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Wilson Betemit collided with Albert Pujols and… Why is Wilson Betemit playing?!  He never plays.  Doesn’t your Quad-A Beer Pong Tournament partner, Shelley Duncan, need you for a tourney?  Manzo!  (Which is my new favorite exclamation that means nothing.)  Another tough break (strain?) for a high draft pick.  You high draft picks remind me of my shoe closet — I got one penny and a bunch of loafers!  (Thanks, Lil Penny.)  Pujols supposedly only has a sprained wrist, but will be reevaluated on Monday.  If it’s any more serious than a strain, I suggest Betemit enter the Witness Protection Program.  Your deity of choice willing Pujols will be back on the field in a day or two.  Luckily, Pujols has severed elbow tendons in the past and only missed one game.  Manzo!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Lance Berkman – Didn’t start on Sunday because his back and leg were “barking.”  Sounds like someone has figured out how to appeal to La Russa’s PETA leniencies.

Carl Crawford – Heads to the 15 day DL with a hamstring injury.  Manzo!  Crawford is now starring in “Hammy Dearest.”  Maybe J.D. Drew got in Crawford’s ear.  Drew, “Do you know they pay you the same amount whether you play all the games or take 30 of them off? Muahahahaha…Hey, you gonna finish that kale smoothie?”  The Sawx will turn to McDonald, Cameron and Reddick, which is enough to remove the pleats from Dan Shaughnessy’s dockers.  The good news, if there is any good news — why must there always be bad news first?  Why?! — the hamstring strain isn’t serious and Carl should be flapping his gums back on the field with the minimum time missed.

Brian Matusz – Left his start on Saturday with cramps.  Must be that time of the month.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Of course you want slightly better vs. the Padres in the Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome, but 8 Ks vs. 2 walks tells me he’s still headed in the right direction.

Aaron Hill – 1-for-4 with his 2nd home run this week.  I’ll bestow on you a very lukewarm “Go ahead and pick him up if he’s on waivers, but I don’t think any major corner has been turned.”  And that’s me bestowing on you!

Carlos Villanueva – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Chuck Newtown has a 3.17 ERA on the year, but that’s being buoyed by a solid run in middle relief earlier in the year.  As a starter, he’s been just a’ight, which is less than a’ight and way off from a’ight a’ight.  AL-Only leagues is about the only place I could see adding him for right now.

Bronson Arroyo – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Guess what time it is, ya’ll?!  No, not 8:28 AM.  I mean, it might be, but that’s not what I meant.  It’s time to add Arroyo to your teams.  In the last three years, his post-All-Star Break ERA is 3.09.  Yup.

Brandon Lyon – To undergo season-ending surgery.  If I said I was sad, I’d be Lyon.  And, as we learned from Semisonic, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, so Melancon will take over the closer job.  It’s closing time… BTW, if you’re at a bar where they play that at the end of the night, find a new place.  However, if your girl suggested the bar, then consider yourself lucky, you got a good one.

Hunter Pence – Missed Saturday and Sunday’s games because of a sprained elbow.  Sounds like he should be okay.  Let’s hope so because I need him for my teams and I’m sure that’s his biggest concern right now.

Bud Norris – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Noob Hint Alert!  If a guy has more strikeouts than innings, he’s good.  When the pitcher is doing that and has a 3.26 ERA, he’s very good.

Ty Wigginton – 1-for-3 with a home run.  When Wigginton hits one home run, what’s his over/under for homers for the week?  I feel people in H2H leagues might want to know this.  3 homers this week?  4?

Wily Mo Peña – After hitting 21 home runs in something like 18 games in Triple-A, he’s getting called up this week to play DH.  That’s the good news.  Bad news is he’s not yet in Yahoo and by the time he’s added he may no longer be playing in the majors.

Vernon Wells – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th home run.  He hit two home runs earlier this week, then everyone and my mother came out of the woodwork and said he’s a buy then he went 2-for-16 over his next 4 games then, to continue this run-on sentence, he hit a homer yesterday.  At this point, you throw him in the pile of Carlos Lee, Carlos Beltran and Chipper Jones.  There will be times of decent fantasy value but don’t field the entire 2003 All-Star team.

Tyler Chatwood – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Besides having a last name that sounds like it would open up seven pop-up windows on your browser, he has way too many walks.  Don’t bother with him, not worth the ulcer.

Brandon Belt – Had the cast removed from his left wrist.  Inside, he found a metal hanger, a remote control and a coat check receipt.

Alex Rios – 1-for-4 with homers in back-to-back games.  People kept asking in the comments if Rios would ever turn it around.  Looks like he’s providing an answer.

Mike Stanton – Missed Saturday and Sunday’s game with an eye infection.  My guess is Hanley farted on his pillow.

Chris Volstad – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I highlighted him in the post the other day about pitchers who should be better.  And he was better yesterday.  See how that works?

Roger Bernadina – 3-for-4 with his 3rd home run in the last four games.  The one game he didn’t go deep, he stole a base.  In the last week, he’s hitting over .405, it’s Bernadina Bounty!  He’s owned in less than 2% of all ESPN leagues.  Sure, 95% of ESPN leagues are abandoned already, but it’s still too low.  In 39 games, he has 4 homers and 10 steals.  Over the course of the season, that’s better than that other guy you own.  And him too.

Danny Espinosa – This weekend, 2 steals and a home run.  Whatever, you don’t need that.

Clay Buchholz – To the DL with a lower back strain.  Geez, lots of injuries this weekend.  Reminds me of the time in 3rd grade when Little Joey Stanicky came to school with lice and knocked out half of our class with the head bugs.

Jair Jurrjens – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Alexi Ogando (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks) in a battle of the seemingly stoppable force meets an immovable xFIP, illustrating the Irresistible Sell High Paradox.

Hong-Chih Kuo – With his anxiety disorder at bay, he was activated from the DL.  You think the Dodgers are gonna put him in a tie game in the ninth inning?  Scully, “Kuo’s first pitch is a ball.  Looks like he’s pulling a samurai sword out… The first samurai sword was used in the 13th century.  Its popularity was fueled by the rise of close-combat warfare.  Wow, and there goes Loney’s head… Did you know some animals can survive decapitation?   A cockroach, for instance.  Guess we can safely say Loney is not a cockroach.”

Javy Guerra – The last time the Dodgers had a closer, Kuo saw a pile of baby powder and thought it was Broxton dehydrated like in the original Batman movie.  Hopefully things work out better this time.  Three ladies and gentlemen, Guerra recorded a save!

Jesus Guzman – 1-for-4, utility man who sounds like a character actor was called up by the Padres and started over Rizzo vs. a lefty. (Liriano, “I have a name.”)  Hopefully, the Padres don’t sit Rizzo vs. many lefties cause that could hurt his value.

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-3 with a home run.  Prior to that, 5 steals in 6 games.  Potatoes to chips, he could steal 40 bases.

Casey McGehee – 1-for-3, not much to say here other than to say there hasn’t been much to say all year with McGehee.  Last year doesn’t look as fluky as this year is making it look.  I think he will turn things around a bit, but he’s not giving you anything besides some occasional power, so if he’s a .260 hitter with 15 home runs, it’s really not that great anyway.

Shaun Marcum – Left Friday’s start with hip inflammation.  He was throwing butter with the ‘er’ up until this point in the season, so hopefully this isn’t that big of a setback.  If you want, touch your computer screen with your hand and we’ll hold hands hoping Marcum can bounce back quick… Did you just put your nuts on the screen hoping I’d hold them?  So juvenile.

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  1. Uncle Bill says:
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    vargas?

  2. Smoking Crackers! says:
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    I’ve been burning Our Lady of Guadalupe candles for Marcum all weekend….I also own Hommy Tanson.

  3. why am i still up? says:
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    @Grey-

    Just completed a trade… (HR, TB, R, Avg., Steals, RBIs)

    I give Billy Butler and Andre Ethier

    I get Hanley Ramirez

    Butler wasnt able to start for me because of the way my lineup worked out for me, did i win?

    8 team league (but pretty deep rosters):

    New team:

    C- NONE!
    1B- Miggy
    2B- Pedroia
    SS- Hanley
    3B- Reynolds
    MI- Aybar
    CI- Teixeira
    OF- Holliday
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Lind
    OF- Granderson
    OF- Morse
    UTL- Prince Fielder
    UTL- NONE!

  4. Bré Jus says:
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    Espinosa or Ackley for Head 2 Head this week?

  5. Racehorse says:
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    In deep mixer/keeper leagues, is Chris Carpenter droppable?

  6. Mowses says:
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    Damn you YoGa! 3IP 8R 5 earned but that’s probably what I deserve for starting him against the Sawx. Start Latos Tomorrow at Fenway or better not?

  7. Steve says:
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    Good grief.

    RHP Leo Nunez was so spooked by strange noises at the team’s hotel in St, Petersburg, Fla., that he spent the weekend at the home of Rays pitcher Joel Peralta, his close friend from the Dominican Republic. Rookie RHP Steve Cishek reported hearing strange noises in his room at The Vinoy.

  8. Scott says:
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    Who should I pick up: Kuroda, Bills, or Norris?

  9. eltoo says:
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    Manzo?….would be cool if that was a Barstool reference and not completely random.

  10. Emporers Monkey says:
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    You should do an article on why Longoria is such a horrid turd.

  11. debar says:
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    would you drop any of latos, nolasco or wandy for any of danks, lilly, norris, or jonsanchez?

    also best start this week of the above? matchups are in order listed above: @beckett; @felix; vs wade davis; vs gorzelanny; vs porcello; vs shields; vs carrasco

    thanks!

  12. debar says:
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    @Mowses sd changed their rotation, leblanc goes monday so latos gets beckett instead on tuesday and loses two-start status for weekly leagues. probably a sit in most leagues.

  13. SpecialFNK says:
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    seems like a bunch of teams are looking for a RH hitter. I’ve seen names like Pence, Willingham, Cuddyer. someone should send these contending teams the stats that Ryan Ludwick has away from Petco. there’s your RH hitter, trade for HIM.

    Chris Coghlan was sent to the minors, actually no he wasn’t. he informed the team of an issue with his knee, so he went on the DL instead.

    Cardinals 3B David Freese is set to start a rehab assignment on Tuesday. people needing a 3B might want to stash Freese on their bench/DL.

    @Grey. Juan Nicasio pitching tonight at Cleveland. I just picked him up with a free roster spot. I know if I have him I should start him, but is it worth it? I only want to start him if he is likely to pitch a good game and not hurt me. I’m in 1st place overall, 2nd in ERA and 1st in WHIP. his next start is likely at the Yankees, so this is likely a 1 time start and I’ll drop him for someone else.
    yahoo has him at 3 out of 5 stars, and Opponents are batting .300 (21-for-70) against Nicasio in his last 3 outings.

  14. Buge Hoobs says:
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    10 team 5×5, drop either Oswalt or Ed Jax for Arroyo?

  15. kangaroo hops says:
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    @Grey–That’s a superb Vin Scully impression! I really love the guy, but holy hell, sometimes you swear he was paid by the word. We should just call him VinDickens.

  16. Sos says:
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    Pick one to drop…bernadina, damon, trumbo, hafner.

  17. The talented mr dope man says:
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    hey fellas! just got back from vacation… you shoulda seen me in the forests trying to get reception on the iphone to get the daily razz reading!!! pretty amusing (i got mauled by bugs too).

    anyway.

    i’m in a predicament… I have to activate Holliday by tommorrow @ 5pm. My current OF’s are

    Kemp, Upton, Pence, Krispie, LoMo (all OF eligible only)
    my Utility is Blackmon (OF Eligible only)

    This is in a 12 tm NL only. unless i make a trade, i would have to drop Blackmon in order to activate Holliday.

    Some dude is trying to take advantage and offered me Miranda for Blackmon straight up, i didn’t reject it, as i figure it’s better then just straight dropping blackmon (considering i am starting Nady at 1B right now).

    Another dude offered me Votto ($20) for Logan Morrison ($5) and Tommy Hanson ($2)

    i hate to give up hommy tanson at $2 though… dude is a stud… any thoughts?

    would you:

    A: Drop Blackmon
    B: trade Blackmon for Miranda (and hope i get Goldschmidt when he gets called up)
    C: Trade LoMo and Hommy and get Votto

    decisions, decisions…

  18. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10 team, h2h, 5×5

    My team:
    c-Wieters
    1b-Butler
    2b-Johnson
    3b-Zimmerman
    ss-Reyes
    of-Holliday, Braun, CarGo
    util-Rollins, Lind
    bn-Hamilton

    sp-kershaw, liriano, billingsley, e. jackson, d. hudson, stauffer, niese, cueto, volquez

    rp-soria, league
    dl-broxton

    Considering trading Hamilton + Edwin Jackson for Hamels and then picking up Melancon? Sound good to you?

  19. stynyr says:
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    Also, if the trade doesn’t pan out, who would you drop to grab Melancon?

    c-Wieters
    1b-Butler
    2b-Johnson
    3b-Zimmerman
    ss-Reyes
    of-Holliday, Braun, CarGo
    util-Rollins, Lind
    bn-Hamilton

    sp-kershaw, liriano, billingsley, e. jackson, d. hudson, stauffer, niese, cueto, volquez

    rp-soria, league
    dl-broxton

  20. Professor Chaos says:
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    @eltoo: Fire Manzo!

  21. yankees2011 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Love the last comment concerning hands and nuts. Classic!

    I have Moustakas and Jennings on my Bench with the hopes that the former will break out and the latter will be called up. Do I drop either one of them for Bronson or consider Volquez or Colon. Colon is on my DL but I could dump him and move Hughes to DL.

    Head spinning yet? Thanks much Grey.

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you still rank these gentlemen: Greinke, J-Zimm, Ubaldo, Morrow, Norris? Or has Chuck karate chopped his way higher on the list?

    Also, better speculative DL add: Nathan or Broxton? (When typing this, I accidentally typed “ass” instead of “add.” I’m not sure if that was subconsciously on purpose…

  23. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Manzo is steak in Italian.

  24. TravestyJones says:
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    Peralta or Mouskakas as my backup 3B/utility guy? Thanks!

  25. Rob says:
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    Mouskakas or McGehee as my starting 3B? #smh

  26. Michael Bourne says:
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    Alcedes Escobar: worst SAGNOF stream ever. But his 2 RBIs kept me up in a surprise stat this weekend!

  27. coco krispie says:
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    I had a professor named MANZO! She was terrible…

    Figgins was just dropped in my 12 team 5×5 league. I am currently playing Bartlett at MI. Do I pick up Figgins or is he done?

  28. LeRoy says:
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    Which three of gardner, swisher, markakis, or morse this week? Thanks!

  29. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    That Vin Scully bit was hilarious.

  30. moses says:
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    Get carpenter and werth for scherzer and jemile weeks?

    I could use the OF

  31. Tony says:
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    @LeRoy: im gonna go with markakis is not in the correct answer… gardners hot, he’s a must, him, morse and swisher.

    @why am i still up?: great deal, for an 8 team league you should have had to throw in something MUCH better, no matter how bad Hanleys been.

    @grey: MANZO!

  32. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    I’m about to drop J. Sanchez to grab a bat. The best available bats are: Rios, Gardner, Pagan, Coco.
    I’m leaning toward Rios but any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  33. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Verlander for CY!

  34. TheBlackWatermelon says:
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    Hey God,

    Tough matchup tonight —

    Anibal Sanchez vs. Jared Weaver.

    Would you start Sanchez, with confidence?

    Thanks,

    Watermelon

  35. Eddie says:
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    Of course Pujols merely suffers a sprain to his wrist. Derrek Lee gets run over by a drunk and disorderly Rafael Furcal and his wrist is broken, sapping his power for basically the next three seasons. It isn’t fair.

  36. PepeSilvia says:
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    who would you rather have for the rest of the year: Alcides or Dee Gordon?

  37. John says:
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    Time to drop Lilly for Bronsosaurus Arroyo?

  38. Benson says:
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    Should I sit Ortiz this week (three games @PIT) and start Rizzo (scheduled to face five RHP this week)?

  39. schlitzy says:
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    Not fbb related but this weekend I was at a bar and they were playing this wu tang vs beatles mash up. I am not a beatles fan but these mixes are dope. If you haven’t heard it I think it is something you would enjoy. It’s called Enter the Magical Mystery Chamber.if you like the wu this will have you nodding your head, especially when old dirty sings love me do.

  40. Kolker says:
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    @Grey Since catcher questions seem to be among your favorites. Been using Weiters for the season. Would you go with Iannetta over Weiters and stash Napoli for when he comes back off the DL?

  41. Graveyard Duck says:
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    Grey/other dudes smarter than me, I’ve got Beachy on DL; looks like he’s about to come back. 10 team H2H 6×6 yahoo; who should I drop to make room for him (or should I just drop Beachy?):

    Bedard
    Niese
    Dempster
    Oswalt
    Kuroda

  42. L-Boogie says:
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    I just dropped Rizzo. Did I panic too soon?

    I dropped him for Nishioka. Does that make it better or worse?

    Thanks dude.

  43. Gavin says:
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    Markakis or Rasmus rest of way. I hate Sparkakis and was high on Rasmus but they both seem equally meh.

  44. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In an IP-limit league, is it cool to cut bait with Lilly for a high K/9 RP if he’s your 5th best SP? The Ks just aren’t there this year, so the only cat Lilly’s really helping with is WHIP. The league doesn’t penalize streaming, and there are usually some decent SP options available (the PIT guys, Hodgepadres, etc.), so I feel like even if I start falling behind in IP with 4 SPs and 6 RPs–say, if one of my other SPs gets hurt–losing Lilly still wouldn’t be that big of a hit. What say you?

  45. Eddy says:
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    That Kuo line was hysterical, Grey.

    Wanted to get your opinions on a couple of players.

    I traded away Morse, but I was curious if the FanGraph line of 9 HR/29 RBI/26 R with a .284/.338/.490 was what you expect him to get for ROS. Pessimistic, optimistic?

    Freese is is going to return next Tuesday. Is he immediately ownable over Scott Sizemore, Adam Kennedy and ARam? Or should we let him simmer until he gets hot (cooking fantasy joke ftw)?

  46. frank rizzo says:
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    Grey, I’d like to hear your fearless prediction for Matt Garza for the rest of the year. I know his numbers don’t add up and he should be doing much better right now, so is there a turnaround coming? I ask because he could be had for cheap in a trade.

  47. Paul says:
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    I’m thinking of trading for Longoria in a keeper. The problem is, I’m battling for 1st place and I’m worried about Longoria’s production for this year. Considering he’s only topped 30hrs once, should I be offering late 1st round/early 2nd round value for him?

  48. Tim says:
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    Drop Matusz for Wandy?

  49. slam says:
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    would you drop gardner or tabata for rios?

    re-read your projection for him as the 16th best OF where you basically said you didn’t like him that much, knew he would screw you…still ranked him 16th though

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Better add in a 16 Team H2H:

    1) Colby Lewis or Phil Hughes? Colby has looked so damn Jekyll/Hyde this year and I’ve heard at least decent things about Hughes lately.

    2) Jemile Weeks or Chuck Blackmon? I have about 6 outfielders already, so Jemile looks like the better add.

  51. Give Manzo Back!

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: or instead of Weeks or Blackmon, could add Freese. I’m currently holding the fort down with McGeeeeeheeeeeee.

  53. Dmonkey25 says:
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    Is it time to cut bait w Grady Sizemore….. clearly not running anymore and appears to be about as productive as JD Drew. Would you drop him for any of the guys below, if so pls rank for remainder of season.

    Carlos Lee, Brennan Boesch, Melky, Torri Hunter, Vlad

  54. K76154 says:
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    Roger Bernadina or Coco Crisp for rest of the season?

    And I am also sure that my team’s need is Pence’s biggest concern right now.

  55. Eddy says:
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    @Tim:

    Yes, do that now.
    @slam:

    Really depends on your needs. Gardner is not a bad play, at least for another week, since he’ll spend the majority of his games entrenched in the leadoff spot. He’s not necessarily killing your team. Tabata is dealing with a thumb injury, so I think we may see his production impeded this week. If you pick up Rios, you have to make sure you’re not counting on him to produce, because we don’t know if he’s going to do this on a consistent basis.
    @Wilsonian:

    1. Lewis, but only at away games, for now. You have to be extra cautious with his matchups (which I hate doing in H2H). Hughes still needs to build his velocity. He was cited at 94 in the 1st inning, but high 80s by the third.

    2. Blackmon looks like he’ll be the more productive of the two, but if you don’t have space, Weeks isn’t so bad. Though there has been a significant amount of diff. between the two this past week.

    @Dmonkey25:

    I’d pick up Boesch an drop Sizemore.

  56. Eddy says:
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    @K76154:

    Boy, I wish Bernadina could stay for the whole season. I’ve picked him up across several formats, hoping he can continue his streak. Unfortunately, he’s receiving the playing time because Ankiel is on the DL. Riggleman has proven that he’ll stay with the hot hand, though, so let’s hope Ankiel doesn’t find his way back.

  57. Wilsonian says:
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    @Eddy: thanks for the advice. I was kinda thinking Lewis, too, but he’s so damn sporadic. He’s awful awful awful, then stellar.

    Re: Blackmon – I have McCutchen, Hamilton, Quentin, Heyward, Tabata, and Blackmon right now in the OF. My only other bench bat is Hardy. At most, I can play 5 outfielders with our lineups, but Hardy has a UTIL spot for the time being which means I only have 4 OFs that play out of a stacked OF. The only reason I was leaning Weeks was because I have Kendrick at 2nd, and wouldn’t mind a backup 2nd bagger. Plus Kendrick has OF eligibility if I needed him to play out there for some reason. BUT I also saw that Freese is aiming for next Tuesday and I’m playng McGehee at 3rd, so I could also go that route.

  58. Long Bawls says:
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    @Graveyard Duck: Tough call; none of those guys screams to be dropped over Beachy. He has the potential to equal or outpitch all of them, but he’s still a rookie. Bedard’s arm will probably fall off some point soon, but who knows when?

  59. Long Bawls says:
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    Dumb to trade my Cueto for his Matt Joyce? Dude’s Joyce stick is kind of stuck on suck right, but Johnny could get Cuetoasted at any point, since he’s pitching on a stepladder. Seems kinda eh to me, but what do I know?

  60. ken plane says:
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    Cheap power to try to cover for loss of Albert, Swisher or C. Pena in Utility spot.

  61. Racehorse says:
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    As a Pujols owner, I think all fellow Pujols owners would a agree that a human sacrifice should be offered to the Baseball Godz for an appeased plea that Albert’s wrist (and shoulder!) will be okay for him to resume playing tomorrow.

    Volunteers?

  62. The Vaporizers says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the season? Charlie Morton or Bronson Arroyo?

  63. Graveyard Duck says:
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    @Long Bawls: Agreed. Based on performance, the easy answer is Oswalt; he’s been killing me all season. But I keep thinking he’ll turn it around …

  64. Long Bawls says:
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    @Graveyard Duck: This may be the much-anticipated start of Oswalt’s decline; his Ks are way down, but his BBs are not. The problem is that we’re still in smallish sample size territory. Also, Oswalt has the lineup tailwind, while Bedard has a bit of a headwind in that regard (you coudl also say that about the rest of the guys on your list, but not Beachy). I wonder if you could get anything good in trade for Oswalt (in conjunction with another guy, to open up roster space); he still has a name.

  65. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Carlos Carrasco. Hollerrrrr!

  66. Eddy says:
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    Woah.

    Ryan Dunn from “Jackass” was killed in a car accident this morning.

  67. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    Hahaha that is a near perfect Vin Scully impression that will probably go unnoticed by non-Angelenos.

    As to Liriano, I watched the game yesterday and all 8 hits allowed were singles, and maybe 4 of them were legit (the other 4 were seeing-eye or infield hits). He’s definitely on his way back to elite status.

  68. Will says:
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    best option to replace Crawford in my lineup…Grady Sizemore, Tabata, or Moustakas?

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    @Eddy: yep, drunk driving accident, most likely. He posted a picture of himself and two friends drinking just a couple hours before the accident.

  70. Will says:
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    here is my current lineup to help with suggestions…

    Wieters, Fielder, Cano, Reyes, Zimmerman, CarGo, Bruce, Stubbs, Morse, and Lind. I have a UTIL spot open currently

  71. frank rizzo says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yep. Live extremely hard, die young. Pontius and Steve-O not far behind.

  72. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tchaikovsky08: nah, I got it here in good ole Southern Illinois. I get the Extra Innings package on Directv and love watching him in the late-ish night. He cracks me up. He reminds me of a grandpa that just knows too much random shit and likes to tell you alllll about it. But that line was classic. I’d say one of the best yet, if you understand how Scully is.

  73. Doyers B Free says:
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    Grey – You rock.

    Should I dump Joyce for Rios? I am in need steals and power equally, OBP league.

    Hill or Bourgeious, same league? Got beat to the waiver wire for Espinosa. I slapped myself.

  74. Wilsonian says:
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    @frank rizzo: yeah, I don’t think anyone should be all too shocked when one of the Jackass stars die young. I loved the shows/movies. Cracked me up. But it was beyond painfully obvious that most, if not all of them, had/have some serious issues.

  75. Ron Cey says:
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    I’m in dead last in an AL-only league and looking to next year. I’ve have been offered Brandon League ($1 salary) and a throw-in (Noesi, Crain, or Cecil) for Shields and Danks (neither of which are keepers for me next year because of contract year and salary). I wonder if I can get more in two separate trades. But League, Neftali ($2), and Capps ($1) would set up my relief corps on the cheap for next year. Thoughts?

  76. Shea Sera Sera says:
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    Luke Scott, Casey Kotchman, or Scott Sizemore going forward at CI? Can’t believe I am actually leaning towards Kotchman….

  77. baseball idiot says:
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    Who do you think will have better stats for the rest of the season : adam lind or nelson cruz? Thanks

  78. ltf says:
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    @Wilsonian: I just saw Steve-O this week. Wasn’t expecting this at all this morning.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Smoking Crackers!: Good luck, Crackers.

    @why am i still up?: Sounds solid.

    @Bré Jus: Espinosa

    @Mowses: Nope

    @Racehorse: Nope

    @Steve: Should call up Scooby and gang.

    @eltoo: Not following.

    @Emporers Monkey: Yeah

    @debar: No…Don’t understand what you’re asking.

    @SpecialFNK: Yes

    @Buge Hoobs: Jackson

    @kangaroo hops: Ha!

    @Sos: Hafner

    @The talented mr dope man: C

    @stynyr: Sure

    @stynyr: Edwin

    @yankees2011: Thanks! I’d hold for now.

    @Wilsonian: Norris over Morrow…Broxton

    @IowaCubs: That makes more sense to me.

    @TravestyJones: Peralta

    @Rob: Moose

    @Michael Bourne: Ha

    @coco krispie: Nice…Hold.

    @LeRoy: Never Markakis

    @VinWins: Thanks!

    @moses: Sure

    @Tony: Ha

    @RonWashington’sStache: Rios

    @TheBlackWatermelon: Yes

    @Eddie: Ha

    @PepeSilvia: Alcides

    @John: Eh

    @Benson: Nope

    @schlitzy: Thanks for the heads up! Will check it out.

    @Kolker: Sure

    @Graveyard Duck: Niese

    @L-Boogie: It’s okay.

    @Gavin: Rasmus

    @Eddy: Thanks! Over Kennedy

    @frank rizzo: Yes

    @Paul: Too much

    @Tim: Yup

    @slam: Gardner

    @Wilsonian: Lewis…Weeks

    @El Pres: To who?

    @Dmonkey25: Boesch

    @K76154: Bernadina

    @Long Bawls: I wouldn’t trade for Joyce.

    @ken plane: Pena

    @Racehorse: Get Betemit.

    @The Vaporizers: Morton

    @Eddy: Damn, that sucks.

    @Tchaikovsky08: Thanks!

    @Will: Tabata

    @Doyers B Free: Thanks! Sure…Hill

    @Ron Cey: Terrible trade.

    @Shea Sera Sera: Scott

    @baseball idiot: Lind

  80. ltf says:
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    lmao @Grey and the Scully impersonation. I don’t think Vin ever tires of reminding people Uggla means owl in Swedish.

  81. Steve Stevenson says:
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    @Ron Cey: I don’t like it. There’s no guarantee League is closing next year, nor that he’s effective and has any job security if he is–he’s much more valuable to a team trying to win now than to you. Shields is a difference-maker to a team in contention this year, and your counterpart should be willing to give up much more to get him (maybe a young keeper hitter?). If not, float him to anyone else who could stand to gain some points in the pitching cats. It’s still early enough that he can make a difference in the ratio cats, especially given the innings he’s putting in.

  82. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey, @Anyone:

    I just got offered a trade where I am getting Mike Stanton at a ridiculous discount. What are your guys thoughts on his eye situation? This isn’t a DL type of thing is it?

  83. William says:
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    @Grey @Everyone – Still a believer in Dan Uggla?

    My 2B right now are Brandon Phillips, Ben Zobrist… someone dropped Uggla and I put a waiver claim in on him and dropping Jon Rauch.

  84. ltf says:
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    All of these are free agents in a 30 team dynasty league. Real life dollar and cap values. I have $50m to spend.

    Ryan Roberts
    Mark Melancon
    Josh Beckett
    Bronson Arroyo
    Danny Valencia
    Jim Johnson
    Jorge Posada
    Joe Mauer
    Kevin Slowey
    Carlos Zambrano
    Juan Pierre

    I am thinking of offering
    Ryan Roberts 2yrs#$3m per
    Mark Melancon 3 years/$5m per
    Jorge Posada 1 year/$1m
    Bronson Arroyo 1 year/$5m
    Carlos Zambrano 1 year/$5m
    Danny Valencia 6 years/$1m

    I don’t know what to offer Mauer. I am guessing someone is going to go crazy and offer him 25-30m per, so maybe $15m per just to keep it honest if nobody else offers? Thanks, any advice is appreciated.

  85. ernie says:
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    Cueto vs NYY? start or bench?

  86. EG says:
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    Alcides or S. Drew? Can definitely use steals from Alcides, but don’t want to miss out on any postential improvement from Drew… Is there any upside remaining on Drew or is another blah season what we get?

  87. Lance Berkman says:
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    So…yeah, I’ve got 6 homeruns, 15 rbi’s..9 runs scored this month. Oh, and I’m hitting .308.

    You should’ve endorsed me in the preseason..then you could’ve patted yourself on the back daily, and you wouldn’t have to root against me just to be right. My injury is minor. I’ll be hitting more homeruns real soon.

  88. DHill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    JJ Hardy @Pit (Morton) or
    Castro @White Sox (Floyd) at SS tonight?

    I’m leaning Hardy because of the recent power surge, but both hitters
    have been hot as of late.

  89. ltf says:
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    @joe from point pleasant: Trade for Stanton, he straight mashes. It’s just an eye infection so take advantage, I think this is getting blown out of proportion because the Marlins haven’t shown up for the month of June.

  90. Tony says:
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    @William: he was just dropped in my league as well, i own phillips as well, im going to snag him up and hope he goes from batting .180 to his career norm and that means a HUGE hot streak, the power’s there, might as well gamble, worst comes to worse, you drop him again like the low avg bum he’s been.

  91. Big Timer says:
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    Drop Maholm for Beachy or Arroyo?

  92. AdamH says:
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    Drop Homer Bailey or Chris Narveson for EJax? In general, any hopes that EJax might be able to turn this around? Thanks Grey.

  93. Lil' Saucy says:
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    Hi Grey (and all),

    I have an OF spot and a UTIL spot to fill for the week and I’ve got these candidates:

    Dominic Brown , Grady Sizemore , Aaron Hill , Casey McGee , Pablo Sandoval

    Who are the winners??

  94. OakTree says:
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    San Diego scored four runs against the Twins by confusing the AL team with bunts and infield hits. It was a shutout except for cheap hits and bad defense.

    Signed–
    Francisco Liriano Apologist

  95. joe says:
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    Edwin jackson and Danks are available on wire. Should I grab any of them in lieu of someone i already have?

    My current staff: shields, cueto, chacin, mcdonald, mad-bum, mad max, bills, d.hudson, gio, buchholz, duffy

    Thanks

  96. Eddy says:
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    ****Pujols to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured wrist****

    I retract my statement a few days ago of coveting him for his soon-to-be 3B-eligibility.

  97. B-Dawg says:
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    Norris only had 5 Ks yesterday, but who’s counting? (not you!)

    Love your stuff.

  98. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Drop Casilla for Weeks?

    My MI/2B/SS shituation is Hill, Gordon, Andrus, & Casilla.

  99. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: With interleague play this week and a down season so far, would you bench Dunn and play Izturis in a weekly H2H league?

    Also, do you think Stanton will be back in a day or two?

  100. dirt says:
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    What’s up with Dunn? What can we expect from him untill the end of the season

  101. Sal says:
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    @Grey: FML
    Pujols options at 1B/3B since I have Alex Gordon to fill one of the spots…

    Trumbo, Miranda, Robot Jones, Scott Rolen, Alberto Callaspo…

    My first two picks were Pujols and Wright!

  102. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Sorry for your LABR loss.

  103. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    sorry for any kiddos reading razzball, but…

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

    i finally randomly end up with the #1 pick in a draft and take pooholes, first time i’ve ever owned him. i not only end up enduring 2 of the worst months of his career, but when he finally starts hitting like pooholes hits, he promptly gets his fucking wrist broken on a fluke play. fuck fuck fuck fuck. on top of that, it’s an injury that will probably linger once he’s back and diminish his power. awesome. i was already towards the bottom of the league thanks in large part to pooholes, but any shot i had of clawing towards the top probably just went out the window.

    /end rant

  104. Mark says:
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    Why doesn’t Motte get any love as a closer candidate for the Cards? He’s been pretty excellent this year and pitched really well lately in a high-leverage setup role. Better than Boggs or Salas. Is is just because the perception is he doesn’t have a good enough second pitch? Fangraphs has him throwing a 90mph cutter nearly 20% of the time this year and their pitch-type linear weights has it as his most effective pitch, while his fastball is still averaging 95.8mph, identical to each of the last two years. Has Tony LaRussa expressed a level of disdain for him that I’m not aware of? He seems to be relying on him pretty heavily lately. Sure, he’s been a bit on the lucky side, especially in terms of HR/FB, but 28 Ks, 10 BBs in 30 IP, and a career high 51% GB% all say its not that huge of a gap to his expected performance. His K/9 has been trending up too and should be over 9.00 the rest of the season with his 12.2% SwStrk. ZiPs has him at a 2.91 ERA RoS. ZiPs doesn’t see Salas, Sanchez, or Boggs being that good, Salas is the best at 3.55 while the other two are about 4.00.

  105. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: Sure

    @SwaggerJackers: Sure…Hope so.

    @Sal: Trumbo

    @Eddy: Yeah

    @ThePoonTycoon: Exactly

    @Mark: I thought he’d be first in line if Franklin went down, but he was cold at bad moment and was passed over. Still time for him to work his way into the mix.

  106. joe says:
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    I need a UTIL bat. Please help me pick one out of J.weeks, blackmon, smoak, posada, bourjos, bernadina, moreland, rizzo, moose, kotchman

  107. C.O.C. says:
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    Why is it that Charlie Manuel and Roy Oswalt’s continued insistence that nothing is wrong with Oswalt makes me feel like something is wrong with Oswalt?

  108. Paul says:
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    12 team 5×5 Keeper league…no CI or MI and 3OF only. Longoria (franchise) for Youk (franchise) and Hellickson (18).

    Franchise means they have to be kept as 1 of 5 players to be allocated in the first 5 rounds. Hellickson is an 18th round pick next year.

    who wins?

  109. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    about the only thing keeping me from just dropping my whole team in the league where i have pooholes and have been absolutely massacred by injuries is the fact that the only player one could reasonably have taken ahead of pooholes at #1 was hanley, and he’s been god awful this year.

    let me just say that i am lucky this league has 8 DL spots, because i’ve needed them this year.

  110. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks for the advice, Grey. I’m thinking of making a move in my 8 Team H2H league, dropping Venters, picking up Broxton to DL him, and picking up Morrow. Good move? Still have K-Rod, Walden and Santos.

  111. BTrain says:
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    To Grey and/or anyone else who wants to weigh in.

    What are your thoughts on Lester for V-Mart and Greinke? My current catcher is Iannetta. Giving up too much? Asking for too much in return? Or is just about right?

  112. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Arroyo, Wandy or J Garcia to pickup?

  113. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Which 2 of these 3 for the ROS … Nunez, Bailey and Axford?

  114. Fletch says:
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    A. Bailey that is

  115. herschel says:
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    @Grey: two questions leftover from last night:

    1) my current closers are kimbrel, valverde and farnsworth. was offered venters and guerra for farnsworth. worth the handcuff, or should i stick with what ive got?

    2) need to start 3 of the following in a weekly roto league (trying to make up ground in era/whip). who do you like?

    gallardo vs min
    d hudson @ kc
    norris vs tb
    kuroda vs ana
    nicasio @ cle, @ nyy

    thanks much!

  116. Zeke says:
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    @Grey.

    The injury bug has hit my rotation and I need a #5 starter in a 12 team points league. Not much to choose from on the wire, but I have to get someone in there for a couple weeks. Would you grab Arrieta, Blackburn, Niese or Arroyo? Thanks.

  117. Lil' Saucy says:
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    Hey Guys,

    Trying to sell high on Asdrubal so these are two trades I’m contemplating making:

    1) Drubal , Sizemore , Hosmer or Sandoval for Crispy Young and Rickie Weeks

    2) Drubal for HanRam straigh up

    What do you guys think?

  118. airweino says:
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    MI pick up to replace Sean Rodriguez…

    Alexi Casilla
    Scott Sizemore
    Eduadro Nunez
    Jason Bartlett

  119. Stinky Cheese Man says:
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    With the Pujols news… what are the odds that he gains 3B eligibility in Yahoo leagues when he returns in 4-6 weeks? I’m guessing those odds just went down immensely.. I believe Freese should be back before Albert returns. I think Albert just needed 1 more start at 3B.

  120. brad says:
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    @Lil’ Saucy: either one if you can get it.

  121. brad says:
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    start hanley or dee strange this week?

  122. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Looking to trade for another SP in my K-heavy league.

    Was offered Tim Hudson for Kevin Gregg.
    I’m not a big Hudson fan as he doesn’t K too many guys. But I’m thinking that having a few high K guys like Lincecum and Marcum and Daniel Hudson will offset that fact.
    As a SP5, he’s an improvement over crapshoots like James McDonald, right?

  123. Steve Stevenson says:
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    @Grey: Sorry dude, repeating a question from above. Short version: In an IP-limit league, is it cool to cut bait with Lilly (SP5) for a high K/9 RP? Without his usual Ks, and with the Dodgers stinking, the only cat Lilly’s really helping with is WHIP. Decent SP options are available on the wire if I need to stream later in the year.

    Also, would you deal Crisp for Garza in an OBP league if the loss of his steals won’t kill you? Would like to get Garza on the cheap, and am waiting for the injury shoe to drop on Coco.

  124. Adam says:
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    Hosmer for Oswalt? Fair?

  125. dingbat says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I second everything you said and more. Damn that cursed #1 pick.

  126. Wilsonian says:
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    @William: I’m not necessarily a believer, but I think he could turn it around and get back to .230-ish with 25+ bombs. I’ve got him on one team and only play him on off days. I’ve got Espinosa manning 2nd now, and if I didn’t have him, I’d probably be crying that I had Uggla. But I’m going to sit him on the bench, let him attempt to figure things out and hope that he gets hot. I’d make a waiver claim on him with the off chance that he turns it around. If not, no harm no foul on your part.

  127. dingbat says:
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    Potential Pujols replacements: Moreland, Helton, Pena, or trade LoMo for Mike Morse?

  128. Johnny Five says:
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    Would you drop Tabata, Colby Lewis or Zach Britton for Bernadina? 10 team roto w/ deep benches.

  129. Wilsonian says:
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    @dingbat: depending on who you have to fill in for LoMo, I’d probably deal him for Morse.

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    Bernadina or Blackmon?

  131. Kevin says:
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    Would you start Cueto tonight vs. NYY in a daily lineup H2H league?

  132. anarchy burger says:
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    @Adam: that trade just happenned yesterday in my 5×5 15 team league. i like the hosmer side.

  133. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gotta pick up a pitcher. Humber, Stauffer, Morrow, Niese, Leake are available. Who do i grab?

  134. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    @Grey anyone else willing to assist:
    In a vaccuum which side would you prefer…

    RZimmerman/KJohnson/Beachy

    Or

    Phillips/Haren/Moseley

  135. brad says:
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    @PublicEnemy#1: zim side, unless you really need steals

  136. dingbat says:
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    @Wilsonian: For 3 OF and 2 UTIL spots, I’ve got Holliday, Pence (hopefully not injured), Tabata, LoMo, Crawford (currently injured), Reynolds, Hosmer, and Rizzo. If I lose LoMo, Crawford stays injured, and Rizzo continues to suck, I’d still have 5 guys for 5 spots (assuming Pence is okay).

  137. Wilsonian says:
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    @dingbat: eh, with that lineup I’d deal for Morse with LoMo. You still play Holliday, Pence, Tabata in the OF (until Crawford comes off) and Mini-Donk and Hosmer in the UTIL spots. I think if you can pull off that deal, you gotta do it.

  138. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Thanks, Brad.

  139. cubbies299 says:
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    Just got offered Phillips/Billingsley for Grienke. Should I pull the trigger?

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cubbies299: i would,bills will get better,greinke hasnt been that great and phillips is a top 2nd bagger

  141. FlyLo says:
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    Grey, who wins a BJ Upton for Greinke swap? H2h redraft league. I need some pitching and thinking of buying low on Greinke. Thoughts? Thanks

  142. @Grey:

    which one do you take:

    #1
    I give:
    Krispie ($32) & EY JR ($5)

    I get:
    HanRaM (Can’t keep next year) & Hinske ($10)

    #2

    I give:

    LoMo ($5), Nady ($10), Blackmon ($10), Hanson ($2)

    I get

    Votto ($20), A Ram ($30) [wouldn’t keep next year tho}), Bourgeois ($4), Teheran ($2)

    I need an upgrade at 1B and some steals… forced to make a move before 7pm deadline tonight (to activate holliday).

    exploring all options.

    I hate to give up LoMo and Hanson, but i feel like that is the better deal.

  143. DHill Dragons says:
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    Cueto & Wood have been switched in the rotation (Mon/Tues) as Cueto has been bothered by a stiff neck for the past week.

    Cueto owners at least get a one night chance to see how the Yankee hitters take to Great American Whiffle Ball Park before deciding on sending him out there tomorrow or not.

  144. cashmoney says:
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    drop Joyce for Bernadina?

  145. DHill Dragons says:
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    Bernadina worth adding for LaPorta if it’s the last waiver move I can make until next Monday? (I plan on replacing LaPorta soon but we only get 3 add/drops every 2-week scoring period.)

  146. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey I see you slyly avoided picking between Kuo and Guerra. Who do you like more? I picked up Guerra last night before seeing that Kuo was available too.

  147. baseball idiot says:
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    1 guy in my league has a pretty stacked OF (Holliday, braun among others). I’m sitting on lind and teixiera at 1B. He told me he wants tex or lind, and is willing to part with one of his top OFs. If I can get braun/holliday for tex, do I do it? How’s tex for braun straight up (he’s aware of tex’s monster 2nd halfs). Or should I try to give lind+ another piece for braun, etc? Any insight appreciated.

  148. Paul R says:
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    am i better off starting pence and smoak at OF/U this week, or dropping smoak to pick up soriano/LoMo for the OF and risking Ortiz at U? thanks! pence injury risk vs papi playing time i guess.

  149. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Keeper league that uses OBP which side…..Hanley Ramirez(round 22 keeper) for Josh Hamilton (Round 9 Keeper)

    Seems very obvious HanRam side but damn is he sucking this year and I’m afraid to get into any of that.

  150. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Ramirez, McKeon off on wrong foot?: Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez was not in the starting lineup posted by Jack McKeon in the first game of his second stint as the team’s manager on Monday. Coming off a back injury that landed him on the disabled list, was being held out of day games following night games by outgoing manager Edwin Rodriguez. Asked by the Palm Beach Post why he was not in the lineup, Ramirez said that he was healthy and that he did not know why he was held out. He was reportedly late to the clubhouse. McKeon told reporters that he held him out of the lineup because he “didn’t like the way he was running [on Sunday]”.
    (Updated 06/20/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 6/20/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    It is unclear whether McKeon meant that he noticed a hitch in Ramirez’s step or if he was questioning his effort. Either way, the Marlins will continue to take precautions with Ramirez in order to help ease him back to full strength. Rodriguez had dropped Hanley to the sixth spot in the order over the weekend against the Rays as Ramirez continues to struggle to find his footing this season. He has been one of the bigger disappointments in Fantasy considering how highly he was valued in drafts, but still has the tools to turn things around in the second half of the season if he can get healthy. A new, stern voice in the clubhouse could also have its dividends. Fantasy owners are advised to be patient with Hanley where possible given his overall massive potential across the board

  151. BoatRace says:
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    In a H2H points league where Venters has outproduced Pabelbon, would you consider dropping Jonathan for Johnny? also with Gavin possibly losing a start is he worthwhile start? the rest of my staff is:

    Arrieta, Jake @Pit Cincy
    Floyd, Gavin Cubs Was???
    Romero, Ricky @Atl @Stl
    CC Sabathia Col
    Scherzer @Lad
    Jimenez, Ubaldo @NYY
    Lackey, John SD
    Nicasio, Juan @ Cle @NYY
    Norris, Bud TB
    E, Santana @ Fla

    P.S. is Francona really going to play A-Gon in the outfield to keep Ortiz’s bat in the lineup?

  152. Connor says:
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    Bernadina or Dom Brown for rest of season? Thanks.

  153. Neil says:
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    Dillon Gee or Bronson Arroyo?

  154. elwood blues says:
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    2b to target in my NL Only 4×4 roto.. the weakest link in my lineup right now

    I could probably overpay to grab Uggla or Kelly Johnson from teams looking to dump … or will I get more bang for my buck if I go after Ty Wig?

  155. bogbert says:
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    Grey, what’s your take on Rasmus these days? Is he droppable in a 10-team mixed roto format? Other options include:

    Bernadina, Austin Jackson, Swisher, Wigg, Delmon

  156. Eddy says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    To further add and clarify:

    “Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon said that Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday’s lineup because he “didn’t like the way he was running yesterday.”
    Not only that, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez was late to the ballpark Monday. Hanley’s season-long struggle is troubling enough, so the last thing fantasy owners need is for him to be in McKeon’s doghouse from the outset.”

    I’m a Marlins fan (going to the game today…..to screw my step-sister and watch Weaver throw a CGSO for me) and I don’t own Hanley anywhere, so I’m quite happy hearing this. Mckeon is a no-nonsense type of guy and Hanley is going to have to man the f’ up if he wants to prove himself in the clubhouse.

    It should be interesting to see, however, how Loria deals with this. apparently Loria had to be talked out of firing Fredi when he had his spat with Hanley last season. So, whom does Loria love more, McKeon or Hanley?

  157. Mhfella says:
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    Didn’t have the balls to keep Alexi Casilla when Hanley came off the DL. “Balls!”, said the Queen. “If I had those I’d be King”.

  158. bogbert says:
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    One more pregunta: Which two of these three? Stauffer, Beachy, Gio
    Biggest need is K and WHIP

  159. Nate says:
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    Pujols owner. Looks like he’ll be out for a few weeks. My options for temporary replacement are:

    Mark Trumbo (on my team)
    Carlos Pena (free agent)
    Justin Smoak (Recently dropped, on waivers)

    Who do you like best?

  160. Tony says:
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    @grey: Would you take beckett or Bumgarner for Heyward right now? I’ve offered for Greinke which i assume will be declined.

  161. mrobs says:
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    @eltool: Viva La StooL!

    @grey: http://www.barstoolsports.com my second favorite site to razzball

    also… start cueto tonight versus NYY?

  162. elwood blues says:
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    I guess with Pujols out.. I don’t have to worry about Rasmus sitting so much (the way he’s been hitting lately maybe that’s not such a good thing)

  163. Donnie Baseball says:
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    give Madson, Farnsworth, Walden get Hamels?

    Kind of strange trade, but got lucky at the draft and ended up with 5 closers. Is this too much to give up for Hamels?

  164. Eddy says:
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    @mrobs:

    Cueto was scratched due to a stiff neck.

  165. mrobs says:
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    @Eddy:
    somehow that makes me feel better… makes my decision easier at least

  166. BoatRace says:
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    @mrobs Cueto was scratched

  167. Howard says:
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    @Grey @Poon Yeah, first time I’ve owned Pujols too! It feels like losing your wallet with a wad of bills in it! Am rockin’ Rizzo @ 1B with Berkman @ MI. Other options are Helton, Moreland or Huff. Whadya think?

  168. Wilsonian says:
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    Beachy to start at the big boy club on Wednesday.

  169. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: League, Santos, Salas or Nunez this week?

  170. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DHill Dragons: Sure

    @Tom Emanski: Javy

    @baseball idiot: Sure

    @Paul R: Soriano

    @Mr2Bits: Hanley

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha, ridiculous.

    @BoatRace: Hold Papelbon, don’t understand the Gavin question.

    @Connor: Bernadina

    @Neil: Gee

    @elwood blues: No idea what you’re paying for Johnson or Uggla… Wiggy’s fine short term.

    @bogbert: Depends what you need…Bernadina…

    @Mhfella: Ha!

    @bogbert: Gio, Stauffer

    @Nate: Pena

    @Tony: Someone’s giving Beckett but not Greinke?

    @mrobs: He’s not starting tonight. Never heard of the site.

    @Donnie Baseball: It’s fine.

    @Howard: Huff over Rizzo.

    @Wilsonian: Nice

    @Fletch: Nunez

  171. bogbert says:
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    @bogbert: @Grey: Yeah, I was unclear. Re: dropping Rasmus, I asked about the following: Bernadina, Austin Jackson, Swisher, Wigg, Delmon

    I’m most in need of HR, RBI, AVG, in that order.

  172. Steve says:
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    Look at that Mini Donkey, creeping his way up the order.

  173. barker says:
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    10 team head to head lots of extra stat categories
    c wieters 1b pujols 2b uggla 3b zimmerman ss andrus of kemp of mccutchen of cargo util heyward util krispie young bn kelly johnson adam jones

    pitching– weaver scherzer gio hellickson dan hudson marcum
    soria street santos bard chris perez DL gregerson

    trade offer i give gio i get dunn and joyce

    could use dunn with pujols out ( FA 1b are helton trumbo moreland huff freeman pena hosmer rizzo )

    don’t really have a need for joyce — would it be better to just do scherzer for dunn ?? what about scherzer or gio and adam jones for dunn and tim hudson ??

    which free agent 1b is the best option, hosmer??

  174. mrobs says:
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    @Grey: Barstool is originally based out of Boston, and El Pres (the headwriter and founder) self proclaimed king of smut/sports blogging. Often described as a mix between Maxim and ESPN, barstool has gained a large readership around the country and the world. Though, Eltoo was refering to Manzo, the handle of one of the writers there.

  175. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bogbert: Bernadina

    @barker: Take Dunn and Joyce.

    @mrobs: Our conversation right now feels like what I imagine it’s like when a Razzball reader says SAGNOF on a different site.

  176. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You like any of the below instead of Joyce for an LF slot? It’s H2H, so we count OBP as well as AVE and consistent PT preferred…

    Bernadina
    Ruggiano
    Huff
    Ludwick
    S Smith
    Ross
    Wells

  177. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I have room to bench Joyce, if that influences your choice…

  178. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    travis volquez

  179. K!cks says:
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    Let Gardner play! Let Gardner play! Let Gardner play!

  180. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:10 team h2h 8×8 keeper,Beachy or Norris?

  181. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Bernadina for now.

  182. Tony says:
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    cueto’s neck better be UNstiff so he can get whalloped tomorrow or whenever, my opp has him! damn it damn it damn it!

  183. Tony says:
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    moustaco’s or hafner?

  184. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Ha…Moustakas…

  185. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    where is Braun?

  186. Steve says:
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    Tim Hudson. WTF?

    Romero owners not impressed.

  187. donnie baseball says:
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    AGonz for Ellsbury and Ortiz?

  188. Tony says:
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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: id like to know as well, says he’s playing, but he’s not in the line up? he officially comes to my team tomorrow through a trade i just made. It would sum my season up if he’s hurt LOL.

  189. herschel says:
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    Ryan Braun was scratched from Monday’s lineup against the Rays with an upper respiratory viral infection.
    He’ll probably be good to go in the next day or so. Mark Kotsay will make the start in left field Monday while Corey Hart slides down to the No. 3 spot in the lineup against right-hander Jeff Niemann.

  190. Mrobs says:
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    @Grey: el oh el

  191. Steve says:
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    3 walks for the Mini Donkey. Has the world gone mad?

  192. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @herschel: Dah

    @Steve: Vs. Pirates pitching? Maybe slightly crazy.

  193. Steve says:
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    Happy trails to an original Flat-Billed Pitchypus – Chad Cordero retires. Not that he could even concentrate on baseball anymore:

    http://wapo.st/emVt5Q

  194. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Aw, geez…That’s depressing.

  195. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-5X5 League. Start 2B, SS, CI & MI

    I need a corner. I have plenty of MIs…Uggla, Yunel Escobar, Dee Gordon and Stephen Drew

    I found a trading partner. He has plenty of CIs and needs a MI…Panda, Trumbo, Brett Wallace, Mitch Moreland and Brandon Belt.

    You see a good trade offer in this mess? Uggla for Panda?

    Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.

  196. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, terrible eh? Puts one’s own apparent problems into pretty clear perspective.

  197. Grey

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    @Commish Cauda: I’d do Uggla for Panda. Gordon or Yunel for Trumbo too.

    @Steve: Yeah, exactly.

  198. Steve says:
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    On a brighter note – Longo!

  199. DHill Dragons says:
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    @Steve: Seriously, through his first 3 at bats tonight he was about to ride pine the rest of the week, he’s been absolutely brutal lately. Maybe those last two at bats signal the start of a good run.

  200. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: So long(oria) overdue.

  201. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Evan his most ardent supporters were beginning to doubt him.

  202. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    pulled off this one grey…

    i gave up LoMo, Ey2, Hommy Tanson, Nady, Blackmon and Chris Nelson

    I got Votto, Bourgeois, A Ramirez, R. Delgado, Harrison, and Denorfia. I dropped Harrison for Holliday. and will drop denorfia once prado comes off DL

    All good brotha!

    thanks for the advice.

  203. Pepe says:
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    Aaron Hill or Alexi Casilla?

  204. Black Beard says:
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    Brett Anderson worth a pickup if he’s on the wire? Haven’t been paying much attention to his travails this year…would appreciate some insight. Could drop Volquez or Norris for him. Thanks.

  205. DHill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    Nolasco and Carpenter are available on waivers.

    Are either of them an upgrade over:
    Gio
    Scherzer
    Bumgarner
    Cueto

    I’m thinking hold. Good names, but bad seasons. It happens.

  206. Steve says:
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    Not much middle ground with Kemp this year. He’s either doing everything, or nothing.

  207. BlinkULDHC says:
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    I think SAGNOF should actually mean Stats Aint Got No Face, since these days there’s such a scarcity of good hitting but a ubiquity of good pitching.

    If Jeter hit .300-25-90 we’d call him fantasy MVP, yet Jhonny Peralta is on pace for those numbers w/ SS eligibility. Or how about Kinsler ending up with .240-29-90 with 18 steals? That’s D. Espinosa’s pace. Or Hunter Pence hitting .295-24-87 w/ 110 runs? That’s Brennan Boesch. Matt Cain w/ 14 wins, 211 IP, 204 Ks, 3.24 ERA, 1.17 WHIP? Actually that’s Scott Baker.

    Yeah, they probably won’t keep pace the whole time, but these guys are available in FAR too many leagues. Seriously, if a shortstop is hitting .300, 11 HRs, 40 RBI at any point in the season, don’t you pick him up no matter what? Same goes for any 2B who has 13 HRs. 8 SBs, 43 RBI at any point in the season… let alone less than 1/2 way.

    It’s funny how so many fantasy baseball owners still ignore the Moneyball-ish concept of “don’t buy players, buy wins/runs.” It’s so simple and effective.

  208. BlinkULDHC says:
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    Guys like Jeter, Mauer, Ethier, Polanco, BButler, Kinsler, Pedroia are fantasy kryptonite. They get over-bought or over-drafted and just don’t really produce big stats.

    Then you have guys like Dunn, Uggla, Volquez, Nolasco and maybe even Heyward who have produced stats before but should be cut already.

    You win your ’11 league with guys like Espinosa, Scott Baker, Anibal Sanchez, Jhonny Peralta, Bud Norris, Erik Bedard, Leo Nunez, Michael Morse, Brennan Boesch, Ian Kennedy…. these are the lukewarm names that put up big time STATS — and you win H2H games by putting up the most/best stats, that’s the whole point.

  209. Steve says:
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    And Kershaw strikes out the side to finish.

    That’s some good shit right there.

  210. Terrence Mann says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: So, I should hold on to Alvarez, right?

  211. ruah says:
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    Need to make room for a sub 1B with Pujols on the shelf, who goes? Blackmon, Bernadina, Joyce, Rios… I have a few OFs

  212. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ruah: Blackmon

  213. why am i still up? says:
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    Okay, so im working on a deal for Felix. He is waiting on another offer but likes mine enough to accept it. I made a great case for my offer but anyways…

    Im dominating him in this right?

    Give- Morse, Scott Baker, Jordan Zimmerman

    Get- Felix and Corey Hart

    I dont lose much offense at all but get an elite pitcher for 2 waiver pickups?

    H2H each category, 8 teams but kinda deep (hr, tb, r, rbi, avg. steals) (wins, saves, quality starts, era, whip)

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