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Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 with 2 homers.  Had his 2nd two homer game in two days.  Say that fast 117 times!  LMFAO should be playing when Alvarez goes into the batter’s box, “Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!”  (I wish I wrote that song.)  Alvarez is 23 years old.  For those who can’t read between the lines, he’s going to get better!!!  (Second and third exclamation marks were for emphasis, not because my keyboard’s keys are sticking.)  Who knew the only thing the Pirates offense needed was to lose their best hitter?  Maybe the Mariners should lock Ichiro in a closet for a few games.  This is Ichiro going into the closet, “Hey, Beltran, what are you doing here?”  I keed.  So what can we expect of Alvarez the rest of the season.  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Shot!  Or 12 homers and a terrible average.  He’s still K’ing too much.  I’d absolutely pick him up in every league just for the chance he keeps hitting bombs.  I would not drop anyone that I might regret.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ty Wigginton – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in two days.  Casey McGehee’s Dad is historically a streaky hitter and a 2nd half hitter.  Also, the Phillies, Rangers and Yankees are talking about acquiring Wiggy.  Not all of those teams would be a boost to his value, but if I had to take a guess, I’d say Wigginton will be in Friday’s Buy/Sell.

Juan Rivera – Over his last 7 games, he’s hitting .450 with a homer and a steal.  I avoided him like the plague in the preseason, but I have nothing against picking up a random hot outfielder for a two to three week fling.  I’m a fantasy baseball whore like that.

Hideki Matsui – Hit his 2nd homer in the last two games at The Stadium They Built Next To The Stadium Ruth Built.  Must’ve been nice to be home again.  The city where he made his major league debut.  The city where he won the World Series MVP.  The city where he masturbated to his legendary collection of porn.

Delmon Young – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs in the three hole while Mauer rested his long, supple gams.  I like Delmon at the top of the lineup.  He’s hitting and he can throw the bat at an ump harder than anyone else.

Geovany Soto – 1-for-2 with his 13th homer.  Good thing you dropped him!

Ted Lilly – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Trade talks are starting to heat up on Theodore Roosevelt Lilly (<–actual name!).  He’s a three and a half ERA, low WHIP guy wherever he goes, so I wouldn’t be too worried.  (BTW, don’t you think the word ‘three’ should have three E’s?  Maybe it’s just me.)

Jack Cust – 2-for-3 with his 4th homer in the last week.  He could hit 15 homers in the next two-plus months.  Or he could strikeout 100 times.  Or he could do both.  I’d grab him if you’re hurting for power.

Andrew Bailey – For what it’s Wuertz, Wuertz (stutterer!) got the save as Bailey had a routine day off.

Clay Buchholz – 4 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Returned to the DL and then Dice-K pulled a ‘Vice-Versa’ and body switched with him.  I’m sure this was partially due to rust, but Buchholz also was supposed to regress a bit, so there’s that.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-4 with the slam & legs.  Beltre loves contract years like a fat kid loves cake.

Bronson Arroyo – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  After starting Arroyo in leagues, I’m walking like I was just jumping hurdles.

Adam Dunn – 0-for-4.  I hope I’m wrong, but I have the sneaking suspicion that Dunn’s average is about to bungee and the cord is going to snap.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Member when he was first called up in 2008 and we nicknamed him Jobacum because he was one part Joba (this was when Chamberlain was good) and one part Lincecum.  Yeah, good times.  Anyhoo, Scherzer’s now looking more like Ubaldcumo.

Randy Wolf – 5 2/3 IP, 12 ER, 15 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The Brewers should buy him a Corvette for making him stay in this game.

George Kottaras – 2-for-4, and he hit his 8th homer which is twice as many as Mauer.

Carlos Gonzalez – Played for part of the game until he had to leave after reaggravating his bruised finger.  Aggravating, indeed.

Yorvit Torrealba – This is a message for the Padres’ front office.  Everyone else can skip to the next blurb.  Padres, it’s nice that you’re winning.  Your pitching is good.  There’s no doubt about that.  When you are batting Yorvit Torrealba 2nd in your lineup, you need to make a trade for hitting.  Don’t delude yourself into thinking that you have all the pieces you need.  Jerry Hairston Jr. is not a leadoff man.  Headley, Denorfia, Venable, Skinny Gwynn, EverCab… They’re all terrible hitters.  Gaby Sanchez is better than all of them and Gaby Sanchez isn’t really that good.  Okay, now go get some bats.

Jason Hammel – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA in Coors is 3.18 and more than 2 runs better than when he’s in pitchers’ parks.  Figure that shizz out.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Sonavabench!  It’s kinda easier when a player just goes totally bad.  These good starts mixed in with bad starts are much more frustrating.  I just know his next start isn’t going to be good.  I know it in my soul.  I will start him anyway.

Chad Billingsley – 9 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  How can he pitch so poorly then so well?  As Scully would say, “The truth is out there.”  Wait, that’s the wrong Scully.

Marc Rzepczynski – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I wouldn’t own him right now in any leagues.  Even in my league that only uses players with the last name Rzepczynski.

Jose Bautista – The Blue Jays are taking my advice about selling high on Bautista as they take offers from some contending teams.  Now it’ll be interesting to see how many actual teams will buy into Bautista when no fantasy ones will.

Carl Crawford – Day-to-day with testicular contusion, which is different than RuPaul’s testicular confusion.

Erik Bedard – Won’t pitch this year.  Right now, the Erich Bedardens are showing the Bennis Carpensheeters a thing or two about staying unhealthy.  Keep it real, Bedardens!  Will be interesting to see if the M’s fill Bedard’s rotation spot with Chris Tillman– Oh, wait.  At least the Mariners still have Adam Jones– Oh, that’s right.  Yeah, trade’s still not looking so good.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He leads the AL in Ks and is 2nd in ERA.  But he may not get to 10 wins.  In other news, I need wins in all of my leagues.  In other other news, kill me now while playing The Carpenters, “We’ve Only Just Begun” because I want to go out IRONICALLY!

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    Matsui and porn? huh?

    King Felix was dominant.

  2. Gunt Musty says:
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    You know Japanese porn is so hardcore that even with the genitals pixelated it makes good ol’ American porn seem tame as Finding Nemo.

  3. Good morning, Grey –

    I’m way behind on innings in my 20-team roto league. I do have 5 pitchers starting over the next three days, but to make matters worse I know I should probably skip some of these upcoming starts for fear of the damage they may do to my ERA and WHIP. Which of these starters d you think I can go with?

    –JaWeaver @Texas (I’m always nervous about starts in Arlington, especially given that Weaver gave up 7 runs in less than 5 innings last time he pitched there. Plus, Cliff Lee will pitch for Texas)
    –Cole Hamels @STL (The Cards seem to be hitting on all cylinders, and Wainwright will face him)
    –Volquez vs. WASH (This seems safe after Volquez’s last start)
    –Beckett @SEA (As you pointed out a few days back, Seattle hits poorly at home. But it’s scary to start a guy after such a long DL stint, and it’s not like he was lights out in AAA or before going on the DL)
    –Latos @PIT (This also seems fairly safe. No DL worries after such a short and bogus DL stay, right?)

    Also, yesterday, I mentioned Duensing as a possible streamer candidate @BALT Friday and you said Correia would be a better start. What worries you about Duensing? He seems to have good peripherals except for Ks, and Baltimore is a little less effective against lefties. Plus, with Guthrie on the mound for the Os ad a rested Twins bulpen, a win could be in the cards if he can last 5 or 6 innings.

  4. JR says:
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    Razzball: You said sell high on Bautista 15 homers ago. Even if he does crash youd already be wrong. His performance is fully supported by his BPIs. He has 36 HRs in his last 440 ABs. Thats not a small sample size.

  5. Back to Minors says:
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    How about Jenks no longer being the closer…pretty big news.

  6. Pops says:
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    Good thing I dropped both Soto and Alvarez. At least I stil have Delmon Young and Ty Wigginton. Oh wait…

  7. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Ugh…I have a dilemma. 5 OF slots and a UTIL slot. My OFers are:

    Ethier
    Pence
    Bosch
    BJ Upton
    Gomes
    Pagan
    Stanton
    Colvin
    Scott

    Great! you say. What problem? Nice numbers from those guys. True, but that’s what makes it hard who to choose to start and who to bench. Case in point, I sat Pagan, Stanton, and Scott this week when all three had monster (and in Scott and Stanton’s case – multi-homer) games.

    Problem is, there is no one of value left on waivers and no one in my league will trade or even respond to inquiries of “Hey, want to work on a trade?”

    I’m loathe to drop any of these guys for another pitcher or something since I know any one of them will be gobbled up and could put another team over the top (I’ve been in first place…jeez, since early May I think).

    Is this also part of fantasy baseball? Sometimes just sitting back and making zero moves for weeks on end?

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @TheEvilEmpire: must be a shallow league,why would you want that many bench guys over starting pitching or next in line closers,or trade 2 or 3 of them for 1 real good one

  9. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @TheEvilEmpire: start the guys you think are your best and sit back. you can rotate for obvious matchups, i.e. R/L splits, but otherwise just start your best guys and roll with it until someone on your bench is overtaking one of your starters on a daily basis. trying to get too cute with lineup switching, especially with guys without much track record to judge matchups and stuff one like stanton, colvin, and boesch is pretty impossible.

    @Pops: that’s why you gotta balance potential, production, opportunity, and need when making lineup decisions. if you stored alvarez and he starts slow, are you dropping him for another high ceiling guy? are you dropping him cause he’s easily been the worst player on your team and you have to pick up an injury replacement? or are you dropping him cause nyjer morgan stole a few bases and you wanna grab him even though he’s nothing more than a mediocre player and you are just ready to drop alvarez already?

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    who is the white sox pickup? thornton or putz?

  11. pubscout says:
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    that’s what i want to know poontycoon. but i’m thinking putz. this has nothing to do with the fact that i picked putz up and some other guy has thornton. nothing at all.

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @pubscout: i mean, you’d think they’d want thornton to still be their matchup stud lefty guy out of the bullpen, plus putz has a history of closing, so that makes sense. but then again we are talking about ozzie here.

  13. BSA says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: With that in mind I threw Wheeler back on the waiver wire for Al Koholic to go grab and took Putz back. Steve is banking on Thorton – lets see how it works out.

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    yeah, i put in claims on putz in 2 leagues (thorton is available in one, claimed in the other already) dropping glaus. it was a nice month long run troy, but you have been rotting on my bench since mid june and haven’t done shit.

  15. BSA says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: With Grey’s love of Gordon I have him stashed in hopes I get something in August and September. I was fortunate to grab Alvarez between his multihomer nights.
    I also picked up Crain this week as Rauch has struggled and Crain’s numbers have been pretty solid.
    Even if Putz or Crain get me some saves in the coming weeks it’ll be a plus – I have been riding Axford purely on a whim – fell into that one.

  16. pubscout says:
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    great ozzie quote, referring to putz, thornton, santos – “that’s going to be the options.” gotta love it for its colloquial flavor and its sheer decisiveness. oh? you mean erick threets isn’t an option?

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @BSA: yeah, i grabbed axford, then traded away wagner for bruce. bruce proceeded to go in a month long funk. awesome. but axford has definitely been a pleasant surprise.

  18. Howie says:
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    @Grey- contusion vs. confusion and working in the RuPaul reference? I chortled.

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ozzie is crazy,thornton wont get many saves,he wants him for the 8th?id say putz for a bit then right back to jenks

  20. Anyone see LaPorta’s new Yahoo! player note this morning? It’s brilliant.

    “LaPorta had two hits in Tuesday’s 4-3 win at Minnesota.

    Advice: LaPorta was considered a major prospect but has yet to pan out. Fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere since it’s hard to believe he will figure out major league pitching anytime soon.”

    LaPorta is batting .346 over the last week.

  21. ichirosan says:
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    As an M’s fan, thanks for the pouring lemon juice in the wound.

    BTW, loved that 1408 reference.

  22. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:
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    Need to activate Volquez from the DL after getting sonofabenched with Billingsly last night. Carlos Lee, Gordon Beckham, Dotel (my 4th closer after Marmol, Perez and Rauch). Who do I drop to make room?

  23. Dom says:
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    I’m trading for next year. AL Only, 10 team keeper, 4 x 4 roto
    I give Lester (Final), Juan Rivera (Final), and Posada ($13 with one year left on contract)
    I get Choo ($8 with one year left on contract) and two scrubs.
    Starting next year we only need on C, I have B Molina or Flowers if I wanted to keep one
    Pull the trigger?

  24. Gibby says:
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    Grey-

    As the season goes on, is it worth taking a flyer on Desmond Jennings and Domonic Brown in my 14 team keeper league and stashing them for their call-ups in September and next season?

  25. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    @Grey: Fat boy Bobby Jenks blows another one, although he did have a streak going before the last week….Ozzie says closer’s job is open, but he’s said it before and Jenks got the job back (plus Ozzie’s insane). Question is: Which of these options would be best for SAGNOF glory:
    -Keep Jenks and bench until he shows he’s back
    -Pickup Thornton, Putz or Santos
    -Pickup Alfredo or Mike G
    -Pickup Heilman
    -Pickup Evan Meek and hope Dotel gets traded
    -Pickup Benoit/Rhodes or some other schmo just for the ratios
    -Pickup a stream SP (it’s a H2H league, so I could just role with 2 CL and hope for the best…most guys have 3)
    Thoughts?

  26. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I threw Felix, G-Floyd, Tobasco Nolasco and Liriano last night. Final line:

    30 IP, 2W, 0.60 ERA, 30K

    Too bad neither Count Floyd nor Felix got the W.

    Drop Stanton for Smashbuckler? My OF is stacked right now with Krispie/Quentin/Del-money/Stanton starting and Gardner/Lind/Beltran benched.

    On the other hand, I have A-Ram at 3B, mashing it. But Smashbuckler seems better going forward than Stanton, no? Older, more experience, better lineup position?

  27. Denys says:
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    Robot Jones or Josh Willingham – for the rest of the year?

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i’d say flip a coin between smashbuckler and stanton. i don’t know that there is such a thing as “better lineup position” in the pirates lineup.

    both are gonna hit some bombs, and both are gonna K. if you want 3B depth behind a-ram, then grab smashbuckler, but production wise, anyone who thinks they can predict with any amount of certainty who will be better the last 2 months is lying or has a crystal ball imo.

  29. LordMetz says:
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    @grey

    What do you think about my Hamels and Hart for Votto – I got Hart of of the ww earlier this season. Current fantasy points are:

    Votto – 513
    ——–
    Hart – 465
    Hamels – 222

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    Are we starting Rockin’ Rick Romero against Verlander and the Motor City Kitties today? I’ve got Verlander, plus 4 more starts this week (Volquez, JJ, Ubaldo, Kershaw) to take care of his explosion if there was one, but I’m still not sure I should start him.

    Thanks, sir(s)…

  31. Thunder Dan says:
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    @ Baron:

    I would absolutely drop Stanton for the Smashbuckler.

    I really want to pick him up myself in my shallow league (12 team, short bench), but I’m not sure I can justify it. The guys rotating through my UTIL spot are Carlos Pena and Brett Gardner.

    I don’t really want to drop a pitcher, but Aardsma and Dotel are my low end guys there.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @ThePoonTycoon: I split the difference and dropped Mike Gonzo. I’m first in saves and can do w/out a broke-arm maybe-closer on the Os.

    But Smashbuckler’s been much better than Stanton over the past month in BA and OBP: .293/.356 vs. .229/.286. Plus I like Smashbuckler’s college pedigree — reminds me of Longo a few years back. A month of struggles, then hold on, boys!

  33. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:
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    Hammel’s got some funky, funky split action between last year and this…

    2009
    H: 3-3, 5.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP
    A: 7-5, 3.13, 1.19

    2010
    H: 6-1, 3.18, 1.26
    A: 1-4, 5.79, 1.43

    Good God man, pick a side!

  34. cubfever7 says:
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    Testicular contusion–wow. I remember a safety/ punt returner for the Chi. Bears years ago named Virgil Livers. He had to go on the DL with a ruptured resticle; apparently one of the twins (as in Big Johnny and the twins) had worked itself between the edge of his cup and lower abdomen as he was involved in a violent collision and you can guess the rest.

    Is there anything more frutrating than the “Wins” metric? I had Brett Myers and Gavin Floyd last night–they did well except for throwing scoreless ties or 1-1 ties and then get no W. Then you get a guy like Clayton Richards who surrenders 5 runs in 5 innings and the banjo hitting Padres score 8 and he gets the W. Absolutely unpredictable category.

  35. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non keeper

    MY lineup :
    C: Napoli
    1B: Teixeira
    2B: Phillips
    SS: Reyes
    3B: A-Rod
    OF: Granderson
    OF: BJ Upton
    OF: Bruce
    Util: Pacman
    Bench: Quentin (he’s benched while he’s hurt, otherwise he’s starting instead of Bruce)

    SP: Lincecum, Josh Johnson, The Adverb, Johan, Weaver, Nolasco, Cueto, Volquez
    RP: Nunez, Aardsma, Dotel
    DL: Mike Gonzalez

    I’m pleased with my lineup, beside my Outfield. I guess I could use a true #1 OF… Here’s a possible deal I could make :

    I give Granderson and The Adverb

    I get Crawford and Haren

    Would you do that trade?

  36. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    @Wilsonian: I’m sitting Romero vs. Detroit.

    On a side note, I have both Del La Rosa and Volquez and sat Volquez while starting De La in their matchup last week. Yeah, big face palm moment.

    Anyone have thoughts on starting Volquez vs. Washington and De La @ Florida?

  37. timSTi says:
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    Who’s the best SAGNOF pickup right now

    Putz, MikeGonz, Meek, or Thornton?

  38. Dough boy says:
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    I cannot decide for the life of me if I should drop Glaus for Alvarez, or any other hot hitter?

  39. Critter Nagurski says:
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    can you help me pick a catcher in a 6-category (OPS) league?

    jaso
    ruiz
    b molina

  40. royce! says:
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    Apparently the Pirates wanted Neftali Feliz for Joel Hanrahan. Now, this could be my fantasy knowledge clouding my real baseball judgment, but what the shizz? This is a great way to shut down any trade negotiations! The Pirates brass must have decided based on the last two games that they don’t need to make a trade in order to contend.

  41. tHe sHiT says:
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    Got sonovabenched by both Garcia n Bills last nite. Now i gotta hope Gallardo n Medlen take care of business. But it was gd 2 c both guys rebound last nite. Not! Bastards woulda won me most of the pitching cats 4 this wk n prolly allowed me 2 demolish the guy in 1st place. Damn fantasy baseball n its unpredictability! Sorry 4 the rant…

  42. barker says:
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    12 team h2h need an extra pitcher

    drop glaus or gaby sanchez or fe lopez for vic padilla

    other 1b a gon huff other 2b 3b ss beckham stewart assdrubal reyes aybar

  43. SpiralArchitect says:
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    I was offered Clay Buchholz and Phil Hughes for Matt Cain.

    I am in a h2h points league, and Hughes has the added value of RP eligibility.

    Is this a no-brainer?

  44. TheRealTaz says:
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    It’s actually Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III. For those who want to get nit-picky.

  45. JP says:
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    I am in a H2H pts league and have Dunn as my Util. Since he is OF eligible, I’m thinking of moving him to Bay’s OF slot and then dumping Bay for either Pedro Alvarez, Pena, or Marlon Byrd. Should I keep Bay or pick up one of these dudes?Thanks, Grey.

  46. cubfever7 says:
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    @TimSTI–I’ve been a Thornton guy all year–even drafted him in one league cuz Jenks is too jenky–BUT: saw Putz pitch the other night–looked just like his Seattle hey day self. He also looks calm and confident–Thornton has outtasite stuff–but I think Ozzie will go Putz and the Sox have a great team–so Putz or Thornton beats either Gonz or Meek in my view.

  47. Erock says:
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    Grey — Where do you see Starlin Castro being drafted next year?

  48. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Grey – who do you like better over the next couple of years in a keeper: Rasmus or Pacman? Rasmus also has a little better keeper round in this case

  49. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Vince: i’d do that. grandy is awful. and haren can give you lee like numbers with a little better luck. and maybe a change in scenery does him good at the trading deadline.

    @Buddo Chezuski: rasmus

  50. Fletch says:
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    I’m thinking about dropping Wandy for Morrow next week. He’s got 2 starts at home (5-1, 3.3 ERA) against Balt & Clev. What do you think?

  51. Swass says:
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    Grey -

    I offer you Carl Crawford for Stephen Strasburg in a keeper league with OBP, triples, doubles, singles on the hitting side and CG-SHO as added categories on the pitching side. How do you respond and why?

  52. MattyD says:
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    Every one of my BN players is an OF. Would you drop any of these guys for Alvarez?

    J Upton
    CarGo
    Quentin
    Granderson
    Lind
    Huff
    Bruce
    Pagan
    Stanton

  53. I’m gonna be pissed if it’s Putz. I just made a couple swaps in which I gave up R Soriano and got back Jenks and Thornton (figuring I’d lock up the White Sox saves either way).

    Also, just got offered Adam Lind for Granderson. Doesn’t really help me, does it? Just changing my risk for his risk?

  54. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: take lind. last 2 weeks: .315-3-7. at least he’s showing signs.

  55. Joe B says:
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    Anyone think that I should pick up Napoli and drop Montero??? Is Napoli’s playing time safe?

  56. Fletch says:
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    Is Arroyo and Ellsbury a fair deal for any of these pitchers: Kershaw, Danks, Dempster, Pavano, Oswalt or Price?

  57. Martin says:
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    @grey- would you drop DLR to pick up JJ putz?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: You kidding about the porn? Google Matsui and collection of porn. It world famous.

    @Gunt Musty: Ha!

    @Quintero: Yeah, he’s a collector all right.

    @Enrique: Start them all in a 20 team league. Duensing may not be stretched out.

    @Back to Minors: Didn’t hear that before I went to sleep at midnight PST.

    @Pops: Ha

    @TheEvilEmpire: What others said.

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d go with Putz.

    @Howie: Ha

    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha

    @ichirosan: Sorry…

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: Lee

    @Dom: I’d want more than that if I were trading away Lester.

    @Gibby: Sure

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Mike G

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Smashbuckler

    @Denys: Jones

    @LordMetz: I’d take Votto.

    @Wilsonian: I would.

    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: Ha

    @cubfever7: Yup

    @Vince: I’d do it.

    @timSTi: Mike G.

    @Dough boy: Sure

    @Critter Nagurski: Molina

    @royce!: Ha!

    @tHe sHiT: So did I.

    @barker: Lopez for Padilla.

    @SpiralArchitect: Do it.

    @JP: No idea how many teams. But sure.

    @Erock: Around the 15th or so.

    @Buddo Chezuski: Rasmus

    @Fletch: Go for it.

    @Swass: I’d take Crawford.

    @MattyD: Stanton

    @Joe B: No point to that switch.

    @Fletch: Sure

    @Martin: Yup

  59. Wilsonian says:
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    Wow…Volquez is looking great. If walking the bases loaded and allowing an RBI single to the opposing pitcher is great, then YES!

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Joe B: yes

  61. Back to Minors says:
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    Mike G or Putz?

  62. JP says:
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    it’s a 12 team h2h pts, sorry. alvarez, byrd or pena?

  63. Martin says:
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    Morrow, DLR, Arroyo, Medlen, can you rank these 4 please?

  64. Mike says:
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    @Grey: My pitching staff is loaded: Josh Johnson, Latos, Nolasco, Hudson, Lilly, J. Sanchez, Scherzer, Vazquez, and Marcum. I have Beckett on my DL and need to drop one to activate him. I have tried to make a trade but no one is biting. I am considering dropping Vazquez or maybe Marcum to activate Beckett. Thoughts? Thanks for the advice!

  65. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Is Arroyo, Verlander and Ellsbury too much for Josh Johnson?

  66. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Wilsonian: Volquez still looking extraordinary. Just gave up his 5th ER with a 2 run dong to the Big Donkey.

  67. Back to Minors says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: terrible!

  68. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Volquez is one volatile SOB. 4 H’s, 5 ER’s, 4 BB’s, and 4 K’s in middle of the 3rd inning.

  69. DonCoburleone says:
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    Thanks Grey, you’re love for Edinson Volquez is costing me big time in my H2H league right now… Just yesterday I asked you to rank these pitchers for the rest of this season: Latos, Volquez, Beckett, Gallardo, Brett Anderson – and the only guy of this group you put ahead of Volquez was Gallardo. Care to revise that???

  70. DonCoburleone says:
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    Good lord, the corpse of Adam Kennedy is hitting triples off Volquez’s sorry ass now!

  71. Back to Minors says:
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    just pull him! stop the bleeding

  72. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Pulled after 6 ER’s, and 2.1 innings. That’s hilarious.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JP: Alvarez

    @Martin: Medlen, Morrow…

    @Mike: I’d drop Beckett first.

    @Fletch: Yup

  74. Wilsonian says:
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    Putz or Perez for the rest of the year?

  75. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Holy hell……Jason Giambi just stole a base!

  76. Ben the M says:
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    20 Team keeper league. For a stretch run this year (currently 2nd place) would it be worth making this trade:

    Give up Ryan Zimmerman

    Get Liriano, Lilly, and Sandoval

    I would drop Desmond & Jason Frasor (or any of my other 5th starts, Gorzelanny, Wells, Hudson)

  77. Grey

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    @Ben the M: Fair trade for you. Drop Desmond if he’s on the bench.

  78. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: now Perez or Mike G. Joint for the rest of the year?

  79. poot says:
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    Grey, Ervin or Clayton Richard in a 5×5 keeper league?

  80. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man…that was the route I took. In my 8 Teamer I figured Volquez was droppable until he learned how to pitch again.

  81. Daniel says:
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    @Grey: Drop Figgins in favor of the Smashbuckler? (Note: Figgins isn’t one of my regulars)

  82. struggler says:
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    Asdrubal, Starlin or Coco? Daddy needs some steals…

  83. Howard says:
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    Just surveying the post-apocolyptic landscape of Volquez’ start today. I think I’d rather be lookin’ at Matsui’s porn collection!

    @Grey For a keeper outfield where I already have J Up and Krispy.
    Ethier, Quentin, Lind or Werth.

    Thanks!

  84. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    glad i wasn’t one of those guys who were so quick to quit on dlr .

  85. big o says:
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    wow , some play by fowler , and , still ,
    bonifacio legs out a top of the 9th triple !

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Looked like he took a bad route to me.

  87. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    cut the ball off , before it hit the warning track

  88. Robert says:
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    Rest of the way- C. Richard or DLR?

  89. pharmdriz says:
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    Who do you think will be better going forward, Bay or Lind? I want to drop one of them for Alveraz (need a 3B and have too many OF).

  90. TJ says:
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    Just was offered Geovany Soto for Bobby Abreu.
    My catcher now is Russell Martin, and he kind of sucks.

    My OF after the deal would be Kemp, CarGo, Bruce and Delmon Young at Utility, with Carlos Lee on the bench.

    Good deal?

  91. Grey

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    @big o: I saw it, looked like his route could’ve kept him to a double.

    @Robert: Richard at home, dlR…

    @pharmdriz: Bay would be less of a negative, Lind has better upside.

    @TJ: I’d prefer Abreu unless your league is crazy deep.

  92. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Does Verlander ever throw under 120 pitches a game?

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fletch: Rarely… Or in April when he’s getting hit.

  94. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    Lincecum for Kemp in a 6×5 keeper, ten team that counts OPS?

  95. Jason Bay for Drew Stubbs?
    Gaby Sanchez for Beckham?

  96. Steve says:
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    Wow. The Lawyer was bringing some serious heat there.

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Jerry The King?

  98. @Grey: Thanks. So you like Stubbs and Beckham more from here on out? One more question, how about Kinsler for Furcal? Furcal’s been a lot better so far though Kinsler has been heating up.

  99. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hehe. Had to Google it to catch up with you, but was referring to Boggs. Was throwing 100 according to (the mobile version of!) mlb.com Gameday.

  100. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I give Lester, get utley, pure keeper move for 2011.
    5 keepers, my other are Kemp, J.Upton, Votto, Hanley

  101. alvaro says:
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    Lincecum for Broxton, Mccann and H Kendrick

    My C is Olivo (who I think is gonna regress big time) My 2B is Figgy

    I would have to drop 2 players probably Masterson and Span

  102. @alvaro: I wouldn’t do that. Lincecum is a top player. Olivo and Figgy are fine. You can argue Figgy is better than Kendrick.

  103. TastelessGarbage says:
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    For rest of season: Montero or Wieters?

  104. alvaro says:
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    @frank kim @grey Thanks for the help.

    My offense has been struggling big time since the ASG and Lincy is one of my only trade chips

    Im still waiting on an Owner to decide on my Prado + Votto for Lincecum offer

  105. Kazmere says:
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    Someone dropped Medlen in my 12 tm roto. Drop Volquez for him?

  106. Grey

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    @Kazmere: Eh… Medlen’s being skipped and limited. I’d just bench Volquez for a start to see if he rights himself.

  107. Mike says:
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    Who do you start tomorrow at UTIL? Lind against Porcello or Pena against Fausto?

  108. agarthered says:
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    Grey I own Carlos Lee and Rasmus right now, both are struggling, Pagan for some unknown reason is still floating on the waiver wire, I am doing great in Hr’s and Rbi’s and struggling in Sb’s but have ellsbury coming back, and just aquired Mccutchen in a trade.

    Would you drop either of them for Pagan or hold tight?

    My other 2 outfielders are Quentin and CarGo.

  109. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    callaspo to the angels

  110. emceeperiod says:
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    Any updates on Travis Wood (is that his name) from Cincy staying in that rotation?

  111. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @emceeperiod: Yeah, unless you mean someone else and are calling them Travis Wood.

  112. emceeperiod says:
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    I did a bit of research, and yes, I mean Travis Wood from the Reds. I haven’t heard if he’s going to stay in the rotation or what? Plus, Volquez got shelled today so I thought it might be topical…

  113. Kazmere says:
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    Thx for the forum help. For ERA/WHIP help would you rather have JJ, Felix, Halladay or CC? Non-keeper.

  114. Grey

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    @emceeperiod: I think Volquez owners probably need a topical.

    @Kazmere: Halladay, F-Her, JJ…

  115. Kazmere says:
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    @Kazmere: Yes, I know ALL OF THE ABOVE would work. But if u had to pick one to slice your ratios…

  116. struggler says:
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    Grey you think Moustakas or Gordon gets called up? They’re both tearing up AAA.

  117. emceeperiod says:
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    So…no updates then? Not until Harangutan and Homer are closer to full health? Are you getting drunk right now, ha ha. Your answers seem to be declining in seriousness…. $-0=

  118. Grey

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    @Kazmere: In the order I listed them.

    @struggler: Don’t think so, they seem content to punish them.

    @emceeperiod: Wood is still in the rotation right now, whether he stays, I don’t know. I’d guess no, he won’t. But while he’s in the rotation, you should own him.

  119. emceeperiod says:
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    Last two starts for Wood were 1 hitter and 3 hitter, BTW.

  120. struggler says:
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    So Wilson Betemit is the add…done and done!

  121. Black love says:
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    Drop medlen for DlR?

  122. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s your take on Romero’s start today? He looked pretty solid to me, but I’m still wondering if there are better options on the wire. Would you drop him or Lewis (my two worst starters) for any of the following:

    Cueto, E. Santana, Wells, DLR, Myers, Volquez?

    This is in my 8 Team H2H. Cats are: W, L, Sv, BB, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9.

  123. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Cedeno is taunting you. No donk, but still hitting.

  124. Steve says:
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    Last Play: N Walker walked.

    Of course he did.

  125. Grey

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    @Black love: I’d wait for Medlen’s next start.

    @Wilsonian: I’d go Cueto over Romero.

    @Steve: Yeah, but in a way it’s okay if he hits because then the Pirates will play him past his expiration date and he’ll have plenty of games where he doesn’t.

    @Steve: Ha!

  126. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: cool…thanks man! So you’ve got Romero over all of them but Cueto and Lewis over all of ‘em? It won’t matter too much in the long run for me because this guy is most likely being dropped for Utley at some point (hopefully).

  127. emceeperiod says:
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    OPS (or just OBP) and quality starts should be “normal” categories. I get super sick of seeing Prince Fielder go 0-2 with 2 BB’s. And I’m sure fools get sick of Cliff Lee (when he was on M’s) and Felix’s great starts with no win to show for it. Makes the players worth more and the teams they play for worth less (not worthless, but worth_less, still makes a difference)…I mean, if I actually had my fantasy lineup out there, they wouldn’t be walking Fielder with D. Wright (or name a number of players) on deck. But with Edmonds…

    Cats should be 6×6 default is all I’m saying. Who agrees!?

  128. struggler says:
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    Dejesus just got taken out of the game slamming against the wall and causing a D Jeets inside the parker. Looked like his wrist. Perhaps if KC needs an OF they’ll call up Gordon…Oh wait. They activated Ankiel today.

  129. Steve says:
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    Last Play: C Granderson singled to center.

    It’s worth mentioning.

  130. Dexter says:
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    So, Rasmus was inexplicably dropped. Which P would you lose for him: Hammell, Lilly, Scherzer, Volquez, De La rosa, Nolasco, Sanchez, Wells, Gorzelanny. My OF consists of BJ, Granderson, Stanton, Rios and Quentin. It was going to be Jorge but he looked good today.

  131. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: Honestly, in a 8 team league, I wouldn’t mess with any AL East pitchers outside of CC and Lester.

    @emceeperiod: Yeah, was thinking that yesterday with F-Her’s start.

    @struggler: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Steve: Ha

  132. Steve says:
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    In some sports, an action similar to Jeter’s profiting from DeJesus’ injury by going all the around to score would be considered poor form.

    I’m assuming no convention exists in baseball that if a fielder gets injured you stop running?

  133. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: ha, that’s probably a great point. I should keep that in mind.

    Side note/question: is Yahoo gonna give me Prince’s homerun, or are they saving it for a rainy day?

  134. herschel says:
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    For what its worth, Rotoworld reporting that Olney is reporting that other teams think Hanrahan (not Meek) replaces Dotel as closer when he gets traded.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s similar to fielder’s indiffernce, but for hitters. And no, no one cares.

    @Wilsonian: Ha

    @herschel: Yeah, could be.

  136. Steve says:
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    Mike G is on to preserve the Twins’ 5-0 lead.

    Why do I sound like mr baseball today?

  137. Kevin says:
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    Giving up: Ian Kennedy, Vicente Padilla & Rafael Furcal
    Getting: Ubaldo Jimenez

    I have Tulowitzki coming back next week.

    Seem like a good deal? I think Ubaldo is somewhere between how good he was and how bad he has been.

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You’re using too many caps.

    @Kevin: I’d take Ubaldo.

  139. Steve says:
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    Neil Walker doing some short-schedule day work!

    Was gonna drop him, but he’s been hitting…

  140. Anthony says:
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    MMD or Cuddyer for third?

    Nyjer or Juan Pierre?

  141. Grey

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    @Steve: yeah, while he’s hitting, you hold him, for sure.

    @Anthony: MMD… Pierre…

  142. Martin says:
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    @grey- do you actuallly like dan haren more then david price for the rest of this year?

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Yeah… But it’s close. If Haren’s traded, then definitely.

  144. Steve says:
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    @Grey: OK. Touched on this yesterday. In my 14-team H2H league, despite having Hudson and Hamels go today, my ERA is still 4.89 and his is 1.93. Somehow I’m leading WHIP 1.11 to 1.32.

    Want to stream to try and (ahem) win Wins. Options for tomorrow are razztastic to say the least (most?). But please pick one from: Duensing @ Os (already discounted I know, but might take on a new sheen in this company!), Narveson v Nats, Sanbabia v Braves. Thanks!

  145. Sos says:
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    In a 5×5, 12 team keeper wherr we lose two rounds each year, who would you keep? Player followed by next years round lost…JJ (9) J-Up (11), Ubaldo (19), Posey (19). Mind ranking in order?

  146. Steve says:
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    Scutaro owners – you’re welcome. Added him to my Fantasy Razzball team for this week.

  147. Hey doodz. Any word why come Waino only went 6 today? Didn’t see the game but I notice that he batted in the bottom of the inning before coming out. Good lord I hope he’s not hurt.

    @Steve: Playing the same card, I went with Duensing.

  148. DrEasy says:
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    @Steve: He steals bases, she steals babies, to each their own.

  149. Steve says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Had thrown 97 pitches. No word of an injury.

    I think I may have jinxed Lackey. I THOUGHT about posting something here, mentioning he was having a nice night, but not mentioning the no-no.

  150. DrEasy says:
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    Lackey’s two-hitter broken in the 8th by the bottom of Seattle’s line-up. Twice, for good measure.

  151. barker says:
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    10 team 2 1b league 2b 3b cats been trying to trade with this kid for awhile

    i give a gon and grienke or CC i get kershaw and braun

    other 1b pujols pena cuddyer other lf young bay DL manny ellsbury
    other starters price lester nolasco zito padilla CC grienke
    RP bell kuo lindstrom dotel gregg

    worried about agon not seeing anything to hit
    was thinking of throwing in bay or young for a donkey corn rauch or cordero

    would i be fine with pena as my 2nd 1b and cuddyer backing up 1b 3b rf and util
    pena has been the same as a gon sans BA
    kid has Huff Lee and G sanchez at 1b now should i ask for one of them instead of the donkeycorn

  152. Grey

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    @Steve: You’re going to hurt someone with that power of yours.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, don’t think it was anything.

    @DrEasy: Ha

    @barker: Not crazy about the A-Gon trade.

  153. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Apart from myself, you mean?

    To stop moaning for a moment, in 42 IP across my 4 teams, the only runs given up were the two by Verlander. To start moaning again, I think all those pitchers must have faced all my hitters…

  154. barker says:
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    just lost doumit in a 2 C league after trading montero for grandy 2 wks ago( i knew to give doumit but kid wasn’t having it ) napoli is other catcher

    needless to say slim pickens in a 12 team league for C should i drop gaby sanchez or glaus or damon or assdrubal or beckham or webb to pick up a crappy catcher ( hundley ianetta thole r hernandez j castro are the “best” available )
    or stand pat and hope doumit does not pull a morneau

  155. Steve says:
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    Kuo in for the Save in LA…

  156. @Grey: Good good. *exhales* With both Hamels and Waino going in that game, I’m just being greedy.

    Any of these guys over Fowler: Tabata Bread, Luke “great” Scott, Blastings Illedge?

    Doesn’t really matter steals or power. Just need one bench guy who’s gonna have playing time.

  157. Nice comeback for the M’s btw.

  158. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    you didn’t jinx lackey … papelbon did .

    however , your scutaro has played no small part .

  159. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Are Wells, Wandy, DlR, or Gorzelanny worth dropping for Bumgarner?

  160. @Grey: No doubt.

    How sad my Mets have been. Knew this was going to be the make or break road trip…

    btw that blond with the cowboy hat behind the plate’s got some great ideas

  161. @Grey: So dig this. After much hand ringing, I finally got the Donkey/Gallardo for Hart and picks trade approved. SOB accepted it too late for me to get Gallardo’s start tonight though.

    There’s gotta be a word in the glossary for the deadbeat trader.

  162. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Wood @ HOU or Medlen @FLA?

  163. ThE sHiT says:
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    @ThE sHiT:@Grey: Or Hunter v LAA?

  164. barker says:
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    12 team roto large roster mi ci 2 of 2 util
    assdrubal on dl but not any more — drop fe lopez or gomes or mmd

    also aint gonna start beckett tomrrow but who would u drop from these guys for him jaime garcia jon sanchez volquez (dontwanna drop even after today ) billz or maybe rodney but we count hlds and its the only stat i really need
    rest of staff lincecum wainwright jimenez
    im good on IP and leading pitching cats by good margin
    also again (more philosophical) would u trade a Closer or starter for HLDS ??

  165. Grey

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    @3FingersBrown: Sounds little like getting Jokey Smurf’d, but not quite.

    @ThE sHiT: Wood

    @barker: Lopez… I wouldn’t ever trade for Holds. I would drop Beckett if those were my only choices.

    EDIT: Word.

  166. big o says:
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    haha
    sound-system is playing an irish jig
    for chone figgins .

  167. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Have we seen the best from Medlen already? Like u mentioned earlier, he’s getting skipped and limited. Time to look elsewhere if there is a better option? I know ur gonna say u dont know whos available but there are a lot of good arms on my wire (Lilly, Arroyo, Hunter, Morrow, Myers, to name a few). Thx Grey!

  168. barker says:
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    whats edit: word
    tellin me to clean up my act ??? lol

    thanks grey your a sage

  169. Big Nate says:
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    Great writeup as always Grey. I’ve been riding the Delmon Express for the last month and, back then, would never have guessed that I’d still be rostering him. I was offering him for peanuts a few weeks ago but I think his recent streak has made me a believer.

    In need of Runs and looking to upgrade from Barmes at SS: Bartlett, Asdrubal, Infante, Scutaro, O-Cab or Theriot?

    Thanks!

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