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Desmond Jennings will be called up by the Rays on Wednesday.  I’m as excited about owning Jennings as the next guy, assuming the ‘next guy’ is excited about owning Jennings.  But where’s he playing?  Is he gonna Tonya Harding Carl Crawford?  Okay, but he needs a Jeff Gillooly.  Who’s his Jeff Gillooly?  Are you Gillooly’ing?  Sorry to burst your Gillooly bubble, but, you sir, are no Gillooly.  Jennings should see spot starts and steal bases, but you obviously can’t start him every day because the Rays won’t be.  So if you can alternate him and out in daily leagues, go for it.  Or go 4 it, if you’re a 13-year-old who only understands text messages.  In 2009, he had 11 homers and 52 steals.  This year, 3 homers and 37 steals.  He’s Carl Crawford as soon as next year, so if you’re in a keeper, he’s a must own.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Hawpe – Will be the Rays’ DH vs. righties, which is a decent position to be in for value.  You’ll need to bench him vs. lefties and I wouldn’t add him yet outside of AL-Only and deep mixed leagues, but he could provide some pop if you need power aid.

Aroldis Chapman – In Dusty’s bid to have more arms than a mujahid, Aroldis joins the bullpen crew.  Keepers, clean your ears, cause there’s a new Strasburg in town.  Get him in keepers.  He’s just a middle man this year, but he’ll be a starter next year.  Patience is a virtue, or so I’ve read after a delicious meal of General Tsao’s Chicken.

Jay Bruce – Sat yesterday with a little tenderness.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He (she?) has mixed in a few turds along with the quality starts, but his overall ERA is 3.14 so I’m thinking he should be owned in more than 55% of ESPN leagues.

Mike Minor – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I love this guy’s demeanor.  (Da Minor?)  He gives up a double to Beltran or a triple to Tejada or loads the bases and he shrugs, “Whatever.”  Big fan!  Can I draft this guy right now for 2011?  You might recognize me by my mustache and my love for Mike Minor.

Cory Luebke – He sounds like a real dork, but I’ll tell you what’s dorky, calling a Padres starter a hodgepadre.  I’m a dork!  Luebke’s a middle to back of the rotation-type that I would never even mention if it wasn’t for the fact he’s going to be pitching his home games in Petco.  I wouldn’t go crazy with him outside of NL-Only leagues, but I’d grab him there.

Jeff Niemann – 5 IP, 7 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Kinda sucks if you own him, but I don’t so… Schadenfreude, snitches!

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  For a while it looked like Brian Moehler was ghost riding the Wandwagon, but, since July 19th, he’s lowered his ERA from 5.11 to 3.71.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 0 Walks, 9 Ks for Washington’s ‘other’ Zimmerman(n).  Has anyone ever seen Zimmermann and Strasburg in the same dugout?

Brett Gardner – 1-for-2 with his 38th and 39th steal.  He has a .389 OBP and hitting leadoff for the Yankees.  You tell Raphael that Brett Gardner ain’t taking no jive from no Western Union messenger.

Mark Teixeira – 2-for-3 with his 30th homer.  I’m thinking that if I own him next year I may just bench him in April.

Jeff Francoeur – Frenchy, or as they call him in Texas ‘Freedom,’ goes to the Rangers as Cantu gets a hold ‘em partner.  This trade will hurt David Murphy’s value a bit because now he’ll have a platoon partner.  The Rangers were already a little Francou with Vlad the Hacker but now they’re officially Francouer.  All they need is Yuniesky “2.6% BB rate” Betancourt to be Francouest.

Michael Young – 4-for-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  He came up a triple short of the cycle.  When I was 8, I woke up a wheel short of a cycle.  Very traumatic.

Cliff Lee – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The Adverb’s looking Ugh Lee in Texas.  He might consider walking some guys rather than giving up double digit hits.  It’s like he’s starring in Passion of the Control.  Another hit… I will not walk anyone!

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 43rd homer.  The only person having a more improbable year:  Brian Austin Green.

Aaron Hill – Hit his 21st homer.  Okay, Hill, chillax.  You lowered your 2011 value all year, don’t screw it up now.

Neil Walker – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and a homer.  I don’t believe this guy at all.  He’ll almost certainly be ignored by me next year.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 8 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Since July his ERA has jumped from 2.45 to 3.86.  It’s a bit perplexing because the Ks are still there, but I wouldn’t start him anywhere right now unless you’re punting WHIP and ERA.

Edwin Jackson – 8 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks.  His AL ERA is 1.47.  This is coming after having a solid year in Detroit in 2009 and a miserable campaign in Arizona, which followed his decent year in Tampa and terrible years in Los Angeles.  I’m guessing here, but I think Edwin owns himself in an AL-Only league.

Justin Masterson – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I just know I’m going to go down in a ball of flames when I recommend this guy again next year.

Koji Uehara – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Does it make sense that he’s the O’s closer?  Debatable.  But he is the O’s closer and should be owned.

Luke Scott – 2-for-3 and his 26th homer.  Ryan Howard, 24 homers.

Jon Niese – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He gave up 5 more unearned runs for the ticker shock.  The problem with a ticker shock, it’s usually still a detriment to your WHIP.  Cust kayin’.

Brian Duensing – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He has a 2.04 ERA.  Last September, his ERA was 2.78.  Yes, you should own him.

Jason Kubel – Left after being drilled by a pitch on his wrist, which caused him to be pissed and knocked him to the day-to-day list.  Sam-I-Am.

Justin Upton – Day-to-day with shoulder irritation.  Gibson said Upton could’ve played last night.  He also said he hit a homer off of Eck with much worse.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He has 200 Ks and 10 Wins.  That’s ten more than Mark Reynolds achieved last year with 200 Ks.

Melvin Mora – 2-for-3 with a homer.  Mora hit cleanup yesterday for the Rockies and Giambi hit 5th.  It’s the Rockies’ CarGo and Good 10 Years Ago lineup.

  1. Eddy says:
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    @Grey @Razzballers with keeper experience

    Since I’m new to the whole keepers thing, I still have trouble debating when a touted rookie who can be kept for last round value is a better choice than studs who take up your first 2 or 3 rounds.

    I’d love to pick up Jennings and Hellickson for next year, for example, but I got Wright (2nd), Miggy (1st), CarGo (13th), and Weaver (10th) kind of set to keep in 2011 (though we have until March to submit them).

    I completely trust my ability to draft Jennings or Hellickson again for next year, but

    1) I don’t know how high they should go in a keeper snake draft
    2) They will most likely go higher than what I can keep them for

    What do you guys suggest? Run with the rookies or stay with the studs?

  2. HoleyPujols.. says:
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    @ Grey: Would you drop Nolasco for J Zimm?

  3. big o says:
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    francoeur was disgruntled in the mets clubhouse , over playing time issues .
    now , he’s going to disrupt murphy’s rush , and spell old man vlad twice a week .
    a dozen AB’s/week , in the texas heat , for a chance at a world series ring ,
    is going to turn him into a happy camper ?
    seems like a poor move for the rangers .
    of course , hamilton is going to get more “lubricant” for his knee ,
    so i guess there’s some limited sub-duty , in that regard ,
    but you have to figure that when it comes to crunch time ,
    frenchy’s going to be riding the pine .

    @ Grey
    neil walker and january grey are going to need to set aside some time
    for bonding .

  4. big o says:
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    @ Grey :
    good point about the relationship between unearned runs and whip .
    sometimes you bring such clarity into the conversation .

    in the few months that i have been reading you ,
    you’ve turned on enough bulbs that i’m starting to feel
    like a christmas tree … (or would you rather that i called it an “aha” tree ?)

    am still working on weighing the relative importance of your ideas ,
    and how they relate to the big picture ,
    but i definitely know more now , than i did a year ago .

    thank you for your patience .

  5. joecoz says:
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    I have a bye in my H2H points league that penalizes for K’s. For next week–pick up M. Reynolds or N. Walker at 3rd? I have Beckham now and I’m a little concerned with the hand.

    Also, I have VWells, Abreu, and L. Morrison starting in my OF with Manny and Robot on the bench–drop any of those for Tabata? And if so, start Tabata? Thanks!!

  6. Steve says:
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    Ah, Grey. Two great calls in the last week – Blackburn and Anibal.

    But neither comes within a bull’s roar of the Brian Austin Green reference. Talk about playing the hand you’re dealt. One of the great head-scratchers.

  7. Howard says:
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    @Grey One of the highlights of my night was watching Shelley Duncan (hey meet Anibal!) hit a solo shot and the resulting high fives. Duck!!!

  8. Kevin says:
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    I’m in a NL-Only, H2H Keeper League that is likely to be a Mixed League next season. We are allowed to keep 5 players. Of these players, who would you keep for 2011?

    Hitters: Votto, Prado, Tulowitzki, Werth, Holliday, Dunn, Heyward

    Pitchers: Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Roy Oswalt, Jordan Zimmermann and Aroldis Chapman

  9. 'Spos says:
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    Grey,
    That Francoeur comment is just plain intricate. I’m not sure if I should applaud, continue scratching my head, or go back to sleep.

  10. TonyD says:
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    @grey

    Will Minor make his next start or will he not because of innings limit>?

  11. TJ says:
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    Drop Braden or Jaime Garcia to pick up Chapman in a 5-keeper league?
    Going into 2011, I’d only be able to keep one of Chapman, Garcia, Braden, Gordon Beckham, Delmon Young or Mike Minor.

  12. mr baseball says:
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    all he did ws stand in the on-deck circle struck fear in the opposing pitcher White Sox win on HR while Manny stood on deck

  13. Christopher says:
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    Real for 2011 or not, I [heart] Walker as my Brandon Phillips look-a-like!

  14. Art Vandelay says:
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    Would you drop Nolasco yet, say for Nova, Chacin, or a WW position player? Or wait to see if turns it around in his next start?

  15. TJ says:
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    Anyone have any updates on when we can expect Geovany Soto or Gordon Beckham back in their lineups?
    My playoffs start Monday, and I’d like to have these guys back and not have to run some scrubs out there.

  16. Grey

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    @Eddy: Studs

    @HoleyPujols..: Yup

    @big o: re: Walker — Perhaps. An aha tree — ha! No problem, O.

    @joecoz: Reynolds… Tabata over Abreu.

    @Steve: Thanks!

    @Howard: Ha!

    @Kevin: Votto, Tulo, Heyward, Lincecum, Johnson…

    @‘Spos: Applaud.

    @TonyD: He’s set to now, but wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t.

    @TJ: Braden

    @mr baseball: That’s all he needs to do.

    @Christopher: Hehe

    @Art Vandelay: Chacin

    @TJ: Beckham’s due back this weekend. Soto will probably be around that time too.

  17. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Does January Grey think Hamilton is headed into over rated territory for next year? Does JG think he’ll be a 1st rounder?

    Thanks!

  18. Smell The Glove says:
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    @Grey: As usual, great writing. I would have to say you are probably the only fantasy sports blog in the world that will throw in a “Being There” reference. Superb job.

    Now for my question, I’m in need of a rookie keeper on my roster to carry over to next season.

    Would you advise stashing Carlos Santana in my DL slot or picking up Desmond Jennings for the remainder of the season.

    It’s a 10 team mixed.

  19. joecoz says:
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    Thanks Grey–2 more quick follow ups–Reynolds is gone now, so keep Beckham or pick up Walker or Betemit for 3rd.

    Drop Blanton/Hanson for Chacin? Or stay with those bums?

    Thanks again!

  20. zombie says:
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    Quentin NOT in the lineup in favor of A. Jones, & Manny @ Bateador Designado.

  21. Wiley says:
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    J-Upton dropped in my league. Is the shoulder a true concern or worth putting a waiver in and dropping Rayburn? H2H non-keeper league.

  22. royce! says:
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    Arencibia called back up as well. Buck’s been pretty bad since returning (sub .700 OPS), and he’s a FA next year so there’s no reason to showcase him (unless TOR wants to do him a favor), so do you think he’ll get enough playing time to merit picking up in a 14-team league in which I have R. Hernandez?

    Also, Carlos Carrasco starting today for CLE. I’m not gonna pick him up, but it should be a game worth watching.

  23. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Right on cue, Rios homers off Carrasco. Poor CLE.

  24. ruah says:
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    How would you rank these MIs from here on out for overall effectiveness: K Johnson, Y Betancourt, Desmond and Peralta

  25. black love says:
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    hey grey,
    do you like gorzelanny for a spot start today against the pirates?

  26. peter says:
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    @royce!: It’s especially a game worth watching if you long for, say, the 2002 season. Manny? Check. Konerko? Check. Pierre, Jones and Vizquel? Check, check and check! Even Freddy Garcia’s pitching.

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    Sorry, but this is going to be one long convoluted way to get to a short answer…

    C: Buck
    1B: Dunn
    2B: Beckham
    3B: Wright
    SS: Alexei
    OF: Hamilton
    OF: Hunter
    OF: Torres
    UTIL: Lind
    UTIL: Peralta
    BN: Thames

    SP: Latos
    SP: Lester
    SP: Haren
    RP: Axford
    RP: Capps
    P: Storen
    P: Chacin
    BN: Bills
    BN: Cain
    BN: Pelfrey
    BN: ErvSan

    This is a 16 Team H2H Keeper. I’m currently in second, so I don’t want to jeopardize this season by dropping someone that could really help me out now, but my league is also Ks/9 as well as Ks. Who would you drop for Aroldis? He’s on waivers and I put a claim in for him with dropping Thames. What do you think?

  28. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I have “Five Weeks of Uehara” by The Fifth Dimension on Repeat.

    It’s just so Pretty!

  29. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    Some early Prospect news before my post is published. The first and last are probably of most importance to everyone around here.

    Via Rotoworld:
    Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that third base prospect Mike Moustakas will not be among the team’s September call-ups.
    “You could certainly make a case that it’s important for him to come up here in September, get acclimated and see what the major leagues are about,” said Moore. “Is that prudent now? It’s not. He’s still going to get the same opportunity in spring training that he would have had in 2011 whether he’s a September call-up or not.” Moustakas, who turns 22 later this month, is batting .326/.374/.637 with 34 home runs and 120 RBI between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha this season. He’ll have a chance to audition during spring training next season, but we’re thinking the Royals won’t want to start his service clock until after Memorial Day.”

    Via Rotoworld: White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Gregory Infante from Double-A Birmingham.
    Chicago’s bullpen needs a shot in the arm in the worst way and Infante is certainly an interesting name. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA in 55 relief appearances between High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham this season, averaging 10.4 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9. His control is still a work in progress, but with a fastball in the mid-90s and a developing curveball, he has one of the best arms in the organization.\

    Via Rotoworld: Astros recalled OF-1B Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Round Rock.
    The Astros selected Bogusevic as a pitcher in the first round of the 2005 draft, but he has adapted well in his second full season as a position player. The 26-year-old batted .277/.364/.414 with 13 homers, 57 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 502 at-bats with the Express this season. Bogusevic has seen some time at first base more recently in an effort to increase his versatility. He might not have enough pop to be a major league regular at a power position, but he could still be a useful bench player.

    Via Rotoworld: Indians recalled RHP Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus.
    As expected, Carrasco will make the start against the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 133 strikeouts over 150 1/3 innings with Triple-A Columbus this season. He’s worth using in AL-only leagues this month as he gets an early start on an audition for a spot in the starting rotation next season.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stephen: Thanks for the heads up!

  31. manfromearth says:
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    Good afternoon, Grey. You know, I’ve always thought the best way to tell if a watermelon is done is to thump it. Others like to use the broom straw method. When it comes to the strength of a particular fantasy league, would the availability of starting pitching on the wire be an indication? In our 14 team league, the 5 top ranked pitcher’s who you’d consider to be likely starters going forward, are 1. Hellickson 2. Bergesen 3. French 4. Naverson 5. Masterson.
    I have Cahill, WandyR., Duensing, Figueroa, Harang, Myers, ColbyL., Mosely, Greinke, J.MacDonald, and Nooooo!asco as starters. Are any of those five free agents better bets for my league’s playoff run than some of the bottom guys I have. If so, who for who? Or should I just continue to stream (but as you see, those options are very limited)?

    ps…feel free to use my Nolasco thing (although, I’d be surprised if someone else hasn’t thought of it). As a Ricky owner and checking out his starting stats for the first time the last few starts, that is the actual reaction I’ve had.

  32. phil says:
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    way to start the jennings hype machine. I know he looks good, top prospect in a top farm system, but at this rate by next years draft he’s going to be going in the top 10 rounds(I say this out of complete self-interest as I want him later) I wonder what Bill James will predict?

    In any case great stuff as always Grey.

  33. Grey

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    @manfromearth: Ha! Have to try that with a watermelon. Nolasco’s getting shutdown. Go with Masterson and hope for the best or stream.

    @phil: Hard to not like a guy who can steal 40 bases and hit 10 homers. Not like speed evaporates, except for Alcides.

  34. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Dunno’ if you ever got around to acquiring Season 1 of that show I mentioned the other day, The Colony, but I’ve watched a bunch more episodes and it keeps getting better. Can’t figure out how this flew under my radar, but they’re making weapons now for defense (including a flamethrower… sorry for the minor spoiler, but a friggin’ flamethrower!) and the dynamics of the group are working well for some compelling drama.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Not yet, but I’m going to try and check it out soon. (Though that might not be until the end of the season.)

  36. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: I hear ya’. It’s cutting into my “200 movies in 2010″ project, as I have the wife every night now asking, “Can we watch another episode of that show instead of a movie?”

  37. Wah says:
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    @Grey

    Any “Borderline Fantasy Starters” for tomorrow? Your post last week only ran through today… and was hoping to nab a potential guy for tomorrow’s games.

    Thanks!

  38. Watch it Buster says:
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    Grey, is Liriano a questionable start tonight? I know he’s been pretty good, but the Tigers have had his number lately. right now I have him starting.

    The weirdest thing is happening to me, and I hate it. I have both starters going from two games: DET@MIN and SD@ARI. It’s playoffs. Do I start all those guys?? my head hurts.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: There were none for tomorrow.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Watch it Buster: I’d start them all and pray for low scoring games.

  41. Big Nate says:
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    In fourth place and trying to make a push on Wins and K’s. Who to pick up of the following: Porcello, Harang, LeBlanc, Hammel

    Drop: Broxton (will he get his job back?) or Nolasco

    Thanks Grey!

  42. royce! says:
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    @peter: Ha! That’s hilarious.

    As a Padres fan, the only thing I liked about the 2002 season was how easy it was to get really good, really cheap seats at Qualcomm. It was like living in Oakland- a crappy team playing at a football field.

  43. dj says:
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    drop ian kennedy for zimmermann in a 12team h2h ?

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Big Nate: LeBlanc at home, Hammel at home… Nolasco…

    @dj: Sure

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    sale gets a white sox save,

  46. Tony says:
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    @Grey:

    PICK ONE TO START TONIGHT:

    Scherzer @ MIN or

    Cueto vs. MIL ???

  47. manfromearth says:
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    @grey – take a single broom straw and lay it gently across the top, in the middle of the watermelon. The straw should run end to end along the stem to flower direction of the melon. Upon letting go of the straw, if the melon is ready for consumption, the straw will rotate 90 degrees.

  48. fitz says:
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    Hi Grey, Chacin or Zimmerman if Nolasco is officially shut down?

  49. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey- Walker had 22 RBIs during the month of August. Not shabby. AVG of .305 also not shabby. 7 Runs, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, .393 AVG and 1.286 OPS over the last week. Definitely not shabby. He’s no Ian Kinsler, but I own Walker in multiple leagues and I’d play him over Zobrist, if you don’t need too much concern about speed, which I’m doing in one league.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anonymous: Yeah, I would this year. I’ll have to look at him for next year.

  51. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    Pick up Chacin or J-Zimm? And drop Nolasco for either one?

  52. Vince says:
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    @Vince: lol just saw it’s the exact same question as post #52

  53. Buschfan51 says:
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    10 team league. I have Brett Anderson and am thinking about sitting him tonight against the Yankees. I have been losing ground in whip and era. Bad idea benching him?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Vince: At least you know you guys aren’t in the same league.

  55. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    Freddie Freeman to start at first base tonight for the Braves according to ESPN.

  56. DrEasy says:
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    The pitching that carried me in the first half is killing me now. Can you please rank the following guys, so I know who to drop and who to pick up?

    Adverb, Hughes, Anibal, J-Zim, Nolasco

  57. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Daniel Hudson or Jorge De la Rosa the rest of the way?

  58. DonCoburleone says:
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    Grey I rarely disagree with you on players, but I really think you’re wrong on Neil Walker. He’s a former 1st round pick (11th overall) and he’s had past success in the minor leagues (.291/.366/.467 line in AA in 2007 as a 21 year old) so the pedigree is there. He’s also not even 25 yet so there is still room for improvement (which is what we’re seeing this year). The guy is a Second Baseman, you telling me you’re gonna ignore him next year? For who? MI is loaded with schmohawks…

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stephen: Interesting…

    @DrEasy: Lee, Anibal, Zimmermann, Hughes…

    @Joe B: dlR

    @DonCoburleone: Yeah, like I said in an earlier comment. I’ll look at him more in-depth in the offseason. But he screams to me a player that seems awesome as a middle round flier, that then starts slow and you drop him.

  60. Kazmere says:
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    Need a couple MI replacements, don’t need SBs. Pick two:

    Betancourt
    Peralta
    Uribe
    Hill
    MacDonald

  61. Stephen

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    Via Rotoworld: Reds recalled 1B Yonder Alonso from Triple-A Louisville.
    The Reds have given Alonso some time in the outfield this season to see if he can handle it. The results haven’t been all that promising, but his bat is undeniable and may be major league-ready by 2011. For now, he will get a taste of big league life as a backup to MVP candidate Joey Votto.

    Braves purchased the contract of 1B Freddie Freeman from Triple-A Gwinnett.
    The 20-year-old phenom managed a .319 batting average, an .898 OPS and 18 home runs in 124 games for Gwinnett this season and could see a few looks at first base down the stretch if Derrek Lee is ailing. Freeman seems likely to open the 2011 season as Atlanta’s starting first baseman.

    Rays recalled RHP Jeremy Hellickson from Triple-A Durham.
    Hellickson has been working out of the bullpen for the past few weeks at Triple-A Durham and will serve a role in relief for the Rays down the stretch. He’s posted a 2.05 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 big-league innings this year and will go fairly high in fantasy drafts next season.

    Blue Jays recalled C J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Las Vegas.
    Arencibia, of course, was 4-for-5 with two homers in a thrilling major league debut last month, however he went just 1-for-15 before being sent back to the minors. He’s almost certainly the catcher of the future in Toronto, but he’ll have to share playing time with John Buck and Jose Molina for now.

    Nationals purchased the contract of INF Danny Espinosa from Triple-A Syracuse.
    One of the team’s most promising position prospects, Espinosa compiled a .268/.337/.464 batting line to go along with 22 home runs, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 481 at-bats between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season. He has been red-hot recently, batting .359 (14-for-39) with three RBI and five runs scored over his last 10 games. He has been playing some second base since his promotion to Syracuse, suggesting that he’ll get some playing time there in September. Keep an eye on him in NL-only and keeper formats.

    Nationals recalled C Wilson Ramos from Triple-A Syracuse.
    He appeared in one game with the Nationals two weeks ago, but we knew he’d be back. Ramos, who came over from the Twins in the Matt Capps’ trade in July, was batting .316 with three homers and eight RBI over his first 20 games with Triple-A Syracuse. We’re hoping he gets plenty of playing time down the stretch. Keep him squarely on your radar in NL-only leagues.

    Diamondbacks recalled 1B-OF Brandon Allen from Triple-A Reno.
    Allen was batting .261/.405/.528 with 25 homers, 86 RBI and a 933 OPS in 371 at-bats with the Aces. The 24-year-old has played 33 games in left field this season to positive reviews, so he’s likely to see at least some time there with the big league club in September. He’s well worth an investment in NL-only and keeper leagues, even with Adam LaRoche as the everyday first baseman.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kazmere: Peralta and Hill…

    @Stephen: Thanks for the heads up!

  63. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: “In theater” would count, but I’ve only been to the theater once since we got the baby last September (Zombieland, which was in 2009). I wanted to see Inception in the theater badly, but just couldn’t make it happen. I like in the Catskills and the nearest “good” theater is ~45 minutes away. I’m not paying a babysitter for 5 hours, plus the, what, $20 a ticket for the movie? I’ll have to settle for seeing it on my 46″ HDTV… poor me.

  64. Awesomus Maximus

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    Oops… sorry for leaving the italics tag open.

  65. DonCoburleone says:
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    Oh okay. Sorry Grey I didn’t read the earlier comments.

    And my first and last point in regards to fantasy hockey: It’s by far the closest thing to fantasy baseball. The goalies are exactly like the pitchers, Defensman are just like MI and Catcher Schmohawks, and the Centers/Wingmen are the big time producers just like the CI and OF spots… I had a friend who begrudgingly got into our league last year and by the end he loved it. He likes it more than fantasy football now (still not quite as much as fantasy baseball though)…

  66. Grey

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    @Awesomus Maximus: How was Zombieland? I still haven’t see it. The Catskills, eh? You work the Poconos circuit, don’t you?

  67. Grey

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    @DonCoburleone: Cool re: hockey, but I don’t know that sport at all. If there’s going to be a fantasy hockey blog here, it’ll have to be managed by someone else. Like Doc and Adam do with football and basketball.

  68. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Somebody make Neil Walker stop. He’s up to his no good again an keeping from taking over first place in the last week.

  69. Steve says:
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    Right – so Kuo can’t pitch on consecutive days, but it’s OK for him to come into a game when he’s not even really needed.

  70. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And he had Broxton throw 26 pitches yesterday after coming into the game with the Dodgers behind.

    It’s all clear to me now…

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No rhyme, no reason.

  72. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Stephen: thanks for the info

  73. Steve says:
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    Is the tide going out on the Thames?

  74. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Heh… nah, I’m a couple hours from the Poconos. I’m about 10 minutes from Bethel, where the original Woodstock was. Pretty cool little village (Jeffersonville) full of local yokels, farm fresh eggs, produce and livestock, as well as an interesting array of artists and artisans, several who still haven’t come down from their trip that started 40+ years ago.

    I liked Zombieland quite a bit. The presentation is fantastic, premise is great, Woody is perfect for his role and even during the obligatory lull of a side-story, they wrote in one of the funniest sequences in the entire movie (I’m being vague to avoid spoilers, but you may already know what I’m talking about). Not as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but not terribly far behind.

  75. Grey

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    @Steve: Hehe… Could happen at any time. I’d give him an extra day after it seems like the tide’s turned.

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: I loved Shaun of the Dead, so that’s a solid recommendation for me. Was another reason why my hopes were sky high for Scott Pilgrim and it came up short.

  77. Grey

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    Brandon Allen!

  78. Kazmere says:
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    The Orioles are pooping all over Lester.

  79. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Crikey. Glad I didn’t really need the Latos win.

    Though it does raise the spectre of Gutierrez…

  80. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What current major leaguer would you compare him to?

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Poor man’s Stanton. 30 HRs, a few steals, meh average.

  82. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: I’m assuming you’ve seen Hot Fuzz, then. Again, didn’t like it as much as Shaun of the Dead, but I thought it was a fun ride.

    Been hearing a lot of negative re: Scott Pilgrim, which is disappointing, but may work in my favor. I’ve gone into a handful of movies with extremely low expectations recently (e.g. The Runaways, Chloe, Salt) and been pleasantly surprised. They’re still “3 out of 5 star” films, but it’s funny how expectations can either make it feel like you watched a decent movie or feel like you just wasted ~2 hours of your life.

  83. Grey

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    @Awesomus Maximus: Totally. My expectations couldn’t have been higher for Pilgrim. I think one of my friends said it’s the comedy Godfather. I’d say Hot Fuzz was better. It wasn’t bad, just felt a bit long and, after a while, like it was just a series of fights.

  84. Steve says:
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    Finally, Rajai. Finally.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: He aims to please. Once a week.

  86. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sonavabenched by Stanton today – but it’s not like he’s given me any reason to have him in my lineup.

    Repeat to self, “$5 next year, $5 next year… “

  87. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, you’re gonna have him for the next 5 years, at least.

  88. Steve says:
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    Buckle up, Guti owners…

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: This could be one of those 4 run affairs.

  90. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Wow… hearing “Godfather of comedy” probably isn’t a good way to go into any film. Plus, I know all genres are subject to the “matter of taste” element, but Comedy seems to be much more susceptible to the extremely poor recommendations.

    I have friends that have the same sense of humor as me and we can rattle off a dozen comedies that we both loved, and then all of a sudden they’ll tell me about something that made them piss their pants and it’s a movie that barely gave me a chuckle. Same thing can happen with Drama, Suspense, Horror, etc., but it usually is more like “I didn’t like that as much as you did” rather than “You’re nuckin’ futs… that movie sucked ass!”

  91. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nice reverse!

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Very true, very subjective. Usually my tastes align with certain people though and this was one of those people who I can usually rely on. Like your movie reviewing constant.

  93. Grey

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    @Steve: You’re welcome!

  94. Kazmere says:
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    Do you think Bruce will continue to rake when he returns after a few days rest? Tight RBI race and Bernadina is looking good the last couple weeks. Lost JUp and Bruce this week.

  95. Grey

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    @Kazmere: I’d hold Bruce over Bernadina.

  96. Steve says:
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    Is Chapman really throwing as hard as Mobile Gameday suggests?

  97. Grey

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    @Steve: Looks pretty fast. I think at a certain point all fastballs look, uh, fast.

  98. royce! says:
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    @Grey: That GS was nice and all, but did you see the catch he made against the bullpen fence? Very 1990 Griffey. For some reason I don’t see Allen repeating that catch very often, though. He seems more 2007 Griffey.

  99. royce! says:
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    Nolasco is supposed to “address his situation” after the game. Apparently his teammates want to delay this for as long as possible…

  100. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wow.

    Gameday was suggesting he was throwing 104 just now (although it’s obviously it’s in mlb.com’s interest to hype that shizz), but whether he’s throwing 99 or 104, if he gets his breaking stuff working, he’s gonna cut a swathe through more than a few lineups.

    Looks like he might get a win – shoulda had him in the lineup, meant to! $9 to keep next year…

  101. Black Beard says:
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    Anyone watching Mr. Lincecum pitch? Wondering how he looks…

  102. Eddy says:
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    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the dramatic Marlins game going on.

    Massive brawl, Morgan charged Volstad, got a cheap punch in and Gaby Sanchez came in with a WWE-style CLOTHELINE. If anyone has that for a category, congratulations you just won your week.

    Not to mention the 16-10 score in the 7th!

  103. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Would you prefer David Pauley vs CLE, Aaron Cook @SDG, Kazmir @OAK, or Duke vs WSH?

  104. dsimon says:
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    @Eddy: Of course Zimmerman sits for this game. Balls.

    I for one, as a Nats fan, am rejoicing our divestment from Rob Dibble. It was painful to watch games he called.

  105. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Do you see Storen closing games the rest of the way? He hasn’t been great of late and other pichers are in the mix in Washington for saves. I own H Bell, F Cordero, and J Hanrahan for saves as well. I ask because I’m thinking of dropping Storen for Scherzer, more so for keeping him off other teams for the playoffs. I could also drop Billingsley as another option.

  106. dsimon says:
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    Just saw this on twitter- the Nats – Marlins brawl, at least until MLB asks youtube to remove the clip…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKFpkAtfx0o

    Nyjer got his clock cleaned.

  107. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Do you think Kershaw will be worth a 6th round keeper next season?

  108. royce! says:
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    @dsimon: Dang, Nyjer has a weak left. He seemed to connect pretty well, but Volstad’s head barely moved. Fun times!

  109. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Sanchez timed his run beautifully, though.

  110. royce! says:
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    @dsimon: Was that Gaby with the clothesline? Johnny Cash was right– having a girl’s name make you tough.

  111. Eddy says:
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    @Steve: @royce!:

    As a huge Marlins fan, seeing Gaby come in with that slam was amazing. I was Jersey-shore fist pumping and everything.

  112. Steve says:
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    Does Storen really have to be out there right now?

  113. royce! says:
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    @Eddy: It’s pretty amazing that he didn’t get ejected. But maybe that’s another benefit to having a girl’s name.

  114. Grey

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    @royce!: Yeah, I saw it. He almost took down the fence.

    @Steve: Lefties aren’t going to want to get anywhere near the plate on him.

    @Black Beard: Haven’t been watching him.

    @Joe B: Yeah, he’ll get the majority of the saves.

    @Eddy: None are good, Cook…

    @dsimon: Nice… Hadn’t seen it.

    @GopherDay: In what? A ten team league?

    @royce!: That’s hilarious.

  115. royce! says:
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    @Steve: They’re only six runs down– if they can score 3 they’ll get to face Nunez. So it’s basically a save situation for WAS.

  116. dsimon says:
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    As a guy who is growing more and more tired of Nyjer’s antics, I was happy to see him get his ass beat. I thought we traded the troublemaker TO pittsburgh…

  117. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well, I’m a righty and I can tell you, he wouldn’t have to brush me back.

  118. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: My bad Grey…I totally brain farted that one! A 12 team 6X6 (K’s and HLDS added) ROTO league.

  119. royce! says:
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    @royce!: My bad, Nunez already pitched, and got pulled for a pinch hitter. Apparently FLA thinks that a 6 R lead is a save situation.

  120. royce! says:
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    @Grey: It probably is the beer laughing, but your comment made me chuckle gleefully. It would have been so awesome if he had taken out the fence. And like 3/4 of the ARI bullpen.

  121. dsimon says:
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    @Eddy: A huge Marlins fan? I did not know you guys existed! Well, at least I figured the 500 people who show up for the games were fans, but hey, what do I know? ;)

  122. Grey

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    @dsimon: Ha

    @Steve: True

    @GopherDay: He’s on the edge of being a keeper there. Depends on your other guys.

    @royce!: Hehe

  123. Grey

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    @Steve: That’s exactly what happened!

  124. Eddy says:
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    @dsimon:
    Hey, even horrendous teams (such as the Nats) got their fanbase!

    Though I can’t qualify the Marlins as “horrendous” with this win because it pushed them a couple over .500.

    But Gaby Sanchez needs to win RoTY with that clothesline. Morgan is turning into a Milton Bradley-lite very quickly, but it’s good to see guys like Gaby are trying to help him recover

  125. Tom Emanski says:
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    4 great starts from Sanchez, Oswalt, Liriano and Scherzer and I only got 1 one out of it.

  126. Tom Emanski says:
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    P.S. Is Scherzer amazing or what. What happened to that guy!

  127. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Hmmm… must’ve been an extra inning game in which they ran out of fielders so they had to play the ghost runner at RF.

  128. royce! says:
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    Wait, did Volstad throw at Nyjer because Nyjer stole two bases off him earlier in the game? If that’s the case, that’s some cry baby shizz.

  129. royce! says:
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    @Tom Emanski: I dropped him! Heyo!

  130. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Well I don’t have a great keeper staff, so I may end up keeping him there.

    Wainwright (Can’t Keep)
    J Santana (3rd Round)
    C Hamels (4th Round)
    Kershaw (6th Round)
    Billingsley (8th Round)

    So right now, Kershaw looks like the only pitcher I’ll be able to keep out of that group.

    I’ve got a solid hitting core for next year, so I’ll be able to devote several picks to pitching. Plus I’ve pretty much got my entire RP core kept on the cheap, and I may only need to draft another closer and a HLDs guy.

    Towards the end of the season, I’ll probably dump Hamels, Santana, and Bills for some cheap, young pitchers on the FA list. (Zimmermann, Cecil, Hudson, Matusz, etc.)

  131. Black Beard says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Second that. 9 IP and 106 pitches? He could be very, very nasty next year.

  132. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Kershaw the best one there.

  133. Alex says:
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    DAMN YOU LINCECUM!!!! Sonovabench!

  134. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on Chacin v Phils tomorrow? Feels like a sit to me.

  135. fitz says:
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    hooray for Marcum, Liriano, Ubaldo and Scherzer getting 0 wins for my team with a 0.50 ERA

  136. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Well then it’s clearly the ‘roids.

    Nah, just kidding. My self-deprecating thing is getting a bit old, I know. I’m in 1st in 2 of 3 leagues, and the 3rd is a h2h, so it’s probably more that EVERYTHING I TOUCH TURNS TO FREAKING GOLD!

    Seriously, though, even being in first place, I still dedicate this song to Scherzer, and all the other bastards who have excelled after leaving my roster:

    http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2010/09/cee-lo-green-fuck-you-official-video/ (NSFW b/c of language, which I suppose is pretty clear from the url).

  137. TastelessGarbage says:
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    @DonCoburleone: Grey,
    Modest Proposal: How aboot an RCL Fantasy Hockey League?

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Alex: Don’t bench Lincecum ever.

    @Steve: Sit

    @fitz: Better than a 5.00 ERA.

    @royce!: Yeah, nice song. Hehe. Cee-Lo! BTW, can a guy get mad at someone for stealing when their team is leading? I guess so.

  139. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TastelessGarbage: If you want to organize it, go for it. But I’m not going to be involved.

  140. TastelessGarbage says:
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    BTW, per CBS, Adverb went home for an injection for back pain. “Not too serious.”

    Gulp.

  141. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I think you were alluding to it, but just to be sure- it’s pretty funny that I can be so angry about dropping Scherzer et al when my teams are doing so well. So I suppose I can sympathize with Volstad.

    I’m still not forgiving Wandy, though. His turnaround was clearly some vindictive shizz directed at me.

  142. Sidd Finch says:
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    @Grey: No hockey, eh? Since you single-handedly directed me to my (currently) first-place team in my hth league (with wanna-be ‘perts) and ALSO directed me in my attempt to make a run at RotoSavants in Razzball (despite Rudy’s convoluted index), how bout I give you a step-by-step to drafting a football team? I won’t guarantee that you’ll be as successful as I’ve been this year in hth and razzball, but you might surprise yourself…..

  143. Grey

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    @TastelessGarbage: Yeah, saw that.

    @royce!: Actually wasn’t alluding to that. Was just talking about Volstad throwing at a guy for stealing when their team was losing.

    @Sidd Finch: No hockey yet. Needs to be worked on. Good luck going for the hot tub, but I have no interest in football. I haven’t watched a game in a few years.

  144. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If someone is stealing on you when they’re leading 15-5, they’re asking for it. And that’s me pretending to know somehting about baseball’s unwritten rules!

    Seriously though, read Ensberg’s blog a little bit and stealing when you’re way ahead is something that would, and should, give the pitcher a green light to throw at you.

  145. Grey

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    @Steve: Definitely, but I thought the case was the Marlins were up and Morgan was stealing against them.

  146. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Dur – you’re right of course.

    Maybe he just thought Morgan was a dick.

  147. Grey

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    @Steve: It’s not your fault, I had to look at the box score like five times to figure out why he was throwing at him for running, if that is the reason. A team is down and they can’t run? Gotta be something else that was going on.

  148. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Cool. Then I will feel free to gripe at those players I’ve dropped who have gone on to play well. Jerks!

    I wasn’t following the FLA game so I didn’t know if they were behind or ahead when Nyjer stole those two bases. If Volstad’s “errant” pitch was in retaliation for those stolen bases, I think that if Nyjer gets a suspension, Volstad should receive a similar punishment.

  149. Grey

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    @royce!: I don’t even understand how ESPN can report it was in retaliation unless they confused the score too. You retaliate when you’re winning? That’s bonkers to me.

  150. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Perhaps Volstad was trying to support Philly fans? Retaliation for the average Joe? Standing up for fans known for being bitter and pessimistic certainly makes a point!

  151. big o says:
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    is anyone else having trouble with yahoo’s stat-tracker tonight ?

  152. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @royce!: Just read the report on Yahoo. The Nats were behind 14-3 when Morgan stole a couple of bases.

    Seems that Marlins didn’t like that (they were also still annoyed about him smashing Hayes the other night). Not sure that’s a high horse you want to get on, is it? Seems a bit precious to me.

    Wouldn’t it be better to say “Whatever” and tell him to take a look at the scoreboard?

  153. Steve says:
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    @big o: Yup.

  154. TastelessGarbage says:
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    You can access StatTracker through a back door: Go to a score listing and click on GameChannel. This opens ok, then click on StatTracker and you’re in.

  155. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I totally agree. When I saw ESPN’s retelling of the events (and I only saw it peripherally, because I was talking to the wife, who was telling me, “Top Chef is on!”), it reminded me of reality television editing, ie, the seemed to be trying to make more of a story out of it than was possibly there. There was no reason to throw at Nyjer, as far as I could gather, which makes me think the pitch got away from Volstad.

    It makes me worry that when handing out punishments for the events, ESPN’s storytelling could prejudice MLB’s decision making process.

    But I’m probably overanalyzing the issue because I’m tipsy and bored. I usually enjoy Top Chef, but all I can think of is that if Angelo wins that I wouldn’t want to go to his restaurant because he seems to be a creepy and annoying.

    I’d go to Atlanta just to eat at Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant, though.

  156. Black Beard says:
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    @Steve: Didn’t Morgan knock the Marlins catcher out for the year the night before? Or did you guys already discuss that and I missed it?

  157. Black Beard says:
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    @Black Beard: Or are you saying that he got dinked the first time for that, and then thrown behind for the stealing…that seems more likely…sorry, tired.

  158. Steve says:
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    @Black Beard: Yeah, it mentioned that in the Yahoo report, but it also sounded like the Marlins were getting a bit uppity about the sprit of the game, and all that.

  159. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I was just saying to Rudy how I want to go to Angelo’s restaurant. Next time I’m in Hell’s Kitchen, I’m going. Love me sammies!

  160. Steve says:
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    @royce!: I think the first time he threw at him, it was for the collision, which is probably fair enough.

    The second time was for the stealing – think the Marlins unnecessarily took offence there.

  161. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, when I lived in NY I could never find a good vietnamese sandwich. I bet he could pull it off.

  162. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @royce!: You guys are making me hungry.

    Lcky I’m having grilled tuna for my birthday dinner. Mmmm-mmm.

  163. Sidd Finch says:
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    @Grey: I wish I knew how to quit you.

    All you gotta do to draft a ff team is follow a few simple directions and rely on your guts from there. I’ll even post the drafting directions on the “What else is there?” forum. You don’t have to actually watch the games.

    Pick a free league you are willing to try….yahoo, cbs, espn, whatevah. If you make the playoffs, I promise to donate $50 to daiquiris. Also, I promise never to make any more jokes about you giving Cano away for a bag of baseballs and Jose Lopez.

    I’ll donate $20 just for you to follow direction and finish a draft. It’s not like you have anything else to do after November….

    How can you resist?

  164. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Nice! I have a bunch of fig trees and they’re in season so I’ve been trying to figure out inventive ways to cook em. So far the abundance of figs has only presented an excuse to eat as much pancetta as humanly possible. I.e, I’m in freaking heaven.

  165. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s your birthday? Happy birthday!

    @Sidd Finch: You say follow your gut and I don’t even know the top 5 players. There’s no gut with football. I haven’t watched a game since 2005. And it was Garza and Lopez (who I dropped since). Okay, it’s still not good.

  166. Sidd Finch says:
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    @Grey:

    There doesn’t have to be a gut right now. After two weeks of following razz results, I had a pretty damn good gut that Kazmir was ownable! You don’t have to know the top 5 players. I only joined a hth league this year because a jackass newspaper editor from Texas suggested it was a good way to follow baseball through the summer. I don’t get your disdain. You can’t be THAT busy this winter. I don’t think you want to give up the free money for simply drafting a team. Also, some people that followed your draft advice this spring went with Kinsler in round one and Grady Sizemore in round two. You definitely aren’t afraid of failure.

  167. big o says:
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    a) real baseballers take time off to wind down , and they don’t field anywhere near the volume of questions that grey does during the regular season .

    b) lots of other experts spread themselves thin , and participate in other fantasy sport arenas , if you’re looking for diluted , less-focused opinion .

    c)

  168. aj says:
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    I need to drop someone so i can pick up a player to fill in while hamilton is hurt.
    I have Brett Anderson, Drew Storen, Brandon Lyon, Joel Hanrahan, Juan Gutierrez, Gavin Floyd, Jordan Zimmermann, Jorge De La Rosa.
    Available players:
    Ryan Doumit, Brad Hawpe, Mike Stanton, Juan Rivera, Nate McLouth,Nolan Reimold, David Murphy, Marcus Thames, Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Tyler Colvin, Kosuke Fukudome,

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