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Chase Utley went 0-for-5 as he returned from the DL.  My favorite advice by fantasy ‘perts is when they tell you to get a returning superstar into your lineup.  Do people often leave their 1st round picks on the DL when they’re playing?  Is this something I need to tell people?  While you’re at it, get Pujols in your lineups too.  Oh, and put on some pants before you get arrested.  Another returning middle infielder with an oh-fer yesterday was Dustin Pedroia.  Scrappy Doo fought hard to come back early, so he might not be at his usual 110%, but at, say, 80% he’s Dustin Pedro and that’s enough for me.  The last man to recover from the 2010 Middle Infieluenza Epidemic was Martin Prado, who actually had some hits with a 3-for-5, 2 RBIs night.  [dur] Get them all in your lineup. [/dur]  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jacoby Ellsbury – Has a fractured rib.  Sounds like he’s donezo.  Just think, all the frustration you put up with this year owning him was your sacrifice for everyone who gets him cheaper next year.  Good karma to you.

Ryan Kalish – 1-for-4 with a grand slam.  With the D’Ellsbury situation, Kalish will play every day and he’s hitting .300 with 2 homers in 15 games.

Omar Infante – 2-for-4 with a steal even with Prado returning.  As predicted here (after I talked to my psychic), Infante is continuing to play (and hit).

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His changeup is nasty.  Don’t make me break up the word to emphasize it.  All right, fine!  His changeup is… Nas.  Tee.  He made Zimmerman look silly on a few pitches.  He won’t be in the rotation forever, but I’d own him while he’s there.  Get all over him in keepers.

Josh Willingham – The other white meat is out for the season with what they’re calling a bum knee.  Was he sleeping in a cardboard box?

Mike Leake – Heading to the bullpen to limit his innings this year.  But can’t Dusty now throw him every day?  Hmm…

Luke French – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Don’t even think about picking him up.  This was as good as it baguettes with French.

Matt Tuiasosopo – 2-for-4 with a homer.  Not much to see here other than the best last name that you can’t pronounce.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in four games after going 3-for-3 yesterday.  I’m a bit worried about even mentioning him because I know if you still own him, he’s probably on your bench.  If he’s in your lineup, you probably aren’t reading this.

Austin Jackson – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer.  I’ll be honest; I didn’t even think he’d be batting .300 as late as May 15th and he’s still at .302.  But, potatoes to chips, he’s also putting up 2nd baseman-ish numbers.

Brandon Morrow – 4 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Okay, so maybe he was still a little spent from his last game.

Coco Crisp – 3-for-4 with 2 steals.  Now has 18 steals in 46 games.  Member when Billy Beane was against steals?  Or maybe that was Brad Pitt.

Hisanori Takahashi – Jerry Manuel said Takahashi will be his closer.  He said that yesterday.  Obviously it could change tomorrow.  For now, Au Bon Japan!

Kila Ka’aihue – Had his 2nd 2-for-4 game in a row yesterday.  Not worth grabbing outside of deep leagues yet, but I’m watching him.

Gregor Blanco – 2-for-4 with his 4th steal in the last four games (though 3 of them came in one game).  The Royals are playing him and he might be trying to prove his worth on the basepaths.

Wilson Betemit – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in his last three games.  It’s feast or famine for a lot of these peasant Royals.

Pat Burrell – Hit his 11th homer after the Philly fans gave him a standing ovation.  I’d say it was a classy move, but I think it was “If You Slept With Pat The Bat You Get In For Free Night.”

Jose Guillen – 2-for-4 with his first homer as a Giant.  Poor Andres Torres has to play the entire outfield.

Angel Pagan – Was benched yesterday for Fernando Martinez because of Pagan’s extended slump.  In non-keeper leagues, it might be time to thank Pagan for his services and start looking elsewhere.

Ricky Nolasco – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Is it already that time of the year where he gets everyone’s hopes up for next year?  Prepare yourself for this March commenter, “Grey, check it, brah.  Nolasco’s sick.  March commenter out!”

Logan Morrison – 2-for-5, now hitting .400 in the last 7 games.  This is just my weekly check-in to say Morrison’s hitting for everything but power and the power will come.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-3 with 2 steals.  The Rockies announced that Young will be playing every day and hitting leadoff.  That’s an immediate add across the board where you need steals from a middle infielder, which I imagine is just about everyone.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He looked rusty then he got nailed.  I’d give Chacin another chance or at least hold him for another start on your bench.  Or you can just grab…

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners (zero walks), 10 Ks.  Now has a 2.12 ERA in four starts since joining the Diamondbacks and 41 Ks in 45 1/3 innings.  In his upcoming starts, he’ll get the Rockies in Arizona, Giants, Astros and Giants again.  Looks good to me.

Will Venable – Member last week when I mentioned Venable in the SAGNOF post about cheap guys who can give steals?  No?  I don’t really either.  Neverthehoo!  Venable has 3 steals in his last two games and 5 in the last ten games.

Randy Wells – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Wells’ last four starts have gone like this… Quality start, 6 earned runs in 5 innings, quality start, 6 earned runs in 4 innings.  So that leads to… Ooh, Wells pitched great, I’m going to grab him.  Then you put him in for the 6 earned run game.  Dah!!!  So you bench him for his next quality start.  Then you think he’s fine and you put him back in there for the next shellacking.  Wells hates you.  Don’t shoot the messenger.

Matt Garza – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Another extravaGarza!  He’s been a rich man’s Wells for the last month as he alternates good and bad starts, as well.

Wilton Lopez – Astros’ General Mills said before yesterday’s game that Brandon Lyon would be the closer moving forward.  Naturally, Wilton Lopez gets the save.  Lopez hasn’t been bad this year and might get some saves here and there.  Brandon Lyon would still be my pickup if I were vulturing for saves.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  I feel like I haven’t talked much about Pence this year, but he’s been a solid #3 fantasy outfielder.  18 homers, 15 steals while batting .287.  I’ve seen shabbier.  Oh, and he’s hitting .455 over the last week.

Jim Thome – 3-for-5 and his 4th homer in the last week.  He could retire, return at 50 years old and still hit 20 homers.  If he didn’t have to walk back and forth to the plate, he’d probably hit 25 homers.  All that walking is for young folk.

Colby Rasmus – Out with a calf strain, won’t be back until Friday.  La Russa must be terribly upset about that strained calf.  Hopefully PETA talks him down.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    Hi Grey, my roster is soooo first half and my lead is dwindling. I therefore submit to you the following dilemmas:

    - EYJ or Figgins?
    - Takahashi or Lindstrom?
    - can you rank the following: Hughes, Filthy Sanchez, Slowey, Dan Hudson, Niese?

    Thanks!

  2. Kyuss says:
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    In a 16-team h2h (redraft) league…do I drop Alcides for Yuniesky Betancourt?
    R,3B,HR,RBI,SB,K,TB,AVG,OBP,SLG,PA

  3. Steve says:
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    Shame on you, Grey! Not only am I reading this, but I had Grandy active yesterday on every team where I own him.

    Which is all of them. Would be lying if I said he hadn’t seen some bench time, though…

    Thoughts on Floyd @ Twins and Cain @ Phils? It’s the ol’ keeper and I’m only a couple of IP over pace.

  4. Howard says:
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    Just fyi, Yunesky Maya is now available in ESPN leagues. I don’t know when he’ll pitch but he could be a good keeper/playoff pickup.

    @Grey I was reading your video comments on the previous post. Have you ever seen Breaking Bad? It’s from amc and if you haven’t, send EYJ there to pick it up for you! The best!

  5. Howard says:
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    I guess the arrival of EYJ spells the beginning of the end for Clint Barmes. I had EYJ on my DL for months but had to drop him with the proliferation of MIitis. Now I’m stuck with Barmes. Hope he gets traded!

  6. John says:
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    do you like CoCo or EYJ for SAGNOF? (Lots of abbreviations sounds like im in the government) and who do you like more at second between stewart and EYJ?

  7. Lob Ball says:
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    Anyone know or think Aarsdsma is out and League is in as Seattle closer???

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @DrEasy: eyj, takahashi, and i’d probably say slowey > hudson > filthy … i think hughes and niese are really gonna be limited the rest of the way

  9. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: breaking bad = best show currently on tv

    the show builds up the intensity so well

  10. William says:
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    @Grey – I’m thinking of streaming Jorge dLr tomorrow but I’d need to drop one of my starters -

    Scott Baker, Daniel Hudson, Max Scherzer, or Madison Bumgarner

  11. Long Bong Hitters says:
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    If I drop Pagan, I can pick up either David Murphy or Pedro Alvarez? What would you do?

  12. Todd says:
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    Got a question about collusion:

    In my h2h league, my current opponent and I are now sitting at 2-2-1 for pitching stats for this week. We are both fighting to keep our playoffs spots. We both hold only small leads in each of the categories, so continuing to start pitchers this week is risky for both of us. I want to offer him a deal of sitting all pitchers for the rest of the week and keeping the 2-2-1 pitching status quo while continuing to battle for hitting stats. Would this be considered collusion?

  13. Wilsonian says:
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    Bottom three roster spots look like this:

    OF – Kemp v. COL and Hammel
    UTIL – Krispie v. CIN and Volquez
    UTIL – Wright @ HOU and Myers
    BN – Victorino v. SF and Cain

    Leave as is, or sub Victorino in for one of those guys? Kemp has just been friggin’ awful and I’m about to make him ride the pine until his head is securely on top of his shoulders and not up his ass.

  14. Back to Minors says:
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    @Todd: you think?

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    2nd question: if you could have either Hellickson @ Oak or Scherzer v. Cle this week, which one would you pick? This is just on the short term.

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: i’d go hellickson

  17. Todd says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @Back to Minors

    Understood. No further explanation needed. Thanks for the help!

  18. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : In looking at my steals situation would you lose Pierre for Eric Young Jr?

  19. struggler says:
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    yo-re-leased

  20. Ben says:
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    John Buck is almost ready to come back… I picked up Napoli to cover for him. Do I stick with Scioscia’s least favorite catcher or dump him for Buck? I don’t have the space to keep both on my roster.

  21. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Anybody think any of these P’s are worth streaming today?
    Gio vs TOR
    Guthrie vs SEA
    Richard @CHC
    Rzepcinski @OAK
    Fausto @KC
    Guthrie has pitched well lately and has a great matchup, but not sure if I can trust him to not blow my shizz up…Same with the other guys.

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Chili Davis Con Carne: i’m going back and forth on gio. leaning towards starting him because he’s been so good the last 2 months.

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: he’s becoming pretty tough to ignore. I really wish the Rays would keep him in the rotation just for this season’s sake. My plan here was basically to drop Scherzer for Hellickson and then pick Scherzer up after he clears. I did this once already and no one snagged either after they were dropped, so I figured why not try it again?

  24. Matty D says:
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    Gio Gonzalez or Dan Hudson for the stretch run?

    Thanks.

  25. Anonymous says:
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    Buck had two HRs and six RBIs yesterday in a AA rehab game. I’d say he’s ready.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: yeah, i have rollins at SS and wanted insurance. no one on the wire was even remotely appealing. one guy likes to start as many RPs in his SP spots as possible and just go after ERA, WHIP, and saves every week (h2h) (while i disagree with this strategy, he’s currently in first place sooo…). anyway so i traded hellickson after his 1st start for tejada just for SS insurance and the off chance tejada got hot, figuring hellickson was next to worthless for me the rest of the year. like 2 days later neimann and davis were being put on the DL with shoulder issues. gah.

    it’s a keeper league too, but we only keep 5 and there isn’t a value or time limit attached to your keepers, so hellickson isn’t keeper potential.

  27. Kwaz says:
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    Re: Granderson

    For what it’s worth, Granderson is still hitting .258/.835 against righties this year, with 11 HR in 217 AB. I have him in there vs. RHP.

  28. Howie says:
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    Willingham out for me… need steals in a bad way with Avg. secondary and RBIs a very distant third…replace him with Venable, Victorino, or Nyjer M.???

    Thanks.

  29. jabooty says:
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    AHill vs. EY2.0
    Pedro Alvarez — will he rake rest of the way?

  30. Commish Cauda says:
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    Deep 20-team salary cap keeper league, ($70 cap)

    I’m looking to improve my team for a playoff push. Eric Young is up and now playing everyday, and Dayan Viciedo won’t be back until Sept. and will only be a part timer.

    Trade Dayan Viciedo $1 for Eric Young $1?

  31. Black Beard says:
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    Suzuki or Buck the rest of the way?

  32. Back to Minors says:
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    Soto or Napoli rest of year?

  33. Commish Cauda says:
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    drop Gomes for Kalish?

  34. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: this is in my 8 Team H2H league, I’m in first, have a STACKED lineup, but I’ve noticed that people in my league don’t make many claims and don’t make constant moves like I do. I’ve basically come to the realization that I could “have” about 3 or 4 more pitchers in my rotation if I work it correctly and pick them up, drop them, wash, rinse, repeat. Did it with Scherzer, Hellickson, Hudson and Lilly lately. They all clear, and I just pick them up before I go to work in the morning. I also just picked up Victorino for LaRoche last night. I’m thinking LaRoche will technically be on on my roster for the rest of the year because I’m sure he’ll clear and I’ll be able to pick him back up in a few days. Crazy the FAs in an 8 Teamer.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    Buck or Ruiz in a 16 Team H2H?

  36. GopherDay says:
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    @IowaCubs: Oh gosh…That alone makes me want to drop him….Well I don’t actually own him anywhere, but still….

  37. Dingo says:
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    Who to drop for EYJ: Span, Burrell, or Tabata?

    Thanks!

  38. Eddy says:
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    Does anyone know when Davis or Niemann is supposed to come back from the DL?

  39. bravo says:
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    tabata or EYJ?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: EYJ… Takahashi… Hudson, Niese, Slowey…

    @Kyuss: Eh

    @Steve: I’d start both.

    @Howard: Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that, but I want to make sure the latest season is already on DVD before I start.

    @John: Coco… Stewart and EYJ do different things.

    @Lob Ball: Aardsma threw a lot of pitches the night before.

    @William: Baker

    @Long Bong Hitters: Murphy, if you don’t need steals.

    @Todd: Yup

    @Wilsonian: I’d leave it.

    @Mr2Bits: No

    @struggler: By the club?

    @Ben: I’d lose Buck.

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Gio and Guthrie are worth streaming.

    @Matty D: Gio

    @Kwaz: Nice

    @Howie: Victorino

    @jabooty: Hill and Young do different things. Sure…

    @Commish Cauda: I would.

    @Black Beard: Buck

    @Back to Minors: Napoli

    @Commish Cauda: Kalish

    @IowaCubs: Ha

    @Wilsonian: Buck

    @Dingo: Span

    @Eddy: Next week

    @bravo: Tabata, unless you need a 2nd baseman.

  41. MVP night says:
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    kendrick or raburn for the rest of the season?

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I’m holding onto 6 OF’s and need to drop one. OF’s are Werth/Cargo/BJ Upton/McCutchen/Choo/Torres. Who do you drop? I’m way ahead of everyone in R’s. I’m 9th (out of 10) in SB’s, 3 ahead of the guy behind me. I’m 20 up on the next guy in RBI’s so I need to keep an eye on that category. And I’m over 20 ahead in HR’s too. I’m 8th overall in BA. Who do you drop? I’m guessing it’s either Choo or Torres.

  43. Goose says:
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    Dan Hudson or Minor for the rest o the year… and beyond!?

  44. Principal Blackman says:
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    Do you like Matt Kemp or Adam Dunn for the rest of the year in a redraft league?

  45. @grey You don’t expect Minor to stay in the rotation? Not sure who would take his place other than Kawasucki… I have Minor as a $10 keeper for next year. Decision to make on whether I hang on to Medlen for $1… :(

  46. DrEasy says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @Grey: Thanks guys, needed the push to make these moves!

  47. @grey I am a big Chris Nelson fan. Kid has SICK numbers in AAA and needs a shot. I think Barmes is gone.. hopefully Hawpe too. EY can play OF and 2B, maybe Nelson gets a shot also next year.

  48. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man! Also, I didn’t see a response to my Hellickson/Scherzer question. Does that mean you agree with Poon?

  49. chrisbenson says:
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    grey 2 things (please):

    1: rank these C’s (Soto/ Buck/ Suzuki/Posada)

    and

    2: rank these OF (pagan/torres/murphy/kalish)

    thanks.

  50. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, I got Bumgarner, Volquez, and Sanchez as my last 3 starters. Minor, Hudson, Norris, Davis, Wood are available. Who to drop and pick up? I’m getting kinda tired of Sanchez. Bumgarner might get shut down. And Volquez walks too much.

  51. royce! says:
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    Like Steve, I also have Granderson on a roster. Turns out it’s my only first place team.

    However, it’s instructive to see who else was drafted in the same round I drafted Granderson: McCann, Roberts, V Mart, Werth, Cliff Lee, Nelson Cruz, BJ Upton, Verlander and Lind. Which sounds like the foundation for a very mediocre team.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: True, outside of Lee obviously.

  53. Grey,

    I have Murphy in for Cruz right now. Do you like any of these guys better…I have RBI won at this point and leading in HR. Need hits, steals, runs, average, and OPS.

    Headley, Ludwick, Span, Rayburn, Kalish, Infante.

    Thanks,
    Bostonbeerman

  54. brad says:
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    d. lee’s value doesn’t change much in ATL right? and what little glaus had left goes out the window. . .

  55. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yep. Fortunately, the guy who drafted Lee seems to have abandoned a while ago. Lee’s owner was actually the reason we started the league anyway- when we were discussing rules changes to our h2h w/weekly changes, he really wanted to be able to make daily changes but a lot of the other managers (not me, obviously) felt they wouldn’t have the time for daily changes, so I volunteered to commish a 10 team roto league. His team could have been amazing, too- as far as players he drafted that have proven very valuable, he has Lee and Hamilton, and also drafted Cano (though he traded him to me a while back along with Butler for Ubaldo and Haren).

    He’s unwittingly missing out on the funnest aspect of fantasy baseball– pulling oneself out of the gutter. My career choice might be affecting how I enjoy FBB (I work criminal defense on the appellate level, for which there’s generally a 5% “success” rate), but I had more fun trying to salvage something out of my cellar dwelling RCL team last year than I did with my team that finished the regular season in first and then lost in the playoffs.

    Then again, it could just be that roto is much more enjoyable than h2h.

  56. Grey

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    @Bostonbeerman: I’d go with Span, even if that feels like the yawnstipating choice.

    @brad: Have to see how that changes things at 3rd base.

    @royce!: Agree with you. One of the best seasons I ever had saw me in last place in a 10 team league in June.

  57. Mike says:
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    For the rest of the year, would you want Volquez or Vazquez?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Volquez… Unless it’s for Scrabble.

  59. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks…that’s kind of what I figured. What’s your take on this: waiting until tomorrow, drop Lilly for Hellickson, pitch Hellickson and Scherzer for the remainder of the week, drop Hellickson for Lilly after he clears? (I’m banking on the fact that people don’t make waiver claims and I’m way more psychotic about this shit and make moves at 6 a.m. before everyone else is up)

    @royce!: not that this matters for much, but I’m a public defender, only been one for a couple of weeks. I left the private practice civil world for this and I love it. Good to meet some other people in my line of work. There are actually quite a few frequent lawyer commenters here.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yeah, attorneys love me. Sounds good if you can get Lilly back.

  61. sal says:
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    Eva Longoria is getting busy.

  62. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: basically I’m trying to use my opponents’ lack of OCD about this league against them and “increasing” my roster size by continually grabbing the best available arm. I’m just worried Hellickson might get snagged tonight before I can make sure Lilly is in for tomorrow.

    @sal: I heard he once got busy in a Burger King bathroom…but in all seriousness, it’s about damn time and I hope he keeps this shizz up…

  63. On the subject of law, has anyone seen the ads for Jimmy Smits new show? It looks like it’s supposed to be a serious drama, but it’s hard to imagine a more ridiculous setup:

    Jimmy Smits is a Supreme Court Justice *cough*
    Jimmy Smits has a crisis of conscience.
    Jimmy Smits leaves the Supreme Court to become a public defender.

    and……..scene.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sal: Agree, about time.

    @Wilsonian: I like that.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Are you sure that was Jimmy Smits and not Vicente Padilla?

  65. motorcitykitty says:
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    @Grey…16 team H2H, Pat Burrell or David Murphy going forward?

  66. royce! says:
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    @Wilsonian: I commend you on your career choice. I think being a PD is one of the more honorable things a person can do with a JD. Good luck with it.

  67. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, Padilla as a Supreme Court Justice is much more believable. I could see it happening if Arnold became president and the Dodgers won the Series, with Padilla getting the Series MVP. And what American could be against a guy who clearly loves guns?

  68. brad says:
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    @Grey: You think Glaus might get some time at 3rd? With those knees?

    Maybe they’re planning on taking Lee’s legs and Glaus’ upper half and combining them. . . With the spare parts they could make Brandon Webb.

  69. d-rot says:
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    @Grey: Manny was just dropped in my 12-team keeper league.
    Any chance he has a decent end of the season?
    Is he a total write-off for next year or worth a small bid?

  70. d-rot says:
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    Also, Markakis is available.
    Who do you like more for this year and next, Markakis or Manny?

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I love it! I think you should pitch that some TV producers.

    @brad: Can’t imagine they’re just gonna bench Glaus indefinitely.

    @d-rot: I’d prefer Markakis.

  72. brad says:
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    Just like to point something out about BJ Upton

    from Grey’s top 20 Outfielder Rankings

    10. B.J. Upton – He’s definitely shown he can’t be relied on for 20 homers, but you can count on him for 40 steals and 10 homers. The low average can only partially be written off as bad luck; he also swung at more balls outside the strike zone. I think they’re tied together. He was unlucky, started pressing and things got progressively worse. At least that’s my missing bang theory. 2010 Projections: 90/14/65/.275/40

    Granted, he’s not hitting .275, but he’s at 66/11/43/.240/35, and according to player rater he’s been better than his brother. I know I should probably avoid him next year, but if he’s there once the top tier or two are gone, I’m probably picking him.

  73. Wilsonian says:
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    @royce!: thanks! I was doing the private civil plaintiffs’ thing for about 2 and a half years (only graduated from law school in 2007), and decided I really hated it. I guess I just don’t possess the “money hungry prick” mentality. Don’t get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy, but some of the crap that goes on in that world just wasn’t my cup of tea. Luckily, there happened to be an opening in my home county for a PD position, I got the job and so far I couldn’t be happier.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: Voila!

  75. Steve Stevenson says:
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    All Zobrist is giving me lately is BB and position flexibility. Drop him for Stanton, Pierre or Chris Johnson? BB, KO, TB and AST count, the latter of which of course gives an advantage to infielders, even though I otherwise think Stanton and Pierre are more likely to remain productive than Johnson. If the answer to the first question is yes, would you also drop Torii or Brett Anderson for one of the other two?

  76. Adam says:
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    Au Bon Japan!! Told you he’s a BUY. Take it from me, I’m a disgruntled Met fan. Manuel’s only lifeline is to appease the masses… and the masses love Au Bon Japan!

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve Stevenson: Lose him for Stanton for power, Pierre for steals. No on Torii and Brett.

    @Adam: Au Bon Japan!

  78. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    I’m leaving Utley on the bench until i see him show that he is really healthy. I don’t want to be starting him for a week and have him drop 6 0-fers on me only to find out he’s DL-bound again. I guess I understand that a.) he’s a first rounder b.) he’ll probably have a good chance to outproduce whoever else you have at 2B. But in my daily league I see more risk in throwing him in there right away and being forced to make room on the roster right away than missing one or two productive games. Weekly leagues I can understand being different.
    And feel free to substitute my name for anonymous “March Commenter” Brah. Pretty Ricky has a special place in my heart.

  79. CalCheats says:
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    Little off-topic here, but do you know of a fantasy football site that is as good as your baseball site? I am sick of the whole ESPN thing.

  80. Steve says:
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    Man, you’d have never have thought it, (And 1). the playoffs are a crapshoot and 2) I’m probably jinxing them by saying this), but if the Padres can keep mustering just enough decent pitching and offense to get them to the 7th a couple of runs ahead, they are going to be pretty hard to beat…

  81. royce! says:
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    @Grey: That’s all the encouragement I need– I’m packing my bags and moving back to LA! See you at the Viper Room!

  82. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Quite so.

    I guess what I was trying to say is that they’ve surprised in that they’ve been able to muster enough offense and to keep pitching, even away from Petco.

    Not sure we’d have thought we’d be having this conversation at the start of the season…

  83. Grey

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    @Steve: Definitely surprising, but when a team has a 3.20 ERA at this point, it’s hard to argue they’re not capable. Even the Padres can muster 3 runs a game. If barely.

  84. Steve says:
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    @Grey: No argument here.

    Nice to see a simple method working so well.

  85. Wilsonian says:
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    Along the lines of my previous questions today, who do you like better for the rest of the year: Floyd or Lilly? I’m thinking if Floyd blows up tonight I may drop him for Hellickson’s next start.

  86. Steve says:
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    What the f*** does a guy have to do to get a clean inning out of a reliever around here?

  87. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And no, I don’t have him in a Holds league.

  88. Tony says:
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    Quick Q’s:

    #1 Maybe i’m dumb but isn’t the trade deadline over? I dont understand how Derek lee can be moved? This shizz happens every year and i’m baffled!

    #2 O-dog or Neil walker who is D2D?

  89. Steve says:
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    Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Simple, yet effective. It’s so freakin’ hot in LA today.

    @Wilsonian: Lilly

    @Steve: Ha

    @Tony: Waivers… Can go with Hudson if Walker’s out.

  91. brad says:
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    @Tony: waivers. if a player makes it through waivers he can be traded to any team. if he gets claimed the team that owns him can work out a trade with the team that claimed him.

  92. brad says:
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    oh and glaus to DL.

  93. Steve says:
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    Kuo, Thornton, Capps and now Wuertz. On the same team!

    What a collection.

  94. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: How convenient. Thanks for the heads up!

    @Steve: Yikes.

  95. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yes – just Googled you. At least your humidity is low, though.

    If it ever gets that hot in Auckland (rarely), the humidity is often 70 or 80 percent.

  96. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah. And it’s in the RCL.
    Where the only stats I can conceivably make meaningful progress in are ERA and WHIP…

  97. Grey

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    @Steve: Don’t know about humidity but it’s hot as dog balls here.

  98. Tony says:
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    @brad: @Grey: waivers? That doesn’t make sense. So every player goes to waivers? I dont get it. I’ve watched baseball for 20 some years now, that doesn’t make sense that an active player (derek lee) goes to waivers? and was claimed by ATL? so then the cubs can trade him?

    Sounds like one big sheisty loophole….

  99. Steve says:
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    And of course the A’s win. The final insult.

    Right. I’m off to have my shoulder twisted into unnatural positions. And after that, it’s going to seem enjoyable.

  100. Grey

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    @Tony: It’s waivers (big shiesty loophole). That’s it’s official name.

    @Steve: Guessing without looking that Wuertz didn’t get us a vulture win.

  101. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: Nope, that was Ziegler.

    And Steve, you must be owning the wrong RPs. I got clean innings from Adams and Benoit today.

  102. fitz says:
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    Gardner leading off? Nice, I hope that sticks.

  103. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I think the vultures might be circling over him.

  104. fitz says:
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    Rim shot :P

    Agreed, should have happened a while ago.

  105. danimal35 says:
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    2 part question…Is it worth a speculative stashing of Chris Young on the DL for a possible fantasy playoff run?…yahoo says he is due back in sept.

    I’m looking at some SAGNOFs…I have 4 bench spots and they are generally reserved for Beltran, Gordon, Snider or Brantley and filling in for Grandy matchups and short schedules or the inevitable ‘CQ held out for playing hard’ days

    12-team H2H and I have been losing steals pretty regularly and my power is solid…both Venable and EY Jr are available…I feel like Beltran isn’t doing much for me…what if any switches should I make?

  106. Rising Utleys

  107. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    have to ask .
    did you steal this title from ortega y gasset ?

  108. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: Hehe… That’s all the news that fitz to print.

    @danimal35: Eh on Young. Maybe in a few weeks when he returns. Can lose Beltran for EY but I think that’s too much SAGNOF.

    @Elijah: Yup

    @big o: Yes, and tomorrow it’ll be ‘The Cubs Free Trade System Leads To Lee-beralism.’

  109. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    that’s hilarious !

    hope you’re not getting drunk on non-union grapes .

    if only billy beane knew his chavez from a hole in his pocket .
    (i digress) .

    edit : regress .

  110. GopherDay says:
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    Rollins, this took you long enough.

  111. Anonymous says:
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    Juan Pierre: SAGNOF!

    And the Detroit Kitty Kats need to add some real offense to their team. Miguel Cabrera has 3 HRs, 3 Runs and 3 RBIs this week… 3 Solo Shots!!!

  112. royce! says:
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    @Grey: At least it’s not as humid as dog’s balls. Such a statement would imply much too intimate knowledge of dog’s balls.

    It is crazy hot in San Diego as well. My next door neighbors picked a great time to leave town…insofar as they have a pool and I’m cat sitting for them!

  113. Steve says:
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    Drinks are on Pat!

  114. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You didn’t get the save the date?

  115. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: At the time of my first post, he was 1 for 1 with a steal. Now, he’s 2 for 2 with 2 steals.

  116. royce! says:
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    @Grey: The king has no face!

  117. GopherDay says:
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    Awesome, I saw that Snider wasn’t starting today so I put in D. Brown who’s been riding the bench for me. Pinch hit homer is pretty sweet!

  118. GopherDay says:
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    With all the talks about HLDS yesterday, I just noticed Wuertz got me a hold today. Too bad he killed my ERA doing so….

  119. Anonymous says:
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    On the off chance that Joaquin Benoit is still available in anyone’s HOLDs league, he is a must add. He pretty much pitches every other day in the 8th inning.

  120. Steve says:
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    Manuel needs to get his Dickey out.

    Snigger.

  121. Steve says:
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    Floyd has just ruined my day.

    Any point in holding him when Slowey, Erv-San and Richard are on the wire?

  122. Wilsonian says:
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    Wow, Mr. Floyd made up my mind on who to drop for Hellickson with this stellar performance…

    Can you do me the favor of ranking these arms for the rest of the year: Scherzer, Lilly, Floyd, Hellickson, Jurrjens, Shields, Dickey, Cueto, Hudson, McDonald?

    Sorry the list is gigantic…8 Teamer strikes again…

  123. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: shit, forgot E. Santana, too.. Thanks!

  124. Black Beard says:
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    @Steve: Ugh, also wondering about my boy Floyd. Thankfully I sat him this week in fear of the Twins laying into him again.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Sonavabench!

    @Steve: Ha

    @Steve: They’re matchups material if they’re all out there.

    @Wilsonian: Lilly, Scherzer, Ervin, Floyd, Jurrjens, Hudson….

  126. Steve says:
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    @Grey: So youve got Erv slightly ahead of Floyd?

  127. Black Beard says:
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    Oh good, Torre sat Kemp again.

  128. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And on the subject of Erv – he’s a sit against the Sox tomorrow, right?

  129. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Reyes flshing some wheels.

    Must have heard you.

  130. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m thinking about dropping Floyd for Marcum or maybe Duensing. You think its worth it? Thanks!

  131. Steve says:
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    So my opponent gets a win out of Bruce Chen.

    Bruce Chen!

    How is that right?

  132. @Grey: Whaddaya say. With JWill down, where do you go in h2h this week?

    Add a starter?
    8 starts left to his 7. Down 1 Win (with his Kuroda leading right now) and 6 K. Up in ERA/WHIP/QS

    …or do I add a bat to have one on the bench and an extra bat tomorrow? Up 3-1 in SB and his team’s Romero Zombie slow. Down 3-2 in HR and up in R/RBI… but he’s killing me in AVG/OBP.

    Morrison, Raburn, Denorfia, Brantley, Thome, Pie, Betemit are all swinging well and available.

    Keanu Reeves voice asks: “what do you do?”

  133. Steve says:
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    Pinch runner for Wright. Anything sinister there?

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Some guys like that shouldn’t even be allowed to be picked up.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha… Thome…

    @Steve: Yeah, he left hurt, but didn’t look serious.

  135. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wouldn’t it be great if Mini Donkey (or any Donkey for that matter) hit a homer off Bray?

  136. @Grey: I thought you’d say Morrison – which is what I was thinking but yeah I see Minn faces righties all weekend and there’s no telling when Wolverine’s power comes on.

    Kids’ looking very good though. Got him in 15 team and I’m keep an eye on him in 12.

    Oh hey have I told you how much I love fantasy to keep me interested in baseball, as my team tears my heart out yet again? I wonder if I would even play FBB if I were a Yankee fan…

  137. Steve says:
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    Come on Rockies. Help a brothah out!

  138. GopherDay says:
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    Pinch runner for Wright…Injury? Serious? Need to look for a replacement?

  139. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That would be awesome.

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up!

    @3FingersBrown: They have a one game winning streak going, c’mon.

    @GopherDay: Was an injury, but didn’t look serious. Now word yet from what I see.

  140. Eddy says:
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    Sooooooo guess who has Wright AND CarGo and is .5 games behind the final playoff spot with the most key matchup coming next week?

    Yup!!!

  141. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: This guy?

  142. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    You bet, Grey, you bet.

    Well, assuming Wright lands on the DL, I can move Beckham to 3B. Would Desmond or EY Jr. be the better pick up for 2B?

  143. Steve says:
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    Jesus. Heilman just isn’t very good is he?
    In the keeper, I own him, Wuertz and Floyd. Oh and Cain. So that’s a huge ERA and WHIP, not to mention three losses (yeah, we count those as well as Games Started. Sheesh).

  144. Anonymous says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    What say you of Mighty Bruce now???!?!?!

  145. Black Beard says:
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    @Anonymous: He had a good night and the rest of the season he’s sucked.

  146. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Wright’s not getting DL’d.

    @Steve: Ouch… Yeah, he’s not very good.

    @Anonymous: What Beard said. Unless you drafted him for one random night in August, probably not the greatest season.

  147. Black Beard says:
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    @Grey: Word on Wrong is that he was queasy…probably as a result of him considering what team he has to play for going forward.

  148. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Until he loses the job you gotta hold him though, right?

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: If you need saves.

  150. Black Beard says:
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    Anyone see the last play of the Dodgers game? I realize it might not be in some guys blood to do so, but how can you not try to mow down Olivo in that scenario?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Black Beard: Don’t think he could’ve mowed him down. Was out by a mile.

  152. Black Beard says:
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    @Grey: Oh there’s probably a rule protecting catchers in that scenario. My bad, was just disappointing to see the game end on that note.

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