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If there’s one guy who can’t afford to lose a foot, it’s the five-three Dustin Pedroia.  As of post time, it’s not clear how long Pedroia will be out with his fractured foot.  My guess is 4 to 6 weeks.  One thing Scrappy Doo does is fight.  It’s a wonder he can carry around the over-sized baboon heart he’s got.  One thing Scrappy Doo doesn’t do (say that fast 117 times) is sit on the sidelines, but to paraphrase the Christian Slater/Marisa Tomei classic, Untamed Heart, “You love with your mind and soul, not your heart.  But you don’t hit with your mind and soul when you have a fractured foot.”  So while Dusty’s shelved, you need to find a replacement.  Some ways you can look for average?  Aviles or Kendrick.  Steals?  Figgy or Theriot.  RBIs?  Barmes or Guillen.  Runs?  Walker or Polanco.  All of these options depend on your league depth, obviously.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Clay Buchholz – Hyperextended his knee on Saturday, but the word on Lansdowne Street is he will avoid the DL and shouldn’t miss more than one start, even if that.  Good news indeed, he’s Clay aching but he should be back to filling your fantasy gloryhole soon.

Victor Martinez – Fractured his left thumb.  Yeah, that’s bad news.  Right now, the team is saying he might not need a DL stint.  DL stint or not, I can’t imagine this won’t effect his hitting.  You know, the, uh, reason you own him in fantasy.  Red Sox should borrow some steel-toed boots and body armor from The Rathskeller bouncers.

Carlos Zambrano – Big Z mad!  Big Z and Derrek Lee were seen going at in the dugout after Lee defended the Gatorade cooler’s honor.  Big Z suspended!  When he returns, he’ll be pitching out of the bullpen.  Maybe the Cubs can work out some kind of in-game nursery where Big Z nannies while on the bullpen bench.  Big Z nurtures!

Tyler Colvin – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 10th homer as he hit leadoff.  I don’t think it continues, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t own him now.

Carlos Marmol – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Kazaam!

Paul Konerko – Hit his 20th homer while Vernon Wells hit his 19th as the Battle For Best Value From A Draft Pick That Everyone Yawned At continues.

Bobby Jenks – Left the club for a family emergency.  Thornton or Putz will fill in for him.  Or it could be Putz, Thornton.  Or maybe Thornton Putz the III.

Chris Narveson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Wow, this was a spectac–  Oh, this was vs. the Mariners.

John Axford – Recorded his 7th save.  Hoffman’s actually done enough to warrant the closer role again, but Axford hasn’t done anything to lose it.  That’s the pickle between the rock and the hard place.

Rickie Weeks – 4-for-5 as he hit his 13th homer.  All you Weeks owners out there, you’re playing with house money and I hope the Injury Reaper comes to collect soon.

Chone Figgins – Not sure if his shipment of Red Bull just came in, but he has 7 steals in his last 5 games.  Figgy Smalls is the stealie-est.

Russell Branyan – Acquired by the Mariners.  First, the Orioles acquire Jake Fox, now the M’s get Branyan.  Maybe the Pirates can get Xavier Nady next.  As for Branyan, his value stays the same.  He hits homers (10 in 171 ABs) and that’s about it.

Evan Longoria – Longoria and Upton went at it yesterday for Upton’s lack of hustle and the pass he made at Tony Parker.  I heard about the fight before seeing the replay (Upton was lollygagging), but it didn’t surprise me at all.  I was watching the Rays the other day and Upton hit a grounder that he wouldn’t have beat out, but he still could’ve ran down the line.  Someone should smack a 44-cent stamp on Eckstein’s forehead and ship him to Tampa so he can have an instructional seminar about running to first.  Or maybe we can have a three inning exhibition held during All-Star Game weekend with the All-Effort Team taking on the Effortless Team.

Brennan Boesch – 2-for-5 with his 12th homer.  Where have I heard his name before?  Oh, I know!  Every Razzball roundup for the last month.  Geez, you’d think I’d know since I’m the one in charge of cracking the whip at the 100 monkeys who write this shizz.

Tommy Hanson – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Kinda sucks if you own him, but I don’t so… Schadenfreude, snitches!

Johnny Damon – 1-for-4 with two steals.  Did Jules stab him in the heart with some adrenaline?  Man, did Damon get old fast.  He reminds me of Randy Winn.  You are not a better man than I, Jandy Dinn.

Brett Cecil – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Last time I talked about how Cecil could have a tired arm.  This time I’d like to say he’s unstartable.

Scott Baker – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Through 96 IP, he has 83 Ks to 19 BBs and his home games are in a pitcher’s park.  His 4.97 ERA just isn’t computing, but unless you and your leaguemates get together at the end of the year and discuss what your ERA should really be, you can’t afford to keep running Baker out there.

Jonathon Niese – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks and calmly explained to Julie why she shouldn’t call Heather B. “her sista.”

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  If loving Choo’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Kerry Wood – Wood will be traded to someone, who will regret it, and Chris Perez will take over.  That’s your cue to grab Perez.

Matt LaPorta – Will take over for Branyan and play every day.  Decent flyer for AL-Only leagues and 20 team leagues that use only Cleveland Indian players.

Mitch Talbot – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 3.88 ERA on the year.  That’s nice, I wouldn’t pick him up with your team.

Jaime Garcia – 2 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 0 Ks.  It’s a bird, it’s a plane… Oh, crap, it’s Jaime Garcia falling back to earth.  Watch out!

Colby Rasmus – 2nd homer in two games and now has 16 homers on the year.  Okay, I get it.  You’re breaking out, I was wrong to say to sell you.  Message received, loud and clear.  I won’t even bother reiterating how your HR/FB is too high.

Will Venable – 3 homers and 2 steals in the last week while batting near .350.  Sure, grab him while hot, but next week it could be back to Will Unable.

Luke Gregerson – Got the save yesterday as Bell had the day off.  I wonder if he went to Sea World.

Billy Wagner – Had a cortisone shot on his ankle on Saturday, but says he’ll be good to go for the next save opp.  Peter Moylan or Saito, in reverse order, would fill in if need be.

Lastings Milledge – Hit his first homer of the year yesterday.  Yes, like first first.  That’s pretty gangsta, Lastings.  You should write a rap song about how Jody Gerut is outhomering you in 150 less at-bats.

Ian Stewart – Now has two homers in the last five games.  It’s not quite the Mini Mini Donkey punch we all want, but it’s a start.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks.   It’s pronounced Yo-lease and 12 Ks is “Yo, nice!”  Now has 71 Ks in 66 2/3 IP, while making it look yo-leasy.  Coors is terrifying in mixed leagues, but Jhoulys is out pitching a bunch of better bets right now.  Member the courage you didn’t have to draft Ubaldo?  Here’s your chance for redemption.

Mike Napoli – Hit a homer yesterday.  Word out of Bobby Grichville is the Angels are shopping Napoli.  Napoli should’ve seen it coming when Scioscia kissed Napoli on the lips at the Angels New Year’s Eve party and told him he broke his heart.

Edwin Jackson – Good for Edwin, though this was the ugliest no-hitter since Bob Forsch threw one in 1983.  And that was only ugly because Willie McGee was on the field.

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  1. Mic says:
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    yo Grey, was the Shin-Soo Choo blurb from Man v. Food? I’ve seen that episodes hella times…

  2. Byrd says:
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    Boesch has been stellar for me. I can’t really complain. Although people in my league are about to start making trades.

    One person is wanting Hamilton so bad, that’s he’s offering Miguel Cabrera for him straight up. What’s funny about that?

    The guy that owns Hamilton, is asking me if it would be a good trade. Lol. IMHO, I’d give up Hamilton for Cabrera and won’t look back. Although I’m not going to help him make that choice. ;)

    What about you Grey? Would you give Hamilton for Cabrera?

  3. ViagraFalls says:
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    If V-Mart does either end up going on the DL or is seriously effected by the broken finger, who would take as a temporary replacement?

    Posada (does he get enough AB’s?), or Miguel Olivo…

    I also had picked up Scutaro as a quick replacement for Tulo when he went down and he has been alright, but Furcal is now back (and available) and was wondering if you thought he would be the better option of the two until Tulo returns.

    Thx Grey

  4. ViagraFalls says:
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    Also as far as Boesch goes, he has been swinging a very hot bat and was curious is you thought he was the real deal? Is he another Corey Hart that just happens to still be crushing balls? Is he the better of the two?

  5. tourinct says:
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    Oh, what to do with Baker? All the underlying numbers look OK, but he is killing me in multiple places. That team where I traded for Lester… had Baker too, so yesterday sucked. Just gimme a day with an ERA under 4.00, any day.

  6. Byrd says:
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    @ ViagraFalls:

    I own Boesch in my league and he’s been great. Hart has looked good as well. I only like Boesch a little more, due to the team he’s on. Both players are solid and playing well right now. If I could have both of them, I would, IMHO.

  7. Steve says:
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    Think Parra can be a trooper v the Astros?

    It’s H2H…

  8. Steve says:
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    Oh – what do you think of Ely @ SF on Tuesday? H2H again.

  9. Cal cheats says:
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    Rate these OF’s in order, please…Lind, Bay, Adam Jones, Granderson Quinten and Pence. Thanks.

  10. pat says:
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    Projections on Jason Bay for the rest of the year?

  11. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Note – the Astros have clobbered Manny in the past – .361 AVE.

    Sorry – should gather all this shizz together before I comment/ask questions.

  12. Christopher says:
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    @pat: suck/crap/yawn/wha?
    [I own Bay and do not heart him right now…]

  13. JRT says:
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    I got kazzam’d by both Marmol and Broxton – thanks terrible old managers!

  14. knighttown says:
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    I just got offered Miggy Cabrera and CHase Headley for my Haren and Kershaw. I’ve been trying to dump SP’s all season and no one is biting. I’m first in wins and well over in IP. This leaves me holding on with Price, Johnson, Ervin, Liriano, Latos, Sanchez and Nolasco. Is it enuff?

  15. steamer says:
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    There goes all the value for Garcia. I tried to trade him so many times, it seems no one believes in this guy. Guess he’ll have ride my bench this week. In the big picture, can’t complain for a WW pitcher. Is it me or does it seem like a lot of good pitchers are getting roughed up lately?

  16. Lines says:
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    I haven’t even finished reading today’s round-up. I scrolled down to comment as soon as I saw a reference to the Rat. Well done, Grey. Even if it did close over ten years ago, and only three of your readers will get it…

    I picked up Kendrick on Saturday to replace Scrapman Crothers. He can’t, though. No one can replace the grit and determination that Dustin Pedroia brings to my fantasy team. Who’s gonna be there to give Krispie a pep talk after his 3rd 0-fer of the week? Who’s gonna talk Ted Lilly down from the ledge when he realizes he’s still on the Cubs? Who’s gonna lead the charge into battle, furiously swinging his comically oversized bat at the knees of every opponent? No one, that’s who. No one can do what Scrappy Doo do.

    Would you give Jay Bruce to get Adam Dunn? I would. I think I will, too.

  17. Mike says:
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    Grey,
    Does Big Z’s demotion put Gozellany back in the rotation? If so, is he an immediate add?

  18. Howard says:
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    Morning Grey, Unfortunately I’m not holding the Putz so will have to stick with the Thornton in my side! In other news, Oswalt shot in Texas!

  19. MattW says:
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    @Grey: What are your thoughts on Bills’ start tonight against Zito?

  20. Howard says:
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    @Grey Do you think Yo-lease keeps his spot in the rotation with DlR coming back? Hard to overlook 12k’s!

  21. Howard says:
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    Grey, would you drop Rajai for Bourn? They’re basically the same player but the Raj has been sitting a lot lately. Can’t steal on the bench!

  22. Haha. Love The Rathskeller reference Grey. You are showing your age…that place closed in 1997!

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    “All you Weeks owners out there, you’re playing with house money and I hope the Injury Reaper comes to collect soon.”

    dammit grey, some of us have been weeks believers for years. drafting him hoping he’d finally give us those brandon phillips-type numbers with a 15th round pick. year-after-year we’d see signs of a breakthrough (especially last year) only to suffer through another season ending injury. this is our year. our reward for remaining loyal and waiting until the 15th-20th round to fill our 2B spot.

  24. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Liked Longoria before, now I love the dude. Policing his own and when BJ tried to get in his face he was not concerned. Upton got all puffed up and Longoria walked away after giving his 2 cents. Longoria is a leader while BJ strikes me as extremely immature….you know how it’s never his fault and everyone else is bringing him down. Will he ever realize his talent and try to work at it? That and the prick never signs autographs for kids. NEVER!

    Had to laugh at ESPN showing highlights of the Tiger game and how Boesch was big yet again, and immediately followed it with a story about “The Phenom”, Jason Heyward. Who’s the Phenom here?

  25. steamer says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: You have been high on Smoak in some of your comments. Where do you rank him against guys like Stewart, Aramis? I am thinking about trading for him, since he’s available, but I already have those other guys. He’s having a good June.

  26. sean says:
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    Grey, I’ve probably been riding the Kelly Johnson train for too long after the insane April, but I’m thinking about ditching him for a high-average MI like Aviles and trying to make a Voltron player. Decent idea?

  27. sean says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Agreed on Longo. Dude is maturing into one of the game’s great leaders at 25. Oh, and he has superhuman baseball skills too

  28. sean says:
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    @ViagraFalls: If Posada and Olivo are still on waivers, you need to think about climbing out of the kiddie pool

  29. Mark Geoffriau says:
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    @tourinct: You can’t be too hard on Scott Baker, really. I mean, the kid is only 12 years old. The fact that he can pitch in the majors before he’s reached puberty has to count for something.

  30. CMR says:
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    Hey Grey, would you drop stanton for adam jones? Thanks

  31. Ian says:
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    Grey, I’m a couple weeks late, but I loved the Trade Protest Mad Lib. Do you have one to post when your the beneficiary of a good trade and your league mates can’t stop bitching about it? I got Adam Jones and Adrian Gonzalez for Rasmus and Ted Lilly and haven’t heard the end of it for over 3 weeks now. Annoying!

    Question: I’m in a 10 team h2h league that only starts 3 OFers. My OFers are: Bay, Grandy, Krispie, Adam Jones, Bruce and Pierre. Grandy and Krispie are must starts on a regular basis it seems, but I think I’m being too patient with Bay. Should he benched for Bruce/Jones/Pierre until he starts hitting homers? Thanks!

  32. Long Bong Hitters says:
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    @Grey and everyone else – Who do you like better for the rest of the year?

    Josh Willingham or Carlos Quentin.

    I own Josh and can drop him for Quentin.

    Willingham has been a Top 75 yahoo player all season so I am finding it a little hard to drop him right now, but Quentin has been on fire. Do you see this continuing?

    Do you make the move?

  33. Gtg says:
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    Jose lopez or hoffpair for rest of ’10?

  34. @Grey: Willie McGee! Forever the captain of my all-ugly team. Would you drop the EverCab for Alcedes? Think that’s my next move.

    @JRT: Save situation or not (dumbest. stat. ever.), you gotta run Broxton out there with a 4 run lead. You want Hong Chi Kou trying to get the last three outs against the middle of the yanks order???

    @Frank Rizzo: My thoughts exactly. Props to Longo. I wanted to see him clean BJ’s clock. I hope Joe Maddon gave him an earful, Upton’s a disgrace. Wake up bitch, you get paid millions to PLAY BASEBALL FOR A LIVING. Hustle, sign some autographs and have a tall glass of STFU.

  35. @Long Bong Hitters: I had both and dumped Q before he started hitting, so I’ll have to go with JWill if only because that what I WANT to happen.

    JWill’s been a fairly consistent producer (FYI, I’m also counting OBP, where’s a god) and even steals bases. Quentin’s hitting well for the first time all season.

  36. hoju says:
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    I’m not sure I can watch ESPN Sunday Night Baseball with the sound on anymore. I mean, it was tough before, but last night was the last straw. The amount of knob-slobbering over Strasburg – WHO WASN’T EVEN PLAYING – was out of hand.

    As soon as the word “Strasburgian” was used to illustrate Broxton’s control, I wanted to kill someone. Actually, I hope that’s why Broxton got lit up soon afterwards.

  37. hoju says:
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    @Ian: Never ever ever EVER brag about winning a trade. That’s some bad karma, and will only piss off your league enough to stop trading with you. Just reap the stats and smile.

  38. Hot Grounder says:
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    Delmon Young or Carlos Quentin?

    With Axford dealing is there any reason to pick up Hoffman? I own Mike Gonzalez and feel terrible about it. Is League a better pick up?

  39. sal says:
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    @grey: thoughts on k.kendrick this week? Who do you like more- kendrick, myers, leblanc or randy wells this week?

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @steamer: well if aramis was healthy i’d rank him ahead of smoak and stewart. however, i just can’t imagine aramis getting right this season plus he’s been banged up, which is a common occurrence with him. i’d probably also go smoak over stewart simply because smoak can give you the same power numbers minus a handful of SBs but with the potential for a much higher avg/obp. but if you need 2B/3B insurance then that’s a pretty big boost to stewart’s value.

    so yeah, if you have the 2B/3B depth, i would probably prefer smoak. maybe see if you can get smoak + a pitcher from a guy that thinks aramis might be .300-30-100 aramis from here on out? doubtful but worth a shot.

  41. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-5X5 League, (Category = Savesx2 + Holds)

    Can only keep TWO…who goes?

    Corpas
    Heilman
    League

  42. Kazmere says:
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    @tourinct: I see your Baker/Lester and raise you my Baker/Oswalt/Marmol/Lester.

  43. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @Gtg: I’d go with Lopez. He’s always been better in the second half, plus Hoffpauir’s playing time might be in question when Snider returns.

  44. Commish Cauda says:
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    Which two-start arm would you gamble on this week?

    Manny Parra: vsHOU (Norris), @STL (Carpenter
    Kendrick: @CIN (Cueto), @PIT (Maholm)

  45. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey; @Anyone: Well, with the injury bug getting passed around Boston faster than a bottle of Mad Dog at a high school party, it’s now hit my team. In an 8 Team H2H Keeper (keep 2 pitchers, 2 position guys, 1 your choice), my V-Mart just caught the injury Clap. My 2 DL spots are filled at the moment with Mike G. and DLR. If V-Mart was to actually go on the DL, I would drop Mike G. and use that spot for V-Mart. However, if he doesn’t hit the DL, I would really like to pick up one of the good and available catchers. So here’s my question:

    Who do I drop for a catcher and which catcher do I pick up?

    Drop: V-Mart, BJ, Krispie, Aardsma, Axford, Floyd, C.Lewis?

    Pick-up: Montero, Suzuki, Santana?

    I’m leaning towards dropping BJ just on principle, and because he really pissed me off yesterday. However, I’m also hoping that he removes his head from his ass and gets his shit in gear (plus I have Longoria and I don’t know if they can co-exist right now). But V-Mart, even when healthy, hasn’t done much more than those catchers that are available, so I’m not sure I should even continue rostering him. I really don’t want to lose either of the closers or pitchers right now, because pitchers are severely overvalued, and OFers appear to be a dime a dozen. Also, Santana has done incredibly well since his call-up and I would probably choose to slot him into the starting lineup of the available guys.

    What do you think? Thanks dood(s)…

  46. @Byrd: Unless you already have 1B and your UTIL slot filled I think you’ll regret not trading away Hamilton for Cabrera. Your worst-case scenario is that they have about equal seasons, but I think it’s much more likely Hamilton ends up on the DL at some point. He’s only been healthy for one full season in his (short) career.

  47. Cole says:
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    Big Z and Lee seen arguing in the Cub dugout. –Club officials blamed the incident on Milton Bradley.

  48. JRT says:
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    @3fingersbrown – I know, I just hate waking up to a torn up pitching staff in the AM. Harshing my post-Phish vibe.

  49. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    Dump Axford for Santana, Suzuki & Montero (in that order). In an 8-team league, there should be plenty of SAGNOF closer’s available.

    Oh, and nothin’ for nothin’, but if you’re astute enough to read this site, than you’re ready for a bigger challenge than a 8-team league. Graduate to the big boy table a join a 12-teamer or deeper league…you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

  50. Grey — In my 20-team redraft roto league, please pick a couple of these guys as possible upside gambles over the next weeks: Trevor Crowe, Brandon Wood, Matt LaPorta, Sean Rodriguez, Fred Lewis?

    Also, I repeat the early question about starting Parra against Houston, but in a roto league rather than H2H … does that change anything?

  51. kwak says:
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    Stream for tomorrow. Prefer Matusz vs Oak or Ely @ SF?

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @JRT: they brought the heat last night huh?

    r loge row n here

    best phish show i’ve ever seen

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Thanks for the head’s up. After looking at everything I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a closer. There really aren’t too many closers out there, but I have Mike G. on the DL, plus Hoffman, Perez, League, Wood, etc. are on the WW so the potential for SAGNOF is there in full force. I would actually be a little more inclined to drop Aardsma. Axford has been better, and it doesn’t look like he’s any more in line to lose his job over Aardsma (assuming he gets dealt).

    Oh, don’t think for one second that this is the only league I’m in. I’m also in a 16 team H2H Keeper and a 12 team H2H non-keeper. Next year I’m just doing the 16 team and 8 team. Oh, and I’m in 2nd in the 16 teamer, much thanks to this site. I do like those better. In the 8 team, no one will trade unless you give them extreme value. Verlander/CarGo wouldn’t even get me Adrian Gonzalez when the guy still has Morneau he could play at 1st. I actually prefer hunting people down on the WW (like Santana and Boesch that I have in my 16 teamer). It’s too hard to figure out who to drop in the 8 teamer…everyone is stacked and you can’t really tell who the hell to drop.

  54. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t worry about BJ and Longoria coexisting. It’s baseball and teams have spats from time to time. Maybe BJ will now be motivated for a week or 2 before going back to squandering his potential. And that is the kind of a thing that can break a team out of a slump like they’re in. Longoria has definitely established himself as the Alpha-Male in the clubhouse though.

  55. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Wilsonian: exactly…everyone in a 8-teamer has an all-star roster. It then all comes down to luck. What fun is that?

  56. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @CMR: I can’t speak for Grey but I’d much sooner have Pacman over Stanton on my team.

  57. Christopher says:
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    @Cole: Cole = ghost writer for Grey?
    Great line!

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I was really just joking because they are on my fantasy team together…don’t want anymore spats in my locker room. Ha! I’m kind of hoping it puts a charge in BJ’s punk ass. Longoria is definitely showing the kind of leadership someone of his talent should have. It’s only exacerbating my mancrush that I have on him.

    @Commish Cauda: that’s really my only problem with it. It’s nice to have so many options on the WW, but it’s also a pain in the ass at the same time. The 16 Team is by far my favorite. Pluse we do a month and a half long draft. You have 12 hours to pick, it starts in January, and the Commish set up a website with a blog like system where you post your selection. It took a little while to get used to, but it’s really fun, and drags out the draft, which is good. You really have to plan your attack because it could be days between your picks.

  59. Neil says:
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    @tourinct: I had the chance to watch Baker against my Mets yesterday. He pitches up in the zone too often and never pitches inside. He was routinely hanging his 83 mph breaking balls belt high and was lucky he only gave up 3 HR. Keith Hernandez was not impressed with him at all.

    I worship at the altar of K:BB ratios, but between Baker, Nolasco and Wells, I’m just not going to look at it so much anymore. I’m going to start focusing on HR/9 instead, because that seems to drive the ERA more than walks. And although low BB/9 guys like Baker, Nolasco, Wells should help your WHIP, they post high BABIPs. Walks stink, but so do fat, hittable pitches.

  60. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey, not baseball related, but that Kraft sidebar advertisement is pretty annoying. Every like 2 minutes it comes up with a video, really gets frustrating trying to read the page.

  61. amscalone says:
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    rest of this season only, do you want pedro alavrez or aramis ramirez?

  62. Lines says:
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    @Josh: AdBlockPlus. Because when you wrote that, I was like, “What sidebar?”

  63. thepizzaman says:
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    I feel like I should start Cueto vs Philly today but I can’t bring myself to it. Thoughts anyone?

  64. GTS says:
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    Would you start Nolasco vs NYM (Dickey)? I have Bedard and Volquez in my DL slots and I figure Nolasco might be droppable at that point.

  65. Hot Grounder says:
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    @thepizzaman: I’m afraid of this start. Not going to chance it.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mic: Nope, it’s a song.

    @Byrd: Yeah, of course.

    @ViagraFalls: Posada and Furcal…

    @Steve: Sure…

    @Steve: Yup

    @Cal cheats: Grandy, Quentin, Pence, Jones…

    @pat: 15/20

    @JRT: Ha

    @knighttown: Looks okay for you if you need Miggy. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting Headley too though.

    @Lines: Ha, yeah, saw that it closed a long time ago, but it’s there in spirit. Sure, for Dunn.

    @Mike: I wouldn’t add him anywhere.

    @Howard: Ha, yup.

    @MattW: I’m starting him.

    @Howard: Hope so.

    @Howard: Sure

    @bostonbeerman: Ha, I know.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Ha, yeah, he’s going to burn some people next year if he makes it through this year healthy.

    @Frank Rizzo: Ha, true.

    @sean: I wouldn’t, unless you need Aviles’ average.

    @CMR: Sure

    @Ian: Hmm… Yeah, that’s a good idea for favorable Lib. Bench Bay.

    @Long Bong Hitters: I’d go with Quentin.

    @Gtg: Lopez…

    @3FingersBrown: Go with Alcides.

    @hoju: Ugh, I didn’t hear that. That’s bad.

    @Hot Grounder: Quentin… Don’t need Hoffman right now. Own Mike G.

    @sal: LeBlanc…

    @Commish Cauda: Corpas…Parra, but very risky.

    @Cole: Ha

    @Enrique: Wood, Sean-Rod, LaPorta… I wouldn’t start Parra in a roto league.

    @kwak: Ely…

    @Josh: I don’t see it, but will mention something to the people who provide ads.

    @amscalone: Eh… Aramis.

    @thepizzaman: I wouldn’t start him vs. Philly.

    @GTS: I would.

  67. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: @Wilsonian: @Commish Cauda:

    Grey, I’m taking it you agree with Commish Cauda on this one? Drop one of the closers for Santana? If so, who would you rather drop? Aardsma or Axford? Muchos gracias…

  68. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-POINTS, (Steals=3pts; CS=-1pt)

    Looks like the Gomes train has stalled…or do we blame it on interleague and his unfamiliarity with AL pitching?

    Stick with Jonny (7 games; vsPHI, @CHI), this week or pick up:

    Coco Crisp (6 games; @BAL, @CLE)
    Trevor Crowe (7 games; vsTOR, vsOAK)

  69. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @Commish Cauda: Gomes played four full seasons with The Rays, so I think he’s seen his fair share of AL pitching. Back then, he was very hit or miss; he never had an extended hot streak like this year.

    How big a part of your offense is steals?

  70. NukeLaDouche says:
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    Start Zito against the Dodgers tonight?

  71. Commish Cauda says:
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    @El Famous Burrito: It’s a standard points league (HR=4, 3B=3, 2B=2, 1B=1, BB=1, SO=-1, R=1, RBI=1) but Steals=3, which is a little higher than in most points leagues.

    Crowe, for example, has been producing at a nice clip in this format over the last month, believe it or not.

  72. Commish Cauda says:
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    @El Famous Burrito: and good point about Gomes playing in TB…I forgot about that.

  73. Howard says:
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    @Grey Mcgehee for Pods?
    Need SB and AVG and I have Aroid and Utley at 2B/3B. Also have Michael Young at UTIL.

  74. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS…Pick TWO

    Colby Lewis: @ANA (Kazmir)
    Zito: vsLA (Bills), @COL, (Jimenez)
    J. Chacin: vsSF (Lincecum)
    Nolasco: vsNYM (Dickey), @ATL (Hudson)

  75. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks. I was considering dropping V-Mart, but I’m not sure I want to do that. But obviously, with a broken thumb, he can’t be all that useful at the plate. You think Montero will have a better rest of the season over Smooth? Do you think Montero has a better rest of the season over V-Mart, assuming they don’t amputate?

  76. Kazmere says:
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    Clay Buchholz has officially been diagnosed with a minor lower hamstring tear, not a hyperextended knee.

  77. Wudaben says:
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    Do you think Jhoulys Chacin is still out of a spot once JDlR comes back? I’ve been keeping my eye on Chacin for awhile but I have a limited amount of pickups.

    How would you rank these 3 SP? Medlen, Morrow & Chacin?

  78. GTS says:
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    Better to own for now: Niese or Hunter (10-team H2H mixed)?

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Niese…

  80. Donnie Baseball says:
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    did anybody catch the article on espn about closers losing their job by that guy AJ Mass?

    That dude has to be the biggest idiot in all fantasy sports. I can’t believe he gets paid for that.

  81. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    I need one more great owner for a new roto dynasty-type, salary-style league that will hold a prelim draft next month. There is a $40 buy-in – increasing some each year.

    Five Razzballers on board already. Let me know if you’re interested and I can send detailed information. This one is built for the long-term.

    Grey: Best two or three for the rest of this year?

    J. Chacin, LeBlanc, Garland, Niese, E. Jackson, Parra, Francis

    Thanks.

  82. Grey — What are you expecting out of Bumgarner the rest of the way? Were you encouraged by his first start?

  83. Commish Cauda says:
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    Any worries about Wagner’s ankle this week? I could sit him for Colby Lewis @ANA (Kazmir)

  84. Ray says:
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    Drop Stewart for Kouz? 6×6 league with OPS. I’m borderline punting AVG for OPS

  85. Lines says:
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    @Grey: Thanks again. Enjoy a daquiri or two on me. Or better still, try the drink I just made up in Dustin Pedroia’s honor – the Scrap You. It’s a fifth of Old Crow with a bleach chaser.

  86. @Grey: Re: Bumgarner. I remember the summary, I was asking if there was much to add now that we’ve seen him against MLB pitchers and we more or less know who he’ll face over the next several turns (looks like @COL, @MIL, @WAS, @LAD … he mightn’t have a home game ’til August). Any change in your view, or is it still a matter of stashing him to see how he plays out in most one-league or deep mixed leagues?

  87. hoju says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: Is there anyone at ESPN that knows what they’re talking about?? I like Karabell, but I’m not paying to read his stuff.

    Matt Berry gets a lot of hate, but I think he’s decent for beginners (I also never pay for saves). Cockroft is also decent, but what he writes and how his rankings look never make sense together.

  88. Grey

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    @Enrique: Gotcha… Yeah, he’s a decent flyer for matchups in a one year league. The deeper the league, the obviously more attractive. I like him in general, but he can still roofie you.

  89. brad says:
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    RP Slot in a points league, would you go Masterson vs. Tor, Bumgarner @Col, or Hong-Chih Kuo? (Dodgers are @SF and @Ari) this week.

  90. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @hoju:

    Jason Grey was real good. But they kind of phased him out this year.

    The rest suck.

    But seriously had to be the strangest article I’ve ever seen.

    He has guys like K. Wood, Simon, Axford being safe because they’re Batting Average against of the FIRST batter they face is good.

    And guys like Bell, Cordero, Broxton, Wagner in danger because of the same reason. He did mention that they were there because their set-up men were doing well in that one strange category.

    Check it out. It’s today. Not Insider.

  91. brad says:
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    The Giants don’t seem to be giving Bumgarner the Strasburg treatment. First start at Fenway, second at Coors.

  92. Big Nate says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: Mass is a total moron. He’s the same jamoke that tried to make the case in the preseason that Ellsbury was a first-rounder. His weekly chats consist of owners writing in to tell him what a steaming pile of dung his projections are.

  93. royce! says:
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    In a 14-team h2h (counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH) I grabbed Kouz to fill in for a slumping MMD. Now I lost Pedroia (who was carrying my team when healthy and hitting, because good OBP and XBH from a 2B are hard to come by). So I am trying to plan for the next 4-6 weeks of Pedroia being out. Should I…

    1) Just start MMD and hope for the best?

    or…

    2) Pick up Felipe Lopez, Sean Rodriguez, or Clint Barmes and start them over MMD?

    Also, should I grab Asdrubal with the hope that he will return around the ASB?

  94. Grey

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    @brad: Kuo

    @brad: First start was in San Fran.

    @royce!: 1.. Sure, grab Asdrubal if you have room.

  95. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Agree. Jason Grey – the only one worth reading. ESPN struck out with everyone else.

  96. Dough boy says:
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    Grey,

    Glaus or Smoak for the rest of the year?

  97. hoju says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: I can *sort of* understand the logic behind it, but allowing a single to the first batter followed by 3 Ks is not going to do anything to make you lose your job. If anything, he should have looked at the first batter’s OBP to make his argument – but yeah, it’s a dumb argument either way. It really doesn’t make any sense considering where Wagner was listed. That guy is guaranteed his job for the season.

    There might be some managers who use this stat to help determine who their closer is though, but every manager is different. I don’t think you can look at closers as a group and find some magical formula that will tell you who’s going to get the 9th inning.

    By the way – I started Axford as my only closer in a H2H against Papelbon, Feliz and Marmol last week and I won the stat 3-2. Even though that benefited me, it proves why I hate saves.

  98. Professor Chaos says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: That was literally the worst and most confusing article I’ve ever read. I’m pretty sure he should have scrapped the idea when Simon, Wood, and Lidge ended up in the “Completely Safe” category. Word on the street is Mr. Mass is in talks to be CBS’s lead fantasy “expert.”

  99. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Excellent, thanks. I’m not sure if I can afford to drop anyone for Asdrubal right now…I could drop Slowey or Mike Gonzalez for him, but the latter is due back soon and the former seems to excel whenever placed on waivers. Would you drop either for Asdrubal?

  100. brad says:
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    @Grey: my mistake, it was at home vs. Boston, still not an easy lineup to try to get major league confidence against.

  101. anon says:
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    Should I drop Arroyo for Medlen or Neise?

  102. struggler says:
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    Odds that Medlen goes to the bullpen…

  103. J to the T says:
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    Grey, I invested in Ian Stewart this year and, boy, do I need him now that Sparky Pedoria has gone down. What do you think of Stewart vs. your other picks for replacements if you’re already doing fine offensively (aka “in a vaccumn”).

    For extra credit, and picking up on your post from the other day, I’ve got Werth, Hamilton, CarGo, Quentin, Gardner and Hart for 3 OF spots + one util. My pitchers are Kershaw, J. Sanchez, Baker, Cueto, DlR, and Morrow.

    I need pitching, obviously, and want to move Hart for some value… one guy has Grienke, Gallardo and Dempster for sale. I offered Hart and Cueto for Gallardo and haven’t heard back… what would you recommend to sweeten the deal?

  104. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I’d lose Slowey for him.

    @brad: No worries, and agreed.

    @anon: I’d want Medlen, but he could go to the bullpen.

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  105. sean says:
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    @Grey: Re: swapping Aviles for KJ: I’m light on average (.270) and on pace for 1283/318/1136 in a ten-team league.

  106. @Grey: I may just punt MI this week and pick up another starter. I probably won’t win the category with either of those two bums anyway… SB’s are such a streaky stat – I got sonavabenched by Damon and his two steals yesterday. Even with my team full of mummies, I would’ve tied the category at 7 against the top SB team in the game.

    @JRT: Seriously harshes my mellow. Somehow I still won WHIP and tied W’s with 5 fewer starts and my best 3 (Waino, Hamels, Jaime) shitting the bed. It’s bad. I’m looking hard at Piniero’s two goes this week. He’s been aight.

    @hoju: Karabell knows his shit, but I won’t pay for it. Grey too. Berry knows dick and isn’t nearly as funny as he thinks he is. That Mass guy’s a moron. I don’t know who’s worse, ESPN or Yahoo, where I read an article today suggesting people pick up Cahill and Vargas. If those guys aren’t owned in your league, your league is a) too small b) abandoned or c) populated by hamster brained fucktards.

    I’m on the job hunt right now, looking for freelance writing work and steaming that these DB’s are getting paid to write this dreck.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Johnson much better than Aviles.

    @3FingersBrown: Gotcha…

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  108. and1mcgee says:
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    the Lastings Millege blurb was epic, Albright! oh mylanta, that was a good one. Jody Gerut! HAAH!

  109. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey: When Vmart goes on the DL which of these would you want as fillers?

    Buck, Barajas or Pailino?

    If none of those three work would you recommend me trying to trade off a pick for next year in a keeper league to snag McCann? What round would be fair for McCann if you have a 24 round draft?

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