  I looked at his 60 walks in 100 2/3 innings in Double A, his 22 walks in 42 2/3 innings in Triple A and I vomited on my wall and it spelled out, “Don’t pickup.”

Johnny Damon – 12th homer yesterday.  What’s his over/under set at for homers?  24?  I’m taking the over.  By 2.  Who wants some action?

Randy Choate – Maddon brought Choate into the 8th inning of a 4-3 game yesterday.  A game the Rays were losing.

Andrew McCutchen – 4-for-7 with 2 triples, batting leadoff as the unknown soldyjer’s light burns in the two hole.  McCutchen’s batting .400; somebody reach behind the Häagen-Dazs and take Ted Williams’s brain out of the freezer, he’s gonna wanna see this!  I’d sell McCutchen right now if you don’t need speed.

Josh Outman – 6 IP, 3 ER and has an ERA of 3.17.  I swear to you, he’s not this good, but he gets the Giants next time out.  All aboard!

Andrew Bailey – 2 days, 2 saves.  He’s the closer, guys.  Stop owning Ziegler, people in your league are starting to wonder if you’ve abandoned your team.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 2-for-4 yesterday with 4 RBIs.  A homer the day before.  I’m not saying he’s God’s gift to cornermen, but as teams pitch around A-Gonz, Kouz could pick up some scraps.

David Ortiz – His doctor prescribed eyedrops to hopefully help with his hitting.  Who’s his optometrist, Victor Conte?

218 Responses

  1. lifeontheside says:
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    Who wins in this trade: Lind/Blalock/Ejax for Swisher/Aardsma/Greinke

  2. Mike says:
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    Lind is a god. Picked up after that first day binge and not looked back in my H2HWS-leading side.

    Shame I also picked up Bonifacio…(and not Aaron Hill).

  3. Steve says:
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    Speaking of Lind A Fond Stat, I hear she’s just dedicated a couple of songs to Garrett Atkins – (The Ball) Blue Bayou and You’re No Good.

    Has the time come to flat out drop him for Teahen or Gamel?

  4. Gareth says:
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    Even the missus laughed out loud when I read the Big Papi gag to her. That she has read Game of Shadows helped, but still, good work Grey.

    Barmes and Ian Stewart are available. Should I drop Pale Hose phenom and former Manchester United winger David Beckham for either of them, or be a little more patient?

  5. spamcakes says:
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    You have to keep Beckham for the oft chance he accidentally drops a naked picture of Posh in the clubhouse.

  6. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Gareth: i’d take ian stewart and his bombs over beckham. beckham still has to adjust, go through pitchers adjusting to him, then adjust again. stewart’s been there, done that, and is hitting well of late, and he has 2B eligibility in most leagues too.

  7. Ben says:
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    Taveras is starting to be dead weight for me. I could use the speed he offers but he’s not offering me hitting or speed with his nagging hamstring. Is he droppable? Or am I too quick to pull the trigger?

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Ben: is there such a thing as being “too quick to pull the trigger” when it comes to dropping taveras?

  9. Scott says:
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    Odds that the Natinals spell Strasburg wrong tonight?

  10. Nick0rz says:
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    I’ve been kicking myself for not grabbing Lind at all this year. I drafted him in most of my mock’s but passed on him in my real drafts.

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey – Be easy on Berry. After all, it seems that he is now a man of the cloth. I think that we need a Razzball Romance so you could get the opportunity to perform clerical duties. You just need to hook up Ashley with one of your rabid fans. We also have a gal in the Latin 9 league. She manages Torre’s Honker, and is an excellent manager. Language is a bit salty, but a fantasy babe seems to be an excellent match with a Razzballer’s, many of whom must be lonely geeks who are single.

    One of the Razzballers had a brilliant description of Josh yesterday, as the Abdominal Snowman. I would sell low, as sadly, he must be getting some strong pain-killers, and is 50/50 to wind up in a crack house within the next month or so.

    Ted Williams brain re-animated would be disgusted at all the schmohawks swinging at bad pitches. Last Sunday, I don’t think that Roy Halladay pitched a strike. Didn’t anyone in the KC clubhouse notice that the Jay’s catcher consistently located pitches about a foot outside of the strike zone?

    Question: in a vacuum, which of these players are worthy of being put on waivers: Phil Hughes, Jhonny Peralta, JP Howell, Rich Porcello, JJ Hardy, Benjie Molina.

    PS – Thanks for another in the continual series of great columns.

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    mathew berry,i read that the other day and shook my head,still he isnt as bad in 5×5 as in my 7×7 keeper league,where i traded him brandon phillips and harden for pedroia ,albert and nolasco before the season,I now lead our league in ave. obp and the least strikouts,might mention my era and whip stink,bottom line 5×5 ave a killer,7×7 250 k`s ownless

  13. jk says:
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    dropped davis for jerry hairston, the position flexibility is very attractive to me. am i insane

  14. Anthony G says:
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    Nice berry roast. No reason from me to stick with davis but I think he will turn it around.. I traded Chris Davis and Erik Bedard for Chipper Jones and Chris Young Sp in one league where I needed avg. Remember all that hype about Davis? haha. Smells like mike Jacobs.

  15. Suck My Wieters says:
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    @jk: Dropping Davis for Hairston might be the silliest thing you could of done.

  16. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    In a keeper league, who would you rather have…. BJ Upton or Ryan Zimmerman?

  17. Rob says:
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    Funny comments about Berry. I have Chris Davis on my bench. Chipper has been on fire. Received an offer for Inge for Chipper. My C position has been weak all season. Should I consider the offer.

  18. Swass says:
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    @jk: Davis is 4 solo shots removed from being in Garrett Atkins territory. I definitely understand the move. The guy has no trade value and you are just desparate to get him off of your roster. You can replace Davis’ homer production with Mike Jacobs or Jack Cust.

    If you received positive points for strikeouts, Davis would be of more value.

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    and by the way,what were the giants doing by throwing randy out there after 3 days rest?

  20. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Mike: Hey, I’m the “Mike” on this blog! ;)

  21. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    But I too am a Lind owner…drafted him in every league…so at least I did something right this season. I guess I should stop trying to sell him, Grey? (rhetorical)

  22. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You are in a league with Berry? How do you deal with us Hoi Polloi in the Latin 8, after schmoozing with the Talented Mr. Roto?

  23. Swass says:
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    White sox have called up Aaron Poreda from AA Birmingham. what a sad desperate team.

  24. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: correction – Latin 9

  25. jk says:
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    @Swass thanks for helping me justify this. im in an 8 man league so if he turns it around id still have a good shot at picking him up

  26. rich says:
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    I was just offered the following: My ARAM for his RMartin. 6×6 roto fairly deep. Currently have Sandoval at C, Miggy and Votto were manning the corners. Had to p/u Helton (during the last 7-10 days) until Votto stops calling himself ‘Joey’. I am going to counter with My ARAM and Cano for his RMartin and JRoll. Hoping that JROLL has a better chance of turning around his season then ARAM. I could then move Sandoval to 1B and catch Martin, with JROLL going to UTIL while I wait for him to heat up (if he ever does).

    Thoughts? Please?

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: thanks,i was getting confused,its going to be a struggle catching 1st place in our league,just hanging around and hoping

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @lifeontheside: I want the Greinke side.

    @Steve: Ha! Drop Gamel.

    @spamcakes: Ha!

    @Scott: Ha!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Molina

    @jk: Kinda, yeah.

    @Anthony G: Ha

    @Suck My Wieters: Upton

    @Rob: Inge for Davis is fair, not for Chipper.

    @AL KOHOLIC: No idea re: Randy.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Hey, formerly Mike.

    @rich: Don’t like trading A-Ram for Martin at all. Cano for Rollins is fine, if you need speed mroe than power. I don’t like the idea of owning Martin and Sandoval on the same team either.

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    new update on espn,reimold might loose playing time to pie noting the orioles really want pie to emerge,hello,doesnt anyone else notice that this guy doesnt bring that much to the table,10 hr`s and 10-15 sb`s with a low ave. whats all the love about with this guy

  30. uhhhjboy says:
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    Would anyone play Ian Stewart everyday at 3B over Lowell from here on out in a 10 team league? Lowell is just so bleh and old even though he still puts up decent numbers. All I think about when I see Lowell is his hip exploding on a K.

  31. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: We still have 2/3 of the season to catch our fearless leader. You are in fine position, as in 28 games you get Manley back, soon after he has delivered birth. Grienke is starting to show signs of coming back to earth, so JP might be vulnerable. Latin 8 was Freudian slip – BC’s Ghost Dad is seeming going after an imperfect 12 total. He is falling out of touch with 11th place. i feel bad for him; he is obviously desparate and distraught.

    BTW, did you hear the Manley is 4th in the All-Star vote? That is simply unbelievable.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: This trade just went down in my league:

    Greinke/Pedroia for Adam Jones/Bedard/Ubaldo Jiminez.

    I think I know the answer but which side do you got? This looks like a fleecing to me.

  33. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: That would be a shame, especially being that I have Reimhold in several leagues. He seems to hit a dinger every second day. Sunday he was X’ed out, didn’t start, and managed to come in and hit a 3 run doinker. Good thing that I didn’t pick it up and bench him by mistake. One of the few phenoms that is panning out, along with the incredible McCrutch. Pie is a piece of offal; I guess that the Birds are trying to redeem something for their trade for him. I would think that it is time to cut losses. And OF of Jones, Sparkakis, and Reimhold looks to be a potentially an awesome trio.

  34. @Grey: You were kinda on the Gamel bandwagon early on, I guess that has collapsed? Any chance with interleague coming up that he finally hits and sticks?

  35. airlifting says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: that trade is pretty even, i think, if jones can go 300/30 and bedard at least starts 30. i’d still probably want the greinke side, depending on needs.

  36. jbatkins says:
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    Am I giving too much if I move my Johan Santana and Aubrey Huff for his Alex Rodriguez?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @uhhhjboy: In a ten team league? Maybe, but it would have a lot to do with the rest of my hitters. If I can stand Stewart’s .230 average, then sure.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Greinke side, it’s not close.

    @bpasinko: I mentioned cutting Gamel after the first interleague. I don’t own him anywhere anymore.

    @jbatkins: You’re giving up too much.

  38. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: yeah he surely wouldnt play,would he?i never said i liked him but those numbers would be very helpful,28 games thats about the time im hoping to get aramis and josh back in keeper league,,in latin 9 you need maggs and ludwick to get going and youll be fine,oh and you can keep the history poat coming all you want,i love reading about old time baseball,at 1 time or another i knew most of those golden oldies stories but seem to have forgotten most due to self inflickted memory loss,hey the 1st step to recovery is admitting the problem

  39. Mike D. says:
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    @Grey and all: AL Only (5×5 Roto) this week- Can only use 2-

    Joba vs. Mets
    Cahill vs. Twins
    Slowey @Cubbies

    I’m actually leaning toward Joba and Cahill. Slowey (FB pitcher, very hittable) at Wrigley scares me. Mets can’t hit (so yes on Joba) and Cahill’s been hot overall and is good at home. Am I crazy to bench Slowey here? Thanks

  40. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: My thoughts exactly. Whenever you’re getting the two best players in a five-player trade, you’re doing all right.

    The guy who pulled this off in my league is a sweet-talking maestro. Pulls one of these every year. He’s like an evil wizard.

    Meanwhile, the guy looking to trade Greinke asked me for Dye, Billingsley and Gallardo. Yeesh!

  41. Mike D. says:
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    @Grey: Oops – Forgot I also have Kelvim vs. SD – gotta start him, right? Pads are about to be relegated to AAA, no?

  42. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I was just offered J-Upton and Garza for my Aaron Hill and Wainwright. Thoughts?

  43. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @IowaCubs: if you have infield to spare and need outfield help,upton looks to be a monster

  44. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I have Stewart that I could plug in as a MI, and Kubel as my current 5th OF. I think that the dropoff from Upton to Kubel is far greater than Hill to Stewart.

  45. and1mcgee says:
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    i have pitching.
    if i trade wandy for aaron hill…… is that aight with Razz-world? thanks… chime in anyone… (h2h 12 team)

  46. and1mcgee says:
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    thanks grey… is it basically even and needs-based? or is hill just better

  47. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’d stand pat. I’m not convinced Upton will do this all year, this year.

    @Grey: Who do you like better as a stick moving forward — mostly as a Bruce Slump Caddie? Ian Stewart, Reimold, or Juan Rivera?

  48. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Baron Von V: I know you didn’t ask me, but Juan Rivera is a champ. maybe not as many jacks as Stewart, but a solid average and nice power.

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: on yesterdays post about swinging at balls out of strike zone,where did bruce sit,bruce has tremendous power but seems to be lost in the batters box this year

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I looked closely at him, he was actually fine.

  51. Adam says:
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    Trade away A-Rod, Zambrano and Zobrist for Longoria and Phillips in a keeper?

  52. DrEasy says:
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    Like many around here, I’ve been suckered into picking up Tony Pena again. Mazzaro looks like a good stream against SF coming up, and maybe for longer if he can keep it up. Worth dropping Tony Pena for him? I’m hurting in ERA and WHIP.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: I’d take Longoria there.

    @DrEasy: Mazzaro’s next start is matchup-worthy, but if you need saves you have to carry Pena.

  54. and1mcgee says:
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    Grey, Stewart or Davis @ 3B ? (12-team h2h) or are they the same person…

  55. Freak says:
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    Choate, Howell, Nelson or Balfour?

  56. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: How about dropping Dice-K for Mazzaro then? Is there any chance for Dice-K to return to form?

  57. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Freak: no one knows that, not even the Father who sent me…

  58. Freak says:
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    Re: Randy Johnson

    Something about someone else having a minor injury or pitching on even shorter rest and the Giants not being able to call up a spot starter from the minors. Unit volunteered to pitch.

  59. Zebo says:
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    Howell or Wheeler, or flip a coin?

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Freak: randy is a gamer,gritty guttsy etc. but as manager i couldnt send him out there at his age and past injuries

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Davis

    @Freak: Went over this yesterday. Howell or Wheeler is who I’m holding for now.

    @DrEasy: Hold Dice-K. You can do without out one spot start from Mazzaro.

    @Zebo: Wheeler

  62. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Keith needs a little trade help:

    Reyes/Sparkakis/Wandy/Slowey for Beltran/Cole Hamels/Josh Johnson (or instead of Josh Johnson, Cain and Bailey)

    Keith appriciates the advice and Grey I ain’t dyeing this stache, all natural baby!

  63. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Scherzer and Corey Hart for Sparkakis?

  64. DrEasy says:
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    Anyone noticed Podsednik’s recent resurrection as SAGNOF? Anyone buying it?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: If you need steals, then he’s worth a flier.

  66. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: What are your thoughts on the LaRoches? It’s getting warm so Adam might start mashing soon, and after a rough start baby brother is hitting well over .300 over the past month and a half (shame the power isn’t quite there yet). Combined with a Pirates lineup that is actually (gulp, am I really about to say this?) starting to perform, is there any fantasy value in them for the rest of the year??? (10team mixed roto)

  67. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I am the one trading Reyes, should I pass on the other trade?

  68. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: Makes sense, thanks! Trigger finger’s still itchy for Mazzaro though. These are some other drop candidates from my roster:

    - Scott Baker, if he fails me against the A’s tonight?
    - Phil Hughes, who I’m using as a source of holds as a SP
    - Affeldt, great source of holds with a low ERA

    It’s just that I’m getting desperate as a bottom-dweller in the ERA and WHIP categories.

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bobbo: I’m not a fan of either in a ten team league, but I guess depends what you’re dropping for them.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Ah, I’d take the Beltran one.

    @DrEasy: Hold tight.

  70. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’ve been offered Cano/Danks for O Hudson/Cain. He wants an upgrade in pitching and Cano is an upgrade at 2b for me. Should I take it? Cain is my #4 pitcher to go with Peavy, Felix, Billingsley, Shields, and Hanson. I think I’d be alright with a Danks for Cain swap.

    Go for it?

  71. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I get Beltran in both of them, I have the option of getting Josh Johnson in one or Mait Cain and Baily in the other one.

    Reyes/Sparkakis/Wandy/Slowey for Beltran/Cole Hamels/Josh Johnson (or instead of Josh Johnson, Cain and Bailey)

  72. Votto or Aramis

    1. if both were playing
    2. in a trade straight up right now

    position elegibility not really a factor

    …also Grey, you don’t seem to value Adam Jones much, am I wrong?…I’m wondering what’s not to like? Should we be selling/holding/or buying this guy? What is he worth?

  73. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: Is Hughes going to stay in NYY’s bullpen or are they going to send him back down to AAA to keep starting? I’m in a Holds league and a guy who can be slotted in at the SP slot is really beneficial. Thoughts?

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @danimal35: I like Jones and would like him on any of my teams. Votto if both are playign right now.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bobbo: I doubt he gets sent down.

  76. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Lidge to the DL….too bad Madsen’s already rostered in my league.

  77. DrEasy says:
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    @bobbo: I picked him earlier for precisely that reason. He’ll now keep company to Villanueva on my fake-SP roster! I also wish I hadn’t dropped Aceves a couple of weeks ago, I wonder why I did it?

    On that same train of thought, how about Masterson? I just don’t see him being used all that much. The Red Sox bullpen is crowded, and Smoltz is almost ready. Who will they send down? Bard? Masterson? And when will they call up Buchholz?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Thanks for the heads up! Unfortunately, he’s probably owned everywhere, like you said.

  79. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: Own Hughes over Morrow in a “using SP for potential holds” sort of way?

  80. nick m. says:
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    madson over howell or wheeler i presume?

  81. nick m. says:
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    would you rather have nolasco, k. escobar, scherzer rest of the year?

  82. In light of recent Lidgenews and Chad “I don’t think it’s going to get better anytime soon” Qualls confidence boost, you still wouldn’t drop either for Madson or CJ Wilson, right?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nick m.: Scherzer

    @zombie: I wouldn’t drop Lidge or Qualls. I would want to own those two though. Unless this is an 8 team league, then you can drop Qualls for Madson.

  84. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Yes!!!

    I just picked up Madson a few days back with this very thing in mind. My league is just shallow enough that some, but not all, handcuffs are consistently rostered.

    Even better is that the guy who pulled off that Greinke/Pedroia swindle also owns Lidge.

    Topic of further discussion: Is it unethical to hope for/cheer for injuries to teams ahead of you? (That same guy also owns Justin Upton, who I hope doesn’t come back until May 2010).

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I privately hope every player that is not on any of my teams misses the rest of the season.

  86. BabyBeluga says:
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    Would you make this trade?
    5×5 mixed non-keeper – need pitching help (whip, era particularly).

    Damon and Choo (I give)
    /for
    Beckett and Mariano

    Leaves me with Bay, Ellsbury, A.Jones (Rasmus, Ankiel, D.Murphy?) but two potential difference makers in my pitching staff…
    -or do I stick with Damon and Choo (who is for real right?), and take my chances with streaming in the likes of Meche, Jimenez, K.Escobar, R.Johnson types…?

  87. Grey

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    @BabyBeluga: Hard to say without knowing what your staff looks like now or how many teams in your league, but I like it for you.

  88. 12 team league with 10 keepers, is Andrus a keeper possibility?

  89. huff/hill for berkman/roberts??

  90. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You must have been dazzled by my humour and punnery. I dumped Gamel a while back.

    Is it time to dump Atkins for Teahen?

    And because I dropped Madson a day or two back to fill a hitting hole, it’s a Waiver Derby to see who gets him in the RCL!

  91. nick m. says:
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    is anyone trying to grab hamilton – what is the going rate? i have sparkakis, holliday, granderson, with pierre in the util. spot and bruce on the bench…i’m considering offering granderson because i don’t think i can trade bruce straight up for hamilton with his ugly avg. thoughts?

  92. Grey

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    @nick m.: I’d take Bruce over Hamilton.

  93. martin says:
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    i just dropped pavano for ryan madson. I dont especially need saves but i dont really need starters. I just feel like lidge will be out for longer then everyone anticipates. Was it a good move?

  94. Grey

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    @martin: It’s a good move.

  95. Ken Plane says:
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    I can drop either Asdrubal Cabrera( have Barmes and Jose Lopez at 2B & MI) or Danks for Madson, your thoughts?

  96. BabyBeluga says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey – it’s a 12 teamer (5×5 mixed non-keeper).
    My staff currently (Lilly, Wainwright, Lackey, Joba) w Nolasco, Meche, Jimenez (and Lidge, H.Bell, Qualls).
    However, I am in fourth place (competition seems to have coalesced around the top 4 teams), and the biggest gains to be made are in era/whip for me, with a fairly solid offence. Tough call to give up Damon and Choo and add more pitching to what is admittedly a long lineup of starters. (I would likely include someone like Meche and/or Jimenez in the deal and get back a bat).
    Uncomfortable sending bats for pitching help, but may be the right call – still in agreement?

  97. G says:
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    I have 8 guys with 10 + homers so Im good in the home runs department. I really need another closer that doenst have to be elite..just average with job security because I only have Downs and Bell. Im just wondering if Stewart or Luke Scott is enough to get a closer? And if they are which closers would you be looking at. Thanks in advance

  98. G says:
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    possibly buy low on Qualls?

  99. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: I’m getting pretty salty on Salty. The other available catchers in my league are AJ Pierz, Varitek, Ramon Hernandez, John Baker, Rod Barajas, and Kurt Suzuki. Who would you pick up?

  100. timSTi says:
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    So I think I finally fixed my SS situation. I picked up Ian Stewart the other day and someone offered me Alexei Ramirez for him! Instantly accepted it. Alexei should be quite the improvement over Andrus. WOOHOO

  101. G says:
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    And what do you think about using Soriano and Hardy to get a elite #1 OF. I just dont trust Soriano as my #1 OF and I have a feeling he i going to get injured. What is the range of OF i could be looking at with the combo AS & JH?

  102. Grey

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    @G: Stewart might get you Aardsma. Maybe Qualls, but I doubt it.

    @Rick Dempsey: Switch to Ramon.

    @timSTi: Nice!

    @G: I’d want at least someone in the Carlos Lee or Berkman range.

  103. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Iannetta’s a FA in my 10 team league. Soto’s been on my bench since April just waiting for him to get hot. Is it finally time to cut the umbilical cord and let him go? Sandoval has been my catcher and is helping my AVG but not much else. Iannetta worth a bench spot to see how he rebounds from the D/L?

  104. Grey

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    @timSTi: Sure, but two catchers is a waste of space.

  105. supermets says:
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    Should I drop Varitek for Iannetta?

  106. G says:
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    Soriano and Hardy for Wright or just trade Soriano straight up for Wright. Do these have a chance and would it be to my advantage?

  107. @ grey: Ellsbury and SP for Bay or Braun….which pairing would you accept and for whom (IE Ellsbury+garza for bay; or ellsbury+shields for braun)

    Ellsbury + Haren, Garza, wainwright, shields, cueto, harang

    Would this be too much to give up…he has tulo also, reasonable to ask for him back to make it a 2 for 2?

    Thanks…

  108. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How about this one?
    I get Beltran, Josh Johnson, Hamels, Baily I give Quentin, Reyes, Wandy, Slowey

  109. Grey

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    @supermets: I would.

    @G: Not much of a chance, but worth a shot. I like either for you.

    @matthole: Ellsbury/Garza for Braun or Bay, in that order. Forget Tulo.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: It’s okay, not really great for you.

  110. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Floyd, Scherzer, Jimenez, Nolasco, Pavano are all FA’s. I have room for one. Who you picking?

  111. Sam says:
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    Hey Grey, I accepted this trade, Ryan Howard & Wandy for Carpenter & Ibanez. You’d want the Howard side, right ?

  112. G says:
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    If I get rid of Soriano is Granderson, Justin Upton, Span, Luke Scott a good enough combination of OF’s for a 12 team 3 OF league?

  113. Grey

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    @timSTi: Scherzer

    @Sam: Yeah, the Howard side.

    @G: It’s kinda weak.

  114. nick m. says:
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    am i giving up too much if i try to trade a.gonz and lowell for miggy cabrera? or am i even off mark with that?

  115. Paulie Allnuts

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    I give up Edwin Jackson, and get K-rod and Sean West. Sound ok, before I pull the trigger?

  116. john says:
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    I was just offered this trade: My F.Cord for his B.J Upton?

    …my only other real closer is Aardsma with Wheeler and CJ Wilson as SAGNOF pickups, but I gotta do this trade, right?

  117. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Okay one more shot, but I don’t think this will get accepted.

    I give Reyes, Quentin, Wandy, Liriano, I get Beltran, Hamels, J. Johnson and Baily.

    I think I feel Reyes will be worthless this year and if he somehow makes it back by the all star break he won’t be running.

  118. Aaron Pil says:
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    I am basically streaming every A’s pitcher for the entire month. I started on June 3. Cahill and Braden were not available but everyone else was. Doing very well right now. A’s this month have SF @LAN @SD. Could be a good couple of weeks for them.

  119. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    What is your thought on Reyes for the rest of the year? Do you think he can have a solid second half?

  120. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    and Wandy or Slowey the rest of the year?

  121. john says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: he’d better have a solid 2nd half, hairston jr. cannot be my SS the entire year if i expect to do anything in my H2H league

  122. Greg says:
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    Start Scott Baker today?

  123. JR says:
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    “He’s shoved into the middle of the Blue Jays lineup like a Jenga piece no one will touch.”

    Outstanding!

  124. john says:
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    @Grey: thanks, i guess just need to find some more vulture saves week 2 week for this H2H league

  125. Grey

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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Search Reyes on the site, just went over my thoughts.

    Slowey and Wandy are a coin flip.

    @Greg: Yup

    @JR: Thanks!

  126. Greg says:
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    Fair enough on Baker… how about Kelvim Escobar vs SD or Slowey @CHC?

  127. Grey

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    @Greg: Yes and eh, it’s risky. Depends on league depth and your other starters. I’d start him in most leagues 12 team or deeper.

  128. G says:
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    drop Ian Stewart and add Madson? i only have 2 closers

  129. G says:
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    or drop Meche or Pavano and add Madson but they both have starts tomm. in which there playing against each other

  130. Anyone else watching the draft?

    I’m hoping Grey or whoever the dude that does the prospect post does a little write up on who has a shot at being a september call-up.

  131. They’re doing the draft inside the MLBN studios. This is a little awkward.

  132. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Good news for Atkins owners everywhere.

    I just dropped him for Teahen. Expect him to heat up any minute now.

  133. nathaniel_g says:
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    I am collecting marginal OF’s in a 20 team league and want to drop one. Parra, F Mart, or Joyce?

  134. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    reason i visit ===> you dancing to the beat of a different drum (stone ponies) .
    her renditions of the national anthem (A’s / dodgers) back in the early 70′s still remain as the best i have ever heard .

    a) madson or bailey ?
    b) dropped a.j. for iannetta … good ?

    thanking you , in advance .

  135. Grey

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    @G: Lose Stewart if he’s on your bench.

    @Freak: Not sure if Stephen’s going to break it down.

    @nathaniel_g: Martinez

    @big o: Bailey — Iannetta pickup good.

  136. JR says:
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    I’m looking to take a flier on a starting pitcher with some upside. Its OK if he sits on my bench for a little while. Can you rank the following options?

    J.Sanchez, Parra, Morales, Poreda

    (I know this is slim pickings. Just think of who you’d want least on your Razzball team.)

  137. Paulie Allnuts

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    Wright ends the power drought at 100 at bats with a doinker off of Happ. 1 run should be enough for Johan.

    Ya gotta believe!

  138. Grey

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    @JR: Parra, Morales, Sanchez…

  139. Greg says:
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    Happ is crap!

  140. Greg says:
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    He is ruining my pitching stats for the week…

  141. The Dude says:
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    My M. Reynolds for M. Lowell and M. Garza?

    I’d drop Zimmer2n’s

  142. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Greg: It was inevitable. I ran him out there too, but you almost had to. Let’s hope it’s just a hiccup, he has the stuff to be a 3rd starter in fantasy.

  143. BigFatHippo says:
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    @The Dude: By all means, I do it.

  144. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Sorta reaching with that headline this morning eh? Can’t win em all man.

  145. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Reaching for a 70s torchy rock queen!

  146. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Greg: For a little perspective.

    Happ- 4 ip, 3 ER
    Lowe- 4 ip, 3 ER vxs. Pitt

    I would consider Lowe a 2nd or 3rd pitcher, don’t lose Happ just yet, he may win the game with that offense behind him.

  147. Greg says:
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    I was figuring his run was over and it was time to bail. I agree though… he has great run support.

  148. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I love Linda Baby in the 70′s, but she just kept singing “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good” to me.

    Kind of a buzzkill to an impressionable young boy.

  149. The Gangster of Glove says:
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    Hey Grey what do ya say: Cueto and McCutchen for Quentin?

  150. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    reimold with number 7

  151. steamer says:
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    Please rank the following for my UT spot: S. Drew, Reimold, Zobrist

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @steamer: Drew, Reimold, Zobrist, unless you have a rock solid SS and MI, then I could see bumping Reimold above Drew.

  153. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @AL KOHOLIC: Picked the wrong day to decide against starting Beckett in the keeper.

  154. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: reimold 23@Steve: yeah,heard you dropped madson,I have him in keeper league,me and hippo talked,i cant trade any of my power till aramis and hamilton get back,you need to target cruz or pena from him

  155. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: You have an IP problem, but man, Beckett? You gotta throw him at home against whomever.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Talk him into giving me Beckett for Pena, wait, we can’t trade. I’ll trade you Pena for Pujols, then you trade Pena to Steve for Beckett and I’ll give you Wandy for Beckett.

    Everybody’s Happy! See how that works :)

  156. john says:
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    @Grey:

    would you still do the trade if it was my F-Cord for his Flyin Hawaiian instead of BJ considering my closer situation?

  157. steamer says:
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    Thanks Grey, I think I might hold onto Zobrist for a bit longer though. Another HR!

  158. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: If it hadn’t been the Yanks I would have.

    I was actually going to start him, but time got away on me. And there’s the IP thing too.

  159. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i say you trade if you want,roob trades with his other team,as long as its fair do it

  160. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @BigFatHippo: And it’s not as if Hippo actually drafted for me – all he did was relay information that everyone else had access to.

  161. Grey

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    @john: I don’t know your closer situation, but I’d want Victorino over F-Cord.

  162. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: @AL KOHOLIC: I like the other deal, where I end up with Pujols and Beckett.

    What? Lopsided?

  163. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @AL KOHOLIC: No more lopsided than if a Hippo was on one end of a see-saw, with a kiwi on the other.

  164. john says:
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    @Grey: F-Cord and Aardsma are my only two ‘real’ closers…I have Wheeler and just picked up CJ Wilson as SAGNOF potentials…does that change anything?

  165. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Hehe, we talkin the bird or the fruit? Cause some of those birds are stuffed.

    Seriously though, I said at the draft that I wouldn’t trade with you since you’re not there. It’s only fair, next year that rules out the window. You’re a lifer.

  166. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i dont know man i got up to 226,at 5 foot 7 and 3/4 thats frikin fat,down to 215 now wanting 200,then i can start wearing shoes that tie,get a head rush if i tie now

  167. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: do it,,it helps me

  168. Steve says:
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    And now Cain is struggling early. Wahhhhhh!!!!!!

  169. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: we could work on a 3 team trade,you and steve dont actually trade each other

  170. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Set up a g-mail account and we’ll discuss it, that way we quit clogging up Grey’s inbox. That’s gotta be getting old, to Grey and everybody else.

  171. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: e-mail me how.please and thank you

  172. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    news flash,furcal sb

  173. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Sent you an invite to your aol account. It’s easy and aol sucks.

  174. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: cool.ill look it over and try and come up witj something that works

  175. cubbies299 says:
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    Would you trade Tulo for Ludwick or is that just rotten apples for rotten apples?

  176. albertalbert says:
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    @Grey:

    who do you like:

    choo and madson

    or

    reimold and n johnson

    fyi – we count obp and slg, and choo ranks top 40 in offenders in espn’s player rater. kind of surprised me. btw – what do you think of espn’s player rater?

  177. Crazy Eyes says:
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    You should call McCutchen “The Irishman”.

  178. Gareth says:
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    This is getting ridiculous. Matt Kemp EIGHTH!? It’s almost time for a fatwa on Torre.

  179. Gareth says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: How good was tonight? Best game at Metco ever.

  180. Matt Sorrento says:
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    J. Upton + crappy closer should yield me what level outfielder these days? I’m looking to upgrade before he comes down to Earth.

  181. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Gareth: 7 Homers!!! – That’s a month’s worth of dingers at Metco. I wasn’t able to watch all of the game, as my wife loves NCIS, ( a great show, for sure), but yes, best game so far. The Mets won’t catch the Phils, however, if Reyes doesn’t get back soon, and Maine and Pelf continue to be erratic (that’s being kind.) I would like to see them swing a deal for Peavy or A-Gon.

  182. Gareth says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: That’s why they play the games, I guess. What’s been overlooked in the consecutive September swoons is that, head to head, the Mets own the Phillies. As you said above, ya gotta believe!

    As for Peavy, unless you can move Queens to California or the Midwest it ain’t gonna happen. And a cheap Gonzalez is surely no chance either, why would the Friars move him? Although he would be the only slugger in baseball who might benefit from a move to Citi.

  183. Steve says:
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    Man, Bills has been all over the shop tonight.

  184. Steve says:
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    Util spot in my H2H that counts OBP (as well as AVE). Kubel, Nick the Stick or Rowand?

  185. Bob says:
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    Smoltz or Tommy Hansen?

    Aramis Ramirez or Adrian Beltre?

    Mike McDougal or J.P. Howell?

    Thanks.

  186. big o says:
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    cueto seemingly benefits from a couple of timely dp’s each outing , but i’m liking his composure/make-up .

    why is everyone unconcerned about quentin ?
    isn’t it about time to cut bait ?

  187. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Gareth: A friend of mine in another league figured out the home/away splits for A-Gon. His away record was far better then any 1st baseman not named Puhols. And all that with non-existant protection. In the last several weeks, teams are treating Adrian like Barroid; he is walking 2 X’s per game consistently. Right now, the Mets probably couldn’t sign A-Gon or Peavy, for that matter, as their owner, Fred Wilpon, lost millions in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

    Last year the Mets had the best record in baseball if the games ended after 6 innings, like Little League. K-rod is perhaps the most consistent closer in the league, so that problem is, at least partially solved. It would be completely solved if Putz was playing healthy. Omar had the choice of picking up either Ollie or Lowe, and like many before him, he was deceived by Ollie’s potential, which will never come to pass, although I didn’t believe that he would be this bad. At any rate, the Phils have pitching problems as well; Moyers is a Caucasian 50, the league will soon catch on to Bastardo, they have a team ERA that, if not the highest in baseball, is amongst the highest, and no one knows whether Madson will do the job as closer. They do have a sweet, sweet, lineup, no doubt.

  188. Zebo says:
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    Hardy or Drew?

  189. Elbert says:
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    Baker is pitching a perfect game until the fucking manager left him 1 inning too much, fucking moron…

  190. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @albertalbert: Choo side. We have articles on the site about the ESPN player rater. It’s flawed.

    @Crazy Eyes: Ha!

    @Matt Sorrento: Carlos Lee? Berkman? A top one.

    @Steve: Punt

    @Bob: Hanson, Aram, Howell

    @big o: I think Quentin will be fine. It’s a play-through-it injury hopefully.

  191. Matt Sorrento says:
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    @Grey: What about
    Utley or Beltran? I have Berkman and Lee already.

  192. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sorry – should have mentioned, its until Votto comes back…

  193. DrEasy says:
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    @Elbert: No kidding! It looked like he would make up for what Burnett did to my already pathetic ERA and WHIP. But no.

  194. DrEasy says:
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    Oh and miracles happen: Beckham had his first hit of his major league career. It only took him 5 games!

  195. DrEasy says:
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    A 10-0 game to start the 9th, and they end up having to use Joe Nathan to close the game.

  196. Gareth says:
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    If I were looking to trade away Ryan Franklin to a league that seems to me to overvalue closers, what tier of outfielder should I be looking for in return?

  197. mc serch says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I did the same (picked up Madson) after reading your comment yesterday or the day before. I think you said Lidge was a trip to the disgraceful list waiting to happen. Then I saw that they were playing the Mets this week and figured either they would not want to totally ruin his confidence by putting him in a position to blow one ag. their arch rivals, or he would blow one and be gone. Thanks Baron!

  198. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Gareth: Victorino? Werth? Maybe BJ?

  199. Elbert says:
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    @DrEasy: i’m still fuming over Twin’s mishandling on Baker’s outing in 9th, but yeah man i feel you about Burnett; Burnett is very very lucky so far, and one example to note is his GO/AO ratio has completely altered, compared to his career norm (thanx to Yankess stadium), and he’s HR% + BB% is up, while seeing decrease in infield PO% & K%.

    If i own any NYY SP, I would definitely try to unload anyone besides CC on Yankees rotation before July; almost whole rotation has gone from groundball-happy to flyball-happy, when heat come up during summer it’s something to watch out for.

  200. DrEasy says:
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    @Elbert: I know! Who knew this new stadium would turn out like this? I’m stuck with: Burnett, Wang, Joba (he’s alright) and Hughes (ok, he’s been in and out of my roster). I’m cringing every time they’re starting a game at home.

  201. BTW, am I allowed to bang my head on the keyboard for not trading Votto for Haren in April? Maybe then I’d get dizzy and hit .360. Frack.

  202. DrEasy says:
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    Should I drop Beckham for Bloomquist?

  203. Quintero says:
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    @IowaCubs: Need your insight. Jake Fox got sent back to AAA today. A two week long interleague play coming up on Friday for Cubs, but they decided to carry Aaron Miles, Andrés Blanco, AND Bobby Scales, instead of Fox when they need a DH.(Does he suppose be able to play as a backup 3B?) Are they really hate on Fox or there is something else?(Trade possibilities?)

    Fox’s 0.61 BB/K rate in AAA this year looks pretty okay for a guy with his kind of power. Indeed he is not taking a walk yet and not seeing fastball often(52.5%) but he holds himself this time around in the Major. Why sent him back? I don’t get it. Do you see him getting callup again in the next few days? If not, does that mean there is no chance we see him again in the Major this year unless more injury strikes…?

    Thank you in advance.

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