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The A’s called up Derek Norris, the catcher prospect they got from the Nationals.  Little known fact:  The Nats traded Norris because he’s less kidnappable.  You might remember Derek Norris was in the huge trade Beane pulled off back in December that had Gio going to the Nats.  Can you say Moneyball sequel?!  Actually, if you can’t say it, you might have a speech impediment.  Norris put up solid power numbers in the minors — 20 homers in Double-A in 2010; 8 homers in 55 games in Triple-A this year, while cutting his Ks and holding a good part of his already-sweet walk rate.  Norris is up there with the best hitting catcher prospects in the game.  Jesus Montero and…uh…Devin Mesoraco, for sure…then, uh, Rosario on the Rockies…Travis d’Arnaud’s supposed to be special– Well, either way, catchers don’t really mature as quickly in the majors for fantasy purposes.  They’re calling games, they’re poppin’ and squattin’, they’re doing stuff.  As Yogi could’ve said, “Catching a baseball game is the hardest thing to do without having to read Chinese.”  There’s no indication that the A’s are ready to trade-in their Suzuki sidekick yet for spare parts, so Norris may only play three to four days a week.  In two catcher and AL-Only leagues, I’d grab Norris immediately, but I picture him this year giving something that you can get from just about any catcher off of waivers in most mixed leagues.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-4 as he hit a walkoff homer to win the game for the A’s.  Fidel Castro issued a statement following the game.  Here it is in its entirety, “I considered Yoenis a brother even if we weren’t blood, similar to the Doobie Brothers.  And I’m not talking the Michael McDonald Doobie Brothers.  They were crap!  I mean, the original Doobies.  That was us, Yoenis.  Now you play for a club whose uniform colors are capitalist pig colors!  Green and gold?  Do they let you ring a bell before each game to commence the exchange of dollars and cents?  Now, I go listen to the music by myself… Oh, oh, listen to the music.”  Wow, powerful stuff.

Travis Blackley – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  We have Hodgepadres (borderline starters that are only good in Petco), we have Marginers (borderline M’s starters in Safeco), how do we not have a term for borderline A’s starters at O.co?  Please suggest in the comments.  Thank you!

Jacob Turner – 5 IP, 9 baserunners (5 BBs; one intentional), 3 Ks.  His minor league numbers this year have been ugly (5+ K-rate, 4+ walk rate).  He’s also only 21 years old.  Have a beer and come back to me when you can walk two less and strikeout two more per nine!  Damn, I’m a tough love guy, huh?  Lucky, I don’t have any kids (that I know of; but there was this one girl I dated who used to do handstands after intercourse.  She said she was an acrobat, but when I challenged her to walk on a clothesline, she balked.  Any the hoo!)  I’d say I’m going to mention Turner in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but I won’t.  He may not even stay in the Tigers rotation for another start, and I wouldn’t want him outside of AL-Only leagues even if he did.

Prince Fielder – 2-for-4 with his 11th homer.  Just another down power year on an even-numbered year.  Making us saberhagenmetricians look smart.

James McDonald – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  We talked a bit about McDonald on this week’s podcast.  The general gist was he shouldn’t be looked at as a guy that will regress to not being useful.  By the way, did you know General Gist was my high school band?  Our first album was Neither Here Nor There with the hit song, “Vaguely Telling You Something Or Other.”

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4 with his 13th homer and his 5th homer this week.  I’m not going to mention him in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell because you don’t need to be told things twice.  “I love Giancarlo, hate Ryan Zimmerman, sell Lance Lynn, sell Chris Sale, indifferent on David Wright but people think I hate him.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Okay, I won’t tell you anything else twice.

Jeff Francis – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Rockies re-signed Scrawny Francis showing everybody is somebody’s fool.  If you read re-signed as resigned, the sentence would still work.  Ever wonder what some of these pitchers would do if there was never a Rockies team?  It’s A Wonderful Life starring Jeff Francis.  “Mike Hampton, what are you doing in my tryouts for major league clubs?”  “I’m not Mike Hampton.  I’m Clarence Hampton, his twin brother.”

Chris Nelson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  You say hot, I say schmotato…

Wilin Rosario – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  There was a Wilin Rosario sleeper post.  But who wants to click on shizz, so I’ll grab the still pertinent info, “Rosario strikes out alot and has a minimal walk-rate so he’s never going to win you a batting title.  With that in mind, go look at his career ISO across all levels:  those kind of power numbers make ISO horny!  If J.P. Arencibia taught us anything last year, HRs are nice even when they come with a .220 average, which Wilin might saddle you with.”  Not a bad call by Sky, who’s now over at the fantasy football blog section-a-ma-whosies of Razzball.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Who’s a top 5 pitcher in the major leagues?  Who told you to draft him before anyone else had any sense to tell you to draft him?  Yup and uh-huh.  Shower me with your love.  Now rub your loofah on me.  Down a little.  What, too much?

Drew Storen – Stayed on schedule to return around the All-Star break as he faced live hitters yesterday.  I guess he didn’t pitch to Ryan Zimmerman.

Vance Worley – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners 2 Ks to lower his ERA to 2.78.  Hey, if you got him, roll with him, but I don’t trust him after that elbow issue.  Sorry, over-the-internet friend.

Chase Utley – Could rejoin the Phillies next week.  So far he’s batting .217 in High-A.  You’re a high person if you think he’s going to be able to do anything close to what he used to.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks.  Walks weren’t only an issue this game; he’s been pretty poor in that department all year (4+ walk rate).  Really besides his K-rate, none of his peripherals are telling that pleasant of a story.  Even more odd (odder? Hello, mudder, hello odder?), he can’t get lefties out.  They’re hitting .321 against him before tonight.  That’s deadly, Moore; lefties are hitting the ball somewhere between the moon and New York City.  He’s not a Buy, that’s for sure.  If I could sell him to someone who thought he was about to turn a corner, I’d consider it.

Daisuke Matsuzaka - 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Two tears in a bucket, Mark Prior’s throwing well in Pawtucket.

Will Middlebrooks – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Meanwhile, Youk was on a QVC simulcast to all major league teams.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I don’t want to scream fire in the theater of Razzball because Kershaw has been more than solid this year, but he’s also lost quite a bit on his K-rate and he’s throwing his curveball almost twice as often.  Hope it’s just a blip on the radar because my tramp stamp with his name is getting harder to explain.  Maybe I can alter it to “The Crack U Saw.”

Omar Infante - 2-for-4 with a steal.  Now has a modest three game hitting streak.  Okay, very modest.  But he’s five for his last eight and might be coming out his monthlong slump.

Giancarlo Stanton - 2-for-3 with a slam & legs, and, better still, the end of that nasty three week slump.  I want to scream hallelujah into the nearest Giancarlophone.  That’s what I call microphones now.

  1. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: So earlier you told me Milone (at home), then Parker, and Gee. Where does Paulino fit in that group? Im guessing he is the grab…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, I’d put him first…

  2. Amigo Miguel says:
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    Food for thought:

    O.co dokies
    Just O.co
    John and YO.co

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, Like A; Oaka-dokies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, I like that with Paulie’s… I think Rudy landed on one below though…

  3. DrEasy says:
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    Mathletics? Anemics? Athlemics? Nah, I give up.

    • Prezii says:
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      @DrEasy, mathletics?? Hahaha comedy… ASS-Letics! Sorry lispers…

    • YourMomsBoyfriend says:
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      @DrEasy,

      Oakland Alameda County Arena ——> The OaCa —–> The OC ——> Mischa Barton?

      They should be called the MishaBartons

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @YourMomsBoyfriend, Not crazy about these…

  4. Amigo Miguel says:
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    Wait, I’ve got it:

    Blasé-As

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, I like that a lot… Will run it by Rudy…

  5. Adam says:
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    Blasé-A’s is good. I was going to suggest Athlet-ish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Yup

  6. Fister Furbush says:
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    Unathletics?

    Who would you try to get in return if you were trying to sell high on Sale or sell semi high on matt moore? thanks

    • Tony says:
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      @Fister Furbush, i’ve tried about everything to move sale in my one league and lance lynn in another, i’d rather just ride them down in a burning flame of glory than deal them for what people are willing to pay.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fister Furbush, Not crazy about that one… Depends what you can get for him…

    • chunk says:
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      @Fister Furbush, I recently did Jansen/sale for cook/weaver.

  7. Chomp Samba says:
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    I’ve been drinking… I apologize in advance for these :

    Athlettuce
    Bay City Rollers
    A’sces
    White Elephant
    Elephant in the Room
    O.co Stinko

    Not quitting my day job…

    • Steve says:
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      @Chomp Samba, Snap on the Bay City Rollers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chomp Samba, Think we have better…

  8. Socal Dawgs says:
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    I’d go with Pathletics or Athlesions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Socal Dawgs, Not bad…Think we have better…

  9. Just phil says:
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    The jOaksters…joaksters…spell it however u like cuz it’s money.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Just phil, It’s okay… Think we have better…

  10. Danwise says:
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    Oakland Eh’s (or however you spell indifference)
    Oakland mA’ybe
    Oakland A’s for Apples B’s for Bleh
    O.No Guarantee
    It’s Your Moneyball, do what you want
    and a +1 for Miguel’s Blasé-As

    • Tuggin' n Pullin' says:
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      @Danwise, BWAHA they should change the team name to Oakland Meh’s

      • chata says:
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        @Tuggin’ n Pullin’,

        fess up .
        what’s their record vs your team ?

        • Tuggin' n Pullin' says:
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          @chata, 5-4 vs Phillies since 2005 ;) But also, with the way things have been developing for the last few years, I’m kinda laying low on the sport-teams related pride. Hard to do it with the straight face when you know you gotta mention Pistons sooner or later…

          • chata says:
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            @Tuggin’ n Pullin’,

            except for a few years ,
            we’ve been celebrating winning “streaks” of two !

    • DrEasy says:
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      @Danwise, Love the Oakland Eh’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danwise, Yeah, I like Blasé-A’s

  11. Giancrowave says:
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    PAthletics

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giancrowave, Hehe… I think we have better though….

  12. Danwise says:
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    Beaneballer
    Pre-Yankee
    AAAA’s

    sidenote, if we ever need one for the Indians. Cleveland Streamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danwise, We have Cleveland Streamer in the glossary… Pre-Yankee — ha! Think we have better/more appropriate…

  13. Danwise says:
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    Oakland Start Me mA’ybe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danwise, Think we have better…

  14. chata says:
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    @ Grey ”

    a) A’s O. K’s
    b) glad to hear that the football side is starting up , again .
    who’ll be their 1st podcast guest … Peter Gammons ? … (i keed) .
    c)
    d) kershaw has a bum foot .
    e) should i sit bumgarner and cain vs the A’s this weekend ? … (not kidding).
    f) question for Nick (to ask) ==> “did new zealand start out being australia’s penal colony ?”
    g) ‘nuther question …. what’s life like , living on the edge ? was columbus wrong ?? (<== pacific rim joke . perhaps razzball's 1st .)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, B) Yes C) D) Gotcha E) Why? F) Yes G) Ha

  15. Brad7596 says:
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    Travis blackley is our own melbourne aces pitcher from down under! You bloody beauty!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brad7596, Ha

  16. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Like most A’s starters, Milone is a Pathletic option on the road, but at home he is superb. Just another Oakland Call-em-like-ya-see-em.

    Tokeland Starter – taking a drag or spot start based on favorable home start.

    Oakbanned – Banned from starting outside Oakland.

    Actual question: Start Jennings @ Lee or Reddick v. Lincecum

    Thanks and great podcast! Big King fan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Think we have better/more appropriate… Jennings… Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chomp Samba, HA!

  17. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Tim e to drop Yooooooooouk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, In some leagues, yeah…

  18. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, how about these?

    wild bOnch, O.co-bockers, or bOnus tiles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman, Think we have better…

  19. mdgross says:
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    I spent awhile thinking about this making breakfast, but after reading these I am throwing all of my weight behind the Blahs-A’s (or whatever agreed spelling).

    • mdgross says:
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      Actually, the Eh’s works just as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @mdgross, I like Blasé-A’s better…

  20. Giant JJ says:
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    20 teams (the league rosters 560 players). I was offered schierholtz, jaquin arias and jake westbrook for coco crisp. Should i do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, Nope

  21. Steve says:
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    Roman Lions – tough to beat at the Coliseum…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Not bad, but I think we have better…

  22. kelvin says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Sorry about asking this question here but not in the forum. I tried to register an account in the forum since last week, but it never allow me by always showing me that i entered the wrong verification codes …. (there’s no way i typed wrong for like 100 consective times…)

    So here is the question:
    My 12 team h2h league now has the following SPs in FA and I need to pick up 1-2 SPs among them for the ROS use. Please rate the following SPs (best – worst) ROS:

    Ervin Santana
    Derek Holland
    Bud Norris
    Justin Masterson
    Jon Niese
    Wade Miley
    Jeff Samardzija
    Felipe Paulino

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kelvin, Sorry that happened, you can ask questions in the comments… Niese, Masterson, Holland…

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    Start the nose at home against the Yanks tonight right? 16 team H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, In Metco, yeah…

  24. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Athletic pitchers starting away from the Coliseum should be labeled Risq-A’s

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Awesome

      • @MattTruss223, Yes! the value of crowd-sourcing strikes again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Nice!

  25. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop Mark Reynolds or Michael Young for Mayberry Jr. at CI?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, don’t smoke the second joint and don’t even consider those kinds of things.

      • Mr. Rickey says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Owning Reynolds and Young is what drove me into the “devil’s garden” in the first place.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Mr. Rickey, try owning gonzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Ha… Hold…

  26. fiveskin says:
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    Half-letics?

    • DrEasy says:
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      @fiveskin, Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fiveskin, Not bad, I think we have better though…

  27. MattTruss223 says:
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    Blasé-As gets my vote.

    I don’t own Kershaw anywhere this year but listening to yesterdays game they were saying something along the lines of: “Kershaw will tell you the plantar fasciitis in his foot doesn’t affect him when he pitches, just when he runs, but his outlying numbers would suggest otherwise”. I admit I haven’t paid much attention to him because he’s not on any of my teams, but that’s the first I’d heard of the foot situation. The didn’t mention which foot it was in. Gotta think it could have some affect though.

    • chata says:
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      @MattTruss223,

      not absolutely sure , but i think they’re talking about his right foot .
      as a recent sufferer , i can tell you that it’s unusual for it to occur in
      only one foot .
      one foot’s degeneration (?) may be more advanced than the other ,
      but it’s unlikely that the bone structure differs radically from one foot
      to the other .

      customized orthopedic inserts (about $600) offer slight relief to
      some sufferers .
      surgery …. ??? …. success is not guaranteed .

      caveat* …. <== based on my own empirics , circa 2009

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        in short ,
        if it gets real painful , you will easily be able to notice a limp ,
        even just walking from the mound to the dugout , and will certainly
        necessitate a dl stint .

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @chata, So it’s his plant foot primarily, but could be affecting his push-off foot as well.

        I would think if his push-off foot was bothering him he’d be less inlcined to throw the fastball that requires more force to be generated from that leg. If it’s his plant foot, then it seems like it’d bother him no matter what. Maybe the way he’s landing caused degeneration in that foot faster? Sucks either way I suppose.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Yeah, that’s what Chata’s saying about the foot… Could be…

  28. DevilDoc says:
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    SolO.Co

    Also like two previous Eh’s and Risq-A’s

    Great Stuff Gentlemen!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DevilDoc, Yeah, like above ones…

  29. Jenkies says:
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    In a 10 team mixed league with standard categories plus OBP, would you drop Arencibia for Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jenkies, Sure

  30. Chris says:
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    Halfletics: Oakland pitchers who are only worth starting at home.

    • MagicTerp says:
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      @Chris,
      Darn – I was just going to post the same one – Halfletic. Ya got my vote (not that it counts).

      • DrEasy says:
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        @MagicTerp, +2!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, Not bad at all…

  31. Tasteless Garbage says:
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    Since the A’s play home games in the Oakland Mausoleum, how about ‘Zomb-A’s’?

    • @Tasteless Garbage, T
      I think we have better, friend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tasteless Garbage, I like we have better…

  32. nyydj2 says:
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    Stream Beanes?

    Green Beanes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nyydj2, I think we have better…

  33. Steven says:
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    Grey-
    Two struggling players. Agone for jupton? Who wins?

    Thanks

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steven, are you trying to make my team explode?, I drafted both those guys and have developed some vice issues because of it. Just make it stop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Upton

  34. papasmurf says:
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    I have Stanton and Bruce… what a rollercoaster.

    I am gonna have to cut Bruce for next year and keep just Stanton. Trouble is, no buying interest in Bruce or I would trade him.

    • Jamiehov says:
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      @papasmurf,

      I didn’t set out to do it but own Bruce in 3 leagues. I feel like he’s where I thought he would be right now with 16 hrs. Hoping that avg goes up a little though

    • bean says:
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      @papasmurf, Bruce is going to go on a homer streak eventually and if you want to dump him that is the time. Wait for the next 2/4 1HR game and put out the offers early…….short window of time before the next drought.

  35. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Oaksterdam

    and here is why

    1) Its a weed college and why not name something named after A WEED COLLEGE.

    2) Its fun to say, for example *enter cool voice here* Hey there fellow fantasybaseballer how is your team looking tonight…Its looking good! I have an Oaksterdam on the hill.

    3) If you Want to get surgical on the name, its got the word dam in it which is nice because a start in Oakland sure could stop the rising flood of my era.

    4) Its a comboname of two cities and with one of them being Amsterdam, who happen to know a thing or two about makin a good dike, which is also fun to stay. But its like a dam and I just wrote number 4 so I could write the word dike….now twice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, I like your explanation better than the term…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, half of your approval is better than no approval at all…..my life is empty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I fill you up!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, buttercup

  36. Latos intolerant says:
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    Grey, I love the site but please stop with all the “I told you so” on players because you also make plenty of “Latos Cy Young” told us so’s…

    Xoxo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Latos intolerant, Xoxo

  37. JK Smiles says:
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    Zimmerman is maddening. At what point do I drop him for Middlebrooks?

    Or do I wait for Longo to limp off the DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JK Smiles, Now

  38. Bill_Buckner says:
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    Blathletics

    • Bill_Buckner says:
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      @Bill_Buckner, or O.cA’ssional streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill_Buckner, I think we have better…

  39. Chowdahead says:
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    Apathletics

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chowdahead, I like it, but we have some better…

  40. TheNewGuy says:
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    Article for Grey and all you other Zimmerman suffers like me:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/ryan-zimmermans-struggles-continue/

    Main jist is that he can’t hit changeups anymore, and isn’t nearly crushing lefties like he used to, he’s dead meat against them.

    Looks for sure like he’s playing hurt to me, problem is it doesn’t look like the Nats are gonna DL him to sort his issues out!

    • chata says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      i’ve been seeing some superlative defense , especially on those
      swinging bunts , etc .

      i have stayed in a holiday inn express , before .
      my diagnosis ==> head case .
      solution ==> rid him from my team .
      yep .
      it’s all about me .

      my apologies to other zimmerman owners , for bringing them down
      into the muck with me .
      but , i’ll be damned if i’m going to cut him , just to see his up-side for
      some other owner .
      i’d rather he rot on my bench .
      along-side of maybin .

  41. My vote is for the Eh’s.

    Loving the Giancarlophone thing. Made up for that weird Tulo pun yesterday.

    Speaking of Eh’s, are Reddick and Joyce done? They’ve been good fill-ins but they seem droppable now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Miracles, Ha, thanks! It depends on your options…

  42. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: Trade Trout & Harper for J-Upside, Nelson Cruz and Gallardo? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric H., I’d want Upton, but it’s closer than it should be…

  43. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Is streaming Brett Cecil a good idea tomorrow? H2H points league where ERA and WHIP mean nothing. I just need K’s and a win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Sure

  44. bl30ng says:
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    Athelective

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bl30ng, Not crazy about it…

  45. Jason S. says:
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    “BLAHthletics”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason S., I think we have better…

  46. Jeff says:
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    Start Lincecum today @ OAK?

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Jeff, i would start almost anyone at O.co…

      But timmy has been hittable and wild, whoreable combo…

      Depends how lucky you feel today really…

      • Jeff says:
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        @beardcrabs, Are you Clint Eastwood? “So, are you feeling lucky?”

        • beardcrabs says:
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          @Jeff, sorry I wasn’t much help and sorry not Mr. Eastwood, just a guy with a beard and crabs…

          but yeah, he was whoreable @SD and @SEA, so getting a quality start @OAK would be lucky…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff, I would

  47. Chubby says:
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    Grey – Ubaldo or Latos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chubby, Latos

  48. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, man, tough pitching choices, 1450 ip limit, 12 team 5×5 mixer, are you starting struggling Anibal against the anabolic blue jays and/or Jordan Zimmerman at the surprisingly unsucky O’s?

    How about for tomorrow, you trotting capuano out to the Trout’s den? Do you send out Sherzer at the pirates? Or are you just leaving that guy on the bench until he throws a few decent turns?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, I’d start all of these guys…

  49. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    OAKasionals?….

    12 team h2h ROS,Haren or Lincecum?

    thnks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oilcan Giuseppe, I like it, but I think we have better… Haren

  50. crock says:
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    Pujols/Alex Gordon or Teixeira/Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Trout

  51. quimmy says:
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    @anyone: My Kurudo and Liriano for his Fister?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy, Fister

  52. Would you do this deal? Pence, Stubbs, Edwin Jackson for Cliff Lee, Josh Reddick, Scott Hairston, Jemile Weeks?
    I could use the pitching but is Cliff Lee minus Edwin Jackson equal to Pence and Stubbs?

    • @Frank Kim, Actually considering that Jackson is having a better season than Cliff Lee I think giving up Pence too is too much. Thanks!

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Frank Kim, the guy won’t do Pence for Lee straight up… Cliff + the other 3 doesn’t look very appealing…

        • @beardcrabs, Thanks. Yeah he might do Pence for Lee straight up. I offered Jackson, Stubbs and ECab instead. We’ll see.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank Kim, I wouldn’t…

      • @Grey, Thanks as always. :)

  53. Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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    Grey, a 2-part question if you please, for an OBP league.

    1)Which TWO to start this weekend?
    KJohnson @ MIA
    A.Hill v CHC
    Plouffe @ CIN
    Cozart v MIN

    2) Current hot/cold streaks aside, if I can only keep 3 for ROS, who should be the cut out of that same quartet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Omar Comin’, Yo!, 1) Hill, Cozart 2) Johnson

  54. Ronkonkoma says:
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    The Oakland Spay’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Not crazy about it

  55. later tater says:
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    quick q

    m.young & aceves & matt moore for m.kemp & youk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, Kemp

  56. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Oakland Pathetics

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, It’s okay, think we have better…

  57. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Got Longo on the DL until probably after the All Star Break. Why do all these guys need until after the ASB? Aren’t they getting enough of a break already ? Been rolling with Trumbo @ 3B. Could use another SP since I have Strasburg, Sale and Latos. Sell high on Trumbo for Waino or Garza? Can pick up Pedro or Middlebrooks until Longo returns. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff, I’d take Garza

  58. kaiser soze says:
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    hahahah I got it… A’sshole

    • kaiser soze says:
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      “Damn it, I knew I shouldn’t have started that A’sshole away from the Coliseum!”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @kaiser soze, Ha… I like it, but I think we have more appropriate ones…

  59. supra says:
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    Medioakland – an unexceptional, mediocre A’s pitcher that is only worth starting in the vast canyons of Oakland Coliseum.

    • supra says:
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      @grey, or you could go “Medioaker”

      • @supra, MediOAKer….that’s good…

        • supra says:
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          @Rudy Gamble, Thanks Rudy, I’ll get in that glossary one of these days! [needs to learn how to hack]

          • bandwgn09 says:
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            @supra, using “mediocre” was my first thought too. A variation could be MediAcre.

            Unrelated suggesiton: A Freakin’A…..”Should I start Milone at home?” “Freakin’A you should.”

            Bartolo Colon: 12 baserunners, 6 earned runs @ detroit. –Freakin A!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Rudy Gamble, @supra, I like MediOaker, nice…

  60. MattTruss223 says:
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    Got a quick sit/start question for today. I can only start one, H2H, points league where Wins are boss. Who gets the call?

    Zimmerman @ BAL (Hammel)
    Anibal vs. TOR (Romero)
    Samardzija @ ARI (Saunders) ~ I can start him in my RP spot and sit Chapman, but not sure I trust him @ARI, so it’s probably not worth it.

    Thanks!

    • Clinton says:
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      @MattTruss223, Zimmerman. he’s due for some run support and also the best pitcher of the three.
      Miami can’t score right now and the Cubs never could..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Zimmermann

  61. wowfactor says:
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    Traded Lance Lynn and Andy Pettitte for Yu Darvish. Thoughts?

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @wowfactor, sexy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wowfactor, I’d take Yu

  62. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jeez gotta get up pretty early in the morning to beat you jokers. Lots of good A’s suggestions already. Just to add to the fun

    Miscellanea
    Okays
    Yays!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve,

      Ordinaire A’s
      Salmagund A’s

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @chata, nice

          • chata says:
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            @OaktownSteve,

            was never really sure how the mets and casey stengel got away
            with using “Amazin” .

            seem to remember finley using it , back around 62-64 .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @OaktownSteve, I think we have better above…

  63. Kurt says:
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    The risk-a one was good. What about just an oak-a option at home.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kurt, Not crazy about it…

  64. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: What do you think of my pitching staff?

    Latos
    Anibal Sanchez
    J Parker
    Jeff Samar
    Justin Grimm
    Lance Lynn
    Wandy Rod
    Gallardo
    Liriano
    Cobb
    Blanton
    Paulino *DL*

    I want to get blanton out of there cause i dont really like him/trust him – Bruce chen was dropped today was thinking about putting a waiver claim for him – Your thoughts??

    I also might have to find a replacement for grimm but texas seems to be playing that by ear… after his impressive Mlb Debut wednesday the rangers announced he will make another start on Monday vs Detroit

    • supra says:
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      @Anthony, jeez… how many SPs do you need? Spending a waiver claim on Bruce Chen puts a smile on my face. Is this a points league with no starts limit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony, Your staff looks solid for a 15 team league… Lose Blanton for Chen…

  65. Mike says:
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    Need some SS help.

    Ive got Plouffe at SS now but I presume his power/value will fade.

    Which of Drew, Ecab, Scutaro, A Escobar, A Simmons should I pick up? or just stick with Plouffe?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Mike, Stick with Plouffe for now…

  66. Kurt says:
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    Or you get constip-A’ted for an away start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kurt, We have better above, I think…

  67. Kelly says:
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    Drop M Young to pick up P Alverez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kelly, Eh

  68. stoopid says:
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    A guy is shopping Longoria in a 14 team roto. I’m in 3rd place but am doing great in all pitching categories. My staff is:

    Greinke
    Anibal
    Wandy
    Lynn
    Samardjza
    Vogelsong
    Cobb
    Norris (DL)
    Carpenter (DL)

    Trade any of those guys except Greinke for him? My 3B is reynolds with Freeman at CI. Would move Reynolds to UT and drop Nava or Schafer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, I’d take Longoria there

  69. ThomasR says:
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    Start Burnett at home vs. Detroit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThomasR, Yup

  70. marty says:
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    borderline athletic pitchers = athleticals; i.e. they tickle your fancy when they pitch at home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marty, I think we have better…

  71. Streamin Sam says:
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    What about…Yoko O.Co?

    My era and whip is shot this week, and Ive got 5 waiver adds left for the week, which means Ima gonna stream!

    Can you rank these streamers for this weekend only?

    H Bailey vs Min
    J Kelly vs KC
    K Millwood vs SD
    C Richard vs Sea
    A Cobb vs Phi
    G Richards vs LAD
    Quintana vs MIL
    Detwiler vs BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Streamin Sam, Not sure what Yoko means, but it’s funny… Bailey, Richard, Millwood…

  72. Jay B says:
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    O.co-land Ace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay B, I think we have better…

  73. Clinton says:
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    Athletards

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Clinton, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clinton, Hehe… I think we have better…

  74. Jeff says:
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    Who is the prospect with more upside this year and who is better long term; Peacock or Hultzen?

    • @Jeff, I’ve seen this one asked a couple of times before: Hultzen

  75. Purewater says:
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    Ok.co

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, It’s not bad, but I like MediOaker better…

  76. I’m combining the lower-end OF from two leagues where Jon Jay is on waivers. Is Jay better than any of Stubbs, Krispie, Morse, or Belt? I also have Campana on the team that needs SBs but he’s also an option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Over Krispie in shallower leagues…

  77. Jon says:
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    Would you start LoMo or Kendricks over Saunders in the OF right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Lomo

  78. Deadwoods says:
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    Sit or start Oswalt vs Friedrich today?

    (My ERA and WHIP are really low this week and I’ve met my minimum innings pitched)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Sit

  79. OaktownSteve says:
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    Beat down of the night?

    Red Sox on Jurrgens @ BOS
    Reds on Blackburn @ CIN
    Rangers on Freidrich @ TEX

    Nick Blackburn is 3-0 with an 8.22 ERA in 5 starts since May 11

    • Tom says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Gee. I think all 3. Great matchups for hitters tonight it seems, I’m not sure what to do with my lineups.

    • chata says:
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      @OaktownSteve,

      i’m going with reds on blackburn , as there’s no good reason not to
      leave him in the game a good , long time .

      freidrich will throw 75-80 pitches , and sawx , i expect , will get rained out ,
      or sufficiently delayed .

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @chata, Weather in Boston?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Jurrjens

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @OaktownSteve, As a Braves fan, it’s gonna be JarJar. Dude’s terrible. They’ll get the game in tonight.

  80. L-Boogie says:
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    Overstocking Stuffer?

    and for all you 80′s wrestling fans:

    O.Co B. Ware

    Nothing intimidates opponents like a brightly colored parrot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha… It’s not bad, but I like MediOaker better…

  81. Booya says:
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    Avila or Arencibia?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, JP

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    Just wanted to pop in and say I’m a huge fan of that title. I’m still cracking up. Brings me back to the ’80s when I was sure I had what it took to be a ninja or take the title in Bloodsport.

    Yoenis, Rios, Rasmus for 2 UTIL spots?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, yeah, he’s locked in. Just unsure about the other two. I have Rios and Cespedes is available. His 1-4 with a HR days tempt me.

        • @Wilsonian, H2H I’d probably go Cespedes. I’d prefer Rios’ counting stats in roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Title was Rudy… Yoenis, Rasmus

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. It is H2H.

        Well, then tell Rudy that was a job well done.

  83. bean says:
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    Is Clayton Richard’s start being bumped up to today? I see different things online about the Pads starter.

    Pads pulling a Houdini and Bud Black gets the start.

  84. Dudley says:
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    Which side of this trade? H2H, OBP & SLG, no AVG. 10-team.

    Ortiz/Espinosa

    Pedroia/Dan Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dudley, Ostiz

  85. Retro says:
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    Milone is O.competent

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Retro, It’s not bad, but I like MediOaker better…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, It’s okay, there’s better above I think…

  86. ThE sHiT says:
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    Trade Bruce for Cain?

    • bean says:
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      @ThE sHiT, If you can get Cain now is the time to do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, It’s fair, depends on needs… I like Bruce…

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, I can kinda spare Bruce. Maybe I’m just panicking. I traded away Gio thinking my staff could take the hit. Then i lost Beachy, Morrow, and now Marcum. Lots of decent arms on the wire, so I’m thinking ill just grab Paulino. My league mates are slow to the wire also. I have Bum, Anibal, Zimm, Peavy, Burnett, and Bauer (stashed) for the 12 team H2H.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Paulino’s out for the year

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Just saw that McCarthy is available too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab McCarthy

  87. Anthony says:
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    @supra it is indeed a h2h points league with no starting pitching limit.
    5 SP
    3 RP
    5 Bench
    1 DL

    Also for RP i have Jim Johnson/Hanrahan and rotate Lynn Samardzija and Liriano since all 3 have RP eligibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony, You should hit reply under the person you’re replying to…

    • supra says:
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      @Anthony, Yeah gotcha… are there any AAA guys to still stash? Bauer, Hultzen, Peacock?

      Also if you don’t have a limit on moves, I would save your waiver and just use that spot to stream matchups each week.

  88. knighttown says:
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    Hosmer/Utley for Gio. I’d be getting Gio. 12 teamer, daily league.

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @knighttown, If you are getting Gio, it is a no-brainer, go accept now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, Gio

  89. Bottom Feeder says:
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    I’ve been offered Trout and Marcum for Hamels and Stubbs. What do you think?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bottom Feeder, It’s fair, Hamels is a big arm to lose, but if you can by all means….

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Bottom Feeder, I’d wait to see what’s up with Marcum’s bum elbow.

  90. Tom says:
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    Drop Krispie for Middlebrooks? 12 team

    someone just dropped brooks and waiting for someone to pick him up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, Yup

  91. Adam says:
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    Zimmermann and/or anibal today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, I’d starting both

  92. Mmm bop says:
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    I was just offered Justin Upton for Tommy Hanson. I’ll miss the inate scumbaggery of his beard, but I need the OF help. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mmm bop, I’d take Upton

  93. Wake Up says:
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    I have to agree with above…I’ve been a big fan for years but all the selective I told you so’s are getting a little nauseating….
    I remember you saying Zimmerman was ready to have his biggest year and he was making your no-no regions do things….meanwhile I said that Cuddyer would be more valuable this year!
    Now, it’s all “I told you I hate Zimmerman!”
    Let’s not even get into Lind and Jennings….
    Jennings, Jennings, Jennings…now you don’t hear anything about him….

    (Wow, now I see how douchy that is to do, I’m such a hypocrite)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha… Nah, I liked Zimmerman coming into the year, I own that bastard, but I’ve been saying I hate him for the last few weeks… That’s all I meant…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey, Talk all the smack you want about Gio. We usually don’t doubt your picks and predictions but EVERYONE was giving you a hard time about Gio int he pre-season. I’ve only been reading for a few years now but this was really the first time I remember your loyal followers trying to convince you how wrong you were about him. Now look where we are. So keep tooting that horn of yours, at least on this one.

        Sincerely,
        Guy who took Gio in the 9th round because you told me to

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

        • chata says:
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          @L-Boogie,

          i delivered my gio mea culpa , about a week ago .

  94. Bombo Rivera says:
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    12 team league:

    I’m lagging in avg and RBI, and I’ve been using Brian Roberts as my MI. Even with streaming horrible SP options, I’m still well behind the games started pace. I could use some WHIP help over there as well, probably because I’ve been streaming horrible SP options.

    I just sent my magical Mike Trout for CJ Wilson and Starlin Castro. I still have Stanton, Choo, Jennings, Hart, Belt and LaHair to rotate through my 5 OF spots.

    Did I do OK, or should I have waited for some owner to give me his whole roster for Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, You did good…

  95. Grey's da man! says:
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    In a league where I need saves, been offered B Lawrie and Rodney for my Trumbo and Rajai. I have laroche riding the bench who can fill in – no brainer right?

    But just saw that Lawrie is day to day..should I wait til I found out about his injury before accepting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d do it…

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey, I think Lawrie will be back in the lineup tonight..guess we will see.

  96. Lubey says:
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    “term for borderline A’s starters at O.co?”

    Blathletic????

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey, Blathhlectics

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey, It’s not bad, but I think we have better…

  97. supra says:
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    Apparently Felipe Paulino tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his groin. Out for 12-14 months. Where the hell did that come from?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Ouch… There goes that…

  98. Lubey says:
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    Damn Paulino with a torn UCL………..no bueno, I saw some potential there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey, Yeah, that sucks…

  99. Grey's da man! says:
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    rather have craig or hill at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Hill

  100. Carnac says:
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    Reddick has been so flaccid, but it would probably hurt too much to cut him.

    In the last week, he’s 2 for 18 with 1 RBI. Wait – *looks at paper, throws up in mouth* – sorry, that’s Adrian Gonzalez’s line. Reddick is almost identical… but with 2 RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, Ha

  101. Alex says:
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    Just based on value, in a “keep your 5 best”, would you trade Kemp for D Wright + Cliff Lee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex, It’s fair, sure…

  102. Grey's da man! says:
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    Clayton richards a good steaming option today in a roto 1500 inning cap league? home vs mariners. can also not pick him up..

    Also, would you rather have:
    volquez home vs mariners
    garrett richards home vs dodgers
    cobb at phillies
    cecil at Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Richards is good at home

  103. Derrick says:
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    Nelson Cruz and Matt Moore for Stanton.

    Which side?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Stanton, it’s fair…

  104. chata says:
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    @ Grey and @ Rudy :

    i’m sick of everybody , and you 2 Jam-Oaks in particular ,
    ragging on my A’s .
    i hope they crush everyone’s aces (and hopes) , including my own .
    this ain’t no J-Oak .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha

  105. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team roto. Santana or Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlos

  106. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    Re: name for A’s pitchers. How about “Patchers”? It kind of sounds like pitcher and its a good way to patch up your starting staff if you’re looking for streamers. pAtchers might also work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not bad, I think we have better though…

  107. UrgentMirth says:
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    Home Milone, in honor of Tommy’s splits. It’s also a built-in streamer warning, lest you end up Home Milone 2: Lost in New York.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we have better

  108. Thrilla says:
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    Grey, how you doin’ man? Got a question for you.

    12 Team Yahoo! 7×7 Roto with OPS, BB / L’s, HLDs…

    I go:

    C: B. McCann
    1B: P. Konerko
    2B: I. Kinsler
    3B: M. Prado
    SS: J. Lowrie
    INF: A. Hill
    OF: J. Bruce
    OF: M. Trout
    OF: C. Rasmus
    Util: P. Alvarez
    Util: B. Butler

    DL: M. Kemp
    DL: Boneface

    Just dropped Pagan for A. Hill because I’m struggling in RBI/HR and first in SBs.

    My question is do you think this team is power-light or do you see any other issues at first-glance?

    Best available adds on wire:

    I. Davis
    A. Pagan
    M. Saunders
    B. Belt
    J. Smoak
    T. Wiggington

    Add Ike over Alvarez? Grab the Pagan I just dropped?

    Thanks man and I won’t ask this long a question for at least a week or two.

    • Grey

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      Ha… Ike over Pedro… You don’t look severely power light, but Prado at 3rd isn’t good though… If Bruce and Konerko aren’t bopping, you’re gonna have some issues… You just need a bat to stick…

      • Thrilla says:
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        @Grey, Agree, Prado might be the weak link, although he does walk a fair amount which counts in this league. But still Prado over Alvarez at 3B, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, over Pedro…

  109. herschel says:
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    Milone is the ultimate Atleastwereathome-ic. No bueno, i know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not so good…

  110. royce! says:
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    I like Blahs-A’s and Home Milone. I’m not sure if this is addressed above, but Blahs-A’s seems better to me than Blasé-As because I don’t like repeating the “ehs” sound at the end, though the latter may work better when spoken instead of written. Anyhow, good stuff guys!

    On to WAY more important things: Salvador Perez or Rosario ROS?

    • Grey

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      Good point on Blasé-A’s, I think we’re gonna go with MediOakers… I’d just Popeil Rosario… But Perez maybe if he hits, I’d wait at least to see what he did when he returned…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Fair enough; MediOakers is nice because it conveys the same information as Marginers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Yup

  111. Method says:
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    Quick trade ? Lawrie/Sale/cargo for Wright/Pedroia/Halladay/Dickey?

    Worth pulling the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright

  112. Juancho says:
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    The name should be “Athletic’scums”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better, friend.

  113. mike says:
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    hey grey not to sound like a hater but im not seeing how sabermetrics help or are even relevant..some pitchers can jsut pitch without all the peripherals telling them they cant and when they get blown up usually someone says yup their it goes told ya he was going to rocked..but that happens to every pitcher..i.e. matt cain this week after hsi perfect game..i enjoy reading you because you look at other stuff besides that bill james crap..but seems to sabermetrics are just an easier way to try and predict something without taking the time to watch for yourself and see if you can be right about a players future peformance based soley on his current performance..this is why i enjoy watching baseball all the time..partially because i have no life but also its fun to watch true talent you know..i dont think there is anything that says “expert” about reading off stats and saying that guy will do that..its all bull shit..thats why everytime i start to hear the word periipheral or a saber term i almost immediately discredit what im reading because your not telling a story at all..your just copying and pasting a lie..not saying you do this because you seem to be right when make a prediction but thats all these other sites do and its annoying to be honest. call me too serious because i am but sabermetrics are serious too, seriously wrong..

    • Prezii says:
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      @mike, theres NO way to predict baseball. Keepin with the A’s theme….. Ill just say Dallas Braden.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike, Gotcha

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @mike, Meh, I wouldn’t go and immediately discredit sabermetrics and advanced statistics. That makes you sound close-minded and silly. They don’t tell the whole story for sure. But, they do tell part of the story and you shouldn’t ignore them. I agree, passing the “eyeball test” should always be part of the analysis of a player. But I think you’d be missing out if you just ignored advanced stats. Plenty of smart baseball minds have concocted winning formulas by looking at peripherals while also watching plenty of baseball. It takes both IMO.

  114. Prezii says:
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    So, as an A’s fan(seems like thats all were talkin about) , i picked up tickets for tonights game about a month ago. Of course it lands on lincecums start, who i own and ha e been watching every giants game, cursing at the tv. What am i gonna look like in all A’s gear cheering for lincecum strikeouts? Lol gotta love fantasy…

    Im gonna cheer on the A’s and parker but if timmy goes 7 shutout with 7 K’s, ill be jumping up and down inside! Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha… Nice… Have fun!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, thanx buddy.

        @bean, i got good seats no $3 bleachers.. haha

        @chata, most def. Im kinda hopin cespedes gets a hold of one! Definitely gona watch his BP!

    • bean says:
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      @Prezii, Be careful jumping up and down on Mount Davis……gets windy up there.

    • chata says:
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      @Prezii,

      cheer , loudly , for coco crips .

  115. Grey

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

  116. Bryan says:
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    NoK-land (or OK-land) somewhat Athletics

  117. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    1) 5 starters going today in one league. Start them all?

    Anibal v. TOR
    Fister @ PIT
    Richards v. SEA
    Sale v. MIL
    Zimmerman @ BAL

    2) If I start them all I can only start 3 relievers. Leaning towards starting Frieri, Clippard, and Benoit with Wilhemsen sitting. Based on match ups, that’s the game I feel has the least chance of geting a save opp (Millwood v. Richards).

  118. AG says:
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    Athleti.Cos (Atleticos = Athletics in Spanish)

  119. Chillmodious says:
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    For “borderline A’s starters at O.co”… how about “Lo.cos”? As in, crazy good at O.co relative to their performance in other parks.

  120. Bombo Rivera says:
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    How about this keeper trade?

    Kershaw (19 bucks for next year, then back to auction) + Victorino + Ronald Guzman (17 year-old with huge upside) for Dickey (keepable at 6 bucks next year) + Holliday + Taijuan Walker (as high as #6 on prospect lists).

    Victorino and Holliday are not really keepable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it for future value… Take followups to the newest post…

  121. T. Bagwells says:
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    @Grey:
    RoS:
    Trout/Agon
    Fielder/Agon
    Over/under on Fielder reaching 35 HR?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder/A-Gon… Under…

  122. jack says:
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    Need another power bat for the second half. Of all the guys coming up, and all the guys who have struggle and are unowned etc, do you think he has the most potential? Only three waiver wire pickups left for me, so it has to count. Looks like call up imminent? Weekend or next week? I’d love to be able to wait and see how he does, but leaguemates will jump fast.

  123. Mike says:
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    Mehthletics

  124. Jason says:
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    took me a while but I think I have a good canidate…

    mediOaker
    or
    mediOakracy

    “Malone is mediOaker start for this week”
    “You can start Malone with a comfortable level of mediOakcracy”

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