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Kendrys Morales is out for another 6 months with surgery to remove scar tissue.  Who was the first surgeon to operate on him?  Dr. Nick Riviera?  Hey, boys and three girls!  Bummer for the Los Angeles Angels of Not Los Angeles County…I mean, hello, Trumbo.  Giddy up, snitches!  The Sciosciapath has to play Trumbo now, right?  I mean, probably.  Can’t put anything over on that sly fox.  And by ‘sly,’ I mean dumb.  And by ‘fox,’ I mean not a fox.  If you’re hurting for a corner man, this should be all the incentive you need to sound the Trumbo.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Grady Sizemore – It’s the return of Wounded Knee.  Sizemore went for an MRI for his knee pain.  In other news, water is wet, taco diarrhea burns and astronaut ice cream is delicious.  If you own Sizemore, consider therapy to find out why you keep trying to hurt yourself with your life choices.  “Why’s everyone in my living room?  I was just going to move Sizemore to my bench.”  “Billy, have you thought about trading Sizemore for a pitcher?”  “No!  He makes me feel special!  I hate all of you!”  “Why can’t you just do crank like your brother?!”  That’s you on the show Intervention when your family confronts you about your fantasy draft choices.  Now Sizemore’s MRI says (yes, the MRI talks) his knee is fine.  Right.  So let him play a few days, then you trade him.  He’s not going to run this year, so what do you have with Grady?  You have Beltran, Jason Kubel or a host of other some power, no speed outfielders.  You don’t have the 30/30 Sizemore of yesteryear (2008).

Ryan Braun – The Hebrew Hammer was removed from the game with an ankle contusion after he ran into an outfield wall.  Pending the seriousness of the injury, the wall may now be known as The Wailing Wall of Milwaukee.

Randy Wolf – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Was in last week’s post about pitchers that should see a correction, and yesterday the Padres dropped a whole bottle of White-Out on his stats.

Jason Bartlett – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 steals, 2 Girls, 1 Cup.

Chris Denorfia – 3-for-4, home run and is hitting .370.  He doesn’t really play every day, but he should. (Really, compared to playing Will Venable every day anyone seems like an upgrade.)

Cameron Maybin – 4-for-6, 2 runs and 2 RBIs.  That’s so Maybin!

Tim Stauffer – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  After not feeding a hodgepadre after midnight, what’s the next most important rule?  Don’t start them in away games.

Edinson Volquez – 4 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Guys and three girl readers, I want to formally apologize, or apologise if you use the Queen’s oldfangled spelling, for pushing anyone to draft this schmohawk.  When you can’t go into Houston and pitch well, you’re meat.  Now hang this jerky out to dry.

Drew Stubbs – The King of Slam & Legs doffed his crown and screamed, “As you were, peasants!”

Al Alburquerque – 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Santa K, even you’ve turned on me?  For shame.  *shakes fist at the sky*  For shame!

Geovany Soto – His strained groin has forced him to the DL.  Sounds like an injury that would sideline a porn actress.

Matt Garza – He’ll be mentioned in this afternoon’s post about pitchers who should be better.  It’s an extravaGarza!

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  F-Her should’ve had a nine inning O face against the Orioles.  Probably just teaching us a lesson for drafting him in the 2nd round.

Adam Jones – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs.  He’s hitting .286 with 5 homers and 4 steals on the year.  That, friend, was a surprise to me because I swear I get at least 4 comments a day about dropping him.  He’s on a 25/15 pace.  That’s Pence-ish.  What’s the major malfunction here?

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  You know how you say reliable in Japanese?  Toyota.  But it could be Kuroda.

Hong-Chih Kuo – To the DL with an anxiety disorder.  Maybe you get to take days off for this shizz in Taiwan, but where I come from, we bottle up our emotional issues and play like crazy until we have a heart attack and die prematurely.

Matt Joyce – 2-for-5, back-to-back games with a homer while batting .358.  Sure, it won’t last but that matters?  Rhetorical!

David Price – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  You know who is annoyed he avoided Price this year?  This guy!

Scott Baker – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Ream me up Scotty!

Matt Capps – 1 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Nathan hasn’t given up a run in almost two weeks.  Um, that’s only three appearances. Not now, Random Italicized Voice.

Jason Kubel – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Prolly a tad late on talking about Kubel.  I’m *pinkie to mouth* Kubelated.  Not sure what eggs you got in your outfield basket, but right now Kubel’s a good egg.  Usually, I find he has salmonella.  (BTW, I’m waiting for someone to name their daughter Salmonella.  Hopefully it doesn’t then go viral.)

Eric Hosmer – He hit his 1st homer.  Guess what else?  *taps finger, scratches chin, trims mustache, plucks nose hair*  Give up?  He’s batting third!

A.J. Burnett – 7 IP, 6 baserunners (1 Hit), 6 Ks.  Now has an ERA of 3.38.  Quite a change from Ass Jack’s 2010.  His walk-rate is in the vicinity it was the last time he had a respectable year, so it’s possible he keeps it going.  (Relatively, he’s not more than a 3.75 ERA pitcher.)

Ryan Madson – Recorded his 5th save, has an ERA of 0.60.  “That whole ‘he doesn’t have what it takes to close’ thing was an obvious motivational tactic.  Dur.” That’s what the Phils pitching coach will say any day now.

Leo Nunez – 1 IP, 2 ER.  As we learned last August, when Nunez goes south, he goes monkey-fightin’ south fast.  Mike Dunn would be the handcuff.  Then if he gets the job, after every save you can scream, “Mmm…Dunn!” and throw your mitt in the air like Jesse Orosco, because you wear a glove to watch baseball games, even at home.

Scott Podsednik – Blue Jays release Pods, hope to retain his wife.

Rajai Davis – 4-for-4 with his 2nd game in a row with 2 steals.  Somebody’s got the fever for the SAGNOF!

Craig Kimbrel – 1 IP, 2 ER with the blown save.  I love you, Kimbrel, so why do you hate the ones you love?

Ian Desmond – 2-for-6 with 2 steals to bring his total up to 12.  Wow, is he gonna go 10/30 this year?  Cause that would be huge.  (Be even nicer if he hit .270.  But that’s quibbling!  Or is it?!  No, actually it’s not.  Seriously, get to .270.)

Miguel Cabrera – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs when he was ejected for arguing with the home plate ump.  Went something like this, “Taste great!” “Less filling!”  Well, you know Miggy — he always wants to stick around after the last call.

  1. Virinder says:
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    @Grey: Are you actually advocating us to outright drop Volquez?? I thought he just needed a month to get himself right following TJ surgery?? This is pretty disappointing!! :(

  2. chata says:
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    where’s the other dunn ?

  3. Marqo says:
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    You didn’t mention Granderson!
    It’s about that time! He’ll be a Top-5 OF Fantasy-Contributor at the end of the year!
    Quote me on that!

  4. Steve says:
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    Is holding Rauch for Saves now a waste of a roster spot?

  5. Tony says:
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    @vrinder: i booted him, about to boot liriano too, im getting sick of these dudes walking 5 guys per night, its a joke, thats all the control a big league pitcher has? bring up someone from the minors…. absolute joke.

    Can someone who watched the ATL game tell me why Hanson went 5 2/3 innings and is pulled when he’d only given up 1 frikkin run????? Just shy of the QS…..

    about to have a fire SALE!!!

  6. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    “Jason Bartlett – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 steals, 2 Girls, 1 Cup.”

    did the ump give him some extra time for that last bit, or was he getting up in his business trying to “keep the game moving along” and spoiling the excitement for all the fans?

  7. Johnny Drama says:
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    Did anybody watch Peavy’s pitch? Thoughts?

  8. Eddy says:
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    Adam Jones or Eric Hosmer in an OBP league?

    Just looking for solid production.

  9. Coitus Grandson says:
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    Nunez didn’t have a save opp last night to blow, but I agree he is a headcase.

  10. Salty Balty says:
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    Doumit or W. Ramos to replace Soto?

  11. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Would you lose Sizemore for Kubel at this point. I think your right about the slam minus legs with Sizemore this year. I could steal second base easier than him.

  12. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Johnny Drama:

    Take from guy who has had many upper-deckers from Peavy…..run. Do not get excited about anything that schmohawk does. He’s like the dentist you hear about where people wake up with their zipper undone. You’re like oh, this isn’t bad and the next thing you know he has drugged and molested your ERA

  13. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    @Mr2Bits: sounds like something right up jason bartlett’s alley… upper-decker that is.

  14. Jangles says:
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    Grady Sizemore insurance, please rank these: Mitch Moreland, Coco Crisp, Willingham, Brantley, Bourjos, Torres.

    Other OFs are Justin Upton, Nelson Cruz, LoMo, and Bourne. 5X5 H2H 12 team thanks in advance

  15. B.J. says:
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    @Grey,

    Better option for the rest of the year in a 10 team H2H league, Adam Jones or Grady Sizemore. This would be for my 4th OF spot behind J-Up, Jay Bruce, The Dread Pirate.

  16. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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    Apology gracefully accepted.
    I dropped Wood as well.
    I’m on a No Reds Diet!

  17. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I got wins from Soria, Melancon and Santos yesterday on my RCL team. Thought you might like to know that. ;)

  18. p0rk burn says:
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    Still trying to deal a firstbaseman in the league where I have Votto, Dunn, and Prince. Dunn is the guy I’d like to flip, and I finally am seeing some interest out of people. I need a #1 – or future #1 – pitcher as I stupidly dropped Weaver and kept Stanton going into this year.

    The dude showing interest has Ubaldo and Hommy Tanson. I’m not getting Ubaldo for Dunn. Tempted to go for Hanson. Thoughts?

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    No mention of one of your favorites, the Big Donkey. He’s looking like he might have come around a little. 4-5 last night, 3 runs and a donkey punch. being that he’s on all 3 of my teams, this made me finally at least smirk a little at the thought of the donkey punching 15 bombs in one month.

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @p0rk burn: i’d do dunn for hanson.

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey; @Anyone:

    Any news on Lind? I’d heard that they were waiting a couple of days as he said he kept getting better. But I haven’t heard anything since.

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: all i’ve seen is that a DL stint is unlikely and he might be playing tomorrow.

  23. Cole says:
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    Do you think stupid Ryan Franklin ever gets that stupid closer job back? He got dropped in my stupid NL only league.

  24. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    @p0rk burn: i’d deal dunn for hanson…. especially with the little prince and big fancy joey. then you can do some waiver wire surfing on the side, which is nice.

  25. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    Roto said he will probably be back in the lineup tomorrow. Thank God as I love having him behind my boy Bautista

  26. Lawless says:
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    We might consider a Razzball glossary term for the elation and euphoria that one feels when they find out that rain has wiped out the seven earned runs that your starter gave up.

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Lawless: haha in my h2h league, that rainout trigger a serious rant from my opponent this week.

  28. kg says:
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    Please rank:
    Soto, Napoli, Iannetta, Posada

  29. Ryan says:
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    So is it safe to drop Contreras? Seems like Madson has effectively locked down the closer job.

  30. Is it about time to drop liriano in favor of picking up a rotating 2 start pitcher every week with that roster spot?

  31. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    With the extra s taking out Kendrys, I now have an open roster spot, looking to pick up a SP for this week and/or future.

    Sitting on the wire are: Floyd, Dempster, Drabek, EdJax, Gorzelanny, Britton, Narveson, Bedard, Lowe, Bumgarner….any thoughts on the best few options there?

    Also, with the reds refusing to pitch Aroldis in the first inning of Volquez’ starts, he’s looking droppable…any of the guys above worth dropping him for?

  32. Commish Cauda says:
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    Buy low on Aaron Hill? I have excess pitching and could use a bat. Give up AJ Burnett or Jon Sanchez…or are either of them too much?

  33. Kyle says:
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    Rank em: Raburn, Joyce, Fuld, GI Jones for the long term?

    Offensive categories are AVG, OBP, R, RBI, HR, SB…Thanks!

  34. Mr2Bits says:
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    Damnit, team is falling apart at the seams.

    Robinson Cano is considered day-to-day after a CT scan on his head was negative.
    Great news. “Walking down the first-base line he said he was OK and felt good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “When you get hit in the head like that, you have to do a CT scan.” Cano would seem likely to sit out Thursday’s series finale with the Royals, but it sounds like he’ll return to the lineup soon.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @Mr2Bits: thanks guys, I was hoping for something like that.

  36. papasmurf says:
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    I am happy I can finally punt that sucka Morales. I wasn’t gonna start him over Hosmer anyway, out of spite. Speaking of Hosmer, what would John Sterling call his homeruns? Hosmer ho-s-mers? LOL that’s terrible.

    I bailed on the Volquez train a long time ago. The guy’s control was never good anyway. Add that to a bad temperament and you have a disaster.

    Every SP I’ve tried has been rocked. I wanna apologize to Scott Baker owners… guess who just picked him up for the start after someone had the foresight to drop him? One hint: he’s blue, wears no shirt, has a white beard, and lives with a bunch of boys. Oh wait… that came out wrong.

  37. Matt Damon says:
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    Hey Grey! What do you call it when you own the starter and closer on the same team, and your starter is in line for the win but your closer blows the save? Not only do you lose the win AND save, but your ERA gets crushed as well. (Hello, Mr. Kimbrel)

    My humble suggestion – Philly Fake Out. And yeah…you know why.

  38. frank rizzo says:
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    Any rumblings of Venters getting a shot at Saves in Atlanta?

  39. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @papasmurf – I like the simple approach for Hosmer. For example, a solo hosmer, a 2R hosmer or a hosmer with ducks on the pond. Can’t get any more creative this AM due to a Kimbrel BS hangover.

  40. Slevin Keleva says:
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    Nunez didn’t blow the save, it was a tie game

  41. Caleb says:
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    Wish I could have obtained Hosmer. Dude in my league knows him in real life, so no way I was getting him. :|

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey,

    Who’s the better option, Melancon or Padilla?

  43. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey, anyone who can help:

    12 team h2h points, 5 player keeper league

    Would you do this trade?

    I give: Felix Hernandez and Brett Anderson
    I get: Roy Halladay and Matt Garza

  44. BBC says:
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    Grey, should I drop B. Lyon for an SP given that I have two other guys on the DL? Other closers are Kimbrel, Walden, Capps, and Padilla.

  45. sean says:
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    I gambled on Mark Reynolds in my CI slot in most leagues after taking an elite 3B in the first couple of rounds. In reality, this means that I’ve had Longoria or Zimmerman on the shelf, or Wright sucking thus far, which is compounded by running Reynolds out there for another 0-3, BB line. How many ABs do I give this guy before he becomes someone else’s problem, and by problem I mean hitting 40 HRs from June-Sept. I’m trying to stay patient, especially because so many hitters are struggling in the early season, but .177 is a pretty big sucking suckhole.

    PS: My disdain for rampant streaming has led me to weekly lineup leagues this year, so I keep running him out there thinking THIS is going to be the week when he hits five homers.

  46. knighttown says:
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    A couple of tune up questions for my 12 teamer:

    -Hill or Kelly J. for MI
    -how urgent should I look at getting Desmond Jennings. Still available but I have no bench. Would like to wait till Lind comes back and drop Borbon. Do that or just drop Borbon and run short for a few days. Is he worth that?
    -Drop any of Bills, DLR, Kennedy, Chacin, Beachy for Latos. I love all these guys but Latos clears tomorrow.

  47. knighttown says:
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    @BBC:

    I’d drop Lyon. He sucked ass when he was healthy and I think Melancon might run away with this thing.

  48. mauledbypandas says:
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    hah! great roundup today Grey.

  49. Jay says:
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    Hey Grey…

    How much of a $100 FAAB would you use on Liriano in a 10 team 5×5 AL?

  50. vottomatic says:
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    Well thanx alot Morales. Luckily I was able to pick up Mitch Moreland off waivers today and snagged Hosmer last week off waivers.

    @ Grey, Bernidina or Brantley? looking for some SB/ minor power unless Ian Desmond and Matt Kemp keep going crazy.

  51. Wilsonian says:
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    With Walden struggling, and the obvious issues with Scioscia, do you think he’s got a decent leash? Does last night’s festivities still leave Santos with the closer’s gig in CHW, or does this further confuse Ozzie?

  52. TravestyJones says:
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    Continue to get my face melted by Liriano, or trade him for Harang+Soria?

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @sean: i didn’t get the elite 3Bs (had the #1 pick and up through youk were gone by my 2nd pick), so i sat and waited and took reynolds way late as the last team to fill the 3B slot.

    this morning i put in a waiver claim for peralta and figgins, one of the player’s i’m dropping is reynolds. i just can’t take it anymore. i could use some speed and figgins is heating up and has 2B eligibility. my starting IF will have 3 blah guys that all have 3B eligibility (aviles at 2B, peralta at SS, and figgins at 3B).

    hopefully now that moustakas is raking at AAA, i’m only a few weeks from being able to add him to the mix from my minor league spot.

  54. I’m gonna tack on to the question posed by @Wilsonian (do we use that here? #question). Walden has given up 5 ER in his last 4 appearances. He should get better, right? It’s not like he’s at risk for losing his job…right?

  55. Rodger-Dodger says:
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    @ Grey: Funny funny stuff today man. Almost lost it after your dynamic duo of comments on Sizemore and the Hebrew Hammer (Wailing Wall of Milwaukee… AWESOME!). Also, thanks for the heads-up on Mike Dunn. I’ll be trying to make room to add him this week.

    @JoefromPointPleasant: Do that trade. Halladay is better than both those pitchers, and Garza is really good and getting better. More Wins and Ks= Winning for Joe.

    @all: I’ve been saying to grab Adam Jones all year… dude is gonna be good. You heard that here first!

  56. Commish Cauda says:
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    Pick one for this week:

    Garland @PIT (Morton)
    Morton vsLAD (Garland)
    Beachy vsATL (Hamels)

  57. AdamH says:
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    Traded Sizemore and Nunez for Hanley about 2 weeks ago (as I pat myself on the back).

  58. One of my fav rundowns Grey. The post was littered with wit and exellence.
    @Johnny Drama–I was at the game. Peavy actually pitched a bit better then his line shows. Ozzie put a shift on that allowed a routine DP ball to score a run.
    In a 12 team league I may take a look at him for a bench spot. But with his injury history, the 6 man rotation, and the missing Sox bats I wouldn’t get too excited unless your staff has been shit on by Liriano and other such douchetards.

  59. Matt Damon says:
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    Re: Sizemore – you know it’s not the knee he had surgery on, right? He should be fine! (damnit why did I draft him?)

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Virinder: Yeah, it is.

    @Marqo: I wish I owned him on every team.

    @Steve: Yup

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: Hehe

    @Eddy: Jones

    @Coitus Grandson: Yeah, that was my bad.

    @Salty Balty: Ramos

    @Mr2Bits: Nope

    @Jangles: Moreland

    @B.J.: Jones

    @RandomItalicizedVoice: Damn you.

    @p0rk burn: I’d take Hanson.

    @Wilsonian: I had a massive headache and missed the Angels game.

    @Cole: I’d let him go.

    @Lawless: Yeah, we should. Or the disappointment for me losing Moreland’s slam.

    @kg: Iannetta, Posada, Napoli…

    @Ryan: I would.

    @papasmurf: Ha! Wow, that’s funny it’s so bad.

    @Matt Damon: Eh, not the greatest.

    @frank rizzo: Don’t think we’ve got there yet.

    @Slevin Keleva: My bad, fixed.

    @Steve: Melancon

    @joe from point pleasant: Halladay

    @BBC: Sure

    @sean: Depends on your options, but I’m holding him for a few.

    @knighttown: Johnson, can wait for Lind to return. Can drop dlR for him.

    @mauledbypandas: Thanks!

    @Jay: $11

    @vottomatic: Bernadina

    @Wilsonian: It was extra innings. Means nothing for Thornton right now. Walden’s okay for now, Rodney’s no better.

    @Rodger-Dodger: Thanks!

    @Commish Cauda: Beachy

    @AdamH: Nice

    @Dr. Stats: Thanks!

  61. Tony says:
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    @Jay: you should get $25 for picking him up

  62. frank rizzo says:
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    Has anyone heard anything about Ike Davis beyond that he was going back to NY for an MRI? Wondering when we’ll get word if he’s going to be DL’d. Anyone have inside information?

  63. ZP says:
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    @Grey – Trumbo or Smoak or Billy Butler at 1B?

  64. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Grey. Phenomenal roundup today. I laughed, I shouted to the heavens, I got a raging Trumboner. Anyway, who do you think has more value this season, Travis Snider or Lorenzo Cain?

  65. Not Happy says:
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    What do you call it when you go to bed with a 2 for 2 and grand slam and wake up with nothing. Finish the game you p******. Why couldnt it rain on Volcraps crappy game or I own Gio, anyhoo. Dropped vol for McDonald. Lets see where this poop parade takes me.

  66. slam says:
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    somebody dropped brian roberts in my 10 team league with an MI slot. how much is he worth- should I even bid? my current mi’s are raburn, reyes, and espinosa. thanks man

  67. ujoh says:
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    I’m consistently winning in SB without Gardner in my lineup in my 12 team H2H league. Hanley, Kemp and Victorino are my boys. I have Espinosa as my 2B for now. Smoak is my UTIL, and I’ve been kind of rotating him and Gardner around in there.

    I just got an offer for his Kelly Johnson straight up for my Gardner. Do it? He has Utley on the DL and seems to think he’s coming back very soon I guess. Is Gardner just a SAGNOF, or is he better than that because he’s a Yankee? Worth keeping on my bench for the occassional extra SBs? Will KJo hit for average any time soon?

    I’d drop Espinosa and use the extra spot for another SP most likely. Don’t like keeping hitters on the bench in weekly leagues when I don’t have to.

  68. peter says:
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    With Morales missing the rest of the year, for the first time ever we can simultaneously hear a Sad Trombone and a Happy Tumbo. It kind of sounds like Philip Glass, which would (kinda) help explain Scioscia’s erratic behavior.

  69. jay says:
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    What side wins, Matt Garza for Liriano?

  70. @ujoh
    Gardners is starting to heat up over the last 10 days. Johnson looks lost. I’d keep Gardner. Espinosa has struggled, but I still like him long term over Johnson. But Grey is the man so listen to him. Good luck.

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    another fine piece of work youve got here Sir Grey,

  72. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League

    Offered JJ Hardy for Mitch Moreland as you advised but was turned down…

    He countered with McLouth for Hardy, which doesn’t thrill me…but I do need a OF. He also owns Adam Jones, who I like better.

    Try Hardy for Jones but accept McLouth as a consolation prize, or Jones only?

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Dr. Stats: like steve said the other day,espinosa doesnt seem to be doing much till you look at his numbers after the season and they are pretty good

  74. ujoh says:
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    @Dr. Stats: I’m on the fence on this one, hence coming to Razzball for support. Grey says hold, and Grey always knows best. I was slightly leaning towards accepting. A lot of that has to do with not knowing much about Espinosa though, and I know he’s liked quite a bit here (which is why I have him in the first place).

    Here’s my lineup:

    C Soto (gonna be Ianetta after tonight)
    1B Howard
    2B Espinosa
    3B Longoria
    SS HanRam
    OF Kemp
    OF Stanton
    OF Victorino
    UTIL Smoak
    BN Gardner

    I spent $203 of my $260 budget on hitting during the draft, so I’d like to concentrate on my pitching if I can. That’s the main reason I want to deal Gardner. Don’t want the bench spot to be a hitter. I’ll hold Gardner for now, but I just don’t see where he fits in this lineup. Hopefully he keeps it up so I can get a better 2B, C or SP down the road.

    For what it’s worth, here’s my pitching:

    Lester, Hamels, Garza, Beachy, Norris, Volquez, Bumgarner, Lewis, Farnsworth, Gregg, Broxton (DL).

    I like this team a lot, but I’ll never stop tinkering with it. If I can find another Beachy or Norris on the waivers, I’m gold.

  75. Wake Up says:
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    @frank rizzo: my sources are saying he will be DL’d

  76. trick dad says:
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    @frank rizzo: he’s on the DL now

  77. Mr2Bits says:
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    As I’m starting to watch the Rays game today, I’m amazed how long the Cleveland pitching staff is continuing to pitch well this season. When will these dominoes fall for them as I look at their staff and would not draft any of these guys in the first 15 rounds.

  78. Wake Up says:
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    @Wake Up: Oh, my sources have just been slapped(although my sources realize that it was their faults)

  79. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ujoh: i understand not wanting a bench hitter, but i’d hold gardner. if he heats up and starts scoring a bunch of runs and has a big SB week, you can move him for a lot more than kelly johnson.

  80. DHill Dragons says:
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    @Lawless:

    Magic Flush

    Magic Eraser

    Magic Mulligan

    (magic is the only way to explain what happened yesterday for Gio owners)

  81. Rabbit says:
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    Salmonella Jones would be a great name for a girl, as long as she kicked ass when she grew up. Though if she developed an eating disorder, it would just be sad and ironic, in both the Alanis and non-Alanis sense.

  82. frank rizzo says:
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    @trick dad: Thanks. I see that on Rotowire finally. Now just need to wait for Yahoo to pick it up. Who knows when that will happen.

  83. ujoh says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Yup. I hear you. Just get the feeling speed isn’t too difficult to find in the outfield in this kind of league so even if Gardner goes off, he won’t get me much return.

    What I’m really hoping happens is Stanton and Gardner both go off like they’re supposed to, then my power and speed would be gorgeous and I could theoretically trade Kemp for someone like Doc or Lincecum.

  84. Eng says:
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    Please rank MMD, Rolen and Valencia. Thanks much, nice update too btw.

  85. @ujoh:
    Sweet squad–10 team league?
    We’ve played about 20% of the season. I would suggest patience with Gardner. If he stays hot, you’ll be able to trade him for a legit #2/3 pitcher down the road IMO.
    Espinosa has been streaky and putting up numbers in bunches. As Al Koholic points out, Danny’s final line will be solid, just a bit painful getting there. He should finish around: .245/18hr/70rbi/80runs/12 steals…better than Johnson I believe.

  86. Higgins says:
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    My team has plenty of power and average, but I really need steals. Would you waive Francoeur for Borbon, now that he is leading off?

  87. Eng says:
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    oops, please add Mark DeRosa to that list of MMD, Rolen and Valencia

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rabbit: I like that for a band name.

    @Eng: MMD, Valencia… Thanks!

    @Higgins: Eh, it’s okay.

  89. ujoh says:
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    @Dr. Stats: 12 team league, but it’s fairly vanilla with a CI or MI spot and only 3 OFs. I traded Gordon and Berkman (both waiver pickups) for Garza right before Longoria came back. Don’t think I’ll regret that at all. I have an addiction to strikeout pitchers.

    Longo and Hanley were the two highest paid players in the draft and I went in wanting both of them at any cost. My draft strategy every year is to pay a lot for hitting and find pitching during the year. I never miss the playoffs because of razzball. Brandon Beachy is a god send and I only have Grey to thank!

  90. NF says:
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    Start Britton tonight vs SEA? Sounds like he’s been dealing with a blister.

  91. ujoh says:
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    @ujoh: That should be *without* a CI or MI spot……

  92. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: no worries on the lack of Dunn reference, I just like any excuse to say “donkey punch”.

    I kinda figured Santos is still the guy, Ozzie is just so friggin’ insane that you never can tell. And thank god Rodney is shizz, Walden hasn’t looked too pretty in his last few outings.

  93. EG says:
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    Does anyone know if Beachy have an innings limit? Thanks.

  94. @NF:
    I’m starting Britton. Seattle is weak sauce. I would be a lot more hesitant to start him against a real team.
    …If I have to eat these words, I at least hope Smoak washed them down with a bomb or two.
    Good luck bro.

  95. ujoh says:
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    Does anyone know why Garza only pitched 5 innings when he had 7 Ks, 1 ER and a huge lead?

  96. Eng says:
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    @ujoh: BECAUSE he had a huge lead. Why tire him out?

  97. DonCoburleone says:
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    Grey I’m usually with you on your assessment of players (except for Jose Bautista going into this year – Thanks for downplaying him and allowing me to get him in the 3rd round of my RCL League!)

    Anyway I want to agree with you on Sizemore, but honestly, you think if he stays healthy that he won’t eventually start stealing bases this year?? I totally disagree with that. Unless he’s lost a step there would be no reason for a completely healthy player to not steal if he knows he can… Where I do agree is that trading him is probably the best route, but thats based strictly on the huge injury risk that he is. So I guess what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t trade him for 75 cents on the dollar, but I would for 90 or 95 cents on the dollar.

  98. ujoh says:
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    @Eng: Yeah, but they could’ve given him a QS at least. Isn’t he enough of a veteran that they don’t have to worry about tiring him out?

  99. Eng says:
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    @ujoh: Yeah, that sucks he didn’t get the QS if you have that category. 87 pitches, I’m surprised he didn’t go another inning, maybe he was lifted for a PH as there were men on. That’s gotta be it thinking about it.

  100. JKidd2317 says:
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    Trumbo or Smoak?? And is it time to dump the liriano experiment??

  101. mets fan says:
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    grey trumbo or reynolds for my ci slot?

  102. Rollie Lingers says:
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    pick up homer bailey, colby lewis, or jar-jar?

  103. ujoh says:
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    @Eng: My league doesn’t use QS, but it makes me wonder if he was lifted for a reason I should be worried about. What ace would have only 1 ER through 5 innings and let his manager take him out? I can just picture Halladay telling Charlie Manuel to go to hell.

  104. @Ujoh:
    53 minute rain delay in Chi after the game started. Smoltz on MLB said the unwrtiten rule is to refrain from sending a pitcher out after 1 hour delay. Garza probably talked his way into finishing the 5th for the W. He was then pulled for safety reasons. He is healthy and kicking some arse. I think he is way undervalued based on his underlying numbers.

  105. Adam says:
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    In a vacuum, C.C. for Bruce…who wins?

  106. Tom Emanski says:
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    It would be Mike Dunn and not Hensley?

  107. ujoh says:
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    @Dr. Stats: Ah! Now we’re talking. That makes way more sense. Thanks.

  108. Tony B. says:
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    Who do you want the rest of the year for a 4th OF’er?

    Andres Torres vs Nick Swisher

    Runs, Hits, Homeruns, Stolen Bases, Walks, OPS, AVG

    Currently start Holliday – Choo – Victorino.

    Holding Domonic Brown as well.

  109. ujoh says:
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    @Dr. Stats: Oh and I agree on the undervalued part. He’s a Cy Young candidate right now as far as I’m concerned. You know, if they Cy Young voters actually cared about how a pitcher performs rather than basing it on wins.

  110. MattW says:
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    @Grey:

    Start Zimm today in ATL? (Lowe)

    Start Beachy tomorrow against PHI (Hammels) ?

  111. @JKidd2317:
    IMO Smoak without hesistation. This kid is hitting in the three hole with 25-28 Hr 90+RBI potential this year.

  112. Combo says:
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    Would you drop Alex Gordon for Garret Jones, Mitch Mooreland or David Murphy?

  113. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Which Side:

    Victorino & Pence

    or

    Holliday & Garza

  114. @Tony B:
    I’d go with Swish. Better team, longer track record of (resonable) success and he’s apparently healthy. I’d wait on Nick for a few more weeks (he draws walks as well). Good luck bro.

  115. frank rizzo says:
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    Still waiting for Yahoo to get around to DL’ing Ike. ESPN was all over it but apparently it’s still break time at Yahoo.

  116. DHill Dragons says:
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    @ujoh: You mean how Felix won it last year (deservedly so).

  117. Jim says:
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    Grey can u rank these SP for the rest of the yr?

    cueto, h. bailey, t. wood, e. bedard, j. masterson

    thanks

  118. Grey

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    @Jim: Wood, Cueto, Bedard, Masterson…

  119. Stinky Cheese Man says:
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    What do you expect from Hanley Ramirez the rest of the way? Would you deal Holliday for him straight-up if given the opportunity?

  120. @Combo:
    While Gordon has slowed down, I still see him as the best option there. The Royals look ready to go for it, and Gordon should play a vital role. When Hamilton and Cruz return Mitch and Murphy will be fighting for regular ABs. Finally, Jones can’t hit lefties.

  121. Wilsonian says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the year:

    Haren or Hommy?

    Who do you like least for the rest of the year:

    Bills, Gio, Norris, Beachy, or Pineda?

  122. ujoh says:
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    @DHill Dragons: Yup. At least they’re figuring it out now. As a Yankees fan, let me just say that CC shouldn’t have been in the conversation. Felix had it hands down last year.

    Now if they could only fix the Gold Glove….

  123. dingbat says:
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    @papasmurf: You think that’s bad? I was feeling some Buyer’s Remorse after winning the waiver auction for Hosmer with an $18 bid. But then I realized that if you rearrange the letters in “Eric Hosmer” you get “Ich Remorse”, so it all made sense.

  124. Chinaski says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Ike goes on DL and Lind is still not completely right. I obviously need some first base help. What about giving up Swisher for Moreland?

    As always, thanks a bunch in advance.

  125. Stinky Cheese Man says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the year.. Kemp or Braun?

  126. Hans says:
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    Sergio Santos still yet to let up a run this year in 19 innings pitched…Watch out Orel S-Twice is coming for you

  127. Stinky Cheese Man says:
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    Last one.. Danks or Latos?

  128. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto, bourbon or bernadina? who has more sbs at the end of the season?

  129. EG says:
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    Which side would you prefer: Adam Jones and Beachy or Weaver. Thanks, again.

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: and I take it you still wouldn’t like a Wright/Norris for Bruce/Hommy deal? Obviously I have the Wright side. The guy that wants Wright said he would offer me something along those lines.

  131. herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, 5 x 5 roto, which side of this trade would you want? my youkilis for brandon phillips? i could slide michael young to 3b (currently using him at 2b).

    thanks.

  132. Joey Gladtsone says:
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    Do you prefer Beckham or Espinosa? I need to lose one of them.

  133. chata says:
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    @Dr. Stats:

    respectfully disagree with your assessment/expected projections for
    gardner and his relative future worth .

    sure , he’s been hot for the past 2 weeks , but , for the 2 weeks preceding he was 4 for 32 .
    this gives the appearance of being streaky , and , susceptible to periods of production drought .

    as such , to expect a 2/3 SP is (imo) unrealistic , considering just how much speed is available …. and a lot of it on the waiver wire .

    now , if you just lowered your expected return to a serviceable 4/5 SP ,
    then I would be in agreement with your advice and opinion .

  134. henW says:
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    =H2H 14×24=
    =R H HR RBI SB AVG K OPS=

    C)Suzuki 1)Prince 2)Uggla 3)Reynolds ss)Hanley IF)Teixeira
    LF)Rajai CF)Justin RF)Car-gon OF)Stanton UT)Ortiz & Hosmer

    Keep Uggla or Trade for Pedrodia the rest of season ?

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @herschel: id rather have youk over phillips,more power

  136. EK says:
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    Lowrie or Izturis for 2B going fwd 12 team H2H

  137. Earl Battey says:
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    Would you rather have Oswalt or Kuroda the rest of the way? I’m not chasing any particular category, as my pitching is pretty putrid across the board.

  138. Gmen says:
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    @Grey: Good stuff today. Please rank them for overall value…B Wallace, Adam Jones, Trumbo. Thx.

  139. STRAWberry says:
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    @ Senor Stache

    Any clarity yet whom is the CL in STL?

    Does the fact he is not managing the team right now (I’m assuming another DUI) help any one of those idiots in particular?

    Great Homer quote on Al Alburquerque

  140. DHill Dragons says:
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    @ujoh: Yes, the Gold Glove.

    Somehow Bobby Abreu will always have one on his shelf. If you’ve ever watched him play the OF everyday, you understand that this makes the award look like a joke. Just because you get a few OF assists, don’t try very hard to get to balls that require effort and treat the warning track like it’s filled with quick sand does not make you a gold glove outfielder.

  141. Ranson Raiders says:
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    Is it too early to sell high on Berkman? In need of some offense in a couple other positions. I cannot see him keeping this pace up @ 35 years old.

    18 team H2H

    Thanks for any input.

  142. poop says:
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    markakis byrd or brantley pick 2

  143. give it to burrito says:
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    epic post grey

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