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After a long, much-needed vacation, Friday’s Buy/Sell returns.  Friday’s Buy/Sell, “I spent the better part of the last four months having my naughty bits lathered in Marshmallow Fluff.”  *crickets*   Friday’s Buy/Sell, “All right, let’s get to the post.”  Brett Gardner hit leadoff on Opening Day.  In case you recently emerged from a coma, I’ll give it to you one more time.  Gardner equals Jacoby Ellsbury.  They’re the same.  Tomato-tomato with a different emphasis.  Right now, maybe you’re like, “No dur.”  Okay, but in our Funston-fueled draft, Ellsbury went 70 picks before Gardner, so you may be saying “No dur,” but someone else is saying “Yeah dur.”  If you’re a yeah dur’er and not a no dur’er, you might want to reconsider your dur’s.  Or it’s dur on you.  You want dur on you?  No, you want no dur.  Now, I’m not saying you should sell Ellsbury for less than his worth.  I think he’s going to be fine, but if you can sell Ellsbury for a big bat or SP and get Gardner much cheaper, you do that.  Dur.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Mark Trumbo – May not start every day, may not last in the majors when the once-singular Kendrys returns.  Don’t matter to me.  You’re not dropping anyone worthwhile to take the gambo.

Alex Gordon – I swear to your deity of choice that if Gordon fails again this year I’m UPS’ing him a flaming turd.

Kila Ka’aihue – I’d take Ka’aihue before Gordon.  Thanks for asking, Random Razzball Commenter.

Brett Wallace – Have you seen the Astros lineup?  If Wallace does anything to impress, he could be hitting third by May.

Brandon Belt – I just wrote my Brandon Belt fantasy yesterday.  I wrote it in pink highlighter on my Trapper Keeper and had an anteater transcribe it.  The lengths I go to for you!

Edwin Encarnacion – 25 homers and a poor average are a lock if he just stays healthy.  It’s not quite butter without the ER in AL-Only leagues.  In mixed leagues, you might prefer a flying elbow.

Brandon Beachy – I will now attempt to write a Beachy blurb without a pun.  He’s the fifth starter on the Braves with solid upside, but not without piers– gah!  Okay, trying again.  I do love Beachy; he’s a total playa– dah!  All right, last chance.  Beachy is fly like a G6 because they’re both jetty.  Sorry, that was terrible.

Andrew Cashner – Worth a flyer in NL-Only leagues for now, but with all of his BBs you might wanna shoot your eye out.

Charlie Morton – Rudy was scatting around town, jazzed about grabbing this guy in one of our NL-Only leagues.  Here’s what Rudy said, “There are two types of crappy pitchers:  1) The type that get hit because they have bad stuff and 2) The type that get hit because they don’t know how to use their good stuff.  At least with the second type, they might figure it out.  Charlie Morton is the 2nd type.”  And that’s me quoting Rudy!

Carlos Gomez – He’s dazzling in his lack of baseball skills.  Not sure how many people remember this SAGNOF schmohawk from the early Naughts but you know who Gomez reminds me of?  Alex Sanchez.  Yeah, the gooftard who would hit one homer a year and got caught doing PEDs.  For some reason, I’ve been seeing a lot of other SAGNOF guys on teams (countless teams with Tabata) but no Gomez.  He’s cheap steals and could surprise with a few homers.  There’s value in that.

Ryan Doumit – While Chris Snyder is on the DL, no reason why you can’t throw Doumit a bone.*  *Mandatory one catcher per Buy/Sell requirement filled.

Jose Contreras – Okay, now for the SAGNOF portion of our program, which is brought to you by Purina Dog Chow.  It’s pitchy, dog!  The AARP Man of the Year looks to be the favorite in Philly.  I think it’s going to be closer to a timeshare with Madson than that.

Ryan Madson – See 1/8th of an inch above.

Sergio Romo – In some leagues, I wouldn’t go crazy adding Romo.  Doode can design the shizz out of jeans but Wilson should be back by the middle of next week.

Sean Burnett – Is there a more unexciting name?  He needs a nickname, like Stymie.  Stymie Burnett should get the majority of the saves early on, but I’d think Storen works his way into the majority by May.

Brian Fuentes – Here’s a guy I’d add all over the place.  I trust Andrew Bailey getting/staying healthy about as much as I trust flyers left on my apartment building front door.  What happened, you ask?  So, I come home around 3AM, drunk and there’s a sign posted on my apartment building front door about a party in apartment #14.  I’m like, “Party!”  So I run up to #14, throw open the door and there’s four guys standing there naked in a circle.  Yup.  I did the ‘ol slow backwards walk while saying, “Wrong apartment.”

Sell

Mat Latos – Ground rules for the Sells.  Some of these guys are droppable, some are tradeable and some are just overrated and trades should be explored.  Latos is tradeable.  Here’s you drafting him, “Grey thinks he knows better than me… HA!  I will show that mustachioed man a thing or two about a thing or two– No, Mom, I’m not talking to myself!  Shut my door!”  Latos is going to break down this year.  It’s I to the nevitable.  The writing is all over the wall.  He already has a shoulder strain in the spring.  He’s going to magically get better by throwing 200 innings?  Sorry, doode, you don’t even need Angela Lansbury, you’re brainwashing yourself.

Jair Jurrjens – Hey, it’s a Razzball favorite in opposite world.  He’s a 4+ ERA pitcher with a bleh strikeout rate and he’s injury-prone.  Sounds terrific in opposite world.  Maybe when you’re done parking your Lamborghini in opposite world and making love to Jessica Alba (or George Clooney for our three girl readers — I didn’t forget about you, ladies!), you lose Jar-Jar.

  1. poop says:
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    hanharan rodney fuentes pick 2

  2. Tom Emanski says:
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    I have term for players whose boring names color my impression of them, despite not knowing anything else about them. It’s called “nom de poo”. Charlie Morton is a nom de poo.

  3. Buying or selling? Garza posts better overall numbers then J. Zimmerman by years end.

  4. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    Bailey is going to be healthy and save 40 (said the delusional A’s season ticket holder).

    I keep wanting to say Balfour will get saves because I think he’s probably got more stuff than Fuentes and will just be a better pitcher. But the A’s also have Blevins and Breslow as lefties out there so it kind of makes more sense to have Fuentes slotted in the 9th inning.

    Kurt Suzuki t shirt day on Sunday.

  5. Christopher says:
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    I like Kila’s upside. Worth dropping Gabby Sanchez (one league) and/or Garret Jones (another league) for the UTIL spot?

  6. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Matt Holliday out with an appendectomy. OUCH! Was looking like he was going to have a big year.

    How long do you stay out with that?

  7. Cain Fan says:
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    idk grey wallace looks attrocious.

  8. Black Beard says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: They’re saying 4-6 weeks.

  9. Exactly says:
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    Grey, just heart Matt Holliday is out with an appendectomy for 6 weeks (maybe I shouldn’t have talked so much shit in my league), who do you recommend I pick up out of these:

    fowler
    torres
    venable
    crisp
    colvin
    jay
    gomez
    magglio

    ??

    Thanks, dude.

  10. JackInTheBox says:
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    Anyone starting CJ today vs Boston?

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Cain Fan: Not saying to drop Fielder for him, but in deeper leagues it’s worth a gamble.

    @Exactly: Torres

  12. Tony says:
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    @Grey: ok its april 1st, im not seeing this anywhere? joke? im getting sick of today.

  13. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:

    No, it’s real.

    Luckily only have him on one team, and it’s not a money league. Wow.

    My condolences to all Holliday owners.

    ….Time to make some trades.

  14. Donnie Baseball says:
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    sorry not a joke.

  15. Eddy says:
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    Btw, Myers sparking in his start so far.

    53 pitches in 5.2 innings and only two hits.

  16. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: On top of things as usual, Grey. Thanks.

  17. Holliday lost for 6-8 weeks…ouch!!

  18. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    What tier of OF would be necessary to pry Holliday away from an owner?

  19. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    Meyers “sparking”. I should be sparking shortly myself.

  20. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Good news for all Holliday owners, it only took A. Torres 11 days to come back from the same thing last year.

  21. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Holliday is out and I missed getting Jay in my 20 team league by 3 minutes, so I’m stuck settling for Craig……I just had to go out for that smoke didn’t I!

  22. Eddy says:
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    ANd I’m hearing several things on the timetable.

    2-4 from Rotowire, 4-6 from St.Louis PR Department, 6-8 from Dr.Stats, and now 11 days?

  23. Commish Cauda says:
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    deeper league Holliday replacement…

    John Jay
    Pods
    Michael Saunders

  24. Long Bawls says:
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    Apropos of zippo (ow! Burnt my fingers!) whatever happened to Ryan Ludwick? He had that HR/FB spike in ’08, but he isn’t totally burnt out (half point for second fire pun?). Is he so, so different from Luke Scott or Aubrey HuffPo, both of whom are vastly more owned? I guess Petco comes into play; it’s like the elephant graveyard after all the ivory’s gone. But still…

  25. birrrdy! says:
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    Great. You shame me into not keeping Carlos Gomez for a buck, he goes for 10 in my draft, and is in your first buy column of the year. Ouch. Grey, you could not come up with worse words for the guy a few weeks ago. I ended up drafting one of your pets, Brandon Allen, in my last OF spot. Double ouch. Please tell me your counsel will get better soon… ;-)

  26. Eng says:
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    Who would you stash out of Downs, Peralta, Motte? I only have room for one and have listed them in order with Downs currently in one of my bench spots. I see him ahead of Walden as Sciosia had a lefty closer for years but that’s likely just me trying to make myself feel good. My bullpen is the ultimate in SAGNOF aside from Street.

  27. Tom Emanski says:
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    Other nom de poos:

    Joe Blanton
    Randy Wells
    Dan Johnson – dude sold my house
    Tim Stauffer – he just *sounds* like Padre
    David Murphy
    Garrett Jones
    Chris Johnson – R-Iowa
    Luke Scott
    Ryan Franklin
    Paul Janish – sounds like a sausage expert
    Chris Narveson
    Kevin Correia
    Mike Pelfry
    Dan Wheeler – one of the best ATV racers in the world

  28. Rob says:
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    Trade Ellsbury for Hunter Pence?

  29. Exactly says:
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    @donnie baseball: 11 days, is that an april fool’s joke? Luckily I have Tabata who will make up for Holliday’s numbers! Right, right?

  30. poop says:
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    just got offered this trade

    ian kinsler and mcghee for david wright and Nishioka

    12 team 5×5

    vmart
    fielder
    phillips
    desmond
    wright
    stubbs
    victorino
    tabata
    Pena/raburn/nishioka 1 of 3 for my utility

    thoughts? wright was my first rd pick and hasnt even played a game yet, im thinking reject but then again i usually end up in 8th place every year

  31. Tom Emanski says:
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    That should be noms de poo

  32. poop says:
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    head to head league if that makes a difference

  33. Eddy says:
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    Michael Bourne screwing several Razzball owners with that 2-run triple.

  34. royce! says:
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    @Rob: Yes

  35. ritzer says:
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    Would you trade Heyward for Kemp in a keeper?

  36. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    It figures that the only team I have Holliday on is a weekly lineup league (my first ever) and he’s locked in until the 10th because of the 1 and a half week long first week.

    Welcome to weekly lineup setting!

  37. OaktownSteve

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    @Eng: For what it’s worth, Peralta is the only one who doesn’t have a named closer in front of him. Very tough to handicap what Hoodie Maddon is going to do. The Wall Streeters that run Tampa I think they are thinking they can keep costs down on a future McGee contract by using him in high leverage non-save this year. So that leaves Peralta v Farnsworth.

    Downs is a pretty good pitcher, but the Angels don’t seem to have the same level of sophistication as the Rays when it comes to running the organization. Not impossible to think Scoiscia, who has as much front office influence as any manager, says Walden is my guy. Rodney will never last though. He’s gasoline.

    The Motte thing depends on if Franklin is mediocre or really bad. Yeah he blew a save yesterday, but he’s got a long leash. If Motte gets the job he will have a short leash. Remember Motte got bombed early a couple of years ago and that’s how Franklin ended up with the job. A possible scenario in StL is that Franklin loses the job, Motte is shaky and it ends up being somebody you never would have thought of.

  38. OaktownSteve

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    @Poop: Kinsler is going to be an animal this year. It’s a career year for him. 30/30 and hitting at the top of the Ranger line up about 110 runs scored…and good health. Mark it down. Nishioka is not as good a prospect coming out of Japan as was Kaz Matsui. Chew on that for a second.

  39. Kazmere says:
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    You likey Daniel Hudson @COL tomorrow? 12 tm mixed roto. He blew them away last year (9K, 7IP), but that was at home.

  40. poop says:
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    @oaktown the health is the question mark im worried about

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah, we have him in two weekly leagues.

    @Kazmere: I’m starting him in a 14 team league. It’s risky in 12. No in 10.

  42. Feeding the Abscess

    Jeff says:
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    Grey:

    League, Fuentes, or Rauch?

    I have a dearth of SP (F-Her, Liriano, Carp, B. Anderson, Hanson, Hudson, MadBum, Nolasco, Norris, Peavy), and I’m fairly weak in OF/power. Think Hudson/Crisp or Carp could pull away Holliday? I’d slot one of the three RP above in the hole left by the traded starter for SAGNOF

  43. should i dump cody ross or dotel for jon jay? allen craig?

    deep league .obp league…..i’m thin on outfielders and saves….ugh.

  44. brettj72 says:
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    Replacement for Holliday?

    Chris Coghlan
    Nyjer Morgan
    Tyler Colvin
    Coco Crisp
    Garret Jones

  45. OaktownSteve

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    @poop: I’m oddly not worried (he says knocking around wildly for wood). Seriously, he’ll be 27 this year, mature enough to have figured our how to be in it for the long haul. Gonna be a monster.

  46. Chuck Norris says:
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    Mitch Moreland not starting the first game of the season!!….bummer….do you see this happening a lot with Napoli stealing his AB’s

  47. DogHat says:
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    12 team 10×10 roto, daily league, we play 5 OF. My OF:
    Holliday
    Kemp
    JUpton
    Stanton
    Quentin
    Morse-Bench

    Available OF to replace Holliday:
    Ben Francisco
    Carlos Gomez
    John Jay
    Ryan Ludwick
    Alex Gordon
    Xavier Nady

    Which one if any?

  48. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    Madson may not be a closer, but dang that guy is filthy.

  49. Eng says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Projections like yours are silly. He needs to stay healthy to hit those numbers and even then I don’t know about the 30 bags anymore with his joints. Like Cruz, he’s not real good at going 162 games.

  50. Eng says:
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    @Eng: btw, don’t be offended by word “silly”. My intention was not to be rude. Kinsler’s a good player, and I hope he stays healthy for you.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    2 weeks for holliday says yahoo

  52. Eddy says:
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    This is what Old Hoss Radbourn had to say about Holliday’s ordeal: “Faugh! This M. Holliday is soft. I once removed my appendix between innings. It was fine: I was just being cautious. CG. Struck out 15.”

    What a fine chap.

  53. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    @Eng: ran a bunch in the spring. They moved him to lead off for a reason. Hit 5 jacks too. Most predictions are silly of course. Except I can see into the future.

  54. Eng says:
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    @OaktownSteve: ha, then who am I to argue?! Guy is a 5-tooler for sure and went on the 2nd in my draft so I never had a shot at him.

  55. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    @Eng: offense never taken by the way. Life’s too short. I met John Cleese one time when I was in college and he said, in response to somebody else’s question about people being offended by Python: “I’m consistently surprised that anybody would ever bother to be offended by anything.”

  56. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Eng: It’s not really his “joints” he gets hurt in all sorts of ways. Sports hernia, bum ankle, just two that I remember him missing a lot of time with. He’s a risk for sure, but it’s not like he has a chronic health condition.

  57. Tom Emanski says:
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    While I’m at it, here’s this year’s Hot Chick’s Name All-Stars with all new names

    C – Koyie Hill
    1B – Kendrys Morales – adding the s did it
    2B – Tsuyoshi Nishioka – beware, she’s a screamer
    SS – Starlin Castro – barely beating out Alexi Casilla
    3B – Dallas McPherson
    OF – Torii Hunter – it’s the extra i
    OF – Coco Crisp
    OF – Shelley Duncan – first time “Shelley Duncan” has ever been sexy
    SP – Madison Bumgarner
    RP – Huston Street
    Manager – Fredi Gonzalez

    Last year’s team: http://razzball.com/waiter-theres-a-fly-ball-rate-in-my-soup/#comment-160987

  58. royce! says:
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    Love the title. Reminded me of one of my favorite parts of the movie, where Wonka grabs her face and, somewhat menacingly, says, “We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams.” Creeped me out as a kid, now I just love it.

  59. royce! says:
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    Best part, though:

    There’s no earthly way of knowing
    Which direction we are going.
    There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
    Or which way the river’s flowing.
    Is it raining?
    Is it snowing?
    Is a hurricane a blowing?

    Not a speck of light is showing
    so the danger must be growing.
    Are the fires of hell a glowing?
    Is the grisly reaper mowing?
    Yes! The danger must be growing
    For the rowers keep on rowing.
    And they’re certainly not showing
    any signs that they are slowing!

  60. herschel says:
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    @Grey: worth losing venters for the likes of farnsworth, madson or romo?

    thanks.

  61. Eddy says:
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    I don’t think I’ll be able to stomach owning Lyon and Rodney on several teams this year.

  62. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    Brandon Lyon meltdown in progress?

  63. Eng says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Good man. Brilliant taste in comedy you have. I hand to you all you see before you…”what, the curtains!?”

  64. Richard Pryor says:
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    Was thinking of making this offer to Holliday’s owner in my league, but not sure if it’s worth it. I give Prince & McCutchen for Pujols & Holliday. It’s all about buying low.

  65. Cain Fan says:
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    Thanks Dempster, I have never owned you and I already hate you.

  66. Wake Up says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Like mint chocolate chip in Death Valley

  67. BigRedLatrine says:
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    I’m really glad I don’t own Lyon anywhere. He may as well be throwing beachballs.

  68. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    liking my walker though,

  69. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    Who’s the Lyon handcuff? What’s Dave Smith up to?

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    lyon pitching batting practice,hell mendoza could hit 300 off of him

  71. OaktownSteve

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    @Al: Walker is going to be very solid all year. Totally sold on him based on the qualitative. Really like what I saw of his approach last year, the size, the athleticism. Work effort is crazy good.

  72. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah and they have a young group of good players,just need some pitching in pitt now

  73. ujoh says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Nice! For what it’s worth, this year’s team sounds much sexier than last year’s….

    Notable omissions:

    Angel Pagan
    Casey McGehee
    Chris Carpenter
    Rickie Weeks (who doesn’t spell it with a ‘y’?)
    R.A Dickey

  74. Wake Up says:
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    Probably one of the most asked questions of tonight. Grey drop Lyon for Lopez? Oh poor Myers. I feel so bad for him. April Fools!

  75. Eddy says:
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    Dunn’s HR softens the blow of Lyon’s explosion.

    Now I have to start Kennedy. Ugh.

  76. Wake Up says:
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    And the biggest rant of the night…Holliday goes on Holliday…oh snap!

  77. Eddy says:
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    And Quentin’s 2-run HR, paired with Pedro Alvarez’ steal (I know!) homer makes me feel a lot better.

  78. Larry Dobrow at CBS described Carlos Gomez as a “Blind, over-caffeinated puppy” earlier this week. So very, very true.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @HOLLA(R): That’s actually a great comparison.

  80. Long Bawls says:
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    Whatcha think, Razzsters: Gardner/Reynolds for Weaver/Contreras?

    Separate note: the first few days of the season seem sort of unreal, don’t they? Like the only pants that fit you were backordered on Amazon, and then they finally arrive and you can go outside. You know?

  81. Feeding the Abscess

    Jeff says:
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    Related to my previous question (which was labyrinthine in its construction – my apologies):

    Who’s the better SAGNOF candidate? League, Fuentes, or Rauch?

  82. Wake Up says:
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    Liked the Cashner Red Rider Xmas in April ref.

  83. Eddy says:
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    Loving Quentin and Dunn today.

  84. @Grey: Agreed. And that is part of why I did not pick the Brewers to win the Central this year.

  85. Wake Up says:
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    @Eddy: and McCutchen

  86. HldOnMgnolia says:
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    @Eddy: Loving Quentin, Dunn, Beckham and being a Sox fan today.

  87. Tom Emanski says:
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    Hoping Brent Morel is a nice sleeper pickup

  88. mauledbypandas says:
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    Loving Kinsler going deep on his first swing of the year.

  89. penpen says:
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    cargo grounds out with a RISP, hitless in 2011, what a bust

  90. Tom Emanski says:
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    Cruz didn’t get hurt on the home run trot, what a bust.

  91. jeffjam says:
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    Hi Grey, would you take Martin over Salty?

  92. BigRedLatrine says:
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    @Grey:

    This is totally out of the blue, but I’ve wanted to ask you this…if you were a closer, what song would be playing as you emerged from the bullpen?

  93. penpen says:
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    Carmona averaging 15+ K’s per 9 in 2011, guy is in the form of his life– BUY

  94. Steve says:
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    Dempster. Booo.

  95. penpen says:
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    @Long Bawls: this Razzster says Weaver side

    I feel like I’ve awakened from a long, pants-less nightmare to a new world of free-flowing pants

  96. Eddy says:
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    I know on paper it looked great, but watching the Red Sox live is something else. Crazy potential.

    I know we employ SAGNOF here, but it’s a good year to own Ellsbury for the first time.

  97. ETMcgee says:
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    @penpen: hahahaha

  98. Child Please says:
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    12-team H2H 5×5
    Grey, who would you start/sit?
    Daniel Hudson @COL
    Niese @FLA
    Wood vsMIL
    Richard @STL

  99. chata says:
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    at the conclusion of today’s game , the Cleveland Indians will announce that team mascot , Chief Wahoo , will be replaced by a new mascot ….
    aptly named Fartso Asdribble .

  100. chata says:
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    @chata:

    this is something that the fans will reluctantly get behind .

  101. Steve says:
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    Loving me some of that $1 Carlos Quentin.

  102. Wake Up says:
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    @Grey: I propose that that becomes a regular term for talented-good-stuff-but-wild-as-hell guys. Hey Grey should I start SP A @ SEA/OAK/SD? Yes, I would….but you might shoot your eye out!

  103. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Smooth!

  104. Steve says:
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    With some $5 Carlos Santana on the side!

  105. Eddy says:
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    RON POPEIL BITCHES!

  106. Ini Kamoze says:
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    Wasn’t there a song that went something like… “I rolled up a wooly and I watched Mark Trumbo” ?

  107. Child Please says:
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    16-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) league, non-keeper, 50 moves limit (I’ve used 3)
    Is it worth using a move to pick up Russel Martin for John Buck?

  108. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Child Please: As a guy who plays in a league very similar parameters – meh

    Wow light it up today so far with Smooth, Donkey, Assdribble and Starlin…

  109. GTS says:
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    I don’t own him but Alex Rios ticker tease!

  110. 3FingersBrown says:
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    FYI Matusz had his start tomorrow scratched due to back soreness, which I suppose is better than front soreness.

  111. SamYo says:
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    J-Upside HR!

  112. GTS says:
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    Is it me or is Ubaldo not throwing very hard? Ubaldo throwing 90-94 mph fastball cannot be a good thing.

  113. Empoers Monkey says:
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    This is how my day has gone. I have Holliday. I have Lester. My team is off to a 7 for 44 start to the year. Fuck.

  114. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @GTS: I’m getting a little sick seeing the crooked numbers Ubaldo’s putting up today. Maybe I shouldn’t be so quick start dealing pitching…

  115. Wake Up says:
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    @Eddy: I’m slow what is the Popeil reference?

  116. Gambler says:
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    So, I looked at the box score and Adrian Gonzalez apparently had a SB after having absolutely none last year.. Should I get excited or was it a really fluky steal?

  117. Wake Up says:
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    @GTS: @3FingersBrown: Lester was only throwing in the high 80’s too. I’m not worried about Ubaldo. Yet.

  118. Wilsonian says:
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    So, still not dropping Lyon for Storen?

    And god bless Napoli and his lean, mean Ron Popeil-ness…

  119. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wake Up: re: Ron Popeil – set it and forget it…

  120. potus says:
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    @ The group:

    Anyone know where I can easily find a games played by position spreadsheet? Or one that has a list of minimum 20 games played for 2010? The depth of the internet is foiling my search.

    Anyone see that Bears/Browns game today?

    Appreciative thanks in advance.

    -YHL

  121. Eddy says:
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    @Wake Up:

    It spawns from the infomercial master, Ron Popeil, who is known for selling rotossierie cookers and his catch phrase, “Set it, and forget it!”.

    This became big in Razzball last year when dozens of commenters asked kept on asking if they should drop Napoli. The Sciosiapath was always taking away his playing time and handing it to Mathis, but regardless, Napoli would make the most of his PT and produce.

    So the Ron Popeil method here deals with drafting a catcher, setting him in your lineup, and forgetting about him, because in the end, the numbers will be there. No need to sweat out an 0-10 stint from your catcher.

    Hope it helped!
    @Gambler:
    Well, they didn’t even throw over. But it was really situational. But hwo knows. Maybe five SB could be in the horizon?

  122. Eddy says:
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    @potus:

    I don’t know about spreadsheet, but if you’re looking for a few players, your best shot may be Baseball Reference.
    @Wilsonian:

    Lyon still has a firm grip on the job. I’d hold tight.

  123. royce! says:
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    @Ini Kamoze: “LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT! Kick it over here baby pop. And let all the fly skimmies, feel the beat…mmmm drop.” Probably the best track on Licensed to Ill.

  124. knighttown says:
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    Anyone got any suggestions for relief pitchers with SP eligibilty? I love having one of these guys in my 5th SP slot all summer for the ratios and the odd win/save.

  125. herschel says:
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    @Grey: talk Britton could replace Matusz. Just read the Orioles Minors review and Top 50 prospects. Do you like him as a speculative add in 12 team mixed leagues?

  126. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Gambler: It was a legit steal, he just took everyone by surprise with two out and Youk on 3rd.

    @Wake Up: I hear you. I’d be happy with Ubaldo of last year in reverse :)

  127. Slappy says:
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    Grey/Rudy:

    Hate to rain on your parade(s), but those us with Freeman on the roster are in trouble if he keeps on hitting in the 8 hole. No ROY and no fantasy glory in the 8 hole. I am presuming that management has Gonzalez hitting 7th so as to avoid the dreaded lefty following lefty late, i.e., when the other team’s lefty specialist can come in to face Heyward and Freeman. Here’s to hoping that Gonzales hits a buck and change over April so that management has no choice but to move him down to the 8 hole.

    Next, if Burnett is closing, what in Deity’s Name is he doing coming in late in an 0-2 game. Seems that Storen was being saved for the lead.

    Lastly, Sammy (Saito) was a mandatory pick, given the volatility of relievers in general (Axford only has last year in MLB) and his BB/9 of 6 in the minors. He said it himself after the game, noting that he got lucky with the Gomes flyout to deep center in that he caught a little too much of the plate and then he left the ball and outside where Ramon could launch one over the RF wall. The BB/9 rate not only means that he can’t find the strikezone, it also means he’s likely to be “wild” in the zone as well. If all goes well, Sammy will be closing by the end of the month.

  128. Slappy says:
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    Sorry, heading out, so in a rush. The BB/9 of 6 is Axford’s in the minors and not Sammy’s. And Axford left the pitch up and outside to Ramon for the over the RF wall walkoff HR.

  129. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @penpen: Ha

    @Gambler: He’s slow as shizz, probably broken hit and run with a bad throw.

    @Wilsonian: Nope

    @knighttown: Hmm…Not sure…

    @herschel: Too soon for 12 teams.

    @Slappy: re: Freeman — I said he’d win ROY and people still wouldn’t want him ala Berroa. Just went with him b/c he’s guaranteed everyday ABs and voters like counting stats. re: Burnett — First game of the season, he might’ve just been getting work. Storen was pretty bad in the spring to get thrust into the role immediately.

  130. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @knighttown: takahashi

  131. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***Love this CBS new item. “Brandon Lyon off to terrible start.”

    No way! I feel like these items get me more annoyed. I need a steam.

  132. Carlos Quentin is now on pace for 810 RBI this season – I would be happy with 500 RBI’S

  133. Schrute Buck says:
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    I wonder when Dirty Trumbo will reach around and jiggle the stick.

  134. xopchipili says:
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    @Grey: seriously! I mean, for Lyon, that might have been an above average performance!

  135. GTS says:
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    @Grey: Axford had a terrible start and CBS still supported him (no blue flag).

  136. Hennessey says:
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    7×7 with TB/OBP & QS/L

    I need pitching, he needs hitting.

    Should I propose my Heyward for his Lester?

  137. Wake Up says:
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    @Wilsonian: ah..thanks

  138. F. Carmona 3 innings 10 earn runs – teaches those a lesson who drafted him

  139. Wake Up says:
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    @Eddy: ah…thanks

  140. Howard says:
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    @Grey So great to have the buy/sell back! I’m late for the party! Would you Maybin drop Cameron for Cargo lite?

  141. Grey look at this smack talk I have to put up with

    Jimenez/Lester

    11.1 innings pitched, 13 hits, 10 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 5 homers, 8.18 ERA Impressive line

  142. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    Grey,

    Two razzball followers made a deal. who got raped?

    Mini Donk, Kinsley, Vulcan changeup (aka ian kennedy) and Edison Volquest

    For

    Haren, Youuuuuk, Aviles and McGeehee

  143. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    Kinsler. not Kinsley

  144. Eddy says:
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    Pavano doing wonders for m Razzball team and the first out hasn’t even been recorded!

    Loving my cheap ass Lind HBP RBI!

  145. 3FingersBrown says:
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    I’m sure Gardenhire loved Nishioka’s play on that PO rundown with Rajai. Yup, he’s got Kaz written all over him.

  146. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Don’t like the way the Tampa lineup looks against righties. With Sean Rod. on the bench.

    I like them getting Joyce’s bat in there vs. righties but they need to get D. Johnson out of there. Rodriguez’s glove is too important to sit on the bench for someone like Johnson.

  147. Long Bawls says:
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    I mumbled to myself before the season started, and am mumbling it to myself now: Guthrie doesn’t get enough credit. He doesn’t deserve much credit, but he still doesn’t get enough.

  148. Eddy says:
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    I’m really liking Stanton’s approach so far in two ABs. He’s laid off two sliders that he’d hack at last season. And he just walked on a pitch I was almost convinced he’d take.

  149. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:
    He’d swing on* not take

  150. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    should I drop napoli for john buck?

  151. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    haha I kid

  152. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Arencibia HR!

  153. Eddy says:
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    I love seeing the Mets getting Buck-fucked.

  154. Tom Emanski says:
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    Aaron Cibia, folks. Enjoy the ride.

  155. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Bautista finally hits another HR

  156. Tom Emanski says:
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    I’m telling you Grey, you’re going to regret hating on Bautista. He is so locked in, it’s impossible for those 54 to be a fluke

  157. Donnie Baseball says:
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    give reynolds for figgins if you need steals?

  158. VinWins

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    Adam Lind joins the HR party

  159. Town 'o Beans says:
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    For Saturday, Niese, Wood, or Zambrano?

  160. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    why is stanton out of the game

  161. Tom Emanski says:
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    Left with hamstring injury according to Rotoworld

  162. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Cain Fan: thanks but that sucks,ive owned cruz last 2 years and he,s reminding me of him

  163. Cain Fan says:
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    Johnson closing for Baltimore. Weird do I even want to own him?

  164. Cain Fan says:
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    nevermind wasnt a save opp, my bad.

  165. Schrute Buck says:
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    Jose Lopez with an impressive day. Might be right about him being a sleeper.

  166. Tony says:
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    @Tom Emanski: and if he goes 0 for his next 30 what are you going to say?

    carlos gomez hit a HR in his first game thsi year too, i wouldn’t pencil bautista in for a big year because of tonight…. it is 10-2? seems like everyones getting a piece…

  167. Tony says:
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    mcClousy or jose lopez?

  168. Eng says:
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    Would you trade your Sandoval for his Axford if it meant having to play Jose Lopez as your CI? Thanks, Grey.

  169. Tom Emanski says:
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    @Tony: No I’m penciling him in for a big year because of those 54 HRs along with 100 walks. He has always had a good eye and his complete swing makeover indicate that he’s a new hitter and not just the same 16 HR guy who simply got lucky. Also worth noting that his BABIP was way below his avg, which is extra weird because he has a line drive swing to begin with.

  170. preptime says:
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    Arinicibia met his quota for the month. Get ready for 4 weeks of 0-fers.

  171. Tom Emanski says:
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    Arencibia got not favors from Cito Gaston last year. After his huge first game, he got very irregular starts and then in September he only played against Cy Young caliber pitchers. Look it up. That was done because Cito wanted John Buck to get to 20 HRs.

  172. 3FingersBrown says:
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    I read that Matusz will miss 3-4 weeks swimming down the waters of the intercostal. Zack Britton will be called up to start in his place. http://www.rotoworld.com/player/mlb/5011/player?r=1

    I’ve read the scouting reports and it sounds like he’ll be a lot better in real life than fantasy (sinkerballer). Think I should pick up Zack in favor of any of these guys…

    Beachy, McDonald, Richard, Stauffer?

    I think the answer will be no but I had to ask.

    Oh and nice night for LoMo. I’m psyched to see what he’ll do in a full season (especially in an OBP league).

  173. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @3FingersBrown:
    I like him better than McDonald.

  174. Trick dad says:
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    Arencibia over posada?

  175. Wilsonian says:
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    The Farns or Sean Burnett?

  176. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: Interesting. Britton has some nice minor league numbers but has only 12 AAA starts under his belt. I think he could get an owner roofied real quick pitching in the AL East.

    I’ve never been a huge fan of his but you gotta like McDonald’s K potential. Hopefully he can put it together and finally perform up to his abilities. I’m thinking of holding for now and watching Britton on Sunday.

  177. longbeachyo says:
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    Was that a Hawaiian walk-off?

  178. Wake Up says:
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    Tila Tequila is settling in nicely between those Moobs and the Frenchy!

  179. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Got George of the Roses (v Dbacks), E-Jax (@ Tribe) and Wandy (@ Philly) to choose from in the ol’ H2H tomorrow.

    Start the first two and park the Wandwagon?

  180. nyydj2 says:
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    @Tom Emanski:

    hey tom, not bad for a last round pick in RCL huh?

    C-Town Schmo

  181. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    tell me that you hadn’t given up on guthrie , this year .
    you’ve been using him for 2 or 3 years , have you not ?

  182. Donnie Baseball says:
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    what the hell’s going on with Cahill? 8 K’s in 5 innings.

  183. JackInTheBox says:
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    who has the better upside and reasonable chance to get there, Iannetta or Arencibia?

  184. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    cahill pulled after 4.2,only 1 run?

  185. JackInTheBox says:
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    @JackInTheBox: What are you doing JackInTheBox? Set it and forget it!

    @JackInTheBox:
    Shut up voice inside my head that sounds oddly like what I imagine Grey and Ron Popeil’s voices mixed together would sound like! I’m a rebel, I’ll do as I please.

    @JackInTheBox:
    Fine, do whatever you want. But don’t expect a lot of help picking out what should be a space filler.

    The preceding was brought to you by my sponsors..Yeungling and Jack Daniels.

  186. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    like 5 walks, and close to 100 pitches.

  187. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Slam and legs for Figgy?!

  188. Wake Up says:
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    @3FingersBrown: He’s gonna join the 54/54 club this year!

  189. 3FingersBrown says:
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    It’s Kuo time

  190. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Never mind. No Kuo, Guerrier. Kinda surprised with 2 lefties and a Panda coming up. I guess Kuo threw a few too many last night.

  191. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Another unhappy Holliday owner here. Gonna try to fill in with Snider. I know he’s one for four but this Belt kid looks like a ballplayer.

  192. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Great play Panda! Also enjoyed that base hit off of his shoetops. Who does he think he is, Vladdy?

  193. longbeachyo says:
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    Did anyone catch the Veruca quote??? …..”I want the world, I want the WHOLE world!”
    Grey, can you sing?

  194. wovenstrap says:
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    Kemp just went first-to-third on a routine 5-3 groundout. It’s only two games, but Kemp looks hungry and is hitting.

  195. Wilsonian says:
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    @wovenstrap: I’m agreeing, and it’s making me happy (although only for two games) that I kept Kemp over Holliday.

  196. AM says:
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    SELL:

    JP Arencibia: I don’t think Arencibia will fail, but I think his value is as high as anyone’s right now. There are undoubtedly 6-7 guys in every league who wanted Arencibia but couldn’t pull the trigger because of the unknown.

    Carlos Quentin: He’s bound to go Hulk in the clubhouse after an 0-5 and land himself on the 60-DL.

    Carl Crawford: If he’s batting #3 and notching only 25 SBs, then he’s really not that much more valuable than Shin Soo Choo.

    Jon Sanchez: JS owners will keep wondering why their team WHIP is so high.

    BUY:

    Kila Ka’aihue: Cheap, solid 4 category production.

    Matt Kemp: Duh, but he had to endure that long offseason knowing he couldn’t hit .250. I think he’ll be #1 on the player rater or whatever.

    Gio Gonzalez: Better than David Price this year, maybe top 3-5 CY.

    Ryan Raburn: Another duh, but needs to be said… pick him up if he has 2B eligibility. 31 HR, 107 RBI in his last 630 at-bats.

    Mike Stanton: 35 HRs, for real.

    Jose Bautista: Just look at his pre-2010 swing and compare it to 2010-present…..last year wasn’t a fluke, it was a change in mechanics. If he hits 20 fewer HRs this year, it’s still 34 HRs in a power short era.

  197. AM2 says:
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    1. Nice to see Alex Gordon begin his quest to squander his 23958273598th chance to breakout — 0-5, 3Ks in the #3 hole.

    2. I’m experimenting with a Kila Ka’aihue/Mike Morse first base platoon for a whole season, with Kila as the default. Thoughts?

    3. Is it ok to admit that I like the fantasy potential of more than 3 Pirates? Per dollar, McCutchen > Crawford, Tabata > Ellsbury, N Walker > Prado, Alvarez > Reynolds.

    4. What’s the least heterosexual act a man can do to another man without it qualifying as a homosexual act? Whatever it is, I want to do it to JP Arencibia.

    5. Gahh, missed out on Brandon Belt b/c I was pooping.

    6. Fuentes will be the full time closer with Bailey setting up whenever/ifever he comes back.

  198. Slappy says:
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    Grey:

    Belt in the 7 hole or Freeman in the 8 hole? Why? Belt’s still available in some leagues.

  199. famous anus says:
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    grey,

    need a hollerday bandaid. kneejerk add was berkman, because i’m pretty sure i could put up quality numbers hitting behind pujols. wire is rather un-sexy (span, d.lee, ibanez, byrd, its a keeper so lots of the studly kiddies are owned)… like any of those names, or do you have a better name for me that isnt likely to be owned in a smart league?

  200. famous anus says:
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    on a somewhat related note, thoughts on lyle overbay? yes he’s horrendously boring but he *is* hitting cleanup for a kinda sorta potent offense

  201. Eddy says:
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    What do you guys think:

    Pedro Alvarez vs. Zambrano

    or

    Brandon Belt vs Ted Lilly

    The only thing I have a sizeable lead in is RBI.

  202. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Slappy: Belt

    @famous anus: I don’t know who’s on your waiver wire. Berkman’s fine for now I guess.

    @Eddy: Alvarez

  203. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Thanks, Grey.

  204. Trade offer for my team in a non keeper 20 team league

    Max Scherzer and Joakim Soria for Ubaldo Jiménez – I own Jimenez

  205. hey grey – its my dynasty league the trade offer was made in – my mistake – I know the value of a closer is only year to year so I am not sure how long Soria will continue to dominated but then again – do I take in consideration Maya calendar predicting the 2012 apocalypse when making trades in dynasty leagues

  206. My Pitching in dynasty league

    Chad Billingsley SP
    Clay Buchholz SP
    Ubaldo Jiménez SP
    Jonathan Sánchez SP
    James Shields SP
    Martín Pérez SP
    James McDonald

    Heath Bell RP
    David Aardsma RP-DL)
    Andrew Cashner RP
    Martín Pérez SP

    If you want me to make the trade who do I drop

    Andrew Cashner or Martin Perez – I perfer to still wait another year to see what MartinPerez can do unless you think Cashner is can’t miss

  207. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: No problem.

    @mrbaseball: re: Mayan — Yes. re: Trade — More than fair, but it leaves you with no true number one so I wouldn’t do it.

  208. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Coming up on gametime. The young powerful Arencibia or the veteran Posada? Thanks!

  209. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Thanks. I’ll hold Posada. Looks like Snider’s sitting against LHP. There goes my Holliday replacement plan.

  210. chata says:
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    @AM2:

    tabata > ellsbury ??

    crazy talk !

    @Grey:

    the difference between ellsbury and gardner is not just the
    10-15 extra SB’s ,
    it’s the 5-8 HR ‘s .

  211. @Grey: Pick 2 to keep- Beachy, Pineda, Drebek

  212. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Ian Kennedy or Beachy? Fuentes or Sean Burnett? 12 team standard roto.

  213. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chata: Gardner hit 5 homers last year, Ellsbury’s gonna hit 13?

    @Chicago Mike: First two

    @McBainus: Kennedy, Fuentes… Those closers are a toss up.

  214. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Would you dump Pavano for either Aviles or Beckam? If so, which one? I’m fine at pitching and can use an extra infielder. Aviles has the multi-position eligibility.

  215. mauledbypandas says:
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    I don’t know if I will get used to watching a Pirates game and giving a crap, but how about Tabata eh? Deceptively fast. Walker starting off the year well also. Go bucs?

  216. mauledbypandas says:
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    ugh, Edwin Jackson.

  217. mauledbypandas says:
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    Robot Jones goes deep, Zambrano schedules anger management session.

  218. Black Beard says:
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    Anyone watch the Twins/Jays game? Did Liriano look as bad as the boxscore says?

  219. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Thoughts on the Drabek start?

  220. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    @Black Beard:

    Yes, Liriano could not hit the broad side of a barn

  221. Black Beard says:
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    @Travis: Thanks for the confirmation. 5 walks and 2 HRs…great.

  222. mauledbypandas says:
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    Managed to catch a bit of E.Jax’s start. Not as bad as I thought from the box score. He hung in there and actually seemed to have ok stuff. Could do without the walks though.

    Meek Kaaazaaaming as we speak though.

  223. mauledbypandas says:
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    @mauledbypandas: oh right, he is just the 8th inning guy, not a true Kaazzaaam

  224. Simply Fred

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    Picked up Drabek off FA this morning for the easy matchup against Liriano. Makes up a little for the Lyon fiasco yesterday. :-)

  225. Grey

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    @mauledbypandas: Ha

    @Eddy: Looked great, wouldn’t mess with him yet in most leagues.

  226. Eddy says:
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    Man, I have both Rodney and Hanrahan scattered around leagues, and their 8th innings guys both blew the leads to prevent save situations.

    /sigh

  227. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Eddy: it’s times like those I just wrap myself up in 3 K Marmol saves and drift off to sleep

  228. Hennessey says:
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    @Eddy: Mr. Glass Half-full says, “Always better than those setup guys pitching well then your closer blowing the save and losing his job.”

  229. Hennessey says:
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    @Grey: I’m not going to lose my mind over Drabek, but I can drop McClellan for him, right? How would you rank those two at this point in accordance with your fantasy baseball genius?

  230. Nick says:
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    @Grey: How’s it going Grey? Glad to be back for the 2011 season…decided to do auto draft this year due to lack of time but here it goes…

    C- Wieters
    1B- M Cabrera
    2B- Figgins
    3B- A. Ramirez
    SS- S Castro
    OF- Stanton, Holiday, Soriano
    Ut- Bruce, Markakis
    Bn- G Sanchez, S Rodriguez, Sandoval, Domonic Brown

    SP- Scherzer, Anderson, G Gonzalez, De La Rosa, Vazquez, Peavy
    RP- Nunez, Kuo, Frank Francisco

    At this point I’m thinking about abandoning saves. its a 12 team league, very general roto format. (ie. whip, era, w, s, k and the norm for offense)

    I currently have waiver claims for Contreras, Fuentes and D Lowe droping D Brown and Frank Francisco with Peavy on DL. Should I hold Frank Francisco though? Other waivers spotted, Doumit, Rauch, Madson, Arroyo, Bedard, Dickey, Guthrie…

    Thanks Grey!

  231. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Nick:if you need saves,grab rauch

  232. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    David Hernandez, Farnsworth, or Burnett?

  233. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Chris: farnsworth for saves,burnett as a sleeper/spot starter,he worked on a few things this spring,walks,slider i beleive,results looked good in spring training and thru 2 innings today but career era and whip is not impressive

  234. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    theres your PHAT ALBERT,i think he was a little ticked himself after 1st game debaukle

  235. Chris says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Al, I was actually talking about Sean Burnett. Trying to decide which of the 3 I would rather have for saves…

  236. Hennessey says:
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    One more question (for now). Start Wandy at Philly? As of now, I’m leaning toward a benching.

  237. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Hennessey: philly isnt the hr machine it was 2 years ago,they really dont scare me

  238. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Hmmm.. Yeah lets bench Napoli since he went 2-3 with a 3 run homer.. makes sense… buch of geniuses over there in Texas!

  239. Steve says:
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    Kemp out bescause it’s a blow-out?

  240. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hennessey: Sure

    @Nick: Hold Francisco, I wouldn’t punt saves.

    @Chris: Farnsworth

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thankness! Yeah, I made up that word.

    @Hennessey: Sure

    @Steve: Not sure, but I did hear a good story about him the other night from someone that was at his Opening Night party.

  241. Eddy says:
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    Grey, thinking of picking up Sean Burnett.

    Worth dropping Contreras, McGee, Farnsworth or Ian Desmond/Brignac?

  242. Steve says:
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    @Hennessey: @Grey: I’ve benched Wandy, so watch him mow ‘em down.
    @Grey: Do go on.

  243. Eng says:
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    Grey, please expand on that Kemp teaser. I still chuckle/feel vomitous when I think of your Utley anecdote.

  244. Grey

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    @Eddy: Brignac, if a bench player.

    @Steve: @Eng: Think I’ll hold it for a roundup.

  245. mauledbypandas says:
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    Rejoice in the wisdom of the moustache

    Manager Fredi Gonzalez has changed his mind and will use Kimbrel as Atlanta’s primary closer ahead of Jonny Venters, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “We decided, let’s give the kid a chance. For me, they both have good stuff and can get guys out from both sides,” Gonzalez said

  246. nyydj2 says:
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    After reading excerpts of the Rhianna interview in the new Rolling Stone and her love of whips, chains and other thingies, I can understand why Kemp’s mind may not have been totally into the games last year and the upshot on a bounceback this year since she has moved on.

  247. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mauledbypandas:
    awesome news@nyydj2: poor guy,but i like what im seeing so far,and lopes will help his sb percentage also,30-30 is real obtainable

  248. nyydj2 says:
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    Basically he was hitting grand slams and stealing bases every night, they just were not happening in Dodger games.

  249. nyydj2 says:
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    Guess it’s just easier to blame it on Joe Torre than try to explain the horse and buggy rules.

  250. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Nervous about Liriano? I was the second I drafted him. Hope he’s not damaged goods.

    Already trailing ERA and WHIP big, I picked up Drabek for counting numbers (This is H2H with QS). Nice surprise! I figure they traded Halladay for him, so he’s gotta be ok, right? Then I think of Phillip Humber and Kevin Mulvey…

    Dropped McClouth for Bennett. ABC snitches!

  251. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: Obviously not thrilled with Liriano but trying to hold off on throwing out the baby with the bath water. re: Drabek — Yeah, he could be good, his division is just so tough.

  252. mauledbypandas says:
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    Kinsler leads off the game with another homer. I love him as much as is humanly possible for a straight man to love another man.

  253. GopherDay says:
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    Why is Victorino out?

  254. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: I hear you. I’m hoping he’s still just rounding into form. Some guys just take more time to get it going. I didn’t see the game, was his velocity way down?

    On a positive note, I’m glad to hear Ubaldo’s issues revolve around a messed up thumbnail and not the ulner collateral ligament

    I’d definitely use Drabek carefully against the AL East. Hoping he can string together a few good starts and I can trade him.

  255. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Oh snap. What happened to Longoria? I see S-Rod’s playing 3B now.

    @Grey: I’m already tired of looking at Soriano in my RCL lineup. Would you take any of these guys over ol’ mummy knees?

    Seth Smith (I’m feeling SS), Freddie Freeman, Mitch Moreland – wow alliteration overload! Maybin or Rolen (oy vey)

  256. nyydj2 says:
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    Okay, Victorino and Longoria both just mysteriously disappeared from the box scores ala Stanton last night. What gives with these guys now. I am starting to feel a sense of doom on Day 3, aaaaarrrrggghhh

  257. Eddy says:
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    Showalter has to have threatened the Orioles’ starters families or something.

    It’s the only logical conclusion as to why they’re pitching this well.

    If not, then Rays fans are not in for a fun season sans Crawford and Peña.

  258. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: Eh, on Smith, I feel like the Rockies might still bench him on occasion.

  259. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *** Longoria has an oblique issue.

  260. Viagra Falls says:
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    @Grey: So, my first lowball offer to trade for Jeter by offering Furcal and Andres Torres and it was, as expected, rejected. The guy has him, A-Gon, Uggla and Phillips on the tradeblock also, but is stacked otherwise and won’t give any clue as to what he’s looking for. How would you change/sweeten the deal with what I have?

    Mauer/Morneau/Uggla/Beltre/Furcal/Heyward/Huff/Swisher/Gardner/A.Torres/McGehee/Freeman

    Hamels/Carpenter/Oswalt/B.Wilson(Fact!)/A.Bailey/Capps/Lyon/CJWilson/J.Garcia

    I’d like to trade for A-Gon or Uggla after, but shoring up SS is my priority. Who would you throw in to not get raked over the coals too much.

  261. nyydj2 says:
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    After racking up 4 hits the other night I can see the Tampa offense is rounding into form for it’s monthly no-hitter tonight……

  262. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Viagra Falls: I don’t think you should trade for Jeter.

  263. Steve says:
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    @Grey: re: Longoria. Can you be more specific?

  264. Grey

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    @Steve: Announcers said he’s back with trainers, no update yet from what I’ve heard.

  265. Steve says:
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    Joke was that lame, huh?

  266. @Grey:

    Report I read just said “It was sore” for whatever that’s worth. Hopefully its minor, I need the doode.

  267. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha… Wow, yeah… Sorry, too serious of a possible injury after losing Holliday for me to be joking.

  268. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Yeah that’s what I’m thinking with SS.

    Re: Longoria with an oblique injury. What’s the deal with all these oblique intercostals we’re seeing? You’d think teams would adjust players workouts to work on the muscles that aren’t easily aggravated by swinging a bat very hard with two hands. Glad I have no shares of Longoria this year, I don’t think that lineup is going to make much noise this year.

  269. Grey

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    @Elijah: That’s good. Hopefully it stays good. I hate when I lose a first round and 2nd round pick in the same weekend.

  270. @Grey:

    At least Holliday should be 100% in a few (thats more than a couple, less than a breadbasket) weeks and hes more of a 2nd half guy anywaysy.

  271. Viagra Falls says:
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    @Grey: SS is a serious weakness, though, and Jeter is hitting. If I kept him for now and wanted to instead work up 1B, who would you add to Morneau to get A-Gon or Uggla. I know Morneau can be just as productive (if not more), but he still doesn’t seem to be fully back yet after all this time.

    Also, I picked up Lyon and Capps when Wilson and Bailey went to the DL for a week or two. Given Lyon’s general suckiness (and Capps didn’t shine today), would you pick up Francisco Rodney instead for some interim saves?

  272. ltf says:
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    I trade Posada and Mark Reynolds for Geovany Soto and Pablo Sandoval. Talk me out of it.

    Looks like everyone gets to join in my Kyle Drabek love.

    How about:

    “Your mother, Drabek!”(Sean Connery/Trebek)

    Son of Git R’ Done(Doug Drabek had an epic mullet/goatee combo)

    Baseball Bieber

    The Flaxen Bieber

    Platinum Bieber

  273. Grey

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    @Elijah: Yeah, not concerned, can fill in OF for a few weeks.

    @Viagra Falls: Jeter is hitting what? In two games? Furcal can do the same as Jeter if he stays healthy. Forget SS, not worth overpaying for. re: Rodney — Nope

  274. Grey

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    @ltf: I’d want Reynolds.

  275. @Grey:

    Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he wants Sean Burnett available for the ninth inning.

    I guess thats who’s behind door #3.

  276. Steve says:
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    Iin a Longoria owner too si nit thrilled myself.

  277. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Yeah, I knew that was gonna happen.

    @Steve: Whoa, you shut off your autocorrect?

  278. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Wow first sonavabench (Raul Ibanez benched against the lefty for Luke Scott) and first Kazaam! (Leo Nunez) come together simultaneously to put a poo smelling cap to my evening. I always feel like the Bad Lieutenant (Keitel not Cage) when I root against the Mets.

  279. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: BTW, you see the Cage version? Any good? I haven’t seen it.

  280. Slappy says:
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    Grey: Thanks, sort of (w/o the supporting rationale kinda hard to evaluate your position). Lastly, next time you speak with Mr. Collette kindly remind him for me of BRob’s 3 run shot to CF and then follow up with Jake needing to be more than a 4 seam fastball pony (he hasn’t thrown any other pitch in his two outings so far this year; some are just going to sit on the pitch and as BRob’s PA shows, far too often it won’t end well).

    Almost forgot, but for my other critic (you know who you are), Jake giving up the 3 run jack to BRob is what I mean about not understanding. Some foam at the mouth over the 4 seamer and never mind that Jake had all but 10 IP above AA prior to this year and one won’t survive in the majors by throwing only a 4 seam fastball.

    For one more, Grey, you were right about Burnett v. Storen.

  281. ltf says:
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    Thanks@Grey Napoli is my starter, you think I should drop Posada for:

    JP Arenciba
    Kila Ka’Aihue
    Jonny Venters
    Rafael Soriano
    Ryan Madson
    Jeff Francis
    Edwin Jackson
    Chris Sale

    Anyone buying Travis Hafner in the early going?

  282. Viagra Falls says:
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    With all the Drabek love today, is he worth picking up? And who is worth picking up for saves right now? Gregg, Farnsworth, Burnett?

    Right now I have in the painful Lyon and Capps as DL replacements for Wilson and Bailey.

    And thank you for putting up with me peppering you with questions, Grey.

  283. Grey

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    @Slappy: Belt has higher upside.

    @ltf: Can grab Kila… No on Hafner.

  284. Grey

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    @Viagra Falls: Those closers aren’t neccarrily better than Lyon. You’re dealing with tomato-tomahto. Drabek — not in your league.

  285. ltf says:
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    @Viagra Falls:

    I’d pick up Drabek. He was brilliant today and he could have had a bit more command on his velocity. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, and if there is someone you’re considering dropping, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Any love for Travis Wood’s start today? He started off last season well and deteriorated over the course of the season.

  286. Slappy says:
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    And Lackey is getting pounded. Beltre didn’t appreciate the IBB to Hamilton and so he decided that a grand slam was the appropriate answer.

  287. Grey

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    @ltf: Wood’s worth owning, for sure.

  288. Grey

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    @Slappy: Lackey’s crap, he’s done. Been done.

  289. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Non save situation for Nunez, he came into a tie game. Is a Kazaam when the guy comes in for mop up duty?

    I haven’t seen the Cage version. Reminds me to add to the Netflix cue… I heard that Herzog didn’t see the original, nor did he give a shit when Abel Ferrara made remarks objecting to the new one.

    Such an odd choice for a sort-of-sequel.

  290. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: When closer comes in and team is losing. re: Cage movie — Really odd, but am curious.

  291. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: Or winning. Tie game? Eh, guess it could be. Rudy and I are actually discussing this on a Saturday night over IM. We take this shizz serious!

  292. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Serious stuff!

  293. @Grey:

    Steve’s just speaking Kiwi, check out google translator ;)

  294. nyydj2 says:
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    Grey, who would ya go with from this fearless foursome if i need to cover Longo fo a bit?

    Depends On Larry
    Funghi
    JoLo in Colo
    Wiggy

  295. VinWins

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    De La Rosa leaves shutout with finger problem – looks like blister.

  296. chata says:
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    so it was gregg , after all .

  297. nyydj2 says:
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    Also available on the FA wire are:

    Juan Urine
    Mora Nothing
    Brandon In(di)ge(stion)
    Seek Counsell

  298. nick m. says:
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    drop venters for s. burnett?

  299. Viagra Falls says:
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    dlR over C.J. Wilson or Jaime Garcia?

  300. mauledbypandas says:
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    cool note from the Rangers game.

    Ian Kinsler is supposedly the first person in major league history to lead off the first two games of the year with a home run.

  301. charlie batch says:
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    @Viagra Falls: dlr over both

    @Grey: last draft, I promise! Ive never been in a league with more than 14 teams, and I know that the draft is the most crucial part of the team with such slim free agency pickins’. Tell me what my weaknesses are, if you could!:

    16-team mixed, 5th pick, h2h categories

    c – iannetta (20)
    1b – youkilis (2)
    2b – hill (7)
    3b – longoria (1)
    ss – brignac (19)
    lf – gardner (8)
    cf – stubbs (4)
    rf – justin upton (3)
    of – tabata (9)
    util – torres (14)

    sp – gallardo (5)
    sp – oswalt (6)
    sp – bumgarner (12)
    sp – chacin (13)
    rp – cordero (10)
    rp – lyon (11)
    bn – javier vazquez (15)
    bn – edwin jackson (16)
    bn – beachy (17)
    bn – james mcdonald (18)

  302. wilsoniam says:
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    hey grey. as a longoria owner, im worried.

    would you drop asdrubal for jose lopez, david freese, valencia or HOLD. i own furcal, but hes so brittle im carrying asdrubal for insurance (i think if i dropped him, hed get snapped up tho).

    thanks for your thoughts.

  303. charlie batch says:
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    @Grey: thanks Grey :)

  304. charlie batch says:
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    @Grey: I feel like stubbs and tabata are of the slam and legs variety, no? which is what you should be looking to fill your team with in h2h

  305. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Fuentes just pulled a Nunez. Too bad Balfor’s already taken in the only league where I have space for another setup guy.

  306. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ha! I posted it on my phone (with the screen zoomed almost all the way out) and then went off to visit grandma, so didn’t check it!

    George of The Roses with a blister? Boo.

  307. nyydj2 says:
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    Grey, just noticed that Freese is also available on the wire, still take Lopez to replace Longo or go with Freese? Thank you very much for all you put into this!

  308. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Would you dump Nathan, Contreras or Bumgarner for T. Wood? Which one?

  309. Fletch says:
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    ..or dump Nunez for Wood (forgot I had Nunez)

  310. andfog says:
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    garrett jones or brandon belt?

  311. aj says:
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    who do you like as a 5th OF?
    Peter Bourjos,
    Logan Morrison,
    Ben Francisco,
    carlos gomez

  312. aj says:
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    which 2 do you keep?
    Peter Bourjos,
    Logan Morrison,
    Ben Francisco,
    carlos gomez

  313. chata says:
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    this from yahoo :

    Mariano Rivera
    (NYY – RP) Player notes : Current Tigers are batting .071 (1-for-14) against Rivera’s fastball since last season.

    rivera has a fastball ??

  314. aj says:
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    Brett Cecil or beachy

  315. elwood blues says:
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    Taking the 5th.. need a 5th OF after drafting Blanks (no pun intended)

    How would you rank these availables in an NL Only League 4×4.. over the long haul..

    Denorfia, Hinske, Bourgeosi, Duda, Cousins..

    my hitters:
    c-Doumit, Morales
    1bFielder
    2b-Sanchez
    ss-Bartlett
    3b-Headley
    ci-C.Johnson
    mi-Herrera
    ut-Branyan
    Rasmus,Victorino,C.Young,Torres,(Blanks)

  316. chata says:
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    sawx dropping crawford down to 7th in the batting order for today’s game ,
    behind lowrie and ahead of salty !

  317. Kazmere says:
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    Robot, Willingham, Boesch, or Raburn? I could use a little more power in the OF. Slim pickins…

  318. Tony says:
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    @grey: H2H im getting drilled in pitching this week, need to salvage some points: Should I drop MINOR for a spot start from:

    Nova vs. MIN
    or Ogando vs. SEA?

    Also is MAYBIN worth a grab over Mclouth? or borbon?

  319. McBainus says:
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    Just drafted this team in a 10-team snake draft, standard 5×5 roto…and the ESPN draft analysis is telling me I am going to come 9 out of 10…somehow I disagree. Your thoughts?:

    5 Evan Longoria, TB 3B
    16 Matt Kemp, LAD OF
    25 Prince Fielder, Mil 1B
    36 Jose Reyes, NYM SS
    45 Jason Heyward, Atl OF
    56 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B
    65 Jered Weaver, LAA SP
    76 Chris Young, Ari OF
    85 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP
    96 Carlos Marmol, ChC RP
    105 Pedro Alvarez, Pit 3B
    116 Jonathan Broxton, LAD RP
    125 Brett Anderson, Oak SP
    136 Jeremy Hellickson, TB SP
    145 Mark Reynolds, Bal 3B
    156 Mike Napoli, Tex C
    165 Gio Gonzalez, Oak SP
    176 Matt Thornton, CWS RP
    185 Craig Kimbrel, Atl RP
    196 Jose Tabata, Pit OF
    205 Edinson Volquez, Cin SP

    Obviously, I went a bit heavy on closers, but I was already set on offense and there were no SP I liked, and I got Edinson Volquez for my 6th starter with my last pick of the draft.
    Not the best of leagues, as you probably figured out (some genius took Carlos Santana with the 17th overall pick…).

    If I come worse than 3rd, I will be shocked.

  320. chata says:
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    @Tony:

    i think minor starts this week .

  321. Chris says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on starting Norris today @ Phils?

  322. Tony says:
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    @chata: why? He was sent down correct? Why would they bring him up and start him now?

  323. chata says:
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    @Tony:

    jair out

  324. chata says:
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    @Tony:
    @chata:

    one start …. maybe more

  325. BKK says:
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    @Tony: Don’t know why I am helping you. I guess I feel sorry for the beat down you are currently taking.

    For RotoWorld:
    Mike Minor:
    Braves recalled LHP Mike Minor from Triple-A Gwinnett.
    Minor will get the ball on Wednesday in Milwaukee in place of the injured Jair Jurrjens. It’s expected to be just a spot start, as Jurrjens will be back in the rotation on Saturday. Minor lost out on the No. 5 spot in the rotation to Brandon Beachy.

  326. Grey

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    @Fletch: Nope

    @andfog: Belt

    @aj: Apples and oranges. Bourjos

    @aj: Toss up… Beachy…

    @elwood blues: Denorfia, Duda, Cousins…

    @chata: Is that April’s Fools?

    @Kazmere: Raburn

    @Tony: Maybin over Borbon. Ogando…

    @McBainus: Yeah, doesn’t look like a 9th place team at all. Top half…

    @Chris: Eh

  327. Tom Emanski says:
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    Hopefully I didn’t draft Vazquezzz in the year he finally starts breaking down.

  328. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    nope .
    that’s the kind of advice yahoo gives , when you’re searching for
    player notes and match-up information .

  329. Kazmere says:
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    Maddon says he “would bet” Longoria is headed to the DL.

  330. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    gotta love that,bruce running more, sb after a single

  331. Carl says:
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    So who do I add to replace Longoria?

    12 team h2h, 5×5

    Guys available:
    Glass Jones
    Lopez
    Gordon
    Headley
    Encarnacion

  332. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    longoria is on the dl

  333. mauledbypandas says:
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    that Zimmerman ER was a crock. Espinosa drops a double play ball but gets the out at first. Inning continues and run scores on the next play. argh!

    Also, Desmond looks lost at the plate.

  334. chata says:
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    triple play !
    on a botched bunt attempt …. started by santana/indians

  335. chata says:
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    m. cabrera …. 2 two-run home runs
    (not melky)

  336. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Grey: how much rope are you giving Vazquez? Could pick up Beachy instead of him.

  337. Tom Emanski says:
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    I drafted Vazquezz over Belt, Robot Jones, Ackley, Rolen, both Edwins, let alone Beachy. Fantasy drafts are the great retardifier.

  338. charlie batch says:
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    fernando rodney/reynolds for frank cordero/gardner. SVs not a priority for either team. I like reynolds side, you?

  339. Tele says:
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    @Grey:

    After my draft, I questioned my rotation and asked if Gallardo, Liriano, Kuroda, Kennedy, Vazquez, Zambrano could get by. You reassured me and said I’d be fine with the help of some waiver pick ups. I guess I need some more reassurance right about now…. hehe.

    I need more pitching, correct?

    Thanks in advance. :)

  340. abNormal says:
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    Something happen to McCutchen in the 1st here or no?

  341. Chris says:
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    @abNormal:

    Sore neck from diving in the outfield yesterday. Supposedly nothing serious.

  342. BKK says:
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    Bautista picking up where he left off last year.

  343. Wilsonian says:
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    Here comes another Longoria question, however I’m not nearly as worried as the others because I have Wright to replace him. I do, however, have a question as to who I should pick up in his place. Right now I have no bench bats. So who do you pick up:

    League, S. Burnett, DLR, Myers, Pineda, Beachy, Drabek,McDonald, Wood, Norris, Furcal, Carlosly, Pena, Raburn, Tabata, Snider, Abreu, JP, Freddie?

    Thanks man! Small league, so I don’t need anything in particular, and I’m debating on just keeping or an open hot bat/hot arm/spot start position. Whattya think?

  344. Tom Emanski says:
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    Bautista goes deep again

  345. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Tom Emanski: so does Kinsler. They must be watching your videos

  346. Tom Emanski says:
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    @mauledbypandas: Kinsler has gone deep now in BACK TO BACK TO BACK games

  347. royce! says:
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    Anyone watch Vazquez pitch today? Was he so terrible that I should drop him in a 14 team league?

  348. Eddy says:
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    Jeez, I’ve dropped 28 points in the RCL today. Thanks, Hughes and Vasquez.

  349. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Tom Emanski: yeah, first two lead off the game to boot.

  350. Eddy says:
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    @royce!:

    He left everything up in the zone. I’d hold him (and bench him) and determine your next move based on his next start.
    @Grey:

    Arroyo, Clayton Richard, Dallas Braden, Zito or Derek Lowe better options than Vazquez and Phil Hughes?

  351. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    axford not looking good today either

  352. Eddy says:
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    Wow, just saw Jaime’s line against the Padres. 8 IP and 9 Ks. And I believe he’s coming out for the 9th.

    What the heck is going on with these pitchers that are supposed to bomb (Jaime, Tillman, Harrison, Guthrie) pitching spectacular!?

  353. VinWins

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    CG shutout for J Garcia

  354. WTH has gotten into Kendrick? I dunno but I like it.

  355. Martin says:
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    To all Javi Vazquez owners including myself, I was looking at his game by game numbers from the past 5 years. Turns out he every year has a bad 1st start with a higher then average number of walks. Hopefully this may put all your concern to rest.

  356. Eddy says:
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    I seriously don’t think I can stand Rodney anymore. I need to trade him off all of my teams.

  357. Kazmere says:
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    @Eddy: Jepsen doing just as crappy a job.

  358. Kazmere says:
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    Grey, what do you do when you have such a crappy closer like Rodney– that no one wants. I mean the guy can single-handedly destroy your peripherals. Do you drop him and hope he turds on someone else’s team, or do you just bench him? I have Aardsma and Dotel on the DL, so there’s that…

  359. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kazmere: He’s so bad I kinda hope he loses the job so I can drop him, but I’m benching him right now.

  360. Trick dad says:
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    Better option at 2b this season: hill or beckham? 10 team h2h 7×7

  361. nick m. says:
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    russell martin off to a hot start. ride suzuki, or grab martin and hope it keeps up in that lineup?

  362. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Walden, for hope of move to closer or Slowey, for hope of move to rotation or trade? thanks

  363. Steve says:
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    Has the season really only been going for four days?

  364. Grey

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    @Steve: Since Scherzer has only given me one ulcer flare-up, I’m guessing so.

  365. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh man, talk about winning ugly. I own George the DH on a couple of teams (including the H2H team where I also have Scherzer), which mitigated it a little, but that was like the bad old days.

    And all those WHIP-killers in my H2H rotation – might have an ulcer myself before the ASB.

  366. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Hey Grey.. Best Longoria replacement:

    Encarnacion, Morel, Valencia, J.Lopez, Rolen, Inge, or Peralta..

    10 teamer 5×5.. deep rosters.. thanks homey

  367. vottomatic says:
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    @ Grey : Should I drop Salty or Arencibia? I’m looking to pick up Alex Gordon off the waiver wire and I’m only gonna rid one catcher.

  368. chata says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:

    you guys started scherzer , today ?

    i’m not starting anyone vs the yankees OR reds ,
    until things settle down a bit .

  369. wilsoniam says:
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    grey,

    valencia over j.lopez?

  370. Steve says:
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    @chata: If I didn;t have Kuroda going as well today, I probably wouldn’t have. It is H2H though, so there’s that.

  371. royce! says:
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    @wilsoniam: See comments 396 and 398, unless that was a rhetorical question.

  372. Terrence Mann says:
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    Grey, I haven’t commented in months but that’s the shittiest list of buys you’ve ever posted. Morton? Gordon? Carloz Gomez? I wouldn’t own those clowns with Karabell’s team.

    Nice April Fool’s post but Rudy’s anecdote of Nolan Ryan punching rice in Bochy’s helmet last year has you beat.

  373. Steve says:
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    Oh – and could someone from the boring and reliable SP tier please be boring and reliable?

  374. wilsoniam says:
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    @royce!:
    thanks, but i was asking grey b/c im not in a 10 teamer w/ 5×5 categories like the poster youre refering too.

    grey, same question, but in a 7×7, 12 teamer.

    thanks royce and grey.

  375. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Without Rodney and Lyon, I have a staff of Farnsworth, McGee, Frank Frank, Jose Contreras and Sean Burnett.

    Would you trade those two WHIP killers for Brian Wilson on the DL?

  376. Over Under- Brondon Lyons 81.00 ERA

    All I can say here that Todd Jones taught him well

  377. Gambler says:
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    Raburn apparently is going to be out of the lineup one or two days a week according to espn. Do you drop him to get Travis Wood or Brandon Beachy?

  378. Viagra Falls says:
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    Would you offer up Morneau and Jaime Garcia for the production of Adrian Gonzalez? Morneau can hit just as well or better, but he still looks affected by his concussion last year. Do you think he will be able to pull it together enough to keep onto him, or go for A-Gon if I can?

    Also having second thoughts offering up Garcia in that package after seeing what he did today…Keep them or trade them?

    With Brian Wilson and Andrew Bailey on the DL, Capps and Rodney came into my lineup..and then I cringed. Wilson should be back any day, but who would you pick up instead of Rodney: Burnett, Farnsworth, Gregg? Thx Grey.

  379. Grey

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    @wilsoniam: I like them the same, Valencia is guaranteed to play every day though.

    @Steve: Seriously

    @Eddy: Sure

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Gambler: Wood, if he’s a bench player.

  380. royce! says:
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    @wilsoniam: Not sure what the additional stats are in your league, but if any are OBP, Lopez’s value declines considerably.

  381. Terrence Mann says:
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    Through 3 rounds in a 5X5 money league. Tulo, Crawford, and Soo Choo. Grab Dunn next if available?

  382. Grey

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    @Viagra Falls: I’d take A-Gon there. Burnett’s fine, I guess. I wouldn’t drop one Brain Freeze for another though.

  383. Terrence Mann says:
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    Took Dunn and Werth in 5. Now what do I need to work on? Help me Grey, you’re my only hope.

  384. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @mrbaseball: push

    Panda power! I’m liking him in the 5 hole.

    Thinking about 3B in my keeper league. Brett Lawrie sounds like he’s got a nice future. Does anyone have any idea when he becomes Super2 eligible (that’s the term, yes?) so the Jays get an extra year out of his contract? From what I read it sounds like he’s major league ready.

  385. Terrence Mann says:
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    Rios in 6. It was him or BJ Upton.

  386. Terrence Mann says:
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    Bruce in 7.

  387. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Anyone else basking in the glow of Bobby Abreau in an OBP league today?

    @Grey: While watching highlights of Headley’s big day in St. Louis yesterday, I thought of a new razzball possible term:

    A Headley Case: Player who only performs on the road.

    “In spite of his solid numbers, Carlos Beltran was a complete Headley case back in ’06.”

  388. Wake Up says:
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    Did anyone see Javy’s start? Was it as bad as his line?

  389. royce! says:
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    @Wake Up: I asked earlier and only got one response- Eddy said he left everything up in the zone.

  390. Steve says:
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    Hmm. Could have done without that, Kuroda.

  391. Wake Up says:
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    @royce!: thanks. he is already making me nervous.

  392. Wake Up says:
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    @3FingersBrown: if you are asking when the super2’s usually get the callup, it is usually in early June

  393. Steve says:
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    @Steve: C’mon Kemp. You can do me a lot of good here.

  394. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Boo

  395. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Sh*t.

  396. Steve says:
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    Come on stupid Dodgers.

  397. chata says:
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    check this :

    1. Albert Pujols
    2. Carlos González
    3. Robinson Cano
    4. Prince Fielder
    5. Mark Teixeira
    6. Tim Lincecum
    7. José Reyes
    8. Cliff Lee
    9. Clayton Kershaw
    10. Jason Heyward
    11. Buster Posey
    12. Jay Bruce
    13. Justin Morneau
    14. Justin Verlander
    15. Carlos Mármol
    16. Aramis Ramírez
    17. Brian Wilson
    18. Martín Prado
    19. Joakim Soria
    20. Delmon Young
    21. Nick Markakis
    22. Dan Haren
    23. Geovany Soto
    24. Brett Anderson
    25. Rafael Furcal
    26. Mike Napoli
    27. Francisco Rodríguez

    good enough to win ?

  398. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Thank you.

  399. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Ah, didn’t see that one there. I figured there was a word for that.

    @Wake Up: Sometimes it varies. Longoria was called up on early April, while Strasburg was called up at the end of May. I believe each player has a date but I’m not sure what determines it.

  400. GTG says:
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    “I love watching Huff play right-field.”

    – Tommy Lasorda.

  401. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    How long do you tough it out with Desmond if he keeps this up?

  402. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Steve: I’m with you. I have Kuroda in H2H. Broxton and Kuo on my RCL team.

    How was Uribe’s falling to the ground like an old drunk not get called an error? Idiotic scoring.

  403. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @GTG: Huff plays the beautiful game.

  404. knighttown says:
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    We starting McDonald in St. Loo or C-Bills in Colorado?

  405. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild is concerned with Phil Hughes’ drop in velocity. The Yankees have called in Steve Hamilton to teach Phil Hughes to throw the “folly-floater,” just in case

    THIS IS A CLASSIC – Folly Floater: Steve Hamilton vs Tony Horton

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFvp7kMraAw

  406. like to add something to the last post by me – Sad that Tony Horton had a nervous breakdown before the? end of this season and never played again…

  407. Steve says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Suddenly I’m pining for the days of Mota setting up Gagne…

  408. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @mrbaseball: Great stuff. Never heard of Tony Horton. Sad story.

    I do remember Dave LaRoche baffling a few hitters with his La Lob.

  409. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Steve: At least Broxton will give me a save opp.

    and it’s Mota time for SF.

  410. GTS says:
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    Would you start Bedard @TEX in 10 team H2H?

  411. Steve says:
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    David Murphy won’t start aganist Bedard, will he?

  412. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    14 teams .
    owner is razzball dummy #1 …. currently in 7th place .

    normally , i’d say something like ‘hah’ , here ,
    but this line-up is currently besting my team of scrubs ,
    and that of a certain kiwi reader , as well !

    here’s where i say ….. hah .

  413. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Grey,

    Nyjer or Borjos?

    Grab Encarnacion and lose Romo even though I have Youk and McGehee? Trade value later?

    Big ups

  414. Whiskey Diet says:
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    ^^14 team H2H^^ oops

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