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The Orioles love their ex-Cubbies so they decided to sample some of their Pecan’t Pie rather than just hand the LF job to Nolan Reimold.  As with most of these rookies, a lot depends on starting jobs.  And Reimold doesn’t have one.  Yet.  So who’s blocking Reimold?  Luke Scott?  Who are you, Luke Scott?  A 30-something prospect?  Luke Scott must’ve called Matt Stairs for advice on how to prolong a major league career that should’ve ended years ago.   Go to the DL, Luke.  (He’s not there yet, but maybe if we all hold our breath.  What Razzballers want, Razzballers get!)  Then there’s Felix Pee-ay, who is crap-ay.  He was hurt in yesterday’s game.  Not to mention, many think his ship has already come and gone for prospect status.  If Reimold emerges from this O’s left fielder mess, he’s a slugger who we think could hit for power without costing you too much in the average department.  The nice thing about Reimold compared to a rookie pitcher — say, I don’t know, Hochevar! — is Reimold could slump for a week and only give you a few 0-for-4s, not a 36.00 ERA.  If we had to bet, we’d say the Orioles don’t bring him up in order to avoid giving him ‘Super 2′ status.  Why would we accuse the Orioles of leaving their best available player in the organization for a specific position in AAA?  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kevin Youkilis – Youuuk can take a spot on the DL.  Thanks Sawx.  Instead of just putting him on the DL with his oblique injury, they kept him on the bench for 7 days before doing it.  Hey man – you might have a bunch of bench spots but us fantasy owners don’t!  The DL stint is backdated so he might only be out for another week or so but oblique injuries can be a wickid pissah of an injury.

Dan Haren – 7 IP, 3 ER.  “Johan, I think I heard Upton whispering to Byrnesie that they were saving their runs for Doug.  No, I’m not being paranoid!  Could you just come over?”

Stephen Drew – Returned from the DL.  Brother J.D. calls to ask, “They can DL you for less than 60 days?”

Ryan Ludwick – Pulled in the 1st inning with a hamstring injury.  That never sounds good.  If he has to go on the DL, LaRussa is down to two in his original 4 man OF rotation (Rasmus, Duncan).  We have a feeling LaRussa is trying to determine which young pitcher will make the better outfielder  – PJ Walters or Mitchell Boggs.

Chien-Ming Wang – 6 shutout innings in Triple-A.  I’ve already picked him up in a deep league (16 teams).  Hey, I had to get rid of Hocevar as quick as possible.  If you have an open DL slot, slide a Wang into it.

Chris Davis – 9th homer of the year and up to .231.  Hello, Mr. Reynolds.  Goodbye, Mr. Reynolds.

B.J. Ryan – Ricciardi said even when Ryan returns, Downs will be his closer.  Yeah, I trust Ricciardi when it comes to B.J.

Carlos Quentin – Out until Friday with a sore heel.  That’ll teach him to break bats with his foot.

Luke Hochevar – I was roofied and violated.  We won’t go into specifics.  But I think I’m done with rookie pitchers.  Wait… Against the A’s?  Really?  Bring back Ponson!  I hate you, Hochevar.  And I’m glad I can’t pronounce your name, it’ll be easier to forget.

Derek Holland – 1.74 ERA on the year as he got his first win.  He’s just working middle relief right now, but he could move into the rotation picture.  Wait, didn’t I just say no more rookie pitchers?  Damn you, Hochevar.

Kevin Slowey – 6 IP, 1 ER.  Great to see Slowey do what he’s supposed to do after Hochevar kicked my teeth in.

Armando Galarraga – 5 2/3, 5 ER. I gotta be honest, it’s nice to see a guy I thought would fail do exactly that.  Sorry, to his owners.  Scharmandofreude!

Manny Parra – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 Ks.  Manny being Parra with the Ks, but not the walks (only 2).  Encouraging…  Oh, wait.  It was the Marlins.  They don’t walk.

Zach Duke – 8 IP, 1 ER.  Has only had two disasters through 7 starts, but he doesn’t strikeout out that many guys so I’m a little weary. His ERA should come up a full run, but it’s only at 2.52, so that’s not that bad.

Matt Capps – 3 baserunners, but worked a scoreless ninth with 2 Ks.

Brad Lidge – Gave up another run.  I’d continue to hold Madson, something seems off with Lidge right now.

Jayson Werth – 4 steals, including one of home.  I didn’t see it, but I have to assume Belisario fell for the ol’ “Hey, look over there!”

Jimmy Rollins – Hit 5th yesterday.  I’m sorry, but is that supposed to break him out of his slump?  By hitting him in the heart of the order instead of the top?  I don’t think this lasts.

Brad Hawpe – 4-for-4 with 1 HR and 5 RBI.  Now at .359 with 5 HR and 25 RBI.  Hawpe has never taken that next step like Holliday and we’d bet the under on .300, 30 HR, and 100 RBI.  While he’ll give you quality numbers, now might be the best time you’ll have to trade him.  He’s an awful fielder and, with Colorado’s OF depth, he should be deemed expendable if they are out of the pennant race come July.

Felipe Paulino – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Looked more like Ronnie Paulino in this start.  While Ronnie’s doing a number two.

Ian Stewart – A solo homer and a grand slam from the 8th spot in the lineup.  He has been struggling mightily and Sonovabenched us in a couple leagues.  He now has 2B/3B eligibility in ESPN (had it already in Yahoo!) and is still 3 games away from OF eligibility.  Hopefully this outburst leads to a couple more OF starts…

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 1 ER.  Has now pitched three quality starts in a row.  The only terrible starts of the year (3 of them) were against the Dodgers (twice) and the Cubs.  So if we’re to believe this, he should be a “go pitcher” for his next start against the Pirates.

Daniel Murphy – Could see time at first with Delgado nursing a bad hip.  This doesn’t add a whole lot to his value, since Murphy was a borderline outfielder as it was.  You don’t really want him at 1st.

Joe Mauer – Fourth homer in his tenth game.  Sure does have a lot of *pinkie to mouth* Pauer.  Guess when you only play 80 games a year, you gotta get your stats in while you’re playing.

Delmon Young – .277 on the year with 1 homer and 2 steals.  Wow is this guy yawnstipating.

Conor Jackson – He’s now on the DL with a ‘general illness’ according to new GM AJ Finch.  I got an idea, send him to a “General Hospital.”

Jerry Hairston Jr. – 3-for-7, 3 RBIs and 2 steals in the last two games.  .343 in May with 2 homers.  Rudy snagged him before this mini-hot streak.  Might end tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it holds up for another week or so.

Joey Votto – Left the game with dizziness.  I thought in Cincy it was called “Dustiness?”

Frank Francisco – Suffering from bicep tendinitis.  We picked up Wilson in a few leagues.  We’re frankly frankled about it but frankfully Francisco is supposed to be franking it up again in a couple of days.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 3 ER.  With 8 Ks, he looked solid outside of two innings (1st and 4th).  But if you can’t beat the Aint’s, who can you beat? The Nats, actually.  But not if you pitch for them.  Conundrum!

Matt Cain – 7 IP, 4 ER.  God forbid I get a Win in a league.  Seriously, what the eff?

Joe Beimel – Almost got the save yesterday for those still torturing themselves with Nats relievers.

Pablo Sandoval – Game winning HR yesterday.  After the game, Pablo said through a translator, “San Francisco is my village and no one will pilfer it, except for I.”  His translator was dressed like a waiter at Medievel Times.  Very weird scene.

  1. john says:
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    …at least i started Ubaldo…

  2. Quintero says:
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    “Last year Luke Hochevar also got rocked at McAfee Coliseum in his first start, then bounce back with four serviceable outings.” Am I dumb or what to believe in him could “re-capture” the magic? OR the guys from Rotowire tried to roofied me again?

  3. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve been wanting Kubel forever and just got offered Kubel for Bartlett. I have burriss coghlin and stewart so I’m comfortable at the MI position. I have Tulo and Uggla at 2nd and Short anywhay. But did something happen to Kubel I don’t know? Just want to make sure.

  4. Steve says:
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    Drop Delmon for Krispie?

  5. emporers monkey says:
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    Hochevar!! I dropped when I saw him walk Adam Kennedy and then the bloodbath ensued. I then went to my message board and wrote some things about him that would probably get me arrested if read by authorities. At least I had Jered Weaver in to somewhat balance out the grossness.

    Any word on why Dukes didnt play? He was in the line-up I think and then a last second pull.

    I hope it is just the flu after effects with Votto. I need him out of my lineup like I need a second anus.

  6. ScoutAbout says:
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    @emporers monkey: rotoworld just reports that Dukes was out with an “illness.” I feel you on Votto.

  7. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey/Rudy – Today I had a coffee spurt from both nostrils! Sometimes I think that you guys are actually Justin Sanders and HogWild. (Of course, at other times I think that Grey is Don Mattingly.) Has anybody seen Grey and Rudy in the same room as Sanders and HogWild?

    HOG: “I was reluctant to join your stupid fantasy baseball league because looking back at my life there have been two types of years: Years with a girlfriend. And years with a Fantasy Baseball Team. NEVER have those two things occurred at once. Coincidence? I think not!

    For those who don’t know what Fantasy Baseball is, it’s like Dungeons & Dragons for sports nerds. It’s where un-athletic spazoids go to pretend they are powerful, coordinated, and acne-free.”

    Guess you guys need an outlet, though. Any duo that has the patience to read and answer the perennial Razzball question; “Rate these guys in order: Beimel, Taveras, Hanrahahahahan, Wells, and Mock”, or a permutation of the above about 100 times per day, deserves a daquiri or two. It is our special version of fantasy waterboarding. Sooner or later, you will tell us the truth. “What Razzballers want, Razzballers get.”

    Before I end, I have a quote from Dan Murphy: “The ball seemed to get larger and larger, and then it hit me.”

  8. Dom says:
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    What are people’s thoughts on Atkins?

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Actually, I really do appreciate the comic relief today. On the “who can top this” fantasy team catastrophe cat, last week one of my teams lost Manny and A-RAM on back to back days. Today, it looks like Delgado is gonzo. This is on top of having Doumit, Carpenter, Drew, and Romero on DL status. On top of that, I was holding on to Hanson, who I had to sell low just to make room. To make my day complete, I lost 8 points in the RCL.

    Well, I needed to get that out of my system so that I can start my day without going on suicide alert.

  10. Tom says:
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    Grey and Rudy, much love. I like having a good laugh with my coffee. Or in this case, a good laugh while I get pissed at Hochevar and Berkman. Thanks, you guys make a lousily performing fantasy team a lot easier to handle. And right now, even Berkman can’t do that.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i too said some less than kind words in on my keeper league board regarding hochevar. under normal circumstances, i would prefer to have not started him, but between injuries, underperformers, and mediocre SPs with bad matchups, i felt i had to roll the dice. i mean, it’s like the worst offensive team in the league at one of the best pitcher’s parks in the league. whoops.

  12. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    BTW, has anybody ever seen Rudy Gamble and Oscar Gamble together in the same room?

  13. Tony says:
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    Hochevar wow, so glad to see my mortal fantasy nemesis think he was smart and spot pitch him, i’m not even playing him in my H2H league but it makes me chuckle on the inside….

    Sonovabench on sloweyer, who’d a thunk he was gonna about blank the tiggers?

    Finally Fatty Pabs finally….

    I offered up two trades to guys yesterday:

    Holliday for adam jones/broxton

    Holliday for Mcaann/frank francisco

    Both got denied, of course Mcann goes 3-4 last night and Jones hits two dongs in his first two AB’s, every time i offer a damn trade the guy i’m trying to get goes nanners that night! DAMMIT!

    Votto dizziness? it might be the smell of newport skank drifting over the ohio river… kentucky is a weird place.

  14. nick m. says:
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    e. dukes or coco crisp for the rest of the season?

  15. Tony says:
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    @nick m.: crisp… dukes will spend time in jail.

  16. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Here, here.

    It’s funny that Beimel blowing a save is considered a positive piece of info re: the Nats pen. Apparently Hanrahatty was warming up while Beimel was blowing up.

    Either way, I dumped Beimel last night (before the BS, in every sense) to pick up CJ Wilson, to back up my precious, precious Frank Francisco. Frank Squared and Capps are my two best relievers, so these are nervous-nelly times in BaronLand.

    I’m going to utter a heresy here, but: WHY WAS ANYONE SPOT-STARTING HOCHEVAR? Unless you’re Coletim Lincejesus coming from AAA on a sunbeam, I don’t want to start you in your very first start from the minors. Roster? Maybe. Start? Show me something, rook.

    @nick m.: Crisp, if you need steals. Dukes for everything else. Though I’m starting to think the Nats are cursed, and all, like Pilate, should wash their hands of the whole affair.

  17. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: P.S. I’m about to pull an Ozzie and bench Alexei my own damn self: He’s hitting .100 the last week, while Felipe hit .379 with 3 steals.

  18. Tony B. says:
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    It’s the best when all your 1B’s aren’t in the lineup on Tuesday and you’re forced to start Derrek Lee fresh off his neck issues. I would have been better served leaving 1B empty than enduring his 0-3, 3K performance. NECK BONE, SUCKA!!!!!

    It’s the best when you go to bed and wake up the next morning to hear about a Sandoval game-winning homerun.

    Today’s Clubhouse Diary entry…

    Gagne was down for a rehab assignment last season, it’s standard for rehabbers to provide the post-game spread for the team, ie; drop some large on a classy, local restaurant to cater the clubhouse after the game. Gagne must have thought he didn’t apply to this situation, he showed up an hour before the game with 3 bags full of taco bell and there wasn’t even any variety, just a shitload of normal hard and soft tacos. He showed up and said here guys, I got the spread. I’m sure the players weren’t impressed and judging by the fact that bags remained full only proved that point.

    What I’d like to know is if Gagne actually went through the t bell drive thru to order all this or made someone else do it for him? We forgot to ask him and still remains a burning question to this day. Gagne started the game, went 1 scoreless inning, came back to the clubhouse, took a shower, had a few beers, and then left via cab.

    Enjoy.

  19. Bob from Germany says:
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    @Tony:

    are closers that sought-after in your league? A proven OF like Holliday for Jones/Broxton in my opinion is a good offer. Don’t sell him too low. You might regret it, especially in keeper or H2H Leagues (talking about him getting traded).

    Anyway, maybe you would make some trade offers for Khalil Greene or Corey Hart! I need a few HR :D And don’t forget to tell me then or i will get sonovabenched…

  20. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey what you think about dontrelle tonight i started hocheaver last night so my era is 1 bizzilion

  21. Tony B. says:
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    Also, anyone confident enough with Nolasco to start him tonight @ Milwaukee?

  22. Tony says:
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    @Bob from Germany: We’ve got a few closer whores in our league. We have a 32 inning minimum so guys will draft alot of closers, rack up the saves, get their innings by throwing 2 SP’s and a ton of closers, keep their era/whip low, try and take pitching that way…. Although when you have a Lindstrom blow up for 7 or some other meltdown that backfires in their faces. Its a good idea in theory, but we incorporated QS’s this year, starters are more valuable IMO. Its tought to pry closers from guys. Its very competitive, but a few guys solely look at rank and if their guys are HOT they don’t wanna deal. Kinda annoying. I would highly contemplate the deal, and they just declined right away?

    OH WELL, lets just hope Holliday starts turing up the heat or gets dealt mid season…. I offered him preseason a million different ways, no takers, i hope i can rub it in their faces at some point!

    AND I WILL IF I GET THE CHANCE!

  23. Basketnarb says:
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    My middle infield currently looks like this:
    Mark Derosa
    Felipe Lopez
    Pedroia
    Freddy Sanchez
    Stephen Drew

    I’m not necissarily looking to drop anyone but I’m having a hard time deciding who to play? Since Youkilis has been out I’ve had Derosa at 3rd and Pedroia is pretty much a lock at 2nd but do I go with Drew or Lopez at SS?

    Also should I keep BJ Upton in the lineup or sit him until he starts playing better? If I sit him my options at that spot are Sanchez, Drew/Lopez, Giambi.

  24. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Anybody think Pierre keeps producing long term? He’s in the FA pool in my league but I would have to drop a pitcher to pick him up. Worth dropping Scherzer or a closer (Capps or Franklin)?

  25. sickmangarner says:
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    Hey Grey–you mentioned that the Marlins don’t take walks in the Parra bit but I looked up their numbers on the year yesterday as I was researching whether to grab Parra for one game and saw they’re actually in the middle of the pack in the NL and a lot closer to the top than the bottom so adds a little lustre to Parra’s game last night. Of course, they also lead the NL in Ks so…
    You want a team that doesn’t take walks? The Giants have 87 on the year, good for last in the NL by a margin of 20.

  26. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Fellow frustrated Cain owner. Why the hell can’t you just follow through for once and get out of the 6th or 7th without massive damages. Seems like it’s always 5 strong innings and then all hell breaks loose.

  27. Jobu says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: If you need steals and runs and are real set at SP or RP I’d try making a 2 for 1 offer to move Scherzer/Capps plus something else for another piece you’re missing, then pick up Pierre.

    Ya dig?

  28. G says:
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    Goddamn it!!! The day Stewart and Hawpe have monster games there sitting on my bench. But yeah, what type of OF would you be targeting if your looking to trade Hawpe and obtain value for the rest of the season? thanks in advance

  29. G says:
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    The Derek Lee/Ibanez/Garza to acquire Tex came through. Is it really a good trade for me and why? whats up with tex’s 190 average?

  30. Mr. Rickey says:
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    @Jobu: Thanks and I dig but I cannot say I’m set at SP. Also, it’s a 10-team league so I doubt I will get much interest in Scherzer. I also have Volquez and have considered trying to move him with Capps. I know I should have done it last week but I didn’t. I’d like to target a SP with good ERA and Ws potential for Volquez/Capps – any thoughts on what talent level I should target for those two?

  31. Denys says:
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    If one is able to get Garrett Atkins for Joe Nathan.

    Does he do it?

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    @mikey boy324: have you learned nothing? You should be buying keychain pepper spray, not starting dontrelle

  33. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: I wouldn’t drop a closer. Depends on how badly you need steals.

    But Pierre in the next 50 games could/should hit around .300 with 15-20 swipes — which is a whole year of some other lesser speedsters. He’ll score runs too if he stays at the top of the order (which he will if he keeps hitting).

    If you can spare Scherzer, he seems droppable for Pierre in the right conditions. Or do what Jobu suggested — though the clock’s ticking on Pierre as an FA, I’d guess.

    @mikey boy324: I double-dog-dare you to start Dontrelle tonight. I triple-dog-dare you!

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Denys: Yes, I’d do that — and I don’t chase saves. But Nathan is worth Atkins.

  35. Tony B. says:
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    @mikey boy324: The only thing Dontrelle should be starting on is meds at this point.

  36. Denys says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i’ll go ahead and offer cordero first before giving up the cookies.

  37. G says:
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    is it time to drop bj ryan?

  38. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @G: not unless you need the roster spot. They are still paying BJ Ryan a ton of money so if he plays well he can easily earn the closer job back. I’d give it a couple of weeks to see how he pitches.

  39. Jobu says:
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    who else loves them some PABLO!

    sonuvabenched me last night but it feels good knowing that when Napoli goes back to 1/2 catching duties that I can alternate some Naps and some Pabs.

  40. Crafty35a says:
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    Yahoo once again failing to update stats — 10:35 eastern right now and nothing. They’re doing their best to ensure my league moves to ESPN next year.

  41. Jobu says:
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    @G: Depends on the size of your league and your needs… if there’s another guy with a set gig out there, I’d drop Ryan. Or if you’re hurting for a category I’d also consider it, there will be plenty of vulture saves out there. In the past week I picked up Cruz, Bailey, and CJ Wilson. I’m sure one will bite me in the ass but they’re more valuable to stream than Ryan is for at least the next several weeks.

  42. Jobu says:
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    Also, re: Beejers, remember how everyone was so shocked and amazed last year from how quickly he came back from TJ surgery. I think he came back too early and is paying the price now. It wouldn’t surprise me if he stays inconsistent all year. I WOULD be surprised if he gets more than 10 saves the rest of the year. But that’s just IMO.

  43. @BaronVonV. @ Denys: careful with the Atkins support, thus far he has been putrid. He’s out of the cleanup spot (batting 6th I think) and talks of dealing him out of Colorado that’ll make him A Beltre-like 3B at best. Not sure that I’d deal Nathan for that.

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto,3 bench 1 dl,ive got manny benched till he comes out of his slump,hanson waiting impatiently and (wispering)ortiz,im behind in some pitching cats. peavy hammels,bedard,danks,zimmerman,nathan,downs,hoffman and cruz,,drop ortiz for a pretty decent sp iv got targeted or hold tight?i have pierre subbing for manny and added duncan to fill for ortiz

  45. IowaCubs

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    Rank these players based on your preference for the rest of the season: Thome, Kendry Morales, Adam LaRoche, Russell Branyan.

    Also, I think somewhere along the line there should be a note or two about your thoughts on Rich Hill’s triumphant return to the major leagues in the next week or so. I just picked him up in a 12 teamer.

    Rich Hill has sort of found his control in AAA, and with Lurch Hendrickson sucking, should be back up soon.

  46. Falcon says:
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    Start Nolasco tonight vs Braden Looper & Brew Crew?

    I have been getting Nolasco’d all season, and scarfing wheat thins isnt helping.

    Talk me into this one…

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Quintero: As I said when I was “Luke warm” on him, he doesn’t K enough people. He might have better outings, but he’s not that exciting to begin with to deal with outings like last night.

    @Tom: Nope, nothing happened.

    @Steve: Sure

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks! Hanrahahahahan, Wells, Beimel, Taveras, and Mock, in that order.

    @Dom: I love carbs!

    @Tom: Thanks!

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yup.

    @mikey boy324: Guess in a H2H where you can wash this week from your memory next Monday, but I wouldn’t start him in any roto league. Actually, I wouldn’t even pick him up.

    @Basketnarb: I’d play Lopez until Drew gets going and play anyone over Upton until he gets going, Giambi or Drew.

    @sickmangarner: Weird because they were in the bottom half for OBP, but you’re right.

    @G: You’re not going to get much for Hawpe, maybe a closer on the level of Qualls or Bell or a 2nd to 3rd level starter, think Wainwright.

    @Jobu: Yup, good point.

    @AL KOHOLIC: You can’t sell him for anything? Even a small piece?

    @IowaCubs: LaRoche, Morales, Branyan, Thome. re: Hill — Gotcha.

  48. Jobu says:
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    I love it when finding one’s control means 5BB/9. I’m only being mildly sarcastic because I like Rich Hill. But only 8 days ago he walked 5 in 4 IP, so I’m not sold yet. He’s the guy you can wait and see before you can pick him up.

  49. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Denys: Ooops! Misread your comment. I thought you were giving Atkins to get Nathan.

    No, I definitely would not trade Nathan or even Cordero to get Atkins. I’d avoid Atkins. You need a 3Bman? Cordero might get you Zimmerman instead. Nathan def. would/should.

    Atkins — blech. Patooey.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ortiz looks cooked. I don’t think he’s droppable, but last night on PTI they did an over/under on what’s higher at season’s end: Greinke’s wins or Ortiz’s donks. Both Wilbon and Korn took Ortiz — barely. Guessing he hits about 22 and beats Geinke out by a donk or two.

  50. Grey

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    @Falcon: Sure, he just came off a solid start in Colorado.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @IowaCubs: you know what your getting with thome and laroche,branyon i dont like or see hitting even 250,morales seems to be 290-15 to 20,based on your needs they are all different

  52. Zebo says:
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    still buy Cecil, or did I miss the window and a major correction is coming?

  53. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: thanks,joe morgan said on monday night that he talked to ortiz and he did look to be swinging better,but the results are the same thus far

  54. mgeoffriau

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    @IowaCubs: I’m really tempted to pick up Thome, he’s a FA in my 12 team league right now. Oh how I wish he had more than just UTIL eligibility. I was hoping maybe the Sox would play him a 1B a bit during interleague play, but I checked his defensive stats and last year he only got 1 game at 1B, and 3 games the year before that….looks like they just bench him.

  55. Mr Baseball says:
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    best things in life are free – my way of looking at things

    Luke Hochevar – since he is the caurse of me losing era and whip in all my leagues this week – I have nothing to lose – I will get a free start out of him later this week – Luke Skywalker Hochevar – may the era and whip be with you

  56. steamer says:
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    How do you rank these OF (non-keeper)? Dukes, Pierre, Crisp

  57. Tony B. says:
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    I was of the mindset that Sunday Night Baseball would suck this season with the addition of Steve Phillips to the booth, but I find myself looking forward to Sunday Nights more than ever now due to the Morgan/Phillips banter in which thus far, it seems Phillips has gotten the best of Morgan. Morgan has to be a total egomaniac based off the shit he says.

    The single best thing about Sunday Night Baseball is Jon Miller’s “SAAAFE” call on stolen bases.

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @steamer: dukes for power and some steals,pierre for more steals thancrisp(50 games)

  59. @Zebo: I’m a Cecil owner, but correction has to come. He’s only given up 1 run in 14 innings thus far. He has CWS, BOS, and BAL in his next three starts, and the Jays have Janssen and Romero due back shortly. If he’s a FA, I’d pick him up for his start on Saturday, but I wouldn’t necessarily give up anything in a trade for him, until the Jays do a little more sorting out of their rotation.

  60. Denys says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: hmm. alrighty.

    no i don’t need a 3B, just trade chips. no one is biting on nathan straight up for an SP. maybe i can do a 2-way and get something for nathan that will return an SP.

  61. Falcon says:
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    @Mark: The White Sox also had Nick Swisher to play 1B last year. Thome might see more games during interleague play than last year.

  62. bobbo says:
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    If you throw out Koji Uehara’s April 13th start at Texas his stats are: 2.87 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 29K:3BB. I know you can’t just ignore starts, but with his BABIP near league average are you buying into this guy? He’s bee pretty respectable against big gun clubs like NYY and BOS.

  63. mgeoffriau

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    @Falcon: That’s a good point….if I can spare the room I might grab Thome anyway, he’s still good in the UTIL spot, and if he gets 1B, that’d be a bonus. 5 games started might be tough though.

  64. Hank

    Hank says:
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    “Pablo Sandoval – Game winning HR yesterday.” The Panda Express delivered!

  65. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @bobbo: Woah, great point. I had been ignoring him because of that mediocre ERA….but wow that’s a nice WHIP and decent K’s. If I can get a trade through, he’s on my radar. Thanks!

  66. Tony says:
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    @G: typical TEX, check his splits from the past 100 years, notoriously slow starter, turns it on down the stretch, great H2H guy since the stretch is when ya need him most….

  67. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Carlos Lee for Haren? Who wins here?

  68. Mr Baseball says:
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    Tommy Lasorda is hosting this winter a new show – Dancing with the fat baseball stars -

    David Ortiz

    Mo Vaughn

    David Wells

    Gregl “The Bull” Luzinski

    Steve Balboni

    Sidney Ponson

    vote for your winner

  69. Tony says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’d want carlos lee, 2nd round offense for 4th/5th round pitching?

    value wise if you need pitching i think its worth it, but you probably won’t turn haren back into a carlos lee type player later on if you want to deal him, his second halfs aren’t as good as his firsts typically, and so far he’s been stellar as usual if the stupid dbacks would score for him… ONE RUN AGAIN LAST NIGHT!!! PATHETC, i own haren if you couldn’t tell haha….

  70. IowaCubs

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    @Mr Baseball: I’m voting for Hector Villanueva. I watched that guy order 3 hot dogs from a vendor between innings during an Iowa Cubs game. That’s the stuff of legend.

  71. Billy says:
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    it sounds like Gerardo Parra is going to be called up, anyone know much about him?

  72. Tony says:
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    So is BJ RYAN out? I just checked on my phone and he’s dropped in my league with a note i dont wanna take the 4 mins for it to load to read….

  73. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @IowaCubs: I want Lee.

  74. Billy says:
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    I have D Lee in my utility spot on my 12 team roster, is he worth keeping? i picked him up off waivers and i’m being to know why…

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: cecil fielder

  76. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Who would you rather have from here on out, CC or Halladay? % Odds of Hallady being traded mid-season?

    Also, thanks for your advice earlier – DeFelice had another nice clean 2K inning for me last night. Didn’t negate the Hochevar disaster, but still.

  77. Joel says:
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    Wonder if Conor caught a touch of the H1N1.

    I dropped him for Stewart, hoping for that triple eligibility.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: CC — I don’t think he’s traded.

  79. Tony says:
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    i’m getting more and more pissed right now, sitting at work and can’t pick people up on my lunch and i see wang get snapped up, cj wilson get snapped up….. dang it!

    and i dropped wang earlier this year, hell i had to, i hope he sprains his other ankle or gives up 14 runs in .2 of an inning on his first game back! curse you wang!

    and curse you time warner cable, not working this morning before i came to work has made me cranky!

  80. Tony says:
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    but jose arrendondo was dropped for wang….?

  81. Tony says:
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    yahoo still hasn’t updated, com’n funston you widow peeked tool bag….

  82. Elbert says:
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    Zobrist has been playing some regular ABs recently, is Maddon seemingly willing to give Zobrist some chance now? what’s your take on Zobrist situation?

    Also in quartet of Getz, Coghlan, Seth Smith & Zobrist, what would you guys feel is the best combination from here on out, in a league where BB & OPS also count?

    My money is definitely NOT on Getz, that’s for sure…..

  83. royce! says:
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    @naughtandcross: I agree that a correction is coming, but I don’t think it will be extreme. His GB% is 54, which is actually lower than his historic average, and his BABIP is not extraordinarily high (.289). His LOB% is 87.5, which figures to lower, though I would guess not to the average 70% b/c he will induce so many GB outs (and possibly double plays). I think his BB% might rise and his LOB% will fall to around 75%, which will obviously lead to more runs, but if he keeps up the Ks and GB% he could still be very valuable.

    Know what’s not valuable? This trade offer I received in my 20 team weekly h2h. I lost Aramis, and asked the dude with Huff and Beltre if he would consider a pitcher or speedster (or both, if the price was right) for a 3B. He comes back with the following:

    I give Jose Reyes
    He gives Aubrey Huff.

    With the following note,

    “Even though Reyes is a much more popular player, I think this is a pretty even trade.”

    Like I have Reyes because I’m just following the crowd??? I’d love to get a beer with Jose, but that’s how I vote for president, not how I run my fantasy teams!

  84. SRM says:
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    @Tony: I don’t see the rush in rostering Wang unless you have a vacant DL slot. a 4+ career ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and a 4 K/9 doesn’t seem worth forgetting his 34 ERA this year – even if you attribute those horrendous starts as injury related. If you’re in a league with Yankee fans or can wait it out for 2 good starts and a flip then maybe it’s worth it.

    @All: Which side wins: CC/Bourn vs. Alf Soriano/Hanson

  85. PJTres says:
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    grey,
    i was offered zach greinke for kershaw/roberts (in a keeper league)…
    what do you think???

  86. Juice says:
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    Rosales or Branyan in an obp league?

  87. JR says:
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    @Grey

    “I’m glad I can’t pronounce your name, it’ll be easier to forget.”

    Classic.

  88. Elbert says:
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    @Juice: Rosales for hot hand, but Branyan for long-term.

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elbert: Coghlan, Zobrist, Smith…

    @SRM: CC side.

    @PJTres: I’d take Greinke there.

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Thanks!

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @PJTres: trading for keepers this early doesnt make sense,you can get way more@Juice: are k`s in there also?if so you wont want branyon

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: if and when,reimold over ortiz or duncan?

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: No on Ortiz, depends on playing time for over Duncan.

  94. cubbies299 says:
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    @IowaCubs: He has like a 4.5 bb/9 rate. I guess that is finding your control in comparison to him walking like 6 batters an inning in Chicago.

  95. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    @Hank: After Pablo fell flat on his face trying to stretch a double into a triple in the 7th, and looked hurt, Matt Cain said “The Kung Fu Panda does not get hurt.” (And that’s me quoting Matt Cain.) This is a doubtful proposition. I saw Pablo’s game-winner last night, and it looked like he strained 12,000 muscles when he took a couple of pitches to run the count to 2-2.

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: cool,be coming your way next week,coming in to long beach for a couple days then to palm springs,golfing then onto the tequelia,and thats who got me started on the patron(brother in law)and i mean a bunch.And some tri-tip,im practicing up now,,whooo raaaa,see ya next week

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    in fact ill drink one in the hopes of jo jo reyes getting pounded into a demotion,and onto the hanson train

  98. Scotty says:
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    I’m worried about Aramis’ shoulder affecting him for most of the season. I also have Aubrey Huff and picked up Beltre … but I’m wondering if I should offer the Zimmerman owner (he also has ARod) Aaron Hill (I have Chase Utley). Do you buy Zimm as a top-notch 3B for the rest of the season?

    As is, I’m playing a daily game of having to choose who starts 4 spots (1B, 2B, LF, UTIL) among 6 players: Fielder, Ad Gonzalez, Utley, Hill, Quentin, and Lind. (Missed Fielders’ 2 HRs yesterday playing Ultey over him in the UTIL spot.) I figure it would likely do me more good to move Hill for a top-notch 3B, and if Aramis should fully return to form, I can move either him or Zimm down the line if the opportunity strikes.

  99. Juice says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @Elbert: No k’s involved. I got Branyan after his hot streak so I have gotten nothing from him. I used to have Encarnacion and Teahen so needless to say my third base slot has been as bad as the Yankees’ before A-rod came back.

  100. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Juice: branyon-inge,hot streaks but .250 hitters with some pop,i dont like either but i rode inge till last night,just dont count on them

  101. NoonTime says:
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    Javier Vazquez or Slowey the rest of the year? I am leaning towards Slowey for the better ratios.

  102. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @NoonTime: Really? I’d go Vazquez every time….Slowey is good but he can’t miss bats like Javy can.

    If Javy can get you a better return in a trade, though, Slowey’s still pretty good.

  103. jsp2014 says:
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    Quentin is pinch hitting. Probably a good sign for you CQ owners out there.

  104. jsp2014 says:
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    @Mark: Yeah, Vazquez > Slowey, no question.

  105. Ken Plane says:
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    Lind/Jurrjens for Kubel/Beckett, fair, who do you like?

  106. Tony says:
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    @jsp2014:

    thank you sweet 7lb 8oz baby jesus

  107. Juice says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I could pick up Stewart who I know a lot of people on this site like but I don’t like that he sits at least twice a week. I would platoon him with Branyan but don’t have the bench space due to the fact that I am a Manny owner. Is 4-5 games a week of Stewart worth more than 6 or 7 games of Branyan?

  108. Dom says:
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    IowaCubs: Haren never wins, should be a Cy Young candidate if only he could get run support.

  109. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Who would you want in a swap of David Price for Mariano?

  110. Dom says:
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    I’m over following with C, OF and 1B, just lost only my 3B (A-Ram). How much do I give up to go after Zimmer or Atkins. Start 1C, 5 OF, 1 CI and 2 DH.

    C: McCann, Iannetta
    OF: Hamilton, Kemp, Either, Werth, Lee, Abreu, Bradley, Duncan, Headley
    1B: Morneau, Morales, N. Johnson,

  111. Tony says:
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    oh oh oh ho and alexie ramirez i 3-3

    he’s not in my lineup but i dont even care…. is he seeing the ball better? is this the jumpstart….? Lets HOPE….

  112. Dom says:
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    @ Grey – yes but Atkins lets you eat bacon everyday and what’s better than bacon? It’s like meat candy.

  113. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    To think the only reason I had Ian Stewart in the lineup last night was because Chris Coghlan wasn’t starting. Yoink!

    I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the REAL Brandon Inge back to the proceedings. 3 for his last 25 with 11 K’s.

    As one of the (now reformed) Cub fans who watched Rich Hill devolve into a puddle of primordial goo, I would leave him out on the wire and watch him for two starts at the least. Especially after so many of us got Hochevar’d last night.

    The Cain Aggravation was especially acute last night, considering 3 of the 4 ER came on one pitch to Nick Johnson.

    Take a flyer on Aaron Cook? He’s had 4 QS in a row and just got put on the wire. I’m biding my time with Pineiro and Ohlendorf until the Braves finally stop delaying the inevitable with Tommy Hanson.

  114. felipe lopez for chris davis

    who do you want?

  115. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Fernando Tatis just hit a Grand Salami.
    He read Greys/Rudy’s column yesterday and got P.O.’d

  116. NoonTime says:
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    Do I trade Ibanez, Sherrill and Downs
    for
    Manny, Oswalt, Sonnanstein?

    I have Percvial, Cruz, Hanrahan, Valverdenuts, Hawkins… I am trying to trade 2 RP for an SP a la Grey… the Ibanez for Manny is an unexpected twist mainly because I traded him Manny about 3 weeks ago…. DOH! Psychic. I would drop Sonanstein and pick up a batter.

  117. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Tatis just hit a grand slam….and no outs in the inning, so maybe if the bases get loaded again….

    ….what are on the odds on the same player repeating that 2 grand slams in 1 inning feat? 10 billion to 1? Higher?

  118. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Juice: goughlan?rolen

  119. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    What say you to a Carlos Lee/Chris Carpenter for Johan trade? Who wins here?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @NoonTime: I’d want the Ibanez side.

  121. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, Grey. You don’t get enough thankses.

    @Dom: Bacon IS like meat candy! It’s the Nerd Rope of the Savory Kingdom.

  122. jsp2014 says:
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    Jo Jo got bombed yet again. Is it Tommy Hanson o’clock? They can send him back down when Glavine gets back if they really want.

  123. NoonTime says:
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    @Grey: I could pick up Butler or Hardy to replace Ibanez. Is Lowe or Lackey and upgrade over Oswalt?

  124. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    I have Carpenter taking my one DL slot. Posada is taking up a spot on the bench. Salty is my catcher. Is it worth hanging on to Posada at this point? Or can I get equal or nearly equivelant value from the typical lot of FA catchers?

  125. Jobu says:
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    @jsp2014: Was just going to mention that Reyes is getting rocked again. Re-picking up Hanson today or tomorrow.

    Yahoo finally updated most of their shiz, ladies and germs.

  126. jsp2014 says:
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    @Jobu: Thanks for the heads-up. It’s about time.

  127. Justin Upton v. Cueto or Alex Rios v. Pettite, tonight? Thanks

  128. JR says:
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    @GhostfacePrzybilla: I’d want bacon there. Bacon, hot dog, pork chop, punt.

    @Grey: J. Cruz or Sherrill?

  129. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    Uncle Cliffy finally gets another W for the Tribe. Throw out his first two starts, and he’s allowed 7 ER in 44 IP.

  130. Joel says:
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    Randy Wolf against the Phillies? I’m leaning towards “no” but he always surprises.

  131. Dingo says:
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    1B shmohawk ranking time! Sort of like what IowaCubs asked, only more annoying. How would you rank the following for rest-of-2009 value: Loney, CoJack, Morales, Krotchman, LaRoche

  132. royce! says:
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    You think those guys are schmohawks- how about Willingham, DeJesus, or Balentien for a weekly h2h?

  133. royce! says:
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    Yeah, looks like we got an old fashioned schmohawkoff!

    “Schmohawkoff”- I guess that could also be a nickname for Kouzmanoff.

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GhostfacePrzybilla: You’re welcome.

    @NoonTime: Lackey and Oswalt are tomato-tomahto. Lowe’s a slight downgrade.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Lose Posada.

    @Maitland: Rios

    @JR: Sherrill

    @Joel: I am in 12 team leagues or deeper, it’s risky though. Hopefully we’re not Hochevar’d.

    @Dingo: Kotchman, Morales, LaRoche, punt… These guys are all interchangeable. Just play the current hot one.

    @royce!: Same answer as above. Guys that are on waivers, don’t need to be ranked. Just play the hot hand. DeJesus, punt….

  135. Ceasar says:
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    Ludwick DL’d.

    Which one of these truly exceptional athletes do I replace him with:

    Winn, Guillen, Hariston, Zobrist, Byrnes, Snider, Rasmus, Reimold

  136. Grey

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    @Ceasar: Take Byrnes for now.

  137. Grey, just a followup on Rios vs. Upton…is that mainly based on Rios being the better player overall? I’d like to play Upton a bit more during this hot streak that he seems to be on and he has been better than Rios lately…or would you recommend I don’t try to play people based on hot/cold streaks and just ride out the players I think will be better in the end?

  138. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    What the hell is wrong with Yahoo today? The ATL box score hasn’t updated in 10 minutes and the box score and play by play don’t match up.

  139. jsp2014 says:
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    @Maitland: Rios rakes vs. LHP too.

    @Mark: ***Spoiler alert*** Putz sucks again, and Jerry is trying to burn him out by June.

  140. Grey

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    @Maitland: Was a today matchup thing. But overall I try to let players just ride it out.

  141. Juice says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Goughlin is available but not Rolen. Although Rolen was just added to a team that has Aramis so he will be dropped again whenever he comes back.

  142. @jsp2014: Someone in my league tried trading me Putz, he claimed he has good value…

  143. moneybawl says:
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    Didn’t Jordan Zimmermann give up 5 earned. It was part of yesterday’s Hochevar + Zim ERA and WHIP parade.

  144. Alexei 3-3, anyone see it today? Does it look like his luck is turning around?

  145. mgeoffriau

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    AARRRGHHH……I know IBB’s are generally a good thing…..gets you on base, chance to score a run or steal a base, and a sign that opposing pitchers are scared of you.

    BUT WILL THE METS JUST FRICKIN PITCH TO CHIPPER?? (Or conversely, will Escobar start singling instead of doubling?)

  146. SRM says:
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    @Grey: @Soto Owners: Soto is playing hurt. Other Chicagoans that watch daily will likely vouch. Sadly, I’m not talking about his shoulder, but his left hand. Perhaps it’s old news, but it hasn’t seem to hit the national rumor mills. It goes all the way back to last year, but yesterday seemed to be the worst yet as he kept releasing his grip on swing and shaking his hand constantly. Pinella has addressed it as a minor discomfort, but I think this may be the root of his problem.

  147. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @SRM: Any speculative prognosis on him at all?

    I’m currently entertaining a trade that (among other things) would ship Soto off for Yadier. I wasn’t excited about what looked to be a big downgrade at C…..but if Soto’s not likely to turn it around this season….

  148. Zebo says:
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    Ellsbury for Fielder?

  149. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Zebo: Getting Fielder? I’d do it in a heartbeat….drop your worst player and pick up Bourn, Pierre, or Taveras if you need to replace the steals.

  150. Jobu says:
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    @SRM: Watched Soto in the first week and immediately traded him and Alexei for Uggla and Napoli. Uggla has sucked but Napoli has been nasty.

  151. Hochevar singlehandedly ruined my entire day, I may be headed to last place now. I knew I shouldn’t have started him 1st start.

  152. SRM says:
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    @Mark: This injury dates back to September of 2008 (which he hit only .241 in). He had a x-ray that came up negative. Our TV color guy on Comcast is Bob Brenly and he’s always quick to point out how it’s obviously effecting his play, but it’s pretty clear just watching him react to the pain. Pinella brushes it off, but I’m convinced that behind closed doors, they’re all a bit worried.

    He’s actually been looking better of late and I really like Soto, but I thought i’d mention this to some that may be looking at a buy-low.

  153. SRM says:
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    @Elijah: I knew it too, but Oakland pushed me over the edge.

    @All: I just traded Ibanez for CC. It was a clear trading away of depth on both sides, but that’s solid, no?

  154. bobbo says:
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    Was just offered Atkins for my JJ Putz. My league is H2H with holds as a category, but I accept this with a quickness and scour for holds someplace else right?

  155. Funny, that was what did it for me too, “Oh its just Oakland, HOW BAD CAN IT BE.” Doh.

  156. bobbo says:
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    @SRM: That’s highway robbery. How is CC “depth”?

  157. Joel says:
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    @SRM: CC has enough value to nab a slumping 2nd rounder (think Berkman, Teixiera, et cetera). So that’s huge.

  158. SRM says:
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    @bobbo: Well, the guy trading CC is first in wins, QS and second in ERA & WHIP and 70 innings over pace. I’m no worse than 2nd place in every offensive category stuggling bad with offense (and has Ludwick, Ankiel & Manny).

    That said, I’m feeling good about that one (assuming it gets through the league).

  159. bobbo says:
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    @SRM: Kudos to you for pulling that off! It should get through the league, since it’s not completely bonkers. But still, even as much as I believe Ibanez is a solid candidate for 90/28/100 this year I’d rather have CC in a heartbeat. Worst case you flip CC once he heats up (and you know he will) for an offensive upgrade over Ibanez. +thumbs up

  160. jsp2014 says:
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    Coghlan is starting in LF tonight, hitting in the 2 hole. Pretty sweet.

  161. SRM says:
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    @bobbo: Oh, and have you ever measured CC’s waist? Plenty of depth.

    @SRM: That’s not even close to english. I meant “and he’s stuggling bad with offense…”

  162. bobbo says:
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    No love on the Putz for Atkins deal? (h2h league w/ holds as cat.) What side you wanting?

  163. Steve says:
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    @bobbo: If you need a 3B, do it. Atkins hasn’t been great (believe me, I know) but Holds are everywhere.

  164. jsp2014 says:
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    @bobbo: Putz sucks.

  165. bobbo says:
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    @Steve: If you know the rock that holds are hiding under, please enlighten me. Putz has been holding down the fort while Balfour and Shields have been killing me. I think it’s about time I purge them all and start fresh. Got any sleepers? (Keep in mind 10 other teams already have 2-3 MR guys so most of the “hot” ones are taken… most guys just filter on # of saves YTD and pick up the top guys)

  166. Steve says:
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    @bobbo: I hear ya – I’m in a Holds (H2H) league too. Maybe ‘everywhere’ was a bit of an over-statement. Just a few names that jump out from a quick sort on Yahoo (they might all be owned, apologies if they are):
    Rhodes
    Belisario
    DeFelice
    Carlson
    Stetter
    Pena
    Wuertz
    Moylan
    Durbin
    Ramirez (Sawx)

    Any help?

  167. Jobu says:
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    Anyone else ever pick up and drop a Save-vulture-candidate just to block the other owners from using him?

    I spot started the Big Unit, dropped him for CJ Wilson, and then just today I dropped Wilson for T. Hanson. I have Wilson for tonight and Francisco (although not owned by me) should be back by the time he clears waivers. Nobody else can vulture the TEX saves.

  168. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Zielger and BJ for Hamtilton, good deal?

  169. I’m not a fan, I still like BJ over Hamilton even in a swap. Unless you have a lot steals to trade. HR difference may only be 10 or so, and if both struggle BJ at least gives you steals and runs.

  170. Steve says:
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    This has probably been mentioned before (or disregarded as just not being funny), but the Giants have a pitcher called Merkin.

    Snigger.

  171. Merkin’s Boner?

  172. Drev says:
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    Cliff Lee or Roy O the rest of the way?

  173. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m just waiting for him to do something noteworthy to work him into a roundup.

    @bpasinko: Hehe… If he commits a costly error.

  174. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Oswalt… But they’re much closer than I would ever think. Damn you, Clifford!

  175. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I just picked up Wuertz for some ratio help (non-Holds league). You like any of the below better?
    Arredondo
    Durbin
    DeFelce
    Ram-Ram
    Nunez
    Meyer

  176. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Wuertz’s been solid.

  177. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Different league, Marmol is swimming in the FA pool. He should be owned, right?

    Or is his workload catching up with him?

  178. Grey

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    @Steve: He’s only given up one run this month, but he feels riskier this year than you want in a MR.

  179. DrEasy says:
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    Somebody just dropped BJ Upton. Is there something I’m missing? Cause I immediately put a waiver claim on him, dropping Balentien.

    Bye bye Hochevar, now go hurt someone else’s WHIP and ERA. I dropped him and picked up Dave Bush for a stream. Even though it’ll be tough for him to pick up a win against Josh Johnson, I could use any help I can get in the WHIP and ERA categories right now, not to mention the Ks.

    Martis with another good outing today. Is this kid for real?

  180. Grey

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    @DrEasy: Gotta grab Upton there. Martis looks solid. Waiting for the other shoe to drop but it hasn’t yet. Then again, it was the Giants today. But yeah…

  181. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: Start King Felix tomorrrow at Texas?

  182. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @bobbo: bruney,be back really soon

  183. Panti Jose says:
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    Trade proposed to me, what do you think?

    Greinke or Halladay and Konerko (them)

    for

    Howard and Cahill or Brett Cecil (me)

    Does this work, and if so, for which players? I know power is hard to find, and pitching can be fleeting, but I’m definitely considering it. Love the site Grey/Rudy.

  184. G says:
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    My trade giving up Derek Lee/Ibanez/Garza to acquire Tex came through. Is it really a good trade for me and why? whats up with tex’s 190 average? will it go up

  185. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Could be ugly, but you gotta.

    @Panti Jose: Thanks! Great username. Do your pitchers need an upgrade and do you have power to spare? Because just looking at the trade(s), they’re fair, but I’d want the Howard side.

    @G: Tony answered you in #66.

  186. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @G: Yer killin me smalls.

    Yes, great trade for you. Teix is traditionally a slow starter. There’s no guarantee that his average will go up, but given his track record (and lack of any obvious debilitating injury), it’s a very good bet that he will improve his stats.

  187. G says:
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    oh my bad didnt see it
    and about hawpe i have sent an offer for ethier straight up. Im trying to buy low while Ethier is in a 3-26 slump and using the “Manny Ramirez will create less opportunites” persuasion to do it. But is there a chance of getting accepted and is it fair?

  188. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    For what it’s worth, Zimmerman’s hitting streak ended today at 30. Guess I gave it the kiss of death yesterday when I mentioned it.

  189. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: It’s fair and might get accepted.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, saw that. I thought Kip Wells was going to try and push it to extra innings for him.

  190. drop branyan to pick up milton bradley for a bench spot?

  191. Marr says:
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    What’s that rumbling coming from Milwaukee?

    It’s the approach of Mat Gamel! National League beware.

    (Thank god fantasy doesn’t score defense…)

  192. royce! says:
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    @Marr: Where’d you hear this? I could really use a 3B after losing Aramis…

  193. Joel says:
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    Jimmy Rollins is alive!

  194. Marr says:
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    It’s being reported by Tom Haurdicourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and considering the timing I would assume it means he’s going to be playing more than just DH-ing against AL teams (like when Fielder was called up)

  195. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Wait, where? Oh, I know. Against Wolf. Dammit!

  196. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Stay strong, big guy. The Wolfman is doing OK.

  197. Martin says:
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    Jayson werth’s steal of home yesterday was magnificent. He saw that russel martin was lobbing his throws back to the pitcher so he timed it perfectly and stole home. Quite amazing!

  198. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: That’s awesome, would’ve liked to see that. Video, anyone?

  199. Steve says:
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    Coghlan!

    And the Wolfman is getting some help…

  200. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Thanks! That was better than I imagined.

  201. Dontrelle walks his first batter….shouldn’t he just give up…or better yet why hasn’t Detroit given up on him?

  202. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, really embarrassing for Martin.

    On a related note, Kemp just went from 2nd to home on a bunt! Payback’s a bitch!

  203. PWNightmare says:
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    Kemp just went from 2nd to home on a bunt. Semi-retribution.

  204. PWNightmare says:
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    Johnny Two-Times

  205. Ham says:
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    Thinking about making a little potential swap of dropping Hughes for Gamel. Hughes got one more start in him until he is down at most right?

  206. royce! says:
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    I’m beginning to think that’s its not just luck holding Nolasco back… leadoff homer to Weeks. I really should’ve drafted Weeks. He was the MVP of the 2009 season of MVP Baseball 2005 I played this winter on the ol’ Gamecube!

  207. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ham: Go with Gamel.

    @royce!: That’s awesome!

  208. Ham says:
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    @royce!: MVP 2005 was the pinnacle of baseball video games. The one with Manny on the cover right? The year after that EA Sports decided to spend all their money on the NFL licensing and lost MLB to the garbagio 2k Sports games.

    @Grey: Yeah I already made the switch. Thanks

  209. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, I simmed the vast majority of the season, so it really was how the 2004 baseball world felt about Weeks. Utley was a bust, though.

  210. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Drop Chris Duncan or CJ Wilson for Gamel??

  211. what is gamel’s worth? compared to other 3b’s like zimmerman, reynolds, davis, branyan, stewart, lowell

    i read your rookie nookie write-up again…has anything changed? is he this year’s braun/longo/bruce?

  212. royce! says:
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    @Ham: I don’t even know how to convey how much I agree with that. Wait… I agree completely. Yeah, that covers it.

  213. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What’s your feeling on Gamel? Will he get PT right away? Gotta drop Branyan for him, no?

  214. Tom says:
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    Part of me wishes I waited on trading Bartlett. He just hit another homer. When is he going to remember he’s Bartlett? I needed an OF for Bartlett, and I’m stoked on Kubel, but another homer could have tricked someone into giving me something good for Beckett and Bartlett. I keep telling myself there’s no way he hits anywhere near 10 homers, but 5 in a month and a half is ridiculous for a guy that hit 2 last year.

    Rant over.

  215. Grey

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    @Mark: Lose Duncan.

    @danimal35: He could be. You should grab him just in case he is.

    @Steve: Gamel should be grabbed over random schmohawk on your bench. Branyan’s included in that.

  216. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Branyan’s a starter for me with Aramis out, but if Gamel’s going to explode I want him on y team, not someone else’s.

  217. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: If he doesn’t play, you can drop him on Sunday. Whaddya gonna miss three days of Branyan? Go for it.

  218. PWNightmare says:
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    Gamel, Reimold, LaPorta… blue balls.

  219. PWNightmare says:
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    Coghlan…

    After I drop LaPorta for Reimold, the Indians say they’re gonna actually give him playing time. Figures.

  220. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Russ is dead to me.

  221. RT says:
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    Stewy. Another 2 Run Jack.

    @Grey: The patience is finally starting to pay off. Thanks for talking me off the ledge more than once in April (smirk). A few Daiquiri’s will be coming your way after work.

  222. john says:
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    @Grey: where do you place stewart in terms of 3b since he has eligibility in yahoo there?

  223. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RT: Nice!

    @john: Above Beltre and those schmos.

  224. john says:
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    @Grey: so stewart would be a better 3b replacement than reynolds that i just got in a trade?

  225. royce! says:
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    I was just browsing stats and discovered that Ziegler has been one of if not the most unlucky pitcher this year. He has a 64.7% GB rate and a .404 BABIP. The closest comparable closers are Qualls (69.7) and Downs (59.1). Cust Kayin.’

  226. Simply Fred

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    @john: Grey, you called it. Hamilton indeed came out “poppin’” and active for me. As always, Thank You!

  227. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wolf out. Now what I need is a furious Phils rally, featuring Utley, Ibanez, Victorino or Rollins.

    That falls just short.

  228. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Sorry, should have been to Grey, not royce.

  229. vinko says:
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    Pac Man Jones pulled his hammy tonight. Hopefully this won’t derail an impressive start to his season…

  230. royce! says:
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    Augenstien first batter faced 3 pitch K.

  231. Billy says:
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    Parra jack with 1st at bat hmmmm

  232. royce! says:
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    And Gerardo Parra HR first MLB at bat. Mobile represent!

  233. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Damn! That’s what I get for looking up his first name and the AA affiliate of the D’Backs!

  234. Paulie Allnuts

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    @ PWNightmare – Kemp scores from second on a bunt? Have to see the video. Not sure that this has happened since Cool Papa Bell, who supposedly scored from 1st on a bunt, among other things.

  235. PWNightmare says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Got an early start and they threw to first instead of home.

  236. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Bell could also flip the switch on the wall and be under the covers before the lights went out.

  237. Robert says:
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    Rollins owner in my league wants to trade him. Is he going to come out of his slump? Is Downs & Meche enough to offer? The other guy has horrible pitching.

  238. Robert says:
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    Or should I offer Tulowitzki for Rollins, straight up?

  239. PWNightmare says:
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    @Robert: I swapped Oswalt for Rollins. I’m ecstatic.

  240. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: I’d want Reynolds.

    @royce!: Hmm… That’s interesting.

    @Simply Fred: Awesome!

    @vinko: Yikes, really? I just walked in from dinner. What’s the word on that?

    @Billy: Yeah, he’ll be in tomorrow’s roundup.

    @Robert: Offer Tulo and Downs and you’ll be getting close and I’d still want Rollins.

  241. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Mark: Ha! Bell once hit a slow roller up the middle that got by the pitcher – it looked to be a base hit, but Bell was called out when the batted ball hit him while sliding into second.

    Before Maury Wills, Lou Brock, and Ricky Henderson, there was Cool Papa Bell

    BTW, if you happen to be in Kansas City, take a trip to the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame. A fascinating experience, but also sad, in that we missed out on seeing some of the most incredible baseball talents of all time.

  242. PWNightmare says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I need to adapt that Cool Papa name. Cool Papa Barron… sounds good!

  243. Steve says:
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    Screw you Zumaya. Get back to Guitar Player.

  244. DrEasy says:
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    Can someone rank my three IF schmohawks for me please?

    Lugo, Coghlan, Andrus

    And is one of them worth dropping for Gamel? Or should I just drop Hughes for him, like suggested somewhere above?

    My 3B/UT situation is: Chipper, Blalock, Thome. So it’s not like I need a 3B all that badly.

  245. john says:
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    @Grey: ok cool, now we’re on the same page

  246. paulzone says:
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    thinking about offering cano, hardy, beckett, franklin for hanley…whaddayathink?

  247. Elijah says:
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    Im so frustrated with this damn fantasy thing. I’m trying everything possible to get better, but looking at another rout this week. Worse yet Im losing to a guy who doesnt even log in more than once a month. Hes still starting Youkilis for god’s sake. Someone put me outta my misery already. Oh right, someone did. Luke Freaking Hochevar.

  248. paulzone says:
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    Flyin’ Hawaiian? More like Dyin’ Hawaiian. 0-5 tonight, 3 steals on the season…

  249. Elbert says:
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    @Elijah: what does your roster look like, Elijah? perhaps we can all help a bit….

  250. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @paulzone: Does the Hanley owner really need a poo poo platter?

  251. DrEasy says:
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    @Elijah: I hear ya, it’s the same here…

  252. Elbert says:
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    Matt Gamel has already been picked up in 2 of my leagues, he must be coming up now..

    can’t stand Getz (keeps dropping my AVG), just dropped this sonavabench and picked up Zobrist….

  253. struggler says:
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    MASN Sports reports the Orioles will call up outfielder Nolan Reimold from Triple-A.
    Source: masnsports.com

    Which begs for a ranking Coghlan, Parra, Reimold, Laporta or Gamel?

  254. paulzone says:
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    he has no pitching…good offense…i have to clear some room, especially with santana coming off the dl tomorrow…where can i get better, plus i need to dump a player. who? looking for a 2 for 1 deal…

    batters: napoli, miggy, hill, hardy, chipper, ibanez, kemp, j. upton,, berkman, victorino, cano
    pitchers: haren, bills, beckett, garza, jered weav, e. santana (dl)
    rps: qualls, franklin, gonzo, arrendando (hlds)

    sucks.

  255. Elbert says:
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    Parra looks solid in his 1st game, perhaps he could stay in the lineup for long?

  256. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Elijah: – There is perhaps nothing in fantasy quite as humiliating as losing to an absentee owner. Which teaches me that sometimes I tinker a bit too much. Thankfully, I resisted Ho Che Var, having just gotten over a case of the Phil Hughes Blues.

  257. @Elbert:

    Thanks, I mean I’ve never played before but Im putting a lot of effort into it and its getting me nowhere. Frustrating. Grey’s been helping some but bad pitching is bad pitching and anyone I seem to try to bring in from FA kills me.

    Lets see then.
    C Martin
    1b Tex
    2b Utley
    3b Chipper
    SS Jeter
    MI Flippy
    CI Votto
    OF Quentin
    OF Wells
    OF Damon
    OF Ethier
    Util Reynolds
    Bench
    M DeRosa
    E Andrus
    DL Vlad

    RP Sherrill
    RP Downs
    RP J Cruz
    SP C Hamels
    SP J Jurrjens
    SP M Scherzer
    RP M Capps
    RP C Qualls
    Bench
    S Kazmir
    E Santana
    S Bajer
    DL B Webb

  258. Mr Baseball says:
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    so what is your take on Reimold – gray

  259. Mr Baseball says:
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    sorry dude grey

  260. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Someone offered me Bobby Abreu for my Geovony Soto and Ryan Franklin in a league where I have Russell Martin. Thoughts appreciated.

  261. Prince says:
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    @Elijah: Yeah, the whole losing to someone who never logs in is a big bummer. Owners of the #1 and #3 teams in our league quit ages ago. Are you hurting more in pitching or hitting, cuz your hitting looks pretty good to me. I’ll leave it to others to give better advice, as I have no idea what I’m doing and don’t want to hurt you even more!

  262. papasmurf says:
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    Just snatched up Reimold. Now I have Reimold and Coghlan and no place to play either.

    Maybe I can trade for a useful piece later on if either one does well.

  263. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    What kind of expectations does everyone have for K. Escobar once he comes off the DL?

  264. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Also, Aaron Hill for Rollins?

  265. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    @Bob What are your other options at catcher on the wire?

  266. Elbert says:
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    @Elijah: regardless of your league format, I think your roster is fine in general, but one thing to notice is that you have some slow-starters contributing big-time blues in offensive categories, like Tex, Martin, & DeRosa; if your league weighs on BA. ONLY, then your offensive lineup would definitely take some hit during last few matchups; having Quentin & Reynolds’s low BA couldn’t help much in BA department, but in long-term, you shouldn’t worry about your power source, as you have plenty to spare. : )

    As for pitching, you definitely need to find ways to swap Sherrill, as he’s killing your team in ERA, SV, WHiP, etc… Capps isn’t helping much in same respective; for SP, you’ve got solid starting who’s ready to get back into normal things (yes, I’m talking to you Hamels), but watch out for development of Jurrjens, Kazmir, & probably Santana.

    You have 5 closers on your pitching roster, you can probably trimm it down a bit, how much is up to you. : )

    In general you have solid roster, but you do need some help in steals, try swapping your lesser power hitter for some speed (i.e. Taveras or Pierre).

  267. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Andrus, Coghlan — Drop Lugo for Gamel.

    @struggler: Gamel, Reimold, Coghlan, Parra, Laporta…

    @Mr Baseball: Joking? This post’s lead is about Reimold.

    @Bob: Take Abreu.

    @Bamboo Cheetah: I want Rollins.

  268. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m planning on dropping Delmon for Krispie. Should I pick up Reimold instead? Or is his PT situation too unclear? He’d be in a starting spot for me.

    Alternatively, I could drop Zumaya for him.

  269. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: They’re all foggy on PT. Krispie’s dealing with a slump and Parra, Reimold’s dealing with Pie, Scott, Wigginton, etc. Your league’s aren’t that deep. Can’t you just go with a Kubel-type to get some production?

  270. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s in the RCL, so it’s deeper than the others. Sorry – should have said.

    Does that make Reimold worth a shot over Krispie?

    Not going to grab him in my others.

  271. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah… Reimold’s worth a shot. I like Gamel better. Gamel definitely over him in the keeper.

  272. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Don’t worry – I’m Gamel’d up in all three leagues. Loving the time zone difference.

    Iowa was not impressed ;-)

  273. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: caught me working on the deck and mowing,i grabbed reinold in rcl though,i need to take a shot,

  274. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I got Reimold in the RCL too.

    Hey – Interested in Drew and Asdrubal in the keeper? I need power…

  275. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    im looking at it now,worked in yard,drank worked on deck,drank,ate,took a long nap,up at 10 caught the very end of idol,talked to hippo and now research,i love asdrubal,liked him last year and considered him a big sleeper,got beat to the punch in rcl,he k,s more than i like but he`s running also,,got sunofabenched by frikin theriot today,thought pedroia was supposed to play

  276. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Don’t talk to me about Theriot. Every time it looks like I’m closing on Hippo in the RCL, Theriot goes deep.

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