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I read yesterday Brett Anderson might be headed for TJ surgery, which I believe is surgery done while a stray dog limps through the operating room… Wait, Googling TJ surgery.  Oh, it’s Tommy John surgery, not Tijuana surgery.  Silly me.  “No, I don’t want any chiclets, I’m having a tumor removed!”  That’s someone in Tijuana having surgery.  Something’s wrong with Anderson, Tommy John surgery or not.  He’s making a nice run to be included in the definition for Bennis Carpensheeter.  I just have to add an ‘r’ and it’s Brennis; you follow, Anderson.  I’m sure that’s his main concern.  “You know, my career was going fine until I was included in the Razzball glossary.”  That’s Brett Anderson talking to Bryant Gumbel’s head in a jar of formaldehyde on Real Sports in 40 years.  I wouldn’t drop Anderson yet, but I get the sense it’s not too far away.  Doesn’t anyone stay in one place anymore?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jemile Weeks – A’s are calling up their 2nd base prospect.  Jemile, schlimazel… Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Weeks has a brother in the major leagues.  $5 says you can name him.  Hint:  His first name sounds a lot like Sickie.  They’re similar players.  20/20 potential over a full season but should wear one of those old Asian lady masks while on a plane so they don’t catch anything.  I’m slightly less excited about Weeks because he’s yet to show big power or health in the minor leagues.  In AL-Only leagues, of course you take the flyer.

Scott Sizemore – Was recalled.  For right now, I’d take a wait and see approach in mixed leagues, but at MI that could change quickly.  BTW, MI Is A Name I Call My Middle Infielder was almost a Razzball t-shirt.  Alas, for now, you have the Sparky Anklebiter and It’s Tough Being Part Of A Platoon.  More to come.  Or not.  Depends on how these sell, I’m told by the little man with a top hat, cane and tuxedo.

Adam Rosales – Kirsten Drunkst’s co-star of Crazy/Beautiful hit his first home run.  He’ll probably co-own the A’s 3rd base timeshare with Sizemore.  Should help him save thousands on resort developer fees.

Dee Gordon – Was called up yesterday by the Dodgers.  Gordon’s fast.  And skinny.  He’s 150 pounds.  That’s how much my mustache weighs soaking wet.  He’s like Juan Pierre at shortstop.  Holy effin’ effholes, that’s a beautiful thing.  Imagine 60 steals at shortstop.  That’s like an 80′s sitcom dream where the wavy lines come in and Edna Garrett is making you a pot roast in a nightie.  That’s like Alcides Escobar and Everth Cabrera wrapped up in a burrito of “These are terrible examples, but I’m trying to make a point by lowering expectations.”  Gordon has decent enough on base skills to make the speed work, but he’s raw and only 23 years old.  Nobody likes you when you’re 23!  I’d take a flyer in every league where you need speed, just remember he could steal 35 bases from now until October or he could struggle and be replaced by Furcal in a few weeks.  It’s rookie nookie and it could give you a nice adrenaline rush or make you itchy.

Ted Lilly – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Phillies wasn’t a start I wanted to gamble on.  Sonavabench!

Marcus Thames – 0-for-4.  Back in the lineup and batting third… The .247 career hitting Marcus Thames.  Three ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers!

Hanley Ramirez – Finally lands on the DL for the first time in his career.  Check it off the bucket list.

Javier Vazquez – 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  After benching or dropping him before his previous solid starts, I figured the only way to get him to throw a terrible game was to stick him in my lineup.  Worked like a charm.  Slanted mouth emoticon.

Jake Peavy – To the DL with a strained right groin.  “Hold on, honey, I’m just straining the fusilli… Wait, is this Jake Peavy’s right groin?”  Talk about an awkward moment.

Alex Rios – He’s out for a mental break, which in the medical community is called “being out to lunch,” but I’m not a doctor, though I did fall asleep watching a Scrubs rerun last night.  For those with questions on Rios, the girl who’s dating me for my fantasy baseball ‘pertise/mustache, dropped him yesterday.  If she can do it, I bet you guys can too.

John Danks – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks and he tied Wilson Valdez with one win.

Matt Garza – 4 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Welcome back!…And bleh.  It’s usually wise to sit a guy coming off the DL until he shows he’s healthy unless he has a good matchup.  Against the Reds wasn’t a good matchup and his next start isn’t much better.

Dexter Fowler – I’ve said this a few times on this web log, but how do teams get away with DL’ing whomever they want?  A few days ago the Rockies were talking about demoting Fowler, now he’s suddenly DL’d.  Don’t have to wear a monocle to find that suspicious.

Charles Blackmon – He’s effectively replacing Fowler.  His AAA stats look great .346/10 HRs/12 SBs but he plays in Colorado Springs which is like Coors sans humidor.  (BTW, doesn’t this guy have a perfect Caribbean name?  U. of Colorado isn’t too far away – could we call him the Buffalo Soldier?)  He hasn’t shown great power or speed in the minors so he may turn out to be somewhere between Spilborghs and Seth Smith.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see him platoon with Spilborghs since he’s a lefty.  Worth a shot in daily leagues, but wouldn’t take a silver bullet for him.

Chris Nelson – 2-for-4 and he’s now started four days in a row.  The Rockies really suffer from too much upside.  All of their guys are intriguing if they’d just play every day.

Brian Matusz – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks and the win.  This start was against an A’s lineup that is ranked 25th or lower in all major hitting categories.  They only have 33 home runs as a team.  That would be bad in the dead ball era.  The Ghost of “Home Run” Baker, “Shut your non-wooden teeth mouth, you rapscallion!”

Anthony Rizzo – Padres are expected to call him up any day now, Annie Potts.  You wait with bated breath.  Or baited if you’re into misspellings.

Frank Francisco – 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  He took the loss and blamed his inability to get major league hitters out.  Wait, no, that was me that blamed that.

Felipe Paulino – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He could throw a gem next time out or he could give up 7 earned in 3 innings.  The mouth on the left side of the screen says “Risk” and the mouth on the right side says “Upside.”

Joakim Soria – Was renamed the closer as the manager said, “Who are we kidding?  We got Alex Gordon leading off, a guy with C cups as our DH… Nothing on our team makes sense except our closer.  Soria’s back in!”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs and his 12th home run.  He prefers if you call him The Drubal.  If you see him in public, lower your eyes.  You don’t meet eyes with The Drubal.

Josh Tomlin – 6 IP, 6 ER.  This was a solid start.  Correction.  No, it wasn’t.

Brennan Boesch – 5-for-6, 5 RBIs and 2 home runs.  Now has 3 home runs in the last three games.  Well, he looked good in April for a second, then he looked terrible in May.  So it seems like you have another 23 days to own him.

Nelson Cruz – I’d mentioned he hit two home runs yesterday but I’m afraid I’m going to jinx him and he’s going to get hurt.  Moving along…

Matt Tolbert – 7 for his last 15, and that’s The Tolbert Report.

Jimmy Rollins – Battling a sore knee.  Going for an MRI.  They should just put an MRI machine behind 2nd base in Philadelphia and Utley/Rollins will decide before each hitter who’ll get x-rayed.  “Reyes is stealing.   Throw to 2nd.  Utley applies the tag….Reyes is out!  And so is Utley for 15 days!”

Brad Lidge – Because of elbow soreness, he’s flying to Philly for exams.  Seems like if someone has elbow soreness the last thing they should be doing is flapping their arms.

  1. Michael says:
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    What, Michael Morse doesn’t brook a mention? Come on, give him a shout out. Or are you holding out intentionally, terrified of jinxing him?

  2. Chicago Mark says:
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    Jemile sounds like a girls name. Are you sure she didn’t work at the brewery back in the 70′s with Penny Marshall?

  3. WDE05 says:
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    First!

    Grey…I love the new nickname for Asdrubal. The “Drubal” is carrying my team on his back with my top 3 picks (hanley, holliday and the catcher whose name I will not mention) are on the DL. Please let the Drubal continue to hit dingers with Brantley on base.

    If Anderson needs TJ surgery, would you pick up any of the following: Holland, Neise, Joe Saunders, Jeff Karstens, Guthrie, Dustin Moseley, Vargas, Maholm, or Marquis?…Also, Dempster and Peavy were dropped today so I could put in a waiver claim on one of those two.

  4. WDE05 says:
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    …guess I took too long typing that post given that I was no longer first by the time I finished it.

  5. milksteak says:
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    Espinosa, Figgins,Wiggington, or Dee Gordon?

  6. chata says:
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    “Hello suckeroos …. and suckerettes .”

    (the tee shirt should have read “it’s tough being part of a BLAHtoon”)
    cust kayin’ .

    are you squiggy with it ?

  7. Vince says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve been offered Felix and AJ Burnett for my Pence and Ricky Romero… Worth it? I’m thinking I give too much because I really don’t trust/like Burnett, but what do you think? Here’s my team (12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper) :

    C: Montero
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Johnson
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Pence
    Util: Rasmus
    Bench: Lind, Trumbo, Lawrie

    SP: Verlander, Romero, Scherzer, Liriano, Latos, Lilly, Norris, Matusz

  8. barker says:
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    hey grey great post

    nl only semi shallow league non keeper

    torres or dom brown

  9. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Need closer help: Street, Storen, League or Santos from here-on-out?

    Thanks

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:10 team h2h 8×8 league,Humber or Vargas?

  11. Hi Grey, anyone — two part question here:

    –First, anyone starting Liriano tonight? My instinct says no, but his two strongest starts this year both came off of long rests and Minnesota is playing well these years and the Indians are really struggling (except for Drubal, who is hitting something like .500 against Liriano in his career).

    –And second, in a 20-team roto league, are any of these guys spot start worthy for tomorrow? Maholm vs. ARI, Cook @SD, Moseley vs. COL.

    Thanks!

  12. Oh, also, with Mortensen pitching 6 shutout innings for Colorado last night, what does that do with Nicasio’s hopes to stay in the rotation?

  13. Futureman says:
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    In a points league, who do you like better for the rest of the year?

    Choo or Rajai

    Thanks

  14. xopchipili says:
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    any concerns starting Haren tonight?

  15. uziguzi says:
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    And you still act like you’re in freshman year!

    The pop culture references are always great, but that Blink reference was particularly genius. Great write-up today.

  16. Commish Cauda says:
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    Speaking of NOT starting pitchers right after they come off the DL….

    H2H-Points

    Liriano: @CLE (Carrasco) & vsTEX (Harrison)
    OR
    Humber: vsSEA (Felix) & possibly a 2nd start vsOAK

  17. Sach says:
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    Rubby De La Rosa starting today for LAD, any outlook on him? Thx

  18. Votto-voom says:
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    Tiajuana surgery?? Ha! Wished I’d thought of it instead of stealing it and swearing I made it up. Very good stuff.

    4×4 strikeouts don’t matter. Colon, Lilly, Harrison, danks. Which is worse for rest of year, or are they basically the same.

  19. mets fan says:
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    Grey what’s going on with eric young jr he gets called up plays five days straight gets a hit in every game steals 3 bases yet they wanna bench him and bat cargo leadoff I don’t get it..

  20. Fletch says:
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    Stanton & McCutchen too much to give for Timmy or Weaver?

  21. Flunkie says:
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    If you could have two of the three for the rest of the season, who would you want:

    Endy Chavez, Ryan Theriot, Chone Figgins

  22. Hans says:
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    @Grey Dee Gordon or Ian Desmond and any idea where Gordon will be batting in the order for runs potential? I wouldn’t drop Desmond, but who would you be starting in the interim. Also, it’s a proud day for Serg Protector owners, he is currently rated the #1 closer in the fantasy game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is from the yahoo ranks.

  23. In fairness to Matt Garza, every matchup is a bad one for the Cubs.

  24. Hans says:
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    @Fletch way too much…..

  25. Dad says:
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    @Grey: I traded Walden & League for Konerko & Swisher in a 8×6 H2H league (OBP, K’s & TB’s). Good enough haul?

    Same league, which prospect do you think makes the biggest impact this year: Rizzo, Gordon, Weeks? (I’d be dropping LaPorta)

    You got me with that Lidge line. Nice work.

  26. Peeved Off says:
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    Should I be trying to sell Pineda now? Will an innings limit play a role? Would Shin-Soo Choo be a good target straight up?

  27. abNormal says:
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    Say these guys were starting for me: Aaron Hill, Justin Morneau — if you could only claim one, which would you (I’d be dropping someone else — unless it’s okay to just go ahead and scrub Hill) would you go for B. Lawrie or A. Rizzo? Thanks Grey

  28. Matt K says:
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    @Grey: I’m in 5th of 12 in the SB category, and since tabata slowed down his base stealing, i’m considering grabbing Dee Gordon. Do you think dropping Luke Scott for Gordon is a worthwhile risk? I was expecting/hoping for close to 30 hr’s from Scott, but with his shoulder the way it is, I’m not sure if I have faith in him to hit ok. Drop Scott? keep scott and forget Gordon?

    (btw, my hr/rbi suck as well, but i don’t know if scott’s going to do anything for me there anyways).

  29. KeeblerMN says:
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    Do you drop Barney for Weeks or Sizemore?
    Or do you drop Sands, Reimold, Ibanez or Bernadina?
    Or hold steady.
    God my team is depressing.

  30. Eddy says:
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    re: Lidge- Ha!!!

  31. Josh says:
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    Rizzo over LaPorta? Tougher ballpark for Rizzo, but probably a primer spot in the batting order, LaPorta can’t seem to get out of the eighth spot.

  32. CoreyII says:
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    Gray / anyone with an opinion –

    Would you try to buy low on Hanley right now, or stay away? I’ve been starting a string of crummy SSs (currently Bartlett), and am considering trading for Hanley. Giving up a good SP like Scherzer a good trade idea?

  33. bobbo says:
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    @CoreyII: You trade Scherzer (how “good” is he really?) for Hanley in a heartbeat if someone is silly enough to make that move.

  34. Fellow Razzballers and Grey: In my 20-team roto league I have flyers out on five high-upside or hot OF and would probably do well to drop one or two to make room for a streaming pitcher. Can you guys help me rank the four? I don’t have a glaring weakness on offense … I’m just looking for value, whether SB, HR, AVE, etc. My roster includes:

    Endy Chavez
    John Jay
    Bourjos
    Eric Young Jr. (helping out at 2B as well)
    Bourgeois (hoping he’ll get 2B eligibility, but he hasn’t played there since coming back)

    How’d they rank from best to worst?

  35. @Sach: For what it’s worth, I think he’ll have a pitch limit, and the matchup @PHI and against Oswalt means a win is unlikely. I’m starved for pitching in a 20-team league but opted against RdlR today.

  36. bobbo says:
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    @Grey et al: Which SAGNOF would you rather be playing at your IF spot… EY Jr or Dee Gordon?

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    greywhats your thoughts on rostering frankfrank,id think he gets another shot at it if he comes around,

  38. frank rizzo says:
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    Alright damnit, this is hard. I have a choice between 2 closers but can only keep one. I can choose between Soria and League for the rest of the year. Is the Mexicutioner back for good?

  39. EG says:
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    Drew and Hosmer or Hanley? Thanks.

  40. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,do you think k-rod gets traded and looses closer gig,i can trade him or walden for a real good sp?

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chicago Mark: Ha!

    @WDE05: Dempster

    @milksteak: Espinosa

    @Vince: Eh

    @barker: Torres

    @Jack the Ripper: Street

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Bleh…Vargas

    @Enrique: Nope…Maholm

    @Enrique: Doesn’t help.

    @Futureman: Choo

    @xopchipili: Sure, I’d start him though.

    @uziguzi: Thanks!

    @Commish Cauda: Liriano

    @Sach: He has two terrible starts this week.

    @Votto-voom: Thanks! Harrison….

    @mets fan: I don’t either.

    @Fletch: Yes

    @Flunkie: Theriot, Figgy

    @Hans: Not sure where he’s batting, my guess is at the top of the order.

    @freak: True

    @Dad: Thanks! Trade’s solid. Gordon

    @Peeved Off: I’d take Choo.

    @abNormal: Lose Hill, Lawrie…

    @Matt K: I’d go with Gordon.

    @KeeblerMN: Weeks…Lose Reimold.

    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @Josh: I’d hold.

    @CoreyII: I’d go after Hanley.

    @Enrique: I’d lose Endy.

    @bobbo: Young

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, he’ll get save opps still.

    @frank rizzo: Soria

    @EG: Hanley

    @AL KOHOLIC: Trade K-Rod.

  42. So things worked out for you with that girl? I remember you describing your first date. In a few years I hope you blog about your engagement! Call your mother.

  43. NYStankees says:
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    @Grey: What the hell is a fella supposed to do with Shin-Soo Choo?! I’ve been benching him for most of the season and would really like the roster space. No one will trade for him (wonder why?). Can I just drop him or will I regret it later?

  44. DHill Dragons says:
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    @Grey,

    Please rank these SP’s moving forward: Bumgarner, Zimmermann, Lilly, Matusz, Morton.

    Thanks!

  45. trick dad says:
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    Grey – I have a dynasty draft tonight. Is this more or less how you’d rank these batters in a dynasty roto 6×6? Please let me know if you’d move anyone up or down:

    Michael Morse
    Lance Berkman
    Mark Reynolds
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Ian Stewart
    Brandon Allen
    Travis Snider
    Kila Ka’aihue
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    Derrek Lee
    Brent Lillibridge
    Alex Rios
    Brad Hawpe
    Chris Nelson
    Will Venable

  46. mets fan says:
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    grey gordon or eric young for mi?

  47. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: What do you make of Mike Leake? Fewer K’s since he was recalled from the minors, but better results. Is it a mirage?

  48. trick dad says:
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    @trick dad: it’s 30 teams, hence the rummaging..

  49. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    volquez ….. setting things straight tonight ?

  50. zzzzzz says:
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    Colby Lewis startable in 10-team H2H? I don’t trust him at all.

  51. Jake in Columbus says:
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    More likely to give you a rash – rookie nookie or Snooki nookie?

  52. Ethan Stein says:
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    I offered up my Utely for his Verlander. Even trade? I need some era and whip help. Also need help in R’s, but I figure Eric Young can help there – hopefully.

  53. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Boesch or EY2? I want better overall production.

  54. Clueless says:
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    Grey,

    Trying to keep up on my Wins and K’s but getting hard when you have Drabek and Lackey doing their best “Anchor” impersonations. In other words, weighing me down.

    I know this is problably a stupid question but if you had a choice to activate Drabek (@KC, BOS) or Lackey (@TOR) or stick a middle reliever (Crain) in, what would you do?

    For what its worth, I would probably vote for sticking lackey in their and take a flier but as we all know, Lackey at the Roger Centre can get roofied.

    Thanks,

    The Very Clueless and Indecisive Fantasy Owner. :-)

  55. bogbert says:
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    Kudos, Grey. Don’t know you how manage to pump out this super high-quality humor day after day, but you do. Always a great start to my day.

  56. theguarantee says:
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    @chata – You can’t spell volqKuez without the K. I’m throwing him personally….this whole thing smells of a big WTF – he goes down to work on his mechanics and control. Throws two games, walks 7, the assistant gm claims he threw the ball excellent…volqKuez claims he switched something hilariously small in his mechanics and feels great now. Only thing I can figure is they are somewhat desperate and saw a spot to bring him up to face two struggling lineups: Cubs and Giants and figure it’s the best chance to get his confidence back. Everything else about the situation seems non-sensical. And that is why I am starting him tonight and also why I will cry myself to sleep later.

  57. The Spaceman says:
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    @ Grey

    I hope all is well today in your world man. Quick question;

    Reyes for Weaver? Reyes for Lincecum? Or hold? Cheers,

    -The Spaceman

  58. @chata: i bet volquez does have a decent outing tonight, because he’s facing the scrubs… don’t let the illusions deceive you tho.

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    @Grey: I was wondering the same thing about K-Rod. I’m a little worried about him losing the gig, but he’s been pretty solid this season, so I don’t want to preemptively make a move that doesn’t need to be made. But I was wondering about dealing him for someone like Madson or Nunez (and maybe including Zobrist – I have Kelly Jo and Uggly, too – to try to get one of those closers plus Greinke). What do you think? Thanks man.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chata: Hopefully, but I wouldn’t start him tonight.

    @zzzzzz: In away games.

    @Jake in Columbus: Snookie

    @Ethan Stein: I’d take Verlander.

    @tHe sHiT: Boesch

    @Clueless: I’d go with a MR over one of those SPs.

    @bogbert: Thanks!

    @The Spaceman: Thanks, you too! Those deals are fair, not a huge fan of dealing for an ace. Can deal a #2-3 OF for a guy like Scherzer and get as much out of it.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t deal a closer for a closer.

  62. Will says:
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    Votto and Soria or Fielder and Sizemore???

  63. Durb says:
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    Pitch Hudson @ Pit tonight?

  64. airweino says:
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    Rizzo for Bumgarner?

    Already loaded at 1B with Pujols, Teixeira, and Cabrera (oh, and Hosmer for good measure).

  65. frankie beans says:
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    Was that just a joke about Soria reclaiming the closer’s role? I’m not seeing it reported anywhere yet. Thanks.

  66. STRAWberry says:
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    @Ethan Stein: You’re winning that trade

  67. The Spaceman says:
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    @Grey

    The swift reply is appreciated sir! I too am never a fan of dealing for an ace. My batting has kept my 3rd of 18 and my pitching leaves much to be desired. Hence, the only reason I am even entertaining said offers. I’ll likely accept for Weaver…

    Thanks again and have a good one!

    - The Spaceman

  68. Higgins says:
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    Scherzer or Bedard?

  69. airweino says:
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    Another Rizzo trade idea to throw out there….Rizzo & Teheran for Prado? Hurting at 3B with Zimmerman hurt. Too much to give up?

  70. Benny says:
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    Are you buying low on either Werth or Uggla? Or have they been too craptastic even bother buying low on?

  71. MeanMachine says:
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    Who would you rather have for the rest of the year: Storen, Farnsworth or League?

  72. EK says:
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    @Durb: I’m must starting Hudson tonight no reason not to

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Soria regains role as closer: Royals RP Joakim Soria has done enough after Monday’s appearance against Toronto to earn back his role as closer for Kansas City, reports CBSSports.com Senior Writer Scott Miller. Manager Ned Yost told Soria of the move after the game. Pitching the 10th and 11th innings in a 2-2 ballgame, Soria was dominant as he didn’t allow a hit or walk over the two scoreless frames, picking up the victory in the process to improve to 4-3 on the season. He struck out one and 18 of his 26 pitches went for strikes.
    (U

  74. Jeff says:
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    16 team 5×5 roto keeper league. We keep 3 players each year. Currently in 4th place, but lagging a bit in HR’s (11th).

    Do I trade McCutchen (15th round keeper) straight up for Kemp (4th round keeper).

  75. Eddy says:
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    I’m surprised no one mentioned it here (especially when I was whining about Lawrie not being called up), but Lawrie has been on the 7-day DL in the minors and is eligible to come off on Wednesday.

    Let’s hope Wednesday’s the day.

  76. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Start Masterson tomorrow vs the Twins (Pavano)? Their lineup is VERY lefty-heavy.

  77. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Also, what do you think about Villanueva for a spot start vs. the Royals (Duffy)

  78. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man. I’ll hold tight. Small league,there are still some possible options available out there if K-Rod gets dealt.

  79. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Uggla’s on the waivers in one of my leagues. I have Hill at 2b and Aybar at MI with Lawrie stashed. Any reason to drop one of them to grab Uggla?

  80. Donny Kerabatsos' Ghost says:
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    Too many injuries, so I need to cut loose a prospective closer (that will most likely be picked up, but has no current trade value).

    Who do I cut: Lidge, Padilla, or Frank Frank

  81. Joe says:
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    Scherzer for Choo?

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Donny Kerabatsos’ Ghost: i say lidge,madson is on a roll and lidge just had another setback i think

  83. Joe says:
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    In a keeper Choo/Gaby Sanchez/5th round pick or Hellickson/Markakis/10th round?

  84. Will says:
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    @Grey: sorry about that…Votto and Soria or Prince Fielder and Grady Sizemore…which side?

  85. Feeding the Abscess

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    Went 1-26 yesterday, with no R, RBI, or SB. Let’s hope for a better day today!

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Dunn looks done at the plate: White Sox 1B Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 on Monday against the Mariners after going 1 for 4 on Sunday against Detroit. He has failed to record hits in consecutive games since May 18-19. Dunn is hitting just .186 for the season and has just four hits in his last 10 games with no multi-hit performances since May 14.
    (Updated 06/07/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 6/7/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Dunn has been held out against opposing lefties, but has struggled against all pitchers this year with only some occasional sparks of power this season. Coming off a 36-homer, 103-RBI season in 2010 with the Nats, he remains too valuable to simply give up on. However, he is killing owners who continue to activate him and is a player that should be reserved until he can something — anything — going.
    (U

  87. herschel says:
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    @Grey and Razzballers: does Lyon regain closer role when he returns from DL? sagnof?

  88. @AL KOHOLIC: dammmm brotha, just looked at the master standings for the RCL leagues and you are WAAAY up there. I’ got a lot of catching up to do (i’m # 24, i think you were #2 or #3).

  89. PepeSilvia says:
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    rank these pitchers, ROS:

    Dickey
    Morton
    Karstens
    Buehrle
    Gee

    thanks!

  90. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Choo just hit the waivers in my 12 team keeper. I could get rid of a stashed Moustakas to grab him. Is he gonna turn it around or should I let him sit? Thanks for your help today Grey.

  91. @Grey: i feel ya man, hardest thing about it is my work BLOCKS Espn fantasy site on our network. so i’ve had to come up with some creative ways to change my lineup… for the most part, i’ve basically just been going through the team each sunday and setting it up for the entire week from home. then checking results from the iphone. challenging…

    they block ESPN but they don’t block CBS (which is where the AL and NL only leagues are)… weird.

  92. Jay says:
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    Care to Rank ROS: Napoli, Avila, Soto? Thinking Soto should be a distant third but Napoli and Avila are close.

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: @The Talented Mr. Deez Nuts: thanks guys,but ill be the 1st to admit that it takes a lot of good breaks and luck,taking nothing away from the time and effort but no one wins leagues without those 2 things working for them,plus theres a long way to go,how many times i had a 2 or 3 stroke lead in golf going into the last couple holes only to choke,oh and must i not forget that grey and the rest of the razzballers supplying updated info and suggestions on here are a big big asset,thanks again

  94. Doog says:
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    In a dynasty points league, should I have to give something with Pedroia for Felix?

  95. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    FYI, just got this in my spyware blocking thing:

    URL: dertento.co.be/index.php?tp=616f5c3ffbe37c9c
    Name: Blackhole Exploit Kit (type 2021)

    As a threat on the site

  96. WDE05 says:
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    FYI…Dee Gordon is leading off tonight for the Dodgers.

    I have Lowrie so I’m looking for other options. Scutaro is back tonight and he starting over Lowrie. I’m considering giving Lowrie until Nishioka returns and making the switch if it appears Nishi is healthy. I’m keeping an eye on Gordon also because he could put up pretty solid #s if he sticks in the leadoff spot.

  97. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Your thoughts on Morrow lowering the ERA? I need K’s and have an offer of Morrow for Gardner that i am pondering.

  98. DHill Dragons says:
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    Anyone have any info on the likelihood of Longoria returning to the Rays lineup tonight? I know it’s a late game but my lineups lock when the first game of the day starts.

  99. WDE05 says:
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    @Grey:

    The problem with Gordon is that he’s only SS eligible and I really need another guy like Lowrie with multi-position eligibility. I know those guys are hard to come by and that’s why I’m keeping an eye on Nishi. What are your thoughts on him when he comes back from the DL?

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DHill Dragons: Not sure if he’ll play, but I’d play him just in case.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @WDE05: I’d want him over Lowrie too.

  102. DHill Dragons says:
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    @Grey: What if you could slide Youk to 3rd and start Morse at 1st? Still hang with Longoria vs. Haren?

  103. Doog says:
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    Grey,

    #102 when you have a few. Thanks.

  104. McBainus says:
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    Soria officially back as closer.

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that an MRI revealed that Jimmy Rollins (knee) has a “significant” bone bruise.
    Well, that’s no good. The Phillies are holding off on a roster move for now, but Rollins could head to the disabled list if he doesn’t see improvement over the next 24-48 hours. Wilson Valdez will fill in at shortstop again Tuesday.
    S

  106. Grey

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    @DHill Dragons: In that case, bench him.

    @Doog: Something real small. Like a very low end closer.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the heads up!

  107. Ed Nugent says:
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    Pick a side: Dan Hudson – Matt Joyce

    I have a deep enough pitching staff taht i can afford to lose Hudson. My hesitancy is that I don’t know much about Joyce other than that he’s raking right now. Can he keep it up or do you think he will return to medicority at some point?

  108. Ed Nugent says:
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    Same situation as above, would you trade Beckett instead of Hudson?

  109. The Burghler says:
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    12 team head to head 7×7 with ops/ks

    I need to pick 2 out of this group for 1 OF spot and 1 UTIL spot.

    Adam Jones, Corey Patterson, Morneau, Smoak, Brantley, Francouer.

  110. Doog says:
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    Thanks, Grey.

  111. Ed Nugent says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I can’t believe you wrote that whole article just to answer my question. So thorough…

  112. yanks4life says:
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    Top 2 out of: Danks,J. Zimmerman,Britton,Lilly,Lowe,Guthrie, Arrieta

  113. John Butte says:
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    Grey, its the Butteman here. Need an opinion. Werth has been scuffling in the utility spot in my shallow league. Should I cut him loose for any of Trumbo, Morse, or Moreland, and if so which one? This is a keeper league, so if you see big things for any of those guys next year please let me know.

  114. stumanji says:
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    1) The Riot or Dee Gordon at SS? CURSE YOU, FURCAL!!! (shakes fist at sky)

    2) B. Phillips/Beltran for N. Walker/Stanton. Who ya got??

  115. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    It was the homepage, I use Firefox.

  116. HBP in the Gloamin says:
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    @Jay:

    Why is Soto stuck batting 8th all year in a terrible Cubs line up that lacks power? He’s avg 21 HR per 500 AB for his career and could be a much needed run producer and you bat him 8th all year?

  117. yankees2011 says:
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    Hello Grey.

    Now that Crow is useless to me, do I drop him for Volquez? I could use some starting pitching depth. I also have T. Wood on my bench, so I could lose him as well.

    One more thing – is Rizzo worth grabbing at this point? Yahoo 12 Team H2H.

    Much thanks Grey!

  118. Steve says:
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    Zimmerman hitting and playing his position during his rehab assignment. Probably won’t be off the DL before the end of the Nats’ road trip, but can’t be too far away, hopefully…

  119. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Better value?
    Trade #1: Give up Bourn for Marcum
    Trade #2: Give up Gardner for Morrow
    If you had both Bourn and Gardner on the same team and needed an SP, which trade are you making?

  120. McBainus says:
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    @Steve: I own Zimmerman in every single one of my leagues except one…it will make my FBB season if Zimmerman comes back at full health and plays well.

  121. McBainus says:
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    Same with Josh Johnson…I own him freaking everywhere.

  122. Steve says:
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    Even though I own a couple of Blue Jays, I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping Vin Mazzaro pitches well tonight…

  123. jack says:
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    assuming same cost, should i target Ubaldo, Haren, or Hamels (all non-keepers)? For bench depth should i target Harang, Beachy, or Hughes?

  124. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Anderson officially to the DL. I’m officially a dumbass for drafting him.

  125. Yay! says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Figgins, Theriot, JJ Hardy. who do you like out of those guys? pick two, please.

    Thanks!

  126. Yay! says:
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    Put Jed Lowrie in there and make it best 3, actually :)

  127. debar says:
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    would you trade crawford & latos for hamels & stanton in a points league?

  128. debar says:
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    how bout crawford & latos for kershaw & stubbs?

  129. Sabean's Muzzle says:
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    Teixeira out of Yankee’s lineup after being HBP.

  130. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Yay!: Theriot, Hardy

    @debar: Hamels and Stanton…

  131. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    tex replaced at 1st by posada

  132. tex hit in knee, limping back to clubhouse, putting some weight on it but “looked bad” – probly x-rays – who knows, could be something broken but a knee’s gonna hurt anyway

    (didn’t actually see it myself, just getting this off twitter)

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hardy or bartlett

  134. Yay! says:
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    @Grey: Hey, you might’ve skipped my additional question…..

    pick 3 from Figgy Hardy Lowrie and Theriot

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Yay!: 146#

  136. Steve says:
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    What the fuck is wrong with Oswalt?

  137. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: To follow up on last question – is that because you are just that down on Garnder for ROS, or that bullish on Morrow because of his insanely low FIP (please don’t say “Both” – ha!).

  138. Yay! says:
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    Thanks Grey, you’re awesome! Keep mostaching!

  139. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Which side: Weeks for Wright/(Daniel Hudson or Garza)?

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Rizzo having MRI on thumb : The North County Times reports the Padres are awaiting the results for an MRI taken on prospect Anthony Rizzo’s left thumb. Rizzo has dealing with a bruised thumb for a little over a week but was in Triple-A Tucson’s lineup on Tuesday night. Rizzo is not expected to be recalled for Wednesday, but could be promoted in a few days.
    (Updated 06/07/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 6/7/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Rizzo sat out a few games with his thumb injury early last week but has been in the lineup in each of the last three games. However, the Padres just want to make sure his thumb is structurally sound, according to the report, which could mean he is on his way to the big leagues sooner rather than later. Fantasy owners should obviously keep an eye on his status moving forward while continuing to stash the 21-year-old in deeper seasonal formats.
    (Updated 06/07/2011).

  141. VinWins

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    Jays 58 steals now, same as all of last year.

    Lind HR!

  142. Tom Emanski says:
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    ^Awesome. I also own Jennings so it’s just been a swell time waiting their arrival.

  143. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tom Emanski: im waiting on jennings to,when already?

  144. Eddy says:
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    Poor Vin Mazzaro.

  145. Flunkie says:
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    Allen Craig just ran into a railing in RF trying to get to a foul ball, was down for a bit, looked like he banged up his knee pretty good. He walked off on the shoulders of Pujols and a trainer, though, so hopefully it’s just a bruise.

  146. rosenthal says teixeira x-rays negative, contusion, re-evaluated tomorrow

  147. Eddy says:
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    @Nuke LaDouche:

    I wouldn’t beat myself up for that. A few weeks ago he was absolutely dominating. I was actually looking to trade for him in a couple of leagues. Just bad luck, unfortunately.

  148. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Teixeira leaves with injury : Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira left Tuesday night’s contest against the Red Sox with an apparent knee injury. Teixeira was beaned in the left knee by Jon Lester during the first inning. He was helped off the field by trainers and replaced on the bases by Jorge Posada.
    (Updated 06/07/2011)
    Injury Report
    Knee – Questionable for June 8 vs. Boston
    (Updated – 6/7/11)
    Fantasy Analysis
    Teixeira seemed to be in a great deal of pain and had to be helped down the stairs of the dugout. However, the team has not announced the severity of his injury yet. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation as more details become available. When healthy, Teixeira can be considered a must-start Fantasy option.
    (Updated 06/07/2011).

  149. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: @tHe sHiT: I meant to put Bruce instead of Weeks. Ill end up with Bruce.

  150. @AL KOHOLIC: i like how they throw in the bonus information there at the end about how teixeira’s a good player when he’s healthy, just in case we were wondering

  151. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @wily mo: yeah,like ill grab him off of waivers or something,hehe,in grey post earlier this year,i picked him for mvp

  152. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Do you rank Morrow or Marcum higher for ROS? And by how much? I hadn’t even thought to ask that, as I just assumed you had Marcum higher, but now I am wondering…thanks!!

  153. royce! says:
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    Anyone watch the MIN game? How has Liriano looked thus far? After losing Anderson, I could really use a pick me up.

  154. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Nice, thanks!

    The post’s title’s hilarious… made me think that we should get Mr. T to star in an HBO soft core porn series set in Enlightenment Europe, titled B.A. Baroque Ass. You in?

  155. royce! says:
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    Jeter is DH’ing tonight? What are the Yankees trying to emulate the Mariners’ successful plan of playing .260ish slap hitters as DH? Yeesh.

  156. royce! says:
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    They should make it legal for Austin Jackson to take steroids so that we can properly refer to him as “Ajax.” That would be bad ass.

  157. Steve says:
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    I’m not sure how you could say this with any certainty whatsoever, but is Mini Donkey kind of, maybe, just starting to perhaps get it going?

  158. VinWins

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    Yunel leaves game with quad tightness.

  159. Steve says:
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    Pity you couldn’t have done that with the bases loaded a few inning back, Utley. Dork.

  160. Steve says:
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    @royce!: You need to stop hitting. It’s vexing me.

  161. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Last question on this topic.
    Gardner for Morrow
    or
    Bourn for Morrow + League/Madson/Hanrahan?
    FYI – I don’t really need saves, but another closer never hurt and could be trade bait later.

  162. McBainus says:
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    Don’t blow D-Hud’s lead Hernandez!!!!!!

  163. McBainus says:
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    Grrrrrrrrrrr…

  164. yankees2011 says:
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    D. Hernandez just gagged up the lead for my D. Hudson against the Buccos. Good thing I picked him up for Holds this week. JACKASS!

  165. McBainus says:
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    I guess I should be thankful for the Ticker Shock, rather than be upset he got robbed of the win…

  166. Steve says:
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    @yankees2011: Same. Dude has been one of the most solid setup guys in baseball lately. And now this. Jesus.

  167. well, dee gordon’s hitting all right so far

  168. herschel says:
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    Brett Anderson will visit Dr. James Andrews to receive a second opinion on his ailing elbow.

    It was nice knowin ya, B.A.

  169. McBainus says:
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    Marcum…another blown win…

  170. Votto-voom says:
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    Grey,

    In good shape in my 16 team 4×4 ( no runs, no strikeouts). Points wise I’m strong on offense. Lacking slitly in homers and steals. Traded Phillips and pence for halladay and Soria a couple of weeks ago. Got lawrie and lillibrand to fill for Phillips. Ibanez for pence.

    Got offered ARod for grienke and ARam. Leaning towards standing pat. you got a feeling on this?

  171. @Steve: i think i said something in the offseason – i definitely at least thought it to myself – about how it was interesting that three of the biggest low-BA/strikeout sluggers in the game (dunn, reynolds, carlos pena) were all switching leagues for the first time in their careers this year.

    sometimes hitters struggle when they switch leagues; you wonder if those high-K guys might struggle even more, having to deal with an entire crop of new pitchers and their unfamiliar curvy balls. i didn’t -predict- anything in particular, i just noticed the connection and wondered what would happen.

    given that, i find it interesting that all three of them started out awful… then pena kind of came around… now looks like reynolds might be kind of coming around… gives me a little hope for dunn.

    i’m still not running around trying to trade for him, though. he’s annoying to own even normally.

  172. McBainus says:
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    @wily mo: Good point.

  173. Steve says:
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    @wily mo: Well, the team where I own him is 3/27 today, so it’s not like he’s going to make that a lot worse.

  174. Steve says:
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    Porcello has been useful.

    I don’t know what to believe anymore.

  175. "That's What She Said" says:
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    I love Mike Carp(et)….that’s what she said (I love her carpet too..) do you?

  176. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    all right,whats up with this E.Y not playing shit?

  177. Steve says:
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    Save Stauffer’s arm! Get Luebke in there!

  178. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: thats what im saying man, nelson went 0-3 tonight tho, so maybe they’ll get EY back in there tommorrow. with nelson and blackmon up now, someones time is going to get limited, i wish they would just trade EY to a team that would show him some respect. the pirates would LOVE to have him!
    @Grey: Rubby De La Rosa had a nice outing tonight… even tho it was a bad matchup… I aint gonna lie, i got a hard-on for this kid… i see a little pineda in him.

  179. MeanMachine says:
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    Time to jump on Volquez? Would you drop Peavy for him?

  180. McBainus says:
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    @Dope Man: @AL: Word on EY, with Fowler out I thought for sure he would be seeing most of the playing time…can we start calling him the Traciopath?

  181. "That's What She Said" says:
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    Anyone have any ideas on what kind of playing time we can expect Mike Carp to get?

  182. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Berkman or Morse the rest of the way in an NL-only 4×4 Roto?

  183. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @”That’s What She Said”: He should play.

    @Howie: Berkman

  184. Cole says:
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    Since Padilla is bulging in his neck (not in his pants) who is the short term closer in LA?

  185. "That's What She Said" says:
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    Carp or Sands in a deep roto…?

  186. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: If the stupid Phils offense had an effing clue what it was doing, he would have been clobbered and **MY** Roy Oswalt might have got a win.

    I’m not bitter though.

  187. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: are you thinking carps stats are inflated in the pcl or is he moustakas type,he is hitting 350 in the launch league

  188. Steve says:
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    Easy now Rays. I need the Farnsworth save.

  189. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @Grey: It would be awesome if Carp and Trout played on the same team.

    And it was managed by Salmon.

  190. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And the assistant was Bream.

  191. "That's What She Said" says:
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    Minor over Crow or Vazquez?

  192. "That's What She Said" says:
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    @Steve Nice one.

  193. Steve says:
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    @Steve: I hear they just traded for Bass.

  194. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: ha,yeah id love to have some trout especially,but i think sept at the earliest

  195. Scalez says:
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    Need a fill-in while Tex is banged up..Boesch, Hosmer, or Trumbo?

  196. Ryans609 says:
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    what would be some reasonable projections for Anthony Rizzo for the rest of the season

  197. Jo Jo says:
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    Werth or Morrison?

    Papelbon or Oswalt?

  198. Sammy Sousa says:
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    @Grey: Loving the all around praise to the Met’s pitching staff, Lets Go Mets (& Gee FTW)

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