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Someone who’s friends with Dr. James Andrews just sent him this email, “Yo, Grisly Andrews, quick question. Am I holding onto Hudson or should I pick up Campillo? Also, love to have you over again for dinner, but Mary says you can’t reconfigure a chicken from the bones and scraps. It freaks out the kids. Peace!” Let’s see, so far this year, Dr. James Andrews has seen Hafner, Marcum, McGowan, Estelle Getty, Mulder, Austin Kearns, Freddy Sanchez and now Tim Hudson. That is a Dean’s List of broken dreams and unfilled promises.  As we move into August, you have to make hard and fast decisions and go with the hot hands. So, with that in mind, I’ve already dropped Hudson. His injury sounds like it might need surgery. Even if it doesn’t, an arm injury on a guy who’s playing for a team that decided to pack it in sometime on Monday is not a good thing. In deeper leagues, I probably won’t wait longer than a few days to cut ties with Hudson. It was a good run while he was out there and it’s not goodbye, it’s see you maybe next year. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jorge Posada – Done for the year. You can go ahead and back date this to April.

Michael Young – Fractured his finger, but vows to be back in a week. I believe it. This guy is so set on getting 200 hits every year I could see him not wanting to score a winning run in an extra innings game just so he might get another at-bat and a chance at another hit. Let’s hope Young never gets to 3000 hits, because if you thought Wade Boggs’s induction into the Hall of Fame was boring, you’ve seen nothing. At least Wade’s speech had the “Is he going to mention Margo Adams?” factor and the “Is he going to start eating chicken?”

John Maine – Shoulder tightness forced him out of the game. In ten team leagues, he’s the next guy I cut. I’m looking at Ubaldo, Meche, Randy and Wandy. (BTW, Wandy should pronounce his name like it rhymes with Randy. Cuz that would be awesome, possum.)

Salomon TorresKazaam!

Casey Kotchman – HR yesterday, now 3 HRs in a week. And that’s one home run for every mention of him I’ve done in the past week. That’s my quota. He’s now off my list and I won’t mention him again.

Ian Snell – 7 IP, 4 ER and got the win. This was his second win since April 12th. Wow, what a razztastic season.

Jeremy Guthrie – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks and the win. This performance bought him a two week reprieve on all of my teams. (Maine and Hudson’s injuries didn’t hurt either. I mean, they did hurt, so that aided in Guthrie’s reprieve… Oh, forget it.)

Mike Mussina – 5 IP, 6 ER. Currently reading The Corrections.

Kevin Slowey – Shutout, 6 hitter, 5 Ks. Great start, but I’m not looking at grabbing him in any league. Am I as smart as a 5th grader? You decide.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-4 with a HR. Also the HR was his first against a lefty all year (so of course it came on the bench in the few leagues where I still have him. Sonavabench!). To call Gordon a disappointment up until this point, would be like calling the Astros’ Randy Wolf trade questionable.

Adrian Beltre – 2 HRs. As I mentioned to my Nana and Popsie, Beltre is good in the 2nd half of the year even when he’s not good in the 1st half.

Zach Greinke – 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 11 Ks and the win. I’d point out how I traded Melky to Rudy for Greinke three months ago, but Rudy’s 21.5 points behind me at this point so it would be cruel to point out anything to do with his team. I probably shouldn’t even be mentioning that he’s 21.5 points behind me. I definitely will not be mentioning that I’m also beating him in our Razzball league. By a lot.

Adam Jones – 3-for-6, 5 RBIs, HR. I think Michael J. Fox in “Lucky Man” summed it best when he said, “I became so intoxicated on the nectar of money and the ambrosia of unlimited possibility, that I fell completely under its influence, forgetting for a time that it wasn’t real.” So true, Michael J., but Adam Jones is for real. And has the best ESPN player photo to prove it.

  1. Im considering starting Chris Young vs. Arizona tomorrow and Galarraga vs. Cleveland.

    Decent plays or too risky?

    Im so goddamn glad I dropped Maine for Cain a few weeks ago. I think if he can avoid walking too many dirtbags he can have a decent run to finish out the season, the schedule doesnt look too intimidating.

  2. BSA says:
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    Even if it is to hold him for the week and drop him because he has images of Pujol’s liners coming at his head I am dropping Hudson for Young. Next one on my radar to drop is Bedard.

  3. jph says:
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    @J-Bone: Ditto on dropping Maine. Traded him and Wagner to some slob in my league for Markakis.

    Who would you be weary about starting tomorrow from the following 3?
    Floyd @ Min
    Jurrjens @ StL
    Wandy @ Cin (Volquez pitching)

    Also, is starting Mussina against the Halos asking for trouble???

  4. ABell says:
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    If Wandy rhymed with Randy we’d have to change Rodriguez to Wodwiguez

  5. knighttown says:
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    Need some hitting help. Rate Swisher, Adam Jones, Butler, Jose, Juan Rivera

  6. ShootyBabbit says:
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    With Rick Weeks defensive gems last night (not to mention his stellar OBP), what are the chances that Ray Ray takes over the 2B job on a full time basis? Im in a 15 team league that counts OBP and SLG rather than AVG and Ty Wigginton is just not getting the PT anymore…

  7. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Oh, Margo Adams! Do a Google image search for her and you’d understand Wade’s dilema.

    Did you know that Wade Boggs is the reason Karabell is involved in fantasy baseball according to his bio? Damn you Wade Boggs.

  8. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Hey All,

    Thinking of trading one of my outfielders and Valverde for a stud pitcher and Harang (I think he has some strong starts down the stretch).

    Which outfielder should I move? Magglio, Vlad, McLouth ( I lean towards Vlad ).

    Which ace should I target? Kazmir, Dempster, Harden

    @knighttown: “Jose”? Would that be Guillen? Reyes? Canseco? Lopez? I’ll assume its Guillen.

    Guillen, Jones, Swisher, Butler & Juan. But really, I feel like these are all extremely streaky crapshoot players.

  9. Denys says:
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    LaRoche headed to the DL. Is he expandable?

  10. Denys says:
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    add to #9 – for Encarnacion or Hairstron?

  11. Tony B. says:
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    Guy wants from me, Teixeira, Aramis, Salomon Torres, and Duchscherer.

    He’s offering me Johan Santana, Youkilis, and Carlos Guillen. The 4th player he wants to give is Yunel Escobar. I’d rather him replace Escobar with Greinke or Jered Weaver.

    I can’t keep Teixeira because of a rule in our league in which if you have two guys in the same round, if you wish to keep them both, you have to give up the round below or the player in that spot. My situation is that I drafted Holliday in round 3 in 2007 and I recently acquired Sizemore in a trade who was also a 3rd rounder. So to keep them both, I have to let Teixeira go.

    If I acquired Johan, he would be joining my staff of Lincecum, Billingsley, Lackey, Ervin Santana, Scott Baker, and Matt Garza.

    My lineup without Aramis and Tex would look like:

    C: Doumit
    1B: Youkilis
    2B: Cano
    SS: Alexei Ramirez
    3B: Longoria
    OF: Holliday
    OF: Sizemore
    OF: Quentin
    UTL: Carlos Guillen
    UTL: Alex Rios

    Do or dont’ ???

  12. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @Tony B.: So Tex, Aramis, Torres and Duchsherer for Johan, Youkilis, Carlos Guillen and Greinke?

    I would do it. Johan is about to go on a tear, and Greinke would give you good staff depth (probably be equal in value to Duch from here on out). Your lineup without Tex and Aramis isn’t weak at all.

  13. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Drop Giambi for Loney?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @J-Bone: I have Young in a few leagues, I’m not starting him anywhere and I’m a big believer in starting everyone. Galarraga you can start.

    @BSA: Makes sense.

    @jph: I wouldn’t start Mussina and the Reds have hit Wandy hard in the past.

    @ABell: Ha

    @knighttown: Rivera, Butler, Adam Jones, Swisher, punt.

    @ShootyBabbit: That throw-away was pretty piss poor on Weeks’s part, but I think there will be a timeshare of 75/25 no matter who is number one. Weeks is number right now. (Unless Weeks gets hurt, a real possibility there.)

    BTW, good name.

    @IowaCubs: Make sure you have your Google safesearch off though.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Mags then Vlad, in that order.

    None of those “aces.” Shields, Billingsley, Beckett, Lackey…

    @Denys: Drop him for Encarnacion.

    @Tony B.: I would not do that trade.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Yup. But what about Kotchman?

  15. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @Grey: You prefer Kotchman to Loney?

    Loney’s September last year was a huge reason I won my league, any chance he can do that again? :)

  16. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is everyone starting to believe Harden makes it through the rest of the season or is it still a pretty sure bet he gets hurt?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SaltyBiscuits: I suppose, but that’s still a month away. Right now, I want Kotchman who has 3 HRs in the last 4 games. Next week, I might want Loney. But with marginal players, you should ride the hot streak.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: …”is it still a pretty sure bet he gets hurt?” If the wind catches him just right. — I’d still be looking to trade him.

  19. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: My Guthrie for Edwin E deal is not looking so hot now, that I lost Tim Hudson, the better version of Guthrie. My pitching sucks now, and I am panicking a bit. Harang still on the DL, and even bad when not on it. I dropped Dirty Sanchez cuz he was getting shelled, I lost Hudson and traded Guthrie. Right now, some of the hot pitchers over the last month are: Oliver Perez, Manny Parra, etc. Should I drop Laroche and Hudson to get those two pitchers?

  20. Grey

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    @Zebo: Don’t panic, there’s plenty of pitching to be had always. Perez and Parra have looked good lately. I wouldn’t go near Perez ever though, he’s far too risky. Grab Parra and tell me who else you have on waivers for starters. Is that a ten team league? If so, drop both of those guys. LaRoche first.

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    @Grey: it’s 11 team league, here are some guys I recognize, Parra, Blackburn, Slowey, Moyer, Perkins, basically nonaces from Minnesota, Edwin Jackson, Meche. I am dropping Laroche for Parra now, then I am not attached to any of these guys: Thome, Edwin E, Chris Davis.

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    @Grey: also is Parra safe to start against the torching Cubs?

  23. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: Drop Edwin E for Adam Jones? i want to give Jacoby a spell

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: First, the Cubs barely beat CC last night. They were aided by Weeks in a big way. Second, Parra at home is a must start.

    What about Liriano? Is he around? Campillo? Wandy?

  25. Tony B. says:
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    @Grey:

    Am I giving up way too much on this one? I tend to agree with SaltyBiscuits’ analysis about the deal. Can I get yours? Are you not as high on Johan as I am for the 2nd half?

    I think it goes like this:

    Greinke > Duchscherer especially in our league which counts K/9

    A-Ram > Guillen (Guillen’s big positive is his eligibility for me (1B-3B-SS)

    Johan + Youk > Teix (There is a fall off with going to Youk, no doubt, I think Johan makes up for it with what he can provide me in pitching categories)

  26. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: those 3 are owned. Campillo & Wandy by the same guy. I did manage to pick up Danks yesterday before all my guys went on the DL. Danks has been hittable the last few games wahts your forecast for him?

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    @Grey: Edwin E. has more power and better %s, Adam Jones scores more runs and is at top of the line up. Both are in good ball parks. Jones gets occasional steals. Which one do you prefer?

  28. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Denys: Only if you drop him in water.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony B.: I agree with your greater than and less than signs for the most part. You *are* getting the better pitchers here, but Tex and Aram are the much better hitters in the trade. I’d want the better hitters unless my pitching really needs an upgrade. Your pitching is not dying for an upgrade. It’s a fair, solid trade for either of the teams, but I’d hold pat if I were you.

    @Zebo: Not a huge fan of Danks going forward, but his numbers show he should be okay. Hold him for now. I prefer Edwin for now.

  30. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Just would like to say that I am new to this website and am huge into fantasy baseball. This is easily the best website I have come across. I will be here daily.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hebrew Hammer: Hey, man, welcome. Feel free to put whatever you want on TV, but make sure you use a coaster. Rudy gets weird.

  32. jph says:
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    If Micah Blowings finally get the ghetto boot from the rotation is there a consensus on who fills that suck vacuum–anyone got a scouting report on Yusmeiro Petit?

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Hebrew Hammer: Also, put the toilet seat down after you pee. Grey’s a sitter.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jph: Petit’s obviously been great in relief, I wouldn’t trust him outside of matchups as a starter. It could mean Scherzer’s return.

    ******Take followups to the newest post.

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