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About a month ago, Troy Tulowitzki had surgery to have scar tissue removed from his groin.  Tulo now sings, “Scar tissue that I wish you saw, because I’m kinky.”  Yesterday, the Rockies announced nothing, but people familiar with Tulo’s groin — hey now! — have said he probably won’t return this year.  “It looks like an Asian person’s garbage can after a cat picked through it with kumquats and a baby corn.”  That’s Tulo’s groin doctor.  He was only supposed to be out for two months, but he hasn’t started any baseball activity, which is a bad sign, since, you know, you want him to play baseball.  Yo, yo, yo, what’s the best case scenario?  He returns in the last few weeks of the season, but the Rockies will probably just opt to shut him down since they’re out of it.  Look at it this way, if Tulo’s going to re-injure himself, you want to save it until next April after someone else has already drafted him.  Schadenfreude!  If you drafted Tulo, you had to expect something like this.  If you finish a fortune cookie’s fortune with “in bed,” then, after you draft Tulo, you say, “if he doesn’t get hurt I’ll win the league.” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

John Axford – Since he was demoted from the closer role, he’s looked decent.  Since Dor-K was promoted, he’s looked like cheese found under a 600-pound man who hasn’t left his bed in 17 years.  “The good news is we found a piece of cheese on your ass; the bad news is we’re gonna need to make the hole in the wall bigger if we want to take you to the water park.”  That’s the man’s best friend as the large man sits in a crane.  BTW, you can totally see that being a Farrelly Brothers movie.  The Brewers said yesterday that they would go to a closer committee.  “Hear ye, hear ye, first order of business for this committee is to find someone who doesn’t suck.  All those in favor, say aye.  Okay, everyone’s for it, except Dor-K.”  So, with this news, I’d go with Axford and lose Francisco.  The Brewers, in a move that screams of desperation, did say they may also turn to Livan.  Nothing says closer stuff like a 78 MPH fastball.  Oy.

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-3 as the guy who sounds like a Elmore Leonard character returned from the DL.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 7 ER.  Why does it hurt when I sit down?  Oh, man, too much YoGa.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and a pinch hit homer.  Geez, him and Valdespin should just go start their own team.

Davis Freese – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs when he left yesterday’s game with cramping in his calf.  Guy just can’t stay healthy — boo!  Or to stick with the calf theme — moo!

Jake Westbrook – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks and the win.  The Stream-o-nator strikes again!

Nick Swisher – Hasn’t played since last Friday and the Yankees said he won’t return this Friday.  Swisher doesn’t roll on Shabbos.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-6 with a steal since being a Dodger and they’re 0-2.  So weird, I thought he’d bring a winning attitude everywhere he played.  He played 3rd base again yesterday, but frequent commenter, Chillmodious, said Tim Wallach, Dodgers 3rd base coach, said, “Hanley will definitely be playing shortstop and he thinks it will take about 5 games to get him there.  The team didn’t want to thrust him back to a position he hasn’t played in over a year while he’s still learning the signs, etc. and getting acclimated with the club.”  Adding, “Dodgers would prefer him at 3rd.”  Then Dee Gordon said, “Wha’ happened?”  Then Dee Wallace said, “Drew Bitchymore can’t even follow me on Twitter?!  I was the one who knocked an eight ball out of her eight-year-old hands.”

Chris Capuano – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 1 K.  What’s that you’ve caught in that glass jar, Capuano?  No, that’s not lightning bugs.  Those are Regression Fairies!

Matt Harvey – 5 1/3 IP, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Well, hello there.  What’s your name?  Harvey?  I like it.  Sounds like Steve Garvey; I once met him at a baseball card show.  You come here often?  No?  How about you take off your shoes and tickle my ears with your toes?  What, too weird?  So, Matt Harvey finally made his debut and the Mets didn’t pull him for Jason Bay, Scott Hairston or any other schmohawks they can’t seem to give up on.  Hey, Mets, Jason Bay returns and you can’t seem to win a game, coincidence?  But this is about Harvey.  In yesterday’s game, he looked in complete control even with some deep counts.  When he needed to put guys away, he did.  I think against better clubs, or if he walks a few in key spots, the results aren’t gonna be nearly as good.  In Triple-A, he did have a near 4 walk rate.  A 9+ K-rate makes a lot of that fade away.  Eventually, he could fill into a number two fantasy starter.  I like him a lot, and I would take a flyer on him in some mixed leagues to see if he can surprise hitters before the inevitable book is written on him and he needs to adapt or die.

Jason Vargas – 8 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 3 Walks, 5 Ks vs. the Royals as he continues to unlock the wonders of Safeco.  His ERA at home?  Under 3.  My name is Jason Vargas and I am the King of Marginers.  Bow down and trim my toe cuticles, Peasant Royals!

Mike Carp – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Ever since Smoak was sent down and Carp took over 1st base, I’ve been waiting to talk about Carp…and waiting…and waiting…and now he’s at home.   Yesterday, he finally did something worth mentioning, but I really can’t stand Mariner hitters when they’re at home.  Carp’s batting .172 with 4 homers.  Granted, it’s in less than 100 ABs, but still.  He’s someone to watch for when the Mariners go on the road, but for now I’d try to look elsewhere.  You, Carp, are no Trout.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 22nd homer.  In a small world type way, Josh Johnson’s brother, Gosh, used to work with Reddick’s brother, Gosh, until the latter was no longer asked back to make more adult movies.

Tommy Milone – 7 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Not as painful as it could’ve been because we just traded him away in an AL-Only league for Jeter, who went 3-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday.  Actually, it’s not painful at all for us!

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-3, 3 runs to raise his average to .288.  You know what would be some kind of wonderful, Eric Stoltz?  If Lawrie had more than 9 homers.  What, you don’t listen to Dwayne Murphy?  Dwayne Murphy just needs to move your hands 1/118th of an inch down and you’ll be hitting 40 homers a year.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer.  He’s officially blown away any expectations I had for him, and making my Sell on him from 6 weeks ago look downright idiotic.  Mea culpa, my Latin friends.  I can’t promise you I won’t think he’s not overrated next year.  That was a triple negative, by the by, which is totally fine.

Travis Snider – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 1 run and he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.   I hear it’s good, but the 100 monkeys who wrote it wouldn’t let me read it.

James Shields – 6 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 10 Ks, taking his ERA to 4.52.  Speaking of 52’s, James Shields…rusted!

Chris Tillman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks to raise his ERA to 1.66.  Whoa.  He doesn’t seem like he has the Moves Like Arrieta.  There was a Chris Tillman fantasy.  I wrote it high on Red, White and Blue uppers from my July 4th celebration.  That at least explains why I was singing Informer by Snow.  And because it’s the best song ever by a white guy singing reggae.  There’s no number two, though I’m hoping there’s a little white kid right now reading this that will grow up one day to embarrass himself.  Either way, has much changed from that Tillman post?  Nah, prematurely balding man, that’s why I linked to it.  Dur.  He is not a sub-2 ERA guy, but more like a 3.75 ERA guy with matchups appeal.

Chris Davis – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs with his 16th homer.  This was, like, his first game with a hit in a week.  Early in the year, his BABIP was sustaining his average and now he’s back to a giant turd you step in.  BTW, wanna see an example of how men are from Mars and women are from Venus?  Ask a woman if she’d prefer to step in dog crap or gum and they always say gum while men always say poop.  I think because men usually have grooves in their shoes and women don’t.  Oh, and don’t ask a girl you hope to one day date.

Austin Jackson – 3-for-4.  Hard to complain about the year he’s having (but watch me try!).  A .402 OBP and only 10 steals is just odd.  He’s in the top ten in the majors on Bill James’s Speed Score and everyone near him has more steals.  Still, I’m getting excited about his prospects for next year.  That’s a wink-wink-nudge-nudge for youse in keepers.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4 and now has three games in a row with a homer.  Pitchers facing him have been saying LaOuch.  Oh, man, that’s LaRich.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-3 with a homer.  He’s now hitting .400 over the last week.  I’d tell you to pick him up, but he’s an Astro, who’d listen?

Wilton Lopez – Astros said F-Cord was unavailable last night.  Probably because one of his fantasy owners has him gagged and bound in their cellar.  Not like the Astros will have another save for a week or so anyway.

Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 5 ER.  He was obviously switched at birth with Houston Keuchel.

Starling Marte – “First pitch he saw, he homered.  Man, kids these days have no patience.  In my day, we’d wait at least three pitches into a career before we homered.  I would’ve beaned him for sure.”  That’s an excerpt from a book by Cole Hamels.  I’ve hit you with Starling Marte info and told you to grab him in leagues about two weeks ago.  Nothing’s changed, but that weird blotch on your face your family keeps telling you to have checked by a doctor.

Zach McAllister – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Good thing the Indians kept him on the farm and gave the ball every 5 days to Derek Lowe and Josh Tomlin.  McAllister could throw a 6.00 ERA the next 60 innings and still have a better ERA than Lowe, Tomlin, or Jimenez.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4 with a homer.  I don’t own him anywhere, so I have to admit I was a wee bit ignorant how bad he’s been.  I mean, I know his average was down, but only 8 homers and a .238 average is hideous.

Travis Hafner – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  For Halloween, I’m gonna cut holes in a cardboard box for my arms and legs, then design said box to look like a refrigerator and write Hafner #48 on the back and say I’m Pronky Brewster.  Who’s with me?!

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    I damn near came back and won that hot tub, thanks to Tillman, Shields, and Beckett.

    Crazy how things have evolved since then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Hot tub? In the fantasy Razzball league?

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, 2010

  2. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 10-team league, would you go with Liriano vs CLE, Karstens vs HOU or none of the above? I could throw another RP in place of those guys if I want.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, None

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel, on the box

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, Very nice!

  3. chunk says:
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    In deeper mixers Tillman or Harvey ROS?

    • chunk says:
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      @chunk, could you rank doubront in there too? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Harvey

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Harvey, Doubront

  4. Simple Jack says:
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    If an astro falls in the forrest does it make a sound?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Nope

  5. LT

    LT says:
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    Hafner hasn’t retired yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT, It’s Hafner Jr.

  6. Steve says:
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    We all know what happened the last time this happened, but an exploding post-it just told me that Longo has started a rehab assignment…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Your mouth to God’s ears…

  7. BlinkULDHC says:
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    How has Wandy Rodriguez’s value been affected?

    With Houston, he was 7-9, 3.79/1.27 with a 6.13 K/9. And he had a pretty good pitchers’ park, but PNC is something else:

    AJ Burnett (Home): 7-0 2.00 ERA/1.05 WHIP with .219 BAA
    Burnett (Away): 5-3 5.70/1.54/.289
    +3.70 ERA +0.49 WHIP +.070 BAA

    James McDonald (Home): 5-2 2.15/0.93/.185
    McDonald (Away): 5-2 4.65/1.41/.255
    +2.50 ERA +0.48 WHIP +.070 BAA

    Erik Bedard (Home): 2-4 2.72/1.17/.205
    Bedard (Away): 3-7 5.90/1.73/.306
    +3.28 ERA +0.56 WHIP +.101 BAA

    Actually…. the more important question is — do we start any Pirates on the road????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BlinkULDHC, Against Houston? Yeah…

  8. Simple Jack says:
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    what does the Tulo news do for Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Keeps him there all year…

  9. nightpandas says:
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    Still looking for my Colby Lewis replacement. Only 9 moves left for the year:

    Harvey
    Blanton
    Griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Griffin

  10. DRew says:
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    ROS

    Pick 3
    Marte, rasmus, rizzo, plouffe, and berkman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DRew, Not Plouffe

  11. slojup says:
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    I was offered Peavy and Hart for Starling. Do you take that? I’ve already been crucified for being the guy who had Trout and dropped him. Does that make me the Fisher King? Fisher Jesus? not working.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @slojup, I’d take it if I needed pitching…

  12. Jermo says:
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    My panda and a rod just went down, trade Anibel for Pedro Alvarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jermo, Sure

  13. schlitzy says:
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    I hate my NL only league – lineups lock on Monday. Starling on the bench. Boo. At least I got Harvey’s 11 Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Nice

  14. EG says:
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    Drop Rasmus to give Marte a shot? Rasmus was looking great there for a while but now I’m having some trouble justifying his spot on my team, given that I have Bruce in my OF as well (the combination of the two are killing me)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, Nope

  15. supra says:
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    Best FAs: Lilly, Buccholz, JGarcia, Bedard, Ubaldo, Maholm. Harvey worth #2 claim in keeper over them?

    • supra says:
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      @supra, Ok Harvey gone… add Brett Anderson to that list… who you like ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Maholm

  16. Crumpy says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drop Ruggiano or Ben Revere for Marte in a 12 team 5×5 roto?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crumpy, Revere

  17. harkrider says:
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    Looking at some possible trades since my last one was vetoed

    Posey for Gio

    or Posey and Bruce for Gio and Mauer (or Kimbrel)

    If I trade Posey and do a deal without Mauer in it, I could trade Ellsbury for Carlos Santana and Axford or just use Montero or Perez for the ROS
    Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, First one…

  18. Ron Swanson's 'Stache says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Pick two for today’s OF/UTIL combo for me, wouldya?

    Frazier (@COL v. Friedrich), Rasmus (H v. Porcello), Marte (@HOU v. Lyles)

    And then…

    Who to start at 1B?

    Ike Davis (@ARI v. Collmenter), Youk (@TEX v. Darvish), Frazier (again), C. Santana (@MIN v. Diamond)

    Thanks for basically performing my fantasy managerial duties for me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s ‘Stache, Frazier, Marte… Ike…

  19. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    First you think Snow had dreads, now you think he’s the only embarrassing white reggae douche? Three words… red, red, wine.

    I was actually talked into seeing UB40 at that little theater in MSG once… free tickets, nothing else going on. US3 (of “Cantaloop” fame) opened for them. I got incredibly stoned and then perseverated on the fact that I only recognized three songs between the two acts, and hated all of them. It was the oddest crowd I’ve ever been around, and easily the worst concert I’ve ever been to… and I saw Metallica at Lollapalooza ’96!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Ha! Cantaloop! Oh, man, that’s dread…ful. But you know what? Both of those awful song will now be playing in my head all day…

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, I know, same here…

        “biddy biddy bop, funky funky!”

        Now I’m wondering if the Cantaloop guy and Young MC were related… or the same person.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You keep me rocking all of the time… Ugh!

            • Simple Jack says:
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              @Awesomus Maximus, Ive actually seen Young MC at Street Scene in San Diego like 11 years ago. He also performed with Whodini and Doug E.Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. It was like old school vs. new school at the music festival.

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, you should ask Nick on the podcast how he feels about fellow Canadien Snow. His album was called 12 inches of snow, must be commentary on the weather up there.

  20. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    The following refers to that league where the guy did not notice the pitching limits. (We have 5 SP spots and only 115 starts allowed)

    In said league I had Tulowitzki and was a little worried about him. I also had Swarzak who just went on the DL.
    My pitchers then looked like this
    SP Wade Davis, TB SP, RP
    SP Phil Coke, Det RP, SP
    SP Adam Ottavino, Col SP, RP
    SP Kyle Kendrick, Phi SP, RP
    SP David Phelps, NYY SP, RP
    RP Joel Hanrahan, Pit RP
    RP Santiago Casilla, SF RP
    RP Carlos Marmol, ChC RP
    RP Jonathan Papelbon, Phi RP
    Bench Ryan Vogelsong, SF SP
    Bench Jason Grilli, Pit RP
    Bench Chris Sale, CWS RP, SP PP
    DL Charlie Furbush
    DL Swarzak

    I decided after reading what you said about Tulowitzki that I needed to dump him but get at least a little bit of value for him. So I offered to the owner of Brad Lincoln. I am really chuckling again as the Lincoln owner jumped all over the trade offer a few minutes later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Gotcha

  21. Booya says:
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    Trade Gio for Wainwright and McCann in H2H league?

    I have Doumit at catcher now that JP is out and pretty solid pitching staff…

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, I’d want Gio

  22. WHIP it good says:
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    I was going to pick up Fiers vs Nats tonight, but the Nats are one of the best teams vs righties, and have scored more runs than any other team in July and the past week. I know the stream-omatic has him ranked high, but I think I’m going to pass. What do you think?

    I have Darvish vs Sox and Haren vs TB going too. Sat both of them for their last outings and they didn’t suck. You’re starting both tonight?

    • @WHIP it good, I don’t like Fiers as much as the Stream-o-nator but it’s hard to argue with why he’s rated so high. He’s got a 2.25 FIP in nearly 60 innings! He’d be ranked higher if this start wasn’t in MIL and Washington is a league-average offense. He should be owned in all leagues at this point.

      Where do you see that they’re one of the best teams vs righties – this says they are 15th – http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/32/sort/OPS/order/true.

      The fact that the Nats have had a few good games of late…I don’t know. Not a compelling factor for me.

      Stream-o-nator has Darvish and Haren as average starts. I’d start both (espec. with K-upside) unless you’re way over IP/GS pace…

      • WHIP it good says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Thanks Rudy. I’ll grab him.

        I see you prefer to look at OPS rather than runs scored?

        Season vs RHP they are 11th in runs scored.

        July they have scored more runs than any other team:

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/43

        • @WHIP it good, I’m ambivalent on Runs vs OPS+. I use runs for the stream-o-nator b/c it’s the same scale as ERA. But i turn it into runs/game to make sure i’m not over/under-crediting a team that’s played more/less games. For quick glances, prefer OPS+ since it’s a rate statistic and takes games played out of the equation. Either way, Washington is an average offense. Not sure how much credence to put on them being ‘hot’…

  23. harkrider says:
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    Marte over Boesch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Hold

  24. joe from pt pleasant says:
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    Rutledge or Espinosa at SS?

    Ruggiano or Cain at 5th OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from pt pleasant, Espinosa… Cain

  25. Jon says:
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    Rollins has been pretty bad for the last month… choose 2 for SS and MI:

    Rollins, Espinosa, Kendrick

    Have you heard anything about Desmond and when he might be expected back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Not Kendrick… Haven’t heard anything new on Desmond since I just wrote about him a few days ago…

  26. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch says:
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    Starlin (I can’t write his name without putting a “g” at the end) Castro for Ben Revere and Santiago Casilla. I think I’m coming out on top picking up Castro (need help at ss and/or 3rd) but what can I expect from him for the rest of the year?

    Also, will Pablo Sandoval ever play a full season? I had high hopes for Kung-Fu Panda this year and he started off great only to get injured and now it looks like he’s going back to the DL again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, Castro side… Yeah, I know…

  27. TheTinDoor says:
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    Milone for Jeter – very nice deal. Milone will be coming down.

    I just traded Milone AND Jeter for Adam Wainwright (mixer, obvs). Pretty happy, as Wainwright should be back to his normal self 18 mos after TJ surgery, Milone will be regressing, and Jeter offers very little category juice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheTinDoor, Yeah, solid deal… Category juice, ha!

  28. jr_wall says:
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    Fellow Razzballians,

    Lucroy or Rosario the rest of the way? I’ve held onto Lucroy as he was nursed back to health, but Rosario’s power has been straight memorizing.

    Thoughts?

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @jr_wall, Gotta be Rosario. The only category you can realistically predict a win for Lucroy in is BA; 30-50 points of average, over 150 ABs, is barely going to move the needle. Rosario has a proven power bat, in a great ballpark.

      • Giancrowave says:
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        @TheTinDoor, seconded. I’m using Rosario after riding Lucroy until his injury. The bombs make me tingle.

        • jr_wall says:
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          @Giancrowave, @TheTinDoor, I am quite familiar with said tingle. Gonna be a tough cut, but Lucroy will be hitting the wires. Thanks.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @jr_wall, I memorized his power too: 16 home runs. That was easy! And they said I needed to pass remedial math in high school–balderdash! Seriously, though, Lucroy if you need average, but Wilin if you like the power and are cool with Popeiling it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jr_wall, Wilin

  29. Mike says:
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    Fowler or middlebrooks at utility position?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Middlebrooks

  30. Chillmodious says:
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    Woo! The stream-o-nator has expanded through the weekend! Thank you guys so much.

    Seriously, Grey and Rudy, the stream-o-nator is awesome. I’ve put my faith in it three times this week (Maholm, Homer Bailey, Westbrook) and it’s paid off handsomely. I’m going with Detwiler today, so here’s hoping it makes me 4-4.

    Question: I was planning on streaming Minor vs. Philly tomorrow, but the stream-o-nator tells me I’m better off with Millwood or Samardzija. Despite my love for it, I don’t quite trust the stream-o-nator enough yet to go with Millwood (read: I don’t trust Millwood). I could see Samardzija, though, but I could also see some-agita there. So…Samardzija vs. St. Louis or Minor vs. Philly for tomorrow?

    • @Chillmodious, Glad you’re liking it and have had some success! To be fair, I wouldn’t put too much faith in it (or any streamer model) unless someone develops a model that is something like 50% predictive of WHIP (i’ve hit 25% and fear that this is a plateau). So I can only assume that long-term streaming would end up league-average at best.

      Tough call on Millwood vs. Samardzija vs. Minor. The model loves home starts at Safeco against average to below average offenses. Samardzija has pitched the best of the three but has worse park/opponent. I’d say Millwood is the best bet but I’d be lying if i said i love that stream…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Thanks for your thoughts. Excising Millwood, if you were forced to pick between Samardzija and Minor, who would get the nod?

        • @Chillmodious, Samardzija. But I don’t love either.

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Rudy Gamble, Thanks dude.

  31. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Regression Fairies is the name of my Fantasy Team next season.

    And nothing says a head-to-head league like all of my starters getting rocked. Cueto can survive Coors right?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, I wouldn’t start him there…

  32. EK says:
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    Snider or Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Snider

  33. Jon says:
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    Would you go ahead and drop Casilla for Holland? Pretty good chance Broxton gets moved, right? And I don’t see Casilla keeping the closer job for the rest of the year (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Broxton goes to SF). Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, I wouldn’t make that move…

  34. Cheese says:
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    Would you trade Tulo for Lorenzo Cain in a H2H non-keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Sure

  35. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Please order in terms of HR output for ROS:

    Snider, Colvin, Hosmer, Werth

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bernie Brewer, Hosmer, Werth

  36. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Also, would you drop Lester to add Harvey (if I win my waiver claim…)?

    I can’t believe I just typed that question….my how Lester has fallen!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bernie Brewer, In some leagues…

  37. dg says:
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    i get Kershaw and joyce, I give a-gon, moustakas, and Anibal. points league so top tier SPs can be really valuable, and my replacements for RF/ 3B would be Joyce and middlebrooks. any input appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dg, Sounds just okay…

  38. Mike says:
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    Would u drop wieters for wiln Rosario?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Nope

  39. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop S. Perez for Lucroy? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Nope

  40. kaiser soze says:
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    My J Zimm for his Rizzo in a non-keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kaiser soze, It’s fair

  41. Bone Face n Harmony says:
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    Blackley or Tillman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bone Face n Harmony, Blackley

  42. TheTinDoor says:
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    Looking ahead, Matt Harvey in line for a two start week coming up. The opponents?
    At Giants
    at Padres

    He could get off to a truly great start to his career.

    My primary league is ideal for this type of play – weekly league, keepers. I’m hoping to grab him when waivers process Sunday night, hold for 2 strong starts next week, and trade right before the deadline to a rebuilding team. Of course, the best laid plans…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheTinDoor, Yeah, hopefully… I do like him…

  43. Chillmodious says:
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    Good morning Grey! Is there a Razzterm for having a bench bat that creates the ongoing problem of deciding who has to sit each day when there is no obvious candidate? I’ve had this issue since picking up Krispie this week, and it forces the daily decision of sitting one of Krispie, Coco Crisp, Boesch, Howie Kendrick, LoCain, Desmond Jennings, etc. I sat Kendrick the other day and he put up a 2-4 I could have used, while Boesch went 0-4. Of course, today I’m thinking I should sit Boesch…but then it occurs to me that he could easily hit a HR and I’d be cursing, sonovabench! Then I think, “well, Krispie has been 0-fer his last two games, so I should sit him. But what if he gets a slam and legs?” Being a completely neurotic person, this has wreaked havoc on my already-indecisive psyche.

    • royce! says:
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      @Chillmodious, I’m gonna call it “an embarrassment of bitches.” An embarrassment of riches is too much of a good thing, and based on how the OF you listed are performing, I don’t think “riches” would be appropriate.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @royce!, Agreed…but they’re not outright droppable in my 12-teamer (i.e. if I dropped any of them, they’d be yanked off waivers immediately).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @royce!, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Nope… But open to ideas…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, it like a “Surplus of Schmomaybe’s”, they could act like Schmotatos but that would require them to be consistant for a week.

  44. Rick Grimes says:
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    Should I drop Phil Hughes because of his upcoming schedule (BOS, BAL, @DET, @TOR, BOS, @CHW)….How many games would I actually start him in this stretch?

    Trading is not an option.

    Available Wire Studs are Harvey, Griffin, Minor, Tillman, Blackley, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Grimes, Griffin…

  45. JTR says:
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    Start Niese @ Arizona?

    Thanks!

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @JTR, Sit. Here’s Arizona’s major-league rankings in Runs scored:

      July: 4th best
      vs. Lefties (season): 2nd best
      at home (season): 3rd best

      They’re much easier on the road and vs. righties; Niese could get blown up.

  46. Matt2 says:
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    Is Berkman worth a roster spot or is he a part time player the rest of the way? While I need HRs, I think I have more than enough 1B and my OF is taking form, but not sure if I should keep him as a 4th OF or get an everyday OF. I currently have:

    M. Cabrera
    LaRoche
    Howard
    Rizzo

    OF:
    Hamilton
    Choo
    Berkman
    (w/ Werth coming off the DL soon)

    I want to ready for buy / sell today, so what should I do? Plus Gomez and a few other OF are available.

    • Matt2 says:
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      @Matt2, Oh and it’s a league with only 2 Utility spots, so no MI, CI, or other tricked up formats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt2, Guess you can lose him for an add, but I have no idea who you’re adding…

  47. Grey's da man! says:
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    12 team league. 3rd overall. I have a 1 in avg, 2 in SB and 4 in runs.

    Should I trade Bruce for Bourn?

    C: C Santana
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Cano
    3B: Moose
    SS: Elvis
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Cruz
    Util: Rasmus
    Util: Cain
    Bench: Boesch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Actually, yeah, if it helps you win b/c of SBs…

  48. Justin says:
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    With (a presumably healthy) Plouffe coming back this weekend. Which other SS/3B should I roster to fill out my team?

    A Escobar, Rutledge, Frazier, Headley,

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @Justin, I’d grab Headley for the next 5 days – he’s rumored to be on the trading block. His numbers (especially power) are much better away from Petco; if he ended up with the Yankees, for instance, he’s a clear starter in most leagues.

      If he doesn’t get traded, drop him and move on.

  49. JTR says:
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    De Aza or Rasmus the rest of the way? De Aza was just released in my league. Could use the SB’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, Rasmus

  50. Project_Badass says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS)

    Which two SP would you start out of these 3?

    Karstens @HOU
    Anibal Sanchez @TOR
    Samardzija vs STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Not Anibal

  51. supra says:
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    I give Arod (rd1 cost) Altuve (rd24) -for- Kipnis (rd20) Harvey (rd24)

    Am I right that Kipnis has the “Utley in his prime” keeper potential that I think he has?

    With Harvey as just a throw in, am I paying too much… Or good to dump hurt, expensive Arod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Not Utley, that trade is good for Kipnis though…

  52. royce! says:
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    I’m not really competing for holds in my h2h, so should I drop Myers for AJ Griffin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  53. jaw says:
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    trade beltran and parker for waino and kennedy? i have werth coming off the DL soon so beltran is somewhat expendable (rest of OF is kemp, victorino, stubbs, krispie, ichiro)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  54. JTR says:
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    Start Niese today?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  55. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop one of these for AJ Griffin?

    Sheets, Fiers, Parker, Dickey, Sherzer, Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  56. Carnac says:
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    Gallardo’s last start practically turned his stats into Chad Billingsley’s. (Except Bills has a better K/BB ratio.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not pretty at all…

  57. druss says:
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    Hey Grey ,
    i give up dunn and I get james shields!
    I need SP and I have goldschmidt and hosmer! Keeper league !
    what say you?
    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent…

  58. druss says:
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    Great thanks !

  59. Nameless and Not So Silent says:
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    Grey and fellow Razzballers,
    Just received a trade offer of Ellsbury for my Gio/Allen Craig. This is a 12 team league with 3 keepers. My current keepers are Swiggy Cabrera, Cargo and for the 3rd Im not too sure (Bumgardner, Gio, Greinke or Bruce if he gets hot in that order) but Ellsbury, Cargo and Swiggy as keepers looks mighty fine! No brainer right?

    Happy Friday and muchas gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade sounds fair…

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.****

  61. AdamH says:
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    Is this a fair trade?

    I give: Josh Reddick, Dickey, JZimm, Vogelsong, Marmol

    I would get: McCutchen, Wandy, Lilly

    I have Strasburg, Lohse, Vargas, Scherzer, Grienke as my other SP.

    • AdamH says:
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      Ignore. I just refreshed and saw last post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it… Take follow ups to my newest post…

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