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Trouble ahead, Casey Jones, if you think Matt Cain is ’08 Lincecum.  I went over why this doode was faux-Cain two weeks go when I broke down FIP.  Now everyone is saying to sell high on him.  And by everyone, I mean ESPN.  Two weeks late, guys.  Went there already.  Oh, and I’m not going to link to them, because, as Berry said, that’s what they want.  Well, I want Berry to say I told him not to draft Nolasco and then he went and said Nolasco was in store for a great year.  When Berry says, I told him so.  I’ll link to them.  Wait, what was I saying?  Oh, yeah!  Cain!  So you got your lugwrench out and you’re trying to figure out how to make Cain able again.  The discrepancy between where Cain is now and where he should be is scary like Carol Channing without makeup.  Why?  Blah blah blah Lower K rate, very high strand rate… yadda yadda yadda… I went over it two weeks ago.  Open that FIP link.  And, yes, I touted the beejesus out of Cain in the preseason and I own him on a few teams.  And, yes, I’d actually feel better if his ERA was just in the low fours like it should be.  Don’t overrate his current ERA.  You know that.  So everyone’s zigging as they try to sell Cain, what do you do?  Zag?  Do you have the alligator blood to buy him for cheap?  Maybe.  It’s hard to sell a guy when their player news is calling for a regression.  It’s like running headlong into projectile vomit.  Then again, someone will drop some Liquid Paper on his stats any day now.  Now for the good news, his last time out he dropped his FIP from 4.85 to a more manageable 4.36.  One more strong start and who knows maybe he can actually be a 4.00 pitcher.  He’s not, I repeat, not a 2.40 ERA pitcher right now, but as long as you keep that in mind, you should be all right.  So sell him if you can get a decent deal, or buy him, but know what you’re getting.  Right now, people want to sell him so bad, you may actually get a decent deal for him.  He’s not terrible, just not quite what he’s been showing.  (BTW, CBS was touting Mark Reynolds as a buy this week.  I told you to buy him in March.  ESPN told you to sell Cain and Jurrjens this week.  I told you that two weeks ago.  If I didn’t write this shizz, I’d be reading it too.  Hey, wait a minute, my ‘stache looks weird with my bigger head.)  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell for this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

J.P. Izzywheelfourson – Not sure if people are already done with the Rays and their bullpen shituation, but I’d hold for another week or two because whoever emerges will have value.  For full disclosure, I’m currently holding Wheeler on some teams.  No one else.

Jeff Clement – Honestly, I don’t know if he’s going to get called up with Johjima on the DL with a broken thumbkin, but if Clement gets the call, he’ll be worth a spot in mixed leagues for the catching deprived.  Right now, I’d own him in AL-Only leagues.  Recognize!

Jake Fox – Went over picking up Jake Fox yesterday.  Cliff Notes version:  The use of the phrase, “…like Tyra Banks would say, he can (hit) fiercely,” was an allusion to the reality show, America’s Next Top Model, where Tyra Banks, a former top model and terrible TV host, critiques aspiring models with the noted fashion photographer, Nigel Barker.  When an aspiring model performs well in a challenge, she’s said to be “fierce.”  So Grey is saying Jake Fox can hit well.

Fernando Martinez – As we continue our rookie nookie portion of our program, Martinez may only be up for a week or two.  I think he’s way too raw at this point in 12 team mixed leagues, so I haven’t grabbed him anywhere, but ya never know.

Tommy Hanson – Has to be up very soon.  Medlen’s been garbage.  We need Coach Leak to get the crowd started, “Let him play… Let him play…”

Luke Scott – He might only hit five homers in June, but they’ll probably come in the next week.

Alcides Escobar – Someone said something in the comments the other day that was funny, “If Web Gems is a category, this guy would be a 1st rounder.”  Or something like that, I’m paraphrasing and I don’t even know who said it and I didn’t feel like searching… Anyhoo, the Brewers put Escobar at 2nd base the day after Weeks went down.  Curious?  Yeah, they’re going to call him up.  Escobar probably won’t give you much offensively this year, except for steals.  SAGNOF!

J.A. Happ – Pickin’ up the Happy dugout!  What, no Ice Cube fans?  For shame.  Happ’s in a crizzappy park, but he gets the Nats and Padres in Petco next.

Russell Martin – Funny thing happened on the way to June.  Martin forgot he was a 1st half hitter. Anyone that actually wasted a draft pick on this catcher can’t be happy.  Right now, they’re thinking about how they could’ve punted the catcher spot, grabbed Varitek late and had 10 homers.  And they’re right, suckas!  Schadenfreude!  That doesn’t mean you can’t exploit their fragile sense of self.  Nietzsche!   Right now, they’d probably give you Martin for a side order of meatballs.  Great movie!  I’d prefer to have Martin than Varitek (or insert random catcher schmohawk that you own) for the rest of the year, so if you can weasel Martin out of someone’s clutches, consent granted.

SELL

Brandon Phillips – I was a big supporter of Phillips this year and still am, but only if he can prove healthy, and that but is J. Lo-sized.  I have a sneaky suspicion that Phillips is going to come back, then realize he can’t play with his hairline fracture on his thumb and go to the DL for 6 weeks.  Monitor him and field offers, so you seem like you’re, a, hip to the game.

Nick Johnson – You’ve been bamboozled.  Yes, you have.  No, he’s not going to stay healthy.  Nope.  Sorry.  Oh, and healthy Johnson has four homers.  Yawstipating.

Jorge De La Rosa – Not sure if I mentioned this when it happened, but I picked up George of the Rose the other day.  But benched him for his first start with me because I didn’t trust him.  He went three and a third innings and gave up seven runs.  Tragedy and trajectory towards the TV averted.  I dropped him the next day.

Manny Parra – You might’ve only owned him because of me so let me be the one to break it to you.  Commandment #1, Pitchers shall not issue walks.  Parra, go to hell.

417 Responses

  1. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Russ Martin actually got dropped yesterday in my league (owner had an injury-caused roster crunch and apparently is going to roll with Inge)….too bad I’m #9 on the waiver waiting list.

  2. s221506 says:
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    @Grey I

    Interested in your thoughts on this trade. I could use some rosters space… but am I giving to much?

    Have Wieters:

    Trade:Soto, Pierre, Manny
    For: Markakis, Dukes?

    Or:

    Holiday, Soto
    For Markakis, Dukes

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hanson called up. just kidding but i wanted to feel the exitement for a second myself

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: I agreed with others in the other post. It’s a bit much on both accounts, but Soto, Holliday works better. I think you could get better than Dukes.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha!

  5. JR says:
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    @Grey: I’m looking for a fill-in for Iannetta. Who do you like: Hernandez, Snyder, Shoppach?

    And thank you, sir, in advance. I don’t say that often enough.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Ramon… No problem.

  7. Matt says:
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    I traded away Cain and Dice-K for Beckett a couple days ago. Do you think I got enough value?

  8. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: You told me so!

    No, it’s not fair to ask you for advice and then hold your advice against you, but as long as we’re taking credit…

    And maybe I was selling high on him too early, since I missed his last four starts, but since I packaged him with Andre Ethier for Lance Berkman, I think I got a pretty good return.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Matt: I’d still want Beckett there.

    @Dingo: That’s still a great trade for you. Above, I didn’t say not to sell Cain, just said weigh your options.

  10. Richard says:
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    Hold or Sell with Werth

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Richard: Depends what you’re getting from him. He’s a 20/20/.265 hitter, so that’s what you have.

  12. Heard if Davis doesn’t cut down his Ks he’s gonna be sent down. How likely is this? It’s seemingly become increasingly likely that my 4th and 5th round picks of Davis and Alexei in a keeper league won’t be kept.

  13. albertalbert says:
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    @Grey:
    have you given up on beltre? i’m wanting too, but that would mean that i was wrong about him preseason. if i dropped him, i could pick up some crappy Rays reliever.
    It’s like finding out your blind date has a horse face, then splitting before dinner to go home and do chores.

  14. Grey

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    @bpasinko: It’s possible, I guess, but I’d be surprised if Davis gets sent down. The Rangers had to know who Davis was when they called him up. Not like he wasn’t K’ing in the minors.

    @albertalbert: Yeah, I’m done with Beltre.

  15. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: I didn’t mean to disparage your advice at all, as it was very valuable in helping me get that trade done. I was just trying to claim that I jumped on the sell-high-on-Cain bandwagon even earlier.

  16. Raleigh Bob says:
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    Care to reorder your best-to-worst “Gamel, Reimold, Coghlan, Parra, LaPorta” sequence?

  17. Matt says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the feedback. I am currently trying to swing a trade to acquire Lackey. What kind of numbers do you think would be reasonable for me to expect from him?

  18. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    Hi Grey,

    My SP staff: Beckett, Haren, Gollardo, Kershaw, Edwin Jackson.

    Volstad has just been dropped onto waivers, do I add him over any starters (Do you like him better than Kershaw or Jackson this year?) or would you try and add him and drop a random other (RP, or “guy-on-bench”).

    Cheers!

    TQ4M

  19. Grey

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    @Matt: 10 Wins, 3.50-.375 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 20 starts…

  20. @grey: There are rumors of Hurdle being fired over the weekend, would that be beneficial to the Colorado youngsters? IE Stewart getting full PT, Hawpe traded, maybe carlos gonzalez callup?

    Better MI pickup: alicedes escobar, gordon beckham?

    Thanks…

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: Not idea what direction the Rox would go, but the youngsters playing is probably the way they would go. I said a month ago I thought Atkins would get traded.

    Escobar

  22. Mike says:
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    @matthole:
    BECKHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Mike says:
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    @Mike:

    I guess that’s why I’m not a fantasy expert. And I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Sigh.

  24. Mike says:
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    I wonder if Tulo will improve with a Hurdle firing?

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    knew it,sit lilly pad today against the dodgers and he`s looking great,actually when im already like a 3 and 4 in era and whip i had nothing to loose pitching him,

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mike: maybe he can spark fowler into running again also

  27. @grey: How do you gauge when youre ahead enough in cats that you can sell off….

    IE: Im currently first in SBs and 15 ahead of the next guy…how much separation or at which point in the season would u feel confident enough that you can trade that strength like an ellsbury to fill other needs…

    Thanks

  28. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Hey Mr. Big Head, you think this is the only site with great writing and timely advice?

    Here’s something I just found on a rival site:

    “Cardinals activated OF Ryan Ludwick from the 15-day disabled list. Ludwick will be an important part of the St. Louis lineup, and hopefully yours as well.”

    Boo-ya!

    You: “Running headling into projectile vomit.” Me: Audible laughter.

  29. Quintero says:
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    That Parra section is breaking my heart(as if Kris Medlen and David Huff didn’t break it enough…).

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: when theres about 40 games left and you have a decent lead,maybe a few more games but nothing is safe before the break for sure

  31. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team 5 x 5 Keeper League……. Dealing from a strong pitching base, badly in need of hitting…….. Which side of these deals do you like? I get Nelson Cruz and Loney (or Rasmus) for Lincecum and Kendrick? Or I get Carlos Lee for Lincecum?

  32. Hardcore Midget says:
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    12 team H2H keeper league, with quality starts as one of the pitching categories.

    Trade Francisco Corder for Ted Lilly?
    Would leave me with Broxton, Frank Francisco and Rafael Soriano as my closers.

  33. Simply Fred

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    I have Bartlett and would like to add Zobrist. However, am worried that when Iwamura gets healthy, things will be crowded (with Aybar as well). Can I count on Bartlett and Zobrist getting full playing time? If not, a better option at Zobrist level?

  34. Simply Fred

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    Added: When Bartlett healthy too.

  35. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Simply Fred: I think I read that Iwamura is done for the year.

  36. Matt Sorrento says:
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    @Simply Fred:
    Iwamura is out for the year, the last I knew. I think Zobrist will get playing time for a while.

  37. Simply Fred

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    Wow! Cool! So, no issues with PT for Bartlett and Zobrist?

  38. bobbo says:
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    @Euroalien: I see you’re still moving Lincecum… have you decided that 110 games of Carlos Lee vs. whoever else you are starting at OF right now will get you into the money this year? (I doubt it)

  39. Scott says:
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    @matthole: You could always apply mathematics. For example, if you have a guy that has 150 k’s by August 1, you can expect him to get 75 more for the rest of the season. If you trade him to the guy behind you and you replace him with a guy that will get 50 more and the other owner replaces a similar guy on his roster with your guy, he will gain 50 k’s on you through the rest of the season (the net 25 you lose + the net 25 he gains). This is not exact and is harder to do with some players, like Howard who hits many more HR’s in the second half and Ellsbury who stopped running last year and may do the same this year.

  40. Scott says:
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    Hurdle fired, replaced by former Dodger and Pirate manager Jim Tracy.

  41. RIP Harry says:
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    which side: sandoval ( C-elig) and hunter for CC and Francisco?

  42. Euroalien says:
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    @bobbo: You’re probably right about Lee….. I thought the other offer wasn’t bad. Cruz and Loney are a lot better than the likes of G. Parra, S. Hairston, H. Matsui and even Morales who I have active right now……

  43. RIP Harry says:
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    which side: CC and Francisco for Hunter and Sandoval (C- elig) ?

  44. bobbo says:
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    C-Bills… stop giving up singles!

  45. bobbo says:
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    @Euroalien: Surely there are guys on your waiver who can help you out. Loney hasn’t exactly been lighting it up, and I’m not high on Cruz.

  46. bobbo says:
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    Damnit… I just got Vazquez’ed by Billingsley (one bad inning after 6 pristine).

  47. Does anyone have any thoughts on how a Bedard trade would affect him?

    Better if he goes to the Phillies? Worth trading now because of injury and possibility he gets traded to a situation that can hurt his value?

  48. gosh dangit i come home KEMP has hit a homer, awesome, he’s on my team, thats cool, but he’s batting fricking 7th again!!!!!!

    JOE TORRE IF YOU READ RAZZBALL GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND MOVE THIS DUDE UP THE LINE UP ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDIN ME! HAVE YOU WENT SENILE!!!!

  49. iS GRABOW IN THE CLOSER PICTURE OR NOT NOW?

  50. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Tony Y: You know, as a Kemp owner I was pretty miffed about his spot in the order (all season) but I think I actually helps his ability to steal. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think he has a better shot at the green light with shizzy hitters behind him.

  51. @Jobu’s rum: maybe but with his speed he COULD run at any spot, you dont want him running into outs when Manny was up or Eithier if he batted before them before Eithier sucked, which was before manny got suspended…. but ya, i can see that but then again I think its stupid batting him there, he’s roughly a .290-300 hitter that can go 25/35 in his sleep if he gets the AB’s.

    WEAK SAUCE JOE won’t bump him up tho because he’s old and stubborn!

  52. How about my pitching line on the week: 12 teamer H2H

    4-0 3 sv 7R 2HR 7BB 41K’s 1.54 ERA 0.83 WHIP 5 QS’s

    Carpenter was my lone QS that went 8 innings got 10 K’s and a No Decision, i love this week… besides CQ going on the DL and kemp batting 7th and 8th!

  53. @Grey: For no reason other than a minimal MLB schedule and far too much time on his owners hands, Tulowitzki even aggravates his owners on off days. This is not healthy. Supposing that a Hurdle firing will not ignite production out of Tulo, are any of the ’09 Brat Pack of Jakie Fox, “Good Beer” Reimold, Zorbist, Clement, etc. better options?
    & on the mound, might you accept an offer of either Hanson or Price for the struggling Liriano?

  54. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Tony Y: As for Grabow, I certainly hope he’s in the mix. I’m always trying to turn tricks on Save St. and I’m still leaning into Grabow’s car window.

  55. Grey

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    @matthole: Depends what your team has. For instance, if I had Victorino and Crawford and was up in steals, then I’d sell one. Hope that helps.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hehe

    @Scott: Oh, that’s terrifically awful move. Tracy’s one of the worst managers of all time. Not to mention, he was the bench coach for Hurdle. Way to let Hurdle take the fall and stay on to collect scraps. I hate Jim Tracy.

    @zombie: In the right situation, I’d take Hanson or Price over Liriano. I’d want Zobrist starting for me right now over Tulo, but I wouldn’t drop Tulo.

  56. Zebo says:
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    trade Cain for Holliday?

  57. mauer for rios? should it be alarming that Rios hasnt done anything yet and Tor is tops in offense or is it a good sell off of mauer since rios is still at a low….have inge for C as replacement too

    Thanks

  58. Joel says:
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    I have 7 OFs, excess SBs.

    Jacoby Ellsbury for Carlos Quentin straight up on the table. Pull the trigger with the risk in mind?

  59. @ grey, thanks…does help

  60. john says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: capps is supposedly back already..the arm is tender to the touch but he can still pitch according to yahoo

  61. RIP Harry says:
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    which side : sandoval (C-elig) and hunter for CC and francisco?

  62. Swass says:
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    NELSON CRUZ IS THE BALLS

  63. Greg says:
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    Matt Wieters everyone… f-yeah!

  64. ScoutAbout says:
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    With Quentin finally on the DL I have one empty roster spot. I could really use some power right now, but not sure where I would roster it anyway with Sandoval (assuming he is back soon), Howard/Votto, Utley, Rollins/Alexei/Peralta, Kemp/Rios/Ellsbury/Alexei. With Votto back he is ensconced in my Util slot. Should I try to pick up some power off the waiver wire to start at 3B since Cantu has cooled off? Cheap power seems easier to come by in an OF, but not sure who I would sit. Any ideas? Should I just keep rolling with the offense I have and pick up Hanson to stash away?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: I’d want Holliday.

    @matthole: I’d take Rios.

    @Joel: I’d take Quentin.

    @RIP Harry: CC’s side.

    @ScoutAbout: If you have all your slots filled with guys that are playing, even if not playing well, I’d gamble on Hanson for right now.

  66. PowerTrips says:
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    Franklin for the Cards has looked good so far this year…If he faltered do you have a strong inclination toward Motte or Perez as the guy Larussa would go to next…any idea?

  67. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! Just picked him up.

  68. Adrian Beltre or Edwin Encarnacion once Edwin gets off the DL? Thanks

  69. @ScoutAbout: I’d consider grabbing Luke Scott for the weekend. He crushed the Tigers last year and did so again last night.

  70. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Casey Jones, you’re high on cocaine if you think I’m gonna buy Luke Scott……………

  71. Grey

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    @PowerTrips: Probably Motte, but there’s no reason to think it’s going to happen.

    @Maitland: Tossup, whoever’s currently hotter. Probably go with the unknown of EE at this point.

    @BigFatHippo: I have him in a 12 team league right now filling in for Quentin and he’s been fine. Probably hit 2 homers this weekend.

  72. BigFatHippo says:
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    @PowerTrips: Tony ain’t making any closer moves now, Franklin is the closer.

    Motte and Perez get the eighth depending on matchup and McClellan gets in if a pitcher may have to go more than one inning. Don’t add any of these guys, waste of time.

  73. Pops says:
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    Best. Header. Ever

    I’ve got some bad news. Had to put down Ian Stewart this morning. Watch him as he will go 2- 4 with a bomb and 3 RBI off of Chris Young tonight.

  74. Eric H. says:
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    Trying to make up some ground in the power categories. Which two out of the following three would you prefer: Hunter Pence, Jayson Werth, Nolan Reimold.

  75. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Hehe, just pullin yer chain. Yeah, you go boy, play some Luke Scott while Scott Hairston get me 2 hits this weekend………

  76. Choo isn’t starting tonight and I’d rather almost leave him in than put TULO in?

    sad sad sad… what to do….

  77. Greg says:
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    What’s up with Outman who had no K’s and now has 7 as it stands right now…

  78. Greg says:
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    (no K’s last outing)

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric H.: Pence/Werth

    @Tony Y: Tulo’s facing Chris Young in Colorado.

    @Greg: The Rangers are what’s up. They like to swing at everything.

  80. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Greg: He’s a St Louis boy, we know how to strike people out, well, me with a whiffleball………….

    Fluke, don’t count on a lot of Ks, but he’s been a good pitcher everywhere he’s been.

  81. albertalbert says:
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    not high on cruz?

    24/12/32/9 .293/.355/.573

    vs

    31/3/30/11 .345/.446/.503

    vs

    34/13/35/10 .282/.354/.569

    that’s cruz vs d wright vs kinsler

    in my league, cruz was top 24 in all players in espn’s player rater.

  82. Kris says:
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    Anyone starting Tallboy at Coors tonight?

  83. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Pops: And steal a base to boot.

  84. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Fransucksso at TB tomorrow?

  85. Greg says:
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    Will Happ be Crapp today?

  86. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Versus Price, I’m actually thinking about it……….don’t think Hippo <———- Creepy guy in my subconscious is whispering again.

  87. @Grey: tulo career vs. CYOUNG in 10 abs’…. 2-10 with two singles…. and the way he’s been hitting i dont know if it would matter if he’s at a tee ball field. Coors seems to be nothing special since Holliday left and Atkins got washed up….

  88. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Greg: I like Happ, I’m throwing him, feel like I’m talking to myself btw, “what’s up Greg? Nothin, Greg”

  89. oakland has 8 hits and Holliday is 0-4… UNREAL….

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    ESPN is having live look in’s at Strasburg pitching tonight, count me interested………

  91. Greg says:
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    I know wtf Holliday worthless bastard.

  92. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Picked up Happ a couple days ago for these next 2 starts. So I’m sure he’ll get shelled.

  93. @Greg: he’s been decent lately when you look at his last 30 days or whatever but christ, what happened to the days of 3-4 every night… oh i know he got traded… please trade him again, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee….. billy beane i’m talking to you, stop ruining matt’s career and my fantasy team!

  94. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Everytime I watch Strasburg I see these 12 year olds swinging at sliders 2.3 miles outside the zone. They look like Fonzi Soriano up there.

    ESPN, how do we talk about Swine Flu? Oh!

  95. Greg says:
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    Holliday has been so disappointing this year… I knew he would bust somewhat and I tried to trade him but he’s been swinging pretty badly (I’ve watched him live).

  96. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Why didn’t you tell me that at 5:30 you bast……..uh, Huckleberry………

  97. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: At least ESPN plays more music than Music TeleVision……

  98. Doc says:
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    Strasburg, Weiters and Bruce walk into a bar . . .

  99. Doc says:
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    Wieters that is. Strasburg gives up a donkey donk. I’m dropping him!!

  100. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: I’ll have a phenom on the rocks….

  101. Greg says:
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    We need a razzball chatroom…

  102. Doc says:
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    @Greg: Sounds like an idea.

  103. @Grey: @ANYONE….ok i’m going to the store, help me with this for when i get back:

    I’m SP Heavy: Haren, shields, beckett, wainwright, carpeneter, jurrjens, slowey and k. escobar on the DL

    I’m Short on power and own D. Wright.

    Me and the owner of MIGGY have shot lots of dimwitted ideas back and forth, he wants wright…

    I’m thinking My Wright & a SP from above for his

    Miggy and a closer (mariano rivera, fuentes, wood, bailey, wuertz)

    So which starting pitcher should I THROW IN, and which CLOSER SHOULD I ASK FOR!?

  104. Doc says:
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    I think Jake Fox could hit a HR every at bat and he won’t start. Seems like my Cubs should trade him to an AL team for somebody filled with nougaty greatness.

  105. Pops says:
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    @bpasinko: Davis 0 – 4 with 4 k’s tonight. This is getting a little ridiculous.

  106. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: If it’s Wright and any of those SP, don’t settle for any closer other than Rivera. Still not sure I’d do that.

    You still own the chip, Wright, a top 4 pick.

  107. Greg says:
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    Adam LaRoche is available should I grab him??

  108. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Greg: Depends how you’re sitting at CI and who you’re dropping, but he’s a better 2nd half hitter so worth a roster spot.

  109. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: i smell a drinking hippo

  110. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    top model ? hardy (not the ss) HAR HAR .
    i thought only old guys were p’whipped !
    in HER house the mlb package is only for the lap-top (with head-phones) … never the wide screen .
    except west coast yankee and sawx games are PARTY TIME (zzzzz) .
    HA !
    so , who are setting up as the THING with the bow-ties ? (hope it’s not rudy) . drop elvis and still hang onto that dimweed lopez ??

    as always ,
    thanking you , in advance .

    p.s. friend returned from tampa today ….. GOT MY COWBELL .
    gabaz .

  111. big o says:
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    edit … after (hope it’s not rudy)
    and you know that notion just crossed my mind .

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I’d want Lopez. Gabaz!

  113. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Veeeerrryyy stressful day, so yes, I resemble that remark………….

  114. big o says:
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    wilson gets 2 ground balls and a K in the 8th ….. rewards me with a win in the 1st game of the double-header .

    i am welcome .

  115. BigFatHippo says:
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    Strasburg’s game being broadcast on ESPN Classic and espnu, btw……..

  116. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: You are the wind beneath your wings.

  117. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Damn, I bow to your highness but JA Happ is making me very HAPPy, went to add him in my keeper but Al youknowwho already had him.

    Shoulda never sent him to Razzball!

  118. BigFatHippo says:
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    Tony Gwynn coaches SD State? I did not know this…….

  119. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, he’ll be coaching the Padres in less than five years.

  120. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I could see that. Signs a contract for $100 and access to the postgame spread.

  121. Greg says:
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    Dang, should have started Scott Baker…

  122. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Grey: Ha, and his kid plays every day. Wait, that was my dad.

  123. @BigFatHippo: Yeah i’d want miggy and Mariano rivera and i’d give him Wright and? maybe shields? ughhh that sounds like alot when i type it out… wrights power is just not there, not saying its not gonna come, but who knows… miggy will blast more no doubt about it…

    this is a H2h LEAGUE so i dont know what to do… i mean if wright ends at 30 HR’s and miggy hits 45 thats only a matter of 27 hr’s for wright to 35 for miggy… its 10 which isn’t that big a deal in H2H as much as it is in roto… IDK

    torn

  124. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: WWGD?

  125. BigFatHippo says:
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    Oh no! What just HAPPened?

  126. @BigFatHippo: hahahah thats what i was thinking….

    what about WRIGHT/carpenter for MIGGY/M. RIVERA?

    evens it out a bit more with the idea carp could get hurt, he’s kinda the risk/reward part….

  127. still too much?

    i know you’re not big on trading for saves, but all i have is qualls and fcordero which is nice, but i’m in a league where guys are save whores, its H2H, and you need to get 32 innings, so having reliable saves and lots of them coming is pretty key…

  128. big o says:
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    @BigFatHippo:
    think he’s been at state 3 years now .
    he owns that town .
    @Grey:
    is ripken worried ?
    even money … no kid of tony G ever hits .220
    (maybe he should be worried) .

  129. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: There’s a guy in the SD State bullpen named Valdez, please, please, baseball gods, let him become a Major League closer so we can call him Exxon Valdez………….

  130. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: It’s fair. I wouldn’t do it.

  131. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ha! I’m watching Jim Tracy throw Hurdle under the bus. Like he can do better.

  132. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Wasn’t Tracy voted least likely to succeed as ML manager in his high school yearbook?

    On a better note, finally dropped Yadi for Ramon per your second hand advice,,,,,,,,,,,, Donk!

  133. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    Loving the Luke Scott pick up… could it be the year he ‘kind-of’ puts it together?

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Favorite line, Rox broadcaster, “Tracy’s a proven winner.” Career line 562-572.

    I’m surprised you copped to dropping your boyfriend, Yadier.

  135. Grey

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    @TheQuestforMerlin: Let’s not get carried away. He’s a one to two week pickup.

  136. Sam says:
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    traded Matt Cain for Nate McLouth weeks ago.
    Matt Wieters first at bat … gets 2 outs.

  137. snagged up ramon hernandez last night, insert, HR 2 ribbys, AWESOME… fricking kung fu panda is hurt and baker hasn’t hit for me… going with the hot guy… and by hot guy i mean hot at hitting in baseball….

  138. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @Grey: Well, his K/BB looks good so far (small sample size I know) and he’s not far removed from a 23 homer season.

    I’m hoping his left/right splits improve but he could have a mini breakout in that ballpark/lineup.

    I wonder between him and Lind who will have the better season? I see them as relatively similar.

  139. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: Ah, I missed the AB, I wanted to see him. Damn.

    @anyone: Where are all of the people who were saying Dontrelle’s back?

  140. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: We’ll still share a Snuggie in the offseason but alas, Yadi, you’re no Silver Slugger………

    Ramon, on the other hand, here’s your matching Snuggie!

  141. Sam says:
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    @Grey: How bout Shamwows ?

  142. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: It washes, dries and polishes any surface, but it doesn’t keep you warm. That’s key.

  143. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    how do you read this ? ==> down 2-0 cliff elects to pitch to a-rod , with 2 on and 1st base open , rather than issue the ibb and pitch to cano , whom he K’d in the 1st inning .

    prior to tonight’s game , cano was 3-15 (0 HRs) vs . lee
    and a-rod was 5-13 (2 HR’s) vs. lee .

    strange .
    what’s your take on it ?

  144. @Grey: i am getting married soon, got a snuggie as a bridal shower gift, my effffn fiance thought it would be funny to register for one…

    its not funny

  145. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: Is Rollins/Adam Jones/Pence too much to give up for Hanley/Werth in a keeper league? (I’d still have Ibanez, Beltran, Upton, Ethier, Werth, and Juan Pierre to fill 4 OF and 1 UTIL spot).

    We only keep 5 offensive players year to year and I also have Wright, Berkman, and Mauer to consider.

  146. Sam says:
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    @Grey: Got it. Got it.

    Someone dropped Furcal in my league, grab him ? I have Asdubral as my SS right now

  147. @bobbo: i think id’ do that, you’re getting the best player, plus hanley, wright, beltran, maybe mauer/upton? thatsa nice

  148. cubbies299 says:
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    Lowe/Swisher for Beckett?

  149. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: Ha!

    Bought one for my elderly mother for Christmas, that’s how this whole thing started. 2 for 1 deal, I asked Grey if it was a good idea to keep one for myself and he said, “a Snuggie is a sound investment.”

    Best comment ever on here.

  150. what the hell! why was votto taken out and R. hanigan was PH for him? is he dizzy again? I swear to god….

  151. @BigFatHippo:

    LOL the best would be if they made a SNUGGIE out of SHAMWOW! That way you could go outside, be warm, and if you fall in a puddle you’d stay warm and dry!

  152. Sam says:
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    @Tony Y: +1

  153. chris davis 0-6 today so far… wow, what a POS, might as well send the bat boy up, he can strike out and at least we won’t hold it against him…

  154. bobbo says:
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    @Tony Y: Thanks for the input. He also said he’d do Hanley/Atkins for Rollins/Jones/Lowell. Lowell is currently slotted in my IF spot but I could gamble on Atkins turning it around or just play the hot IF pickup from the wire every day. (I’m currently in top 3 of all offensive categories). Would you rather do this or the Pence? What if he took Ethier over Pence?

    Also, it’s BJ Upton in the OF…. not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing anymore, haha!

  155. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: No idea, not sure what he looked like in other ABs in the game.

    @Sam: I’d grab him.

    @bobbo: It’s okay, I wouldn’t do it.

    @cubbies299: I’d want Beckett.

    ****We’re about to see who’s closing for the Rays. Finally.****

  156. bobbo says:
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    @Tony Y: Only if the SHAMWOW SNUGGIE came with MIGHTY MEND-IT just in case it rips…

  157. Sam says:
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    @bobbo: Mighty putty !

  158. haren for mauer, which side?

  159. Sam says:
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    Grey, just wondering, whos a better bet a this point, Lester or Beckett ?

  160. @bobbo:

    LOL If Macguyver was the spokesperson I’d buy stock.

  161. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: Brilliant!

    You could roll over your car to remove water spots. We should make an info-mercial……….

  162. Sam says:
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    Brett Myers probably will be out for the season, bring up Carrasco !

  163. @Sam: gotta be beckett? seriously… becketts last 5 starts he’s gotten 3 wins, 2 ND’s, hasn’t give up more than 3 runs, all QS’s… 9 runs total in his last 5 over 34 innings…

    lester has given up 5 runs, 1 run, 5 runs, and 8 runs in his last 4 starts… not even close… beckett still isn’t K’ing as many as i’d like at least, around 6 per game his last 5 starts…

  164. bobbo says:
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    @Sam: I’ve seen Carrasco pitch a few times for the Iron Pigs this year. They’re better off with freakin Kyle Kendrick. I swear Carrasco has regressed over the past 3 years.

  165. @BigFatHippo: LOL…. ahh i need to go watch some real baseball instead of this fricking stat tracker…

    good ole shamwow snuggies with mighty mend it…. too much

  166. Mr Baseball says:
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    Carlos Carrasco (0-6, 5.81)

  167. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Who’s the TB closer? I need this win badly for Shields.

  168. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Votto is killing me. Another 1 and done tonight.

  169. Sam says:
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    Do I start David Price tomorrow against Minnesota ?

  170. Carrasco’s FIP is supposedly major league ready. Not, dominate MLB ready, but ready.

  171. Doc says:
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    Wheeler!

  172. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: Sure.

    *****Wheeler! Yes!******

  173. Sam says:
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    Who is the most realistic player that D-Lowe could get ?

  174. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: No idea what you need.

    ***Damn!!!! This shizz is a total committee.****

  175. Sam says:
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    @Grey: hitting

  176. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: They took him out???!!!!

  177. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: Please, give me more to go on. Outfield?

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, for a matchup. Choate came in. This is ridiculous.

  178. What kind of pitchers should I try to get for Shin Soo Choo or Brad hawpe?

  179. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Geez, I just picked him up and dropped Madson. WTF, Maddon? Choate??????????????

  180. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Maitland: Wainwright? Cueto? Lowe? Maybe if Hawpe was hot and Shields was cold, you might be able to get him.

  181. john says:
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    @Grey: @BigFatHippo: that is freaking ridiculous! I didn’t pick up Wheeler so he could be used for a freakin matchup

    @Grey: you still think Reimold for the next couple days (aka until Votto’s mom finishes giving him his ear drops) or is Scott a better bet during his hot streak?

  182. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Was just a lefty on lefty matchup. Don’t pickup Choate.

  183. Sam says:
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    @Grey: I’m dead f’n last in stolen bases, pretty thin in SB in infield, Abreu is my saviour, so is Justin Upton, the rest are well … I had Aviles in my roster up until May 10 in my roto league.

  184. peter says:
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    @Grey: Choate… a guy who has pitched 2 innings since 2006. I’m reminded of when Mr. Burns pinch hits Homer for Daryl Strawberry because the pitcher was right handed. A little.

  185. Grey

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    @Sam: Figgins?

    @john: Reimold if you have any inkling of keeping him after this weekend. Luke Scott for the next few days.

  186. Sam says:
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    My 3rd basemen are Kung Fu Panda and Inge ..

  187. peter says:
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    @Grey: Not to pick on Maddon too much, but this closer committee is being run by a guy who screws up his line-up card.

  188. Grey

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    @Sam: Who’s your catcher? Inge? What’s the depth of this league? Just send Lowe and Panda for Figgins then.

  189. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Wouldn’t even entertain the thought, that ?????????? was aimed at Maddon, as are my Shiny Toy Guns!

  190. cubbies299 says:
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    you like kubel for atkins?

  191. Ceasar says:
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    Crisp vs. Fowler in a light-hitting, run-scoring, sometimes-stealing, steel-cage death match. Who’s still standing in September? I need a spot for my main man Ludwick.

  192. Sam says:
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    @Grey: Joe Mauer. 12 roto mixed leagues team. and yep, i will, since Kung Fu Panda is always benched.

    Thank you Grey. (btw, i was dead last in first 3 week and I am now at 4th place, and i am able to breath much better)

  193. cubbies299 says:
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    Chaote??? WHAT THE FUCK MADDON

  194. Sam says:
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    Its safe not to start Liriano at TB tomorrow right ?

  195. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Sam: Sounds like a shoutout to Razzball Nation….Testify!

  196. Tom says:
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    Grey, do you want Sparkakis or Fielder for rest of year

  197. big o says:
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    wilson double-dips … with a save in the nightcap .

  198. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ouch-davis 0-7 6 k`s

  199. Sam says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: ow. Alexei ! Feel free to keep hitting !

  200. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Got a new glossary term for ya, check it out.

  201. BigFatHippo says:
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    And another, NSFW!

  202. GTG says:
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    Dropped CJ Wilson yesterday in Commentator League… WTF. But I’m first in Ws and SVs, so can’t complain too much.

  203. GTG says:
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    Grey, AL-only 4×4 league w/10 teams… need an extra MI/CO guy who will get some SBs (we’re first in HR/RBI, 5th in AVG/SB)… M.Izturis, A.Everett, Crosby or Tolbert? Bad choices, but those are my choices. Thx.

  204. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Next week I’m facing off against a pretty bad pitching staff for 10team league…burnett, dempster, r johnson, harang, weaver and qualls & ziegler as closers…question is who should I use to ultimately take all 5 pitching categories? Got Peavy & Beckett def. starts with Franklin & Jenks closing…choices for the other 3 spots are Bills, Wainwright, Bedard, Slowey, Danks…also possibly Hoffman in place of a closer?

    Interesting matchups for my pitchers next week

    Thanks

  205. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Does Garret Atkins have any fantasy value going forward? I’m currently holding Sandoval (no C) and Delgado and feel like putting both in the corner.

  206. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sorry to have to tell you this, but I’ve just picked up Scott in my H2H to man the Util spot while Votto sorts himself out.

    You can expect him to go cold, effective immediately.

    Also – you buying Marshall against the Dodgers on Sunday?

  207. Tom says:
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    Reynolds and F-Her for Miggy Cabrera? What side would you want?

  208. steamer says:
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    Who would you rather have at SS – Drew or Hardy? I’ve got Hardy & Drew has been dropped.

  209. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Tom: Cabrera

  210. I am thinking Scott Baker is going to get better and Luke Scott will eventually cool off, pull the trigger on picking up Scott and dropping Baker? currently w/ Kemp, Victorino, Ethier and Lind as outfielders/DH….Scott better than any of these guys?

  211. Billy says:
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    Trade advice please, deep league

    Soria, Davis and Snider for Mauer and Mclouth

    I would replace Soria with Bailey

    I would move Morales to CI to fill in for Davis

  212. Swass says:
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    @Billy: No human being offered you Joe Mauer and McLouth for a still DL’d Soria, Khris Davis, and Travis Snider.

  213. Jacob says:
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    Do you think that offering Orlando Hudson and Carlos Marmol(or Hanrahan) for Robbie Cano is a good move? I lead the league (12 team) in almost every pitching category, but am just average in hitting, and Hudson isn’t going to continue to be the 4th best 2nd basemen for long…

  214. Grey

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    @GTG: Terrible choices — Izturis.

    @Nick: Bills, Wainwright, Bedard

    @Bamboo Cheetah: Atkins has more than Delgado.

    @Steve: Damn you. I wouldn’t pitch Marshall there.

    @Tom: It’s fair, depends what you need. I’d prefer Miggy.

    @steamer: They’re pretty much a tossup, but I’d prefer Drew.

    @kR Express: Nope, hold Baker.

    @Billy: Mauer side

    @Jacob: I’d want Cano and I’d prefer to trade Hanrahan.

  215. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    This trade went down in my league, btw the first and last-place teams:

    Derek Jeter/Josh Johnson/Willy Taveras for Alex Rios/Jon Lester/Paul Konerko.

    First place guy got the Rios/Lester side — and I think the trade weakens his team, since he’s now playing Tejada (!) full time at SS, and I think JJ is much better going forward than Lester, barring injury.

    I have no other real thoughts — just wondering which side y’all like better. I’m confused b/c it’s rare you see a six person trade involving only one guy (Johnson) you’d actually want on your team.

  216. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: When you started by saying a 1st and last place team were trading, I was about to say NOOOOOO!!! because those trades are usually the most lopsided. That trade is actually fair. Weird! I’d prefer the Jeter side, but only by a hair. Jeter/Johnson are sure things and Taveras is SAGNOF. Rios is a sure thing for 15/20, Lester looks like a mess and Konerko’s hot when he’s cold, wrong when he’s right.

  217. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Grey: Yeah, I think the trade is pretty fair too. Not really sure what the motivation was, unless First Place really believes in a big Rios turnaround and Lester righting the ship. Even so, personally I’d rather keep Jeter than take Rios, and I’d rather have JoJo over Lester anyday.

    Meanwhile, the team who got Jeter now has Drew as a complete spare-part, so I’m trying to wrestle him away. Have offered Felipe straight up. If that doesn’t fly, what about Felipe/Wheeler, or just Wheeler? I assume E-Jax is too much to offer.

    I like Drew going forward and he’d be great infield insurance against Phillips ailing thumb. (I’d slide Alexei over to 2B.)

  218. Grey

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I think the first place guy got a little too smart for his own good. Rather than holding tight, he tried to buy low on guys.

    Felipe/Wheeler would be fair for Drew.

  219. G says:
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    Drop Fowler for Luke Scott?

  220. bpasinko says:
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    Should I trade BJ Upton and get Zimmerman?

  221. royce! says:
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    Drop Ziegler for Wheeler? If not for strategy then just for the excitement of watching Maddon’s maddening moves?

  222. Mike Lowell or Chris Davis? I think I really just want to admit the mistake that was drafting Davis so high and move on.

  223. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @G: scott is one of those play while thier hot guys,he might not be done but you just missed 5 hr`s and im thinking he`s about to regress a bit

  224. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    im thinking big poopi hits a hr today,still not buying him being a major contributer but just a thought

  225. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Do you ever seen Davis snapping out of this horrible funk. I was really putting a lot of stock into him.

  226. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Suck My Wieters: He strikes out a lot. Always has. Look at his minor numbers. Do I think he can still hit homers? He’s doing that right now. Maybe he gets to .270, but right now I’d say there’s a better chance of him being sent down.

    EDIT: Word.

  227. bpasinko says:
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    @Grey: So more chance he gets sent down now compared to yesterday?

  228. Rob says:
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    Have kelly Johnson at 2b. Should I stick with Johnson or look at waivers? I am in a 14 team league. Keep up the great work. I am currently in the top 3 with the advice from you and the contributors.

  229. James says:
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    Votto to the DL – couldn’t this have been done weeks ago?

  230. Dumbmutt says:
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    Need to fill in for Votto.

    Kubel D. Lee Nady Adam LaRoche Sheff

    I’m thinking to try Sheff for right now then Lee or Nady if they start anything.

  231. Offered Wright/Shields for Miggy/Mariano Rivera and the dude rejected it…

    Chris Young, JA Happ, and Scott Richmond are his SP’s?

    I need some power help, i love wright, but he’s not hitting for power at all this year, I think he still ends with 25-30 HR’s but jeese… this guys pitching SUCKS, and i’m offering my 8th round pick from a 12 team H2H draft? Plus the idea rivera is good but old and could go down at anytime (we all know its coming sometime)… idk

    the guys been trying to get wright from me for a while… guess this deal didn’t do much for him… i dont get it

  232. @James: they’ll backdate it, so he won’t miss much time, but yeah i dont get it either… the guys on and off for weeks, DL him, put him in bed and get his mom to make him some chicken soup…

    him and CQ going down are killing me!

  233. Nick says:
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    @Grey: My Downs (that I dropped for Alexei) was picked up off waivers today and he dropped Tulo…Uggla & Doumit are also there. Wish I had some room on my roster!

  234. john says:
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    @Tony Y: sadly, they can’t backdate it because he played yesterday

  235. PowerTrips says:
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    Hey Grey…Love the ‘stache by the way…

    I am in a NL only 5×5 standard scoring league…

    I got this trade on the board…which side you like better?

    JJ hardy and Corey Hart for Fukudome and Orlando Hudson??

    also, what are your thoughts on Murphy in NY vs Fukudome in Chicago—who you think will end up having the better season?

    Thanks—

  236. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @James: I am both relieved and annoyed. In the short term, it solves a playing-time dilemma for me. In the long term, I hope he gets over this once and for all and returns raking like he was before.

    I kind of wish this had happened yesterday, and I could have picked up Reimold. Ah well.

    I did, however, DL Votto, picked up Doumit, DLed him, then picked up Hanson, who I’ve been eyeing for weeks. I can still drop Grabow as soon as Capps is cleared — anyone else I should be looking to add?

  237. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @bpasinko: I’d say so. I now expect him to get sent down soon. 6Ks in 7ABs? 77Ks — in May?

    At a certain point, they’re just shredding his confidence. They’ll want him to get his swing back while not under the hot glare of the big club.

  238. James says:
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    @Tony Y: Unfortunately, John is right.
    @BVV: Hopefully!

  239. James says:
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    @BVV: That is an impressive move. Maybe Buchholz? He pitches tonight actually, and has been nasty. I heard the Saux are trying to move Penny. Plus, even if he stays, he will tire.

  240. Colin says:
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    Wowowowowowow Matt Kemp hitting 8th again wowowowowowow.

    Why isn’t Jake Fox playing against the lefty? If he was going to start, today would have been the day.

  241. Zebo says:
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    Nunez relieved Linstrom for the save!

  242. Wound up dealing Davis for Lowell and Hudson. League counts singles and doubles and both AVG/OBP, so I felt like Davis was really hurting me. Might come back to be a mistake if he eventually gets up to even .245, but, didn’t really want to take a chance. Have Howard who should be power low AVG and Quentin who should hopefully provide that as well when he comes off the DL.

  243. Zebo says:
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    is Nunez the new closer now?

  244. Grey

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    @Maitland: That makes sense.

    @Zebo: Doubtful, just a handcuff.

  245. J.P. says:
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    so I’m in this Roto league in first place, but my lead has been noticably diminishing over the last 3 weeks partly because of a slumping offense.

    I’ve just been offered Ben Zobrist for Adam Wainwright and this is really tempting me because my starting SS is Stephen Drew. My pitching staff consists of F. Herandez, A. Wainwright, J. Vazquez, J. Shields, E. Jackson, M. Parra, R. Porcello, and Kawakami. I tried offering Drew & A. Lind for Zobrist, but he wants a pitcher like Wainwright. Oh yeah, and I already checked, he’s not interested in Shields or Parra.

    pull the trigger?

  246. BigFatHippo says:
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    May have picked the wrong day to sit Liriano.

  247. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @James: If you’ve got open DL spots, it always makes sense to grab someone you like who’s DLed whenever you have to drop someone anyway. It’s like a two-fer-one. And I like Doumit as possible second-half insurance if Wieters doesn’t live up to the hype, i.e. doesn’t hit eight home runs every game.

    @Zebo: Looks like it was one of those super-cheap, tying-run-on-deck saves. I mean, the score was 7-3 with two outs when Nunez came in. Though this probably solidifies him as the next in line, should Lindstrom keep struggling.

  248. Grey

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    @J.P.: It’s not a good trade for you.

    @BigFatHippo: He doesn’t seem to be pitching well through 2 and a third.

  249. seriously Eithier is batting .256 and Kemp is batting .294, how does torre bat Eithier ahead of KEMP!?

    Will someone show joe the stats, fricking senile POS!!!!

  250. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @J.P.: In my opinion, that’s too much for Zobrist. Be patient on Drew — he’ll come around. Look at his second half from last year. (.326 with 9HR and 36RBI)

    If you’re nervous about SS in the short term, use a lesser piece to go out and get someone like Felipe Lopez, Hardy or Peralta. None of those guys should cost you Wainwright. (In fact, Lind should get you any of those guys straight up.)

    I like but don’t love your pitching — I don’t think you can spare Wainwright.

  251. royce! says:
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    Votto going to the DL has left me with the following options for my 20 team weekly h2h:

    Ishikawa (who apparently is not going to be playing much, b/c Sandoval will be playing 1B), Wes Helms, Quinlan, Bobby Crosby, Martin Prado and Jack Hannahan.

    Already have Reyes, Aramis Ramirez and Hafner on the DL.

    Not really looking for advice– just wanted to share with all y’all sadists.

  252. TheGreatVeto says:
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    yo grey,
    i read your FIP bit on selling high on certain pitchers. i was already trying to sell jurjjens, and then that damn blurb about “a recession in the cards” caused others in my league to think less of him (i don’t know why ESPN puts excerpts from their columnists blogs under “player news”) Anyways, i have a trade accepted to send jurjjens for corey hart, what do you think?

  253. Doc says:
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    It’s getting close to Vazquez implosion time. Pull him, pull him!

  254. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Wow, that meltdown was fast.

  255. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @royce!: I have two of those possibilities — Helms and Hannahan — in my Razz Ball Team.

  256. Doc says:
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    @Doc: Nobody ever listens to you!

  257. Mr Baseball says:
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    Dusty Baker told reporters Saturday that Joey Votto just needs some time away from baseball.

    The Reds are keeping mum on the exact reason for his placement on the disabled list, labeling it only a “stress-related issue.” It could be depression-related

    As a Vottp owner I am stressed and I have depression – in one of my leagues I had to replace Votto with Jason Giambi

  258. and KEMP is 2-3 now today….

    i bet most of baseball wishes there 8 hole hitter would bat .300 and could steal 35 bases and hit 20 HRs… oh wait thats most teams 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th batter, not their 8th, you usually store a guy who’s better in the field down there…

    SERIOUSLY JOE TORRE IS AN ANUS

    I SAID IT…. ANUS

  259. QUENTIN DL, VOTTO DL, KEMP BATS 8TH, EITHIER IS CRAP SINCE MANNY GOT CAUGHT, HOLLIDAY IS A BUM, THIS IS GETTING OLD REAL FAST….

    HOW IS MY TEAM STILL IN FIRST?

  260. Steve says:
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    +50 on innings – start Harang @ Mil today?

  261. James says:
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    @BVV: I don’t think we are on the same page. I said your moves were impressive – I liked them. I have two guys on the DL who I added from the wire.

  262. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: And yet, Holliday may be playing in Busch Stadium in the near future, you heard it here first.

    @Steve: You gotta sit guys sometime.

  263. James says:
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    Kemp: Guys/Gals, I wouldn’t get all worked up about his place in the order. Yes, it sucks, but he is doing well. Remember, last year clowns like Kent hit infront of him, Kemp was better, and Kemp was moved up.

    It could be a lot worse! Kemp could be sulking and hitting poorly.

  264. anon says:
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    Randy Goatse with his 2nd save. Should we start reading into this or is this still just a matchup situation? I still have Grabow and am considering dropping him for a Ray. If anyone has heard anything new about this situation lets hear it!

  265. john says:
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    i love hairston as my reyes replacement…he actually contributes to my offense

  266. royce! says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Maybe I can convince the commish to change the rules to razzball rules! Seriously, though, with 20 teams there’s a lot of razztastic players being rostered. With all my offensive stars either hurt or slumping (yeah, I’m talking about you (wide of the)Markakis!), I’m sure I could compete in the Razzball league. DeJesus and Liriano would be priceless!

  267. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Have you tried selling Cain?

  268. Nick0rz says:
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    With Votto on the DL, I need to pick someone up to fill his role. I can slide Davis into 1B so Im looking for someone for my util spot.
    Top options are…

    Rolen
    Andy Laroche
    Gardner
    Josh Fields.

    Any of these look appetizing?

  269. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I have suggested something to someone known to us both.

    He should be here shortly telling me I should have taken the Hairston Jr deal…

  270. Colin says:
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    Why is Dave Bush such a JACKASS?

  271. Jobu's rum says:
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    @anon: I’m in the same boat. Not sure if Capps is okay … I’ve seen conflicting stories. Think I’ll hold Grabow for now b/c the Rays situation looks too murky. But if anyone knows what’s up, throw me a bone.

  272. Steve says:
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    Whoever is driving the Wandwagon has fallen asleep at the wheel.

  273. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Hard to sell Cain from a Sell High on Matt Cain post.

  274. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’ve dispensed with subtlety as a weapon.

  275. royce! says:
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    After Liriano’s great display of disfunctionality, Wandy’s trying his damnedest to keep my WHIP for the week above 3. (He’s doing tremendously well at this).

    Test me all you want, fantasy baseball gods! This roster leprosy will not divert me from my goal: a digital image of a gold cup on a webpage that only I ever visit!!!

  276. john says:
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    I think i’ve been Dustied, freaking Harang…on the plus side, I have Fielder

  277. Mr Baseball says:
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    CJ Wilson

    A win and a save in the same day. – Cooperstown awaits you

    how many Brain Freeze relief pitcher can state a claim to that feat

  278. James says:
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    @john: Oh jeez! Anyway, we’ll see how it goes tonight. I was happy to hear that Harang threw simulated innings during the rain delay, which would prevent an arm injury. Thus, this homer could have been a nasty coincidence/him being tired (not hurt). One can only hope…

  279. Mr Baseball says:
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    W. Rodriguez – I going to have to talk to the official scorer to get those earn runs taken away this week

  280. john says:
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    @James: Yea, he is a tank too, so that helps..but still, i’m crossing my fingers

  281. Adam says:
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    What would be a smart/fair offer for Liriano at this point? His owner made a post on the message board offering him up…The more expendable players on my roster include Span, Reimold, Madson, Grabow, Bailey, Downs, Unit, Nolasco and Wheeler

  282. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Adam: Offer a beaver pelt and three raccoon tails………..

  283. James says:
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    @Adam: His stuff isn’t as good as pre-surgery. I wouldn’t trade anything of value for him. Taking a look at him there isn’t much reason to expect him to bounce back.

  284. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    This one might be my favorite pun-headline this year, well done Mista Grey! Matthew Berry owes you bigtime if he wants any hyperlink-love (which sounds like really kinky sex, done quite fast, and involving link sausages… I’ll pass, but won’t judge). I figured Nolasco to get hurt (the IP jump was just too grand a canyon for Ricky Nabisco to jump), but I didn’t think he’d be healthy and stink up the joint.

    By the by, ESPN isn’t all useless for fantasy baseball advice, Christopher Harris is pretty damn good:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=rotowski090529

  285. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Tony Y: Yeah, what he said!

  286. Adam says:
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    Thanks for the input on Liriano, I’m a sucker for buying low on talent but I think I’ll stay away…Anybody have reason to think A-Gonz isn’t for real? I was under the impression that he was a career first half hitter, but I just did some splits investigating (not nearly as dirty nor as fun as it sounds) and realized he’s actually been better Post-ASB in his career…I’ve been trying to package him with pitching for Miggy Cabrera, but maybe that wouldn’t be as brilliant as I imagined it?

  287. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Tony Y: Yep!

  288. Zebo says:
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    choate again?

  289. Zebo says:
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    I think choate is the closer now

  290. Zebo says:
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    fuck you, Dusty. I learned that, after he abuses a pitcher, observe but don’t start that pitcher for the next 5 games, to make sure he is ok.

  291. Nick0rz says:
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    Wieters first hit is a triple… boners up!

  292. Colin says:
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    Hi I’m Jay Friggin’ Bruce…2 homers…1 for 20…2 homers…2 for 19…rinse and repeat.

  293. Jareth Cutestory says:
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    Phillips with hr, maybe it really is just the tip.

  294. Doc says:
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    Matt Joyce called up and will start tomorrow. What’s the word on him? I’m slow.

  295. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    you and luke scott …. cousins ?

  296. Doc says:
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    Oh, and what is up with Choate!!!!??????

  297. Mr Baseball says:
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    J.P Izzywheel choatefourson

  298. SP says:
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    Grey, do you believe in Brandon McCarthy?

  299. BigFatHippo says:
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    Nelly-san!

    My man!!!

  300. Mr Baseball says:
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    Hughes VS Price FRIDAY – 6/5

    Scouting report – hUGHES
    He features:

    a 91-94 mph four-seam fastball, occasionally touching up to 96 mph
    an 87-90 mph two-seam fastball[15]
    a mid-to-upper 70′s Knuckle Curve curveball
    a developing changeup in the low-to-mid 80s.
    a developing cutter in the upper 80s.

    Scouting report – PRICE

    He features

    90-94 mph and peaks at 97 mph[ with good tailing action from right-handed batters.

    His best pitch, however, is a slider that averages 87 mph with a very late and sharp break.

    He also possesses a changeup

  301. Joel says:
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    There’s a screw loose in the Wandwagon.

    I wish Guerrero would start hitting so I could trade him.

  302. martin says:
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    kelly johnson, juan pierre, reimold rank in order please

  303. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @Steve: I would.

    @Nick0rz: Gardner if you need steals/runs, LaRoche for HRs/RBIs.

    @SP: Nope.

    @Shmorgie S. Board: Thanks!

    @martin: Different beasts. Pierre for steals/Runs, Reimold for power, KJ for 12/12 at 2nd. I’d want Pierre in my UTIL spot right now.

    ****RE: Choate — He’s a situational lefty.*****

  304. martin says:
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    if i have hill at 2nd already should i pick up reimold?

  305. Grey

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    @martin: If that’s what you need, i.e., power.

  306. martin says:
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    @ grey- i guess i mean last time you told everybody they had to pick up a player it was edwin jackson and i didnt bite so i dont wanna make the same mistake again

  307. Grey

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    @martin: Not sure Jackson was the last one, but I get your drift. Reimold has upside of 20 HRs, but he could also go the way of Snider. The thing with rookies, if Reimold hits 10 HRs in June, you’ll be able to trade him for much more than he’s worth, so there’s that. Personally, I like to get cheap steals, so I’d throw Pierre out there until Manny returns.

  308. Grey

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    @martin: BTW, that’s of course if you need steals at all. Some teams don’t, i.e., if you have Crawford or another speed guy.

  309. martin says:
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    @grey- ok i made up my mind, i’m sticking with pierre and kj but thanks for the advice. And yes i need steals plus i already have great OF depth with beltran, holliday, pierre, choo, werth

  310. @Sam: Phillies called up Antonio Bastardo instead of Carrasco. I’m picking him up for sheer name awesomeness alone.

  311. James says:
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    Anyone who subscribes to the legand of Rich Harden — he could be back next weekend. Apparently, he will throw long toss tomorrow and will not need a minor league rehab start if everything goes well. Per – The Chicago Tribune

  312. James says:
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    @Maitland: Incredible!

  313. RogerDorn says:
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    I may be in need of steals/BB (thats why I kept crisp on my roster so far)…

    do you think he continues to be okay?

    my OF is currently
    Bay
    BJUpton
    and then some combo of lind/crisp/pierre/ethier for my 3rd OF/Util spot

    The question is….do i make a move for Reimold and/or Sheffield who are both back on the waiver wire???

  314. SP says:
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    Grey, I traded A-Gone for Votto early this season based on your pimping of Votto and my bias for Canadian 1B who sound like hitmen. Now I find myself praying for A-Gone to get…whacked. I don’t like this feeling, Grey. There’s gotta be a Razzball term for this. How about “You broke my heart ___. *Kiss of death on the lips*” or “___ sleeps with the fishes”

    I don’t know how this turned into a mob thing, but work with me here!

  315. Steve says:
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    Time to take Gamel’s temperature again. Obviously a keeper, but what about in a one-year roto leagues where you have Atkins and a freshly-acquired Andy LaRoche?

  316. Billy says:
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    lately I’m always reading reports that the red sox are trying to find a bat, it would make sense to deal one of their starters… is it time to pickup Buchholz or Masterson?

  317. PowerTrips says:
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    Need some trade advice here….My team is near the bottom in HR’s and in first place in BA in a 12 team NL 5×5 …what do you think of this offer for me?

    I am getting Tulo ($11) and Doug Davis ($2)
    I am giving Hudson ($10) and Jon Garland ($6)

    I think Hudson is already starting to cool off and Garland has been so bad at times (like this week at ATL) that I cant even start him anymore without a upset stomach..

    Need some advice from you guys…
    Thanks

  318. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @PowerTrips: i like the hudson side,tulo hasnt shown any sighns of enough power to make that trade worth giving up a guy hitting 2nd or 3rd in that lineup,with some steals,if your a big tulo fan,then you can hope he rebounds but yestrdays triple was the 1st extra base hit in 45 ab`s and it was misplayed,im not buying tulo

  319. martin says:
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    should i pick up kuroda and drop either marshall or zimmerman?

  320. Matt says:
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    You trade Cain for Cantu or you get more than that for ‘im?

  321. nick m. says:
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    i picked up zobrist the other day and slotted him in for tulo. i need some pitching depth – should i add kelvim escobar and drop tulo or might zobrist lose a full time job once other players start coming off the DL?

  322. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @nick m.: iwamurra is out for the year,zobrist is rocking the ball,doubles every game and should continue to get ample ab`s.im holding escobar now,he`s hitting 95-96 on the radar and should be back real soon

  323. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Now is the time of year when guys cut ties with struggling 10th rounders. Jose Lopez and Howie Kendrick both got dropped in my league. I’ve been playing the miserable combo of Ian Stewart, Mike Fontenot and Troy Tulowitzki in my infield. Pick up Kendrick or Lopez (or both) and start sitting Stewart? Fontenot has been showing signs of life and at least plays every day. Tulo I’m more inclined to ride out.

  324. Bob says:
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    Ian Kinsler or Chase Utley?

  325. Dumbmutt says:
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    Votto Sizemore will be ok in a few weeks. Votto Sizemore will be ok in a few weeks. :sobbing: Votto Sizemore will be ok in a few weeks. Oh hi Aramis nice to meet ya.

  326. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: soria due back,is it safe to drop cruz yet?

  327. Grey

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    @SP: You took the cannoli.

    @Steve: Lose him.

    @Billy: They’re not going to trade away one of their prospect pitchers.

    @martin: Drop Marshall.

    @Matt: I’d look to get more.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: Lose Stewart for Lopez.

    @Bob: Utley

    @AL KOHOLIC: I wouldn’t yet, but if you need room, you need room.

  328. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Please rate these pitchers in order: D. Bush, S. Marshall, Arroyo, Guthrie, Marquis, Cahill

    BTW, your header yesterday was outrageous!

  329. Paulie Allnuts

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    I’d like any who wish to comment on this trade going down in a 12 team H2H Yahoo league where I am Commish. The 3rd place team is giving up Jason Bay and Washburn, and the 10th place team is giving up Vasquez. I am typically very liberal about trades, but I can’t see anyway of justifiying this trade either on performance or projected performance. The 3rd place team does need some pitching help, but i personally think that he hit the sauce before punching the accept key. BTW, the 3rd place team is managed by my nephew..

  330. J.P. says:
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    interesting discussion of Cain from the guys over at Baseball Prospectus – http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=8960

    Point being that Cain pitches much better with runners on base than off base, and over the last couple years, he had notoriously horrible luck with getting any run support at all pitching for the Giants, so it’s almost as if he’s learned to step up his performance whenever there are runners on – in other words, in spite of everyone screaming to sell high on Cain, Cain is a little different that other pitchers who have simply had good luck stranding a bunch of runners on base.

    It’s one of those fantasy baseball intangibles I know but Cain is going to strand more runners on base simply because of the sort of pitcher he has become. It’s not an accident that he knows how to strand runners on base – it’s almost what he pitches for.

  331. Paulie Allnuts

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    Probably most of you are aware, but it came as news to me that Grady Sizemore was put on the DL. Especially surprising as he hit a tremendous blast for a homer to center yesterday off of C.C. Well, with him and V-Mart out, that should help out Hughes considerably today.

  332. James says:
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    @J.P.: Great summary – I have watched many of Cain’s start and the Mets game can sum up that article pretty well. He had no business winning that game, but he was able to get out of every mess without an ER. I was with a group of Mets fans and they couldn’t believe it. Thus, I won’t be selling Cain unless I am getting a sweet deal, which means he is here to stay!

  333. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Should I leave Peavy in for next week with a potential start against Philly if he is OK’d by the docs? Or should I slide Danks (v Cle) or Slowey (v Cle & @ Sea) in for him?

    If Peavy is sidelined during his start v. Philly I’m worried he won’t come back for 5 games which would be counted towards the following week…

  334. Grey

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    @Nick: Hate to bench Peavy, but I’d go Slowey.

  335. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    What kind of hitter can I get in return for a package of Beltran/Jurjjens?

  336. ScoutAbout says:
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    Hey Grey, any thoughts on Escobar when he comes back? I have him stashed on my DL, along with Quentin (2 DL slots). Now Votto is on the DL too and I’m trying to decide whether to drop Escobar so I can move Votto to a DL slot and grab another bat. I worry about my power or lack of it. I’m starting Fat Pablo, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Cantu, Kemp, Rios, Ellsbury and Alexei, with Peralta on my bench (which is like having no bench). My SPs are Haren, J. Johnson, Wainwright, Weaver, Lackey, Wandy and I’ve stashed Tommy Hanson on my bench.

  337. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GhostfacePrzybilla: You should get a first rounder. Think Miggy.

    @ScoutAbout: I’m holding him in one league, but I don’t have huge expectations. In your case, I’d drop Escobar.

  338. Paulie Allnuts

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    Last night Texas beat Boston College 3-2 in an NCAA Regional finals game. The game went 25 innings. The winning pitcher was the team’s closer, Austin Wood, who pitched 11 innings, throwing 169 pitches. The day before, he through 30 pitches. He wins the Iron-Arm Joe McGinnity award for this year.

    Winning the Collegiate Dusted Award was Texas manager Augie Garrido, who also is known for spying on the USC football team, for Texas coach Mack Brown, as well as being suspended earlier in the year for a DUI. He is reportedly on the short list for a position as the future Cubs manager.

  339. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: My top two offensive players are down, Reyes and Sizemore.

    Should I play Bourn everyday at util?

  340. BigFatHippo says:
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    Forgot to add, it’s a ten team league.

  341. PowerTrips says:
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    Trying to make a deal to add some pop to my lineup..decided against the deal for Tulo…..Looking a O Hudson for JJ Hardy straight up…its a 5×5 NL only league…

    which side you guys like the best?

  342. I hate to even say i’m thinking of this but whats your opinions on me dealing my:

    David Wright/ a starting pitcher… (jurjjens, carpenter, slowey)

    for

    Ryan Howard and Russell Branyan?

    I am starving for Power. STARVVVVINGGGG…. H2H League my pitching has a 1.50 ERA this week and i’m LOSING. I’m stacked at pitching, i just hate giving up WRIGHT. I’ve got Dizzy Votto at 1B, who is dizzy, and Carlos Quenting hurting…

    wait it out or propose this up and see what happens…

  343. i guess one big question is Branyan gonna continue and fill in at 3B for me well enough….

  344. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: I like this idea, Howard’s about to get red hot. You should probably get more for Wright and any of those pitchers though.

  345. @BigFatHippo: yeah but this league and THIS GUY won’t go for me selling him a WRIGHT/JurJJENS deal for howard/Branyan…

    i’m just sick of watching wright hit for no power so far, i mean i have a feeling it will come… but you KNOW Howards gonna hit for power…

  346. if you had to choose one to give up with wright, who out of

    slowey, jurjjens, carp, and shields

    i’m thinking JURJJENS?

  347. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tony Y: Yeah, wouldn’t want to lose any of the other guys.

  348. James says:
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    @Tony Y: If it’s a H2H league, wouldn’t it be better to take your lumps now, and keep those players? It’s only May 31st – these guys are coming back…

    In H2H leagues it’s more about the future than the present in my opinion.

  349. BigFatHippo says:
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    I hate days when I have no pitcher going in either league. Hate it, I’m a starting pitcher junkie………

  350. BigFatHippo says:
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    Is it just my perception, or does Utley seem to be running more this year? I think he wants to get to 20 just to make all of his owners salivate like Pavlov’s dogs.

  351. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    whats up with the danker,he`s sucking again today

  352. Adam says:
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    accidently left edwin on my bench today…SON. OF. A. BENCH.

  353. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Gayardoh has 8 K’s in 3 IP? He’s on pace for 24!!!!!!!!!!!

  354. @James: yeah i’m holding on to votto and CQ, but trying to move Wright and a SP which i have TONS of for some power…

    I think Ryan Howard and Branyan would fill that gap, losing the pitching doesn’t hurt me ONE BIT… then when CQ and Votto finally get healthy i’ll be set…

  355. James says:
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    @Tony Y: OK – I didn’t know that you have pitching to burn (I figured you would be stuck without pitching and have too much power). In that case, then it’s a quality move. Good luck!

  356. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: i forgot to start hughes,might be glad but i did start gayardo

  357. Prince says:
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    From RotoTimes: Updating a previous report, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Josh Hamilton will see a specialist and undergo an MRI to try to determine what is wrong with his midsection….it is starting to sound like there is a chance he could head back to the DL

    Great.

    And Lester … Sonofabench … just can’t get it right with this guy. I guess I should be happy he’s doing well.

  358. Adam says:
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    Need to cut Grabow…replace with Randy Wells, Marshall, Kawakami, Pavano, David Hernandez? Are all of these blah enough that I should go for a high K, solid ratios MR like Mujica, Howell or Villanueva?

  359. I’m offering up Wright, Haren, and Shields

    for

    Ryan Howard, Branyan, and JOHAN…

    I need power really bad. Tried Wright and Jurjjens for Howard and Branyan, the guy acts like Howard is worth more than wright and Branyan a career .235 hitter has “found it” at age 33 and is gonna be gold all year? I mean trading for him i think he’s gonna be good, but come on… not giving up Wright and Haren liek the dude asked for… what a donkey.

    Anyways above i’m offering this: It will make my staff Johan, beckett, wainwright, shields, carpenter, slowey, fcordero, qualls, and a couple MR’s….

    I need the power, so Swapping Howard and Branyan in for wright makes sense?

  360. this guy has this gigantic misconception Ryan Howard is the best player in the world… he hits HR’s and RBI’s, end of story. Very nice but we’re in a 10×10 league. When individual hits like singles, doubles, triples, hrs, etc count… he’s a nice player but not god.

  361. MikeE says:
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    So my last Vlad related question here — I tried, but was unable to move Vlad or Cameron before our Friday trade deadline… In a league with no bench spots, who should I drop — Vlad or Cameron? I’m holding on to Beltran, Crawford, Hunter and Ibanez.

  362. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Alexi, A. Laroche, and B. Webb for Wells, Edwin Jackson, and B. Phillips.

    Which side are you on?

  363. @Tony Y: does this really make sense to say when you’re trying to deal for Howard?

  364. paulzone says:
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    ervin got smoked AGAIN giving up 8 ER. thought i could start him against Sea. forward looking thoughts on ervin much appreciated. i’m about ready to drop him now.

  365. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @paulzone: i just hope escobar`s comeback is better than santana or lackey`s start

  366. Steve says:
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    @paulzone: At least you didn’t have Scherzer going as well. :-(

  367. Adam says:
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    Edwin Jackson or Ted Lilly for the rest of the season?

  368. Clodbuster says:
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    How much faith do you have in Aramis putting up decent numbers when he returns? Is he worth buying low or are shoulder issues not worth the potential upside?

    If you had to make an offer for him, what OF do you think is a fair offer? Thanks!

  369. Adam says:
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    Thanks for the input…just got an offer of his Morneau and Dye for my Adrian, Edwin, Downs and Bailey, accept? Saves are at a premium in this league, but Dye would go a long way towards solidifying my OF depth (until Manny gets back and Ethier remembers he doesn’t suck)

  370. Grey

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    @Clodbuster: Could be a buy for the right price. I’d give a second to third outfielder, think Hart or Lind.

    @Adam: You’re giving up too much. Remove at least one of the add-ons.

  371. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Would getting Morneau/Dye for Adrian/Jackson/Qualls be better or still too much?

  372. paulzone says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: for your sake, i hope so. ervin is toast….i can’t trust him anymore…

  373. Grey

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    @Adam: Morneau = Gonzalez, Dye equals two junky closer, not two junky ones plus Jackson. So Morneau/Dye for Adrian, Downs and Bailey or Adrian, Jackson and Bailey.

    EDIT: Word.

  374. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Maybe I’m just undervaluing Adrian here, but HRs seem to be his only main contribution while Morneau would also provide elite R, RBI and average…I’ll try to get the trade down to what you’re suggesting, hopefully it’ll be enough

  375. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    damn,already pithed medlen the last 2 didasters,thought long and hard today and backed out.think i remember someone warning us about rookie pitchers,same guy probably thought scott would get hot also,

  376. Mr Baseball says:
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    Anybody curious about Mickael Pietrus’s injury?

    If so just click on the icon next to Pat Burrell and it will give you the skinny. ON YAHOO – not that you really care to know the Pat Burrell information that lies below the icon if it concerns Pat Burrell – its kind of like an error on a baseball card

    this is the information below I found by clicking on the Icon

    Sat, May 30

    Burrell (neck) has felt better in recent days, but there’s no timetable for his return. “I keep saying I’m optimistic that he’ll be back, and by no means do I anticipate it being a long-term issue or a surgical issue or anything like that,” Tampa Bay executive VP Andrew Friedman told the St. Peterburg Times.

    Recommendation: It was originally thought he could return from the DL last Wednesday and then he was set to test his neck on Friday. Neither happened and now it’s very unclear when he’ll be able to return.

    Sat, May 30

    DH Pat Burrell (strained neck)F Mickael Pietrus had a great series in reserve for the Magic. He finished with 14 points in Game 6. He outscored the entire Cavs bench for the series, 83-58. underwent a third round of injections to treat the injury and will have his status reviewed Tuesday.

  377. so I bought low on Josh Hamilton and Chase Utley…hopefully giving up Brian Roberts/Josh Johnson/Broxton wasn’t too much…you think I did OK???

  378. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Peavy is getting the start next week vs. Philly…keep him in over Slowey’s 2 starts right?

  379. Mr Baseball says:
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    We Will Rock You – Queen
    I Am A Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
    For those about to rock – AC/DC
    Rock On ~ David Essex
    Rock Me ~ Steppenwolf
    Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo ~ Rick Derringer
    It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me ~ Billy Joel
    Was rocked for eight runs – Max Scherzer
    Was rocked for eight runs – Ervin Santana

  380. paulzone says:
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    thornton or arrendando for holds, ratios, wins from here on out?

  381. paulzone says:
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    and SERIOUSLY, do we start ervin santana next time out? i can’t justify that right now even though i will sit him and he will pitch a complete game shutout on my bench (or he gives up 6-8 er’s and goes back on the dl)…

  382. Offering up HAREN for Ryan Howard…. I need power.

    My staff with Haren gone would be Beckett, Shields, Wainwright, Carpenter, Slowey and Jurjjens….

    12 teamer H2H….

    Think I can pull this for Haren? The guy is contemplating it, he thinks his offense is stacked, and he’s sorta right, and this would give him Haren and Johan for his staff, a beautiful 1-2 punch… Its kinda win win…. I like my win better because with my staff i think i’m fine… losing 50 HR’s is tough to replace…

  383. Grey

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    @Tony Y: I’d want Howard.

  384. paulzone says:
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    @Grey: if i can’t start him, then i’d like to punt him…

  385. @ grey: mauer for furcal? dlee for derosa (replace weeks, put morales in CI?)

    Thanks..

  386. Mr Baseball says:
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    just posting what bad fantasy baseball manager looks like -

    May 30 3:23pm Emmanuel Burriss (SF – 2B,SS) Add Free Agents =-Atlanta Braves

    Posted on league message board by me -

    now you want him Texas Rangers
    hey tex let me know what free agents I should pick up that you might want to trade for ONE DAY LATER

    Texas Rangers is now trading Matt Lindstrom to the Atlanta Braves for Emmanuel Burriss one day later – what a joke – no one wanted Emmanuel Burriss for 5 weeks now and all of a sudden you feel the need to trade for him when you could have just picked him off the free agent list – without giving up a closer -

  387. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Mr Baseball: You are a rock and a riot, my man.

    Hey Grey, take a look at my RCL team. Hold tight and wait for Hanson to come riding in on a fiery white stallion??

    Or panic? I’m thinking panic…..

  388. Ervin Santana was just dropped in a 12 team mixed. His FIP is around 4, and BABIP against is like .428, signs that he should come around and at least be as good or better than any chump on the wire. I know you told us to sell a few weeks back, but he is worth picking up and stashing away for a few starts to see if he can figure things out, no?

    Would you rather have him or Jordan Zimmermann? (Who also has similarly out of proportion FIP and BABIP against numbers.)

  389. Ervin Santana was just dropped in a 12 team mixed. His FIP is around 4, and BABIP is like .428, signs that he should come around and at least be as good or better than any chump on the wire. I know you told us to sell a few weeks back, but he is worth picking up and stashing away for a few starts to see if he can figure things out, no?

    Would you rather have him or Jordan Zimmermann? (Who also has similarly out of proportion FIP and BABIP numbers.)

  390. Schlitzy says:
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    Another owner in my 15 teamer is looking to get Broxton from me. Should i offer Brox/Adrian for D. Wright/Morrow? Holds is a category

  391. Nick says:
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    @Grey: & Anybody on these boards at this hour…would you drop Lowell for Cantu as a current starter in 10team H2H while A Ram. is down?

  392. Nick says:
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    Scratch that, I’m staying with Lowell based on opponents this week…Grey you should add a delete button for posts…maybe?

  393. Sam says:
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    Start Endy Chavez, Reed Johnson, or Laynce Nix this week?

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