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Justin Morneau can hit 20 home runs in the 2nd half. Will he? Let me take out my voodoo chicken… Seriously, I’m not a fortune teller. What, you think I have some kind of Pagan Gods telling me what to do? (Bee tee dubya, I considered not capping Pagan. Because, honestly, how many Pagans really read this site? Is that our largest demographic? Probably.) So if I had Pagan Gods telling me what to do… Wait a second, isn’t a Pagan God just a tad contradictory? It’s like an Anarchist Organization. (Again, I contemplated not capping Anarchist Organization, but, well… Why chance it? These are the last people you want to bother. I could see it now, Grey Albright was murdered today because he didn’t cap Anarchist. Suspects include Anarchists and Grammar Nazis.) Morneau hit 24 home runs in the 1st half of last year, then got aboard the Goodship FizzlePop and hit only 7 Post-ASB. So I think you should stay away from him–No, I don’t. I like Morneau going into the All-Star Break this year and I’ll tell you why… There’s no good reason! Joking, of course there is. He’s 27, the magic year for hitters. He was great in ’06. With the Twins back in contention, maybe that’s his thing. I like the idea of anyone that has shown they can hit 24 home runs in a half (and 23 in the 1st half of ’06). That’s not something you find every day. It’s worth a gamble if you need pop. Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball players to Buy and Sell:

BUY

Garrett Atkins – Last year’s 2nd half, 12/58/.349. 2006′s 2nd half 18/62/.354. If you’re having a hard time reading between those numbers, don’t. Just read them.

Juan RiveraZubaz4Fans, who has the best forum picture, name and hotline to the Bobby Grich-ville Angels, reports that Juan Rivera will be starting over Gary Matthews Jr for the near future. I think this sticks. Or as Rex Hudler aka The Hud would say, “Juan Rivera drives in runs!” (BTW, what other site do you go to that you get reports from someone who named themselves after Zubaz Pants?)

Adam Jones – .417/12 RBIs in last 12 games. If he becomes a star, he may get himself a nickname like Taipei Slinklo. Stay tuned.

David Ross – No relation to Cody or Bob (God rest Bob’s soul and may he be sleeping on a happy cloud somewhere or tossing and turning if there are Pagans reading this). Has three home runs. David Ross can hit 12 in the 2nd half while batting .220. If you can hang with that, hit your fist against the jukebox and pickup Ross.

Chris Volstad – He sounds like a character in an Anne Rice book and he pitches like Derek Lowe, but that’s not completely terrible. Could have some matchup potential.

Josh Johnson – He pitches like every other fourth starter. Some Ks, low 4 ERA, high WHIP. Matchups potential. Eff why eye, if you have too many pitchers with matchup potential, you have no potential. Chew on that!

Dave Bush – For two years, Bush was an unshaven mess.  Had promise, but needed serious grooming.  Stunk so bad that many men thought about giving up.  But suddenly Bush cleaned up and looks presentable… First sign of a flare-up, get out.

Any Pitcher Facing The Mariners – Someone just beat the Mariners. And someone else. Vicente Padilla just called, he wants to pitch against them this Saturday disguised as Gil Meche. Hey, you’re not Meche! *Padilla slowly backs out of the Royals clubhouse*

Denard Span – Sometimes we should look away from real baseball and concentrate on what a guy could do in fantasy — most closers, for instance. But with the Twins, it’s hard to ignore their ability to put a consistently good ball club on the field, no matter the personnel changes. With this in mind, I think the Twins will put Span at the top of the lineup. Gomez has an OBP under .300. I know some of you who read are new to following baseball, while others are more experienced, so I’ll keep this short. Under a .300 OBP is not only bad for real baseball, it’s bad for fantasy baseball. Either way, Span has no power yet, but he’s slashing his way to being a mainstay in the Twinkies lineup with very quick hands.

SELL

Carlos Gomez – Most of what I have to say is in Span’s. I will add that on April 15th I watched the Twins and I said this, “In your box score it shows a K in the first inning. He struckout trying to bunt with two strikes. You’re thinking, “Well, that shows how committed he was to moving the guy over.” Dude, he was leading off the game! I really don’t think you want CarGo on your team right now. He doesn’t know what’s coming or going with pitch selection.” Someone in the comments on that April 15th post doubted me. As I said in the comments then, Gomez has unquestionable speed, you cannot steal first base.

Vernon Wells – Punt.

Mike Mussina – What’s a seven letter word for an over-the-hill Yankees pitcher that will disappoint fantasy owners in the 2nd half? I don’t know how many people are reading this that are carrying Mussina on a team, but here’s a harsh reality. Last year, 5.72 ERA in the 2nd half. This year, he’s a year older and a year crappier. 1st half wins or not.

Billy Wagner – He collapsed (almost literally) at the end of last year. He’s not who he thinks he is, if that makes sense. I couldn’t be anymore down on a closer that currently is in good favor with the majority of the fantasy baseball community. (BTW, our community consists of me writing emails to other sites, “Could you stop spamming me? I don’t want to add your widget to my site.”)

Justin Duchscherer – I kinda want him to be bad just so I don’t have to keep writing his last name. But, truthfully, there’s a long history of converted relievers doing well in the 1st half of their inaugural season of starting than fizzling in the 2nd half. Actually, I made that up. But it sounds right, right? I betcha one of those fancy, sabermetric fantasy baseball sites would have an answer for you. But then again, they will bore you to tears. Seriously, I wanna go in and punch up the writing on some of their posts. Well, the cross-platform splits of the XBHs shows a trend towards the fourth-quadrant Least Common Denominator. Hardy-har, there’s no way Ryan Howard hits 16 home runs in July! That reminds of something Ted Striker said that made the nun want to kill herself.

  1. p0rk burn says:
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    Sorry Grey, but I have to gripe and its not about your capitalization choice.

    “So if I had Pagan Gods telling me what to do… Wait a second, isn’t a Pagan God just a tad contradictory?”

    No, its not contradictory at all. Your Abrahamic bias called and said its trying to lay low. You’re still ok in my book but I’d keep an eye out for packs of long-haired robe wearing hippie-types packing dryads and/or Hare Krishnas.

    Anyways, back to baseball. Damn you Vernon! I picked you to stay healthy and Vlad to fall apart. Now I can’t show my face around Rudy. Jerk.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Hey, shouldn’t you be studying for the bar?

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Oh! En fuego! Pagans, Anarchists, an Airplane! reference (I just rewatched it recently and if it held up anymore, it would be in jail for robbery!) and a Padilla as Meche gag that made me laugh out loud like a little chimp!

    All this and good advice.

    Show me a fantasy manager who is counting on Ryan Dempster* and Justin Duchakedk to carry their teams second half and I’ll show you a manager who will be disappointed by his choices, vis a vis said pitchers. Not elegant — but correct!

    *Cue chorus of blind-faith Cubs defenders. He’s different! Harden’s invincible! The sun is flat! Cheesecake is better than real cake!

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I feel like you should be the, um, bar on, which fantasy baseball writing should be measured, so thanks for appreciating.

  5. Freak says:
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    No reference to Angel Pagan?

    Frankly, I’m disappointed.

  6. wakeNbake says:
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    just traded Oswalt and Chris Davis for Tulo and Lilly. I think this is gonna pay off for me in the end. I just read on rotoworld that Blalock is set to return after the All-Star break and Texas prefers to play him at 1st over Davis rather than at 3rd. To me that smells like either a reduction in playing time or a trip back to the minors for Davis. Either way Im glad to get a full time player with upside like Tulo for him. With my luck Blalock will get hurt again and Chris Davis will go all Ryan Braun on me.

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    So Cain did all right today. Unfortunately, the Giants made Marquis look like Don Drysdale, as they are wont to do.

    Still, I feel obliged to incorporate this quote: “Even when we wasn’t able, there was always Cain.”

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wakeNbake: Blalock will get hurt again, your luck or someone else’s.

  9. p0rk burn says:
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    @wakeNbake: @Grey: Ditto that. I think he is made out of wet toilet paper. Dude could fracture his jaw brushing his teeth, break his wrist wiping his ass, lose an eye putting in a contact, and fracture a testicle putting on his underwear – all on the same day before getting breakfast. I wouldn’t bail on Davis solely because of Blalock.

  10. john says:
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    @Grey: My bad, I didn’t even notice the new post! And since you’ve only failed me once (I shall never forget!), I’ll go ahead and start Parra tonight

  11. BSA says:
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    As much as it kills me, dropped him last injury in my other league, Wells won’t last a week in the 16 team RCL. Hell they’re picking up guys I’ve never heard of before. I have resorted to picking up a mitochodrial disorder whose hammy is still giving him trouble. Wells and Rocco can play together on my DL.

  12. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA

    They can play with Dallas McPherson in the North Atlantic Pacific Southern Northwestern Cactus League, in rural Wisconsin.

    Seriously, I have no idea where that dude’s at other than sitting on my bench in the RCL spittin seeds and adjusting his cup.

  13. Denys says:
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    btw: wtf is a widget? lol i’m such a n00b if it’s an obvious answer.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Denys: I got no clue either, but people want to put them on the site.

  15. Denys says:
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    @Grey: sounds like a creepy kids toy…

  16. BKK says:
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    I am trying to help a friend out. He wants to deal Derek Lee and get back a 2B/SS and CF in return. Any thoughts on what level of players would be possible.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Is this like when a “friend” needs help because they got pregnant?

    I’d go second tier for each. Say Hart and Pedroia. You may have to go third tier for one though. Say Hart and Johnson. Or if “he” needs speed, say Willy T. and Pedroia.

  18. BKK says:
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    No pregancies, but suffice is to say, he probably shouldn’t own a fantasy team of any kind. We are just trying to keep him out of last.

    We actually looked things over and found him a solution a 2nd. So going to go with two OF er’s. Is Ellsbury/Delmon Young asking too much? Or what about Swisher/Rowand?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Ellsbury sounds great if you can get him and he needs steals. Notice I ignored other names you threw out.

    *****BTW, Chris Davis just hit another one.

  20. BKK says:
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    @Denys: widget: an unnamed object name used for hypothetical examples

    we make these ‘widgets’ and sell millions of them…

    Just trying to help.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Yeah, I think Tim Robbins sold them in Hudsucker Proxy. Or maybe that was hula hoops.

  22. BKK says:
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    @Grey: other options with the owner of Ellsbury – Scott Hairston, Melky Cabrera, Garret Anderson or Delmon Young

  23. BKK says:
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    @Grey: The word is out that he is shopping Lee, he just got an offer Bradley, Posada, Pena for Lee and Mauer?

    Not exactly what he was after, but workable…

  24. Denys says:
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    @Grey: davis was in my UTIL today…. everyone else sucks tonight though. hope he gets first career multi to make up for it.

  25. p0rk burn says:
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    @BKK: Every contracts example in law school deals with widgets. Good times.

    @BKK: I’m not a Mauer fan so I wouldn’t be too hurt about dealing him away. Bradley isn’t likely to maintain his pace either because of normal fall-off or injury. Maybe he’ll bash his head through a cinder block wall. He gets angry. Posada is mired in a slump lately but his shoulder seems alright. I think Pena is going to have a solid second half. I wouldn’t do that deal.

  26. Denys says:
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    does Varitek have anything left in the tank for the 2nd half??

  27. p0rk burn says:
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    @Denys: That implies he had something in the tank to begin with.

  28. BKK says:
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    @p0rk burn: I agree and on my team I wouldn’t do it either but, his team is bad…so he can’t do much worse, all I was thinking is if Pena has a big 2nd half and Posada comes around, he still loses but if Bradley is able to do 2/3rd’s of his first half he probably comes out ahead. Ultimately its his decision and he hasn’t made very many good ones.

  29. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: drop escobar and pick up Aviles? Drop Laroche and pick up Adam Jones?

  30. Denys says:
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    @p0rk burn: ahh good point. let me rephrase – Is Varitek a complete loss right now?

  31. BKK says:
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    @Denys: I think you can find a better catcher than Varitek.

  32. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I have these positions: 1B, and 2 Util spots, and 4 guys i am considering: Laroche, Cano, Chris Davis and Thome (who is only eligible at Util), which one should I drop?

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    Oswalt lasts an inning today before departing with an apparent broken hip. Coincidentally, it was his first start since I acquired him. Of course, there was a throw in named Ryan Howard who has been OK since pulled the trigger.

  34. Grey

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    @BKK: He can find a better trade.

    @Zebo: I know Yunel’s been bad, but I think Aviles is a non-adhesive band-aid. It will fall off and you’ll be back to square one. You’re confusing me when you say which one shoudl you drop out of those four. Why are you dropping any? For Aviles or Jones? Then don’t drop them. If for someone else, drop Thome b/c of eligibility concerns.

    @Denys: Varitek is useless.

    @knighttown: Yeah, Oswalt’s gone for a while now.

  35. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: so you think Laroche, Cano, Chris Davis, Thome are better than Adam Jones? JoJo backfired tonight, I hate baseball.

  36. Grey

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    @Zebo: I think Jones is someone to watch, but those guys are better right now.

  37. Denys says:
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    this is the line for my non-pay (thank god) league today – offense –

    * 4/33
    * 0
    * 0
    * 0
    * 0
    * .121
    … pitching i had Lee going so there’s at least that.

  38. Steve says:
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    Better SS sub for an injured Y Escobar:
    C Guzman, R Vasquez or The Carrier of Deer Meat?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d go with Barmes, Vasquez, Guzman, in that order. Slim pickins huh?

  40. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Tell me about it. There’s Renteria and Kepp available too, but I dumped them when I traded for Yunel. You like either of them better?

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I like em both better and I’m currently sporting Keppy on one team where I dropped Yunel.

  42. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I feel like escobar’s shoulder may be experiencing a case of Kotchmanitis. I am just looking for reasons to dump him, but in my waiver, even Guzman is not there. I think honestly, I am looking at Barmes, Aviles, etc.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Go Barmes. I’m cutting ties with Yunel in all teams. I gave him 3 months, he’s done for now.

  44. Nick says:
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    Alright so Yunel Escobar is killing my team at 2B and he it looks like he is not playing till after the All-Star break…so does he have to much value with the 2B,3B,SS eligibility (even though it doesnt help me with Wright & Rollins i’m not benchin either all season) to drop for either Kelly Johnson or Orlando Hudson or even Kendrick to help my last place batting average!?

  45. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I have these 3 in this order, Barmes, Vazquez, Stephen Drew. What do you think?

  46. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: actually, what about Punto and Brendan Harris?

  47. Steve says:
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    Fuckity-fuck, fuck-fuck-fuck. My Yunel + Bruce for his Tulo just got rejected. OK, so I wouldn’t have done it either but my middle infield is KJ + The Bringer of Deer Meat (subbing for Yunel) and I have Bruce, Posada and Hawpe on my bench, apparently untradable in my league.
    Shit.

  48. Steve says:
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    Sorry for the profanity.

  49. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How do you like S Drew for the second half? Seeing a theme here?

  50. wakeNbake says:
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    Start Ublado @ the Mets today?

  51. Mike says:
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    Traded Oswalt literally 2hrs before his start! Phew!

  52. chris says:
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    I’m thinking of revamping my OF/UTIL positions. Right now, I have CBY, Figgy, Kosuokeyaeieio fukodoremefaso…ah, you know who, and Adrian Beltre. I’ll keep Figgy, Josh “Stud”Hamilton, and Maggs, meaning I need at least one more guy.
    - Who goes when Maggs comes back?
    - In a 12-team mixed, 5×5 H2H, who’s out there that can be better than Beltre, CBY, or KF?

  53. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @chris: Fukudome seems expendable. Call me crazy, but an OF who a) won’t hit 20 HRs or b) won’t steal more than 15 bags or c) won’t top 90 RBIs is not going to get it done for me. It’s like you travelled back in time and drafted Jose Cruz, but without the superfunky Astros uni.

    As for waiver options, I don’t think you can punt on Krispie, given he’s young, skilled, and could hit 20 HRs in the second half alone. Beltre is very functional, though he’s much less valuable at Util than at 3B (I assume you have another, better 3Bman plugged in there). If you’re itchy for change, you can plug ‘n’ play either Chris Davis or Chase Headley, just for kicks. LaRoche is also worth investigating, and likely available. Though, with the possible exception of Baby Dunn Davis, Beltre’s a better option long term than any of those.

    The sacrilegious option is to trade Hamilton. Yes, he’s got 93 RBIs (!!) but that’s all the more reason to sell now. He will not, WILL NOT, do the same in the second half. He won’t necessarily tank, but best case is probably 60 more RBIs. Worst case: 35 and an injury.

    Point is, you’ve gotten the best part of the season. You could easily package him with one of your yawnstipating OFs (maybe Fukudome has some value given his all-star game start?) or Beltre and receive back for your troubles a delicious twofer of studly delight: say, Miggy Cabrera and Peavy. Or Wright and Santana. You get my drift.

    I’d look around the league, find a struggling team, target its two best players, and then offer Hamilton and Schmoeburgers. I can almost guarantee, if you play it right, that any owner will do back-flips to get Hamilton right now. And you could add two first-round-talents.

    Then again, I assume anyone who has him has already tattooed his face to their inner thigh, so trading him is out of the question. But if you’re ever going to do it, now’s the time.

  54. Mike says:
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    @Grey: haha, yes I did!… thank god, Good riddance Oswalt!

  55. Nick says:
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    @Grey: where do i make room in my lineup for kendrick?

    c-doumit
    1b-jackson
    2b-escobar
    ss-rollins
    3b-wright
    of-markakis,lee,quentin
    util-dye
    bn-burrell,hardy
    dl-ortiz

    sp-sabathia,zambrano,greinke,guthrie,e. santana
    rp-torres,rauch,hoffman,wilson
    dl-marcum

    who do you drop for kendrick? hardy? escobar?

  56. chris says:
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    I rikey da Baron!
    Yeah, I have Wright at 3B (traded Quentin for him) and Utley at 2B; just traded E Santana for M Young (Escobar at SS is killin’ me).
    Sooooooo…I think I’ll consider trading Hammy (hurts to just type it).
    I tried trading Haren for a top bat, but nobody’s buying.
    I’ll hold on to CBY, KF goes when Maggs comes back.

    Let’s see what Hammy can bring.

  57. chris says:
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    @Grey: here’s who’s out there:
    Delmon
    Konerko
    Frenchy
    Hermida/Willingham
    LaRoche
    Cameron
    Jacobs
    Votto
    B Hall
    Scott
    C-Span

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Nick: Dump Escobar. Though be warned that Kendrick is a bit of a fantasy suckhole: He doesn’t homer. He doesn’t steal. He hits for a good average. He goes 5 for 5. Then he gets hurt.

    Yet I still like him better than Yunel, which says something.

    Also, Hardy is a nice insurance plan for Glass Rollins, but you should be looking to trade him right now while he’s hot. I’d target a solid third starter for your team, someone who slots in nicely behind CC and Zambrano — maybe a Matt Cain, or Billingsley, or Joba. You might need to package him with an OF like Dye to get it done, but I think it would be smart. No use carrying extra offensive players if you can upgrade elsewhere.

    @chris: Kudos on Quentin for Wright — that’s a great acquisition for you. And with Utley and Hamilton, I assume you must be in first in offense.

    The thing to remember while shopping Hamilton is that there’s really no ceiling to what you can ask for. Just be careful: Don’t appear too eager, or people will think you’re trying to pull something. I’d approach a team, say you like a certain player (I keep coming back to Miggy Cabrera here, but someone like Holliday is also worth targeting) then ask who they want back. If you’re asking for a big name, they might be bold enough to ask for Hamilton, in which case… the trap is sprung!

    @chris: Willingham or LaRoche are worth flyers; keep an eye on Frenchy and be ready to move if he heats up. Everyone else there is limburger.

  59. Nick says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: alright thanks, i have been trying to move jj hardy but for a 1b or 2b. no luck so far. I don’t think I want anymore pitching considering i dont really have any guys that i spot start and if i pick someone else up i will have to bench some pitchers once in a while to stay under the IP…also im in 4th in all pitching categories out of 8 while in near last in offense so thats what im concentrating on.

    not that i dont value ur opinion baron (thanks for the input)….

    @Grey:would you drop escobar as well?

  60. wakeNbake says:
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    This Volstad kid not so bad…

  61. BigFatHippo says:
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    @All

    What’s your take on this trade?

    Kazmir, Loney, Escobar for Morneau, Peralta

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    @BigFatHippo:Id lean toward the Morneau side. If you need pitching the Kazmir side. If you need hitting the Morneau side. Although dont forget about the injury factor with Kazmir. I think Morneau will have a nice 2nd half tho, Twinkies playing well.

  63. BigFatHippo says:
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    @wakeNbake

    So you think it’s doable if a guy needed pitching? I do too, I’m getting the Morneau side.

    Grey had me offer Kaz for him straight up but the guy’s waffling, thought I’d sweeten the deal.

  64. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, I like the Morneau side too.

    Pheralta, Loney and Yunel are all just noise, really. And Kaz for Morneau is a win for you.

  65. wakeNbake says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah definetely doable, thats a fair offer. Id do it if I were you tho even if you had to sweeten it a little bit. Kazmir’s great when hes healthy dont get me wrong but I wouldnt be suprised if he had some arm issues in the second half. Im a big believer in trading pitching for hitting. You can always find some spot starts here and there to make up for the loss of Kazmir, you aint finding a Justin Morneau on the waiver wire.

  66. Mike says:
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    YO CINCY!! put Harang on the DL already please! Im gonna miss the bull rush to pick up Dave Bush!…. lol

  67. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Nick: Yes, you’re right — you def. need to upgrade on the right side of your infield. Jackson’s not going to get it done at 1B. Big name 1B are hard to pry loose, though, because it’s usually someone’s first-round pick. And I doubt Hardy’s going to return an impact player. He’s a tough chip to upgrade your offense with.

    I’d think about trading, say, Hardy and Burrell/Dye for the best pitcher you can get (which is probably Haren — that’s the ceiling) then trading CC for someone like Prince Fielder. CC should have a value bump right now after the trade to the Cubs. If not Fielder, then Teixeira or Morneau.

  68. chris says:
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    @Grey and Baron: I offered Hammy for Miggy C and Saito (I’m suckin’ wind at Saves). Am I aiming too low?

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @chris: Yes. I think you could get Miggy and Something and Saito.

    Remember, Hamilton is pretty much the most desirable player in baseball right now. Don’t worry about getting saves with this trade — get talent.

  70. Grey

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    @Nick: Yeah, I’d get rid of Yunel. Yunel’s sitting on 6/2 for the year and he’s having shoulder trouble. He’s dead to me.

    @chris: I’d go Jacobs, Willingham, Laroche, Votto, in that order, depending on needs.

    @BigFatHippo: I want the Morneau side.

  71. Mike says:
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    Grey, I have to choose between Kobayashi and Wheeler at closer today because I have a bunch of SP going and I cant fit all my closers in there. I was thinking Wheeler would be the best bet because Garza is pitching against a nobody for Cleveland. Then I was thinking Kobayashi could be safer because at least I kno Cleveland will bring him in if its a save situation. Tampa could always go to Balfour or Howell. Who would u plug in there?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Kobayashi

  73. chris says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! Do you like the idea of trading Hammy?

    This site is the most refreshing, entertaining and helpful site I’ve found yet!

  74. Who do folks like more as a flyer for the foreseeable future: Adam Lind or Matt Murton? Unless Billy Butler hits for average this weekend I think I will drop him because he is quickly becoming Bench Ballast.

  75. Mike says:
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    Would it be stupid to drop Wheeler before Percy comes back? I read Percival is coming back after the break. I could always use saves but Wheeler has only gotten me one save since Percival left anyway.

  76. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @VanHammersly: Lind, definitely.

    @Mike: I dropped Soria last year (for Dave Roberts!!?!) because Dotel was “just about to come back.” He didn’t, then when he did come back a few weeks later, he got traded to the Braves.

    Percival’s 68 years old. He gets hurt throwing pitches, which is unfortunate, because THAT’S HIS JOB. Until someone else — Balfour? — becomes the clear non-Percival option, Wheeler should be held on to, unless, you know, you’re dropping him to pick up Miguel Cabrera.

  77. Mike says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: yeah I was thinking the same thing, Damn! I dont even want this guy. Well heres to Percival getting hurt again!

    Any Ubaldo Jiminez owners here? You guys starting him @ METS?

  78. Grey

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    @chris: I do like the idea for Miggy. Not much less though.

    @VanHammersly: Lind

    @Mike: I agree with Baron. Don’t drop Wheeler.

  79. chris says:
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    @Grey: thanks! Let’s see what he’ll take.

    I can’t believe I’m gonna type this…but, what about…oh boy…Jim Edmonds…there, I’ve typed: Jim Edmonds. I think he’s playing over his head, but is there a chance he’s turned anew leaf in Chi town?

  80. wakeNbake says:
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    Scott Baker or Jered Weaver the rest of the way?

  81. wakeNbake says:
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    Throw John Danks into that mix as well…

  82. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Interested in your thoughts re Drew vs Keppy and Renteria too. Guy in my league is a Jeter-lover and has Drew parked on his bench and has offered him to me before (with Pronk for Howard!)

  83. RT says:
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    Why is Lou Pinella killing Carlos Marmol? He’s already overworked and he brings him in with a 7-1 league. He will be seeing Dr. Andrews in no time.

  84. p0rk burn says:
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    @RT: I think he has something personal against the guy. Left him in there until the game was tied up just to make sure his ego was demolished. So much for the potential we saw out of Marmol last year. I’d put him in with Casilla in the category of MRs that were once good but are now shells of the potential they flashed. There’s a lesson in there somewhere about drafting relievers early. By early I mean generally at all.

  85. RT says:
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    @p0rk burn:
    Yeah, for me it is less about Fantasy at this point and more about love of baseball.. . We are talking about one of the great young arms in the game. King Felix, Morrow, Marmol, Volquez. Their stuff is absolutely sick… Managers like Pinella — “Mr. Old School Make ‘em suffer to learn” should not be a part of the modern game.

  86. wakeNbake says:
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    R.I.P Bobby Mercer

  87. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I am fully convinced that Barmes is a better pick up for the long run, but as I dropped Yunel and picked up Barmes yesterday, today, Brendan Harris is 3 for 3 with HR and 4 RBI, I almost did pick him up. Baseball is so unpredictable.

  88. Grey

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    @chris: No on Jim Edmonds.

    @wakeNbake: I like Baker.

    @Steve: I like Drew. I think he can do what Keppy and Renteria can do combined. (Which isn’t kinda that much, but it’s still an endorsement.)

    @RT: Oh, no doubt. He is working Marmol hard. Lou just wants to win the World Series, he doesn’t care who he ruins in the process.

    @wakeNbake: Aw, man. I can’t believe someone who goes by wakenbake just broke to me the news Mercer passed on.

    @Zebo: What’s fascinating is, it’s actually pretty predictable over 162 games, but pretty unpredictable from day to day.

  89. BigFatHippo says:
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    Ryan Franklin, how do you spell Kazaam! ?

    Will the real Izzy Shady, please stand up.

  90. wakeNbake says:
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    Its a strange world we live in Grey

  91. Get Figgy With It says:
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    Adam Jones already has a nickname…its “The Doctor”

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Get Figgy With It: Then he needs a Razzball nickname cause “The Doctor” sucks, unless I’m missing key backstory. Like on a camping trip when he was twelve, Adam Jones performed an emergency appendectomy.

  93. Mike says:
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    I wonder if anybody can give me answers on this one…. I recently made a trade in a Yahoo league that was supposed to go through this morning, however I just checked my league and the trade just isnt there anymore. It hasnt been vetoed but it also hasnt gone through, any idea whats going on?

  94. Mike says:
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    Never mind that last post I found out why it didnt go through

  95. RT says:
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    Burnett on 3 days rest today against the Yanks… Why is my heart in my throat? Anyone else rollin’ him out there?

  96. Mike says:
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    @RT: Very risky dude, If you cant afford to take the risk in WHIP/ERA I wouldnt start him. Pettite has been looking better also plus the Yanks are gonna start hitting eventually. I could see Burnett doing OK because he usually gets revved up for the Yankees but I could also see him getting shilacked today.

  97. Shogun says:
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    Filthy Sanchez or Scott Baker? Filthy is more dominant but Baker is more consistent, or so it seems. Who looks better going into the second half?

  98. Grey

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    @RT: I don’t like that matchup.

    @Shogun: Baker

  99. Hi..I’m not American. I don’t understand baseball. But from what you wrote in this blog and the comments feedback, I see why Americans love this sport to their hearts. I wish someday I could enjoy this game from ESPN.

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