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Usually on Friday we do our Buy and Sell feature, but with September 1st knocking on August’s door — August 31st is that you? Uh… No. August 30th? Nope. August 32nd? No, you nitwit! It’s September 1st! – it’s time we looked at September call ups. These are potential September call ups that will, should, could and potentially make or not make a difference in fantasy baseball. So take a drag on that Newport cause Razzball’s Alive With Pleasure with September call ups. Anyway, here’s some potential September call ups to keep your eye on for fantasy baseball:

Max Scherzer and Mat Gamel - Both mentioned in the other day’s fantasy baseball keeper post. Jobacum will get the call; Gamel will more than likely not.

Joe Koshansky – Corner guy for the Rockies. Some pop + Coors = Hall of Fame career? Perhaps. This offseason, Helton (who?) or Atkins or both will be on their way out, which could open some room for Koshansky. NL-Only’ers and keepers should toss a few bucks Koshansky’s way. (BTW, Koshanky, Iannetta and Tulowitzki sounds like an immigration law firm. Or the last surviving immigrants who orginally arrived on Ellis Island.)

Colby Rasmus – LaRussa says Rasmus is not getting the call up. Was he sober when he said this? You make the call!

David Price – A) I don’t think he’s ready to start in the big leagues. B) The Rays staff is filled. C) The Rays are a super-conservative team with prospects. Look for Price in ’09.

Travis Hafner – Well, there’s a rookie name! If you have room on your DL, you can continue to hold him, but he’s missed three games this week in the minors due to shoulder soreness. Let’s not forget the comatose Indians fan who woke to see the Indians backup catcher with 17HRs and think the team was doing well. You may get Pronk’d!

Shaun Marcum – You’re familiar with his issues. You should avoid until TBD.

Brandon Wood -Here’s someone I really like when he gets called up (it will be a bit late because of playoffs for his minor league team). Scioscia will probably bench his regulars here and there when they clinch so he should be able to wedge Wood into the lineup.

Chris Ray – Soon Tommy John surgery will be an outpatient procedure. Bonkers, I tell ya. Absolutely bonkers.

Jerry Owens – Only seeing playing time late in the year if there’s an injury or the Sox clinch with room to spare. Still SAGNOF.

Adam Jones – Another “not really a call up,” but should be back burning jays by next week.

Jason Pridie – Twins prospect/outfielder who might get called up. Has some speed and power. Decided to drop trou and take a dump on his Triple-A production this year. That’s not an endorsement.

Jay Gibbons – His possible reappearance couldn’t even get Dame Jane Goodall’s nipples hard.

Jordan Schafer – As I mentioned the other day, Wren says the Braves will not call up Schafer. Stay tuned… Or not. Or yacht. Or…huh?

Brad Nelson – Needs to get out of the ginormous shadow of Prince Fielder if he’s going to have any chance for success.

Jeff Larish – Already been called up to replace Carlos Guillen. He has pop, but a liability on average. Should be on AL-Only keeper teams already, and worth the flier if he isn’t. Yo, that shizz is Larish!

Cameron Maybin – If he’s not owned in NL-Only leagues already and keepers, he should be. His floor is Mike Cameron. His ceiling is Derrek, who’s this kid I went to high school with that hit something like .790 with 20 HRs and 40 steals in just under 30 games. It was unreal.

J.R. Towles – Casual Reader of this site, “Hey, I drafted him!” Well, don’t go picking him back up.

Blake DeWitt – Mentioned him the other day, in the Ryan Zimmerman fantasy prediction
post-a-roo-ski.

Jon Niese – Supposedly getting the start for Maine on Sept. 2nd or August 33rd for those that don’t want August to end. If the start goes well, you might see more of Niese (BTW, no relation to Eric Nies).

Phil Hughes – For of youse out there with Bobby Meacham pillow cases and “Kiss Me I Got Jeter’s Autograph” t-shirts don’t do it. Put down that Hughes for this year.

Matt Murton – If he doesn’t get the call then The Federation For Equal Treatment of Gingies may have to step in. (That’s definition #2, btw.)

Steve Pearce – I pimped out my merkin with words of praise for Pearce earlier in the year, but he showed everything that Pittsburgh touches turns to Jack Wilson.

Andrew McCutchen – Can’t someone hire Bobby Bonilla to give an inspiration speech about how the Pirates were once good?

Brandon Morrow – I’ve covered him already. I’ll save you a sidebar search. I’m not buying into him for September.

Nadir Bupkus – The future of the San Diego Padres franchise.

  1. Funky Cold Mussina says:
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    OK, I’m heading into the playoffs in my H2H league and I have a crowded OF that I’d like some advice with. I need to fill RF/CF/LF/OF and have the following players:

    Matt Holliday – LF
    Denard Span – CF/RF
    Carlos Quentin – LF/RF
    Marlon Byrd – RF/CF/LF
    Grady Sizemore – CF
    Matt Kemp – CF/RF
    Mike Cameron – CF
    Elijah Dukes – RF/CF/LF

    I also have a Utility position one of these guys will fill. So 5 spots and 8 guys. I’m thinking Holliday/Quentin/Sizemore and the two ?.

    Thoughts?

  2. Nick says:
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    @Funky Cold Mussina: I’m gonna say Cameron is definitely the 4th and then probably Kemp…

  3. 123 says:
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    The Jays called up 20 year old top prospect Travis Snider. Is he worth picking up? He’s expected to play everyday.

  4. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Pujols scared the piss out of me last night, and I was safe at home watching TV. Carlos Villinueva’s either really brave or really stupid. Count me in for the latter. You don’t piss off Albie…….ever!

  5. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Mark me down as voting for Carlos Villanueva as the stupidest man alive. Who taunts the team that Albie Pujols is on, especially when Albie is only 30 feet away from you holding a bat? Pujols scared the piss out of me and I was watching from the safety of my own home. I would not want to make that dude mad.

  6. Frank Rizzo says:
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    sorry about the double post. didn’t think the 1st one went through. i guess i’m so damned scared of albie that i’m starting to lose my mind.

  7. royce! says:
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    Brandon Wood got called up and played last night. I like those AAA #s, esp. for a SS.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Funky Cold Mussina: I agree with Nick — Holliday/Quentin/Sizemore/Cameron/Kemp

    But you are a little heavy on speed in your OF/UT, it’s a little late for much movement but I’d try and get as much power as I could from MI or 2nd. Say Kent.

    @123: Very young for mixed leagues, but sometimes guys show up with a burst of value. He shouldn’t be ready for mixed leagues, very young, but sometimes guys show up with a burst of value. If your leagues very deep, he’s worth a flier. In AL-Only leagues and deep mixed keeper leagues, he should be owned. Has pop, will probably be overmatched by major league pitching.

    @Frank Rizzo: I went out last night and missed it, what happened? (Yes, I could Google it, but can’t I ask a question now and then? Or two.)

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I’m with you. I really like this guy. Then you throw in his eligibility and the Angels being way out in front. Maybe I didn’t force the issue enough in the post above, but he’s someone to grab.

  10. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @grey: Villanueva was all puffed up because he got out of a bases loaded jam and decided to start going gangsta and shooting trash talk at the St. Louis bench when Pujols was in the on deck circle. Pujols points the bat at him and tells him to go sit down. Villy then starts mouthing off to Pujols who starts heading toward him, bat in hand, telling him to GO FING SIT DOWN!!!

    It just seems like there’s something authoritative about Albie and I think I’d just do what he say’s. He scares me a little.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Ha! That’s awesome. You have a link of the video?

  12. Shogun says:
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    Anyone know if Scherzer is going to be given a starting job in September? I read somewhere that AZ was going to a four man rotation, which might keep Scherzer in the pen. But if Doug freakin’ Davis still occupies a rotation spot over Scherzer in September, I’m going to think that AZ doesn’t want to make the playoffs.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: He’ll probably be a middle reliever.

  14. Shogun says:
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    Bummer. I was impressed by him as both a starter and reliever, and I can’t figure out why Arizona wouldn’t want to get some quality innings from him as a starter. Anyway, I think Jobacum could have the best season next year of Price/Kershaw/Buchholz/Gio Gonzalez/other talented young starters.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: “I think Jobacum could have the best season next year of Price/Kershaw/Buchholz/Gio Gonzalez/other talented young starters.” You could be right. I think Kershaw in a good position to excel, as well. He might be a little further behind than Jobacum though. Either way, Jobacum’s going to make someone’s staff explode with possibilities of a better tomorrow.

  16. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: I saw Bob Taylor over at Fantasy Hurler call out Rudy for managerial negligence. Seemed a little excessive to do so publicly. It’s just fantasy baseball.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: Well, I responded on his post. I’m disappointed with Bob because we send him a lot of traffic and I was one of the first blogs to link to him back when we were on Blogspot. I haven’t talked to Rudy about it yet because he’s in Europe doing his thing. I can almost guarantee Rudy’s answer will be something along the lines of “I need steals and Juan Pierre’s the best hope I have for steals in a deep league.” Bob’s calling Rudy out for that is like someone saying, “Hey, this guy has Bonifacio in his lineup he doesn’t pay attention!” As we’ve said before on this blog, SAGNOF. You get steals or saves from where you get them. If Pierre’s in your lineup, it’s probably because you’re hurting for steals not because you’re not paying attention.

    Also, it was very low of him to call out a guy whose child is dying. Even talking about this is infuriating, so I’ll stop now, but when I talk to Rudy we’ll probably take Bob’s link off the site and never speak of that schmohawk again.

  18. JR says:
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    @Grey

    By the way, you guys work fifty times harder on your site than he does on his. The twelfth straight “Line of the Day” post? Yeah, thanks… I didn’t know that guy went 3-4 yesterday…

    Razzball, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, MLB Trade Rumors.

    You don’t need anything else.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Thanks a lot, JR. Mucho appreciado.

  20. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: When I read Taylor’s entry, my initial reaction was “Have a sense of humor and grow-up!” (it sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t). It’s one thing to gripe about guys who aren’t actively managing (and it sounds like this might not even be accurate in Rudy’s case), but calling out colleagues publicly and on such trivial matters as fantasy baseball reveals a lack of both maturity and perspective. Speaking ill of colleagues usually only reflects badly on the person who is doing it, and when it’s regarding such a low-stakes issue as fantasy baseball, well, what’s the point? It only makes him look worse.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: Yeah, that’s very true. Thanks, man.

  22. @Shogun: “It’s just fantasy baseball” would be a legitimate argument for guys who play just for fun. Folks that actually run fantasy-baseball sites and write daily about the game should probably hold themselves to a little higher standard.

    @Grey: You might be right about Pierre. Rudy got called out more because he hasn’t checked his team/made any changes since early August rather than any specific decision regarding his lineup.

    As for my post as a whole, I’m not sure how you can really object. The managers in that league agreed from the beginning that we would all write about that league so our readers could follow along. Well, if I’m going to write about the league (which I have — all summer), I’m damn well going to talk about the guys who apparently quit early (which I feel is a massive problem in fantasy leagues everywhere).

    The situation with David Chase of Brock for Broglio is unfortunate. I’ve exchanged e-mails with him and updated my original post to reflect his tragic circumstances, and it appears he holds no ill will against me. And I, of course, completely understand why he’s let his team languish and wish nothing but the best for him and his son.

    If you feel you need to remove the link to my site just because I wrote factual information about a league I was supposed to be writing about, that’s fine. I love your site. Hope you don’t mind if I continue to visit.

  23. Steve says:
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    I’m with shogun.

    Accepting that the fantasy baseball advice is fantastic, what I probably like most about Razzball is the ability and willingness of its proprietors and readers to discuss subjects other than fantasy baseball.

    Perspective, in other words.

  24. Lolhamburger says:
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    I am heading into the playoffs in my 12 team H2H league. Semi-finals round will be the next two weeks of September. Here is my question:

    I currently carry the following SPs: Lincecum, Kazmir, Billingsley and Lilly. I also have the following RPs: B. Wilson, Fuentes, Broxton, C. Perez, J. Johnson, Ayala, F. Francisco and Percival. Someone has foolishly dropped Baker, and I feel that I must claim him. Assuming that I am successful, which RP should be dropped? I am leaning towards J. Johnson since Sherrill is close to returning, but have to admit that I am a bit nervous because my closers generally are not that reliable. I could also see dropping Ayala since I do not trust him at all, but I also suspect that he has a shot to go on a lucky run in September.

    Any thoughts? I am also carrying Wheeler, but his spot when he is dropped upon Percival’s return needs to be used for a MI, as I currently have no one in that spot (since I locked up my plaoff spot weeks ago). Wood is the right pickup? The alternatives are guys like Alexi Casilla, Nick Punto, Ramon Vazquez, Cesar Izturis, etc.

    Mucho gracias.

  25. Shogun says:
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    @Steve: True that. We can enjoy discussing Julianne Redbush Moore’s performance in Short Cuts as much as Jay Bruce saving babies or the trapdoor in Dr. James Andrews’ office that pitchers fall through after they visit him, before returning 15-18 months later. That’s well-roundedness, I say.

  26. royce! says:
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    Got a Yahoo DL Q: when a player is taken off the DL in real life, does Yahoo take them off their DL the next day, or the day after the player’s first appearance back? The Indians reactivated V-Mart and I have a waiver claim pending for tomorrow but I’m afraid that it won’t be able to go through without me dropping another player.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob Taylor: I objected because it was inaccurate, done with malice and unfunny.

    Let’s see, I’ve mentioned your site four times:

    http://razzball.com/?s=hurler

    All done with good intentions. I rip ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Ryan Zimmerman, ESPN, Yankee management, ESPN, Karabell, ESPN and sometimes ESPN. I don’t go out of my way to shit on people who are just trying their best. When I have something caustic to say about a fellow blogger:

    http://razzball.com/i-theoritically-protest-that-trade/

    I do it without naming names.

    So far you’ve mentioned us twice in two months. I ignored the first one, but it was something like “Let’s see if Razzball plays this game as well as they talk about it… Well, they’re in 7th so maybe not.” That wasn’t done with good intentions either. You fail to mention we’re in other blogger leagues that no one talks about where we are doing well. I believe Rudy’s battling for first in one league. Why don’t you talk about that one? I understand though, you attempt to take down the ones above you. Probably why I go after Karabell. It’s flattering, as one commenter above said. So thank you.

    @Lolhamburger: I would drop Johnson, grab Baker and replace Wheeler with Wood when Percival returns. But make sure Percival is heatlhy first before you drop him. I’d wait to see a save from him.

    @Steve: Agreed.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: They remove them the day after their first appearance, but you don’t bet on Yahoo to do anything the same way twice. That’s at least how they’ve done it in the past.

  29. @Grey: Please point out to me where my original post is inaccurate. Regarding Rudy, what was said that he hasn’t logged in to check/adjust his lineup since August 9th — which was true then and continues to be true now.

    Meanwhile, you continue to make inaccurate statements about me. My exact and entire quote about Razzball in the one post you reference is this: “Nobody really cares how I’m doing in my money league, right? You just want to know whether the guys from Razzball actually play this game as well as they write about it.” That’s it. I say nothing about Rudy playing the game poorly. In fact, the only thing I really insinuate is that you guys are really good writers … which you are. So where is the malice there?

    Also, you wonder why I don’t mention the bloggers leagues in which your writers are faring better. Dude, I don’t play in any other bloggers leagues. The one in which Rudy is in eighth place and hasn’t checked his team in three weeks is it for me, so that’s the one I’ve written about. Sorry I wasn’t invited to play in the leagues you guys are dominating. Is that somehow my fault, too?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob Taylor: You say something like “they’re writing about fantasy baseball so I know they’re around.” Rudy hasn’t written anything for the site in over two weeks. He’s in Europe. Sorry I mistook your compliment, it didn’t read right to me.

  31. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Bob Taylor: As someone who never heard of Fantasy Hurler until about two minutes ago, I would suggest you amend your original post and, rather than pointing out that the man with the ailing infant apologized to you, you should apologize to him. A few times.

    Also: Get some perspective.

  32. Shogun says:
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    On a happier note, I’m headed to Oaktown tonight to see my Twins kick the hell out of the A’s. It’ll be my first time at a game in the Coliseum, er, McAfee. I’m hoping Slowey throws well.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: Have fun! (And wear kevlar.)

  34. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Well, it looks like V-Mart’s gonna start at 1B tonight anyway, so I have to make a decision… three options, as I see it:

    1. Drop V-Mart and keep Shoppach, or the reverse.

    2. Keep both, and forgo adding Wiggington, who I intended to start for the week of 9/8, in which he will be playing 7 games at home, w/ 3 likely against PIT lefties (with his splits this is like seeing a pair of eagles rend a pregnant hare, if you’re into bird signs).

    3. Drop Broxton, which would allow me to keep Shoppach, Wiggington and V-Mart (for the remaining 2 h2h periods, I intend to start Rivera and Jensen Lewis (8 games in week) and Rivera and Percival (15 games in 2 week period)). Btw, due to our league counting holds, Fuentes, Gregg, and Sherrill are all FAs, so I would have other options for saves if Percival returns to the DL or Wheeler continues to close.

  35. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: No doubt. It’s like a low-rider convention over there.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: First, who isn’t into bird signs? Seriously.

    Second, drop Broxton. I normally would never tell someone to drop a closer, let alone one of Broxton’s girth but he’s struggled and your league doesn’t reward closers like most leagues. This is assuming you can use both VMart and Shoppach. If you’re dropping Broxton just to watch VMart sonavabench you, then it’s kinda silly.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: Tell em your friends with Stanley Burrell, you’ll get VIP treatment.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Sweet Jesus, that’s one of the best Youtube videos I’ve ever seen. Gotta love when they go to show it off and he swerves all over the road. BTW, Lil Sis is Snoop from The Wire’s doppelganger.

  39. royce! says:
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    @Shogun: Seriously, though, I went to McAfee recently (saw Gio’s first home game) and wanted to prepare you for a surreal baseball experience, but seeing as how you’re a Twins fan, all I can say is that it’s probably like going to a roofless Metrodome with 10,000 less people in attendance. Yet somehow it’s a total blast. (I’m sure it helped that seats 20 rows behind home plate are like $35.)

  40. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: Haha. No need to drop Burrell’s name – if I show up in my Hammer Pants they’ll know I’m 2 legit. Btw, Bubb Rubb is my boy. That’s an awesome vid.

  41. royce! says:
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    @Grey: re: Lil’ Sis': absolutely Snoop… I’m actually catching up on the last season right now, and have to say that her character scares the bejeezus out of me, way more than Chris Partlow. Not sure how much I’m digging the 5th season, though. Seems wacky, like the middle episodes of Twin Peaks.

    Not sure of soundboards are still cool (I think the last time I thought about Bubb Rubb and Lil Sis was like 2002, when I thought they were) but:

    http://www.millerarts.com/interactive/BubbRubb/BubbRubbSoundBoard.html

  42. Shogun says:
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    @Royce: Yeah, that’s what it looks like. We actually picked up some seats off of Craigslist that are 20 rows behind home plate for $30/each. I couldn’t believe that’s face value for such good seats. Props on that video.

  43. cruisinkc says:
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    Better sport start tomorrow
    Looper @ Houston
    Pelfrey @ Florida

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Rudy wasn’t feeling this season’s Wire either, but I thought it was still genius, just not quite season 4. There were certain leaps of faith that you need to make with this season, more so than past seasons, where it felt a little more rooted in reality. My one true complaint is I liked Marlo, as the top dog, the least.

    re: Soundboard — Wow.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: As good as they’ve been, they both have lousy records against those teams. I say, Pelfrey only because of how solid he’s been for two months now.

  46. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Three straight Streaming Schmohawks, three straight wins.

    According to Hippo logic, there’s approximately a 100% chance Zach Miner gets a win tonight.

    But we all know that 96.4% of all statistics are made up right on the spot.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: You should have your own column, “Hippo’s Throwing Darts, Cover Your Eyes.”

  48. Shogun says:
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    @Royce: I can’t think of a better way to wash down a visit to Oakland than with a chicken sandwich (and some waffle fries).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX8_M-KI7IQ (not work friendly)

    Is Betty’s near McAfee?

  49. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Ha

    Can’t, I don’t have a webmaster. Wonder if I can borrow Hiroki from Maxim.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I picture a very deep baritone, “Hey, welcome everyone to another installment of Shooting From the Hippo. Today I like whoever’s pitching against the Nats, Charlie Morton and What’s His Face from the Padres.”

  51. BigFatHippo says:
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    Now you sound like Karabell, only without the squeaky girlish whining.

    “What’s His Face” would be Nadir Bupkus right?

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ha, his voice does squeak right? Oh God, he kills me. I’m going to write a Hater Bell post right now. Work off some of my anger.

  53. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Look forward to it, kick him in the nuts while you’re at it, as if he had any.

    I’m sure you’ve got some pent up, what with all the backpedaling from a certain unnamed blogger I read about earlier. Sorry I wasn’t there, work gets in the way.

  54. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: Jane Goodall was very sensitive when it came to her nipples,that comment was uncalled for.

  55. @Grey: When deciding whether or not to name names, I decided to see when these guys had last posted about fantasy baseball and compare it to when they had last adjusted their lineups (figuring that if they’re writing about fantasy baseball, they should be actually playing it). Rudy posted here on Aug. 19th, a full 10 days after he’d last visited our league site. Incidentally, this is what got me in trouble in regards to Brock for Broglio. David posted a series of articles in mid-August, but I didn’t go back far enough to notice the gap between July 12th and August 20th. If I would have, I would have e-mailed him first. I made a mistake there.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You’re right. The way it’s written … it does lack tact. I was trying to make the point — David’s point, in fact — that communication with your leaguemates, however brief, is always good if you’re going to bail on your league. Again, I’ve e-mailed David to express in private my regret over what happened (and I also e-mailed him a copy of the update to make sure he was okay with it), and that’s really all I can do at this point. I don’t feel the least bit guilty about naming the other three.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: That’s Dame.

    @Bob Taylor: You mention two guys who haven’t touched their teams since early July. One guy who has Evan Longoria in his lineup and Rudy who hasn’t adjusted since August 9th and has Juan Pierre in his lineup. You lump all of these guys together. If you don’t see how they’re not the same thing, this will not be explained to you on this blog. You will need to look deep within yourself for these answers.

    Rudy wrote up a league update and had me post it. He was gone by that point. So he potentially abandoned his team from the 9th to the 17th, when that post was written, which is why the standings are through that day. So was his team abandonment for 8 days? Or was he was hoping for steals from Pierre? These questions and more might possibly be answered when Rudy returns. Or maybe he might just return with hairy lady who resembles Steve Balboni. Time will tell!

    In summation, whatever.

  57. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I vote for hairy lady who resembles Steve Balboni. Hehe

    Just don’t post the link for that website, it would compel me to visit. Please, I repeat, please don’t post.

    I’m begging you man. Don’t post it, “oh the humanity”…………….

    Hey, you could start another Bigfoot hoax if he finds her. Instant cash.

  58. Shogun says:
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    @Royce: Might not make it there; I’m coming up from the Peninsula. Thanks for the reco, though.

  59. @Grey: But I DID make a distinction between the “quitters” and the “slackers.” Did you even read my original post?! Regardless, I suppose it’s true that Rudy’s slacking could appear less egregious if you consider his travel schedule. I just don’t like it when managers go more than two weeks without adjusting their lineup (which you KNOW could use the adjusting during that time, if only to rotate in the starting pitchers occupying their bench). I think it’s bad form. Maybe that indeed means I take fantasy baseball too seriously.

    All right, I’ll leave you guys alone now. No sense in me continuing to clog up your comments. Thanks for at least allowing me to respond to the ass-kicking I’m getting on here.

  60. royce! says:
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    Any thoughts on Guthrie’s recent troubles? He lasted 3 innings today and had 6 walks and 7 ER. Are the innings catching up with him or should I not get scared off by two bad starts? I’m gonna need him to pitch well against CLE and MIN in his second and third starts from now.

  61. wassup says:
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    I have an extra dl spot so i might as well use it. Ne big name players that could be on my waiver wire. The only one i know right now is crawford, kendrick

  62. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Could it be 4 for 4?

    6-1 lead with Kip Wells in the game, could end up 47-1.

    Zach Miner is the new Jorge De La Rosa. I’m starting to like that “Shootin from the Hippo” idea.

    Then again, I sorta liked Pet Rocks, Chia Pets and Sea Monkeys.

  63. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Well, nobody’s supposed to know this, but I’ll tell just you. Rudy is in Italy searching for Bigfoot. Now keep it on the hush-hush, QT. Also, sea monkeys *were* a good idea.

    @royce!: His innings caught up to him in July last year, so he made it a little further this year. Maybe next year he can get through September. If there’s someone better out there, I’d consider it. I know, it sucks. But you guys had a nice run together.

    @wassup: I think Crawford’s out until the last week of the season and Kendrick’s out until the 2nd to last but by then the Angels will have clinched. Not very exciting either way. May as well grab Kendrick.

  64. wassup says:
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    Also, are there any notable good pitchers that are worth more than kendrick. Can you name some good pitchers that could be possibly on my leagues waiver wire that are currently on the dl. thanks in advance

  65. Grey

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    @wassup: If you could, give me like the top 7-10 and I’ll try and steer you in the right direction.

  66. BSA says:
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    Well, well, well, what a day at razzball for me to just now check in during the bottom of the ninth. Literally!

    Grey I really don’t know you or Rudy but feel inclined to pass on my wishes for the best possible outcome in his situation, for whatever it is worth in the big picture of what is important in life. Peace and good will!

    Nuf ‘Ced!

    I’ll ask my fantasy question tomorrow……
    Ah, what the hell!
    What the fuck has been up with Guthrie? My team hasn’t seen those numbers since I got Haranged!

  67. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: How’d Bigfoot get a plane ticket from the bootheel? Southwest?

    Come to think of it, there’s been a new guy delivering my paper for the last week so he may be in Italy.

    If he gets his route back I’ll call Rudy and tell him not to bother.

  68. knighttown says:
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    NASTY Sonofabench tonight as I avoided Dickerson’s lefty on lefty matchup with Zito in favour of Hideki. I got rewarded with a handful of 0 for 3 instead of 3 for 4, 1HR, 3runs and 4RBI. I’m SURE someone told me he sits against lefties.

  69. BSA says:
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    +++From the bostonglobe.com
    “Despite being bouyed by the good news of Josh Beckett’s “awesome” test results from his examination today with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., the Red Sox placed their right-handed staff ace on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Augus 18) with inflammation in his right elbow, according to Sox general manager Theo Epstein.”

  70. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Re: replacing Guthrie: I was hoping to get 2 starts out of him in the week of 9/8, but since I have Lester and Harang 2 starting that week I might not need him.

    But possible replacements would be Anibal Sanchez (@PHI and WAS), Carmona (@BAL and KC), Bush (CIN and @PHI), Petit (@SF and CIN- if they don’t skip him again), Blackburn (KC and @BAL), Edwin Jackson (@BOS and @NYY), and Eveland (@DET and TEX).

    There’s a lot of schmohawks in there, but, if push came to shove, whom would you prefer? I’m thinking Petit, but if he gets skipped again it could bite me in the ass.

  71. BSA says:
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    @Grey: yeah the post came up as I was typing. Caught it after clicking submit.

  72. Grey

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    @BSA: Did it really say “awesome?” In quotes? That’s wicked awesome.

    @knighttown: Are you pointing that blame at me? I tell you to pickup the best thing since sliced cheese and then I take grief when you sit him. Sorry if I told you to sit him, but he’s .167 against lefties up until today. And wasn’t good in the minors against them either.

  73. knighttown says:
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    1. V-Mart is back. If I activate him I haffa drop someone. So, who to lose out of Ianetta, Putz (have 4 other RP), Cruz, Konerko, Span, Matsui or do I just sit him for a few days to see how things go?

    2. +27 IP overage. Do I start Lilly at home vs. Philly? I think I do as their power are lefties.

    3. Fuck you Volquez. Go back to China. Innings overage and I feel safe starting you against the Giants but no…

  74. Grey

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    @royce!: I like Petit, Sanchez, Blackburn, Bush (but I don’t like the 2nd start), Eveland

  75. Grey

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    @knighttown: Lose Putz if you’re secure with saves. Lose Span if you’re okay on steals. I think you have to start Lilly, but if it’s blowing out, you might get handed a dead donkey. Volquez wasn’t the guy we saw in the first half, he’s not this guy either. He’s in the middle.

  76. knighttown says:
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    @Grey:

    Nah brother, I was using the “someone” as the actual definition (a random person) not the sarcastic “someone” like I say to my invalid Grandad;

    In best doting parent voice:
    “Someone pooped their pants. Who was it? Was it you? Yes it was. Yes it was-sy, was-sy was.”

    And by “sit him” (Dickerson) I actually thought I read he platoons and doesn’t even play against lefties.

    But “someone” is a little testy after the whole Bob Taylor fiasco..and I’m using “someone” in the poopy pants way this time.

  77. BigFatHippo says:
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    @knighttown: Ha, I almost shit my pants reading that.

  78. Lolhamburger says:
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    Thanks, Grey, as always, for the helpful feedback. Some follow-up questions:

    Rotoworld is reporting that Sherrill is being shut down for a few days and “will struggle to be ready by mid-September”. Meanwhile, Ayala gave up 2 runs in a save situation tonight. Does this change which RP I should drop?

    Second question, Dickerson is available and had another great game tonight. I am currently playing Rios, Hart, McLouth, Dunn, Victorino and Cameron in my OF/UT spots. Are any of them worth dropping for Dickerson for September? I am thinking no, but want to make sure that it is not inertia.

    Thanks again!

  79. Lolhamburger says:
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    @myself

    Thinking out loud. Ayala plays for a team that could yield many more save chances. Not sure how many saves J. Johnson can get even if he never blows a save. Also, whichever RP I drop will likely be grabbed by another playoff bound team. Who would I rather my opponents have?

  80. Grey

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    @knighttown: Ha!

    @Lolhamburger: Yeah, I read that about Sherrill. I’d still drop Johnson.

    Obviously I like Dickerson from all the times I’ve touted him, but you’re good for now.

  81. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Not sure if you recall or not, but big ups for the Ethier recommendation yesterday. Those two steals have gone a very long way to securing my playoff spot.
    Might have to keep him around!
    Atkins’ two dingers didn’t hurt either – perhaps the slump is over?

  82. Grey

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    @Steve: Don’t remember it, but it sounds like some genius thing I would say. Glad it worked out!

  83. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hehe. Yeah, just needed an LF fill-in while Pat is looking for his Bat.
    As it were.
    On a related note, you got any way of judging when a player is out of a slump and it’s time to get him back in your lineup?
    Other than throwing him in there and hoping for the best, of course.

  84. knighttown says:
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    @Grey:

    Jeebus, Volquez somehow got in win to go with his ERA of 10.13. Yay? Thank the Lord for Barry Zito.

    I may have asked this before, but when save vulturing, do you rotate in and out based on which team you feel is most likely to win or do you always play your same three guys to avoid being Sonofabench’d.

    Right now I’ve got RP and 3 spots and I dropped Wheeler last week and it seems like he gets a save every night.

    -Putz
    -Rodney
    -Ayala
    -Frankie chair thrower
    -Ryan

    So for tomorrow, I’m sitting Frankie b/c they are “unlikely” to beat the Angels and will likely start Ayala and Rodney as they get the Fish and Royals respectively. So Putz vs. Cleveland or Ryan vs. the Yanks? Or something completely different.

  85. Grey

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    @Steve: Each player’s different. Try and get in at the beginning of a hot streak, like craps.

    @knighttown: The Angels are coasting until October. I’d go with Chairy over Putz and Ryan. Usually I would start the same three guys and trade away excess, but it’s late for that. I’d try and play the better matchup from now until the end of the season.

  86. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey:

    Gamel and Brad Nelson will both be called up by the Brew Crew…

  87. Carl says:
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    Brandon Webb is singlehandedly stopping me from running away from this pool. Do I bench him until he throws a damn quality start? How does someone so talented pitch like they get paid to be a dumbass?

  88. Grey

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    @Tony B.: I saw that today. Thanks.

    @Carl: I wouldn’t bench him no matter how tempting. Also…

    ***TAKE FOLLOWUPS TO THE NEWEST POST.

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