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It’s fitting that both the Nats and Pirates traded for a player with ‘Last’ in his name.  Lastings Milledge was sent to the Pirates along with Joel Hanrahananan for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett.  Milledge and McCutchen can now share The Dread Pirate nickname.  How much of a slap in the face is it when you’re banished for being a problem child when Elijah Dukes is your teammate?  Is this a sign that the Nationals are no longer going to be the Home to Wayward 5-Tools Outfielders?   I can see Jim Bowden shedding a tear like he’s a 70′s era Native American watching his blessed land being desecrated.  Garrett Jones was called up, but he’s nothing more than a bench player.  Jones is an old prospect, which is different than an old prospector who says, “Aw, peaches!”  Joel Hanrahananan’s crizzap.  Been there, dropped him.  Nyjer Morgan showed up on a few Buy/Sells always as a Sell.  He ices my cockles, so to speak.  He’ll steal time from Dukes, who’s supposedly on the market too.  But last I looked, Dukes was stealing time from himself for hittin’ like he’s quittin’.  Burnett’s not going to really play into the picture for saves and, if he does, I wouldn’t own him, in the non-biblical sense.  Basically, what I’m saying is Avoid, Ignore, Ignore, Avoid.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adrian Gonzalez – Left the game after sliding into third on a triple.  He didn’t immediately come out so that’s a good sign.  If he has to miss even a few games, any Padres opposing pitchers get an even bigger boost.

Eric Hinske – He was disappointed by lack of playing time with the Pirates.  A move to the Yanks should fix that real good.

Carlos Beltran – Good news from the Lilliputian doctor that performs micro-surgery.  Beltran should be back after the ASB.

Jake Peavy – Bad news as he’s expected to be out at least 6 more weeks.  I’d be shocked if we see him by September 1st.  Act accordingly.

Colby Rasmus – Sidelined with a hiatal hernia which he blames on late-night eating.  What on earth does someone eat to get a hernia? Rocky Mountain oysters?

Leo Nunez – Fredi said that the closer shituation is on a need basis, which means Meyer could still see some saves.

Edwin Encarnacion – Will return in about a week barring any setbacks. He’s worth stashing if you’re hurting at corner.  Could hit 5-7 homers a month the rest of the way.  Conservatively, I’d project him for 12/35/.250 if he stays healthy.

Dan Haren – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks, 5 baserunners and he hit a homer.  Micah Owings gave him a standing ovation.

Jimmy Rollins – 0-for-5 as he filled in for Eric Bruntlett.

John Mayberry Jr. – 9-for-38 since his callup with 4 homers. After the game, Raul Ibanez accused him of steroids.

Shawn Estes – He said he is not retired from baseball.  He’s only retired from Triple-A.  Oh, okay.

Martin Prado – 4-for-5 as he filled in for Kelly Johnson who’s trying to recover from being awful.

John Smoltz – 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners.  He pitched fine, but was lifted during a rain delay.  No word yet who lifted him.  It’s probably safe to rule out Baldelli.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Hit a homer from the eight hole.  Lugo led off.  Maybe Francona’s been reading Torre’s tell-all.

Gordon Beckham – 3-for-4, and a homer.  He’s starring opposite Casey McGehee in, The Rise of the MI.

Cliff Lee – 3 IP, 7 ER.  I wonder if he was wearing a 2007 throwback jersey.

Chris Woodward – Got the start at third in Beltre’s absence.  Good to see the Mariners looking towards the future starting their 33-year-old journeyman.

Brandon Morrow – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners.  No!  You were supposed to throw 6 innings this time out.  Oh, well.  Two steps forward, one step back.

Willy Aybar – 3-for-5 with his 7th homer and batted third.  He’s the Aybar that can help you in AL-Only leagues.

Sean West – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  You want all the excitement owning rookie pitchers, here’s the other side of that coin.  He now has a 26:21 K to Walk ratio.  I ran my ultraviolet light over my bed sheets and it read, “Blech.”

Jorge Cantu – 3-for-4 yesterday and .323 in the last week.  Is that light at the end of the tunnel?

Prince Fielder – Hit his twentieth homer yesterday and now has 74 RBIs.  Where’s the love for the big man?  Does he need to go to rehab to be appreciated?  He kicked meat.  For a 400 pound man that should be enough.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and two homers as he batted third.  What’s this, Ron Washington taking cues from Leyland?  Whoever’s nearest to the water cooler gets to bat third?  Bee tee dubya, Hamilton will be back this weekend so Washington can take the names out of the hat when filling out the lineup card.

Elvis Andrus – 4 steals yesterday.  With only 11 steals coming into the game, Andrus was a bit of a disappointment in the steals department so far, but if he can get to 35 on the year, he’ll definitely be worth owning.

Scott Baker – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, only 7 baserunners and somehow threw 111 pitches.  I’m guessing lots of souvenirs into the stands.  He hasn’t had a terrible start since the end of May.  Definitely should be starting him every time out.

Albert Pujols – Has 30 homers with a .233 hitter behind him, followed by the skinnier of The Flying Molina Bros.

Mark DeRosa – Hurt his wrist and had to leave the game.  Hopefully this will drive down the FAAB price on him in Rudy’s NL-Only league.  Rudy’s bidding $751 if anyone from other blogs reads this.

Fernando Rodney – 1 IP, 2 ER.  One day Donkey-corn, next day Kazaam!  (This reminds me of something.  I was in the middle of writing a roundup one night and I wrote something similar to, “One day Donkey-corn, next day Kazaam,” and I started thinking about the people who stumble across Razzball and think they are reading absolute gibberish.  That’s all, just thought I’d share that thought.)

Jason Marquis – Threw a two-hitter vs. the Dodgers.  In other news, water is dry.

243 Responses

  1. BrianKennedy says:
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    Is Jimmy Rollins still a guy you would target as a buy-low candidate? Last year he had 47-3 SB/CS and 3 more walks than Ks. This year he has 10/5 SB/CS and twice as many Ks than walks.

    If so, what do you think of offering… say, Francisco?

  2. Chase says:
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    fantasy baseball

  3. Dr.Phil says:
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    Did you really not mention Hanley? He turned on beast mode.

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey – “One day Donkey-corn, next day Kazaam,” Ha! – Do you realize that the more we expand and utilize the Razzball glossary, the more we will be speaking in code? It could reach a point in the not so distant future that Razzballer’s comments will be incomprehensible to the unschooled masses? Perhaps you can sell the key to our code to new viewers for a Dacquiri? Give Razzball a hint of the mysterious and elite at the same time. Membership could be equivelant to Skulls and Bones. Just a thought

    a href=”#comment-57967″>Dr.Phil: I believe that Grey mentioned HanRam just a few days ago. His stats for the last 15 days: 21/54 11RS 5HR 22RBI 3SB .389 BA. He has single-handedly sent my RCL team to heights never before realized or comtemplated.

    No questions, great update.

  5. Tony B. says:
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    Wainwright vs SF
    Zimmermann @ FLA
    Romero vs TOR

    As of now, I’m only starting Wainy & Zimm, should I be giving Romero a guy as well since he is at home or TB too risky?

    Grey what was your ultimate RH/LH platoon last year involving Marlon Byrd, if you played Byrd vs LHP and the other player vs RHP, they produced one crazy stat line, I can’t remember the other player???

  6. Josh says:
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    nice Gus Chiggens reference!

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: and to think, in my #2 league i just managed to pull off a heist for hanley. hawpe + werth for hanley. ha. dude had tejada on the bench to plug into SS and his OF has been a mess. but still, i couldn’t believe it.

    also, bj upton continues to make me forget about april and may. thank god i am patient when it comes to fantasy baseball and my “stars”. now if rollins can just pull his head out of the sand.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    My trade just went through for Cliff Lee. He’s not on my roster yet so I didn’t get his wonderful performance last night. I’m not sure how I feel about being a Cliff Lee owner now.

  9. youngcapitalist says:
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    Just to let everyone know the absurd value in which my league values Rollins, the following trade just went down and was accepted (I voted against it, but it passed)

    Rollins for Hunter, Floyd, and CJ Wilson

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @youngcapitalist: i don’t think that’s totally egregious. rollins can’t get worse, while hunter is bound to lose about 40 points on his avg. floyd has looked good recently, but isn’t a sure thing. and wilson should be worthless as soon as the rangers come to their senses with francisco.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: im starting to worry about rollins ,you gotta think that at some point he`ll kick in and as a howard owner i want him to start now

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hope a-gonzalez isnt hurt bad

  13. ScoutAbout says:
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    Good to be home, just spent the last week trying to manage my team on an iPhone with sucky coverage (1/2 bar for 3 minutes a day) from the Texas coast. Since the Rangers aren’t winning I can’t tell what they’re doing with the closer situation. I’m in a H2H league and only want to maintain 2 closers for now, have Franklin, Qualls and Wilson. Is it time to drop Wilson for Nunez? Anyone else that might be available I should consider instead?

    Sit Weaver@TEX tonight?

    Really missed Razzball this past week!

  14. sean says:
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    Start Washburn @ tNYS? The place is usually pretty kind to lefties, leaving A-Rod as the only real threat in the lineup. Right-handed Tex does not scare me.

  15. Doc says:
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    @BrianKennedy: I bought low, but still had to give up more than Francisco for him. His name and past will keep him valuable in most leagues.

  16. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’m pretty convinced Pujols is juicing now. There’s no way he should be this far ahead of every other ball player in the game. And his head is pretty massive.

  17. big o says:
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    @ grey :
    thought you might have seen/commented on adam jones .
    can you have an up-date for me , please ? i get home about 7:30 pm , so that’ll be new news to me . (gnu knews ?)

    speaking of which , any interest in watching the weaver/millwood match-up tonight ?
    must be about time for some chris davis/vlad comments from the peanut gallery .
    i don’t own either , but you knows i likes to talk shizz .

    have a good one .

  18. jk says:
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    which two would you take: derosa, mcclouth or a cabrera

  19. bobbo says:
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    @big o: A Jones ran into the wall and left the game earlier. Should only be day-to-day, didn’t seem too bad.

  20. Teef says:
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    I just got offered Carlos Zambrano and Rollins for Michael Young. I had recently lost Peavy, Bedard, Halladay to the DL so I was down to 3 starters. I’ve never been in love with Rollins but I think I would’ve done Young for Zambrano straight up so I had to accept it.

    My plan was to continue running Theriot at SS and Alexi at 2b while Rollins warmed the bench. I recently modified that plan on the news that Josh Hambone was due back over the weekend, so I dropped Theriot, picked up G-money Floyd, slotted Rollins into the lineup at SS with the intention of getting Josh back over the weekend, moving Derosa over to 2b and Alexi to SS while Rollins again hits the pine.

    I was kinda hoping for a couple good games in the meantime but not expecting it. He goes 0-5 yesterday and Derosa leaves the game with a wrist injury.

    - The best laid plans of mice and men eh?

  21. Dingo says:
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    nice Crying Indian reference!

  22. Dingo says:
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    @Teef: I hear that. Probably my least favorite aspect of fantasy baseball is that it rewards idle management almost as much as active management.

  23. You know, I took your advice from earlier in the year about not caring about waiver priority.

    This caused me to use my waiver position to pick up Ryan Freel (god, he’s been awful). And I have now missed out on DeRo.

    We might have to fight.

  24. ABell says:
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    Got offered hart and Jose lopez for victorino. Hart has been crap, andlopez would push Ian stewart to the bench which I can’t get excited about. Thoughts?
    a hiatal hernia is where part of your stomach slides up thru your diaphragm, causes a lot of heartburn. Sounds unpleasant

  25. Teef says:
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    @Abell – Turn that ish down. Victorino is the man and he’s quietly having a very solid season.

  26. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Who’s got the stones to start Dallas Braden against the Tigers today? He’s got a career 9.13 ERA against Detroit in 5 starts and his last start against them yielded a 10.8 ERA as he gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. Who’s gambling? Grey?

  27. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ABell: He’s trying to sell you on a classic 2 for 1. I offer 2 for 1′s all the time always with me getting the highest rated player in the deal. Don’t be that guy.

  28. Lines says:
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    @Frank Rizzo – I think you’re right about Pujols. I know, I know, we shouldn’t be throwing stones without any evidence, but it’s not like Bud Selig’s reading this… or is he?

    He’s not, and Pujols is probably on something. For all I know, he’s just crushing and snorting smaller ballplayers, but what he’s doing ain’t human.

  29. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    *16-team, mixed, H2H-Points League*

    Still trying to trade for a 2B.

    Cruz & Nunez FOR DeRosa & Ludwick was the last idea, but I don’t want to give up Cruz, I don’t believe in Ludwick, and now DeRosa hurt his wrist.

    So, what about:

    Tulo and an average throw-in bat (Adam LaRoche, Cody Ross) FOR Alexei Ramierz

    OR

    Tulo and an average throw-in bat (Adam LaRoche, Cody Ross) FOR Dustin Pedroia

    In either case, I would start Pedroia/Alexei at 2B and go with Gordon Beckham as my SS.

  30. tyler says:
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    Keeper league; ignoring needs, which side would you rather have?

    Hanley or Johan, Papelbon, Damon

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Lines: albert is the man,he`s not that stupit to take steroids,especially now,the heat is on everyone,

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: in my midway league,i had big papi on the bench and added burrell to my outfield when i swapped closers helton and adam jones for peavy wright and bruce
    (2 trades)so today (papi on my bench)i offer papi and peavy for beltran,he accepted in 5 minutes,wish we could get a little trading going in our RCL

  33. Teef says:
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    quick responses needed

    My Floyd and Gregg for his Kazmir?

    My pitchers:
    Halladay
    Hamels
    Gallardo
    Wainright
    Zambrano
    Floyd

    My closers are
    Heath Bell, Street, Gregg, Bailey

  34. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Albert is so far beyond everyone else in MLB that you’ll need to excuse me for not believing Al. I’ve been burned too many times. 30 HR’s before July……..Really?

    Maybe it’s how ESPN covers Cardinal games that fed my angst. To watch their highlights last night you’d have no idea the Giants beat them. It’s Albert vs the Unit….Albert goes yard…..Albert’s a Machine…….Albert hit another HR…..Albert’s so sexy……..Albert beat the crap out of Chuck Norris…..Albert cured Cancer…….Albert, Albert, Albert!!!!……Oh yeah, the Cards lost 6-3 to the Giants.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BrianKennedy: I’d offer Francisco for Rollins.

    @Dr.Phil: He was mentioned last week. Don’t feel the need to mention as much the guys that are on everyone’s team that are doing well that are supposed to do well.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha, thanks!

    @Tony B.: Sit Romero, the other player was David Murphy.

    @Josh: Thanks!

    @ScoutAbout: Welcome back! Hope you had a nice vacay. Lose Wilson for Nunez. I’d start Weaver. It’s risky, but he’s been too good this year to sit.

    @sean: I wouldn’t.

    @big o: Jones crashed into a wall. The Orioles are saying he’s day-to-day.

    @jk: DeRosa/McLouth

    @Freak: I will go Jesse James on you.

    @Frank Rizzo: Benching him and not sure how much longer I’m holding him. Depends on tonight’s start, from my bench.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): You don’t want to give up Cruz because he homered and stole yesterday? He wasn’t going to go 0-for-200 the rest of the season if you traded him away. I’d take Pedroia if you need steals/Runs and Alexei if you need slight power and speed.

    @tyler: Hanley, but it’s fair.

    @Teef: I’d take Kaz.

  36. royce! says:
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    Re: Kelly Johnson being awful- I really think he has got to be hiding more severe of an injury. His LD% last year was around 25. In May, it was around 25. In June, it was 12. But even with that 12% LD rate he got unlucky in June, with a .150 BABIP. And he continued to be disciplined at the plate in June. So…I don’t know.

    Anyhow, I’ve heard that he’s suffering leg cramps because of the humidity in Atlanta. I guess he’s an Irish 27? Maybe he should retire and move to Arizona. That dry heat’s good for the bones!

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Teef: i wouldn’t do it. i am not sure kazmir will be an upgrade over floyd, and kazmir has the injuries to overcome.

    @tyler: hanley. easy.

    @AL KOHOLIC: i just keep telling myself that his babip has to go up. it just has to. it’s not gonna stay sub-.230 all year is it? can it? rollins may have lost a step but he’s not quite paul konerko yet. he’ll never bat .300+ because of the Ks, but .270-.280 isn’t too much to ask is it? i just want .275 from here til the end of the season.

    but in reality look around at SS. it’s a rough year out there. hanley, michael young, jeter…anyone else even having a remotely decent year? sure you can grab a theriot or someone that won’t kill you, or you can ride out a rollins and hope for his upsdie which is higher than all but 2-3 other SSs. i’ll ride it out. think all those people who bitched and moaned over alexei are happy they rode him out?

  38. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, I remember it was Murphy now!

  39. jongenes says:
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    Would anyone trade away Ibanez before he’s back for Dunn / Billinsgley? Seems like a no brainer for billingsley alone right?

  40. Xar says:
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    @poon tycoon: I’d say Zobrist is having a pretty damn fine year. Asdrubal is too, and they both qualify t short in most leagues. And Al-Ram is finally heating up. So there are three shortshops on ONE of my teams I’d rather have than Rollins.

    Not saying it’s not a weak position, but still. He’s not that great.

  41. MikeE says:
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    I’m at the top of my roto league with decent pitching and great hitting, although I’ve been hurt by some injuries on the offensive side recently. I just picked up Blanton off the waiver wire. Is he a good enough replacement for Joba that I can trade Joba to shore up my hitting? Or would that be a bad move?

  42. Crafty35a says:
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    Start dead-arm Meche against the Twins today?

  43. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Anyone else completely frustrated by Jay Bruce’s inability to hit anything but a HR?

    I’m at the point where I am benching Bruce because of the damage he does to my AVG. Currently starting both Nolan Reimold and Gordon Beckham over him.
    Ugh.

  44. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Crafty35a: Not unless you are desperate.

    He’s been awful in his past 2 starts, and they tested his arm out the other day. I have him firmly parked on my bench.

  45. ABell says:
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    can only start 3 of these 4: harang v ARI, ubaldo v ARI, wolf @ SD, and Johan @ Phi. who would you sit grey? I know it never makes sense to sit Johan but he’s struggled and he tends to give up the gopher ball which is scary @ Phi.

  46. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: @Lines: Two theories on Puhols – either he is using ‘roids, or he is the greatest pure hitter since the Headless Splinter. I think that there is a real possibility that, in his case, the latter is correct. If you take his worst season, and use that as a base for an entire career, he would still be a first ballot H.O.F. candidate. Some time ago, there was a terrific article on him in Sports Illiterate; he seems like a great guy, involved in helping others, and his wife states that she will personally kill him if he is on the needle or the cream.

    @ThePoonTycoon: You pulled a coup.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I have never been in a league so adverse to trading. Most of my trade offers go unanswered, which i consider poor fantasy etiquette. As I need power, I sent out feelers, which I thought were fair, to a number of teams, selling Carp, who may be high risk but at the same time is putting up Cy Young numbers. Not only no counter-offers; no response. You, Jairangulus and Danmcor at least have the courtesy to say no, and often make comments. BTW, getting ‘Tran, now that we know he is returning, is a steal for Big Floppy, and Peavy, who won’t pitch at least until mid-August.

  47. Grey

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    @royce!: Thanks for the breakdown!

    @jongenes: I’d take the Dunn side.

    @MikeE: It’s a decent gamble. See what you can get.

    @Crafty35a: I wouldn’t.

  48. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Freak: Grey is just giving general principles. It is still up to you to use judgement in who you use for a high waiver choice; you need to take responsibility for managing your own team.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ABell: I’d sit Ubaldo.

  50. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @royce!: Rumor has it that he is dizzy.

  51. nick m. says:
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    does anyone have faith that cantu may be pulling out of this tailspin and may begin to hit bombs again, or has this new medicine he’s on completely grounded what looked to be a very good season?

  52. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: So far, in my Miggy C for Prince trade (I got Miggy) I am -3 in R, -2 in HRs and -16 in RBIs. To be honest, not as bad as I thought. (I keep Prince on my Watch List, just to torture myself.)

    Do I believe that Miggy will get 16 more RBIs than Prince the rest of the way? I do! I believe!

    I offered Hanson for Valverde. Unlikely to be accepted but still: Thoughts?

  53. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Freak: Who? Braden? You don’t have to blindly start him just because he’s on your team. His history against Detroit is ungood. The Tigers have been doing decently against lefties. He may do well or get bombed. The fact that it’s an afternoon game and the Tigers internal clocks are all messed up could help him. We’ll see.

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: YES I GOT BURNED LAST YEAR KNOWING THEY COULDNT KEEP IT UP BUT KEEPING THE HOMETOWN BOYS,hamilton and volquez.i took 2nd in the league but trading those 2 for much needed pitching coulda won it for me

  55. vinko says:
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    Start Hammel today at Chavez Ravine?

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: ditto,like asking c.j wilson or hawkins,he`s not a machine(like albert)1`s as good or bad as the other unless the unknown happens,and it will,i di know his quick picks of scott then murphy are brilliant if your smart enough not to fall in love with them,they are like the 2 a. m. gal you load up,if you dont know that story then i feel very sorry for ya

  57. jp says:
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    Would you trade Stephen Drew for Jimmy Rollins? In the past month, Drew has started putting it together (18/3/16/2/.290), but the buy low on Rollins is so appealing.

    Also, I have Jason Bartlett (who I’ve been starting over Drew), so my team wouldn’t be crushed if Rollins continues at his current, improbable pace.

  58. Addy says:
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    I am absolutely stacked at pitching in a 10 team league where I can only start 5 per week….Halladay, Billingsley, Vazquez, Wainwright, Floyd, Hanson, Price, Scherzer and Liriano…Yes my record is 11-1 and yes my hitting is just as good and there is no reason to touch my team.

    But I was offered Johan for Vazquez and Wainwright….I accept this right??

  59. Teef says:
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    On the whole Pujols being a Juicer –

    It’s sad but when I was thinking over wether I thought he used, I immediately thought Yes. At this point, I’ve become so jaded that no one is immune – especially someone with his massive build. Having played baseball in highschool and college, I can say that at LEAST 95% of my teammates in college had tried some form of illegal substance at one point in their lives. To assume Pujols is clean at this point is naive. I think it’s become guilty until proven innocent (which really means making through this era without having your name attached…really not proving it fully)

    Bottom line is that roids will not make Pujols or Arod who they are – they just make their stats look that much better. They would both be HOF without roids but unfortunately for A-Rod, his link to using will now diminish what his naturally ability produced and everyone will just chalk the majority of his achievements up to the juice.

    It’s such a sad thing but at this point, there is no one that would shock me to hear a steroid link to outside of someone like Jeter.

  60. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @jp: Yeah, I would do that. Drew is good, but Rollins will put together two shiny months before this is all over.

    One frustrating thing is that the guy in my league who’s in 1st is basically just riding Pujols like a showpony. Which is fine, except that, you know, if you have Pujols, it’s through no great genius of yours, but rather because you lucked into the 2/3 slot in the draft.

    SO ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS YOU HAPLESS LOSERS.

    I am, however, happy that the guy in my league with the 4th pick took Pujols, so I was not forced to choose btw Pujols/Wright at #5, b/c I may well have taken Wright, on affection alone. If that had happened, I’D BE DEAD RIGHT NOW, having hanged myself.

  61. royce! says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yikes, just what I need. Another dizzabled. Maybe he’s just still feeling the effects of the WBC…he did play for Puerto Rico, right? Maybe he’s a Puerto Rican 27?

  62. Mike says:
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    Do I start Kershaw today? I also have Verlander and Hamels going, too.

  63. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Teef: Actually, I believe roids can make Pujols and A-rod what they are. They can help their bodies bounce back day after day after day so that Albert can hit 2 hr’s in a day game after playing a 13 inning game the night before.

    People get hung up on the power it gives the players….I think we need to consider how it helps them recover much sooner from an injury they’re dealing with or a long 13 inning game the night before.

  64. Grey

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d take a closer for Hanson, but I think you can do slightly more reliable.

    @nick m.: Looks like he might be pulling out. But too early to say for sure. He needs to hit some homers.

    @vinko: I’d start him in 12 team or deeper. It’s risky though.

    @Addy: I’d hold tight.

    @Mike: I’d start him.

  65. Sucklingduck says:
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    Almost at the midseason point so let’s start with the obvious question….punting categories. I’m next to last in SBs and the next guy has almost 20 more than me. I have Reyes on the DL. Should I trade him? Or is there still hope Reyes goes on a SB tear to get some roto points back.

    Of course I dropped Andrus for Beckham and missed the 4 steals but can’t complain about Gordo’s recent performance. Kid is starting to rake. Drop Guzman and his empty Avg. for Andrus? We start 2 SS.

  66. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: It’s a points league, so it’s all about who you would rather have moving forward, Alexei or Pedroia. But assuming I can get one of them, you’re fine with counting on Beckham at SS the rest of the season?

  67. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Frank Rizzo: I agree. Obviously both these players are HOF calibre, but you can’t look at the years put together by Sosa, McGwire, Bonds et al and not realize that roids play a big part. Before roids, it was incredibly rare for someone to hit 50 HR. Soon, people were hitting 60 every year.

    You can talk all you want about hand-eye coordination, etc. But clearly roids helps put ten to twenty flyballs into the stands, rather than into people’s gloves.

    For some perspective, check out Frank Thomas’s career, which looks like HOF careers used to look — consistent, but no ridiculous monster seasons.

    I am willing to believe Pujols is clean… but anyone, and I mean anyone, who goes over 50 HRs has to be looked at with some suspicion.

    @Grey: This is an opportunity buy, more than anything. The guy with Valve has a) 4 closers (Valverde, Bailey, Gregg, Nathan) and b) a serious jones for rookie pitchers. I don’t know that anyone else in my league would give up a top-line closer (i.e. better than Valverde) for a rookie with 6 starts under his belt.

    But do I yank the offer, based on value returned alone?

  68. Corey says:
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    Or, it could be that they are freaks of nature. Did anybody expect Hank Aaron Juiced? Nolan Ryan? Just because players are putting up unbelievable stats in their era doesn’t mean they are juicing.

  69. Grey

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    @Sucklingduck: Guess the question is if you punt SBs, can you win? I’d drop Guzman for Andrus.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Pedroia. Beckham could go bell up next week and be ice cold for a month, so no I’m not saying he’ll be the rest of the season. Too soon to tell.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d prefer Bailey over Valverde, but I’d take Valverde if that’s the only option.

  70. mgeoffriau

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    Just noticed Elijah Dukes was optioned to AAA. Any point in keeping him around in a 12-team mixed keeper league? Drafted him late, so if he panned out he could be good value, but I just don’t see him putting it together.

  71. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha! Podsenik and McGehee are my 2:AM girls. You had Fowler for awhile. However, Branyan was another short term fix in the beginning of the year; he is still on my team, and having a super year – kinda makes up for Maggs and the god of Lud. Along with the Bourn identity, these were my best two FA pickups thus far. And with the lack of trading in our leagues, that is the only way you can improve.

    @royce!: On the other hand, maybe Kelly Johnson is just shizz. I drafted him, cut him after I got disgusted with him, picked him up when it seemed that he was coming out of the doldrums, but that was a three day blip; now he again resides in our FA bin.

    @Frank Rizzo: More likely he is taking HGH, which can’t be detected unless you have a dealer who is a snitch. Supposedly, the current baseball test for steroids is fairly sophisticate, although I am the farthest thing from an expert on this topic.

  72. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Corey: I believe that Puhols is a freak of nature, as was Nolan Ryan, who maintained his speed well into his 40′s. Ted Williams was a freak of nature, with incredible eyesight and hand/eye coordination. There seems to be one or two Secretariots in every generation. Aaron was not one of them, however, never came close to hitting 50 homers – he seemed to hit in the high 30′s, low 40′s his entire career – he was incredibly consistent. Mickey Mantle was the freak of nature of the 50′s/60′s – hitting dingers over 600 feet, had at the time the fastest home to first speed of all time. If he didn’t have debilitating knees, osteomylites, I have no doubt that he would have hit 70 homers, and not just once, as well as shredding Ruth’s 714 total. His Drugs of Choice were alcohol and greenies. Didn’t hit the weight room that often, if at all, either.

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: i send you one to think over

  74. mgeoffriau

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    Did I miss an announcement or do we not know who the Phillies are calling up yet? The early news was Carrasco but I haven’t seen an official report yet…

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: never mind,we both need power in the outfield

  76. Grey

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    @mgeoffriau: Word out of Philly is it’ll be Carrasco. They haven’t made the move yet, but that’s not unusual for a team not to do the move until the day of.

  77. bobbo says:
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    #2 waiver in a keeper league. Someone just dropped Stephen Drew and I’ve been suffering through Jimmy Rollins. Worth it?

  78. Kris says:
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    @Grey: I need a HR hitting 1B like you deserve a Fantasy Pulitzer. My question is, how big of a difference do you think there will be between Howard and Pena going forward? I can get Pena a lot cheaper obviously, and he’s on a high flying offense vs. the Phillthies (thankfully) lackluster one. What do you think their stats will look like from today on?

  79. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Paulie Allnuts: I’ll agree with this. Pujols could be a once-in-a-generation talent. (Or twice-in-a-generation — hello, Bryce Harper!)

    However, I do look back with some wonder/shame at all the ridiculous excuses we/everyone made when suddenly Brady Anderson was hitting 50 HRs, and people were challenging Maris every season. The ball’s are wound tighter! The talent pool is diluted! Fitness programs are more sophisticated! Magic elves are dusting their bats with magic!

    Or, maybe, people in baseball are using those cheating-drugs that are so popular in every other sport. That would also explain the huge necks.

  80. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    *16-team, mixed, H2H-Points League*

    Grey…yesterday you said DeRosa/Ludwick FOR Cruz/Nunez was very close

    DeRosa’s wrist scares me. What about this instead:

    Zobrist/Morales/Church FOR Cruz/Adam LaRoche/Nunez

  81. Corey says:
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    @ Paulie Allnuts: Mantle was a freak of Nature. He was just “country-strong”.
    I call Hank a freak of nature because of the guys’ massive forearms and ability to keep up that pace of power into his late 30′s and early fourties. He also didn’t amass 100 K’s in a season once.

  82. Teef says:
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    @Rizzo/Baron

    Your right in giving credit for those mind boggling statistical anomaly years to steroids. Wether it’s cuz it makes the ball travel further or it your healing faster. With that said, I still think Arod and Pujols could have had 55-60 HR years without it. I mean Maris and Mantle did it and they weren’t juicing. I think those two are that talented even when stripped of PED.

    What I think PED does for them is makes it so much easier to produce that kind of year. Instead of having a year like that when everything goes right, you seem to stay in a groove for the whole year, avoid injuries yada yada yada, doing PED would allow you to repeat those numbers on a regular basis.

    In talking to some of the guys I know who’ve taken them, they tell me it just makes you feel like a million bucks and it’s not that your feeling stronger but you get this desire to never leave the gym and this confidence that no one can sneak a fastball by you. It seemed to me that it was that confidence which drove their pefromances. Obviously, if you your doing illegal substances that are designed to make you a better player you’ll be more confident but I think it just allows your natural abilities to manifest themselves longer and more consistantly. Bottom line – I think most HOF players would prob still be HOF players without roids.

  83. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…I didn’t like it much either. Can’t give up Cruz. If is seems like I want to, it’s only because I’m getting offers for him.

    How about a different take…

    Trade A-Rod FOR Kinsler?

    I’d move Branyan from my CI/MI to 3B, and Adam LaRoche would start at CI/MI. I also have Encarnacion coming off the DL soon to split time with Branyan/LaRoche.

    From my starting line-up’s point of view, it would be A-Rod/Kaz Matsui verses Kinsler/LaRoche.

    What do you think?

  84. black love says:
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    anybody know a good resource to get team lineups earlier then what posts on yahoo?

  85. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: you will have your power in a couple of days, as Manny gets over the after effects of giving birth. My own power will have to come from Ludwick, or find this year’s Ethier in the FA bin. I would rather have your chances then my own. The thing is that I need more power if I am going to challenge for the Taco Bowl.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Is Bryce Harper 16 yet? Maybe Yahoo will make him available ahead of time, so I can stash him on my keeper team.
    Would I be shocked if Puhols was a juicer? Not really. It is hard to believe anyone at this point. Right now, the only player I am pretty sure is clean is David Wells, as he has always been a fat slob, who for some reason had a nice career while being out of shape all of the time. Although Puhols is having a special year, it is not out of line with his career stats. Everyone in MLB should have known that Brady Anderson, and Luis Gonzalez, for that matter, were on the juice, with the incredible spike in dingers, in the same manner that Barry Bonds had his best years after the age of 38. As a Met fan, no one can tell me that Piazza was not on the juice; no catcher has ever put up power numbers like he did in his late 30′s. Yet, with lack of evidence, he will be elected into the Hall. What happens when we find out he was cheating? Will they kick him out of the Hall, vote in the other cheaters that qualify, or give them their own special wing, with a logo of a needle and cream on their plaque?

  86. Doc says:
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    Dukes sent to AAA on Wednesday. Nats host Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Nationals Park on Friday.

  87. anoraxx says:
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    Josh Johnson left WAS game after 4.1 IP. Any thouhts what was the reason? It´s making me nervous.

  88. anoraxx says:
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    @anoraxx:
    EDIT: After 3.1 IP

  89. RT says:
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    @anoraxx:
    yeah, he was pulled for being sh*t today. think it was 3.1IP. he was all over the place. he threw 91 Pitches or something ridiculous.

  90. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey: Thanks.

    Kinsler’s owner does have Chipper, so he needs a SS more than a 3B. He also as pitching needs.

    What about trading Lowe & Tulo or Harden & Tulo FOR Kinsler?

    Like before, I’d end up starting Beckham at SS…AND giving up Lowe or Harden would force me to depend on Marquis every week, instead of as a spot starter.

    You like this more, or do you think the A-Rod/Kinsler trade is better for me? (I don’t think he’d go for Tulo & Marquis for Kinsler)

  91. Paulie Allnuts

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    Now, compassionate Razzballers, I will take a break from the scintillating dialogue to watch the Mets, an exercise in pure masochism. I may need your solace and consolation in several hours.

  92. bobbo says:
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    @anoraxx: He had thrown 89 pitches and walked 4. Maybe just a bad outting? I’m not watching so take this with a grain of salt…

  93. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Just got offered Berkman, Reyes, Mclouth, Slowey and Lind for Beltran, J Johnson and Upton, thoughts? I’d have to drop Juan Rivera for sure

  94. Greg says:
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    Hill,Swisher,Hart for C-Bills Fair?

  95. Doc says:
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    @anoraxx: From what I can gather he was over heated. Maybe cramped up? Hope that was all.

  96. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Teef: I agree that there’s no reason that someone couldn’t hit 60 HR unjuiced — people did do that, after all. But I can’t get the picture of Bonds and all those wrist-flicked HRs to the opposite field out of my head…. Unjuiced, I doubt Bonds hits 500 HR. Hell, I doubt he hits 400. Do you remember him from his early days? He was a 20-20 whippet….

    @Paulie Allnuts: Not only did I stash Bryce Harper, but I have a waiver claim in on his first-born son.

    It is my understanding that the one player everyone universally acknowledges was on the roids (and is not yet outed*) is Piazza. The NYTimes basically ran a story about his terrible back-acne and how it was an open secret that he was a huge ‘roider.

    *Heh heh — I said “Piazza” and “outed.”

    @Grey: Hanson for Bailey rejected. There’s no combination of Halladay/Pena/Nathan/Zobrist/Bag of bricks that makes me give up Wright, right?

  97. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Grey: How about Votto/Capps for Ryan Howard?

  98. anoraxx says:
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    @RT:

    Thought of that too. Too bad. At least he is still in the line for the W.

  99. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Xar: yeah ok i forgot zobrist. and i mentioned alexei as one a lot of people are happy they held onto.

    but let’s discuss assdribble, he is not having a “damn fine year”, he’s merely having a “if your SS is in bad shape, he’s not an awful guy to have because he at least contributes batting avg). he’s numbers are .314, 2 HRs, 30 RBIs, 39 Rs, 7 S, and a .795 OPS. forgive me if i’d rather hitch my wagon to the j-ro train and his upside instead of that yawnstipating line.

  100. Doc says:
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    @anoraxx: He needs 5 innings to get the win.

  101. anoraxx says:
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    Anyhow, Josh´s meltdown will probably make me to start Weaver which I don´t really like at all.

  102. Teef says:
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    @Paulie

    I heard they are sitting Sheff and Wright today and since I have Gallardo starting and everything is lining up for it to be a shutdown dominant performance against a AAA lineup, the Mets will likley explode for 5+ runs in one of YoGo’s worst starts of the year

  103. anoraxx says:
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    @Doc:

    Excellent, good news keep coming…

  104. ETMcgee says:
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    as a lifelong cards fan, i hope pujols isn’t cheating, but it wouldn’t be too shocking to find out he was (just disappointing). That said, i never thought he was a juicer (same size as he was rookie year, not like albert ever stole 50 bases…) but his stats thusfar are otherworldly. if you saw the highlights from the 2 HRs vs RJohnson, both pitches were grooved right down the middle for him like HR derby pitches.

    On a related note: thanks to the 3 managers who didn’t draft him ahead of me in 2 different leagues…

  105. anoraxx says:
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    @Teef:

    Wright is in projected lineup, so far.

  106. Teef says:
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    @anoraxx:

    Weiner. Fine AAA lineup with a rehabbing Wright down in the minors to rehab.

  107. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Romero slicing/dicing the Rays today. I know he’s not legit but when can we consider him to be legit?!?

    Olney wrote about him and was all giggity-goo-ga about his changeup being unhittable.

  108. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: greenies are abanned substance too and get you the same punishment shooting up does. that’s why i think a lot of this steroid stuff is such a witch hunt.

  109. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Teef: Wright’s in the lineup! Thanks, Rotoworld/exploding yellow box on Yahoo!

    Not only do I have Wright on my bench, but I have Gallardo…. gawd, if Wright hits two donks today I’ll off myself.

  110. anoraxx says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    I managed to insert Wright in just in time. Anyhow, he struck out swinging on first AB.

  111. Jo says:
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    Gray, I just accepted the same trade addy was offered: I got Johan for giving up Vazquez and Wainwright in a CBS 10 team league. DO you think Johan will return to form?

  112. Grey

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    @Jo: Hopefully, but I don’t see why Vazquez and Wainwright won’t be as good as they’ve been.

  113. bobbo says:
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    I’m the king of incorrect spot starts. Watch Meche throw a CG shutout with 10+ K’s… from my bench.

  114. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Updating earlier hype, Romero with a 2 hitter through 6 and 7 K’s.

  115. Prince says:
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    What do you think, start Kershaw at home vs. COL today?

  116. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Ugh…..0-2 count and Shields gives up a homer to Barajas. Ungood.

  117. Xar says:
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    @Poon: Asdrubal has similar Rs, RBIs, SBs, 4 fewer homers, and significantly better BA, OPB, and slugging. In 2/3rds as many at bats.

    Clearly Rollins has more upside this year, but Asdrubal is seven years younger, in his second full season, eligible at both 2B and SS, and on his way up. He’s got great potential, particularly long-term (though I’m not keeping him yet). Rollins appears to be on the way down, and though he might have a badass second half he looks like he’s lost a step and has only had more than 14 HRs twice. Unless he shows flashes of his brilliance, I’m not a fan of Rollins.

  118. Xar says:
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    Oh, and hitting in a far inferior lineup. To quote Grey, “Cust ‘kayin.”

  119. Pujols says: Sip the juice cuz i got enough to go around.

  120. Teef says:
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    Pelfry looks like he’s cruising through the Brewers linup. 37 pitches through 3. 1 hit and 3ks. Gallardo looks good too with 6 ks through 3 but 52 pitches looks kinda ugly.

  121. Grey

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    @Prince: I’d start him.

  122. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks as always

  123. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Boss Hogg: Freaking Eric B and Rakim. Just as good as BVV sliding Beastie lyrics in every so often. Excellent.

    Money in my hand ain’t never been took-in!

  124. Scott says:
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    @Prince: You shouldn’t sit Kershaw at home ever again. He has a 2.06 ERA and 47 k’s in 43.2 IP on the season.

  125. Prince says:
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    @Scott: I’ll most likely follow that advice, Scott – thanks. The one thing that scared me was the Rockies batting .316 against Kershaw this year, but yeah, he’s at home, and his last start @COL was for a win (6 IN, 3 ER).

  126. Jo says:
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    @black love: are you talking about daily lineups or depth charts?? mlbdepthcharts.com is a great tool

  127. Frank Rizzo says:
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    We can moan and groan until your ma comes home,
    and you’ll be calling me Al Dope Capone.

  128. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Maddon you idiot! Left Shields out too long, just killed my ERA and Quality start with b2b hr’s. Damnit.

  129. Jobu's rum says:
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    WTF?!! Why was Shields still in the game?! Why? Retards. Just venting.

  130. anoraxx says:
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    Kemp batting second, I can see some 4 strikeouts coming as usual when Torre shifts him up in the order.

  131. Teef says:
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    A. It sucks playing against Hanley in H2H this week

    B. If you get picked off that doesn’t count as a caught stealing right?

  132. Doc says:
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    Frank Francisco to resume closers role: “”He’s back,” Washington said with a smile.”

  133. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    (H2H-Points League)

    Man, no one wants to play with me. My offers of A-Rod for Kinsler and Tulo/Harden for Kinsler have been rebuffed.

    How about something simpler…Marquis & Cody Ross FOR Dan Uggla?

    Or just stick with Kaz Matsui at 2B?

  134. anoraxx says:
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    @Teef:

    He had 3 HRs, 15 or so RBIs and 6 or so runs last week and I still lost in all three categories. That sucks :)

  135. and1mcgee says:
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    who is a better pickup: Frasor or Nunez? will Lindstrom be out longer than Downs?

  136. Colin says:
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    Wtf does Gallardo always tease me like this? He coasts and coasts and then 1 inning loses control and turns a brilliant start in an average one. Baseball Gods why you do you hate me???

  137. Doc says:
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    Nnez 2K’s and a groundout to get the save.

  138. Doc says:
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    Nunez 2K’s and a groundout to get the save.

  139. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Doc: so Nunez or Frasor? I think Lindstrom will be out longer than Downs, no ?

  140. AMH says:
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    W for Meyer and S for Nunez. Everybody wins!!!

  141. Doc says:
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    @and1mcgee: I have to think Lindstrom could lose his job quicker than Downs.

  142. Scott says:
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    @Colin: That was not an average start. 6IP, 7 baserunners, 1 run, 10 k’s. Blame the Crew’s offense, not Yovani.

  143. Teef says:
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    Why they hell are they letting Gallardo LEAD OFF an innning after he just had his roughest outing of the game in the 6th inning, got out of relativley unscathed only giving up 1 er and w/ the QS locked up. He’s over 103 pitches…stop right there!

  144. Doc says:
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    @and1mcgee: I think so. But Frasor did just strike out the side in the ninth (non-save situation). I’d try to get both!

  145. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Colin: Dude, he only gave up one run, and it’s only the 6th, and it’s the Mets. Have patience, grasshopper.

  146. Grey

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    @AMH: Nice!

  147. ASAOK says:
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    Would you do Crawford and Slowey for Sabathia and Damon (I get these two)? Once Pierre goes to the bench, id only have Damon and B. Roberts for steals.

  148. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Doc: I’m tryin’, but it just can’t happen… unless DeRosa’s wrist calls for a DL trip, opening up a slot… I think Nunez, too, since TOR rarely has save situations…. FLA has more from what I gather.

  149. Grey

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    @ASAOK: Depends how badly you need Sabathia. It’s fair and I’d take the Sabathia side.

  150. Scott says:
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    @Colin: 7 IP, 1 R, 12 K. Happy now?

  151. and1mcgee says:
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    are they counting Gallardo’s “pitches thrown for strikes” ?? or are those Ks?? that’s way too many… lol

  152. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @anoraxx: Agreed about Kemp. That bumbling old idiot Torre will move Kemp back down after Kemp goes 0-4 today. Of course you promise Kemp the spot allowing him to prepare every day to hit in that slot. That would make too much sense. Instead keep jerking with the guy. Put him at 2nd for one day and then when he goes 0-4 you can say “See, he’s much better batting 8th because he can’t handle batting 2nd”. I’d like to sock Torre right in his already inflated clown size nose.

  153. Stephen says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Kemp should be batting anywhere between 3 to 5 in that lineup. Seriously, give your toolsy player the benefit of the doubt. Once Manny Ramirez comes back and Juan Pierre is out, they should put Hudson first and Kemp second, but I highly doubt that will happen. Either way, the Dodgers are still doing mighty fine with the lineups that Torre is throwing out there, and that is the most important result.

  154. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You put Sherrill too far up the closer list.

    The altitude caused his brain to freeze.

  155. T-BZA says:
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    In need of more steals (10X10 10 teams), already employ Kemp, Victorino, and Kinlser

    Worth shipping Hamilton and T.Hanson for B.J Upton?

  156. jp says:
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    Start Jurjens tonight against the Phillies?

  157. Grey

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    @jp: Sure, but it’s risky.

  158. nathaniel_g says:
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    Gaudin/Pence/Hafner or Slowey/Hart/Davis?
    Which side do you like?

  159. Corey says:
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    Hart for Liriano, who wins?

  160. Joe B says:
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    Can Kershaw please stop walking the WORLD… he could be such a stud RIGHT NOW if it wasn’t for these effin walks… SIGH.

  161. Grey

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    @nathaniel_g: Neither? I’d take the Slowey side.

    @Corey: Depends what you need. I’d prefer Hart.

  162. Corey says:
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    I’m just weighing the options of Liriano turning the corner vs the chances of Hart every figuring out how to hit again.

  163. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: NEED ADVICE! Rafael Furcal’s year is starting to look like his 2007 (he stunk like yesterday’s diapers) and at least he stole 25 bases… he’ll be lucky to get to 15 this year. Thinking about dropping him for Jhonny Peralta… worth a shot or should I be patient? Furcal is on my bench with Alexei Ramirez at SS and Chone Figgins at MI. I have great pop and pretty good speed… could use an average boost though.

  164. peter says:
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    Ok, I’ve got Furcal stinking things up at SS in one league. Someone just dropped JJ Hardy. I have the roster space – do I grab him over other SS on the wire that are of the Brendan Harris, Maicer Izwhatis, and G. Beckham variety?

  165. Steve says:
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    It’s a cruel game. Across three different teams, I’m a combined 3 for 37 at this hour.

  166. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    to whomever ask earlier,yes a picked off = a caught stealing,as does if the guy steals the base but over slides and gets tagged

  167. Steve says:
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    Happ @ Atlanta – thoughts?

  168. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I wouldn’t unless it’s an H2H league and you need to live dangerously.

  169. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well, as you know, Grey, I’m a guy that’s constantly living on the edge, but I’ll pass on this one. Thanks.

  170. Frank Rizzo says:
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    We should of started Braden, Grey.

  171. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I suppose, but it wasn’t that incredible of a start. Plus, better good start on bench than terrible start in my lineup.

  172. Steve says:
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    Is there anything more annoying than your opponent getting a one-out save?

    It’s the best thing in baseball when one of my guys gets one, but I’m in no mood to be even-handed about this.

  173. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Steve: When his best player gets a surprise day off, only to pinch hit a walk off GS in the bottom of the 9th?

  174. AMH says:
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    @Steve: a one-out save with only the tying run ON DECK and a 4 run lead. Even better.

  175. Steve says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: When your pitcher intentionally walks your guy to load the bases for his guy who hits a grand slam which puts his pitcher in line for the win and sets his closer up for a save.

  176. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Russell Martin just dropped in my 10-team league. On May 29th you said “buy” — is he worth it over Iannetta if I can get him?

  177. Grey

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    @Prince: I’d take Iannetta over him.

  178. Steve says:
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    Man – did Hammel really deserve a loss there?

  179. Grey

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    @Steve: Still a nice start, right?

  180. Steve says:
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    @Grey: No doubt and great call to go with him. Gotta stop sweatnig on the Wins, I guess.

  181. @Paulie Allnuts: Maybe don’t take things so seriously? Grey got it was a joke, you should too.

  182. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, that’s old news though.

  183. Steve says:
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    @Grey: But the joke is fresh today!

  184. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: 10 team 3 keepers. My ARod + B.Wilson or 3rd Rnd pick next year for Johan & Chipper/Lowell. I need K’s ERA & WHIP the most. 10 pt gap between me and first and me and 3rd. Noones gaining any ground behind me nor am I gaining on 1st place. What you think my man?

  185. Grey

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    @Steve: Ah, true.

    @timSTi: I’d take the Johan side and try and give the pick.

  186. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: So you’d prefer the johan side with which 3b, or doesn’t it really matter? I need AVG the most so I should shoot for chipper right? What if it was a 2nd round pick with Arod id be giving?

  187. Grey

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    @timSTi: Chipper… 2nd round is fine.

  188. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: Speaking of old news, I haven’t been around much but can’t pass this one up………

    And now, for something completely different…………

    Everybody knows celebrities always die in 3′s. Leave it up to Billy Mays to offer us one more, ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!!!!!

  189. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Which said in a keeper league would you want….

    Howard and Rios

    or

    Alexei and Markakis?

  190. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all night, don’t forget to tip your bartenders and waitresses……

    Nice start by Kershaw, eh?

  191. steamer says:
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    Having both Zobrist (who’s in my OF) who’s SS elegible & Drew, do I drop Drew for Hairston or Reimold?

  192. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: AS A REDS FAN,I WASNT CONVINCED CUETO WAS THAT GOOD,IVE CHANGED MY MIND

  193. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, I’m watching the game right now. Bruce’s useless.

  194. vinko says:
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    So is Dusty!

  195. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: my gal nellie keeps dogging bruce,and she likes him,but swinging at the 1st pitch every at bat,elbow to high looping swing,id take votto anyday

  196. Doc says:
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    Glad I just traded for Rollins and Hamels.

  197. vinko says:
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    Needing a p/u for Dukes while he’s sorting out stuff. Byrd, FraGu, Scott Hairrston, Murphy, or Willingham are all available- Thanks

  198. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: never again i promise,drafting pitchers early(before rd 7 or 8),peavy sucked 1st 3 starts then looked good but not winning,then hurt,hammel hurt early then sucked sucked sucked,never again,,not to mention bedard the fag

  199. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: damn,and bruce runs the bases like rios to

  200. big o says:
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    anyone watching the angels/texas game ?
    weaver/millwood
    6th inning … vlas and rivera back to back singles
    texas 2-0

  201. big o says:
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    borbon coming out (on-deck) to pinch hit for nelson cruz … bottom of 6th .
    did cruz get hurt , earlier , when he stole the base ?

  202. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    vkad hitting well but 13 rbi in 159 ab?wouldnt be bad for a ss

  203. big o says:
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    stiff lower back for cruz
    borbon drives in blalock’s double … kid’s 1st mlb hit …. sprints to 2nd , head 1st
    3-1 texas .
    blalock homered earlier .

  204. BigFatHippo says:
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    My pitchers in the RCL have 21 IP, 11 hits and ONE EARNED RUN.

    Talk about Whip’ing your ERA into shape…………..

  205. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: C’mon you stupid Cards – don’t screw it up now!

  206. big o says:
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    weaver knocked out in the 6th .
    exits to johnny cash singing “ring of fire”

  207. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Bad call at first puts Wainwright in a hole.

  208. BigFatHippo says:
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    It’s all my fault…………..

  209. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: It’s on a screen right above my head. I’m on the point of hiding behind the sofa.

  210. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Little Adam’s second nut just dropped…………..

    Son, today you are a man.

  211. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Maybe his team mates can score a damn run in the top of the 9th. I need a win!

  212. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    now thats the weaver that hosed me the last 2 years

  213. struggler says:
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    In a Roto where I have a pretty good cushion on HRs and RBIs while I’m back of the pack in AVG, SBs and Runs.
    Am I crazy to trade Reynolds/Stewart for Figgins/Felipe Lopez?

  214. struggler says:
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    Whose throwing Gaudin vs. LA this week?

  215. PJTres says:
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    do you think trading away jer. weaver and quentin is good for jon lester?

  216. big o says:
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    pujols sb

  217. Steve says:
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    A wild pitch – anything!

  218. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @big o: he has twice as many sb`s as thr ss i traded for to get sb`s,,fagcal,

  219. GTG says:
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    I had beckett, wainwright and jurjens starting today… who would have thought beckett would be the bust. bad call at first cost me a win for wainwright, but i have franklin and brian wilson so there’s still hope.

  220. BigFatHippo says:
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    Albert, possible 50-20 man?

    Have we ever seen anything like that?

  221. Steve says:
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    Dickerson likely to sit against Davis tomorrow?

  222. Steve says:
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    Nice one Colby. An inning too late for me.

  223. Mike says:
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    Thank you, Justin Verlander and Cole Hamels. I didn’t think it would be possible to absolutely destroy my ERA and losses, but you guys found a way. Yeah!

  224. Mike says:
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    Oh, add George Sherrill into that mix too. What a wonderful day for my team.

  225. Doc says:
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    Alexei Ramirez will undergo X-rays on his right middle finger after leaving Wednesday night’s game in the eighth inning.
    Ramirez injured the finger while fielding a ground ball earlier in the series, but the swelling continued to increase. He will miss at least Thursday’s game and then will be re-evaluated based on the results of the X-rays. Gordon Beckham could see some time at shortstop in his place.

  226. Robert says:
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    I. Stewart or C. Ross. Which is the better option?

  227. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: You can get more for Reynolds. I’m starting Gaudin.

    @PJTres: It’s too much for Lester.

    @GTG: Yeah, tough break.

    @Steve: Probably, re: Dickerson.

    @Doc: Ugh

    @Robert: Stewart

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