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David Wright was released from the hospital yesterday after tests showed that he was okay from Saturday’s beaning.  When he first went down, the Mets had some serious concerns when Wright couldn’t answer straightforward questions like, “Who’s our starting shortstop?” “Who plays 1st?”  “Who’s the shirtless guy hiding in Jerry Manual’s locker?”  Wright might be out for the season.  Probably be the best thing that could happen to his fantasy owners.  The wait for his power to return can finally end.  Though I wouldn’t drop him in one year leagues until it’s official he’s not returning, unless room on your DL is spare.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nick Johnson – Left with a hamstring injury.  He seemed to be in good spirits after the game, smiling in locker room pictures.

Nate McLouth – McLousy’s out for a few days after aggravating his hamstring injury and his fantasy owners.

Luke Scott – HR yesterday.  He credits the homer to finally feeling better from the flu.  I guess he had the dreaded 1,700 Hour Flu.

Nick Markakis – Sparkakis!  He now has 14 homers on the year.  He needs ten more to get in my good graces.  Chucking in seven steals along the way wouldn’t hurt either.  Yes, it’s a pipe dream, but it’s my pipe dream.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs and 2 steals.  Since the All-Star Break, there’s been few MI schmohawks to fill a line like EA – get in the game!

Mike Napoli – The Angels scored 17 runs, Napoli went 1-for-6 with 1 RBI.  Ticker Tease!

Torii Hunter – Returned to the lineup and went 2-for-6 with 2 RBIs, while batting sixth.  Might take him a few days to a week before he’s moved back up the order.  Then again, we’re talking about Scioscia.

Chone Figgins – 4-for-7, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs and a steal.  Who is this Angels offense?  The 1985 Cardinals?

Carlos Gonzalez – 2 HRs yesterday.  How about you give me your password and I’ll pick him up?

Chris Coghlan – 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with a HR yesterday.  Yesterday was a good day for Friday’s Buy guys.

Aaron Cook – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER. About a week ago, turf toe sidelined him.  This start makes me think he’s not completely over it.  I wouldn’t start him anywhere until we see a decent game.  Then again, most of you probably don’t start him anywhere anyway.

Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Speaking of pitchers who just don’t seem right.

Hunter Pence – Homers now in back-to-back games.  Love to see him explode in the final month-plus like a Spinal Tap drummer.

Julio Borbon – 4 steals on Saturday, 2-for-3 on Sunday.  He’ll be leading off for the next week vs. righties until Cruz returns.  If you need steals, grab him now.  There’s no time for this Borbon to age.  Oofa!

Junichi Tazawa – 5 IP, 4 ER.  I told you my trepidation on Tazawa in Friday’s Buy/Sell.  And that’s me alluding to me!

Grady Sizemore – HR and steal yesterday as he went 2-for-4.  Since the All-Star Break, he has 4 homers and two steals.  I really wish the Indians would just shut him down so I have no reservations about drafting him next year.  (1 Pun Point for Grey.)

Taylor Teagarden/Kelly Shoppach – HR for each yesterday as The Catchers That Had Everyone Caca-Cuckoo In 2008 rise again.

Colby Rasmus – HR yesterday.  In his short time in the majors, Colby has shown himself to be hella streaky.  (Hella’s for the 18-35 males.)  Right now, Colby is hella hot.  If you need OF help, get’m while they’re hot.

Ryan Howard – 2 HRs yesterday.  For one of my teams, I hope he goes on one of his 10 homer month tears.  For a different team where I don’t own him, I hope he tanks.  Only Natalie Imbruglia knows how I feel.

Brad Lidge – When a manager brings a closer in for a one out save, it’s called kid gloves.

Rafael Soriano – Figured out a way to explain his recent gopher ball troubles, he says he’s dealing with shoulder problems.   I still maintain he’s going to lose save opps in the near future.

Clayton Richard – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, but 12 baserunners as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post.  But he’s a HodgePadre and shouldn’t have been started in this game anyway.  But II, The Return of But:  He threw so many walks and he gets the same team next time at Petco (Cards) that I probably won’t start him there in most leagues.

Joba Chamberlain – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners vs. the Mariners.  Potatoes to chips, I like the way the Yankees are babying him this year (skipping him and whatnot), but I like it for next year.  For this year, it’s not helping his value when he’s skipped then throws a bucket of fake puke over the movie theater balcony.

Rajai Davis – Stole his third base in four games yesterday.  How is he owned in only 17.5% of ESPN leagues?  I know 75% of ESPN leagues are abandoned, but still.  He should be owned everywhere.

Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-5, HR yesterday.  I wonder if Adrian calls up other teams pretending to be Kevin Towers and tries to trade himself.

Randy Wolf – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks.  And he hit a homer or as frequent commenter, Steve, said, “Wolfman jack!”

Josh Willingham – HR yesterday, 3 RBIs and offered all of his green M&M’s to sweeten the Nats deal for Strasburg.

Geoff Blum – Hit his ninth homer yesterday.  Here’s something to blow your mind.  Geoff Blum’s power > Vladimir Guerrero’s power.  Want more?  Geoff Blum’s power > David Wright’s power.

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  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    “EA – get in the game” wry humor. Should have been Tiger’s montra yesterday.

  2. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey – Since you disclosed you were David Wright last week when you both had the flu, are you still aware of this fact after your concussion? Could you be like Goldie Hawn in Overboard, unaware of your true identity? Does your noggin’ hurt? Will you get over your power outage?

    Wolfman Jack, by Frequent commenter Steve, is the best Razz espression in a long while.

    Thanks, for being amusin’ and informative.

  3. Josh says:
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    One of Howard’s two bombs last night was a pitch that got in on him, and he still somehow managed to pull it out. He’s picking up steam. And you’re probably cold and ashamed, lying naked on the floor.

  4. knighttown says:
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    Aybar or Escobar? or drop Stephen Freakin Drew and keep both?

  5. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @knighttown: i assume escobar = alcides, in which case aybar and drew.

  6. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff as always – Natalie Imbruglia!

    Have to sit one of these OFs this week: Dunn, CQ, Sparkakis, Victorino or Nyjer Morgan – which one?

    Have to sit one MI this week: Alexei, Kinsler, Bartlett, Uggla – which one?

    I’m leaning Uggla and CQ but wanted your thoughts – thanks.

  7. The insanely handsome Nickie J. never looked better. Shockingly his first injury of the season. It should move Cantu back to 1st and wake up his anemic bat. If results do not improve @ Houston this Tues-Thurs, would you consider a drop for Carlos Guillen if he continues to heat up in that Tiger offense?
    Also tempted by a Drew drop for Aybar (— Escobar drop is a no brainer knightown). Might this week (@Phi, @Hou) be a decent week to access giving up on Drew for a “SS of the Week” going forward…or drop Stephen for Erick NOW?
    Cantu vs Guillen…Drew vs. Aybar going forward…Thoughts? Thanks!

  8. Bad news, CarGo cultists: I just picked up Carlos Gonzalez, so his hot streak is officially over.

    Our trade deadline came and went: no bang, a whimper, etc. All the top teams added one closer to keep pace in a tight saves race. I dumped Frank-Frank for Soriano, and Double F dropped his pants and pooped on my doorstep on the way out, to the tune of 6ER in 2/3IP. Then picked up a clean save for his new owner. Thanks, Francisco!

    That bell Wright keeps hearing in his head is the sound of my team, down for the count. It’s been fun! See you all in 2010!

  9. Griff says:
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    Hilarious private pyle photo.

    I also love the resemblance between Tommy Hanson and Kenny Powers.

  10. AJ says:
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    Is Liriano worth picking up for two starts this week? @TEX and @KC?

  11. Bill B says:
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    Grey, great freaking Nick Johnson comment.Almost spit out the coffee on the monitor when I read that. Alcides or E.Aybar at SS rest of way. Right now I have been riding out a hot Aybar

  12. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Trust Prado this week (he’s my only 2B), or pick up John Baker?

  13. jesse says:
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    there was a trade between the first place team and a non-playoff-bound team that was essentially miguel cabrera to the 1st place team for zobrist on explicitly keeper value only (15th round in next years draft). i know that this sort of thing happens all the team in non-fantasy baseball, but it really rubs me the wrong way when it goes down in fantasy baseball. am i out of line here, or is it cool to forsake this year’s league in this way for the sake of doing well next year?

    group, please feel free to weigh in.

  14. stumanji says:
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    Drop Drew for Aybar or Asdrubal?

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @jesse: that’s a pretty bad deal even with the keeper implications, BUT if it is a keeper league and the non-playoff team is staying in the league and he would rather have zobrist and his lower keeper value, then the trade has goota stand. i doubt the non-playoff team would make a collusive trade or buddy move in a keeper league where it would bite him in the ass for years to come. now if he was leaving the league after the season i’d be weary.

  16. Bob says:
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    At SS, would you stay with Zobrist, or change to:

    A. Cabrera or Eric Aybar?

  17. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    What are your feelings on Oeltjen for this week? He’s 1-15 in his last four games. Would you trust him in a weekly league?

    My other options are Adam LaRoche and Branyan.

  18. .(). says:
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    Grey — good stuff, as always.

    Think I know what answer wil be, but…
    Avila? Worth a pick-up? Have Navarro & looking for insurance in playoffs. Or should I just add Zaun? Ugh.

  19. jesse says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Your point is well taken. both managers are most likely going to be involved in next year’s league, and the guy giving up zobrist is going to lose out on zobrist in the future, so there is an exchange of value going on here. On these grounds, as you say, the trade has to stand.

    But, you can see that while having zobrist so low in the draft next year is great and all, that still leaves an entire season for something to go wrong. In this case, the first place team is getting cabrera with only 3 weeks left in the regular season of the league (fyi, in our league, the regular season winner gets a payout in addition to the playoff winner). There is no evidence of any collusion; the zobrist recipient is just being all “fuck it, i don’t give a shit about this season.” Maybe I’m being too thin-skinned (or jealous I did not think to do this first (trade deadline was yesterday)), but this type of practice really undermines the integrity of the league, IMHO.

  20. Dingo says:
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    The inconsistency of my pitching staff has left me twitching like a crack addict. I missed Jered Weaver’s 11-K games only to suffer his Baltimore beatdown. I cashed in on Max Scherzer’s horrid start against the Mets and missed out on his torrid one. And my generous attempt at giving Joba one more chance in friendly Safeco was rudely thrown back in my face to the tune of a 7.20 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, and a 0.66 K/BB ratio.

    The worst part is that I’m 40+ innings ahead of the limit-reaching pace, so I’m actually trying to be conservative with my starts. I no longer trust my instincts with these guys, so I’ve got to appeal to others — is Scherzer a reasonably safe start today against the Braves? He’s fresh off of a sparkling start against the Mets, but his last start against Atlanta (in May) went … not so well.

  21. Razzin says:
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    What kind of HR bat would you expect to get for Grandy?

  22. Robert says:
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    @Grey: What’s your gut instinct for the better week, Rasmus or C. Gonzalez?

  23. @Dingo:

    The pitching coaches have been really working with Max and seem to have improved his ability to spot the fastball inside, which paid off in his last start. That being said, hes still a young pitcher and loses his control at times. I’m starting him for what its worth.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @jesse: i know the feeling. i’ve cringed when i’ve seen a guy traded on the cheap wishing i had been the one to make the deal. i think the best you can do is ask the non-playoff team manager to open up the bidding the next time he’s gonna sell off a stud. tell him it’s in his best interest to have several owners bidding for cabrera than it is to sell him for the 1st semi-decent offer you get from someone without ever having shopped him around.

    but that’s not how some guys manage, they manage on the fly, and not mehtodically.

  25. Neil says:
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    @Dingo: I feel your pain. My core pitching staff has been great, but the following combination has given me an ERA of about 9.0 and a WHIP north of 1.60:

    Nolasco
    Smoltz
    Ervin Santana
    Ricky Romero (1 start)
    Brett Anderson (1 start)
    Koji Uehara (1 start)
    Mitchel Boggs (1 start)

    Every time I get cute and use a good pitcher against a bad team, I get rocked. I think I’m just going to stick with my core (YoGa, Wandy, Scherzer, Carp, Javy Vazquez, Randy Wells) plus three relievers, regardless of whether or not they are closing.

  26. mrbaseball says:
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    when Wright couldn’t answer straightforward questions like, “Who’s our starting shortstop?” he answered isn’t it Jose Reyes – thats when the Mets knew there was a real problem

  27. mrbaseball says:
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    There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the DL Twilight Zone.

    You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound … That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Mets DL Twilight Zone

  28. Grey

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    @Paulie Allnuts: I’m totally Golide Hawn in Overboard.

    @Josh: Ha!

    @knighttown: Go with Escobar if you need speed.

    @Mr. Rickey: Sit Morgan if you don’t need steals. Otherwise, Quentin. Uggla

    @zombie: I’d grab Guillen and Aybar now. You give enough of you soul to those other guys.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: That’s the worst, when you trade away a pitcher and you get one final outing and it’s a shelling.

    @Griff: Hehe

    @AJ: I wouldn’t.

    @Bill B: Thanks! I’d hold tight.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Baker

    @stumanji: Aybar

    @Bob: Aybar

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I’d want LaRoche.

    @.().: Thanks! Those are your best choices? Do you need insurance at catcher? Zaun if so.

    @Dingo: Sit him.

    @Razzin: Manny maybe? Berkman? Maybe A-Gonz?

    @Robert: Gonzalez

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

  29. @ThePoonTycoon: On a similar note: The first-place team in my league picked up Trevor Hoffman before the deadline, in a totally legit trade (sent Chone Figgins). HOWEVER, the trade was basically premised on Team B punting on the saves category (which he is currently in last). Again, no foul here.

    Except these two guys — who are near-besties in real life — seem to make a trade like this every season; i.e. why don’t you punt Category X and send me that guy? No one else in the league is ever able to convince anyone to punt a category. So Team A has an unfair advantage here, albeit a slight one, IMHO.

    @Grey: Maybe we need a glossary term for this. How about: Don’t Let The Door Hit Your Ass On The Way Out Which Is Naked Because You Dropped Trou to Poop All Over My Team As A Parting Gift.

    Unwieldy, I know. But it captures the sentiment.

  30. Dingo says:
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    @Elijah: @Grey: Thanks for the advice, conflicting though it may be. I think I’ll sit Scherzer and follow Neil’s lead in sticking with my “core” for the time being. Right now my most reliable guys are Halladay, Vazquez, Ubaldo, and Blanton, and I guess I’ll have to confine Hamels, Scherzer, and Weaver to the bubble until they earn their way back into my good graces.

    As for Joba, I think I might just have to give him the DLTDHYAOTWOWINBYDTtPAOMYAAPG (trademark pending) treatment, though without the benefit of getting a player in return.

  31. Dingo says:
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    Also, I had to read that Sizemore paragraph about five times before I got the pun. Hooray for Mondays!

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, we probably need something for that. Dingo below did make it a bit more accessible. But we can probably do better still.

  33. mrbaseball says:
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    According to MASN, the Nationals “have a $17 million deal on the table for pitcher Stephen Strasburg.”

    The deal also includes “easily attainable incentives” that would push the money total to $20 million. Strasburg and agent Scott Boras have thrown around numbers nearing $50 million, so they’re likely to push for more cash. The deadline to sign draft picks is Monday at midnight.

    THIS MAKES ME SICK – Let It Rot

  34. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    I mistakely wrote “John” Baker when I meant “Jeff” Baker, the Cubs 2B.

    Jeff Baker over Prado this week?

  35. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike):

    Bonifacio is also available. He’s not as hot as Baker, but he has been making most of his ABs the last week and a half.

    Jeff Baker, Bonifacio or Prado this week?

  36. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    You’re too fast Grey! Thanks.

  37. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Which risky arm this week?

    Gaudin @OAK (B. Anderson)
    Holland vsMIN (Swarzak)
    Clayton Richard vsSTL (Lohse)

  38. ChiSox says:
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    Where would you rank Greinke and Gallardo going into next year? both in top 15 for SP, top 20? thanks

  39. mrbaseball says:
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    this is not petro formerly Mike – to tell you the truth this looks like a 8 -6 game that can go either way

    just picked up Brett Tomko in my BUIMS LEAGUE WHERE BAD IS GOOD

  40. mrbaseball says:
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    38 Commish Cauda (formerly Mike)

    Gaudin, Holland, Clayton Richard – most impressive pitching staff Mike

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mrbaseball: i’m new to DC this baseball season so defacto i’ve watched a fair share of nats games cooking dinner after work and thus found myself somewhat following them. if he goes to japan or whatever turning down $20M (basically double the largest ever draft contract), i would find it a bit humorous if he blew out a shoulder/elbow and never made it big. maybe god will strike me down for feeling that way, but at some point you like to see an asshole get what he deserves.

  42. BSA says:
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    Good to read about my inkling on Jeff Baker before it showed up here.

    I made some adjustments to last night like picking up Jeff Baker and Johny Gomes.

    I have a feeling Steve would have picked up Baker before heading to bed, that sneaky Kiwi.

  43. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: frasor still hold down the closer job when downs returns soon?

  44. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: I think Frasor has the job until September, then Downs will probably work his way back in.

  45. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @mrbaseball:

    What can I say? It’s a deep 16-team league that starts 6 SP’s. That 6th SP is always fluid.

  46. jamiesonmj says:
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    HILARIOUS. Again. Hats off, you tickle the funny bone with words every time!

    I have Wieters, but, hes garbage. The following catchers are available: yadier, barajas, olivo, navarro, stoppach. I was thinking yadier, but hes so inconsistent with his playing time. Vat to do my friend?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jamiesonmj: Thanks for the kind words! I’d own Shoppach.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*******

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