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It hasn’t been easy owning Matt Wieters this year.  After a monster April (.279 / 6 HR / 15 RBI), he had an Arencibian May (.188 / 2 HR / 7 RBI).  All the while, catchers on the waiver wire like A.J. Pierzynski and Ryan Doumit were hitting great.  So it had to be sweet for Wieters’ owners to have their patience rewarded with a 4-for-5, 5 RBI game against the heretofore stingy Pirates.  We don’t like investing a lot in a catcher, but this is one time we would have liked to have come onto your stats farm.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Shin-Soo Choo – He choo-choo-choosed to hit 2 solo HRs against the Reds while striking out three times with a combined 4 men on base.  You’d think a South Korean player would M*A*S*H a little better with men on base. He now has 20 RBIs or the same amount as teammate Jose Lopez has in over 100 less plate appearances.

Aubrey Huff – Banged his knee on the dugout rail in his rush to celebrate Matt Cain’s perfect game.  It’s likely the Giants are covering up the real reason which was that he accidentally kneed Bochy in the head.  BTW, the new nickname for Matt Cain and Lincecum.  Cain and UnAbel.

Brandon Belt – Yesterday, Brandon Belt hit his third homer in as many games.  He’s not doing this in a friendly hitting environment either.  *cough* Brandon Moss *cough*  Sorry, I need a green and gold suppressant.  Plus, Brandon Belt has a Jewish doppelganger.

Trevor Plouffe – He’s gone and done it again, and here’s frequent commenter, Awesomus Maximus’s two-year-old with the call.  Like a 70-year-old man, I don’t think he keeps it up, but you should absolutely own him while he’s plouffing all over the place.

Steve Pearce – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs with a double, a HR, and a walk.  You know what’s most impressive about that stat line?  The HR.  Anyway, Pearce never quite got a chance in Pittsburgh as big-time acquisitions like Garrett Jones and Xavier Nady stole his playing time.  He was killing it in the Yanks’ AAA when they sold him to Baltimore for some crab legs and lake trout.  He’s hitting over .300 so far with the Orioles but with little power.  Not really worth considering outside deep leagues.

Mark Reynolds – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Both Adam Dunn (he now has 50 RBIs) and  General K. Walk Homerton went yard yesterday, too.  Won’t you take me to Donkeytown?  I wanna go to Donkeytown!  Reynolds won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column because I think he’s owned in too many fantasy leagues, according to ESPN’s ownership “fantasy” numbers.  As Razzball contributor, Feeding the Abscess, pointed out yesterday, “Mini Donkey has a career low swinging strike rate, career high line drive rate, and a career low HR/FB rate, all before yesterday’s performance.”  The Cliff Notes version of that is, “Pick him up in all leagues.”  I plan on starting him over Ryan Zimmerman.  Next stop for Zimmerman, the waivers…You’re on notice!

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks….@COL!  The day after Tommy got kicked in the Milones (4 IP, 8 ER).  I’d love to see ESPN have a ‘Sonavabench %’ to see how many people owned and sat him.  Would be fine as long as the denominator was based on the 4% of non-latchkey ESPN leagues.

Brandon Moss – The #1-rated player in our TV giveaway standings went 3-for-5 with a HR (his 4th of the series), 2 doubles, and 3 RBIs.  The last person to score that much in his first 3 days in Denver was Alex from The Real World (Jenn, Colie, probably Davis too).

Josh Reddick – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  After a ten homer month of May, this was his first homer in June.  In reality, he’s probably a three to four homer per month guy, so you’re looking at close to 30 homers for this year.  From a last round draft pick/waiver wire pick up, Reddick shouldn’t have you too sore.

Brian Fuentes – 2 ER in a Kazaam IP.  You can’t blame him — AL pitchers aren’t used to pitching in Coors.

Colorado Humidor – Evidently, it’s on the fritz.  Maybe they had it filled with cigars in case they signed Jorge Soler.

Troy Tulowitzki – Had an MRI done on his groin.  As of this posting, they didn’t find anything.  Chaz Bono can suggest a good doctor for that.

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 K @TEX.  That’s now three out of our four good starts for Hudson (although the one bad one was really bad – 1 2/3, 6 ER against OAK).  Worth starting in all leagues.

Brett Gardner – Out another month with an injury that was originally day-to-day.  To use what I believe was our 2nd or third glossary term ever, Gardner’s pulling a Kotchman.

Luke Scott – Placed on the DL with “Hasn’t been good in a month anyway.”  Hopefully, 15 days can cure what ails him.  Or a good long talk with Ted Nugent over some venison jerky.

Charlie Morton – Underwent Tommy John surgery.  In exchange, Tommy John will receive a lifetime supply of salt.

Erik Bedard – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Oofa, the dreaded Cleveland Streamer.  Could easily take a week to clean up that mess.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4 with a grand slam.  I literally just dropped him, so I got a 4-for-39 on my team from him, then he salamis.  My fantasy womb is polluted!

Krispie Young – 0-for-5 as the Diamondbacks tried to knock loose some hits by moving him to the leadoff spot.  Not sure what’s more depressing, thinking about what could’ve been if he didn’t get injured or just watching him now.

Joe Blanton – 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Twins.  From the files of Predictions No One Cares About:  Blanton will be traded to or signed by the Twins within two years.   I don’t know why I think that, but Gladwell taught me to trust my first instincts.  Blink, snitches!

Mike Leake – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER and pulled from the start after 84 pitches with a 6-3 lead.  What gives?  In Dusty’s autobiography, he has a chapter titled, “84 Pitches is a Good Inning.”

Austin Jackson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer to go along with his 6 steals.  This is his third homer in the last week.  Pretty cool, Austin, but how about keepin’ it less weird and steal some bases?

Ryan Ludwick – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer as he hits .215.  Ludwick’s figured out something that we’re going to reveal for the first time right here on Razzball:  One homer every ten days = Staying in Dusty’s good graces while remaining irrelevant for fantasy even in a great lineup and ballpark.

Jay Bruce – Reds scored 12 runs; Bruce went 0-for-4… Ticker tease!

Zack Cozart – 3-for-5, 5 for his last ten with a homer.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but he could’ve been.  I’ll tell you that much!

Brandon Phillips – BP is taking BP on the Indian pitchers, following yesterday’s 3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI game with another 3 hit game with a HR and 4 RBI.  Maybe he’s still mad at the Indians for giving him to the Reds for a bowl of sweet-ass chili over spaghetti.

Tim Collins – 2nd win in two games yesterday.  Hey, enough Tim Collins, I’m drunk on cheap wins!

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  At least I don’t have to waste my half birthday wish on him.

David Murphy – After he hit a homer on Tuesday, I said something like, Murphy’s not exciting, but when he gets hot, he hits homers.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  Yesterday, he hit another homer.

John Axford – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd blown save in two games.  He’s now given up 7 runs in the last 2 innings, across 3 appearances, and allowed runs in four of his last five appearances.  His ratios:  5.55/1.68.  I think he’s injured.  Or at least I think the Brewers will say he’s injured.  Whatever, that’s neither here nor there.  Or neyether hear Knorr their, if you got some screws loose.  Pick up K-Rod if you need saves.  I dropped Balfour for him in one league.  Guest on Montel, “Oh no, you di’int!”  I did, GoM.

Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Great, so now he’s going to get injured again?

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2 HR, 3 RBI.  Hitting just under .300 (yay!) despite averaging nearly 3 Ks per 10 ABs (no!).  He’s worth starting for now (especially in deeper leagues), but expect that average to make its way towards .250.  For expected batting averages, see here.  Or not.  Tough choices!

Johan Santana – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Definitely didn’t go Jo-H.A.M., which reminds me of Oliver Perez.  Whatever happened to that young brother who threw around pitches like John Rocker threw around racism?  Why did that remind me of Oliver Perez?  Because I was thinking if Johan was Jo-H.A.M., then Ollie Perez would’ve been Yo-Duck.

Jason Bay – 1-for-4 with a slam & legs.  It’s almost poetic that Jason Bay gets the worst possible slam & legs.  The “almost” part comes in because that didn’t rhyme or appear in a stanza.

Ike Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his third straight multiple hit game in a row.  He must be using David Wright’s bat.

Jeremy Hellickson – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, 10 baserunners as Met hitters continued their mauling of Ray pitchers.  The Mets director of statistics was seen taunting Hellickson with a “BABIP regression, bitch!  How you like my balls in play!”

From Around The Web

  1. Steve says:
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    Leake wha still feeling the effects of a stomach bug.

    How appropriate that he should crap all over my ratios.

  2. Steve says:
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    Leake was still feeling the effects of a stomach bug.

    How appropriate that he should crap all over my ratios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Gotcha

  3. Chomp Samba says:
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    Malcom Gladwell and Dalton Trumbo name drops in the same week! Finally, my love of PBS pays off (beyond the canvas tote.) I look forward to next week’s mentions of Oliver Sacks, Michael Chabon and Radiolab.

    I was offered Mark Reynolds for Justin Masterson in a deep mixed 14er. I have SPs up the wazoo (CC, Price, JoshJohn) but my “sluggers” suck nuts (Zimmerman, Morse, Kendrick, LaHair.) Take it, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chomp Samba, Ha! Scherzer needs to do something for Chabon… I’d take Reynolds…

  4. Prezii says:
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    Exact same for me with martinez..keep him for his garbage then he goes off on the waiver wire! Thats FBB.. One question..

    How do you feel about Cahill @LAA?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Prezii, make that three of us with JD. What a prick…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, I’d start him…

  5. Jackie says:
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    I traded Chris Perez for Adam Dunn straight up today. Made the offer and the other guy took it immediately. I then went and grabbed Greg Holland. I need the HRs and think I can find saves the old fashioned way. Thoughts on the deal?

    • Jermo says:
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      @Jackie, SAGNOF, great deal

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Jackie, well played, sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jackie, Nice!

  6. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @ Grey

    Start which of the following..

    Jennings v. Zambrano
    Grandy v. Gio
    Goldy v. Haren

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Jennings

  7. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Oh Krispie your leash is growing ever shorter. I miss the sick numbers you were putting up to start the season only to return have 3 RBI/5R and a sweet .260 OBP in the last 30+ days. There are some NL pitchers that have better stat lines than that!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Ugh, I know…

  8. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    The Ballad of Trevor Plouffe

    when things in match plays really rough

    trevor plouffe! trevor plouffe!

    name seems soft but he is tough!

    trevor plouffe! trevor plouffe!

    his name may sound like he’s not buff

    trevor plouffe!, trevor plouffe!

    his name sounds like a powder puff

    “trevor plouffe, trevor ploufe!

    yet trevor has the rightest stuff!

    trevor plouffe!, trevor plouffe!

    in the field may make a muff

    trevor plouffe, trevor plouffe!

    but he hits homers, takes no guff

    trevor plouffe! trevor plouffe!

    wrecks opp pitchers ‘tator cuff

    trevor plouffe! trevor plouffe!

    opp fanta-squad will say “enough!”

    trevor plouffe!, trevor plouffe!

    thrown to gutter, soft as butter, plouffer nutter, makes grey mutter,
    t
    he amazing, awesome trevor plouffe!

    (and yes, paulie will stick to his day job of writing humerous baseball articles for Razzball:)

    • chata says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts,

      write the next pod-cast song , paulie .
      AND ,
      keep your day job .

      nicely done .

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, awesome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, HA!

  9. papasmurf says:
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    I looked at Plouffe several times. Could have had him easily if I wanted to, but one look at his career stats and it was like getting a dose of reality. Well, it’s not midnight yet and I shoulda picked him up. Now all I can do is watch him homer 3x in 3 gms for the team that did pick him up. It’s too late so for peeps that missed the P train like myself, it’s time to root for that hamandegger to come back down to earth.

    Can celebrate a bit about Collins. Two games for me, two wins. And KROD even got two HLDs for me in those games. Perfect breaks.

    Kinda makes me forget that the rest of the team sucks. That is, until I log into the league site and see the red numbers the size of roids… and not the good kind that makes ya hit homers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Yeah, I got the Collins wins too… Was nice surprise from the norm this year with my Smurf luck…

  10. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto. 16 team keeper league, keep 5.

    give- Ryan Zimmerman and Alcides Escobar
    get- Elvis Andrus and Brandon Belt

    MY TEAM
    CA- Miguel Montero. 1B- Billy Butler. 2B- Dan Uggla. 3B- Ryan Zimmerman. SS- Alcides EScobar. IN- Chris Davis
    OF- Adam Jones. OF- Carlos Quentin. OF- Torii Hunter. OF- Michael Brantley. UT- Alex Presley
    BN- Ryan Theriot, Seth Smith, Elian Herrera, Anthony Gose, Jim Thome (for now)
    DL- Andy Dirks

    SP- David Price. SP- Brandon Beachy
    RP- Kenley Jansen. RP- Santiago Casilla
    P- Shawn Camp. P- Rex Brothers
    P- AJ Burnett
    BN- Clayton Richard, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Cobb, Christian Friedrich
    DL-Ted Lilly. DL- Brett Anderson. DL- Joe Wieland

    if I did this trade I could use Chris Davis at 3B and Brandon Belt at IN.
    basically who gives me better numbers for the rest of the season..
    Zimmerman, Escobar, Davis
    Andrus, Belt, Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK, Belt side

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Drop a cold Salty for K-Rod? I have wieters already at C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Sure

  12. Paulie Allnuts

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    Grey, BTW, pleased with the Met Love. Hey, the ’69 Mets won with Ron Swoboda, Al Weis, and “The Glider”, Ed Charles, all in starting positions. The 2012 version can do it with Dan Murphy, Andres Torres, and Snookies new boy toy, Vinnie Rottino. If Santana and Dickey can pitch like Seaver and Koosman….Ya Gotta Believe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Yeah, anything’s possible… What, I’m not a Met hater anymore as I’ve been called… When they had something to promote, I promoted it…

  13. AP says:
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    Hudson @ Tex and Parker @ Col?…….Ummmmm, yeah I was doubly sonofabenched yesterday! FMFBBL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Damn… Hard to start those guys there though…

  14. Blue says:
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    In a 10 team league, would you pick up Cahill as a streaming option at LAA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Depends on the situation…It’s not an ideal matchup…

  15. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey, just got offered D. Haren for my M. Trumbo. Should I take it? 10 team obp league and I have a good amount of power (Votto, Hamilton, Cruz, Bruce) and I’m doing well in those cats. Meanwhile, my pitching has been average (Yovani, Gio, MadBum, Beachy, Garza and Fister – DL for now). I’m leaning towards pulling the trigger. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ, Your pitching looks fine… But sure that deal’s fine if you need Haren…

  16. yeah! says:
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    Grey

    You’ve been on an absolute roll this past week – hilarious

    Please Rank ROS?

    Mini Donkey, Fatt Adams, Ryan Roberts, Ike Davis, Hosmer, A Avila, W Betemit

    • yeah! says:
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      @yeah!,

      it also probably matters – OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yeah!, Thanks, Rudy co-wrote this one too… Hosmer, Donkey, Ike…

  17. NyJacobs says:
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    Grey,

    Josh Reddick available, give up on and drop Chris young for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NyJacobs, Not crazy about it

  18. Rounded korner's says:
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    I’d give up Dickie and Jed Lowrie for Tulo. 6×6 OPS H2H. Are Dickie and Jed over their head? Love the site thanks for everything!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rounded korner’s, Thanks! I’d take Tulo, but I’d wait to hear what’s going on with his injury first…

  19. chata says:
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    yay !
    i made the top 600 in the tv weep-stakes game .

    also ,
    fuentes is a coors pitcher who’s not used to pitching in the AL .

    cust kayin’ .

    • chata says:
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      i even made it into the top 20 posts for this thread ,
      though that kiwi fella sometimes makes things difficult .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Being facetious with the Fuentes line…

  20. Pefacommish says:
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    Speaking of ticker tease, Krispie Young’s oh fer five came when the Dbacks plated 11 runs. Eek!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pefacommish, Yeah

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    I’ve gone all Brokeback Mountain on Krispie…why can’t I quit you?!?! Even after my rant last night I wasn’t able to pull the trigger. I want to pick up Mini-Donkey but here are my drop options:

    C.Davis (who’s done nothing to warrant a drop)
    Krispie (who’s done everything to warrant a drop)
    Belt (who looks like he’s getting hot)
    Goldy (who has cooled off a bit, but still looks solid)

    I’m just figuring that as soon as I lose Krispie, he’ll get picked up by someone and will catch fire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, All those corner men seem redundant… Goldy….

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, in my redundant defense, Davis is covering for Longoria, Belt and Goldy are currently in my two UTIL positions.

  22. Hapless Chipper says:
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    Someone offered me the adverb for Alex Rios and Jason Motte. I have a surplus of closers and need another SP. Do I pull the trigger? I also have Nelson Cruz, Josh Reddick, Adam jones, Josh willingham, Rajai Davis and drew Stubbs at OF. Sadly he won’t take Stubbs from me :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hapless Chipper, I’d take Lee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Better for me in an NL-Only where I have Eovaldi…

  23. fd says:
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    Pls rank Belt, Goldschmidt, Morales.

    I’m having trouble settling on a 1B this year.

    • fd says:
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      @fd, Guess you can lump Mark Reynolds in there too. Guess I should just pick a 1B and sit on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd, I’d grab Reynolds

  24. JP says:
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    reynolds and belt are FAs..should i make a move?
    12team mixed h2h categories
    C- Montero
    1B – LaRoche
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Plouffe
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – BJ Upton
    OF – Cruz
    Utl – Phillips
    Bench: Morneau/Rasmus
    DL: Longoria

    • @JP, I’d take Reynolds over Plouffe. Hot streak should end soon.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, I’d hang on to Plouffe and lose Morneau or Rasmus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP, Lose your Morneau

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    And as of this posting, Mini Donkey is only owned in 38% of Yahoo! leagues, making him eligible as a Buy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I don’t look at Yahoo

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Well I don’t play ESPN, so there!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I play Yahoo… Just don’t know where percentage numbers are found…

  26. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Reynolds and Ike are both available. Would you pick up both and drop Goldschmidt and Ibanez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, I’d go Reynolds and Goldy

  27. Purewater says:
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    Plz rank ROY: Mini Donkey, Mike Goldschmidt & Belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Mini, Belt

  28. Whip me says:
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    Which 2 players should I be starting in my 1B and Utility spots (OPS instead of AVG):

    Craig
    Butler
    C Davis
    Reynolds
    Soriano
    Laroche

    I’ve been playing Butler all year but C Davis has actually out-produced him so far. Soriano has been on a tear. Mini-donkey has potential. And I’ve read here that Laroche is a second half hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whip me, Reynolds, Davis

      • Whip me says:
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        @Grey, I’m playing Craig for sure, so you’re saying Reynolds is a better option than Moobs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, what? Butler’s over Reynolds…

  29. chuckster says:
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    Grey,

    12 team H2H. Which 3 of the following do you like ROS and as potential cheap keepers next year:

    Rizzo, Belt, Ike Davis, Goldschmidt, Mini Donkey

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chuckster, Rizzo, Goldy

  30. * RAZZBALL 55″ LG TV CONTEST UPDATE *

    http://razzball.com/tvcontest2012-standings/

    RumbleOn from lovely Maspeth, NY is the new leader with 245 points thanks to Joey Votto, Jose Bautista, Mike Trout, and Brandon Phillips. Maddytops from Madison, WI has those same four players but is in 2nd b/c 1) they entered 2 days later than RumbleOn and 2) they didn’t both to listen to our Podcast theme song – guessing Tony LaRussa’ was in it.

    http://razzball.com/tvcontest2012-playerrankings/

    The player leaderboard is as much of a crapshoot as we expected. Brandon Moss – who wasn’t even on the Player Rater as of last weekend – has a huge lead on the pack thanks to a monster weekend in Colorado. After that, it’s Donkeytown as Jim Thome (aka K. Walk Homerton) is in 2nd place fueled by 9 RBIs, Mark Reynolds in 6th place, Chris Davis in 7th place.

    The day off booted Bryce Harper down to 22nd on the list. I’d predict he find his way back in the top 20 as does at least one Red Sox hitter as they travel to Chicago and seek revenge on Theo for signing Crawford, Dice-K and Lackey.

    Three more days left!

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Rudy Gamble, Hey Rudy, are you gonna keep us updated throughout the weekend?

      • @MattTruss223, Yup. Luckily this is Father’s day weekend vs. Mother’s day so I shouldn’t get grief for it :)

        • Awesomus Maximus

          Awesomus Maximus says:
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          @Rudy Gamble, You go, boy! (<– how come that never became a thing?)

          I'm so proud of my little girl (let's call her Awesomus Minimus) being published in a Razzball post. I'd let her look at it, but she might stumble across the TV rankings and lose all respect for me… on Father's Day weekend, no less.

          Enjoy your day, Mr. Gamble!

  31. SS Conundrum says:
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    Pick 2

    Scutaro, Aviles, A Escobar, S Drew, R Theriot, A Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SS Conundrum, Alcides, Drew

  32. HotRod says:
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    Trade Lance Lynn for BJ Upton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, I would

  33. Chillmodious says:
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    I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of mini donkey in this comments section. Never the one to fight the tide too much, is there anyone on the below roster you’re dropping for Reynolds? (keeping in mind that I have a ton of positional flexibility, meaning no one is restricted)

    C – Ruiz
    1B – Youk
    2B -Jemile Weeks
    3B – Joey Bats
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Kipnis
    CI – Jed Lowrie
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruuuuuce
    OF – Howie Kendrick
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Brandon Belt
    Util – Moustakas
    Util – Espinosa

    Bench – Rizzo

    SPs – Greinke, Hanson, Anibal, Lynn, Samard, McCarthy, Cahill
    RPs – Perez, Casilla, Wilhelmsen, (Santos on DL)

    —————————–

    I was thinking Jemile or McCarthy, but I’m finding it hard to quit Jemile, so maybe holding would make sense. If McCarthy would just go on the DL all of this would be moot. I don’t want to drop Youk because he still has name value and that could mean a decent trade in my league. I’m stuck and need some guidance (aka ‘Greydance’, which incidentally has nothing to do with Michael Flatley). Thank you!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Chillmodious, I’d lose Weeks and not think twice about it. Move Kipnis to 2nd, Lowrie to MI, and Reynolds at CI. That’s a much better team than you currently have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Agree^

    • chata says:
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      @Chillmodious,

      youk is looking at reduced playing time .

      there’s no name value in the real world of baseball (don’t know about
      your league) , but even the white sox declined on youk , and who are they starting @ 3rd base ? the o-dawg !!?

      i laugh .

  34. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    I hear Brandon Belt has a mannequin named Morty, too.

    • stoopid says:
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      @Far Beyond Driven, Best single season TV series ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Far Beyond Driven, I don’t get it but I feel like I wish I did…

  35. Booya says:
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    Would you take gallardo over beachy ROS? How about in a keeper league?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Not in a keeper

  36. nycs10011 says:
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    Rank for the rest of the year:

    Posey
    Mauer
    Pierzynski
    Ruiz
    J. Montero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nycs10011, Posey, Jesus, Mauer

  37. Charles says:
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    Would you drop either Downs or Camp for K-Rod?

    Would you drop Goldschmidt for Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Camp…. Yeah, I’d grab Donkey

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        lucky for you that a commenter named richard didn’t ask that question .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  38. Dominic says:
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    It’s sad the way Krispie’s season has gone… How long should I hold out before dropping him? I could pick up Mini Donkey or put in a waiver claim for John Axford? What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic, Eh, I’d hold a bit longer….

  39. CT Old School says:
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    J.D. Martinez…I love that line from Scarface.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT Old School, Me too

  40. Jack says:
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    Would you trade Yadier Molina and Ricky Romero for Matt Wieters and Tommy Hanson (6×6 h2h yahoo league).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Nah

  41. Booya says:
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    Reynolds or Hunter at util?

    • Booya says:
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      @Grey,
      Or Belt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Reynolds

  42. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Latos or Marcum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Marcum

  43. The Vaporizers says:
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    Who would you be starting at Utility today?

    Jay Bruce (Dillon Gee)
    Billy Bulter (Kyle Loshe)
    Brandon Belt (Jason Vargas)

    I’m thinking about riding Belt’s hot streak. Am I crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Vaporizers, Bruce

  44. Blue says:
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    Would you take Thome, Frenchy or Seth Smith over Rasmus or Laroche?

    • Blue says:
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      @Blue, and Espinoza or Infante at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, I’d hold… Espinosa

  45. Jared says:
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    Grey, I’ve noticed you quote yourself a lot, and it’s always hilarious. Usually someone would sound like a dick doing that so well played!

    Thoughts on Lee/Victorino for Weaver/Brucey? I really like Lee course but my OF would then be Stanton/Bruce/Beltran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jared, Thanks! I’d take Weaver…

  46. Eric C. says:
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    Belt or Goldschmidt the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric C., Goldy

  47. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h Dynasty league. I just got offered morse and goldschmidt for my longoria. I am definitely getting ripped off here. Anyway please help make a solid counteroffer. The other manager has some solid pieces. What kind of trade do i make? Both our teams are below.

    my team

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf chris johnson
    lf peter bourjos
    cf jarrod dyson
    rf justin upton
    of Norichika aoki
    util andrelton simmons
    bn travis snider
    bn carlos lee
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl carl crawford
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp jon lester
    rp bryan shaw
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt capps
    p jason hammel
    p scott downs
    p aaron harang
    bn brad peacock
    bn barry zito
    bn brian matusz

    his team

    C Russell martin
    1b Michael morse
    2b Michael young
    3b placido polanco
    Ss josh Harrison
    If paul Goldschmidt
    Lf brennan boesch
    Cf Cameron maybin
    Of coco crisp
    Util ryan theriot
    Bn Anthony rizzo
    Bn many machado
    Bn billy Hamilton
    Dl troy tulowitzki
    Sp ricky nolasco
    Sp max scherzer
    Sp gavin Floyd
    Ro jake mcgee
    Rp jj putz
    Rp Daniel bard
    P Jerome Williams
    P Kevin millwood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, You should trade for outfield… This guy’s outfield is terrible…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, So there is nobody worth trading for on his team?

        • @Ryan, No. This guys whole team is terrible. Weren’t you trying to trade Cliff Lee yesterday? Trade him to a team with an OF bopper.

  48. Eng says:
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    You buying Des Jennings, or worried about his knee/steals? Ta very much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, I’m buying… Listen to the podcast…

  49. K!cks says:
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    Trade Aviles for Youk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K!cks, Eh… It’s okay….

  50. Brian says:
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    I was offered his Ian Kennedy for my Hellickson, Cespedes and Capuano, fair deal for a 7 year keeper league?

    I know Capuano can’t remotely keep up his pace much longer and I grabbed him off waivers so letting him go is no biggy. I also have young guys like Trout, Jennings in the OF. However, since this is a keepers league and I want to get a little younger, while Kennedey is still young I am not sure Hellickson has even reached his full potential yet. Is giving up those 3 guys a little too much for Kennedy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, Hold

  51. B-Rob #1 says:
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    12 team mixed league, I was offered D Jennings and Henderson Alvarez for Bryce Harper. I do need steals. I do have an easy drop in Brian Fuentes. I don’t love Alvarez, but Jennings seems ideal..worried that Harper might keep this up, and Jennings hasn’t run yet since he’s been back. Any thoughts? I think I’m weighing Harper’s overall production vs Jenning’s speed. Longoria coming back soon probably helps here too for Jennings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft league? Hold…

      • DiRo says:
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        @Grey, What if I could get Price out of it? I know he won’t trade Cain.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @DiRo, I’d take Jennings and Price, for sure…

  52. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey and Rudy, how do you like dealing my Ichiro and Anibal for Adam Jones? Would you trade any of these pitchers + ichiro for Jones: j-zimm, gio, bumgarner?

    Thanks

    • @Alcesto, Yeah I’d make that trade. I wouldn’t trade any of those other 3 pitchers though.

  53. Just traded Viciedo and Kendrick (both riding my bench) to a frustrated Josh Johnson owner. I’m pretty psyched about it. But maybe that’s because it’s Friday. Am I nuts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Nice trade!

  54. Grey's da man! says:
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    Kinsler for Uggla and axford? My only other closers and Janssen, Wilhelmson and Balfour (also have league and K-Rob)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, It’s fair…

  55. xonkk says:
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    I’ve got Omar Infante at 2B (waiting for Utley to come of the DL . . . ) and I’m feeling like I need to make a change. The following 2B are available in my league. Who would you grab:

    Danny Espinosa
    Gordon Beckham
    Neil Walker
    Marco Scutaro
    Aaron Hill
    Rickie Weeks
    Brandon Inge

    Not a very exciting list, I know. I’m leaning towards Espinosa. What do you think?

    On a separate note, do you think Ike Davis has turned a corner yet? Is he worth grabbing?

    • @xonkk, I’d make a change somewhere else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xonkk, I’d grab Ike in some leagues… Espinosa over Infante…

  56. robert raymond says:
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    between today’s malcolm gladwell reference and yesterday’s ‘dr. strangelove’ reference, you have cinched for me the designation of best FBB blog on the planet. that would also be the universe and all the galaxies, too. my martian friends tell me they don’t play fantasy sports. maybe because they’re just a fantasy anyway.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, My favorite part of the “magnificent bastard” line is what follows, “Rommel you magnificent bastard…I read your book!”

        I like hollering “I read your book” at people.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @robert raymond, Ha!

  57. Grey's da man! says:
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    What’s the deal with Freeman? Is he droppable for Reynolds at this point? Or try and hold him on the bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d go with Reynolds…

  58. OaktownSteve says:
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    I hear Mark Trumbo is related to Dalton Trumbo. I’m told by another Trumbo that all Trumbos trace their lineage back to a single Trumbo.

    Do they still run that ad in LA for Attorney Larry Parker? “Larry Parker got me 2.1 million dollars.” For some reason it always pops into my mind when Jarrod Parker is pitching. “Jarrod Parker got me 2.1 scoreless.”

    Looking at the pitching match up of Francis v Crosby, there could be LITERALLY a million runs scored in that Colorado game. I once heard an announcer say a player was “literally flying around the bases.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, I don’t remember that ad, but that’s hilarious… Seriously about Trumbo?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey, That is absolutely true about Trumbo. And by absolutely true I mean a guy named Trumbo told me.

        The Larry Parker ad was a staple of late night LA TV in the 80’s and 90’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Yeah, before my LA time… Crazy about Trumbo…

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, It was actually Larry “H.” Parker and the best part was at the end when he’d point at the camera and say “I’ll fight for you” in a nasal monotone that ranks among the best and most indelible of any nasal monotone I’ve ever heard.

            Jarrod Parker reminds me of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. I own him and Colby Lewis in one league and changed my team name to “Synchronize Your Watches.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s awesome!

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @OaktownSteve, I love the “literally” people. I make a point of calling them out. “Oh yeah? It was so funny you literally peed your pants? Did you sit in a puddle of urine for the rest of the film?”

      I also enjoy tossing around “figuratively” to annoy those people. “I was so pissed off, there was smoke figuratively coming out of my ears.”

      Can’t figure out why my wife avoids being around me out in public.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Awesomus Maximus, I think we’d hit it off.

  59. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, i am behind in almost all pitching categories (to be accurate in W, L, ERA, whip), so i tend to even start Samardzija vs. Boston. Agree? I cant lose more than i am already doing, but if he pitches well, he could help winning some ground against my opponent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree

  60. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Pick two to stream today.
    Cahill vs LAA
    Masterson vs PIT
    Vargas vs SF
    Hughes vs WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill… Vargas…

  61. joe from pt pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    How do you feel about using Justin Grimm in a pinch tomorrow at home vs Houston (Harrell).

    His minor league #’s are pretty excellent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, I guess if you really have to…

      • joe from pt pleasant says:
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        @Grey,

        Lmao its him or Joe Kelly…

        I like Texas’ chance of a W better so I think I am going to trot him out there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, yeah… Yikes…

        • Prezii says:
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          @joe from pt pleasant, that is pretty slim… But he looks decent, did a little research myself.. not a lot of HRs given up, decent velocity and hes playin for texas against “perfected”.. im not streamin him but hes not a terrible option.. or Turrible if charles barkley is reading..

          pS who the bleep is joe kelly? Hahahahah

  62. Grey's da man! says:
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    Asdrubal or Elvis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Elvis… Bit of a tossup on needs…

  63. Trade Raid says:
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    Looking to buy low on Tulow or Longoria.

    Using the following pieces, what package would be a fair deal for either player?

    A Gonzalez, N Cruz, J Reddick, De Aza, C Quentin, M Young, L Lynn, J Johnson, S Casilla, A Reed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz, Young, closer?

  64. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Aw snap! RW Denver Alex got served! Or was that a slam on Davis? Jenn and Colie? All of them? Yeah, I’m going with “all of them.”

    Sadder than the two options you provided is me keeping Krispie in a BE slot through his DL stint… positive he wouldn’t take long to return to form. We’re not engaged, but I basically gave him a promise ring. I can’t break up with him until the end of the season now.

    One last thing: based on something I think I remember looking up 3 or 4 years ago, Aramis is way better in the second half than the first. If I didn’t already own him, I’d be looking to buy low… well, first I’d strengthen that research, and if it still jived, I’d be looking to buy low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Re: Aramis — God, I hope so…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, C’mon slacker… that was your cue to do the Aramis research for me. Fine, I’ll do it myself…

        Okay, over the past three seasons (2009-2011) here are his PreASB/PostASB splits:

        R – 82/105
        HR – 29/37
        RBI – 100/141
        AVG – .270/.301
        OPS – .777/.892

        Over his career, he has 112 HR from March-June, compared to 163 from July-October.

        Not as glaring as I’d like, but he still looks like a tasty buy low option to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, I’ll take anything that can be construed as promising… Thank you!

  65. robert raymond says:
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    @rudy: hard to say what my favorite is. germanophile that i am, i am partial to german-english translations.

    george c scott: ‘strangelove? what kind of name is that, anyway? that ain’t no kraut name.’
    [war council member]: he changed it when he became a citizen. it used to be verrückte liebe.

    verrückt = crazy or nutso. kubrick’s interpretation is zuper klever. that would be in german ‘super clever.’

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @robert raymond, DSO:HILTSWALTB is such an overlooked classic… and so is Sellers.

      Being of German-Swiss decent and having studied German language for 5 years, I’m partial to them, as well. I’m looking to push “Tweet” as a new nickname for Vogelsong, but I don’t think it’s going to catch on.

  66. Mike says:
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    Is Mike Aviles going to streak again (worth holding onto) or is he done for the year (pick up E-cab/Drew combo)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with EverCab for steals, nothing else…

  67. LVHawk says:
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    I just got offered Jon Lester for Prado in a 5×5 league. I’ve got Longoria and Reynolds, so I don’t need the 3B eligibility. I’ve got to take that, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  68. azt says:
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    Please rank ROS. Ike, Belt, Frazier

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt, Ike

  69. jaw says:
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    trade goldschmidt for josh johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  70. Jack says:
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    Alex Avila is on waivers. Should I pick him up and try to trade Molina for SP/RP help? Who should I drop and what type of SP/RP should I target with Molina?

    Yahoo 12 Team Standard 6X6 H2H
    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: Vacant
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Adam Jones
    UTL: Bryan LaHair, Desmond Jennings
    Bench: Eric Hosmer, Evan Longoria
    2SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    2RP: Addison Reed, Jim Johnson
    4P: Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Matt Moore, Kris Medlen, Roy Oswalt, Danny Hultzen, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tom Wilhelmsen
    DL: Sergio Santos, Derek Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, You’re not going to get anything with Molina… Maybe McDonald?

  71. Chunk says:
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    16 team league

    Sale/Frazier for Price/Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Price

  72. Nico says:
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    Trade my Stanton for his J Upton? I’d like to add a little speed, but is it too much to assume that Upton will start hitting better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Not good

  73. herschel says:
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    @Grey: how are you feeling about Milone next week in weekly leagues, two home starts against the dodgers and giants (harang and cain)?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

    • Carnac says:
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      @herschel, You should feel good about those starts. With an 0.98 ERA at home, he’s a Home Schooler!

  74. Grey's da man! says:
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    would you trade garza for De Aza if you had ample pitching and needed runs/sb’s/avg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  75. mike says:
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    guess its pathetic that im waiting for the buy/sell column to come out today? god my life would be miserable without this site..

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.****

  77. The G says:
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    Grey/Rudy,

    Awesome job on the daily notes…I read them to my newborn son pretty often…he smiles when I read ‘Sonuvabench’ from the glossary…lol. As for the fantasy advice, thank you tons! I’m in a 10 team H2H ESPN league and killin it (8-1…soon to be 9-1)…not bad for my first time in FBB. My twin bro, (frequent commenter) ThE sHIT, said I should join an RCL league next year…

    And btw, love the Gladwell reference….one of my fav authors! Keep up the good work fellas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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