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When I go for chicken ‘n waffles, they have to be smothered in gravy; that’s just the way I like ‘em. And I love me some Red Rooster Hot Sauce. I can do without the hot sauce, but it makes the whole experience so much better. I mention this for two reasons, 1) I’m really hungry and my woman’s taking a long time preparing my eats and 2) a rookie pitcher like Manny Parra is the hot sauce. You shouldn’t expect them to win your championship. You have your chicken ‘n waffles and gravy. You need those components.  (Yes, I’m calling chicken, waffles and gravy components.) But the extras — the hot sauce — the rookie pitchers, the ones you don’t count on, they make everything that much better. Actually, I’m not sure if that metaphor makes any sense, but like I said, I’m hungry so bear with me. I don’t think Manny Parra is out there in too many leagues, but if he is, you should jump on him. The hot sauce can make all the difference. (Okay, just returned from dinner to finish this post and that pre-dinner rambling made a surprising amount of sense. You’re welcome.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Mike Mussina – If you have him on a team, you’re probably reading this site for the pictures.

Erick Aybar – Left yesterday’s game with a hand injury. Chone Figgins says, “Ah-ha,” a’la Nelson from The Simpsons.

Ryan Ludwick – Vincent aka The Queen’s Assassin was asked about in the comments recently. Crux of the question was, “Can Ludwick keep up this pace?” My abbreviated/edited answer, “Chances he keeps hitting three home runs a week? Slim to anorexic. Can he get to 30 home runs? Probably. He’s about a HR/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 and Rasmus is waiting in the wings too. I’d say that Ludwick can net you 65/28/80/.270.” And that’s me quoting me!

Salomon Torres – He could be back on as the Brewers closer since Backne is complaining of stiffness.

Clint Barmes – Homered in third straight game. Deer Meat plots its revenge.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – He has absolutely killed me thus far in my ‘pert league. Get a load of this one, this was his first three RBI game of the year. That’s pathetic. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the latest point in the year that anyone’s knocked in three runs for the first time after starting a majority of their team games. (Elias Sports Bureau didn’t actually say that. But here’s some things that were overheard last week at the Elias Sports Bureau, “For the first time in three years, the soda machine ran out of Dr. Pepper before Orange Crush,” “Patrick slept with his secretary sixteen times before telling the same co-workers he swore not to tell,” “On March 3rd, the elevator stopped at every floor three times before it stopped at the fourth floor once. This is the first time in the history of the Elias Sports Bureau elevator that this has happened.”

Corey Hart – Looks like he’s finally getting hot. About time, now maybe he can send that elixir Alexis Rios’s way.

C.C. Sabathia – Now has a 1.17 ERA and a 28/3 K/BB ratio in his last three starts. He’s still 77% Number One Starter and 23% Twinkies. (The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.)

Yunel Escobar – Was helped off the field after taking Church’s noggin to his knee. I’m hoping this is nothing because he’s been most of my offense on one team. I’m talking to you, Kouzmanoff!

Daniel Cabrera – I feel like he will burn you at any moment, but he’s thrown eight consecutive quality starts and didn’t walk anyone against the Yankees, a team that draws walks against Carlos Silva. Whoever took the risk and grabbed him late or off waivers could reap serious rewards this season. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick him up in any league. *sniffing the air* I smell like vagina.

Adam Jones – He went 4-for-5 and knocked in four RBIs yesterday. (He’s beating you, Kouzmanoff.) I dropped Jose Guillen in my ‘pert league to grab Adam Jones. I figured that I know what I’m getting from Guillen, but with Adam Jones, who knows, maybe he’s adjusted quicker than anyone thinks he can. ‘Member he was a lot of prognosticators’ choice for AL ROY in the preseason. (BTW, prognosticators was your Word of the Day.)

Chad Billingsley – I’m thinking Billingsley can win a Cy Young in two years and he will be in my top twenty starters for next year. Yeah, I’m crushing hard.

Chase Headley – He didn’t do anything yesterday. (Well, I’m sure he did something. I mean, he is alive and all. Some extremely large people considering eating ‘doing something.’ Others consider Yahtzee ‘doing something.’ So Chase was doing something, just not sure what it was. But I digress.) The reason why I mention him is because this morning I picked him up in the same ‘pert league. (Yeah, when you have Kouzmanoff, you scrounge for offense.) He seems like he’s due up within a week or two. (June 1 gives the Padres some extra arbitration time.) I don’t know if I’m going to have him by the time he’s called up, but if I do, then I might have an extra piece on offense. He hit nearly .350 in spring training with pop. And, really, it’s not like he can hurt the offense that the Padres are trotting out there every day, so why wouldn’t they bring him up? (BTW, there were three sets of parentheses in this entry alone. That’s impressive. (And four if you count that one (Wait, that’s five) Now six) Infinity!)))

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  1. Tony B. says:
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    Have the following SP’s…

    Bedard
    Lincecum
    McGowan
    Ervin Santana
    Clay Buchholz DL
    Lackey
    Scherzer

    Would you drop McGowan or Buchholz for Danny Cabrera?

    Also, before you say drop Scherzer b/c D.D. is back from beating 12 rounds with thyroid cancer, I’m in a CBS League and if the D-Backs were to send him back to Tuscon, I could shift him into Minor League Status and not affect my roster.

    Also, would you drop Joey Devine to grab Torres?
    My other RP’s are Soria, Rauch, Fuentes, Chris Perez, and Brian Wilson (gross)

  2. Steve says:
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    Devine, Guardado or Chris Perez? I have Devine and Eddie currently…

  3. Deeeep says:
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    Drop C. Gomez for E. Byrnes, someone dropped Byrnes, he gonna come around?

  4. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Daniel Cabrera or Manny Parra? Both are available in my league. And are both worth dropping Sonnanstine for?

  5. johnson says:
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    IF yunel’s collision last night doesnt slow him down, what are your predictions on him now that he’s leading off? and what are you thoughts on laffey? is he for real?

  6. Spike says:
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    Also man crushing on Bills… all things being equal, would you roll with Bills over innings killer Halladay, gyroball Dice-K, mechanics issue Verlander, innings killer Wang, walks machine Volquez, and closer-less Wainwright?

  7. Jeff says:
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    My current staff.
    sp Volquez
    sp Garza
    sp Burnett
    sp E. Jackson

    rp Wagner
    rp Saito
    rp Capps
    p Torres (Dropped Kobayashi this morning)
    p Blanton (weekly streamer pos.)
    bench- Harden, Bonderman, Kuroda

    Ive been trying to swing a 2 for 1 deal including Bonderman/Harden/Blanton Just to free up a roster spot to make moves- No dice.
    Who to drop for Parra?

  8. Dp says:
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    E. Byrnes on waivers……..he gonna bounce back?

    Drop C. Gomez or Cameron??????

    P.S. You guys should do a “from here on out” rankings………

    Thanks guys for EVERYTHING !!!!

  9. Jeff says:
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    Here are my bats- Just to give you an idea of how my staff may seem weak. (8 Hitting categories and only 5 pitching)
    c- R Mart… Thats Russell YUP
    1b- Conor Jacks
    2b- BJ Upton
    ss- Reyes
    3b- Arod
    MI- Tejada (steal of the draft in round 10)
    of- Crawford, Dunn, Quentin
    bench- Bourn, Delmon Young

  10. BSA says:
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    Alright I heard you on Quentin and he has been raking for my team, pretty consistently I might add. Now I keep reading and reading about Parra. I made the mistake of taking him for a test drive earlier and I didn’t do so well and jumped off the Razzwagon. My team, though not the strongest had a pretty good showing in April and May and I know that it may need some tweaking. Well, call it an overhaul as my starters were slumping for the past two weeks and I was beating the competition by minimum points in a h2h. Gotta love when week one with newly aquired Pence off FA sees a grand salami. (remind me of this moment next month when he is pissing me off)
    My starting pitching is Becket, Bedard, Hudson, Shields, Cueto, and Harden
    Closers – Paps, Ryan, Rauch
    Where, if anywhere, would Parra fit, or is he a round hole in a square peg and I shouldn’t try and make him fit since I already have a risky Harden and Cueto. Heck after last week Becket, Bedard, and Hudson looked like risky starts.

  11. mike says:
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    would u drop Justin Duchscherer or Edwin Jackson for Parra?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony B.: I would drop Buchholz for Cabrera and I would drop Devine for Torres.

    @Steve: I would switch from Eddie to Perez.

    @Deeeep: Actually, I’ve never been a huge fan of Byrnes. Last year was an outlier. He might only get 15/25 with a .260 average. I wouldn’t drop Gomez for that.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I would drop Sonnastine for either. Cabrera is a bit riskier b/c he can get ridiculously wild like in past years, but he does seem like he has beaten that bug.

    @johnson: Yunel seems like the hitter everyone thought he was in the beginning of the year. 110/15/60/.300/15

    Laffey’s a control pitcher that doesn’t strikeout people. He should be able to keep his WHIP in check, but he doesn’t have crazy upside.

    @Spike: I think all of those guys you mention have trade value, so if you’re asking to drop one to grab Billingsley, I would say no. Trade Volquez while his value is peaked.

    @Jeff: Drop Blanton, Bonderman or Kuroda. In that order.

    @Dp: Are you in the same league as Deeeep? Or is that you? I wouldn’t drop either for Byrnes. I would consider dropping Cameron if Byrnes got hot.

    @BSA: Yeah, I think you have enough risk. Hold pat.

    @mike: I would drop Duchscherer since he doesn’t seem like he’s going to be able to pitch very late in many games.

  13. BSA says:
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    Nice bullet point catch up and clear the board. Listening to WEEI that would be called the lightening round.

  14. Basketnarb says:
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    Gonna pick up a starting pitcher these are available:

    Danks
    Parra
    Lowe
    Bonderman
    Lester
    Kuroda
    Glavine
    Maddux
    Doug Davis
    Cabrera
    Greg Smith
    Eveland

    However I don’t need a starter immidietly I just have an open spot so I could pick up someone who is not yet in the majors like:
    Bartolo Colon
    Jason Schmidt
    Homer Bailey

    Where do you think I should go?

  15. IowaCubs

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    I saw Headley in three games when the Portland Jerry Mathers’s (Beavers, he he, get it?) played the Iowa Cubs. He looked really stupid when facing both Shawn Marshall and Rich Hill from the right side of the plate. I don’t know anything about his splits, pretty much because I’m too lasy to look them up, but I don’t want anything to do with him. He sucked worse than the vaccum cleaner on Spaceballs. (SHE’S GONE FROM SUCK TO BLOW!)

    In fact, I traded him in my NL Only keeper league three weeks ago for Parra.

    My new philosophy is: If a fantasy expert tells you that a Padres batter is worth a pickup, then stay the hell away unless his first name is the same as Rocky’s wife. The inverse is true for pitchers. That’s my free uninformed and lousy advice to Grey anyway.

  16. peter says:
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    @Tony B.: I’m going to differ, slightly, from Grey on the Devine for Torres move. Unless you’re really desperate for saves (which it doesn’t look like you are, w/ Rauch, Wilson, Fuentes, and Soria. Yeah, Wilson’s had a rough week, but 2 things: 1) a save’s a save, and 2) I hate closers in non save situations.)

    Which brings me to the Brewers’ ‘pen. Yeah, if one really needs saves, pick up Torres. But I, for one, don’t want to have anything to do w/ that mess. The reason Backne is still even mentioned is because everyone else in the bullpen seems determined to suck real, real bad. No, Devine’s not currently getting save opps, but is that 1 save a week from Torres worth it if he kills your ERA and WHIP?

    But about PARRA: I loved him coming into this year, but he’s been doing as youngins are apt to do (being very inconsistent). In my league w/ only weekly roster edits (which sucks, btw), I’m not ready to make a move on him yet. It’s too tough to play matchups/opponent in that format. BUT, in a daily league, I’m just about ready to throw away Gorzelanny for Parra. Anyone have thoughts on this?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: @IowaCubs: Great insight, guys.

    Personally, I feel like if a guy is going to possibly get saves sooner rather than later, he’s worth a pickup over a better pitcher. Devine has looked better, but Torres is in line now. If Huston Street gets injured in the next two days, I’ll say Devine’s a better pickup than Torres. The category people are chasing is Saves, not Best Middle Reliever.

    As for Headley, I dropped Guillen for him. Guillen is a 70/25/80/.270 hitter that I can fill in for off of waivers. I’m not suggesting anyone drop Quentin or even Ludwick. These guys are producing right now. If you have someone that is pretty bleh, you take the flier on Headley. Last year, I dropped Blalock for Braun in one league. When I did it, Braun wasn’t the hitter he is today.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: BTW, drop Gorzelanny for Parra.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Clearly mine is an anectdotal one, so I’m sure Headley’s going to be an above average major leaguer.

    Would you drop Luke Scott or Wladimir for him? (yes, my OF has problems right now).

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Luke Scott has looked like he’s getting hot in the last week but Waldy has looked bad. I’d drop Wlady for him.

  21. peter says:
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    @Grey: I don’t know about YOUR league, Grey, but mine has a “Best Middle Reliever (on the DL)” category. Which is why I’m still hanging onto Rafael Soriano in one league. He’s a huge sleeper in this category – he’s got the stuff to be a great middle reliever once Smoltz is back AND he’s on the DL!

    If one is chasing saves, I absolutely, unequivocally agree with your philosophy: you want the saves now. Don’t waste time/roster space speculating on possible save opportunities down-the-road if there are some at your doorstep. Granted, I don’t know what things are like in Tony B.’s league, but I just don’t think he necessarily needs to be chasing saves, given that he already owns 15-20% of the league’s save opps. I mean, it’s only going to make Rauch and Wilson angry if you bring in someone ELSE to screw up your ERA/WHIP.

    And, Grey: thanks for your support on dropping Gorzy. I don’t know why this breakup is so hard. Our relationship hasn’t been “active” since Week 1. I guess Gorzy and I are both the kind of guys that just let things get worse and worse, subconsciously hoping the other person will take the initiative and end things.

  22. cockyphoenix says:
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    So is Wainwright done pitching turd sandwiches? That’s two in a row now and he’s going on the road to a smallish ballpark next start. I didn’t see either of those performances but they were enough to bump up the kid’s ERA by 1.00. Start or sit Friday?

  23. mike says:
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    Is Homer Bailey worth stashing? How good can he be once he gets the call up, and when might that be?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: It was hard b/c he made promises to you that he didn’t keep.

    @cockyphoenix: At the Dodgers? Gotta start him. Hopefully, the turd sandwiches are out of the way and coming out the other end.

    @mike: I don’t think we’re going to see Bailey before the All-Star break unless a Reds starter is hit with an injury. Homer hasn’t pitched well of late.

  25. Jeff says:
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    Who has the most value when they return- Doug Davis (Within a week), Chris Carpenter (Hoping for AS break) or Wandy Rodqiguez (10 days)

    Each on solid NL (YUP) teams…

  26. Freak says:
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    In honor of FJM, could we get a food metaphor tag for this post?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: gravy’s yum, crudite cuz snoop eats it, eating with the rooster

  28. Jeff says:
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    Awesome thanks for the help. You haven’t failed me yet… And Ive been an avid reader for almost a MONTH!

  29. Jeff says:
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    Also- What do you think about picking up Andre Ethier with AJ with more issues than he had earlier in the season he looks like the most “solid” an OF on Torres team can be…

  30. Tony B. says:
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    I went ahead and added Cabrera and dropped Ben Francisco instead. He’s been on my bench so long, I forgot I had him, so it was an easy decision. Torres was snatched up this morning so that’s a no go now, but I went ahead and dropped Devine anyways to add Adam Jones. Devine won’t be snatched up quickly due to his last 2 outings and also b/c he isn’t closing.

    My outfield already consists of Hamilton, Holliday, Pence, and Quentin, but we use two UTL spots as well and right now Francisco and Billy Butler haven’t really been worth the trouble of clicking my mouse a few times to insert them into my lineup. I’m gonna give Jones a tryout in hopes that maybe something clicked in his head over the past few games.

    I’m going to hold onto Buchholz for now, leaving him on my DL isn’t hurting me and there are 2 to 3 owners in my league who are enamored with him and may offer something for him once he gets back.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jeff: And I’m an avid reader of your comments. Ethier looks like he might get more regular time cause of Jones’s knee, but I’m still not a fan. I’d take a flier on Adam Jones before Ethier.

    @Tony B.: In one league, I have Devine and will be dropping him if my waiver claim for Torres goes through, which I think it will since no one’s probably using a waiver claim on Torres.

  32. JR says:
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    Rios, Soria and Danks for Miggy? What say you?

    (And thanks for answering all these question.)

  33. JR says:
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    Let’s go bottom of the barrel: Guardado or Torres? Dude, I’m not sure I have the stomach for saves-chasing…

  34. Jeff says:
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    I was jut proposed Joba for my Delmon Young (Grabbed him as a FA yesterday)

    Pull the trigger?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Prefer the Miggy side. And grab Torres. Before the Pirates overworked him for two years straight, he was a serviceable closer who got shoved out b/c Capps was the future. I’m telling you, Torres can be a serviceable Brewers closer for two months.

    @Jeff: Yeah, grab Joba.

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    In an effort to jumpstart my noodle-swinging, last-place-in-HRs offense, I pulled the trigger on a trade that netted me Justin Morneau. I’ve now got five spots (1B, OF, OF, OF, Util) and six useful players to fill them: Morneau, AGonzo, Holliday, Pence, Francouer, Rios. (In terms of the last two, I use the phrase “useful” loosely.)

    What should I be looking to do here? Anyone ripe to be traded for pitching?

    My instinct is to unload Rios, who is making my heart cry everyday. As a long time Jays fan (bad times 77-83; good times: 84-93; bad times redux: 94-present) there’s a kind of midlevel torpor that overtakes this team and swallows players whole: see Vernon Wells last year and Lyle Overbay every year.

    Unfortunately, Francouer’s suckitude makes him currently untradeable. Rios suckitude makes him almost untradeable. AGonzo is sadly undervalued, since he plays on a Little League team, with girls. Do I ship out Holliday for some blockbuster bounty? Shop Pence? Hold tight?

    Tomorrow’s question: Would I look good in a moustache?

  37. john says:
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    Is Jobacum worth keeping around since he’s not going to be a starter? I know you love mid relief guys, Grey, but I could use the open spot..and hell, in my league, I can prolly drop him and pick him up later if needed

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Unfortunately, you’re in a shituation that requires you sell short guys for 50 cents on the dollar or trade away your only valuable piece in Holliday. I think Pence might be the only movable part where you could get more value than he’s actually worth.

    And I’ll go ahead and grab tomorrow’s question now, everyone looks better in a mustache. See Alex Trebek for evidence.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: You need to wait a couple of days until Davis officially takes over for him, but after that happens then drop him. Unless the drop is time sensitive, then drop him now.

  40. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Alex Trebek — and yourself. Stop being so modest, Grey. That’s a fine lip-brow you’re sporting.

    re: baseball. I’ll hold tight. Both Frenchy and Rios deserve the bench now. If I suddenly find I have — god forbid — six hot offensive players for five spots — well, I should have such problems.

  41. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: See Gaetti, Gary for mustache sexyness.

    I own Jobacum in my NL Only league that uses holds (for some reason). Hooray for me.

  42. Would you drop Thome for any of the following guys?

    Emil Brown
    Edgar Renteria
    Johnny Damon
    Melky Cabrera
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Aubrey Huff

    I relegated Thome to the bench a few weeks ago. I was stashing him, hoping he’d turn it around, but it doesn’t look like he will. Just looking for someone with more value I can plug in on off days.

  43. john says:
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    Yea, its not too time sensitive..so i’ll wait till Friday..thanks

  44. Kevin says:
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    Are you suggesting there is a clear line of succession when, er, I mean IF Backne implodes? Last time the situation was a mess. What about Moca? Torres definitely the guy to grab eh?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kevin: I’m saying he’s my favorite for the most saves from that crapfecta. He has closer experience and he wasn’t that bad when he was doing it. (Prior to his overworking by Tracy.)

    EDIT: Cuz.

  46. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Why would you encourage dropping Jobacum if he’s probably in line to save a few or else return to the rotation following the inevitable Unit back injury?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: John’s question sounds to me like he wants little to no part of middle relievers.

  48. Hank

    Hank says:
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    What’s the skinny on Bergmann? I think he was serviceable a few times last year, flirting with a no hitter I think?

    Also, how long do you think the Scherz will be out of the rotation.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hank: re; Bergmann, in deep leagues he could be worth a flier for matchups, but he gives up a lot of walks, home runs, not that many Ks and his team doesn’t lend itself to a lot of wins. Eh, pass.

    Scherzer — probably a month, maybe two.

  50. Hank

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    @Grey: Damn, cancer really is the new AIDS. Free plane tickets, no-hitters, and sympathy rotation spots.

    “What kind of cancer do you have? The All-Over kind.”

  51. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Sonnanstine got torched today. Ugh. Sonnanstine is dead to me.

    Oh Yahoo! experts! Why do I listen to you!

    Sonnanstine sleeps with the fishes.

  52. Chase says:
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    Ian Kinsler’s my favorite baseball player.

  53. Tony B. says:
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    @ Baron: Yahoo! Experts – I treat them like Covers.com, whatever team they profile on the main page to bet on, go opposite, no one actually keeps a true running tally of it, but I have heard going opposite hits 58% of the time.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: Wait til he goes 3-for-45 in June.

  55. BSA says:
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    No jinxing Kinsler – second base is too thin. Then again I can ride the train until the crash and put Figgins in there. Gotta love when players give you just enough playing time to increase value.

  56. BSA says:
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    …..and yes when it comes to jinxing and baseball I believe in curses of goats, bambinos, no talking during No-No’s (Oh wait Lester broke that tradition), SI covers, Tessie, buried big Pappi shirts, scorecards, but not gold thongs. Sometimes you just have to say NO!

  57. john says:
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    @IowaCubs and Grey: Yea I have plenty of closers and my pitching is fairly solid so keeping on a reliever isn’t appealing..I mainly need a run-getter as Runs are the only offensive category that I’m not above average in…I’m looking at you again Flyin’ Hawaiian, you’ve got some ground to make up!

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony B.: I agree — though if they recommend picking up Sonnanstine, what would be doing the opposite? Picking him up then dropping him immediately? Sending him a telegram telling him you’re not picking him up? Picking up a guy named Ynda Enitsnannos?

  59. Chase says:
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    @Grey: Grey! I thought you loved Ian. “I want to have his babies”

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: I do like Kinsler, just keeping your expectations in check.

    And, Andy is Ydna backwards.

  61. BSA says:
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    Figgin’s is back tonight – does he start running again or hold tight on first after his singles?

  62. Chase says:
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    My browser is currently sitting at the page that says “Send Trade Proposal”

    with me sending quentin for guerrero.

    Quentin just makes me happy and seems as though he could be this year’s Braunie! gasp!

  63. Chase says:
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    damn…one day late…guerreros already hit two bombs =[

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: He probably won’t be running for a few days. Hopefully not too long.

  65. Tony B. says:
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    Should I pull the plug on Billy Butler? He fills nothing more than my UTL spot at times or I can slot him in at 1B on Monday and Thursday when my other 1B’s are off.

    Do you see any waiver wire trash you would swap out with him….

    Damon
    Cust
    Teahen
    Duncan
    Iwamura
    Felipe Lopez
    Dewitt
    Cantu

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony B.: Damon, Cust, DeWitt or Duncan, in that order.

  67. Steve says:
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    Was never going to trade him away, but looks as though Howard might finally be waking up. His AVE might even reach *gasp* .200!

  68. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: That’s why I flunked out of dyslexia school.

  69. mike says:
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    Brandon Phillips/Francoeur/Rowand for Prince Fielder/Yunel Escobar ….Who wins? Howard 2 jacks tonight…hes baaaack.

  70. Tony B. says:
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    Funny thing is I had Damon last week and dropped him…

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: Prince Fielder/Yunel Escobar

    @Tony B.: Yeah, he’s not that exciting, but compared to Butler he’s solid.

  72. Chase says:
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    I traded for Howard at the perfect time. It makes me have butterflies in my stomach thinking about it.

  73. peter says:
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    Question: In the top of the 6th in tonight’s Texas-Minnesota game, Texas scored 7 runs with Nick Blackburn was pitching for Minnesota. After the inning came to a close, I noticed that Blackburn was only charged with 1 ER. Wtf?? Sure, there were a couple of errors by Minnesota, but Blackburn gave up 6 hits – 2 of those being HOME RUNS, even. How could he only get charged with a single ER?

  74. Chase says:
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    The error was probably with two outs.

  75. mike says:
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    Any one see the SP Chris Young get hit in the face by a Pujols line drive, did Young look bad??

  76. Chase says:
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    I just saw that too. But I’m not watching the game….Getting hit in the head…especially with a baseball…especially with a line drive….especially with an Albert Pujols line drive…definitely doesn’t sound good.

  77. Kevin says:
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    I have Chris Young and Cueto going for me tonight. I am pulling my hair out. I swear Cueto is the unluckiest pitcher I have seen in a long time. Tonight the Dodgers are generating their offense by hitting the ball in the air and letting this crazy wind blow it around. Anyone watching? Dodger Stadium looks like a Candlestick Park on a bad night.

  78. Kevin says:
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    I have Chris Young and Cueto going for me tonight. I am pulling my hair out. I swear Cueto is the unluckiest pitcher I have seen in a long time. No wonder he always has his cap flipped up in frustration.

    Tonight the Dodgers are generating their offense by hitting the ball in the air and letting this crazy wind blow it around. Anyone watching? Dodger Stadium looks like a Candlestick Park on a bad night.

  79. Grey

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    @Kevin: Good call on the Candlestick analogy. I’m in LA and that’s not a special effect. There’s actually weather here tonight.

    re: Chris Young — Broken nose off the bat of Pujols. No word yet if he’ll be all right for his next start

  80. Kevin says:
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    Chris Young should be fine I would guess. One of those things that was scarier (especially with the blood effect) than serious. Unless there is a fracture or unless he loses his nerve, he should be good to go.

  81. JR says:
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    @Kevin

    But what about a concussion? Where the f#$% is Will Carroll’s number!?

  82. john says:
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    I’m being bombarded by trade offers..offered Kinsler and Ervin Santana for Phillips..obviously I’m asking a registered Phillips hater but all input is accepted…Santana would replace Snell, Parra, or Victorino for a roster spot.

    Phillips is picking things up, but Kinsler is starting to hit for power..but the Red’s are the better team and I don’t trust Kinsler to keep up this pace and I don’t think Santana will be better than Snell or Parra at the end of the year..so I think I just answered my own question but hey, i’ll throw it to the mob now..

  83. Grey

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    @john: Hey, man, if you want the mob’s opinion, I think you’re probably going to want to copy this and put in the first post of the day, or people may not see it.

    My opinion, I want Phillips and Parra or Victorino. I wouldn’t drop either for Ervin.

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