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James Lipton recently sat down with Stephen Strasburg and when he asked him what he thought of becoming a Nat, Stephen Strasburg said a’la Brando in On the Waterfront, “Actaaaaaa!!!”  Stephen Strasburg is THE BEST PITCHER EVER.  (Caps were provided by Scott Boras.)  The hype and superlatives of Strasburg have been spewed across the interwebs, so allow me to give you some perspective.  The last seven number one draft picks were Delmon Young, Matt Bush, Justin Upton, Luke Hochevar, David Price, Tim Beckham and Strasburg.  One guy in those seven is currently helping you.  One guy could help you.  One guy grabbed $3.15 million and opened a shaved ice stand in Acapulco.  In 1996, Kris Benson was presumably the best pitcher to ever toe the rubber coming out of college with a 204/27 K/BB ratio.  In 1999, Alfredo Amezaga was drafted one pick before Albert Pujols.  I think Strasburg will help your fantasy baseball team at some point.  I don’t think he’s helping you this year.  In deep keeper leagues, I’d grab Strasburg now.  He’ll be a Nat sooner versus later, but that’s only because the Nats number one pitcher is John Lannan.  In one year leagues, wait until he’s called up.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Lidge – Headed to the DL.  Man, who else strikes out more than a batter an inning, yet looks so vunerable to a meltdown?  I mean, this doode literally will strikeout the side around two home runs.  I don’t think this will necessarily be a lost season for Lidge.  He should come back in July and be ‘just okay.’  Hopefully, for Lidge owners, he gets the closing job back.  I think he will.  Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own Madson.

Aaron Poreda – Called up by the White Sox.  In Double A, he struckout more than a batter per inning, but he also walked 32 guys in 58 1/3 innings.  Open the Victrola, blow the dust off the scratched record and listen to the B-side of, “Rookie Pitcher/Risky Pitcher.”  In AL-Only leagues, I’d grab him and expect nothing.  In mixed leagues, I’d prefer about 40 other pitchers.

Jordan Zimmermann – Scratched from start with a slightly sore elbow.  So instead of the Reds, he gets the Rays.  Bummer, mann.

David Wright – HR yesterday.  Wait, what? Home run by Wright. Come again? Home. Run. Wright.  Ah, yes.

Metco – 7 HRs were hit today in Bankrupt Bank Field b/w the Phillies and Mets.  While that would be fathomable with Moyer vs. Livan, this was Happ vs. Santana.  Even odder, no HRs were hit at Yankee Stadium.  (It helped that Josh Beckett pitched and that the game was in Fenway.)

J.A. Happ – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Well, the honeymoon’s over and now he heads home to face the Red Sox and the O’s, then he gets the Blue Jays in Toronto.  You gotta know when to hold ‘em… Know when to fold ‘em.  I’m folding.  (Actually sometime between screaming “Screw you” and “Hochevar,” I gave up on rookie pitchers for a few months, so I don’t own Happ anywhere.  But if I did…)

Nate McLouth – Has been batting leadoff for the Braves.  Against righties it makes sense and I could see Cox going to this lineup  more often than not.  It’ll affect McLouth’s ribbies.

Rafael Soriano – Got his fifth save as Mike Gonzalez worked a lefty-heavy eighth.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER.  James Shields, 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER. The answer is… Cueto and Shields.  Who are pitchers that Grey has on multiple teams, Alex?

Ben Zobrist – Hit his 12th homer.  You can’t stop him, you can only hope he doesn’t have his corked bat taken from him.

Elijah Dukes – HR yesterday.  He’s so gangsta!

Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-5, HR and 3 RBIs. 22/5/27/.318 on the season.  I have him on one team where I’m in first.  Did I have him all year?  Yup.  He’s a catcher and I ignore them.  Trust me, catchers don’t matter.  Put someone there and let them be.  In February, I put his projections at 60/14/65/.300 and that’s about where he’ll be in September.

Matt Cain – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Obviously not a great start, but as I said in the preseason, he could easily get the run support this year that Lincecum got last year.  Cain’s leading the NL in wins with 8.  He’s still a sell though if anyone’s looking at the sub-3 ERA and thinking he’s been that good.  He hasn’t.

Stephen Drew – HR yesterday.  Batting .393 in June.  I hope everyone held tight on Drew, still a lot of season left.

Mark Reynolds – Hit his 15th homer and is batting .269 on the year.  I have him on every team.  Mini-donkey!

Willie Bloomquist – Citing precedence from the 1700s, Bloomquist ruled in favor of the Royals v. Indians as he went went 3-for-3 with 2 steals.  Then the decision was overturned in the 7th in favor of the Indians.  Rightfully so.

J.P. Howell – Pitched the ninth of a one run game… where the Rays were losing.  Maddon’s obviously using a committee.  Anyone could get the next save.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a steal.  I feel like I should make this a whole post, and maybe I will.  But if you pick up a guy, you hold him for at least a week unless your team situation gets drastically different.  I only say this because someone dropped CarGo in one of my leagues yesterday and I thought it was odd that they grabbed him the day he was called up only to drop him less than a week later.

Jason Hammel – 6 IP, 2 ER and the win.  I picked him up in a deep league for this week’s starts.  Brewers he beat, he gets the Mariners next.  Then I cash out my chips and dump him.

Mat Gamel – HR yesterday.  Interleague’s coming up.  Cust kayin’.

Jose Arredondo – Sent to the minors to figure his shizz out.  From “He’s gotta be the closer” to “He could be the closer on the Nats” in just over two months.

Matt KempUndoubtedly the best 8th hitter right now in the NL.  How does a .310 hitter with 7 HRs and 13 SBs end up hitting 8th behind Russ “0 HR’ Martin and Rafael O-Furcal?  Maybe if Matt dated a nice Italian girl like Alyssa Milano, Joe Torre would hit him higher up in the lineup.

Scott BakerThe Mentalist followed up a 7 IP / 2 ER / 7 H+BB/ 10 K game against the Indians with 8 IP / 3 ER / 5 H+BB / 8 Ks against the A’s.  Doubt he’ll make it through the year without some time on the DL but it might be worth offering up an expendable closer or outfielder in the spare chance he can maintain this Verlander-like month worth of starts (if he keeps getting Indians and A’s matchups, it’ll only help…)

Adam Lind – Hit a homer as a thank you for writing a post about him yesterday.  You’re welcome, Adam.  Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars…

Brian Tallet – 7 IP, 0 ER.  He has too many walks in 74 innings.  It’s Tallet, not talent.

Andre Ethier – 2 HRs.  This came after Manny went into the clubhouse yesterday and let Ethier feel his stomach.  It kicked!

John Baker – Pujols hit him with his backstroke.  Hmm… what were they doing in a pool?  Nevertheless, Baker’s day-to-day.

Nolan Reimold – Another homer.  Yes, he’s better than the schmohawk behind door number 3.

Brad Bergesen – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks vs. the Mariners.  The Mariners lineup looks like an anorexic model with a pumpkin head.

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 3 ER.  For those who missed the game, Johnson didn’t give up any runs.  The outfield defense for the Marlins is terrible.  Can they please trade Hermida?  He goes back on a ball like he’s wearing cement boots.

David Ortiz – HR yesterday.  Now that he has eyedrops to moisten his eyes, supposedly he doesn’t need to blink as much and can hit home runs. *cough* placebo *cough*  Big Papi’s lack of blinks will probably cost him the lead in the Broadway rendition of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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  1. Dom says:
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    how do you handle the pick-up of Stras if you league rules aren’t clear? The commissioner in our league picked him up a few weeks back because nothing in the rules said he couldn’t… lots of people pissed about it, but in the end he kept him on a technicality…. Do you have to wait until he was drafted or once he signs with a team, or like our league you can pick up any player any time you want.

    Can I now start getting excited about my Nub-ionals or “Nubs” (new name for the Nationals) possibly drafting Bryce Harper next year with the Number 1, Number 1? Should I pick up him in my mixed league now????

  2. Josh says:
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    that Ortiz comment was gold!

    also, every mention of Zobrist on this site is like a dagger in my heart. I dropped him back in early May when he was blah-tooning with Gabe Gross…now my dumb ass is stuck with a craptastic combo of JJ Hardy and Clint Barmes at SS.

  3. Panic says:
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    blink blink blink blink blink blink blink blink blink blink blink blink

    Translation: Half of the people didn’t get that reference

  4. Bob from Germany says:
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    I havn’t any knowledge about lineup decisions, so can anyone explain me if the positioning of Matt Kemp makes ANY sense?? I just don’t get it. He can hit for AVG and Power, wouldn’t bet that very nice for a cleanup hitter? Or his ability to steal bases? 1 or 2 spot??? No?? What is Joe Torre thinking? I mean, Ethier was pretty bad for weeks, Loney has no power, same goes for martin. Furcal is a mess. Whats better on Loney than on Kemp? Right, the RBIs. And i know why…

    I’m serious! I mean, Joe Torre can’t be such an idiot. What is the plan on this positioning of Kemp?

    It’s killing his fantasy value and i at least want to know, why Joe Torre is doing that to me…

  5. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Pick one for a bench slot- Reimold, Kendry Morales, Adam Kennedy, Podsednik, Kubel. League uses OPS and extra base hits as categories.

  6. With Ethier’s recent resurgence, Manny’s optomistic team first attitude, and rumors of Pierre sticking in the line-up upon Papi’s suplier’s return…Torre is giving all indications that he may use Kemp as a pinch hitter, or bat him tenth. It’d be a natural regression. Will any of the above get dealt?!
    & if your readers trust you, and they have absolutely no reason not to, and “catcher’s don’t matter,” would you grab a waivered Soto in a 1 catcher league, with designs on dealing V-Mart (& an arm like Liriano or Scherzer, or Hanson, or Price, or Carp) for an A-Rod, or Longoria, or Braun? Thanks terrific post as usual.

  7. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    @zombie: If you can get A-rod Longo or Bruan for V-mart and a craptastic Liriano, you’de be doing pretty well for yourself

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’m really beginning to wonder if having both Reynolds and Chris Davis on the same team is redundant. Has anyone dropped Davis? He’s almost unplayable while Reynolds actually hits the ball. Davis is young and could improve…….to someday become Mark Reynolds 2.0

  9. jk says:
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    @Frank Rizzo, i just dropped Davis yesterday. Couldnt take it any longer.

  10. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Who do you guys value more, Markakis or Morneau?

  11. JPH says:
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    Clint Barmes or S. Drew?

  12. EricB says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: Of that group, I like Kubel the best, then Reimold, then Morales. Not sure how to handle OBP and extra base hits, but in a standard league, that’s the order I’d go with. I own Reimold myself, and he’s been great. Depends on what position you are weak in though.

  13. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @JPH: Drew

  14. .(). says:
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    Every column, you tell me about 10 things I did not know.
    Every column, you make me laugh at least once. “It kicked” & “Broadway rendition of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
    Good stuff. Funny stuff.

  15. Anthony G says:
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    Poreda and Beckham are doomed to be bullied by Ozzie Guillen. BTW Guillen is the real reason no one wants to play in Chicago. Dudes a real Jerk.

    I’m getting pretty tired of Pena and considering trading him for Micheal Young since he is killing my avg. Thinking I can get more for pena but I like the shortstop and 3rd base eligibility.

    @ JPH is that a real question? Drew for sure.

  16. skeeelz says:
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    I was offered Adrian Gonzalez and Victor Martinez for Tim Lincecum, Russell Martin and Kevin Millwood. My pitching’s decent (though Lincecum’s my ace), and I could use the pop. Seems like a fair deal, but thought I’d put it up for comment.

  17. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @EricB: A little weak in OF depth right now with Hamilton on the DL.

    I read something crazy about Kubel yesterday (can’t find it now) where he has 34 RBIs through 187 ABs this season.
    But if you take out two monster games, he’s actually got 23 RBIs in 178 ABs.

    Makes me a little wary of him in a H2H league.

    I love Reimold, but am a little concerned about how much PT he is going to get in the same OF as Pie, Sparkakis and Scott.

  18. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Traded JUpton and Huston Street for Beltran last night. My league counts Ks against hitters, so I am all kinds of psyched.

  19. Jobu's rum says:
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    Anyone know what’s up with Qualls? Is Pena still a necessary handcuff?

  20. sneauxman says:
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    Ianetta or Vtek from here on? I grabbed Vtek while Ianetta was on the DL but Vtek has been pretty solid so now I don’t know which way to go. I’m leaning toward Jason.

  21. royce! says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: I’m gonna say Reimold. Kennedy and Podsednik seem like flashes in the pan, Morales has been struggling lately and seems to lack Reimold and Kubel’s pop (making him a liability re: OPS and EBH), and Kubel platoons, making him less valuable if it’s a weekly league (unless you get to make daily changes).

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    good call on gonzalez,i grabbed him the day he was brought up,started worrying a bit but thought id give him atleast 10 games not 3,can only hope he takes off now,i dropped reimold to soon in rcl but with more bench spots kept in other league and like it so far,im guessing 23 dingers for reimold,

  23. royce! says:
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    @Jobu’s rum:

    1. From elsewhere:

    Qualls expects his recent issues with forearm stiffness to linger, the Arizona Republic reports.
    Spin:
    “I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to just heal overnight,” Qualls said. “It’s going to be a grind to get it back to feeling good and comfortable.”

    2. Therefore, yes.

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: yes,qualls is hurting,pena is a must,forearm soreness that he even said wont go away any time soon

  25. EJ says:
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    @Frank Rizzo. I also have the combo of Reynolds and Davis. With Uggla and J. Upton as well, I may be approaching the record for most K’s by a fantasy team ever. However, I’m still in 2nd place in my league. Therefore, I’m able to show a little more patience with a guy like Davis.

    If I were in the middle of the pack or towards the bottom of my league’s standings, I’d probably have gotten rid of him by now. Despite it all though, I still asked Grey last week if I should drop him, he advised me to hang on for awhile, and then proceeded to go 6 for his next 12. That bought him another week or so of my patience.

    The biggest problem for me is I have 0 bench spots, so I can’t sit him when he’s putting up the 0-fers. I have Reyes in the DL spot, Bartlett and Manny taking up 2 bench spots, and an extra SP. So I could swap out Davis for a guy like Andy LaRoche, but if you’re starting one of the LaRoche brothers, you’re basically announcing to the world you’ve given up on life.

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Matt Sorrento: good trade,beltran a 1st rounder,and even though street is looking real good saves are easier to nab plus the fear the rocks trade him to a contender as a setup man is my fear

  27. Jobu's rum says:
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    @royce!: @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks. Looks like I’ll let him linger.

    @Hardcore Midget: I agree with royce!’s analysis … Reimold. I’ve got him in my UTIL while Votto’s out and he’s been holding down the fort.

  28. Grey

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    @Dom: If there’s no rule that says he couldn’t pick him up, I don’t think there’s anything you can do.

    @Josh: Thanks!

    @Panic: Probably 90% didn’t.

    @Bob from Germany: Torre doesn’t like you Bob. I heard him say it. He’s a bad person.

    @Hardcore Midget: Reimold

    @zombie: If you can flip V-Mart and a pitcher for one of those three, sure.

    @.().: Thanks!

    @Anthony G: For Young if you need average and have power to spare, but I’d want more.

    @skeeelz: I’d take A-Gonz’s side there.

    @Matt Sorrento: Nice

    @sneauxman: Iannetta

    @AL KOHOLIC: 23 sounds about right.

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: podsednik. and it’s not even close really.

    @Hardcore Midget: i seriously wouldn’t worry too much. reimold might lose some ABs over the next couple weeks while they get pie some PT too, but come the 2nd half, i’d fully expect them to chalk pie up to a bust and play reimold every day.

  30. Moneybrawl says:
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    Thanks Grey, for at least trying to deflate the Strasburg hype just a bit.

  31. JR says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: Sing along, kids! The forearm’s connected to the . . . ELBOW! The forearm’s connected to the . . . ELBOW!

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Dom: if he is listed in the pool and available then like any player gamel for example grab him at your own risk/reward.1st come 1st served

  33. martin says:
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    @grey- hey would u rather have haap and oswalt or lester?

    how bout haap and oswalt or lacky?

  34. Greg says:
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    You are abandoning ship on Happ??? Man, I don’t know what to do… bench him vs. BOS for sure and if he sucks vs. BAL then I will drop him. But I think I have enough roster space to wait and see.

  35. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    Are we done with Mad Matt Joyce? With Zobrist manning second every day, he’s the one who’s been sucked into the Vortex of Mediocre Gabes, so he only plays v. righties. Regular at-bats would help him immensely, but he’s not getting them. He’s sitting on a rock solid 0-for-15 since his two-game Red Bull binge. It took Aki getting murdered for Zo to get everyday at-bats, and now the Rays clear right-field choice is stuck in a blahtoon. I think Maddon’s glasses are a force field preventing humanity from knowing that he’s really just not that smart. Don’t judge a book… ***aaaaand, scene.***

    Corey Hart is also driving me bonkers. I’m hoping it’s not too late to package him with Cain and maybe Iannetta (since I have McCann and stashed Doumit after he got released) for something decent. Or maybe just ditch him solo for a case of that-one-guy-who-gets-hot-for-just-long-enough-to-suck-owners-in-and-then-get-mad-awful-when-he-starts-swinging-for-the-fences.

  36. Grey

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    @Moneybrawl: You’re welcome.

    @martin: I’d rank them Lackey, Oswalt, Lester…

    @Greg: If you have the roster space, then hold him.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Ernie Imbroglio: i went with hart last year thinking 30-30,i mean the guy is like 6 foot 5,but the k`s and 0 fers were his stronghold,he did somehow finish with respectable numbers though

  38. Greg says:
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    Drop Happ for Pavano?

  39. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @Grey: Bottling up frustration is a personal speciality. Fantasy baseball is has become an oddly satisfying vehicle for spilling collected misgivings in a big sloppy mess, under the guise of assailing bystanders like Joe Maddon. Who’s probably at least a decent guy in person, if still a manager who seems to be using only a slight variation on Jim Leyland® Brand Lineup Cards.

  40. martin says:
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    @grey- so should i offer somebody oswalt and haap for lacky?

  41. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: i know its not a keeper league(RCL)and im like 10 in waiver priority but when would espn add strasburgh to the player pool?and when they do is it like yahoo where the player is unavailable for 3 days(like a dropped player)

  42. Grey

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    @Greg: Sure

    @Ernie Imbroglio: Any time you need to explode in a rant, we’re here for you.

    @martin: Sure

    @AL KOHOLIC: No idea when he’ll be added, but he’ll have to pass through waivers too.

  43. nmdunkel says:
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    Ok, so all along I thought he just needed to lock-in at the plate but he actuallyhas been locked-in at the plate all season. With the syndrome.

    Nasty cold shizz and below the mendoza line of gratuitous cheapshots….perfect, Grey.

  44. Quintero says:
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    IowaCubsIowaCubsIowaCubsIowaCubsIowaCubs. People need your insight~Please shed lights for us~

    Jake Fox got sent back to AAA today. Right before a two-week long interleague play coming up on Friday for Cubs. They decided to carry Aaron Miles, Andrés Blanco, AND Bobby Scales, instead of Fox when they need a DH.(Does he suppose be able to play as a backup 3B?) Are they really hate on Fox or there is something else?(Trade possibilities?)

    Fox’s 0.61 BB/K rate in AAA this year looks pretty okay for a guy with his kind of power. Indeed he is not taking a walk yet and not seeing fastball often(52.5%) but he holds himself this time around in the Major. Why sent him back? I don’t get it. Do you see him getting callup again in the next few days? If not, does that mean there is no chance we see him again in the Major this year unless more injury strikes…?

    Thank you in advance.

  45. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Hart’s seasonal numbers seem to peg him as a consistent .270/20/85/20 steals guy, but he’s going to have to cowboy up to get to any of those this year. I’m first in homers, last in average and next to last in steals in my NL-only, so I suppose my tendency to be reactionary is a little higher than usual.

  46. knighttown says:
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    Here’s my situation. I just got Pujols for Ibanez/Cain and I’ve slotted him permanently at my Util. I’ve got Fielder, Teix and Chipper playing my corner spots and all have to start every day. That’s all good but I’ve got Beltre sitting on my bench who will literally never play again unless, gasp, Chipper gets sodomized by his Snuggie.

    So, do I:

    1. Drop Beltre (and activate Dukes from my DL)
    2. Auction Prince for an upgrade at MI where I’m starting Jhonny P. (Alexei/Drew at 2b/ss)
    3. Trade Beltre for a junky closer

    and I haven’t bothered activating Dukes and my OF slots are Braun, Upton, Upton, Bruce, Choo, Reimold. Is Dukes enough of an upgrade over any of these guys that I should activate him and drop one of the others?

  47. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @knighttown: Holy crap man, your offense is stacked! How many teams in your league?

    If you need MI help, try to see if you can get something solid back for Prince or Teixeira.
    Or if you want to open up a roster spot, try a 2 for 1 where you deal Chipper and Reimold for a MI.

  48. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    How much of a drop-off from Cano to Kelly Johnson from this point forward? Johnson just got dropped in my league, was thinking of picking him up and putting Cano on the trade block.

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Quintero: yes iowa cubs please shed some sense on this,why not let him dh,i owned him for 3 days in both leagues till i figured out the cubs were not going to play him at all?why not trade him ?

  50. DrEasy says:
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    Justice Bloomquist or David Beckham?

  51. Russ says:
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    So, after draft day, I thought had covered myself multiple ways at 1B/3B/CI. I took Morneau, Aramis, Votto, and Davis. Yup, Lyle Overbay is currently my CI.

  52. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @.().: F.Y.I. daiquiri’s make the perfect “thank you” gift

  53. EJ says:
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    My SS situation is a mess w/ Bartlett and Reyes out. I currently am using Hardy, but Escobar is on waivers. Who’s the better option for my (hopefully) short term fix?

  54. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @knighttown: With your current OF, I wouldn’t worry too much about reintegrating Dukes.

    I’d hold Beltre for if/when Chipper’s inevitable three-week DL stint surfaces.

    I wouldn’t trade Prince for MI help unless you can get back someone like Chase Utley — otherwise you’re selling too low on him.

  55. @ grey…what do you think about tony g. jr….looks like a SAGNOF to me…can he keep his avg above .300?…if he is hitting and getting on base in front of hairston (when he gets back) and a-gonz it seems like he could make a decent 5th OF…how does he compare to some other names???

    thanks

  56. Understanding that none of the elite but hobbled players in question are necessarily going to hurt you this year,…In a Keeper League with two years remaining and without giving up a run at a Championship this season, in what order would you target A-Rod, Braun and Longoria?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: KJ’s a 12/12 guy, I’d trade Cano if you can get a decent piece and make that switch.

    @DrEasy: Beckham, but expect nothing.

    @Russ: Ouch

    @EJ: Bartlett will be back in a few days, I’d hold tight.

    @danimal35: Sure, SAGNOF, but I think his average will drop.

    @zombie: Braun, Longoria, A-Rod.

  58. Falcon says:
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    Grey, tell me that Corey Hart will normalize…

  59. cws05nuts says:
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    @Quintero: Jake the Fox can’t pick up the ball. Guy can be quoted as saying: “I’m fighting some athleticism issues.” That is not Uncle Lou’s favorite kind of player. I’m with you on the inter-league shizztastic opportunity. But, it seems that NL teams are riddled with players who are AAAA players because they can rake at AAA, but can’t field.

  60. IowaCubs

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    @Quintero: I love Jake Fox, but keep in mind that they don’t play any “away” games in interleague play until June 23rd. I fully expect that Fox will be up in a week to play the pinch-hitter role that he plays so well, and you should expect 2-3 HR when the Cubs play in Detroit when he starts against Willis.

    He was only sent down to make room for Aaron Miles, who just came off the DL. Aaron Miles then came into the locker room, held down Fox and Zambrano farted on his face as they gave Fox the news that he was getting sent down.

    I don’t own Fox in any league, but only because I like to watch him play in Des Moines more than on my fantasy bench. The Cubs have Micah Hoffpauir as their ceremonial no-defense 1B/OF, and I doubt very highly that they keep him around for much after that, especially since Aramis is going to come off the DL sometime in July.

    Zero defensive ability means Fox either is a pinch hitter, a DH during interleague, or Bradley’s sparring partner.

  61. Grey

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    @Falcon: He’s streaky, hopefully he gets his shizz together. He has 20/20 potential so that’s hard to ignore. At some point, I think he gets hot and makes his end of the season numbers more palatable.

    @cws05nuts: Yeah, Rudy and I were discussing this the other day. The NL has so many guys that should be DHs.

  62. jbatkins says:
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    If I’ve got to cut one loose, who’s it gonna be: Danks, Volstad, Tommy Hanson, or Meche?

  63. EJ says:
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    Thanks Grey, just saw the good news on Bartlett on espn.com.

  64. BroadStreetBrawler says:
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    Madson is available on waivers, should I drop S. Drew or Tommy Hanson for him? Currently have Alexei at short, Franklin Bailey and Fuentes closing.

  65. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Forever grateful to you for Reimhold. I think that you picked him up and dropped him within a day. With Maggs good for but 2 doinkers all year, and the god of Lud AWOL since returning from DL, and Zim in a slump, besides Morneau he has been my only source of power. Which is why I am 10th in homeruns.

    BTW, a long oldie baseball story just for you in the league forum.

    @Jobu’s rum: Are you the same Jobu’s rum from Hit for the Cycle? If so, you must go under oath, sworn in blood, not to tell any other league members about Razzball. Tough enough league as it is.

    @Grey: Insightful and hilarious post, as always. Met fans will remember the hype concerning “Generation K”, with Paul Wilson, Pulsipher, and Isringhausen.” Only Izzy has panned out. I fell big time for Jobacum last year, making a disasterous trade for Shields, as well as Kershaw. It’s not that these pitchers aren’t talented, it’s just that the Big leagues is a tremendous adjustment, and unless you are in a keeper league, 95% of them not only don’t pan out, they either ruin your ERA, or you get tied to the WhIPping Post due to their propensity for walks.

    One question for you – I don’t quite understand you’re complete disdain for Pavano. Granted, his work ethic is non-existent, he is hated by both Yankee fans and players for blowing four years with dubious injuries, but after some rustiness in April, he has been excellent in an extended series of starts, and now he is on a one year contract, with incentives. What is the difference between his pitching as a Marlin, where he was an exceptional talent, and today?

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @jbatkins: i was going to say meche but his last few outings really good and only 2 hr`s this year,im trying to believe danks comes around,volstad 1.16 whip 3.65 era but 12 hr`s and the rookie,id look at scheduling for danks and meche and 1 of those 2

  67. SRM says:
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    @Grey: I’ve been chasing closers all year. It’s been ugly. I’ve now got The Guns of Broxton, Aardsma & Madson. Aside from Broxton, it’s shaky for a 12-team league and I’m trying my best not to trade for one.

    I made the mistake of dropping Nunez recently (who got picked up). I’ve got CJ Wilson, Zumaya and Rausch as potentials.

    Drop Rausch for Corpas in case Street gets traded or Sampson, Meyer, Graybow, Delcarmen? Danke!

  68. Grey

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    @BroadStreetBrawler: Reluctantly Hanson.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks for the kind words. I’ve told a few people to pick him up. One even today in the above comments. Don’t hate him, just being cautious.

    @SRM: Hold the guys you have for now.

  69. Jobu's rum says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Who is this imposter you speak of? It’s very bad to steal (the name) “Jobu’s rum.” Very bad. Oh well, so much for being the one and only. Regardless, don’t worry about me spilling the beans. I’ve only told 2 others about this site and niether of them will ever be in my league. Sorry Grey, but this site is too tits to share.

    Who gets the W tonight: Volstad or Wainwright?

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: read you league post but its missing an ending,looks like it got cut off,im also a rookie(minor league phenom)pitcher lover,seriously in RCL if i hadnt went with zimm and hanson from day 1 i might be in better shape ,plus my terrible luck in spot starters,guthrie getting raked for 7 runs in 2/3 inning by oak,gaudin killed by arizona medlen(minor league stud)i pitched him in 1st 2 loses but not his 3rd game gem,seems to be a trend of mine not evaluating pitching very well yet ive had good results in the past,really thought i solved that problem in RCL this year with hammels,peavy,bedard and danks with my rooks zimm and hanson

  71. Grey

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    @Jobu’s rum: I’d start them both, liable to be a low scoring game. Wainwright if you can only start one.

  72. B-G-O says:
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    A question for the Razzball comments community: I am very strong in pitching (12 team keeper roto – I have 12 in all 5 pitching categories) and am looking for some offense. In order to trade for a real impact bat (such as Kinsler (we use R, RBI, S, OBP & SLG)) it looks like I will have to part with one of my big 3 – Sabathia, Santana, Billingsly.

    Given that it is a keeper league, I think C.C. is the guy to move (AL East, yearly heavy workload bound to eventually catch up). Any thoughts?

  73. Jobu's rum says:
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    @B-G-O: I like CC the least of those guys.

  74. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: I have the same dilemma. I can’t tell anyone in my league about this site because a) I don’t want to give up the competitive advantage and b) I post too much about my own strategies.

    I do, however, tell everyone to go over and check out the experts at ESPN.

  75. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Jobu’s rum: I feel bad for Grey. I would hope that everyone on the site would buy him a Daiquiri, but his genius is self-limiting, as we are all loathe to tell league opponents about Razzball. Maybe I’ll tell the guys after the season’s over.

    “I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.”

  76. SRM says:
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    @Grey: @Any: I think DL utilization is an overlooked strategy (by me at least). I’ve got 2 empty right now.

    Any worth the hassle?: Nady, Aviles, Percival, Glaus, Connor Jackson, Encarnacion, Khalil, C Guillen, Kotchman, Lowrie, Meyers, Lohse, Devine, Hudson

  77. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha! I tell everyone that Karabell is a genius!

  78. Scott says:
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    @Grey: LA Times reported that Torre said Pierre will get 2 starts/week after the return of Manny.

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: cigars,rum?when?where?i might need some eye drops though

  80. G says:
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    I couldnt get Madson yesterday because of bad waiver priority but should I drop either Ian Stewart(on bench), Hardy(bench), Scott(bench), Meche or Pavano to acquire Pena because I need saves really bad and Qualls is still out. Drop any of those to get Pena? thanks in advance

  81. cws05nuts says:
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    @SRM: Maybe I’m crazy, indeed I am a bit, but me believes CC is the best out of those three. Dood is ill.

  82. Stephen says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I slipped this site to a buddy in my league, but I also tell everyone to head over to ESPN and watch them fail. Then when they caught up to Matthew Barry to head over to the awfulness that is CBS!

  83. Grey

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    @B-G-O: I agree with you on CC.

    @SRM: Encarnacion/Kotchman

    @Scott: Torre’s crazy enough to do it.

    @G: Lose Scott for Pena.

  84. B-G-O says:
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    @SRM & @cwso5nuts: I also have Bedard and E. Jackson, but my potential trade partners are not biting on them. So I guess I’m thinking that despite my personal interest in CC (he is one cool cat), I could survive without him.

    I think I will hang on to Johan, so I suppose the question is better phrased: If I can trade either for a stud bat such as Kinsler, should I trade either CC or Bills?

  85. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. My saves chase has been brutal with Percival, Ray, Corpas, Casilla, Graybow, Betancourt, Izzy, Nunez, Sampson etc. etc.

    I know it’s not smart to draft heavy on closers, but that advice should come with a trial of Prevacid.

    @Any: I was reading somewhere about Johan’s decreased velocity 4-5 mph. Anyone worried and/or selling?

  86. cws05nuts says:
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    @B-G-O: fo sho. Maybe aim for somebody that is less of an injury risk. But, an everyday player in my estimation always has more value.

  87. Quintero says:
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    @IowaCubs: Thanks for the enlightenment. I guess I should let Fox stays on the wavier and will try to acquire him only if either Bradley get hurt or they trade away Hoff.

    p.s. Did Z really fart on him? It might just be a true story.

    @cws05nuts:The “I’m fighting some athleticism issues.” part is great. You got me good.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I read it somewhere last week Cubs had offered Fox around to AL teams but got little interests. I guess AAAA guy doesn’t have that much of trade value after all.

  88. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Scott: @Grey: When Torre was interviewed on Sunday’s ESPN game of the week, he stated that Pierre, not Kemp, would have to adjust to 2-3 starts per week. As I own Kemp in two leagues, just trading for him, I am concerned, but not overly so. I am thinking that Pierre might be traded.

  89. Teef says:
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    Brandon Marrow to be converted to a starter

  90. Stephen says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Pierre’s value has never been higher. But the injury bug is always a possibility. Truthfully, who really want Pierre… Well maybe the Mets…

  91. DrEasy says:
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    This is yesterday’s news, but it might have gotten lost in the draft shuffle. Jesse Litsch is going to have TJ surgery, so you can free a DL spot if you were hanging on to him for this season.

  92. JR says:
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    @Teef: Wow, are they ever f**kin’ with that dude.
    @Grey: Is Gordo doomed until Ozzie’s reign of terror?

  93. Stephen says:
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    @DrEasy: Toronto always waits so long for their pitchers to have Tommy Johns surgery. They did it with BJ Ryan, and with Dustin McGowan

  94. Paulie Allnuts

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    @SRM: Don’t worry about Johann. There was quite a bit of concern over the same issues last year, but he didn’t lose a game after mid-June. He remains the most consistent pitcher in all of baseball over a long stretch (although Halladay might have a case, as he lasts longer in a game then Johan.)

  95. Grey

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    @Teef: Thanks for the update!

    @JR: Nah, he just needs to hit.

  96. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Stephen: The Mets need more pop. Although there is certainly room in the OF for Pierre. In fact, the Mets need lots of things – quality starters, corner outfielders, a short stop till Reyes comes back, a 1st baseman, a 2nd baseman…

  97. Teef says:
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    I can’t remember what he did as a starter – I know he dominated for a while last year but can’t remember if it was as a starter or closer…worth an add and hold in a 10 team with guys like Liriano/Nolasco sitting on the FA market?

  98. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Teef: last year as a rp he was unhittable but walked a bunch,talented but not worth anything yet.he will probably hit the d.l before a 1st start anyways

  99. sean says:
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    @Baron: feel free to draft another article about Wright any day now. Power surge coincidental? I think not.

    @Grey: C: ‘Tek, R. Martinez; 1B Prince; 2B Phillips; SS Drew; 3B Wright; MI FLopez. With Votto and Quentin on the shelf, I slid Swisher to CI and I’m currently playing an OF of Kemp, Victorino, Rios, Ian Stewart, and McCutcheon with Zobrist at utility. Is this OK for a band-aid until Joseph and TCQ return?

  100. Mr Baseball says:
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    I see a few team have been picking up Ángel Guzmán (ChC – RP) Add Free Agents – anything I should know about him

  101. Mr Baseball says:
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    I think the Dodgers should bench Kemp not Pierre – finding someone to bat 8th in the order is not that difficult – just kidding

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: besides his great numbers,he got a 13th inning save the other night and without research,people scarfed

  103. SRM says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Man, is Torre killing me with that madness.

    @Mr Baseball: He was almost off the Cubs before this year but we parted ways with Gaudin instead. Guzman has been the most consistent reliever BY FAR this year for the Cubs. Pinella stands behind Marmol (for now) as the go-to setup guy, but Guzman *could* be a dark horse closer or at least holds candidate if he keeps this up and Gregg and Marmol continue to struggle. I’d only consider in the deepest of leagues or leagues with holds. He was pegged as a promising starter not too long ago.

    @Grey: I was just proposed Branyan/Ziegler for C Davis/Aardsma. I’ll pass unless the Razz-masses tell me otherwise.

    Trade offer: Madson/A Soriano for Morneau (his owner has Lidge). Which side?

  104. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @SRM: i want davis aardsma bye a good ways and i want morneau all day anyday there

  105. JR says:
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    @Mr Baseball: He has looked outstanding recently, flashing a 95 mph fastball…

  106. Grey

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    @SRM: I’d take the Davis side and the Morneau side.

  107. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, sometimes I get a hankering to share something funny from Razzball with the other owners in my league. But then I think, nah, no effing way. I don’t want them anywhere near this site. Let them get their fantasy baseball insight from Yahoo or ESPN.

  108. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Your own people are rebelling against you in a positive way. Is that even possible?

  109. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: glad you gave in to me with this razz sight hippo,

  110. Mr Baseball says:
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    MY KEEP THEM ALL DRAFT LAST NIGHT – 12 TEAMS – DYNASTY DRAFT

    Took a few at the RP spot – too much turnover there to go crazy and didn’t want to wait 5 years in last place for some rookies theat might never amount to anything – so hopefully I can compete with this draft

    C Brandon Inge
    1B Mark Teixeira
    2B Ian Stewart
    3B Kevin Youkilis
    SS Miguel Tejada
    IF Ryan Zimmerman
    LF Jacoby Ellsbury
    CF Colby Rasmus
    RF J.D. Drew
    OF Raúl Ibañez
    Util Juan Pierre
    BN Jerry Hairston Jr.
    BN Chris Coghlan
    BN Andy LaRoche
    BN Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    BN Lyle Overbay
    DL Joey Votto

    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Tommy Hanson
    SP Erik Bedard
    SP Ubaldo Jiménez
    RP Carlos Mármol
    RP Ryan Madson
    RP Kevin Gregg
    RP John Grabow
    P Wandy Rodríguez
    P Hiroki Kuroda
    BN Carl Pavano
    BN Kelvim Escobar
    BN MannyDelcarmen
    DL Brandon McCarthy
    DL Joey Devine
    DL Billy Wagner

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, LF, CF, RF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, DL

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I will forever regret it too………….

  112. cws05nuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Every single flippin time I see the name Aardsma I turn my head and puke on my wall. <- That’s me quoting Grey. Either he figured it out, which I’ll lend a 3.33% chance too. Or he is due to blow up. I watched the CWS stockpile hard throwing bullpen arms (think Cotts, Aardsma, MacDougal, etc…) and then watched that bullpen turnout a 70 win season. The BoSox and their fans saw the same thing with Aardsma. I haven’t looked at the numbers but I’m assuming the flyball rate is still high and it is that pretty decent Seattle outfield that is covering for him. Dood has one pitch. Let the Rangers have a few more shots at him and see what happens. A 95 mph fastball will not fool big league hitters.

  113. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Pitching’s a bit of a crapshoot from year to year, but that’s a pretty impressively solid team. Really nice on the hitting side. A little weak up the middle but if there’s a place to be weak, that’s the place. Obviously weak on RPs, but that’s another decent enough place to be weak.

  114. Clodbuster says:
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    Is Votto a buy? How much would you pay on the dollar for him?

  115. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: ill get you drunk next time we meet,i love Capitan Greys suggestions,i love the ventability here,i love a lot about this site but the best thing ive found is that by reading these daily post your notified of injuries callups etc right away,very informative,plus as i mentioned when in doubt,ask grey

  116. cws05nuts says:
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    I told my buddies and league mates. But, they seem content with brand recognition.

  117. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, it’s a double-edged sword. Maybe I should give terrible advice so everyone sends their friends here.

    @Clodbuster: 60 cents

  118. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cws05nuts: im not an aardsma fan at all but his saves vs zeiglers nothing is a no-brainer in a saves league only,yours might be a holds league

  119. cws05nuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Word. That was more of a real baseball than a fantasy ventilation session.

  120. cws05nuts says:
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    @cws05nuts: Nah. I might conduct an even worse sin than using holds as a category. We play h2h pts, similar to fantasy football scoring. It’s fun week to week, but the playoffs are a complete crapshoot. But, hey so are the real baseball playoffs.

    Holds are/is? the lamest counting stat ever. Had to be made up to get someone paid.

  121. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: earlier you ranked braun over longoria this years numbers are very close ab`s ,ave,obp even hr`s and sb`s about even but longoria has 17 more rbi`s and braun seems to be a bit more injury prone,plus longoria plays 3rd,are you expecting more hr`s from braun over longoria or sb`s maybe?

  122. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: Is this just hobbyish blogging or do you track traffic analytics and all that?

  123. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Just because he has a slightly longer track record. They’re very close.

    @cws05nuts: We track analytics.

  124. Doc says:
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    Lincecum/Pedroia vs. Utley/Suzuki, who wins in a vacuum grudge match?

  125. Grey

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    @Doc: Lincecum side.

  126. Greg says:
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    Why would I tell my friends about Razzball? Then they would be more competitive in my fantasy league. I want to win money!

  127. Jobu's rum says:
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    I hope the fact that I visit this site about 5x per day somehow helps Grey b/c I keep Razzball a closely guarded secret

  128. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    *16-team, mixed, H2H-Points League, (W=10, L=-5, ER=-1, BB=-.3, HA=-.1, Inn=1, K=1, Hold=3, S=5)*

    Sorry if I missed it above, but is Lidge a good buy low? I would offer Soria straight-up. I have Rafael Soriano to fill in until Lidge comes back. Also could pick up Nunez.

    Does the upside of Lidge when he returns outweigh Soria on a bad deal?

  129. Teef says:
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    Would you trade Theriot/Hoffman to get Pedroia? I dont see all that much that Pedroia adds over Theriot to justify it.

  130. Grey

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    @Teef: Pedroia will have more Runs, RBIs and Average and they’re a push on power and steals. I’d want Pedroia.

  131. sean says:
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    Bad news on Quentin — Ozzie says he won’t be back until after the AS Break.

  132. Grey

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    @sean: Thanks for the update… That’s really crappy news. So frustrating.

  133. sean says:
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    @Grey: Unfortunately, I think we let his monster season last year obscure the fact that up to that point he had never made an impact in the bigs because he couldn’t stay healthy. Or was that the reason we were able to steal him in the 4-5th round, haha…

    That said, 20 hrs in the second half could help take away some of the sting, especially if Joseph Votto gets his groove back.

  134. Grey

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    @sean: Yeah, he definitely has a problem staying healthy. I hate him. This really hurts two of my teams.

  135. sean says:
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    Bruuuuuucceee: SONOVABENCH!!!

  136. Grey

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    @sean: Why weren’t you starting him? Don’t fear the Nats pitchers.

  137. timSTi says:
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    Damn you Volstad. I just can’t do anything to help my ERA.

  138. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I should have kept Colby “cheese” Rasmus.

    His minor league track record proves it, he starts slow then heats up with the weather. Plus, he has a bold flavor!

    PS. Just got an e-mail from Steve, I’m not even gonna read it……..

  139. Spamcakes says:
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    I still rue the day I bought a Kris Benson rookie card on Ebay. How could something that feels so right be so wrong? At least I also had the foresight to get an Anna Benson “card” too.

  140. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: You tell Steve to bring his business to the blog.

    @Spamcakes: Ha! Anna Benson Sportsflick card has her in a bikini then you turn it and it’s her raking your eyes out.

  141. Spamcakes says:
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    Grey – what are the chances you will put a mid season fantasy-the-rest-of-the-way ranking by position and tiers?

  142. Spamcakes says:
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    My Anna Benson Sportsflick card has her in a bikini then when you turn it she’s fleecing Kris of all his signing money. But, she looks so hot doing it.

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spamcakes: Slim to anorexic? I’ll probably do a pithy top 100 in the next week or so.

  144. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, if he’s gonna trash me at least bring it here so the whole world can see. Well, several hundred guys, two girls, and about a dozen various Tony’s.

  145. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: I knew it! Shakes fist, damn you Steve, I coulda been a contendah……….

  146. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Doin’ work, man.

    Hard to believe, I know.

  147. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’m slowly making progress in ERA and WHIP in the RCL. Then why is my sphincter tightening up?

    Oh yeah, Liriano toes the mound in roughly 2 hours. I’m a glutton for punishment………….

  148. royce! says:
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    End it, Lackey! What a crappy collection of choppy GB hits! Stop the bleeding!

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah…

    @BigFatHippo: Hopefully it’ll give you closure, if he can’t take down the A’s.

  150. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Quentin! I had a trade in the works to get me haren for him and a crappy starter when he came back, bah humbug!

    My money league team is dying… Reyes, Lidge, Quentin, (somehow i traded hamilton basically for Sparkakis) Quall’s elbow……

    sigh…..

  151. Steve says:
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    Looks like Pavano might be starting to fnd his place in the scheme of things…

  152. BigFatHippo says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Why is it always in the money league where we have injury problems? Reyes, Sizemore, Webb for me.

    No worries though, forge ahead with Freddy Sanchez……………….

  153. Greg says:
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    @Steve: Figures… I pick him up and he starts sucking.

  154. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @BigFatHippo: i am working on a trade of reyes for beltran with crap on the side, hopefully this guy gets drunk tonight and accepts

  155. Doc says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, Pavano can suck it.

  156. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Snap! I have Lowell and Utley on my H2H team.

  157. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: And I have them in the RCL, take that.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: That would be sweet, buy him a 30 pack…………

  158. Doc says:
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    Zobrist is nuts. I’m thinking of buying “high” and not in my usual state of “high.”

  159. Steve says:
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    @Steve: That’s what I meant by snap. I was going for a togetherness vibe.

  160. Doc says:
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    Wang out, in comes Hughes.

  161. royce! says:
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    Huh, well Pena’s wasn’t a choppy GB hit… I wish I was more rebellious and benched Lackey. Blech. This is going to destroy my h2h week. Unless… maybe Wandy will pitch a 30 inning no hitter?

    Um, I don’t think they’ll be playing in Texas tonight. Just saw a clip of the rain… it looks like they’ll be draining the stands for days. Then again, I’m no weatherman. Or a groundskeeper.

  162. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Hehe.

    Last time I bought high it was with Al. Think we ended up with Grape Nuts, chocolate cake frosting and Funyuns………..

  163. Doc says:
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    @BigFatHippo: mmmm . . . frosting

    I think it’s time to put the frosting on Pavano. He is cooled and done.

  164. anon says:
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    After 3 straight good games from Tulo I decided to leave him in my lineup tonight.. On my bench, Jose Lopez! Sonofabench!! Even when Tulo plays well he manages to skrew me over!!

  165. martin says:
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    @grey- hey do u still like lacky over oswalt after todays performance?

  166. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: whats your take on hammel toe,trade him hold him whats he worth??

  167. Adam says:
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    Just traded away A-Rod, Zobrist and Zambrano for Longoria, Phillips and Votto…Is this as great a move for me as I think?

  168. Mr Baseball says:
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    I don’t think John Lackey is the pitcher he once was – he lackey something

  169. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    Callaspo… sonavabench! 4-for-4 with a slam. That makes complete sense of course, since the Royals had been lounging in an ice bath for the last few weeks, and Pavano had been pitching as well as anybody can remember. This game can be so bleeping screwy sometimes. What always makes it worse is the guy you’ve got in there instead. Jamey Carroll, come on down!

    If it wasn’t for Ben Zobrist drafting the Paris Peace Accords, I’d probably go insane.

  170. Mr Baseball says:
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    the red sox’s ordered the number 4 – Wangs Sweet & Sour Pitching: Items do NOT come with rice; but will come with 4 earned runs and 3 walks

  171. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Wheeler in for the save! Oh wait I dropped all my TB relievers

  172. Jobu's rum says:
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    Anyone care to convince me not to drop Kelly Johnson for Eckstein/Callaspo/Fontenot?

  173. sean says:
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    @Jobu’s rum: I wouldn’t drop him/her for Eckstein and a million bucks. Callapso is basically a high average but nothing else guy. Fontenot when hot > KJ cold, I guess.

  174. DrEasy says:
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    Glad I sat Wang. What’s the point of having him if I never start him?

  175. JR says:
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    Wow. You have to love the 3 BBs for Car-Go, considering plate discipline was a big problem his last time up. Moreover, he’s shown better plate discipline ALL YEAR.

  176. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @DrEasy: none, unless it’s a razzball league

  177. Greg says:
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    Drop Pavano immediately.

  178. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @DrEasy: @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’m getting the same impression with Dice-K. Put him on the DL when he got hurt, and haven’t activated him yet. He may stay there until somebody more important goes on the DL. He might eventually get some wins courtesy of that offense and their bullpen, but I don’t need wins. And he’s a WHIP killer. How freaking lucky did that guy have to be last year to go 18-3?

  179. ScoutAbout says:
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    That was an awsome grab by Werth!

  180. ScoutAbout says:
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    Utley!

  181. Harley says:
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    @Grey: 10 team mixed, 5×5, but nfbc rosters (ci, mi, 5 of, util). I am currently in first by 10 points, but my pitching has been getting very lucky so I don’t expect to hold such a big lead. I am looking to do a sell high trade on A. Hill and Cueto. I know this is giving up a lot, and I’m worried b/c why fix what isn’t broken, but what do you think of Fielder, A. Hill, Cueto and Hoffman for Pujols? I would replace Fielder with Pujols, and then move Uggla into 2B, I have K. Escobar and Smoltz to replace Cueto, and Bailey or Madson to replace Hoffman. I realize I’m giving up a lot of value but the replacements are solid and I need to in order to get Pujols. The way I see it, Fielder won’t bat 300 all season, and Pujols won’t bat less than he is right now all season so it might be the difference of 50 batting average points which is where I can gain the most. Thanks for your advice

  182. Harley says:
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    I can then pick up JJ Hardy for the hot month he is due to have, esp since Uggla has been sucking; grab Coco Crisp b/c Taveras has been killing me; and CJ Wilson or Rafi Soriano as a backup closer for when Madson loses it back to Lidge.

  183. DrEasy says:
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    @Ernie Imbroglio: I hear ya. I happen to have both Dice-K AND Wang! I don’t need the win, and my WHIP and ERA are both hurting badly. What’s the point of keeping these schmohawks? I’m in a deep league though, there’s not much out there that’s better.

  184. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @DrEasy: I’m fortunate enough in my deep AL-only league to be stocked up with starting pitching, so much so that I was thinking about dealing one of them for a closer or a shortstop. Keeping Dice-K on the DL for the time being as an emergency insurance plan is pretty much a no-risk proposition, but even in that my patience is growing short. He’s been horrendously inefficient, and like Wang, there’s been next to no progress.

    I have Kazmir on the Disgraceful List too. I’m hoping he comes back and gets back to being his old self, rather than following in the footsteps of those AL East schmohawks.

  185. Paulie Allnuts

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    Madson looked solid for the save. Three weeks ago I prodded my wife into picking him up; it is a holds league, and the chances that Lidge would go on the DL was high

    @DrEasy: .I can’t think of any reason to hold on to Wang. Don’t think he will get any better.

    @ScoutAbout: Yes, that was an awesome grab for sure. The catch by Reed was almost as good. Great series so far.

  186. Grey

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    @martin: Did you see what Oswalt’s line was the last time out? 6IP, 6 ER.

    @AL KOHOLIC: He’s a number one pitcher. He should fetch value in that neighborhood.

    @Adam: Solid move.

    @DrEasy: I wouldn’t own him.

    @Harley: I think Hill’s much better than Uggla and Fielder’s not that far from Pujols. I think you’re giving up too much. Fielder/Cueto/Hoffman should get Pujols if you really want him.

  187. Grey

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    @Paulie Allnuts: You sure prodded your wife is the best way to put that? (Insert emoticon)

  188. Ham says:
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    Adventures In Pitch Counts with Dusty Baker has taken a predictable turn. After an hour plus rain delay in the 9th, even though Cordero started the inning, he is back out there and blowing it

  189. Ham says:
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    And there it goes, goodbye Harang win, I hardly knew ya

  190. Grey

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    @Ham: Douchey Baker

  191. Ham says:
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    @Grey: This is payback for the game he kept Harang in for 1 more out after a 2 hour delay to get the win

  192. Grey

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    @Ham: Let’s count the people who stayed around after the rain delay? I count 7.

  193. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: happy hour is over in L.A. hey even baseball brain trust get a brake eh?dude the frikin humidity here is crazy,temp 80,palm springs 105,no comparison this shit sucks the life out of you,makes you quizzy,wheezy and dizzy,if not for the grand children id be there,traffic be damned

  194. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, I’m drunk and ready to start writing tomorrow’s roundup.

  195. Doc says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: I can think of many reasons to hold onto Wang . . . oh, not that Wang.

    Never gets old. (for me at least)

  196. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, that play by Reed was stellar. Great game and excellent series. The ballpark itself provided some exciting moments, although I might not appreciate it so much if I owned David Wright and knew he had to play half his games there.

  197. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Ha! I lost all my points, however, after i convinced her to pick up Pavano. Questioning you on him was the kiss of death. I take back positive thing that I said about him this morning. Killed me in RCL, after I had spent so much time working on increasing my pitching peripherals..

    @Doc: I think that a month ago I spent about two useless hours composing and compiling Wangettes. I’m just hoping that the Yankees give up the ghost, and allow Hughes to start again.

    @ScoutAbout: Yeah, I own both Wright and Beltran in H2H leagues. Metco doesn’t help my power numbers. Several long flys, that would easily have been homers at Philly park, including one by Howard, turned out to be long outs. However, I do like the contours of the park, with shades of Ebbets field. But next year I will think twice when drafting Mets in the early rounds.

  198. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @Grey: That’s exactly what I thought too. O:-)

  199. Steve says:
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    Pena on in the 8th…

  200. DrEasy says:
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    Did they really use Romo (a pitcher) to face Pena? That’s at least what the Yahoo box score is showing.

  201. DrEasy says:
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    @Grey: But if I drop my Wang, who can I pick up? (he he, it really doesn’t get old) There’s just a bunch of relievers I could use for holds (Affeldt, Okajima, Angel Guzman, etc.)

  202. Steve says:
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    Bailey and Cordero are starting to spoil a pretty good day…

  203. DrEasy says:
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    Uh oh, Qualls is in for the save…

  204. DrEasy says:
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    Opps, sorry it’s not a save. SF is leading.

  205. DrEasy says:
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    Dammit ,Qualls!

  206. DrEasy says:
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    Loved the Actor Studio reference in the title, by the way!

  207. Adam says:
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    Lose Howell for Pena or MacDougal?

  208. Paulie Allnuts

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    Wislon with a 3K perfect save.
    Something good has come out of the night

    @Adam: I would pick up Pena. Howell is part of a large committee.

  209. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: i agree,i grabbed him the other night

  210. paulzone says:
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    what’s the outlook for kelvim escobar? he became a free agent in our league.

    also, would you start ervin today vs. TB?

    Thanks

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