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Royals prospect Luke Hochevar was called up yesterday to replace Sidney Ponson in the rotation.  But he’s Aruba’s favorite son!  You know who I feel bad for?  The Royals caterer.  With Ponson out of the rotation, who’s going to eat that side of cow he ordered?  Hochevar has been lights out so far in the minors with a .90 ERA, .95 WHIP and 5-0.  His 30 Ks in 40 innings is solid, not quite crazysexycool.   He doesn’t seem like the kind of pitcher that is going to dominate like, say, a Volquez last year.  Fortunately, he’s cut his walks this year.  As I said with Cecil two weeks ago, you pickup Hochevar to see if dominates.  Cause if he does dominate, people will start going gaga goo-goo for him and then you can flip him.  Or you take the rookie pitcher’s thunder, slide it next to your lightning and make it rain.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joakim Soria – Went to the DL.  Juan Cruz will fill-in mostly, with Jamey Wright maybe seeing the occasional chance.  You’re thinking, I’m not bothering with Cruz, Soria will come back and be fine.  Who cares if he comes back and he’s fine?  Cruz may take the job and hold it for the next two months while accumulating 15 saves.  Or maybe Soria returns fine in a week.  All I know is Soria has said his sore shoulder dates back to WBC (Nice, Selig!) so maybe he doesn’t recover that quickly.  Add Cruz, ask questions later.

Hank Blalock – 2 HRs, 9 on the year and zero DL stints.  Somewhere Nomar shakes his head, disappointed.  Maybe Blalock’s staying healthy because it’s his walk year and he wants to, um, walk.

Jorge De La Rosa – Over the weekend, he threw a spectacular game where he K’d 12 ‘lins.  More importantly, he only walked one.  Walks have always been his issue, but it’s looked like he’s harnessed his control.  I’d throw him in his next start against the Pirates.  Keep in mind, he’s capable of giving you a devastatingly awful start.  High risk/high reward — no pain/no gain and all that shizz.

Troy Tulowitzki – Hit his 2nd homer yesterday in the last three games.  Though he was pulled from game in the ninth with a tweaked quadriceps.  Seemed to be a day-to-day thingawitzki.

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper left Sunday’s game with elbow soreness.

Rick Porcello – 5 IP, 1 ER.  Was a good matchup for him and he’s a good matchup starter.

Juan Pierre – 6 hits in two games.  Led off yesterday and he stole his third base.  This is what it looks like when Pierre’s flexing.

Orlando Hudson – Hit third yesterday.  Zoinks!

Emmanuel Burriss – Member how hot Bonifacio was the first week?  That’s what Webster’s doing right now.

Kenshin Kawakami – 6 IP, 2 ER.  Myers and him battled in a 1-1 game that looked like it should’ve been a 10-10 game.

Mike Gonzalez – Pitched a scoreless 8th inning because there was three lefties up in the 8th.  Soriano will continue to get the occasional save.

Dustin Pedroia – Tweaked his groin.  Michael Jackson was wildly successful in the 80s doing that.

Jay Bruce – Hit his 10th home run yesterday.  He’s on his way to 30+ homers, 10+ steals and a .270 average.  Bruuuuuce!

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 4 ER. Obviously not a stellar start, but the encouraging sign is there was only one walk.  Then again, it was the Reds, not exactly the most patient team.  Wainwright is turning into more of a split between a number two/three fantasy starter, rather than a number one/two.

Ryan Franklin – 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Phew, Gagne’s record is safe. Consecutive save record, not the record for the biggest difference between one’s pre- and post-steroid performance.  B. Giles is still going after that record.

Kip Wells – Recorded his first save over the weekend.  I’d place the over/under at 7 and take the under.

Casey Kotchman – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs.  In Friday’s roundup, I thought Kotchman was breaking out.   He now has 2 homers this past week and has tied for the NL lead for doubles.

Bret Cecil – 8 IP, 0 ER.  With Romero set the return, Cecil probably just bought himself a little more time in the rotation.  He gets both colors of the Sox in his next two starts.  If you could flip Cecil for a junky closer right now, I would.  Otherwise, ride the lightning, Lars.

Brad Ziegler – 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  I’d say Kazaam, but I don’t even think he’s the closer anymore.  The A’s want Ziegler as a long man in the bullpen and one and two-thirds innings would indicate what the A’s want, they get.

Alexei Ramirez – 0-for-7 since Ozzie put the Nix gun to his head.  [sarcastic] Way to step up! [/sarcastic]

Adam LaRoche – 4-for-May with zero RBIs.  Looks like he’s decided to go cold in the 1st half after all.  Now is that any way to set an example for your little brother.

Brandon Morrow – Returned for the save and to give up a run in a shaky inning.  I’d hold Aardsma for now if you have room.

Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 4 ER.  Winning the game, but giving up four runs against the Padres is like winning a stuffed animal for your kid by slipping the carny a twenty spot.

Travis Snider – His May has been terrible and now he’s losing time.  He’ll get some starts and home runs, but he’s a liability for this year because of his average.

Sean Marshall – 5 IP, 2 ER.  Yup, and he gets the ‘Stros next.

Edinson Volquez – 6 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Julio-Reyes-Edison-Edinson Volquez will forever be unpredictable.  If you own him, you just have to accept you’ll never know when he’s going to pitch well.

Cameron Maybin – Demoted after he ran the ‘lins out of a ninth inning rally with a boneheaded mistake.  Oh, and it didn’t help he’s sucked for a month and a half.  Sorry, Maybin, our love affair will continue next February when I publish my sleeper outfielders for 2010.

Chris Coghlan – Didn’t show much this weekend and still showed more than Maybin.

Mariano Rivera – Worked a scoreless save yesterday.  Good thing, because Joba wasn’t available to relieve him. (BTW, how do you spend so much money and not get a bullpen?  George Steinbrenner just rolled over in his scooter.)

Koji Uehara – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks.  He’s looking a lot more usable than his fellow import, Kawakami.  And his Korean tacos are delicious!

Jim Johnson – Was hit yesterday.  Baez was hit on Saturday.  Tomorrow Sherrill will be hit.  As long as Ray doesn’t pitch, he might be the closer by next weekend.

Joba Chamberlain – 6 IP, 3 ER.  Pattern emerging — tough first inning, then settled down.  Oh, and in honor of yesterday’s Mother’s Day —   Owen doesn’t have a friend!

  1. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    Juan Cruz or Andrew Bailey?

  2. DrEasy says:
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    So far Snider has only been benched against LHP. It’s just that it seems that the Jays have been facing more LHP lately. And Cito doesn’t believe in pinch-hitting and match-ups. 2 more LHP coming in the Yankees series!

  3. PWNightmare says:
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    If Cruz had the stuff you’d know it after eight years in the bigs. I’d go Bailey based on that alone… and did… earlier.

    I have yet to get a Tweet on the Kojii taco truck location. Mind you, I won’t wait in block long lines for tacos… only hot dogs.. at Hot Doug’s.

  4. john says:
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    i have a spot to fill on my roster and am looking for a Wandy replacement…so who to pick up for Tues start and perhaps the foreseeable future if they pitch well: Hochevar @Oak/Parra vs Fla/JZ @ SF/None of the above and just grab De La Rosa?

  5. john says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: the royals have had more save opportunities this year (by 2) so i picked up Cruz just for that fact, haha. Its stupid, I know, but I had to choose somehow!! Once Grey says that Bailey is the better choice, i’ll prolly pull the old switcharoo since Bailey is still on my ww

  6. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Start Jered Weaver vs. Boston?

    Start Hochevar at Oakland?

  7. Crafty35a says:
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    Drop Andrew Bailey for Juan Cruz?

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Emporers Monkey: yes youk hurt,pedroia hurt and papi needs him some McCann glasses and if you dont start him vs oak. then why you got him?

  9. Crafty35a says:
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    Sorry, missed that my question was already asked.

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Crafty35a: more upside with bailey,but he isnt getting all the saves yet.cruz for 2 weeks?maybe longer,soria`s been hurt a while and hiding it

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    General question to Razzball experts – Is Puhols for Manny/Santana a fair trade?

    @AL KOHOLIC – notice how Hotel Piniero is sliding quickly back to the pack since CF put the nice, shiny drink on the league page? There are no coincidences. Is Manny collecting splinters on his butt on your bench? Cecil the Sea sick sea serpent would look good on your team.

    @Grey – “…Gagne’s record is safe. Consecutive save record, not the record for the biggest difference between one’s pre- and post-steroid performance.” You consistently have at least one comment per morning in which my coffee spurts out my nose. There should be a Razzball glossary term for that. And that is part of what makes you a living legend. Of course, the advice is great as well. Picked up DeLa Rosa and will give him a whirl.

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: yes i grabbed cecil in my other league,got shanghighed in ours,but i snagged cruz up,my other league ie got aramis,pedroia ,hamiltonand b.j ryan all hurt.one possible bright side,ortiz is swinging better and i could really use his power,trying to flip pierre for power o.f,,but its nice to see Pineiro come back to earth

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: yeah,i was looking at de larosa as well,vulture,i know,im one to talk.but that grabow one backfired

  14. Any reference to the Papadopolis household is sure to get the Allnut referenced coffee spurt out of many of us. Great stuff as usual Grey. After a solid effort at Colorado on Friday, do you still consider Nolasco risky? Or is he a decent Buy Low opportunity? Would Hardy be fair value in a Bat for Arm swap?

  15. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Trying to make my pitching staff look less like an abortion.

    Which two SPs do you want from this group:

    Justin Masterson
    Kyle Lohse
    Sean Marshall
    Mitchell Boggs
    Jorge de la Rosa
    Koji Uehara

    The league is H2H and K-heavy, as K/9 and K/BB are categories.

  16. sean says:
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    @grey: I ship Kazmir and get E. Santana — good deal?

  17. Jason (Atlanta) says:
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    Just sent Cecil and Billy Butler for Cantu in a keeper. Cantu is $6 less than Butler and we have an in-season cap. Good move?

  18. Tony says:
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    BRUUUUUUUUUUCE!

    I love throwing shields, beckett, and wainwright and getting crapped on. I pick up stultz and Cecil and get gems?

    Someone remind me why i draft more than one or two solid SP’s?

    Hopefully the swine has left votto.

    Was anyone else watching Pat Burrell batting when big baby knocked down that jumper! WOW, the red sox fans went so nuts it startled burrell and Okajima to the point they called time….WOW sick nasty….

    happy monday…..

  19. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Trade Torii Hunter and Scott Downs for Josh Beckett and Alexei Ramirez? Hunter is on my bench and I need help with pitching. Could put Ramirez on the bench until he heats up, if ever.

  20. Eric C. says:
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    Grey: Trade Wandy R. for Oswalt?

  21. timSTi says:
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    @Grey Any of these guys a worthwhile upgrade over Sandoval at C while Soto rides the suck-wagon?

    Barajas, Flores, Baker, Yadier, AJ Pier, Salty, Pudge??

    I’m weakest in BA for offensive stats right now.

  22. anon says:
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    Question about Soto.. He was just dropped in my league. I’m sitting on the 5th waiver priority and I’ve got Kelly Shoppach. Is he worth blowing a waiver on? Should I wait and see if he clears waivers and then sign him? Or do we think this shoulder problem will be a long-term concern and I should just stick with Kelly?

    Thanks!!

  23. cws05nuts says:
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    Wow. Jacqueline is one heckuva babe! Shwving! Is this going to play out like Eminem? Does this help him move jerseys and merchandise?

  24. Tony says:
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    @timSTi: Yeah i’m holding on sandoval right now, he’s getting a little too fat to be on my team tho, ticking me off! Especially when Baker, salty, and others are on waivers kicking his butt in stats…. I’d just wait on soto, hold on sandoval tho. Its like grey said the other day, they’re all just scabs, don’t pick….

    @anon: get soto he won’t clear, burn your priority….

  25. Ian says:
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    Zips updated their projections. They now have Bruce with 41 HRs, 96 Runs, and 101 RBI, 10 SBs and a .271 BA.

    What do you think his chances are reaching those numbers? Is he really a 100/100 guy this year?

  26. rich says:
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    Can Alexei get any worse? I mean maybe try bunting or something. I also do not think I have ever had so many players ( or any players actually) contract the flu in a season. It might as well be the Disgraceful List. They come back sooner, but their performances are not up to par with their performance prior to the flu (see Ziegler,..)

  27. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    For future comedic reference, if you’re going to refer to a fat Royals player, I’d suggest doing something about Gates’ Barbeque, or KC Masterpiece or something.

  28. anon says:
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    Also anyone think Kyle Blanks is worth consideration in a 14-teamer?

  29. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I was just offered Manny for Waignwright. I have way too much SP as it is with a 1250 IP limit.

    My other starers are Peavy, Liriano, Oswalt, J. Johnson, Wandy, Tommy Hanson and Slowey and I am ahead on innings pace by 50.

    I was considering benching Waignwright for awhile anyway, have to do this right?

  30. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Is your boy Manny Parra a good start at home against the Marlins tomorrow? Also, what do you think of Hochevar at Oakland?

  31. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    1. Respect the Bruce.

    2. The last time Juan Pierre had regular playing time, he stole 64 bases. Over 50 games he could hit over .300 with 35 runs and 15-25 swipes. Also, if he keeps hitting, my bet is the Dodgers keep him at lead-off, if only in a kind of lemons-into-lemonade move.

    In other words, he’s Ichiro Lite.

    In other words, go get him if you do not have him and you need runs/steals.

    3. Pwnson’d! I need the Fat Man in Razz!

    4. re: Washington’s bullpen. So…

    Sat. night, while the world was out doing interesting things, I sat watching the final inning of the Nats/Arizona game. Not actually watching it, mind you, but refreshing Yahoo!’s damnable little box score.

    So: Beimel pitches a relatively clean 8th with a 2-0 lead. So apparently he ain’t the closer.

    Wells starts the 9th. So he is the closer?

    Except he walks two gives up a double, and leaves the game with two outs and the tying run at third. In comes Hanrahan, who Ks Chad Tracy. So… he’s the closer?

    Or maybe Beimel gets the bump from 8th inning dude, since he looked decent? In a related story, WHY DO I EVEN CARE?

    My question: Clearly, if Wells had pitched a clean 9th, he’d have the job and be the add. But if Wells is the guy, why was Hanny warming up? If Hanny bailed out Wells, does Hanny get his job back?

    My guess: Hanny gets the next save op. If he converts, he gets the next one. And so on. We dumpster-divers might squeeze 20 saves out of him yet.

    Or he might blow his next save and we’re back to the Nationals merry-go-round-of-pain.

    The worst part is, this won’t be resolved for, like, a week, because the Nats are like a joke team made of clowns, to give other teams a laugh.

  32. cws05nuts says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: THat is quite the internal debate you had in your head during the yahoo boxscore post-game.

  33. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @cws05nuts: Who said it was in my head? I was screaming at the computer.

    I wish Wells had got a clean save so I could have a) picked him up and b) dropped Beimel and c) avoided wasting a #5 waiver priority on Hanrahan, who was clearing the next morning.

    This from the exploding-notes gremlins at Yahoo!:

    RHP Joel Hanrahan earned the save in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Arizona, but manager Manny Acta isn’t ready to declare the right-hander his closer again. Hanrahan, who lost the job after blowing three of his first five save chances, has pitched better since his demotion and came out of the bullpen to bail out RHP Kip Wells in the ninth inning Saturday. Acta, though, plans to continue with a closer-by-committee, slowly easing Hanrahan back into the role.
    (Yahoo! Sports)

  34. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like “Pwnson’d”…

    I agree about Pierre. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m now following Alyssa Milano’s Tweets on Twitter last night. One of her Tweets last night was “That’s just Pierre being Pierre.” She was funnier when her name was Sam.

    I was just chatting with pOrk burn about players we didn’t draft, but deny that they’re doing any good lest we admit that we were wrong for not drafting them. Bruce is one of those guys for me. Inge and Greinke are the others.

    I’m letting other MR.B fools do the speculating on the Nationals bullpen.

  35. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey, are you continuing your flier on Holland or picking up De La Rosa? I don’t see anyone expendable except my holds guys, but I’m already behind in holds and don’t really want to fall further in the hole.

  36. cws05nuts says:
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    @IowaCubs: No Milano Tweet concerning the Nats pen?

  37. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @IowaCubs: Sadly though, I just traded for Matt Holliday and now I might have to bench him for Pierre. Last night I started Pierre at Util over Votto (out with the flu) — then Votto hit a pinch-hit HR. Holliday was 0-4. grumblegrumblegrumble

    Was Bruce one of those oft-drafted-in-mocks, not-drafted-in-life guys? If he could figure out how to hit something other than solo shots, we’d really be in business.

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Also, Grey — no comment on the huge dump Phil Hughes took down the throats of a hopeful nation?

  39. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Right there with you, bud. I dropped Hanrahan for Wells the day before, so within the span of 48 hours, I got Hanrahan’s WHIP (but not Wells’ save), then I got Wells ERA and WHIP (but not Hanrahan’s save). And used up one of my 100 allowed moves.

    Meanwhile, Grabow is at least consistent…..consistently bad.

  40. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I’m setting my lineup for this week in a h2h league. Anyone know if it’s safe to start Pedroia this week. I have Fontenot, but don’t want to start him if i don’t have to.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: Bailey

    @PWNightmare: Ha! Still trying to figure out this Koji truck myself.

    @john: Hochevar

    @Emporers Monkey: Yup and yup.

    @zombie: I’d want Hardy, but I’d start buying on Nolasco.

    @Hardcore Midget: Koji/De La Rosa

    @sean: I’d want Ervin.

    @Jason (Atlanta): Great move, well played.

    @Eric C.: Not crazy about it.

    @timSTi: I’d hold.

    @cws05nuts: Ha!

    @Ian: He has an outside chance at those numbers. They seem to be a little high.

    @anon: Don’t think we see him until September, but I could be wrong. Why do you ask?

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Sure, go for it.

    @ron mexico’s papi: I’d start them both in 12 team or deeper.

    @cubbies299: So don’t you need a Hold guy then?

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Pwnson’d! — Hehe — Since Hughes happened on Saturday, I had it erased from my brain.

  42. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: I wish I could erase Hughes from my stats.

  43. PJTres says:
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    Is it time to get off the Hughes train? Its a keeper league, but i dont see the kid being reliable this year…

    I sonnanstine/Koji on the wire…do i make the move?

  44. BSA says:
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    @Grey: So I have to break my silence re: RCL questions that I imposed on myself and ask a general question regarding strategy with my RCL team in mind.

    Now I just picked myself up off the basement floor this past week and am middle of the pack regarding offense but totally suck in the pitching categories. Even though I don’t get credit for holds am I not better trying to pick up a reliever or two who can chip away at ERA and WHIP numbers rather than always looking to stream starters?
    Next closest ERA is .400 in front and WHIP is .060 in front of me.

  45. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Just swapped Volstad for Mike Jacobs….I think maybe I undersold Volstad, but I have a glut of SP and needed a 1B in the worst way. Hardball Times shows Jacobs is seeing significantly more pitches per PA this year, I’m hoping it’s a sign of some increased patience at the plate.

  46. timSTi says:
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    @Grey My Quentin for his Haren? I have a loaded OF Kemp, Damon, Werth, Cruz, Grandy. Need another ace. Am I giving up too much with Quentin? This is a 10 team 5×5 Roto. My SP’s are Gollardo, Bills, Volstad, Wolf, Volquez, Cecil, Richmond.

  47. Billy says:
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    is anyone holding on to Anibal Sanchez?

  48. Quintero says:
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    Dynasty owners, bean town boy Daniel Bard just got his promotion.

  49. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    would you rather have Manny or Fuentes for the rest of the year?

  50. BSA says:
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    @Billy: I got excited when he was talked about here and he was a FA. I dusted off the memory of his no hitter told myself it was a great pick up watched him spiral out control and dropped him two starts before the DL. It doesn’t look good for him.

  51. airlifting says:
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    drop who for Hochevar? 14t league.

    c. ross, zumaya, kelvim, rich hill (rich hill!), hermida.

  52. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: yeah so true about bruce in mocks, he was going like 7th round, then my live draft money league i get him in the 10th? I couldn’t pass at that point!

    and double yes on him hitting a homer with someone on sometime! christ he launches more solo’s than anyone i can think of!

  53. Quintero says:
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    @anon: @Grey: Why are we talking about Kyle Blanks? Don’t make me nervous.
    All I can Google News form the web is: “An uncertain yet potentially far-reaching experiment by the Padres will begin soon when Kyle Blanks plays left field for the Triple-A Portland Beavers.— By Tom Krasovic, Union-Tribune Staff Writer May 10″ Anyone got more than that? I am eager to know.

  54. Kris says:
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    @Grey: I’ve been checking this site out since Feb, and have hit you up with a couple of questions (i think each one relating to Manny Parra) that you’ve kindly answered, leaving me thinking “what a great guy!”. With that Joba/Throw Momma From the Train Reference, however, you stepped it up like Carlos Beltran in the 04 playoffs. Astounding.

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @timSTi: How many OF do you start? If three, you can spare Q; if 4/5, maybe not.

    @Grey: Holliday/Pierre swapped for Beltran? Good move?

  56. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I’m going to ride the Bard train, hopefully he figured out some other pitches down in Pawtucket.

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    bard?wander if paps hurt himself doing his jaba impersonation fist pump after a 1st and 3rd no one out 3 straight k`s last night

  58. Billy says:
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    ok, What’s your thought on Randy Wells, it sounds like Lou has a thing for him?

  59. p0rk burn says:
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    Trying to fill the Aramis hole in two league. This is why you don’t tie yourself to one player in multiple league. Casey Blake or Kotchman? Blake is an easier solution because he has the 3rd base eligibility, but if Kotchman is going to be that much better he’s worth the work.

    Kindly discuss.

  60. timSTi says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: We start 4 OF 1 Util . I hate having to bench 1 out of those 6 every night and watch them hit a dinger or go 3-4 while the guy i started goes 0’fer.

    My ERA & Whip are horrible and I’m starting to lose ground in the wins and K’s category so I wanted to add another “reliable” pitcher. Just picked up Cecil hoping for the best as my last gamble on Hughes porked me.

    Also Nolasco is floating in the FA pool. Should I just scoop him and be content with that?

  61. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    12 team keeper, who gets the better of Votto/D. Price for Utley/Juan Cruz? Think I know the answer but I’m having a hard time letting go of Votto.

  62. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @timSTi: id grab nolasco

  63. anon says:
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    @Grey: @Quintero: Haha, my bad, I saw that update for Blanks on rotoworld and thought they were talking about the major league club. I guess they moved him to LF in the minors and I thought they were talking about the bigs. Sorry.

  64. Damn Maybin. I guess I just have to hold him in my NL Only league. Boo.

  65. p0rk burn says:
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    @Grey: Operation: Casey swap is complete.

    Lets hope he maintains this crazy RBI rate from the last three days.

  66. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Who do you like this week: Arroyo, Zimermann, Jiminez or Parra

  67. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: Anti-Blake much?

  68. Tony says:
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    are stultz or cecil worth keeping around? I spot pitched both this past week, MONEY…. don’t know of their long term value.

    Grab emmanual burriss now? been waiting on that dude all year, got the average up around .290 ish? Giants gotta bump him up don’t they?

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @timSTi: Nolasco is worth a scoop. I’d try and move a lesser OF, like Damon or Cruz. Don’t undersell on Cruz, but he might bring back Haren… or Gallardo. Hold on Q.

  70. roto rooter says:
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    Grey: Rank in 5×5 value for the rest of the year: Butler, Kotchman, Nick Johnson. Also, best bet to reach .300, 20HRs? Thanks!

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: I’d hold Cecil, and grab Burriss.

    @roto rooter: Kotchman, Butler, Johnson.

  72. timSTi says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I offered Cruz for Wandy. Did I undersell? I feel like they’re both in the same shoes just on opposite spectrums. Prolly gonna drop Richmond for Nolasco, and I already have Gollardo :) .

  73. NoonTime says:
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    Ervin Santana update: 5 IP, 2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks on the 9th for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA)

  74. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Who do you like better the rest of the season: Zimmermann or Edwin Jackson?

  75. p0rk burn says:
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    Another funny note, apparently the guy dropping Wainwright signaled to everybody else in the league it was time to cut slumping stars.

    The Wainwright dropped Swisher a few days (who I now have, thanks, he’ll fill in nicely at the CI while Aramis is out) and then D.Lee just hit the waiver wire. I know he’s hurt and isn’t who he used to be, but come on people! Do you really think he’s worse than the schmoes in the FA pool?

    Grey, your ranking of Kotchman, Butler, and NiJo is appropriate for this as Lee was cut for Nick Johnson. Nick &$*^@$*&!!! Johnson. I’m running out of room to stash all these guys. Its an embarrassment of riches, to be sure.

  76. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Quick note — Zeigler is out up to 10 days (or more), due to further “sickness”. More chances for Wuertz and Bailey to steal the job permanently.

  77. Tony says:
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    @Grey: yeah i was thinking cecil on the jays is worth keeping. I’l have to see who he matches up vs…. already snatched up webster, love the eligibility and the way he’s heating up.

  78. cws05nuts says:
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    Think Fer-Rod is falling out of favor yet or just buying Leyland more smokes for a lack of a better alternative in the tigres pen?

  79. Tony says:
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    @cws05nuts: that would be great if he did i sold him for alexie, or did i steal alexie for him? doesn’t matter… is LYON next in line?

  80. Grey

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

    @cws05nuts: I think he’s fine for now. Of course, that could change after a few more blowups.

  81. Tony B. says:
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    I’ve been in 1st place for about a month now, my lead is slowly deteriorating. I have Manny, so he is rotting on my bench eating away a valuable roster spot. Joakim just went on the DL and my arch nemesis added Cruz last night while I was in the middle of my grad school accounting assignment (DAMMIT). I lead in saves with Broxton, Lindstrom, Raffy Soriano, and just added Bailey last week (which hopefully leads to a few saves in the next 10 days)

    What I’m looking for are some late rotation guys to compliment Lincecum-Billingsley-Wainwright-Nolasco…

    I added Cecil for his A’s start and reaped the rewards, so I’m gonna hang onto him as my 5th SP and monitor… I added Wang and placed him on my DL and will monitor his AAA start on Tuesday… This morning I added Uehara as my 6th SP as he gets KC later this week.

    I’m also intrigued by De La Rosa this week @ Pittsburgh especially after that 12 K performance against Florida in which I never picked up him up after realizing how dangerous a situation it could have been (he’s still sitting out on the wire)

    That long lost uncle charlier specialist Rich Hill struck out 7 in 6 innings in a minor league start for AAA Norfolk the other night, the most important stat when it comes to Hill these days is the walk rate, he did administer 3, but hey it could have been 5 or 6. The thing that intrigues about him is that the minor league pitching coordinators and coaches in Baltimore are the same ones Hill had in Chicago in the minors & majors from 2005-2007 when he posted some pretty sick strikeout numbers, maybe they can recapture the magic in a change of scenery in Baltimore (The AL East is scary of course, but with that skillset, he could be spot started with the right matchups)

    I shouldn’t have to make a move on him yet to add him and DL him and hopefully CBS or Yahoo! doesn’t decide to do a write-up on him (Rich Hill’s Back!: From ‘Rich’ to Rags and Back Again!) and plaster it on the front page of their fantasy baseball page.

    I HATE DERREK LEE, I can’t trade him, I can’t drop him, can he please go on the DL today or tomorrow so I can add someone more worthy. I really really really wanna drop him for Chris Duncan but I’ll wait for the diagnosis. I have been playing Swisher at 1B for the past month basically (which has worked out well).

    I’m done ranting. I wish I had another roster spot open to add Madson, I have this funny feeling in my stomach Lidge is about to miss some time after yesterday.

  82. agarthered says:
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    My SS is Alexei

    I have two 3b’s Beltre and Reynolds

    With Beltre starting to turn the corner, and with someone recently dropping Peralta onto waivers, I gotta decide if i’m going to drop Reynolds for Peralta…thoughts?

  83. Grey

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    @Tony B.: Nice rant!

    @agarthered: Hmm… That’s tough. Reynolds can outperform Beltre in every category except average. I’d hate to drop him.

  84. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: @Billy: Randy Wells is/was one of my favorite Iowa Cubs, but I wouldn’t start him against anyone.

  85. Denys says:
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    great heads up on Hochevar. Cecil has worked great for me so far, so I’m hoping for more of the same.

  86. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Wow. After losing Aramis I put a weak request for trade out to my 10 team Yahoo for a 3b.

    The Soria owner is offering me Beltre straight up for either of my closers, Broxton or F Francisco.

    I am offering him Francisco for Beltre without hesitation.

    (Oh yeah, Bell, Fuentes, and Qualls are all sitting on our wire)

    Unless I’m crazy, this is a no-brainer trade on my part….correct?

  87. Tony B. says:
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    @IowaCubs: FunFact for you: I worked as a clubhouse attendant last year in the PCL, when Iowa came to town, Pie would always ask me to go to Burger King and get him at least 5 to 6 orders of chicken fries. He couldn’t say it, so he’d say mucho pollo and then extend his fingers out I guess to mimic what a fry was supposed to look like. Next FunFact for you: One evening game, some drunk was giving it to one of the Iowa hitters (Thirsty Thursday Night), he kept saying “you look like a fairy with that swing, you suck man, go back to Iowa, land of corn man” Von Joshua, who is very old and very reserved had, had enough, turned around from where he was perched on the railing on the dugout, looked at the guy and said in a reserved but direct tone “You look like a fucking faggot” and then just turned around and kept watching the game. The guy didn’t say anything the rest of the game and the entire section just kind of stayed quiet the rest of the game.

  88. agarthered says:
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    @grey yeah I know what you mean, I have absolutely nobody to drop. I wanted to pick up Cruz, but the only player I could drop for him would be Cecil, and Cecil besides one inning yesterday, looked extremely comfortable.

    It’s bad when I’ve had to have either Werth or Adam Jones on my bench all season!

  89. @Tony B.: Derrek Lee has his MRI today, and hopefully he scheduled it early enough in the day so if it goes sour they can make a move today. He has been a kick in the crunch berries all season and he was just starting to rebuild some value before his neck bulging disc spasms.

  90. nick m. says:
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    masterson, hochevar, or pelfrey as a 2-starter this week?

  91. cws05nuts says:
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    @Tony: Lyon = bad. But, he would be one of the few options. Zumaya can’t come close to throwing strikes. Anybody think they would tinker with Dontrelle? Or would a tinker there spike anxiety levels?

  92. IowaCubs

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    @Tony B.: Yes, we have this unflappable reputation of being the state that feeds the world. I suppose this won’t go away any time soon.

    Here’s a fun fact of my own… Another part of the Iowa condition is the whole “nice” thing that we can’t get rid of. Last season, for several starts, Rich Hill was getting pounded in AAA during a game in Des Moines. During his final start at Iowa, he gave up something like 8 earned runs and walked 6 on 7 hits or something awful. Anyway, when he left the game, he was looking totally dejected, and I guess we sort of felt sorry for him, so the whole packed stadium gave him a round of applause. I mean, here’s this guy who just took a dump on the mound and gets a round of applause.

    Sometimes we’re just too nice.

  93. wily mo says:
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    @GhostfacePrzybilla: i think it depends a lot on the specific keeper rules. if it’s a larger, more dynastic kind of league where you keep 10-15 guys, it’d be real hard for me to give up both votto and price – they’re both so young and so good, whereas utley is (obviously) very good but not that young, and cruz is almost nothing compared to the other three. but if it’s more like a keep-4 then you probably want utley.

  94. SRM says:
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    Despite the recent 2-for-1 discussion recently, there are of course exceptions. Could this turn into one?

    I was just offered Manny and Oswalt for Soriano. I’m not planning on accepting. But…

    He guy who offered also likes my Ibanez and has CC, Halladay and Zambrano.

    Is there a good 1-for-1 or 2-for-1 counter in this mess? I could use a SP and have a strong offense.

  95. Tony B. says:
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    @IowaCubs: Just can’t shake it.

  96. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: I want Soriano there. Ibanez/player from your team (junky closer maybe?) for Halladay?

  97. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony B.: Ha, great story. I take it Von Joshua is an Iowa coach?

  98. Tony B. says:
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    @towhomitmayconcern: I picked up Bourn a few days ago to platoon with Spilborghs – Bournsy vs RHP and Spilly vs LHP, I’m going to see how this turns out…

  99. Tony B. says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yes, hitting coach, probably in late 60’s. Old, quiet, and reserved which made the comment that much more amazing.

  100. Basketnarb says:
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    What do you think Johnny Damon’s numbers will look like at the end of the year? Is now a good time to trade him or can he keep this up?

  101. @Grey: despite collectively pathetic performance thus far, do I have this correct: Alexei, then Drew, Tulo, Hardy? I grabbed Hardy when DL’ing Drew from an impatient owner & with Drew due back, looked to deal the lowest of the 4 (I thought Hardy) for Nolasco. Did I aim to low on the pitching chain or did I choose the wrong SS to deal? My entire collection of 2nd tier SSs have been detriments to prosperity thus far! Oh, & Kinsler’s at 2nd so that aint an option. Thanks again!

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: do you have any early predictions on Cecil`s stats this year?

  103. Euroalien says:
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    Start Parra for two this week (Fla, @ StL)…….. or Beckett (@ Sea) for one? I’m leaning towards Parra…….

  104. Tony B. says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: ZiPS had some favorable numbers on Cecil for the 2009 season…

    3.62 ERA

    1.29 WHIP

    6.91 K/9

    2.25 K/BB

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony B.: thanks,those are pretty handy and a vast improvement from my currents numbers

  106. Grey

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    @Basketnarb: I think he was a top 15 outfielder last year, no reason he can’t come close to that again. He’s underrated.

    @zombie: Hardy for Nolasco is fine. Don’t think you’re going to get much more with Hardy.

    @AL KOHOLIC: He could become unusable by his next start. Trade him away if possible or ride the lightning. If I were to take a stab, I’d say 8-5/4.00/1.30/100.

    @Euroalien: I’d go Beckett.

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: thanks,looking to move him and lindstrom for broxton nathan type,might even throw in hanrahammy who isnt in my rotation anyway

  108. Basketnarb says:
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    I’m in last place so I’m looking for some advice on what to do with my roster:
    Shoppach
    Youkilis
    Pedroia
    Derosa
    Felipe Lopez
    Braun
    BJ Upton
    Damon
    Wirth
    Kubel
    Freddy Sanchez
    Helton
    Stephen Drew

    Justin Upton and Juan Pierre are both available.

    Should I make any moves or stay put? Which players should I look to get rid of? Are there other players I might be overlooking? Thanks.

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Basketnarb: Loss Kubel for Upton.

    ******Non-related questions can go on the newest post.*****

  110. jollie fingers says:
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    Hello – i have the sad misfortune of owning both Soria and Ziegler, and now with Aramis Ramirez my DL is maxed. I’m thinking of dropping Ziegler and picking up Madson and waiting until the glorious implosion of Lidge. smart? or should i hold onto Ziegler “just in case”?

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I have Duncan and Loney splitting time at Util with Coghlan on the bench.

    Madson is just sitting out there looking pretty as a peripheral with possible closing time in future. Picked up Frasor today as a Mr B ERA and WHIP correcter. Lose Loney for Madson? Other FA MR Bs are Putz and Delcarmen.

  112. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, just wanted to know if I was crazy or not. He’s not gonna do anything this year, you’re dead to me Loney, hear me? D-E-D, dead………

  113. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey Grey. Would you spend a speculative add on Byrnes for his 20/20 potential? I could drop Holland. Also, if not that move would you drop Holland for Uehara or De La Rosa?

  114. Robert says:
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    W. Taveras or D. Fowler. Which one would you pick up?

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