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The Indians have been more of a trainwreck than Jeff Conaway and Tom Sizemore doing a community theater production of The Taking of Pelham 123. Now Grady Sizemore hits the DL with elbow inflammation.  For whatever reason, this season he’s shown himself to be a bit of a flight risk.  In 13 attempted steals, he’s been caught stealing 6 times.  (He’s been terrible at stealing bases, but has elbow pain?  Is he running on his hands?  What’s the deal, friend?)  Half of me wants to be the doomsayer, um, saying doom that Sizemore’s going to struggle even when he returns because of what we’ve seen in the past from players with elbow pain.  Then my better half wants to say it can’t be that bad, he hit his 9th home run on Saturday. So the ladies love Grady, but should his fantasy owners?  Unfortunately, if elbow pain is severe enough to send someone to the DL, it’s not a good sign.  So I wouldn’t try to buy him low, unless the deal’s too good to turn down.  Then again, I wouldn’t sell him low, either.  If you own him, I think you need to just hold and hope for the best.  Unless, again, someone’s overpaying you for him.  Basically, you’re in a pickle between a rock and a hard place.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ben Francisco – 2-for-3 with a steal.  Hitting .360 in the last seven games and has 5 homers and 9 steals on the year.  Yawnstipating, for sure.  But Francisco will now be batting in the top of the order while Sizemore nurses his elbow.  Is Sizemore nursing his elbow in public? Gross!

Victor Martinez – Sat out yesterday.  Are the Indians punting this season?

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and the Indians batted third their .339 SLG shortstop.  Though I don’t think that lasts.

Chien-Ming Wang – 8 IP, 2 ER and 7 Ks since he’s returned, but, man, it really feels like he’s trying to get you to fall for the old-banana-in-the-tailpipe, right?

Kevin Youkilis – 2 HRs yesterday as he bats .366 on the season and way above where his BABIP says he should be, i.e., the bottom could fall out.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 1 ER, 12 Ks.  Even if you missed this start because you benched him, this is a good sign going forward… Unless he continues to alternate good and bad starts, then you’re gonna have to wait ten days for another good start, at which time you’ll probably bench him again.

Alex Rios – 5 for his last 8 and a homer and steal yesterday.  In case you don’t own him, which I don’t, you may not know his current stats.  6 homers, 4 steals and a .276 average.  From a 3rd round draft pick in ’08 to 5th round in ’09, he’s making a case for the 8th round next year.  Maybe the -is on his first name was his Samson’s hair.

John Maine – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  Besides some early season struggles, he’s pitched well.  Can’t hurt to pitch at Metco.  If he’s out there, he gets the Nats next time out.

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 Ks.  Falls into those untradeable guys.  You can’t trade him for how valuable he’s been, because no one believes it.  On the other hand, you can’t trade for him either, because you don’t believe it either.  Wait, huh?

Jason Berken – 7 IP, 1 ER.  Didn’t this guy used to date Lauren Conrad?  (BTW, how about that Hills finale?  Tears, pho sho!)  Anyway, Berken’s not worth a pickup in 16 team leagues that only use Orioles.

Josh Willingham – 2 HRs yesterday and 3rd homer in three days.  Had a good May, wouldn’t trust him to have a good June.

Elijah Dukes – Returns Tuesday.  That’s if he doesn’t end up in jail.  I could totally see Phil Spector producing a Dukes album.

Edwin Maysonet – Rod Roddy, “For the next contestant on The Price is Right… A brand new…. Maysonet!”  9-for-20 since being called up to fill-in for Kaz Matsui.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say 9-for-20 is the best string of 20 ABs he’s ever had in pro ball.

Paul Maholm – 7 IP, 1 ER, but lost in a pitcher’s duel to Mike Hampton, who went 7 IP, 1 ER with 3 Ks.  The official attendance was 19,566 people bored out of their mind.  This would be a good test to see if a girl likes you, “Baby, you wanna take in the Astros/Pirates game? I hear the Pirates mascot, Captain Jolly Roger, shoots wieners into the crowd.”

Ben Zobrist – 1-for-4, batting leadoff yesterday.  While it might be nice in theory, let’s not put too much pressure on The Zo.  He’s 25-for-74 with 4 homers batting sixth.  The Zo likes to relax!

Randy Choate – What, no save today?  As I said in the comments on Saturday after Choate notched back-to-back saves on Friday and Saturday, Choate’s a situational lefty.

Kris Medlen – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks.  The forces of the universe are conspiring against Hanson.

Max Scherzer – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Ouch… Wait, huh?  Ouch…  Sorry, having a hard time sitting down.

Chipper Jones – This year might be the first time I’ve owned Chipper in any league in ten years — in fairness, I only own him there because it’s an OBP, and Chipper does the OBP thing almost as well as he does the, “Ow, my v-jay hurts,” thing.  So, my conclusion after owning him for two months is I hate him even more this year.  5 homers is unacceptable.  Seriously.

Yovani Gallardo – I thought I was going to witness something historic when he struckout 8 through the first 9 batters.  Alas, the pitch count was high and he had to get pulled in the 6th.

Zach Greinke – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks.  Who slipped the Kryptonite into his Prozac?  Not cool, guys.

John Danks – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Walks haven’t been great, but he’s striking out guys at a solid rate.  The opposing team’s hits are just coming at the wrong time.  His ERA should come down.

Adam Kennedy – 2 HRs yesterday.   Though Nixon demanded a recount.

Josh Hamilton – Headed for a MRI for his abdominal and groin problems.  Hopefully, they’re separate issues.  Otherwise, that would really be a problem.

Andrew Bailey – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, blown save, but the Win.  Now not only is he the closer, but he’s also the setup man.  Maybe Ziegler disagreed with the choice of Brad Pitt to play Billy Beane in Moneyball:  The Movie. I, for one, hope Pitt channels his True Romance character for the role.

Scott Hairston – 2-for-4, and a steal.  I know, he’s a Padre, but, seriously, he has value.

Ervin Santana – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  I kinda wish instead of saying you should trade him after a few good starts, I pressed you, dear Razzball reader, to trade him before his first start.  I think a trip to the Disgraceful List is more likely than a turnaround, but you’ll need to bench him and wait it out.

David Aardsma – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 BBs. I didn’t see this outing, but he must’ve been very wild.  It’s hard to walk four Angels in two-thirds of an inning.   Luckily, Morrow’s been erratic as all get-out.

Ichiro Suzuki – 4-for-5 with a homer.  He’s batting .354 so that’s, uh, ya know where you expect it.  But he only has 19 Runs.  Surprisingly, he doesn’t have 19 solo homers.

Chad Gaudin – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks.  Threw a masterpiece on Sunday in Colorado.  Of course…  Sonavabench!

Adrian Gonzalez – Hit his 20th homer yesterday.  Padres could clear 200 homers this year.  If Gonzalez hits 180.

Joey Votto – Totally pulling a Kotchman at this point as he heads to the DL with a stress-related issue.  What, he misplaced his ear drops and totally freaked?  What’s the deal, Votto?  Let’s get our shizz together.

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-4, HR yesterday.  I think my concerns about Phillips’s hairline fracture in his thumb were prematurely reported.  Seems to be fine.  I recant. (<–16th Century Word of the Day!)

Micah Owings – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Nothing really to report with this guy, but the Brewers announcer said something funny during yesterday’s game. (FYI, something is guaranteed to not be funny, when you say it’s funny.  Anyway…) Dusty walks to the mound and the Brewers announcer says something to the effect, “There’s no one ready in the Reds bullpen so this is probably just to talk to Owings about strategy for this next hitter.”  Then Dusty removes Owings from the game after five and two-thirds and 103 pitches.  So the Brewers announcer says, “I wonder what Owings said to get Dusty to pull him from the game.”  This made me laugh.  What on earth could Owings had said to get removed after only 103 pitches?  “Please, Dusty, I’ll wash your car!”  “I’m your man next time Dusty Jr. needs a babysitter on a Friday night.”  “Dusty, I’ll tell you who crapped in your Cubs Dairy Queen sundae helmet.  It was Votto!”

90 Responses

  1. TheGreatVeto says:
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    whats the word on elijah dukes? i had him before he went on the DL and was happy with what he was giving me. should i re-pick him up and dump jake fox? Because i don’t know how much longer i am going to wait to see if fox gets playing time

  2. Mike says:
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    Aardsma killed me yesterday! 2 H2H leagues – in one he cost me my WHIP lead, in the other he (along with Wainwright) turned a win in losses to a loss & cost me a tie in saves (if he’d closed it out). Damnit – I’m dropping him now…(or maybe not).

    Votto is really annoying me too. Forced me to pick up Overbay in one league, but worse was the fact that I’d bench him when he was hitting HRs despite his ailments, and play him when he sat, or worse played one inning.

    Scherzer and Santana did a bit of ERA damage yesterday.

  3. Paji says:
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    Adam Lind’s been struggling before his homer few days ago, still think he can get do .280 25 100? thanks.

  4. Tenken says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Which Indian do you like at SS from this point forward? Asdrubal or Peralta? Maybe throw Stephen Drew in this race? Yes, it’s a shallow 8 team league.

  5. Aaron Pil says:
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    I always end up owning Chipper somehow. He will go bananas for you one month Grey, he seems to do that every year. Like hit .380 with 10 HRs and 30 RBIs and 30 Runs.

    The rest of the time its frustration. I drafted him as a hedge for Cust (who I thought would be having a better season). Was hoping Chipper Cust hits me 55 HRs with a .310 BA/180/200.

    And no, thats not working out for me.

  6. sickmangarner says:
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    Anyone have opinions about Kuroda? He’s due off the DL to start tonight.

  7. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey – thanks to both you and the Baron (who claims co-ownersuip of the suggestion ) for picking up Edwin Jackson. Own him in two leagues, and am exceedingly content to keep him.

    Ichiro’s BA seems like the emptiest .354 I have ever seen. hopefully my fellow RCL members won’t read this post, as I intend to get rid of him ASAP. And yeah, you told us so.

    You mentioned Adam Kennedy several weeks ago; I picked him up on a flyer, and he has been unbelievable. How long can I expect this to last?

    Should I pitch/bench Volk (tough match off of DL) and Kiroda (terrible outing last rehab appearance)?

    As for the Indians tanking the season; Wedge gave a textbook example of how to mismanage his bullpen yesterday. Anyone who saw the game would agree.

    BTW, great job, as usual.

  8. cleaver596 says:
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    I’m wondering about Kuroda as well. I have to play either Kuroda and get two starts from him this week or start Dice-K and get two starts from him this week also. Based on Dice-K’s two outings since coming off the DL so far, I’m leanign towards Kuroda. I like Kuroda taking on ARI for his first game, but he has the Phillies later this week. Dice-K has DET and then TEX. Any thoughts?

  9. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Indians blow, another disappointing season for us OHIO’ns…. and the cavs, ughhh, we won’t even start with them…

    @anyone: who wants to fly to LA with me and lobby outside of the LAD stadium until Joe Torre moves Matt Kemp up in the line up. Kemp single handedly tied me up in HR’s yesterday, one more RBI and he woulda tied that up, stole a base, and won my H2H matchup in the top of the 9th by showing one ounce of patience and taking a WALK!

    The dude needs to move up. Seriously furcal and russel martin are batting ahead of him and hitting right around .250? Makes no sense. I’ll just keep bitching til I see results!

  10. Tony says:
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    Oh and whoever the owner(s) are in my RCL league that keep offering 4 schmucks usually with one injured schmuck in the mix for my Billingsley or Beltran, a solid 2 for 4 deal? STOP. ANNOYING. GIMME A DEAL THAT HELPS US BOTH, OR IS AT LEAST SOMEWHAT EVEN….

    CHRIMENY!

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Tony: I feel bad for all Cleveland fans- last Championship for city was Browns NFL Championship, I believe in 64 (to lazy to Google it). However, I am hoping that Lebron’s frustration may encourage him to sign with the NY Knucklebiters.

    I will fly to LA with you. Kemp also won my H2H match last night with a dinger.

    Grey – one more question: is Phil Hughes worth holding on too? Is Pavano a good pickup? (Actually, that was 2 questions.)

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: All thanks should go to Grey and Rudy. After all, if they didn’t run this fine establishment, I’d just be some guy shouting at random strangers, “Pick up Edwin Jackson!” Which is what I am now, except I’m yelling, “Votto hit two donks — from my bench! Seriously, Random Stranger! What’s up with that?”

    Speaking of which: Pick up Joel Hanrahan! Seriously. If you need saves, and he’s still out there because everyone collectively decided he’s a splatburger, go get him. He won’t lead the league in saves but he pitched another clean inning with 2 Ks yesterday. Hanrahrahanaryan!

    Grey — you are dead right about the E-Jax dilemma. Though I’d say, if you have him, hold him — he won’t end the year with an ERA this low, but the turnaround seems to be real. And if you don’t have him, see if you can get him at a “sell high” discount. No reason to think this is a fluke. Aubrey Huff, Edwin’s former Ray-mate, was singing Jackson’s praises yesterday.

    Speaking of O’s, a friend emailed me this bit of clubhouse frivolity from a report on Baltimore:

    “Everybody is jumping around. Everybody is happy. Everybody has smiles on everybody’s faces,” center fielder Adam Jones said. “The team is getting a little younger, but it is getting more interesting. Everybody is enjoying it.” However, as it happens, there is tension. “Not everybody is enjoying it,” said disgruntled third baseman Ty Wigginton. “I wish Adam would keep his smile on his own face.”

    Sounds like someone’s not sharing his stash.

  13. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I hope LBJ is loyal and stays in cleveland. If the cavs haven’t realized they need to spend a little more and bring in one more piece. Mo was nice. Someone needs to replace Z. He’s getting old. This was the year though. Just met up with the Wrong team. The magic had our number the whole time, shouldn’t have even WON one game…

    pathetic

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    5 player keeper league, no limits or draft penalties factor into your keepers. so this guy has had both pooholes and teixeira since the inception of the league, he’s been looking to move teixeira suddenly this season (despite being a huge yankee fan…go figure). he ends up trading teixeira for quentin (injured), alexei (warming up, but still a horrendous 1st 2 months), and scherzer (lots of potential, but young and inconsistent).

    not veto worthy by any means, but you are telling me you can’t get at least 1 keeper level player who isn’t injured or hasn’t started horrendously + another piece for teixeira? just doesn’t make sense.

  15. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Even though Choate got the saves this weekend, I doubt he sees too many more. Just playing the matchups both times.

    If one was to make a speculative add on who will get the most saves for TB, would it be Wheeler, Balfour, or maybe someone else?

    ~Signed, a saves whore.

  16. Jareth Cutestory says:
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    God speed Votto. Andy LaDouche is going to be a poor substitute in your absence.

  17. the giant brain says:
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    i’m in a keeper league, who has more value – CC or Reyes? I would be trading CC and getting Reyes, I’m leaning towards yes, but I’m thinking more of thinking long term in this trade…i just need another opinion…thanks

  18. Tony says:
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    @the giant brain: take reyes, pitchers are worth less IMO compared to a speed/talen like reyes.

  19. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @the giant brain: Agree with Tony.

    While CC is a top flight SP, he still only helps your team every fifth day. Whereas Reyes is also a top SS, and he’s putting up stats for your team everyday.

  20. Tony says:
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    @the giant brain: although reyes is hurt, i say take him knowing its a keeper…

  21. Kris says:
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    @Grey: Con-den-scend me, man. I’ll fuckin’ kill ya, man. – Floyd

  22. jbatkins says:
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    Hey Grey, long time, first time:
    At a UT spot in a 10-tm weekly pts league, do I go with Dukes, W. Aybar, or Hermida this week. Aybar’s been the hottest, Hermida’s gotten the most ABs, and Dukes has the pedigree…. but he also may end up in jail (as you so astutely pointed out) 36 hours from now at gametime. Leaning toward Aybar, but I dunno…

  23. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Prince/Slowey for Miggy?

    Prince/E-Jax for Miggy?

    Or either/both of these doable?

  24. Stephen says:
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    Dizzy V is killing me. Praise Jesus I decided to draft three 1B with Dunn Loney and Dizzy V. Seriously, Dizzy V is a swarming vortex of Kotch-i-nites with a twist of grimy, pitcher destroying Baker!

    @Tony: It all depends on the league. In a normal scoring league I would take Reyes.

  25. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not if thats Miggys only 3Bmen.

    Otherwise its a maybe. I wouldn’t do either. If i was the Miggy owner that is….

  26. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not if thats Miggys owners only 3Bmen.

    Otherwise its a maybe. I wouldn’t do either. If i was the Miggy owner that is….

  27. Mr. Rickey says:
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    “Dusty, I’ll tell you who crapped in your Cubs Dairy Queen sundae helmet. It was Votto!” Best Reds humor since the last time they pointed the scoreboard “Kiss Cam” in the opposing team’s dugout at Great American Ballpark.

    10 Team Roto – need to sit two of these this week: Harang, Wandy, Volquez, Ervin Santana, Scherzer, Beckett, E-Jax and Carpenter. I’m thinking Santana and Volquez sit – agree/disagree?

    Thanks

  28. mc serch says:
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    @TheGreatVeto: I picked up Dukes…I think he is more likely to give you something going forward than Fox…I read somewhere that he had a good June last year…something like 5 HR’s and 5 steals.@Baron Von Vulturewins: I traded for Hanrahan about 10 days ago…it was the night he wild pitched in the winning run…his stuff looked filthy, just a bit wild. Hopefully, he’s got it together now.

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    partial (at best) week from josh hamilton v. full week from konerko (util spot…this is becoming a far too common weekly dilemma).

    i’m already down a catcher after i already dropped shoppach before we found out flores was going to see dr. freeze (doh!), shoppach hadn’t cleared waivers for me to repick him up and the rest of the catchers were either so bad or had so little potential i decided to cross my fingers and hope no catcher is better than a crap catcher for the week. is doumit ready to return yet?

  30. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    I gotta hold steady on Grabow and Juan Cruz for another day or two, until I see a healthy Capps and Soria back, right? I know Capps got the save but he didn’t look great.

    I just hate the potential ERA/WHIP blowups and Mujica and Villanueva are calling my name from the FA list….unfortunately, no other decent closer-in-waiting prospects out there currently.

  31. sean says:
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    @grey: how many times do i have to ervin santana take a squat on my stats before i have to either cut him or rename my team two girls, one santana.

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @sean: i’d bench santana and see if he’s just gotta get things straight. too much potential to cut this soon, but little to no value on the trade market right now.

  33. jbatkins says:
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    Dukes, W. Aybar, or Hermida (UT spot, weekly 10-tm pts league)? Any thoughts, experts out there in the interwebs?

  34. Scott says:
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    @sickmangarner: Even though he was shaky in his rehab starts, he has a home start against the free-swinging D Bags tonight. Do it.

    @ThePoonTycoon: I don’t think that trade was terrible. If Quentin hit another 35 this year, he would be keeper quality (top 50 player assuming your league is 5 keepers per team, 10 team league).

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I usually wouldn’t like being on the 2 side of a 2 for 1, but Slowey or Jackson seems like a reasonable piece to receive for the 40 or so BA decrease you are getting with Prince. I feel that the other 4 categories are similar enough. I like Slowey to be more consistent this season. He has only walked 5 batters this season in 10 starts!

  35. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Scott: at this point i think that is a big IF with quentin. this strikes me as the type of recurring problem that will linger and be a problem all season, if not his entire career (assuming it may not be operable, and thus only can be fixed by rest).

  36. Scott says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I think I misunderstood when the trade took place. I agree at this point, it is risky for the Tex owner and it seems a little too buy low cutesy. Based on draft position though, I wouldn’t veto the trade.

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Scott: well yeah, i only veto a trade if there is known collusion or if the trade is so egregious that it throws the balance of the league out of whack.

    as is, the guy who traded away tex is in playoff contention, and the guy who got tex is in last place and in rebuilding mode…another reason i don’t get why the tex owner felt the need to take a huge risk.

  38. bobbo says:
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    Which side would you all want in a keeper league (only keep 5, so keeper quality is very high): Rollins/A. Jones/Ethier or Hanley/JD Drew.

    Jones likely wouldn’t be a keeper for me (Wright, Rollins, Beltran, Berkman, and BJ Upton likely at the moment).

  39. Neil says:
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    I currently have the following 6 dudes on my bench:

    Sizemore
    Quentin
    Nolasco
    E. Santana
    Koji Uehara
    Kelvim Escobar

    I’d like to work on my starting pitching…I need to accumulate more starts to bump up my wins/Ks (I’m using 4 closers…most teams use 2 or 3). The free agency pool in my league is ugly (Parra, Sonnanstine, Galarraga, Davis, Kawakami, etc.).

    I’m thinking of dropping Nolasco or E. Santana for Smoltz? E. Santana’s velocity is way down and who knows what is wrong with Nolasco. Any thoughts?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TheGreatVeto: I’d lose Fox for him.

    @Paji: I think he can still get to those numbers. Maybe slightly lower on the average, but close.

    @Tenken: Drew

    @sickmangarner: I’d start him.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Kennedy will turn back to a pumpkin at some point, hopefully it’s not for a while. I’d start both.

    @cleaver596: I’d go Kuroda.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Weird, sounds like an eight-year-old’s birthday.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Eh, I’ve seen worse.

    @Hardcore Midget: Wheeler

    @Kris: Ha!

    @jbatkins: I’d go with Dukes.

    @Mr. Rickey: Thanks! I’d sit those two.

    @ThePoonTycoon: No on Doumit. Start Konerko.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Sure, own Hughes. Over Pavano.

    @mgeoffriau: I’d hold.

    @sean: I’d bench him, not start him.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I think they’re both doable, Slowey one has more of a realistic chance probably.

    @bobbo: Hanley side.

    @Neil: I’d lose Nolasco for Smoltz.

  41. mike says:
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    what’s the story as to why Medlen is up and pitching and not Hanson? I don’t get it…!

  42. Tony says:
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    haren for Ryan Howard?

  43. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @mike: It’s an artificial arbitration date thing. They’ll send someone down in a week or so and start Hanson’s arbitration clock so that he doesn’t become arb-eligible a year too soon.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: Probably something to do with arbitration/money concerns.

  45. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    So Ben Francisco and Jason Kubel walk in to a saloon. Which one falls through the Laugh-in trap door?

  46. Scott says:
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    @Tony: Howard, especially given previous post all star break performances.

  47. Sam says:
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    A-Gon/Wellemeyer for Peavy/Blake?

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sam: It’s fair, depends what you need pitching or a power-hitting 1st baseman.

  49. Tony says:
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    @Scott: @Grey: Would you go to the extent of giving up HAREN and Qualls or F-Cordero to get RYAN HOWARD?

    Or is that TOO MUCH?

    Or does that actually make it more even…. The guy is actually debating on Haren for Howard straight up because he has Johan and thats pretty much it…. coupling Haren with Johan would give him a SICK 1-2 combo….

  50. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Meaning you want Kubel or Francisco? I’m just confused myself…

  51. Scott says:
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    @Tony: Depends on how you are doing on saves. For example, in one of my leagues with weekly lineups and a pretty small active pitching staff, I always sit one of my 4 closers and would love to trade one of them. That said, I am all for trading closers and picking up whoever is next and I wouldn’t want to own Haren come July 15. I would prefer to hang onto Cordero of those 2. Btw, Qualls was supposedly unavailable Saturday according to Mark Grace because of a forearm issue, but I have not seen it reported anywhere else.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Try and do it straight up.

    @IowaCubs: You asked which one fell through. I’d want Francisco.

  53. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Scott: Yeah, I heard that about Qualls during the game and immediately searched for news about it, but couldn’t find anything. I’m keeping an eye on Pena and Rauch.

  54. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…hehe! That’s what I meant. Would you rather drop Gamel or Kubel.

  55. Tony says:
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    @Grey: @Scott: Yeah def’ly gonna try and do it straight up.

    Its a H2H league so saves sure they’re important but not like ROTO. We have 10 hitting cats, 10 pitching. Saves is just one. Other cats are W, L, ERA, WHIP, K, BB, HR, QS, and runs…. so it caters to starting pitching, of course the RP help in ratios, saves, K’s, etc… but in the end saves are saves and Starters make or break you…

    What sucks is Qualls and Cordero are my only two save guys. Hawkins has been scrounging some up for me, but he’s just a fill in.

    I could deal them and just punt it and roll….

  56. Greg says:
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    Who would you rather have on your roster? CHIN_MING_WONG or Scott Baker?

  57. Eric H. says:
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    Grab J.A. Happ and start him at Petco this week?

  58. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: What has a higher probability tonight. Me yelling SONOVABENCH tonight for being scared of Volquez’s welcoming back party at St.Louis or me kicking myself in the nuts for not listening to the rationale side and waiting a start on him coming off the D/L?

  59. TonyC says:
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    I have an open spot on my roster and am light on pitching. Who would you want out of a yawnstipating FA pool between Gavin Floyd, Jonathan Sanchez, Manny Parra, Gil Meche or Randy Wells? (yikes!) This is a 14 team roto league and the extra stat for pitchers is K/9.

  60. Stephen says:
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    @Greg: Asking rhetorical questions are not fair. I like Baker, but Wang leaves you with better jokes when he eventually fails.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: Baker

    @Eric H.: Yes

    @timSTi: 50% of either. Safe play is obviously sitting him, but it’s a decent matchup for him, I’d start him.

    @TonyC: Meche

  62. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: That’s pretty much what I was thinking. Alright let’s roll them dice. Maybe it’ll be a 2 hitter with my boy Pujols decking two solo shots again :)

  63. Greg says:
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    I’ve been asking when to start Baker and Grey pretty much tells me not to start him… so I guess that means wait until he has a few good starts until you trust him/either that or a really good matchup only?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: Be nice to see two back-to-back starts from him before starting him, but at least one would do too.

  65. Greg says:
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    Do you start Bastardo this week @SD or @LA (both pitcher parks right?)?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: I wouldn’t.

  67. Tony says:
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    styx is a great band

  68. Stephen says:
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    @Tony: owl city is better

  69. Greg says:
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    Start Clayton Richard vs OAK?

  70. bobbo says:
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    Which side do you like: Ibanez/Sanchez or Pedroia/ManRam?

  71. Scott says:
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    @bobbo: If Freddy Sanchez, the Manny side. Actually it doesn’t matter to me which Sanchez.

    Start Wandy vs the Rox or Zimmermann vs the Giants (Unit)?

  72. Scott says:
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    Pujols/Cano/Aramis or M. Cabrera/Utley?

  73. @Scott: I’d take Miggy and Utley. I consider Aramis nothing really.

  74. Swass says:
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    Greinke/Wandy or Phillips/Adam Jones?

  75. Swass says:
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    @Scott: Aramis is hardly nothing, but him being hurt makes him less of a factor. Take M-Cab and Utley.

  76. Scott says:
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    @Swass: Looks pretty even, depends on what you need. I would probably value the Greinke side a little higher though.

  77. Greg says:
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    Bedard/Theriot for Rollins?
    Shields/Theriot for Rollins?

  78. Scott says:
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    @Greg: I like Rollins in both.

  79. Greg says:
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    Do you expect Rollins to get going soon? The guy is open to trading Rollins right now since his team sucks… and he needs pitching.

  80. Sos says:
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    Sit on nolasco, dukesher, or escobar or punt? 10 team. Thinkin punt or escobar. (Who’s this punt guy?)

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: No on Richard, yes on Rollins.

    @Sos: I’d lose Escobar.

    ******There’s a new post for followups for me.*******

  82. Scott says:
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    @Greg: Hopefully. He did have 30 hits and 8 SB’s in May, while hitting 30 points higher than he did in April. For those pitchers, I think it is worth the gamble. If you have a choice, I would rather keep Bedard.

  83. Wizo says:
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    Dunn/Greinke too much for Tex/F-Her?

  84. Jim says:
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    Sizemore is still a top 15 pick next year, right? I mean – there’s nothing we’ve seen that would indicate longer term issues?

    I have an embarrassment of OFs: Victorino, Rios, Dunn, Span, Cuddyer, Magglio, Abreu — play 4 + 1 util (<– that’s 5!) and the guy with Sizemore is hurting. I think I’m going to offer a couple of those guys and Rivera for Sizemore + some bad reliever.

    Thoughts? (keeper league)

  85. Grey

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    @Wizo: No, it’s about even.

    @Jim: A chump dump is fine. Say Mags and Cuddyer plus a reliever for Sizemore.

    ******Followups for me in the newest post******

  86. airlifting says:
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    @TonyC: @Grey: dude says he’s light on pitching, yet he’s rostering the likes of greinke, sabathia, and verlander. yer turning into james, tony.

  87. Mattp2121 says:
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    So Grey how F*ed am I? I just traded C Beltran and Lind for Martin, Quentin, and BJ Upton. Two days after, Quentin goes on the D/L. This is a problem because I also own A-Ram and Votto and they are both on the D/L and now so is Sizemore! Should I sell Sizemore low or just wait it out? Heres my remaining players:
    C- Martin, 1b – Miggy, 2b- Hill, 3b- Davis, SS- Hairston (Just dropped Tulo, but Drew is also in FA) OF’s- Kemp, Upton, Adam Jones, Reimold UTL- Empty cuz I dont have room!
    DL- Sizemore, Votto, A-ram, Quentin

    The only thing saving me is my Pitching
    SP- Lester, Shields, Gallardo, Josh Johnson, Cueto, Scherzer, Carpenter, Beckett
    RP- Broxton and Francisco

  88. J.P. says:
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    you’re right, Pitt does need to reprise his True Romance character

    maybe after he’s done with Inglorious Basterds

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