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J.P. Howell has back-to-back blown saves.  Joe Nelson hasn’t even sniffed a save opportunity after getting saves when Percival was healthy.  Balfour has given up 7 runs in the last five games.  Isringhausen hasn’t pitched in June.  Dan Wheeler got his first save opportunity on Saturday and blew it.  Lance Cormier sounds like a hockey goalie.  Who’s leading the Rays bullpen since Percival went down?  Lefty specialist, Randy Choate, of course!  When asked after the game if he’ll ever decide on a closer, Joe Maddon pushed his Buddy Holly glasses up the bridge of his nose and said, “That’ll be the day.”  Where’s Percival when you need him?  I would hold one of Howell or Wheeler for now, if you have room.  If you’re desperate for saves, I’d put the other five names in a hat then let Akinori Iwamura pick out a name.  That’s what Joe Maddon does.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike MacDougal – Manny Acta said MacDougal was the new Nats closer.  The rest of the league said, “Bring on the ninth!”  I’ll put MacDougal’s saves at 2 and his blown saves at 3.

Vladimir Guerrero – 1-for-5, zero home runs and batting .260 since his return.  Three days before he returned, I told you to sell him. I could see him being better than he has been (I called him a has-been!), but his name is obviously a lot more valuable than his bat.

Rick Porcello – 5 IP, 4 ER.  I’ve been saying all along he’s nothing but a matchups guy because of his lack of strikeouts.  He now has a 3.98 ERA on the year with 36 Ks through 61 innings.  Bleh.

Miguel Cabrera – Left the game after tweaking his hamstring again.  This is not a ‘for now thing,’ but I just thought of it.  I could see Miggy taking a career dive around age 30.

Vince Mazzaro – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  In AL-Only leagues, you can do worse.  Fausto Carmona, for instance, he’s worse.  Chien-Ming?  Yeah, he’s pretty bad.  Rich Hill?  Not interested in him at all.  Revolving schmohawk Indians pitcher is terrible.  Mazzaro is marginal at best in mixed leagues.  Sorry, paisan.

Rich Hill – 1 IP, 3 ER, 4 walks and 1 HBP.  And that’s why I wouldn’t own him in any league.  His owners actually got off easy in the earned run department, which is downstairs with home furnishings.

Casey Kotchman – Hit the DL.  Obviously jealous of so many others pulling a Kotchman, he decided to show them a thing or two about sitting for two weeks with a minor injury.

Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 6 ER.  Dazzling early on, but uneven is the key word with rookie pitchers.  Most impressive thing was 91 pitches with 61 going for strikes.   As I told you the other day, prior to his first start might be his peak value in one year leagues.  I’m sure he’ll be better than he was on Sunday, hopefully for his owners (and him) it’s in his next start.  I wouldn’t turn him down if he were on waivers, but I wouldn’t trade for him in one year leagues either, unless the deal was too good to be true.

Aaron Harang – In the Reds 14 inning game yesterday, Harang did not pitch.

Edwin Encarnacion – Felt soreness in his wrist and is now heading for an MRI.  If you’re counting on big things in the near-future from Edwin, you probably have bigger fish to fry.

Andrew McCutchen – 6-for-16 since his call up and still without a nickname.  Shame on you, Razzballers.

Dan Haren – 7 IP, 1 ER.  After he was removed from the game, he threw on a fake mustache and tried to get back in the game.  Unfortunately, Hinch went with the non-mustachioed until Clay Zavada took the mound in the 13th.  At least I think it was Zavada.

Chad Qualls – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Suffering forearm stiffness, I think that’s doctor-speak for, “Capable of surrendering a home run to David Eckstein.”  Potatoes to chips, Tony Pena should be able to pickup a blown save or two in the coming week.

Justin Upton – Left the game with an aggravated left shoulder.  Maybe he shouldn’t have said he liked his right shoulder better.  It didn’t look good.  Hopefully, he’ll be back in a few days.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out until at least the end of the week.

Chad Gaudin – When the Reds game was over, Dusty flew into San Diego and pitched Gaudin in relief.

Josh Wilson – Backup shortstop pitched in the 18th inning for the Padres.  He looked better than Chad Qualls.

Nelson Cruz - Hit his 17th home run yesterday.  Member what Hamilton did last year?  Yup.  Throw David Eckstein in the middle of the Rangers lineup and he goes 35/110.  Of course, Eckstein would need Chad Qualls to be his designated pitcher.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Day-to-day with a strained shoulder.  Fingers crossed in Beantown that it’s contagious and Ortiz catches it.

Joey Votto – Votto won’t be back when he’s eligible on June 14th.  I’ll let frequent commenter, Sean, sum up everyone’s feelings, “The good news is that Joey Votto doesn’t have the swine flu. The bad news is that he has social anxiety disorder.  Anxiety of what? Hitting another HR in every game that he doesn’t feel dizzy?  Maybe you get to take days off for this shizz in Canada, but where I come from, we bottle up our emotional issues and play like crazy til we have a stroke/heart attack and die prematurely.  Votto could lessen the sting of the scrutiny and judgment of others if he moved into the adult world and called himself Joe or Joseph.”

Randy Wells – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Through 6 starts, he’s 0-2/1.86/1.01/31.  After Wells’s lead was reduced to rubble by the Cubs bullpen, Wells called Haren for some moral support.  They chitchatted for almost an hour.  Haren finally had to get off the phone to punch Qualls in the mouth.

David Huff – 5 IP, 3 ER vs. the Pale Hose.  The White Sox’s offense is some kind of awful.  Seriously, what happened to this team?

Albert Pujols – Got 2 RBIs on a sac fly.  You know how awful it must make hitters feel who hit behind Pujols when he’s pitched around?  Imagine how it feels when the third base coach sends the guy home from 2nd on a sac fly because of lack of confidence in the next batter.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 Ks.  Sure, but he didn’t have to face Nick Stavinoha!

Matt Wieters – 0-for-4 and batting .143 with 0 RBIs since his callup.  Aren’t you glad you held him for two months? Just pray Gregg Zaun doesn’t give him any hitting tips.  “When you’re hitting, you keep stepping forward with your left foot.”  “Because I’m a righty.” “You rookies think you know everything!”

Jose Lopez – HR yesterday.  When I saw that he hit a homer, I thought to myself that Lopez has been hot recently so I looked at his splits.  He’s batting .200 in June.  He has been hot!

Sean White – With Aardsma working back-to-back days, White was called on to save yesterday’s game.  I wouldn’t read too much into that.  I would read into that White has 14 walks and 13 Ks on the season.  I’d also read into Morrow has only pitched once in the last 8 days.  Finally, I’d read into Sweet and Low: A Family Story.  Great book.

Ricky Nolasco – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks, 13 baserunners.  Not a bad start back, until you realize he was facing the Ain’ts.  Last year, he would’ve chewed these guys up and spit out a shutout.

John Maine – Suffering from a dead arm.  Just like Bea Arthur.

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  1. anoraxx says:
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    No comment on the most badass badass of badasses Antonio “Badass” Bastardo? Shame on you! :)

  2. big o says:
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    morrow … terrible … headed to AAA ?

    have made 2 trades this year :
    ellsbury for cano
    nathan for cueto
    now in additional to checking on my team(s) , i check in on those i’ve jettisoned … for comparative purposes …. cano 0-3 (well at least ellsbury didn’t steal a base) , etc . etc .
    this is how yankee and red sox fans are every day of their lives .
    imagine it’s the same out in chicago-land , as well .
    what a way to live .
    “this ain’t living” … marvin gaye .

  3. agarthered says:
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    No mention of CJ wilson getting the save? Also no mention of Bastardo. I watched the Nolasco game, he didn’t look that bad. Bonfacio didn’t help his cause with a costly error, I started him today, but I’m a little nervous about him against the Jays for his next start. The Jays have a habit of knocking my pitchers around.

  4. Marr says:
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    Tommy Hanson came very close to giving up 5 HR instead of 3, including one at the wall from Manny Parra. Was his HR rate a concern in the minors? I know that’s what the Brewers do, but Hanson looked as though the longball might be a problem for his going forward this season.

    Or maybe I’m just justifying trading him for Ludwick (aka UGHwick/Dudwick/Crapwick) earlier in the year.

  5. Steve says:
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    A long, long time ago…
    I can still remember
    How that three-run lead would make me smile.
    And I knew if I had my chance
    That I could make that fastball dance
    And, always, they would miss it by a mile.

    Then the ninth, it made me shiver
    With every fat one I’d deliver.
    The ball, it took a long hike;
    I couldn’t throw a damn strike.

    The guys who owned me cried and cried
    As another one went for a ride,
    I raised my glove and tried to hide
    The day the closer fried.

    OK – now that’s out of the way, are you still a Matt Joyce believer? Krispie, Murphy and Colby are three of the more interesting names floating around as possibles for my Util spot…

  6. Elbert says:
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    just picked up Nolasco to anticipate his “homecoming” stretch, hope he comes around.

    but why am i still feeling restless about the move? Yikes!

  7. Rob says:
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    I was excited about Hanson through 4 innings then the HRs starting flying out. As you said all along it is hard to trust Rookie P. Is Chipper back? He has been on fire. Thoughts on Andrew Bailey. Will he be a top 15 closer the rest of they way?

  8. Corey says:
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    I was really happy having to start Colon, Davies, and Slowey as my pitchers yesterday while the gave up 9 HR. Yay for the back of the rotation has-beens….. and the alien strike thrower from Minnesota!

  9. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Steve: Steve- if you are dropping Joyce, I’m a Colby believer. He’s been hitting well lately. It’s just always a question of Larussa being a ‘genius’ and not playing him everyday.

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Corey: why the f’ were you happy to start all 3 of those guys? 1? sure i could see him being your #5 in a weekly lineup league, but all 3 of them? and being “happy” about it? davies hasn’t been worth a damn since april and colon is…well…colon.

    i have a weekly h2h matchup in which i went from winning the week to losing the week thanks to the pads and d-backs deciding to give mark reynolds 237 chances to win the game. couple that with me losing 4 players in the TB-NYY rainout (aroid, cano, upton, pena), and i’m pretty angry about the way my HR, RBIs, and Rs played out this week.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Steve: i would be a colby believer 100x’s over before i’d be a joyce believer. and i’ve toyed with picking up joyce several times. colby is a big-time prospect who projects to be a 5-tool contributor as soon as the 2nd half this season (plus he hasn’t been bad the 1st half), whereas joyce is a mid-tier prospect with some decent pop. when in doubt, go with the higher ceiling.

  12. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i got offered posada for liriano in my 12 team h2h league what you think?

  13. cws05nuts says:
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    Jokes aside. Mike MacDougal is he worst pitcher I have ever seen in my life. How does he still have a job?

  14. Elbert says:
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    i went from leading 14-4 to losing 8-10 this week in my H2H weekly league, thanks to injuries by Longo, Miggy & Sheffy, my team was handicapped since day 1 this week, with big Zo & balanced pitching leading the way, just when it seemed like a narrow victory dance, BOOM, my opponent exploded for 7 HR (thanks to Braun+Chipper+A-Hill+whoever) & countless other offensive stats, all of a sudden it’s “ate the dust”….

    DAMN the weekly league!!! you make me sick!

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mikey boy324: how bad do you need catching? liriano does have the A’s this week (another awful offensive team in a pitcher’s park), so maybe another good start could net you something better? or maybe this is the turnaround we’ve been waiting for?

  16. jbatkins says:
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    Dammit Grey, that’s why Razzball’s the best deal in fantasy baseball leisure reading. You pay for the dick jokes, and you get Buddy Holly and dead Bea Arthur jokes. You’re like the dollar store of the interwebs, if the dollar store had Porsches and Corvettes.

  17. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Scrounging for saves….drop Morrow for Pena?

  18. SRM says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Or CJ Wilson if he’s available.

  19. sean says:
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    @Grey: Appreciate the shout out. Just packaged AGone and Nolasco to get Ryan Howard. Good? Bad? Meh?

    PS: Did anyone not from LA recognize the time spent last night by ESPN in “Bleacher Beach.” The only thing worse than having to watch one of the best teams in baseball must be to watch one of the best teams in baseball AND get served beers and dogs by smoking hot Miller Lite blondes in white short shorts who periodically hose down the fans. I guess the Mormons were right: there is Paradise on Earth.

  20. mgeoffriau

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    @SRM: Wilson’s been rostered for a couple weeks now…I’m already holding Howell and MacDougal. Saves are hard to come by in my league.

  21. @cws05nuts: he was clocked at 100mph once upon a time. people think that means something.

  22. .(). says:
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    “Just like Bea Arthur.” funny stuff

  23. SRM says:
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    @Grey: With G Parra apparently not a steals threat (yet? 0-2 so far and on base 34 times) is he unrosterable in a 12-team non-keeper? Elijah Dukes is 2 for 8. I’d own neither if the steals potential wasn’t there.

    Also, you got me with the Bea Arthur.

  24. Eric H. says:
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    I proposed the following…

    I get Pujols and Soria and give up Wright/K-Rod/Kemp.

    Am I giving up too much? I drafted Wright for his power and he is frustrating me and I want to wash my hands of him.

  25. Scott says:
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    Torre finally started reading the Razzball comments and moved Kemp up to 6th, right in front of RBI machine Raffy Furcal.

  26. SRM says:
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    @God: Is that you? Someone just offered me Mariano and Halladay for Dukes. I think it was a joke, but couldn’t NOT hit accept.

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eric H.: its going to take an offer like that to get albert@Scott: yeah my stinking furcal,he wont or cant cant run anymore

  28. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @SRM: Wait, are you serious? Halladay alone for Dukes would get shot down in my league…actually, Mariano for Dukes might get shot down too.

  29. SRM says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Seriously. He just traded CC/Manny for Ellsbury/Capps today too so he either works for the Pirates or his girlfriend is sabotaging his team. I smell vetos.

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Dear Grey: Thank you for the Bea Arthur joke. That is all.

    Crappy Closers Update: I have now divested myself of Hanrahan and Wheeler and picked up Choate, Ryan Madson and Leo Nunez.

    Laugh at Choate all you want, but of the last 5 save opps, he got three of them. He is a short-term play if you want someone from the Rays pen who actually gets, you know, saves.

    As for Wheeler, I dropped him for Nunez. Lindstrom seems half out the door in Florida, and Nunny is next in line. At least that situation is relatively clear, speculation-wise, while the Rays are a hot mess. I couldn’t stand to watch one more inning where Wheeler gets two outs, then gets pulled for Choate. (fart noise).

    And Lidge, after settling down for a week, blew two straight this weekend. My money is on the Disgraceful List, and soon.

    Also: Frank Frank is hurting again, so grab CJ Wilson if you can. I just threw him into a trade that netted me Miggy Cabrera, but now the other guy is looking smart for taking Wilson. Though not so much for trading Miggy Cabrera.

    @Matt Wieters: Full disclosure — I own him. If you have a crappy catcher, why not try and get him? There’s a good chance he starts hitting at least as well as your crappy catcher very soon, and you can probably get him on the cheap right now.

    That’s the nice thing about speculating on catchers. Sure, Wieters is sucking right now, but when I look at John Baker’s daily oh-fers, I don’t feel so bad.

    @Eric H.: You’re giving up way too much. The deal without Kemp would be fair. But Kemp as a throw-in is blasphemous. Blasphemous!

    Sit tight on Wright. His power will come around. Don’t wash your hands of him yet.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @anoraxx: Ha

    @agarthered: Because I own Wilson I just assumed everyone did, my bad.

    @Marr: Longball shouldn’t be a problem.

    @Steve: Nice… I’d grab Colby.

    @Rob: No on Bailey. I hope Chipper’s hot.

    @cws05nuts: No idea.

    @jbatkins: Thanks!

    @sean: No problem, it was funny. I’d want Howard, by a smidge.

    @.().: Thanks!

    @SRM: Dukes is better. I wouldn’t own Parra.

    @Scott: About time.

  32. Greg says:
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    Nolasco cannot be trusted… I just dropped him. I’m thinking about picking up Scott Baker as a two-start this week?

  33. what side would you rather be on—Cain and Price or Lincecum?

  34. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    You had to go there with the beat-down of an old, dead, television star.

  35. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Kendry Morales (to pick up Overbay)…..I couldn’t get any buyers even after Atkins’ 2 HR game…so….drop Atkins for Morales?

  36. MJB says:
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    In a 12 team 5×5 (Keep 9) is Russell Martin worth a 10th rounder (our 1st) next year? I’m not sure if he’s enough of an upgrade over Napoli or if I could actually keep him as one my nine best at end of season.

    0 HR, 7 SB, .251 so far…Only place to go is up?

  37. nmdunkel says:
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    From Urban Dictionary:

    cutch
    1. n. a period of time that feels like an extended hug. Often involving tea, blankets and telly.

    Totally nails how I feel about rostering Cutch now that Reyes is out for awhile.

  38. Joe B says:
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    Hello mr. grey… Dropped K. Morales to pick up a hot hitting I. Stewart at Utility for the week in my 10 team H2H League. What do you think Sir Ian’s stats look like for the rest of the year? Not sure I want to keep him long term because of his playing time issues, but just maybe the Rockies will grow a brain and just play this kid everyday. Keep it sleazy…

  39. Anthony G says:
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    I still like CutchMaster for McCutch. He and Nyjer Morgan are starksky and Cutch. Sagnof!

  40. Sir Goodtime says:
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    Mr. Albright,
    Sir – can you rank these gentlemen please (Not for K potential, just overall whip/era Win possibility)

    Mr. Joe Blanton, Mr. Nicholas Blackburn, Mr. Dallas Braden, Mr. Ant’ny Bastard-o, Mr. Ricardo Romero.

    Thank you good Sir.

  41. Greg says:
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    Thoughts on starting Happ tomorrow @NYM?

  42. DT says:
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    Would you be grabbing Pena right now, or is he just a headache? Sagnof? I just dropped howel for him. Why was howel coming in during the 8th inning? I am guessing he is not the closer? So really, is Pena a poor pickup?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @nmdunkel: That’s so cutch. Not bad.

    @Joe B: 20+ HRs, bad average.

    @Anthony G: Starskyjer and Cutch?

    @Sir Goodtime: Blackburn, Braden, Bastardo….

    @Greg: I would.

    @DT: Pena over Howell is fine. But I don’t trust Pena much either.

  44. cubbies299 says:
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    @agarthered: I have a history of not starting my pitchers against the Jays

  45. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: This from Rotoworld:

    Chad Qualls said he expects his forearm tightness to linger.

    Qualls blew a save Sunday night after allowing a game-tying home run to David Eckstein. Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch can’t feel comfortable trotting him out in the ninth inning at this point. An arm injury is an arm injury. “I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to just heal overnight,” said the Arizona closer. “It’s going to be a grind to get it back to feeling good and comfortable.”

    I just dropped Randy Choate for Pena. For those in super-deep leagues, Jon Rauch might be a smart play as well.

    I’m glad to be rid of Randy Choate. The Rays bullpen is, as they say — putting Grey’s pinkie to my mouth — “in…choate.”

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wait, weren’t you all about Choate about an hour ago? Just playin’. I think Pena’s a better hold for saves than Choate.

  47. brad says:
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    Start Justin Upton in a weekly league? Krispy just cleared waivers, should I drop Joyce and start Krispy over Upton?

  48. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Just pulled off a trade…

    I traded Mike Lowell and Torii Hunter and received Ryan Zimmerman. Who wins this trade?

    Also,

    I have a trade proposed to me.

    My Michael Young for his Alfonso Sorian and Randy Wells…. Who wins this trade?

    Also, if I rid myself of Michael Young my new SS is Yunel Escobar.

  49. JRT says:
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    I am middle of the pack in steals and near the front in power, though I am not exactly swimming in power (Tex, Bruce, Beltran, Cano, Hanley are the heavy bats.)

    That said, in a keeper, would you trade Beltran for Crawford? I don’t know if the CC owner would do it, but he is a Mets fan and covets Beltran. Going into the season, I wouldn’t have entertained this, but I don’t think I can win without a bit of shakeup and for the future, I don’t like Carlos’ knees, park, and general desire to be great.

    Any thoughts?

  50. You could not be more correct Grey. Joey DiMaggio, Joey Morgan, Joey Namath, Joey Montana, Joey Frasier, Jersey Joey Wolcott, Joey Cocker, Joey Strummer…Votto stands no chance at immortality (with the one glaring exception of Ramone, but it is doubtful that even when alive, he could drive the ball. However, maybe at Great American Ballpark there was a chance)
    Cantu/Pierre/Liriano or Crawford/Valverde/Joba? Fair?

  51. Grey

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    @brad: I’d start Krispie this week.

    @Suck My Wieters: The trade’s fair. I’d prefer Zimmerman. I’d take Soriano there.

    @JRT: I’d take Crawford there if it helps your team, which it sounds like it does.

    @zombie: It was Sean that was correct, just relaying. But it is true. Not really fair trade, I’d want the Joba side.

  52. Eric H. says:
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    Leo Nunez is available in my league and I’d like to grab him. I’m also holding Ryan Madson, Tony Pena and Jon Rauch. My only legit closer is K-Rod. Would you drop Rauch to grab Nunez, assuming Pena is first in line when Qualls hits the DL?

    Please rank the following — Nunez, Madson, Pena, Rauch.

    Thanks.

  53. Suck My Wieters says:
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    @Grey: Even tho Yunel is going to be my new SS?

  54. I just traded away Johan and BPhillips and got Pujols and Danks.

    I didn’t do too badly, did I?

  55. and1mcgee says:
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    clearly, once Andrew gets a walk-off hit, he’ll be “McClutchen”

  56. Scotty says:
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    @zombie:
    Seems awfully one-sided (Crawford) to me. If you can get a sucker to go through that, congrats.

  57. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: Who is Wilson?

  58. Eric H. says:
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    Ah, he is not available, but thank you. I’ll hold off on Leo Nunez until the Dbacks situation clears up a bit.

  59. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Current headline from Rotoworld:

    Torii Hunter sidelined with nagging groin

    Hunter: Come on, I heard you the first time.

    Groin: Pleeeeease… take a day off…. I’m soooooore….

    Hunter: Al right already. Yeesh.

    fin

  60. Sucklingduck says:
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    what is everyone’s thoughts on john lackey? worth trading away choo choo? i would love to sell high on him but fear that he can keep this productive pace going especially with his excellent plate discipline.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ive got hammels,peavy,danks,bedard,zimmerman,escobar,hanson and nolasco with 3 closers downs hoffman and nathan,im at 7.5 in saves with 38,leaders have 42,do i drop 1 of those sp`s for pena or the next 1 like him,madson and nunez not available ,RCL LEAGUE

  62. Grey

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    @Sucklingduck: I’d trade Choo for Lackey. I think he can be a solid #2, which is actually a compliment.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’d lose Nolasco for Pena or Madson.

  63. bostonaccent says:
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    Andcutch McDrewen?

    Drew McBuc?

    For the Chris Berman crowd: Andrew “Stefan-wolf” McCutchen?

    Meh. He hasn’t even put up Bourn Identity stats yet.

  64. Drev says:
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    Thoughts on Oswalt and Harang for the rest of the year?

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    YEAH cut the big nolasco,13 baserunners and 4 k`s against the giants not exactly lights out huh,pena it is,donka

  66. Mike says:
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    Need SP help for this week. 16-team, mixed, HSH-Points, (Wins, Innings and K’s are big, ratios not so much…usually go with the 2-start guys unless they are really prohibitive)

    Which TWO schmohawk arms do I go with?

    Kawakami: vsPIT(Duke), @BAL(Hill)
    Cook: @MIL(Gallardo)
    Clayton Richard: vsDET(Galarraga), @MIL(Parra)
    Niemmann: vsLAA(Lackey)
    Marquis: @STL(Thompson), SEA(Bedard)

    I know, they all suck…but I need the help just the same. ;)

    Thanks.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Kawakami and Marquis.

  68. Mike says:
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    @Grey: Thanks…any different if I said I have Harden who I could activate from the DL in the hope he starts this coming weekend? They says he missed is rehab start this past weekend due to a virus.

  69. Grey

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    @Mike: I’d leave Harden on your DL.

  70. Euroalien says:
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    What do you think of Scotty Pods the rest of the way…… ? I need runs and steals….. just concerned he might get benched when he cools off.

  71. knighttown says:
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    I know, I know, never buy saves. But right now I’m at +100 IP with a staff of 9 pitchers I really like in an 11-teamer. Beckett, Cain, Oswalt, Weaver, Liriano, Hanson, Jackson, Vazquez, Romero (DL). With the implosion of Qualls, its possible I never earn another save and the Vulture-Saves is not working this year. I’ve got Qualls, Hawkins and Howell. I could probably drop Howell for CJ Wilson or Pena (and I will) but should I dangle a SP for an RP?

    Based on your “sell high”, Cain would be my pick to sell with the most value.

    1. Is this the play for me or do I wait and keep vulturing (5 in saves right now)
    2. If it is the play, give me some RP targets.

    Please.

  72. Grey

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    @Euroalien: Okay for some steals if he’s playing, but bleh.

    @knighttown: I’d trade Liriano for a junky closer, think Street. If that doesn’t work, I’d trade Cain for two closers — one good, one not so much, think Aardsma and Cordero.

  73. Scott says:
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    @knighttown: If you’re constantly benching SP’s you can flip for a closer (rather than starting Howell), you should definitely move someone. If you’re in a daily league and are using all of those SP’s, maybe you can explore trades, but it’s hard to advise on trades without seeing the who’s who.

  74. s221506 says:
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    Wandy, Cueto, Slowey, Lester

    Please rank them for the rest of the year? Would you put them in the same tier?

  75. Ken Plane says:
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    With all the injured, suspended players, Votto is the one that worries me the most. How long would you keep him before trying to trade him?

  76. Any thoughts on Ervin Santana? Did anyone watch him pitch on Friday?

  77. Lee says:
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    Maybe if you watched a Rays game, you would have seen how none of Howeels blown saves were his fault. Your too busy reading your stupid box scores

  78. Grey

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    @s221506: Same tier. Cueto, Wandy, Slowey, Lester…

    @Ken Plane: Depends what you can get from him right now. He actually worries me the least. Maybe I’m being optimistic but at least he doesn’t have a physical injury. Just needs to get his shizz together.

    @bpasinko: I didn’t see him, but I doubt he’s fully out of the woods yet.

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  79. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Grey, do you have trust issues?

  80. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Ouch…hehe.

  81. Ashley says:
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    People shouldn’t be jumping off the Hanson bandwagon. I feel like I’m bad luck. I was at the gym and missed the first 3 innings of the game. I stopped by my boyfriend’s on the way home and he said Hanson was amazing, struck out the side in the 3rd inning, no hits allowed so far. And of course as soon as I start watching, he starts sucking. He had really good stuff though.. He got ahead of pretty much every batter, he was just struggling to put them away once he got 2 strikes on them.

    Braun’s 2nd homerun wasn’t a bad pitch by Hanson, it was a 96 mph fastball high and outside with 2 strikes, but Braun is just a good hitter and took it opposite field.

    Soooo.. I’ll be patient with him. He hit 97 mph, and his curveball looked great. The nerves probably got to him. He’ll be fine with a little experience.

    How would you rank Josh Outman, Jeff Niemann, and Nick Blackburn for the rest of the season? I want to add one, but I’m not sure which one.

    And should I also drop Nolasco for the 2nd best of those 3?

  82. Grey

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    @Ashley: Yeah, Hanson wasn’t bad, just hit hard by a good hitter who hits a lot of people.

    Outman, Blackburn… I’d hold Nolasco and take a flier on Outman.

  83. Ashley says:
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    Also Kelvim Escobar is available.. What do you think of him?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: I like him better than Outman.

  85. Mike says:
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    @Grey: Good call on Marquis…QS and a win, (all while Richard had a very below avg. ND). Thanks!

    Now let’s keep our fingers crossed on Kawakami. ;)

  86. nickname for mcutchen:

    “Coochie”

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dusty: Hmm… How about McCoochie? Someone said McSAGNOF, which I liked.

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