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I’m not looking at his wins and losses. I’m not even looking at Matt Cain half the time. Just the numbers, ma’am. His BABIP shows he’s been unlucky this season. His Ks say he can still hang with the big boys. I don’t like walks. After last night, he has a 29/23 K/BB ratio. That’s atrocious. Last night, I actually watched Cain. He’s got filthy stuff, but the numbers don’t lie. He’s not just missing; he’s missing. Last night, he walked Hawpe and Tulo then got Baker to line out. Actually he got lucky to get a line out. Then you throw in a Taveras bunt out to kill another rally and good relief from Vinnie Chulk to save Cain in the sixth inning and what I saw was a pitcher who gave up four runs in five innings in most games. I’d see what kind of offers I could get if I dangled Cain. Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

Eugenio Velez – Heffin hey, he’s fast. If you need steals, here you go. Still not sure if he can get on base with any regularity.

Mike Napoli – Now at six home runs. Does it really matter if he’s not playing every day? That was rhetorical.

Dan Haren – I didn’t end up with him on any team, but I loved him coming into the season. As I said in the beginning of the season, any concern about his 2nd half stats should be assuaged (Word of The Day) by the move to the NL.

Jon Garland – I’d say he could be a giant bust this year, but I think you need to have positive expectations for that to happen. No one really bought into Garland, did they? Except for The Orange County Angels, of course.

Frank Thomas – He got a triple? I was watching Thing 2 get the boot from Flavor of Love and missed it, but… wow. Did anyone see this? Did Vlad’s leg finally fall off when he was going after the ball? Did the Angels pull their outfield for Frank’s at-bat? I’ve seen The Big Limp barely make it to first legging out a walk; I can’t believe he got a triple. I’d like to see some video evidence of this. BTW, Thomas has value if you need some pop in your utility.

Carlos Quentin – Now with six home runs. If you still have Sheffield on your team while Quentin languishes on waivers, I’m blocking your IP. Expose yourself!

Franklin Gutierrez – Not an exciting 2-for-4, but The Big FraGu still got it. You should take gambles on fifth outfielders. He’s one I’d consider.

Mike Mussina – If he’s on your team, you’re just not trying hard enough. Laffey looked better taking the loss and that’s not praise for either pitcher.

Albert Pujols – He’s batting .382 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. Cust kayin’.

Edwin Encarnacion – Hit in 17 of the last 18 games. I think he might finally be up to 51% owned in ESPN leagues.

Brandon Wood – He was recalled by the Angels and then made to watch from the bench. I don’t understand either.

Daniel Cabrera – Member that corner he turned last week? Yeah, he just turned another corner back to crap.

Hank Blalock – He was placed on the DL? How could it be? That makes no sense. I thought he was already on the DL. Okay, you want to carpool to work because it will save you two hours a day because you’ll be able to drive in the HOV lane. But Hank Blalock and Nomar are the carpool captains for your neighborhood and will be driving you every third week. Do you drive with them or sit in traffic an extra two hours every day? Trick question.  You sell your house and move.

  1. john says:
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    I think I have to drop Billy, he’s slump is killing me and I already couldn’t sustain his lack of production. Matsui also hasn’t been very productive and I won’t drop him but benching is a distinct possibility, do you think Quentin is better for R/RBIs this year than Matsui?

  2. john says:
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    Oh and one more thing..will yahoo ever add the Nazi or do we have to wait for everyone and their mother to know about him before he gets added?

  3. Adam says:
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    Just wanted to say that this is a really excellent site. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Matsui’s safer but Quentin can out perform him, for sure. I would see what kind of trade I could get for Billy (Butler, I’m assuming) and Matsui rather than drop anyone.

    Y!’s waiting for the Nazi to perform genocide on the NL hitters bats aka he has to get in a game.

    @Adam: You’re welcome.

  5. scott says:
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    I know Axl preaches patience and lord knows I’ve tried to make all important life decisions by asking myself what would Axl do? However, I’m thinking it may be time move Pronk and/or Myers before the bottom completely falls out. I watched Hafner last night and he just looks lost. With Myers, if his fastball is in the 80′s he’s not going to be the pitcher we all expected this year, is he? I’m thinking of offering them as a package (of crap) deal to some unlucky fellow. Maybe try to land Aaron Harang or a bat (D. Ortiz?) to replace the 35/100 I thought I was going to get w/ Hafner.
    Whaddaya say Grey?

  6. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Unfair question. Hank Blalock drove in the lil’ NASCAR go cart series when he was 11. Assuage that!

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scott: I’m more concerned about Myers at this point, but I agree Hafner’s been a Hafnot thus far. If you can get Harang, I wouldn’t stand in the way of that. I would go after Tex, Berkman, Atkins, or Lee instead of Papi.

    @IowaCubs: Funny you should mention that, cause lil Hank was 11 driving in the Pee Wee class of 8 to 10 year olds. The pictures of him in the winner’s circle with the budding mustache make that blatantly clear.

  8. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    On the subject of Cain, another player in my NLO league just offered me Harang and Felipe Lopez for Cain and Tulo. I’m leading in every offensive category except BA (8th) and SB (2nd), and I need the pitching help. Good idea?

    Also, I’m hiring you as my personal FBB consultant, so congrats on that.

    Oh and one more thing… thanks for the resource of this website. It’s my favorite fbb site.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Lopez is not someone you look to for average help and you’re already in 2nd in steals. I think Tulo will be taking dumps in May that look better than Lopez’s stats, so I wouldn’t do that, even though I like Harang better than Cain.

  10. josh says:
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    is scherzer worth the #1 ww spot for a team with good pitching? he only threw 90 innings last year, so i think we can only expect him to get max like 100 innings in the majors. he doesn’t have a rotation spot yet, but they have such a deep pen it almost seems ridiculous for them to leave him there. yahoo has been pimping him as the guy to use your #1 priority on for the last couple of weeks, but looking at it, i can’t really see him having a big fantasy impact this year.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @josh: I have my hesitations too. I feel like it’s hip to say he’s the latest, greatest thing and I’m guilty of it too. The easiest way he gets into the rotation is Edgar gets kicked out, but I’m thinking he might just be a middle reliever at first, but he could be a Joba/Broxton type MR. And Lyon is a lot shakier than Rivera or Saito.

    I’d use the #1 waiver claim, unless your pitching’s absolutely stacked and people in your league tend to drop players they shouldn’t. To give you an idea of how I’m going about getting Scherzer, in one league I’m dropping Navarro, another Velez, another Casilla… So you see I have room to maneuver. But I’m not even sure I have the number one waiver claim, so I might not get him.

  12. scott says:
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    OK, but those are easy decisions (although Velez is picking it up recently). Would you drop one these guys for the Nazi: the Flyin’ Hawaiian, Clay Buchholz, Brett Myers, Rich Hill or Uncle Miltie (Bradley, that is — you can use that if you want). Yeah, I know, I’ve got a lot of reclamation projects going on….but hey I’m in 2nd place only 7 out of first. And if Pronk could ever re-learn how to hit…..sigh.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scott: Yeah, they are easier decisions, but when you’re in 15 team leagues, the pickins is slim. Uncle Miltie’s gone for Colonel Klink.

  14. scott says:
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    LOL, you’ve wanted me to ditch Uncle Miltie since day one! I dunno…the guy’s hitting like .330 and you know the team is score a bunch once the weather heats up in Arlington. Maybe he’ll start going yard a little more and we’ll change his nickname to Connect Four. How many flippin’ pitching projects can I have?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scott: Say Klink turns into Lincecum from last year. You can turn him over for a lot more on the trade market than Connect Four.

  16. scott says:
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    Well that’s true…no one likes Uncle Miltie but me as far as I can tell… geez, you’d think people would be able to see past one child abuse charge, a couple of manic episodes on the field and an injury history that makes Chipper look like Cal Ripken.

  17. scott says:
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    sorry, uncle miltie, methinks it was carl everett with the child abuse charge…

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scott: Carl Everett responds to Scott’s allegations, “Child abuse is telling kids dinosaurs once existed.”

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Guess you don’t have your Intentional Walk with Jesus life bracelet.

  20. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Maybe I should buy one in hopes he swipes a few bags as promised. (or would that break a commandment?)

  21. Chet says:
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    I think just getting to first is a sin, so stealing a base can’t be good.

  22. BSA says:
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    OK, So I am hearing you on Quentin and my league is driving me nuts because I can’t trigger a trade due to the fact they are a bunch of free agency whores. Back to Quentin, my outfield is currently Damon, Drew, Wells, and Kemp. I know, I know, people have already said, “Ugh”. Yet based on a wild spring and favorable matchups in a 10 team h2h I am 4 and 0. So any suggestions for fitting Quentin, or let him go to someone else?
    By the way, great site. I probably check in as much as I check my transaction reports .

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Guess it depends on what you need, Damon’s a 15/20 guy. Kemp’s a 15/15 guy with mild upside. Drew is what he is, which is to say injury-prone and decent when he’s healthy. Wells is 25/7 with slight upside. Quentin can give you 25/10 with more risk. I’d drop Drew for him.

  24. BSA says:
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    Gut agrees with the Drew thoughts. Still green enough in fantasy baseball to enjoy checking in here and bouncing ideas off ya. How’d you like that ending tonight at Fenway? Gotta love a Red Sox/Blue Jay match up when you have both Pap and Ryan available as closers.

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