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Was talking to some friends the other day and one of them thought Ichiro Suzuki was the best all around player he had ever seen.  No, he wasn’t Asian or wearing a Buhner jersey.  He made his case — defense, cannon arm, can hit any pitch to any field, speed, etc.  I countered Rickey Henderson was better.  Then somehow it dissolved into how did Bud Selig let steroids ruin baseball.  But when he said Ichiro, it wasn’t a slam dunk, “We’re only on our second pitcher of Molson.  How are you already drunk?”  It was a point to consider.  I guess in fantasy baseball sometimes we forget about how great players were or are and only concern ourselves with the numbers.  Ah… Nostalgia, I remember you!  Well, the numbers say Ichiro is currently ranked 56th for Runs for all outfielders.  Behind some stalwarts as Fukudome, Teahen and Skip Schumaker.  He’s currently ranked 100th in RBIs just behind Joe Thurston.  Hey, he’s got speed though, right?  He has 12 steals.  The same as Vernon Wells.  Ichiro is terrific for average, but that’s only getting you so far.  He’s extremely valuable for average.  If you need a boost there, then by all means trade for him.  But if you’re fine on average or hurting elsewhere, I’d look to trade away Ichiro.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Chad GaudinNL West starter?  Oh, Grey must own him. I do, random italicized voice.  But get a load of this, he has an over 9 K/9.  Sure, he could flipping walk Alfonso Soriano and Chris Davis on four pitches.  But so what?  He’s a 5th to 6th fantasy starter.  You’re not relying on him to anchor your staff. (But if you do find your staff is anchored.  Try Viagra.)  Right now he has a 4.04 FIP and a 5.60 ERA, so he can and should be better going forward.  He’ll do you no favors on WHIP, but even if you’re only starting him at home — go for it!

Kevin Correia – I smell a theme coming on, son.  A theme coming on.  Honestly, if Livan Hernandez pitched for the Padres, I’d probably own him in one league.  Correia has a 2.90 ERA in June, about a 8 K/9 and an under 1.00 WHIP.

Joe Blanton – What, no Josh Geer?  Blanton was a 5 K/9 coming into this year.  He’s over 8 so far this year.  Don’t wait for answers, just take your chances.  Don’t ask me why.

Everth Cabrera – SAGNOF!

Scott Hairston – Really hasn’t earned all the pub I’ve been giving him, but he’s batting third yadda yadda yadda.  Okay, now I really have to abandon the Padres theme.

Pat Burrell – Member how hot Luke Scott was a month ago?  Burrell can do the same.

Mike Cuddyer – Could get 2nd base eligibility this weekend in some leagues that only need a few starts.

Leo Nunez – Should get the majority of the saves for the ‘lins.

Dan Meyer – SAGNOF, but he might be just a quality middle reliever.  So those in Holds leagues, HAGNOF!  Actually, Holds do have a face.  And they look like Tackleberry.

LaTroy Hawkins – Valgreen’s may get traded before the deadline, so this could give Hawkins a chance to further shake his Cuddle Boy label.  I’d grab him if you have room.

Wladimir Balentien – With vampires being the zeitgeist right now, it’s only natural that Wlad the Lunchpailer would be a popular add.  Yum, a 4th outfielder and cheese sandwich.  (BTW, isn’t it odd how dated the word zeitgeist is?)

Jordan Zimmermann – You’re showing Jordan Zimmermann, the dealer’s showing John Lannan.  You win.

Homer Bailey – Picture this, Homer’s given up 3 runs, but he’s in line for the win.  You’re ecstatic.  You call your estranged Auntie Marie in Pensacola and tell her you want her at the family reunion.  Then Dusty runs Bailey out there for the sixth inning where he gives up 17 runs.  In archaic words, caveat emptor.

SELL

Grady Sizemore – With the Indians treading water in the AL Central, the smallest setback to Grady’s elbow could shut him down.  He just hit a homer and he looks to be back.  Terrific!  Last week, we said, “If you can trade him for 80 cents on the dollar (say, Alexis Rios, Granderson, Holliday, etc.), do it in a heartbeat…..Crazy that the most Grady player on the Indians might be Shin-Soo Choo.”  And that’s me quoting us!  Now don’t sell him for a can of Coke Zero and a pufferfish, no one said to do that.

Nick Blackburn – More of a hold than a Sell, but I just can’t get behind a pitcher who has 41 Ks in over 100 innings.  He could be great for the rest of the season, but I’m not buying into it.

Scott Rolen - Hitting .330 so maybe some of youse are thinking Rolen’s, um, rolling.  But he has 5 homers and 3 steals.  Who is he?  Crapolanco?  His career average is 50 points below where he is now.  Regression right ahead!

George Sherrill – But he’s practically a donkey-corn!  The Orioles may trade Sherrill and his new destination may not include saving games.

Johnny Cueto – Pimple-faced teenager runs in front of your car, “Watch out, Mister!  Johnny Cueto is falling back to earth!” You stop short and Johnny Cueto falls in front of your car.

Matt Palmer – Thud!  That was Matt Palmer falling on top of Cueto.

  1. Jonny says:
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    Anyone starting Ricky Romero against the Phils? Thinking of sitting him.

  2. Drop randy wolf for Hawkins?

    only need 32 innings a week pitching pretty much, thats the min, and i have Johan, beckett, wainwright, shields, jurjjens, and slowey, plus wolf….

    kinda save hungry, too early to do that?

  3. Joel says:
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    Ok, Grey, conundrum time:

    I’ve got Mark Reynolds and Ian Stewart. Oh, and Ian Kinsler.

    I want to sell high on Reynolds but he’s a classic example of your can’t trade clause.. I feel like Stewart is due for a huge second half.

    I need pitching and average, and I’m fairly certain that we’ll be seeing the ~.240 hitting Reynolds as opposed to the ~.260 hitting version.

    Another option is trying to move Kinsler, maybe for an ace. I feel a little nervous with the prospect of a Stewart/Reynolds infield, however.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jonny: I’d sit him.

    @Tony Y: I could see you making that move.

    @Joel: I could see moving Reynolds for a top pitcher, but it would depend on who you’re getting.

  5. G says:
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    Should I drop K. Matsui and get Blanton. I have him, Church and Franklin Gutierrez. Even though Matsui’s been hot he’s not getting thatmuch runs and I already have 5 .300 hitters. Which bench player should I drop for Blanton?

  6. Need to pick up one pitcher, please rank:
    Gaudin, Blanton, Richmond, Washburn, Cahill, Romero

  7. Joel says:
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    @Grey: Right now, all I’ve got on the table is an offer of Broxton (toe injury?) for Reynolds and Dan Meyer. I was effectively pitching this trade earlier this week but now I’m leaning away from it.

    I thought about Kinsler for Lincecum but that guy has Brandon Phillips. Another possibility is Cole Hamels, I guess, and Johan Santana is held by one of my top competitors.

  8. airlifting says:
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    my bruce & soriano for his nathan? giving too much?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: I’d lose FraGu for Blanton.

    @kR Expres: Blanton, Gaudin, Cahill… But Gaudin above Blanton if you have the luxury of only starting him at home.

    @Joel: I’d want more for Reynolds than Broxton.

  10. airlifting says:
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    @airlifting: OF of j. upton, kemp, mccutchen, krispie on bench. really only have one closer in b. wilson. 14t league. 1st place by 11 points.

  11. airlifting says:
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    @Grey: bruce & zumaya/madson?

  12. Dom says:
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    Thoughts on Marrow as a SP?

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Holy crap, that Cueto blurb was the funniest thing I’ve read in about six weeks. I mean, anywhere.

  14. Dom says:
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    Who gets the save in B-more if Sherrill goes away?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @airlifting: Bruce & Zumaya/Madson? What does that mean? Trade Bruce for Zumaya/Madson? If so, eh. You can get one better closer than two potential MRs.

    @Dom: Think he’s due to get 5 innings next time out, so I like him.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks!

    @Dom: It’s murky. Right now, I’d say Johnson.

  16. airlifting says:
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    no…bruce and zumaya or madson for nathan. sorry.

  17. @Grey: Yeah i like to be the guy who’s doing the “WTF are you doing moves” then a week later everyones like “WOW i see”. LOL

    My favorite is the guy who won’t trade an adam jones or whatever, they think he’s gonna hit .400 all year, gonna be the next big thing, then boom he gets hurt, he slumps, and now you can’t get as much as you could have…

    ITS CALLED THINKING AHEAD…

    I’M DROPPING WOLFMAN, MY PITCHING IS STACKED.

  18. Grey

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    @airlifting: I don’t pay for saves unless absolutely necessary. So I wouldn’t do that deal, but it’s fair.

    @Tony Y: True.

  19. @Grey: @airlifting:

    I’D DO BRUCE/CRAP MR FOR NATHAN…. zumaya before madsen

    Bruce kills you watching him go 1-5 every other night and he hits HR’s only when you bench him. But one hot half in the second half and watch out, you might regret doing it haha.

    As a Bruce owner i feel your pain.

  20. Steve says:
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    If you’re grabbing one right now for regular use, is it Blanton, Correia or Gaudin?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Blanton, Gaudin, Correia…

  22. and1mcgee says:
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    grey (and everyone)

    if i could get kinsler for sizemore, do i do it?

    something like:
    give…
    sizemore/wandy/asdrubal
    get…
    kinsler/wainwright/shields

  23. webb MAY have season ending surgery, note on YAHOO

  24. and1mcgee says:
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    who is better? wainwright or shields? i want to take one out and insert Ethier…

  25. airlifting says:
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    @Grey: someone’s essentially breathing down my neck in what’s proving to be a 2 team race. i traded n. johnson, rios, & garza for adrian gonzo and bruce a couple days ago to make up in HR where i only have 6 points. i can conceivably make up ground in saves where i’m at 7.5 with 10 points not too far away, but that’s difficult to make up when zumaya looks no closer to getting the job, madson was bad while he was in it making lidge’s leash even longer regardless of whether he struggles initially, and a soriano save is 50/50 every night.

  26. @and1mcgee: id do it, but in trading a “might go down grady” you’re getting a “never played a full season kinsler”

    I doubt the guy does it unless he’s got another SOLID 2B, and you won’t get those two SP’s either, IMO….

  27. @and1mcgee: wainwright is better IMO

    Shields can be nasty but is a little inconsistent, or you can just pitch him at home where he’s usually stellar.

  28. and1mcgee says:
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    he’s hot for grady and i’m way leery about his elbow… he likes asdrubal, too, so… if i can turn Ass-droobal into a SP, i want to, ya know?

  29. and1mcgee says:
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    i kinda want to wait and see if Cuddyer (just picked him up) gets 2B eligibility in Yahoo! this weekend. If so, I can move Sizemore for another need.

  30. and1mcgee says:
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    grey, where you at?!?! jk

  31. @and1mcgee: if you can get kinsler/wainy/ something for grady/assDRIBBLE/something….. i’d do it….

    2B is more valuable, kinsler is healthy’er, as of now, and wainy is money…

  32. big o says:
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    perhaps the 2nd dumbest thing i’ve done all year is burn up a DL spot on quentin ….. the guy’s just not coming back … not in fantasy relevance terms , anyway . should have just flat-out dropped him 6 weeks ago … like i did liriano .
    trouble is ==> he won’t damage another team until he comes off the DL .
    liriano = poison pill .

  33. and1mcgee says:
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    @Tony Y: yea, i agree. ass DRIBBLE lol!

    i’m trying for kinsler/ethier/wainwright/shields for sizemore/wandy/asshole dribble/pierre

  34. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. You see Correia as a homeschooler too?

  35. and1mcgee says:
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    @big o: LOL @ “Liriano = poison pill” !!

  36. BSA says:
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    @Tony Y: Gee, Pork just offered him to me in the RCL along with Posada for……the 39th ranked player according to Razzball Projected Point Share System (12 team).

    I told him I expect offers like that in an anonymous CBS league, not the People’s Champ (self dubbed).

  37. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. You see Correia as a use-at-home guy too?

  38. @Grey: They’re gonna have to get the giant hook out to end Rickey’s HOF acceptance speech. & Ichiro shouldn’t be safe, nor should Brock, Cobb, Joe Morgan, Barry & Bobby B., Juan Pierre, Juan Samuel and anyone who’s ever stolen a base worse than He. Not much more exciting baseball then when Rickey was on base. And we’re guaranteed to hear about it in great detail; and all in the third person. Bound to be classic.
    Are you still dealing Grady in a Keeper? Who wins Grady & Hanson or Price (which rook pitcher would you favor, or are they pretty much equal?) for Bruce & A-Rod? Thanks!

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @and1mcgee: according to yahoo ,cuddyer hasnt played 2nd base only 1st base and still needs either 6 games playing at 1st or 4 games started to gane 1b status

  40. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for piquing my interest with Everth.

    Still sitting on Reyes and moved Hudson which moves Alexei to 2nd.

    In the past 24 hours I have add/dropped Santiago, Callaspo, and now picked up Everth to go for the ride.

  41. Scott Stewart says:
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    You guys on twitter yet? Podcast?

    Ever listen to fantasy focus espn podcast? Someone wrote in a couple days ago, mentioned FIP & those guys never heard of it. It’s entertaining none the less, but if anyone can recommend a good fant-zee oriented podcast I would appreciate it.

  42. big o says:
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    a couple of rants , while waiting for the cubs/pale hose game :

    1) for chrissakes , can the home-plate umps actually stand BEHIND the catcher ? this chicken-shit , side-ways stuff is driving me crazy .
    2) too many teams wearing red and white .
    cincy ok … redbirds ok … everyone else (maybe i missed one or 2 at the MOST) take a hike … smoke a joint , if you have to , but get creative !!! …. even the sawx st loo … your team is red and white , every fan is red and white …. do the seats have to be red ??
    what are you , a bunch of commies ??
    and bring back AMERICAN beer .

    thank you .

  43. big o says:
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    edit * even the sawx <== more traditional is maroon .*

  44. Steve says:
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    Sorry for the repeat question.

    BlackBerry and Opera Mini does not always produce the expected result. Or sometime it does.

    When I don’t expect it.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No worries.

  46. Sucklingduck says:
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    I just traded Matt Cain for Alex Rios but still need offense as I’m the lucky owner of Jose Reyes and Carlos Quentin. I tried getting more for Cain but no one was biting.

    My pitching is stellar so far but I fear I can’t trade anyone away now since I just ousted Cain. I’ve got Haren, C-bills, Shields, Lackey, Ubaldo, Meche, J-Zimm. Is that enough depth in a 10 team 5×5 roto league for the rest of the season? If so, whom should I trade?

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on Grady. Going on the DL will only mean that he’ll have more time to focus on his infomercial career alongside Chuck F-ing Norris. You seen those spots? Seriously Grady, ur a superstar and can get laid on a dime. You don’t need to be doing that!

  47. black love says:
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    anybody know if Clay Buchholz is gonna get called up at some point?

  48. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You are correct in that there is no listing of Cuddyer playing 2nd base at Yahoo. But you misread the stats at 1st base. The number given is a countdown. Thus, Cuddyer only needs one more start at 1st for eligibility

    .@Grey: Wlad the Lunchpailer! – Great stuff! You would be worth reading even if your fantasy expertise were equivelant to Karabell.

    BTW, Livan plays at the Petco Doppelganger, that we at Razzball call Metco. And he is doing surprisingly well. Sadly, after Johan, he is our most consistent pitcher. I’m not saying that I’d own him, but I have thought about it in my 14 team league. He’s not that bad for a 6th starter, pitching at home.

    Ichiro would be of much more value if he played in the Bosox or Yankee lineup. Seattle has no one to drive him in. And no, he doesn’t seem to steal anymore. He has helped me get the 3rd best BA in my league, but runs are my second worst cat. Yeah, you were right, shouldn’t have drafted him. But my excuse was I had only been introduced to Razzball several weeks previously, by Ashley, of all people, who recommended you in a basketball blog. So my mind was still poisoned with ESPN “experts”. Next year I’ll draft better.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sucklingduck: I wouldn’t trade anymore starters away right now.

    @black love: Not sure, lots of unknown factors with the Sawx staff.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks for the kind words. Where’s Ashley, she was like our 2nd female out of three?

  51. jp says:
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    Drop Jurjens or Randy Wolf for Zimmermann (or neither)?

    The ks/9 that Zimmermann is racking up are so tempting.

  52. Sucklingduck says:
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    Thx Grey. another query, Andrus or Everth Cabrera? and what the hell kinda name is Everth?

  53. s221506 says:
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    Should I trade Cueto for Lester + anything else?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jp: I’d hold tight.

    @Sucklingduck: Andrus. Weird name, right? Not sure. Nottinghamish?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: I’d take Lester there.

  56. BSA says:
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    @Grey: As to Buchholz-he is 7th on their list – basically two starters have to get hurt for him to get a sniff.

    Who knows how long they will stash DiceK and Smoltz will settle in nicely.

    Then again in about a month or so Beckett and Lester are due to miss a a start or two, unless a dead arm or blister pops up.

    Word out of Pawtucket is that he is bored but begrudgingly accepts his current status.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Thanks for the insight!

  58. s221506 says:
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    Also Zimm or Blanton.

    Thank you for the help.

  59. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I wanted to find how often you wrote about Everth so I used the search box and then used my “find” option in the browser and typed “everth” – Do you realize how often you use “Nevertheless”?

  60. @Grey: Thanks for the outstanding Rickey HOF Game reminder, the sound advise, and for keeping this stuff in its proper perspective. With anticipated additional popularity, I don’t know how your going to manage to scare off toxicant dopes that don’t get it, and keep this the most wonderfullest site that there is; but so far so good. Thanks again and a well deserved daiquiri donation is on the way…

  61. BSA says:
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    Here’s a rollercoaster of a night ahead – I have Romero, Hamels, Millwood, and Beckett pitching. Ugh!

  62. SRM says:
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    @Grey: @All: Speaking of position eligibility (Cuddyear), Jake Fox started at 3B again today and only needs 2 more starts according to Yahoo to be eligible there. That could change attractiveness like a 6-pack of Schlitz Gay.

    Am i crazy to drop Reimold for Fox in a 12-team non-keeper 6×6 with OPS in hopes he gets 3B? I’m currently sporting a Kouzmanoff/C Davis 3B that’s not ideal.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: Zimm, but it’s a tossup.

    @zombie: Thanks!

    @BSA: Don’t eat right before first pitch.

    @SRM: I don’t think Fox will see enough time outside of interleague and when Aramis returns. I’d want Reimold.

  64. BSA says:
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    Just read the MLB wire and laughed as opened up the notes on Reyes. “He will jog tonight.”

    Man sometimes it is painfully obvious it is a slow afternoon in the press room.

  65. BSA says:
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    @Grey: On a comment #68 note – I am going home to grill up some steak tips well before first pitch.

    Checking their (Romero and Hamels) numbers from last week I should at least get some nice K’s out of tonight and even though it looks like Hamels had a tough night pitching out of trouble I just can’t sit him.

    I’m sure I will either be crowing about catching Hippo in the RCL tonight or asking for bandages as I fall backwards again due to pitching implosion.

  66. s221506 says:
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    The Cubs gotta let Fox play! When should we consider him a 10-12 team mixed pick up?

  67. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm. Fox just homered again. Worth dropping Reimold for him? Maggs?

    @Grey: I see you have preemptively answered me here.

    Also, with Miggy at 1B, Wright at 3B, and Votto at Util I have nowhere to put Fox.

    Still — those donks!

  68. Grey

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    @s221506: You can take a flier and hope for the best, but I don’t think he gets more than 2 starts a week after Aramis gets back.

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: More Fox Trotting:

    Couldn’t he conceivably edge out Fukmeslowly in the OF? Or Bradley?

  70. peter says:
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    @s221506: I’ve got Fox in deep 14 team league, and I’d love to have him in a particular 12 team.

    Grey doesn’t think there will be room for him when Aramis comes back. BUT: I think that’s still going to be +/- 2 weeks away. And I think Grey is overlooking the fact that Milton Bradley will probably be on the DL by then and they’ll need an OF.

  71. @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yo Baron – i’m the biggest fan of Jake Fox…finally paying the dividends in my NL-only for stashing him a month or so ago….that said, playing time worries me once interleague stops and A-Ram returns (in 2 weeks).

    Fox could conceivably play 1B, 3B, and OF. Soriano starts if he’s healthy. Fukudome is CF and Fox certainly can’t play there. Bradley could shift to CF since he’s played there before….but this guy is so fragile that the Rangers risked Josh Hamilton in CF vs. play Bradley there….considering you’ve got Hoffpauir also battling for corner OF time, it’s hard to see Fox getting more than 2 starts a week UNLESS Soriano or Bradley get hurt.

    As for 1B and 3B, A-Ram will play 6 games a week if healthy so maybe Fox gets a 3rd start there. D-Lee and Hoffpauir will get all the 1B starts. Fox figures to get pinch-hitting appearance in most other games.

    So from now until A-Ram is back, he’s ownable in all league formats (since they need offense and he’s delivering it). After that, he’s likely worthy of ownership on an NL-only squad or a league with a super deep bench….

  72. SRM says:
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    @Grey: 12-team non-keeper, could you please rank my SP going forward: Santana, Greinke, Haren, Gallardo, Kuroda, Scherzer, Hanson. (I have them in my order and i’m looking to move one – would you say Haren has the greatest discrepancy between true value and perceived value?)

    @Grey: Ha. Fox just got picked up since I asked you 10 minutes ago. Owner changed his name to Knee Jerks (he’s bed ridden from patella rupture surgery and notorious homer who is known to pick up Chicago area players after good game.) Damn, I really hope you’re right cuz with the Cubs offense, I think Fox finds a semi-regular gig with the Cubs of ends up on an AL team.

  73. Steve says:
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    Starting Hammel in Oaktown tonight. Have I gone mad?

  74. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Fuggit! Just picked up Fox. If only for the pleasure of knowing 11 other owners will run to pick him up and see I got there first.

    It’s called MENTAL WARFARE, snitches! YOU ARE DEFEATED!*

    *Not including the 4 teams currently ahead of me in the standings.

  75. Jpm says:
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    Anyone want to weigh in on this trade offer? Someone offered me J. Reyes and Loney for Youklis. Anyone know how long Reyes is expected to be out and what to expect out of him once he’s back? I was thinking of countering and asking for Porcello or McCutchen instead of Loney. I could give up Youk because I have Longoria at 3b and Morneau at 1b. Would I be getting enough for him?

  76. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I just offered: Sizemore,Pierre and Barmes for Halladay and Choo

    good move?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: That order makes sense.

    Knee Jerks – ha!

    @Steve: Nah, not entirely.

    @Jpm: I’d want Youk.

    @Doug Ault: Good move.

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jpm: any trade for reyes is a gamble,he is a theriot if he cant get you 40 50 steals,his leg is hurt and isnt healing very well,when he comes back,will he be scared to run?will the mets risk running him?id rather have youk there and get steals elsewhere

  79. Steve says:
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    Soto!

    Smokin’!

  80. cubbies299 says:
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    is it safe to drop Chris Perez for the hot hand in a holds league? He straight up blows and I see no way he closes this year

  81. RIP Harry says:
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    I know theres been some Jake Fox talk on here already, but anyone think I’ll regret dropping Huff for Fox? I have stewart and sandoval I use at 3b as well. Its a keeper league. I feel like the window for picking up Fox is just about closed.

  82. Prince says:
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    Given that I’ve fallen pretty far behind (i.e. 6th to 7th out of 10), is it time to start taking more chances with guys I have (in addition to trying to pickup those I don’t)? I’m thinking, for instance, of Jurrjens or Wandy today. They COULD be OK, and I really need that, and if they’re bad I’m not that much worse off. Just trying to figure out how to approach the second half of the season given my ranking. Thanks

  83. penpen says:
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    Anyone else’s head asplode after seeing that David Wright’s BABIP is with half a year done, still at .474?

    I mean seriously, he’s 80 points ahead of Upton for the overwhelming league lead.

    Even stranger, his GB LD FB % stats are nevertheless identical to last year’s. I guess that means… something?

    /nerdy stat rhapsodizing.

  84. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha!

    @cubbies299: I’d lose him.

    @RIP Harry: I wouldn’t make that move.

    @Prince: Well, you don’t want to dig yourself a bigger hole, still a lot of time left, but I’d start those two.

  85. Grey

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    @penpen: Yeah, I saw that yesterday when it was (I believe) .490. Pretty insane.

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    bradleys out of the game?anyone know why?(besides the fact that he sucks and i own him)

  87. G says:
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    Can only start 3 of these 4 tonight..please help. The help I need most in are the K’s but I am up in the other pitching categories. Who do you like out of them.. Jurrjens vs. Bos, Shields vs Fla, Beckett @ Atl, Kershaw vs. Seattle.

  88. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: He dove for a ball then left the next inning. Not sure.

    @G: I’d sit Jurrjens.

  89. G says:
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    What do you think about giving up either Buehrle, Jurrjens or Branyan to try to get Aubrey Huff..are they all fair? and which one would you do to maximize value

  90. s221506 says:
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    Don’t know why Bradley is out, but they just said that Bradley and Lou had a less than pleasant exchange and Bradley was seen in street clothes leaving the stadium.

  91. Grey

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    @G: I like any of those for Huff. I’d try for Buehrle, Branyan then Jurrjens, in that order.

  92. Grey

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    @s221506: Ha, makes perfect sense. He dove for a ball then was lifted, not sure yet.

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @s221506: espn leagues have his update of bradley,doesnt look good,,i might be cutting him loose

  94. cubbies299 says:
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    Tulo or Rios?

  95. big o says:
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    ganjavany soto starting to light up … 2-4 with a HR , today .

    observation ==> i thought it was the “tools” of ignorance … and referred to the equipment .
    a.j.’s pinch-hit AB with sacks full and only one out , in the last of the 8th , makes him the tool .

  96. vinko says:
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    Should I drop Tally Young for Hawkins? Read somewhere that Young had a setback and he prolly wouldn’t be back until after the all-star break. Btw, Molson is good- thanks

  97. Grey

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    @vinko: Lose Tally for him.

  98. Steve says:
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    Votto batting cleanup. Gomes behind him.

  99. SRM says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @s221506: @Grey: Bradley left after fighting with Lou about god knows what in the hallway leading out of the dugout. He was seen leaving the park in street clothes. Lou already said he’d pencil him in tomorrow’s line-up. Some things never change.

  100. big o says:
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    @ b.f. Hippo
    if you’re still on vacay , maybe this trivia question can win you a free drink at the bar ===> name the only H.O.F. battery to play for the mets .
    prolly should have brought this up , earlier .
    don’t know why i remember things , when i do .
    hope you’re having fun .
    work still sucks .

  101. SRM says:
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    @SRM: *edit: seen leaving the park, *mid-game*.

    I think it’s just a blip. Hopefully, it lights a fire under Milton’s arse.

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @SRM: yeah,i about dropped him,then i said to myself,self milton doesnt play till he`s pissed off,he just cant get right till he`s pissed,so im going to give it a week and see

  103. MDS says:
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    stop short!?! thats my move!

  104. SRM says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: That’s what I’m hoping. A Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained kinda thing.

    [ducks incoming tomatoes]

  105. Aaron Pil says:
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    I love pufferfish, but its only eaten in the winter.

  106. john says:
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    @MDS: lolol, nothin like a good seinfeld quote

  107. big o says:
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    @ HIPPO
    further investigation into my favorite trick trivia question reveals that yogi berra only pinch-hit on 5-5-65 against the phils , and did NOT , in fact , don the “tools” .
    damn , i hate the internet .
    the SP , of course , was warren spahn .

  108. Anon says:
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    Should I drop CJ Wilson for LaTroy?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anon: Not yet. Wait until Francisco resumes closer duties.

  110. paulzone says:
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    barmes or assdruballs?

  111. john says:
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    I got Haranged again tonight

  112. s221506 says:
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    Romero shutting down the Phils. No hits through 6!

  113. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Well my pitching roller coaster has me faring pretty well. Go figure it would be Hamels gone after 4.2.

    Numbers so far: 16K, 2.45 ERA, and1.15 WHIP

    We’ll see – Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself.

  114. Gareth says:
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    A leaguemate has just offered me Brad Lidge for Felix Hernandez. Razzballers, what, pray, is the appropriate way to respond?

  115. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Everth on base with no outs, anyone want to call it.

  116. BSA says:
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    Ehhh, indifference.

  117. Gareth says:
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    @danimal35: @Grey: Oh, I’m certainly not going to accept. I just wondered what the appropriate respnse was. I was thinking a sensible counter offer like my Stephen Drew for his Johan and Soria.

  118. john says:
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    @Gareth: I’m a fan of the no response…just leave the trade sitting there for weeks.

  119. BSA says:
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    Any history between Millwood and Everth – I don’t see how it is possible but he has been put on base twice by HBP. A little head scratcher if I was an ump.

  120. BSA says:
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    @Gareth:
    Just hit decline and move on if that is the kind of trade they think is valid.

    If you know him, I know that is relative, decline and ask, “WTF?”

    @john: Don’t just leave ‘em sitting. Annoying.

  121. SRM says:
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    Marmol was just dropped in my 12-teamer. 6×6 with QS, no holds.

    Is he worth a waiver for ZoomaYa!, Meyer or Wilson?

  122. john says:
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    @BSA: Thats the point..I absolutely hate when people leave a trade just sitting there, but I hate pathetic offers like that even more

  123. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Well, the roller coaster just pulled to a halt for the night and I have to be please.
    Threw Romero, Hamels, Beckett, and Millwood tonight, results
    20 Ks, 2.10 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 1 W (2 more potential) and Meyer still waiting in the wings with a tied game in the 8th.

    It is nice when the pitching numbers come together.

  124. this is probably already posted, but is YAHOO f’d up tonight? i’ve got 3 guys that say they aren’t playing yet they are, and then i check my watch list and there’s TONS of guys that say they’re not playing, and they have a regular games AB’s?

    good job yahoo, glad i wasn’t home to switch my guys in and out…. F

  125. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tony Y: Yeah, Choo Choo Train is one of them; luckily I arrived to late to change him, as he is having a decent night. Then again, Bruce is X’ed out, and should have stayed that way – he is 0-4.

    BTW, I looked at my Home page ten minutes ago, and was surprised as heck to see that Braden was pitching. No indication all day that this was to be so. At this point, he has a four inning shutout. Was this a last minute switch? I’m almost hoping that he gets bombed; then i won’t feel so bad.

  126. Jonny says:
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    Well,

    Looks like sitting that Romero wasn’t the best idea. Good thing I am whooping the dog doo out of my opponent this week.

  127. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: @BSA: What a puzzling night for my pitching staffs………..

    In the one league (RCL) Wells, Wainwright, Kershaw……

    “Black coat white shoes black hat, Cadillac
    The boys a time bomb……………”

    In the other……

    Hamels, Wandy, Shields, Weaver….

    “There’s a tear in my beer…………”

    If I don’t find a way to control these mood swings somebody’s gonna pay!

    BTW big o, Yogi came to a fork in the road and he took it.

  128. i doubt he’ll do it but this guy is shopping A-rod hard

    Do I offer Adam Jones + Bruce for A-rod

    I have outfield depth

  129. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Hey man good to see ya.

    I feel like last year in the half year RCL special. Trade together and both ends crap the bed.

  130. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Well, I did get Ludwick from ya, oh yeah, another 0′fer, shit………

    Lowell has been OK, whoops, shit…………

    OK, K-Rod, Bingo, bright side!

  131. BigFatHippo says:
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    @danimal35: Do it if you have depth. No reason not to.

  132. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: Can go with him over Zumaya if you like.

  133. big o says:
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    @ ALL
    i know i may be redundant at times ,
    but ,
    yahoo’s stat-tracker can KMA !!
    they’re not getting another penny of my money .

    @Grey:
    i keep thinking that any day now , i will get my pay-pal account together , so i won’t feel like such a piker .
    realistically though , i lack the technology without the wife’s help ,
    and i hate to burn a favor (if you know what i mean) .

    isn’t there some mailing address , where i can just drop a twenty in an envelope , every now and then ?
    it would be so much easier , and i’m getting used to putting two 29 cent stamps on an envelope , anytime i want to send something to someone .
    it burns my ass a little , but i’m getting used to it .
    saves a trip to the post office , as there’s a mail drop at work .

    QUICK … anyone
    if i’m still using 29 cent stamps , how long has it been since i’ve been to the post office ??

    @Grey:
    if you don’t want to publish your address , send me an e-mail .
    ain’t no way i’m ever going back to california , in this life-time .
    so , it’s not like i’m going to come knocking on your door .
    but i DO want to say thank you for the privilege .

    regards .

  134. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Any news on Downs’ return date?

    Would you trade an OF’er for a closer instead, say, Bruce, Hairston, Pierre, Rasmus?

  135. john says:
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    @john: Thank you for picking up Hammel and starting him..him and Howell’s vulture win made my horrible pitching night a mediocre one

  136. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: Um, 1993?

    They were 5 cents when I was born but I don’t remember. I was kinda young then………………….

  137. big o says:
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    if anyone’s still awake …
    street trying to close against the A’ s

  138. big o says:
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    this kid (street) is the best closer in baseball .
    since his college days , he’s pretty much kept his job through-out .
    battling injuries , pitching in pain , etc . where his fastball topped out at 87-88 mph .
    and closing for the A ‘s was no piece of cake , either , often being called upon to get 4 outs , in a jammed situation .
    tonight , before taking a liner to the ribs , he reached 95 on the gun .
    that makes his slider … killer .
    he finished firing .
    but he’ll be sore in the morning .
    cust kayin’ .

  139. Ham says:
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    Add Jose Lopez, drop Ian Stewart?

  140. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Thanks, Big O, but it’s all good. Don’t worry about it. Your presence is… Well, you know.

    @BigFatHippo: Downs won’t be back for at least three weeks is my guess. You can try and trade Pierre for a closer, not sure what he’ll get at this point though.

    @Ham: If he’s average is killing you, sure.

  141. mc serch says:
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    I need to make a move for saves…have excess starting pitching…what kind of reliever can I ask for Cueto? How bout Kershaw? Wandy?

  142. agarthered says:
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    Blanton or Meche?? Was loving Meche until his last 2 starts.

    Ps: Bruce is killing me, but i seriously have such a hard time benching him.

  143. AC says:
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    Cueto hit the waiver wire, drop Meche for him?

  144. Jeez. Ethier, where have you been? I had about given up on ya. Feeling your Man-Ram coming back??

  145. AND I BENCHED EITHIER LAST NIGHT, AWESOME…

    SONOVABENCH

    DUDE WAS BATTING .175 IN HIS LAST 46 AB’S AND IS A .195 HITTER VS. LEFTYS, NOT THAT VARGAS IS SENSATIONAL OR ANYTHING, BUT COME ONNNNNNN!

  146. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: espn reports that downs is throwing and could come back july 3rd but that doesnt seem possible now

  147. Grey

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    @mc serch: You should be able to get a solid donkey-corn for one of them. I’d start at Bell then keep trying until you’ve got a taker. I’d think you should be able to get at least Franklin.

    @agarthered: Meche, barely.

    @AC: I’d grab Cueto there.

    @Elijah: Torre knows how to get his players hot. Move ‘em down the order.

    @Tony Y: I imagine a lot of people had him benched last night after his previous month.

  148. @Grey: YEP woulda took HR’s, RBI’s, and RUNS last night by playing Eithier…

    I love my c, 1b, 2b, 3b, and SS went 0-19 combined.

    COME ON BIG SAT AND SUN!!!!

  149. Bob says:
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    Marmol or Leo Nunez?

  150. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: That’s all right, here comes six homers in two days.

    @Bob: Nunez

  151. @Grey: How come Hawkins got the save-ski last night? Valverde just need a day of rest?

    I snatched up Hawkins earlier in the day planning for a valverde trade in the near future, a save that night was unexpected?

  152. struggler says:
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    Bruce/Kendry for Huff?

  153. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: I actually have Franklin already…I need another just like him, Bell is a good suggestion, maybe Gregg, maybe Qualls?

  154. BSA says:
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    Re: Buchholz and the Sawx rotation follow-up from yesterday.

    I just listened to an interview with the Red Sox pitching coach as he was discussing DiceK and the rotation.

    In a nutshell they are saying that DiceK pushed himself too quickly and did not get up to speed correctly and has not been on the “Red Sox Shoulder” routine. Their plan is to put him back into a Spring Training routine and require him to meet certain goals before he can progress and make it back to the team.

    They also talked about his “nibbling” at the plate rather than just throwing strikes. The tale woven was that DiceK is a classic Japanese pitcher. In other words they use the whole count rather than just burning to a strikeout (high pitch counts). That is how the organization is explaining things and what they knew they were getting. Take it for what it is worth.

    They mentioned he may not be back until August in order to get his shoulder in shape for big league pitching.

    That said, Buchholz would move up to 6th and would have his bags packed and heading out to Boston if someone has a tired arm (Lester), blister(Beckett), bad back (Wakefield), or trade (Penny).

    Hope it is helpful for those of you vulturing the minors for potential call-ups.

  155. Joe B says:
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    hello senor grey… I got Raffy Furcal rotting on my bench with sexy Alexei at SS… also I have Posada at C, but I really want smokin Soto (free agent) as some insurance for the brittle Jorge… is it worth dropping furcal for some insurance at catcher… I would have only Alexei at SS… I’m a just being a nervous nelly? I think Soto could go off in the second half and maybe I can trade he or Jorge for something later in the season…

  156. black love says:
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    @BSA thanks for the clay news brooooooo

  157. Rob says:
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    Is A Rod finally waking up? I am currently in 2nd place and getting various offers for A Rod. thoughts on Carlos Lee for the 2nd half of the season?

  158. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    VALVERDE,the question was ask earlier on here as to why hawkins got last nights save,i beleive their limiting him to 2 days in a row for a while

  159. BSA says:
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    ****for those of you balancing and adjusting your outfields – Red sox already put out their lineup and Bay is sitting with Kotsay getting the start.

    If only the Cubs would get their lineups out this fast.

  160. BSA says:
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    sorry, add to that Lowell is out and Ortiz is in. Green is out Lugo is in.

  161. Nick says:
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    @Grey: My team has been on the decline…badly. 2nd loss of the season this week and so I need to acquire another pitcher to replace Peavy (who I’m still trying to get the no cut list off from commish). When & if I can drop him, what pitcher do you pickup in 10team league…choices include anyone from your BUY list today or G Floyd (is he going to continue this!?) Bergesen, Contreras, Cook, Kuroda, Jurrjens?

    Thanks Grey

  162. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Also, Lowell what do I do with him as my replacement for A Ram, do I go with Rolen, Stewart, Blalock, McGehee, Teahen, Encarnacion (if hes back soon enough)?

  163. BSA says:
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    @Nick: I know you asked Grey but I would consider Rolen first and McGehee second.

    Lowell will probably be back Tuesday. They are discussing a day off a week from here forward.

  164. Rnunnerley says:
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    A-Rod and David Price for Manny and D. Lowe, which side do people like better? Here is my team (Standard 5×5 Roto)

    C – Ryan Hanigan
    1B – Ryan Howard
    2B – Aaron Hill
    3B – Miguel Cabrera
    SS – Stephen Drew
    OF – Ben Zobrist
    OF – Corey Hart
    OF – Grady Sizemore
    Util – Nolan Reimold
    Util – Andrew Mccutchen
    Util – Casey Blake
    BN – Manny Ramirez
    DL – Aramis Ramirez

    Dan Haren
    Max Scherzer
    Heath Bell
    Frank Fransisco
    Andrew Bailey
    Kevin Gregg
    Justin Verlander
    Derek Lowe
    Fransisco Liriano
    DL – John Smoltz

  165. Simply Fred

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    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: “According to Blue Jays’ writer Jordan Bastian’s twitter account, Manager Cito Gaston says that closer Scott Downs will come off the DL on July 3rd when first eligible.”

  166. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Simply Fred: Wow, that’s great news, thanks.

    Can’t believe he was on the wire in our RCL and I needed a closer badly after trading Franklin away.

  167. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah I didn’t get that either, unless everyone thinks he was going to be down longer.

  168. BSA says:
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    Hey Iowa, Werth and Pujols having a homerun derby today?

  169. Simply Fred

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    “According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers feel that injured slugger Josh Hamilton could return to the lineup sometime during the team’s nine-game homestand.” (per RotoTimes)

  170. Simply Fred

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    @BSA: Got ‘em both. Hoooray!

  171. Tom_Emanski says:
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    Keep Mazzaro or pick up Happ?

  172. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tom_Emanski: mazzaro throws against oak tomorrow.id wait till after that

  173. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: Didn’t want to use him three straight days.

    @struggler: I’d take Huff

    @mc serch: I wouldn’t go after Gregg or Qualls.

    @Joe B: Just drop Jorge.

    @BSA: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Rob: I’d want A-Rod over Carlos Lee.

    @Nick: I said to buy Floyd last week. I’d own Jurrjens though. Drop Peavy in a ten team league.

    @Nick: Go with whoever’s hot. Just slid Rolen in for now.

    @Rnunnerley: I’d take the A-Rod side, but only barely.

    @Simply Fred: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Tom_Emanski: I’d hold Mazzaro for his next game, but he’s not a great pitcher.

  174. Sam says:
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    If I can get Kemp for Grady, I should do it, right?

  175. KarlJ says:
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    Which side wins on a Kershaw for Derek Lee deal?

  176. Doc says:
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    Berry has a tweet tip for all of you in deep leagues. Pick up Bailey. This comes about half a second before his first pitch.

  177. Grey

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    @Sam: I’d do it.

    @KarlJ: Kershaw

    @Doc: I’m surprised he’s not pushing Andrew Bailey at this point.

  178. Grey

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    @Doc: Thanks for the heads up!

  179. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ha,youll like this grey,in the midseason draft i said i drafted no pitcher till 8 th round,went with power ,coming into today i have 11`s in all pitching and a 2 in hr`s and rbi`s, tonight ive already hit a couple hr`s so hopefully that hr shortage changes but i will not draft pitchers early,i will not draft p,you know what i mean??sometimes i think you really might know what your doing

  180. Robert says:
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    I need a win, a few Ks, and a low WHIP for Sunday. I am tied or close in those categories for the week. Who would you activate: Price, Hanson, Liriano? I know, they’re all bad choices.

  181. Steve says:
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    @Grey: A fella can’t have both Gaudin AND Correia on the same team, can he?

  182. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Nice

    @Robert: I’d play Price and Hanson.

    @Steve: Sure, why not? At least while they’re hot.

  183. Doc says:
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    JC Romero goes into rage over fan’s steroids taunt. That’s funny.

  184. Grey

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    @Doc: That’s awesome.

  185. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: wells(chi)and correia both have favorable matchups coming up,,who do you like

  186. Doc says:
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    Nunez looked good. Topped 96 mph. 2 K’s.

  187. Robert says:
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    What do you think about Pinero vs Twins on Sunday?

  188. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: man hoffmans been getting hit,you said it when he had a zero era and i watched him pitch,so i traded him and konerko for vazquez in my steve and hippo`s keeper league,dacquiri coming,wish you liked woodford reserve and a fine cigar

  189. Grey

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    @Robert: I wouldn’t mess with Piniero in a 15 team league, so nope.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha!

  190. Robert says:
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    ok, thanks.

  191. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: once again,my computer literate ole lady is here ,how do we buy you a dacquiri

  192. Doc says:
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    Sandoval with two Panda Donks. He’s been a fairly quiet producer this year. Of course he plays for the Gints.

  193. Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Al, on the home page scroll down below the first post and click on Grey’s face.

  194. Steve says:
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    Ugh – Cahill has ruined a pretty good day.

  195. Doc says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, he hurt me too.

  196. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: thanks doc,sent the poor man a drink

  197. Doc says:
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    Hanson has a bubbly tummy and his start may be pushed back.

    http://go2cut.com/5M

  198. Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: That’s the best medicine!

  199. Corey says:
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    Kyle Blanks and Mike Napoli for Ryan Doumit, who wins?

  200. Grey

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    @Corey: I’d just keep Napoli.

  201. Doc says:
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    Seth Smith leading off and hits a HR. Will he ever play consistently?

  202. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: obp is great,little power speed,trade one of those guys,gonzalez isnt really doing much batting mendoza they wont play spill enough or he could be good,

  203. Grey

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    @Doc: Maybe if he gets traded… Or Hawpe does.

  204. Doc says:
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    Derosa goes to Cardinals. Son of a bitch stick.

  205. Corey says:
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    @Grey, I’m actually getting Napoli and Blanks if I do the deal.

  206. Doc says:
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    @Doc: Chris Perez and a PTBL for DeRo

  207. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Good move by the Cards.

    @Corey: Then I like it for you.

  208. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: perez takes over woods of the 6 era?

  209. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: takes over for woods

  210. Tim says:
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    @Grey: pick up Derosa with #1 waiver claim in NL Only League or wait for something better to come along before trade deadline?

  211. Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Interesting, I’m going to pick him up where I can.

  212. Tom says:
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    How likely is it that Valgreens gets dealt? I’m thinking of dealing something crappy for Hawkins, and I want to make sure it’s not too much. Also, I really regret not dealing McCutchen for Nunez before Lindstrom went down. ya never know.

  213. Doc says:
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    @Doc: Well, just looked at his stats and they aren’t inspiring. He does have a good K/9.

  214. JR says:
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    We’re almost at the midmay point in the season, and Chris Iannetta has less than 175 PA. If they were worried about overtaxing their future star, fine. But he doesn’t even appear as a DH in interleague play? How does Clint Hurdle still have a job?

    Oh, and God bless you, J. P. Howell, for another win.

  215. big o says:
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    just got home and checked out homer bailey’s line .
    picked up the win by giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 7 BB’s in 5 innings .
    how the hell do you win at this level , while walking 7 guys on your way to 15 outs ??
    flucky .
    if you ask me .

  216. JR says:
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    @Doc: HUGE return for the Indians! Holy crap! Shapiro turned Jeremy Stevens and that Archer dude into Chris Perez! Grab your pitchforks, everyone, we’re going to Jim Hendry’s front lawn!

  217. Mr Baseball says:
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    The maker of Aggravation Board Game – Milton Bradley
    brings you their newest game

    Sweet Lou’s – ”You’re not a player! You’re a piece of sh–!”

    you get to curse out the umpire

    starts fights with the fans

    break the water cooler

    throw your bat

    and then its play ball as you try to raise your .200 batting ave against Homer Bailey which is not as easy as it sounds since he will properly walk you

  218. BigFatHippo says:
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    Milton Bradley reminds me of the last crap I took, Concentration, Aggravation and Ker-Plunk!

    Come to think of it, The Baron’s favorite player, Bruuuuuce, is starting to give me gas………….

  219. Nick says:
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    For next week would you start Hoffman over Slowey (v. Det), Danks (v. KC) OR Wainwright (v. SF) ? I have Franklin & Jenks as Closers already and my opponent has Zambrano, Millwood, Porcello, Oswalt, Saunders, Rivera & Street starting

  220. Mike says:
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    Do I start Kuroda tomorrow against Seattle?

  221. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I doubt it off the bat, but maybe down the road if Wood continues to be soft.

    @Tom: It’s not that likely that Valgreen’s get traded, but it’s a definite possibility. Worth a shot for Hawkins if who you’re trading isn’t that great.

    @JR: Agreed, too much rest.

    @big o: Yup

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @BigFatHippo: That’s very funny.

    @Nick: Start him over Slowey if you like. But why not just go with two closers? You trying to guarantee the saves win?

    @Mike: Yup

  222. Doc says:
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    What should I expect for Peavy in a trade?

  223. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Mike: Yes, unless you believe Grey’s buddy and fear Ichiro.

    Seriously Grey, we’re witnessing the greatest player of our generation and his name is Al. Bert. Spell it out for your bro, tell him Hippo said so…………..

  224. Grey

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    @Doc: A bag of boiled peanuts? Try and get a decent closer? Maybe a 3rd outfielder? Maybe Ludwick?

    @BigFatHippo: Could be, but we’re talking a big stretch there when he gets to his 30s and he’s a 1st baseman. Deduct points for 1st base, even if he’s a good fielding one.

  225. Doc says:
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    Crawford/Dread Pirate/Peavy for Rollins/Hamels?

  226. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Love me some boiled peanuts.

    Check the last 9 years stats on Fangraphs and compare him against anyone in history, he beats em all. Not to mention the teammate factor.

    I watched the interviews after todays game and a reporter asked if he’s surprised they don’t just pitch around him.

    His reply……….

    “I don’t understand the question”

    Reporter- “I mean, why don’t they just give you the Barry Bonds treatment and automatically walk you?”

    “You want me to disrespect my teammates like that? I won’t, and my teammates are capable of hitting behind me and getting on base in front of me. I won’t answer that question.”

    Not verbatim, but you get the gist. That’s Albert being Albert, which is much different than Mickey being Mickey or Manny being Manny, and so on and so forth……………..

  227. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Rollins side.

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, can’t argue with his offensive numbers so far. Definitely witnessing something special.

  228. Prince says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Good stuff, thanks! I’d be first in line if they ever sell that game.

  229. DrEasy says:
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    Oh Utley, you ticker-tease!

  230. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I thought the same about Correia and look what happened there, but you can’t start Gaudin in Texas, can you?

  231. knighttown says:
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    Is Javy Vazquez now at the “never sit” level that a Beckett or Lincecum is? I sat him yesterday and he pitched well.

    Today’s matchups look good. Whittling away at an 85IP overage but that can wait:

    Kuroda vs. Seattle
    E-Jax at Houston
    Scherzer vs. Angels
    Hanson vs. Red Sox

    Who do you start?

  232. knighttown says:
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    Woke up in first place today after ending April in last place in my 11-team league. Just past the guy who traded me Pujols for Ibanez/Cain. Potty trained my 2.5 year old yesterday. Edmonton Oilers just drafted Magnus Pajaarvi-Svensson (now THAT should start some chatter on here). It’s a good day.

  233. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @knighttown: im not starting hanson,he got by the yanks while walking to many,i hope he looks great but cant chance it,kuroda yes,with jacksons numbers ,how do you not start him?and you should be fine with scherzer

  234. big o says:
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    @knighttown:
    yep … you got your priorities straight .
    baseball
    potty training
    hockey

    @Grey: @Doc:
    real surprised at this Q & A
    rollins is the real bag of boiled peanuts .
    vs runs , BA , & steals crown ??
    guess it depends on your needs .

  235. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    in h2h leagues , my categorical needs often come down to homer runs or steals .
    could you list (or direct me to a list) which catchers are easiest to run against ?
    i understand the pitchers’ role in culpability here ,
    but , i’d like to know which back-stop arms the thieves are anxious to test .

    thanking you , in advance .

  236. Grey

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    @Steve: I don’t think chasing the one good start is worth it in roto. H2H the circumstances would dictate starting him or not.

    @knighttown: I’d sit Hanson and start the rest. I’d never sit Vazquez.

    @big o: Baker, A.J. Varitek, Bard, Posada…

  237. Billy says:
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    Carrasco called up?

  238. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Billy: numbers pretty high this year in minors though he strikes out 1 per inning,im staying away,try 1 outing if good ,flip him for something

  239. BSA says:
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    Well, Going into today hoping Werth continues his tear on lefties today in Toronto.

    Your not sitting starters has been a pretty good philosophy so far. Bear minimum I can be pissed at their performances versus my benching them. Example this week was Romero and JZimm.

    Though I am going to try and squeeze out another homer or some good avg with Fox before he goes back to the bench.

  240. Bob says:
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    Adam Jones for Johnny Cueto?

  241. Bob says:
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    On a team a little lacking in speed to replace Beltre at 3B

    Blalock, Ian Stewart, Bonifacio, Kouzmanoff, McGeeHee, Crede, or Feliz?

    Aramis is on my DL, so this is a short-term rental. Thanks.

  242. BSA says:
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    Whoever was concerned about replacing Lowell in the short term sit tight.

    He is available to pinch hit today, heading to Boston tomorrow for injection to lube up and recovery is around 24 hours.

  243. DeRosa Better/Worse/Same in Stl? I’m thinking same, don’t know where he’s hitting yet tho.

  244. Peter G says:
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    just got a trade offer
    get hamels/dempster for brian wilson or hamels/danks for brian wilson

    thanks for the help

  245. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Peter G: id take hamels danks and love it,you can get a rp after the trade period ends and guys like sherril street possibly valverde get traded

  246. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: I know how he feels, I’ve had to lube up ever since we made that trade………….

  247. G-RAM says:
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    So get this. I need someone to swipe bags for me (I’m a Reyes owner that’s had Pierre filling in in the meantime), so I offered a manager McCann and Damon for BJ Upton. Napoli is actually somehow still available out there, so I thought that if I could pull off the trade, I could just pick up Napoli. Unbelievably, the Upton owner responded that he was offended by the offer because, presumably, it was so unfair. McCann and Damon for BJ Upton is unfair? Huh? Am I missing something there? I thought he’d almost certainly accept it (for some reason, he’s currently starting Pierzenski (sp?) at catcher). But the story gets better. He then counters with Granderson and Randy Johnson for Peavy. Shouldn’t I take this? I mean, it sounds like Peavy might be out for another month or two, if he comes back at all. What do you guys think?

  248. Joe B says:
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    Start Wandy this week at San Diego???

  249. Doc says:
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    @Joe B: YES

  250. G-RAM says:
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    @Joe B: Absolutely! I know he’s been shaky of late, but if you aren’t going to start him in Petco against that offense, who would you start him against?

  251. royce! says:
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    @G-RAM: Which side of the
    [G]Randy deal would you get?

  252. royce! says:
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    @G-RAM: If you’d be giving Peavy, I’d say yes, esp. if you have other dudes on the DL. IMHO, getting Granderson for Peavy would be fine on its own.

  253. royce! says:
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    @G-RAM: See comment #237

  254. royce! says:
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    @Joe B: Padres OPS v. lefties is .688, and their home OPS is .656. I’d pretty much start any lefty against them at home, and have even started Garrett Olson against em, which worked out great.

  255. martin says:
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    @grey- asdrubel cabrera is back so how do u rank him with other SS’s?

  256. Doc says:
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    Rollins/Zambrano or Crawford/McCutchen?

  257. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hanson looking sharpe against the saux,ill take a sonofabench out of him just to see him get on a roll

  258. anoraxx says:
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    Right now, I am shaking my head not believing what players could possibly suit up for SF. Whiteside, Downs, Schierholtz. Who´s next? Some Sadowski guy pitching? Oh, wait, he already IS pitching. How many fans does Suck Frackcisco team actually have? I bet 3 of which 2 are already resting in peace and the last one standing is Suck Frackcisco manager himself.

  259. Matt P says:
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    Alright Grey, so I find myself not listening to your advice and regretting it later. So this time I did what you said. I am Trading Sizemore and Cueto for Bay, what do you think?

  260. G-RAM says:
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    @royce!: Yea, sorry. I’m giving Peavy. I’m going to accept it.

  261. anoraxx says:
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    Nice, after all there Suckevars, Han Son seems to be paying off for me. At least something after first losing week, effective tommorrow.

  262. Maximus says:
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    I was offered Dunn for Jered Weaver. Should I accept? I could use the OF depth. But it would leave my SP’s as: Haren, Carpenter, Oswalt, Jurrjens. I feel like this could cause me to have to make a move for a pitcher.

  263. JR says:
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    Looks like J.P. might be emerging as the man.

  264. @grey/anyone

    Got offered CC SABATHIA for my carpenter/chris davis?

    I have aramis coming back real soon (2 weeks?), davis is a nice source of power, HORRIBLE AVG as we all know, but like grey mentioned one HOT month and its all forgotten, and carpenter… well i like him, but he’s a tweak away from the DL, as we’ve already seen….?

    Of course davis is 6-11 and Carp hasn’t given up more than 3 ER’s all year as of now…

    ughhh…. pay for the name, deal the risk? ughhhhhhhhhh

    help

  265. and I see CC had the bicep issue recently but pitched a good game this last most recent outting….

  266. Steve says:
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    Do any of those effing clowns in that DBacks team even have a passing acquaintance with the meaning of the word ‘defence’?

  267. JR says:
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    I know this is some random, Elias Sports Bureau shizz but Jamie Moyer is 106-0 in his career when given a lead of five runs or more.

  268. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: shoulda seen soriano,theriot,bradley and blanco at 2nd base not to mention soto dropping a pitch out on a steal of home,,the anouncers even said:and their worried about fox and his defence,only had 1 error on paper but soriano broke back on a blooper,theriot made 2 mental mistakes ,1 being in the wrong position for a throw from soto that should have been a caught stealing and another stupid one later,they are a joke to watch on defense

  269. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Cubs committing errors? Ha! I could hear all you guys laughing from here.

  270. Mr Baseball says:
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    TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at Florida home – RIP

  271. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: the sad thing is like francuer loafing on a single by varitek so varitek gets a double,soriano taking a full step back then letting the ball drop,these should be errors,pitchers today can have very misleading era`s depending on their defense

  272. paulzone says:
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    would you add cook or romero?

  273. Steve says:
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    @paulzone: I’d say Cook. I’m loving his boring predicability.

  274. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Did you catch the AJP is down to 90 points in Latin 9? It’s a horse race, for the first time in some months. You are a heartbeat away from grabbing Manny. Good luck with Maggs; he has been pulling splinters out of his butt on my bench for the most part of the last several months. You didn’t have to waste a waiver pick – I would have given him up for a suitable schmohawk. I just got sick of looking at him after awhile, and Grey gave the OK to dump the chump in 12 team leagues.

  275. penpen says:
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    here’s a little hyper-specific tactical question:

    I’m leading avg by .002 in a head to head league. My opponent only has AGonz left to play and I only have Kinsler. He’s starting AGonz; do I start Kinsler?

    It’s at the Ballpark, where Kinsler rakes, but AGonz has been cold recently (including at Arlington)… so I could sit Kinsler and bank on AGonz 0-fer-ing

    Alright looking back on my post, this is a stupidly miniscule question, but come on, anyone up for this little thought experiment? It’s like really managing!

  276. knighttown says:
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    Bruce is sitting on my bench. I’m targeting John Lester. Is Bruce enough even close. Is an add-on of any of my SPs too much? I have Vazquez, E-Jax, Jobacum, Weaver, Hanson, Oswalt and Kuroda.

  277. Steve says:
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    @penpen: In these situations I think you always need to assume the other guy’s player is going to do OK and thus start yours.

  278. penpen says:
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    @Steve: hmmm I think I see what you’re saying; snatches of elementary game theory keep coming to mind

  279. penpen says:
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    @Steve: I ran the numbers and if I bench Kinsler, I win if AGonz 0-fers or goes 1-3 or 1-4; I lose if he goes 2-3, 2-4 or 2-5.

    Take those odds and sit Kinsler?

  280. Steve says:
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    @penpen: Hmm – that’s more science than I usually employ ;-)

    All I know is that A-Gonz always screws me when my opponent has him!

    That said, you could take the odds to the Rangers pitching around him…

  281. paulzone says:
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    will qualls ever get another save? 1 save in June??

    disgraceful. goodbye.

  282. cubbies299 says:
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    drop K Morales or Callero for Krispie? I am definitely in the hunt for saves but do you really think Callero gets in the mix?

  283. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: i really didnt mean to use a waiver,i put it in as a reminder to pick him up,got drunk and forgot to cancell,but im hoping he gets a little hot streak,i dropped pierre for him and im hoping to get a full time outfielder ,i dropped reimold in rcl and you smartly snagged him

  284. Robert says:
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    any word on why Cruz is out for the 2nd day in a row? Rest or hurt?

  285. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Robert: HE IS 1 FOR his last 22,im thinking it`s a little break,

  286. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hehe. I had no problem sitting him, but of course he has a one-hitter going.

  287. @Grey: Hello, have some roster questions if you can help….

    Questionable guys that I am currently rostering in a 5×5 12 team roto Dave murphy, fowler, Mazzaro, Cahill, A. Miller, C.Bucholz

    I have a solid pitching staff (haren, Cueto, wainrwright, harang, shields, garza) and was thinking of trading one of them for SS (which would u dish and which SS would you target with him, btw all of my SPs are on your sell list, niiiiice) ….

    with that in mind or even if i hold all my SPs would you hold the aforementioned “questionable” SPs or use MRP, meyer, thornton, etc

    Brad Bergesen for real?

    callaspo or everth cabrera at SS?

    Thanks again…

  288. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole99: what about cook,correia?buckholtz might not pitch this year in boston,if he does,i want him,try trading cueto for a rollins or zobrist maybe,if not carerra looks decent and should run a bunch,70 steals last year

  289. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob: I’d want Jones.

    @Bob: Bonifacio

    @Elijah: Same

    @G-RAM: I’d want Grandy there. The other deal isn’t offensive.

    @martin: Against who? He’s a 12/12 SS.

    @anoraxx: Ha!

    @Matt P: I think it’s okay, but a bit too much for Bay. You can get Bay plus someone.

    @Maximus: You’ll be too short on starters. I wouldn’t do it.

    @Tony Y: I’d want CC there.

    @JR: Ha!

    @Mr Baseball: The rule of fours?

    @knighttown: Think you have to also give a pitcher, but you can try just Bruce. Then try him and Kuroda.

    @cubbies299: Lose Calero. He’ll be there on wiavers even if he gets in the mix.

    @Robert: There’s word in our forums.

    @matthole99: Bergesen — Nope. Cabrera. All of your SPs aren’t, I’d sell Cueto for Alexei, Drew or Tulo, in that order, if you can pull it off. I’d lose Mazzaro, Miller for Meyer and Thornton.

  290. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Riemold was one of my better pickups. Theory is if you try out enough phenoms, at least one or two will hit. He looks like a keeper.

  291. Eric C. says:
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    Prognosis on A-Ram the rest of the way? Worth trading him off for Big Papi, who gained 1B-eligibility recently? I have Huff the Magic Dragon manning 3B for me right now.

  292. Grey

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    @Eric C.: If you have Huff, that doesn’t seem like a necessary deal.

  293. Eric C. says:
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    @Grey: Oh I meant trading AWAY A-Ram for Big Papi to use as a utility man.

  294. Grey

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    @Eric C.: Ah… I wouldn’t do that. I’d trade him for a piece I needed elsewhere, or just play him at UTIL.

  295. Eric C. says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Last question for the night. What are good power OFs to trade for if I’m holding both Ellsbury and Bourne on my team? (I really don’t need both on the same team). I was looking at trading away Ellsbury for Dunn or Dye, but I would obviously like to find a better match for Bourne.

  296. Steve says:
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    Bit of a broad ranging one here. If you have space to pick up a player for a day and it doesn’t matter what the position AND it’s the start of a H2H week so you don’t have specific needs, what stat do you tend to look at when sorting players?

  297. Eric C. says:
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    @Steve: Wouldn’t it depend on a combination of the day’s schedule and ratio of batters:pitchers you’re holding? I.E. Add a batter if you don’t have all your batting positions being played or add a SP to spot-start if you’re not likely to accumulate that many wins that week. Not sure if that helps.

  298. Steve says:
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    @Eric C.: Sorry – should have said I’d be looking to grab a hitter.

  299. Mann of Sandd says:
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    weekly deadline is coming up….i’m in 3rd in a very competitive league…offense is my strength but my pitching staff is currently greinke, gallardo, baker, kuroda, smoltz, r. johnson, braden, cook, and lowe (usually start seven of those guys a week)…offer on the table (keeper league) is Johan ($47) and B. Molina ($4) for P. Sandoval ($3, C eligible this year), Chipper ($16) and Theriot ($1). My weakest offensive category is steals…..but i really could use help in k’s and era, would you make this deal?

  300. nick m. says:
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    looking to fill my util. spot and a few players have been dropped due to lack of production/injury…who should i grap between cantu, jose lopez, hairston, adam laroche, or k. morales? and is alex gordon worth a pickup and stash in a dl spot in hopes he comes back and performs well after the all-star break?

  301. Steve says:
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    @Steve: My opponent will have all his slots filled – six is the best I can hope for.

  302. Doc says:
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    @Steve: Good question. I usually sort with “hits” first and look at RBI’s/HR’s/SB’s/Runs from that screen. And I usually use 15 days to 30 days for my stats.

  303. Grey

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    @Eric C.: What about Bourn and Aramis for Dunn?

    @Steve: Steals — SAGNOF. If crazy loaded on steals, then I’ll usually look at matchups for power. But I usually always go speed.

    @Mann of Sandd: I’d want Johan there.

    @nick m.: If you have an open DL spot, sure. I’d grab LaRoche.

  304. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nice one – thanks. Pierre is there so I’ll go him.

    You’ll like this – my undefeated run in my H2H league is over. After 7 wins and 4 ties (!) through the first half of the season, I’ve been beaten.

    By my sister.

    But don’t feel too bad for me. Pre-draft I ranked 100 or so players for her along Razzball lines (she ended up autodrafting) and you’ve since helped me fix up (most of) the bad half of her team.

    So I kind of feel like my team has been beaten by my other team.

  305. Corey says:
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    Is there any way of finding probable pitchers on Yahoo?

  306. Steve says:
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    @Corey: Click the ‘Players’ link then click the ‘Position’ dropdown and there’s an option to select ‘Probable’.

  307. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Corey: yahoo`s probables are always tomorrow`s since any pickup is not effective till the next day

  308. Corey says:
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    It’s not that I need to know the probables to pick them up, I just want to know when my guys pitch, so I’ll know who to start or sit.

  309. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Corey: on your team page go to the next day,if a sp has an arrow by his name then he`s starting,you can set up your pitchers usually a week in advance,something to remember,if you set your lineup for the next few days,then drop and add a person,recheck your lineup,sometimes (not sure why)it will change some things

  310. Corey says:
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    Thanks Steve and Al Koholic!

  311. ep says:
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    Unleashed many enjoyable harfs at Tackleberry.
    Thanks.

    I picked up Correia in three leagues this morning. Glad to see my brainwaves, at least for the few seconds it took to click add, matched Grey the omniscient.

    Why do I still have Luke Scott on my roster?

  312. Grey

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    @ep: No idea about Luke Scott. He had a good two week run, but that was weeks ago. Time to move on.

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