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(Note from Rudy:  I wanted the title, “Ditch Stitch Tits.”  Over Instant Messenger, Grey thickly said, “What’s with you and the stitch tits?  This is about Vlad, not Pamela Anderson.” It means Vlad had a pectoral tear.  Your pectoral is in your chest.  Sorry none of you could bask in my preferred title.  Now, carry on, Grey — lamer!)  Vladimir Guerrero is due back on Monday from a torn pectoral.  I’m not a doctor, but occasionally I played one in my preteen years.  All I know of the pectoral is it’s somewhere in Vlad’s body.  Do I have one?  Maybe.  No idea.  So let’s go with what I do know.  Scioscia lies; he lies when he cries that Vlad can’t play the outfield, but can DH, which he said on April 7th, right before Vlad missed six weeks.  When Vlad did finally hit the DL, some source that Jayson Stark won’t reveal (because this is just so damning I suppose) said, “When those offensive linemen get (the same injury as Vlad) in the NFL, they’re out for the year.”  So, assuming Vlad doesn’t need to block Jose Guillen from trying to tackle Scioscia, will Vlad be in the clear come Monday?  Not likely.  The injury that was only supposed to effect him when he throws has already sidelined him for 6 weeks from hitting.  I’m assuming the Angels brass got together and decided half of a Vlad (or Vl) was a lot more intimidating hitting in the middle of the lineup than sitting on the sidelines doing Sudoku.  This does not mean you need to have him in your fantasy lineup.  Remember last year from June on, Vlad only hit 20 homers, or about what Raul Ibanez has done already (Raul!).  Then you throw in the risk of having a player who is a Latin 34 with deteriorating skills and knees and he’s a sell.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Brian Anderson – Could have some slight value in AL-Only leagues.  Though if you have a erection for longer than 4 hours after picking up Brian Anderson, you should seek advice from a doctor.

David Aardsma – He’s worked his way into the last two Buy/Sells going for the record of 4, which is currently held by last summer’s Cliff Lee when I kept telling people to sell him.  Hmm…

Jorge Posada – I’m not a huge fan of Jorge, but if he’s on waivers right now and you’re hurting for a catcher, I’d stash him in my DL spot.  He’s due back soon.  Act like you know, MC Lyte!

Paul Konerko – Not a thrilling name (he’s no Posada!) but he’s been hitting for average recently with power coming on.  He has 20 more homers in his bat.

Casey Blake – Keeping with the boring veteran theme, Blake’s good for 85/25/95/.270 and one alleged homicide.

Scott HairstonWait, where are the exciting names?  A hitter on the Padres?  This is the worst Buy/Sell ever! Thanks, random italicized voice.   Yeah, Hairston’s boring as dog balls and yawnstipating at best, but he’s hot right now and hitting in the middle of the Padres order.  I wouldn’t trade for him, but if you need a Hot Hitter Injection in your outfield, he’s worth a looksee.

Mat Gamel – Interleague is here and Gamel will see DH ABs.  Just hold him until the end of interleague because if he torches right handers this weekend, you’ll wish you gave him a few more days.  Oh, and if he hits righties like he’s capable of, he might platoon with H.A. double hockey sticks when they go back to those old school NL vs. NL match-ups.  Or Hall might move to 2nd.  All we need is just a little patience.

J.A. Happ – Will Happ be crapp?  PPotentially.  But he’s worth a pickup (don’t start him) in 12 team or deeper leagues.

Homer Bailey – Never trust a pitcher named Homer?  Well, not at first I wouldn’t.

Kris Medlen – Hmm… Let’s see if Grey can take out his magic stick on these schmohawks.  Happ, Medlen then Bailey, in that order.  But, guys, they’re all rookie pitchers.  You’re taking on a lot of risk.  As I’ve said before, a rookie hitter goes 0-for-16 and he does little damage to your team.  A rookie pitcher gives up 6 earned in 4 innings and it hurts.

Gil Meche - Like Meche much?  Yup.  Though not quite as much as this guy likes Brian Shouse.

Rafael Betancourt – Do I trust Betancourt at all?  No, but picking up cheap saves isn’t a trust exercise.

Jesus Guzman – He has Bugs Bunny numbers down in Triple-A, but he can’t field to the point where Gamel would be used as his defensive replacement.  Might just be up for the interleague series or he might relieve the Giants fans of having to watch Ishikawa bat.  In deep leagues and NL-Only ones, he’s worth a flier.  Oh, and in ESPN leagues, he’s eligible at shortstop.  Zoinks!

Jonny Gomes – Worth a flier in NL-Only leagues.  But Gomes is so AAAA.  So, in that way, he’s twice the player that Josh Hamilton is.

SELL

Jair Jurrjens – Jar-Jar’s a lot closer to a 3.75 ERA pitcher, instead of a 1.96 ERA.  His Ks are low and his luck is high.  But for those of you with Restless Trade Finger, don’t trade him for a bag of buttered popcorn and a postcard stamp.  He shouldn’t collapse.

Corey Hart – ’80s pop icon has been struggling, though hitting fine against righties.  (Fine’s obviously subjective here, but no worse than how he’s hitting against lefties.  But if the Brewers really wanted to mess with his mind, they could start Gerut against some righties.  You shouldn’t be dropping Hart, or selling him low, but it’s a situation to track.

Jose Lopez – Who are you, Lopez?  You’re not even a Sparky Anklebiter.  You suck.  Goodbye.

Adrian Beltre – A drain on my patience.  I’m done with you too.  Now don’t make me ever watch the Mariners again.  Frankly, I don’t ever even want to go to Seattle now.  You ruined it for me.  Are you happy?

Howie Kendrick – Batting 9th, but let’s assume that’s the 2nd number one hitter in the order.  Okay, so he’s batting in front of Figgins and Erick Aybar… He’s going to get bunted to third every time he gets on base?  Goodbye, hate you too.

Trevor Hoffman – Currently has a 0.00 ERA. That actually might have people believing he’s about to save 40 games.  Well, maybe he does, but if you can trade Hoffman for an every day hitter or a “go pitcher,” remember SAGNOF.

Roy Oswalt – Name value is all that’s carrying him at this point.  His Ks are down.  He’s not even being particularly unlucky.  His men left on base are about where they should be.  He’s looking like a 4.50 ERA pitcher right now.  Hold the sides of your head because I’m about to blow your mind.  Wandy’s better than Roy.

Conor Jackson – Gag me with a spoon!  Jackson contracted Valley Fever that turned into pneumonia which has given his owners the boogie woogie blues.  This pneumonia – which may drag on all year like Casey Kotchman’s mono – makes him droppable in all but NL-only formats.

Andruw Jones – Your laissez faire attitude was fine when you were in your twenties, but now you’re just fat and lazy and hope everything comes easy to you.  Me to Andruw, not my Mom to me.  I’m not fat.

  1. mc serch says:
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    Rickey Romero just got called up…is he a buy?

  2. Josh says:
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    not often that anything I read on the internets makes me actually laugh out loud, but that Josh Hamilton joke did the trick. well played!

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mc serch: Sure, but he faces tough competition, he doesn’t strikeout that many and he wasn’t exactly lights out in the minors. He’s worth a flier for match-ups, but I don’t trust him for every start.

    @Josh: Thanks!

  4. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: ok, thanks, I think i’ll hold onto Kendry Morales, who I would have to drop.

  5. cubbies299 says:
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    Manny Parra/S Drew for Bedard/Zobrist?

  6. cubbies299 says:
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    What if it were S Drew for Bedard straight up?

  7. DrEasy says:
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    Casey Janssen is also up, finally recovered from his injury. He’s been a better reliever than a starter for the Jays, but they’re going to try him as a starter again (Robert Ray was also sent down).

    As for the guy they called up to replace Travis Snider, it’s Joe Inglett. Remember him? He was a very decent infielder last year. I’m not sure he’ll get a lot of PT, and he’s probably only up until the end of interleague play, at which point they’ll call up Snider again.

  8. Doc says:
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    Sampson or CJ Wilson?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: I’d want Bedard.

    @DrEasy: Yeah, I saw that about Janssen. I’d watch him, but I don’t think I’d own him.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Wilson for another day or two, then someone else besides those two.

  11. Steve says:
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    Is Reimold a hold for now? What’s his prognosis?

  12. Steve says:
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    With regard to PT I mean. Will he vanish once Scott comes back?

  13. Joel says:
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    Grey, I’m going to hold on Vlad and hope for the best. No one’s trading with me anyhow.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: He may vanish, but I’d hold him for now just in case he gets crazy hot, cuz then the O’s will play him even if Scott’s healthy.

  15. Mr Baseball says:
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    Brett Cecil

    Blue Jays optioned LHP Brett Cecil to Triple-A Las Vegas. he had 3 good starts and one bad start – I think they are jumping the shark here – all and all I thought he pitched well and was well on his way of becoming the next John Ono Lennon – he made a good 7th starter for a fantasy baseball team

  16. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    You don’t think Roy has a big second half? I am still hoping…..

  17. Lines says:
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    I’ve got Joakim Soria coming off the DL this weekend, and need to drop someone. It’s either gonna be AJ Burnett or Barry Zito. League is 10-team, 7×7, H2H. Opinions?

    The alternative is to drop Lindstrom, and carry on with just 2 closers (Soria & Broxton). I wish I could drop/trade Stephen Drew, but while Reyes is hurt, I’ve got to play him at short… otherwise, the ball pretty much just rolls into the outfield.

    Y’all should consider a disclaimer, by the way. Something about how posting on Razzball may be habit-forming.

  18. Doc says:
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    TwitterWord is that Percival has hit the disgraceful list

  19. JR says:
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    Cecil B. Demoted.

  20. Doc says:
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    I picked up Wheeler, but it will probably be a committee thing.

  21. Mr Baseball says:
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    Edwin Jackson threw 120 Thusday and everybody was up in arms – how about the good old days when Nolan Ryan is said to have thrown 259 pitches in a 12-inning game in 1974.

  22. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah. I have him in the RCL so it’s not like there are a whole lot more interesting OF options anyway.

  23. Prince says:
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    Loved the writeup. Blake or Huff? Konerko or Cameron? Thanks…

  24. Nick says:
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    @Grey: With Hoffman on the sell list I’m looking at teams who need saves and actively manage their teams. Considering my current roster

    c-napoli
    1b-a gonzalez
    2b-utley
    3b-a ramirez (dl) Lowell filling in
    ss-reyes
    of-bj upton, t hunter, ibanez
    ut-c pena
    bn-pence

    sp-beckett, peavy, wainwright, slowey, bedard, billingsley
    rp-franklin, jenks, hoffman, downs

    my only real necessity that i can see is maybe a better 3b while A Ram. is out. I was thinking Youkilis for my Hoffman & Lowell. Any other trades I should attempt?

    Thanks Grey!

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: Ha!

    @Doc: Thanks for the update!

    @Lines: Lose Zito.

  26. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Doc: Someone on the rotoworld forums says an XM caller reported seeing Percival on a flight to LA.

    Assuming Percival’s out of the picture for a bit……..Wheeler? Howell? Izzy?

  27. Doc says:
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    @JR: Hah

  28. Mr Baseball says:
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    just lost my number one pick in the World Infamou$ Bumleague Mid Season Draft -where bad stats are good – Orioles released RHP Adam Eaton.

  29. Steve says:
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    A man’s gotta grab Nelson if he’s available, no?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Prince: Huff and Konerko, but I wanted to say Blake.

    @Nick: I’d like Youuuuk there.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: His numbers are saying he’s not the great pitcher he once was, but that doesn’t mean he can’t go a month or two being great. But overall, he’s a notch below where he once was.

  31. Adam says:
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    Hairston, Cuddyer, Melky or stick with Span? And any update on the Delcarmen trade or TB situation?

  32. Stumanji! says:
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    Love the site, Grey. Avid reader, rare commenter.

    I just traded Damon & Fuentes for Ichiro. Thoughts?

    10 team h2h. I’m dominating R, HR, and RBI. Also have Nathan, Mo Rivera, Qualls, and Aardsma at Closer (and I just dropped Gregg, too!). I’m looking for a top SP but everyone is asking the world for anybody worth a hoot; wanted to make sure I sold Damon while his value was through the roof.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******Grab Nelson first, Wheeler 2nd, where available******

  34. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Dye for Gallardo… who wins?

  35. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Too bad Howell seems too valuable to them as a token lefty, he’s put up great numbers so far

  36. Mr Baseball says:
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    Ricky Romero or Homer Bailey

  37. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Jason Collette, the Rays blogger just said to add Howell then Izzy…

  38. Adam says:
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    @IowaCubs: Dye is pretty consistently underrated, but I’d go Gallardo without thinking twice

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: Stick with Span.

    @Stumanji!: If you need average, that trade seems fine. I would’ve told you not to do it, but too late for that. Good to have you commenting!

    @IowaCubs: Gallardo

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Re: the loss of your worst pitcher — Eaton crow?

  41. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: just replied to me… “@PhilKJames outside that one save, Nelson has been awful in May. Lots of walks and HRs. Wheeler is not being used in leverage”

  42. Doc says:
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    Twitterland: Scott Kazmir to DL

  43. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Just offered my Prince/Broxton/Span for his Wright/Aardsma/Choo…thoughts? Other owner has a mancrush on Broxton

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: He’s also gotten both his saves in May. Do the Rays have anyone that could actually take the job and run with it? Not really. So it is what it is. Try to guess right.

  45. Mike says:
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    @Doc:

    Do we dare to dream a Price call up?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Not surprising at all. Thanks for the update!

    @Adam: He probably won’t accept.

  47. I’m going to go out on a limb on this Rays closer situation and mention that Isringhausen (of the career 293 SVs) was activated 4 days ago. He’s yet to screw up this season and has the track record.

    It’s a reach, but that is who I am looking at. Thoughts?

  48. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Kazmir to the DL now, too! It’s Price time?

  49. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! What do you think of Kershaw vs. LAA?

  50. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    This might be an ideal time to trade Gamel for Price.

  51. Mr Baseball says:
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    the loss of your worst pitcher — Eaton crow? even though it sounds weird he would have been my best pitcher for that type of league – I might not be the best fantasy player in the world but there is no way I am ever going to own Eaton crow in a normal fantasy baseball league – not for one pitch

  52. JR says:
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    Does Eaton’s release mean the arrival of Tillman?

  53. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Grabbed Nelson, and I can afford to drop the Shenobi Warrior….should I take Howell or Wheeler next?

  54. Doc says:
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    @mgeoffriau: I just don’t think there is a good answer to that question

  55. Adam says:
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    I have A-Gon at 1B, Chris Davis at 3B, Prince at CI, DonkeyPod Nano at Util, a hot Konerko on the bench, with Nick Johnson waiting on waivers for me to clear room somehow…I’m looking to upgrade either SP or OF, do you think Davis still has enough value to get me something worthwhile? Sell high on mini-Donk?

  56. Mike says:
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    @mgeoffriau:

    I did the same. Then picked up Wheeler. And then dropped him for Howell when I realzied he was available. (Surprisingly, only Izzy was taken in this deep, start 3 RP’s, 16-team, H2H-5X5 league)

    As Doc and Grey implied, close your eyes and make a choice. I just hope to guess right.

  57. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    GRAB THE ENTIRE TB BULLPEN !! NOW !! And I mean YOU Brian Shouse!

  58. Mike says:
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    @IowaCubs:

    That’s an interesting thought. Who would you rather have in a keeper league from this point forward…Gamel or Price?

  59. Doc says:
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    Everyone over at the SB nation Rays site want Howell to be the closer, but that doesn’t mean much.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @naughtandcross: Might be.

    @Prince: I’d start him.

    @JR: Could mean that, yup.

    @mgeoffriau: Wheeler is my guess.

    @Adam: Sure, see what you can get. BTW, DonkeyPod Nano — ha!

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    BTW, I literally called the Disgraceful List last night. C’mon, show the love!

  62. Doug Ault says:
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    I just got offered Michael Young for Reyes,should I even consider this?

  63. schlitz says:
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    Nuff respect. Based on you disgraceful call I grabbed wheeler yesterday. Hope I’m right.

  64. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Mike: @Grey: I was sort of hoping Grey could shed some light here. I’m just a clueless Iowan.

  65. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Price 1-4, 3.93/1.34. This doesn’t seem like sterling performance to suggest he will be lights out on call up. Does anyone know if he just had a first bad game and has been improving???

  66. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Thoughts here… What about Michael Young for Gallardo? I have the Gallardo side.

  67. Steve says:
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    Crikey. Big run on the Tampa pen over at the RCLORD.

  68. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Answered own question. Last game no decision, 5 ips, 9 k’s. Previous 4 games, 0 and 3. Do you trust him to be a stud?

  69. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Steve: Seriously! I love it!

    May 22
    4:28 PM IOWA dropped Andy Sonnanstine, TB to FA
    IOWA added Jason Isringhausen, TB from FA to BE

    May 22
    4:10 PM SGL dropped Ryan Madson, Phi to W
    SGL added Joe Nelson, TB from FA to BE

    May 22
    3:52 PM GRES dropped Derek Holland, Tex to FA
    GRES added J.P. Howell, TB from FA to BE

    May 22
    3:43 PM GRES dropped C.J. Wilson, Tex to W
    GRES added Dan Wheeler, TB from FA to BE

  70. Stumanji! says:
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    Fielder/Alexei for CC/Peralta. Who ya got?

  71. Pops says:
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    About time someone put Kazmir out of his misery. ESPN says it a quad or something. Now I can put him on the DL and move on.

  72. @IowaCubs: You were fashionably late to the party, but I really think you got the right guy.

  73. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    Now if only the Worldwideleader could get on the stick and make Spazmir DL-eligible. I was already this close to dumping Spaz outright for Holland.

  74. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    And we have ignition…

  75. Doc says:
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    Rays Beat Writer says, “Rays will call up starter from Durham for Monday – sounds like Price a definite possibility”

  76. Steve says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’d assumed all those guys would be owned already so I didn’t bother. Big mistake!
    Ah well, don’t have much room anyway.

  77. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Steve: I think we’ll all be pissed anyway when Price is anointed the closer.

  78. Aaron Pil says:
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    Thanks for the tip all-I was able to get Nelson in my league.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: I’d want Reyes.

    @schlitz: Thanks!

    @IowaCubs: I’d want Gallardo.

    @Steve: Crikey — hehe

    @Simply Fred: Yes, on Price’s studliness.

    @Stumanji!: It’s a needs trade. Completely fair. If you need CC, that side. If not, the other side. I’d prefer Fielder side.

  80. ChCh says:
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    Should I accept Furcal for my Oswalt? my other SS is Hardy.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Aaron Pil: You’re welcome.

    @ChCh: Nah, I don’t like Furcal at all.

    @Doc: Thanks for the link!

  82. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Wow, you’re really high on Gallardo… What’s a random acceptable return for him?

  83. Doc says:
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    Wow! Maddon on Percival: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he chooses not to come back”

  84. Dumbmutt says:
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    What about Oswalt and his post-all star splits?

    Does it look like this for the rest of the year. Lester Dice BB Wainwright Cueto Cain that order?

  85. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Greinke or Verlander the rest of the way? Ws+Ks+IPs.

    Thanks for reassurance on Price!

  86. NoonTime says:
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    FWIW….It was Price’s turn to pitch today and the Durham Bulls site says Mitch Talbot is the SP for tonight. David Price come on down! (Wieters and Hanson you’re next!)

  87. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Who is a better choice for DH next week – Cust or Sheffield? I have Cust but room to rent Sheff from the FA pool for the week, assuming he’s over his tummy troubles.

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Wait, Gallardo or Young and you’re surprised I want Gallardo? I think you can find .300/100 runs elsewhere. I’d want a 2nd outfielder. Bruce? Victorino? Rios? Upton?

    @Doc: Ouch

    @Dumbmutt: He was good in August and September last year, but his Ks weren’t that incredible even then. I’m sure he’ll be solid at times, but he’s not who he was.

    @Simply Fred: Greinke

    EDIT: Word

  89. Doc says:
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    I’m sad Price isn’t available in any of my leagues, but I’m happy I’m not in any leagues where Price is available. Or something like that.

  90. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: What is the significance of “EDIT: Word”? Seems as if you are pointing to a spelling error???

  91. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: You starting Parra tonight? Little Brother @ your house?

  92. BigFatHippo says:
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    We must be save whores in the RCL. Last 4 transactions-

    Doc adds Wheeler
    Doc adds Howell
    Hippo adds Nelson
    Iowa adds Izzy

    Funny shit!

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Simply Fred: I’m editing my comment and I don’t want people thinking I’m changing anything after the fact. So if someone reads it, then rereads it after an EDIT, they can know that a word has changed.

    @BigFatHippo: Starting Parra, yup.

  94. Stephen says:
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    @JR: No they called up Matt Albers

    @Simply Fred: I could see them calling up Jeremy Hellickson – 30IP, 36k’s .93 WHIP 2.10 ERA Those look way better than Price’s numbers.

  95. Stephen says:
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    @Stephen: Granted those numbers are at AA.

  96. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: What about Weaver? Start him @ Dodgers?

  97. As predicted, evil wizard/sworn enemy of the Smurfs, Mat GarGamel gets the start tonight at DH. I don’t have room to start him, so consider this my preemptive sonuvabench.

  98. Stephen says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I am, and I am not second guessing it. He gets to face a pitcher and the Dodgers are Manny-less. I think it is relatively safe.

  99. Sam says:
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    Trade Jurrjens for Slowey?

  100. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Sam: All day….I’d do it that in a heart beat.

  101. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Stephen: @Grey: Yeah, I’ve benched him in tough starts all year then got sonovabenched. No more, I heart Jeffy’s little brother and don’t care who knows it!!!!!!!

    But I worry about Parra, starting him against a team that routinely scores 20 runs a game? The ’27 Yankees!

  102. Prince says:
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    What do you think, worth *dropping* Jurrjens (or Kershaw) or Price? No one in my league trades, and anyway Price is a FA. I’d guess the answer is “no.”

  103. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Prince: Don’t drop Price, he’s getting the call up.

  104. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Oh, “for” Price. Gotta find a way to add him Prince, and learn to spell. Hehe.

    I wouldn’t drop JarJar or Kershaw though.

  105. BigFatHippo says:
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    Who’s Ian Stewart gotta blow to get a start against a Righthander?

    I’m starting to think he’s banging Hurdle’s ol lady…….

  106. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Taking bets on doinks over/under for Myers vs Yankees at Jetstream Park, with a sidebet on innings lasted. I would start at 3 HR, 3 1/3 innings.

  107. Prince says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Doh! Sorry about that! Gotta enroll in Spelling 101 at the nearby Kindergarten. Well, no one else to drop, unless a closer, but I have no hitters on the bench.

  108. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Prince: What closers you got?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Oddly enough, he’s been better vs. lefties.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Now we’re talking… I say 2 HRs, done by the 4th.

    EDIT: Word.

  110. Prince says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Rivera, Downs, Lindstrom, Street. 4 closers, 7 starters. Would you drop a closer to make it 3:8? Seems like a lot of starters, but I’ve never played FBB so really don’t know.

  111. Simply Fred

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    @Sam: Look, I understand that everyone falls in love with Slowey’s k/bb ratio. But, there is no way in hell I am picking up a pitcher that has given up 65 hits in 48 innings. Sell, don’t buy.

  112. NoonTime says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: How about HR given up vs. Innings Pitched… which side you want?

  113. Doc says:
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    Rich Harden goes on DL with back strain. In other news, grass is green.

  114. Simply Fred

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    RE: Slowey. Win percentage for pitchers last year who had a ratio of hits to ips matching or exceeding Slowey’s 1.35 (65/48) was 24%. That 5-1 record is ether.

  115. Simply Fred

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    Time to drop the glossary term: “Greinke’d”?

  116. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @NoonTime: Now that’s a tough one. I would say that is a 50/50 bet. We could have a daily double, including total HR between Yanks and Phils. Howard is due for at least one off Burnett, and if they get to the Yankee MR early, there will be fireworks. 6 would be my over/under. At any rate, I suggest that you start all of your Yankees and Phils tonight.

    BTW, Bobby Jenks was fined $750 for throwing behind the back of Ian Kinsler. A sport commenter figured out that he makes a projected 16K per pitch. Which would mean that his total fine is equal to 11% of one pitch.

    Guess the Jenks household will be eating mac and cheese for a month or so.

  117. Stephen says:
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    @Doc: Are you serious… Grass is green, but not in May… well not in MN ’til June. Its still brownish green. Where did you hear that?

  118. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Prince: Better let Grey chime in here, but I’d have to drop Kershaw, Price is better and they already had put him on a 90 pitch limit in the minors. Your closers are pretty good, go with 4.

  119. mgeoffriau

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    @Simply Fred: Slowey’s been better the last 2 times out, and his BABIP against is STILL .362…..he’s been unlucky. And I’d still rather that then JarJar’s K/BB.

  120. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Simply Fred: Yeah; replace it with either “Wanged” or “Hoch’ed”

  121. big o says:
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    @BigFatHippo:
    hip ==> this should help you with your weaver decision :
    my money’s already down on the dodgers .

    is there anyway we can both win ?

  122. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: You read my mind. Yesterday when I was adding Metco I was thinking about losing it.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, Wang’d isn’t bad. Will need to consult with Rudy.

    @Prince: You should hold tight.

  123. big o says:
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    space*
    edit.

  124. Simply Fred

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    @mgeoffriau: Well, seems like it comes down to the better likelihood of slowey cutting his hits or JarJar cutting the BBs. We’ll see.

  125. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Metco is a great addition! Now why didn’t I think of that?

  126. Stephen says:
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    @Stephen: Never mind, the Chicago Trib reported the injury and Rotoworld just informed me on the roster movement.

  127. mgeoffriau

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    @Simply Fred: And JarJar continuing to enjoy a .241 BABIP, an 84.8% LOB, and a HR/FB of only 4%……those are not numbers I would bet on for the rest of the year.

    And his BB% is right in line with last year, so I’m not sure we can expect him to cut them much if any at all.

  128. Paulie Allnuts

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    Rollins started the festivities at the Yankee Jetstream with a dinger in the 1st. Burnett is one up on Myers

    This game should wind up about 14-10

  129. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: Nope, and you have a track record, so start him it is!

  130. mgeoffriau

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    Reimold with a HR of J Zimmerman…..nice swing.

  131. Simply Fred

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    RE: “Greinke’d”. Top candidates, h/ip, so far:

    J Moyer 1.48
    S Olsen 1.46
    A Sonnanstine 1.45
    R Nolasco 1.41
    A Eaton 1.37
    S Loux 1.36
    G Floyd 1.36
    K Slowey 1.35

    “I’ve been Floyddd!” has a certain ring to it.

  132. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Anybody else having trouble with Razzball server timing out? Been going on for about a month, you may be getting too big for your britches young man!

  133. Simply Fred

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    @mgeoffriau: Didn’t mean to get under your skin–really. It is simply that when a pitcher is that hittable, he just doesn’t seem like a good option to me. Nuf’ said.

  134. bpasinko says:
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    Is Price any better than Gamel? he may only be a 5-6 inning pitcher on a team with a struggling bullpen and no real closer. Gamel may be sent down soon, but I’m beginning to think he’ll stay. With Weeks done, Bill Hall finally struggling, and Counsell as the next best option I say Gamel gets a chance to stay up all year, getting 250+ abs. He’d be in a strict platoon so you know for sure when to bench him.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: My webhost sucks and my hands are tied. I’ve called them so many times about sucking. Sorry, wish I could do something else…

    @Simply Fred: Might need to go historical. Like Pwnson’d.

  136. The Dude says:
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    Sit Pierre for Gamel tonight?

  137. Grey

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    @bpasinko: Price is a better option if you had to choose right now. Once the Brewers figure out Gamel’s future, my answer could change.

  138. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: “Pwnson’d” perfect (and timelessly apropo (with a 1.28 ratio going this year). Get Rudy’s approval and make the change!

  139. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’ve got ATT 3G so I’ll be OK once I get to the city but it sucks in the bootheel. Seems to work well in the Himalayas.

    That spokesman guy came down here and said, “I’m Bill Curtis, and I can’t find the internet.”

  140. mgeoffriau

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    @Simply Fred: No worries, I know that guys like Slowey carry a risk all their own (see: Andy Sonnanstine). I just prefer that risk (especially when the luck factors have been against him) to the risk of a guy with inferior BB and K rates.

    I’m all for Pwnson’ed though…..frickin’ brilliant.

  141. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: How about Sid-kneeed.

  142. Simply Fred

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    Just playing. Pwnson’ed the perfect.

  143. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @mgeoffriau: I owe you a Daiquiri!

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: @Simply Fred: Cool, I’m sure Rudy will be fine with it. So I updated the glossary. Thanks for reminding me.

  145. royce! says:
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    Man, don’t the Marlins have room on their disgraceful list? Nolasco needs to take a time out to think about what he’s done to my RCL team…

  146. Doc says:
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    About time for Nolasco to land on the disgraceful list

  147. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******Fantastic news from MASN, Adam Dunn’s parents are regular-sized people.

  148. G says:
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    Drop Hanrahan, Cruz or Ian Stewart for Wheeler? Im hearing rumors Percival might be out for a long time. Also drop Jimenez or Jurrjens to acquire either Palmer, Nolasco, Meche or Maholm? thanks in advance

  149. Paulie Allnuts

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    I’m losing my bet. Myers has pitched three scoreless innings. But Burnett has given up 2 dingers in three innings. Still lot’s of time, though.

    Pwnson’ed is perfect. Wang and Hochevar might actually be good pitchers in the future. But there is absolutely no possibility of that ever happening to Ponson, so we won’t need to change the term anymore

  150. G says:
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    for #158 comment I forgot to mention Parra as one of the available pitchers. So help me out on my closer and starting pitcher add/drop scenarios. thanks in advance

  151. Grey

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    @G: How deep is this league? Do you ever play Stewart?

    Don’t drop either of those starters.

  152. BigFatHippo says:
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    @G: I dropped Cruz for Nelson if that helps. Nelson is supposed to get the first shot.

    I would drop Ubaldo for Parra or Meche, wait and see what Parra does tonight.

  153. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Good point, Ian’s just clogging up my roster too.

  154. Doc says:
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    Who would you rather have clogging a DL spot Edwin Encarnación or C. Jackson?

  155. G says:
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    @Grey: 12 teams x 23 players per team and Hardy and Stewart are my 2 offensive bench players..usually only play dem on mon. & thurs. What do you think of trading a combination of Jurrjens and BJ Ryan or Jurrjens and Hanrahan for Hamels. The guy that has Hamel desperately needs saves and Im tryin to buy low on Hamels. am i offering too little or is it fair? is cole hamels a top 10 pitcher for the rest of the year?

  156. Paulie Allnuts

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    Correct number of homers; wrong pitcher. Burnett has just given up his 3rd homer, this one to Werth. Myers is pitching surprisingly well.

  157. Grey

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    @G: It’s a too little, but try either if you want. Hamels is a solid pitcher, yes. I wouldn’t drop any of those players for Wheeler.

  158. Grey

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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, been switching between that and Rich Hill. News alert, the Nats are terrible.

  159. @G: I think you’ll have trouble grabbing Hamels for that price. He had two rough starts to begin the season, but has looked fine since. But hey, its certainly worth a shot.

    I would go with the Hanrahan combo since its no secret that BJ isn’t the TOR closer.

  160. Grey

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    *****I wonder what the most pitches ever in one inning is, because this Marlins reliever must be approaching it.

  161. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Grey: Hey, Grey, try Google!

    61 pitches – Steve Trachsel – Chicago Cubs – 1997 — The Florida guy just threw 53.

  162. BigFatHippo says:
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    There are certain pitchers who need to quit WHIPing my ERA or risk facing the wrath of the Hippo.

    You know who you are!

  163. Joel says:
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    What if Andruw Jones gets 1B eligibility if/when Chris Davis is demoted?

    That would at least make him ownable, in my book.

  164. big o says:
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    if i could get moises alou to re-join my team , i would assign nolasco the job of carrying his piss bucket .

    roberto DiVincenzo ===> ” i am es stupido ” (me quoting roberto … about me) .

    hip …. did you get in that cashier’s line early ?
    (me quoting Grey’s random italicized voice) ==> you’re welcome .

    can i get an “amen” on the over-9 runs for the sawx game ??
    what i really need is some hallalujah chorus .

  165. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: 53 in one inning? That’s Ruthian!

    Or Trachselan, so to speak.

  166. Mr Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey do you think a 13 run lead will hold up for A. Sonnanstine
    - the way he been picthing lately I would have started Ted Williams’ Frozen body against Ted Williams’ Frozen body

    I heard that M. Stairs was thinking about bunting for a homerun in yankee stadium the way the ball is carrying

  167. Mr Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey do you think a 13 run lead will hold up for A. Sonnanstine
    - the way he been picthing lately I would have started Ted Williams’ Frozen body against A. Sonnanstine

    I heard that M. Stairs was thinking about bunting for a homerun in yankee stadium the way the ball is carrying

  168. Royce! says:
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    Anyone see how badly Churchs injury seemed? Any chance we’ll see Fernando Martinez sometime soon? As far as I know AAA piching hasn’t fazed him.

  169. Aaron Pil says:
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    Ibanez with another HR. Wow

  170. @Royce!: He looked absolutely fine. Jogged off the field, walked into the dugout, and right into the club house. No one spoke to him much less attended to whatever injury it was.

  171. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Aaron Pil: Yeah, off of Wang. Wang got Pwnson’ed! That makes a total of 5 for the night.

  172. Royce! says:
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    @naughtandcross: Okay, thanks. Perhaps he had one too many servings of the Boston Beans.

  173. Simply Fred

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    @Paulie Allnuts: How poetic! “Wang got Pwnson’ed!” Nice.

  174. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Simply Fred: Wang actually has calmed down since the dinger. But Myers is picking up the action: Homers to Jeter and Tex; that makes a total of 7 for the game.

    @Grey: “Nats are terrible.” Not quite man bites dog.

  175. cubbies299 says:
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    Do you do S Drew/Parra/N Johnson for Bedard/Kubel/Zobrist? I can have Jonathon Sanchez instead of Zobrist, but I don’t really want to. My pitching is a little weak and I already have Tulo @ SS. The only other guy in our league without a ss is the favorite to win, so I don’t want to send him there.

  176. BKK says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts:
    Sizemore!
    Pena!
    Berkman!
    Ramirez!

    Just had to get that off my chest.

  177. Tony B. says:
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    What 2 of these 3 do you want for the rest of the season?

    Swisher – Morales – D. Lee

    Is it safe to drop Nolasco now for Meche?

  178. Tom says:
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    effing Holland. I still wont pick him up yet, but i love it. love it. 5.1 IP, 2h, 4 K, 0 BB.

  179. Paulie Allnuts

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    @BKK: Nice! All your non-achievers have come through. Also noticed that you have zoomed up to third place, five points behind the Honker. You have definately moved to an upwardly mobile neighborhood. Not quite the Hamptons yet, but getting there. How many points did you pick up this week? I’m having a rare positive offensive night as well. 3 dingers and 9 ribbies so far.

  180. BKK says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: All I can say is about flippin’ time. I picked up 8 points the other night with stellar pitching from Verlander and Harang and a few good save performances by Aardsma, Qualls and Cordero and a non-save situation from Hawkins. Pitching was killing me. Afraid I am going to have to improve in BA and SB to gain much more ground on JP or Honk. Two SB from Sizemore and Ramirez tonight is a help as well.

    I see you picked up Cuddyer lost him and grabbed him again. I had been keeping my eye on him as it seemed as he was heating up and then you grabbed him. I was thinking about dropping Hermida for him but you beat me to it twice. so Cuddyer’s night is really helping you out. Ride ‘em while he’s hot.

  181. Hardcore Midget says:
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    So Parra and Nolasco both got murdered for me tonight.

    Which one do I drop for Joe Nelson? This is a keeper league…
    Or do I pick up Derek Holland instead?

  182. @BKK: Kubel’s got some knee issue flaring up, so that should secure Cuddyer more playing time over the next few days. He’s absolutely on fire over the last five games. Average up 40 points, 4HR, 12RBI, 1SB.

    Also, DonkeyLite starting at 1B tonight. Inching closer to eligibility there and I’m not mad about it.

  183. Dexter says:
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    Just dropped Snider in a keeper league… Would you pick up Parra or Rasmus to replace him?

  184. BKK says:
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    @naughtandcross: Been a bit out of touch. Didn’t realize Kubel was hurt. A 4/4 night from Cuddyer is pretty nice.

    Excuse my lameness, Who is DonkeyLite?

  185. @BKK: Yeah, late scratch due to a swollen knee. The same one he had major surgery on and derailed his career more or less up until this point.

    Donkey Lite is Mark Reynolds. That wasn’t a comment directed at you specifically, just the general Razz collective.

  186. PJTres says:
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    i can drop cecil…

    pick up howell, janssen, or bailey?

  187. Paulie Allnuts

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    @BKK: It’s nice to see someone making a move in our league. SB is easier to make up ground then BA, which is a long slog. Yeah, I picked up Cuddyer, and then talked myself out of keeping him, and afterwards regretted letting him go, and had to wait until he was off waivers. I’m not a fan of his at all, but he has been the most productive of any player on the FA list for the past month, as well as the past week. So I will see how far he can stay hot. Span and Kubel, when healthy, have 2 of the 3 spots in the Twins of. Gomez has been awful, and no one is more yawnstipating then Delmon Young. So even when Kubel returns, if Cuddyer is hitting remotely like he is at present, he should keep full time employment.

  188. Paulie Allnuts

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    Didn’t realize this, but Cuddyer actually hit for the cycle tonight. Last year, I had Gomez benched when he hit for the cycle, one of my most excruciating SONAVABENCHES of the year.

  189. Ham says:
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    8 x 8 h2h (Doubles, Triples, OBP are the 3 added)

    Aaron Hill and Adam Jones for Reyes? I proposed it but I dont know if its worth giving up Jones. I have Roberts at 2b, and Rios at CF, and Hardy at SS. Thanks

  190. Simply Fred

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    @mgeoffriau: So, from my scary list of don’t take these pitchers who have high hits/ip ratios, four started tonight. Floyd, Sonnanstine, and, of course, Slowey all won. Combined 15 hits in 21.1 IPs. Nolasco the only loser. Don’t ever listen to me. I know nothing. Hope Slowey runs the table for you my friend.

  191. Mr Baseball says:
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    Nolasco optioned to AAA – ouch! – Nolasco told me this so it must be true

  192. big o says:
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    stock up on ian stewart .
    after tonight’s 0-fer , i jettisoned him for elvis ,
    who has entered the building .
    run elvis run .
    hit elvis hit .
    see spot see elvis run and hit .

  193. Colin says:
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    Dear Giants Offense,

    Thanks guys.

    Sincerely,

    Randy J.

  194. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I grabbed Wheeler and Nelson tonight on my phone thanks to you all. A drunk Keith thanks the commenters!

  195. Dingo says:
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    So how about that Kawakami, eh? I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon just yet, but he did just dominate the Blue Jays, and his walk rate so far this year had been way above his career norms.

  196. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    For the rest of the season, rank’em please:

    Ubaldo, Porcello, E. Jackson, C. Volstad, and Dave Bush.

  197. Simply Fred

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    How does Bell get a save pitching to one batter in the 9th with a 4 run lead?

  198. Simply Fred

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    Correction, pitching 1/3 of an inning, 9 pitches.

  199. @Simply Fred: A save opportunity created when a pitcher enters the game with the potential tying run either already on base, at bat, or in the on deck circle. He came in with two runners on, so that made Derrek Lee (in the on deck circle) the tying run.

  200. Simply Fred

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    My bad, didn’t pick that up from the box score. Thanks.

  201. bpasinko says:
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    Is TB closer situation worth worrying about?

    @Bamboo Cheetah: I hate to admit it but I’d rank Edwin first, then Ubaldo, Porcello, Volstad, Bush

  202. Grey

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    @bpasinko: I’ve taken one to two fliers on guys where I could. Grab a guy, if it’s him — yay — if not, don’t lose sleep over it.

  203. The GodFather says:
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    I was always a HUGE fan of this site until todays column where u bashed Roy Oswalt. Not a good move man. This guy just keeps handing it to the naysayers year after year. I’ve watched every one of his starts this year, and I happen to think that he is throwing the ball just fine, and a heck of a lot better then last year. 11-2 with a 2.14 era in the 2nd half last year. He will make you regret your words. I guarentee he finishes with at least 13 wins and an ERA of 3.50 or lower. Not only that, I think that he will match his strikeout/9 numbers from last year… And you say his K’s are down but his last 2 starts he had 14 k’s in 12.1 ip…

    Oswalt won me my league last year, and he will again this year, I just bought him low, and I expect to reap the benefits.

  204. Quintero says:
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    Will anyone trade Felipe Lopez for Ian Stewart in a Dynasty(keep all) 12team mixed H2H league? Cats are:R H HR RBI SB BB TB FPCT AVG OPS.
    I’m leading the league now, but I really like Stew b/c he hits a ton of flyballs in Coors and I think his BABIP should move up a bit from .193
    Is there a major flaw in Stew that I didn’t know?
    Thanks in advance for any opinion.

  205. good morning, have a few questions if you dont mind helping out…

    Trading Rich Hill for Howie Kendrick? (need 2B); Is Kendry Morales more valuable as 5th OF or CI? like o-cab here on out? Holland or D-Train?

    Thanks…

  206. Steve says:
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    Righto –

    H2H league, up 5-2 in wins, up 2.73-3.78 in ERA, up 1.15 to 1.38 in ERA and tied 44-44 in Ks.

    He has no Saturday starters, and only Cliff Lee starting on Sunday. He has no closers but 5 MRs. I have Haren, Lowe and the Wolfman starting on Saturday with Bills to come on Sunday.

    So – should be fine for Ks and Wins, just want to avoid an ERA/WHIP blowout. Who should I start on Saturday? Leaning towards just Haren and Wolf, but any input appreciated.

  207. Quintero says:
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    @matthole: If u need him, then Kendrick is OKAY. There is a serviceable SP on the wire but not necessarily the same case for 2B. I want Morales at CI, but the difference is little. O-Cab sucks, in AL only he is serviceable but I won’t trade for him. I want Holland, and difference is huge b/c you might be able to “flip him” (like what Grey will say..) for something bigger and better.

  208. timSTi says:
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    @Grey So A-Ram and Atkins were both dropped in my 10team league. I have Helton as my CI who if Atkins produces like he should I’d like to replace Helton with. Also I have Tulo as my SS and Drew still on my D/L but if A-Ram comes around I would rather have him there for the long haul as its a keeper league.

    The problem comes with who to drop, if anyone, from my bench. Currently I have Quentin & Soto for hitters on my bench and then I have 3 of the following pitchers randomly on the bench: Bills, Slowey, Volstad, Wolf, Gollardo, Volquez, & Jimenez. You see anyone I can just drop to replace with A-Ram or Atkins while I wait them out to finally start producing??

  209. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How do these four rank now? Wainwright, Slowey, Oswalt, Liriano?

  210. LBJ is my DAD says:
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    is votto going to play tonight? (sat)

    i’ve got mike i hit once a month jacobs in for a 1pm game, but the reds dont play til 7pm…. dont know whether to insert him.

    plus ive got my innings in pitching wise H2H, i’m winning by 3 runs, hr’s are tied, winning era and whip, like a 1.00, but the other guy is having a good week too and its really tight, i can bench Dan Haren vs OAK and take 5 cats for sure or pitch him and hopefully get a win, QS, and pad my strike out lead, if i throw him and he bombs it would ruin my brilliant week of pitching, if i dont and then the other guy has CC and someone throwing tomm and he is automatically going to throw them to take K’s, try and take QS and wins…. ughhhhh why does my guy have to throw first!!!

  211. LBJ is my DAD says:
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    i hate pitching haren chasing a win? and a qs plus if he gives up a HR im opening the door for the other guy to sit his pitchers… if he gives up 3 or more runs we tie in that cat and im efff’d there too!

    help anyone…. thanks

  212. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    my reyes, bay, broxton and huff for his longoria, Cain, King Felix and Carlos Quentin. Have Sexei Alexei to come in for Reyes. my team is real short on SP.

    Good, bad, ugly?

    Thanks

  213. LBJ is my DAD says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: not good for you… cain and felix not enough

  214. LBJ is my DAD says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: how would u be in sb’s after losing reyes? and ur losing the best rp in baseball…. best thing is youre getting Longo, but at a major cost. I dont like those two pitchers.

  215. johnson21 says:
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    grey, should i add elvis andrus and drop ricky romero? i have stephen drew as my SS.

  216. nick m. says:
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    i offered jay bruce and mike lowell for markakis and he countered with markakis for francisco rodriguez. if i accepted this, i’d only have frank francisco as a reliever and would essentially be punting saves for the rest of the season in a 5×5 H2H. my OF’s right now are Bruce, Holliday, Pierre, Crisp, and Granderson…so obviously if i accepted this i’d have to look to trade/drop an OF or two (although trades seem hard to come by in this league). thoughts?

  217. Tony B. says:
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    Anyone like Lohse as a streamer today @ home against KC (Hochevar)?

  218. Billy says:
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    is everyone dropping Cecil in deep leagues? I don;t see him coming back anytime soon but who knows…

  219. johnson21 says:
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    @Billy: i dropped cecil, added romero.

  220. Thanks Quintero

  221. Quintero says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: Not the best trade. and if that is a mixed league(and look like it is), I won’t do that. You should be able to find stream-able SP every week. I will follow news on Reyes’ calf closely and see trading him away is a must or not.
    @nick m.:I won’t do that b/c you are not getting the max value out of your current roster, but on the other hand you should be able to find saves here and there on the wire(if you don’t think you can do that, then no).

  222. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The GodFather: Please, Godfather, we don’t have to see eye to eye on everything, do we? If so, my thousand apologies for upsetting you.

    @Quintero: Oddly, Stewart isn’t currently hitting righties very well. That’s should come around, and I’d do that trade in that league. With 2nd or 3rd eligibility, Stewart can be extremely valuable as early as this year.

    @Steve: Why no Lowe? He’s only had one truly bad game this year and it wasn’t even that soul-crushing.

    @timSTi: I’d drop Drew so you can sit on A-Ram, then by the time he comes back you shouldn’t miss too much of Atkins.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Slowey, Wainwright, Oswalt, Liriano….

    @LBJ is my DAD: re: Votto — Don’t think so.

    You have to start Haren.

    FYI, new users comments need to get approved by me before they appear, so sorry for making you wait.

    @johnson21: Sure, if you want to bench Drew.

    @nick m.: I’d want Markakis there. You can lose Crisp and start vulturing saves.

    @Tony B.: I wouldn’t mess with him.

    @Billy: Lose Cecil.

  223. Mr Baseball says:
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    Lee Harvey Oswalt traded for him on March 23rd for Kerry Woods – 14 team league – here one case that Oswalt is looking good

  224. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Yeah, that’s a great trade for you.

  225. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Haha, 4 total votes, 3 of us voted “Other”.

  226. Elbert says:
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    i voted “others” too, now we have 4 “others” votes~

    in my inner struggles, i’ve been tempted @ ideas of leaving Ramon Hernandez off to waivers & pick up Gamel or Reimol, since I still have Baker on board for Catcher position, do you think it’s good idea, Grey the Great?

  227. Doc says:
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    @Elbert: You should leave a comment or they might think your “other” is Karabelly or someone of that ilk!

  228. Grey

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    @Elbert: Lose Ramon, grab Gamel.

  229. Elbert says:
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    @Doc: how do i leave a comment over there?

  230. Mann of Sandd says:
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    Still back and forth on a way to improve my pitching staff in my 14 team keeper. Have an offer on the table for my $3 Bruce (my best keeper trade chip), $8 Scott Baker, and minor leaguer Josh Vitters for a $24 Beckett, a $5 Lester, $22 Mariano, $15 Cano and minor leaguer Brett Lawrie. Acquiring these three pitchers would allow me to replace Baker, Braden Looper, and play matchups with R. Johnson/Myers/Porcello/R. Hill. Should I pull the trigger or wait to try to get more for Bruce?

  231. Doc says:
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    @Elbert: Click on “comments” at the bottom of the post and if you don’t have a blogger account you should be able to post under anonymous.

  232. Billy says:
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    Should i do this deal in a deep h2h league…

    Volquez for Wieters?

    my current catcher is Barajas…

  233. Rob says:
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    someone offered me e. jackson for wakefield, what do you think grey?

    Thanks

    Rob

  234. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mann of Sandd: I’d pull the trigger on that.

    @Billy: Not sure what your pitching staff would look like without Edinson, but I wouldn’t do that deal unless I was pretty stacked.

    @Rob: I’d want Jackson.

  235. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: How timely to have your Jones fatty post right beside the weight loss before and after ad

  236. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Hmm… I don’t see a before/after weight ad… I think the ads are geared towards their market. Step away from the churrascaria, man.

  237. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Sometimes it pays to be a homer. Needed a MI with Reyes ailing and Stewart playing only against ambidextrous one-armed pitchers named Clyde.

    Picked up Skippy, Donk!

  238. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ugh, yeah, saw that because I have him on my Fantasy Razzball team. That homer hurt.

  239. G says:
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    What do you think of trading Wainwright for Gallardo? Who is better for the rest of the season and who would you rather have? Since thier pretty even its highly likely I can do this trade especially since the guy with Gallardo has Ludwick, Schumaker, Pineiro and Duncan. You like the trade?

  240. NoonTime says:
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    hows about I give

    Kershaw, E.Santana, Bruce, Pierre
    for
    Crawford, Manny

    it would leave me with Lincecum, Johan, Bedard, Shields, Price, Hanson

  241. Colin says:
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    Grey – someone just dropped De La Rosa on our NL only league. Should I grab him when he clears waivers or did he blow his wad already with those 2 digit k performances?

  242. mc serch says:
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    According to Rotoworld, Votto will be starting tonight. Bout time! Having him, A-Ram and Posada down all at the same time (with Alexei sucking to boot) has been killing me. Hopefully Alexei continues coming around, Votto returns to form and Posada returns next week by jacking a few into that Yankee Stadium jetstream. Glass half-full?

  243. Simply Fred

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    No ‘Anonymous’ available to post comments on best expert. Gave up.

  244. Simply Fred

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    Currently have Furcal filling in for Reyes whenever he is ‘injured’. Any reason I shouldn’t drop for Bartlett (someone else, other than Ramirez or Rollins)?

  245. Simply Fred

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    Better wording is: After Ramirez, Reyes, Rollins, who to target at SS?

  246. Rob says:
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    @grey thanks

    what abt hamilton and saunders for cc and gamels. I think I should hold onto cc, but I just wanna make sure im not making a big mistake by passing on the trade

    tnx again

    Rob

  247. BigFatHippo says:
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    Raul, Raul, Raul…………………

  248. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Simply Fred: Wow, they took it away, they hate Razzball Nation. How dare they?

    We’ll start our own Poll……

    Favorite fantasy baseballer?

    Grey Albright
    Rudy Gamble

    Must vote for two.

  249. d2bnz says:
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    @G:

    Your opponent is obviously a Cardinals fan …..use the knowledge , he will value Wainwright more so see if you can improve one of your position players as well

  250. paulzone says:
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    please rank these shortstops: everett, tejada, drew, hardy, perralta, hairston jr

    much appreciated as always!

  251. Sabs says:
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    Which to stash: Smoltz or The Duch (pronounced “duke” not “douche”)?

    Also, do I even bother dropping Ramon Hernandez for one of these schmucks?

    Salty
    Snyder
    Shoppach
    Hundley

    Catcher is a wasteland.

  252. Sabs says:
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    @Sabs: As to my first question, include Escobar in that group, too.

  253. Nick0rz says:
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    Drop B. Zito, A. Burnett, H.Street, or D. Aardsma for Price? or just sit tight?

    I have 5 Closers in a league that has 2 RP spots, so my closers are stacked already, but AJ’s been killing me.

  254. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Nick0rz: Drop Zito and grab Price and ferchrissakes, trade 2 closers for a needed piece………….

  255. DrEasy says:
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    @Sabs: I like Snyder. He’s heating up big time.

  256. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: There’s no reason to trade Wainwright for Gallardo. They’re too similar in value.

    @NoonTime: It’s too much for those two.

    @Colin: I’d grab him there.

    @Simply Fred: Still confused. Drop who to get Bartlett?

    @Rob: I’d want CC if you need pitching, Hamilton if you want an OF. All things being equal, I’d want CC there.

    @BigFatHippo: Ha!

    @paulzone: Hardy, Drew, Peralta, Tejada, Hairston, punt…

    @Sabs: Can go Snyder if you like, stash Escobar.

    @Nick0rz: Lose Zito for Price.

  257. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Thanks, Lidge!

  258. G says:
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    What do you think about trading Aaron Hill and Mark DeRosa for Chad Billingsley. I already have Brandon Phillips and its one of those things that I have 3 2nd basemen even though I only drafted one. You think I can get Chad straight up for Hill or is Hill and DeRosa more fair? thanks in advance

  259. Grey

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    @G: Hill straight up for him is fair, throw in DeRosa to take it over the top if you want.

  260. @grey: bench lidge till he proves himself worth or SAGNOF? In a tight race in both WHIP/ERA is he worth starting? or does he pitch too few innings to really have a negative impact in those cats? Thanks

  261. NoonTime says:
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    @Grey: Yah, I am on the fence. It’s actually two separate trades. 1) Pierre and E.Santana for Manny (this is offered to me) 2) If I trade Pierre I need some SB and I think Crawford can be had for Bruce and Kershaw. Maybe the guy won’t do 2) and it’s a moot point anyway.

  262. Grey

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    @matthole: You gotta start him if he’s closing.

    @NoonTime: First one is fair. 2nd one is just all right. Together they’re kinda eh and don’t seem necessary.

  263. PJTres says:
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    hey grey..someone just dropped elvis andrus in my fairly deep keeper league..

    i have hardy/theriot maning SS…but andrus seems worth the add…
    would you drop one of howell/angel guzman for him?

    Both guys have great peripherals (we are in a holds league)…guzman has been working his way into more high leverage situations and howell might be the rays closer? (or at least part of that equation)…

    its just that hardys back and theriots been sucking lately, so i figured i would ask. hah.
    thanks.

  264. Grey

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    @PJTres: I’d lose Guzman for him.

  265. Tony B. says:
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    The Philly blog/forums are calling for Lidge’s head on a silver platter/hoping he goes to the DL. They are absolutely in love with Madson (he was filthy in the 8th today k’ing the side and tocching 97 with his FB) I’m gonna add him and hope I wake up tomorrow to see Lidge is being put on the DL.

  266. James says:
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    Brewers announcer possibly shedding some light on the Gamel situation. “Pretty good chance he’s gonna see a lot of time at third base after the Twins series.” I wouldn’t drop your starting 3B for him, but this is a good sign!

  267. Rick Dempsey says:
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    As far as David Price goes all I have to say is…………….ITS PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!, PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!, PEANUT BUTTER JELLY-PEANUT BUTTER JELLY.

    Any of you seriously doubting him are out of your mind. It was only when Nieman was put seriously into question being pulled early by Maddon that Price turned it on. Is it so crazy that he was coasting!? Grey’s preseason rankings reflect how good this guy can be and I think he’s right on. Skillfully done!

  268. Dingo says:
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    Sonavabench, Votto! Times two!

  269. Nick0rz says:
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    Joey Votto with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s in his return so far. Oh how I missed you my swinging Canadian.

  270. anon says:
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    Anybody catch what happened to Koji? Just left the game after 56 pitches

  271. Nick0rz says:
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    @anon: Sore hamstring apparently.

  272. Mr Baseball says:
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    Homer Bailey sucks – has anyone seen him pitch a solid MLB game -

  273. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Nick0rz: Mother f’er, I was at the driving range so I wasn’t home to see that Votto was in the lineup this evening! Damn! I am so glad he is back though. Now I can slide him right back into my util spot.

    But oh how happy I am that I picked up sexy Alexei off of waivers a couple of weeks ago. I’d love to propose a trade involving Alexei to the owner who dropped him just to f’ck with him.

  274. BSA says:
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    Pap just coughed it up for Beckett. Using instant replay to rule a 2 run HR. I just cannot buy a win. Last night I left Myers on the bench and tonight Paps streak gets broken. Damn!

  275. BSA says:
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    Putz not KRod comes in?

  276. Martin says:
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    grey, I was at the yankee game today and boy did lidge look bad. He got behind in the count, and he didnt look composed on the mound. You could tell his concentration wasnt there. I’d tell everyone to pick up madson today!

    on another note how would you rank capps, hawkins, madson (assuming madson get the Save chances)?

  277. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: K-Rod not available for some reason. Mets announcers didn’t seem worried.

    @Martin: Capps, Hawkins, Madson.

  278. RogerDorn says:
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    Hey, big fan of the site!

    who would you pick up if you had 2 players to pick up?
    (assuming you needed help @ all positions)?

    elvis andrus/ andy laroche/ aaron rowand

    just wanted to see what you thought, but im thinking rowand should be one of them? since hes moved to the leadoff spot, hes tearing it up!

  279. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Images of Buckner going through my head!

    Oh well, off to the LAA/LAD game. Lets go Boring Buy Blake and Orlando….

    Blake was one of those FA picks that’s been a consistent option that has helped my AVG.

  280. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Grey have you checked out any of the games at Fenway via your directv? While Remy is out Eckersley has been doing color when the Red Sox are home. Pretty good. Last night they showed him during the telecast and he looked like he was home in his La-Z-Boy. Tonight he was sitting more upright and told everyone about the producers telling him to sit up.

    The pitcher comes out in the telecast. Makes it entertaining.

    Dwight Evans will be working with Orsilla on Sunday.

  281. TB has a potential save opportunity coming up. Balfour, Howell, and now Wheeler have all been used. Isringhausen or Nelson. Who’s it going to be? The suspense is killing me.

  282. Grey

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    @RogerDorn: Thanks for the kind words! Andrus, Rowand.

    @BSA: I used to like Remy and haven’t listened much to Eck. Since I have the option of either team’s announcers on most nights, I really enjoy the Mets guys so I had to go with them.

  283. @BSA: Eck also said “shit” on the air last night, right after Youl got plunked. It was classic. If Remy is out for an extended period of time I hope we get more Eck, some of the other fill ins have been god awful.

  284. BSA says:
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    @naughtandcross:
    The vultures in the RCL all picked up the TB bullpen, big ol’ crapshoot.

    As to Eck, another good one was when Bay got hit in the numbers by Joba.
    @Grey: Yeah, when the Mets leave town check out Eck, pretty raw. It is almost like he thinks he is still watching on the set waiting for the post game. Each pitch, “Cheese”, “Punch him out right here”. He’s even reading Tek’s signs and predicting the pitch.

  285. Rob says:
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    @grey – thats what I thought, thanks for validated my opinion ;)

    Just was offered webb and kershaw for utley (I have hill, howard and a. gonzo, so Ive ben trying to deal one of them for some pitching)
    is this good for me?

    Tnx

    Rob

  286. KRod suffering from back spasms out indefinitely, via Rotoworld.

  287. BSA says:
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    @naughtandcross: Sssh, my leaguemates are either sleeping or drinking. All those vultures standing over my Percy.

    Hippo will be just a little upset at this loss. Especially when he reads the rotoworld news of the teary collapse.

  288. Rob says:
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    @naughtyandcross

    thanks for the tip, just picked him up in 2 leagues that i needed another rp

  289. BSA says:
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    @BSA: Well Lindstrom just blew up in the ninth and Issy must have been warming to come in since he is in now to finish off a 10-3 game.

  290. BSA says:
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    BSA @BSA – WTF – go to bed.

    Steve up yet down under?

  291. Sabs says:
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    @Rob: Do you use a middle infield slot? If so, I’m getting more of a sure thing than Webb if I’m dealing Utley.

    I’ve got a deal in the works sending my Hawpe/Spilborghs/Weaver for his ManRam/Magglio/Slowey. Like?

  292. Mike says:
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    Anyone…

    Trade Wang and Matt Harrison FOR Ervin Santana?

  293. BSA says:
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    @Nick0rz: It may have been the pin I put in my K-Rod voodoo doll after Hippo was trash talking about moving DonkeyCorns for $12 salads.

  294. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Mike: Wang’s got slightly more upside in W’s but overall it looks like santana is going to be the better player.

  295. Rob says:
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    @sabs

    We only have one UI slot and with utley, howard, gonzo and Hill, I always have to have someone benched.

    I figured I could get the most value for Utley

  296. Prince says:
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    Alexei with 2 HR in 2 days … does this constitute being “back” (or close)? Trying to decide, once again, between Drew and Alexei. So tired of MI.

  297. Grey

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    @Sabs: I like your deal for you.

    @Mike: I’d want Ervin.

    @Nick0rz: Wow, that’s crazy. Shame Putz is owned in every league.

    @Rob: You can get better for Utley. I’d want at least Lincecum.

  298. Grey

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    @Prince: Alexei’s back. Oh, yeah.

  299. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks as always, Alexei is now mine. Is Drew recovering too? So far tonight 3/4, 2 RBI. I’d drop F. Lopez for him.

    Ugh, Lindstrom. And Haren.

  300. Grey

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    @Prince: Nah, I like Drew, but I like Lopez too. I wouldn’t make that change.

  301. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Up for hours. In fact, the day’s nearly over. It’s 5pm Sunday here

    Eff eff eff-ity eff eff eff. Sonavabenched by Votto in the RCL. Got him into my lineup in my H2H league but didn’t manage it in the others. Probably stopped me taking the lead. Aaarrggghhh!
    @Grey: I started Lowe in my H2H (along with Haren and Wolf) – and just as well I did…

  302. Steve says:
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    But now Qualls is really trying to screw me.

  303. Rob says:
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    should i hold onto callaspo (at ss) or pick up drew or hairston who are both on the ww.

    Tnx again

    Rob

  304. Quintero says:
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    @Rob: I like drew the best…better lineup situation and better talent.

  305. Rob says:
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    @ Quintero: thanks

    @grey: just got another utley offer – utley/street for carpenter/rodney/price

    Im very tempted…

  306. Mr Baseball says:
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    Swarzak or Happ

  307. Tom says:
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    So I had an offer out on Nolasco, and after his shelling and demotion, I wake up to find the trade accepted. I only traded Nyjer Morgan and I’m sure Nolasco will look mighty good when he comes back, but seriously, that was a bummer.

  308. Tony B. says:
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    If Sandoval misses time, what catcher should I pick up in his place?

    Varitek
    Y. Molina
    Shoppach
    Salty
    R. Hernandez
    Barajas
    Suzuki
    Navarro

  309. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rob: I want the Utley side.

    @Mr Baseball: Happ

    @Tom: That’s lame that the either person accepted it.

    @Tony B.: Ramon

  310. Dumbmutt says:
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    Is Cain for Lester a good idea?

  311. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dumbmutt: I’d prefer Cain, but it’s fair.

  312. SoxBaseball says:
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    I am in last in SB in a standard 5×5 roto league….would you trade Pedroia straight up for either B.J. Upton or Chone Figgins?

  313. Grey

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    @SoxBaseball: I’d trade him for Upton, not Figgins.

  314. Rob says:
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    @grey: thanks for the save on that one

  315. RogerDorn says:
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    would you start shields (away) vs marlins?

    and/or jurrjens (home) vs. toronto?

    Jurrjens Home road splits are telling…with his ERA in the 4.00′s and shields is no lock on the road…

    right now i am winning the “losses” cat. and my whip, era, and K/9…
    im not winnign the “win” stats, but overall im winning for the week..

    hes got a couple guys going today…

    would you start either?/both?

    THanks.

  316. nick m. says:
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    i never got around to accepting that trade offer of my krod for his markakis yesterday. would it be bad form to accept it now and pick up putz tomorrow?

  317. James says:
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    What do you guys think of the value of a guy like Sandoval compared to a guy like Mauer or McCann come playoff time? I looked at their stats in the later months, fantasy playoff time, and they trail off for their careers. I understand two guys don’t make a trend, but is it safe to say Sandoval is a better option later in the season due to his position? In my opinion, it makes sense, and I would be foolish to trade for the “name brands” even if they have superior season stats. In addition, my team is good enough to be a playoff team without Mauer or McCann possibly better cumlative stats.

  318. yoshinorimike says:
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    anyone else fearing this heel problem nags away at CQuentin for the rest of the season seriously hampering his productivity in the manner of Troy Glaus two years ago? *Sigh*

  319. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RogerDorn: Could you foresee you losing if you don’t start anyone?

    @nick m.: Not terrible, unless you hear K-Rod’s out for the year. I haven’t heard that.

    @James: Sandoval might be better in September than either, because of what you say. It’s a good point that since he’s not playing catcher most of the time he’d be fresher.

  320. Grey

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    @yoshinorimike: I’m not thrilled, but hopefully it’s not an issue.

  321. Tom says:
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    @Grey: I’m not going to vote against it because it’s my own trade, but I would vote against it if it were someone else’s. I’m not big on trades being accepted after a severe injury or a demotion to the minors.

    So it looks like Lidge just isn’t getting better. If I was Lidge’s next door neighbor, I would have my kids dress like Pujols everyday and chase his kids home from school, just to mess with him. That dude’s a head case, and always will be.

  322. Prince says:
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    A guy who was already on his way up got Votto off of WAIVERS. Total BS. And now he’s about to make this trade — does it seem fair? He gets Hamels, gives up Ryan Howard and Edwin Jackson.

  323. Grey

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    @Tom: Ha, good idea.

    @Prince: It’s fair, but only possible because he got Votto.

  324. Tom says:
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    @Prince: I want the Howard side there, so he’s obviously cool with losing the 1B power in order to strengthen his pitching. Whoever is trading with him is scoring a good deal.

  325. Prince says:
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    @Grey@Tom: Thanks guys. He actually proposed the trade and had it accepted (but not by the league) before the Votto acquisition. But right, I hear what you’re saying. His trading partner needs whatever he can get, being in 9th place (out of 10).

  326. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Grey: speaking of nauseating resemblences Soto’s lack of power and shoulder issue (is that right?) have me thinking of VMart last year. If he still has only 1 homer at the break, is it smart to dump him?

  327. Elbert says:
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    few tidbits guys:
    * Votto not playing today.
    * Brandon Phillips out w/ hairline fracture.
    * Iannetta on DL (ouch..).
    * Homer back to AAA (not surprised).
    * Giants rumored to ready to look deep @ 2B/1B position (yes, that’s to you, Emma & Ishi).

  328. Tom says:
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    Do the Hardy/Hart injuries have any effect on Gamel? They might just be for two days anyway, but Hall’s defensive “versatility” should help Gamel get some playing time, right?

  329. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @yoshinorimike: I wouldn’t dump him, but he’s obviously not himself. I would look at getting 50 cents on the dollar in a trade. Maybe someone will think he can snap out of it.

    @Elbert: Thanks for the update. That could be good news for Guzman. Also, K-Rod seems to be okay.

  330. Grey

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    @Tom: Yeah, but he needs to hit to be viable.

  331. Elbert says:
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    i just realized that Ramon Hernandez is only 1 game away from getting his 1B eligibility @ ESPN league!! and guess who’s not playing in Reds’ lineup, that’s right, Mr. Votto!

    wait, why would anyone care about this anyway…. sorry, deep league flexibility stuff, i’ll go back to sleep now!

  332. “* Iannetta on DL (ouch..).”

    Damn. Who is a better pickup at Catcher…Ramon Hernandez, Rod Barajas, Salty, Varitek, Pierzynski. Probably need the guy that will hit for the highest average as that is my worst category in this league.

    For 3b, Melvin Mora, Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz or Andy LaRoche as a backup to Chris Davis.

    Thanks

  333. Elbert says:
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    @Grey: let’s hope Ishisucki keeps sucking bad; feel sorry for the dude though, he worked hard to stayed in SFO.

  334. Elbert says:
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    @Maitland: i personally like any choice of Barajas/Hernandez/Salty in order, but if you need BA Pierzynski is not a bad choice as well.

  335. Elbert says:
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    i just saw Reid Brignac being called up 2 days ago, OMG, now Tampa’s infield is flooded w/ good talents; is Brignac going to play at all? or is it just some random call-up again?

    i have began to develop for Rays fetish, when it comes to midfield options…

  336. Grey

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    @Elbert: He has nowhere to play. He’ll be back in the minors pretty quickly.

  337. BigFatHippo says:
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    Ankeil in the lineup today, didn’t even know they activated him.

  338. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I just swung a Mauer for Youk deal.I had offered it Friday,I geuss Mauer’s crazy Saturday night convinced him.I have Doumit on the DL,I scooped Barajas to keep his spot warm.

  339. Dexter says:
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    I need to fill an IF position. Already have Gamel and Stewart taking spots and want a bench player to rotate in when one of them is are not playing. These guys are available, and the names are not pretty:
    Jesus Guzman, Kelly Johnson, Mark Teahen, Scott Rolen, Polanco, Crede, Barmes and Andy LaRoche
    I’m thinking Guzman but not sure how good he can be or if he’ll stay up.
    Thanks!

  340. Tom says:
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    Should I drop Burress for Lewis? Someone wanted to trade Fowler for Burress when Burress was improving, and I said no, but now Burress is struggling and Fransen is getting playing time. Bummer.

  341. Grey

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    @Tom: You can if you like. Burriss isn’t very good, obviously.

  342. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I think a spot for him just opened. Iwamura got carted off the field after his leg “bent like Tom Brady’s,” according to the broadcaster.

  343. Dumbmutt says:
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    Someone offered C.Lee for Bills. What OF should I look for either Bills or Haren? The guy also has Sizemore.

  344. jerkstore says:
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    who’s the best bet to keep iannetta’s spot warm – suzuki, navarro, chris snyder?

  345. Colin says:
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    Hi I’m Jay Bruce…but you may call me Rob Deer.

  346. Mr Baseball says:
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    Brandon Paul McCarthy

    greatest hits

    Back in the M.L.B. win column
    Ebony and Miggy
    Maybe I’m Amazed that I pitched a complete game
    Live and Let Die with the long ball
    Junior’s Griffey Farm
    Uncle Albert Pujols/Admiral Halsey
    Listen to What the Catcher Said
    Let It Be a out
    Hope of Deliverance a victory

  347. G says:
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    Which one is more fair..Jurrjens and Hanrahan for Josh Johnson or Jurrjens and HArdy for Josh Johnson? should i do it?

  348. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Best Iannetta replacement?

    Barajas
    Tek
    Salty
    Snyder
    Navarro

    Is it safe to drop Percy? I could drop Lowell but he’s my Gamel insurance. Nelson is the only other candidate.

  349. Grey

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    @G: Jurrjens and Hanrahan

    @Steve: Snyder, you can drop Percy.

  350. Mr Baseball says:
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    Attention Brandon McCarthy pitching a good game doesn’t make a career – look at these beauties

    FIVE WORST PITCHERS THAT PITCHED A NO HITTER
    by Dave Walker

    pitching a good game doesn’t make a career

    5. Bud Smith – St. Louis Cardinals – Sept. 3, 2001

    Bud had a very short major league career. His totals consisted of a 7-8 record across a staggering two seasons.

    What he most famously forgotten for is a no-hitter he threw against the San Diego Padres.

    Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan would be quoted as saying that he hoped someone would have broken up the no hit bid so he could take Smith out due to his high pitch count. Smith is now retired from baseball and possibly working at a BuyMore.

    4. Kevin Gross – Los Angeles Dodgers – Aug. 17, 1992

    Gross had a little bit better luck in the majors, compiling over 100 wins over a career that stretched more than 14 seasons. When I talk about those baseball cards, his was one that I found and said no way.

    I don’t remember much about this no-no. All I know is that I would have never thought Kevin Gross, who I remember as a Phillie, would ever throw a no-hitter.

    3. Tommy Greene – Philadelphia Phillies – May 23, 1991

    Greene had his best season on the overachieving version of the 1993 Phillies going 16-4. On his infamous day in May, he had pinpoint control…striking out 10 and only walking seven!

    Seven walks. Come on. I could throw a no-hitter if I walked that many people. Wow! Thus another member of my “who the hell is this guy” club.

    2. Kent Mercker – Atlanta Braves – Threw two no-nos

    Mercker was the ultimate one-game wonder, not once, but twice. His first was on Sept. 11, 1991 when he went 6 innings then handed the ball over to the bullpen to finish it.

    The second occurred on April 8, 1994. Mercker is still around somewhere. He bounces around the spring training circuit every year, until someone eventually signs him.

    1. Juan Nieves – Milwaukee Brewers – April 15, 1987

    Who the hell is this guy? The only reason I even know of this is that I lives in Wisconsin for three years and saw a replay of it on Brewers classic.

    Juan Nieves? Really? This guy pitched a no no. Now, I know what you are asking, where is he now and how did his career end?

    Well, he threw out his arm, like all Brewers pitchers do, and is now the bullpen coach for the Chicago White Sox.

  351. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Start Liriano tomorrow vs the Sawx?

    I’m on the fence, much like that sheep my neighbor was trying to “help.”

  352. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Thanks for that.

    @BigFatHippo: Ha! I think you have to start him, but unfortunately I don’t think that means he’s going to pitch well.

  353. Elbert says:
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    Damn Brucie, just woke up and saw another 0-for-X day, what happened man….. wake up!

    in another story today, Coghlan has taken out Iwamura, while going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .191.

    –breaking news– Jesus Guzman DNP, wonder what Bochy’s thinking.

  354. royce! says:
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    Can we glean any information about the closer situation from today’s TB game? I’m hoping that Howell entering in the 9th (after Wheeler and Nelson) means that he’ll be pitching the 9th more often, and not that they were saving Izzy to close.

    Also, was anyone watching the A’s game? Ziegler pitched the 9th in a non-save situation, but it would have been a save situation had the A’s not scored in the bottom of the 9th, so I’m wondering if both Ziegler and Bailey were warming up and they just sent in Zielgler because it was not a save situation.

  355. Grey

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    @royce!: I think they were saving Izzy. Doesn’t mean that it’s said and done just yet.

    Was watching the A’s but I had on the ‘Backs feeds and they didn’t mention it.

  356. agarthered says:
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    Putz or Madson, trying to find saves bad, Morrow killed me.

  357. agarthered says:
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    ps: Alexei finally starts getting hot, now we just need Super Bruce to come along!

  358. Elbert says:
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    any thoughts on Lee’s latest scratch? is Lee gonna be available at all next week?

    the league i have Lee locks up every monday, so if he’s got week-long illness, then i’m screwed royally…

  359. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: So if the K-Rod owner in my league has Madsen, would it be fair to offer him Putz for Madsen?

  360. ScoutAbout says:
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    Any thoughts on Hart + Rodney for Quentin?

  361. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: OK, I’ve been studying and it comes down to this….

    I drop Nelson for Izzy, drop Parra for De La Rosa.

    Thoughts?

  362. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: Excellent! Thanks for responding s quickly. I just did that deal.

  363. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Grey: I got the Quentin side..

  364. Dumbmutt says:
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    Thanks for the help Grey. Doing Bills for Sizemore.

  365. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: I’d drop Parra for De La Rosa or Izzy, if you need saves more than starters. After a few days, it should clear up which way the Rays are going.

    @ScoutAbout: Nice

  366. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, forgot I picked up Putz last night and dropped Nelson. So I dropped Putz for Izzy, and round and round we go…………..

    Dropped Parra in the RCL for De La Rosa, he should get more Ks if not wins. So goes the Hippo-go-round, where Hippo goes, nothing grows…………..

  367. Simply Fred

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    What happens when Kazmir back in the rotation. Price or Niemann back down?

  368. Drev says:
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    @Grey: Washburn (with his knee troubles) or Nolasco (with his head troubles)?

  369. Drev says:
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    Also, Cain or Cliff Lee?

  370. Tom says:
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    For rest of year, Coghlan, Rasmus or Fred Lewis? I have Burriss and Stewart as backups for MI, but we all know how they’re playing.

  371. joe says:
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    I’m trying to decide who to pick up for week 8 in place of Brandon Phillips. The best options are Ian Stewart, Freddie Sanchez, Alberto Callaspo, and Howie Kendrick. I would easily take Stewart if the pickup was for more then a week, but who do you think I should grab for this week?

  372. Colin says:
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    Wow. screw Dave Bush for walking 2 guys with 2 outs.

    Screw the home plate ump for being a pussy and changing his call on the Mauer foul ball.

    And screw Mitch Stetter for groving a high school level slider for Morneau.

    4 ER’s in one swing. Piss off Fantasy Gods.

  373. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I picked up Wheeler and Nelson last night, are there any other potential save guys I should over over them?

  374. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Depends on how they’re looking. Doubt Price goes back.

    @Drev: Nolasco or Wasburn? Neither…But Nolasco reluctantly. Then Lee.

    @Tom: Rasmus

    @joe: Yawnstipating, but Sanchez.

    @Colin: Ha!

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: No idea who’s out there.

  375. a.miller or d.holland? thanks

  376. which june 1 callups would you consider grabbing now, any MIs? (pickups only on sundays) thanks

  377. Grey

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    @matthole: Actually, that’s not true. You can grab Alcides Escobar. But he might be taken.

  378. Elbert says:
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    another tidbid for tonight.

    * there’s been strong anticipatino that Fernando Martinez will be called up in light of Ryan Church’s latest injury situation.

  379. James says:
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    Did anyone hear anything after the MIL game about Gamel’s future? I just got home…

  380. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Do you put Pence in over BJ Upton for nxt week…10 min till lineup freeze

  381. Nick says:
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    & put Bedard @ Oak in over Slowey vs. Boston

  382. Nick says:
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    ** Ignore comments above, lineup frozen. Sucks getting out of work at 2:30!

    Grey, you think I should try and push lowell and a closer for a new replacement 3B (Aramis Ramirez) or just stay with Lowell until he’s back? Also push Ibanez for someone who will put up numbers second half or hold him cause hes for real?

  383. Nick says:
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    & Alexei Ramirez is on the wire although I think he won’t be for long. I have no room though with Downs, Hoffman, Slowey, Danks, Pence on my bench, right? (10 team)

  384. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Nick: Izzy over Wheeler or Nelson?

  385. Colin says:
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    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!

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