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Jon Lester threw a no hitter against the Kansas City Royals yesterday (in case you were in a cave and didn’t hear). That goes to show you what getting rid of a locker room cancer can do for a team. Going forward, I see nothing remarkable from Lester. Just one of those things that happens. If you decide he needs to be on your team because you’re a sucker for feel-good stories, you should expect to take a hit on WHIP. It’s not just the walks, he gives up hits by the truckload, as well. Let someone else grab Lester and be the martyr. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Jake PeavyJake Peavy is going on the DL with a bad elbow. Padre fans moan, “Why couldn’t it have been ANY of our hitters….well, except A-Gonz.” Don’t panic on Peavy; he’s been on the DL before. You’re not going to get good value for him anyway.

Albert Pujols – Pujols hit 2 HRs in Petco. Impressive. Ryan Ludwick hit a HR and a double. Impressive and a bit more surprising. Cesar Izturis hit a homerun in Petco. Did they build another shorter fence for the game like they did in the Astrodome for the Bad News Bears?

Aramis Ramirez – If you can somehow trade a hot starter (Volquez!) for him, do it. Aram’s the quietest .300/35/100 guy in recent memory.

Geovany Soto – Soto’s done everything else, why wouldn’t he get an inside the park in under 17 seconds? Why? No reason, so he did.

Josh Hamilton – Now Josh Hamilton lets his bat say crack.

Joe Borowski – How anxious are the Indians for Blowrowski to return? The Indians said they want him to only throw one inning in the minors. I’m sure Borowski’s fantasy owners are just anxious.

Adam Dunn – Dunn hit another home run. If he hits in 8 straight, the Reds owner promised he’ll let Dunn bring his pet blue ox, Babe, into the clubhouse.

Frank ThomasFrank Thomas hit 2 HRs. More amazingly, he made it around the bases twice.

Alex Rodriguez – Looks ready to return on Tuesday. Looks like Eric Karabell’s sister, Stephania Bell’s prediction that Arod will be out until the All-Star break might be a bit wrong.

Brett Myers – In The Bank, Punchy would’ve gave up at least three more runs against the Nats. If Myerly were a word, it would mean struggling.

Shawn Hill – He’s going to be skipped because of elbow soreness. I said he’d be very usable when pitching, I never said he’d stay healthy.

Max Scherzer – If Doug Davis were returning from a suspension because he had drank a quart of Popov and urinated in the Chase Field pool, then I’d say Scherzer might hold his rotation spot, but Davis is returning from cancer. I mean, c’mon, it’s The Big C. That’s some feel-good shizz. BTW, Big week for cancer survivors.

Howie Kendrick – Word on the Streets of Bobby Grichville, Kendrick is going to need at least another week.  I’m not a huge fan of him when he’s healthy and it’s beginning to seem like he may never be healthy.

  1. Freak says:
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    “That goes to show you what getting rid of a locker room cancer can do for a team.”

    I can’t decide if this is the greatest or most terrible joke I’ve ever read.

  2. john says:
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    So another guy in my league is looking to trade Derrek Lee for more offense. He’s got Miggy at 3B and Carlos Guillen at SS…what do you think of a Peralta and Double E for Lee trade? (if he’d accept it, or replace one of them with Hafner if it doesn’t go through?)

  3. Art says:
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    Max Scherzer needs to stay in the rotation, its as simple as that.

  4. @Freak: He’s in remission so it’s funny.

    @john: I like trading EE and Peralta for D-Lee. Is Peralta an upgrade over his MI (b/c I’d rather have Guillen)? EE and Hafner would be a tougher trade to swallow but I think I’d do it. Too much risk w/ Hafner and EE just doesn’t wow me (then again, if he has Miggy, why would he need EE)?

  5. BSA says:
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    Freak – definitely the worst. Quick Grey, explain before it spirals into a series of Clemen’s misrememberings and Tomassi’s devastating leap of logic.

  6. Kevin says:
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    Stephania Bell called out and dead wrong. Does this mean that we don’t have to pay to see her analysis on “Insider” anymore?

  7. BSA says:
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    Thank you Rudy. Grey – ’nuff said

  8. Basketnarb says:
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    Wanted to get your thought on two possible trades:

    1) Scherzer for Carlos Gomez (I get Gomez) – The other guy has also has Cory Hart. Should I push for Hart or is Gomez a good enough return for Scherzer.

    2) Granderson, Longoria, Blanton, Chamberlin for Nady and Peavy OR Sheets – I think I would rather have Peavy but if will only do the deal for Sheets should I take anyway or should Sheets be my target anyway?

  9. Kevin says:
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    My 2 cents: No way you are getting Cory Hart for Mad Max.

  10. You could always come over to my site for free injury news/analysis…plus I reply to everyone’s emails individually.

  11. scott says:
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    @ Grey — Love the Bad News Bears comment! You continue to provide at least one LOL moment per day. Thanks.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Basketnarb: Just go for Gomez. I agree with Kevin. Hart’s asking too much. Peavy or Sheets? What are you doing a broadway adaption of M.A.S.H.? I’d still prefer Peavy, but you might be asking for trouble. Seems like a trade where you’re just taking on someone else’s problems.

  13. Basketnarb says:
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    I’m would only be giving up Granderson, Longoria, Blanton, Chamberlin. Granderson is pretty much worthless, I don’t need Longoria because I have Dewitt, Atkins, Youkolis, Blanton does not have great ERA or WHIP and who knows if Joba will ever start. You don’t think it’s worth the risk? Plus I’m getting Nady and I need RBI.

  14. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    In my NL Only league, I’m in first in every category except BA (last) and SB (3rd). Kicking ass there. In pitching, I’m in 4th-6th in every category.

    I have an offer from a guy for Eric “WINNER” Bacne and Mike Cameron for Fukudome. Don’t need homers… only need a guy that hits lots of singles and doubles.

    Thoughts? Someone else I should chase for batting average that I could get cheaper?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Basketnarb: The Padres are saying Peavy could be out 6 weeks. With arm injuries, obviously he may return and get injured again.

    Sheets is a sneeze away from the DL at any moment. I would go for someone that is less risky, like Wainwright or Maine. But if you want to take the risk, at least go for Sheets.

  16. mike says:
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    I never heard of the pitcher St.Louis call-up Chris Perez. I need to be on the lookout for another closer and I could also use a strikeout reliever to help with my K’s, Whip and ERA. Is Perez my man??

  17. Basketnarb says:
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    What about the same deal for Micah Owings?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: That trade is fair, and Fukudome would definitely help you. I say go for it.

    @mike: He’s definitely a strikeout reliever with a solid WHIP and ERA. Take a flier and if someone better comes along then you can switch.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Basketnarb: I like Sheets better than Owings.

  20. Basketnarb says:
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    Is scherzer gonna stay in the rotation or should I try hard to trade him?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Basketnarb: As I said in the above post, he’s losing his rotation spot. He might work his way back in at some point, but his innings will be limited and he might just end up starting games in the minors so the D-backs can keep him starting.

  22. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Grey or Rudy: A guy is offering me Victorino straight up for Abreu. This is a close one because Victorino could be platooning. Do you see these 2 with similar fantasy impact at the end of the year?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Victorino will get you more steals, but Abreu will get you more RBIs, home runs and a better average. They’ll be close in runs. I’d stick with Abreu unless steals are that pressing.

  24. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ Grey: Thanks, that’s what I thought too. Steals aren’t that pressing for me but I liked the fact that Victorino was CF/RF eligible while Abreu was just RF.

    Abreu’s a guy that you could easily trade away and maybe miss out on because he’s just not all that damned exciting.

  25. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Blind Taste Test:

    Zambrano and Justin Upton
    for
    Derrek Lee and Yunel Escobar

    Which would you rather drink?

    “If you haven’t tasted Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi, but would like an idea of what it tastes like, do this – keep a straw in your pocket and wander around outside until you find a pigeon or squirrel that’s been dead for, oh, say three months. Stick the straw into the dead animal and suck. Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi tastes like that, except worse. Plus, the taste lingers in your mouth for months. And gradually gets worse until it’s like your mouth was invaded by the notoriously rare and deadly Asian Shit Ant,” – William K. Wolfrum.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Extremely close, but I’d go Derrek Lee/Yunel — BTW, Nice quote.

  27. mike says:
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    Berkman/Wainwright for Johan/Sizemore…who wins

  28. @Chris: You promote your site (which I’m a fan of BTW) and then the link doesn’t work. Did Razzball nation knock out your server? Granted we appreciate the irony of a site called Disabled List Informer being on the DL but still…

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: Johan/Sizemore.

  30. cockyphoenix says:
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    Never voted veto before, but V-Mart for Johan? Do you fault me for clicking?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Number one pitcher for the top rated catcher coming into this year is obviously lopsided for the owner getting Johan and it’s crappy that it went through, but I don’t think you should veto it.

  32. john says:
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    Well, going by the numbers alone EE is on par with Miggy with a few more Runs and Peralta has more power than Guillen with the same Runs and RBIs..so yea, its minuscule upgrade that I probably wouldn’t net me Lee (but hey, you gotta sway the system in your favor somehow). How bout CoJack and EE or Peralta?

  33. @john: Still no reason for the person to trade. Figure out what they need and build around that…maybe its OF? Catcher? UTIL?

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @john: I’m confused: Are you talking about Edwin Encarnacion?

    Trying to convince someone that EE is as valuable as Miguel Cabrera or Peralta as valuable as Carlos Guillen based on their mid-May stats is the kind of argument that will drive other owners to stop returning your emails. Or should, anyway.

  35. Chase says:
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    When will V-Mart start getting hits other than singles?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: He’s been battling some nagging injuries, but his power outage is reaching epic levels.

  37. Chase says:
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    Do you smell DL? How many homers for him this year?

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: I don’t think he hits the DL with the ailments he currently has, I think he still gets to 15 home runs.

  39. Chase says:
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    I can only start two. Dunn Quentin Hart?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: Dunn and Quentin.

  41. Kevin says:
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    Did you see Lester’s pitch count last night? I just heard it on the radio. If we are all so obsessed over counting pitches then why was he allowed to throw 130?? And this from a young pitcher, who is particularly babied in today’s game. I guess it is not that dangerous if the pitcher has a no hitter going. I can’t help but roll my eyes at this.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kevin: Yeah, I watched the last two innings. He labored in the ninth, but got Royals hitters to go out of the strike zone.

  43. Chase says:
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    @Kevin: I think you answered it yourself, he had a no no going. Its an unwritten rule among managers that you cannot pull the pitcher if he has no hitter going, unless the pitcher requests it.

  44. Kevin says:
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    I think counting pitches is junk science just so you know. But if these great baseball minds are convinced that high pitch counts lead to injury then why is this young pitcher out there throwing 130 pitches? They usually start getting really concerned at the 100 mark.

    I guess their stance is that throwing that many pitches is reckless and irresponsible UNLESS he is going for an individual achievement that will provide the team nothing more than the one “W” they are being credited in the win column to begin with.

  45. cruisinkc says:
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    Hey love the site. Looking for advice on a trade. I’m in a keeper league and a guy that is currently rebuilding is looking to get younger. So, I was thinking about trading him king felix for CC Sabathia. My pitching isn’t the greatest but my team is still in 2nd so i’m looking to make improvements. Fair trade? Will CC be better the rest of the year then felix?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: There’s reason to be concerned that CC has thrown too many innings the last few years. On the other hand, Felix is a bit of an injury risk. Either way, not a big fan of apples for apples trades and this appears to be one. CC won’t be that much better to warrant this trade. I’d pass.

  47. cruisinkc says:
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    Oh an another thing… I was also looking to target Cole Hamels. What type of player would I have to add with King Felix to get a deal done? Thanks.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Well, Hamels I like a lot more than those other two, but you shouldn’t be adding much to Felix to make that trade happen. Say a hot hitter that you grabbed off waivers. Like a Ludwick, for instance.

  49. Darrin says:
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    What I say yesterday was Ryan Ludwick continue to look like the next best thing to sliced bread. I am loving my $2 pickup at the moment. What are the chances that he keeps these numbers going?????

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Darrin: Chances he keeps hitting three home runs a week? Slim to anorexic. Can he get to 30 home runs? Probably. He’s about a home run/15 at-bat guy. LaRussa’s your biggest obstacle right now because there’s a chance he starts some other schmohawks in the outfield over Ludwick on occasion and Rasmus is waiting in the wings too. Anyway, for $2, you’re already playing with house money. Be happy with what you get! (I’d say that will be 65/28/80/.270.)

  51. cruisinkc says:
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    So would Felix and Soto be too much to give up for Hamels?

  52. Ryan Ludwick for Kerry Wood.

    Who wins?

  53. mike says:
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    Is Lowe or Penny a buy-low right now or are they just this bad?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: I wouldn’t go near either.

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