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Hey, Matt Holliday finally hit a homer!  Please don’t tell me this is gonna be negative! Sorry, random italicized voice.  If you look at Holliday’s peripheral numbers you would see a guy that is more or less in line with his norms.  Now here’s the real kick in the nads.  He’s K’ing and walking less.  So what do I take away from that?  Trouble.  To me this means, Holliday is seeing more pitches to hit because AL pitchers haven’t been worried about him and rather than making them pay, Holliday’s putting the ball into play in the form of a flyout or groundout.  He’s hitting a bit fewer line drives than normal so that means his average may go up a bit, but I don’t think we see the .330 we were accustomed to in Colorado.  Now that he hit a homer, see if you can convince someone Holliday’s back from, uh, holiday.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Garza – 7 2/3 IP, 2 baserunners.  Sonavabench!  This is the problem with Garza.  He instills so little confidence.  We’ll see what he does next time out.  I got suspicions.

Josh Beckett – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Even the AL pitchers I like give me agita.  This is why I own Wolf, Paulino and Gaudin and have cast aside Carmona and Davies.  I’m convinced, it’ll make for longer life expectancy.

Julian Tavarez – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Maybe he should’ve screamed nicely at the ball last night.

Joel Hanrahan – Quick actin’ Acta brought Hanrahanananan in to relieve Tavarez.  I’m close to calling uncle here.

Ryan Zimmerman – Another HR as he approaches his total from last year.  Well, not really but it feels that way.

Aramis Ramirez – Cubs said he will avoid the DL.  Hopefully, it’s that and not, he’ll avoid the DL for ten days then play one game then go on the DL.  Cause I’m not a fan of the 2nd option.

Jeff Weaver – 4 IP, 0 ER.  Guess what, Mom?  Your number one is back!  What?  You missed my game because you were resting up to watch Jered tomorrow?  Oh.  Yeah, I like his hair too.

Chris Volstad – 7 IP, 2 ER. Wasn’t an easy matchup, but pitched very well.  I’m convinced the Marlins have the best scouts in baseball.  They are so cheap… How cheap are they?  They got rid of Josh Willingham because he was too expensive. But they always seem to put a decent product on the field.

Sean Marshall – 7 IP, 1 ER.  I liked him coming into the year, but then when he didn’t pitch until the middle of the month I had to move on.  Now he’s at 19 IP and a 3.32 ERA with 15 Ks on the year.

Jorge Cantu – Another HR.  Where ya at, Nick Swisher?

Mike Napoli – Hit his 4th home run yesterday.  This is why you ignore playing time and just put him in your catcher’s slot.

Huston Street – He might already be back in the closer’s picture.  That picture obviously isn’t pretty, but SAGNOF.

John Buck – Two triples.  5 RBIs.  I haven’t seen that much hustling from a guy named Buck since Midnight Cowboy.

Jesus Flores – Delivered a teabagger right in Joe Thurston’s face.

Mark Teahen – 8 runs for the Royals and he goes 0-for-5 with 1 Run.  What a ticker tease!

Mitchell Boggs – Has there ever been a more lawyery sounding pitcher than Mitchell BoggsMitchell Boggs – Attorney at Law.  I can hear dear Phil Hartman’s faux sincere tone being his voice.  In his 2nd game started, he fanned 9 Nationals.  Granted, the batting practice pitcher does that every day before the game but still.  His minor league record indicates 5th starter (on an MLB team not fantasy team) at least for this year but he’s worth stashing in an NL-only team.

Dallas Braden – 5 “scoreless” innings. Quotes because Sweeney robbed Kinsler of a three-run homer.

Max Scherzer – You can’t K as many guys as him and Kershaw and not have breakout potential.

Chris Carpenter – May be back by late-May as he ran without pain.  May! (Rule of 3’s)

Eric Chavez – Headed to the DL.  Looks like someone was jealous of all the attention Nomar was getting.

Juan Cruz – Save as he fills in for Soria.  Soria’s supposed to come back, but that doesn’t mean he will.  Remember these clubs play fast and loose with the truth.

Chorizo – Still hasn’t won a race in Milwaukee this year.  Something smells fishy!  Wait, that’s the seafood paella!

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  1. Was at the perfect game bid for Garza…Trop was electric with 20K…well at least 10 were rays fans…but he owned that lineup, even if it was without Varitek and they pulled Yuke and Lowell early

    It takes a lot for a perfect game but it didn’t take a single above average defensive play until Jacoby hit a squibbler up the middle…it felt so cheap…Garza looked so sharp and in control, I know he doesn’t instill confidence but he has the best stuff on that staff and if he can maintain some consistency he’ll be an ace

    NOTE: Michel Hernandez caught for the slumping and lackadaisical (my HS football coach used that word A LOT) Navi and went 4/5 with a Donk!…might steal away a few more AB’s from Navarro

  2. Jordan says:
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    What do you guys think of Abreu’s 9 steals? Can we expect 30 from him this season? 35? 40? Also, what about his 0 hr? Is he taking a different approach to the plate/basepaths? Should we still expect the

    100-20-100-20-.300

    line we drafted him for?

  3. agarthered says:
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    So you don’t think Braden is the real deal? I keep waiting and waiting for a gem of a pitcher to show up on those waiver wires, it hasn’t happened yet!

  4. DrEasy says:
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    The Midnight Cowboy reference was hilarious! Now I have Everybody’s Talkin’ stuck in my head.

    I picked up Tavarez yesterday, and pronto he went KAZAM! I dumped his sorry ass immediately and picked up Gaudin. Should I start him at Dodger Stadium, or wait till the next game at home against Arizona?

  5. Steve says:
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    I’ve blown out a bit in innings pitched, start Peavy against the Dodgers? His record against them is great, but he’s been anything but, so far…

  6. steamer says:
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    Anybody starting Zimmermann tonight vs Cards?

  7. Jobu's rum says:
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    Drop Taverez for Marshall?

  8. rich says:
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    Someone else has to be struggling with the same problem I am having.
    In 30 less AB’s this season, Napoli has 10 less hits and .025 less BA. But he has the same amount of Runs (7), more HR’s (4 to 1) and more RBI’s (8 to 6) then Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval does have 1 SB. At the end of April, these guys are essentially deadlocked, and you choose based on need (Sandoval = BA, SB, AVG and Napoli = HR, RBI, OBP)

    Anyone care to take an edju-ma-cated guess on how the month of May might turn out? Anyone? Anyone?

  9. ron mexico's papi says:
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    @Grey: Pick two of the following…VMart, Swisher, Loney and Fields

  10. Jobu's rum says:
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    @rich: I’d stick with Sandoval, but my theory of C is to have a guy that can put up fair numbers w/o killing my AVG. It’s still early and I want to see what he can do. However, I did pick up Shoppach so maybe I’m a hypocrite.

  11. Tom says:
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    Peavy= Good buy low candidate?

    At the beginning of the season, I almost traded Beckett for F-Her and some other dude for compensation. Last night made me bummed that I never could close the deal. (F-Her and “close the deal” should be used together far more often. I just giggled.)

    Grey, we’re splitting a sandwich. It’s got a little Berkman/Stewart and some Votto/Tulowitski. Which side do you want?

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @ron mexico’s papi: no brainer=v mart,then if you need power swish,ave and equal runs and rbi=loney,swish might get 30 this year but is real streaky,but i think he gets the nod in that yankee lineup

  13. Zebo says:
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    pick 2 of the following: Headley, Burrell, Conor Jackson, Helton, Branyan, Duncan, Cameron.

  14. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i have beckett on two of my teams and obviously hes killing me should i start panicking or do you think hes gonna turn it around?

  15. sean says:
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    @grey: SAGNOF: Madson, Cruz, Downs. and Hawkins. Three can stay. I Send LaTroy packing? Or will Soria be back too quickly?

  16. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @sean:

    Rotoworld reports Soria feels great and could be available for a save tonight. Drop Cruz.

  17. NoonTime says:
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    @sean: Valverde looks to be out for about 3 weeks so hang on to LaTroy.
    ************
    An MRI performed on Valverde’s calf revealed multiple hematomas, the Houston Chronicle reports. Twenty cc’s of the fluid found was drained on Thursday, with an additional 60 cc’s to be drained on Friday.
    Spin:
    The club is anticipating a three-week healing process after the procedure, which puts Valverde’s return around third week in May. Keep Valverde benched while he’s on the DL, and try not to think about what it must look like to drain a hematoma.

  18. Dingo says:
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    Apropos of nothing, from Yahoo’s Player Notes for Javy Vazquez:

    Vazquez struck out eight but gave up four runs on six singles in the fifth inning. Several of those hits were just out of reach of Braves infielders. “They had their seventh, eighth and ninth hitters up, and they all got bloopers,” said Braves manager Bobby Cox, who said Vazquez “got blooped to death.” The right-hander added, “I threw the ball good, but the box score is not pretty.”

    “Blooped to death,” eh? Sounds painful.

  19. BigEgg says:
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    I’ve got a trade offer in a points league (not H2H) that I think I like, but I’d appreciate some feedback. The trade:

    I give:
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Josh Beckett

    I get:
    Mark Teixeira
    Ryan Dempster

    I like the peripherals on Tex, who should rebound nicely and Gonzalez looks to be in line for regression. Thoughts?

    The pitching part gives me pause, however. Should I counter Beckett for Zambrano?

    Thanks.

  20. Teef says:
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    I play in a 10 team league and I guess I watch waiver wire more than anyone else – I have Arod DL-ed and I had Lowell in his place but just traded him straight up for Victorino – Of course, Jorge Cantu was just sitting on the wires so I plugged him in but even when arod comes back, Cantu is raking and I can’t just drop him – don’t have room to keep him rostered with Miggy at 1b and berkman in my util

    My issue is i feel kinda dirty just nabbing someone off the waivers and trying to move him – I think the other owners are sensing this going on as I just got Hoffman/Cantu for Soria (to a team with C. Guillen at 1st and figgins at 3rd) which kinda suprised me – I have the same two guys out for BJ Upton but I doubt that gets done either –

    Is this a dirty move to pick a guy up and try and trade him 2 days later? Am I asking for too much in my offers?

  21. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Generally I think pitchers (especially with plus pitches) should attack the strike more instead of nibbling and trying to make perfect pitches, but Vazquez is one of those guys who I think could benefit from going out of the strike zone just a little bit more often. His movement and command are great, but I think he puts pitches in hittable locations too often.

  22. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Teef: It’s not a dirty move, but it doesn’t really look too cool to most owners to see you pick someone up and then offer him in a trade 2 days later.

    If an owner is on top of his team and wants the guy, he should have picked him up on his own.

    We have a guy in one of my leagues who does the same thing, and most of the other owners just won’t deal with him because of his ridiculous trade offers. He’ll scoop up a guy like Cantu, package him up with a crappy closer like Hanrahan, and then offer it to you for Jay Bruce.

  23. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Teef: Are you kidding?! Kill or be killed. Not ur fault if you have initiative and are trade savvy. If it really bothers you, maybe try a fantasy seminary league.

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Teef: early bird gets the worm,maybe after you cream this league,try and get in a tougher league,believe me none of those guys will be available

  25. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Teef:

    I’d say it depends on whether it’s somebody who’s just been sitting out there who nobody else has picked up, or if it’s somebody with value above the FA market that was dropped by an impatient owner or somebody with a roster crunch.

    First case, it’s just kind of lame. If nobody wanted to pick him up for 2 weeks, why are you bothering to offer him around? In the second case, go for it….you grabbed him first (might have used a waiver priority to get him), so you might as well see if anyone else wants him.

  26. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    On that note — Chris Young (SDP) was just dropped in my league. End of my bench looks like: Beltre, Mark Reynolds, Elijah Dukes, Shoppach (playing for Soto till Soto comes around), Manny Corpas, Ryan Madson, Volstad…..do I drop someone? Corpas is my first thought, but we haven’t heard for sure that Street’s got the job back, have we?

  27. BabyBeluga says:
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    Which of these arms would you target and how would you rank them going forward?
    Kershaw, D.Price, E.Jackson, Maholm (z.duke, millwood)

  28. Griff says:
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    @Teef: A guy in my league is notorious for including waiver pickups in trade deals. It’s actually turned into a running joke. We call it “pulling a [his name]” when someone makes a trade proposal like that. But hey, if you can pull it off, go for it. From the sound of things, though, I think you should join a tougher league.

  29. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Mark: I’d probably drop Shoppach

  30. I was looking at my roster for tonight’s games and on my bench Shin-soo-Choo as an over .500 average against his opponent tonight, Armando Galarraga (11 ABs, 1 HR). I switched him with Carlos Pena in UTIL, but then noticed that Pena is 3 for 6, 2 doubles, 1 HR against Masterson tonight.

    So, I wanted to rework my roster to get them both in, my initial reaction was sit Rios, but Rios has good numbers against the pitcher he is facing. The other options would be Markakis who struggles against Halladay (.233 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 30 ABs)or Ryan Howard who doesn’t have much success thus far against Pelfrey, but that doesn’t seem like it will hold. The other option to sit would be Carlos Quentin, but I likely will not do that.

    Anyway, all of that typed out is to ask…should I sit Markakis? Right now, I’m playing Pena over Choo, so it would come down to Choo or Markakis for tonight.

    Also, am I overmanaging the hell out of my team by trying to play matchups like this?

  31. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Maitland:

    Most of what I’ve read indicates that hitter vs pitcher history is not very reliable. The sample sizes are just way too small to be significant. I’d tend toward playing your overall best players and mostly ignoring specific pitcher vs hitter matchups. That doesn’t mean you don’t play the matchup though….I’ll sit guys when they are facing Santana or Lincecum, but I’m not sitting a guy because he’s 0-7 lifetime against Mike Pelfrey.

  32. @Teef: I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of this in the past — mostly with closers I’ve snapped up, then shopped around. There is something to be said about letting a guy ferment a week or two before shopping him — assuming he keeps playing hot.

    The other option is: Don’t offer the guy, but simply inquire about the player you want — then see if your trade partner asks for the waiver pick-up as part of a return package.

    @Maitland: Sometimes undergoing this kind of lineup tsuris makes sense (e.g. sitting Bruce against Wandy — who he’s 0-12 lifetime against, with 8 Ks) but for the most part you got to take your best players and go with them every night. Swapping people in and out night after night based on match-ups will drive you loco. There’s a reason stars are stars, and schmoes are schmoes: Because stars play better, more often.

    @BabyBeluga: Depends what you mean by “target” — are they FAs or trade targets? As far as pure talent goes, you’ve probably got them in the right order right now.

    As trade targets, though, I’d go after Edwin Jackson first — he will be the cheapest, unless you sense that Kershaw and/or Price’s owners are getting antsy. You can probably get Jackson for Adam Lind or some such, which you should definitely pursue.

    Not sure why Duke and Millwood are tacked on parenthetically but you don’t want either of those schmoes on your team, unless its a 16-team league or something like that.

  33. bostonaccent says:
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    @Mark: I’d say 0-7 with 7 strikeouts is at least worth considering. Or, say 0-6 with 4 Ks – I’m looking at you, Mark Reynolds. Oh, wait, that’s pretty good for Reynolds. Carry on.

  34. Thanks, Mark and Baron. Mark, you mentioned sitting guys against Lincecum and Santana…would you do the same against Halladay? Part of it is also the rest of the lineup, as well.

  35. Probable Party Starter says:
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    @Mark: Well, I’m still benching Huff vs Halladay for Zimmerman. Huff hasn’t HR’d in 50+ lifetime AB’s. I know what you mean about the pitcher/batter #’s.

  36. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Mark: I don’t necessarily sit guys based on opponent (i.e. Santana) b/c they may still have solid numbers w/o the win. But it seems like a few of my SP have lopsided home/road splits. This season I tried tinkering with stating certain guys only when in their preferred environment (Maholm at home) but sounds like a dangerous game. Ever have that problem?

  37. @Maitland: Personally, I’d go with Markakis — it’s not like Halladay owns him. And Halladay is great, but he’s not the kind of guy who puts up 3-hit, 13K shutouts like Santana and Tiny Tim do.

    There’s a reason you took Sparkakis in the 3rd round, and it wasn’t so you could selectively bench him for Shin-Shoo Choo.

    Just be assured that whatever you do, the guy on the bench will wind up having a great game. And that’s why they call it sonovabench.

  38. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: That’s the gospel truth and the reason why I try to carry no more that 2 batters on my bench. Having options always burns me … screw you, Freedom of Choice!!

  39. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Sure, if Mark Reynolds is 0-7 with 7K’s, I’ll sit him….but part of that decision is the fact that he’s Mark Reynolds and I can plug in Beltre off my bench. But I’m not sitting a healthy Chipper Jones even if a particular pitcher “owns” him.

    In this case, I wouldn’t sit someone just because they are facing Halladay.

  40. BabyBeluga says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    Thanks B – I was thinking as trade targets and currently can get D.Price for my Qualls and was thinking of offering Qualls for Kershaw (have an offer right now where I get Cueto for Qualls – can counter for Kershaw)? Pull the trigger on D.Price? Cueto? or offer for Kershaw?

  41. Mr Baseball says:
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    Moe’s Baseball Midnight Tonight – the swine flu edition

    The Ball FLU off the bat of E. Longoria as he homered to deep left center

    C Crawford FLU into 3rd base for his 9th steal of the year

    The Ball FLU off the bat of Andrew Jonesas he homered to deep left

    H. Blalock has not called in SICK this year and homered to deep right

    J. Beckett COUGH up 7 runs to the RAYS and takes the lost

    J. Buck FLU around the bases for two triples

    M. Holliday sent CHILLS to the crowd as he hit his first homerun of the year

    D. Cabrera gave aches and pains to the Washington Expos by dealing out 5 walks

    The ball FLU off the bat of R. Zimmerman as he homered to deep right center,

    J. Cantu – he phlegm one into the stands

    M. Garza performance was just SICK as he limited the Red Soxs to 1 hit while striking out 10

    A. Pujols had the homerun FEVER as he homered to deep left center – there is no vaccine a pitcher can take to prevent this specific strain of power from Pujols bat

    M. Scutaro must have been taking his vitamins as he got another 2 hits

    M. Scherzer went 6 scoreless innings and struck out 7 which showed the Symptoms of a good pitching performance

    Tom Flash Gordon is alive – his long layoff has infected his pitching as he gave up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning pitch –

    Flash – a-ah – saviour of the universe (mound)
    Flash – a-ah – he’ll save everyone of us (but a baseball game)
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Flash – a-ah – he’s is no miracle
    Flash – a-ah – king of the impossible flas
    Queen Song –

    J Old. McDonald can’t find the stike zone again E I E I O. and on his way to the mound he must have caught the ‘H1N1 flu’ E I E I O

    C. Maybin had a multi hit game – Scientists don’t know exactly how he got more than one hit in a game

    T. Hoffman (S, 2) Hoffman became a human vaccination for the Brewers as he provide protection for the ninth inning

  42. Dingo says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: Amen to that. I started off the season so well in that regard, having only swiss-army-knife Felipe Lopez and backup C Salty on my bench. But then I had to go and pick up hot hands Fukudome, Adam LaRoche and Andruw Jones, and now I can’t convince myself that any of these guys are schmohawky enough to drop. It’s only going to get worse when Vlad gets back from the DL…

  43. @BabyBeluga: I assume you’ve got extra saves lying around?

    Personally, I’d package Qualls with your worst OF and try a two-fer to get a better OF. (Or 1B, or MI — wherever you need the upgrade.)

    Trading saves is a good plan, but why target Price/Kershaw/Cueto?

    Shiny young SP can drive you batty — and while any of those guys could be really good this year, any one of them could also spend the next three months alternating between dominant outings and 4 IP, 7 ER debacles.

    At this point, though, I should ask: Is this a keeper league? That changes things, obviously — if it is, I’d go after Kershaw, of those three.

    @Jobu’s rum: Damnable freedom of choice is also why I was glad someone else picked up Justin Upton in my league, so I could stop thinking about dropping Fowler for him.

  44. Griff says:
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    The Tampa Quandary: Shields, Kazmir, Garza

    Shields is the most consistent, but is anyone worried about his plummeting K/9?

  45. albertalbert says:
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    I don’t pay attention to the BVP unless there are 25 ABs or more. I think it’s more important to look at the isolated trends instead. I’m sitting Magglio until he figures out how to how not to suck for example.

    Speaking of trends, are people noticing Helton? He’s hit .366 with 11 RBI in the last 2 weeks. I’d like to stash him and see where this goes, but I’d have to drop Dukes. Worth it?

  46. Mr Baseball's MLB homerun Leaders says:
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    Mr Baseball’s MLB homerun Leaders

    Yovani Gallardo has 2 homeruns –

    Josh Hamilton has 2 homeruns – nothing to look forward too this year except the homerun derby

    David Wright has 1 homerun – surprise he is not seeing better pitches to hit with Ryan Church batting behind him

    Matt Holliday has 1 homerun – there is no place like Coors – there is no place like Coors

    Old Papi has 0 homeruns – at least the red sox’s have giving him the green light to steal – he tried to steal one base and was caught stealing – but if Chris Young was on the mound I am sure he would have made it

    Jhonny Peralta has 0 homeruns – I thought I struck gold getting Peralta late in the drafts – looks like I stuck out

    Geovany Soto has 0 homeruns – kind of makes me not feel so bad for drafting Jeff Clement – what is sad about Jeff Clement is that I would not what to own him as a Fantasy Minor League as my Catcher either

    Russell Martin has 0 homeruns – everything you could what from your catcher speed and power !

    Adrián Béltre has 0 homeruns – at least he been making some nice diving catchers for my fantasy team

  47. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I’d keep Dukes…..Helton’s got a couple HR’s but otherwise he’s not hitting for much power.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @danimal35: That must’ve been very cool. I missed the single, so it was a cheap one? Lame.

    @Jordan: He should get to 25 SBs easily. re: HRs — He was just coming out of the short right porch of Yankee Stadium, so maybe that had something to do with some of his HRs. He can still get to 20, since that’s not that many, but it sure would be nice to see him hit one already.

    @agarthered: I’m not messing with Braden.

    @Steve: I’d start Peavy.

    @steamer: I’d start Zimmermann.

    @Jobu’s rum: I’d hold Tavarez for now.

    @rich: I answered your question in the post.

    @ron mexico’s papi: Vmart, Swisher

    @Tom: I’m a fan of Peavy. Votto side looks tasty.

    @Zebo: Conor, Headley

    @mikey boy324: I hope he turns around, you can’t panic.

    @BigEgg: I’d want the A-Gonz side and I don’t think it gets that much better with Big Z.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha! Very nice, Mr. Baseball. Hope to see a polio one soon.

    @Griff: I am.

    @albertalbert: Hold Dukes.

  49. Bob says:
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    I hate shallow 12 team Yahoo leagues. I need to open a spot to start streaming a fifth starter. Currently, I have on my bench Geovany Soto (Russell Martin is the starter), Dexter Fowler and Brad Hawpe. I don’t want to dump any of them, but one needs to go. Who should it be? BTW, I’ve been trying to do a 2 for 1 trade for one of these bench guys, or even a starter, but no go. So, someone’s going to get a usable player off the waive wire. I’m thinking Hawpe. While a productive player, his stats are more fungible than the other two when considering position scarcity and steal/power potential of the Colorado youngster.

  50. Nick says:
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    Setting my line-up early this week since I’ll be at Bamboozle…here are my options…

    Offense choose one to sit: BJ Upton, Ibanez, Pence, Hunter or Pena?

    Pitching I have Peavy, Beckett, Billingsley, Danks, Franklin, Jenks & Hoffman. Currently have Downs, Wainwright, Bedard & Slowey benched. That look good?

    Thanks Grey, your the best

  51. Griff says:
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    @Bob: Gotta be Hawpe. In a 12 team, he’s not much better than replacement (assuming 3 OF and not 5). Soto and Fowler both have upside.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: Sit Hunter. Switch Downs with Hoffman and Wainwright with Danks.

  53. JR says:
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    Purcey demoted. I’m still intrigued by the fact that Brett Cecil is PECOTA’s highest rated rookie pitcher — by far. If Cecil gets the call, do I drop Holland to pick him up?

  54. NoonTime says:
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    Josh Anderson or Maybin from here on out? I am reading that Guillen could resume LF activity as soon as today, although with Thames on the DL would they make that move? Guillen in LF so that Larish can DH when Anderson has been hitting well? Really just looking for SB and a decent AVG.

  55. Hardcore Midget says:
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    H2H league, I have an OK lead in ERA, WHIP and K/BB so far this week, but could use some help in W, K and QS categories.

    I am definitely throwing Masterson tonight.
    Am I crazy to think about starting Parra tonight too? He looked OK his last start out.

    FYI- I also have Cain, Wolf, Lohse and Scott Baker to pitch this weekend too.

    So Parra- yay or nay?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Cecil will be a good one eventually, but he hasn’t been that great on Triple-A thus far. If he gets the call anyway to start, he’s worth a flier, but not sure he will.

    @NoonTime: Tigers outfield is a bit crowded right now as you say, Anderson can get you steals, but his playing time isn’t assured. Maybin can get playing time and steals. Just needs to hit. Hit already!

    @Hardcore Midget: Start Parra.

  57. SRM says:
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    @Grey: All I have is Conor Jackson & Chris Davis at 1B in a 12-man non-keeper 6×6 (with QS & OPS). I was just offered Jay Bruce & Aaron Hill for Kinsler and rejected it quickly. But, I noticed he has Votto at 1B. Is giving up Kinsler for Votto/Hill is a sufficient haul?

    Bruce may be a tad better than Votto, but Votto at this point seems exponentially better than my .200 AVG of Jackson/Davis.

    FWIW, I’m 1st in AVG, R, HR, RBI, OPS, but 3rd in steals and slipping and Kinsler is my top steal threat. Am I too impatient with Davis?

  58. bobbo says:
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    Brett Myers’ control has been terrible the past 3 games (14K:13BB) and the Natinals should have tagged him for more than 3 runs this week (I don’t even know how many times they had the bases loaded). Would you drop him for Edwin Jackson / Chris Young (SD) or will his lady friend slap him into shape sometime soon?

  59. Tom says:
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    This from rotowire: Saltalamacchia’s (eye) removal during Thursday’s game was due to an irritation caused by a combination of allergies and contact lenses, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Damn, hope he can still hit after that eye removal.

  60. JR says:
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    @Grey: Cecil got the call.

  61. Scott says:
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    @Jordan: I don’t think 20 HR is within reach, but 10/30 is arguably more valuable. Seems like Bobby is helping out his fantasy owners who drafted him high.

    @Tom: Fat Elvis is on the fat side of 30. Like the Votto/Tulo side.

    @Teef: Keep doin what you’re doin

    @BabyBeluga: Cueto for a closer with little track record is an exciting prospect? Screw saves.

    @albertalbert: Yeah Helton’s been nice lately, but keep Dukes until he gets thrown in jail.

    @Nick: Wainwright’s a 2-start pitcher next week and Danks has the Rangers at home. Also, Slowey’s got the Areolas.

  62. Grey

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    @SRM: It’s fair, but if Kinsler’s your top steal threat you should hold.

    @JR: Oh, then grab him. Can I have a link to that?

  63. JR says:
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    @Grey: Not sure I can link because it’s from my team page on cbssportsline. Here’ s the quote:

    Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil and SP Robert Ray have been called up from Triple-A to take the rotation spots of Brian Burres and David Purcey, respectively. Ray will get his first start Saturday against the Orioles, while Cecil will go Tuesday against the Indians. The second starts for both of these guys are questionable though, as SP Ricky Romero is likely to return from the 15-day DL next week.

  64. Grey

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    @JR: I found it, thanks, JR.

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: why wont cecil show up in espn

  66. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    What’s the deal with Brett Cecil? His numbers look great through AA….when he reached AAA his walk rate doubled, then this year his K rate has been cut in half (in just 17 innings though).

  67. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team 5 x 5 Rotisserie – I need to start four out of the following six for next week: K. Johnson, I. Stewart, M. Teahen, Del Young, B. Butler, H. Matsui…….. I’m thinking Stewart, Teahen, Young and Matsui – what do you guys think?

  68. Scott says:
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    @Euroalien: I personally hate Godzilla, and Butler just had 2 big games. If he keeps it up through the weekend, maybe consider him. Definitely in favor of sitting Kelly Johnson, though.

  69. Doc says:
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    @Euroalien: Butler has had a couple good games in a row. You might be able to get him on a decent streak. Not sure of his matchups though.

  70. Grey

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    @Mark: Brett Cecil will be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, stay tuned.

  71. Pops says:
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    @Euroalien: Butler is still a young, talented hitter. I don’t think that he’s put it all together yet. He will, the million dollar question is – when? The fact that he qualifies at DH only and that he clogs up a utility spot makes him an unattractive play.

  72. Anthony G says:
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    Grey. Volstad is legit. I think you made a bad call orignally. He’s definitley better than Nolasco Sauce.

    I dont want to SAGNOF in washington or Colorado.

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hanson=1.69 era,38-9 k-bb in 26 innings,still saying june callup,i think the way they are doing this crap,we need a rule change,Thier killing us fantasy nuts,i say killing us

  74. cws05nuts says:
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    Thanks for the objective glance yesterday. What’s up with Alberto Callapso or whatever? Name sounds like impending doom, but damn he is on fire.

  75. cws05nuts says:
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    And is sideburn Joe playing tonight?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Hehe

    @cws05nuts: He’s all average and no power or speed, there’s a place on some teams for that.

  77. cws05nuts says:
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    Release the audio already from your vault!

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    we`ll see what zimms made of tonight against cards,masterson against rays also interesting,im thinking i gotta start the both?opinions anyone

  79. Mr Baseball - League advise Mr Grey says:
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    Just traded for B.J. Upton & Adam Jones in a 14 team league – had to give up Miggy and Ubaldo Jiménez

    Do you think the trade will improve my offense – do you feel I have enough offense to compete in a 14 team league – hey no one whats to give up Miggy – I had second pick in this league and that’s who I took with the second pick – wanted a solid 3B guy – but Jones looks for real and Upton will hit – no question about that

    moved up Mike Lowell to my starting 3B from Util

    CAT-Jarrod Saltalamacchia – pick him up when he stated to hit somewhat
    IB-Joey Votto
    2B-Dan Uggla
    3B-Mike Lowell
    SS-Jhonny Peralta
    OF-Matt Kemp
    OF-Nelson Cruz
    OF-Adam Jones
    UTL-B.J. Upton
    UTL-Carlos Quentin
    BEN-Akinori Iwamura
    BEN-Cameron Maybin
    BEN-Matt LaPorta – just picked up – just in case

    Stat Categories: R, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG

    thanks for looking

  80. Grey

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    @cws05nuts: Ha!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Gotta start both.

    @Mr Baseball – League advise Mr Grey: Not crazy about giving away Miggy, especially when you have Kemp already. The drop off from Lowell to Miggy is pretty dramatic, but all in all you still have a solid offense. Hopefully LaPorta explodes and you can flip him for Zimmerman.

  81. Juice says:
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    Teahen or Stewart?

  82. Scott says:
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    @AL KOHALIC: Yeah, give it a shot. The Cards had ONE extra base hit against the Braves in this week’s 3-game series, but still won the series 2-1.

  83. cws05nuts says:
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    By the way, I should have my fantasy baseball privileges taken away because every damn year i take beltre over lowell at the end of the draft and then look at lowell in the pre-season but pick up some kid instead……. complete digression. But to make me feel better, date for when Lowell hits the DL?

  84. Prince says:
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    Grey, stellar roundup as usual …. No one in my league even tried to pick up Street last night, so I have him. I see that Hawkins is a FA. Think it’s safer to go with Hawkins for 3 weeks instead?

  85. cws05nuts says:
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    Building on that discussion: Street or Coffey?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Juice: Stewart

    @cws05nuts: May 2nd? Don’t think he’s going to but my Magic 8 Ball’s cloudy.

    @Prince: Thanks!

    Nah, tomato-tomahto with the slight edge to Street’s tomato. They should both be owned though.

    *******The Buy/Sell post is up.

  87. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Scott: @Grey: thanks,i thought so but its nice to be reasured,i need the pithing either way.DERBY WEEKEND HERE,its getting nuts,the girls are all dressed up and ready to party,.went to the infield, last year ,woa,its crazy,getting to old for that,not really but my better half isnt to hipp on it,T-N-A- everywhere

  88. Scott says:
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    @cwso5nuts: Don’t worry about Beltre. He is the definition of a 2nd half guy. I know he’s now a Latin 30, but remember the last second half he had in a contract year in Dodger Stadium no less: 356/26/65/56/6 in 74 games! Maybe get a stopgap until June, but if you have the room, hang on, or buy low to everyone else.

  89. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Opponents are slugging .500 vs. Zimm……..

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You gut your big hat on?

    Remember, a proper lady doesn’t guzzle her mint julep, Cust Kayin.

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