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I picked up Doug Fister in every league I could.  So, that’s out of the way.  I won’t start him the next time out though and I’m not sure I’ll start him ever.  I may just drop him if I never get a good matchup at home.  At home’s key.  That’s the only place I’d start him.  Last night, his 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks performance is his peak.  He pitches to contact and doesn’t K anyone.  He’s similar to Joel Pineiro.  Call him Jo-eh.  If you were the firster to get him off waivers, chuck him into a package trade for someone much more reliable or exciting.  His appeal is limited.  So, yes, I grabbed him to chuck him.  My apologies, Mister Fister.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Casey Kotchman – Hit his 2nd homer in as many days.  Going mono y mano with Soriole, Bradley Bergesen.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu left the game in the 7th with tightness in his groin.  Ugh-arf!  That’s FraGu backwards (almost).

Conor Jackson – To the DL with a hamstring.  This is probably the best thing to happen to his owners all year.  If you’re struggling to find room for him on the DL, I’ll save you the time.  Drop him in most mixed leagues.

Kelly Johnson – 1-for-4, but Conor Jackson’s hamfret pushes Johnson into the leadoff role.  I like me some Johnson!  Not like that.  C’mon, that’s juvenile.

Gerardo Parra – 1-for-3, and now has a starting job because Conor Jackson’s injury is paying it forward.  Parra has little value outside of NL-Only leagues.  There, he’ll give you very little power and little speed.

Ty Wigginton – I mentioned grabbing him yesterday when he had four homers in the last week.  Today, he has 5.

David Eckstein – He hit a walk-off HR for San Diego.  When pressed for comment, Eckstein said it was his biggest hit since knocking out Soda Popinski.

Clayton Richard – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s not really bad on Ks and he will have an under-4 ERA at home this year.

Brian Fuentes – Scheduled to return from the DL on Wednesday.  He should get the closer role right back.  At least I hope so since I own this doode.

John Lackey – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  A’la Superintendent Chalmers, “Lack-eee!”  Honestly, this might have been Lackey’s alter ego pitching, Lon Jackey.  He pitches like he’s in a horror film.

Mike Cameron – Could miss a few games because he’s got some stones below the belt in the literal instead of colloquial sense.

Jacoby Ellsbury – May end up D’ellsburied after all.  The Sawx played Bill Hall in center yesterday.  How’s that for depth?

Jeremy Hermida – HR yesterday.  Hermida couldn’t get to a ball he should’ve, which started the scoring on Lackey.  Hermida is a poor-man’s Trot Nixon.  Call him Mosey Agnew.

Brad Penny – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s actually been one of my best pitchers so far.  Scary, yet true.

Aaron Rowand – Reports are good that Rowand won’t need surgery on his face.  Too bad Willie McGee never received the same good news.

Juan Uribe – Has two homers in the last two games.  He’s one of the streakiest hitters.  Bet he hits at least two more homers this week.

Dontrelle Willis – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He seems like a good guy.  I wish him the best.  I wouldn’t touch him.

Felix Pie – Will miss up to three months with latissimus dorsi muscle injury.  I thought only dolphins had dorsi muscles.  Anyone ever see Felix Pie flinch around a can of tuna?  Eh, guess it’s not important.  I imagine Reimold’s still nursing his Achilles’ because he’s pulling a Kotchman with that thing, but he’s got one less schmohawk to deal with for playing time and he has been hitting cleanup.

Kelly Shoppach – Out for 4-6 weeks with knee surgery.  I had knee surgery once and I wasn’t able to catch for almost two months later.  Actually, that’s a complete lie, but my English Comp teacher once told me to personalize.

Brandon Morrow – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Royals.  Now they should make him a closer!  I keed.  Morrow should be capable of more performances like this one, but he gets the Rays next and I’m officially more worried about the Rays’ offense than the Sawx’s.

Mike McCoy – 3-for-4, 2 steals.  Hill’s due back soon which will push McCoy to, well, wherever McCoys go when they’re not playing.  In the meantime, McCoy stole 40 bases in Triple-A.  As they say at Razzball, SAGNOF!

Travis Snider – 2-for-5 as he hit his 2nd homer in four games.  I think he might be a year away still, but he could be coming around; don’t sleep on him if he’s out there.

Cliff Lee – Will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.  They should use a Wii for that.

Ike Davis – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and a million New Yawkers thinking this Davis has an idear up der at bat.  If you scroll down, you’ll see a post about him.  Want more, greedy?  Okay.  The Mets announcers (I heart Keith Hernandez) were comparing Davis to John Olerud.  Davis was wearing a batting helmet at the time, but they meant it about his hitting.  Also, they meant it as a compliment, but I took it as insult.  20 homers and a good average?  I’m hoping he develops more power than that.  Either way, you should own Davis for the chance at a breakout.

Jose Reyes – Wanted the day off because of fatigue.  It’s fair after playing three plus games in two days.  Then he got in the game late and continued to do nothing.  We need to remain calm.  He had no time to ramp up to the season.  The thyroid shorted him his Spring Training.  I’m not worried.  If Reyes gets hot, he could carry you for a month.

Craig Stammen – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  That Stammen is a real pistil!  What, flower jokes ain’t your thing?  Whatever.  Oh, and Stammen’s a terrible pitcher, nothing’s changed.

Kevin Mench – The Nationals gave him a minor league deal and he’s hitting so far.  If the Nats call him up, I’m booking tickets for Kevin Mench Fathead Poster day when the first 10,000 guests get life-sized posters of Kevin Mench’s head that one can affix to their wall like a giant tapestry or fresco.

Scott Podsednik – Left the team for a family emergency.  The emergency:  give his hot wife a royal f***in’ vs. playing for the f***in’ Royals.

From Around The Web

  1. Seth says:
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    I add dropped Fister for Damon just so my team name could be Heyward Could You Fister?

  2. Seth says:
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    fml-it’s Heyward You Fister?

  3. barker says:
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    i went with fister i hardly know her

  4. Tom Reale says:
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    Willie McGee…ouch!

    Yadier caught all 20 innings and all 9 the next day and the next day……and Reyes is fatigued?

  5. DrEasy says:
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    - McCoy is your typical Sparky Anklebiter. He’s got the wheels and he seems to make good contact for average, but he’s got no pop, and he’s not even the full-time replacement for Hill in his absence. Cito’s dead-set on wasting at-bats to John McDonald, who should be everyone’s #1 Razzball pick. Not worth the trouble in my opinion.

    – As for Scott Podsednik’s wife, I google-image’d her for you in case you’re curious (definitely worth the look) : http://www.google.ca/search?q=scott+podsednik%27s+wife&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

  6. Terrence Mann says:
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    2 Nintendo references? Were you playing RBI Baseball today or something? This is a good place for some history.

    Soda Popinski was originally known as Vodka Drunkenski.

    “but his name was changed for the console versions in order to downplay Russian stereotypes and make the character more family-friendly”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch-Out!!

    Is that why they dropped Tyson, too?

    Anyway, I feel bad for Willie McGee. 25 years later and he’s still taking shots about his face.

    Grey, don’t you think Johnson is a better fit in the two hole?

    On that note, I’m done rambling.

  7. joe from point pleasant says:
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    12 team H2H points league… currently deploying Maybin and Francouer in my OF3 spot. Realized today that Coghlan, Borbon, and Hawpe were all available on free agency… (I know, I couldn’t believe Hawpe was out there either, but in a points league hes not quite as potent)

    Also, as far as pitchers, Mike Leake and Morrow are available…

    Should I make a move and add any of those free agents?

  8. Chomp Samba says:
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    I have the holy trinity of OF suckage. Are Adam “Ms. Pacman” Jones, Nolan “Judge” Reimold or Julio “Wild Turkey” Borbon worth dropping for Travis Snider, Jeff Francouer (someone in my 16-team league just dropped him), or Ryan Sweeney at this point?

  9. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Chomp Samba:
    Personally, I’d hold tight.

  10. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Hey Grey, standard 5×5 Rotisserie: Napoli or Clement going forward?

  11. Eric says:
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    Hey there Grey. I hope you’re getting your voice back.

    I’m falling behind on IP and the counting stats on pitching in a couple of deep leagues. What do you think about starting Lohse, Masterson, or Kazmir tonight? Or Garland or Marcum tomorrow? Which are definately worth streaming? And which are best to run far, far away from?

    Grazie.

  12. Steve says:
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    I’ve bought my kids a replica of Kevin Mench’s cap so that they can fill it with water next summer and use it as a swimming pool.

  13. BeanyBill says:
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    That’s SuperNintendo Chalmers to you, Grey.

  14. MarkM says:
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    Soda Popinski never gave me as much trouble as the second Piston Honda. I’m surprised I never launched a controller through the TV.

  15. Tony says:
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    if fragu is hurt, i’m thinking my fragu/cain for ellsbury deal is sounding better? everything i see ells is coming back today/tomm/or SOON?

    and i snagged up wiggy the day before your recommendation, snap!

    What kinda line could Ike Davis return? He’s not even in the yahoo system yet. I dont think?

  16. William says:
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    @Grey: Jump all over Ike Davis and drop Ian Desmond?

    My 2B and SS are Casey McGehee and Elvis Andrus.

  17. William says:
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    @Grey: amendment to the above post. I have Prince Fielder at 1B

  18. Brandon says:
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    Ike Davis or Matt LaPorta or Garrett Atkins?

  19. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Everyone:

    I know this is tough to say. But, if you are having catcher problems, look at Pudge. I know, I know. Seriously though, look at him.

  20. MattW says:
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    @Grey: You recommended Duchscherer last night who’s on the wire, but I realized I forgot Penny was on the wire too. Penny over Duchs?

    Also, just to get a sense of the Ike hype:

    Ike or Robot Jones?

  21. Jangles says:
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    Grey, you rock. Thanks for the laugh each morning. That is all.

  22. Jangles says:
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    hmm, can’t help but ask a question too: drop Garrett for Ike?

  23. Gareth says:
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    @Chomp Samba: I own Frenchy in one team but a word of warning if you’re looking for a short term hit: he’s cooled- 0-for his last 14.

    @William: I would, what do you have to lose. That said…

    @MattW: I like Ike(TM) but it has to be Robot Jones every day and twice on Sundays.

  24. MattW says:
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    @Gareth: What do you think about the SP FA pickup:

    Duchscherer, Penny, Masterson, Pettitte, Erv Santana, Latos, Pelfrey, Lewis, Garcia

    Pick one

  25. dingers says:
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    Mornin Grey and Razz Amigos..
    drop FF Francisco for Pelfrey or Fister?
    thanks as always

  26. Justin says:
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    12 team H2H league. I’m thinking of finally dropping the short-term nightmare that has been Chris Coghlan (currently occupying a bench spot) to pick up Fister for some trade possibilities. Any thoughts?

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    who would yall prefer for 2010 and potentially as a keeper: maybin, rasmus, or bruce??

    i’m pretty sure i rank maybin last, but can’t decide on rasmus or bruce being 1st

  28. mc serch says:
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    @DrEasy: WOW…..thank you, thank you, thank you for that link….Mrs. Pod has a smoking hot bod (sorry).

  29. dingers says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon:
    I’m goin Bruce there

  30. Gareth says:
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    @MattW: You could make a case for most of those guys and in some respect it depends what you’re looking for. Of those, I own Masterson and Latos.

  31. Jake says:
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    Picked up Fister for yesterday, dropped him this morning to add… Chris Volstad? Am I nuts? Let me defend myself — starting at Houston, 16th overall pick from ’06 draft who is now just 24 years old, sporting 3.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 7 Ks in two starts this year. Yes 5 walks, yes a bad year last year, but this guy could be a sleeper with the kind of stuff he has, and at 6’8″ no less he can put some speed behind the fastball.

    Am I nuts?

  32. mrbaseball says:
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    Madison Bumgarner 2 starts in Triple A this season

    Madison Bumgarner surrendered four runs and 11 hits in three innings for Triple-A Fresno on Friday.

    Madison Bumgarner surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in four innings Wednesday for Triple-A Fresno.

  33. mrbaseball says:
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    not if you have stock in the Fisher Nut Company Jake

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Jake: sounds like you are streaming. i think if that’s what you are doing it’s completely fine. fister is at best a matchups guy in petco. so if there is another starter on the wire that you want/need for a start, you drop a hodgepadre and then pick the hodgepadre back up next time you need him. invariably getting knocked around on the road repeatedly will keep most of your league from even thinking twice about grabbing a hodgepadre for spot starts at home.

  35. Eddy says:
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    I need a quick answer from my fellow razzballers-

    Neftali Feliz or Jim Johnson?

    I ask bc Johnson has the call to the 9th no matter what, and they’re still babying Feliz.

    Thoughts?

  36. dingers says:
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    @Eddy:
    Neftali…. Johnson is bad and Gonzo will be back

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eddy: neftali and not close.

  38. MarkM says:
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    @Eddy: Def Nef, no thought at all. Gonzo has the 9th when he’s back

  39. mrbaseball says:
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    Fister – Jaime García – Colby Lewis

    lets all rate the order of these three fine young baseball players

  40. John K says:
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    @Grey: Need to fill a bench spot. Reimold or Milton (6 cat w/OPS made me think Bradley, but composite projections favor Reimold in that aspect)

  41. MarkM says:
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    @Jake: He doesn’t really strike guys out though. As good as his stuff seems he doesn’t miss bats, which would mean his stuff really isn’t good at all. I’m not a huge Fister fan either though

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mrbaseball: garcia > lewis > fister

  43. Brade says:
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    I’m always amused by the theory of picking up a free agent then trying to trade him. Does that ever work for anyone? I know I wouldn’t be fielding those offers…

  44. penpen says:
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    Anyone else hesitating to start Bills tonight? It’s starting to feel like the nightmare from the second half of last year never ended…

  45. timSTi says:
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    Ike Davis or CJ Wilson who is my 8th, and probably worst, SP?

  46. Will says:
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    @penpen: I am hesitating too, but he’s pretty decent career against the Reds.

    To add to the Ike Davis posts: Ike or Chris Davis?

  47. Rabbit says:
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    In yet another post full of delicious pop culture references, I think Mosey Agnew is my favorite, though Stammen is a real pistil is a close second. I read a piece about Harold Bloom once that said that Bloom was renowned for having an encyclopedic knowledge of all things “high” culture, and in the days before the Internet he was like a walking Google search. Well, I proclaim Grey as the Harold Bloom of pop/medium culture and fantasy baseball. And much more fun to read than the real Harold Bloom.

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: i am of the opinion that you always hang onto a SP as long as they are giving off the appearance of usefulness. i am not holding the @nyy start too much against wilson (i could probably count the SPs i’d start @nyy on one hand). ike davis will probably be up and down, and he plays in metco. plus with SPs i like to play matchups and wilson is gonna have a lot of sea and oak matchups this season.

  49. sean says:
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    @Eddy: I think it’s a bit of an overstatement to say that Johnson has the 9th no matter what. He’s only a stopgap for Gonzalez…

  50. Struggler says:
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    @Grey: Asdrubal just hit waivers in my OBP league. Any reason to use my #1 priority and swap Desmond for him? Seems like the same guy with an extra 10-20pts of OBP, no?

  51. sean says:
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    @timSTi: Not sure that there’s much incentive to have 8 SP. You might want to hold Wilson for his next good start and then trade him on a strong April.

  52. Abe says:
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    Would you give up CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Jon Rauch for Halladay? We have k/bb so Halladay is probably the best pitcher in the league. I have Nolasco, Hamels, Slowey, Hughes, and C.J. Wilson as my starters and Aardsma, Soriano, Marmol, and Rauch as my closers and I’m trying to figure out if I should consolidate a few very good players for 1 great one.

  53. timSTi says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Solid points. I’ll hold pat for now. My league just jumps over all prospects since its a keeper league. Strasburg, Champman, and Heyward all went before the 10th round in a 10 teamer.

    @sean: We have 5 SP and 3 RP slots with a 5 man bench. Its a 10 teamer so hitters are usually aplenty on the free agency so I stack my bench with pitchers and play the matchups.

  54. Jake says:
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    Abe — player consolidation trades work best when (a) you have short benches, and (b) you have fewer active players in your league. I think for your trade to be a good idea, both of these conditions would have to be in place. I would do the trade if I thought I could replace Rouch with a new closer off waivers later this year.

  55. Killing Machine says:
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    I was offered his Jay Bruce for my Big FraGu. I think I should take it. Right call?

  56. sean says:
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    @timSTi: I’m playing in a few ten-team leagues with 9 pitching spots and 6 bench. For what it’s worth, Grey’s advice to me was to have 6-7 starters.

  57. mrbaseball says:
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    2005 Aaron Small or Doug Fister

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: yeah, i don’t know, i guess ike davis just doesn’t strike me as an immediate stud either, nor is he in a park or lineup conducive to having a big immediate impact. i would rather have smoak when he gets a shot with the rangers.

  59. Tony says:
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    @Abe: CC = very equivalent to Halladay. This trade makes NO SENSE. If you dont like Hughes and Rauch or one of your other closers drop them. Why would you trade an ACE, potential 20 game winner to get another ACE ANDDDDDDDD give up two other players? If you were dealing something like a mid-level SP plus hughes, plus a closer, OK, this is dumb, i’ll stop, you get my point, dont you?

  60. Tony says:
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    juan uribe or Kelly johnson? potato/tomato?

  61. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is the sky the limit for Ian Stewart or should we expect a cool down coming soon? I have an offer of Zimmerman for Stewart straight up but already own Howard/A-Rod/Youkilis. I have Zobrist/Reyes/Furcal to cover my 2b/ss/mi spots but have trouble letting go of Ian. I may not need Zimmerman, but it’s hard to pass on an elite 3b when you get a chance at one. Thoughts?

  62. Cheese says:
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    Which side do you want:

    A-Gonz/Phillips or Morneau/Tulo

    H2H 8×8 (hits, BB, SLG) 16 team league

    Thanks

  63. Dingo says:
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    @PaddyTwoTimes: I looked at him so hard he ended up replacing Clement on my team. Gotta ride the hot pudgy hand!

  64. Eddy says:
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    Thanks for the Johnson/Feliz response guys. The sad part is that Feliz is owned, and I must’ve missed that somehow. How? No clue.

    But anyways, I need one last opinion. Consider this group of guys:

    Mike Pelfrey
    Clay Buchholz
    Mike Gonzalez
    Matt Lindstrom

    I’m planning on offering that to a closer-less owner. He has Nolasco and Scott Baker. I was orignally planning on asking for Baker but I think I’m giving up too much.

    My question: Is that package too much for Baker? Is it too little for Nolasco?

  65. jesse says:
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    Grey-

    I’m in a 12-team points league where 2-start pitchers are apparently worth their weight in gold, such that people will drop other rosterable players for them. Right now, JA Happ, Scott Feldman, Johnny Cueto, and Mike Leake are all sitting on waivers. Should I drop some of my 2-start pitchers for next week (Wade Davis, Mat Latos, Shawn Marcum) for any of them, or should I just roll with my guys?

    Also, Chrush Davis is killing me. Do I stick with him with Casey Kotchman and Ike Davis staring at me from the waiver wire?

    Finally – Ankiel or Snider? My head says Ankiel, but I love the young talent…..

  66. jesse says:
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    @Tony: No, I think they are very much not tomato-tomahto. Kelly Johnson, especially if he keeps batting top-2 in that lineup (which he should at least until Jackson comes back, and more likely than not even after he comes back) appears to be far superior to Uribe going forward. Be honest, you would’ve called someone crazy for questioning Uribe v. Johnson 3 days ago — don’t let a few homeruns in a couple days fool you. Uribe’s going to be garbage again soon.

  67. jesse says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I think you’ve got to trade a 12th-rounder for a 3rd-rounder everytime you’re given the opportunity.

  68. Eddy says:
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    Just got offered Wandy and Madson for Aardsma, my best closer out of 4 (Dotel, Lindstrom, and Jim Johnson). I’m not too keen on giving up Aardsma but it’s hard to refuse. What do you guys think?

  69. Gareth says:
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    @Eddy: If you’ve decided you can get by without those guys, I think you gotta try for Nolasco first. If he doesn’t bite, then you reassess.

  70. Gareth says:
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    @Eddy: I’d do it. SAGNOF.

  71. TJ says:
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    Need to pick 2 of these guys- Jaime Garcia, Brad Penny, Mat Latos, Gavin Floyd, Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Milwood.

  72. Dingo says:
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    @Cheese: Morneau/Tulo side. By a lot.

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @jesse: i don’t see much difference if any between the guys on the wire and the guys on your team. i’d stick with the 2-start guys if i were you. hell, i might like the 3 guys you have rostered better than the guys on the wire period. marcum is definitely the cream of the crop of all the guys.

  74. Tony says:
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    @jesse: ya URIBE has hit consistently all year tho. I play in a 10×10 league that counts singles, dbls, trips, and HRS, plus other cats…. so avg/hits are pretty important.

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Cheese: pretty even i’d say. i don’t trust morneau’s health (he always seems dinged up). also, who is your 2B if you are trading phillips, and who is your current SS? and vice versa if you are the one trading tulo? if you already have a solid SS, no need to weaken 2B to get tulo, likewise with phillips, if you already have a solid 2B, why weaken SS for phillips?

  76. @sean: We have an interview with the director that we’ll be posting this week!

    @Grimlock: Nice on the Posnanski post!

  77. brad says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: jesse’s right, pull the trigger. zimm will be over 100 rbi with a good average and 30 hr. that’s money in the bank for zimm, and probably at the outer limits of stewart’s reach this year.

  78. Todd says:
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    Cueto, Masterson, or millwood?

  79. Howard says:
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    I own A-Rod in a 10-team mixed, and there’s a fellow owner who’s completely jonesing to own him. I’m pretty sure he’ll accept any deal. We had a deal that would send me Maeur and Johan, but it was vetoed by the league. What’s a reasonable offer I can send this guy that would improve my team and hopefully not get vetoed? Rosters are:

    My team
    C – Mccann
    1st – Billy Butler
    2nd – Brandon Phillips
    SS – Sexy Alexei
    3rd – A-Rod
    OF – Carl Crawford
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Jay Bruce
    Util – Hunter Pence
    Bench – Adrian Beltre
    SP – Tommy Hanson
    SP – Matt Cain
    RP – Brian Wilson
    RP – Neftali Feliz
    P – Jason Frasor
    P – Jensen Lewis
    P – Randy Wells
    Bench – Ryan Dempster
    Bench – Jered Weaver
    Bench – C.J. Wilson
    Bench – Ervin Santana

    His Team:

    C – Maeur
    1st – Derrek Lee
    2nd – Howie Kendrick
    SS – Jason Bartlett
    3rd – Jorge Cantu
    OF – Vernon Wells
    OF – Bobby Abreu
    OF – Matt Kemp
    Util – Soriano
    Bench – Tejada
    Bench – Willingham
    Bench – Brett Gardner
    Bench – Ivan Rodriguez
    DL – Kinsler

    SP – Ricky Romero
    SP – Jonathan Sanchez
    RP – Ryan Franklin
    RP – Fernando Rodney
    P – Justin Verlander
    P – Scott Kazmir
    P – Johan
    Bench – Jake Peavy
    DL – Brad Lidge

    Much thanks guys.

  80. MarkM says:
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    @Eddy: I’d do it too. I love Aardsma and I wish he had done well in Boston, but remember that before last season his career ERA was over 5 and they have a solid back end of their bullpen. If he falters, he is easily replaced by Mark Lowe.

    I’d do Aardsma for Wandy straight up, but having Madson is a deal-maker. There’s a good chance he closes all year for Philly. Lidge will get a chance to close, but they have every reason to give the ball back to Madson in the 9th when (not if) Lidge falls apart again.

  81. Nathan says:
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    @Terrence Mann: They dropped Tyson from Punch Out because he beat up a woman and became… well… Mike Tyson.

  82. Lava says:
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    So I own Slowey and Masterson in a couple of leagues. Unfortunately, I also own Morneau and Span in those same leagues. Whenever two owned pitchers face off I usually just let them both go for it, but does this logic change if you have a vested interest in both one of the pitchers doing well and 2/9 of your hitting staff doing well against the other pitcher?

    Should I sit Masterson, or just throw them all out there?

  83. Eddy says:
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    Thanks Gareth, Im leaning on doing it, I’ll just wait for the final go ahead from Grey now.

    So Grey,

    I give Aardsma
    I get Wandy and Madson

    Yes or no?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Seth: Ha!

    @Tom Reale: Hehe

    @DrEasy: Thanks!

    @Terrence Mann: Nice. He’s better than Jackson or Drew.

    @joe from point pleasant: Hold for now.

    @Chomp Samba: Lose Borbon for Snider if you don’t need speed. Otherwise, hold tight.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Clement

    @Eric: Masterson and Marcum are fine to start.

    @Steve: You’re awesome.

    @BeanyBill: Ha!

    @MarkM: Ha

    @Tony: Doubtful more than 15 homers, decent average.

    @William: Davis

    @Brandon: Davis

    @MattW: Penny… Jones.

    @Jangles: No problem. Go with Jones.

    @dingers: Nope

    @Justin: I’ve never liked Coghlan.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Bruce

    @John K: Reimold

    @Brade: Someone offered me a trade for Juan Gutierrez right after I picked him up last week.

    @timSTi: Davis

    @Will: Chris

    @Rabbit: Thanks, man. That cool of you to say.

    @Struggler: Go with Asdrubal.

    @Abe: I’m not crazy about it.

    @Killing Machine: I want Bruce.

    @mrbaseball: Nice callback.

    @Grimlock: Cool, will read later.

    @Tony: Johnson

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d want Zimmerman.

    @Cheese: Tulo

    @jesse: Same pitchers, really. Grab Snider, lose Ankiel. I’d hold Chris Davis for now.

    @Eddy: Grab Wandy.

    @Howard: Tell people to stop vetoing deals. That was fair. His team’s not good past that. Try Verlander and Mauer, I guess. Same diff though.

    @Todd: Masterson.

    @Lava: Pitch them both.

  85. Eddy says:
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    @MarkM:
    I think I’m gonna do it. You have any concerns about Wandy though?

  86. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: that’s bullshit if your league vetoed that trade. i would send a league wide email going off on what kinda trades could/should be vetoed and what kind shouldn’t. i think mauer/johan is possibly even underselling arod especially given you have mccann. if a mauer/johan trade to veto worthy in your league, i really don’t think he’d be able to put a deal together sweet enough to get me to give up arod cause personally, i’d probably have demanded kemp be involved coming back my way to begin with. kemp/cantu would be a minimum (so you can play the hot hand between beltre and cantu at 3B).

  87. Nathan says:
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    @Eddy: That deal is all kinds of skewed in your direction. Here, I’ll pretend to be Grey:

    “I’d want Wandy there”

    Feel better now?

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Lava: first of all, i almost never sit a quality hitter against any SP. and when you have 2 SP options going h2h and you like both the matchups well enough, i never sit one of them either. you easily could bench the wrong one. just cause you can’t get 2 Ws doesn’t mean you can’t get 2 QSs. it happens every single day in basbeall where 2 SPs both have good outings in the same game.

  89. Sucklingduck says:
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    some hot chick was wearing a “be like Ike” t-shirt at Citi yesterday. kid has 2 singles in his MLB career and is already guaranteed more poon than all of us razzball commentators combined….well maybe except for the Tycoon.

    Drop Robot Jones for Kotchman? Also, would you pick up Pineiro or Morrow for Hochevar? or all three of them equally sucky? Luke’s given me cheap wins and is throwing gas this year according to Fangraphs but still has a crap K rate and whip.

  90. Cheese says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I would be getting the Morneau/Tulo side, but I just realized that I wouldn’t have a 2nd basemen to replace Phillips :S… my other SS are Everth Cabrera and Alcides Escobar, so what I could do is throw in one of those guys and add in Scott Sizemore. New deal would look like

    A Gonz/Phillips/(Escobar or Cabrera)

    for

    Tulo/Morneau/Sizemore

  91. MarkM says:
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    @Eddy: @Nathan: HAHAHA! Solid Grey impression.

    Even if you have concerns about Wandy, he’s got to be an upgrade to someone on your staff and I feel like there’s a really good chance that Madson and Aardsma end up with a similar amount of saves at the end of the year.

  92. Killing Machine says:
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    Thanks Grey, done deal got Bruce fro FraGu

  93. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Will Carroll tweeted about a PED suspension coming down the pike. He said it’s already been through the appeal process. Then I read this on an ESPN message board, so take it for what it’s worth:

    “Early this morning, on the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN, one of the regular callers claimed to have inside knowledge of a NY baseball player who had just lost his appeal and would be suspended with in the next 24 hours or so. They would not allow the caller to say the player’s name on the air. Carton had the caller give the name, off air, to one of the staff. If this tip was correct, they will be nuts tomorrow.”

  94. MarkM says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: Which NY team, or did they not say?

  95. Maitland says:
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    @Tony: CC and Halladay are very close like you said, but, Hughes/Rauch is not much of a price to pay for the upgrade. You even say, if you don’t like those guys, that he can drop them…so why are you negative to putting them with CC to get Halladay?

    Sure, it’d be better to trade a “mid-level” pitcher with two droppable guys, like you suggest, but, I think the dude is trying to be realistic. Halladay is distinctly better than CC to him, so giving up Rauch/Hughes to get that, seems like a good move.

  96. Clyde Prompto says:
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    It appears as though they didn’t say. Will Carroll also said he didn’t know the player’s identity.

  97. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Cheese: probably still just personal preference. you might as well throw a dart at evercab, alcides, and sizemore to figure out which one ends up with the most fantasy worthy season at this point. agoz/phillips side definitely gives you the most speed, and the better total HR output (though not by alot), while the tulo/morneau side gives you more avg and maybe a few more RBIs given the lineups.

  98. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Keep in mind that just because something comes out of a sportstalk radio show, doesn’t mean it’s true. I’m taking the NY angle with a huge grain of salt, but as far as Will Carroll goes I have no reason not to believe what he says.

  99. Nate T says:
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    Is Garza and Wagner for McCann a good deal for me?

    I currently have Kendall at C (Dropped Clement). My pitching staff after trading Garza would be Lester, Kershaw, Nolasco, Oswalt, Price, and Dirty Sanchez.

  100. @Mrbaseball: I was trying to remember the name, Aaron Small. Thanks!

    @Grey: Willie McGee is always the first name I think of when someone talks about horrorshow baseball faces.

  101. Scott says:
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    Reyes or Zimmerman in a keeper league where Reyes is unable to be kept next year and Zimmerman can?

  102. MarkM says:
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    @Scott: which Zimmerman? 3B – yes, SP – probably not.

  103. William says:
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    @Everyone – who knows anything definitive about the upcoming PEDs suspension?

    There’s a lot of talk on rotoworld that it’s a player from NY, but I want to know if that’s confirmed.

  104. Lava says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Sure, I get that, which is why I usually pitch both. Having two key hitters from one of the teams complicated things a little bit in my eye.

    I’ll just hope that the other 7 players on my team do well, I guess!

  105. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    Ahhhh, Kurt Suzuki just got dropped for Pudge in my 12 team H2H. I HAVE to use my #5 waiver spot to upgrade C from AJ-P, right???

  106. MarkM says:
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    @William: Nothing specific confirmed. Enough sources that I trust have confirmed that there is a PED suspension coming to a ML player, but beyond that everything is rumor at the moment.

  107. Jo says:
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    I just got offered Lester for Jon Rauch… take it in a heartbeat, right?

  108. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jo: Grab Lester.

  109. Cain Fan says:
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    @Everyone: Damon is available on the wire (yeah I am in a shallow league). Would Rasmus or Ludwick be worth dropping or should I stand pat. PS It is a keeper league.

  110. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey:

    Thanks Grey! Follow up, would you rather have Heyward than any of the following for the rest of the year: Bay, BJ Upton, Ellsbury?

  111. chrisbenson says:
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    grey, first time poster!
    when do you think posey and smoak get called up?

    any projections for them?

    thank you and great work with all this.

  112. Eric says:
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    Ciao Grey. I made an offer for Bruce, and then he hit two dingers as the other manager was mulling it over. Can you name 3 or 4 other players starting out slow who you think will be fine in the end? Some might-be trade targets if the other owner is already getting frustrated? Many thanks.

  113. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eric: i am about to start going after lester hard

  114. Justinian IV says:
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    In a 12 team, 5×5 roto, and need saves. I’m thinking of making a trade offer for Broxton, but I’m not sure who to offer for him. Would offering Kershaw or Anderson straight up be fair, and out of those two, who would you offer? My other starting pitchers are CC, JJohnson, Price, Nolasco, and Strasburg.

  115. Tony says:
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    @Eric: dont you love how you put a trade on the table for a guy and that same night/day he goes off and hits 2HR’s or a pitcher throws a NO-NO. I had an offer out there for Ubaldo then he throws a NO NO that night… awesome.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:
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    **Hearing the PED suspension is NOT a New York player.

  117. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Cain Fan: Lose Ludwick for him, if you need some steals and a few less homers.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Nope

    @chrisbenson: No problem. Posey late in the year, Smoak could be June if Davis continues to suck.

    @Eric: Lester’s not a bad name.

  118. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @Grey: Glad to be an unofficial Razznews correspondent. Carroll also tweeted that it was NOT a repeat offender, so that rules out A-Rod. Also it’s apprently a “semi-big name,” whatever that means. Carroll’s name on twitter is @injuryexpert for those interested in watching someone continuously shoot down rampant speculation.

  119. Dumbmutt says:
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    Not sure if I squeezed all the juice out of Polanco yet. Is it ok to drop him for Wigg at 2B?

  120. Eric says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: thanks for the suggestion.

    @Tony: I guess that means that our instincts are right, but that we waited just a tad too long. Sometimes it works out just right: last year I traded for a struggling Verlander and he started his hot run starting with his very first start on my roster.

  121. Tom Emanski says:
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    Nice, a deep league daily notes. OK, should I start Gio against the Yankees in NY? No, right? Especially since I just found out my league has a 1250 IP limit.

  122. Kazmere says:
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    Pick 3 for today. Ratings for JUp and Morneau not the best
    for their matchups.
    Morneau CLE
    Bruce LAD/Bills
    Markakis@SEA
    JUpton STL
    Quentin TB
    Grandy @OAK

  123. Lava says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Probably not. I made the same decision today, except I chose to start Colby Lewis against Boston after not starting Niemann yesterday.

  124. corey says:
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    i just looked up scott podsednik’s wife…….. damn. also should i drop mat latos for jaime garcia or robot jones for ike davis or do both?

  125. peter says:
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    @William: Carroll (via Baseball Prospectus) says that he’s heard it was a pitcher… I’m thinking it might be a scrub or MR; anyone with a remotely prominent profile would have been difficult to keep under wraps for so long.

  126. Van Hammersly says:
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    From ESPN: “Mathis will have X-rays on his right hand Tuesday for a possible broken bone, the L.A. Times reports. Spin: He was hit in the right hand by a pitch in Monday’s game. He finished the game, but his hand was sore enough after to have X-rays.”

    Anybody know how serious this is? I am ready to pull the trigger and pick back up the drafted-and-dropped Napoli in my league. Or maybe Scioscia thinks it’s Bobby Wilson’s time to shine (great Adam Jones-ish photo: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/538897/bobby-wilson)?

  127. Kazmere says:
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    @Eric:ThePoonTycoon: I was offered Lester for Aardsma. Made the deal before his Friday matchup with the Orioles.

  128. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Brad Penny your best pitcher? What’s sad, is that 2 FA pickups, Romero and Zito, have been my best guys. Which only goes to show you that drafting pitchers is a crap shoot.

    Who gets the best of this deal: Montero + Broxton for Victor Martinez

    Thanks, as always. The Wii blurb on the Adverb was hilarious.

  129. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: I don’t know. The Manny suspension was a bombshell wasn’t it?

    @corey: Get Garcia and hold Robot.

    @Van Hammersly: Thanks for the heads up! Grab Napoli in case.

  130. Lava says:
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    Just noticed that Wigginton is available in my two leagues. Would you drop Glaus for him? If not him, maybe Frasor? How about Desmond in the other, more shallow league?

  131. ETMcgee says:
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    poor willie. i met him once when i was a kid, and besides being one of the ugliest men on the planet, he was also not too pleased to be at the autograph signing event (i was like 5 years old, and even then i could tell he wasn’t too thrilled to be there). I still have the cap that he signed up on the wall (ozzie signed it too) and i still want the cardinals to retire his #51 (which nobody has worn since willie did, except for 1 day when the pitcher bud smith wore it, only to be booed and ridiculed into wearing #52 instead). If the cards franchise wasn’t so storied, would probably be retired already. To this day, one of the most popular jerseys at Busch Stadium is the powder blue #51.

  132. Nathan says:
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    Can we start a pool? My guess is Bronson Arroyo.

  133. Beau says:
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    @Grey: I grabbed soto who was somehow on waivers as my napoli fill in, worth making the exchange the other way?

  134. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: they know who it is correct? why dont they just frikkin name the person?

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Beau: Hold Soto.

  136. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey:
    Hardy just got dropped, would you lose Desmond for Hardy or does it mainly depend on stat needs?

  137. Lava says:
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    Wigginton added in all three leagues. Thanks for the advice!

    @ETMcgee: Great story! The best baseball story I have from when I was a kid was getting Chris Berman’s autograph at a Giants game in Candlestick. Yeah, I got an autograph from a broadcaster =D

  138. Freak says:
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    @barker: I wanted to make this joke.

    :(

  139. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Was just proposed a trade of Strasburg for my Brian Wilson. 16-team, non-keeper and I have Dotel, Hoffman & Wood waiting on the DL.

    Is that enough for a closer that helps with peripherals that’ll likely be better than Strasburg?

  140. eltoo says:
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    I’m going to guess it’s Liriano and desperately hope that I’m wrong. The way he was bringing it during winter ball after struggling to recover from TJ…..

  141. mrbaseball says:
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    hey gray how does Bud Abbott Norris look to you for a stream – he is pitching against fish tommorrow – can you smell a few strike outs from him

  142. Nathan says:
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    @Dad: FWIW I wouldn’t trade anything of value for Strasburg. There’s no guarantee that he’s gonna be that great when his call-up comes.

    Then again, I’m the kind of guy who likes to know what he’s getting, so that’s just my opinion.

  143. brad says:
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    who’s running colby lewis at fenway? talk me into it.

  144. and1mcgee says:
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    @Grey: random question: can i get a quick anecdote about what went on in your fantasy league the yr Erstad had like 844 hits? (2001) ok, it was 240 in 676 abs… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darin_Erstad

    Something like that coming out of nowhere HAS to rattle a league.

    One more question… is Pence a buy low or a steer clear of? thanks

  145. and1mcgee says:
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    @brad: I’m running run. The Sox suck.

  146. Calogero says:
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    Anyone else sitting Masterson vs. the lefty Masher’s Row for the Twins?

  147. Lava says:
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    @brad: Niemann just pitched great against the Sox yesterday, much to my chagrin, and sonofabenched me. Lewis has yet to really struggle, so I think he’s a good play.

    That’s my rationale for pitching him today!

  148. Commish Cauda says:
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    ***20-team, mixed, H2H-POINTS League***

    Pick TWO to start this week:

    Colby Lewis @BOS (Wakefield) and DET (Porcello)
    Rick Porcello @ANA (Kazmir) and @TEX (Lewis)
    Phil Hughes @OAK (Sheets)

    Normally, the two-start guys are no-brainers in a points league, but Lewis in BOS and Porcello with two road starts worries me.

  149. Cain Fan says:
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    *** NL Pitcher to be suspended

  150. and1mcgee says:
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    @brad: I’m running him, i meant to say.

  151. and1mcgee says:
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    @Commish Cauda: I think Hughes will be nice @ OAK

  152. Jeff says:
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    Thoughts on Miggy for Nolasco and Ellsbury (He needs power at 1B and I need speed and pitching).

  153. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Needs

    @Dad: Eh

    @mrbaseball: Should be good for a bunch of Ks.

    @and1mcgee: I’d buy Pence. It was a crazy time to play fantasy. I remember in 1998 I had Sosa and Rudy would call me to tell me what BS he was for 4 months straight.

    @Calogero: I’d start him in 12 mixed team leagues, it’ll be risky though. Could burn you.

    @Commish Cauda: Hughes and Lewis

    @Cain Fan: Aw, sookie.

    @Jeff: I’d want Miggy. Go for a lesser deal.

  154. Clyde Prompto says:
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    RE: Suspended Pitcher- I’ll guess Billy Wagner. A tiny older guy throwing in the high 90’s coming off of major surgery is kind of a miracle. I hope it’s not him incidentally, as he’s my only closer not named Qualls or Gonzalez.

  155. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team, 5 x 5 Keeper (max 8) with 4 Utils and no CI/Mi….. Do I drop one of the following for Ike….. Scott Sizemore, Desmond, Fowler, Snider? (I have Stewart at 2B and Alexi Ram at SS…..)

  156. Back to Minors says:
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    Josh Johnson

  157. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Euroalien: Drop Desmond.

    **Hearing K-Rod…

  158. mc serch says:
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    @jesse: I think Happ is having next start skipped…you might wanna see what’s the hap on Happ

  159. and1mcgee says:
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    @Grey: that’s funny. I can’t imagine drafting a guy like Erstad and then having him blow up like that. Kind of like getting Brady Anderson for steals and then having him explode for 50 jacks… surprised he didn’t Benoit his family, too. If the juiced era continued, “roid rages” might have become a stat?

  160. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Van Hammersly: i hope they have to amputate that fucker

    i kid. sort of. i really just want napoli to play after i was thwarted twice last week trying to pick up another C off the wire.

  161. Dingo says:
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    @Lava: I really don’t get the vested interest argument you’re making. Whether or not a player is on your fantasy roster and whether or not you start that player is not going to have any impact on that player’s actual performance, so why should that affect your decision to start him or not? Sometimes I like to “hedge my bets” by starting opposing pitchers, but that’s just for my own psychological benefit, since I’d rather get credit for both the winning side and the losing side rather than guessing wrong and getting stuck with both the losing side.

    All that said, I’m starting Slowey and sitting Masterson, but that’s because the Indians have scored the 3rd-fewest runs in MLB so far this year, and I’m expecting Mauer, Morneau, and Span to tee off on Masterson the way that Pierzynski, Pierre, Davis, Hamilton, and Borbon (all lefties) did.

  162. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tony: Either they don’t know, or Carroll is trying to build up the story by increasing the drama

  163. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Getting suspended??

  164. Nathan says:
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    Any steroid suspension from here on out has to be a false-positive or a case of “I had no idea what I was taking”. You’d have to be short a few chromosomes to knowingly try to cheat in this day and age, wouldn’t you?

  165. PureBwa says:
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    14 team league, OPS instead of AVG, QS instead of W.

    My offense is off to a solid start, but my pitching has been killing me (you’ll soon see why).

    C Ianetta
    1B Carlos Pena
    2B Kelly Johnson
    SS HanRam
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    CI Garrett Jones
    MI Juan Uribe (surprisingly solid, makes no sense)
    OF Jayson Werth
    OF Nelson Cruz
    OF Cameron Maybin
    OF Eugenio Velez
    UTIL Chris Coghlan

    BEN Nate McScrewYourself
    BEN Brandon Wood
    BEN Carlos Santana (deep league, can afford to roster him for now)

    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Chad Billingsley
    SP James Shields
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Ervin Santana
    SP Homer Bailey
    RP Trevor Hoffman
    RP Jim Johnson
    P John Lannan

    BEN Gio Gonzalez
    BEN Doug Davis
    BEN Juan Gutierrez
    DL Mike Gonzalez (HateHateHate)
    DL Marc Rzecptlyzenlkwefn

    I’ve been Gonzalezed. Him and Hoffman were on a mission to sabotage my ERA and WHIP. My starters are just starting to turn it around (Santana, Liriano, Hamels all looking better). I still think I need another front line pitcher. I’ve thought of making a move for Lincecum (his owner’s team has a horrible offense, especially in the power department).

    What do you think of Pena + Shields for Lincecum? Would he even do that? Should I? Should I try selling high on Cruz? Help, I need to start knocking my ERA/WHIP down if I’m going to compete. Thanks.

  166. Cheese says:
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    If it is K-Rod… who’s next in line for saves?

  167. GopherDay says:
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    Assuming K-Rod IS suspended, who would be the pick up for saves?

  168. ASAOK says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t they say the player isn’t from NY?

  169. mc serch says:
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    @GopherDay: wasnt one of the Japanese relievers a big time closer back home?

  170. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Yup… I remember thinking, “I can get Sosa for 60/10 or McGwire for 70 homers but a bad average.” Today it’s like, “Hmm… 30 homers would be nice from Tex.”

    @GopherDay: It’s all speculation. Ryota Igarashi is the pickup in case.

    @PureBwa: I’d take Lincecum there. Don’t sell high on Cruz.

    @Cheese: It’s all speculation. Ryota Igarashi is the pickup in case.

  171. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey:Is Pedro Feliciano become next in line for Mets closer?

    Should I drop Crash Davis for either Wiggy, Kotchman, or Konerko?

    Thanks

  172. Dingo says:
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    @Kazmere: Are you referring to the 1-5 star Yahoo matchup ratings? If so, those things are pretty much useless, in my opinion. As an example, here’s what it says for Upton today:

    “Slugging .143 in 7 ABs vs. pitchers like Lohse since last year.”

    I see two huge problems with that statement — First, 7 ABs is a tiny sample size. Even Pujols can go 0/7 every once in a while. Second, what do they mean by “pitchers like Lohse”? I don’t have much faith that the Yahoo computer can accurately determine which pitchers are similar to each other.

  173. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Paulie Allnuts: Oops, you just answered my question.

  174. GopherDay says:
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    @mc serch: Igarashi I’m guessing after a quick look at the bull pen.

  175. Commish Cauda says:
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    @mc serch:
    Ryota Igarashi?

  176. Euroalien says:
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    Thanks Grey – Dropped Desmond for Ike……

    Different league……. Clement or Pudge going forward? Drop Freese for Ike?

  177. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Euroalien: Pudge looks fine for now. Lose Freese.

  178. Denys says:
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    Quentin for Adam Jones (both struggling really…) I get Jones.

    Push accept?

  179. dsimon says:
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    Assuming Fuentes is back tomorrow… drop Fernando Rodney for Igarashi?

  180. mc serch says:
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    @GopherDay: @Commish Cauda: Yeah, i believe he was a closer in Japan…who else do they have?

  181. Commish Cauda says:
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    From 4/16:

    “Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Ryota Igarashi will be the eighth-inning guy on Friday night against the Cardinals, according to The Newark Star-Ledger. He will get a chance to show what he can do in setup role over next several days.”

    If the appeals process is done, then the offending player’s team must of known about it at least a few days ago. Could Manuel have been making a pre-emptive move, or just coincidence?

  182. Commish Cauda says:
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    @mc serch: Mejia, Pedro Feliciano (gulp!) and the other Japanese import, Hisanori Takahashi

  183. Justinian IV says:
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    @grey any feedback on fair value for Broxton? (see #118)

  184. Commish Cauda says:
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    Grey…who would you rather have in a 12-team, 5X5….Blanks or Swisher?

  185. dsimon says:
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    Actually another mets closer question… I’m in a league with saves and holds. I have 3 solid holds guys and 2 solid closers and Chad Qualls. I’m assuming I should keep Qualls rather than speculate on which of Igarashi or Feliciano, right? He’s been bloody awful…

  186. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Time to feast on the weak!!

    The Wandy owner is still pondering so I looked at the Krod owner and came up with trading Aardsma for Wagner and Cliff Lee.

    So which deal do you like better:

    Aardsma for The Adverb and Wagner

    or

    Aardsma for Wandy and Madson?

  187. Grey

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    @dsimon: Hold.

    @Eddy: I’d prefer Lee/Wagner, but you’re trading for an injured guy. It’s not great.

  188. William says:
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    @Grey – Pure speculation, but I heard both NY Teams are in the clear. Are you checking the rotoworld thread about the PEDs?

  189. dsimon says:
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    i have backed off the ledge. palms are sweaty. conference calls are being ignored.

    this is chaos.

  190. Kazmere says:
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    @Dingo: Yeah. I’m starting to realize that myself. Grey is the master.

  191. Nathan says:
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    @Eddy: Why anyone would trade proven mid-to-high tier starters for closers is beyond me. I like Cliff Lee and Wagner better, but is there really any way that more than one person in your league values Aards that highly?

  192. @Commish Cauda: I think Meija would be in line next for the save. He’s got that fabled “closer stuff,” ie he throw very hard. Shame. Meija should be in AAA polishing his stuff in anticipation of a starting job. Manual wants to keep his job at the expense of the development of his players. Sigh. Rough being a Met fan.

    @Grey: Thanks for the heads up on Scott Pod’s squeeze. Wow! Have you checked out Mark Kotsey’s wife? Wouldn’t kick her out of bed either.

  193. Grey

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    Per Fox Sports: The player is well-known but not a major star and not a member of the Yankees

  194. Nathan says:
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    @3FingersBrown: We read fantasy baseball blogs. We wouldn’t kick anyone out of bed.

  195. mc serch says:
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    @Commish Cauda: yeah i think i misremembered (nod to Clemens)….Igarashi was a big-time pitcher in Japan (nicknamed Rocket Boy) and was brought over here to pitch late innings but l haven’t seen anything that says he was a closer over there…sorry for the misinfo but he might still be the guy.

  196. William says:
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    @Grey – so based on what you are hearing and from whoever it is… you think K-Rod is the guy?

    After weeding through the posts on rotoworld, people are saying it’s an NL Pitcher, which would be consistent with K-Rod, but an earlier reported tweet said it was not a guy from NY.

  197. Commish Cauda says:
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    @dsimon: it’s like the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament…all work stops until the name is released

  198. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: *cough*John Maine*cough*

  199. keithr says:
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    @Grey: Any thoughts on this?

    Trade: utley, manny
    Receive: zobrist, fielder

  200. Grey

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    @William: I heard that briefly. I have no confirmation. I think Bills. But we’ll see.

  201. Grey

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    @keithr: I’d take the Fielder side.

  202. William says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts – “In a post to Twitter, Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports says the pending suspension is not going to be a player from New York, contrary to a report on WFAN.”

    Conflicting reports!!!! Like the US Government – does Iraq of WMDs? Do they not? who knows?!?!?! hahaha

  203. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Chad Billingsley????

  204. William says:
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    @GopherDay – I thought Grey was throwing a curveball and meant the entire Buffalo Bills team, but yours makes more sense.

  205. GopherDay says:
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    @William: Crossing my fingers that its Billy Wagner…I don’t own him!! Haha

  206. KarlJ. says:
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    @Lava:
    My older brother brought me to get Joe Torre’s autograph when he was manager of the Mets. I kept it for about ten years, then one day my friends and I were playing home run derby in the park and I needed an extra baseball – suffice to say the ball was a cheap piece of crap because I dented the hell out it on the first swing-lol
    This was all before he became manager of the Yankees so I assume his autograph is worth a little more now

  207. and1mcgee says:
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    @William: I hit a double off Grey’s curveball the last time he threw me one.

  208. @Nathan: True. My wife’s pretty hot but I’m still not very discriminating.

    @Grey: You’re Otis Nixon quick man.

    For what it’s worth. Without K-rod, I really don’t expect one guy to get the call in the 9th – unless Igirashi or Meijia really take the job and run with it – which I highly doubt either will do. Feliciano’s a lefty who’s too valuable to use in potentially low-leverage, 9th inning situations. If they use Feliciano to close, they’ll never make it to the 9th with a lead. Nieve has seen some time in tough spots early this season, but he’s not very good.

    If I were making a speculative pickup (which I just might after typing this) I’d grab Meijia’s upside – in a very deep league.

  209. Dingo says:
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    @Kazmere: Agreed. Sometimes a sample size of one is good enough.

  210. herschel says:
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    @Grey – 12 team, 5 x 5 roto; Twisted Fister or Bud Norris over Gio or Latos?

    Thanks.

  211. William says:
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    @and1mcgee – hang ‘em and bang ‘em

    that’s what she said.

  212. keithr says:
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    is anyone daring enough to start c. lewis tonight @BOS

  213. Nathan says:
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    @keithr: As a Red Sox fan, I would advise you to do it. They look totally lost out there.

  214. and1mcgee says:
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    @William: umm you can’t “That’s what she said” yourself, buddy….

  215. William says:
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    @and1mcgee – damn, i thought I could get away with it… i know i can’t but it was just too tempting to pass up.

    better?

  216. Sal says:
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    I heard it was that Julio Phranco cat that signed with Atlanta this year. There isnt a soul who has any background info on him so that would be my guess….

    No Marlins…. cmon no relevant Marlins pitcher….

  217. Commish Cauda says:
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    @keithr:

    go up to posts #155-#165…we covered Lewis @BOS

    in a nutshell, I think we’re all giving him a shot tonight

  218. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:
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    I could pull the trigger on a K-Rod/Strasburg for Wandy deal right now most likely. I’m assuming I should hold tight since this is purely speculation?

  219. Lava says:
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    @KarlJ.: Heh heh. Probably worth more to you during that home run derby, though!

    That reminds me, I got my glove signed by Juan Marashall at an old timer’s game once, and even though my dad said he would buy me a new one to play with, I was so comfortable playing with that glove that I refused. It was pain enough to break that thing in! Needless to say, all the sharpie signatures faded slowly over the years, and are only barely visible today.

    That glove seemed so big way back as a kid, but now it’s tiny to me. Ah growing up.

  220. GopherDay says:
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    Lester for AJ Burnett, Rafael Soriano, and Heyward? Lots of options on FA, so losing depth won’t matter to me…I’d be getting the Lester side.

  221. peter says:
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    @Grey: My money’s on Jason Marquis.

  222. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @herschel: Eh

    @GopherDay: That’s a lot to give.

    @peter: David Eckstein.

    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.****

  223. GopherDay says:
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    @peter: Why Marquis? No one has heard of him, and why would anyone bother testing him? Even if he was loading up on the juice he still wouldn’t be able to pitch! ;)

  224. MarkM says:
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    @keithr: Not a chance.

  225. peter says:
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    @GopherDay: Marquis was a joke. But, yeah, exactly.

  226. MarkM says:
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    @GopherDay: That seems like a lot for Lester. Can you swap in a lesser pitcher in place of Burnett maybe?

  227. and1mcgee says:
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    @William: lol well, you always left me satisfied. is pujols going to go deep tonight?

  228. and1mcgee says:
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    @GopherDay: you can get an RP who’s getting saves and is going to k 100 batters and a Heyward? He can go 20/20… of FA?? good luck, buddy.

  229. Wah says:
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    Edinson Volquez….

    Anti-climatic

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