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Vicente Padilla went to the DL with a forearm strain.  Maybe it’s was straining to be a fivearm.  Oofa!  Who am I, Buddy Hackett?  Actually, I am.  No, I kid.  Or do I?!  No, I do, he’s dead.  Unless I’m writing this post from beyond the grave!  Boo!  Know what I like most about Matt Guerrier?  He’s not Padilla.  How’s dem apples?  Sour!  Then we have Kenley Jansen– “Buh-buh-but, Grey!  Who do we own from the Dodgers bullpen?  I can’t own everyone.  By the way, nice mustache.  Primo!”  For immediate closer action, I’d own Guerrier, Jansen, Alyssa Milano, in that order.  Unless your league counts blown saves, then reverse the order.  But — and unless you’re an alien, there’s always a but — I think Jansen ends the season with more saves than Guerrier.  The only problem is I think he gets weaned into the job and may not be getting saves regularly at first.  Frankly, it’s a committee and too many chefs make too many hors d’oeuvres and not enough entrees, or whatever that cliche is.  Oh, and because any great closerousel shituation should keep fantasy owners on their toes, Guerrier pitched the 8th inning in a losing game last night.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joe Blanton – Yesterday, he was scratched.  No word if he’s still itchy.

Kyle McClellan – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s getting lucky and his strikeouts have been poor.  Soon there will be a plague of locust as we know from the The Book of Joel Pineiro.

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 1 ER and two punchouts.  Well, ain’t that appropriate for Fister?

Scott Downs – Just when it seemed like he might step in for Walden, he comes in and gives up the winning run.  Somewhere, Fernando Rodney said, “Hey, I could’ve done that!”

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-4 with his 7th home run.  He’s quietly (Is it quiet even after you say quietly?) putting together a solid season that I was excited about happening in the preseason.  Though, I didn’t get him in any league.  Nice move, El Capitan!

Justin Morneau – 3-for-5 and his 2nd home run.  Oh.  Wait a second?!  Did my typees just type what I think they did?  No!  Couldn’t be.  Did they pitch to Morneau while he was standing on 2nd because they felt bad for him?  Was their a solar eclipse during the at-bat which distracted everyone so Morneau could grab the pitched ball and throw it over the fence?  Did Trevor Plouffe go to bat wearing Morneau’s jersey?  Or could it just be a guy capable of 30 effin’ homers actually hit his 2nd homer?  Dare to dream.

Neftali Feliz – It might be nothing but Feliz didn’t look so happy yesterday when he blew his second save in two days.  He now has more walks than Ks and his WHIP is obscene, and not in the good, “Hey, what kind of movies can you order in this motel that you rent by the hour?” obscene.  If you own Feliz, I’d be worried that he’s hiding an injury.

Derek Holland – 8 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks but lost the game to Greg Holland.  Guess the Rangers and Royals decided to go Dutch.

Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  This comes after a game where he gave up 5 earned in 4 1/3 IP to Oakland.  Looks like Gavin righted the ship.  Love Boat humor!

Alex Rios – 1-for-4 and hitting .203.  Is it me or does there seem to be a lot of players hitting under .250 really late into the season?  Not rhetorical.  Heyward – .214; Uggla – .194; Kelly Johnson – .181; Longoria – .234; CarGo – .245; Tulo – .247; Hanley – .217, etc. etc. etc.

Tyson Ross – Left the game with an oblique strain.  This comes right when Cody Ross finally looks healthy.  It’s like the butterfly effect for just Rosses.  All I can say, Betsy Ross is lucky to be dead.

Justin Turner – 1-for-3 as he knocked in the Mets only run.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  You can hardly wait!  No, you!

Dillon Gee – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  A broken clock is right two times a day and Dillon Gee happened to be right for seven and two-thirds.

Marlon Byrd – Hit his 3rd homer and finally broke the 10 RBI barrier.  Only after batting for a month and a half in an RBI position in the lineup.  Terrific.

Darwin Barney – 1 for his last 13.  This could be the bottom finally falling out for The Purple Evolutionist.

Jay Bruce – 3-for-4 with 2 home runs.  Bruuuuuuce!  *breath*  Bruuuuuuce!

James McDonald – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks in a top five park for offense.  This comes a start after he was mollywhopped by the Brewers to the tune of five runs in 4 innings.  Pretty hard to trust that inconsistency in shallow roto mixed leagues, but it’s a gamble I could see taking in H2H.

Ryan Braun – The Hebrew Hammer left the game with a sore shoulder.  The team will reevaluate him tomorrow.  Hopefully, it’s good news for the Brewers and Hebrewers alike.

Chris Narveson – Since I pointed out that Narveson should be better, he’s thrown 19 1/3 IP and given up three earned runs.  Cust kayin’.

Shane Victorino – Headed to the DL, but Domonic Brown won’t be called up according to the GM.  I don’t buy it.  I mean, I buy that he’s not coming up immediately, but he’s still not further than a week or two away.

Josh Collmenter – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 1 K.  No, he shouldn’t be this good.  With an ERA of 0.69 over 26 IP, it doesn’t matter if I think he should be this good.  He should just be owned and let him worry about when his deal with the devil expires.

Madison Bumgarner – Came within an out of a complete game shutout.  I like Bumgarner, so don’t take this the wrong way, but the Dodgers have two hitters.  Ethier, Kemp and pray for seven hit batsmen.

Al Alburquerque – 1/3 IP, 1 ER and the loss.  As frequent commenter, nyydj2, said “Alburquerque got barbequerqued.”

Brennan Boesch – 1-for-5 with his 3rd home run.  He’s been getting dropped across multiple fantasy leagues recently and I can understand it.  He’s hitting in a cushy spot in the lineup, but I’m using the word ‘hitting’ loosely for what he’s done recently.

Alex Rodriguez – Yesterday, the Yankees scored 13 runs and A-Roid went 0-for-3.  Ticker tease!

Ricky Romero – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  RR Cool Jay (see resemblance) now has a 3.10 ERA on the year and has 57 Ks in 58 IP.  Yeah, he’s doing better than that other pitcher you own.  Yup, and him too.

J.P. Arencibia – Hit his 7th home run yesterday and three homers in his last 10 games as he bats .235 on the year.  Obviously J.P. stands for Just Passable (for shallow mixed leagues).

Jhoulys Chacin – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  It’s pronounced:  Yo-Lease.  Usage in a sentence:  Hold onto Yo-Lease.

Jason Giambi – 3 home runs yesterday.  It was a throwbackne to yesteryear.  He sure hits them in bunches.  Some would say in “cycles.”

127 Responses

  1. matt says:
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    mark lowe or darren oliver for save vulture in texas?

  2. Flunkie says:
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    Would you pick up Peralta, dropping Lowrie?

  3. Lines says:
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    Morneauuuuuu! At this rate I’m gonna set the single-season record for Sonovabench Moments.

  4. johnny says:
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    Hi Grey.
    Who is best catcher from this list?

    Buck
    Arencibia
    Lucroy
    Iannetta
    Doumit
    Posada
    R. Hernandez

    Thx.

  5. Casey Blake's Beard says:
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    Mornin’ Grey! H2H. Please rank…

    Narveson, McDonald, Vargas, Morton

  6. team gop says:
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    Alex Rios? Thanks buddy!

  7. Curt says:
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    Keeper league….Look into your crystal ball…..Will Mike Adams close for the Padres if Heath Bell gets traded????

  8. Snag says:
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    If you would have seen the way the run was was scored, you wouldn’t be so, um, down on Downs.

  9. Mr2Bits says:
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    Please Grey, Do not tell me more bad news about my team with Neftali. Also, if you know a place I can buy some obliques, please let me know as my pitchers apparently need a few spares.

    Here is my injury list the last 2 weeks as I am out of DL spots.

    Sizemore
    Berkman
    Lind
    Hamilton
    Kendrick(asked to leave yesterdays game)
    Beachy
    Padilla
    Ross

    Also, is t time to lose Jhonny Peralta as he is as cold as an eskimos ass? Who do you like as his replacement?

    Damon
    Hart
    Maybin
    Ludwick

  10. Earl Battey says:
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    Having Jeter on my RCL has given me an awful case of yawnstipation. Will I regret it if I drop Captain Groundout for Alex Gonzalez or Furcal?

    Who would you like out of those three guys?

  11. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey,do you expect Minor to be in the Braves rotation a month from now?

  12. Salty Balty says:
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    You think C. Davis is going to be sent down when Cruz returns? Texas has got to give him a shot after this past week right? I picked up Davis last night when I was drunk, wink wink, in a league with limited moves.

    On that note, do you know of any interlock type systems for fantasy baseball that would block moves if you blew over the legal limit? This would be very helpful.

  13. AdamH says:
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    12 team roto, have 5 closers (winning the cat) and falling a little behind in innings pitched. You like getting Garza and Lilly for Nunez and Ogando?

  14. I’m looking for some speed in my lineup. You think Fast Willie Bloomquist coming off the DL could provide me that cheap speed?

  15. Separate question – With Victorino heading to the DL, should I deal him for Britton if I need the pitching and have the offense to fill in fine for Shane?

  16. Tony says:
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    @grey: i’ve been screaming it al year (in ref to the rios post). Hitters are so terrible this year. I always have a team in H2H that will hover around the .300 mark, which in my 10×10 league thats important. This year my teams batting around .230!? I own way too many of the .240 hitting schmoes. You think guys are going to turn it around some now the weather is KINDA getting better….? I just don’t get it. Rasmus and Phillips are my most consistent hitters. NOT GOOD. A .275 career hitter and a young OF’er already having oblique issues.

  17. Buge Hoobs says:
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    10 team 5×5

    moreland, melky, damon, sesmith, ludwick or brantley?

  18. Tony says:
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    btw heywards been a flop, wishing i woulda took Pence instead, i love pence but for some reason saw him coming back to me in the draft this year, grabbed heyward, pence goes like 6 picks later…. never made it. I go for upside and passed on for sure, so not like me….

    heyward still has time tho. hopefully. go heyward.

  19. Wooda says:
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    Rizzo or Belt for the rest of the season?

  20. xopchipili says:
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    is Rauch totally droppable at this point? Looks like FrankFrank is locked in as the closer, but I feel like he could blow up at any minute because, well, he’s FrankFrank

  21. Scott says:
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    @Grey – it’s not you. Batting Average is down all over the league. Last year in a 10 team keeper mixed league 7 points in BA was at .277. Now it’s at .265. It’s early in the season but not early enough that that number is going to climb 12 points.

    Have you noticed how many 3-2, 2-1, 1-0 games there are now? How many games have no-hitters taken into 6th, 7th innings now? There was a day last week where every AL team played, 2 teams scored 5 runs and everyone else scored 4 or less. In the AL!

    Something has changed in baseball and it started last year. It was not the year of the pitcher. We have entered a new pitching age. Adjust your fantasy expectations accordingly or get left behind.

  22. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop Melacon or Salas for Guerrier?

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    Gonna revisit this question from last night.

    In an 8 Team league, where it’s tough to deal, what kind of bat should Hamels get? My offense is STRUGGLING but my pitching staff is pretty sick (Lincecum, Verlander, Hamels, Gio, Bills, D. Hudson, Pineda, Annabelle, Peavy) so I was trying to find a name that would actually garner some talent and Hamels was about the only one I could think of. Do you think he’s “expendable” with this rotation if my offense needs a serious swift kick in the ass and if so, who would you target?

    I need hitting, as in, all hitting stats. My team is consistently hitting .210-.230 every week, I’m not hitting homeruns or driving in runs. I just need someone who is producing and may continue. That being said, who should Hamels legitimately acquire in an 8 Team league where it’s tough to deal? Or would you send out offers with other pitchers?

  24. The Biz says:
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    Furcal tonight?

  25. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    wonder if CarGo is going to need a DL stint???

  26. Lopes says:
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    Brantley, torres, Gordon or Roberts for final outfield spot?

  27. Tony says:
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    @Scott: its pretty boring tho! haha….. what I think this says, if it holds up all year, is that you can wait even longer on pitching. You better grab all the miggys, matt hollidays, and for sures early on, because even some of your solid hitters aren’t going to hit .300+ anymore. Only the elite. But then again there’s no name bums hitting .300+ so who knows. I’d rather see an offensively power’d league than a pitching power’d league, i love baseball, i coach it, but no offense is boring!

  28. Eddy says:
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    Goodmorning!

    Erick Aybar or Ian Desmond for the rest of the season in a 12-team H2H OBP league?

  29. Wilsonian says:
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    @Buddo Chezuski: man, I hope not. Dude was finally figuring it out and hitting pretty well.

  30. the grate one says:
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    grey 2 questions:

    1. is padilla droppable at this point?
    2. is kuo?

    thanks!

  31. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    you should spend more energy on your 16-teamer .

    the worst you can do here is finish 8th .

  32. Sean says:
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    I’m expecting a good natural selection joke when Barney loses his starting gig.

  33. ev dawg says:
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    got zimmerman, sandoval, and lind in a 10-team. Should I drop one…?

  34. ev dawg says:
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    Got Zimmerman, Sandoval and Lind. Also got Morneau and McGehee. Should I drop Sandoval or Lind?

  35. Eddy says:
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    One last question:

    Wich side in 12-team keeper?

    Jared Weaver (7th)

    for

    Jhoulys (11th) and Jaime Garcia (11th)

  36. Scott says:
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    @Grey: Pena, Hafner or Smoak?

  37. AubreyHuffingGlue says:
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    So someone dropped Kelly Johnson in my 12 team 5×5 league. I currently have Beckham as my 2nd baseman, and I’m trying to figure out whether I should pick up KJ. Who do you like better? Are they both due for a turnaround?

  38. JV says:
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    totally feeling the pain of having a bunch of sub .250 hitters…I have Ugga, Rios, Heyward, Cargo along with Santana, Roberts, and a yawnstipating Pujols. Team is hoovering just north of .240. Blech!

  39. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    start lilly tonight?

  40. Buge Hoobs says:
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    10 team H2H 8×8 (standard + H, TB, & OBP)

    Seeing Raburn’s name in my lone hitter BN slot is just plain pissing me off at this point. Continue to hold (and raise my blood pressure med dosage) or swap him with one of these from the WW? : Crisp, Helton, Damon, Patterson, Trumbo, torii, CPena

  41. nyydj2 says:
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    Good morning and thank you for the blurbequerque. Looking for some insight from Grey and all on something I’m randomly mulling.

    12 team 6X6 H2H with disgustingly shallow 21 man rosters, but my big money league @ $200 per. Currently in third at 4-2 with the loss of Hamilton and Longo most of the season and missing chunks from Stanton, LoMo.

    Started the year with Napoli and finally dropped him for Soto a while back, just to lose Soto. Now dealing with Ianetta and as I assumed, he wears my patience quite thin. I just dropped him for LeCroy because I need AVG.

    Another team has put Mauer on the block. We keep 3 and he is a 6th round keeper. I would not entertain the thought of keeping him but….

    Does he have enough if any value to make an offer?

    I have Hamilton coming back next week and need to make room for him. Thinking of offering a OF and SP for him. My OF is:
    Hamilton
    Stanton
    Heyward
    Rasmus
    LoMo

    My SP staff is:
    Weaver
    Hommy
    Oz
    Gio
    Garza
    DHud
    JZimm
    Homer

    The other guy is weak in OF and SP. Thinking of offering my 5th OF in LoMo and a SP for Mauer. How far up my SP totem pole would you go with this? Or would you do this at all? With AVG being my only real need right now, is Mauer worth attempting this for at this point?

    Sorry for the long post!

  42. El Gato says:
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    Just been offered Kuroda for Piniero and Ogando – I have to do this right? Still recovering from a bender last night so not quite thinking correctly…..

  43. Adam says:
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    Have a cluster-f at 3B/OF due to injuries. With Jack Hannahan sucking as originally expected and a Lonnie Chisenhall call-up likely…do you think I should pick up Chisenhall and drop M.Renyolds (wright replacement) or N.Swisher (rasmus/holliday replacement)? 12 team, H2H, 8 player keeper.

  44. Pooch says:
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    E. Sanchez or Kenley Jansen for now/RoS?

  45. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Scott:

    Was watching a game the other day and they were talking about shutouts and how there were 5 shutouts that day making it the 5th time this year alone where at least 5 teams were shutout. They then said, over the last 14 years, there were only 3 days where there were at least 5 teams shutout. Damn players can’t hit at all.

    Check out my match up this week. It’s like every pitcher the guy I’m playing(I always play this good :) is teasing with a shutout.

    My Score : 50k 1.73 ERA .94 WHIP and 6QS

    His Score : 59K 1.30 ERA .85 WHIP and 7QS

    There is no way in hell that 5 games into the week, pitching stats should be that good 6-8 starters deep.

  46. Mr2Bits says:
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    What the hell is going on with people obliques? Is that code word for mangina these days? Hafner, Beachy, Ross……..baseball players are the biggest pussies I have ever seen.

  47. Mr. Rickey says:
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    @Lines: I feel your pain – had Morneau and Jhoulys on the bench

  48. Chase says:
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    Just read an ESPN fantasy article by Berry picking Berkman over AGonz for the rest of the season

  49. The Spaceman says:
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    @ Grey

    I hope yesterday’s travels were enjoyed man! I’m won’t bore you w/ longwinded questions, but it would be rad if you could pick 2;
    Trumbo, Belt, Chisenhall, Montero, Ian Stewart, Rizzo, Trout, Dirks.

    And simply; Ianetta or Lucroy?

    Lastly… likelyhood of Milano closing out games out in LA? (you can toss out a ballpark %) Thanks!

    Enjoy the weekend Grey,

    - The Spaceman

  50. birdis78 says:
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    Rios or V.Guerrero – rest of the year? I know Vlad is getting older, but is currently and will likely continue hitting for higher average, power, and more RBIs than Rios… I see runs about equal. Only thing Rios has on him is speed, which is not as good as it was last year… So what gives? Last year I believe Rios was underrated most of the year… this year the total opposite.

  51. Tony says:
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    @Chase: that sounds like berry….

  52. Ed Nugent says:
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    starting Wood vs Cleveland tonight?

  53. @Chase:
    Berry is as useless as tits on a nun. Next he’ll tell us the Chaz Bono is ‘big-boned’ and in fact a very handsome man. Berry is president of the douchetards. Now back to your regularily scheduled program…

  54. @Ed Nugent:
    I’m giving the Indians some Wood.

  55. @El Gato:
    Drink lots of water…
    I would take that deal without hesistation.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matt: Oliver

    @Flunkie: Sure

    @Lines: Ha

    @johnny: Lucroy

    @Casey Blake’s Beard: Narveson, McDonald, Morton…

    @team gop: Hehe

    @Curt: Yup

    @Mr2Bits: Damon

    @Earl Battey: I wouldn’t make that move.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Nope

    @Salty Balty: Maybe on Davis… Interlock?

    @AdamH: Yup

    @Craigo Z: Sure

    @Tony: Yeah, it’s crazy.

    @Buge Hoobs: Damon

    @Tony: Yeah, hopefully.

    @Wooda: Belt

    @xopchipili: Yup

    @Scott: Yup

    @Mr. Rickey: Salas

    @Wilsonian: Stanton?

    @Buddo Chezuski: Maybe

    @Lopes: Gordon

    @Eddy: Morning, Desmond…

    @the grate one: Yes, yes…

    @Sean: Ha

    @ev dawg: Nope

    @Eddy: Weaver

    @Scott: Pena

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: Johnson

    @JV: Yup

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: Yup

    @Buge Hoobs: Pena

    @nyydj2: Anderson? Maybe Hamels? Chacin?

    @El Gato: Yup

    @Adam: Reynolds

    @Pooch: Jansen

    @Mr2Bits: Ha!

    @Chase: Go big or go home!

    @The Spaceman: Belt, Trumbo…Lucroy…20%

    @birdis78: Rios

    @Ed Nugent: Yup

    @Dr. Stats: Ha!

    ***Guys (and 3 girls), I’m gonna do my best to check in before the afternoon post but I’m about to drive 4 hours to a godforsaken cousin’s wedding.***

  57. Ian says:
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    I’m trying to trade some pitching for hitting in an NL only league. Is offering Latos for Stubbs enough? Otherwise I could offer Chacin. His youth and ball park still make me nervous.

  58. drpepper says:
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    Trying to figure out a sell-high strategy for Granderson. Would offering him for some like Uggla make sense?

  59. yeah, my main team’s been hovering around .266 all year and that’s good for 11 roto points in a 14-team league. it’s getting ridiculous.

  60. @Ian:
    Personally I would want quite a bit more than Latos or Chacin for Stubbs. Nevertheless, as a starting point offer I don’t think it’s offensive. Stubbs is a 25/40 player IMO. Good luck bro.

  61. KCC26 says:
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    i know it depends on the situation, but in terms of pure value, would you deal jered weaver straight up for the dread pirate?

  62. Tony says:
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    @drpepper: id think higher than that…..

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: ha…I think my 16 teamer is actually better. I’m in 4th in that league (although I’m 1st in the 8 teamer). The problem with the 8 team is that there are too many good FAs and too many teams that could blow up any second. Plus there’s money involved in the 8 teamer.

  64. @drpepper:
    The Grandyman is one of the hottest players in MLB. Reach for the stars, or atleast a lot higher then Uggla IMO. Good luck.

  65. @KCC26:
    Almost always I’ll take the stud hitter over a stud pitcher. Grrrr matey, go for the Pirate. Weaver will be easier to replace than a 30/30 player.

  66. Join a Dynasty League and took over a real bad team which was cool of me – This is the letter that the team that wants José Bautista wrote me – he is upset that I am not making this trade – maybe Grey its better than I thought and I should jump on this trade

    Hey man,

    I appreciate you taking that team over. I have to tell you, though, that I’ve gotten some feedback that you haven’t been very responsive to trade proposals and emails. I also have to admit that you haven’t been very responsive to my notes. I fully realize that LoD can be ridiculously intense at times, but it has a bit of a different culture and etiquette than most leagues. People tend to expect responses within a day or two normally.

    I’m just sending you this note because I know you haven’t been here very long and it can take some time to adjust and figure things out. Hopefully, we can get things ironed out because I know you’re a very solid manager. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Adam

    ADAMS TEAM – HIS BEST PLAYERS

    Brian McCann
    Albert Pujols
    Robinson Canó
    Evan Longoria
    Troy Tulowitzki
    Carl Crawford
    Matt Kemp

    Roy Halladay
    Jon Lester
    Chris Pérez
    Jonny Venters
    Jair Jurrjens
    Tommy Hanson
    Jorge De La Rosa
    Jonathan Sánchez

    MY TEAM – MY BEST PLAYERS

    José Bautista
    Casey McGehee
    J.J. Hardy
    Ike Davis
    Aaron Hill
    Denard Span
    Luke Scott
    Shane Victorino

    Gio González
    Jaime García
    Johnny Cueto
    Jonathan Papelbon
    Kyle Drabek
    Jason Marquis
    Iván Nova

    Shane Victorino

    DYNASTY LEAGUE – THIS IS ADAM BEST OFFER FOR BAUTISTA AND LOOK AT HIS TEAM – WHY IS HE CRYING – I veto this trade with an hour – how fast does he want me to veto this trade with 5 minutes

    Hunter Pence
    Desmond Jennings
    Madison Bumgarner FOR
    [ View Trade ] José Bautista
    Johnny Cueto

  67. Tony says:
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    @mrbaseball: haha just email him back, SUCK IT.

    How does that dude have that many elite players? How many teams mr basebal? He has the absolute best player at every position in all of baseball and two of the best OF’ers in baseball and Halladay and Lester? WTF

  68. trick dad says:
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    @Adam: If you want extra roster space for a couple of weeks, and your catcher is droppable, you could go catcherless. I do it from time to time and swap in catchers when its optimal.

  69. Good You? says:
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    @grey: i need first base depth, i have trumbo but hes struggling bad, do i keep him, or drop him for moreland?

  70. Danny Tanner says:
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    Alex Avila or Chris Iannetta?

  71. Wilsonian says:
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    @mrbaseball: I would be hard pressed to not send a reply where I wasn’t being a dick, or at least the slightest bit of an ass. With his team, that’s a joke of an offer. If he wants Joey Bats and Cueto, he needs to offer you at least one of his top bats. Pence is good, but look at the rest of his team. That’s ridiculous.

  72. Josh says:
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    I wouldn’t be down on Downs. You must not have seen the game, but Tori Hunter lost the ball in the sun and that is why Downs gave up his FIRST earned run this season. I wouldn’t be worried. If Hunter caught the routine fly ball the game would have gone into extra innings.

  73. ujoh says:
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    Thinking of a potential change at 2B for the .194 hitting Espinosa. Any of these guys any better?

    R.Roberts, KJo, Beckham, Aviles, Barney, OCab, Theriot……

    Don’t really need power or speed in particular. Just some consistency would be nice.

  74. Tony says:
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    @ujoh: is Kjo kelly johnson…. get him, now

  75. trick dad says:
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    @ALL – chisenhall or lawrie a better speculative 3B pick up for a keeper league?

    chisenhall seems like a better prospect, while lawrie has been on fire at AAA this year.

  76. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I call Chacin “Orange Jhoulys” as in orange you glad you drafted him 182nd overall? Why yes, yes I am.

    Braun’s shoulder reportedly bothered him before the game. I saw the clip of him batting and then leaving the game. Didn’t like what I saw. I’m officially nervous.

  77. GREYSTACHE,

    2 questions:

    1 : who do you like more for the rest of the year in a 12 tm al only keeper: Danny Duffy or Derek Holland (nice outing last night, but mad inconsistent)

    2 : If you were to trade one you like the least (out of holland or duffy), what would you be asking for in return. (I’m trying to get an OF). Is the JD Drew area probably the best I’d be able to get (#3/4 OF)?

  78. Jackie says:
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    Cameron Maybin has an OPS of .953 on the road. Maybe we need to come up with the hitter version of the Hodge Padre?

  79. JohnnyFive says:
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    @mrbaseball Seems to me that he’s more annoyed that you haven’t been responding to trade offers within his idea of an acceptable time frame. I’d just get back to him and let him know that if he wants an elite player like Bautista, he’s going to have to give one up. Even in a dynasty league, I wouldn’t do Bumgarner, Jennings and Pence straight up for Bautista right now. Call me crazy.

  80. I would have bet my fictional farm on a CarGonzoBeans pulled groin joke…

    You’re a tricky mustachio to get a handle on Monsieur Grey.

  81. @trick dad: i actually think lawrie’s a better prospect. has more upside with the bat, anyway, i think. if chisenhall’s a better prospect it’s because his 3B defense is better, but who cares about that.

    i think chisenhall’s most likely to settle into something like the casey blake / michael young zone as a fantasy hitter, solid but unspectacular, whereas lawrie has a shot to be more of a real stud.

    could always be wrong, prospects are sneaky.

  82. crews says:
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    @Grey: Live in the SF Bay Area, watched 30 minutes of baseball yesterday, saw the Morneau HR…it was a bomb and off a lefty (David Purcey). Yes I’m a Morneau owner and am suddenly cautiously optimistic…
    BTW, I HATE HATE HATE closers. On top of the LA, STL and TEX situations, I saw the box on the SF-LAD game…loved the Beach Boy’s line. Fear the Beard indeed…

  83. @mrbaseball: yeah, i don’t see where he’s “crying” about you “not taking that deal.” he’s saying he’s been hearing from other owners that you’ve been slow on replies – not just on this specific deal, if you really did reject (veto?) it within an hour fine. but that’s actually a totally reasonable-sounding note.

  84. t-rex says:
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    @Grey: dooode… I believe you meant to say “I’m about to drive 4 godforsaken hours to a cousin’s wedding” not “I’m about to drive 4 hours to a godforsaken cousin’s wedding” unless your cousin is really godforsaken! Hope your cousin isn’t reading.

  85. @t-rex: no, i think he meant what he said.

  86. Clueless says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    AL 10 Teamer:

    Dunn, Kubel, Napoli for Konerko, Brett Anderson, Shoppach

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.

    Clueless

  87. trick dad says:
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    @wily mo: good point, forgot that the defense would factor into the prospect ratings, which im not concerned with

  88. Martin says:
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    @grey- how much do you like scherzer more then chacin? Chacin has been looking a bit better stat wise and he had a great start @ Phi yesterday. However, his k/bb kinda sucks.

  89. ETMcgee says:
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    do you guys get a cut of the razzball inspired t-shirt profits? b/c if so, i’m still waiting for the razzball “donkeycorn, sagnof” t-shirts.

  90. Richie says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Albert Pujols hasn’t hit a home run in 91 at bats, the longest drought in his career. Buy low or steer clear?

  91. CL says:
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    How do we feel about starting Latos at home tonight vs. Bedard & The Mariners?

  92. anon says:
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    I just saw that Berry ranked Berkman #13 overall for the rest of the year and came here to make fun of him, but I see you guys already beat me to it. Damn!!

  93. GMen says:
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    @Grey: I need one more start to hit the weekly min.

    Do I start: Ian Kennedy home against the Twins; Shaun Marcum home against the Rockies; Roy Oswalt home against the Rangers?

    Thanks

  94. Grey — is the cousin godforsaken or the wedding?

    Oh, and a couple of baseball questions as well (this is for a deep 20-team league):

    First, with each coming off their best performance of the season, would you start either Liriano (@ARI/Hudson) or Volquez (@CLE/Carrasco) on Sunday? Neither? Both?

    And second, do you have any insights about what Tyson Ross’ injury does to the Oakland rotation? I’ve seen David Purcey, Josh Outman, and Guillermo Moscoso mentioned as possible replacements. I found a “blech” comment on Moscoso from ’09 but not much else on Razzball or elsewhere. Any of these guys worth keeping an eye on?

    Thanks.

  95. Mr2Bits says:
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    I hope that Grey has Obliques in his buy today as I need about 4 to get my team healthy right now.

  96. @trick dad: the one thing to consider about chisenhall v. lawrie’s defense is if your keeper team really desperately needs a 3B (and whose doesn’t?). lawrie might move to the OF. although apparently his D’s been improving some. has it improved enough, hard to tell from inside this internet.

  97. @trick dad: the one thing to consider about chisenhall v. lawrie’s defense is if your keeper team really desperately needs a 3B (and whose doesn’t?). lawrie might move to the OF. although apparently his D’s been improving some. has it improved enough, hard to tell from inside this internet.

    i always go for the bat though.

  98. GMen says:
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    @anon: Not only did Berry rank Berkman #13 overall, on his podcast a few days ago he said that Berkman didn’t have a history of injuries. Did he conveniently forget that Berkman missed the last two years with injuries?? The guy is a joke.

  99. CL says:
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    Re: ESPN fantasy baseball & content

    that’s what happens when you put it on cruise control in Major Media, and when your viewers generally don’t want to think for themselves. Spoon Feed Me! Yum! Garbage In, Garbage Out. ESPN = FoxNews or MSNBC.

    That being said, I do read some of it sometimes (particularly Karabell, but even he seems late to the party on stuff lately) to round out the opinions given here and my own opinions.

    I consider this site, and these guys, to be the “PBS News Hour” of the Fantasy Baseball/Football NewsOpinion World. I hope this came out as compliment??!!

  100. EK says:
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    @Richie: of crs buy low if someone is selling low

  101. EK says:
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    Please rank these OF going fwd:
    Pence
    Rasmus
    Delmon Young
    Hart
    Coghlan

    Thank you.

  102. @anon: @GMen: yeah, i have been and still am relatively bullish on berkman by the local standards, and even i think putting him #13 for the rest of the year is nutty. berkman at his absolute prime peak was -around- #13 overall -some- of the time.

  103. Grey

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    @anon: Wow, hadn’t heard that. Even if you didn’t believe my Sell on him, that’s reason enough to be worried.

    ****When I get to my hotel, I’ll answer comments. For now, help each other. Thanks!

  104. Wilsonian says:
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    @GMen: I’ll definitely admit that I played that when I was in college a few years back, but damn he looks like a complete douchebag.

  105. Mhfella says:
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    In the same article Berry sticking with Juan Pierre repeating 68 steals this year. Yikes.

  106. GMen says:
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    @Everyone: Speaking of prospects, the M’s are close to pulling the trigger on Ackley. I wanted to get everyone’s opinion of him.

    My two cents, he’s overrated. He’s a career .269/.373/.413 hitter in the minors, and he’s got limited speed potential. Based on his stat’s and pedigree, he’s going to be more like Adam Kennedy (also selected in the 1st round, btw) than Chase Utley.

  107. EK says:
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    Venters or Walden? Even if Venters doesn’t close it looks like he’ll end up with more value. 12 team H2H and I already have Nunez and Madson closing.

  108. BKK says:
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    Would anyone deal Ethier straight up for Granderson?

  109. @GMen: yeah, i agree. certainly in the short term. nobody’s ever really said that ackley’s going to have speed or home run power. he’s just supposed to be this amazing pure hitter. but his minor league BAs have been underwhelming too.

    now the scouts do say that the hit tool is there and so maybe it just hasn’t shown up yet for some reason and he’ll surprise us relative to the middling minor league numbers. i do think that’s possible, even likely. but even if that happens he’s still not going to be some kind of utley. especially this year. i’m not even going to bother trying to add him in mixed, personally.

  110. Clueless says:
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    @mrbaseball:

    The note that he sent was very reasonable. The trade offer not so much.

  111. mwgris says:
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    Who has the best shot to turn their season around of Tabata, Alvarez, Beckham? Thanks.

    RIP Macho Man

  112. Clueless says:
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    @Grey: Help each other? What? :-) Enjoy the wedding. I hope your significant other does not mind you checking baseball scores during the ceremony. lol.

  113. Wilsonian says:
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    Pineda for BJ-Up a fair deal? I would be dealing Pineda.

  114. Wilsonian says:
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    @Clueless: how about this…I’m getting married tomorrow, would it be wrong of me to be “going to the bathroom” every 10-15 minutes to check scores?

  115. TravestyJones says:
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    Flip Alex Gordon for Soria?

  116. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****There’s a new post for new questions.*******

  117. Exactly says:
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    who does everyone like best?

    arencibia, yadier, suzuki, iannetta, lucroy, ramon hernandez?

    Thanks.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Wait a second, are you my cousin?

    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.********

  119. Jake in Columbus says:
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    Hmm, just sent Chacin packing along with Farnsworth for Gallardo since couldn’t swing sending Zimmermann instead. Still think Chacin will regress some while Gallardo bounces back some, but can’t say I’m not second guessing it in hindsight.

  120. bogbert says:
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    @Grey: Hah!

  121. papasmurf says:
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    I have Bruce and Stanton in my 16 team keeper league. Possibly the best power hitting RFs outside of Bautista. Then I have Boss Upton and Jennings for the other two spots. It’s gonna be fun next year.

    Thanks to them 2, my team has gone from dead last in homers to 7th in about 3 weeks. This despite getting a combined one homer from Morales (done), Hill (sucks), Ramirez (over the hill), my expected power contributors.

  122. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @GMen: yeah,im not interested in him,i could see in a deep 16 team or AL only

  123. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jake in Columbus: yeah,on paper chacin and farns easy,i own chacin in 3 leagues,no one will trade for him

  124. Whiskey Diet says:
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    @mrbaseball: Why does the guy want Bautista? Like someone said, his team literally can’t get any better.

    Maybe try to get Lester / Crawford for Bautista or something. If you could turn him into a solid bat and a No. 1 SP that might be worth it, at this point you just need more solid players. Tell the guy to piss off, your team isn’t that good and you are well aware, like you said.

  125. Jeff says:
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    How was Kyle Lohse jussst picked up in the ” ‘pert ” friends and family league? Especially with 14 teams. I’m considering picking him in a 4 team league with my GF the angels and the dodgers. “sheeeeesh”

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