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Matt Kemp doesn’t seem like he cares.  Well, about anything outside of protecting Rihanna’s honor and piercings.  I don’t blame him.  The GM questions his defense.  The manager plays Jay Gibbons over him.  Andre Ethier gets all the cool pink shirts.  Manny was recently overheard saying, “What does a man have to do to get a cool pink shirt up in this mug?!”  I contemplated not going with Kemp for this lead because it’s past a lot of people’s trade deadlines.  If it’s past your deadline, skip down to the Buy section, there will be plenty of schmohawks to grab off waivers.  If it’s not past your deadline, there’s few top players whose value is lower than Matt Kemp right now.  Kemp’s owners right now are having flashbacks to last season when he was batting behind the pitcher.  Torre’s a Sciosciapath with Kemp, his owners know it.  So, step one for value is achieved, Kemp’s price tag is cheaper than his value.  Could Kemp continue to suck on the suckhole for the rest of the year?  I suppose, loyal Razzball reader.  But he’s also capable of a 7+ homer, 5+ steal month and there’s not a lot of guys that can say that, especially at his current price.  Anyway, here’s more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Hisabobby Takafelicianell – No relation to Zoey Deschanel, if anyone was wondering.  This shituation would be clearer if we only had some idea who setup K-Rod in the Family Lunge.  Did Parnell help setup the in-law with a stomach punch or nipple twist?  Did Feliciano come in with a left hook?  Did R.A. Dickey give him a knuckle sandwich?  Hard to know.  I think Hisanori or Feliciano are the best bets going forward.

Aaron Heilman – I wouldn’t even mention him if he were owned in more than 18% of ESPN leagues.  You want saves, you grab Heilman.  That is all.

Michael Wuertz – Another guy I’d own before the Hisabobby mess.

Octavio Dotel – SAGNOF!

Brandon Lyon – The five earned runs the other day still stings in my nether regions.  Or maybe that’s an STD.  Anyhoo!  Lindstrom’s either falling apart or injured.  Grab Lyon for the vultures.

Jeremy Hellickson – I haven’t talked about Hellickson nearly enough.  Not!  Should you pick him up?  Yacht!

Mike Minor – The Minor problem (hehe) is his time in the rotation may be limited.  No problems with his stuff though.

Brandon Morrow – How is he owned in less than 50% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues?  He leads the majors in K-rate.  Get it together, people.

Ryan Raburn – Only a Buy because he has 2nd base eligibility and he’s capable of 15 homers… Sure, that’s in over 400 at-bats.  But that’s .04 homers per at-bat!

Omar Infante – I feel silly constantly recommending a guy I don’t even particularly like myself.  Shoot, only two guys are excited about Infante.  Charlie Manuel and Smash Mouth.  Omar, you’re an All-Star, go to third base, get paid.

Jed Lowrie – Has very little speed and power… He’s kinda like Omar Infante without the hype.  You might be thinking to yourself, “Omar Infante doesn’t have any hype.”  Exactly!  Lowrie is hitting .444 for the last week and has been known to get hot for a month at a time in the later months of the year.  Or for one month, once in his career (August 2008).

Jerry Hairston Jr. – Hitting near .500 over the last week with 3 homers.  It just doesn’t get better than that!  Well, it might, but he’s currently hot.

Mike Lowell – If I saw a contending team pick up Lowell, I’d send them a message, “Hey, you could still win this thing, why are you giving up?”  They’ll respond with a variation of, “Why do you say I’m giving up?”  Me, “Because you picked up Mike Lowell.”  Then within a few days, they’ll drop him.  Even if he’s hitting well.  Lowell’s just one of those players that you pick up and feel like you’re just not trying hard enough.

Carlos Delgado – Once Delgado is called up, the Red Sox are going to have the best 2003 platoon ever.

Pat Burrell – Same category as Lowell, not as good eligibility.  Hopefully the newly-acquired Jose Guillen doesn’t hurt his playing time.  re: Guillen; Good to see Brian Sabean hasn’t lost his flair for the flat-footed vet who should be a DH.  You know who Sabean should acquire to play first?  Big Papi.  Or bring Griffey back to play center.  Or at least platoon with Aaron Rowand.  It’s the mannequin defense.  Most times the defense alignment means moving guys in and out, right and left.  For the Giants outfield, they have to decide if they want to play their fielders with their gloves in the air for a fly ball or on the ground because once the ball is hit there is no time for them to move their arms.  John Dewan heard about the Guillen signing — on top of the recent Burrell signing — and held up his Fielding Bible yelling, “Blasphemer!”

Michael Brantley – Had 46 steals in Triple-A in 2009.  Had 13 steals in only 67 games this year.  If you need more, I’m not sure I can help you.

Ryan Ludwick – I could’ve put Chris Denorfia in this list too, but because of a lot of red tape and legalese I’m not allowed to put three Padre hitters in the Buy section.  (Though you could say I just did mention Denorfia.  Sneaky!)

David Murphy – I’ve been pimping this schmohawk for about a week.  Why, Grey, why so much love? Cause he’s hot, random italicized voice.  Oh, thought there might be more to it. Nope, he’s hitting over .400 in the last week with three homers.  Pretty interesting. Okay, you interject, random italicized voice.  You don’t converse.  Snippy!

SELL

Jason Bay – This obviously isn’t a Sell as much as a Drop, but my OCD doesn’t allow me to change the headings.  Think back when you first drafted Bay.  You convinced yourself that he could hit in Metco and the NL.  You were wrong.  Accept defeat and drop him.  Even if he returns, David Murphy has done more in a week than Bay did all year.

Carlos Beltran – Another one of your Mr. Bungle moves.  Really, at this time of the year, I don’t have patience for underperforming guys.  What’s Beltran suddenly going to be, his 2006 self?  Let’s live in the present.  Currently, Beltran has one homer and is batting .214.  That’s nice… Punt!

Chase Headley – Hey, I was a fan of the sleeper Headley in the preseason, but doode never woke up.  He has 4 homers and 4 steals in his last 200+ ABs.  I just popped a zit in a mirror and the puss spelled out, “Blech.”

224 Responses

  1. El Famous Burrito says:
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    I’m confused…who do I drop Napoli for?

  2. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey, Padilla or Hellickson? Thanks in advance.

  3. peter says:
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    Snider or Denorfia (this year)?

  4. Joe B says:
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    FraGu or Willingham rest of the year??

  5. MJD says:
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    Werner Kemperor is playing? – He was awesome in Colonel Torre’s Heroes

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MJD: That’s hilarious.

  7. vinko says:
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    Would you keep Fowler over David Murphy? 14 team

  8. BSA says:
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    Well, I went with Lowell when Youk went down. Why Lowell is pissed and now has a spot. I also have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to Mike Lowell – Red Sawx fan, yes I am. Afraid to drop Sawx off my team, No sir I am not. As WEEI says, I am a fan of the laundry.
    Lyon hurt so much this week I dropped him to let him feel some pain.
    We’ll see.
    I am sure Steve is picking him up in the wee hours of saturday when he goes off waivers in the RCL.

  9. Steve says:
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    What’s wrong with pink shirts?
    That said, should I be concerned that Vicente and I have similar taste in clothes?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: Yup

    @BSA: “I am a fan of the laundry.” I don’t get it. Of course, Steve’ll be on him. Lyons have to stick together.

    @Steve: I think as a general rule, the less you have in common with Vicente Padilla, the better.

  11. BSA says:
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    @Steve: In Boston we have pink hat fans. The die hard fans hate having them on the bandwagon but love looking at ‘em.

  12. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Rest assured, the common ground begins and ends with the shirt.

    Cousin Brandon? I already have Kuo, Thornton, Storen, Lidge and Capps. I’m about schmohawk-ed out.

  13. BSA says:
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    @Grey: The radio station likes to talk about fans who love a player when they are on the hometeam and hate them when they leave – exhibit A: Johnny Damon.
    Hence it doesn’t matter who the hometown has on the field we are fans of the team and not necessarily the player. Laundry being the shirts.

    I thought Steve should have held onto him purely for that fact alone – it was a match made in fantasy baseball heaven. That is probably why he shat all over my whip and era last week. KARMA.

  14. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Waiting in the wings to run away with the Saves in September category.

  15. Steve says:
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    @BSA: I have owned him repeatedly in the past.

    Which is why I don’t own him now.

  16. Steve says:
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    @BSA: You can throw Wuertz in there too.

  17. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Saw that.
    aside from this week’s performance and the potential for saves he really doesn’t bring much to the table. At least in my limited opinion.

  18. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Grey, you are funnier than you realize, and that’s a rare thing for people who fancy themselves funny.

    Hmmm. Now that somehow sounded like a dis; unintentional, your shit is golden.

  19. Commish Cauda says:
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    R.A. Dickey with a knuckle sandwich…he, he

  20. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: With my luck, both Gallardo n dlR toss gems 2nite with dlR pulling out the win. Dodger fan observation : Dodgers score more than 10 runs in a game, next game Bills pitches good enough 4 a win n gets the L cuz his hitters got totally shut out after tearing the cover off the ball the nite b4. This has occured in Bills’ last 2 starts. If it happens in his next start im officially calling it a conspiracy! Damn Dodger hitters…

  21. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Lyon or Wuertz?

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You’re maxed. Off topic (shocker!), you ever give the Old 97′s a listen?

    @BSA: Ah… I like that.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Thanks, Pluto.

    @Commish Cauda: Hehe

    @tHe sHiT: Ha… Yeah, I’ve noticed that too. Didn’t help Kershaw either though.

  23. tHe sHiT says:
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    @tHe sHiT: I guess it is a Billingsley owner observation as well…

  24. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Saw you with Wuertz. Lyon was the second player I was talking about being hohum.

    Alright all gotta go.

  25. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I started but didn’t get all the way through. Definitely plan to, though.

    I like ‘em. Not completely bowled over, but I like em.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: You done with work already or Friday’s cutting out early day?

    @Steve: You did to give them a few listens. When have I ever steered you wrong…Besides, Chase Headley.

  27. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Just dropped The Dribble for Jerry Jr. Gotta make a move like that at this time of the season, right?

    Relax RCL-ers. I’ve already done it!

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, cut the guys who aren’t performing. Imagine it’s lateral though.

  29. EMC Squared says:
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    @Grey:

    Who wins in A. Gonzalez and Boesch for Pena and Travis Snider in a keeper league?

    Also, would you do Cliff Lee for either Heyward or Delmon Young in said league? I’m strong on pitching.

  30. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh, it’s bound to bring about a u-turn in fortunes for both players.

  31. Jeff says:
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    Who for the rest of the year; P. Alverez or M. Young. Trying to decide if I should trade Alverez for Young in a keeper league (We only keep 3 and alverez is my 4th best keeper).

  32. Who do you prefer going forward, Morrow (innings concerns) or Minor (staggered start cocerns)? & at this point, would you swap either or both for Hunter and/or Marcum (tempted to appreciatively cash in the winnings from those two)?
    @Grey: +Off topic follow up – Rhett is doing some very solid solo shows these days.

  33. Grey

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    @EMC Squared: Adrian’s side. I’d go with Heyward.

    @Steve: Probably

    @Jeff: Young

    @zombie: I’d lose Hunter for Morrow. I haven’t seen him in a while. Waiting for him to come to SoCal. Heard they were just up in San Fran doing a free concert.

  34. CheezWhit says:
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    Torre is hitting Kemp 6th tonight. In between Casey Blake and Jamey Carroll. Torre is senile!!!

  35. mookiewilson says:
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    What value of SP is fair for Kemp? Verlander? Oswalt?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @CheezWhit: Ha! Joe Barry Carroll?

    @mookiewilson: Either of them, I’d try them in reverse order.

  37. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    @Grey: Heh, In Oakland he was known as “Joe Barely Cares”. Or was that known league-wide (I was quite young then)?

  38. struggler says:
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    Chooch – Late scratch. I’m assuming he broke his leg celebrating. Someone wants me to roster Pierzynski this year!

  39. struggler says:
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    Crisis averted:
    http://twitter.com/ToddZolecki/status/21094668076

    If you told me at the beginning of the year I’d be this worried about Carlos Ruiz in the middle of August I might’ve laughed…but more likely cried.

  40. Anonymous says:
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    Best two SAGNOFS, Dotel, Mike G or Hensley?

  41. Howie says:
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    @Grey: From the last thread which died…

    I ask as a couple of days ago I queried you relative to whom you would trade for a saves guy (I need saves). You liked Broxton more than Capps (the two relievers I am considering) and then suggested I trade J. Santana (vs. Cain or Lincecum) for him. I guess I should also ask if Broxton is still on track for more saves than Capps the remainder of the year– after last night’s (on-going) difficulties.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howie: Nah, I’d go Capps now and trade Cain for him.

  43. teufleshuffle22 says:
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    Rotoworld say KUO is the HCIC.

    I just traded him and Longoria for Kemp and Soriano. Oh yeah.

  44. ViagraFalls says:
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    Would you start DLR and J. Sanchez tonight? Both of them are obviously shifty and fairly scary to put out on the mound. Only the potential for lots of K’s makes it tempting to put either one out there. How do you see tonight going?

  45. sean says:
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    Just read another report that Broxton is being at least temporarily replaced by Kuo. Vulture on.

  46. struggler says:
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    Just food for thought:
    DLR vs. Mil in his career:1W 2L 15.2IP 19Ks 9.19ERA!
    Sanchez vs. SD: 2W 4L 66.2IP 71Ks 2.70ERA

    I’m throwing them both out there and hoping they can balance each out.

  47. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: No ive been in my secondary phase of training this entire week n will be next week as well. My hours changed so 4 training i go in at 6am til 230am instead of my normal 930am entry. So i get a break at 8ish, lunch 10ish, break 12ish, now im out and in traffic. So, yeah i read razzball any chance i get. Cuz put simply, ur freakin awesome Grey!

  48. tHe sHiT says:
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    @tHe sHiT: Edit: 230pm

  49. struggler says:
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    On second thought, after looking at the numbers, I’m sitting DLR and running Sanchez out there. This is only cause I think I should be able to win the counting stats and I’m chasing WHIP.

  50. vinko says:
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    Homer Bailey is scheduled to start in place of Cueto on Sunday. Bailey was 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in four rehab appearances, includng three starts.

  51. Grey

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

  52. Rob says:
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    Heilman, Hanrahan, or Wuertz for saves?

  53. Anonymous says:
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    Also, Contreras or Hisawhosie Takawhatsie for…well…an SP eligible reliever

  54. struggler says:
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    Is the DLR pretty much a drop if he blows up this game? I could replace him with some spot starters and I’m pretty straight on K’s.

    I guess could you rank: Garland, Minor DLR, Cecil, Chacin with QS and WHIP being most important. I know it hurts your sensibilities but K’s would be least important…

    thanks!

  55. big o says:
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    you guys are all zigging ??

    de larosa kills tonight .

    zag .

  56. struggler says:
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    Rostering DLR, Sanchez, Bills, Kershaw, Dempster is making my eye twitch. Thankfully, because of health concerns, I dropped Volquez this week.

  57. big o says:
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    reds getting to j.j , early .

  58. struggler says:
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    Neato – DLR suddenly added back into the lineup!

  59. big o says:
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    tampa sporting new red and white road uniforms @ camden yards .

    @Grey:

    you know WHO is going for his 3rd win in a row .
    survives a rocky 1st , but takes a 3-0 lead into top of 2nd .
    could happen .

  60. big o says:
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    @big o:

    re : the rays’ new colors
    why don’t we all just move to china ?

  61. big o says:
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    @big o:

    hey nit-wit …. that’s a HOME game for tampa .
    learn how to read !

  62. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    RED and white uniforms for everybody !

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Ah… Gotcha. Then we can dance to Thriller.

  64. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    did you see the pre-game dugout shot of kemp ?
    everybody else was fully suited up , but kemp was wearing
    batting “shorts” , instead .
    reminiscent of the old white sox “experiment” .
    the kemperor’s new clothes ?

    i guess he figured he had plenty of time .

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: The Kemperor’s new clothes – ha! I didn’t see the shot of him, but he’s business casual at all times. Not surprising.

  66. Kazmere says:
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    Drop any of these guys for Kuo?
    Storen
    MikeG
    Perez

  67. big o says:
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    scott’s shot .
    earlier , one off the top of the wall .

    is it me , or does he seem less streaky ?

  68. Steve says:
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    Dickey with a one-hitter? Ridiculous.

    Of course my opponent has him.

    And I have Hamels…

  69. aj says:
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    who would you drop Javier Vazquez or Mad Bum?

  70. aj says:
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    or dlr

  71. Bodymore says:
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    @grey:

    Just jumped the gun and saw the Broxton demotion and grabbed Kuo, but I guess Dotel is the add? Should i get both, or get dotel instead of kuo? Id have to lose Simon or Slowey otherwise.

  72. fitz says:
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    Jacoby out of the game. No word yet why. It’s on the bottom of the 4th but Sox are winning 8-2.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: He’s streaky now, no?

    @Steve: I think we’re managing the same team.

    @aj: dlR

    @Bodymore: Dodgers just announced that Kuo is the closer now. Though Dotel may see some chances, like tonight.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: Thanks for the heads up! Gotta be an injury.

  75. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Does your opponent have Burnett too?

    The same Burnett (who pitched in an 0-3 game in the 7th yesterday) you dropped yesterday?

    Sheesh.

  76. fitz says:
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    Grey, should I ditch Shields for dlR or Padilla?

  77. Steve says:
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    Seeing Stanton play live (on TV) for the first time.

    Oh man.

  78. fitz says:
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    Homerun derby at Arlington.

  79. d2bnz says:
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    I 2nd that Steve……….channel 34

  80. Steve says:
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    @d2bnz: You know it.

  81. fitz says:
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    Jacoby left with left side pain. Definitely sounds like the rib injury again…

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nope

    @fitz: Padilla, unless you need serious Ks, then dlR.

    @Steve: Impressive, right? He’s a big boy. Crazy that he’s 20.

    @fitz: Sure does. Yikes.

  83. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah. It’s not like either donk pitch (tho I didn’t get a good look at the first one) were served up to him right down the middle.
    Love me some of that next year for five bucks.

  84. Grey

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    @Steve: I have him in my NL-Only for $5 and the person who traded him to me just offered me Hanley and Tabata to try and get him back. Hanley’s expensive, but still. He’s like 350 lbs of muscle and his swing is effortless. He could hit 40 next year and Bill James might be right.

  85. fitz says:
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    Would I be crazy to drop Vlad for DLee? My OF is pretty stacked already with Cruz, Hamilton, Kemp, Lind and Braun.

  86. big o says:
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    de larosa struggling all night , trying to get around fielder , braun & geehee

    back to back doubles finally got to him in the 6th

  87. Wilsonian says:
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    Is Stanton a good down the wire pickup in an 8 team? Is he gonna keep up this tear? I’m trying to decide if I should find a way to squeeze him in my roster…

  88. Kazmere says:
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    Jose Reyes for King Felix fair? 12 tm roto. How many starts do you think Felix has left? Looking for peripherals.

  89. emceeperiod says:
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    Sorry if you already answered this, 96 posts though…I heard Hong-Chih is the new Dodgers closer but worked the last 2 days so Dotel gets today. True?

  90. emceeperiod says:
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    Nevermind, found it. Thanks anyway Grey!

  91. big o says:
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    rzep doing ok in la
    2 years in a row , he’ll be my sleeper

  92. JackInTheBox says:
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    Test time! Its multiple choice, so pick the best possible answer.

    Who will suck the least in a spot start tomorrow?
    A. Talbot @ Sea
    B. Sonnanstine vs Bal
    C. Rogers vs Mil
    D. Maholm @ Hou
    E. None of the above.

  93. Steve says:
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    Yeah. That drop of Burnett for Thornton looks better all the time.

  94. fitz says:
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    Hamilton steals the base for good measure. Slam and legs complete. What a beast.

  95. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: I was afraid that was gonna be the answer..I think I’m just going to have to hope for a good outcome because I need some IPs/Ks in my H2H.

  96. fitz says:
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    Wake throws one pitch and Cruz hits an absolute bomb for a walkoff.

  97. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Furcal for Alexei at this point?

    Also, does Carlos Lee, Kubel or Luke Scott put up better numbers than J. Upton from here on out?

  98. Steve says:
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    What happens if they don’t get under way again in KC?

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: Definitely when healthy.

    @Fletch: No on the OFs. Can go with Alexei if Furcal’s clogging up your bench.

    @Steve: They’re underway now, I think.

  100. Steve says:
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    Boooo!

  101. Steve says:
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    Need Moseley’s stats expunged.

  102. big o says:
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    late night baseball on the wide screen .
    doesn’t even matter who wins .
    life is sweet .

  103. Howard says:
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    Glad I benched Beckett tonight in 3 leagues. Thanks Grey! Love those zzzzzz’s in Anaheim!

  104. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Hairston Jr or David Murphy?

  105. ViagraFalls says:
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    So is dropping dlR for Morrow the better solution for the stretch? I have no idea if Morrow and his recent performance is a mirage, regardless of his K rate. Before that outing, he was keen to giving up runs. But with me holding both dlR and J. Sanchez (sigh…) on my roster, it’s proving to be a game of benching them or of Russian Roulette should I play them.

  106. Steve says:
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    Kendrick or Bailey on Sunday for H2H?

    The last feeble gesture of a dying man – the week is in the sh***er.

  107. KCC26 says:
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    ughhh…what to do with zobrist? the man is sucking the life out of my offense. would you consider dropping him? not that the potential replacements at SS are super appealing (pennington, lowrie, hairston jr, infante, ian desmond).

  108. Mr2Bits says:
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    Really, is Heath freaking Bell going to pitch every freaking game this week. I have 4 closers in an H2H league and I can’t beat the guy whose team only has Heath Bell. This is really starting to piss me off. I hope Bell blows out his arm and Bud Black is taught a hard lesson not to F my fantasy weeks over when Im in the home stretch.

  109. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    There’s nobody in baseball I hate more than Jay Bruce.

  110. Black love says:
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    Who’s better for vulture saves, Burnett, storen, Thornton or putz? I’m thinking I like putz, is that really what I’m thinking??

  111. knighttown says:
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    Random note to no one (although anyone who’s been on this site for years probably owns him):

    Alexei Ramirez is the #2 MI in baseball over the past month.

    That is all.

  112. Big Nate says:
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    Rank these closers – Lyon, Mike G., Kuo, Dotel, Broxton

  113. Word is Utley may be back in the lineup on Tuesday. If accurate, to activate Chase, I was all set to drop capable fill-in Walker, but am now tempted to drop the frustrating Aramis. Thoughts?

  114. charlie batch says:
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    My trade deadline is tmrw. Would you trade your javier vazquez for his hellickson in a one-year league?

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

    We start 3 OF + 1 Util and I’ve got 5 outfielders for those spots (Holliday, Kemp, Quentin, BJ Upton and Granderson). Would you drop Granderson for Stanton? Granderson is basically my 5th OF and the one I always bench so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to take a flier with Stanton in his place, right?

  116. Simply Fred

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    The way I think:

    Wondering whether to RUN Rajai tonight. Crisp, Davis, and Pennington all got steals last night. Further check revealed that Pavano (last night’s starter) has given up 28 SB, ranking him second in MLB. The 28 is over half of Minnesota’s team total. Duensing, a lefty and tonight’s starter, has given up ONE SB for the season. So, will go with the odds and sit Davis tonight. Davis will probably hit 4 HRs…

  117. Simply Fred

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    Oops, gave Pavano one too many. Here’s the top ten in giving up SB:

    Burnett 28
    Pavano 27
    Carmona 26
    E. Santana 25
    Hanson 24
    Weaver 24
    Lackey 23
    Volstad 23
    Wakefield 23
    Lincecum 20

    Run at will!

  118. Simply Fred

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    @simply fred: BTW: all ten are righties.

  119. big o says:
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    @simply fred:
    nice list .
    do you also have a list of catchers ?

  120. Lava says:
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    Bumgarner vs the Padres and Latos today? Pads are playing pretty well, and I think this is Bumgarner’s best chance to roofie us.

  121. Simply Fred

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    @big o: Just for you!

    Catchers with at least 50 starts; top ten percentage of CS:

    (Posey 46%, 35 starts)
    Laird 42%
    Marson 36%
    Kendall 34%
    Napoli 33 %
    Olivo 32%
    Torrealba 32%
    Treanor 31 %
    Martin 30%
    Quintero 30%
    Avila 25%

    Bottom 10:

    Barajas 8%
    Doumit 11%
    Cervelli 13%
    Suzuki 16%
    Buck 17%
    Rodriguez 17%
    Mauer 18%
    Jaso 18%
    Ruiz 19%
    Snyder 19%
    (bonus, Posada 20%)

  122. Wilsonian says:
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    Here’s my new ridiculous roster in my 8 Team H2H:

    Montero, Fielder, LaRoche, Weeks, Utley – DL, Longoria, Wright, Starlin, Holliday, CarGo, Kemp, Krispie, JJ, Hamels, Lilly, Lincecum, Verlander, Scherzer, Floyd, Kershaw, K-Rod, Soria, Feliz, Capps

    Here are what I see are the best available FAs:

    Quentin, Victorino, Murphy, Suzuki, Wieters, JP, Kuo, Anibal, Niese, Guthrie, Hell-Boy, Hudson

    Would you drop anyone from my team for any of those guys? The only droppable guy at this point looks to be Scherzer, unless you like one of those catchers better than Montero. Plus it looks like Utley will be coming off the DL on Tuesday (possibly) so I’ll have to do a drop anyway.

  123. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: word… That’s one of the problems with this tiny league, there’s so much good shizz in the FA pool but you can’t have it all.

    Luckily for you, I’ve ended my quest to deal Wright after my highway robbery of Lincecum yesterday. Got what I wanted and didn’t give up a keeper bat to do so. Thanks for not bitch slapping me through the computer…

  124. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yeah, I think that’s the biggest problem.

  125. Anonymous says:
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    I read in the local newspaper that Hisawhosie Takawhatsie got optioned to AAA Buffalo, for what it’s worth.

    Also, Ben Zobrist sucks. That is all.

  126. noseeum says:
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    Send Longoria for Halladay and Zimmerman in a keeper league? Based on keeper rules, Halladay would likely not be kept, but Longoria and Zimmerman both would be.

    Halladay would definitely shore up my staff. Not much of a drop from Longoria to Zimmerman I guess.

    Thoughts?

  127. Grey

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    @Anonymous: They optioned the whole bullpen? Actually, not surprising. You’re messing with the Zo’.

    @noseeum: I’d take the Halladay side.

  128. Vince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  129. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Drop dlR 4 Brett Anderson?

  130. barker says:
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    made a trade in a 20 team league

    lowell for snider

    needed a lil OF help and have cabrera zimmerman huff backups:wallace fe lopez manning the corners
    sounds about right, right?

  131. Trade BJ Upton and Alex Gordon for Matt Kemp? Thought I’d take your suggestion and buy low. What do you think?

  132. Bear Grylls burgers says:
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    Can you direct me to any other public sites (similar to Y! Friends & Family League) where the public can see the experts transactions (i.e. CBSsports? Espn?)? I find watching the transactions helpful & strategic. Thanks.

  133. Another question. Who do you like better going forward, B.J. Upton or Rios? I would like to say Rios but he’s really been struggling lately, especially not stealing which I assumed would continue happening even if he’s not hitting.

  134. Grey

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    @Frank Kim: Rios, barely. Could go either way, and it’s really a toss up. Upton if your goal is just steals.

  135. struggler says:
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    Minor or Yo-lease? Or lose Bruce or Fowler to grab both? You think EY is worth a DL stash to see if he gets any playing time?

  136. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Pick one start:

    Sonnanstine v BAL (Matusz)
    Masterson v SEA (Felix)
    Bailey v FLA (Anibal)

    Thanks!

  137. elwood blues says:
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    cameron maybin.. will we see him again this year? what can we expect from him next year?

  138. Bring Back Pluto says:
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    Actual FOX broadcast quote: “Pat Burrell didn’t like the DH. Pat says he’s happy to be back playing the field.”

  139. Wilsonian says:
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    It’s looking like I’ll need a spot start for tomorrow to try to save some points in my H2H. The only move I can see making is dropping Scherzer for Hellickson for his start v. Bal. Would you do it, especially if you weren’t starting Scherzer on Monday @NYY, plus you could probably pick him back up after he clears waivers (unless he no-hits the Yankees)? I could also drop Lilly after his start tonight, instead.

  140. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: In my dynasty league, I’m out of the running this year, and this team is interested in acquiring Pujols from me. Would you take A-Gonz and Mike Trout for Pujols? (Mike Trout is on the minor league roster, and is primed to be a top 5 prospect next season with an impact later on that season.)

  141. Simply Fred

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    Duensing gave up his second SB for the season–to Rajai. Sonavabench.

  142. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Okay….What about Billy Butler and Justin Upton for Pujols?

  143. Grey,

    12 team Roto. I can’t catch the guy ahead of me in saves and it is unlikely the guy behind me will pass me. I need steals badly. How about Neftali Feliz for Bourn? I can probably pick up 4-5 points on steals and the best part is, I am giving up Feliz to a guy that will take points away from the guy in first place.

    What say yee? Thumbs up or down?

    Thanks,
    Bostonbeerman

  144. danimal35 says:
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    Posada just dropped, have Arencibia who never seems to actually play…use waiver priority?

  145. fitz says:
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    @danimal35: Arencibia is not going to be starting saw that on Rotoworld today. He is essentially useless to keep in a redraft league. I just dropped him for Posada myself and Posada who is in a horrible slump somehow homered and stole a base today. :)

  146. struggler says:
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    Thanks. Ditched Cecil for Minor and Fowler for Chacin. Add EYJR to my DL slot. He still has DL status in ESPN. I don’t think they do too much work on the weekend.

    I have 4×2 starts pitchers next week. That should give me enough time to decide on EY.

  147. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @simply fred:

    thanks for the link and the info .
    i feel this is stuff that i should know , off the top of my head ,
    but i don’t .

  148. fitz says:
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    Cruz out of game. Looked like he may have been limping a bit after he hit a triple.

  149. gza says:
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    Spot start for tomorrow, who do you like?

    Burnett @ KC
    Masterson @ SEA
    LeBlanc @ SF

  150. fitz says:
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    Bad idea to dump Street for Kuo? Street isn’t dominant in the least.

  151. bravo says:
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    start haren vs TOR?

  152. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey et al: Got offered McCann & Brian Roberts for CarGo. 12 team H2H mixed (with 2 catchers). Each team keeps 5, and I’ll probably be keeping Halladay, Lincecum, Miggy, Longoria, & either A-Gon or Holliday, so CarGo, probably won’t be a keeper for me. Thanks!

  153. elwood blues says:
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    RE: Maybin
    thanks grey.
    the reason I asked about Maybin, someone is offering him to me for A.Torres.
    I just wonder if Torres is for real and I keep him for next year or roll the dice with Maybin.

  154. Giggles McGehee says:
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    Is Eric Young Jr. a pickup yet? I’d like to dump Maicer Izturis.

  155. Earl Battey says:
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    Hey Grey, I threw this one at Smokey but would love your input as well.

    I’m not sure what to do with Utley’s rumored return. I picked up Beckham to replace Utley, and he’s been one of my best players lately. I have Sexy Alexei and J-Roll at SS and MI. J-Roll has been underwhelming at best, but speed is probably my biggest need. Should I wait a week on Utley or sit one of my other MIs? Thanks.

  156. Big Nate says:
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    Drop Headley to pick up Burrell?

  157. elwood blues says:
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    Torres has been great for me this year. What do you see him doing next year? Is he a Marlon Byrd type who doesn’t get it figured out until in his 30′s?

  158. royce! says:
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    Should I drop Arencibia for Ramon Hernandez?

    Seems that if the Jays aren’t going to play Arencibia when Buck is on the DL, they surely won’t if Buck comes back on the 20th or so.

  159. royce! says:
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    Masterson’s line so far- 5.2 IP, 6 BB.

    I think Masterson finally figured out how to deal with lefties- just walk all of em and try your luck against the righties.

  160. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    In a keeper where miggy is 1st round and Votto is 3rd, would you trade away miggy for votto?

  161. royce! says:
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    @Grey: If you had to move someone to activate a player, would you drop Hellickson, risking that the Rays don’t demote him, or hold onto Hellickson and drop Daniel Hudson? It’s in my 14 team h2h non-keeper again.

  162. royce! says:
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    b/c the Rays have proven that they won’t hesitate to demote him, no matter how good he does. Of course, they have also shown that they won’t hesitate to DL someone who probably isn’t really hurt…

  163. mr baseball says:
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    He Tight

    Nelson Cruz left Saturday’s game with a tight left hamstring.

  164. mr baseball says:
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    Rangers placed RHP Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list,

  165. mr baseball says:
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    Red Sox placed OF Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his ribs.

  166. mr baseball says:
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    Kevin Slowey loses no hit bid without giving up a hit

  167. mr baseball says:
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    Couldn’t pull the trigger on Bullington
    Posted by: Greatness (Vote 4 Pedro Alvarez)

    Bryan Bullington has to be arguably one of the biggest bust in MLB draft history. 1st overall pick out of Ball State by the Pirates. And here he is almost 30 years old, hasn’t really accomplished anything at the MLB level, and to top it off, he’s the 5th starter for the Royals.

  168. Martin says:
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    @grey- RYAN PERRY in for the save for the chi sox against los tigres! And he’s blowing it! So far a homer and a walk

  169. Martin says:
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    @grey- sory i mean for the tigers against the chi sox

  170. Steve says:
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    Effing Padilla.

    OK, I know I should only start him at home, but these two teams have barely scored a run in this series and the Braves only hit .211 against him.

    Until today.

    Aaaarrrggghhhh!!!!!!!!!

    And don;t even get me started on my H2H team…

  171. Terrence Mann says:
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    I’m trying very hard not to morph into eemceeperiod on this blog.

    Screw it.

    I’m a genius! I started Bullington against the Yankees on all six of my teams!

    Bragadocious!

  172. Terrence Mann says:
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    Actually, that’s a bunch of bullcrap. The only team I started Bullington on today was my razzball team. I’m the Wile E. Coyote version of genuis…….genius….whatever……

  173. Grey

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    @Steve: I had a rough week also in H2H. Lost 10-2, ouch.

    @Terrence Mann: Though one of my winning categories was Wins because I listened to you and started Bullington. Then again, I lose ERA, WHIP and Ks so I would’ve started anyone.

  174. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Looks like something similar for me. My opponent started Jurrens, Wilson, Romero and Happ today.

    Happ! (that’s 4 wins if you’re keeping score at home)

    Oh – and Street just blew Bald Jim’s win in my keeper.

    Love this game.

  175. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! I’ll take that backhanded valdation any day!

  176. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Steve: Dammit! Another no-decision from Ubaldo this week kills me!

    I must have some bad karma. Don’t know what I did to deserve it, though….

  177. Wilsonian says:
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    Looks like I’m gonna need to drop Hellickson this week for Mr. Utley’s return. In the mean time, would you drop him to pick-up a spot start from Neise @ Hou tomorrow (or Vazquez v. Det, or Correia @ CHC) or for a save opportunity for tomorrow from either: Kuo, Wuertz, Lyon, Hanrahan? Thanks dood.

  178. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Grey, I’m gonna need you to clarify if there’s any significance in that ellipsis after the “sure” to trading away Miggy.

  179. Wilsonian says:
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    Oh, and my trade of Lewis/Pence for Lilly/Lincecum didn’t look so great for this weekend…maybe I shouldn’t get so cocky…

  180. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: and Joe Magrane on MLB TV just said that Lincecum was only throwing 89-90 and his arm just looked tired. I didn’t see the game, but that never sounds good…

  181. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, very frustrating.

    @Terrence Mann: Hehe

    @Wilsonian: Sure, grab Niese.

    @Eddy: Means nothing…

    @Wilsonian: It’ll be all right, but, yeah, Lincecum’s velocity has been down, which isn’t a great sign.

  182. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Ok if you say so

  183. Steve says:
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    I like SAGNOF as much as the next guy, but is there any real point in holding The Hoff?

  184. Wilsonian says:
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    Well I said I wasn’t going to bother you with David Wright trade offers, but I just got a deadline offer:

    I give Wright. I get a combination of Haren or Jurrjens or Romero and then Vlad or Heyward or Chris Johnson. Or I could probably get a combination of any two of those gentlemen.

    I’m not sure what I think, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. I think the best option would be Haren/Johnson if I was gonna do it.

  185. Steve says:
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    Man, if that was Old Man Raul’s hot streak, it would have been nice if it had lasted a bit longer.

  186. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Not a good trade for you.

    @Steve: I think last year’s first half was the last we saw of Ibanez.

  187. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Even the attempted reverse didn’t work.

  188. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks! I couldn’t pull the trigger on it. Just wasn’t the right fit. He has CC and Cain, too, and I think one of those guys would have to be in there. Haren just hasn’t been the Haren of old this year.

  189. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Run Bills out there tomorrow? I’m pretty much bang on pace for IP.

  190. Martin says:
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    @grey- got offered brett anderson and torres for wagner. My other closers are aardsma and capps. I love having a great closer in wagner though. Should i do the trade?

  191. Martin says:
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    @grey- I dont know if you’l get this in time for tonights trade deadline, but i was just offered longo and kuroda for fielder and lilly. I also have huff at 1st and chris johnson at 3rd. I am leaning towards rejecting this though as I like where my team is at right now.

  192. Grey

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    @Steve: I’m sitting him where I’m above, and starting where I’m on pace.

    @Martin: I’d take Anderson. I’d hold Fielder.

  193. Martin says:
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    @grey- unfortunately i guess i pulled the trigger on the longo deal. I looked at kuroda and lilly’s sabermetrics and kuroda’s was vastly better. Also, I looked at chris johnson’s number and his BAIBP is rediculous and his K rate and BB rate are not good. that is why i accepted that trade.

  194. Grey

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    @Martin: It’s fine. It was a fair trade.

  195. Eddy says:
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    Anyone else love having a 1.78 ERA on the week and losing that category?

  196. ViagraFalls says:
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    I have been holding on to Grandy for quite a while, hoping that he would get it together and save his season. But that doesn’t look to be happening any time soon. His re-tooling of his swing gave me pause, and he did come back with a purpose for a few games, but ultimately I just don’t think he is going to finish strong. Please correct me if you think otherwise.

    In looking to replace him, my needs are highest in SB, but like everyone else still need production in runs, RBI’s, BA and HR’s if they have that power. Would you rate the guys I am looking at to replace Grandy: Pence, Bourn, Rasmus, Pierre, Span…I am leaning towards Pence right now.

    Thanks alot, Grey.

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